Category: Low-Carb recipes


Courtesy of Diabetic Living

Grilled Corn Salad

 

Ingredients:

  • ears fresh corn on the cob
  •  1/2 cup bottled reduced-calorie clear Italian salad dressing
  •  cups shredded fresh spinach
  •  cups red and/or yellow cherry tomatoes, halved
  •  teaspoons snipped fresh oregano or basil
  •  tablespoons finely shredded Parmesan cheese
  •  Fresh oregano or basil leaves (optional)

Directions

  1.  Husk and silk corn. Brush each ear of corn with some of the Italian salad dressing. Place corn on the rack of an uncovered grill directly over medium coals. Grill for 15 to 20 minutes or until tender, turning often. (Or place brushed ears in a shallow baking pan; bake in a 425 degree F oven for 30 minutes, turning once.) When cool enough to handle, cut kernels from cobs (you should have about 2 cups kernels).
  2.  In a large bowl, combine corn kernels, spinach, tomatoes, and the 2 teaspoons snipped oregano or basil. Add remaining Italian salad dressing; toss to coat. Spoon corn mixture into six small mugs or bowls. Sprinkle individual servings with Parmesan cheese. If desired, garnish with oregano or basil leaves. Makes 6 servings.

Nutrition Facts Per Serving:

Servings Per Recipe: 6
PER SERVING: 82 cal., 2 g total fat 2 mg chol., 326 mg sodium, 15 g carb. (3 g fiber), 3 g pro.

Diabetic Exchanges

Vegetables (d.e): 1; Starch (d.e): 0.5; Fat (d.e): 0.5

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I purchased a spiralizer from Amazon and it has been perfect for my consumption of low carb veggies, easy to use, no electric needed just turn that handle and then create noodle dishes that are healthy and full of flavor.    Experiment and create your own.   This one is one of my favorites and I am a garlic freak.

Ingredients

You can adjust this to your personal favorite ingredints

  • 2 tablespoons grapeseed oil
  • 1 vidalia  onion , spiralized
  • 3/4 cup sliced mushrooms (your choice of type, I use baby white mushrooms sliced medium)
  • small zucchini , spiralized, patted dry with paper towel
  • 1 tablespoon  Tsang szechuan spicy stir-fry sauce (available at Walmart)
  • 2 tablespoons Beijing Sweet and tangy Sauce (Panda Express available at Walmart only 7g sugar)
  • 1 large clove crushed fresh garlic
  • 1 small piece of real butter
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds (optional)

Instructions

  1. Heat oil in a wok over medium heat.
  2. Add onions,  crushed garlic,  and cook for 4 to 5 minutes, or until translucent and tender.
  3. Stir in zucchini, butter, mushrooms  and continue to cook for 2 minutes.
  4. Add Tsang sauce and Beijing sauce and sesame seeds; mix and continue to cook for 5 minutes, or until zucchini is tender.
  5. Remove from heat.
  6. Serve.
Loaded Zucchini Skins
TOTAL TIME: 
PREP: 
LEVEL: EASY
YIELD: 16

INGREDIENTS

  • 1/2 lb. bacon
  • 4 large zucchinis
  • 2 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp. chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp. cumin
  • kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 c. shredded Cheddar
  • 1 c. sour cream
  • 2 green onions, sliced

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 400°. Cook bacon until crispy, 8 to 10 minutes, then transfer to a paper towel-lined plate to drain and chop into small pieces.
  2. Cut zucchinis in half lengthwise. Using a large metal spoon, scoop out seeds from the insides, then cut each half into three to four pieces.
  3. Transfer zucchini to a large baking sheet and toss with olive oil. Season with chili powder, cumin, salt, and pepper.
  4. Bake until slightly tender, about 5 minutes. Top each piece of zucchini with cheese and bacon.
  5. Return to oven and bake until cheese is bubbly and zucchini is tender, about 10 minutes more. Garnish with sour cream and green onions.

recipe courtesy of DELISH

Chile Rellenos

Ingredients

  • 2 large fresh poblano chile peppers, Anaheim chile peppers,* or green sweet peppers (8 ounces)
  • 1 cup shredded reduced-fat Mexican-blend cheese (4 ounces)
  • 1 -2 fresh jalapeno chile peppers, seeded and finely chopped*
  • 1 1/2 cups refrigerated or frozen egg product, thawed or 6 eggs, beaten
  • 1/3 cup fat-free milk
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • Picante sauce and/or light sour cream (optional)

