All posts filed under: Entrees

Pork Stir Fry, (super easy)

A super easy, no gourmet skills required stir fry that whips up in 15 minutes.

Leek & Smoked Salmon Tart

Miss your lox and bagel? Here’s a fix that’s healthy and satisfying.

Sausage, Bean and Kale Soup

We are all doing a lot more home cooking, and that is such a good thing! Eating healthy is important always, but especially now. You can actually boost immunity by providing your body with vitamins and minerals. This soup is easy and spicy sausage, kale and white beans make a hearty, filling and nutritionally packed entree for the chilly nights and days of spring. This soup is GF, DF and slow carb. Prep time 25minsCook time 25minsServes 4-8 depending on entree or side dish Ingredients 1 tablespoon olive oil or avocado oil1 medium yellow onion, chopped4 medium garlic cloves, minced¾ -1 lb spicy chorizo sausage or hot Italian sausage3 carrots, peeled and diced small¾ C mushrooms, chopped2 celery stalks, finely chopped1 tsp aleppo pepper, optional½ C dry white wine4 C chicken broth plus 1 tsp. “better than bouillon” extract, chicken flavor2 (15 ounce) cans white beans, drained and rinsed1 bunch kale, chopped small, stems removedsalt, to tasteBlack pepper, ground, to tasteParmesan, optional, for serving Directions: Heat oil over medium in a large soup pot. (not …

Low Carb Keto Lamburgers, T2T Original

One of Mark Hyman’s original cookbooks is still one of my favorites. The Ultra-Metabolism Cookbook (scroll down for link and image) has lots of amazing healthy recipes. I’ve taken the recipe for lamburgers and added my twist, subtracted what I didn’t like and violá! So, let’s get on with it. Keto/Low Carb Lamburgers Ingredients: serves 4-6 | *optional | printable recipe w/o pics here 1 lb. organically fed ground lamb, locally sourced if possible 2 roasted red peppers, skin removed, chopped fine (I use ones that come in a jar) 1 bunch mint, stems removed 1 bunch cilantro*, chopped fine stems okay (see below how I use food processor) 12 leaves basil, stems removed and cleaned 5 stalks fresh parsley, stems removed and cleaned 1-2 large fennel pieces, chopped into quarters 1 large slice red onion (see photo), chopped 1 teaspoon sea salt ½ teaspoon allspice 1 teaspoon cumin, ground 2 teaspoons ground coriander 4-5 “grinds” black pepper, preferably freshly ground 1 tsp aleppo pepper, if you have it (or you can use red pepper …

Easy Chicken Soup

Today we went down to make lunch and we had two chicken breasts that we had baked yesterday. I try and buy the ones with the bone in and the skin on so that they have a bit more flavor than the ubiquitous boneless skinless chicken breast. Which reminds me of the time our middle son, as a toddler, asked me at dinner “Mom, how did they get the bones in this chicken?”  Do you think we’d had boneless skinless too much?  Eeek!  We burst out laughing.  Those were the days when chicken fat was evil. Not any more.  My husband looked at me and said “it’s too cold to have chicken salad” which is our go-to lunch for cooked chicken. He asked if there was anyway we could have soup, and since I love making soup, we gave it a try.  He is my sous chef and chopper, so I am lucky! This recipe literally came out of my head and my fridge but it turned out so good I thought I would post …

Low Carb Shepherd’s Pie

I am fortunate to have a spouse who has been willing to “eat clean” the way I need to.  This has been a godsend, as I don’t have to come up with two dinners each night!  Last week, we were in a rut of what to do with our grass fed hamburger, and he came up with this, combining an old favorite with new “go to” replacements for our carbs.  Specifically, cauliflower mash for potatoes, and green beans for peas.  It was a hit!  We made a double recipe and then didn’t have to cook for a few nights.  WIN-WIN! Steve’s Low Carb Shepherd’s Pie  (printable copy here) 1 Lbs grass fed ground beef or ground lamb 1 Tbl Oil 2 cloves chopped garlic 1 chopped green onion 1 medium chopped yellow onion 1 Tbl arrowroot (you can use cornstarch, but it adds carbs) 1 tsp Salt ¼ tsp Thyme 1 tsp Pepper (black, or aleppo, both work well) 1 cup Water 1 T organic tomato paste 2 T organic fresh parsley 1 cup steamed …

Chicken Kebabs

Chicken Keema Kebabs Healthy doesn’t have to be bland.  These Pakistani inspired Chicken Kebabs are an example of healthy and delicious.  “Keema” is somewhat of a catch-all in South Asian cooking for most ground meat mixtures. Spices and meats can vary wildly from one keema to the next, and then they can be prepared in many different ways, including stewing, pan frying, or skewering and grilling.  We grill this recipe, but you could also use the broiler or a stove top cast iron grill.  Create your own version by experimenting with spices! Prep Time: 20 Minutes (with 20 more optional for frig/freezer time) Cook Time: 12 Minutes Total Time: approximately 1 hour Yield: 4 kebabs (feeds 2-4 based on side dishes) Ingredients 1 teaspoon cumin seed 1 teaspoon coriander seed 1 pound ground chicken breasts or thighs 2 tablespoons finely grated onion 1½ tablespoons fresh garlic, minced (2 large or 2-4 small cloves) 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro 2 teaspoons finely diced Thai green chilies or jalapeno if you can’t find Thai 1 ½ teaspoons …

