Posts Tagged ‘low-carb’

PEANUT BUTTER PIE

WOW.  This is one rich pie.  I made it into a PIE once, actually…since then I freeze it in slightly rounded 1/4 cup portions and stick it away for a frozen nap. (Out of sight, out of mind……  oh, who am I kidding?  I know it’s there, but it’s harder to binge on when it’s solid as a rock!)

Anyhow…yes, it’s rich.  But for a special treat it is absolutely fantastic and so good, you’ll swear you really shouldn’t be eating it.  But you can.  In moderation.  Like small servings – frozen, to slowly shave off tiny bites and completely savor over several luxurious, heavenly moments!  

(Ignore the ancient photo.  I haven’t had the energy to take new ones this summer – maybe soon!  Plus it’s a humongous piece.  Did I mention not to pig out on this fabulousness?! )

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Crust: (totally and completely optional – I give you stats for both ways)

1 1/2 cup sugar-free cookie crumbs OR graham cracker crumbs
2 tablespoons peanut butter
2 tablespoons butter

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In microwave-safe bowl melt peanut butter and butter. Add to crumbs and mix until well combined. Pat into a 9-inch pie plate. Bake for 10 minutes, or until golden. Cool completely.

Filling:

One 8-ounce pkg. reduced-fat (or fat free) cream cheese
1 cup creamy peanut butter
3/4 cup Splenda Granular
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
3 cups sweetened whipped cream (1 1./2 cups whipping cream, 2-3 T Splenda granular or sugar)

Chopped peanuts or cookie crumbs

Stir together cream cheese, peanut butter, Splenda, and vanilla until well mixed. Fold in whipped cream. Pour into prepared pie crust and carefully smooth to edges. Sprinkle chopped peanuts or cookie crumbs on top for garnish. Cover tightly and chill overnight.  Makes approx 16 servings.
WITH CRUST:  Per Serving: Calories 219; Protein 7 g; Fat 17 g; Carbs 11g; Sugar 4 g; Sodium 205 mg

WITHOUT CRUST:  Per Serving: Calories 162; Protein 6 g; Fat 14 g; NET Carbs 4 g; (Fiber 1 g); Sugar 1 g; Sodium 152 mg

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OLD-FASHIONED GLAZED MEATLOAF

(First…let me apologize for the hunk ‘o meatloaf-on-a-plate.  Good grief.  

I had served dinner to Hon and he ooed and awed over it so I then felt like I should have taken a photo so I could post the recipe.  That was all that was left.  

Don’t worry.  It’s really, really great, regardless!)

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Yes, I’m channeling Gramma with this one!

Meaty, filling, flavorful, with that sweet glaze we all remember and loved.  I’ve given you two ways – beef or turkey, and both are fabulous.   Depending on your preference and caloric need, either meat will give you wonderful results.   I prefer to use mini loaf pans because it bakes so quickly and they freeze great.

A mixed green salad (plus baby white corn with sea salt and warmed whole grain rolls for those who aren’t limiting carbs)  - the perfect dinner!

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1/2 tablespoon olive oil

1/2 cup finely diced onion

1 stalk celery, finely diced

1 slice turkey bacon, finely diced

1 egg, beaten

1/3 cup skim milk

1 teaspoons salt

1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

1/4 teaspoon sage

1 slice bread, diced very small (OR 1/4 cup Panko crumbs)

3/4 cups shredded cheddar cheese

1 pound very lean ground beef (OR 1 pound mixed dark/light ground turkey)

1/3 cup ketchup

1/3 cup Whey Low Gold (OR 1/4 cup Splenda Granular PLUS 1 tablespoon sugar-free maple syrup OR 1/3 cup regular brown sugar)

1/2 teaspoon prepared yellow mustard

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Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  With vegetable cooking spray coat 1 regular loaf pan, or 2 mini loaf pans and place on a baking sheet.  Set aside.

In a saute pan heat the olive oil over medium low heat.  Add the onion, celery, and bacon.  Cook for 10-15 minutes or until veggies are soft.  Set aside to cool slightly.

