Pork Chops With Caramelized Onions And Smoked Gouda

pork chop

Mains | March 15, 2018 | By

Time for a pork chops change up to make something old new again.

In the early years of my marriage, my wife and I would sometimes trade off nights cooking each other dinner. We often sourced more challenging recipes from the various gourmet foodie magazines we accumulated over the years. Some dishes more remembered than others.

As if in a dream, this pork chop dish came rushing back to me recently as one that was worth a revisit.

I have tried this, first brining the pork chops, and then again without, and can say that the brine step is not necessary and that these were really amazing.

I would suggest this dish be served over the weekend as there a few steps involved but they are simple ones anyone can do. The carbs from this pork chop dish come mostly from the caramelized onions so eat less of them if you have already had your fair share of carbs for the day.

I have been going back into the archives of my memory lately to see what kind of alchemy I can come up with to make some old favorites healthy, lower-carb and new again. Hope you enjoy these.

Pork Chops With Caramelized Onions And Smoked Gouda
Serves 4
A decadent lower-carb version of an amazing pork chop dish from Bon Appétite.
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Prep Time
35 min
Cook Time
35 min
Total Time
1 hr 10 min
Prep Time
35 min
Cook Time
35 min
Total Time
1 hr 10 min
460 calories
17 g
150 g
21 g
50 g
9 g
486 g
1420 g
6 g
0 g
9 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
486g
Servings
4
Amount Per Serving
Calories 460
Calories from Fat 188
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 21g
33%
Saturated Fat 9g
44%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 7g
Cholesterol 150mg
50%
Sodium 1420mg
59%
Total Carbohydrates 17g
6%
Dietary Fiber 3g
14%
Sugars 6g
Protein 50g
Vitamin A
30%
Vitamin C
19%
Calcium
19%
Iron
16%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 3 tablespoons avocado oil
  2. 4 center cut rib pork chops -1-inch-thick (each about 8 ounces)
  3. 1.5 tablespoon Hungarian sweet paprika
  4. 3 cups sliced onions (about 3 medium)
  5. 3 teaspoons minced garlic
  6. 3 cups beef broth
  7. 1/2 cup grated smoked Gouda cheese with rind (about 3 ounces)
  8. 1.5 tablespoons butter
  9. 1.5 tablespoons almond flour
  10. 1/2 teaspoon arrowroot powder
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 325°F. Heat 3 tablespoons avocado oil in heavy large skillet over high heat.
  2. Season pork with salt and pepper. Working in batches, add pork chops to skillet and sauté until brown, about 3 minutes per side.
  3. Arrange pork in single layer in 15x10x2-inch glass or ceramic baking dish. Sprinkle 1/2 tablespoon paprika over pork.
  4. Over medium-high heat add onions to the pan and sauté until well browned, stirring often, about 15 minutes. Add garlic; sauté 1 minute. Add 1 tablespoon paprika. Place onions over pork.
  5. Pour enough broth over so that chops are almost covered. Cover with foil. Bake until pork is tender, about 35 minutes.
  6. Reduce oven temperature to 200°F. Using tongs, transfer pork to large bowl, leaving onion mixture in baking dish. Pour contents of baking dish into strainer set over medium bowl.
  7. Return onion mixture to same baking dish, spreading evenly (reserve cooking liquid).
  8. Arrange pork atop onions; sprinkle cheese. Cover dish with foil; set in oven to keep warm.
  9. Melt butter in heavy large saucepan over medium heat. Add almond flour. Cook, until mixture just begins to color, whisking often (mixture will be dry and crumbly), about 4 minutes.
  10. Gradually whisk in reserved cooking liquid. Bring sauce to boil, whisking constantly. Add arrowroot powder. Boil until thickened, whisking often, about 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
  11. Transfer pork and onions to plates. Spoon sauce around pork and serve.
Adapted from Bon Appétit
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Roasted Acorn Squash with Chili Vinaigrette

Roasted Acorn Squash

Sides | March 12, 2018 | By

This Roasted Acorn Squash with Chili Vinaigrette will be a treat you won’t soon forget.

Acorn Squash is one of those shopping items that I like to have on hand for when I have run out of ideas for an easy but substantial side dish. They last a while in kitchen before you have to get to them, so I usually have one around.

Now if I can just remember to get fresh cilantro and a jalepeno I’m in business!

My wife Lisa turned me on to this amazing Acorn Squash recipe from Gourmet a while ago – we have made a few tweaks and have been making this for years and it never gets old. This is lick-the-plate-good so be sure to sop up all that vinaigrette.

