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Sunday, April 19, 2015

ZESTY CHICKEN IN CHAMPAGNE SAUCE




The lemons I used are Seville lemons (bitter oranges) that grow on about half a dozen of our trees.  They are going over now, but I've had so much fun creating recipes using them!  They are less acidic than regular, yellow lemons, believe it or not.  They are also used in making marmalade.  I might just try that with the remainder of my lemons.  The lemon peel is more orange in color as you can see in the photos.  Here below is a photo of my lemons which look a lot like oranges...NOT!  lol


ZESTY CHICKEN IN CHAMPAGNE SAUCE

The flavors in this dish were rather amazing to say the least, however, it is probably more of a grown-up taste due to the champagne.  You may also use a dry white wine, instead.  I can't wait to make this for my family when they visit.  It's easy, a bit fancy, and delicious.  I think you will like it as much as we did!  It's great company food as well.

4 tbsp butter 60 mL)
4 large chicken breasts
Seasoning salt, to taste
Black pepper, to taste
1 tbsp bacon fat (15 mL)
1 lb sliced, fresh mushrooms (0.45 kg)
Salt, to taste
1/cup chicken stock (125 mL)
1/cup grated Parmesan cheese (125 mL)
  (the kind in a can)
1/cup champagne, OR dry white wine (60 mL)
1/cup lemon juice (60 mL)
2 tbsp lemon peel (30 mL)
1 cup whipping cream (250 mL)
1/tsp cornstarch, OR arrowroot powder, optional (2 mL)
Parsley for garnish, optional

Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C). 

In nonstick frying pan in 2 tbsp (30 mL) butter and over medium high heat, sear chicken breasts on both sides.  Lower heat and cook about 4 minutes each side.  While cooking sprinkle chicken on both sides with seasoning salt and black pepper, to taste. Repeat with remaining chicken breasts.

Place chicken on greased cookie sheet and bake 20 to 25 minutes, or until white throughout (no pink), but still moist and tender.

In nonstick frying pan, in bacon fat and over medium heat, fry mushrooms, tossing to combine with bacon fat.  Season with salt. Place lid on pan with the lid slightly off and allow the moisture to evaporate.  Cook a little while longer.  Set aside.

In frying pan, combine chicken stock, Parmesan cheese, champagne, OR dry white wine, lemon juice and lemon peel.  Bring to the boil and stir in cream. If using, in small bowl, stir cornstarch, OR arrowroot powder into some of warm liquid and add back to pan.  Add mushrooms.  Cook until sufficiently thickened but not too much (it will continue to thicken as it cools down and you will have to add water to thin the sauce). To serve pour Champagne sauce over chicken breasts and garnish with parsley. 

Yield:  4 servings
1 serving
548.0 calories
37.0 g protein
39.8 g fat
1.8 g fiber
7.9 g net carbs


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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

CINNAMON ROLL SCONES





CINNAMON ROLL SCONES

These very substantial scones are cinnamony-good with the flavors found in a Cinnamon Roll.  One can use one of either topping.  The glaze has a bit of a cooling effect, and so for those who do not like that at all, the cream cheese drizzle would be a better option. Swerve® is another option for the glaze – it apparently does not have the cooling effect that plain erythritol tends to display in some applications.

21/4 cups Gluten-Free Bake Mix 2 (560 mL)
1 tsp baking soda (5 mL)
1/tsp baking powder (2 mL)
1/tsp cinnamon (1 mL)
1/tsp salt (1 mL)
1 egg
Liquid sweetener (sucralose or stevia) to equal 1/cup (125 mL)
1/cup butter, melted (75 mL)
1/cup granulated erythritol (75 mL)
2 tbsp almond milk, OR whipping cream (30 ml)
11/tsp unflavored gelatin (7 mL)
1/tsp vanilla extract (2 mL)
Cinnamon Accent:
2 tbsp powdered erythritol (30 mL)
1 tbsp Gluten-Free Bake Mix 2 (15 mL)
1 tsp cinnamon (5 mL)
Glaze (use this or Cream Cheese Drizzle option below):
3 tbsp powdered erythritol (45 mL)
1 tbsp dry milk powder (15 mL)
1 tbsp almond milk, OR whipping cream (15 mL)
1/tsp vanilla extract (1 mL)
Cream Cheese Drizzle (another option):
2 oz cream cheese, softened (60 g)
2 tbsp powdered erythritol, OR liquid sweetener, to taste (30 mL)
1 tbsp almond milk, OR whipping cream (15 mL)

Preheat oven to 400°F (200°C). 