In a large bowl whisk the egg, milk, salt, pepper, and sage.  Add the bread and stir until “mushed” up and no dry pieces remain.  Stir in the cheese and the onion mixture.  Add the ground beef or turkey and combine until well mixed.  Divide among prepared pans and lightly pack down.

In a small bowl whisk the ketchup, WL Gold (OR Splenda and sf maple syrup), and mustard.  Spoon over meat mixture.  Bake for 35-40 minutes for mini loaf pans, or 50-60 minutes for regular sized loaf pans….or until instant read thermometer reads  165 degrees, temp will increase to 170 as it rests.) Allow to rest for 10 minutes before slicing.  Makes 8 servings.

Per Serving (90% lean ground beef, WL Gold):  Calories 234, Protein 20 g, Fat 11 g, NET Carbs 10 g, Sugar 8 g, Sodium 434 mg

Per Serving (ground turkey mixed light/dark, WL Gold):  Calories 210, Protein 12 g, Fat 9 g, NET Carbs 10 g, Sugar 8 g, Sodium 452

Without Whey Low Gold: subtract 8 calories and 5 sugars

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CITRUS-GLAZED SALMON WITH AVOCADO SALSA

Impress someone with very little effort with this gorgeousness!  Fast and easy this dish has the lightest flavors, but they all work to make it spicy-sweet and the salmon buttery-smooth.  If you can, using fresh salmon with this is the best.

(The only reason my salsa looks sooooo gorgeous is because all I could get my hands on was a semi-ripe avocado!  Ripe ones are far better, but can make it slightly “muddy”.  Mix the remaining ingredients and then gently stir in the avocado…beautiful!!)

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Four 6-ounce fresh salmon filets
1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
4 tablespoons fresh orange juice
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/8 teaspoon allspice
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Salsa:
1 large avocado, diced
1/2 cup diced red onion
1 orange, diced
1 jalapeño pepper, seeded, ribs removed, and diced OR 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 teaspoons fresh lime juice
3 tablespoons fresh orange juice
2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, minced
Kosher salt and black pepper to taste

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In a baking dish combine the olive oil and the orange juice.  Lay salmon in it and turn to coat.  In a small bowl combine the salt, onion powder, paprika, black pepper, allspice, and cayenne pepper.  Sprinkle over each side of salmon filets.  Set aside to marinate for 30 minutes.

In a small bowl combine the avocado, red onion, orange, jalapeno, and cilantro.  Season with salt and pepper to taste.  Cover and chill.

Heat a large skillet over medium-high and lightly coat with olive oil or vegetable cooking spray.  Add the salmon and cook for 4-5 minutes; turn and cook on the other side for 2-3 minutes or until fish flakes easily.  Serve with chilled avocado salsa.  Makes 4  (or 8 Weight Loss Surgery) servings.

Per regular-sized serving:  412 Cal; 42 g Protein, 20 g Tot Fat, 8 g Carb; 2 g Fiber; 4 g Sugar; 688 mg Sodium

Per WLS Serving: 206 Cal; 21 g Protein; 10 g Tot Fat; 4 g Carb; 1 g Fiber; 2 g Sugar; 344 mg Sodium

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STOVE-TOP BAKED BEANS

These are a little different, but so good!  Not overly sweet, but with that smokey, molassesy flavor that we expect in baked beans.  They are full of complex carbs and are the prefect compliment to your BBQed proteins.

Make them ahead of time ’cause they just get better as  “leftovers”!