Acorn squash are a little higher in carbs than most of my “go-to” keto veggies so I tend to only make this about once a month and on a day when the rest of the meal or even my day was on the lower-carb side.

This is also a great simple recipe to impress guests at your next dinner party. If you are not a winter squash person, this one might convert you. Enjoy!   

Roasted Acorn Squash With Chile Vinaigrette
Serves 4
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
35 min
Total Time
50 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
35 min
Total Time
50 min
140 calories
12 g
0 g
11 g
1 g
1 g
124 g
299 g
0 g
0 g
8 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
124g
Servings
4
Amount Per Serving
Calories 140
Calories from Fat 93
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 11g
16%
Saturated Fat 1g
7%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 7g
Cholesterol 0mg
0%
Sodium 299mg
12%
Total Carbohydrates 12g
4%
Dietary Fiber 2g
7%
Sugars 0g
Protein 1g
Vitamin A
9%
Vitamin C
22%
Calcium
4%
Iron
5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 1 medium acorn squash
  2. 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  3. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  4. 3 tablespoons olive oil
  5. 1 small garlic clove
  6. 3/4 tablespoons fresh lime juice, or to taste
  7. 1/2 to 1 teaspoons finely chopped fresh hot red chile or jalepeno, including seeds
  8. 1 1/2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
  9. 1/4 tsp. honey
Instructions
  1. Put oven rack in upper third of oven and preheat oven to 450F.
  2. Halve squash lengthwise, then cut off and discard stem ends.
  3. Scoop out seeds and cut squash lengthwise into 3/4-inch-wide wedges. (8 slices)
  4. Toss squash with fresh ground black pepper, 1/4 tsp. salt, and 2 tablespoons oil in a bowl, then arrange, cut sides down, in a large shallow baking pan.
  5. Roast squash, until squash is tender and undersides of wedges are golden brown, 25 to 35 minutes.
  6. While squash roasts, mince garlic and mash to a paste with 1/4 teaspoon salt.
  7. Transfer paste to a small bowl and whisk in lime juice, chile (to taste), cilantro, honey, and remaining 1 tbsp. of olive oil until combined.
  8. Transfer squash, browned sides up, to a platter and drizzle with vinaigrette.
Adapted from Gourmet
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The Wedge Salad

Salads, Small Plates | February 19, 2018 | By

This Wedge Salad delivers big flavor with bacon lardons and home-made blue cheese dressing.

Every once in a while I stumble upon a keto food with the perfect macros that I can’t imagine how I ever lived without. 

My wife and I were out to dinner at The Capitol Grill in Hartford several nights ago and ordered The Wedge Salad. I forgot just how good these can be when they are done right and this one was friken amazing! We don’t often go to high-end steak houses but this place is worth the trip just for the wedge salad.

We are big fans of salads at our home but usually go for the more nutritious lettuce varieties like, Kale, Spinach, Arugula or at least Romaine. In fact, I don’t think I’ve even purchased a head of iceberg lettuce in over 20 years!

It’s time for a change!

In this case, the iceberg in the wedge salad is just a crisp delivery system for the whole-fat yumminess of the blue cheese dressing and bacon lardons.

To do this dish justice be sure to chill down your salad plates and dressing and keep the wedge cold and crisp until right before serving. If you want to go crazy, chill a few salad forks too.

Slab bacon lardons

I can see how this classic wedge salad might even be a meal for some if you add some grilled salmon or chicken but the slab bacon is really all you will ever need. Sometimes, messing with perfection is not always a good idea!

The lardons also adds a nice additional level of crunch to the crisp lettuce so you get to hold the croutons – perfect!

 

 

 

