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Delish! Portabella Mushrooms filled with yummy things

8 Jul

Yield: 4 portionsportabella-skins

Serving size: 1 Portabella cap with toppings

Ingredients

1 T Chives, fresh, minced
1 Tomato, small, seeded and chopped
2 slices bacon, crisply cooked and crumbled
2 cup Cheddar cheese,  shredded
1 tsp Pepper
1 tsp Salt
1 T Olive oil
4 Portabella mushrooms
Cooking spray

Directions

Preheat oven to 450° F. Line a baking sheet with foil and spray lightly with cooking spray; set aside. Brush mushroom caps and edges with oil. Sprinkle stem-side with salt and pepper and place, rounded side down, on baking sheet. Divide cheese among mushroom caps and bake 10 minutes or until cheese begins to melt and edges begin to brown. Remove baking sheet from oven and sprinkle bacon, tomato and chives over mushrooms. Return baking sheet to oven and cook an additional 5 minutes, or until cheese is melted and mushrooms are hot. If desired, cut into wedges and serve with toothpicks.

this recipe originally from the Mushroom Council~ low fat cheddar and turkey bacon removed to include regular cheddar cheese and bacon.  LOVE the LOW CARB LIFE! 

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Spicy nuts from Cindy

2 Nov

This recipe comes from Cindy my intrepid exercise partner, when she starts talking three miles flies by! Cindy is a low carb fan.  Her only stumbling block might be that “liquid bread” or beer she occasionally imbibes.  I must say beer sounds good with these almonds.  Any low carb beer recommendations out there?

Cindy’s Chili Rosemary Almonds 

1 Tablespoon finely chopped fresh rosemary
1 Tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1-2 teaspoons chile powder
1 teaspoon kosher salt
Dash cayenne pepper (optional)
2 cups whole almonds

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Arrange almonds in single layer on baking sheet and bake 15-20 minutes.

The Windy City

30 Sep

This weekend I am in Chicago. Warm, sunny and 75 degrees just amazing fall weather. Travel and keeping low carb can be a bit of a trial, but I am getting the hang of it. I found a great breakfast spot called the Corner Bakery, sounds crazy for a low carb breakfast but if you can ignore all the muffins, coffee cake and bagels they make wonderful scrambled eggs and bacon. The Anaheim Scrambler with crisp applewood smoked bacon, tomatoes, green onions, and cheddar cheese, topped with avocado was a favorite.  Just ask them to hold the potatoes and toast. Ignore the funny looks and declarations that you will still need to pay for them, and you get a nice filling breakfast. FYI-the cash register automatically deducted the cost of potatoes and toast!

I had a wonderful spinach salad at The Capital Grille, perfect for a late night dinner. Definitely something I plan to recreate when I get home. Tender baby spinach leaves, onions and mushrooms with chopped egg and smoked bacon on top. The warm bacon dressing was wonderful.  I am little worried there was some sugar in that dressing.

To start our meal at The Capital Grille we shared an appetizer that was perfection. For anyone wondering about the benefits of low carb living, check this out. No carbs, eat this with reckless abandon! It is fresh mozzarella wrapped in prosciutto and lightly sautéed. The fresh basil and drizzle of balsamic glaze* the perfect addition.

It came with crostini which we ignored. Easy to do.  I need to try this at home. Great appetizer for dinner parties.

*This is just reduced balsamic vinegar. Simmer balsamic vinegar over gentle heat until reach desired thickness.  Balsamic adds sweetness, so watch the are carbs. Read the label on your balsamic vinegar.  Usually about 5 grams per ounce, use sparingly. A very light drizzle is all that is needed.

Finally I want to share a great lunch find. On Saturday afternoon, we sat outside at The Ralph Lauren Restaurant just off Michigan Avenue. I had the the Baby Arugula Salad with Tomatoes, Cucumber, Parmesan, Pine Nuts tossed with a Champagne Vinaigrette.  It was so reminiscent of our recent trip to Italy! It seemed a steal at under $10.  Just sitting there on a beautiful afternoon people watching was worth more than that! 

Lunch in Italy~molto delizioso!

9 Sep

Finding low carb lunch options was a breeze in northern Italy. Everywhere they serve wonderful meats such as Prosciutto or Parma ham with cheese. Drizzle some olive oil and maybe a bit of balsamic vinegar and you have a filling and delicious meal.  I fell in love with Parma ham!  I am on a quest to find some here. So many cheese options with this meal, most often it was served with mozzarella.  We fell in love with Burrata which is a fresh mozzarella with a creamy center and it has zero carbs! I found some at Trader Joe’s today and can’t wait to try it.  Argula is everywhere there, they refer to it as rocket on the menus. Just perfect with this lunch.  I think this is pretty easy to recreate at home for lunch or appetizer.

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.

Easy cheese platter

13 Aug

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Who needs crackers when there are peppers. One medium red pepper is about 5 grams carbs. Compare that to 22 grams for 16 wheat thins.
I use peppers as crackers and they work out great! Sturdy enough to spread soft cheeses or to pile on mozzarella and meats such as Capocollo (0 carbs/1 oz) or Calabrese Salami (1 carb/1oz).
Yummy way to start the evening. Of course wine a perfect accompaniment. More on wine and carbs in future post.

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