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4 slices bacon, chopped OR 1/2 teaspoon liquid smoke and 1/2 tablespoon olive oil
1 medium onion, diced
1 red bell pepper, diced
Three 15-ounce cans kidney beans, drained & rinsed
One 6-ounce can tomato paste
3/4 cup water
1/2 cup crushed Pineapple ( juice-packed), UNDRAINED
2 tablespoons sugar free maple syrup
1 tablespoon molasses
1 teaspoon yellow mustard
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

In a large saucepan, over medium heat, saute the bacon until crispy. (If not using bacon heat the olive oil over medium and add the liquid smoke with the beans.) Add the onions and pepper and saute until soft. Add drained beans, tomato paste, water, pineapple, maple syurp, molasses, mustard, salt, pepper, garlic powder, and Worcestershire sauce. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer, covered for 20 minutes. Remove lid and continue to simmer for 25 minutes, stirring ocassionally, until thickened. Makes approx. eight 1/2-cup servings.

Per Serving: Calories 127; Protein 6 g; Fat 2 g; Carbs 20 g; Sugar 7 g; Sodium 663 mg

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KEY LIME MOUSSE

You know the taste…that fresh Key Lime Pie, tart and tangy, yet so sweet it makes your teeth hurt!

Well, here’s the filling and you’ll never miss the crust OR the sugar. It’s one of my older recipes and starts with no-sugar-added Sweetened Condensed Milk – and the rest practically makes itself.

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1 recipe Sugar-Free Sweetened Condensed Milk (recipe follows)
1/2 cup lime juice (Key lime is best…photo below)
Grated zest of two limes
3 cups Splenda-sweetened whipped cream (1 1/2 cups unwhipped) OR one 8-ounce container Cool Whip, thawed
Graham cracker or sugar-free cookie crumbs for garnish

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SF Sweetened Condensed Milk

4 tablespoons softened butter
3/4 cup Splenda
1 cup powdered milk (dry)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla

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For sweetened condensed milk: Blend 1/3 cup boiling water, softened butter, powdered milk, and vanilla together with a hand mixer until thick and smooth. (I use it right away as this gets VERY thick when cold. If you do chill it, microwave for a couple seconds to lukewarm and stir. May need to thin by adding a couple tablespoons of milk.)

For mousse:
Whip together sugar free sweetened condensed milk, lime juice, and lime zest. Fold in the whipped topping or whipped cream. Spoon into individual dessert dishes (or into a prepared crust.) Garnish with graham cracker crumbs. Makes six servings.

Per Serving: Calories 188; Protein 5 g; Fat 14 g; Carbs 8 g; Sugar 7 g; Sodium 160 mg

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This brand – Nellie & Joe”s – is available in most grocery stores

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ORANGE CHICKEN

In case you thought this was a thing of the past…think again!  No sugar added, high in protein, fill-you-up goodness that will stand up to the restaurant stuff any day of the week.

A pot of Jasmine rice for your family and a crisp green salad with toasted almonds is all you need.

Don’t be discouraged because it looks like a lot of work…it’s really not.  (And the results would be worth it, anyway.)  This is one of my most popular recipes and has gotten great reviews.  TRY IT!

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Marinade:
1/2 cup orange juice
1 teaspoon orange zest
2 teaspoons low-sodium soy sauce
1/4 teaspoon sesame seed oil
1/2 teaspoon salt

1 pound chicken breast tenders, cut into 1-inch chunks
1/2 cup cornstarch

Sauce:
3/4 cup orange juice
1 teaspoon orange zest
1/2 cup low-sodium chicken broth
5 teaspoons Splenda granular
4 teaspoons sugar-free OR regular honey OR Agave
1 tablespoon low-sodium soy sauce
2 teaspoons vegetable oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
Pinch red pepper flakes
2 teaspoons cornstarch
Kosher salt

Sliced green onions
Sesame seeds

Marinade: In a medium bowl combine orange juice, orange zest, soy sauce, sesame oil, and salt. Add chicken tenders and stir to coat. Allow to marinate for 25-30 minutes.

Sauce: In a small saucepan combine orange juice, orange zest, chicken broth, Splenda,  honey, soy sauce, oil, garlic, and apple cider vinegar. Bring to a boil; lower heat to a simmer and cook until liquid is reduced by 1/4. Season with salt to taste. Stir the 2 teaspoons cornstarch with a small amount of cold water and add to the sauce. Bring back to a boil and cook for 1-2 minutes, or until thickened. Set aside, but keep warm.

