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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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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21g
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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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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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 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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Grilled Portobello Shrooms

grilled portobello

Sides, Small Plates | July 12, 2016 | By

Everyone loves a grilled portobello!

Every once in a while you come across a grilled portobello mushroom appetizer that blows you away and you wonder why you can not make one of those at home. There is something special about the texture of a grilled portobello that you just can’t get in any other grilled veggie.

grilled portobello

I have been experimenting for years to come up with a simple, summer, week-night side that smacks you upside the head with flavor, to accompany that perfect grilled steak. You could experiment endlessly as a grilled portobello is very forgiving and can take whatever you throw at it. I hope you like my version and try it the next time you are grilling out. Your family and friends will be impressed for sure. Mine always are!

Grilled Portobello Shrooms
Serves 4
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
20 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
20 min
104 calories
3 g
6 g
9 g
3 g
3 g
63 g
161 g
2 g
0 g
7 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
63g
Servings
4
Amount Per Serving
Calories 104
Calories from Fat 82
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 9g
14%
Saturated Fat 3g
13%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 6g
Cholesterol 6mg
2%
Sodium 161mg
7%
Total Carbohydrates 3g
1%
Dietary Fiber 1g
3%
Sugars 2g
Protein 3g
Vitamin A
3%
Vitamin C
1%
Calcium
5%
Iron
2%
* 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 large portobello mushroom caps
  2. 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  3. 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  4. 1/4 cup of gorgonzola or blue cheese
  5. 1/8 cup fresh chives chopped.
  6. Fresh ground salt and pepper
Instructions
  1. On a plate cap side down, drizzle olive oil over both mushroom caps.
  2. Drizzle balsamic vinegar.
  3. Add salt and pepper.
  4. Fill mushroom cavity with blue cheese.
  5. Sprinkle with chopped chives.
  6. Place mushrooms on a medium hot grill cap side down.
  7. Grill for 10 - 12 minutes until all the cheese is melted and shrooms are tender and browned.
  8. Serve 1/2 a mushroom cap per person.
Notes
  1. Use good quality olive oil and balsamic vinegar for best results.
  2. Other crumbly cheeses can be used if you prefer.
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9g
protein
3g
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3g
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Bite my Jerky!

News, Reviews | July 10, 2016 | By

Some Jerky’s I have come to love…

Convenience foods and snack foods are some of the bigger challenges when adopting a keto lifestyle. I am always on the lookout for shortcut foods that have the right ratios of macros for when I am on the go.

For a while I was excited about bacon jerky but in reality it’s kinda like eating a cold piece of last Sundays fatty bacon. I like bacon and all but it should be eaten crisp and at least warm.

Recently, I stumbled upon a “Slim Jim” type meat stick jerky that had a label to impress even the most picky of clean eaters and it tasted great too. The price was right at Ocean State Job Lot – $1 a stick so I went back and stocked up only to run out again a month later.

Doing some research online I found the source and just received my 1st order from the 40 year old, well-run, Tillamook Country Smoker out of Oregon. With the free shipping offer it was a great deal. After extensive digging there are only a few products in their line that I recommend as keto friendly – The Simply Crafted – Meat Sticks. I choose the Hunters Sausage and the Uncured Pepperoni both claiming – No Nitrates, Gluten Free, No Added MSG, Minimally Processed, No artificial ingredients, Zero Trans Fats, No preservatives added. Most of their other products contain more questionable ingredients and too many carbs as most jerky is cured with sugar.

jerkyNow please be clear  – I am not suggesting that you can sustain a healthy life or even lose weight eating beef jerky all the time but as a once-in-awhile snack… These puppies are on point with only 1 – 2 carbs per stick and near perfect macro ratios that will keep you in ketosis. Eating “real food” is always the best choice but some times you need a quick on the go option that will support your low carb busy life! 

Happy Trails.

 

Best Low Carb Bottled BBQ Sauce with BBQ Pulled Pork

Mains, Recipes, Reviews, Sides | May 30, 2016 | By

Who said eating low-carb can’t be fun? BBQ Pulled Pork anyone!

One of the biggest challenges for me, keeping low-carb in the summer, is BBQ sauce. I love ribs, BBQ pulled pork and anything else you can slather that yummy, spicy, sticky sauce on. I have made my own low carb version and may perfect that recipe in the future and share it with you but for now, as my 12 year old daughter says, “Ain’t-nobody-got-time-for-that!”

