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Cheesy Frittata Dinner Menu

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I love a good frittata. I’ve given you a specific recipe but really you can add any vegetables or cheese that you have handy.

Since I’ve been working on this series of low carb recipe books I’ve been focusing on low carb, high protein recipes, however if you don’t tell anyone they’ll never know this is a “diet” dinner. It’s not low calorie, but it is low carb or Paleo (if you leave off the cheese).

Cheesy Italian Frittata

Ingredients

1/2 onion, diced
1 clove garlic, diced (2 roasted cloves)
1-1/2 cups egg whites, or 6 whole eggs
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
14-16 ounce jar roasted red peppers, drained (save juice to add to salad dressings or a soup)
1/2 cup diced or shredded mozzarella
1 tomato, chopped
1/4 cup flat leaf parsley, chopped

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Saute onion and garlic for 5 minutes in a little olive oil in 10-inch ovenproof skillet over medium high heat:

In bowl stir together eggs, salt, pepper and roasted peppers and pour into the skillet with the onions and garlic.

Cook for 5 minutes without stirring then place in oven and bake for 10 minutes. Take frittata out of oven. Turn oven temp to broil. Sprinkle cheese over top of egg mixture. Broil 3 minutes. Cut into wedges to serve. Top with chopped tomatoes and parsley.

 

Zucchini & Mushrooms

Ingredients

4 cloves garlic, minced
5 cups sliced zucchini
3 cups sliced mushrooms
1/4 teaspoon dried rosemary, crushed in your hand or 1/2 teaspoon chopped fresh
1 teaspoon dried thyme or 2 teaspoons fresh
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 teaspoon black or white pepper
1/2 cup white wine or broth

Instructions

Saute garlic, zucchini, mushrooms, rosemary, thyme, salt and pepper over medium-high heat in a little olive oil for 1 minute.

Add white wine and cook 6-8 minutes longer until veggies are tender-crisp.

 

Pesto Stuffed Celery Sticks

Ingredients

8 ounces softened cream cheese
3 tablespoons storebought or home-made pesto – try basil or sun-dried tomato
celery sticks

Instructions

Mix cream cheese and pesto. Pipe or spoon into celery sticks.

 

Green Salad

Dress your greens with this dressing from my book “14 Days – 14 Pounds – Low Carb Daily Eating Plan Volume 1″.

Balsamic Dressing

Ingredients

3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
2 garlic cloves, grated on a fine grater
¼ teaspoon each salt and pepper
½ cup extra virgin olive oil

Instructions

Whisk together all ingredients except olive oil. Slowly whisk in olive oil. Taste and adjust season if needed.
You could also prepare this dressing a blender by buzzing the first four ingredients, then while leaving the blender on slowly pour in the olive oil.

 

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Gyro Burgers

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We ate the gyro burgers before I could get a pic!

This recipe is from a book I’m working on with all recipes being 3 ingredients (or less). Ridiculous right? It was a challenge that I set for myself and I was surprised at how many recipes I came up with. Anyway, I’ll be sharing a few of them on the blog – teasers :)

4 servings
You can use ground lamb, turkey or beef for this recipe or a mix of any of these.
If you want to step up the flavor quotient of your meal look for feta cheese that has herbs and other ingredients such as sun-dried tomatoes added to it. You’ll need to adjust the carb count to account for these additions though.

Carb counters will want to know that this recipe is ½ net carb per serving. Yea, you read that right – .5 carbs! Nice!

Ingredients

1 pound ground meat
1 teaspoon Greek seasoning
¼ cup feta cheese
¼ cup Tzatziki Sauce

Instructions

Gently mix all ingredients together. Divide meat in half and form one half into 4 patties and the other half into 8 sliders DO NOT pack the meat together, just loosely form them into burgers and then use your thumb to create a gentle indentation in the middle of each burger. This prevent them from bloating in the middle which is why most grill masters are tempted to flatten the burger with a spatula, which squeezes out all those lovely juices that you want to keep in your burger.