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Halve the peppers and remove seeds, stems, and veins. Immerse peppers into boiling water for 3 minutes; drain. Invert peppers on paper towels to drain well. Place one pepper half in each of four greased 12- to 16-ounce au gratin dishes. Top each with cheese and jalapeno pepper.
  2. In a medium bowl combine egg and milk. Add flour, baking powder, and cayenne pepper. Beat until smooth. Pour egg mixture evenly over peppers and cheese.
  3. Bake, uncovered, about 15 minutes or until a knife inserted into the egg mixture comes out clean. Let stand about 5 minutes. If desired, serve with picante sauce and/or sour cream. Makes 4 (1 dish each) servings

Tip

  • *Test Kitchen Tip: Because chile peppers contain volatile oils that can burn your skin and eyes, avoid direct contact with them as much as possible. When working with chile peppers, wear plastic or rubber gloves. If your bare hands do touch the peppers, wash your hands and nails well with soap and warm water.

Nutrition Facts Per Serving:

Servings Per Recipe: 4
PER SERVING: 203 cal., 5 g total fat (4 g sat. fat), 15 mg chol., 470 mg sodium, 17 g carb. (1 g fiber, 2 g sugars), 19 g pro.

Diabetic Exchanges

Vegetables (d.e): 0.5; Starch (d.e): 1; Fat (d.e): 0.5; Lean Meat (d.e): 2;

 Courtesy of Diabetic Weekly.

Creole Eggplant Eggs Benedict

  • Makes: 4 servings
  • Serving Size: 2 eggplant slices, one poached egg, 1/2 cup Creole sauce, and 1 tablespoon “hollandaise” topper
  • Carb Grams Per Serving: 20

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup chopped onion (1 medium)
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery (2 stalks)
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 5 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 14 1/2 – ounce can no-salt-added diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme, crushed
  • 1/8-1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon snipped fresh Italian (flat-leaf) parsley
  • 1/2 cup panko (Japanese-style bread crumbs)
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/8-1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup refrigerated or frozen egg product, thawed
  • 8 1/2-inch-thick slices peeled eggplant (2-1/2 to 3 inches in diameter)
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/4 cup plain fat-free Greek yogurt
  • 2 teaspoons lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon yellow mustard
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground white pepper
  • Paprika or ground black pepper (optional)

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 200 degrees F. For Creole sauce,* in a medium saucepan cook onion, celery, and garlic in 1 teaspoon of the olive oil until tender. Add tomatoes, Worcestershire sauce, sugar, thyme, and cayenne pepper. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, for 10 minutes. Stir in the fresh parsley.
  2. In a shallow dish combine panko, the dried parsley, garlic powder, paprika, the 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon black pepper, and the salt. Place egg product in another shallow dish.
  3. In a large nonstick skillet heat 2 teaspoons of the remaining olive oil. Dip each eggplant slice in the egg, then dip in the crumb mixture to lightly coat. Add half of the eggplant slices to the hot oil; cook for 12 to 14 minutes or until golden brown and tender (if eggplant browns too quickly, reduce heat slightly), turning once halfway through cooking. Transfer eggplant slices to a foil-lined baking sheet; place in oven to keep warm. Repeat with the remaining 2 teaspoons olive oil and the remaining eggplant slices.
  4. Meanwhile, in a large skillet bring 1 inch water to boiling; reduce heat to simmering (bubbles should begin to break the surface of the water). Break an egg into a cup and slip egg into the simmering water. Repeat with the remaining eggs, allowing each egg an equal amount of space in the water. Simmer eggs, uncovered, for 3 to 5 minutes or until whites are completely set and yolks begin to thicken but are not hard. Using a slotted spoon, remove eggs from water.
  5. To make “hollandaise” topper,** in a small bowl stir together Greek yogurt, lime juice, mustard, and the white pepper.
  6. For each serving, place an eggplant slice on a plate; top with 1/4 cup of the Creole sauce, one poached egg, another eggplant slice, another 1/4 cup of the Creole sauce, and about 1 tablespoon of the “hollandaise” topper. If desired, sprinkle with paprika or black pepper.

