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Keto Greek Chicken Drumsticks

Mediterranean Greek Chicken DrumsticksKeto Greek Chicken Drumsticks. Oregano? Rosemary? Garlic? Olive Oil? What’s not to like with a combo like that?  There are several other ways to fix chicken drumsticks and I will get to them a little later.  If you have kids they are going to love them, and you are going to love how ridiculously easy they are.  I needed four thighs for a dinner I was doing, the whole legs were on sale so…I had Frankie cut off the drumsticks and de-bone the thighs but leave the skin on.  What a bargain at $2.50/lb. minus my “geriatric day” 10% discount. Who says keto needs to be expensive?  So, the next time you think of drumsticks think Keto Greek Chicken Drumsticks.

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Greek Chicken Drumsticks
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Ingredients
  1. 3 Lbs Chicken Drumsticks (Or About 10-12)
  2. ½ C Olive Oil
  3. ¼ C Lemon Juice
  4. 1 T Garlic Paste (Or More To Taste)
  5. 1 t Salt
  6. ½ t Pepper
  7. 1½ t Ground Rosemary
  8. 1½ t Oregano
Instructions
  1. Bring drumsticks to room temperature.
  2. Place the olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, salt, pepper and seasonings in a large bowl. Whisk to combine, put drumsticks and marinade in a bag and leave on counter for about 2 hours.
  3. Preheat the oven to 450°.
  4. Line 9x13 dish with foil, arrange the drumsticks in a single layer and bake for about 40 minutes or until chicken is cooked through and skin is crispy.
  5. 6 Servings-2 Drumsticks Each
  6. 314 Calories, 25.7g Protein, 23.0g Fat, 1.6g Carbs, 0.4g Fiber, 1.2g Net Carbs
Notes
  1. I did not use all my marinate so I add a little Greek yogurt and a bit of mint, made a salad dressing with it, and it’s on the plate.
  2. If I had had a bit of creamy goat cheese to go with these babies I definitely would have use it but alas, I didn't have any.
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Asian Marinated Pork Chops

Asian Marinated Pork ChopsAsian Marinated Pork Chops. Asian anything is always OK with me but these Asian marinated chops are over the top as far as flavor goes, they couldn’t be much easier to make and they don’t take all day to marinate.  Marinate 10-15 minutes tops, cook, and dinner on the table.

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Asian Marinated Pork Chops
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Ingredients
  1. 8 Boneless Pork Chops 6-8 Oz Each And At Least 1” Thick
  2. 1 C Tamari
  3. ½ C Just Like Sugar Brown***
  4. 1 T Garlic Paste***
  5. 1 T Cumin
  6. 1 t Ginger powder
  7. 1 t Chili Powder
  8. 3 T Butter Divided
  9. ½ C Cilantro
  10. ¼ C Green Onion Tops
  11. ¼ C Jalapenos
  12. 2 Small Limes
Instructions
  1. Bring chops to room temperature.
  2. Don’t care what kind of pork chop you use but in order to keep them flat you will need to score the fat, the connective cord and barely into the meat of the chop. This will keep any chop (or steak) flat while cooking. (See Picture).
  3. Prep cilantro, green onions and quarter limes.
  4. Combine all ingredients down through the chili powder and mix thoroughly.
  5. Add chops, spoon with sauce, turn and spoon over again.
  6. Let sit 10 minutes, turn and spoon over one more time.
  7. With heat on low, cook marinade sauce.
  8. Swirl in 2 T butter one at a time. This will thicken the sauce.
  9. Heat remaining butter to brown, add chops, cook 2-3 minutes, turn, cook 2-3 additional minutes and plate.
  10. Drizzle sauce over each chop and garnish with jalapenos, cilantro, green onions and one wedge of lime.
  11. 8 Servings
  12. 301 Calories, 35.6g Protein, 14.2g Fat, 3.6g Carbs, 1.0g Fiber, 2.5g Net Carbs
Notes
  1. Scoring the fatty end of the chop keeps it from curling. It works like a charm every time.
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Rib Rub

Rib RubRib RubRib RubRib RubRib Rub.  I have never been much of a fan of sweet BBQ sauces but a good dry keto rib rub?  Uh…yep, sign me up Scotty. This is so easy it’s ridiculous.  I don’t use any kind of vinegar mop, just a plain ole rub which is not even “rubbed” into the meat- only sprinkled liberally.  The ingredients below are for pork ribs and/or pulled pork but can easily be used on chicken too.  The recipe is for several full pork rib racks so if you don’t use it all it will last nearly forever and if you are going to need more then you can just double or triple the recipe.  Yes, it has a bit of zerocarb Just Like Sugar Brown to temper the heat, but this is really a savory rather than any drop-dead sweet concoction and remember, any or all of these ingredients can be adjusted to your taste buds. For me, I want to be able to taste my pork ribs (or any meat for that matter) and not drown them out with heat or sweet.  Ye Gads and oh, the kitchen smells this will generate.  I am sitting here writing this post and all I can smell is…the keto rib rub.

Notice there is no smoked flavor except what you will get in the chipotle powder.  Paprika is used in most rubs and at least for me, it is just a filler and not much of a flavor enhancer.  If you like it then by all means, please use some.

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Rib Rub
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Ingredients
  1. 3 T Chili Powder
  2. 1 T Just Like Sugar Brown***
  3. 1 T Garlic Salt
  4. 1 T Cumin Powder
  5. 1 T Dried Thyme
  6. 1½ t Chipotle Powder
Instructions
  1. Put all herbs and spices into a small bowl and mix thoroughly.
  2. Sprinkle liberally on anything you wish.
  3. I generally cook my pork ribs inside a foil envelope in the oven. I think they become more tender, they don't darken so much and...it keeps the juices in, which I then drizzle over my cut ribs.
  4. 6 Servings
  5. 13 Calories, 0.5g Protein, 0.6g Fat, 2.0g Carbs, 1.3g Fiber, 0.7g Net Carbs
Notes
  1. If not using all of it right away, store in small glass container and it should last a very long time.
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Smashed Red Radishes

Smashed Red RadishesSmashed Red RadishesSmashed Red RadishesSmashed Red Radishes.  Man are these good.  I had eaten at The Country Cat here in Portland and ordered the bacon duck meatloaf that came with onion, mushrooms & smashed potatoes.  Sadly, I gave them to a friend because I don’t eat potatoes but when I got home I thought they might be the perfect thing to do with red radishes.  Interestingly, I had done a couple of plain ole sous-vide eggs as a test and they were so good I was going to have them again with a sausage and some sautéed cauliflower rice. Oops, and plans changed.  I had some leftover meatloaf and also some of the house made restaurant sausage with a cheese spread we had ordered so what you see in the bowl are my leftovers, the smashed red radishes, more of those unbelievable sous-vide eggs and wow, what a mélange of food flavors.

The smashed red radishes were supposed to be the star of the show, and they are, but the whole combo of foods was an absolute knockout. If you ever get to Portland, Oregon The Country Cat is what I would call “A Best Of PDX Restaurant”.  The chef owners Adam and Jackie Sappington have been featured on many of the foodie TV shows and are killer when it comes to butchering their own pork.  Anyway…

I will be making more of these in the very near future and the next time will be not only with mushrooms and onions but I will be topping them with cheese, bacon, sour cream, and green onions and calling them “loaded” so-the last sentence is just a heads-up.  Put a couple eggs on top, a side of bacon or sausage, and have at it for breakfast.

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Smashed Red Radishes
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Ingredients
  1. 1½ Lbs Red Radishes Or About 3 Bunches
  2. 1 Small Slivered Onion
  3. ½ Lb Mushrooms
  4. 6 T Butter (Divided)
  5. Salt & Pepper
Instructions
  1. Sliver onions and sauté in 1 T of butter. Set aside.
  2. Slice and sauté mushrooms in 2 T butter. Add to onions.
  3. Cut radishes into quarters , bring to simmer, cover for about 8-10 minutes or until just fork tender.
  4. Drain until radishes are dry and the residual heat should do this in about 10-12 minutes.
  5. Heat butter to nearing brown, add radishes, smash, and fry until radishes are beginning to brown. Turn and repeat.
  6. Add mushrooms & onions mixture to heat.
  7. Serve with salt & pepper.
  8. 4 Servings
  9. 208 Calories, 3.8g Protein, 17.4g Fat, 8.9g Carbs, 3.8g Fiber, 5.1g Net Carbs
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Keto Ahi Tuna Tartare

Keto Ahi Tuna TartareKeto Ahi Tuna TartareKeto Ahi Tuna Tartare. Maybe better known as Poke (poh-kay) but this one is molded instead of served in a bowl.  Wouldn’t you figure that if I ate Carpaccio and Steak Tartare that I would also eat raw ahi tuna?  Well, that would be me and uh, millions of other people.  A very simple dish to make and this is an elegant presentation whether served as an appetizer or main course and I personally ate mine as my main dinner.  Sometimes all you need is a little nudge to try something new and I am here to give you that little nudge and to try some keto ahi tuna tartare.

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Ahi Tuna Tartare
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Ingredients
  1. 16 Oz Ahi Tuna Cut Into Small Cubes And Kept Cold
  2. ¼ C Thinly Cut Green Onion Tops
  3. 2 t Sesame Seeds
  4. 1 Avocado Diced Into Small Cubes
  5. ½ C Cucumber Diced Into Small Cubes
  6. ½ C Cilantro
  7. 2 T Lime Juice
  8. 4-6 Small Handfuls Of Arugula (Or Lettuce Of Choice)
Sauce
  1. 3 T Tamari
  2. 2 T Thinly Cut Green Onion Tops
  3. 1½ T Sugarfree Rice Vinegar
  4. 1½ T Just Like Sugar**
  5. 1 T Sesame Oil
  6. 1 T Crushed Garlic***
  7. 1½ t Powdered Ginger
Instructions
  1. Mix all sauce ingredients in a small bowl. Set aside.
  2. Mix cubed tuna, ¼ C green onion, and sesame seeds in another small bowl. Set aside.
  3. Blend avocado, cucumber, cilantro, and lime juice in a third small bowl.
  4. Put a handful of lettuce on each plate, place a ring mold in center of lettuce and add avocado mixture.
  5. Add tuna mixture on top.
  6. Unmold and drizzle all with sauce.
  7. May Garnish with a little more cilantro and green onions if wanted.
  8. 6 Servings
  9. 163 Calories, 21.4g Protein, 4.9g Fat, 4.2g Carbs, 2.1g Fiber, 2.1g Net Carbs
  10. 4 Servings
  11. 248 Calories, 32.1g Protein, 7.4g Fat, 6.3g Carbs, 3.2g Fiber, 3.1g Net Carbs
Notes
  1. If you have any left-over sauce it makes a terrific salad dressing.
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Keto Asian Onion Relish

Keto Asian Onion RelishKeto Asian Onion RelishKeto Asian Onion Relish. If you like onions this is heavenly.  Not something you eat a ton of at any given time, but it goes really well as a side dish to a lot of meats and particularly  well with Crispy Pork Belly.  It is very easy and made in about 10 minutes at most.  It should be refrigerated for 2-3 hours but that doesn’t count in any prep time. You can make it in the morning and have it ready for dinner.  The Asians seem to have a gift for making foods that are sweet, sour, bitter and salty with a little umami thrown in and this has it all.  Anytime you are using even a little soy sauce you are going to get umami and as I said, keto Asian onion relish has it all.

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Asian Onion Relish
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Ingredients
  1. 1 C Yellow Slivered Onions About 1½” Long
  2. 1 C Purple Slivered Onions About 1½” Long
  3. 1 T Tamari
  4. 1 T Just Like Sugar Brown***
  5. 2 t Cider Vinegar
  6. 2 t Sesame Seeds
  7. 1 t Sesame Oil
  8. ¼ t Red Pepper Flakes
Instructions
  1. Cut both slivered onions and put into a small bowl.
  2. Mix tamari, cider vinegar, pepper flakes and Just Like Sugar until sugar is melted and well incorporated.
  3. Add sesame oil and mix again.
  4. Sprinkle sesame seeds onto onions, dress with liquid ingredients, and mix well.
  5. Refrigerate for at least several hours.
  6. 6 Servings
  7. 34 Calories, 1.0g Protein, 1.3g Fat, 5.1g Carbs, 1.1g Fiber, 4.0g Net Carbs
Notes
  1. For as little sesame oil as most recipes call for please, make sure it is 100% sesame oil and not mixed with some other seed oils which is definitely not cool.
  2. This is a pretty spicy little number but if you want even more add more red pepper flakes as appropriate.
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Keto Dilled Red Radishes

Keto Dilled Red RadishesKeto Dilled Red RadishesKeto Dilled Red RadishesKeto Dilled Red RadishesKeto Dilled Red Radishes.  I am in the process of adding new recipes for red radishes as potato substitutes and this keto dilled red radishes is a dilly. Yeah, I think I’m so funny.  Anyway, I used to make Dilled Celery Root which of course has its own unique flavor and I think red radishes make an even better sub for this vegetable dish because it has a more neutral flavor, is more akin to potatoes, and certainly looks more like little red potatoes.  I love celery root but for the average guy it is more difficult to work with and hey, everybody knows what red radishes are. The recipe is so easy it’s ridiculous so…if you like potatoes (and butter) you will love these.  At this point there is one other recipe using red radishes, Garlic Rosemary Roasted Radishes, and I hope you get the idea that for any other recipe on this site that uses daikon radishes (and there are many), you can sub red radishes.  One other note:  Red radishes take about one third the time to cook as daikons and when you are cooking for your hungry family, time means a lot.  In my opinion the very best pairing with these keto dilled red potatoes is Stuffed Shrimp though they go with pretty much anything.

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Dilled Red Radishes
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Ingredients
  1. 1½ Lbs Red Radishes Or About 2-3 Bunches Or about 24 Large
  2. 6 T Butter
  3. 2 t Dried Dill
  4. Salt & Pepper
Instructions
  1. Cut radishes into quarters , bring to simmer, cover for about 8-10 minutes or until just fork tender.
  2. Drain until radishes are dry and the residual heat should do this in about 10-12 minutes.
  3. Heat butter to nearing brown, add radishes, and fry until radishes are beginning to brown.
  4. Sprinkle in dill and mix well.
  5. Salt & pepper to taste.
  6. 4 Servings
  7. 177 Calories, 1.0g Protein, 17.4g Fat, 5.1g Carbs, 2.4g Fiber, 2.7g Net Carbs
Notes
  1. You may think wow, this is a lot butter but the idea is not only to fry them in butter but also mash them with the butter for each bite. Oh Lordy.
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Keto Mushroom Grillades

Keto Mushroom GrilladesKeto Mushroom GrilladesKeto Mushroom Grillades

Keto Mushroom Grillades. Somewhere on this huge site I have a recipe for Low Carb Grillades Over Cheesy Cauliflower Grits and for this recipe I have subbed mushrooms for the beef.  Despite the list of ingredients, it is very easy to make, and is a terrific side dish to just about any meal. (Or meat).  I have not listed it with the cheesy cauliflower grits but if you want them, then by all means use them for a great meatless meal.  I most often eat a meat of some sort with dinner but that is totally up to you.  I consider cremini and portobello mushrooms as a good stand-in for meat so…please, use your own best judgment.  Speaking of meat (who me)?  If you don’t think a good steak (or chicken or pork) nestled on top of these keto mushroom grillades isn’t good~please, think again.  Be sure you get “fresh” creminis. The ones I bought were particularly small but as it turns out were the perfect size for the dish.  If they are “open” and the gills are black, they are well past any prime-time playing.  I guarantee that you don’t want to clean out the gills and you might as well buy portobellos.