There are plenty of bottled BBQ sauces on the market but most have way too many carbs to even be considered low-carb some over 20 grams per serving so read those labels carefully. I have recently found an exceptional brand – JB’s Best, that is infused with beer and has the lowest carbs of all bottled BBQ sauces – around *4-6 grams. I use several spicy and not so spicy varieties in the BBQ pulled pork recipe below.

JB's Best BBQ Sauce

This is not a complicated meal to prepare and it feeds around 10-12 people affordably and heavenly.

The secret is in the spices! I use the southern-style, Penzeys33rd and Galena, Chicken and Pork Rub which is mixture of black pepper, paprika, nutmeg, sage, cayenne, red pepper and basil.

Be sure to have all the ingredients on hand to make our coleslaw recipe to go with. This meal would not be the same without it. My wife Lisa claims she wants this to be her “last meal on earth” – no kidding.. she said that – It’s that good!

Now many hard-core BBQ enthusiasts would argue that using a crock pot is not serious BBQ but hey… don’t knock it till you try it! This is one of those quick prep time, set-it-and-forget-it deals so you can go about your day and have an amazing dinner ready 8 hrs later for a small crowd. Either that or you will just have to enjoy the left-overs for days.. and you will as it is just as good the second day. Can I get a Yeeehaa!?

BBQ Pulled Pork
Serves 12
A crock pot pulled pork that can't miss.
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Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
6 hr
Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
6 hr
509 calories
12 g
179 g
22 g
62 g
7 g
266 g
421 g
9 g
0 g
12 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
266g
Servings
12
Amount Per Serving
Calories 509
Calories from Fat 194
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 22g
33%
Saturated Fat 7g
36%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 10g
Cholesterol 179mg
60%
Sodium 421mg
18%
Total Carbohydrates 12g
4%
Dietary Fiber 0g
1%
Sugars 9g
Protein 62g
Vitamin A
2%
Vitamin C
2%
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.
Ingredients
  1. 5-6 lbs Pork Butt - fat trimmed
  2. 3 tbsp Pensey's - 33rd and Galena, Chicken and Pork Rub
  3. Salt and Pepper - fresh ground
  4. 1.5 tbsp Olive oil
  5. 3/4 cup JB's Best, Ghost Pepper BBQ Sauce - to cook in
  6. 3/4 cup JB's Best, Ancho Peach BBQ Sauce - to cook in (alternate - Stubbs Original)
  7. Extra JB's Best, Blazin Bacon BBQ Sauce - to serve over cooked pork
  8. 1 cup of water
Instructions
  1. Trim fat from pork butt.
  2. Cut into 4 inch cubes.
  3. Salt and pepper all sides.
  4. Dust with Pensey's spice rub on all sides.
  5. In batches, brown each side of pork in a large dutch oven or similar pot.
  6. Transfer browned pork to crock pot.
  7. Add BBQ sauces.
  8. Add Water.
  9. Cover and set crock pot on high for 6 hours or low for 8 hours depending on what you have to do that day.
  10. Once done, use several paper towel strips to remove oil that has collected at the top of the pot.
  11. With 2 forks pull the pork apart and mix in with the juices in the crock pot.
  12. Serve topped with JB's Best, Blazin Bacon BBQ Sauce
  13. If you prefer less heat top with JB's Best, Ancho Peach or one of their other less hot varieties.
Notes
  1. Warning - Go easy on the BBQ sauce on top - 2 tbsp have 4-6 grams of carbs. Hopefully you planned ahead and saved your daily carb intake for this meal!
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I have to admit I had a BBQ pulled pork sandwich with a soft carb-loaded roll for my first serving. Hey, I’m already down 30 pounds and I played tennis that day – As I have said many a time – “If you eat Keto most of the time… you can eat whatever you want some of the time! My seconds and thirds were straight up. Lisa used a low carb wrap and added coleslaw to it – said it was amazing. Here is the recipe for the coleslaw – It is my wife Lisa’s but she said I made it so good that I need to make it from now on. Happy to!

