Archive | August, 2012

Crème Brulee from Colorado

29 Aug

Sarah (foodie, baker, busy mom) from Winter Park, CO sent me this and raved about it.  Perfect for a birthday celebration.  Her husband Chris (foodie, home chef, wine connoisseur) said it was the best crème brulee he ever had!  Happy Birthday Chris!

Low Carb Butter-Pecan Crème Brulee~ 3 carbs per serving

 2 C heavy cream

4 egg yolks

½ tsp vanilla

dash of salt

2 T Truvia

Heat cream over medium heat, just until bubbles start to form around side of pan. Remove from heat and let cool slightly. (Sarah barely let it cool and it was fine)

In a bowl, whisk together egg yolks, vanilla, salt and Truvia.  Gradually whisk in cream. Strain. Divide into 4 ramekins.

Bake in a water bath for 25-30 minutes at 350 degrees. (see Tips below)

Custards should be set, but still jiggly.

Chill for one hour. While chilling, prepare the butter-pecan topping.

Butter-Pecan Topping:

 1 T butter

1/4 C finely chopped pecans (even more if you want a lot of topping on each ramekin)

1 tsp Truvia

Heat just until pecans begin to color, being very careful not to burn! Divide between ramekins. Refrigerate for four hours or overnight.

Tips: Place ramekins in large roasting pan and set pan on pulled out oven rack. Then add water to reach ½ way up side of ramekins.  Sarah baked for 30 minutes and they were perfect.

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No croutons, no problem..

29 Aug

I was just reminded of a wonderful salad addition this morning from my friend Jean (foodie, brilliant home cook, exercise partner).  These are so great in a salad and I do crave crunchy things.  Kind of salty which is perfect! Thanks Jean, see you in Italy(more on that in coming posts).

Parmesan Crisps (8-10)

1/2 C freshly grated or shaved parmesan cheese

Line baking sheet with Silpat or parchment paper

Preheat oven to 400 degrees

Pour heaping tablespoon of cheese onto prepared baking sheet about 2 inches apart.

Bake for 8-10 minutes-watch carefully

Tips: Spice it up with cayenne pepper, sesame seeds or black pepper.  Using a Silpat makes this so easy.  Just when you remove from the oven make a little basket out of the cheese by placing over inverted small bowl.

Dining out in Boston..

29 Aug

I am getting the hang of finding great low carb options while dining out.   While traveling this week I happened upon a place with a great menu.  The Met Bar in Boston has a “build your own burger” section of the menu with a bun-less option.  I choose the “burger in a bowl” on arugula with balsamic vinaigrette. It was served with cheddar cheese, sautéed mushrooms and a slice of tomato.   There were multiple mouth-watering options of cheeses, toppings and greens.  My meal was so delicious, bun-less is the way to go.  I definitely want to try this at home. It would be great with turkey or salmon burgers to. So many options..

Dining out in Rochester

24 Aug

How easy is to order low carb at restaurants?  I was pleasantly surprised recently at Chesters Kitchen & Bar in Rochester, MN.  Other than a quizzical look when we said “No thanks” to the bread basket, it was pretty smooth. I had a great meal of Grilled Salmon & Asparagus served with a lightly dressed salad and tomatoes. There were olives on the plate (see below asparagus) not sure what those were doing there, kind of random. 

My husband had the specialty of the house-Rotisserie Chicken and in place of the mashed potatoes they offered sautéed mushrooms which were delicious but unappetizing in appearance.

Pet Peeve~why do wait staff refer to diners as “Guys”?  We kept being asked, “You guys ready to order?, You guys like your food? You guys finished?” I am not a guy, my husband is, and I guess he could be considered “one of the guys” in certain settings. But at dinner as a couple, I don’t want to be one of the guys!

Summer evening outside..

21 Aug

In Minnesota we need to be outdoors in the summer as much as we can, the days grown short and cold in the blink of an eye. So last night, even as the evening grew cooler, we had a big family dinner on the deck before everyone goes back to college.  I prepared shrimp cocktail.  Always easy, agreeably uninspired, but everyone loves it! I try to always have a frozen bag of large cleaned, cooked, tail on shrimp. (Hey, we live in the Midwest, it is the best I can do..)

Good news~ 4 large shrimp have zero carbs. It is the cocktail sauce you need to watch out for. Approximately 1 carb per Tablespoon.

Delicious Vegetables

18 Aug

Grilled mini peppers

This summer I have found bags of tiny assorted peppers and they are perfect for Grilled Peppers.  Wash peppers and prepare as usual and only need to cut in half. Toss with olive oil, salt and pepper. Grill over med-high heat in grill basket for 10 minutes or so until dark char forms around the edges. Serve with fresh chopped herbs such as basil, parsley or cilantro, depending upon what else is for dinner.

Tip~ leftover peppers are great in omlettes!

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Haricots vert with yellow peppers and spinach

This Haricot Vert recipe is an adaptation from Fine Cooking magazine last summer. I leave out the orange juice as it only seemed to add carbs and not that much flavor.

1/2 lb. haricot verts

2 T olive oil

1 medium shallot, minced

1 tsp chopped rosemary

1 medium yellow, red or orange pepper

1/2 T balsamic vinegar

2 C baby spinach

Steam the washed beans in steamer basket for 2-3 minutes. In large skillet, heat oil and saute rosemary and shallots for 1 minute.  Over medium heat add beans and peppers and stir for a couple minutes until peppers soften. Add vinegar, stir then add spinach and cook only until wilted. Less than 1 minute.

Season with salt and pepper.

Let them eat cake..

17 Aug

This was a great low carb dessert for our birthday celebration. I found almond flour in bulk quantities at the local food coop. Great price compared to the small packages in grocery stores.

Almond Lemon Cake

5 large eggs, separated

2 C almond flour

1/2 t salt

1 t vanilla

1 t almond extract

Zest and juice one lemon

1/2 C + 2 T Splenda sugar blend

Grease 10″ springform pan.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Whisk yolks until light in color, add all ingredients except egg whites, whisking lightly with each addition.

In mixer, beat egg whites until soft peaks form. Gradually add egg whites to almond meal mixture, folding in gently.

Bake for 30 minutes.

This has 5 net carbs per slice (12 slices/cake) Fresh berries on top extra!

fresh berry carb/nutritional info

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