Heat a lightly oiled skillet over high heat or heat your grill. Cook 5 to 6 minutes per side for medium-rare. When you see the juices start to sweat out on the top of the burger then its time to flip it. Cook for 1 to 2 minutes less than you cooked the first side.

Let the burgers sit for at least 5 minutes before digging in.

Top each burger with 2 tablespoons Tzatziki Sauce.

Gyro Sliders

Shape burgers into 8 sliders instead of 4 burgers. Cook as directed above.

Place one slider on top of one lettuce leaf and top with 1 tablespoon Tsatziki Sauce. Roll up the leaf around the slider, then position the roll on top of another lettuce leaf. Roll this leaf up and place on plate seam side down. Continue assembling until all 8 sliders are rolled up.

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Avocado Steak

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4 servings
If your counting carbs then it would be helpful to know that this recipe has 2 net carbs per serving if you use Haas avocados which have a much lower carb count than other types of avocados. Everybody else just needs to know that this is a quick and easy healthy recipe that the entire family will relish digging into.

Ingredients

1 flank steak, about 1 ½ pounds
8 tablespoons salsa verde
1 Haas avocado, sliced

Instructions

Preheat grill, broiler or pan to high heat. Using a fork pierce steak all over on both sides. Season with salt and pepper. Oil your grill or pan and cook steak, turning once until done to your liking. Remove from heat and let rest for at least 10 minutes. Thinly slice the steak against the grain. Serve topped with salsa verde and avocado.

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Tacos Etc.

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Tacos are a favorite around here and so easy to make that I generally like to make up a big batch of taco-seasoned meat and then use it throughout the week in other dishes. I also make up my own taco seasoning mixture in bulk for two reasons – 1) I haven’t found any taco seasoning mixes that don’t come loaded with sugar, white flour and/or corn products and 2) it’s easier to make it up in bulk and use it the next few times I make tacos. I’ve included the bulk seasoning recipe below. Don’t sweat it if you don’t have all these ingredients – tacos are very forgiving.  And if you have a sugar-free, flour-free seasoning mix you can eliminate all of the spices including the salt and pepper.

You’ll set aside half of the seasoned meat to make a Taco Salad the next day for lunch and Taco Eggs for breakfast or another dinner.

I like fresh tomato salsa way better than the jarred stuff, however I like the consistency better when it’s roughly pureed. Drain off some of the juice and dump the remaining salsa into your Magic Bullet or blender and pulse a few times until the consistency is more like a chunky sauce than diced tomatoes in liquid. Add some of the liquid back if needed. Any leftover liquid can be added to tomato soup or make up a quick salad dressing by stirring it into sour cream or yogurt.

Don’t sweat it if you don’t have all the ingredients listed below. Tacos are very forgiving. If you have a sugar-free, flour-free seasoning mix you can eliminate all of the spices including the salt and pepper.

Tacos are also a great way to have a family dinner when not everybody is interested in eating healthy or low carb. But beware, some low carbers I’ve talked to have assumed that there are no carbs in taco meat but there are a lot of spices that go into making the taco meat, enough to give this recipe a carb count of ½ carb per ½ pound of meat. That’s not a lot, but if you’re in Phase 1 of a low carb eating plan 1/2 a carb is worth accounting for. I’ve included the carb counts for all the recipes here, although all of these recipes are just plain delicious and healthy whether you’re eating low carb or not.

There are 8 servings in this recipe, 4 to serve for dinner and the other 4 to set aside for 2 more meals.