In large bowl, combine Gluten-Free Bake Mix 2, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon and salt. 

In food processor or mixer with bowl, process egg, liquid sweetener, butter, erythritol, almond milk, OR whipping cream, gelatin and vanilla extract.  Add dry ingredients; process.  Place dough on cutting board.  Work about two-thirds of Cinnamon Accent into the dough…leaving a few streaks, if desired. Form into a 7-inch (18 cm) circle on a greased cookie sheet and cut into 8 wedges, however, do not separate them.  Sprinkle with remainder of the Cinnamon Accent.  Bake 16 to 18 minutes, or until they look only slightly moist (when scones are separated) in spots.  You don’t want them too dry or too doughy…they do dry out more as they cool.  Leave to cool a few minutes before transferring to wire rack to cool further.  Garnish each scone with Glaze or Cream Cheese Drizzle.

Cinnamon Accent: In blender or coffee grinder, combine powdered erythritol, Gluten-Free Bake Mix 2 and cinnamon; blend until all lumps are gone.

Glaze:  In small bowl, combine powdered erythritol, milk powder, almond milk, OR whipping cream and vanilla.  Spread over scones.

Cream Cheese Drizzle:  In small bowl, combine softened cream cheese with powdered erythritol and almond milk, OR whipping cream.  Place in pastry bag* with plain tip and pipe Cream Cheese Frosting in stripes over the scones.

Helpful Hint: *Cutting the corner off a Ziploc bag would work as well.

Yield:  8 large scones
1 scone/Glaze/Cr. Cheese
219.4/243.0 calories
6.4/7.1 g protein
17.9/20.1 g fat
0.1/0.1g fiber
7.0/7.2 g net carbs 


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Monday, April 13, 2015

FROSTED LEMON CURD FILLED CUPCAKES





FROSTED LEMON CURD FILLED CUPCAKES

What a treat these are – be prepared – they taste high-carb and you will definitely be convincing your guests!  My hubby really enjoyed these!  They take a little more work on account of having to make the lemon curd and the frosting, however, you can make the cupcakes the day before, then it's not too much work at all.  Then you have a treat that will be fabulous to serve your guests.  These are just as nice out of the refrigerator and they keep well.  If you like, set them out half an hour before serving.

13/cups Gluten-Free Bake Mix 2 (425 mL)
1 tsp baking powder (5 mL)
1/tsp baking soda (2 mL)
1/tsp salt (1 mL)
4 eggs
Liquid sweetener (sucralose or stevia) to equal 1 cup sugar (250 mL)
1/cup butter, softened (60 mL)
1/cup granulated erythritol (60 mL)
1/cup fresh lemon juice (60 mL)
1/cup whipping cream (60 mL)
1 tbsp vanilla extract (15 mL)
1 tbsp lemon zest (15 mL)
1 tsp unflavored gelatin (5 mL)
Lemon Curd (RECIPE BELOW)
Better than Betty Frosting (CLICK for recipe)

Preheat oven to Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C).

In medium bowl, combine Gluten-Free Bake Mix 2, baking powder, baking soda and salt.

In food processor or bowl of stand mixer, process eggs and liquid sweetener.  Add butter, erythritol, lemon juice, whipping cream, vanilla, lemon zest and gelatin; process.  Add dry ingredients. Process.  Place 17 small paper cups in two regular muffin tins.  Fill the paper cups right to the top.  Bake 12 to 15 minutes, or until dinner knife inserted in a cupcake comes out clean.  Allow to cool 5 minutes in muffin pans and then transfer the cupcakes to a wire rack to cool completely.  Using a melon baler cut out a small piece of cake at the top of each cupcake.  Fill with 1 to 11/tsp (5 – 7 mL) Lemon Curd.  Replace the cake piece on top of the lemon curd.  Frost with Better than Betty Frosting.

Helpful Hint:  Frost just around the center and on top.  A sweet, lemon-flavored cream cheese frosting is another option and would be lower in carbs, plus you could make the frosting more generous.

Yield:  17 medium cupcakes
With/without frosting
198.2/142.5 calories
5.1/4.1 g protein
17.4/12.3 g fat
0.1/0.1 g fiber
4.8/3.1 g net carbs




I used Seville lemons (also known as bitter oranges), however use whatever lemons you have.  The color of the curd will be more yellow with the more common, yellow lemons.