The Wedge Salad
Serves 4
A delicious classic wedge salad that is perfectly Keto
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
30 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
30 min
496 calories
10 g
69 g
44 g
17 g
15 g
349 g
1390 g
6 g
0 g
25 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
349g
Servings
4
Amount Per Serving
Calories 496
Calories from Fat 387
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 44g
67%
Saturated Fat 15g
76%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 10g
Monounsaturated Fat 15g
Cholesterol 69mg
23%
Sodium 1390mg
58%
Total Carbohydrates 10g
3%
Dietary Fiber 3g
12%
Sugars 6g
Protein 17g
Vitamin A
36%
Vitamin C
22%
Calcium
26%
Iron
8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 1 large head of Iceberg lettuce
  2. 1 cup crumbled blue cheese, divided (reserve a 1/4 cup)
  3. 1/2 cup sour cream - Full fat
  4. 1/3 cup mayonnaise (olive oil - Hellmans)
  5. 2 tablespoons olive oil
  6. 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  7. 1 teaspoon red wine vinegar
  8. 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  9. 1 clove of garlic
  10. 1 tablespoon chopped fresh chives
  11. 1/2 pound smoked slab bacon
  12. 1 large shallot, cut crosswise into 1/8-inch-thick rounds and separated into rings
  13. 1 cup cherry or grape tomatoes, halved lengthwise
  14. 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  15. 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Instructions
  1. Place 4 salad plates in the refrigerator to chill.
  2. Mash garlic clove with salt with a chef knife against a cutting board to make a paste.
  3. Mash 1/2 of the blue cheese with the back of a fork in a medium bowl until mostly smooth. Add the sour cream, mayonnaise, oil, lemon juice, vinegar, mustard, salt, garlic paste, chives, and black pepper, and mix thoroughly until completely combined.
  4. Add half the remaining cheese and mix gently, leaving clumps of cheese here and there. Cover and refrigerate while you prepare the salad. Make at least 1/2 hour ahead of serving.
  5. Cut smoked slab bacon into 1/8 inch cubes.
  6. Cook the bacon in a single layer in a large frying pan over medium heat, turning occasionally, until crisp and deeply browned and most of the fat has rendered out. Transfer with tongs to the paper towel-lined plates; set aside.
  7. Core the lettuce and cut it into quarters through where the core was. Place a wedge on each of the chilled salad plates. Divide the shallot rings and tomatoes evenly among the plates. Spoon about 3 tablespoons of the dressing over each wedge. Add the reserved slab bacon lardons evenly over the salads. Serve immediately.
Notes
  1. The dressing can be made and stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
  2. Fresh crushed peppercorns are best
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Keto Zucchini Fritters

zucchinni fritters

These Keto Zucchini Fritters are about as close as I’m ever gonna get to a low-carb version of one of my childhood favs – the potato latke. Sour cream with chives or creme fresh are still in but a little tzatziki can be a nice tweak to switch things up.

This is the perfect side dish in place of potatoes or if you are just cauliflower’d out.

These would also be a great base for a low-carb eggs Benedict on a lazy weekend morning. These Keto Zucchini Fritters are so good the kids will even like them. These will be especially good in summer with local farm fresh zucchinis but you can get good ones all year round.

Keto Zucchini Fritters
Serves 4
Simple Zucchini Pancakes that make a great side.
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
30 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
30 min
178 calories
11 g
99 g
12 g
8 g
5 g
140 g
729 g
2 g
0 g
6 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
140g
Servings
4
Amount Per Serving
Calories 178
Calories from Fat 107
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 12g
19%
Saturated Fat 5g
27%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 5g
Cholesterol 99mg
33%
Sodium 729mg
30%
Total Carbohydrates 11g
4%
Dietary Fiber 2g
7%
Sugars 2g
Protein 8g
Vitamin A
9%
Vitamin C
26%
Calcium
14%
Iron
7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 2.5 cups zucchini, grated
  2. 1/3 cup almond flour or coconut flour or a mix of both
  3. 2 scallions, chopped fine
  4. 1/4 small onion, chopped fine
  5. 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
  6. 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  7. 2 eggs
  8. 1/4 cup avocado oil
  9. 1 tbsp. coconut oil
  10. 1.5 tsp. Pepper, fresh ground
  11. 1 tsp. salt
Instructions
  1. Grate the zucchini on a box grater - medium grate.
  2. Put the zucchini in a colander and sprinkle with the teaspoon of salt. Mix the zucchini gently to distribute the salt and let it sit for about 5 minutes.
  3. Squeeze the zucchini out with your hands and place into a medium sized mixing bowl.
  4. Add the eggs and scallion to the zucchini and mix together.
  5. In a small bowl, add the rest of the dry ingredients and stir together.
  6. Add them to the zucchini and mix thoroughly.
  7. Heat oils in a medium to large pan over medium - high heat.
  8. Oil should completely cover the bottom surface of the pan.
  9. When the oil is hot, stir the zucchini mixture one more time and dip a ¼ cup measuring cup into the batter, level off. Dump the batter into the pan and gently push it into a flat pancake shape with the back of a metal spatula.
  10. Cook for four minutes adjusting the heat up or down as needed, then flip, cooking for another four minutes. Add more oil to the pan if needed to prevent sticking.
  11. Salt then drain the zucchini fritters on a paper towel before serving.
Adapted from Low Carb Maven
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fat
12g
protein
8g
carbs
11g
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Ahi Tuna Poke Towers

Ahi Tuna Poke

Eating Out, Small Plates | January 11, 2018 | By

I feel in love with Ahi Tuna Poke on several trips to Hawaii.