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Mushroom Grillades
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Ingredients
  1. 1½ Lbs Cremini Mushrooms Room Temperature
  2. 2 T Butter
  3. 2 T Olive Oil
  4. 1 C Slivered Onions
  5. 1 T Butter
  6. 1 T Olive Oil
  7. 1 C Celery Cut Thinly On The Diagonal
  8. ½ C Roasted Red Peppers
  9. 1 Can Diced Tomatoes
  10. 1 C Water (More As/If Needed)
  11. ¼ C Red Wine
  12. 1 T Crushed Garlic Paste***
  13. 1 T Beef Base
  14. 1 t Crushed Thyme
  15. 1 t Porcini Dust*** (Not Essential But Really Good)
  16. 1 t Pepper (I Used ½ t Chipotle Powder To Give It A Little Kick)
  17. ¼ C Green Onion Tops
Instructions
  1. Slice mushrooms rather thickish including the stems.
  2. Heat 2 T butter+2 T olive to brown and sear mushrooms quickly. Set aside.
  3. Turn down heat to low, add 1 T butter+1 T olive to pan, begin cooking onions & celery, and when translucent, add red peppers, diced tomatoes, wine, garlic, beef base, thyme, pepper, porcini dust (if using), and water.
  4. Turn heat to simmer, cover, and reduce until about half the liquid has evaporated.
  5. Add mushrooms and green onions to heat.
  6. 6 Servings
  7. 152 Calories, 3.1g Protein, 11.5g Fat, 7.3g Carbs, 2.9g Fiber, 4.4g Net Carbs
Notes
  1. I add a little orange pepper because I had it.
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Keto Korean Meatballs

Low Carb Korean MeatballsLow Carb Korean MeatballsKeto Korean Meatballs. So, these are kind of a combination of  plain ole meatballs coupled with a spicy Korean BBQ sauce.  The meatballs will stand alone but the addition of the BBQ sauce makes them to die for and all coming together to make a bunch of great lowcarb Keto Korean Meatballs. I pretty much always have the Korean BBQ Sauce in my fridge because I use so much of it dabbed on all kinds of things so at least for me these are easy easy easy and I bet they will be easy for you too. Try to remember a recipe is only a list of ingredients and directions to follow…or not…and to add to or subtract from the way you want a final product to taste.

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Korean Meatballs
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Meatballs
  1. ⅔ Lb. 20% Ground Beef
  2. ⅔ Lb. Ground Pork
  3. ⅔ Lb. Ground Lamb
  4. 1 C Pork Rind Dust***
  5. 1 Egg
  6. ½ Medium Onion Minced
  7. ½ T Garlic Salt
  8. 2 t Salt
  9. ¾ t Pepper
Korean BBQ Sauce
  1. ⅓ C Finely Cut Green Onion Tops
  2. ¼ C Olive Oil
  3. ¼ C Minced Shallots
  4. 3 T Minced Cilantro
  5. 3 T Oyster Sauce
  6. 2 T Tamari
  7. 2 T Water
  8. 1½-2 T Just Like Sugar Brown*** (Or To Taste)
  9. 2 t Crushed Garlic***
  10. 2 t Powdered Ginger
  11. Pinch Red Pepper Flakes + More If Heat Is Wanted
  12. ¼ C Green Onion Tops (Garnish)
  13. ¼ C Minced Cilantro (Garnish)
Meatballs
  1. Have all ingredients at room temperature.
  2. Beat egg and add onions, salts & pepper.
  3. Sprinkle pork rind dust onto meats, add egg stuff and gently blend.
  4. Divide equally into 24-1½ oz meatballs.
  5. Sauté them 2-3 minutes per side on a medium heat in a large skillet.
Korean BBQ Sauce
  1. In small saucepan combine all ingredients and heat gently for about 5-8 minutes or until thickened just a little.
  2. It's now ready to serve with anything hot and if you want to use it as a dressing for a salad refrigerate for at least several hours.
  3. Plate meatballs and drizzle with sauce.
  4. Garnish with green onion tops and cilantro.
  5. 6 Servings
  6. 536 Calories, 32.0g Protein, 24.1g Fat, 4.6g Carbs, .8g Fiber, 3.8g Net Carbs
Notes
  1. All ingredients are included in nutritionals.
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Garlic Rosemary Roasted Radishes

Garlic Rosemary Roasted RadishesGarlic Rosemary Roasted RadishesGarlic Rosemary Roasted Radishes.  I have a lot of recipes using diakon radish as a fabulous potato substitute but for some reason no red radish recipes.  Red radishes are at least as easy to use and cook and are perfect for Garlic Rosemary Roasted Radishes.  I boil mine to get ahead of the roasting game but no matter what, they are going to lose some of their color.  I think these are a great accompaniment to a roasted rack of lamb but I didn’t have any lamb (I did the second time) so I did them with a big fat juicy pork chop topped with tons of what else…garlic and then sprinkled with my Italian Dipping Oil Herbs which I use and sprinkle on all kinds of things.  That other little smidgen of food on the plate is leftover Lemon Bacon Cabbage.

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Garlic Rosemary Roasted Radishes
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Ingredients
  1. 1½ Lbs Smallish Red Radishes Or About 2-3 Bunches
  2. 3 T Olive Oil
  3. 1 T Garlic Paste***
  4. 1-2 t Dried Crushed Rosemary (Depending On Taste)
  5. Coarse Salt
  6. Fresh Pepper
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 450°.
  2. Cut radishes in half. If some are larger slice them in quarters.
  3. Bring pot of water to boil, turn down to simmer add radishes, cover and cook 8-10 minutes or until fork tender.
  4. Drain until radishes are dry and the residual heat should do this in about 10-12 minutes.
  5. Add olive oil to radishes and toss to cover.
  6. Spread out on foil lined pan cut side up, salt liberally, and bake 15 minutes.
  7. Add garlic and rosemary to radishes, toss again and bake 5 minutes longer.
  8. Serve with lots of freshly ground pepper.
  9. 4 Servings
  10. 111 Calories, .9g Protein, 10.6g Fat, 4.4g Carbs, 1.7g Fiber, 2.7g Net Carbs
Notes
  1. Most of us think of radishes as a bit peppery but after cooking they will be slightly rosy in color (yes, they lose their bright red color) and quite mild in flavor.
  2. Serve these radishes in place of potatoes anytime, anywhere.
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Keto Zaatar Salad

Keto Zaatar SaladKeto Zaatar SaladKeto Zaatar Salad.  Many times it is not a recipe per se that is from a particular region of the world, but the spices that go into it that make it.  If you knew just some of the main Middle Eastern spices, tasted this, you might guess the salad came from somewhere in Africa or the Middle East.  In this case it is the za’atar that gives it away.  Yes, it is a spice blend but it is also a condiment on every table.  It is dipped into and sprinkled on everything.  It is also baked into breads, put into dips and sprinkled on eggs, and used as a rub on meats. Sumac is another oft used Middle Eastern spice.  It is a beautiful dark red in color with the taste of a kind of tart lemon.  Black seeds (Nigella Sativa) and not to be confused with black sesame seeds, are another to die for condiment on African and Middle Eastern tables and if you happen to have them they are perfect sprinkled on this salad. Pine nuts are a symbol of love and care for the people being fed as well as showing that the husband is capable of caring for his family.  Yes, pine nuts are expensive all over the world.  I try to eat zaatar 4-5 times a week and this keto zaatar salad is only one of them.  I most often put in on eggplant.

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Zaatar Salad
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Ingredients
  1. 4 C Chopped Lettuce (Your Choice & Mix & Match If/As Desired)
  2. 1 C Fresh Diced Tomatoes (About 2-3 Romas)
  3. 1 C Diced Cucumbers
  4. ½ C Thinly Sliced Red Onion
  5. 1 T Dried Mint
  6. ¼ C Olive Oil
  7. ¼ C Lemon Juice
  8. 2 Tablespoons Za’atar
  9. 1 T Crushed Garlic***
  10. 4 t Aleppo Pepper (If You Happen To Have It)
  11. 4 t Pine Nuts For Garnish (If You Happen To Have Them)
Instructions
  1. Place the first 5 ingredients in a large salad bowl (romaine through mint) and toss.
  2. Squeeze lemon juice & olive oil into a small bowl.
  3. Add garlic paste, 1½ T za’atar and whisk briskly.
  4. Drizzle salad with dressing mixture, then sprinkle with more za’atar, Aleppo pepper, & pine nuts.
  5. 4 Servings
  6. 162 Calories, 1.7g Protein, 15.2g Fat, 7.4g Carbs, 2.8g Fiber, 4.4g Net Carbs
Notes
  1. There are zero carbs in Aleppo peppers and pine nuts will only increase the fat as there are 92g fat per cup. Yikes.
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Keto Caramelized Vietnamese Chicken

Keto Caramelized Vietnamese ChickenKeto Caramelized Vietnamese Chicken.  I have done this with boneless skin-on chicken thighs which are my favorite parts of a chicken but any part(s) will work.  I can easily bone my own thighs because I want the skin on but it’s totally not necessary.  I also shop in a grocery that will de-bone them for me at no extra charge so to save work I am now having that done.  Bottom line:  You want skin-on thighs and it does not matter if the bone is still in.

This keto caramelized Vietnamese chicken is a pretty good example of what Asians call balanced as it is, salty, sour, sweet, and spicy yet, it is very easy to make and fun to eat.

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Caramelized Vietnamese Chicken
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Ingredients
  1. 8 Chicken Thighs Brought To Room Temperature
  2. 1 Large Thinly Cut Lightly Caramelized Onion
  3. 1 T Olive Oil
  4. ½ C Water
  5. 4 t Garlic Paste***
  6. 1 T Powdered Ginger
  7. ½ C Just Like Sugar Brown***
  8. 3 T Sugar Free Rice Wine Vinegar
  9. 2 T Fish Sauce
  10. 1 T Minced Pickled Jalapeno Pepper +1 t Juice
  11. ½ C Cilantro For Garnish
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 450°.
  2. Put room temp. chicken thighs in large glass baking dish and cook about 40-45 minutes or until skin is very dark brown and crispy.
  3. Add olive oil to small pan on low heat, add onions and cook to a light golden brown. (About 25-30 minutes).
  4. Add rest of ingredients down to cilantro to a small saucepan and simmer about 5-10 minutes or until just slightly beginning to thicken. You can always add more water.
  5. Add onions to sauce.
  6. Spoon sauce on each thigh and garnish with cilantro.
  7. 8 Servings
  8. 280 Calories, 19.6g Protein, 20.0g Fat, 3.0g Carbs, 0.3g Fiber, 2.7g Net Carbs
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Keto Crack Pie

Keto Crack PieKeto Crack PieKeto Crack Pie or maybe we should call this Keto Crack Pi. You know, I have so many keto~low carb~diabetic friendly recipes on this site that it is now fun to take some ridiculously high carb dish and ketofy it and this is one of them.  I was watching a series on Netflix called Chef’s Table and two of the (many-30?) chefs highlighted are David Chang & Christina Tosi.  If you want the whole story you will have to watch it on Netflix but I will say the whole series has been an absolute knockout.  Does Keto Crack Pie taste like the famous Momofuko or Milk Bar crack pie?  I don’t know because I have never had it for comparison but as far as keto goes this is good and I mean really good and it takes such a small piece to satisfy any sweet tooth.  From some of the reviews of the Original Milk Bar Crack Pie people say it is ridiculously sweet so I have toned that down but the essence is still there. Before I could even think about trying to make this I had to get coconut milk powder to replace regular milk powder which I wouldn’t use in a million years.  Good heavens, by adding water it’s like drinking a candied broth.  About the only things my Keto Crack Pie have in common with the original are egg yolks, butter, heavy cream, and vanilla extract.

I did not do well with dinner the day I made this.  As soon as I had taken the pics I could use, I ate that piece of pie.  It was about 1:30 in the afternoon and the stupid thing was so darned good and beyond my expectations that…I ate another piece and boom~I was a goner.  Had a glass of wine and called myself good to go with…no dinner.

How it looks and tastes:  I hope you can see how it looks. Color is a bit darker that a pumpkin pie. The filling is a very intense brown sugar flavor and not too unlike my Walnut Pecan Tart but maybe “lighter”?  I guess my best description can only be~heavenly.  Oh, did I mention, it’s easy?  Yeah well, it’s easy too. Update:  After having been in the refrigerator a little over 24 hours the pie has become very dense and not too unlike a thick New York Cheesecake.  Still tastes like a seriously rich and fabulous caramelly brown sugar pie.

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Keto Crack Pie
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Crust
  1. 1 C Almond Flour
  2. ⅓ C Ground Pecans
  3. 3 T Just Like Sugar Brown*** (For Paleo) Or 5 Drops Liquid Sucralose***
  4. ¼ C Melted Butter
Filling
  1. ½ C Softened Butter
  2. ⅔ C Just Like Sugar Brown***
  3. 3 Drops Liquid Sucralose*** (Just Omit To Keep it Paleo)
  4. 2 T Coconut Milk Powder
  5. ½ C Heavy Cream or Coconut Cream (Paleo)
  6. ¾ t Vanilla Extract
  7. 4 Room Temperature Egg Yolks
Crust
  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. Put almond flour into a medium bowl.
  3. In a small processor add pecans and Just Like Sugar Brown and process until pecans are ground.
  4. Add pecan mixture to almond flour and mix in melted butter.
  5. Press into an 8" glass pie dish. Blind bake crust 12-15 minutes at 350° and then “tamp down” as it will puff up. Return to oven for about 5 additional minutes or until it starts to just turn slightly brown.
  6. Cool Crust Completely
Filling
  1. Cream butter and coconut milk powder, mix in heavy cream, vanilla extract and Sucralose (if using).
  2. Slowly add Just Like Sugar.
  3. Add egg yolks all at once and mix just to blend.
  4. Mixture will be very thick, almost like a mousse.
  5. Spread evenly into cooled baked crust.
  6. Don't open the oven door until you are ready to take out the pie.
  7. Bake 17-18 minutes, turn down oven to 300° and bake another 8-10 minutes or until very puffy and light crusty brown on top. Turn off oven, leaving pie in for 5-10 more minutes. Don't worry it will collapse as it cools.
  8. Cool completely and refrigerate at least a couple of hours. If you can leave it alone, overnight is even better and uh, good luck on that one.
  9. 8 Servings
  10. 369 Calories, 5.2g Protein, 37.4g Fat 4.5g Carbs, 2.0g Fiber, 2.5g Net Carbs
Notes
  1. The original pie is dusted with powdered sugar and I just used a little bit (about ½ t) of the coconut milk powder.
  2. I have now made this pie for a second time using coconut cream and although it is good, the heavy cream wins-hand down.
  3. CAVEAT: I use the ingredients that I feel are the best available, for me personally. If you decide to make this (and I sure hope you do) I am unable to vouch for substitute sweeteners. I have multiple reasons for NOT using eryritol with or without oligosaccharides, food grade glycerin, or anything with probiotic tapioca fiber. None of them are as low in carbs as you may have been lead to believe.
  4. I do occasionally used EZ-Sweetz liquid Sucralose as it adds a different depth of sweetness rather than leaving something one dimensional and neither of the products used here have any carbs in them no matter how much you use. None of the above mentioned can begin to say that which is why you see a nutritional label for 1 t or God forbid ½ t.
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Low Carb Black Beanless Soup

Low Carb Black Beanless SoupLow Carb Black Beanless SoupLow Carb Black Beanless Soup.  Finding myself a bit under the weather and not wanting to come up with a dinner, I decided to try to come up with a new soup.  Whoever knows what appeals to someone who is miserable but black bean soup came to mind and the idea of my having black beans, or any other beans for that matter was a joke but I wanted something with a strong cuminy flavor.  I already had all the common vegetables in the fridge so…I got them out and started this so easy low carb black beanless soup recipe.  If I had half a brain the day I did this I would have put some shredded pork into it but since the brain had gone missing, I missed my opportunity.  It is however something I would highly recommend and will not add any carbs. Not many calories but the flavor is…terrific.