Taco Meat Ingredients:

2 pounds lean ground beef, pork or turkey

2 tablespoons chili powder

2 teaspoons ground cumin

2 teaspoons paprika

2 teaspoons sea salt

1 teaspoon black pepper

½ teaspoon garlic powder

½ teaspoon onion powder

½ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (medium hot) or just eliminate them for a milder taco

½ teaspoon dried oregano

½ cup water

Taco Ingredients:

½ cup tomato salsa

½ cup shredded cheddar cheese

16 romaine or butter lettuce leaves

Instructions:

Cook ground beef on medium heat until no longer pink. Drain well and return to pan. Stir in spices and cook for 10 minutes. Set aside half of the taco seasoned beef for lunch tomorrow.

Spoon about ¼ cup meat mixture into one lettuce leaf. Top with 1 tablespoon cheese and 1 tablespoon salsa. Roll up and secure with a toothpick. Or skip the toothpick and eat immediately after rolling.

Taco Seasoning Mix

¼ cup chili powder

1 tablespoon ground cumin

1 tablespoon paprika

1 tablespoon sea salt

2 teaspoons black pepper

1 teaspoon garlic powder

1 teaspoon onion powder

½ to 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

1 teaspoon dried oregano

Use 2 tablespoons of seasoning per pound of meat.

 

Taco Salad

2 servings = 9 carbs per serving

This is a bit carb heavy for a Phase 1 lunch, however if you go light on carbs for the rest of the day you’ll be fine.

If this isn’t enough food for your lunch you can add up to 2 cups shredded lettuce for a mere ½ carb for the entire 2 cups.

Ingredients:

¼ recipe Mexi-Cauli Rice (half of the leftovers set aside)

½ Haas (California) avocado

2 tablespoons black olives, sliced

¼ recipe Beefy Tacos (half of the leftovers set aside)

½ teaspoon ground cumin

½ teaspoon ground coriander

1 tablespoon lemon or lime juice

¼ cup sour cream or crème fraiche

Instructions:

In a medium bowl layer Mexi-Cauli Rice, avocado, and Beefy Tacos.

In a small bowl stir together spices, citrus juice and sour cream. Pour dressing over salad. Toss to combine. Season to taste with salt if needed.

 

Taco Eggs

1 serving = 2 net carbs per serving

Ingredients:

½ cup egg whites

1 tablespoon heavy cream

1 tablespoon water

½ pound taco seasoned meat or ¼ recipe Beefy Tacos

¼ cup finely shredded Cheddar cheese or Mexican cheese blend

Instructions:

Beat egg whites, water and cream  in a small bowl until blended. Microwave for 30 seconds. Remove from microwave and push the cooked edges toward the center. Microwave until egg is almost set, about 15 to 45 seconds longer, stopping every 15 seconds to push the cooked egg toward the center.

Top with taco meat and microwave for another ten seconds. Remove from microwave and top with cheese.

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Hot Chocolate Almonds

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This isn’t your grandmother’s hot chocolate. These chocolate spiced almonds are spicy hot!

If you’re not concerned with the carb count you can use any nut that you like, but if you’re counting carbs then stick with the nuts in this recipe.

Ingredients:

1 pound raw almonds, hazelnuts, pine nuts or peanuts

2 tablespoons coconut oil

2 teaspoons chili powder

¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon

¼ teaspoon cocoa powder

½ teaspoon salt

Instructions:

Place the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. When the oil is hot add the nuts and cook for 5 to 7 minutes, stirring often, until the nuts are slightly darker and you can smell their nutty deliciousness.

Mix together the spices in a small bowl or cup and sprinkle over the nuts. Continue to cook for 1 minute, stirring often. Remove from heat. Transfer to a bowl. Eat when cooled to room temperature. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator or a dark cupboard.

Nutrition Info:

6 servings = 6 net carbs.

I included the carb count with this recipe because it’s one of the recipes in my new book “14 Days – 14 Pounds” which gives you two weeks worth of extremely low carb menus and recipes with the carb counts figured out for each day. If you’re interested in receiving notice when this book comes out on Kindle (there will be several days when it’s available for free!) just subscribe to this blog using the box in the upper right corner.

