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Secret Menus at Panera? What is that about?

6 Feb

Just read that Panera has a secret low carb menu that you have to ask to see.  Here is the link to the menu.  Wonder why it is secret?

http://mypanera.panerabread.com/articlestips/article/access-into-paneras-hidden-menu/?ref=tw

POWER MEDITERRANEAN CHICKEN SALAD one of six low carb options now at Panera.

All-natural, Antibiotic-free chicken, baby spinach, romaine, tomatoes, apple-wood smoked bacon, diced eggs, fresh squeezed lemon juice, and extra virgin olive oil.

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Tortilla soup with no tortillas?

8 Nov

This recipe is from Jean another of my resolute partners in exercise.  She is an amazing cook and is surrounded by low carb foodies, so today she came up with a great soup. Here is the recipe and the mouth watering picture she sent along.  An ideal way to use leftover roasted chicken.

Chicken Tortilla Soup without the Tortilla

Quoted from Jean: “I had chicken and I put it in chicken broth (the kind in the box).  Added a can of Rotel tomatoes* and heated it.  Added 1/4 avocado, diced and a little pepper jack cheese.  Would have added cilantro but I do not have any in the house and you could add sour cream.  Pretty yummy chicken tortilla soup without the tortilla.  Added a dash of fresh lime juice.

* Rotel Tomatoes-10 oz can has 2.5 servings and 5g carbs per serving with 1g fiber.  I do the net carb thing so that is 4 g carbs per serving.

Help with a name for this soup would be appreciated!

On the road this week in Arizona

12 Oct

Traveling is always fun and a great way to hear about new low carb recipes from friends I don’t get to see often. Last night Betsy shared a great quick breakfast, which I will post later today. It seems the more people I talk to, the more I hear about converts to the low carb way of life.

Yesterday I had a wonderful salad at a Spa, it was so great to see a menu with Carbs listed next to the choices. I never was much for requiring restaurants to list such things, but must admit now I am a huge fan. I had a roasted beet salad with goat cheese and walnuts on assorted greens. I felt funny taking a picture as I was with a group. But I found this picture on the internet and it looks just like the salad I had.  This salad had only 6 carbs and I was not hungry again for hours. 

Juicy burger idea from Winter Park, CO

5 Oct

Just got a yummy dinner idea from Sarah & Chris of creme brulee fame!  

(80/20) organic beef

Neiman ranch bacon

egg

sautéed onion slice

slice of cheddar cheese

low carb bread

Grill burger.  While burger grilling, cook bacon, remove bacon from pan when done. In the bacon grease fry one egg.  Slice cheddar cheese and toast one slice low carb  bread.

Butter bread, top with burger, cheese, bacon, sautéed onions and top off with fried egg!

This recipe alone is a great reason to live the low carb life! 

Make your own “bread”

20 Sep

I found this recipe for Oopsies while searching online for low carb bread. They remind me of a Gougère.  But much quicker to do and no flour or cheese.  I suppose with a little fiddling cheese could be added. They are very eggy and nothing like bread but it makes a great base for a ham and cheese melt. I think a sweetened version would be easy, add a little splenda to the batter and make one large Oopsie.  Spread with whipped cream and berries.

Oopsie Bread (makes 6 medium)

Preheat oven to 300 degrees and prepare baking sheet with parchment paper.

3 large eggs, separated (whites in one bowl, yolks in another)

3 ounces of cream cheese

pinch of salt

1/2 tsp baking powder

Beat yolks with cream cheese and baking powder until creamy. Whip egg whites with pinch of salt until very stiff peaks form. 

Gently add egg whites into the yolk mixture, taking care not to break down egg whites.

Mound 6 separate oopsies on prepared baking sheet spread a little to create a circle. Option-make one large oopsie for a dessert.

Bake for 30 minutes until golden brown on top. 

Ham & Cheese Melt with Oopsie Bread

Keep your toasters!

20 Sep

 

I have been on the lookout for low carb bread that tastes good. I had heard about Julian Bakery bread but until recently it was not available in our area. This week I found it frozen in the health food section of our local grocery store. I bought the cinnamon raisin loaf.  It is so good! I am not just saying that because it has been 4 months since I had a piece of bread, at least I don’t think I am. The protein count of 14g/slice and fiber count of 13g/slice and net carbs of 2g/slice is so impressive. 

This fits perfectly in my low carb life.  In my short experience with this bread, I am so full after eating one slice that I don’t feel hungry for hours.  Look there are even raisins in it!

This bread is only available frozen in my area, which works out great.  It will keep for a long time and is easy to grab a slice to toast and add lots of butter! This would be a great snack with low carb natural peanut  butter.

Insalada~magnifico!

9 Sep

Racola (arugula) or “rocket”, as it was often referred to, was used as the starting point in so many wonderful salads during our travels. My new favorite was the Insalada Tuna. A big bowl of peppery arugula with chunks of dark tuna in the center surrounded by hard boiled eggs and tomatoes. Drizzle with olive oil, salt and pepper and you have a feast.

Another favorite was the Caprese Salad show here with fresh mozzarella and tomatoes garnished with basil, olive oil, salt & pepper. Molto bene! 

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