This is going to make a pot-load of soup so either make ½ the recipe or make it for a large crowd.  Remember, I made this because I was sick and going to eat it for more than several days and…I only made a ½ recipe.

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Black Beanless Soup
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Ingredients
  1. 4 Slices Bacon (About ¼ Lb) Sautéed & Crumbled (Reserving Bacon Grease In Pan)
  2. 2 C Riced Cauliflower
  3. 1 C Finely Chopped Celery (About 2 Large Ribs)
  4. 1 C Finely Chopped Red Pepper
  5. ½ C Finely Chopped Onion
  6. ½ C Finely Chopped Carrot (About 1 Small)
  7. 4 C Water (Or Chicken Stock)
  8. 1 T Chicken Base***
  9. 1 T Cumin + More To Taste
  10. 1 T Pickled & Chopped Jalapenos
  11. 1 T Pickled Jalapeno Juice
  12. 2 t Crushed Thyme
  13. One Can Small Diced Tomatoes
  14. 1 Sliced Avocado (Garnish)
  15. Green Onion Tops (Garnish)
  16. Lime Wedges (Garnish)
  17. Cilantro (Garnish)
  18. Dollop Crème Fraiche Or Sour Cream (Optional As Garnish)
  19. Freshly Ground Pepper
Instructions
  1. In a large pot sauté bacon, remove, reserving grease.
  2. Add celery, red peppers, onions, carrots, & thyme and sauté 8-10 minutes.
  3. Add water, chicken base, (or stock) riced cauliflower, cumin, jalapenos & juice, and the juice from the tomatoes + ½ of the tomatoes, reserving the rest.
  4. Bring to simmer and cook until vegetables are soft.
  5. Take out about ½ of the vegetables, add back bacon, and with a stick blender, blend until mostly pureed. Add back vegetables and reserved diced tomatoes, bring to temperature, and garnish as desired.
  6. 8 Servings
  7. 65 Calories, 3.5g Protein, 2.6g Fat, 7.1g Carbs, 2.2g Fiber, 4.9g Net Carbs
Notes
  1. For added fat, drizzle a little olive oil over soup.
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Low Carb Crispy Pork Belly

Low Carb Crispy Pork BellyLow Carb Crispy Pork BellyLow Carb Crispy Pork BellyLow Carb Crispy Pork BellyLow Carb Crispy Pork Belly. When eating keto or zerocarb actually leads to crunchy. Oh, I don’t mean a bit of crunch, I mean probably the crunchiest food on earth-Pork Skin. The first time I ever had this most exquisite of foods was about 30 years ago.  We were on Vancouver Island in the Chinatown area of Victoria and ducked into some funky little hole in the wall restaurant.  You know how it is, nobody speaks English, I’m just trying to find out what this pork belly stuff is before I order some of it.  One thing led to another and with zero understanding of what I was ordering, I pulled down my pants, took a chance, closed my eyes, and ordered it anyway.  I am here to tell you that to this day I have never had anything that compared to that first bite of low carb crispy pork belly.  I truly thought if there was a heaven, I had just entered the kingdom.  So…life happens and though from time to time I would try to find this pork belly again, I never did until one day…I decided to make my own. 

Now I have had and made my own chicharrones but they are not the same.  They are of course fabulous in their own right but absolutely not the same as a low carb crispy pork belly even though they are both made with the same product.  Since I had come up with my own Low Carb Hoisin Sauce a while ago this had been percolating and I have had it more than a couple of times now.  Because I can, I serve it with hoisin but I wanted to not only make it very easy for you but to also give you the authentic Chinese version which is the easiest way imaginable.  And this is maybe one of the best things of all here:  These succulent little bits of goodness can be…gasp…eaten with your fingers. If you don’t have the same Norpro tenderizer I have then you can use a fork to pierce the skin and it will just take a bit more time and elbow grease and some say you don’t even need to pierce the skin.

I have shown it with 3 pieces as an appetizer and 6 pieces as a dinner.  If you think you can eat more than 6 pieces, I would advise trying 6 pieces to begin with and then going for more.  It is tempting to eat more but an hour or two later they will sneak up on you and you will feel full beyond belief.  I mean let’s face it, you will be eating nearly all fat.

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Crispy Pork Belly
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Ingredients
  1. 1½ Lb Slab Of Pork Belly (I Get Mine In A Vietnamese Grocery)
  2. ½-1 t Five Spice Powder
  3. ½-1 t Salt
Instructions
  1. With skin up and using the tool shown or a sharp fork, pierce the skin many times.
  2. Turn belly skin side down and score into what will be 24 pieces. Not only does scoring aid in portion control, (who needs that anyway)? It also keeps it from humping or twisting.
  3. Mix, spread, & rub salt & powder into cuts over bottom only of belly.
  4. Make an envelope out of foil and place belly skin side up inside. DO NOT COVER.
  5. Making sure skin is dry, dry, dry, put into refrigerator, again uncovered, for 24 hours. You may sprinkle salt on the top for drying but it is not necessary.
  6. When ready to begin cooking put belly on counter for 2-3 hours and bring to room temperature.
  7. Heat oven to 450°.
  8. Place belly into oven for 35 minutes and DON'T open the door.
  9. Turn down heat to 350° and continue cooking for another 30-40 minutes. Again DON'T open the door.
  10. Turn off oven and leave belly alone for another 15 minutes.
  11. Remove from oven and with skin side down and using a large knife, (chef's knife is best) begin cutting through the scores and into the skin. You are going to need a little pressure to push through the crispy skin.
  12. 8 Servings As Appetizer
  13. 240 Calories, 13.0g Protein, 21.0g Fat, 0.0g Carbs, 0.0g Fiber, 0.0g Net Carbs
  14. 4 Servings As Dinner
  15. 480 Calories, 26.0g Protein, 42.0g Fat, 0.0g Carbs, 0.0g Fiber, 0.0g Net Carbs
Notes
  1. Don't go nuts with the five spice powder or salt. A little dab will do ya.
  2. If by some chance the skin is not totally crispy don't worry as all is not lost. You can turn on the broiler and broil for 1-2 minutes but be careful because at this point it is easy to scorch it.
  3. The belly available to me is very thin skinned so if all you can get is a thicker skinned belly then I would add 5-10 minutes of cooking time.
  4. Of course you can use a larger slab of belly for more people.
  5. If you think you want the Norpro tenderizer, I ordered it through my local hardware store for $7.00. Not a well know item but I think most any hdwe. store can order it for you.
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Low Carb Cilantro Lime Dressing

Low Carb Cilantro Lime DressingLow Carb Cilantro Lime DressingLow Carb Cilantro Lime DressingLow Carb Cilantro Lime DressingLow Carb Cilantro Lime Dressing. This is of course delicious on any salad as a dressing but it is also good on tomatoes, avocados, and surprisingly, on strawberries which probably explains why the Strawberry Salsa is so good. It has many of the same flavors.

Not much to talk about here except to say the dressing will last a lot longer in the fridge than it will on your table.

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Cilantro Lime Dressing
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Ingredients
  1. 2 C Packed Chopped Cilantro
  2. ½ C Olive Oil
  3. 3 T Lime Juice
  4. 2 T Water
  5. 1 T Apple Cider Vinegar
  6. 2 t Just Like Sugar Brown***
  7. 1 t Garlic Paste***
  8. 1 t Dried Oregano
  9. ¼ t Salt
  10. Freshly Ground Black Pepper
Instructions
  1. Put all ingredients in a small processor and process until cilantro is pulverized.
  2. 8 Servings
  3. 129 Calories, 0.3g Protein, 14.2 Fat, 0.7g Carbs, 0.4g Fiber, 0.3g Net Carbs
Notes
  1. Depending on how you use (drizzle) this dressing, it may yield more than 8 servings which is about 2 T per person. This may not seem like a lot but I don't think I used that much on either of the pictures shown.
  2. Refrigeration should solidify you olive oil so take it out before using, stir it, and leave it on the counter for ½ hour or so.
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Low Carb Buerre Blanc

Low Carb Buerre BlancLow Carb Buerre BlancLow Carb Buerre BlancLow Carb Buerre Blanc. This is an elegant, spiffy, easy little sauce that goes particularly well with just about any meat depending on the herbs used.  I used tarragon/tarragon vinegar for use on a ribeye but changing to thyme/rosemary makes it good on poultry of any kind or use lemon juice for seafood. Think a steak with a little crab & asparagus. Very simple to make but oh, so flavorful.  Though the recipe may look a bit reminiscent of a Béarnaise, this has no egg yolk.  It instead relies on a touch of heavy cream and the sauce is strained making it smooth as silk. The next time I fix it, it will probably be for a calamari steak and a little goes a long way. If you have leftovers? Put it on your breakfast eggs. Yum.

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Buerre Blanc
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Ingredients
  1. 3 T Tarragon Vinegar
  2. 3 T White Wine
  3. 2 T Minced Shallots
  4. ¼ C Heavy Cream
  5. 12 T Cold Butter
  6. Salt & White Pepper To Taste When Finished
Instructions
  1. Put shallots, wine, and vinegar in a small saucepan. On very lowest setting reduce, until you have about 2 T liquid left. The idea is to soften the shallots to extract their flavors.
  2. Strain out shallots and (tarragon) & add heavy cream to vinegar mix.
  3. When all is warm, begin adding butter 1 T at a time, mixing until nearly incorporated, then add the next 1 T butter until all butter has been used.
  4. Serve immediately.
  5. 8 Servings
  6. 185 Calories, 0.2g Protein, 20.3g Fat, 0.4g Carbs, 0.0g Fiber, 0.4g Net Carbs
Notes
  1. If you don’t have tarragon vinegar then use white wine vinegar and 1 t dried tarragon.
  2. As you can see if you are keto this is nearly an all fat condiment.
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Low Carb Cuban Beef

Low Carb Cuban BeefLow Carb Cuban BeefLow Carb Cuban BeefLow Carb Cuban Beef or its Spanish name Ropa Vieja. Cuban Beef is considered by most as the national dish of Cuba and I am imagining it made with pork too.  I know the list of ingredients is long but it goes together very quickly and assuming you have a crock pot it is pretty much a dice, cut, and dump recipe. I do what I call Future Cooking (my meat) so I already have it when I need it for all kinds of things. This is what I did here, it is a bit different than the directions, and the outcome is exactly the same. I would suggest you sear your meat as the end product will be more flavorful but with all the great ingredients it’s flavorful on its own. Since I don’t do rice it is perfect served with some sautéed cauliflower rice.

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Cuban Beef
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Ingredients
  1. 2-2½ Lbs Thick Cut Chuck Roast
  2. 1 Thinly Sliced Onion
  3. 1 Thinly Sliced Red Pepper (Or Orange Or Green)
  4. 1 Thinly Sliced Yellow Pepper
  5. 2 T Garlic Paste***
  6. 1 T Paprika
  7. 1 T Dried Oregano
  8. 2 t Ground Cumin
  9. ⅛ t Allspice
  10. ⅛ t Ground Clove
  11. 1 t Pepper
  12. ½ C White Wine
  13. 1 C Water (+ More As/If Needed)
  14. 1 T Chicken Base*** (+More To Taste)
  15. 1 Can Small Diced Tomatoes
  16. 2 T Tomato Paste
  17. 2 Bay Leaves
  18. 1 Carrot Split
  19. 1 Stalk Celery Split
  20. 1 C Green Olives
  21. ½ C Roasted Red Peppers
  22. 2 T Capers
  23. 1 Cup Cilantro (Divided)
Instructions
  1. Sear room temperature meat. Set aside.
  2. Slice all vegetables, put into pot, reserving olives, roasted red peppers, capers, and cilantro.
  3. Sprinkle in spices and bay leaves.
  4. Pour in all liquids including tomato paste.
  5. Put meat into pot and cook on high for 3-4 hours or until beef pulls apart.
  6. Remove carrot and celery pieces then add olives, roasted red peppers, capers, ¼ C cilantro and bring to temperature.
  7. Serve either on a plate or in a bowl and garnish with remaining cilantro.
  8. 8 Servings
  9. 403 Calories, 33.2g Protein, 23.8g Fat, 6.6g Carbs, 1.7g Fiber, 4.9g Net Carbs
  10. 6 Servings
  11. 537 Calories, 44.3g Protein, 31.7g Fat, 8.9g Carbs, 2.2g Fiber, 6.7g Net Carbs
Notes
  1. I used pitted Castelvetrano olives because my grocery store sells them on their olive bar but whatever you buy, just be sure you get "pitted" olives.
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Low Carb Cauliflower Couscous

Low Carb Cauliflower CouscousLow Carb Cauliflower CouscousLow Carb Cauliflower Couscous.  Don’t think anyone can pinpoint the origins of couscous but it is generally thought to come from the North Western areas of Africa and the Moroccans like to call it their national dish.  I doubt many people make couscous from scratch any more and we all may have had couscous by a company call Near East at some time or another.

Now, a lot of couscous has dried fruits in it because they are predominate to the region. Well, I don’t eat much fruit and dried fruit is mostly just concentrated sugar so I did the next best thing which was to spice it and add nuts.  It is a very easy recipe and can be on your table in about 25-30 minutes. I used slivered almonds and they are totally interchangeable with pine nuts.

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Cauliflower Couscous
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Ingredients
  1. 1 Head Riced Cauliflower Or About 5-6 C
  2. ¼ C Olive Oil+More If Needed
  3. 1 T Garlic Paste***
  4. 1 T Dried Thyme
  5. 1 T Cumin
  6. ¼ C Lemon Juice
  7. 2 T Za’atar (Garnish)
  8. ¼ C Pine Nuts Or ¼ C Slivered Almonds (Garnish)
  9. ½ T Sumac (Garnish)
  10. ½ t Salt
  11. ¼ t Pepper
Instructions
  1. Toast nuts in a dry pan until beginning to brown in spots.
  2. In large skillet heat and mix olive oil, garlic, thyme, and cumin.
  3. Add room temperature riced cauliflower and sauté until turning a light golden brown. You only need to stir every once in a while.
  4. Drizzle lemon juice over cauliflower, sprinkle with salt & pepper and give it one last good mixing.
  5. Put cauliflower in serving bowl, sprinkle with sumac, then za'atar and (Aleppo pepper flakes if using) and top with toasted nuts.
  6. Garnish with cilantro if wanted.
  7. 6 Servings
  8. 176 Calories, 2.7g Protein, 15.0g Fat, 6.9g Carbs, 2.6g Fiber, 4.3g Net Carbs
Notes
  1. Pine nuts would be indigenous to the dish but are expensive and I think toasted slivered almonds are a really good sub.
  2. I also used Aleppo pepper flakes because it adds a bit of wonderful zing but is not necessary.
  3. Heavenly.
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Low Carb Cucumber Lime Mignonette

Low Carb Cucumber Lime MignonetteLow Carb Cucumber Lime MignonetteLow Carb Cucumber Lime MignonetteLow Carb Cucumber Lime MignonetteLow Carb Cucumber Lime Mignonette.  This low carb Cucumber Lime Mignonette is good with pretty much any seafood.  If you like raw oysters, and I do, it is perfect doused on them.  The second time I made it, and when I was sure I liked the balance, I did it with a flash-fried calamari steak, hence the picture.  I know it’s good on shrimp but I didn’t take pictures so the next time….and now done.  I most often do not eat oysters at home as they are such a treat on the rare occasion that I eat out, but I will now buy some soon, just to pig out on them.  I have had some really good mignonettes and I have also had some pretty tasteless ones so you will have to decide which you think this is.  There’s a Bonus:  It also makes a fabulous salad dressing with the addition of olive oil.  You can’t see much of it but you sure will taste it.