 

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Avocado Egg Cups

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I love the simplicity and elegance of this low carb breakfast. It’s so easy to make this up on a busy morning and the end result is so impressive that you could serve this at your next brunch. Come on – you brunch don’t you?

The carb count doesn’t include salsa or cheese but if you’re not in Phase 1 of a high protein eating plan you can indulge in those extras.

Fat and calorie alert! If you’re on a low calorie or low fat eating plan, this breakfast is NOT the way to go. If low fat or low calorie is your plan of choice check out one of our other healthy breakfast recipes.

2 servings = 2 carbs per serving

Ingredients:

1 Hass avocado

2 eggs

pinch each sea salt and black pepper

Instructions:

Cut a small slice from each side of the avocado so that each half won’t roll around in the pan. Cut avocado in half. Remove and discard pit. Use a spoon to remove about 2 tablespoons of avocado so that you have a space large enough for an egg to fit into.

Pour one cup of water into a baking dish. If you have any broth handy use that instead of water to give your avocado cups a little extra flavor. Place avocados into the dish. Crack one egg into each avocado cavity. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, until the whites are set.

Remove from oven and eat as is or season with hot sauce. And if you’re at my table you’ll have to wrestle the hot sauce away from me. Now that I think of it, I should probably give everybody their own personal bottle of hot sauce.

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CC Cucumber Mint Salad

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CC as in “cottage cheese” which I like to use in place of yogurt when I’m looking for a super low carb meal.

This salad is a spin off from a cucumber raita which is commonly served in India as a condiment to cut the heat of the spicy dishes on the table. My salad has more cucumber and less yogurt than a traditional raita. In fact I’ve subbed in cottage cheese for the yogurt because it has much fewer carbs than yogurt, 6 net carbs versus almost 17.5 for plain yogurt! If that’s not a reason for a low carber to switch to cottage cheese then I don’t know what else to say to convince you. I’ve used cottage cheese in place of yogurt in salad dressings, smoothies, puddings … with great success.

Be sure to use 1% cottage cheese, that’s the sweet spot for less carbs. Nonfat cottage cheese tastes so bad that it’s not even worth going there.

I’ve also experimented with the carb counts using sour cream and crème fraiche in place of some and even all of the cottage cheese, thinking that it would reduce the carb count  even further and both substitutions actually RAISED the net carb count!

This salad is fabulous as a sauce for steak or chicken as well as fish. If you’ll be serving this recipe as a sauce instead of a salad, dice the veggies instead of chopping them.

This salad can be prepared anywhere from 2 hours to 1 day ahead.
Ingredients:
2 large unpeeled English hothouse cucumber, halved, seeded, chopped
1 cup 1% cottage cheese
2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint
1 teaspoon ground cumin
¼ rounded teaspoon cayenne pepper

Instructions:
Wrap chopped cucumber in a kitchen towel and squeeze to eliminate some of the liquid.

Puree cottage cheese in a blender. Place remaining ingredients in a bowl. Pour cottage cheese over salad and toss to coat. Season to taste with salt and black pepper. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.

 

Cucumber Cilantro Raita

Simply substitute cilantro for the mint.

4 servings = 5 net carbs per serving with 1 cup Greek yogurt
4 net carbs per serving with ½ cup Greek yogurt

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Low Carb Peanut Butter Muffin

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from The UnDiet Low Carb Phase 2 – 14 Days of Menus With Recipes scheduled for release September 2016.

This recipe makes 4 muffins with 3.5 net carbs per muffin, however it’s super easy to double or even quadruple the batter and then bake fresh muffins whenever you want them.

Don’t be tempted to substitute cream cheese for the mascarpone cheese, cream cheese will add 1 carb to each muffin which makes the mascarpone cheese the super hero of this recipe.

Nobody will guess these muffins are part of your diet plan. Just serve up a plate of them along with a selection of toppings such as natural peanut butter, sugar-free jam, maple syrup sweetened mascarpone cheese … for everybody who isn’t eating low carb to enjoy.

