Friday, May 29, 2020

Halibut in a Sour Cream Sauce with Buttery Onions (or Salmon)

Halibut in a Sour Cream Sauce with Buttery Onions
When fish is steamed in a pouch, it comes out perfectly cooked, tender and delicious! This recipe utilizes the fragrant moisture and natural sweetness of the onions to permeate the fish, giving it wonderful flavor. You can use any type of fish that you like, but I suggest a “meaty” fish, such as halibut, salmon, swordfish or tuna steaks, as they work particularly well with this cooking technique.

Halibut in a Sour Cream Sauce with Buttery Onions
Makes 2 servings

1 tablespoon cold butter, cut into 4 thin slices
2 (1/4”) onion slices from a large onion (or 4 slices from a small onion)
2 (5 oz.) halibut steaks, or fish of your choice
1/4 cup mayonnaise 
1/4 cup sour cream
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon dried basil
1/4 teaspoon seasoned salt
1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
2 tablespoons sliced almonds, coarsely chopped
2 tablespoons shredded or grated Parmesan cheese 

1. Place each onion slice on a 12” or 14” square of heavy duty foil (or a double thickness of regular foil). Place two slices of cold butter on top of each onion. Season the fish with salt and pepper on both sides and place one piece of fish on top of each onion.

2. In a small bowl, mix together the mayonnaise, sour cream and seasonings. Set aside a couple of tablespoons for serving. Divide the remaining sauce between the two pieces of fish and spread to cover. Sprinkle each with one tablespoon of the almonds and one tablespoon of Parmesan cheese. Fold the foil around each piece of fish, sealing tightly, to create two puffed pouches, allowing for a little space over the fish so the steam can circulate and the sauce won’t be disturbed during cooking. (This step can be done ahead and the pouches refrigerated, if desired. Before cooking, remove the pouches from the refrigerator and allow to sit at room temperature for at least 20 minutes.)

3. Grill Method: Grill, covered, over indirect medium heat for 15-20 minutes or until the fish flakes easily with a fork and the internal temperature of the fish reaches 135 degrees Fahrenheit.

4. Oven Method: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Place foil pouches on a baking sheet and bake for 22-24 minutes or until the fish flakes easily with a fork and the internal temperature reaches 135 degrees.

5. If desired, at the end of cooking, you can open the top of each pouch and broil for a few minutes until the almonds turn golden brown and the Parmesan cheese bubbles. With a spatula, carefully remove the onion and the fish onto serving plates. Drizzle the accumulated liquid from the pouch over the top of the fish and serve immediately. (I like to serve this over sautéed spinach.) Serve the reserved sour cream sauce on the side.

Nutritional Information per serving (made with halibut): 565 calories, 7.2 g carbohydrate (1.8 g dietary fiber, 2 g sugars), 40 g total fat (11.9 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 98 mg cholesterol, 536 mg sodium, 213.6 mg calcium, 924 mg potassium, 2 mg iron, 192 ug Vit A, 3 mg Vit C, 42.5 g protein. Net carbs per serving: 5.4 grams

Photo and recipe by Kathy Sheehan, copyright 2020
All rights reserved. Please do not duplicate without the author’s permission. 

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Keto Cinnamon Applesauce

Low Carb Applesauce
I have always loved applesauce! But, sadly, it’s so high in carbs and sugar that it is completely off limits on my low carb, ketogenic diet. Ordinary applesauce that you buy in the store is 16 carbs for a 1/3 cup serving, all of which is sugar! (That equals 4 teaspoons of sugar!) This “applesauce,” made with chayote squash, tastes just like the real thing and has only 5 carbs per serving (3 net carbs) and is a good source of calcium and potassium! Honestly, you and your kids will not be able to tell the difference. You can make it chunky or smooth and add as much cinnamon as you like. It can be used in recipes, enjoyed over low carb ice cream, in yogurt or eaten by itself. It’s a treat you can feel good about!

Keto Cinnamon “Applesauce” (made with Chayote Squash)
Makes 3 servings

1 tablespoon butter (can be omitted for dairy free)
2 cups chayote squash, peeled, cored and diced fine (2-3 squash, depending on size)
1 tablespoon LaKanto Golden or other brown erythritol sweetener 
1 tablespoon granulated erythritol sweetener (or use all brown)
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon or apple pie spice
2 tablespoons lemon juice
3/4 teaspoon apple extract, or to taste (see photo below)
6-8 drops monkfruit extract or stevia, to taste
3/4 cup water + 2-4 tablespoons water, divided

1. In a non-stick, 10 inch skillet, combine the butter, chayote squash, sweeteners, cinnamon or apple pie spice, lemon juice, apple extract and 3/4 cup of water. Simmer over a low heat, covered tightly, for about 35 minutes or until softened. Stir occasionally and, if the mixture is drying out, add a bit more water and continue simmering until most of the liquid has evaporated and the squash is fork tender, very soft and no longer has any crunch. Add the monkfruit extract or stevia, taste and adjust sweetness, if desired.

Cooking Chayote Squash 2. Remove from heat and allow the squash to sit covered in the warm skillet for at least 10 minutes to allow the flavors to blend. 

3. Spoon the warm “apples” into a food processor. Pulse and then process on low until finely chopped, scraping down the sides of the bowl with a spatula occasionally. Add 2-4 tablespoons of water, one tablespoon at a time, and continue to process until the sauce is smooth and has reached the consistency you desire.