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Cucumber Lime Mignonette
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Ingredients
  1. 3 T SugarFree Rice Vinegar
  2. 2 T Fish Sauce
  3. 1 T Lime Juice
  4. ¼ C Minced Cucumber
  5. ¼ C Minced Purple Onion (Or Shallots Are Great Too)
  6. 2 T Minced Jalapeno Pepper
  7. 2 T Just Like Sugar Brown***
  8. 1 T Jalapeno Juice
  9. 1½ t Garlic Paste***
  10. Freshly Ground Pepper If Desired
Instructions
  1. In small bowl mix all liquid ingredients then add garlic and Just Like Sugar Brown.
  2. Mince all appropriate veggies and add to liquids.
  3. Refrigerate for at least several hours.
  4. 6 Servings
  5. 6 Calories, .4g Protein, 0.0g Fat, 1.1g Carbs, 0.1g Fiber, 1.0g Net Carbs
  6. 8 Servings
  7. 4 Calories, .3g Protein, 0.0g Fat, 0.8g Carbs, 0.1g Fiber, 0.7g Net Carbs
Notes
  1. You are probably going to find yourself slurping any leftovers.
  2. The first time I made this I peeled the cucumber and the second time I did not. Do as you wish but it is much prettier with the peel left on. (See Pictures)
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Low Carb Zaatar Sumac Eggplant

Low Carb Zaatar Sumac EggplantLow Carb Zaatar Sumac EggplantLow Carb Zaatar Sumac EggplantLow Carb Zaatar Sumac EggplantLow Carb Zaatar Sumac Eggplant.  I love eggplant…any way I can get it.  I might guess, in some fashion or another I buy 2-3 lbs of eggplant a week and often just cube and sauté it in olive oil, and it is why you see it as a side dish on many of my dinner plates.  Both za’atar and sumac are readily available on the internet and always, always in a Middle-Eastern grocery store.  I use what’s called an “Aleppo” blend za’atar but the BIGGEST thing to look for is that it does not have wheat in it.  Wheat is only a filler, is not original, and definitely not needed. There is what’s called “green za’atar and for what ever it’s worth I don’t like it.  There are nearly as many za’atars as there are cooks in the Mid-East because it is served at every meal in some fashion or another and every woman has her own secret recipe. The Za’atar I use is pictured below.

You can dip vegetables, olives, and bread in it, you can sprinkle it atop labne, in dips (hummus) and it goes as well with meats and baked vegetables etc.  I use it liberally with my Lemon Chicken With Sumac & Za’atar. and it divine sprinkled on soups like Eggplant Soup and African Peanut Soup.  Anyway, I believe after you have gotten and had some of it you might wonder how you ever did without it.  Those bright red dots you see on the finished eggplant are Aleppo pepper flakes and again, now that I have them I put them on a LOT. OF. STUFF.  Oh, and one other thing.  You can see that the eggplant is cross-hatched so that each little diamond is its own succulent bite.

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Za'atar Sumac Eggplant
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Ingredients
  1. 2 Smallish Eggplants
  2. 6 T Olive Oil + More As/If Needed
  3. 2 T Za’atar +More To Taste
  4. 2 t Sumac
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 425°.
  2. Without trimming ends cut eggplants in half.
  3. With small paring knife and without cutting the side skin, make 1” crosshatch marks to bottom, again without cutting into skin bottom.
  4. Put olive oil into a small bowl and brush onto each eggplant half.
  5. Sprinkle ½ t sumac on each half.
  6. Sprinkle ½ T Za’atar on each half + more if wanted.
  7. Place on foil lined pan and bake about 30-35 minutes or until tender.
  8. 4 Servings
  9. 220 Calories, 1.3g Protein, 21.2g Fat, 7.8g Carbs, 3.1g Fiber, 4.7g Net Carbs
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Low Carb Garlic Mint Snow Peas

Low Carb Garlic Mint Snow PeasLow Carb Garlic Mint Snow PeasLow Carb Garlic Mint Snow Peas.  These could not be much easier but they do pack a great flavor punch and slivered on the diagonal they cook very quickly.  I left these plain Jane but with the addition of a number of things you can change the flavor significantly.  Add a splash of tamari or fish sauce or maybe just something you have and like.  And if you happen to have Pili Nuts they are a great replacement for pine nuts with the same buttery high fat content.

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Garlic Mint Snow Peas
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Ingredients
  1. 4 C Snow Peas
  2. 3 T Olive Oil
  3. 3 T Pine Nuts
  4. 1 T Crushed Garlic***
  5. 1 T Dried Mint
  6. Salt To Taste
Instructions
  1. Sliver snow peas on the bias.
  2. Add olive oil & garlic to hot pan, stir to mix and immediately add snow peas & pine nuts.
  3. Fry until beginning to brown.
  4. Plate or place in serving bowl, sprinkle with mint and salt to taste.
  5. 4 Servings
  6. 163 Calories, 3.0g Protein, 15.1g Fat, 6.6g Carbs, 2.3g Fiber, 4.3g Net Carbs
Notes
  1. This takes almost no time at all to sauté so best to do it last minute.
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Low Carb Red Pepper Walnut Relish

Low Carb Red Pepper Walnut RelishLow Carb Red Pepper Walnut RelishLow Carb Red Pepper Walnut Relish.  Muhammara In Arabic, and this is the 2nd recipe I am posting using Aleppo Pepper Paste and also where I will attempt to explain it a bit more than in the Yogurt Walnut Dip.  Originally, Aleppo Peppers were grown and came from Aleppo, Syria and the picture on the right is a true pepper.

In Syria, with hundreds of thousands dead and livelihoods destroyed by the conflict, the loss of a spice might not seem like a big deal, but it’s not just a flavor, it’s history. “The Syrians are so accustomed to conflict, and at the same time so determined to maintain their traditions, they create spaces in their homes where they keep supplies. Most households retain a small supply of seeds, too.”  You can get what is call Aleppo pepper but it is not coming from Aleppo and almost certainly not even from Syria.  They are now mostly grown in Turkey and you know how it works.  They are going to probably crossbreed on their own (peppers tend to do that) and flavors will change depending on the soil they are grown in.

The Aleppo pepper has a moderate heat level of about 10,000 on the Scoville scale, with some fruitiness and mild, cumin-like undertones. Its flavor is similar to the ancho chile, but oilier and slightly salty as salt is often used in the drying process which I explained elsewhere and yes, don’t not make this because you don’t have access to a Middle-Eastern market.  Ancho chili powder makes a good stand-in with a near Scoville heat of a mildish jalapeno pepper. If you belong to Amazon you can get it there and also through Penzey’s Spices.

See Note Below:  I just bought some ancho chile powder, made a paste with it and whoa, it is pretty spicy so if you end up using it, try using only ½ T to begin with, taste, and add more if wanted.

 

You will need bread crumbs made from the Low Carb Carbalose Bread recipe and if you have never made it, now may be the time.  Nutritionals do include bread crumbs.

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Red Pepper Walnut Relish
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Ingredients
  1. 1 C Toasted Then Ground Walnuts
  2. ½ C Carbalose Bread Crumbs
  3. 2 T Mild Red Pepper Paste (Or Equivalent)
  4. 1½ T Lemon Juice
  5. 1½ T Olive Oil
  6. 1 T Just Like Sugar Brown***
  7. 1 t Balsamic Vinegar
  8. ¾ t Cumin
  9. ¼ t Paprika
  10. ¼ T Salt
  11. 1 T Olive Oil (For Drizzling)
  12. ½ T Toasted Pine Nuts (Garnish)
  13. Assorted Low Carb Veggies
Instructions
  1. Toast and cool walnuts.
  2. Put first 10 ingredients into your processor and grind until fine and turns into a stiff mix. If it needs more olive oil drizzle more a bit at a time until desired consistency is reached.
  3. Press onto plate or into serving dish, drizzle with more olive oil and garnish with pine nuts.
  4. Serve with veggies and a small spreading knife.
  5. 4 Servings
  6. 262 Calories, 6.3g Protein, 24.7g Fat, 8.1g Carbs, 3.9g Fiber, 4.2g Net Carbs
Notes
  1. I wish you could have seen the two of us in the kitchen making this relish. I wanted to do it, scratch out the recipe on paper, and it was a little of this and a little of that until I finally got it. She is just as meticulous and picky about her food and I am about mine and she had zero problems correcting me. Whatever happened to respect for the elderly?
  2. If you end up using ancho powder add a little water & oil to make a paste and you can buy the paste-just make sure it does not have garlic in. I don’t have the paste (but then again I have the real deal) and apparently you can use it in all kinds of stuff.
  3. Nutritionals include bread crumbs.
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Low Carb Cowboy Butter

Low Carb Cowboy ButterLow Carb Cowboy ButterLow Carb Cowboy Butter. There are days, and I mean many of them, that I can barely wait to have dinner, and eating anything with this low carb cowboy butter sauce is one of them. It should not be hard to imagine how good this sauce is.  All you have to do is look at the ingredients and let’s face it, butter and garlic are good on a brick but it really will go with about anything you want to dip into it.  Vegetables, breads, steak, chicken, seafood…I used chicken tenders for this go-round but um, you really can’t beat a great steak. Everything about this sauce is appealing.  Ingredients are not so different than a complex compound butter but a heck of a lot easier to fix.  No molding the butter or rolling it is film and waiting for it to get firm enough to slice.  This is pretty immediate gratification.

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Cowboy Butter
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Ingredients
  1. 6 T Butter
  2. 2 T Crushed Garlic***
  3. 1 T Dijon Mustard
  4. ⅛ t Cayenne Pepper
  5. ¼ t Paprika
  6. 1 T Dried Parsley
  7. 1 T Dried Chives
  8. 1 t Dried Thyme
  9. ¼ t Red Pepper Flakes
  10. ¼ t Salt
  11. ¼ t Pepper
  12. 1 T Lemon Juice (Only For Seafood)
Instructions
  1. Slightly melt butter.
  2. Add all ingredients to a small bowl and mix well.
  3. Serve in small individual dipping bowls.
  4. 4 Servings
  5. 166 Calories, 0.5g Protein, 17.3g Fat, 1.7g Carbs, 0.2g Fiber, 1.5g Net Carbs
Notes
  1. I serve this just barely warmed so most of it will stick to the food I am dipping into it.
  2. Add ½ T lemon if serving with fish.
  3. Yes, you can also just spoon it on before service.
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Low Carb Pecan Maple Brandy Bars

Low Carb Pecan Maple Brandy BarsLow Carb Pecan Maple Brandy BarsLow Carb Pecan Maple Brandy Bars.  I doubt you can truly get good perspective on the size (I did a 12 cut) of these Pecan Maple Brandy Bars but the taste? Holy Moly Batman, to die for.  I am getting sick of ruining my dinners.  Certainly one of the things we as bloggers need to do it taste a new recipe and for some reason, which probably has to do more with my prefrontal cortex, I am unable to wait until after my dinner to try a dessert.  Come on, I am 71 years old and I’m still acting like a child but I do have to say that most times it’s worth it and this was one of the times. A touch of brandy, a touch of maple and ooh la la.  They are enough to make you dance in the streets. Sheesh, I have 60 lowcarb, keto, and paleo dessert recipes on this site and I have had a lot of good high carby desserts in my time but, these low carb pecan maple brandy bars have gone to the top of my favorites list.  Oozy, gooey, goodness.

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Pecan Maple Brandy Bars
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Crust
  1. 2¼ C Almond Flour
  2. ¾ C Ground Pecans
  3. ½ C Just Like Sugar Brown***
  4. ¾ C Melted Butter
Filling
  1. 2 Eggs
  2. ¾ C Just Like Sugar Brown***
  3. ½ C Melted Butter
  4. ¼ C SugarFree Maple Syrup***
  5. 2 T Heavy Cream
  6. 1 t Vanilla Extract
  7. 2 T Brandy
  8. 1¼ C Chopped Pecans
Crust
  1. Preheat oven to 350˚.
  2. Mix all ingredients and press well into an 8"x8” cake pan.
  3. Blind bake crust 12-15 minutes and then “tamp down” as it will puff up. Return to oven for about 5-10 additional minutes or until it starts to turn just ever so slightly brown. If it has puffed up again knock it back down.
  4. Leave oven on.
Filling
  1. Add eggs, Just Like Sugar Brown, syrup, melted butter, vanilla to medium bowl & beat until smooth.
  2. Add heavy cream & brandy, and mix thoroughly.
  3. Fold in nuts, pour into pan, and bake for 25-30 minutes. Bars will puff up and then fall when removed from the oven and should just giggle ever so slightly in the center.
  4. Put on rack and cool completely.
  5. For the very best results cover and refrigerate for at least 4-5 hours as the bars will get really chewy, thick and dense.
  6. 16 Servings
  7. 325 Calories, 5.5g Protein, 33.0g Fat, 5.3g Carbs, 2.9g Fiber, 2.4g Net Carbs
  8. 12 Servings
  9. 433 Calories, 7.3g Protein, 43.9g Fat, 7.0g Carbs, 3.9g Fiber, 3.1g Net Carbs
Notes
  1. Bars are as chewy and dense as the best brownie you have ever eaten.
  2. Absolutely no need to grease pan as the crust has so much butter in it. The bars will come out slicker than a whistle.
  3. CAVEAT: I use the ingredients that I feel are the best available, for me personally. If you decide to make this (and I sure hope you do) I am unable to vouch for substitute sweeteners. I have multiple reasons for NOT using eryritol, oligosaccharides or food grade glycerin(e) and one of them is they are not as low in carbs as you may have been lead to believe.
  4. I do occasionally used EZ-Sweetz liquid Sucralose as it adds a different depth of sweetness rather than leaving something one dimensional and neither of the products used here have any carbs in them no matter how much you use. None of the above mentioned can begin to say that which is why you see a nutritional label for 1 t or God forbid ½ t.
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Low Carb Shrimp & Grits

Low Carb Shrimp & GritsLow Carb Shrimp & Grits.  Shrimp and grits began as a simple low country southern  dish.  Shrimp was plentiful and so was hominy. It has been refined over the years and has now become a staple on Southern tables and restaurants everywhere but really took off in the mid 1980’s when Chef Bill Neal brought it to new heights.  Mine is no different and only a reminder that there are low carb versions of almost anything.  I have to say that I just happen to like my own low carb version best.  We (at least I) pretty much eat low carb shrimp & grits for dinner but it was originally eaten as a big hearty breakfast before going out to a day of fishing.  It make’s sense to use the bacon grease instead of draining it and then using seed oil and in fact I have not had a seed oil in my house for 9 years and it makes me sick to think I, like most everyone, believed the poison for so many years.

