BEYOND HAMBURGERS: 15 LOW CARB GROUND BEEF RECIPES

Grass-fed ground beef is available at some of my local stores now, but grass-fed roasts, chops, and steaks are harder to find. One butcher told me he quit ordering the more expensive cuts because they didn’t sell fast enough and he always had to mark them down. I have to admit, the prices are a deterrent for me too. As a result, ground beef has become a staple in my diet and I’m always looking for new ways to cook it. Here are some of…

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YELLOW CAKE WITH CHOCOLATE BUTTER CREAM FROSTING

A rich, moist, basic cake that can be varied by using different flavorings, frostings, and toppings. It is sugar-free, grain-free, gluten-free, and delicious. ¾ cup (3 ounces or 85 grams) almond flour ¾ cup (3 ounces or 85 grams) coconut flour ¼ cup (2 ounces or 56 grams) granular erythritol or other bulk sweetener* 1 teaspoon baking powder A pinch of salt ½ cup (4 ounces or 1 stick) butter, softened to room temperature 4 ounces whipped or regular cream cheese, softened to room temperature…

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CRISPY FLOURLESS CRAB CAKES

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FLOURLESS CRAB CAKES, (c) 2015, JUDY BARNES BAKER The secret to making crisp crab cakes that don’t fall apart without flour or bread is to drain the crab mixture very well. It can be made a day ahead and the cakes can be formed and refrigerated for several hours before cooking. (Recipe adapted from one by David Hagedorn featured in the Washington Post.)  1 pound of jumbo lump crabmeat 2 green onions, white and light-green parts, finely chopped 1/4 cup flat-leaf parsley, chopped 1/4 cup…

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RHUBARB CUSTARD PIE

    It’s rhubarb season! Shirley Lowry mentioned on Face Book that she was going to give her old recipe for  a rhubarb custard pie a low-carb makeover. I had this recipe in Carb Wars; Sugar is the New Fat, so I thought I’d save her the trouble. I thought I’d have to make a pie before I could post it because I didn’t have a picture, but I remembered that a friend had made my pie and sent me the gorgeous photo above to show…

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EGGPLANT AND SUN-DRIED TOMATO MINI PIZZAS

This is no ordinary pizza! It makes a delicious and beautiful vegetable side dish or appetizer for family meals or entertaining. Ingredients: 1 regular or 3 or 4 Asian eggplants, about 1 pound as purchased (peeled weight 14 ounces) 1 to 2 tablespoons olive oil ¼ teaspoon salt ¼ cup (2 oz) sun-dried tomatoes packed in garlic-flavored olive oil (plus 1 tablespoon of the oil) ¼ cup (2 oz) Marinara Sauce (Nourished, p. 295) or purchased no-sugar added marinara sauce 6 ounces (1½ cups) shredded…

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SOCCA: A TRADITIONAL, GLUTEN FREE FLATBREAD

SOCCA, HOT OUT OF THE OVEN, IN NICE, ON THE FRENCH RIVIERA Photo: Myrabella / Wikimedia Commons / CC-BY-SA-3.0 & GFDL Socca is a flatbread traditionally made from garbanzo bean flour, the kind used to make Papadams. (Hear me out before you say, “No, no, I don’t eat beans!”) The cuisines of India, Algeria, Italy, France, and most of the countries that border on the Mediterranean all have their own special versions of this bread. Socca is naturally gluten-free, grain-free, egg-free, dairy-free (unless you use ghee…

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ONE OF THE WORLD’S MOST POPULAR BREADS IS LOW CARB AND GRAIN FREE!

  PAPADAMS, PHOTO BY CHARLES HAYNES PAPADAMS, PHOTO FROM WIKIPEDIA What if I told you that one of the most popular breads in the world is gluten-free, grain-free, and low in carbs? And that it can be purchased in stores or ordered online? All of that is true if you get the right kind. If you’ve ever eaten in an Indian restaurant, you have probably had these big, crackly rounds called papadams. (They may also be called: papadum, popadam, poppadam, puppodum, pompadum, pompaum, pampad, papad,…

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THE ASIAN LOW CARB SECRET

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  How many times have you heard the argument that rice and noodles can’t be bad for you because those who live in Asian countries eat them as a staple food and they are slim and healthy? Read Kelly Peterson’s story and you will learn that a healthful diet is the same the world around.  When Kelly found herself putting on weight, she sought advice from the experts. She was told that eating less and moving more was the key to staying slim and healthy.…

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PICADILLO (CUBAN STEW)

An article titled, “Endangered Cuban Cuisine Preserved by Cooks in America,” by Colleen O’Conner was in the Denver Post today. I thought all three of the featured recipes looked like they would be easy to convert to low carb. Hmmm, somehow they looked strangely familiar–Oh, wait a minute, I already did that! A quick look though my recipe files turned up this one for Picadillo. (I have a flan recipe in Carb Wars too and I’m sure I also worked on a Ropa Vieja at some point. Still looking…

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WHAT WOULD YOU GET IF YOU COMBINED THE WORLD’S TASTIEST FOOD WITH THE MOST HEALTHFUL?

I’m taking about bacon and fish, in case you didn’t guess. If you have family members who don’t like fish, this might just convert them. (Squeeze the lemon over it before serving and tell them it’s sea bacon.) Kippered Herring Imagine bacon made of fish; that’s kippered herring. The whole fish are split from head to tail, soaked in brine then smoked. Scrambled eggs and broiled tomatoes are traditional accompaniments. If kippered herring is purchased frozen, follow thawing and cooking directions on package. Recipe can be…

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