LEMON CURD
Use instead of jam on low-carb toast or atop fresh, summer berries. This recipe can easily be doubled. 

3 large egg yolks
1/4 cup lemon juice, (50 mL)
  freshly squeezed (1-2 lemons)
Liquid sweetener (sucralose or stevia) to equal 6 tbsp sugar (90 mL)
1 tbsp grated lemon peel (15 mL)
4 tbsp unsalted butter (50 mL)

In double boiler, combine egg yolks, lemon juice, sweetener and lemon peel.  Cook until mixture is fairly thick.  Remove from heat and stir in butter, one tablespoon (15 mL) at a time, until smooth.

Pour into small container.  Cover surface with plastic wrap (to prevent a skin from forming) and refrigerate if not using right away - bring to room temperature to use.


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Friday, April 10, 2015

STUFFED ZUCCHINI BOATS





STUFFED ZUCCHINI BOATS

One fabulous way to serve zucchini is to use them as boats to stuff with a meaty, marinara and cheesy filling. Hmm, did I say cheesy!  I like to use a lot of cheese when making these.

4 large zucchini (makes 8 boats)
1 lb lean ground beef (0.45 kg)
1 lb ground sausage meat (I remove sausage from casings) (0.45 kg)
2 tsp crushed garlic (10 mL)
2  cups grated Mozzarella cheese (500 mL)
1/cup Parmesan cheese (125 mL)
  (the kind in a can)
2 tbsp coconut flour (30 mL)
Easy Marinara Sauce:
14 oz canned, finely diced tomatoes, OR fresh, chopped tomatoes (397 g)
1 tsp salt (5 mL)
1/tsp dried basil (2 mL)
1/tsp dried oregano (2 mL)
1/tsp dried thyme (2 mL)
1/tsp black pepper (1 mL)

Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C).   Slice zucchini in half lengthwise and scoop out pulp.  Chop pulp finely and set aside.

In large frying pan, over medium heat, cook ground beef, sausage meat and garlic until browned and cooked through.  Pour off fat, if necessary. Stir in 1/cup (125 mL) Mozzarella cheese and Parmesan cheese, plus 1 cup (250 mL) of the reserved zucchini pulp and coconut flour.  Now stir in the Marinara Sauce. Use the remainder of the pulp in a veggie stir-fry, if desired.  Stuff the zucchinis and place on greased cookie sheet.  Bake 40 minutes.  Cover with 1 cup (250 mL) Mozzarella cheese.  Bake another 10 minutes, or until cheese has melted and zucchini are getting quite soft.  Cover with the remaining 1/cup (125 mL) Mozzarella cheese and bake another 5 to 10 minutes, or until the zucchinis are completely soft to the tip of a sharp paring knife.

Marinara Sauce:  In medium bowl, combine tomatoes, salt, basil, oregano, thyme and pepper. 

Yield:  8 servings
1 serving
502.2 calories
29.7 g protein
38.8 g fat
3.5 g fiber
6.9 g net carbs 


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Tuesday, April 7, 2015

LEMON POUND CAKES




LEMON POUND CAKES
What is it about me and lemon lately?  I seem slightly obsessed with all things lemon at the moment.  We have about 5 or more lemon trees with branches hanging heavy with lemons.  Our lemons are truly very weird.  They look every bit like oranges.  If any of you can identify them, I'd be very happy.   Anyway even when I slice them open, they are bright orange inside.  Imagine my surprise the first time I bit into one of those "oranges".  A camera would have taken a pretty funny candid shot at that moment! Delicious pound cakes (2 loaves) with an exceptional lemon glaze…tastes like the glaze is made with sugar and it ages well too.  The tender, moist crumb in these pound cakes is sure to delight.   Even refrigerated, these taste wonderful.
Lemon is a favorite flavor in baking for many people without a question.  It is almost up there with chocolate at times.  Best investment I ever made for my low-carb loaves was to buy the slightly smaller loaf pans than the 9 x 5-inch standard ones (8 x 4-inch), which are much better for low-carb loaves and getting a better rise out of them.  Even with this more dense, moist loaf, it rose quite nicely - but not as much as usual.  Also, my pans are very good quality nonstick.  Oh my, I love them!  Now if I only I could say that about my Bundt pans. There is always something one needs in life, right?  Anyway I manage with my old Bundt pans and you can too...check the helpful hints below.