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Shrimp & Grits
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Ingredients
  1. 1 Lb Large Shelled Shrimp
  2. 1 Head Riced Cauliflower
  3. ½ Lb Bacon
  4. ½ C Minced Onions
  5. 4 Oz Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  6. ¼ C Heavy Cream
  7. Water To Consistency
  8. 2 T Lemon Juice
  9. 2 t Crushed Garlic***
  10. 2 t Chicken Base***
  11. ¼ C Green Onion Tops
  12. Salt & Pepper Only If Needed
  13. Old Bay (Optional & I Did Not Use It)
  14. Parmesan Cheese (Optional & I Did Not Use It)
Instructions
  1. Cut bacon into small pieces & cook to render fat. Leaving fat in pan, remove bacon & set aside.
  2. Remove enough fat (2-3 T) to a separate skillet to sauté shrimp.
  3. Add onion to remaining fat and cook until translucent then add in cauliflower, heavy cream, chicken base, and bacon & cook until tender. (5-6-7 minutes).
  4. Remove from heat, blend in cheese and add enough water, if needed, to bring to creamy consistency.
  5. Sauté shrimp in bacon fat, adding crushed garlic and lemon juice.
  6. Put grits into bowl, arrange shrimp and sprinkle with green onions.
  7. 4 Servings
  8. 582 Calories, 41.8g Protein, 40.5g Fat, 12.7g Carbs, 4.4g Fiber, 8.3g Net Carbs
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Low Carb Pecan Sandy Bars

Low Carb Pecan Sandy BarsLow Carb Pecan Sandy BarsLow Carb Pecan Sandy Bars.  To set the stage:  The day before Christmas I was making a Pie Crust, taking pictures as replacement, and had quite a bit left over so I threw it into a container and then into the freezer.  Several hours later, and realizing how wonderful the pie crust is, it came to me that perhaps with little to no changes I could make kind of a shortbread cookie with it so I hauled it out of the freezer to thaw and proceeded from there and like wow, these are ridiculously good.  I know there are other recipes for pecan cookies but my adage has been and remains that for maximum flavor you need to take advantage of Surface Area and what better way to do this than to grind an ingredient. Now, I do have a Carbalose Duck Fat Shortbread Cookies recipe but these Pecan Sandy Bars don’t have any grains in them so they are totally keto ~ paleo. Oh, and did I mention they have fat in them?  Yeah, lots & lots & lots of fat.

When I was diagnosed with diabetes on September 17, 2010 my first thought was probably the same as most diabetics:  Uh oh, I am never going to be able to again have______fill in the blank and I now realize that is such baloney. Examples: The recipe that eventually launched this site Carbalose BreadButter Pecan Ice Cream, and this recipe for Low Carb Pecan Sandy Bars.  Gads, I can go to nearly any country in the world and enjoy low carb version of their foods.

So, we all have inspirations from time to time and these low carb pecan sandy bars are one of mine.  I am inspired by fabrics and colors and textures hence Kingsize Quilts and for 40+ years as a chef, I have been inspired by foods and their ingredients.

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Pecan Sandy Bars
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Ingredients
  1. 2¼ C Almond Flour
  2. 1¼ C Pecans
  3. ½ C Just Like Sugar Brown***
  4. 1 T Flaxseed Meal
  5. 1 T Ground Chia Seeds
  6. ¾ C Melted Butter
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. Put almond flour in large bowl.
  3. Add pecans, just like sugar, flaxseed meal, & ground chia seeds in processor and grind all together until pecans are finely done. Add to almond flour and mix thoroughly.
  4. Add melted butter and mix really well.
  5. Spread evenly in 10”x10” baking pan and press well making sure to press the sides and corners.
  6. Taking a knife (or better yet a bench scraper) cut to bottom of pan (scoring) to get either 12 or 16 cuts.
  7. Bake 25-30 minutes until barely beginning to color on top.
  8. Remove from oven, allow to cool 10 minutes. re-cut scores, and cool completely.
  9. 16 Servings
  10. 186 Calories, 3.9g Protein, 18.3g Fat, 4.3g Carbs, 2.5g Fiber, 1.8g Net Carbs
  11. 12 Servings
  12. 248 Calories, 5.2g Protein, 24.4g Fat, 5.8g Carbs, 3.3g Fiber, 2.5g Net Carbs
Notes
  1. Bars should tamp to about ½" thick. If you use a smaller pan than suggested yes, they will be thicker but will need a time & temperature adjustment.
  2. No need to grease pan as they will come out quite easily.
  3. When cooled the bars will be very crunchy and melt in your mouth…just like the original pecan sandies. I didn't try it because these are so good on their own but maybe ½ C of sugar-free desiccated coconut and ¼ C more butter might be pretty tasty too.
  4. I grind lots of chia seeds in my spice grinder and since it never takes much of it, I do a lot at one time and keep them in the freezer for future use. Again going back to surface area and why it is so important.
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Low Carb Kugelis

Low Carb KugelisLow Carb KugelisLow Carb KugelisLow Carb Kugelis. The only question here is:  Do you like bacon? This is an old Lithuanian/Polish dish and is probably made differently by as many people as there are who make it.  Originally a peasant dish made with bacon, grated potatoes, and onions with lots of eggs and milk, it is still made (mostly) the same way today.  Yes, I have onions in mine but have subbed daikon radish for the high carby potatoes and heavy cream for milk and in one word it…is…delicious.  With the invention of some modern appliances like a food processor this is pretty easy to make, it makes a lot and I think I know why.  Way back when as mostly people lived on farms and had lots of little mouths to feed, Kugelis could feed a small army of (children) farm workers and…all the ingredients were not only inexpensive, they were readily available on any farm.  I can’t imagine this this but the women grated the potatoes and the onions on the smallest holes on probably what was some really old grater.  It will look like a pudding before you cook it but rest assured it is not after it has baked.  I guarantee you will not be able to tell any difference between this low carb kugelis and any original and if you have leftovers?  Put a couple of eggs on top and eat it for a super hearty breakfast.

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Kugelis
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Ingredients
  1. 2 Lbs Daikon Radish (Or About 8 Cups Shredded)
  2. 1 Lb Bacon
  3. 1 Medium Grated Onion (Shallots)
  4. 6 T Melted Butter
  5. 8 Beaten Eggs
  6. ½ C Heavy Cream
  7. 1 T Flaxseed Meal
  8. 1 T Ground Chia Seeds
  9. 2 t Salt
  10. 1 t Pepper
  11. ½ t Nutmeg (Optional But Good)
  12. Sour Cream (Garnish)
  13. Green Onion Tops (Garnish)
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°.
  2. Sauté the bacon leaving all fat in pan. Crumble cooled bacon and put into a large bowl.
  3. Grate onion in processor on smallest grate possible. Add to bacon.
  4. Peel, grate, & rinse daikon radish squeezing out all excess water. Add to bowl.
  5. Add melted butter & bacon fat to bowl.
  6. Add heavy cream, rest of ingredients and mix well.
  7. Pour into ungreased 10”x10” or 9”x13” pan and bake for 50-60 minutes.
  8. 12 Servings
  9. 284 Calories, 10.4g Protein, 24.2g Fat, 4.8g Carbs, 2.0g Fiber, 2.8g Net Carbs
Notes
  1. If you don’t have a small hole grater then process by pulsing for 3-4 seconds twice which ought to get you what you want for texture.
  2. Wait until you smell your kitchen as this cooks…unbelievable.
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Low Carb Bacon Thyme Cauliflower Rice

Low Carb Thyme Bacon Cauliflower RiceLow Carb Thyme Bacon Cauliflower RiceLow Carb Bacon Thyme Cauliflower Rice.  I just kinda threw this together on a Sunday afternoon and it was so good I decided to post it.  You can see from the ingredients picture how simple it is.  I was originally going to use that olive oil along with the bacon grease but since I had some duck fat left over from a duck breast I did the other day, I used it instead.  Sometimes just a little of this and a little of that gives you something really good to eat.  Try it sometime. It can be rewarding and fun.

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Bacon Thyme Cauliflower Rice
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Ingredients
  1. 1 Medium Head Riced Cauliflower (Always Include The Core) (About 4-5 C)
  2. 2 Thinly Sliced Shallots (Or Medium Onion)
  3. ½ Lb Bacon
  4. 2 T Olive Oil
  5. 2 t Dried Thyme
  6. Salt & Pepper To Taste
Instructions
  1. Fry bacon reserving fat in the pan.
  2. Crumble bacon and set aside.
  3. Turn down heat, add shallots & thyme and cook to translucent. Set aside.
  4. Turn up heat to medium, add olive oil to remaining bacon grease, add cauliflower and fry until beginning to brown.
  5. Add back bacon and shallots and heat to temperature.
  6. Add salt & pepper to taste.
  7. 6 Servings
  8. 149 Calories, 7.3g Protein, 11.5g Fat, 6.0g Carbs, 2.6g Fiber, 4.4g Net Carbs
Notes
  1. I don't know about you but if you buy your cauliflower already riced, and I do not, this is about as simple as it gets.
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Low Carb Asian Slaw

Low Carb Asian SlawLow Carb Asian SlawLow Carb Asian SlawLow Carb Asian Slaw.  I have become so fond of eating low carb Asian food of any kind that this low carb Asian Slaw is a natural addition to my repertoire.  It is as beautiful and easy as it is tasty.  Napa (Chinese) cabbage is traditional but I think, if you wanted, you could use a lot of other greens and for me Bok Choy comes to mind as it is now my go to lettuce unless…I am doing a specialty salad like the Parmesan Artichoke Heart Shrimp Salad or the very famous Canlis Salad.

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Asian Slaw
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Ingredients
  1. 3 C Shredded Chinese (Napa) Lettuce
  2. 1 C Shredded Jicama
  3. 1 C Shredded Daikon Radish
  4. 1 C Slivered Snow Peas (On The Bias)
  5. 1 C Slivered Red Pepper
  6. 1 C Slivered Purple Onion (Or Shallots)
  7. 1 C Boiled Sprouts (Drained Well And Cooled To Cold)
  8. 1 C Finely Chopped Cilantro
  9. ½ C Green Onion Tops
  10. 3 T Tamari
  11. 2 T Rice Wine Vinegar
  12. 2 T Lime Juice
  13. 4 t Just Like Sugar Brown***
  14. 2 t Ginger
  15. 2 t Crushed Garlic***
  16. 2 t Fish Sauce (Optional But Really Good)
  17. 2 t Dried Mint (Again, Optional But Really Good)
  18. 2 t Sesame Seeds
Instructions
  1. Combine all vegetables in a large bowl.
  2. Mix rest of ingredients except sesame seeds in a small bowl and add to vegetables.
  3. Toss well and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
  4. Toss again.
  5. Put into a large serving bowl and sprinkle with sesame seeds.
  6. 8 Servings
  7. 37 Calories, 2.3g Protein, 0.2g Fat, 7.3g Carbs, 2.4g Fiber, 4.9g Net Carbs
Notes
  1. If you think it seems dry, it is not. It will get juicier as it sits and the vegetables wilt a bit.
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Low Carb Pancetta Sprouts

Low Carb Pancetta SproutsLow Carb Pancetta SproutsLow Carb Pancetta Sprouts.  I have a friend whose birthday is the same day as mine and as a treat, I took her to The LaurelHurst Market for dinner.  Along with the birthday stuff they gave me, I also purchased ¼ lb of pancetta and some of their Chicken Liver Paté.  I think mine is better but theirs was just starring me in the face, begging me to buy some…so I did.  The paté and birthday bacon are long gone but I stuck the pancetta in the freezer.  I pretty much always have boiled mung bean sprouts in the fridge as I eat them in different ways as a side dish 3-4 times a week.  So just to do something a little differently I decided to do a pot-load of garlic with my pancetta and some of the sprouts.  Wow was it good.  It was so good, I decided to post a recipe with it.  Here are some of the other things I do with sprouts and these do not count the sauces I put on them or adding to salads.  Puttanesca Over Mung Bean SproutsMung Bean Sprouts Carbonara, and Chicken Parmesan Over Sprouts.  Sprouts are a terrific substitute for high carby pasta and can be used in most any of your pasta recipes, and the most ridiculous part of all this is that the recipe has a measly three ingredients.  Yup, that’s just three. Actually, four If you count the pepper.

With all that said, if you can’t find pancetta, bacon makes a good stand-in so don’t not make this because you can’t find or get pancetta.

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Pancetta Sprouts
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Ingredients
  1. ½ Lb Pancetta (Or Bacon)
  2. 1 Lb Boiled Sprouts
  3. 2 T Crushed Garlic***
  4. Freshly Ground Pepper
Instructions
  1. Bring large pot of water to a boil, dump in sprouts, turn to simmer and cook for 4-5 minutes.
  2. Drain sprouts well.
  3. Sauté pancetta until just beginning to crisp. DO NOT drain fat.
  4. Add garlic, sauté 1 minute, and add in drained sprouts to heat.
  5. Serve with lots of freshly ground pepper.
  6. 4 Servings
  7. 270 Calories, 12.7 Protein, 22.1g Fat, 6.2g Carbs, 1.1g Fiber, 5.1g Net Carbs
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Low Carb Asian Lime Fish Sauce

Low Carb Asian Lime Fish SauceLow Carb Asian Lime Fish SauceLow Carb Asian Lime Fish SauceLow Carb Asian Lime Fish Sauce.  Originally this sauce was used to dip thinly sliced Pork Loin Roast into. I now use it as a salad dressing along with several other things so I am posting it as a stand alone recipe.  With a little olive oil I love it as a salad dressing and anything else you might think of to dip into it.  Cucumbers? Yep. Steak? Shrimp? Oh My. Try it.  Another little trick I have learned along the way is using Persian limes instead of the old standby ones everybody uses.  They seem a bit smaller to me but they actually have more juice in them.  I have reamed a lot of lemons and limes in my day and because these have a thinner rind there is more room for juice. Anyway I’m just sayin…

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Asian Lime Fish Sauce
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Ingredients
  1. 3 T Lime Juice
  2. 2 T Fish Sauce
  3. 1½ T Finely Chopped Cilantro Stems (Yes, The Stems)
  4. 1 T Just Like Sugar Brown***
  5. 1 t Crushed Garlic***
  6. ⅛ t Red Chili Flakes (Or 1 t Jalapeno Pepper Juice Or...Both)
  7. Chopped Cilantro (Garnish)
Instructions
  1. In a small bowl, mix all ingredient well.
  2. 4 Servings
  3. 9 Calories, 0.5g Protein, 0.0g Fat, 0.6g Carbs, 0.0g Fiber, 0.6g Net Carbs
Notes
  1. Where in heaven's name are you going to get the flavor you get from this anywhere else?
  2. Another one of my favorite ways to use this is a dipping sauce for boiled shrimp. Oh. My. Yes.
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Low Carb Eggplant Soup

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Low Carb Eggplant SoupLow Carb Eggplant Soup.  Rich, thick, eggplant soup with lots of olive oil and even more flavor. This soup has it all. Bottom center is how I usually sauté my eggplant so please pardon me, but I had to show off my deluxe 12″ aluminum foil sauté pan cover.  I made it about 6-7 years ago and have kept and used it over and over again because…it works.  Some of you may laugh, and rightly so, but I consider myself a minimalist when it comes to kitchenware and this is just a good example.  Where do I store it?  Glad you asked and it rests in my dishwasher along with various other things because in over 12 years…I have never actually used the dishwasher for its intended purpose.  Yep, I’m one of those rare nut cases that actually loves to do my own dishes.  If you want to see another oldie pan I bought for .10 at a garage sale check out the Carbalose Flour Butter Cream Biscuits recipe.  That baby is about 25-30 years old and I am not about to ever let it go.  I later found out it originally went inside a toaster oven and I barely knew what a toaster oven was, let alone owned one.  Bottom right is how I ate it again with za’atar and black seeds. No one expects you to eat it this way as almost no one has these very Middle-Eastern/African/Greek spices but if by some chance you do, use them as they are the absolute perfect topping for this soup.