Lisa's Coleslaw
Serves 12
A simple fresh and tangy slaw
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
5 min
Total Time
20 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
5 min
Total Time
20 min
149 calories
6 g
8 g
14 g
1 g
2 g
99 g
326 g
2 g
0 g
11 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
99g
Servings
12
Amount Per Serving
Calories 149
Calories from Fat 123
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 14g
21%
Saturated Fat 2g
11%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 8g
Monounsaturated Fat 3g
Cholesterol 8mg
3%
Sodium 326mg
14%
Total Carbohydrates 6g
2%
Dietary Fiber 2g
8%
Sugars 2g
Protein 1g
Vitamin A
11%
Vitamin C
66%
Calcium
3%
Iron
3%
* 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 medium cabbage - sliced thin
  2. 1 large red bell pepper - sliced thin
  3. 1/2 bulb fresh fennel - sliced thin
  4. 1 medium onion - sliced thin
  5. 2 green onions - chopped
  6. 1 cup of mayonnaise
  7. 1 large lemon - juiced
  8. 1 1/4 tbsp of fresh ground pepper
  9. 1 tsp salt
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl add all the veggies sliced very thin - use a mandoline slicer if needed.
  2. In a smaller bowl wisk together the mayo, lemon juice, and pepper.
  3. Toss the veggies with the dressing.
  4. Add salt and pepper to taste.
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14g
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 *As I was finishing this blog post I called JB’s Best to clarify some things and had the opportunity to speak with the owner, Jonathan Milo. Nice guy! We had a great conversation but sadly the carb-addicted marketplace had spoken, and the recipes for JB’s BBQ sauces were recently updated adding more carbs to cater to the carb-abused American palate. Bummer Summer! Here is the good news… This update just happened a month ago so most of the product still in the marketplace are the old recipes which to us low-carb lovers tastes truly amazing. So get out there and grab all you can of the lower carb versions before they are gone. I found my supply at Home Goods recently. Here is a link to order some online – This source still has the older recipes. Jonathan was empathetic to our cause and is considering a low glycemic variety in the near future. Let’s hope he does his homework and keeps the carbs low as well. We will be watching.

On a side note – Jonathan and crew have hit it out of the park with their Vino De Milo, line of wine-infused salad dressings that have only 1-2 grams of carbs per serving. I have yet to try these but look forward to it as they do look amazing.

As an alternate brand I have found Stubb’s, Original Recipe to have only 5 net grams of carbs per serving and they make some great BBQ sauces as well.

As a suggestion you may want to wait until you have hit a weight loss goal before trying this recipe. It’s hard to eat just 1 serving and the chances that you are gonna get kicked out of ketosis are pretty high. Hopefully you have a short cut in place to get you back on track come Monday morning!

 

Eggplant Spinach Pizza

Eggplant Spinach Pizza

Sides, Small Plates | May 2, 2016 | By

Eggplant Spinach Pizza is so easy, low carb and the variations are endless.

I have always made a simple breaded fried eggplant and topped it with a favorite jarred sauce as a side dish. Very simple and so delicious but loaded with the no-no combination of carbs and fat. I have tried almond flour to cut the carbs a bit but the results are not quite the same. Yet, I still find myself buying that purple veg whenever it looks good then wondering what to do with it that is more keto-friendly. 

The perfect storm of ingredients in my fridge prompted this Eggplant Spinach Pizza that will now be a go to edible solution for my purple friend.

There are many possibilities and variations that you can have fun with depending on your favorite pizza toppings. This is a knife and fork situation so don’t worry about picking it up. Load on your creativity and see what you can come up with.

Eggplant Spinach Pizza Eggplant Spinach Pizza

Eggplant Spinach Pizza
Serves 4
A fork and knife, low carb, eggplant pizza
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
40 min
Total Time
55 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
40 min
Total Time
55 min
284 calories
14 g
41 g
20 g
15 g
9 g
278 g
424 g
6 g
0 g
10 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
278g
Servings
4
Amount Per Serving
Calories 284
Calories from Fat 177
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 20g
31%
Saturated Fat 9g
46%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 9g
Cholesterol 41mg
14%
Sodium 424mg
18%
Total Carbohydrates 14g
5%
Dietary Fiber 6g
25%
Sugars 6g
Protein 15g
Vitamin A
41%
Vitamin C
24%
Calcium
38%
Iron
9%
* 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 sliced rounds
  2. 2 tbsp olive oil
  3. 1 cup mozzerella cheese - I like the fresh Ciliegine balls
  4. 1/2 cup parmesan reggiano - grated
  5. 1.5 cups fresh baby spinach - chopped
  6. 1 large clove of garlic - finely chopped
  7. 1/4 cup of fresh basil leaves - chiffonade
  8. 3/4 cup fresh cherry tomatoes - sliced
  9. 3/4 cup tomato sauce - favorite jarred or make your own
  10. fresh ground salt and pepper
Eggplant
  1. Heat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Salt both sides of eggplant and let rest on paper towels for 25 minutes.
  3. Wipe off salt.
  4. Olive oil a 9 x 11 baking pan and place eggplant rounds single layer.
  5. Bake for 25 minutes until slightly browned.
Pizza
  1. In a bowl, toss spinach with garlic and a little olive oil and salt and pepper.
  2. Top each eggplant with a teaspoon of sauce.
  3. Add tomatoes.
  4. Add spinach mixture.
  5. Top with both cheeses.
  6. Top with fresh basil.
  7. Bake in the oven for another 15 minutes or until cheese turns slightly brown
Notes
  1. Jarred sauce is optional - you can make your own with crushed canned tomatoes or just let the fresh tomatoes be your sauce.
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20g
protein
15g
carbs
14g
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Keto Crab Cakes Eggs Benedict

