TOO BUSY TO COOK? TRY DIET-TO-GO

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  It felt like Christmas came early this year when I got a knock on the door and discovered a huge Styrofoam crate full of food from Diet To Go, a company that puts together meals to fit your diet of choice (low-fat, vegetarian, or low-carb) and ships them directly to you. They take the guesswork out of dieting ~ no shopping, no cooking, no counting calories or carbs, and no estimating portion sizes ~ mindless eating, but in a good way. One of the things I…

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VALIDATION: Peter Reinhart

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   Gluten-free products, recipes, and cookbooks are everywhere these days, but most of them just sub high-carb starches like potato, corn, tapioca, and rice for wheat, rye, and barley. The cookbook above is different. You can’t read the subtitle very well here, but it says, “80 Low-carb Recipes that Offer Solutions for Celiac Disease, Diabetes, and Weight Loss.” It was written by Peter Reinhart and Denene Wallace. Peter Reinhart is a world-class expert on bread and baking. Mario Batali called him the Leonardo da Vinci of bread. He has written nine books, including The Bread Baker’s Apprentice,…

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CRISP-BRAISED CHICKEN THIGHS WITH SPROUTED BEANS AND PUMPKIN SEEDS

Crisp-Braised Chicken Thighs with Sprouted Beans & Pumpkin Seeds 4 servings The classic French pairing of duck confit and lentils inspired this dish of crispy-skinned, succulent chicken thighs atop a savory combo of sprouted beans and sautéed pumpkin seeds. Inexpensive chicken thighs cook up moist and tender and the gluten-free, grain-free, low-carb side rivals the original starchy version for depth of flavor, but with a unique texture and a bit of crunch. Tip: I used a dried mix of sprouted lentils and adzuki and mung…

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VIDEO #3: EZ CREAMY STAWBERRY PIE

EZ CREAMY STRAWBERRY PIE This luscious strawberry pie is low-carb, gluten-free, and probably the easiest pie you will ever make! Ingredients: 1 (9-inch) Almond Pie Crust, recipe below, baked and cooled 8 ounces frozen strawberries (to make 1/2 cup of cooked puree) 2 tablespoons lemon juice 10 ounces fresh strawberries, hulled and sliced 16 ounces (two 8-ounce tubs) whipped cream cheese 8 ounces plain, Greek yogurt with live cultures 2 teaspoons vanilla extract Liquid sweetener, such as EZ-Sweetz* or LC-Sweet, equal to 14 tbs of sugar A few grains of…

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COOKIES FOR CHRISTMAS

PEANUT BUTTER COOKIES Ingredients: 1 large egg 1 cup natural peanut butter, crunchy or plain, brought to room temperature High intensity sugar substitute, such as sucralose or stevia, equal to 3/4 cup of sugar 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons of brown sugar replacement, such as Diabetisweet, LC Sweet Brown, or Just Like Sugar Brown 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1/2 teaspoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1/4 cup sugar-free chocolate chips, optional Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a large baking sheet. Directions: Beat the egg…

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MYSTIC PIZZA

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Variations of this ingenious pizza recipe have been circulating online in the low-carb community. I can’t pinpoint its creator, but I suspect it may be progeny from Jamie Van Eaton’s accidental recipe called Oopsies. The always amusing Jamie, who blogs as Cleochatra (http://cleochatra.blogspot.com/), was making a recipe called Revolution Rolls that appeared in one of the early Atkins books when she misread 3 tablespoons of cream cheese as 3 ounces. The rest is low-carb history, with countless variations and even competitions for the most creative…

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