Okay, I went searching and found my lemons! LOL  CLICK HERE




31/4 cups Gluten-Free Bake Mix 2 (750 mL)
2 tsp baking powder (10 mL)
1/tsp baking soda (2 mL)
1/tsp salt (1 mL)
2 sticks butter, softened (1 cup; 250 mL)
5 eggs
Liquid sweetener (sucralose or stevia) to equal 11/cups sugar (375 mL)
3/cup unsweetened almond milk including (175 mL)
 1 tbsp lemon juice*
1/cup granulated erythritol (125 mL)
2 tbsp finely grated lemon rind (30 mL)
2 tbsp fresh lemon juice from any lemons you can find (30 mL)
11/tsp unflavored gelatin (7 mL)
Lemon Glaze:
1/cup powdered erythritol (75 mL)
5 tsp lemon juice (25 mL)
21/tsp light-tasting olive oil (12 mL)
5 drops yellow food coloring

Preheat oven to 325°F (160°C).

In large bowl, combine Gluten-Free Bake Mix 2, baking powder, baking soda and salt.  Mix well.

In food processor or in bowl of mixer, process butter.  Add eggs one at a time while processing.  Add liquid sweetener, almond milk-lemon juice mixture, erythritol, lemon rind, lemon juice and gelatin; process.

Add dry ingredients in 2 steps.  Process.  Pour into two nonstick 8 x 4-inch (20 x 10 cm) loaf pans**. Bake in oven 45 minutes to an hour, or until cake tester inserted in center comes out clean.  Allow to cool on cake rack in pan 10 minutes.  Loosen sides with a knife.  Invert carefully to remove loaves.  Allow to cool completely on cake rack.

Lemon Glaze:  Place erythritol, lemon juice, olive oil and yellow food coloring in blender.  Blend.  Spread over cooled loaves.

Helpful Hint:  *I was mimicking buttermilk.  To 3/cup measure add lemon juice and the rest almond milk.  Allow to sit a few minutes before using.  **If your loaf pans are old, you'll need to line them with parchment paper (grease pan first so that it sticks better) or foil...keep the paper or foil high, so that you can lift the loaf out afterwards more easily.  Another way to to it, is to simply cut a piece of parchment paper to fit the bottom of your loaf pan.  Grease well and maybe dust with a tiny bit of bake mix.

Yield:  18 slices per loaf
1 slice
106.3 calories
2.7 g protein
9.4 g fat
0.0 g fiber
2.6 g net carbs 



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Friday, April 3, 2015

CARAMELIZED SWEET ONION DIP





CARAMELIZED SWEET ONION DIP

This is essentially a spread or dip that is very close to my Bacon Cheese Spread.  It is very addictive. I have made it twice in a row; it's so good...I wanted it again! 

1 tbsp bacon fat (15 mL)
3/cup chopped onion - I used red onion, but white would be fine too (175 mL)
5 oz cream cheese (150 g)
2/cup mayonnaise (150 mL)
2 tbsp grated Parmesan cheese, the kind in a can (30 mL)
1 cup grated sharp Cheddar cheese (250 mL)

Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C). 

In nonstick frying pan in bacon fat, cook onion until brown and caramelized.  Start by cooking over medium heat and then lower the heat until the onion is ready.

In food processor, process cream cheese, mayonnaise and Parmesan cheese.  Add Cheddar cheese and process briefly.  Stir in caramelized onion.  Scrape into a 9-inch shallow pie dish and smooth over the surface with the back of a dessert spoon.  Place in oven 10 to 15 minutes, or until hot and bubbly.  Serve with low-carb crackers (click), cheese chips, pork rinds or vegetable sticks.

Helpful Hint:  This can also be heated in the microwave oven.

Yield:  8 servings
1 serving
266.8 calories
6.5 g protein
25.8 g fat
0.2 g fiber
2.1 g net carbs 


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CHIPPIES FOR APPIES

These are my two favorite Chip recipes made out of cheese.  Great for snacking on or dipping!  It is amazing to me how these chips look so very different.  One is lacey and the other has ribs similar to ribbed chips.

CHEDDAR AND BACON CHIPS


MONTEREY JACK DIPPING CHIPS

Thursday, April 2, 2015

WHITE CHOCOLATE ORANGE CANDIES (AND MY NEW CONDENSED MILK)



Mini Donut pan...it looks bigger in the photo than it is in real life, but the cups are actually small.



