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Sloppy Joe Pasta

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All the goodness of a sloppy joe without the carbs or wheat! Hallelujah!

I love sloppy joes. Who doesn’t? Seriously, do you know anyone who doesn’t like sloppy joes? Alas, once I started cutting out wheat, no more sloppy joes for me – until the day I cooked up a batch for a backyard barbecue and couldn’t resist making a few tweaks so I could have some too. I can’t believe that I hadn’t thought of this before.

This recipe makes four servings at a mere 3 net carbs per serving. For those UnDieters following a Paleo diet just substitute zoodles for the shiritaki pasta, or scramble up some eggs and top them with the sloppy joe sauce. I’ve also made cauliflower steaks and topped them with this sauce.

I don’t add sweetener when I’m making this for myself but many people like the extra sweetness so I’ve included that option.

Ingredients

1 pound ground beef or turkey
1 small onion, chopped
1 green bell pepper, chopped
¾ low-carb cup ketchup
¼ cup beef broth
1 minced garlic clove
2 teaspoons chili powder
½ teaspoon paprika
½ teaspoon ground cumin
½ teaspoon white vinegar (do not use balsamic or apple cider vinegar – too many carbs)
1 serving liquid stevia or monk fruit, or 1 tablespoon agave or maple syrup, optional
½ teaspoon dried oregano
small pinch of ground black pepper
2 packages shirataki noodles

Instructions

In a large skillet over medium-high heat, sauté ground beef or turkey for 5 minutes. Add onion and green bell pepper; sauté for 5 more minutes or until vegetables are just barely tender. Drain off any fat.

Stir in remaining ingredients except shirataki noodles. Cover and leave on stove until mixture has thickened, approximately ten minutes. It will thicken a little more when it cools down some.

While sauce is cooking, prepare shirataki noodles according to package directions. If someone in your family prefers to have theirs on a bun, that’s fine, as long as you have yours over the shirataki pasta.

Set aside half of the sauce to use for another meal. Serving size is based on using ¼ of the portion of sauce left for this meal.

Family Friendly

Serve the sauce over regular pasta or buns for anyone who doesn’t appreciate shirataki pasta.


This recipe as well as a salad recipe that make a 6 net carb dinner can be found in 14 Days ~ 14 Pounds: Low Carb Daily Plan with 140 Quick & Easy Recipes (Low Carb Daily Plan – High Protein: Menus with Recipes)

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This Rice Bowl Has a Secret

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I’ll add a pic of the finished dish a bit later but after I posted this teaser on Instagram so many of you have been asking for the recipe that I wanted to get it up here for you all.

I love food that I can make ahead and then just assemble and heat up on a busy day. This dish incorporates several of my make ahead items for a bowl dinner that is a raving fave around here.

The base of this bowl is the brown rice and therein lies the secret. Half of the rice is actually “riced” cauliflower. I always have raw riced cauliflower in the freezer. Basically I throw raw cauliflower florets in the food processor and pulse until it’s the texture of rice. I don’t want it to be mushy. I want each “grain” to be able to stand up on its own. I pack the riced cauliflower into large silicone ice cube trays which hold about 1/3 cup in each well. When it’s fully frozen I remove the cauliflower from the trays and pack them into zip-lock freezer bags. I’m looking for silicone bags I can use in place of the plastic bags but for now this works. It’s so easy to pop out a cube or two or three when I need it for a recipe or just to add to a cup of soup. It’s perfect to add to any rice dish to get more veggies in. Trust me, you’ll never notice that 1/2 the dish is cauliflower instead of rice.

Another thing I always have in the freezer is a cooked veggie mix. For this dish I chose a kale, onion and toasted pecan mix I’d made up last week. All I did was toast chopped pecans in a pan over medium heat. When slightly browned I dumped them into a bowl, added extra-virgin olive oil to the pan along with some onions and when the onions were lightly browned added chopped kale, salt and pepper, and some more EVOO. When the kale was slightly browned in spots I removed the pan from the heat and stirred in the pecans. I like to use this mix over pasta with pesto or just some EVOO, over brown rice, eat as is, add Parmesan or other hard cheese for a change up.

Every now and then I pour myself a glass of dry white wine over ice and then walk away and never drink it. I pour this water and wine into a bottle and save it in the fridge. It’s perfect for making sauces and risotto.

So these are the basic ingredients I used to make this rice bowl.