T2T Low Carb Crabcakes

I adapted this recipe from one online that used flour.  I’ve substituted the flour with a combo of brown rice flour and almond flour.  You can also use a wheat free flour mix that is premade.  I thought they turned out better than ones made with flour! The most important thing is that you have good crabmeat. If you like spicy, you’ll have to add some cayenne or sriracha.  These are tasty with a lot of flavor, but not spicy. My adult kids voted this for our Thanksgiving night dinner.  They were fabulous!  At 8 gm net carbs and 19 of protein, these are a nutrition packed, guilt free entree. See bottom of page for a PRINTABLE recipe. Ingredients: 1 large egg 2½ T olive oil based mayo or your favorite mayo 1½ teaspoons Dijon Mustard 1 T Worcestershire Sauce 2 teaspoons Old Bay Seasoning ¼ teaspoon salt 1 stalk celery finely diced 2 T finely chopped fresh parsley 1 lb. lump crabmeat, drained well if you use canned ¼ cup blanched almond flour* ¼ …

The Better Pasta

Recently I had an appointment with my Nutritionist, who is responsible for millions of people getting healthy.  Kathie Swift, MS, RD, LDN is the practitioner who introduced Mark Hyman, M.D. to both functional medicine and food as an avenue to health.  She was the person who taught half of my week long workshop in 2008 when I began my wellness odyssey and I am eternally grateful to her for her wisdom and guidance. She is the person I turn to when I get stuck in my weight loss journey, and she is brilliant and up to date on all things regarding food and medicine.  We were recently talking about the “holes” in eating gluten free (things we miss) and I mentioned that my husband and I occasionally ate Einkhorn pasta (a wheat pasta using the original wheat from Italy that hasn’t been hybridized and modified the way our wheat has, thereby making it much less reactive).  She suggested we try some of the low carb pastas made from alternative beans (black bean and mung bean). …

Spicy Korean Pork with Asian Slaw

This recipe was so good when I had it at my brother-in-law Marty’s house, we asked him for the recipe.  Originally from Fine Cooking, I’m posting it here.  You can find a lot of good recipes on their site. This is a beautiful and delicious presentation of an old standard.  Much more fun than roast tenderloin!  My husband made it again tonight, so I thought I’d post!  The only tricky thing in here is the brown sugar, which you could probably substitute honey (or even Stevia, but I have not tried that)! INGREDIENTS: Pork tenderloin (two small or one large) wheat free tamari sauce or coconut aminos rice vinegar raw honey garlic ginger sesame oil walnut oil Sriracha (Korean hot sauce, Thai red chili paste might also work) 1 lb Napa cabbage, thinly sliced 1 cup grated carrot 4 diced scallions kosher salt MEAT PREP: Trim the meat of any fat, Slice diagonally into 1/2″ thick slices. MARINADE: Create marinade in a cup. Use 1/2 cup for marinade, and save rest for sauce, don’t put …

Low Carb Meatloaf

My husband and I have been in a  ground beef rut.   Sick of making hamburgers (grass fed only), spaghetti sauce, tacos, and chili.  But Meatloaf had been off limits to us because of the fillers in it.  It often has bread crumbs and/or oatmeal, which have carbs.  So, here’s our version of meatloaf with a lower carb load.  Yes, it has some cheese, but one serving doesn’t amount to very much. Serves 4-6    Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Ingredients: 2 lbs. grass fed lean ground beef 2 whole eggs, beaten 2 pieces of cooked bacon, chopped up 1 cup tomato sauce, preferably organic – we used one with basil and garlic in it 3 T Wheat Free Tamari Sauce (or soy sauce if you can’t find Tamari) 4 cloves of garlic, minced ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese 1 T onion powder 1 T dried parsley ground black pepper to taste Mix everything together in a bowl, using clean hands to combine it well.  Create a loaf shape in a 9 x 13 inch glass pan …

(Almost) Dairy Free Lasagna

I wanted to make some lasagna last week, but I just can’t eat ricotta, mozarella or any dairy to speak of.  I decided to set out and try to adapt a recipe using cashew cream as my “ricotta” replacement.  I used pasta that was fresh (no, I didn’t make it, I got it in the refrigerated section at my local organic store), made my own sauce, and added veggies to make it really healthy.  Yes, this is not carb free, but for when you want something with pasta, this is pretty awesome!  You can get really strict and leave out the parmesan, and then it would be totally dairy free. My husband, Doubting Thomas that he is (he should trust me by now, we rarely throw anything I concoct out!) said (insert skeptical and unhappy tone of voice here) “Cashew cream in lasagna?  ewwwww, uck”.  Needless to say, he was not only amazed, but gobbled this up.  And pronounced me a genius.  So, I guess that is praise enough to post it on this blog! …