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Sunday, September 24, 2017

The Great Pumpkin Pizza

No need to wait for an appearance from the Great Pumpkin for this yummy fall inspired pizza! You may have to look for it, but the pumpkin is in there!

So when you first hear it, perhaps it is not so appealing. Pumpkin on a pizza? But pumpkin is sweet, you say. But, this pizza is super good!  Only the sauce is made with pumpkin--and that by itself is really rather bland. No cinnamon, nutmeg or sugar here. This pizza is topped with sausage, onion and peppers. That is a winning combination. Build it all on a FatHead crust, and it is a-mazing. (I stuck pretty close to Tom's original recipe, but there are tons of variations out there, Feel free to use your personal favorite.)

I love the combo! Two slices have just 8 net g carbs, and they really taste remarkably like a traditional pizza crust. Because they, like all pizza, are a little high calorie, be sure to make a light salad for the side. I have to slap my hand back from reaching for a third slice. The pumpkin sauce is garlic infused and very mild. I do add just a little tomato paste for that familiar flavor.

The Great Pumpkin Pizza

Fathead Dough:
1 and 3/4 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded
2 tbsp cream cheese
3/4 cup almond meal/flour
1 egg
1/4 tsp sea salt

Combine mozzarella and cream cheese in a microwave safe bowl. Cook for one minute.  Stir, and cook for additional 30 seconds in microwave. Mix in egg, salt, and stir. Shape dough into a ball and place between two pieces of parchment. Place on a cookie sheet and press flat. Bake at 400 for 8 -10 minutes, or until the top is browning. Remove from oven and add  sauce and toppings.

3/4 cup pumpkin puree
2 tsp minced garlic
1 tbsp tomato paste
1 tsp Italian seasoning

1/2  lb pork sausage, browned
1/4 cup diced onion
1/2 cup bell pepper slices
1 tsp red pepper flakes (optional)
1/2 cup mozzarella

In a small saucepan, simmer the sauce ingredients for 10 minutes. While that is cooking, brown the sausage with the onion and bell pepper. Drain.

Top the cooked crust with sauce, sausage and veggies, an additional half cup of mozzarella  and your preferred  toppings.

 Bake at 350 for  an additional 5-8 minutes.                 Serves 4: 516 calories   8 net g carb

Celebrate fall with this delicious pizza. It is great if you have half a can of leftover pumpkin puree wasting in the fridge. It will cure any pizza craving without a cheat.

I have been baking up several fall dishes this afternoon for the October Diner News. It sure would be nice if the weather would cooperate. A high in the 90s is not getting me in the spirit of the season. My kitchen is as hot as ever. Hoping the cooler temperatures arrive soon. Good thing pizza is a year round favorite for me. Now off to grade some geometry papers.  Those aren't my favorite either, but it has gotta get done. Hope your fall is blessed!

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Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Teriyaki Salmon Meal Prep

 It is back to school for me. Back to quick lunches and a communal fridge. That takes some planning. This September issue of the Diner News is filled with ideas for meal prep. That small bit of work that keeps you eating well all week. It may be brown bag lunches, or it could be a full dinner already cooked and ready to reheat on a busy weeknight. I promise, I am often just too tired to cook after long hours away from home. I have a couple great ideas for you though that I am personally putting to the test. Idea #1 tonight.

One super easy meal prep idea is the sheet pan dinner. So simple to roast a protein in the oven with a frozen veggie blend baking alongside. All you have to do with the timer goes off is to package the food into individual meal containers. One baking session and 2- 4-6 lunches!

This salmon dish is super delish and so easy to make. Looks like you fussed much more than you did. One of my secret flavor ingredients is from Trader Joe's. Umami paste. Yeah. The flavor is all in there. It makes this dish taste like gourmet faire. I also like TJ's frozen veggies. Good prices and far less washing and chopping. This really couldn't be simpler!

 I didn't want to freeze this one, so I made this recipe just for two. I also didn't plan to eat fish every day of the week, but you could if you wanna. Go ahead and double the recipe. Make it yours!

Teriyaki Salmon with Stir Fry Veggies

2 salmon fillets (approx. 4 oz)
1/4 cup tamari or soy sauce
1 tsp fresh ginger ( or homemade ginger juice)
1/2 tsp erythritol / stevia blend
1/2 tsp sesame oil
1/2 tsp Trader Joes Umami paste (optional)
14 oz  Trader Joe’s Frozen Stir fry vegetable blend

Combine sauce ingredient in a quart size zipper bag. Add salmon fillets. Marinate several hours. Transfer to a baking pan lined with parchment.  In a large bowl, combine stir fry vegetables with oil. You may add a bit more oil if you like. Stir to coat well and add to the baking sheet. Bake at 400 degrees for 30 minutes or until fish flakes at the thickest point. Divide fish and vegetables between 2 lunch containers.
Serves 2:   196 calories  7 net g carb

I like my veggies a little more done, and I really thought the fish might be overbaked. It was great though. My fillets were from the thickest part, so if yours are thinner, you should shorten the oven time.