Ingredients

1 cup brown rice

3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

1/2 cup dry white wine (or broth)

4 cups chicken or beef or bone broth, vegetable broth, or water

1/2 teaspoon each sea salt and black or white pepper (only if using water as your cooking liquid)

2 cups raw riced cauliflower

2 tablespoons butter (optional)

1/2 cup grated or shredded Parmesan (optional)

Instructions

Heat oil until hot over medium heat, then add rice. Stir occasionally for five minutes. Add wine. Allow to cook until liquid is almost completely absorbed, stirring occasionally. While rice is cooking heat broth in microwave or in another pan on the stove. No need to bring it to a boil, but it should be hot. When wine is absorbed add 1/2 cup broth. When the broth is almost absorbed add another 1/2 cup broth. Continue adding broth 1/2 cup at a time and cooking it down.

When you still have 1 cup of broth left add the cauliflower and the butter to the rice. It can still be frozen if you didn’t have time to defrost it. Continue adding broth and allowing it to cook down until the rice is tender. Stir in Parmesan if using. The resulting dish should be creamy but not soupy. You may not end up using all 4 cups of broth.

Pour risotto onto one large platter or individual bowls. Top with hot Toasted Pecan Kale mix. You can stop at this point but I drizzled a sauce made from sour cream thinned with white wine onto my bowl. My favorite way to top this though is with a balsamic glaze (reduced balsamic vinegar).

Another Little Secret

I always soak my grains before cooking them. After my morning coffee I put 1 cup of uncooked brown rice in a glass bowl with two tablespoons of an acid such as yogurt, yogurt whey, lemon  or lime juice, or apple cider vinegar. After pouring in enough water to cover the rice about one inch I set it aside for at least seven hours and as long as twenty-four hours. Drain, rinse and you’re ready to cook it although you’ll need half as much cooking liquid as you would need if cooking without soaking.

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Glazed Root Vegetables

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This was a lazy cooking day. I was actually surprised that this dish turned out as well as it did. I don’t know why I’m still surprised that extremely simple recipes turn out to be my faves. I guess after years of cooking “five star” meals it’s hard to set aside the idea that you need tons of ingredients and even more time to create something extraordinary.  While I used carrots and jicama for this dish, this works well with any winter squash. Try it with sweet potatoes, butternut squash, or acorn squash.
Cut vegetables into chunks, or sticks.

Heat 1 tablespoon cooking oil over medium heat. When oil is hot, place vegetables in pan and lightly salt them. If you use sea salt you can thank me later. Saute for three to five minutes until the veggies just start to get tender. Stir them occasionally. In a small dish mix a scant one tablespoon coconut sugar or honey, two tablespoons water, or juice, or broth, one teaspoon seasoning from the list below. Cook and stir until veggies are glazed and just barely tender.

Seasoning:

Cumin
Ginger
Curry
Hot sauce
Cayenne
Crushed peppers
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Three Ingredient Super-Healthy Chocolates

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Virgin run of my new silicone heart mold.

I love, love, love this recipe is. I love how the basic recipe is only 3 ingredients and really doesn’t need anything else to achieve melt in your mouth deliciousness. I love that you can add all kinds of things to change it up. I love that you basically melt and stir and you’re done. So get out your microwave safe bowl and get to it.

Ingredients

1 cup coconut butter (this is the whole coconut pulverized, don’t use coconut oil or the resulting chocolate will melt in your hands)

1 cup cocoa powder

1/2 cup honey

Instructions

Melt the coconut butter in the microwave or in a double boiler. Stir in the cocoa powder and honey. Pour into molds or onto parchment paper. Leave out to set or speed up the process by putting in the fridge.

When chocolate has set unmold or cut into squares. Store in fridge.

Variations

Stir 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, almond extract, mint extract, coconut extract, or orange extract into he chocolate mixture.

Stir 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper into the chocolate mixture.

Add 1 tablespoon green powder, maca powder, or mesquite powder to the chocolate mixture. These ingredients won’t enhance the flavor but they’ll add tons of healthiness to your candy :)

Cut the honey in half for a more bittersweet chocolate.

Use cocoa butter in place of the coconut butter.

Sprinkle large flakes of sea salt over the chocolate after pouring it into the mold or onto parchment.

Break up whole wheat pretzels and scatter over the chocolate after pouring into the mold.

There’s tons more that you can add to this recipe but I’m drawing the line here because I’m going to head to the kitchen to make another batch to bring to tomorrow’s beach picnic.

Just a note – I’ve been experimenting with this recipe and so far creamed honey tastes the best, although regular honey works fine. Maple syrup does not work – AT ALL. I’m working with adding peanut butter to see if it sets up. So much fun working with healthy candy recipes. It feels (slightly) virtuous eating candy made with good ingredients.

 

 

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Low Carb & Gluten Free Lemon Garlic Pasta

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I wanted to share with you all another super easy shirataki recipe. I like to make up several packages of the pasta all the way through the boiling stage and then let the pasta sit in the salted water for as long as possible. Then I’ll drain and rinse the whole pot, setting aside what I need for tonight’s meal and putting the rest in the fridge for quick dinners later in the week.

