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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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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67g
protein
48g
carbs
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Brussel Sprout Hash with Proscuitto Gremolata and Eggs

brussel sprout hash

Breakfast, Recipes | February 29, 2016 | By

A Keto Friendly brussel sprout hash worth waking up to.

I got the wake-up call this morning… “3 minutes to breakfast!” This is always a good thing as my wife is a jedi-master of the breakfast arts. This morning was no exception. Waiting upon my arrival to the kitchen was this most curious and enticing looking dish of Brussel Sprout Hash fully dressed. It was so good I just had to share it with you. A great start for a Sunday morning. Good morning all! 

Brussel Sprout Hash with Proscuitto Gremolata and Eggs
Serves 2
And slightly involved but amazingly worth-it endeavor for a weekend breakfast.
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
30 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
30 min
309 calories
13 g
397 g
22 g
17 g
9 g
244 g
442 g
4 g
0 g
11 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
244g
Servings
2
Amount Per Serving
Calories 309
Calories from Fat 193
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 22g
34%
Saturated Fat 9g
45%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 4g
Monounsaturated Fat 7g
Cholesterol 397mg
132%
Sodium 442mg
18%
Total Carbohydrates 13g
4%
Dietary Fiber 4g
17%
Sugars 4g
Protein 17g
Vitamin A
32%
Vitamin C
152%
Calcium
11%
Iron
19%
* 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 Brussel Sprout Hash
  1. 1.5 cups brussel sprouts - Approximately 12 coarsely sliced
  2. 1/4 cup fennel (anis) - thinly sliced
  3. 1/4 cup poblano pepper - thinly sliced
  4. 2 tsp jalapeno pepper - fine chopped
  5. 1/4 cup onion - 1/2 small onion - fine chopped
  6. 1 large garlic clove - fine chopped
  7. 1 tbsp butter
  8. 1 tbsp heavy cream
  9. fresh ground salt and pepper
For the Gremolata
  1. 1/3 cup Prosciutto - about 3 slices - chopped
  2. 1 tbsp pine nuts
  3. 1.5 tbsp fresh cilantro - chopped
  4. 2 tsp lemon zest
Eggs
  1. 4 poached eggs
For the Brussel Sprout Hash
  1. Slowly saute' sprouts, fennel, peppers, onion, garlic on low - med heat with butter.
  2. When wilted add cream.
  3. Turn up heat to brown the bottom of the hash.
  4. Add fresh ground salt and pepper.
For the Gremolata
  1. On med heat crisp and brown Proscuitto and pine nuts.
  2. Remove from heat and drain on a paper towel.
  3. Coarsely chop.
  4. Add to chopped cilantro and lemon zest and mix well.
Eggs
  1. Poach 4 eggs.
  2. Plate brussel sprout hash.
  3. Top with 2 poached eggs.
  4. Top eggs with Gremolata.
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 I loved this breakfast. The only thing I would like try next time is to add some hollandaise sauce. I’ll keep you posted.

Salmon Hash and Eggs

Salmon Hash and Eggs

Breakfast | January 6, 2016 | By

Breakfast is clearly the most important part of our day here at our home. How you start your day can set the tone, your energy level and your attitude for the challenges of the day. This morning creation from my wife Lisa is one of those that I hope to be awake for whenever she is whipping up her now famous Salmon Hash and Eggs.

I usually try to scheme the night before by having some left over Salmon from dinner that I strategically place in front of the egg carton in the fridge in hopes she does the math come morning. I like all things hash and the silky mouth feel a pair of over easy eggs adds makes this experience decadent. Keeping keto, you have to forgo the traditional white potatoes found in most hash. But I promise, with this recipe, you won’t miss them.

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If you like things spicy you can always add some jalepenos to the mix. I also have been recently experimenting with some smoked salts which add a nice dimension. Have fun… It’s breakfast!

Salmon Hash and Eggs

Salmon Hash and Eggs
Serves 2
Quick and easy Salmon Hash and Eggs breakfast
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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
371 calories
16 g
269 g
17 g
38 g
5 g
328 g
325 g
8 g
0 g
8 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
328g
Servings
2
Amount Per Serving
Calories 371
Calories from Fat 150
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 17g
26%
Saturated Fat 5g
26%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 3g
Monounsaturated Fat 5g
Cholesterol 269mg
90%
Sodium 325mg
14%
Total Carbohydrates 16g
5%
Dietary Fiber 4g
16%
Sugars 8g
Protein 38g
Vitamin A
92%
Vitamin C
127%
Calcium
9%
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. 1/2 cup sweet peppers - red, orange, yellow - diced
  2. 1/4 cup fennel - diced
  3. 1/2 cup portabella mushroom - diced
  4. 1/4 cup onion - chopped
  5. 1/4 cup sweet potato - small diced
  6. 1 tsp fresh thyme - diced
  7. 1/2 tsp smoked sweet paprika
  8. 2 tsp butter
  9. salt and pepper to taste
  10. 3/4 cup cooked salmon
  11. 2 eggs - over easy or poached
  12. 1 tbsp green onions chopped for garnish
Instructions
  1. In a pan on med heat melt butter and add first 5 ingredients.
  2. Sautee until veggies are caramelized about 8 minutes.
  3. Add paprika and thyme, salt and pepper - mix well.
  4. Cook your eggs.
  5. While eggs are cooking, add the salmon to the hash and mix in until up to temperature.
  6. Serve hash with eggs on top right away.
  7. Top with green onions and salt and pepper to taste
Adapted from Lisa Levy
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Lisa’s Amazing Egg Bowl