Of further interest, this soup is good either cold, warm or hot just like Low Carb Vichyssoise.

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Eggplant Soup
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Ingredients
  1. 2 Eggplants Peeled And Sliced Lengthwise
  2. ¼ C Olive Oil
  3. 1 Chopped Medium Onion
  4. 5 Celery Stalks Finely Chopped
  5. 5-6 C Water (Or Chicken Stock)
  6. 3-4 t Chicken Base*** (Or To Taste If Using Stock)
  7. 1 Can Diced Tomatoes
  8. ¼ C Dried Parsley
  9. ¼ C Cilantro Stems
  10. 2 T Crushed Garlic
  11. 1½ t Thyme
  12. 1-1½ t Ground Cumin
  13. ¼ t Cayenne Pepper
  14. ½ C Chopped Cilantro Leaves (Garnish)
  15. ¼ C Olive Oil (Garnish)
  16. 1 Tomato Cut Into Small Dice (Optional)
  17. 1-2 t Liquid Smoke (Optional)
  18. Salt & Pepper To Taste
Instructions
  1. Cook your eggplant anyway you wish to get it very soft. (See Notes) I added about ¼ C of oil to mine.
  2. Put 2 C water (or stock) with celery and onion into a good-size deep pan, cover, and simmer until celery is tender. Including eggplant, dump in rest of ingredients down to cilantro & olive oil garnish, and bring to hot. My pot is an old 3 qt. Revereware which I don't think is even available anymore.
  3. Remove from heat and with emersion stick, blend until relatively smooth and thick.
  4. Taste and season if necessary.
  5. Put into large bowls, add small diced tomato of using, place cilantro, and drizzle with olive oil.
  6. 8 Servings
  7. 169 Calories, 2.0g Protein, 14.2g Fat, 10.4g Carbs, 3.6g Fiber, 6.8g Net Carbs
Notes
  1. I used about a T of reserved diced tomato as garnish under the cilantro and it was surprisingly tasty so I would suggest you do the same.
  2. There are several other ways to cook your eggplant. One is to peel, chop, and sauté it in olive oil. I ended up having to cut it up anyway or, you can bake it peeled in the oven until soft and squeeze out the guts. I find that you lose a bit of eggplant by doing it this way.
  3. If you are using plain chicken stock, you will definitely have to use more salt.
  4. You may make this thinner by adding a little more stock or water as it is naturally very thick on its own.
  5. I did not add liquid smoke originally and if you don't have it don't worry as it is not an essential ingredient. It just goes well with eggplant. I tried it the next day in another bowl and I would now always use it.
  6. If you don’t have an emersion stick or a large blender do not attempt to make this soup as it is my belief if you put it into a processor it might make a mess…and I could be wrong but better wrong than sorry.
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Low Carb Shrimp Étouffée

Low Carb Shrimp ÉtoufféeLow Carb Shrimp ÉtoufféeLow Carb Shrimp Étouffée.  Ah Yes, Étouffée.  Another Louisiana classic.  There are always alternatives to a high carby roux and we are going to kind of go the in-between route here in that I am not using any flour but I am using tomato paste.  Many an expert you might care to name, says a good low carb shrimp étouffée is not only made with, duh shrimp, but also with a stock made from the shells and this couldn’t be easier as you’ll see in the directions below. Since we are not making a roux there is no laborious stirring and waiting for it to turn dark brown.  We are also not using traditional rice but instead using either riced cauliflower or a Cauliflower Grits recipe which can easily be made days in advance and frozen for later use.

Some of you may look at the list of ingredients here but I would bet most of you have them in your pantries.  Including making the stock, from start to finish, it takes only about 1½-2 hours and that’s while you can be doing other things.  Once you have made it you may say; that was really easy-everybody loved it so…I think I’ll make it again.

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Shrimp Étouffée
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Shrimp Stock
  1. 2 T Olive Oil
  2. Reserved Shells From 2 Lb Peeled Shrimp
  3. ½ Medium Onion Chopped
  4. 1 Rib Celery Rough Chopped
  5. 3 Bay Leaves
  6. 3-4 C Chicken Stock
Cauliflower
  1. 1 Medium Head Cauliflower Rice (Yes And Including The Core)
  2. Reserved Bacon Grease
  3. 2-3 T Olive Oil
Étouffée
  1. 6 Slices Cooked And Crumbled Bacon (Reserve Fat)
  2. 1½ Sticks Butter
  3. 1 Diced Medium Onion
  4. ½ C Bell Pepper
  5. 3 T Crushed Garlic***
  6. 1½ T Cajun Seasoning
  7. 2 t Crushed Dried Thyme
  8. 1 t Chili Garlic Paste
  9. 1 Small Can Tomato Paste
  10. 2 Celery Ribs Sliced Thinly On The Bias
  11. 1 C Green Onion Tops (Divided)
  12. 2 Lbs Large Shrimp, Shelled And Shells Reserved
  13. 1 T Lemon Juice
  14. 2 T Dried Parsley (Yes, Fresh Works Too)
  15. Salt (Only If Necessary)
  16. Freshly Ground Pepper
  17. Lemon Wedges to Garnish
Shrimp Stock
  1. In large sauce pan heat olive oil, add shrimp shells stirring for several minutes.
  2. Add rest of ingredients, cover, and simmer 45 minutes. Turn off heat, allow to sit another 30 minutes, strain, Set aside.
Cauliflower Rice
  1. In large sauté pan, cook and crumble bacon, reserving fat. Set bacon aside.
  2. Add 3 T olive oil to bacon fat, dump in riced cauliflower and sauté until just beginning to turn golden brown. Set aside in large bowl and keep warm.
Étouffée
  1. On medium low in same sauté pan add butter to melt, then add garlic, onion, bell pepper, Cajun seasoning, thyme, chili garlic paste, and gently cook while stirring, until onion become translucent. 10-15 minutes.
  2. Stir in celery.
  3. Add tomato paste and cook for 3-4 minutes until mixed well.
  4. Add lemon juice and parsley then begin adding stock about 1 C at a time stirring and until well mixed. Repeat until all stock is used or until desired consistency is reached.
  5. Add lemon juice and shrimp and gently poach until shrimp is barely cooked. The time will depend on how large your shrimp are but it will not take long.
  6. Taste and add any salt if needed.
  7. Divide cauliflower rice into bowls, spoon étouffée to the side, and garnish with remaining green onions.
  8. Fresh pepper to taste and it may not need any.
  9. Serve wedge of lemon to the side.
  10. 6 Servings
  11. 532 Calories, 29.7g Protein, 40.7g Fat, 15.1g Carbs, 7.4g Fiber, 7.7g Net Carbs
Notes
  1. I am here to guarantee that you will never miss the high carby floured roux or rice. You just won't.
  2. Nutritionals include 5 T olive oil, cauliflower head, reserved bacon fat, and 8 medium shrimp per person.
  3. Yes, you can skip making the shrimp stock and just use a good purchased chicken stock.
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Low Carb Asian Beef Eggplant Zucchini Stew

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I personally like the flavors of Asia so that is what we are doing here and if this is successful, I may post the same recipe using different spices and adding other ingredients.  This is very easy to make assuming you have the spices and get yourself some mung bean sprouts.  Yes, I garnished mine with a few enoki mushrooms but it is absolutely not necessary.  If you decide to use them they take about 15-20 seconds in a tiny amount of steaming water to cook.  I added some fried garlic and green onions in olive oil to the enokis I had left over and they were terrific with a rather sweetish flavor.

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Asian Beef Eggplant Zucchini Stew
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Ingredients
  1. 2 C Small Dice Daikon Radish
  2. 2 C Cooked Mung Bean Sprouts
  3. 1 C Sautéed Medium Globe Eggplant
  4. 1 C Sautéed Zucchini
  5. 1 C Sautéed Mushrooms
  6. ½ Lb Very Thinly Sliced Good Quality Beef
  7. 6 T Olive Oil (Divided)
  8. 5-6 C Water (+ More If Wanted/Needed)
  9. ½ C Tamari Sauce
  10. Beef Base
  11. 2 t Crushed Garlic***
  12. 1 t Chili Garlic Sauce
  13. 1 t Powdered Ginger
  14. ¼ t Dried Chili Flakes
  15. ½ C Minced Green Onion Tops (Garnish)
  16. ½ C Cilantro (Garnish)
  17. Fish Sauce (Garnish)
  18. Enoki Mushrooms (Optional Garnish)
Instructions
  1. Put water and beef base to taste in saucepan-add tamari. If using beef broth just add tamari.
  2. Add diced daikon radish to broth, cover, and simmer for 25-30 minutes.
  3. Drain radish, retaining broth and put radish into a medium mixing bowl.
  4. Add sprouts to broth, simmer 5-7 minutes, drain, & add to radish.
  5. Add crushed garlic, chili garlic sauce, ginger and dried chili flakes to broth. Add more water as some will have evaporated and keep on simmer. Jack up the heat when ready to serve.
  6. Individually sauté eggplant, zucchini, and mushrooms in olive oil and as each is finished add to rest of ingredients.
  7. Slice beef as thinly as possible. (I used flat iron steak).
  8. Gently fold all ingredients in mixing bowl, divide, and add to serving bowls.
  9. Lay raw steak slices on top of veggies and pour piping hot broth over all. The steak will cook as the hot liquid hits it.
  10. Sprinkle with green onions, garnish with cilantro and enokis (if using).
  11. Put the bottle of fish sauce on the table for individual use.
  12. Serve In A Large Bowl
  13. 6 Servings
  14. 253 Calories, 9.1g Protein, 21.3g Fat, 7.1g Carbs, 3.0g Fiber, 4.1g Net Carbs
Notes
  1. This makes a large bowl of stew and what you see was my meal.
  2. Nutritionals include everything but the enoki mushrooms garnish.
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Low Carb Mung Bean Sprouts Carbonara

Low Carb Mung Bean Sprouts CarbonaraLow Carb Mung Bean Sprouts Carbonara.  Yes, you can have an Italian dinner this evening.  No, you don’t need to go to the Olive Garden to get it.  Pasta carbonara is one of the truly classic Italian dishes and it does not need to be made with high carby pasta.  We are going to use mung bean sprouts instead and by the time we are finished, I doubt you will be able to tell much difference.  Traditionally, carbonara does not have cream in it but no fear, it is really good and does make the meal more hearty.  Hopefully you can find a good pancetta but if not, a good quality smoked bacon will work as a decent stand-in.

This is an extremely low carb but more importantly, high fat recipe.  This is keto at its best and In my humble opinion, very healthy trading about 50g carbs in a pasta for about 7g in sprouts so, the choice is yours. That big beautiful display of basil?  I kid you not, I. Ate. It. All.

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Mung Bean Sprouts Carbonara
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Ingredients
  1. 1 Lb Sprouts
  2. 10-12 Oz Pancetta Or Bacon
  3. ¾ C Heavy Cream
  4. ¼ C Water + More If Necessary
  5. 3 Egg Yolks
  6. 1 C Parmesan Cheese
  7. ¼ C Chopped Basil
  8. 1 t Chicken Base***
  9. Lots Of Freshly Ground Pepper
Instructions
  1. Sauté bacon or pancetta in large pan then drain all but ¼ C fat. Set aside.
  2. Bring pot of water to just under boiling, dump in sprouts and simmer about 5-6 minutes or until just beginning to turn limp. Drain, reserving 1 C liquid.
  3. Mix heavy cream and egg yolks and add to reserved fat.
  4. Add ¼ C reserved water, Parmesan cheese, chicken base and heat.
  5. Add sprouts and bacon to heat.
  6. Add more water to desired consistency.
  7. Plate, garnish with basil, a little more cheese and tons of freshly ground pepper.
  8. 4 Servings
  9. 591 Calories, 28.9g Protein, 47.6g Fat, 8.4g Carbs, 1.6g Fiber, 6.8g Net Carbs
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Low Carb Ginger Green Onion Garlic Sauce

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Ginger Green Onion Garlic Sauce
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Ingredients
  1. ½ C Sliced Green Onion Tops
  2. 2 T Minced Shallots
  3. 2 t Crushed Garlic
  4. 1½ t Powdered Ginger
  5. ¼ C Olive Oil
  6. ½ t Salt
  7. Pepper To Taste And Remembering that Ginger Can Be A Bit Spicy
Instructions
  1. Cut green onions.
  2. Mince shallot.
  3. Add all ingredients to a small processor and pulse to desired consistency and it should not be pulverized.
  4. Allow ingredients to marry on the counter for at least several hours and do not refrigerate.
  5. 4 Servings
  6. 132 Calories, .05g Protein, 14.1g Fat, 2.5g Carbs, .5g Fiber, 2.0g Net Carbs
Notes
  1. Ooh, I just love easy tasty recipes and this is one of them.
  2. It will get better the longer you let it sit on the counter.
  3. Depending on what you are serving this with, you might add as a table condiment, some tamari, or fish sauce.
  4. I put mine with chicken thighs so I didn't use either of them.
  5. Add a little sugarfree rice wine vinegar and you have a really good salad dressing.
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Low Carb Ethiopian Cabbage

Low Carb Ethiopian CabbageLow Carb Ethiopian CabbageLow Carb Ethiopian CabbageLow Carb Ethiopian Cabbage.  I had my first Ethiopian dining experience the other day and it was a dandy.  I shared the plate to the right with someone and it was literally to die for.  Small dribs and drabs of this & that all on top of Ethiopian bread made with teff, which to my knowledge, is the highest carb grain there is.  It was all spectacular but the thing that struck me the most was the cabbage. It was creamy and rich and for whatever reason and I do not know why, it did not have any potatoes in it which would be traditional.  And it case you’re curious, no, neither of us ate the bread.  This is very easy to make and you can be doing other things while it simmers.

I started out and had planned to make about 4 servings and you know what they say about the best laid plans…so, the recipe is for eight people but…you will wish you had even more of it.  Those little pie shaped thingies are thinly sliced daikon radish rounds.