4. The applesauce can be eaten immediately, warm or cold, or can be stored in an airtight container for up to a week. This recipe makes about 1 cup.

OliveNation Apple Extract
Nutritional Information per 1/3 cup: 56 calories, 5 g carbohydrates (2 g dietary fiber, 2 g sugars), 4 g total fat (2.5 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 10 mg cholesterol, 29 mg sodium, 26.3 mg calcium, 129 mg potassium, 1 mg iron, 51 ug Vit A, 12 mg Vit C, 0.8 g protein. Net carbs per serving: 3 grams

Photos and recipe by Kathy Sheehan, copyright 2020
All rights reserved. Please do not duplicate without the author’s permission.

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Low Carb Deep Dish, Chicago-Style Sausage Pizza

Low Carb Deep Dish, Chicago-style Pizza
This is one of the most outstanding recipes I’ve ever made and tastes so much like the real thing, no one will be able to tell it’s low carb and gluten free. The dough comes together quickly in a food processor and really holds up during the baking process. The result is a crisp crust overflowing with gooey, melted cheese, savory Italian sausage and tangy tomato sauce in every bite. Believe me, if you like Uno’s Pizza, you and your family will be delighted with this copy-cat recipe. Fill the pizza with any fillings you desire to make it your own.

Low Carb Deep Dish, Chicago-Style Sausage Pizza
Makes 6 servings

26 oz. box of Pomi chopped tomatoes, drained of excess liquid (yields about 1 1/4 cup)
3 cloves garlic, minced
3/4 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 teaspoon salt (or to taste)

Pizza Crust:
3/4 cup almond flour
3 tablespoons Keto Birch Benders Pancake Mix (or more almond flour)
1/4 cup coconut flour
1 tablespoon psyllium husk powder (I use this Terrasoul brand)
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon dried Italian herb seasoning
3 tablespoons olive oil (or avocado oil)
1 large egg
3 tablespoons cold water
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese (for dusting inside of pan)

6 ounces provolone cheese, sliced
1 pound Italian pork sausage
Sliced black olives (optional)
Sliced mushrooms, heated in skillet until they release their moisture (optional)
6 ounces mozzarella, shredded (whole milk cheese melts better!)

3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease a 9-inch springform pan very well and sprinkle with 2 tablespoons of finely grated Parmesan cheese, moving the pan around until the bottom and sides are coated; set aside.

2. If using mushrooms, heat over medium heat in a dry skillet until the mushrooms have released their moisture; remove to a bowl and set aside. Remove the sausage from their casings and sauté in the same skillet, breaking up into crumbles, until just cooked through. Drain on a plate that has been lined with several layers of paper towels to remove excess fat; set aside. 

3. Pour the chopped tomatoes into a fine-mesh strainer that has been placed over a bowl to catch excess liquid. Drain, stirring occasionally with a spoon, until most of the liquid has been removed. You want a thick, chunky sauce. Place the tomato sauce into a bowl and add the garlic, oregano and salt; stir to combine and set aside. (Discard or store the drained liquid in the refrigerator for another use.) 

4. Place the dry ingredients for the crust into the food processor and pulse to combine. Add the olive oil, egg and water and process on low until the dough comes together and forms into a ball. Roll the dough out between two pieces of plastic wrap (or parchment paper) into a 12-inch circle. Remove the top piece of plastic wrap and turn the dough into your prepared springform pan, dough side down. Remove the remaining layer of plastic wrap and then, with your fingers, gently press the dough into the pan. “Cut and paste” the dough evenly in the pan and part way up the sides (just tear and press where needed). Once the dough is pressed into the pan, prick the bottom with a fork.

5. Pre-bake the crust in the preheated 350 degree oven for 15 minutes. Remove the crust from the oven and allow to cool for a few minutes before filling. Meanwhile, increase the oven temperature to 410 degrees.

6. Into the pre-baked crust, put down a layer of sliced provolone cheese to cover the entire bottom of the crust. Spread the cooked sausage and any other optional fillings you desire on top of the provolone cheese in an even layer. Next, add a layer of shredded mozzarella over the fillings. Top the layer of shredded cheese with the drained and seasoned chunky tomato sauce, spreading with the back of a spoon to cover the cheese layer entirely. Finally, sprinkle the sauce with 3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese.

Pizza crust and layering fillings7. Place the pan on a baking sheet (in case the filling leaks). Bake for 30-35 minutes or until the Parmesan cheese has turned a golden color and the melted mozzarella cheese you can see below the sauce is bubbly.

8. Remove the pizza from the oven and allow to cool for at least 10 minutes before slicing. Enjoy!

Slice of Deep Dish Pizza
Nutritional Information per 1/6th of pizza: 588 calories, 13.5 g carbohydrates (5.1 g dietary fiber, 3.2 g sugars), 41.8 g total fat (15.6 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 123 mg cholesterol, 1292 mg sodium,  651.4 mg calcium, 169 mg potassium, 2 mg iron, 169 ug Vit A, 38.9 g protein. Net carbs per serving: 8.4 grams

Photos and recipe by Kathy Sheehan, copyright 2020
All rights reserved. Please do not duplicate without the author’s permission.