Ingredients:

¼ cup peanut butter

¼ cup mascarpone cheese

2 tablespoons unsalted butter or coconut oil

2 large eggs

1 teaspoon baking powder

4 packets Splenda or Truvia

Blend together peanut butter, mascarpone cheese, and butter. Mix in baking powder, Splenda, and egg. Divide among 4 buttered coffee cups or ramekins. Microwave for 1 minute to 1 minute and 15 seconds. The time will vary according to your microwave. You could also spoon the batter into 4 muffin tins and bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes (check at 10 minutes) or 8 muffin tins (for thinner muffins) and bake for 10 minutes (check at 7 minutes).

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Cajun Chicken Tenders

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This recipe is from my soon to be published cookbook with a working title of “Weight No More – Low Carb Phase 2″. I’m struggling with the title so if you have any feedback on the title or title suggestions I will gladly gift you the book when it comes out on Kindle. I’m serious. Even if I don’t use your suggestions, I value your feedback so I’m happy to get the ball rolling with a free book offer :)

This recipe is for 4 servings with a net carb count of 6 carbs per serving.
I like to use a technique called “flash frying” when making deep fried dishes. By cooking the chicken prior to coating it you only need to fry it for 30 to 60 seconds instead of 6 to 8 minutes. The chicken absorbs much less oil and yet tastes just as crispy and delicious as if you deep fried it in the traditional way. I know, I know, we’re not counting calories or fat grams when low-carbing, but it doesn’t hurt to go for healthier eating when you can.
BTW – the carbs are figured as best as possible, although it’s really impossible to determine exactly how much buttermilk and how much flour will cling to your chicken. Just to be on the safe side, I’ve slightly overestimated the carbs.

 

Ingredients:

3 cups chicken broth
2 teaspoons salt or celery salt
1 ½ cups buttermilk, low fat
1 tablespoon Cajun or Creole seasoning
1 pound boneless, skinless chicken tenders
2 cups soy flour
4 to 6 cups frying oil

 

Directions:

Heat the chicken broth with 1 teaspoon salt in a medium pot over high heat. Add the chicken tenders and bring the broth to a simmer. Cover, reduce heat to low. Simmer until the chicken is thoroughly cooked, about 30 minutes.

While the chicken is cooking:
Pour oil into a large pot and heat to 400 degrees F.

Line a baking pan with paper towels. Set a wired rack (such as the kind you use for cooling baked goods) on top of the paper towels.

Combine flour, Creole seasoning and 1 teaspoon salt in a shallow dish.

Warm the buttermilk just enough to take the chill off and pour into a large bowl.

Once chicken is cooked remove from liquid, pat dry and place into buttermilk bowl.

Remove chicken from buttermilk and dredge in flour mixture. Dip in buttermilk and dredge again in flour mixture. This will give you a nice thick coating that your family will thank you for.

Fry several chicken pieces at a time, turning at least once with tongs, until deep golden brown, about 30 to 60 seconds for each batch. Place chicken on the wire rack as you remove it from the fryer.

 

Healthy Eating Tips

Choose an oil that’s low in saturated fat such as grape seed, peanut, or soybean oil.

Watch your oil temperature carefully. Clip a fry thermometer to the side of the pan so you can keep the temperature consistent. If it’s not hot enough, your food will soak up lots of extra oil that isn’t necessary to make it either crispy or delicious. If it’s too hot it will move very quickly from just right to burned and inedible.

 

Meal Suggestions

In the book I’ll be including a recipe for “Nutty Lemon Rice” which utilizes a simple technique to use cauliflower in place of rice but you can serve green beans sautéed over medium heat in garlic and extra-virgin olive oil. 10 four-inch long beans will add 2 carbs to this meal’s carb count and one 1 Minute Muffin per person which will add #carbs to the meal. So if you make this meal as posted here you’ll have a total net carb count of # per person.