Drain and rinse two or more packages of shirataki noodles, any shape that works for you. Place in a microwave safe bowl or medium sauce pan and cover with water. Liberally season with garlic salt. Bring to a boil, turn off heat and allow to sit until you’re ready to use them. I like to let the pasta sit in the salted water as long as possible.

When you’re ready, drain and rinse the pasta. Top with:

1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil

2 tablespoons fresh lemon zest

2 tablespoons smashed or chopped capers

2 tablespoons chopped fresh flat leaf parsley (optional)

1/4 cup fresh lemon juice

3/4 cup freshly grated or shredded Parmesan

sea salt and black pepper to taste

Toss, taste, adjust and enjoy :)

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More Easiest Tastiest Breakfast EVER

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We’ve all been enjoying the egg bake cups so much that I got to work making up some variations.

These can easily be converted to a Paleo breakfast by eliminating the cheese.

If you’re doing low carb and want to reduce the carbs a bit you can add 1/4 to the vegetable side and subtract 1/4 from the onion side.

 

Feta Spinach Cups

You can use plain ol’ feta or you could use one of the varieties that have sun-dried tomatoes or other add-ins.

1/2 cup chopped frozen spinach (thawed and squeezed to get as much water out as possible)

1/2 cup diced onion

1/2 cup feta cheese

Heat a small pan over medium high heat. When hot swirl some cooking oil into the pan. Add the onions to the pan and saute until soft, seven to eight minutes. Mix spinach into onions. Divide vegetables among muffin cups, topping with feta cheese and then egg base either evenly divided among the cups or filled to 3/4 of the cup. Bake at 350 degrees F for 20 minutes or until egg is puffed and golden.

Remove from pan and serve or cool, pack in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 3 days, or freeze for up to one month.

 

Asparagus Cups

1/2 cup diced asparagus

1/2 cup diced onion

1/2 cup shredded white semi-soft cheese such as jack, Havarti, mozzarella, gouda …

Heat a small pan over medium high heat. When hot swirl some cooking oil into the pan. Add the onions to the pan and saute until translucent, about five minutes. Add asparagus and saute until al dente. Divide vegetables among muffin cups, topping with shredded cheese and then egg base either evenly divided among the cups or filled to 3/4 of the cup. Bake at 350 degrees F for 20 minutes or until egg is puffed and golden.

Remove from pan and serve or cool, pack in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 3 days, or freeze for up to one month.

 

Tomato Bacon Cups

1/2 cup diced tomatoes

1/4 cup diced onion

1/4 cup diced bacon

1/2 cup shredded white semi-soft cheese such as jack, Havarti, mozzarella, gouda …

Heat a small pan over medium high heat. When hot add bacon and cook until crispy. Remove from pan with a slotted spoon. Add the onions to the pan and saute until translucent, about five minutes. Add tomatoes and saute until most of the moisture from the tomatoes is cooked off. Divide vegetables among muffin cups, topping with bacon and shredded cheese. Either evenly divided egg base among the cups or fill to 3/4 of the cup. Bake at 350 degrees F for 20 minutes or until egg is puffed and golden.

Remove from pan and serve or cool, pack in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 3 days, or freeze for up to one month.

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Low Cal Snack – Dried Tomato

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Juicy tomatoes ready to become tomaisins.

When I’m running errands I don’t like to stop for lunch. I prefer to pack up a baggie or two with veggies and/or fruit. Recently I’ve been running a lot of errands and getting tired of carrot and celery sticks so I thought I’d try making up a few low cal snacks that I can toss in my bag and eat just as easily as my unimaginative veggie sticks.

First up are these dried tomatoes. Super easy. I cut organic grape tomatoes in half, sprinkled with salt and placed on a dehydrator tray. I dried them at 115 degrees so I could keep these raw but you can dry them at any temp that you like. In fact I started drying these later in the day and before I went to sleep I turned the dehydrator down as low as it would go so they could keep drying but not get over-dried while I slept. The next morning I turned the dehyrdrator back up to 115 and a few hours later my tomatoes were now tomaisins.

Note: I like to take half the tomatoes out when they’re at the chewy stage and then keep dehydrating the rest until they’re chewy crisp.

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Deliciously Easy Parmesan Pasta That’s Gluten Free & Low Carb

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If you’ve read any of my books then you know that I have an on-going love affair with shirataki pasta. It’s 20 calories and ZERO net carbs per serving! Seriously! I mean, really, I’m not messing with you. “How is that even possible?” you ask. It’s a miracle of soy + yam + Japanese culinary skills and the end result is as versatile as “regular” pasta.

Drain and rinse one package of shirataki noodles, any shape that works for you. Place in a microwave safe bowl or medium sauce pan and cover with water. Liberally season with garlic salt. Bring to a boil, turn off heat and allow to sit until you’re ready to use them. I like to let the pasta sit in the salted water as long as possible.