Breakfast | January 5, 2016 | By

So here we are starting the new year off eating right… right? My wife’s amazing egg bowl is just what we all need this time of year. I’m making sure I am back in ketosis as one too many holiday treats and splurges have me, and I imagine many of you, feeling a little more gravitational pull than we did before the holidays. This breakfast egg bowl recipe will become a new favorite as it has become mine and anyone else who has tried this perfect morning combination.

Lisa's Amazing Egg Bowl
Serves 1
An amazing breakfast egg bowl
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Prep Time
8 min
Cook Time
4 min
Total Time
12 min
Prep Time
8 min
Cook Time
4 min
Total Time
12 min
359 calories
9 g
399 g
25 g
26 g
8 g
288 g
711 g
4 g
0 g
15 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
288g
Servings
1
Amount Per Serving
Calories 359
Calories from Fat 217
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 25g
38%
Saturated Fat 8g
38%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 4g
Monounsaturated Fat 11g
Cholesterol 399mg
133%
Sodium 711mg
30%
Total Carbohydrates 9g
3%
Dietary Fiber 4g
16%
Sugars 4g
Protein 26g
Vitamin A
106%
Vitamin C
38%
Calcium
15%
Iron
20%
* 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. 1.5 cups baby spinach
  2. 2 large eggs
  3. 3 tbsp cottage cheese
  4. 1/4 cup of ripe tomato - cubed
  5. 1/4 cup avocado - about 1/4 of an avocado - cubed
  6. 1/2 tsp butter
  7. 1/8 tsp seasoned salt - Borsari is our favorite.
  8. 2 strips of bacon - crisp (optional)
Instructions
  1. In a small bowl covered, microwave spinach for 30 seconds.
  2. Add butter to spinach and toss.
  3. Top with tomato and avocado.
  4. Season with Borsari or your favorite seasoned salt.
  5. Top with 2 eggs - fried or poached and add cottage cheese.
  6. Crumble bacon on top. (optional)
Notes
  1. The bacon is optional and without it the nutrition is only: Calories: 275, Fat: 18g, Protein: 20g, Carbs: 9g
  2. You can find Borsari at Big Y - we like the original black label version - Sea salt, garlic, basil, rosemary, black pepper, nutmeg
Adapted from Lisa Levy
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Lisa’s Breakfast Salad

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Breakfast | November 15, 2015 | By

Salad for Breakfast? Yep!

For years I have been eating the wrong things for breakfast and it showed. Starting the day off with a full-carb load – ham egg and cheese on a hard roll and Eggs Benedict were my favorites. That full bloated feeling stayed with me throughout the day. Now my days start light and that feeling follows me throughout with more than twice the energy than I used to have.

Still a big fan of the poached egg so this salad is a new go-to favorite. Good Morning…. and the rest of the day to follow.

Lisa's Breakfast Salad
Serves 1
A light breakfast salad worth the extra effort.
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
4 min
Total Time
24 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
4 min
Total Time
24 min
473 calories
5 g
408 g
38 g
27 g
12 g
207 g
1296 g
1 g
0 g
25 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
207g
Servings
1
Amount Per Serving
Calories 473
Calories from Fat 341
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 38g
59%
Saturated Fat 12g
58%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 5g
Monounsaturated Fat 20g
Cholesterol 408mg
136%
Sodium 1296mg
54%
Total Carbohydrates 5g
2%
Dietary Fiber 1g
5%
Sugars 1g
Protein 27g
Vitamin A
63%
Vitamin C
16%
Calcium
34%
Iron
19%
* 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 eggs
  2. 3/4 cup fresh spinach
  3. 3/4 cup fresh arugula
  4. 1/8 cup shaved Parmigiano-Reggiano
  5. 3 slices Prosciutto Di Parma
  6. 3 fried pork skins (chichamarrones)
  7. 1 tsp of fresh lemon juice
  8. 1 tbsp good EV olive oil
  9. Fresh ground salt and pepper
Instructions
  1. In a quart pot boil water for poached eggs.
  2. Toss spinach and arugula in olive oil and lemon juice.
  3. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. Spin boiling water with a spoon - add eggs to boiling water.
  5. Cover and turn off heat. Set timer for for 4 minutes.
  6. Add shaved Parmigiano-Reggiano to salad
  7. Slice prosciutto into bite size pieces add to salad
  8. Add pork skins - break them in half.
  9. Drain poached eggs and place on salad.
  10. Season with salt and pepper.
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