In a large bowl or ziplock bag add the 1/2 cup of cornstarch. Drain the chicken and toss with the cornstarch, shaking off excess. In a large skillet heat 2 tablespoons vegetable oil over medium-high. Add chicken and cook until golden and meat is cooked through. Gently toss cooked chicken with the sauce and serve. Makes 4 servings.  (About 1/2 cup each.)

Per Serving: Calories 222; Protien 27 g; Fat 4 g; Carbs 18 g; Fiber 0 g; Sugar 6 g; Sodium 171 mg

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CHEESE BLINTZES

My low-carb crepes are good for so many things, but this is the original use I had in mind.  Sweet, rich, yet light and fluffy – an indulgent treat that will make you feel very special!

Add any flavoring or extract you like to the cheesecake filling and top with berries, sliced fresh peaches, chocolate sauce, or warm orange marmalade. There is no bad way to serve these!

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Crepes:
1/2 cup ricotta cheese
4 eggs
4 tablespoons flour
Pinch of salt
4 tablespoons milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
2 tablespoons Splenda
Vegetable cooking spray

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In a medium bowl beat the Ricotta with the eggs. Beat in the flour, salt, milk, vanilla, and Splenda. Allow to sit for 15 minutes.

Heat an 8-inch nonstick skillet over medium-low heat. Coat with vegetable cooking spray when hot. Pour in 2 tablespoons of batter and swirl the pan to coat the entire surface in a thin layer. Allow to cook, without turning, until completely done. The top should be no longer shiny and when you touch it it’s not wet. The bottom will be have a very slight golden color. If it’s too dark, lower the heat. (These can be impossible to flip and they don’t need to be, so you don’t have try!) Gently loosen the edges with a spatula and slide out of the pan onto a plate. Very lightly spray the top with vegetable spray – this way you can stack them on top of each other.

Lightly coat the pan with cooking spray before each crepe. Proceed with above directions until batter is gone. Allow the crepes to cool to room temperature and then wrap the plate tightly with plastic wrap. These keep well in the fridge – unfilled – for several days.

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Filling:
One 8-ounce pkg. fat free or reduced-fat cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup ricotta cheese
1/4 – 1/2 cup fat free half & half
3 tablespoons sugar-free instant cheesecake or vanilla pudding powder
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
2 tablespoons Splenda

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In a medium bowl beat the softened cream cheese until smooth. Beat in the ricotta cheese, 1/4 cup of the half & half, pudding powder, vanilla, and Splenda. If it becomes too thick add more half & half. It should have the consistency of the ‘whipped’ cream cheese you can buy in a tub. Not soft like pudding, but not as hard as regular cream cheese.

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Extras:
Fresh or frozen berries
Chocolate sauce
Whipped cream

To assemble blintzes: Place 1 tablespoon of the filling on the edge of the crepe. Fold the crepe in half over the filling dollop and then fold the empty side over the dollop so that it is folded in fourths. Place two crepes on each plate and scatter with berries, drizzle with chocolate sauce and top with whipped cream. Makes 6 servings (2 blintzes each)

Per Serving: Calories 180; Protein 16 g; Fat 6 g; Carbs 11 g; Sugar 5 g; Sodium 415 mg

 

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SOUTHWEST DEVILED EGGS

I mean, really…can you have too many deviled eggs?!  This is on old recipe that I’ve made for a long time and love.  How spicy depends on your taste, but when the snack attack comes around, you’ll be ready with a plate of these in the fridge.

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10 hard-boiled eggs

1 tablespoon mayonnaise

2 tablespoons sour cream

1 1/2 tablespoons salsa

1 tablespoon chopped black olives

1/2 teaspoon cumin

1/4 teaspoon chili powder

Dash cayenne, chipotle pepper

Salt to taste

Fresh cilantro or parsley, minced

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Peel boiled eggs, slice in half length-wise and scoop out yolks into a small bowl. Mash yolks with a fork until smooth. Stir into yolks the mayonnaise, sour cream, salsa, black olives, cumin, chili powder, cayenne, salt, and black pepper. Divide yolk mixture among the egg whites and arrange on a plate. Garnish with fresh herbs. Cover with plastic wrap and chill. Makes 10 servings, 2 pieces each.