Want to see some of the other dishes in this month's Diner News? Here is a glimpse.

Chipotle Fish Fillet with Roasted Broccoli and Cauliflower

Real Cranberry Oolong Tea Sipper

Good for you Green Lemonade

Pesto Chicken and Roasted ItalianVeggies

Soup Base 3 ways, Italian

Soup Base 3 ways, Greek
Salad Buddies for a Week
Thai Tuna Salad Bowl

Greek Chicken Salad Bowl
The Diner News is just $6 for all of 2017. Order yours now, and get tons of super recipes for the low carb life. I will have some other take to work or school ideas in this month's issue. And one more to share on the blog.


Friday, August 11, 2017

Strawberry Ice Cream

It is a perennial favorite. Berries and cream. Cold and sweet. What could be better on an August afternoon? I don't make ice cream too often, so this is a wonderful treat.

This recipe does have a few ingredients you won't find in your grandma's old recipe. A couple of low carb tricks are in order. The cottage cheese thickens it up and lowers the calories too.  And for a smoother texture and better freezing, go ahead and purchase some glycerin--it really adds to the mouthfeel.

Just 120 calories and 6 net g carb. Make room for this sweet treat! Last year, I used this ice cream for the base of a beautiful ice cream mini cake. This was so delish. Get the recipe here


Strawberry Ice Cream

2 1/2 cups unsweetened cashew milk
1 1/2 cup diced strawberries (divided use)
1/2 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup cottage cheese
1 egg
1/4 cup erythritol/stevia blend
1 tsp glycerin
1 tsp glucomannan
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/8 tsp salt

In a blender, combine cashew milk, 1 cup diced strawberries, heavy cream, cottage cheese, egg, sweetener, glycerin, glucomannan, vanilla,  and salt. Process until smooth and pour into ice cream maker.

When ice cream is soft set, add remaining strawberries. Scoop the soft serve into a freezer container.  

Serves 6:  120 calories     6 net carb

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Saturday, August 5, 2017

Angel Dust Chicken

Chicken is just so versatile. Love what you can do with a nice breast of chicken? This one is so good, yet very simple. A nice spice mix is all you need. It is great to make your own, since so many spice blends rely on sugar. Grrr. This one is called Angel Dust. It is pretty much heaven sent. I plan on making a batch to eat throughout the week on salads. Talk about a super simple lunch.

Just a little sweet and a little spicy too. If you thought angels were wimpy fat cherubs, you would be wrong. This is the warrior angel for this dust! Delicious. You may want to pound the breast meat flat for quicker baking, but you don't want too much surface area. The inside tames the spice.

Angel Dust Chicken
This recipe can go into a spice jar, so you will have it ready for many meals. Make one or eight!

2 tbsp paprika
1 tbsp salt
1 tbsp erythritol/ stevia blend
1 tbsp cumin
1 tbsp mustard
2 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp cayenne pepper
1 chicken breast per person

In a small jar, combine all spices. Dust each breast with spice mix. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes or until a meat thermometer reads 165 degrees.
                                       Per serving:  117 calories 1 g carb

Making plans for the start of school. I am thinking of easy meals that are simple and uncomplicated. Life is crazy enough sometimes. I am thinking a lot of salads for the start of the year. What are your favorite packable salads? I need some inspiration for the next issue of the Diner News.

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Monday, July 31, 2017

Charleston Okra Soup

Southern cooks can make anything taste divine. I swear they specialize in taking scraps and turning them into food fit for kings. Take okra for example. I grew up scared of it. It seemed prickly on the outside and slimy everywhere else. And those seeds! They looked more like what I found in the pond water I played in. I did try the fried version. Most were good but there were the occasional bites that burst into my mouth with a slimy weird, what was that? texture. Okra. Pass. Even worse for my husband. He did not consider it human food. He claims it was grown only for the horses in his Colorado and Ohio homes. But now...

Older and wiser. I love okra in all sorts of forms. Once I faced my fear of the slime pop, I was hooked. I fell in love with roasted okra. I started asking friends who garden for all their extras. I found lots of folk are afraid of okra. They might eat it battered and fried, but cook with it? Few and far between. When I created a Diner News devoted to foods of the South last fall, I discovered stewed okra with tomatoes. Love! Still trying to convince my old Dude Ranch horse-hand hubby. He is no fun sometimes!