Back when I was unconscious about carbs I would go out for sushi several times a week. I thought I was eating healthy and could never understand why eating so well I could never lose any weight. I’m kind of a sushi freak and when I find a place that is focused on great, fresh sushi I become the duke, a super-fan and frequent the establishment often.

Currently, I am the duke (yelp) with no one even close to 2nd place at an unassuming local hot spot in Avon, CT called Liki Sushi

This Japanese oasis is not distracted by hibachi like so many others in the area. This is reflected in the quality and freshness of the fish and the attention to detail my personal sushi chefs, Andy and company execute so well. They have great lunch specials and if you sit at the bar you may also get free app like the one below.

The trick to going low-carb is the shift I made to sashimi (hold the rice) several years ago. I do not miss the rice and I do not feel the need for nap after lunch anymore. Those balls of rice are clearly no friend to anyone attempting to get into shape. Another option is to get rolls made without the rice which many on-trend sushi spots will accommodate. Sauce on the side is not a bad idea either. If it tastes too sweet, it probably is, and you should use sparingly or avoid altogether.

When it comes to raw tuna at home however, I prefer this simple preparation of Ahi Sushi Poke. I hope you enjoy my take on Ahi Sushi Poke and I assure you it will be a big hit at your next get together with low-carb friends or a romantic evening starter with the one you love.

Ahi Tuna Poke Towers
Serves 4
A simple Ahi Tuna Poke recipe that will impress your guests.
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Prep Time
30 min
Total Time
30 min
Prep Time
30 min
Total Time
30 min
375 calories
7 g
69 g
23 g
35 g
3 g
195 g
296 g
1 g
0 g
18 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
195g
Servings
4
Amount Per Serving
Calories 375
Calories from Fat 201
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 23g
36%
Saturated Fat 3g
17%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 4g
Monounsaturated Fat 14g
Cholesterol 69mg
23%
Sodium 296mg
12%
Total Carbohydrates 7g
2%
Dietary Fiber 4g
17%
Sugars 1g
Protein 35g
Vitamin A
6%
Vitamin C
11%
Calcium
5%
Iron
13%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
For the Ahi Tuna Poke
  1. 1 pound sashimi grade ahi tuna
  2. 1.5 tbsp. finely chopped shallot
  3. 1/4 cup chopped green onion
  4. 1/4 tsp. ground coriander
  5. 1/4 tsp. chilli powder
  6. 1 tbsp. sesame oil
  7. 2 tbsp. good quality olive oil
  8. 1 tbsp. ponzu dressing (kikkoman or other)
  9. fresh ground salt and pepper to taste
  10. 1 tbsp. toasted sesame seed
For Avocado
In a separate bowl gently mix
  1. 1 ripe avocado 1/4 inch dice
  2. 1/8 tsp. coriander
  3. 1/4 tsp salt
  4. 1/4 ground pepper
  5. 1/3 tbsp lime juice
To Plate
  1. 2 tsp. Black caviar or tobiko for garnish
  2. 1 tbsp olive oil for garnish
Combine gently in a mixing bowl
  1. Tuna chopped into 1/4 inch dice.
  2. Shallot, scallion, corriander, chilli powder.
  3. Add olive and sesame oils and toss evenly coat.
  4. Just before serving add toasted sesame seed and mix.
For Avocado
In a separate bowl gently mix
  1. Avocado, coriander, salt, ground pepper and lime juice.
To Plate
  1. Use a 4" mini-spring form pan (or similar - tin can open at both ends)
  2. With a spoon, pack tuna then avocado - reverse if forming with a tin can.
  3. Place avocado side down then remove pan.
  4. Drizzle olive oil
  5. Top with black Tobiko.
  6. Repeat.
  7. Serve.
Notes
  1. Makes 2 towers
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Braised Lamb Shanks With Rosemary

braised lamb shanks

Mains | January 2, 2018 | By

Best Braised Lamb Shanks on a cozy night at home with family and friends.

I am a big fan of lamb. Chops, legs, shanks, loins are all in my foodie playbook. I have favorite preparations for each cut and have invested many hours perfecting my cookery of this beast. Every once in a while I come across a person who claims they are not a fan. I imagine their only experience mirrors my first exposures as a kid, dried out, overcooked with green mint jelly. Thanks Mom for the intro… I’ll take it from here. Then with empathy, I go about my quest to convert them with a high percentage success rate.