Make Ahead Tip

  • * The sauce can be made the day ahead. Refrigerate and reheat before serving.

Make Ahead Tip

  • ** The topper can be made the day ahead and refrigerated until needed.

Courtesy of Diabetic Weekly

Nutrition Facts Per Serving:

Servings Per Recipe: 4
PER SERVING: 229 cal., 12 g total fat (2 g sat. fat), 212 mg chol., 294 mg sodium, 20 g carb. (5 g fiber, 9 g sugars), 13 g pro.

Diabetic Exchanges

Medium-Fat Meat (d.e): 1; Fat (d.e): 1.5; Vegetables (d.e): 2; Starch (d.e): 0.5

Hearty Vegetable, Bacon, and Quinoa Quiche

  • Makes: 6 servings
  • Carb Grams Per Serving: 15

Ingredients

  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 1/2 cup quinoa
  • 8 ounces sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 1 cup loosely packed, coarsely chopped fresh spinach
  • 1/2 cup sliced, halved leeks
  • 4 1/2-ounce slices applewood smoked bacon, crisp cooked and coarsely crumbled (32 slices per pound)
  • 4 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup refrigerated or frozen egg product, thawed
  • 1 12 – ounce can evaporated fat-free milk
  • 2 ounces Gruyere or Havarti cheese, shredded (1/2 cup)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat a deep 10-inch pie plate with cooking spray.
  2. Rinse quinoa. Using a rubber spatula, spread quinoa as evenly as possible over the bottom of the prepared pie plate.
  3. In a medium bowl stir together mushrooms, spinach, leeks, and bacon. Spread mushroom mixture evenly over the quinoa.
  4. In a large bowl whisk together the eggs, egg product, evaporated milk, shredded cheese, salt, and pepper. Pour into the pie plate (it will be full).
  5. Bake for 55 to 60 minutes or until set in the center and browned on top.
 Courtesy of Diabetic Weekly

Nutrition Facts Per Serving:

Servings Per Recipe: 6
PER SERVING: 288 cal., 12 g total fat (4 g sat. fat), 163 mg chol., 571 mg sodium, 15 g carb. (1 g fiber, 4 g sugars), 20 g pro.

Diabetic Exchanges

Starch (d.e): 1; Lean Meat (d.e): 2.5

Sweet Pepper Hash Brown Baked Eggs

  • Makes: 8 servings
  • Serving Size: 1 egg with pepper ring and 1/2 cup hash browns
  • Carb Grams Per Serving: 18

Ingredients

  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 1 20 – ounce package O’Brien-style refrigerated shredded hash brown potatoes (such as Simply Potatoes brand)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 large green sweet pepper
  • 1/2 cup pizza sauce
  • 1/4 cup finely shredded Parmesan cheese (1 ounce)
  • 8 eggs
  • Freshly ground black pepper and/or snipped fresh basil (optional)

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Coat a 3-quart rectangular baking dish with cooking spray. Add potatoes to prepared baking dish. Drizzle oil over potatoes; toss to combine. Spread potatoes evenly in the baking dish. Bake for 10 minutes. Stir potatoes; spread evenly in the baking dish again. Bake for 10 minutes more.
  2. Meanwhile, slice the sweet green pepper into eight 1/4- to 1/2-inch-thick rings. Remove seeds. Remove potatoes from oven. Reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees F. Arrange pepper rings in two rows on top of the potatoes. Spread 1 tablespoon of the pizza sauce within each pepper ring, then break an egg into each pepper ring. Top each egg with a rounded teaspoon of the shredded Parmesan cheese. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes more or until egg whites are set and yolks begin to thicken but are not hard.
  3. If desired, garnish with freshly ground black pepper and/or snipped fresh basil.
 Courtesy of Diabetic Weekly

Nutrition Facts Per Serving:

Servings Per Recipe: 8
PER SERVING: 179 cal., 7 g total fat (2 g sat. fat), 188 mg chol., 491 mg sodium, 18 g carb. (2 g fiber, 2 g sugars), 9 g pro.