eggs benedict

Breakfast, Eating Out | April 29, 2016 | By

Everyday is a hollandaise when you are in ketosis!

One of my favorite breakfasts is any kind of eggs benedict. I search far and wide for the most creative variations in my area and love finding new spots that can pull this off with precision and not disappoint. There is a lot of timing and attention to detail when making a good eggs bene – so much can go wrong. The recipe below you may want to file under “weekend breakfasts” as it is a bit involved, will make a mess of the kitchen but be sooooo worth it in the end.

Locally, there are a few hot spots that have their act together on this front. My absolute favorite is in Granby CT, a place called Dave’s Restaurant that makes their own corned-beef hash bene – “Renee’s Choice”, that will satisfy you until diner time. If I am visiting Dave’s I am clearly planning to go off the Keto-rails for the day as the home fries are crisp and I’m not gonna pass up this once in a while treat and make any edits to Dave’s breakfast masterpiece.

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This is one of the challenges with my new keto-lifestyle as my only option for eggs benedict when eating breakfast out is to lay low on the potatoes and don’t eat the english muffin that most all eggs benedicts consist of. I have done it but it’s not usually the best way to go.

I had always thought is it was the decadent hollandaise on my breakfast of choice that was keeping me fat all those years.

Come to find out it was the muffin and potatoes keeping my waist at max density all along!

Every once in a while you can find an amazing crab-cake eggs benedict that needs no muffin as the base. Problem solved! This breakfast will rival any you find out and about – will impress your crew any weekend morning at home and you won’t need a nap afterwards. Be sure to plan some activities afterwards as this is a hearty meal that you will want to work off with all that extra energy you will have.

Keto Crab Cakes Eggs Benedict
Serves 3
A moist and delecious Crab Cakes Eggs Benedict
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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
845 calories
14 g
915 g
67 g
48 g
28 g
426 g
2097 g
2 g
1 g
35 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
426g
Servings
3
Amount Per Serving
Calories 845
Calories from Fat 591
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 67g
103%
Saturated Fat 28g
141%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 14g
Monounsaturated Fat 21g
Cholesterol 915mg
305%
Sodium 2097mg
87%
Total Carbohydrates 14g
5%
Dietary Fiber 2g
7%
Sugars 2g
Protein 48g
Vitamin A
53%
Vitamin C
106%
Calcium
27%
Iron
24%
* 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 Crab Cakes
  1. 1 pound lump crab meat - I like North Coast Seafoods - Culinary Reserve
  2. 3 green onions or 1 shallot - finely chopped
  3. 1/2 cup red or yellow bell pepper - finely chopped
  4. 1/4 cup of mayonnaise
  5. 1 egg
  6. 1 tsp worcestershire sauce
  7. 1 tsp dry mustard
  8. 1/2 lemon, juiced
  9. 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  10. 1 tsp salt
  11. Dash of cayenne pepper
  12. 1/4 cup Almond flour for dusting
  13. 1 tbsp Avocado oil
For the Eggs
  1. 6 large eggs for poaching
For the Hollandaise
  1. 1 stick of grass fed butter
  2. 4 egg yolks
  3. 1/2 tsp salt
  4. 1/2 tsp dry mustard
  5. 1 tbsp lemon juice
  6. 1 shot of tabasco
  7. Dash of cayenne pepper
Crab Cakes
  1. In a large bowl, mix together all ingredients, except for the flour and oil.
  2. Shape into patties and dust with almond flour.
  3. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
  4. Carefully place crab cakes, in batches in pan and fry until browned about 5 minutes each side.
Poached Eggs
  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.
  2. Stir water to create a vortex.
  3. Add eggs one at a time to circulating water.
  4. Cover and turn off the heat.
  5. Set timer for 4 minutes.
Easy Hollandaise
  1. Melt butter and set aside - keep warm.
  2. In a small pan combine all other ingredients and wisk together over med heat.
  3. Slowly drizzle in melted butter while wisking until thickened.
To Plate
  1. Top each crab cake with a poached egg.
  2. Drizzle hollandaise over eggs.
  3. Serve hot.
Notes
  1. Timing is key for success - keep the crab cakes plated and warm in the oven as you make the eggs and hollandaise at the same time.
Adapted from Paula Dean
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protein
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Zucchini Carbonara