This Braised Lamb Shanks recipe is one of my favs on a weekend or snowy night.

It takes a little more time but the prep is easy and the house smells great for hours. It’s a hearty meal and as an early Sunday dinner will carry you the rest of the day. Keep the carbs down by serving this with my Magical Cauliflower Mash.

Braised Lamb Shanks With Rosemary
Serves 4
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Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
2 hr 30 min
Total Time
3 hr
Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
2 hr 30 min
Total Time
3 hr
1178 calories
23 g
329 g
62 g
107 g
26 g
970 g
1312 g
9 g
0 g
30 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
970g
Servings
4
Amount Per Serving
Calories 1178
Calories from Fat 554
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 62g
95%
Saturated Fat 26g
131%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 3g
Monounsaturated Fat 27g
Cholesterol 329mg
110%
Sodium 1312mg
55%
Total Carbohydrates 23g
8%
Dietary Fiber 5g
18%
Sugars 9g
Protein 107g
Vitamin A
188%
Vitamin C
42%
Calcium
16%
Iron
62%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 3.5 lbs Lamb Shanks - (about 8 smaller ones)
  2. 2 tablespoons olive oil
  3. 1 large onion, chopped
  4. 1/2 cup leeks, chopped
  5. 1/2 cup fennel, chopped
  6. 3 large carrots, peeled, cut into 1/4-inch-thick rounds
  7. 8 garlic cloves, minced
  8. 2 cups dry red wine (about a 3rd of a bottle)
  9. 1 28-ounce can whole tomatoes with juices
  10. 1.5 cups - chicken broth
  11. 1.5 cups - beef broth
  12. 5 teaspoons chopped fresh rosemary
  13. 2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme
  14. 2 teaspoons grated lemon peel
  15. 1 large portobello mushroom sliced
Instructions
  1. Sprinkle shanks with salt and pepper.
  2. Heat oil in heavy large pot or dutch oven over medium-high heat.
  3. Working in batches, add shanks to pot and cook until brown on all sides, about 8 minutes.
  4. Transfer shanks to bowl.
  5. Add onions, carrots, leeks, fennel and garlic to pot and sauté until golden, about 10 minutes.
  6. Stir in all remaining ingredients except sliced portobello mushrooms.
  7. Return shanks to pot, pressing down to submerge.
  8. Bring liquids to boil.
  9. Cover - place in 375 degree oven - about 2.5 hours total.
  10. Uncover pot last 45 minutes - stir once to coat meat with sauce.
  11. Sauce will reduce and exposed meat will brown.
  12. (Can be made 1 day ahead. Chill until cold; cover and keep chilled - Rewarm over medium heat before continuing.)
  13. Transfer shanks to platter - tent with foil.
  14. Boil juices in pot until thickened, med high - about 10 minutes.
  15. Add portobello mushroom slices - cook about 5 minutes more.
  16. Season with salt and pepper. Spoon sauce over shanks.
Notes
  1. Serve Lamb Shanks with Cauliflower Mash - http://www.everydayketogourmet.com/wp/a-magical-cauliflower-mash/
  2. Optional - Strain the sauce before final reduction - then add the mushrooms and cook for 5 min.
  3. You can add more red wine, but I follow the rule - "only cook with wine you would drink" So - I like to have more to drink while I am cooking - up to you!
Adapted from Bon Appétit / Feb. 1997
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fat
62g
protein
107g
carbs
23g
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Killer Keto Frittata

killer keto frittata

Breakfast, Small Plates | December 13, 2017 | By

This simple keto frittata is loaded with good stuff and you’ll never miss the potatoes.

My wife Lisa is the master at the low-carb breakfast. Ever since we honeymooned in Spain, my wife and I have always appreciated a great frittata. The Barcelona Wine Bar in West Hartford, CT is where we usually go to get our frittata fix, complete with a dollop of fresh sour cream. Those off-the-rails carbs however are usually reserved for the weekend. 

This Killer Keto Frittata makes a great late night snack after a night out with friends – we’re too old for Denny’s!

Back to breakfast! You can adjust the ingredients to your taste and you can swap out one veggie for another – same goes for the cheeses. I’ve included my favorites below – pick two or three and go for it.