WHITE CHOCOLATE ORANGE CANDIES

These candies are delicious.  You can change them up by using different extracts such as lemon or caramel extract. Combining one drop of red food coloring with several drops of yellow food coloring in the candy mixture creates a pretty, soft orange color.  The condensed milk is very tasty...you could use it in a number of recipes that require condensed milk.  If you are a seasoned low-carber, you know what Fat Bombs are!  This is essentially another Fat Bomb recipe. 

Condensed Milk mixture (normally, you’d
  use vanilla instead of orange extract):
1/cup PLUS 1 tbsp boiling water (90 mL)
2 tbsp unsalted butter (30 mL)
2 tbsp regular butter (30 mL)
1 cup whole, OR skim milk powder (250 mL)
  (see alternative in Helpful Hints)
Liquid sweetener (sucralose or stevia) to equal 1/cup sugar (125 mL)
3 tbsp powdered erythritol (45 mL)
1/tsp orange extract (2 mL)
One drop red food coloring
Several drops of yellow food coloring

2 oz cocoa butter, melted (60 g)

In blender, combine boiling water, unsalted and regular butter; process.  Add whole, OR skim milk powder, liquid sweetener, powdered erythritol, orange extract, red and yellow food colorings.  Blend until smooth, scraping down the sides occasionally.  Add cocoa butter, which has been melted in the microwave oven (about 3 to 4 minutes) or in a double boiler (be careful); blend.  Pour into bonbon cups placed in mini donut pans.  Freeze and keep in the freezer.

Helpful Hints:  I have not tried it, but there is another alternative to milk powder.  Nowadays it is possible to purchase coconut milk powder from Amazon.

Yield:  16 candies
1 candy
96.8 calories
2.1 g protein
8.6 g fat
0.0 g fiber
3.1 g net carbs 


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Wednesday, April 1, 2015

BACON-WRAPPED CHICKEN WITH TOMATO, SPINACH, FETA AND CREAM CHEESE




BACON-WRAPPED CHICKEN WITH TOMATO, SPINACH, FETA AND CREAM CHEESE

After stuffing the chicken breasts, they are sprinkled with seasoning salt and wrapped in semi-cooked bacon.  Another delicious recipe to add to your repertoire.  I am certain you will enjoy it as we did.  I can't go back to boring chicken breasts.  It's fun to doctor them and make them more interesting.  Now add a couple of veggie sides and you're away to the races as they say!  Here are the veggie sides pictured in the photo.  I just know somebody is going to ask! ;)  Muenster Mushroom Sandwich Casserole and Squash Casserole to feed a Crowd.

16 slices bacon
3.3 lbs chicken breasts (1.5 kg)
  (4 large chicken breasts)
4 oz cream cheese, (125 g)
  softened
1/2 cup chopped, frozen spinach, (125 mL)
  thawed or semi-thawed
1/2 cup finely chopped tomato, OR use sun-dried tomatoes (yum!) (125 mL)
1/2 cup crumbled Feta cheese (125 mL)
1 tsp dried oregano (5 mL)
1/2 tsp black pepper (2 mL)
Montreal® Chicken seasoning, to taste

Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C).

In two nonstick frying pans with lids, fry 8 slices bacon in each, covered, over medium heat until the bacon is just beginning to brown slightly or until it is still very flexible.  Remove from heat.

Remove any bits of bone from chicken breasts.  Pat dry with paper towels (do not rinse…been proven too dangerous as it can spread bacteria around).  Slice longitudinally in half and not all the way through, just as though were going to butterfly the chicken breast.  Set aside.

In medium bowl, combine softened cream cheese (I usually nuke mine briefly in a covered container), spinach, tomato, Feta cheese, oregano and black pepper.  Roughly divide the filling into four.


Stuff each chicken breast with the cream cheese mixture.  Sprinkle each breast on both sides with Montreal® Chicken seasoning.  Wrap each chicken breast with 4 slices of bacon.  Place in 9 x 13-inch (23 x 33 cm) casserole dish and bake 45 minutes to 1 hour (usually it is the latter time).  Cut one of the breasts open and make sure the breasts are white throughout (no pink inside).

Yield:   6 servings
1 serving
496.5 calories
77.1 g protein
17.3 g fat
0.7 g fiber
3.0 g net carbs 


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