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Devil Me Eggs!

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I’m pretty sure that pirates did not carefully craft deviled eggs while they were out to sea raiding merchant ships, but somehow the sound of “Devil Me Eggs!” struck a chord with me and so I’ve taken poetic license with the title of this post.

I love deviled eggs. But then, who doesn’t? Me being me though I tend to start experimenting and so we’ve been enjoying all kinds of deviled eggs here in the UnDiet kitchen. For your eating enjoyment I’m posting some of our fave recipes below. Oh, and since I’m working on a series of low carb cookbooks the recipes below are all 0 carb. Yes, that’s right, I said it – 0 carb!

 

The Perfect Hard Boiled Egg

Even though it seems simple enough to boil an egg, if not done correctly you’ll spend a lot of time peeling off teeny-tiny bits of eggshell and end up with a pock-marked egg white. After much trial and error I’ve found one way (I don’t say “the way” because I’m sure there are other ways to get a good result) to boil an egg for easy peeling and with a fully cooked yolk.

Place the eggs in a pot large enough to hold them in a single layer. Cover the eggs with cold water and bring to a full boil over high heat. As soon as the water boils, turn off the heat, cover the pot, and let the eggs stand for 15 minutes. Drain the water off and fill the pot with cold water. Set aside until the eggs are cool. I like to do this in the morning or the day before as there’s nothing worse than staring at a pot of eggs waiting for them to cool. Well, there are worse things, but I still don’t like waiting for eggs to cool.

 

Getting the Yolks Back into the Whites

It’s easy for the chickens, they lay an egg and the yolk is right there in the middle. We cook the eggs, remove the yolks, mash them with a fork and then stand there perplexed as to how to get them back into the whites. You can of course spoon it in, but that usually ends up in a yolky mess. Thanks to the multi-purpose plastic bag it’s actually quite easy to present a beautiful deviled egg to family and friends.

Place the yolk mixture into a plastic bag and twist to push the mixture into one corner. Cut off the tip of the bag in that corner. Push the yolk mixture towards the hole to pipe into the whites.

With all of the extras added to the filling you’ll most likely have extra egg yolk mixture left after filling the egg whites. You can use this filling to fill celery sticks, spread on a cucumber or radish slice, spread on a slice of meat and fold or roll up, or use as a sandwich spread.

 

Tips

Once you’ve made the deviled eggs, stick a toothpick in several of the eggs and cover loosely with plastic wrap so that you don’t flatten the filling. The toothpicks will keep the plastic wrap from touching the filling. Refrigerate for 30 minutes to allow the flavors to meld.

Store deviled eggs in a single layer in an airtight container in the fridge.

Serve deviled eggs within two days of making. After the second day, they won’t taste quite as fresh. If you have any deviled eggs still left at that point, mash them up, add some fresh ingredients such as cucumbers, tomato or fresh herbs and use them for sandwich filling. For those of you who are watching your carbs, you’ll need to add the carb count for these extra ingredients.
 

Crabby Eggs

Ingredients:
4 ounces lump crabmeat
1/2 stick celery, finely chopped
2 tablespoons mascarpone cheese, at room temperature
1 tablespoon mayonnaise
1 tablespoon sour cream
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
3 tablespoons chopped fresh chives
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
6 hard boiled eggs, peeled, halved, and yolks removed

Directions:
In a medium mixing bowl combine the crabmeat, celery, mascarpone cheese, mayonnaise, sour cream, Dijon mustard, lemon juice, and chives. Season, to taste, with salt and pepper.

 

Tuna Deviled Eggs

With all of the extras added to the filling you’ll have extra egg yolk filling left after filling the egg whites. You can use this filling to fill celery sticks, spread on a cucumber or radish slice or make a sandwich with a 1 Minute Muffin or 1 Carb Protein Bread.