Diabetic Exchanges

Medium-Fat Meat (d.e): 1; Starch (d.e): 1; Fat (d.e): 0.5

Pork and Green Chile Stew

  • Makes: 8 servings
  • Serving Size: 1 1/2cup
  • Carb Grams Per Serving: 34

Ingredients

  • 4 fresh poblano chile peppers* or 2 green sweet peppers
  • 1 1/2 pounds lean boneless pork shoulder
  • 3 cups chopped onion
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh jalapeno pepper*
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano, crushed, or 1 1/2 teaspoons snipped fresh oregano
  • 1 1/2 pounds red potatoes, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 3 medium zucchini, halved lengthwise and cut into 1/2-inch-thick slices
  • 1 10 – ounce package frozen whole kernel corn, thawed
  • 1/2 cup snipped fresh cilantro
  • Lime wedges (optional)

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with foil. To roast poblano or sweet peppers, halve peppers and remove stems, seeds, and membranes.* Place peppers, cut sides down, on prepared baking sheet. Roast about 20 minutes or until skins are bubbly and browned. Wrap peppers in the foil; let stand for 20 to 25 minutes or until cool enough to handle. Using a paring knife, pull the skins off gently and slowly. Coarsely chop peppers. Reduce oven to 325 degrees F.
  2. Trim fat from pork. Cut pork into bite-size pieces. In a Dutch oven, combine roasted peppers, pork, onion, jalapeno pepper, garlic, salt, and dried oregano (if using). Cover and bake in the 325 degree F oven for 45 minutes.
  3. Stir in potatoes. Cover and bake for 30 minutes. Stir in zucchini and corn. Cover and bake about 15 minutes more or until pork and vegetables are tender. Stir in cilantro and fresh oregano (if using). If desired, serve stew with lime wedges. 8 (1-1/2-cup) servings.

Tip

  • *Test Kitchen Tip: Because chile peppers contain volatile oils that can burn your skin and eyes, avoid direct contact with them as much as possible. When working with chile peppers, wear plastic or rubber gloves. If your bare hands do touch the peppers, wash your hands and nails well with soap and warm water.

Nutrition Facts Per Serving:

Servings Per Recipe: 8
PER SERVING: 269 cal., 6 g total fat (2 g sat. fat), 55 mg chol., 377 mg sodium, 34 g carb. (5 g fiber), 22 g pro.

Diabetic Exchanges

Vegetables (d.e): 2; Lean Meat (d.e): 2; Starch (d.e): 1.5

Chile Verde

  • Makes: 6 servings
  • Serving Size: 2 tortillas and 1 cup pork mixture each
  • Carb Grams Per Serving: 32

Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 1/2 pounds boneless pork shoulder roast
  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pound fresh tomatillos, husks removed and chopped (about 4 cups)
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 3 teaspoons finely shredded lime peel, divided
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3/4 cup chopped yellow or red sweet pepper
  • 12 6 – inches corn tortillas
  • 2 tablespoons snipped fresh cilantro
  • Purchased green salsa (optional)
  • Lime wedges (optional)

Directions

  1. In a small bowl, combine cumin, salt, and pepper; set aside. Trim fat from meat. Cut meat into 1-inch pieces. Sprinkle cumin mixture over meat. Coat a large skillet with cooking spray. In the hot skillet brown half of the meat over medium heat. Remove meat from skillet. Add oil to skillet. Brown remaining meat in hot oil. Drain off fat. Place meat in a 3-1/2- or 4-quart slow cooker. Add tomatillos, onion, 1 teaspoon of the lime peel, the lime juice, and garlic. Stir to combine.
  2. Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 6 to 8 hours or on high-heat setting for 3 to 4 hours.
  3. If using low-heat setting, turn to high-heat setting. Add sweet pepper to cooker. Cover and cook for 15 minutes more. Fill corn tortillas with meat mixture; sprinkle with cilantro and remaining lime peel. If desired, serve with green salsa and lime wedges.

Tip

  • Tip: For easy cleanup, line your slow cooker with a disposable slow cooker liner. Add ingredients as directed in recipe. Once your dish is finished cooking, spoon the food out of your slow cooker and simply dispose of the liner. Do not lift or transport the disposable liner with food inside.

Nutrition Facts Per Serving:

Servings Per Recipe: 6
PER SERVING: 333 cal., 11 g total fat (3 g sat. fat), 73 mg chol., 314 mg sodium, 32 g carb. (4 g fiber, 3 g sugars), 27 g pro.

Diabetic Exchanges

Fat (d.e): 0.5; Lean Meat (d.e): 3; Starch (d.e): 2; Vegetables (d.e): 1

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