Killer Keto Frittata
Serves 3
A significant low-carb breakfast that will keep you going all morning.
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
30 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
30 min
375 calories
8 g
370 g
27 g
24 g
15 g
225 g
480 g
3 g
0 g
10 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
225g
Servings
3
Amount Per Serving
Calories 375
Calories from Fat 243
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 27g
42%
Saturated Fat 15g
75%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 8g
Cholesterol 370mg
123%
Sodium 480mg
20%
Total Carbohydrates 8g
3%
Dietary Fiber 2g
8%
Sugars 3g
Protein 24g
Vitamin A
31%
Vitamin C
52%
Calcium
43%
Iron
16%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 5 large eggs
  2. 2 tbs. half n half
  3. 1/2 medium onion - chopped
  4. 1/3 cup leeks - chopped
  5. 4 asparagus spears - 1/4 inch chop
  6. 1 cup broccoli - rough chopped
  7. 1.25 cups cheese shredded (swiss, smoked swiss, gouda, smoked gouda, fontina, cheddar)
  8. 1 tsp. Fresh thyme
  9. 2 tsp. butter - divided
  10. Salt and Pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Melt 1/2 the butter In a 9 inch non-stick, oven-safe pan on med-low heat saute' veggies slow - about 8 min.
  2. In a bowl whisk eggs & half and half.
  3. Add salt and pepper and stir in shredded cheese.
  4. Stir in veggies to the bowl with the eggs.
  5. Add rest of the butter to the pan and melt on low heat.
  6. Pour the eggs, cheese and veggie mix into the hot pan.
  7. Slowly scramble mixture until lose curds form and eggs are almost set - About 3 minutes.
  8. Finish in oven under broiler on high until eggs begin to brown - about 5 minutes.
  9. Serve hot.
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fat
27g
protein
24g
carbs
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Keto Fried Eggplant

fried eggplant

Sides, Small Plates | November 28, 2017 | By

This Keto Fried Eggplant is my go-to for a substantial side that is almost a meal in and of itself.

What to do with an eggplant? I always come back to beginning, to the core of the issue. When I was a kid, my mother used to prepare fried eggplant and serve it the same way – simple with sauce. As you can see I’ve been on an eggplant kick as of late. Perfecting the perfect lower-carb fried eggplant side dish has been on my to do list for some time, and now, I think I’ve cracked it.

Be sure the rest of your meal is on the lighter side as you may find it hard to stick to one serving of these beauties. At 13 grams of net carbs per serving including the sauce – these are a keeper at my house. The kids even eat them! 

Keto Fried Eggplant
Serves 4
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Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
45 min
Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
45 min
283 calories
21 g
57 g
21 g
9 g
9 g
276 g
156 g
7 g
0 g
10 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
276g
Servings
4
Amount Per Serving
Calories 283
Calories from Fat 175
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 21g
32%
Saturated Fat 9g
45%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 8g
Cholesterol 57mg
19%
Sodium 156mg
7%
Total Carbohydrates 21g
7%
Dietary Fiber 8g
30%
Sugars 7g
Protein 9g
Vitamin A
10%
Vitamin C
17%
Calcium
13%
Iron
11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 1 large purple eggplant
  2. 1/4 cup of almond flour
  3. 1/4 cup hazelnut flour
  4. 1/4 cup Romano cheese - grated
  5. 5 tbsp avocado oil
  6. 2 tbsp coconut oil
  7. 1 egg
  8. 2 tbsp half n half
  9. Fresh ground salt and pepper - to taste
  10. 1.25 cups jared tomato sauce - Rao's, etc
Instructions
  1. Peel large eggplant.
  2. Slice eggplant into 1/2 inch round slices.
  3. Lightly salt both sides, lay on paper towel for 20 minutes to remove excess moisture.
  4. Mix Romano cheese and flours on a small plate. Add salt and pepper.
  5. Heat large fry pan on medium high.
  6. Add avocado and coconut oils.
  7. Mix egg and half n half to make egg wash.
  8. Coat eggplant slices with egg wash then flour mixture. Shake off excess flour.
  9. In batches, fry eggplant slices in hot oil - about 4 minutes per side until golden.
  10. Place fried eggplant on a large plate with paper towel to absorb any excess oil.
  11. Salt eggplant to taste.
  12. Top with a tbsp of your favorite heated jarred tomato sauce.
Notes
  1. Don't go cheap on the jarred sauce. The better the sauce, the better this dish will taste. I prefer Rao's or Franks but there are many choices between $5 and $8 a jar that are worth every penny.
  2. Also be sure to check for carbs - not all jarred sauces are created equal.
  3. Bob's Red Mill makes some great hazelnut and almond flours.
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fat
21g
protein
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carbs
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Roasted Eggplant Caponata

roasted eggplant caponata

A roasted eggplant caponata that is simple to make and always a crowd pleaser.