Ingredients:
6 ounce can water packed tuna, drained & squeezed dry
½ cup mayonnaise
6 hard boiled eggs, peeled and sliced in half lengthwise
2 tablespoons onion, minced
2 tablespoons inner celery leaves, minced
½ teaspoon Dijon mustard
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper

Directions:
Carefully remove the yolks from the whites, placing them in a small bowl. Use a fork to mash them together with the remaining ingredients until the mixture is smooth. Fill egg whites with mixture. Dust with paprika if desired.

 

Shrimp & Bacon Deviled Eggs

With all of the extras added to the filling you’ll have extra egg yolk filling left after filling the egg whites. You can use this filling to fill celery sticks, spread on a cucumber or radish slice, spread on a slice of meat and fold or roll up, or make a sandwich with 1 Carb Protein Bread.

Ingredients:
8 hard-boiled large eggs, shelled and cut in half lengthwise
¼ cup mayonnaise
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
¼ teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
1/8 teaspoon red pepper
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
½ cup cooked medium shrimp, peeled and chopped (about 4 ounces)
3 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled
paprika, cayenne pepper or chili powder

Directions:
Carefully remove the yolks from the whites, placing them in a small bowl. Use a fork to mash them together with the mayo, mustard, salt, pepper and parsley until the mixture is smooth. Stir in shrimp & bacon if eating right away. If not eating until later in the day or the next day, reserve bacon to sprinkle on top. Fill egg whites with mixture. Dust with paprika, cayenne pepper or chili powder.

 

Smoked Salmon Deviled Eggs

Ingredients:
8 hard-boiled eggs
1/2 cup sour cream
2 ounces mascarpone cheese, at room temperature
2 tablespoons mayonnaise
1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 tablespoons minced fresh chives, plus 1/2 teaspoon extra for garnish
4 ounces good smoked salmon, minced
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 ounces salmon roe, optional

Directions:
To the egg yolks, add the sour cream, mascarpone cheese, mayonnaise, lemon juice, chives, salmon, salt, and pepper. Beat with a fork or mixer on medium speed until fluffy. Fill the egg whites with the egg yolk mixture.

When ready to serve, garnish with a dollop of salmon roe and some extra chopped chives. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and serve.

 

Truffled Eggs

I know that not everybody is up for a truffled egg, but I love, love, love, love, love, love, love, LOVE truffles. If you’ve never tried one I strongly encourage you to try something, anything, flavored with real truffles, if not an actual truffle. And if you’re going to have truffles, eggs are the perfect thing to have them with.

Ingredients:
6 hard-boiled eggs
3/4 cup mayonnaise
1 & 1/2 teaspoons truffle oil
a pinch of cayenne
1 tablespoon chopped jarred black truffles, optional but strongly encouraged
1 chive stalk

Directions:
Remove the yolks from the eggs. Mash yolks, mayonnaise, truffle oil and cayenne together until smooth. Mix in chopped jarred black truffles, if using. Spoon into the egg whites and top with chopped chives.

 

Green Eggs & Ham

If the idea of eating green eggs and ham has your mouth watering and you just can’t wait until you can get to the store and pick up some fresh herbs, you can substitute, chives, lettuce, carrot tops or beet tops for the herbs.

You can use any type of avocado, but if you’re concerned about carbs, the Haas avocado is significantly lower in carbs. Don’t ask me why, I have no idea, I just know that it is so.

Ingredients:
6 hard-boiled eggs
1/2 Haas avocado
1/4 cup mayonnaise
2 teaspoons dijon mustard
2 tablespoons chopped mixed herbs such as cilantro, parsley, mint or dill
1/2 teaspoon chopped garlic
salt and pepper

Directions:
Mash egg yolks, avocado, mayonnaise, Dijon mustard, chopped mixed herbs, chopped garlic, and salt and pepper. Divide among the egg whites. Crisp 3 slices prosciutto in a skillet; crumble over the eggs.