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Ethiopian Cabbage
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Ingredients
  1. ⅓ C Olive Oil
  2. 1½ Lbs Cabbage
  3. ½ C Chopped Carrots (I Used 1 Smallish Carrot)
  4. ½ Lb Daikon Radish
  5. ½ Thinly Sliced Onion
  6. 1½ t Turmeric
  7. 1 T Crushed Garlic
  8. 1 t Salt +More As Needed
  9. ½ C Water Then As Needed
Instructions
  1. Chop cabbage into small pieces.
  2. Chop carrots into small pieces.
  3. Slice daikon radish into very thin rounds and then into wedges.
  4. Julienne Onion.
  5. On med-low in a large sauté pan add olive oil & turmeric, then add cabbage, daikon, onion and salt & mix well.
  6. Add water, cover and cook for 15-20 minutes.
  7. Put carrots into a small sauce pan and simmer until tender-about 10-12 minutes.
  8. Add garlic and carrots to cabbage and and additional water as necessary.
  9. Cook until everything is tender and water is all but evaporated.
  10. Taste and correct any seasoning.
  11. 8 Servings
  12. 111 Calories, 1.8g Protein, 9.1g Fat, 7.7g Carbs, 2.8g Fiber, 4.9g Net Carbs
Notes
  1. Don't ask me why this is so good because I don't know. I just know it is.
  2. Daikon is best sliced on a mandoline.
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Low Carb Beef Fajita Crêpes

Low Carb Beef Fajita CrêpesLow Carb Beef Fajita CrêpesLow Carb Beef Fajita CrêpesLow Carb Beef Fajita CrêpesLow Carb Beef Fajita Crêpes. So, if you can have Low Carb Fajitas on a large cheese tortilla why couldn’t you have it inside a zero carb crepe?  I hope this is proof that you can.  All the flavor and none of the carbs in a flour tortilla and they are very easy to make.  If you happen to end up with any  of the meat-pepper mix, it makes a terrific breakfast with an egg or two on top and if truth be told, I try to always make a little extra to have a couple of days later for dinner.  You will need one recipe of 12 Flaxseed Meal Crêpes.

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Beef Fajita Crêpes
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Ingredients
  1. 1 Recipe Flaxseed Meal Crêpes
  2. 1 Lb Good Steak Meat Cut Into ¼” Pieces & Then Into Thin Strips. (I Used A Flat Iron Steak)
  3. 1 Onion Sliced Into Slivers
  4. 1-1½ Lbs Red, Yellow, Or Orange Pepper Seeded And Slivered (I Mix Mine If I Have Them)
  5. 3 T Olive Oil (Divided)
  6. 1 T Lime Juice
  7. 1 t Crushed Garlic
  8. ½ t Chili Powder
  9. ½ t Cumin
  10. ½ t Oregano
  11. ½ t Pepper Flakes
  12. ½ t Salt
  13. ½ t Pepper
Instructions
  1. In large bowl mix 1½ T oil, lime, garlic, and all spices/herbs. Add meat, massaging mix into the meat.
  2. Add rest of oil to sauté pan and cook peppers & onions until softened. Set aside.
  3. Add meat to sauté pan and quickly cook only until just seared. Over cooking meat will always toughen it. Add peppers and onion back to meat just to heat.
  4. Lay out crêpes, add meat-pepper mixture and roll.
  5. Serve with side condiments of your choice.
  6. 6 Servings 2 Each
  7. 486 Calories, 31.7g Protein, 35.3g Fat, 11.4g Carbs, 6.0g Fiber, 5.4g Net Carbs
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Low Carb Spinach Mushroom Bacon Crêpes

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I have quite a few new crêpes recipes now and to see a few of them check these out too.  Crab Rangoon Bundles With Asian DrizzleStrawberry Orange Crêpes  and there are now many more-some savory and some for dessert.

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Spinach Mushroom Bacon Crêpes
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Ingredients
  1. 1 Recipe Flaxseed Meal Crêpes
  2. 12 Oz Shredded Swiss Cheese (I Used Gruyere)
  3. 10-12 Oz Bacon
  4. 10-12 Oz Packaged Frozen Spinach
  5. ½ Medium Onion Minced
  6. ¾ Lb Sautéed Chopped Mushrooms -Reserve ½ C
  7. 1 Cup Heavy Cream
  8. 1 t Porcini Mushroom Dust***
  9. Salt & Pepper
Instructions
  1. Sauté and crumble the bacon, reserving the fat.
  2. Cook the onion in fat until trasluscent. Set aside.
  3. Finely chop the mushrooms and lightly sauté in bacon grease reserving ¼ C for gravy.
  4. Squeeze out some of the moisture from the spinach.
  5. Combine bacon, mushrooms, spinach, & onions mixing & heating. Add salt & pepper to taste.
  6. In separate pan heat heavy cream, porcini dust and reserved chopped mushrooms until just barely beginning to thicken. Salt & pepper to taste.
  7. Lay out crêpes and sprinkle with cheese.
  8. Put warm spinach mixture on cheese and roll.
  9. Spoon heavy cream mushroom sauce over all.
  10. 6 Servings 2 Each
  11. 545 Calories, 22.6g Protein, 45.4g Fat, 6.0g Carbs, 4.6g Fiber, 1.4g Net Carbs
Notes
  1. May also be dusted with a little parmesan cheese on top.
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Low Carb Shrimp Taco Crêpes

Low Carb Shrimp Taco CrêpesLow Carb Shrimp Taco CrêpesLow Carb Shrimp Taco CrêpesLow Carb Shrimp Taco Crêpes.  All of the taste and zerocarb crêpes instead of who know how many from two 6″ flour tortillas-I think maybe about 18-20g and they taste for all the world just like a good shrimp taco should taste. Hoping that you are able to see from all the crêpes recipes I have recently posted that you can put a whole lot more than just ham and cheese in them. Those white sticks in the background on the plate  are jicama sticks sprinkled with lime juice and chili powder and they are so, so good.  You will need one recipe of Flaxseed Meal Crêpes  and if you are so inclined to make your own here is a good recipe for Taco Seasoning which is so much less expensive than the purchased kind and which may have sugar in it.

Don’t make the mistake of using imitation seafood anything.  It is NOT low carb.  It is filled with starch as a binder and has 13g carbs in 3 measly oz.  I made the mistake and paid for it in my BS testing after dinner and I couldn’t figure out why and/but…now I know.

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Seafood Taco Crepes
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Ingredients
  1. 1 Recipe Flaxseed Meal Crêpes
  2. 1½ Lb Bay Shrimp
  3. 1 T Taco Seasoning
  4. 2 T Minced Jalapeno Peppers (I Use Pickled)
  5. 1 Medium Small Diced Tomato (Garnish)
  6. ½ C Red Onion (Garnish)
  7. ½ C Chopped Cilantro (Garnish)
  8. 1-2 Large Avocados
  9. 1 C Green Onions (Divided)
  10. 1 C Sour Cream (Divided)
  11. 2 Wedged Limes (12 Pieces)
Instructions
  1. Blend ¼ C sour cream with shrimp, crab, taco seasoning and jalapeno peppers.
  2. Add ½ C green onions to avocado and using a stick blender, mix until smooth.
  3. Lay out crêpes and smear with avocado mix.
  4. Lay shrimp & crab mix on lower ⅓ of the each crêpe and roll.
  5. Garnish with red onion, tomato, cilantro, and remaining green onions.
  6. Put a dollop of sour cream and remaining avocado mix on top of each 2 crêpes.
  7. Garnish each plate with 2 small lime wedges.
  8. 6 Servings 2 Each
  9. 461 Calories, 10.1g Protein, 35.0g Fat, 13.7g Carbs, 9.0g Fiber, 4.7g Net Carbs
Notes
  1. I included two avocados in the nutritionals.
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Low Carb Mu Shu Pork Crêpes

Low Carb Mu Shu Pork CrêpesLow Carb Mu Shu Pork CrêpesLow Carb Mu Shu Pork Crêpes.  I doubt there are too many people in this country who have never had either Mu Shu Pork or Peking Duck at one time or another in their lives and the predominate flavor in both is Hoisin Sauce.  In most restaurants all the ingredients are cooked in a wok, bound together with egg and served in a large bowl with a side of Chinese pancakes which is fine if that’s what you know but it is my opinion that people love to make their own food at a communal table and this is the perfect meal with which to do it.  It does not take much of each ingredient to make one crêpe and if served in small bowls on the table, each person can pick and choose their own ingredients.  And there is a big bonus, you can actually taste each flavor.  Soooo with all that said, I am going to show you two ways to fix this.  One is probably just as good as the other but the second way is…a lot faster and sometimes when we are putting a meal on the table, faster is better.

You will need a recipe for both Flaxseed Meal Crêpes and Hoisin Sauce.  It is also my opinion that once you have made both of these recipes you will make them again and again as there are so many recipes, just on this site that use them, and of course you are welcome to make up your own.

At some point I will be making a completely separate Category for the many crêpe recipes I am developing but for now here are a few of them.  Raspberry Almond CrêpesCrab Rangoon Bundles/Asian DrizzleChicken Enchiladas,  Mushroom Ham Cheese Quesadillas and more.

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Mu Shu Pork Crêpes
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Ingredients
  1. 1 Recipe Flaxseed Meal Crêpes (12)
  2. 12 Oz Slivered Pork Loin
  3. 1 T Olive Oil
  4. 4 Eggs
  5. 1 T Butter
  6. ½ C Boiled 5 Minute Mung Bean Sprouts (Optional) & (Only If You Have Them-I Did)
  7. 4 Oz Very Thinly Sliced Roughly Chopped Mushrooms
  8. 1 C Thinly Sliced Diagonally Cut Green Onions
  9. 1 T Tamari
  10. 2 t Rice Wine Vinegar
  11. 2 t Just Like Sugar Brown***
  12. ¾ C Hoisin Sauce
The Fun Way
  1. Make Crêpes & Hoisin Sauce
  2. Slice semi-frozen pork into as thin a piece as possible, turn and cut again in about 1½” pieces. (Let come to room temperature before frying).
  3. Add tamari, Just Like Sugar*** and rice wine vinegar to pork and mix.
  4. Slice green onions.
  5. Boil bean sprouts (if using).
  6. Chop and sauté mushrooms in 1 T butter.
  7. Scramble slightly beaten eggs.
  8. Put all ingredients in small bowls and put on table for service.
  9. Lay out 1 crêpe, spread thin layer hoisin sauce, place wanted ingredients in center and roll.
The Fast Way
  1. Make Crêpes & Hoisin Sauce
  2. Cut and make ready all ingredients.
  3. Slice semi-frozen pork into as thin a piece as possible, turn and cut again in about 1½” pieces. (Let come to room temperature before frying).
  4. Sauté mushrooms in 1 T Butter and set aside.
  5. Add olive oil to hot pan, add room temperature meat and cook 1 minute.
  6. Add bean sprouts (if using), mushrooms, green onions, heat to hot, add eggs until very lightly scrambled.
  7. Serve in large bowl.
  8. Lay out 1 crêpe, spread thin layer hoisin sauce, and add mixture to center and roll.
  9. 6 Servings 2 Crêpes Each
  10. 587 Calories, 27.8g Protein, 45.0g Fat, 9.4g Carbs, 6.0g Fiber, 3.4g Net Carbs
Notes
  1. Nutritionals include crêpes and hoisin sauce.
  2. Leftovers? No problem. Just mix them, add another egg or two, cook and serve it for breakfast.
  3. I keep mung bean sprouts in the fridge most all the time as I use them in salads and as a vegetable.
  4. This is a great way to introduce your kids to Chinese tastes and I guarantee they will LOVE making their own and if they taste the hoisin maybe, just maybe, they will taste the peanut butter too.
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Low Carb Garlic Wings

Low Carb Garlic WingsLow Carb Garlic Wings. When I say GARLIC, I mean business and these wings are about as garlicky as it gets.  They are super simple to make but that is about where super simple stops. I have posted more than a couple of chicken wing recipes and all of them are really good but if you like garlic, and I do, then these will work for you. Some others might me:  Spicy Korean Chicken WingsSweet And Spicy Asian Chicken Wings, and the Buffalo Wings.

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Garlic Wings
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Ingredients
  1. 3 Lbs Split Chicken Wings-Tips Cut Off
  2. 2 T Olive Oil
  3. 2 T Crushed Garlic
  4. 2 T Tamari Sauce
  5. 1 T Oyster Sauce
  6. ½ C Sliced Green Onion Tops (Garnish)
  7. ½ C Cilantro (Garnish)
Instructions
  1. Bring chicken wings to room temperature.
  2. Preheat oven to 425°.
  3. Line wings on a sheet pan(s) (or a Silpat if you have one) and put into hot oven.
  4. Mix rest of ingredients and cut garnishes.
  5. Bake 40-45 minutes.
  6. Put wings into a very large bowl, dump on sauce mixing thoroughly, and making sure all the wings are well coated.
  7. Serve on a large platter and scatter the garnish all over.
  8. 8 Servings As Appetizer
  9. 374 Calories, 30.9g Protein, 27.2g Fat, 0.8g Carbs, 0.3g Fiber, 0.5g Net Carbs
  10. 4 Servings As Dinner
  11. 747 Calories, 61.8g Protein, 54.5g Fat, 1.5g Carbs, 0.7g Fiber, 0.8g Net Carbs
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Low Carb Thousand Island Dressing

Low Carb Thousand Island DressingLow Carb Thousand Island DressingLow Carb Thousand Island DressingLow Carb Thousand Island Dressing.  I should have posted this low carb 1,000 island dressing recipe a long time ago but you know how it is and better late than never.  I kind of messed up a little getting ahead of myself with pictures and kinda forgot to take a picture of the finished dressing and that’s why you see that puny little dish with only about ¼ cup in it.  Oops.

Anyway, back at the ranch (on one of those 1,000 islands), this recipe has been around forever.  Some will mix in a hard-boiled egg but I like the way a salad or most other things look with grated egg on top so that’s the way I do mine.  If you are going to top something like the Open-Faced Rueben then better to add your hard-boiled egg into the dressing or better yet, put the egg in the dressing and then more grated egg on top.

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1,000 Island Dressing
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Ingredients
  1. ½ C Mayonnaise
  2. 3 T Sugar Free Ketchup***
  3. 3 T Horseradish Cream
  4. 3 T Sugar Free Sweet Pickle Relish***
  5. 3 T Minced Purple Onion (Or Shallots)
  6. 1 T Lemon Juice
  7. 1 t Distilled Or Apple Cider Vinegar
  8. ½ t Crushed Garlic
  9. 1 Hard Boiled Egg
Instructions
  1. Grate cooled hard boiled egg.
  2. Mix all ingredients and refrigerate until ready to use.
  3. 12 Servings
  4. 84 Calories, .5g Protein, 9.2g Fat, 0.9g Carbs, 0.0g Fiber, 0.9g Net Carbs
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Low Carb Mung Bean Sprouts Salad

Low Carb Mung Bean Sprouts SaladLow Carb Mung Bean Sprouts SaladLow Carb Mung Bean Sprouts Salad.  What in heaven’s name do you do with a big ole bag of beautiful white mung bean sprouts when you have purchased them and only needed a small amount?  Most people let them sit in their refrigerator for 5-6 days while they turn to…but you don’t need to, not anymore.  This recipe goes right from fresh leftover sprouts to a warm side dish or a cold salad-your choice.  I think once you have had them you will be buying sprouts just to make this dish as it is that good.  You might call it a little side dish of Asia.

If you end up making (and I recommend it) the Vietnamese Shrimp Bowl, you will have leftover sprouts and now you know how to use them.