Seeing that there is often an abundance of okra this time of year, I explored some new recipes to take me new places. Oh the things people are doing with okra these days. It is actually a very international food. Some call the pods ladyfingers. I found lots of Trim Healthy Mamas putting okra in so many strange concoctions. Seems it is all the rage to put this much misunderstood vegetable into smoothies, soups and even baked goods. So I tried a few recipes floating around the web. I have joined the okra band wagon for sure. So sad that my gardening sources from the last couple years have dried up. I am having to purchase it at the grocery store now. I am ashamed at how few of my stores carry this nutritional powerhouse. I like it fresh, but my freezer will never be without a bag or two long as Walmart carries it at least.

According to Organic Facts, Okra can help us lower cholesterol, improve our digestion and guard our eyesight. It gives us glowing skin, strengthens bones and our immune system, may help prevent cancer and lower blood pressure too. How have we been ignoring this goodness and giving it all away to the horses for so long?

If you are not ready to table up to a big bowl of roasted okra, start with this soup. It is beefy and full of rich flavor. The uninitiated will barely notice anything green in the bowl, and may never need to know it is indeed okra. Give this one a try. I made an easier go of the Charleston original recipe, skipping a few steps here and there, but I gotta say, this soup is delicious. You may find the authentic recipe several places online:(I altered a recipe at Oysters and Pearls) so purists may want to try that one first. Or if you  just want to get your feet wet in the ocean of okra goodness, get busy with this soup recipe.

Charleston Okra Soup

This Southern soup is well known in Charleston, a tradition so they say. The original recipes calls for the slow simmering of a shin bone, but I wanted a quick version that used garden fresh okra and tomatoes. I turned to my pressure cooker for that slow simmered taste, and skipped the bone, going with thinly sliced beef. In my area, it is labeled as Carne Picada. You may use any thinly sliced, shredded beef. You may also double the recipe.

6 oz shredded beef
1/2 onion, diced
1 1/2 cups diced fresh tomato
2 tbsp tomato paste
1 tsp dried marjoram
1/4 tsp black pepper
1/4 tsp sea salt
1/4 tsp smoked paprika
Pinch of red pepper flakes
2 cups sliced okra
2 cups water

Turn the pressure cooker to brown mode. Brown meat and onion. Stir tomato paste and spices into the meat. Add okra and water. Bring up to high pressure and cook for 10 minutes. Release  pressure and serve.                   Serves 4:  108 calories  5 net g carb

Be watching for the August edition of the Diner News. It will be out tonight. If you would like to order the 2017 24/7 Low Carb Diner Newsletter, just click here. I made some other mouth watering okra dishes too. Plus some fun ideas for the overload of zucchini, the plethora of peppers and the tubs of tomatoes. Ahh--the best thing about summer.

Now for your sneak peek at the other great garden fresh recipes we have for you this month at the Diner: 

Garlic Butter Roasted Okra

Italian Flag Salad

Italian Sausage Red Sauce pver Zoodles

Lemon Garlic Zoodles

Lemony Okra Creole

Lemon Zucchini Crockpot Snack Cake

"Never Tell" Dark Chocolate Brownies

Salchicha Stuffed Peppers

Yesterday's Bell Pepper Slaw

Zucchini Gondolas

Microwave Zucchini Chips

Hide the Vegetables Red Sauce

Okra and Maters Southern Style

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Sunday, July 30, 2017

Lemon Garlic Zoodles

All the fresh veggies this time of year! I love when friends share the bounty of their home gardens. Just this morning, I was gifted with some homegrown cherry tomatoes and cucumbers. What a blessing! I personally have a brown thumb, so when a gift comes along, I really cherish it.

Maybe you possess more gardening talent than I do, and you have an abundance of zucchini, tomatoes, peppers and okra. This month's Diner News will tell you how to prepare them. One if the recipes featured this month is this Zoodle dish--you know spiralized zucchini.

The lemon is so amazing. The taste a delicious pairing of garlic and lemon. Light and summery and so very good for you! I wasn't sure if I would like it--something so simple. But I loved it, Be sure to give this one a try while zucchini is at its best.

Lemon Garlic Zoodles
The light and fresh flavor of real foods makes this one a winner!

1 large zucchini
2 tsp coconut oil
1 tsp  minced garlic
2 tbsp lemon juice
Salt to taste

Spiral slice zucchini. In a skillet, heat coconut oil. Add zoodles and garlic. Sauté until just tender, about 3 minutes.  Sprinkle lemon juice over and toss lightly. Add salt to taste. Serve warm.
                                                                                                                  Serves 2:  68 calories   4 net g carb

I served this zoodle dish along side some grilled Greek chicken tenders. The flavor profiles were perfect together.

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