French Onion Dip (low carb)

I’ve really been making an effort to avoid prepared products of any kind. One of the things we had been buying was flavored dip for Pork Rinds so I decided to whip up a batch of low carb French Onion Dip. It only requires four ingredients…

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Plop those four ingredients in a good sized bowl…(Sour cream, fresh garlic, beef base, pepper, to taste)

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Stir like crazy for a minute or two and shazam…

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Dip & enjoy!

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Low Carb Oven Fried Chicken

I’ve been wanting to try this for a while…the only disappointment after having it for dinner last night was that I hadn’t done so sooner!

Oven Fried Chicken

Low Carb Oven Fried Chicken

  • Servings: 4-6
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Ingredients:

8-12 pieces of dark meat chicken (thighs and/or drumsticks)
2 eggs
3 cups ground pork rinds
2 teaspoons onion powder
1 teaspoon garlic powder
2 teaspoons paprika
2 teaspoons black pepper
2 tablespoons dried parsley
4 tablespoon butter

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

  1. Rinse and pat chicken pieces dry.
  2. Whisk eggs in a bowl that will allow you to easily dip chicken pieces.
  3. In a sealable plastic bag combine pork rinds, onion powder, garlic powder, paprika, black pepper and parsley; seal and shake well to mix seasonings well.
  4. Thoroughly dip one piece of chicken in egg wash, being sure to coat all surfaces.
  5. Place chicken piece in seasoning bag, seal, and shake until well and evenly coated; remove from bag and set aside.
  6. Repeat until all chicken is breaded.
  7. Put butter in a pan large enough to accommodate chicken comfortable; place pan in oven until butter melts.
  8. Arrange breaded chicken pieces in pan and bake for 45-50 minutes, or until temperature of largest piece reaches at least 165 degrees and crust is golden brown and crispy.

source: Vida con Carne

TIP: If it makes life easier, chicken can be breaded in advance and stored in refrigerator until ready to bake. I did this myself yesterday — got it ready to go mid-morning, then waited until mid-afternoon when Brian came home from work to bake it. I took it out of the refrigerator and let it sit at room temperature while I took about 10 minutes to heat the oven.

Italian Meatloaf with Provolone Sauce

Italian Meatloaf with Provolone Sauce

Last time we were in the mood for Italian I made Italian Meatballs with Creamy Parmesan Sauce. This time around we had some really good provolone on hand, so I decided to switch it up and use that for the sauce, and made meatloaf rather than meatballs.

The meatloaf was ground beef, two eggs, seasonings (garlic powder, onion powder, basil, oregano, parsley and black pepper), plus my special ingredient: ground pork rinds. I mixed it all together and shaped it into individual meatloaves, which I baked on a sheet pan at 375 degrees for 40 minutes.

The sauce followed my magic high fat cream sauce pattern: 4 tablespoons butter, 2 tablespoons cream cheese, 1/3 cup heayy cream, 1/3 cup shredded provolone. Melt butter in a saucepan then add other ingredients, one at a time, stirring with whisk until incorporated.

Quick, easy, and plenty of healthful, delicious fat!

Italian Meatballs with Parmesan Cream Sauce

Italian Meatballs with Parmesan Cream Sauce

Brian often says that one of the meals he misses most from our days of high carb eating is a pile of pasta with meat and red sauce. Well, we’ve upon occasion splurged on marinara, serving it over zucchini instead of pasta, but here’s a way I came up with to get the Italian flavor without the carbs.

I made the meatballs from scratch — just mixed ground beef with some dried oregano and basil, garlic powder, onion powder, and freshly ground black pepper. I like them just that simple; you could add some crushed pork rinds if you prefer them a bit “breadier,” and crushed red pepper flakes are a nice addition if you like a little zing. Shape into 2″ meatballs, place on a baking sheet, and bake for 20 minutes at 375 degree oven.

The sauce is a variation of my basic magic high fat cream sauce. Melt 4 tablespoons butter in a saucepan; whisk in 2 tablespoons cream cheese, stirring until mostly incorporated; whisk in 1/3 cup heavy cream, stirring until smooth; add 1/3 cup shredded parmesan, stirring until melted and smooth.

Sprinkle a little extra shredded parmesan on top for fun, and you’ve got an easy Italian meal without all those pesky carbs for which they are so famous!