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Mung Bean Sprouts Salad
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Ingredients
  1. 1 Lb Mung Bean Sprouts
  2. ¼ C Finely Sliced Green Onion Tops
  3. 2 T Olive Oil
  4. 2 T Toasted Sesame Seeds
  5. 1 T Fish Sauce + Also Served To The Side On Table
  6. 2 t Crushed Garlic
Instructions
  1. Rinse and simmer bean sprouts in water about 4-5 minutes or until they just begin to turn translucent.
  2. If serving as salad rinse in cold water, drain well, gently squeeze to release any more water and refrigerate.
  3. If serving warm drain, gently squeeze to release any more water and add to fish sauce mixture.
  4. In larger bowl mix crushed garlic, fish sauce, onions, sesame seeds, and olive oil.
  5. Add bean sprouts, toss, mixing well and serve immediately.
  6. 6 Servings
  7. 67 Calories, 2.1g Protein, 5.5g Fat, 4.4g Carbs, 1.1g Fiber, 3.3g Net Carbs
Notes
  1. No matter what you do, the sprouts will continue releasing water until you eat them and all you can do it drain just before serving.
  2. Don't worry about having to buy fish sauce. It is a condiment and can be sprinkled on many, many dishes.
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Low Carb Vietnamese Shrimp Bowl

Low Carb Vietnamese Shrimp BowlLow Carb Vietnamese Shrimp BowlLow Carb Vietnamese Shrimp Bowl.  I ended up making this with a bunch of leftovers and it was so good I decided to do a recipe with it.  I was originally going to use pulled pork in it but wondered how many people have pulled pork just hanging around so decided to leave it out, substituting avocado instead.  Everything else is pretty reasonably and easily gotten. We all do a little experimenting from time to time and of course, so do I.  The difference is, I have to eat what I make and if it’s not right I need to do it over…and eat it again so…I have included the pics from the first try as a wrap.

Low Carb Vietnamese Shrimp BowlLow Carb Vietnamese Shrimp BowlThe wraps were so good…and so messy, that I redid it as a bowl.  I have also included a sketch I did to figure out the color scheme and where I wanted to place everything and as you can see, the pulled pork didn’t make the final cut. I rearranged things-again for the final picture.  Did I have trouble making and having to eat this again?  Nope. Not. At. All.  I used bibb lettuce for the wrap but since I always have bok choy (my lettuce of choice) I used it in the bowl.

It is now the dog days of August and though this is a perfect anytime dinner dish, you will not need to do any cooking except to do a longish blanch with the bean sprouts.  After eating?  You might think you just stepped out of a Vietnamese restaurant.

It’s just a list of ingredients and comes together very quickly.  You may have a little dressing left over but don’t worry, it would last a long time in the fridge and once you have eaten it, it would disappear very quickly.  Make no mistake, this is a complete and filling meal and if you want to make any substitutions please do, as this is cooking-not baking and a salad is always just a guide.  If you can’t get fresh mint then please try to include a little dried mint into the dressing as it enhances the flavors very well and kind of bring the whole bowl together.

So, what do you do with your leftover mung bean sprouts?  I have the answer :  Mung Bean Sprouts Salad served either warm as a vegetable or cold as a salad.

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Vietnamese Shrimp Bowl
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Bowl
  1. 1 Lb Bay Shrimp
  2. 2 C Mung Bean Sprouts
  3. 2 C Chopped Bok Choy
  4. 1 C Finely Grated Daikon Radish
  5. 1 C Finely Grated Red Radish
  6. 1 C Finely Grated Jicama
  7. 1 C Green Onion Tops
  8. 1 C Finely Chopped Cilantro
  9. 1 C Chopped Fresh Mint
  10. 1 C Crushed Peanuts
  11. 1 Ripe Avocado
  12. ½ C Olive Oil
Chile Lime Sauce
  1. ¼ C Fresh Lime Juice
  2. ¼ C Fish Sauce
  3. ¼ C Chopped Cilantro
  4. 2 T Just Like Sugar Brown*** (Paleo)
  5. 2 T Finely Diced Purple Onion Or (I Used Shallots)
  6. 1 T Sugar-Free Rice Wine Vinegar
  7. 1 T Tamari
  8. ¼ t Red Pepper Flakes
  9. 1 t Crushed Garlic
  10. ½ t Ginger Powder
Instructions
  1. Blanch sprouts at a slow simmer for about 4-5 minutes or until they become translucent.
  2. Drain and refrigerate until cold and ready for use.
  3. Put Bok Choy in center under the shrimp, arrange rest of ingredients artfully, drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle with crushed peanuts and pour ¼ C dressing over all.
  4. 4 Servings
  5. 547 Calories, 36.5g Protein, 34.7g Fat, 16.4g Carbs, 7.5g Fiber, 8.9g Net Carbs
Notes
  1. Nutritionals include all ingredients listed.
  2. If you have extra dressing in to bottom of the bowl, grab a spoon...and slurp it up.
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Low Carb Chicken Piccata

Low Carb Chicken PiccataLow Carb Chicken PiccataLow Carb Chicken Piccata. You are looking at that very rare commodity known as a chicken tender.  They are pretty hard to find anymore as they command a higher price because of their uses in restaurants over the last 20 years.  My sweet little neighborhood Beaumont Market got a new (but actually retired) butcher and has decided to order them.  Yes, they are a little more expensive but in my world well worth it, because they are so easily portion controlled and how quickly they cook without drying out.  This can certainly also be made with juicy thigh meat but then you have dark meat.  I have made it known how much I prefer dark chicken meat over white but chicken tenders are a game changer.  I will purchase and eat these for as long as Jim continues to get and sell them and they are perfect for you and your kids fixed any number of ways including Crunchy Deep Fried Chicken Chips. Pretty much everybody knows how much kids like the crummy McNuggets served by McDonald’s but mine are a terrific healthy alternative.

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Chicken Piccata
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Ingredients
  1. 12-16 Chicken Tenders Or about 1-1¼ Lbs (Do Not Flatten)
  2. 6 T Olive Oil
  3. 8 T Butter
  4. ⅓ C Lemon Juice Or About 1½ Lemons
  5. ½ C Water (Chicken Stock)
  6. 2 T Chicken Base (Omit If Using Stock)
  7. ¼ C White Wine
  8. ¼ C Capers
  9. Salt & Pepper
Instructions
  1. Heat 3 T olive oil + 3 T butter until butter is browning. Add half of the tenders, cook for 1-2 minutes per side. Set aside. Repeat for 2nd half tenders.
  2. Add wine and reduce by ½.
  3. Add water, chicken base, & lemon and reduce.
  4. Add capers to heat and swirl in remaining butter 1 T at a time.
  5. Plate tenders and spoon sauce over all.
  6. 4 Servings
  7. 531 Calories, 27.0g Protein, 45.6g Fat, 2.4g Carbs, 0.4g Fiber, 2.0g Net Carbs
Notes
  1. You will need to do this as two batches since trying to cook this many tenders would only cool your pan and stew the chicken instead of sauteing it.
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Low Carb Beef And Daikon Radish Soup

Low Carb Beef And Daikon Radish SoupLow Carb Beef And Daikon Radish SoupLow Carb Beef And Daikon Radish SoupLow Carb Beef And Daikon Radish SoupLow Carb Beef And Daikon Radish Soup. Having worked in and having had restaurants, one of the staple soups has always been beef and macaroni.  Not anymore.  Soups can be just as flavorful and full of low carb goodness without potatoes or macaroni or any other high carby vegetable for that matter.  Trust me as I have now eaten low carb for 8 years. Over those years I have come to realize that daikon radish is the perfect substitute for potatoes.  It has its own very mild flavor but totally loses it when cooked and added to other flavors and this low carb beef and daikon radish soup is a perfect example.  I have used celery root, and lots of other things in place of potatoes and daikon radish now remains at the top of my list.  It is good for crudités, soups of all kinds, it can be roasted, and used in stews.  Soooo…this is my ode to daikon radish, and may all you low carbers everywhere use it prodigiously.  You don’t need a thickener for every soup and this is one of them-just filled with good stuff.  There is a kind of secret ingredient and…it’s the Lawry’s Seasoned Salt so, if possible please use it.  I left  some of the cheese off so you see a bit of what the soup looks like.  Now, I can’t make a daikon radish look like macaroni and that’s a fact but-I can make a soup taste so you’ll never miss that macaroni.

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Beef And Daikon Radish Soup
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Ingredients
  1. 1 Lb Daikon Radish Cut Into Small Pieces (About 4-5 Cups)
  2. 3 C Water
  3. 1 Lb Ground Beef
  4. ½ Small Yellow Onion Finely Diced
  5. 2 t Chicken Base Or 2 t Beef Base (I Used A Little Of Both)
  6. 2 t Lawry’s Seasoning Salt
  7. 2 Cans Diced Tomatoes
  8. 2 T Tomato Paste
  9. 1 T Just Like Sugar Brown (To Offset The Acidity In The Tomatoes)
  10. 1 t Pepper + More If Wanted
  11. 1 C Grated Cheddar Cheese (Optional)
Instructions
  1. Cover and simmer daikon radish in water for about 30-40 minutes or until tender.
  2. Sauté ground beef and onions until beef just loses its color, then add Lawry’s and whatever base(s) you decide to use, simmer, mixing in tomato paste and pepper.
  3. Dump meat mixture into cooked daikon and simmer an additional 30 minutes.
  4. Top with grated cheese.
  5. 8 Servings
  6. 228 Calories, 14.3g Protein, 15.5g Fat, 7.3g Carbs, 2.0g Fiber, 5.3g Net Carbs
Notes
  1. If you wish to add anything else like green beans, mushrooms, or Italian seasonings of any kind, be my guest.
  2. This is just a basic hearty, healthy soup and you don’t have to wait until winter to make it.
  3. Cheese is optional but is included in nutritionals.
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Low Carb Umami Mayo

Low Carb Umami MayoLow Carb Umami MayoLow Carb Umami MayoLow Carb Umami MayoLow Carb Umami Mayo.  Mine has just four ingredients and two of them are what I believe to be two of the most powerful umami flavors available without the use of MSG. Many of us may have heard the word umami and maybe not understand what exactly it means.  Well join the club.  I want you to know I do not, nor have I ever, had a problem with using MSG.  It occurs in nature including cheese, tomatoes, grapes, and mushrooms to name just a few so…you have probably eaten it in small amounts your whole life and most likely not known it.  It is in fruits, vegetables, fowl, meats and fish. There is enough crap on the internet to fill a book and wad a shotgun about MSG and in my humble opinion much of it is bunk.  As I have always understood it, MSG does nothing to “flavor” food, it affects your taste buds.  If you want to test it take ¼ C of water and put a pinch of MSG in it.  As we know, water doesn’t have much flavor to it but a small pinch of MSG will give it a taste.   Add more-more taste.  Wait several minutes and your taste buds with continue with the effects of the MSG long after you have stopped drinking flavorless water.  Often, the term “natural flavor” refers to ingredients containing MSG so when you see it in print on some crappy food packaging you may be looking at it referring to MSG.  I found this interesting article via Twitter on Food Facts the other day and it is well worth reading.

Here is a short list of products using the term “natural flavor” and I’m betting there would be lots less people claiming to be allergic to MSG if they realized how ubiquitous it is in packaged foods.

1.Doritos, 2. KFC Fried Chicken, 3. Pringles, 4. Hidden Valley Ranch, 5. Seaweed Salad, 6. Cheetos 7. Boars Head Cold Cuts, 8. Parmesan Cheese, 9. Gravy, 10. Protein Powders, 11. Pepperoni, 12. Popcorn, 13. Potato Chips.

The best thing about this umami mayo is:  it’s zero carb and…high fat and…it is good with so many things.  It is fabulous as a dip with zero carb pork skins or low carb crudité veggies, and wonderful on a hamburger. You will need Umami Powder to make this four ingredient recipe and of course you can add any other herbs or spices you want to. The sky’s the limit baby.

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Umami Mayo
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Ingredients
  1. 1 C Mayonnaise
  2. 1 t Umami Powder
  3. ½ t Five Spice Powder
Instructions
  1. Mix all ingredients thoroughly.
  2. 8 Servings
  3. 200 Calories, 0.0g Protein, 24.0g Fat, 0.0g Carbs, 0.0g Fiber, 0.0g Net Carbs
  4. 4 Servings
  5. 400 Calories, 0.0g Protein, 48.0g Fat, 0.0g Carbs, 0.0g Fiber, 0.0g Net Carbs
Notes
  1. Don't think you can just pig out on this mayo because it you try you, may(o) get way too full. The fat content is very high and along with that comes a high satiety level. Oh, you may be able to eat more than ¼ cup of it but...you won't eat much more for at least several hours.
  2. Taste before adding any other herbs or spices and if you really think it needs more then go for the gusto. If you love the flavors as is, you can add ¼ t of both powders but I would let it sit in the fridge for several hours before adding more.
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Low Carb Umami Powder

Low Carb Umami PowderLow Carb Umami PowderLow Carb Umami PowderLow Carb Umami Powder.  If you have a spice grinder and/or a mortar & pestle this low carb umami powder will change your cooking life and I am serious. It is fabulous and will enhance nearly anything you can imagine.  Now I have used Pistol River Porcini Dust forever and it is in a lot of my recipes but with the addition of ground fermented black beans it is a powerhouse of flavor like no other and I’m rather surprised McCormick’s or some other spice company has not come out with something similar because it is so easy.  Two lousy ingredients of pure umami.  You can use it to jazz up soups, sprinkle it on salads and dress meats with it and just the smell is enough to give you inspiration.  Since I just came up with the idea the only other recipe I have done thus far is Umami Mayo which can be used as a dip with Fried Pork Skins or low carb crudité veggies. To read more regarding what umami is, please see the Umami Mayo recipe as I describe it more in detail there along with my take on MSG which is something I do not use but only for reasons explained there-it is a good short read. You will also see the ground ferment beans (and not porcini dust) in the recipe for Hoisin Sauce which is then use to make Peking Duck so you may as well grind extra beans if you plan to use hoisin sauce and I do use it in small quantities in several other recipes including the recently added Kung Pao Riced Cauliflower.  That little container you see in the picture probably has about ½ cup and I keep it in the freezer until I need a little more.

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Umami Powder
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Ingredients
  1. 3 T Porcini Powder
  2. 3 T Ground Salted Fermented Black Beans Powder
Grinding The Fermented Black Beans
  1. Smash beans on the counter, transfer them to spice grinder, and add porcini powder.
  2. Begin pulsing and then grind until it all turns to a powder. The longer you grind, the lighter in color it becomes. The beans are black to start and end up a beautiful mahogany brown when finished.
  3. 6 Servings
  4. 0 Calories, 0.0g Protein, 0.0g Fat, 0.0g Carbs, 0.0g Fiber, 0.0g Net Carbs
Notes
  1. This is made with 3 T each ingredient, is used 1 teaspoon at a time which, and is then, ready to be used as wanted. The recipe is always equal parts each ingredient.
  2. You can very easily grind your own dried porcini mushrooms or...buy the dust from Pistol River Mushrooms here in Oregon.
  3. Since I came up with this myself I am afraid you cannot find ground fermented black bean powder. I did find some stuff on amazon but the color was so light it didn't seem like the same product. I know the product is available somewhere because it is called mejugaru and used to make Korean gochujang and also goes by the name Fermented Soy Bean Flour and not to be confused with Soy Flour. Since I use the beans for other thing I just ground it myself and you are certainly welcome to search it further on the internet.
  4. It must have something in the way of nutritionals but the amounts are so small they don't register so this is definitely a zero carb recipe.
  5. Can you add any other spices? Of course you can-anything you want.
  6. This is not necessarily a salt replacement although the black beans are fermented with salt so go easy on the salt until you know.
  7. To my tastes it seems mildly sweet with of course no sweetener of any kind in it.
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