I always buy eggplant this time a year as there are so many varieties available especially at local farm stands and markets. Be sure to pick fresh ones that are heavy and solid to the tap. This roasted eggplant caponata recipe really delivers a great flavor that goes well as side dish or an app. You can serve it with cucumbers to keep it really low carb or you can splurge with some lower carb pita chips shown below.

Roasted Eggplant Caponata
Serves 6
A simple fresh eggplant caponata with few ingredients.
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
40 min
Total Time
1 hr
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
40 min
Total Time
1 hr
192 calories
14 g
0 g
15 g
2 g
2 g
219 g
351 g
6 g
0 g
13 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
219g
Servings
6
Amount Per Serving
Calories 192
Calories from Fat 133
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 15g
23%
Saturated Fat 2g
11%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 11g
Cholesterol 0mg
0%
Sodium 351mg
15%
Total Carbohydrates 14g
5%
Dietary Fiber 5g
22%
Sugars 6g
Protein 2g
Vitamin A
11%
Vitamin C
18%
Calcium
4%
Iron
8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 1 large eggplant - 3/4 inch diced, skin on
  2. 1 cup red onion - halved then sliced thin
  3. 1/2 cup green olives - pitted, sliced in quarters length-wise
  4. 1 cup fresh fennel bulb - coarse diced
  5. 1/3 cup capers - rinsed
  6. 1 cup tomato sauce - good quality jared or substitute with 4 ripe tomatoes - chopped coarse
  7. 2 tbsp fresh parsley - chopped coarse
  8. 6 tbsp extra virgin olive oil, divided
  9. 1/4 cup white wine vinegar
  10. 1.5 tsp sugar
  11. Fresh ground salt and pepper to taste
  12. 1.5 tsp crushed red pepper flakes (optional)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 425.
  2. Toss eggplant in 4 tbsp of olive oil in a large bowl.
  3. Arrange eggplant single layer on a baking sheet and roast until browned, flipping halfway through, about 25 minutes. Let cool down.
  4. Cook fennel in bowling water for 4 minutes, drain and let cool - set aside.
  5. Heat remaining 2 tbsp of olive oil in a large pan over med-high heat.
  6. Add onion and cook till just golden about 5 min.
  7. Add the olives, capers, reserved fennel, tomato sauce, sugar, vinegar, and salt and pepper to taste.
  8. Gently stir in the eggplant, being careful not break up the eggplant.
  9. Simmer for 2 to 3 minutes, then transfer to a large bowl or platter and cool.
  10. Garnish with parsley and serve cold or at room temperature.
  11. Can be made ahead a few days and gets better with age.
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fat
15g
protein
2g
carbs
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Here is a brand of pita pockets that have only 5 net carbs per each pita. Toast them in the toaster oven and then slice them like a pizza pie into 12 sections. 12 pita chips for 5 net carbs – That’s not a bad deal!

I often have trouble figuring out what to do with all the eggplants I buy. I mean how many eggplant parm-like dishes can one eat? This roasted eggplant caponata appetizer has become a welcome addition to the happy hours at my house and should at yours as well.

 

 

Shrimp and Cauliflower Grits with Eggs

Shrimp and Cauliflower Grits

Breakfast | October 6, 2016 | By

Shrimp and Cauliflower Grits with Eggs that’ll bring you back down south.

If you have ever been down south at all, and were lucky, Shrimp and Grits must of crossed your path and your tastebuds, and were never to be forgotten.

At a minimum you have watched My Cousin Vinnie a dozen times and wondered what all the fuss is about. 

A few years ago my wife Lisa took me to New Orleans for my birthday and we ate our way through downtown. We visited the usually places and some off-the-beaten-path hot spots for some of the best food on earth. At one spot across from our hotel in the French Quarter we had the most amazing breakfast of Shrimp and Grits that has been indelibly imprinted on my culinary mind.

There is a great regional spice mixture found in many creole dishes that we had to seek out and procure before heading back North. We have used it to make the famous Brennan’s Barbeque Shrimp and wowed our guests with transporting flavors as well as the 4 sticks of butter the recipe calls for. All keto-friendly until you add the loaf of french bread to sop up the life-changing butter sauce. Sorry – I don’t think there is ever gonna be a replacement for the crusty bread in this equation.