Per Serving: Calories 90; Protein 7 g; Fat 5 g; Carbs 1 g; Sugar 2 g; Sodium 24 mg

 

 

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TILAPIA VERA CRUZ

ASPARAGUS WITH CITRUS MAYO

This dish is simple but full of flavor.  Soft, spicy fish and crisp-tender asparagus with a tangy sauce.  A nice special occasion meal that’s beautiful and impressive!

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Vegetable cooking spray
1 1/2 pounds fresh or frozen tilapia, thawed if frozen
One 14-ounce can diced tomatoes with green chiles, undrained
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 cup sliced green pimento-stuffed olives
1/2 teaspoon cumin
Juice from one lime
1 tablespoon olive oil
Kosher salt
Fresh black pepper
1 Roma tomato, finely diced

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Coat a long casserole dish with cooking spray. In casserole combine undrained tomatoes, garlic, olives, cumin, and lime juice.

Rinse fish and pat dry. Cut into four pieces and lay fillets over tomato mixture. Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt (sparingly – the olives make it salty) and black pepper.

Bake, uncovered, for 10 minutes. Spoon some of the sauce mixture over the top of the fish. Sprinkle with diced fresh tomatoes. Continue to bake for another 7-10 minutes or until fish flakes easily with fork. Makes 4 normal or 8 Weight Loss Surgery servings.

Per WLS Serving: Calories 201; Protein 34 g; Fat 6 g; Carbs 4 g; Sugar 2 g; Sodium 233 mg

Per Normal Serving: 402 Cal; 69 g Protein; 12 g Tot Fat; 7 g Carb; 1 g Fiber; 4 g Sugar; 467 mg Sodium

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ASPARAGUS WITH CITRUS MAYONNAISE

 

1 pound fresh asparagus spears

2 tablespoons mayonnaise
2 tablespoons Greek-style yogurt or plain yogurt
Juice and zest from half an orange
1/4 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon lemon pepper

Snap off or trim woody base from asparagus spears. In a medium saucepan cook asparagus in boiling water for 4-6 minutes or until crisp-tender. Meanwhile in a small bowl combine mayonnaise, yogurt, orange juice and zest, cumin, and lemon pepper. Drain asparagus and serve with citrus mayonnaise and freshly ground black pepper.
Makes 4 servings.

Per Serving: 47 Cal; 2 g Protein; 3 g Fat; 3 g Carb; 2 g Fiber; 3 g Sugar; 60 g Sodium

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I’m really not that overcome with the need to watch the game, but I don’t mind making snacks for those who do.  If you’re short on ideas here’s a few that would be a good addition to the table.

Even those who don’t necessarily want to eat “healthy” won’t know the dif.  It’s just good food!

ROASTED TOMATO BRUSCHETTAtoast a baguette and pile it around a bowl of this…so, so good.

AVOCADO DEVILED EGGS – Easy, easy and fun!  Make lots…they’re also addictive.

ARTICHOKE-SPINACH DIP-STUFFED MUSHROOMS – This is one of my ALL time favorite things to eat – and I don’t really care for mushrooms.  Leftover dip can be baked and served with whole grain tortilla chips.

BAKED SANTE FE BEAN DIPA friend’s boys call this “crack” dip…it’s always good and one of the first things to disappear.  A big bowl of  Frito’s Scoops for the carb-lovers, and on a plate with a pile of avocados and sour cream stirred in for us.  WOW.

LAYERED GELATIN DESSERTYUM!  Do it in your team colors – maybe…

MOCHA CAKENumber One, hands-down favorite cake that I make.  (You can halve the recipe very easy, if needed.)  Serve simply with whipped cream – nothing else needed, at all.

BANANA-CHIP BARSEveryone loves these.

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