When you’re ready, drain and rinse the pasta. Top with extra-virgin olive oil, melted butter, freshly grated or shredded Parmesan, sea salt and black pepper to tasted. Toss, taste, adjust and devour.

 

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Spicy Parmesan Kale

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I love kale. I don’t know what it is but give me my choice of greens and I’ll choose kale every time. Even so, sometimes I get tired of my go-to recipe of Garlic Kale and start playing around until I come up with a new way to serve this nutritious leafy green.

This recipe serves 4 as a side dish. Add ham, bacon, or chicken and it’s a meal for 2. My apologies to any vegetarians or vegans reading this recipe, please know that in the interest of helping families to accommodate the varied tastes of it’s members I like to include variations of many of my recipes that may include meat or dairy.

If you’re not adding meat to this dish, you can make it a meal by serving it with a pot roast, steak, chicken, fish or for my vegetarian and vegan readers I love a really good whole grain bread, toasted and brushed with olive oil and a bit of balsamic vinegar.

Ingredients

2 large bunches of kale (if you’re picking from your own garden that going to be 2 pounds)

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

2 medium onions, chopped

1/2 teaspoon sea salt

1/4 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper

1/4 teaspoon chili flakes

3 garlic cloves, smashed and minced

1/3 cup grated Parmesan

Instructions

Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a large skillet. Add the onions, salt, pepper, chile and cook, stirring occasionally for 10 minutes. Add the kale and garlic and cook for another 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in the Parmesan. Taste and add salt, pepper, and olive oil if needed.

Variations

Stir 1/2 cup bread crumbs in with the Parmesan.

Add 1/2 cup toasted, chopped almonds, cashews, pecans, or peanuts with the Parmesan.

Add 1 to 2 cups chopped cooked chicken, ham, or bacon at the end.

 

Quick Version

Use 3 five-ounce bags of prewashed, deveined kale in place of the 2 bunches of kale.

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12 Healthy Ways to Use Leftover Pumpkin Puree

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Not all recipes call for two cups of pumpkin. How annoying is that? The last time I was left with pumpkin in the can I decided to use the rest of the pumpkin throughout the week and I came up with twelve delicious ways to use  leftover pumpkin puree. I came up with a few full on recipes which will be in my gluten-free and Paleo cookbooks but I did want to share with you all some quick and easy ways to use leftover pumpkin.

Note: I’m talking about plain pumpkin, not pumpkin pie filling which has seasoning and loads of sugar added.

Chili: add one tablespoon per cup to any chili, canned or home made.

Tomato Soup: add a tablespoon of pumpkin to each cup of tomato soup.

Pumpkin Spice Latte: I could tell you to stir a tablespoon or two along with a large pinch of pumpkin pie spice into your latte (and you can) but if you’re really into Pumpkin Spice Lattes and especially if you’re hooked on Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Lattes you’ll want to check out this recipe from Eating Bird Food. I love that this recipe is so healthy. I can feel even better about not standing in line at Starbucks.

Fruit Smoothie: add a tablespoon or two to a fruit smoothie. Pumpkin goes especially well with apple, peach, or pear smoothies. Add some ginger or pumpkin pie spice for a holiday flavor.

Pumpkin Creamer: Sally’s Baking Addiction has a seriously awesome recipe with vegan options.

Pumpkin Pancakes or Waffles: stir up to 1/2 cup pumpkin into your pancake or waffle batter.

Pumpkin Pudding: mix 2 tablespoons to 1/4 cup pumpkin into 1 cup of cream cheese, Neufchatel cheese, or mascarpone cheese. Sweeten with your choice of sweetener and 1/2 to 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice.

Pumpkin Nut Butter: mix up to 1/4 cup pumpkin with 1 cup nut butter. Use as is or sweeten to taste with honey, maple syrup or your sweetener of choice.

Pumpkin Hummus: stir some pumpkin into hummus.

Pumpkin Oatmeal: add a tablespoon or two to your morning oatmeal.

Pumpkin Mac n Cheese: stir up to 1/4 cup pumpkin into your kiddos’ mac n cheese.

Replace eggs and oil in baked goods: You can replace both eggs and oil with a 1:1 ratio of pumpkin when making brownies, bars, and cakes. For instance if a recipe calls for 1 cup of butter you can replace it with 1 cup of pumpkin. If a recipe calls for 4 eggs you can replace them with 1/4 pumpkin for each egg. You can even replace all of both the eggs and oil. You won’t get a strong pumpkin taste and if its a chocolate recipe you won’t taste it at all.

 

That’s all that I came up with this week and I’m not even slightly pumkinned out I’ll be adding pumpkin to lots of things over the next few weeks. I’d love to hear how you all use leftover pumpkin.