The other morning I had some leftover Cauliflower Mash and was inspired by its grit-like potential. This low-carb alternative to grits will become a new staple at our breakfast table and this southern dish, a welcomed guest at our home and soon to be yours.

Y’all come back now, ya hear!

Shrimp and Cauliflower Grits with Eggs
Serves 2
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
10 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
10 min
628 calories
12 g
520 g
54 g
26 g
25 g
403 g
930 g
4 g
1 g
24 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
403g
Servings
2
Amount Per Serving
Calories 628
Calories from Fat 477
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 54g
83%
Saturated Fat 25g
127%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 4g
Monounsaturated Fat 20g
Cholesterol 520mg
173%
Sodium 930mg
39%
Total Carbohydrates 12g
4%
Dietary Fiber 4g
14%
Sugars 4g
Protein 26g
Vitamin A
35%
Vitamin C
113%
Calcium
16%
Iron
17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 2.5 cups raw cauliflower
  2. 2 tbsp fresh chives - chopped
  3. 3 large mushrooms - sliced thick
  4. 4 eggs
  5. 8 large raw shrimp - peeled
  6. 1 tbsp extra vigin olive oil
  7. 2 tbsp butter
  8. 1 clove a garlic - minced
  9. 1/2 cup light cream
  10. Fresh ground salt and pepper to taste
  11. 4 slices of Prosciutto di Parm - seared and crumbled
  12. 2 tsp creole seasoning
For the Grits
  1. In a mini-prep, process the raw cauliflower until riced.
  2. In a saute pan cook riced cauliflower over low heat for 5 min to evaporate some moisture.
  3. Add half the chives and the light cream - cook on low for 10 minutes, stir until creamy.
  4. Add salt and pepper to taste.
For the Eggs
  1. Bring pot of water to a boil covered.
  2. Spin water.
  3. Add eggs to center vortex.
  4. Cover and turn off heat.
  5. Set timer for 4 minutes.
For the Shrimp
  1. In a large saute pan on medium - high heat, add 1/2 tbs olive oil and half the butter.
  2. Brown the mushrooms - 5 minutes.
  3. When the eggs are dropped - add raw peeled shrimp to the pan with mushrooms.
  4. Add chives to shrimp.
  5. Add creole seasoning to the shrimp.
  6. Add other half of butter.
  7. Add 1/2 tbs olive oil.
  8. Toss shrimp to cook the other side and mushrooms until cooked through - 3-4 minutes.
To Plate
  1. In a bowl add cauliflower.
  2. Top with shrimp and mushroom mixture. Be sure to scrape the buttery goodness onto the grits.
  3. Crumble Prosciutto on top.
  4. Top with 2 poached eggs.
  5. Add ground salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Dust with some creole seasoning to taste.
Notes
  1. Crisp bacon is another crumble option that will work well. Reserve some of the rendered bacon fat to cook the shrimp in along with the butter. In this case go lighter on the olive oil.
  2. If you like spicy, you can go a little heavier handed on the creole seasoning.
  3. There is some timing to pull this recipe off. The Grits can be made and kept warm on very low heat while you start the shrimp. Once the shrimp are in the pan the eggs need to be ready to come out just a few minutes later so they don't over cook.
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carbs
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 Here is the Creole Seasoning recipe straight from Brennan’s in New Orleans. I try to use a good quality source like Penzey’s spices when making this mixture to get the best results. Enjoy!

Ralph Brennan's Creole Seasoning
Serves 16
Recipe courtesy of Ralph Brennan's New Orleans Seafood Cookbook
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Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
10 min
Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
10 min
13 calories
3 g
0 g
0 g
1 g
0 g
9 g
1771 g
0 g
0 g
0 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
9g
Servings
16
Amount Per Serving
Calories 13
Calories from Fat 4
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 0g
1%
Saturated Fat 0g
0%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg
0%
Sodium 1771mg
74%
Total Carbohydrates 3g
1%
Dietary Fiber 1g
6%
Sugars 0g
Protein 1g
Vitamin A
35%
Vitamin C
0%
Calcium
2%
Iron
5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 1/2 cup sweet paprika
  2. 1/4 cup kosher salt
  3. 1 tablespoon freshly ground black pepper
  4. 1 teaspoon onion powder
  5. 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  6. 1 teaspoon cayenne
  7. 1 teaspoon thyme
  8. 1 teaspoon oregano
Instructions
  1. Thoroughly combine all ingredients in a small mixing bowl and store the mixture in an airtight container in a cool, dark place for up to three months.
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carbs
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