zucchinni carbonara

My first Zucchini Carbonara was a huge hit.

One of the great surprises for me of this ketogenic lifestyle is the complete reversal of things, that in the past were clearly bad for you, now with a few tweaks becoming health foods. Zucchini Carbonara is one of those happy surprises. 

In the past Carbonara was a decadent dish you could only order a few times a year and only at special locations that perfected the dish and only if you had a strong heart.

Carbone’s in Bloomfield is our favorite spot for to-die-for Carbonara – my daughter Brynn’s favorite dish. She’s 12 and weighs in at about 75 lbs. soaking wet so there is always extra bites of Carbonara that my wife and I sample until we are both off the keto rails. See exibit A!

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Exibit A – Carbone’s Carbonara

As a stocking stuffer I received my first veggie-spiral-slicer for making zucchini noodles and other veggie / pasta like substitutions. After blowing out of ketosis on our last visit to Carbone’s I decided to give the spiral slicer a go – I mean everything else in the dish is keto-friendly so why not add this to our weekly possibility of menu items. Pair this with a glass of Tuscan red wine and you will be transported to another land.

spiral slicer

Zucchini Carbonara
Serves 4
A delicious Zucchini Carbonara.
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Prep Time
25 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
40 min
Prep Time
25 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
40 min
587 calories
13 g
277 g
49 g
27 g
24 g
397 g
1106 g
7 g
0 g
21 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
397g
Servings
4
Amount Per Serving
Calories 587
Calories from Fat 433
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 49g
75%
Saturated Fat 24g
120%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 3g
Monounsaturated Fat 18g
Cholesterol 277mg
92%
Sodium 1106mg
46%
Total Carbohydrates 13g
4%
Dietary Fiber 3g
12%
Sugars 7g
Protein 27g
Vitamin A
38%
Vitamin C
77%
Calcium
39%
Iron
12%
* 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 large zucchini - spiral sliced as noodles - use the larger size spiral
  2. 1 tbs extra virgin olive oil
  3. 4 ounces pancetta - sliced 1/4 inch thick then 1/4 inch diced
  4. 1 large shallot - finely chopped
  5. 1 large garlic clove - finely chopped
  6. 1 large portobello mushroom top - sliced 1/8 inch and halved
  7. 1 cup heavy cream
  8. 1/2 cup Parmigiano Reggiano - grated
  9. 1/2 cup Pecorino Romano - grated
  10. 3 large egg yolks
  11. Fresh ground salt and pepper
  12. 2 tbs coarsely chopped parsley
Instructions
  1. Put a large pot of salted water on and bring to a boil.
  2. In a large skillet heat the oil. Add the pancetta and cook over med heat until most of the fat is rendered, 7 minutes or so.
  3. Add the mushrooms and cook for 3 minutes.
  4. Add the shallot and garlic and cook for 1 minute.
  5. Cook the zucchini noodles in the boiling water for 4 minutes.
  6. Add the cream and simmer over med heat until thickened, about 2 minutes.
  7. Add the hot noodles to the skillet and stir to coat. Remove from heat.
  8. Stir in the cheeses - reserve some for later.
  9. Stir in the egg yolks.
  10. Sprinkle with parsley and fresh ground pepper.
  11. Serve with reserved cheese for the table.
Notes
  1. If you need more liquid in the sauce you can add a little of the pasta (zucchini) water.
  2. You can also add 1 sweet italian sausage patty when you are rendering the pancetta if you want to kick this up a notch!
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49g
protein
27g
carbs
13g
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