I was desperate for a crispy snack and the only thing I could find that had any potential were some oyster mushrooms I’d planned on using for a mushroom pate. Late night snack attack won and we were off to the drawing board.
I separated the frills from the stems and tossed everything with extra-virgin olive oil, garlic salt and black pepper, poured it out on a parchment lined baking sheet and baked it at 400 degrees F for about 30 minutes. I was amazed at how crispy and delish they were!
I was craving a slice of apple pie but didn’t want to go through the whole mixing up a pie crust baking for an hour thing so instead I stirred up a pan of low-carb, sugar-free apple pie filling in just a few minutes. No measuring required!
While peeling and chopping apples brown a pat or two of butter in a large pan over medium heat. When the butter is browned add a flavorful liquid such as orange juice, apple juice or other fruit juice, or monk fruit sweetened maple flavored syrup. Sprinkle in cinnamon and nutmeg and a healthy dose of your favorite calorie-free sweetener. I like to use a mix of stevia, xylitol, erthritol, Swerve, and granulated monk fruit. For a little extra somethin’ somethin’ add some chopped dates and chopped toasted pecans. Allow to cook until apples are almost soft making sure there’s still liquid in the pan. Stir in a thickening agent such as coconut flour, arrowroot flour, whole wheat flour or brown rice flour. When the sauce has thickened and the apples are soft remove from heat. Serve hot, warm or cold. Top with a dollop of vanilla yogurt or sugar-free ice cream if you like.
For those of you who downloaded this recipe before June 30, 1999 take a look at this simplified version. It came about in the usual way – guests for dinner and no time to go shopping. Since I didn’t have any tofu or onions I made mashed “potatoes” without them and not only were they easier they tasted even better! I even received an e-mail the next day from one of my dinner guests who still couldn’t believe he hadn’t eaten “real” mashed potatoes. Yes, I couldn’t resist. I told.
Have you been drooling for a gluten-free pie crust that’s quick to make, doesn’t call for a mix of eighteen different flours and turns out perfect every time? Well, drool no more, it’s here. Actually you’ll probably start drooling all over again when you begin dreaming about the apple pies, pumpkin pies, quiches, and chicken-pot pies you’ll be making.
These aren’t recipes so much as ideas for assembling new dishes from traditional Thanksgiving leftovers. If you don’t have the items in the recipes you can easily substitute another item. Use your imagination and you should be able to turn these twenty ideas into forty or fifty recipes.
Don’t be put off by the intricate instructions here, a balsamic vinegar reduction is one of the simplest things you can make, it keeps forever, is low cal, and you can use it so many ways if you tried to list them all you’d fill up a page. It will be your new best friend, I promise, but there are a few things you need to get right to make it work, so read through the instructions and then fire up your stove.
This salad is perfect for breakfast on a hot morning, a side dish for lunch or dinner, a picnic, a barbecue … It pairs well with fish, chicken, steak, or burgers. The recipe below is just a starting point. You can use any type of melon, play around with the ratio of melon to grapefruit and oranges and use an endless array of garnishes. If you don’t like grapefruit you can use pineapple or grapes instead.