Jovina cooks: Seafood chowder

Seafood Stew
Ingredients
3 tablespoons butter, divided
1 garlic clove, minced
1 large shallot, diced
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 cup chopped celery
1 thin carrot, diced
1/2 cup diced red bell pepper
2 cups cauliflower, cut into small florets
½ cup diced rutabaga (or potato)
2 cups homemade or store-bought low-sodium chicken broth
1 teaspoon seafood (Old Bay) seasoning
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (chili)
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1 large plum tomato, seeded and diced
3 lbs firm boneless fish fillets (such as halibut, cod, red snapper, sea bass, grouper), cut into small cubes
8 oz medium shrimp, shelled, deveined and tails removed
1 cup heavy cream
1/4 cup minced fresh parsley
Directions

In a large saucepan over medium heat, melt 2 tablespoon butter. Add the onion, shallot and garlic. Saute for a minute or two and them add the carrot, celery and bell pepper. Cook until the vegetables are tender, 3-4 minutes.

Add the rutabaga and cauliflower. Stir into the vegetables. Pour in the chicken broth and bring to a simmer. Cover the pan and cook the vegetables until the rutabaga and cauliflower are tender.

Remove the cover and add the: salt, pepper, chili flakes, seafood seasoning, thyme, tomato and vinegar. Sir well.
Add the cream, fish cubes and shrimp. Cook stirring the mixture gently for 4-5 minutes or until the fish and shrimp are cooked. Add the parsley and remaining tablespoon butter, heating until the butter is incorporated. Serve in large individual  bowls.

My comments: this is a particularly delicious chowder. If you don’t have all the ingredients some are optional. Morrison’s supermarket sells a packet of frozen “fish pie mix” for about £4. Using this with extra prawns,  garlic, onion and cream also produces a lovely basic fish stew. Remember my son’s tip about using frozen pre chopped onions if you are short of time or don’t like your hands getting oniony. Jovina’s recipe is more sophisticated. 

Jovina cooks Chinese: Szechuan Chicken stir fry

Asian Stir-Fry Dinner
by Jovina Coughlin

Szechuan Chicken Stir-Fry

Serves 4
Ingredients
Sauce Mixture
1 tablespoon dark sesame oil
1/2 cup chicken broth
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon rice vinegar
1 tablespoon chile paste (such as sambal oelek)
1 tablespoon honey
2 teaspoons cornstarch
Stir-Fry
2 tablespoons peanut oil
2 cooked (poached) chicken breasts, shredded
Half of a large red bell pepper, cut into thin strips
2 cups broccoli florets, cut into small pieces
1 cup diagonally cut snow peas
1 tablespoon grated peeled fresh ginger
1 tablespoon minced fresh garlic
1/4 cup (1-inch) slices green onion
Directions
Combine the sauce ingredients in a small bowl. Set aside
Heat a wok or large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the peanut oil; swirl.
Add bell peppers and broccoli and stir-fry for about 2 minutes. Add the next 4 ingredients (through garlic); stir-fry 1 minute. Add the shredded chicken, stir-fry 1 minute.
Add the sauce mixture; cook 30 seconds or until thickened. Add the green onions. Cook until heated through. Serve with the Cauliflower Rice dish or regular rice if you are not low carbing.
Asian Flavored Cauliflower “Rice”

Serves 4
Ingredients
10 oz pkg frozen cauliflower rice, defrosted or use the same amount of regular leftover cooked rice (or grate your own)
1 tablespoon sesame oil
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1 tablespoon rice vinegar
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 teaspoon minced ginger
Directions
Let the riced cauliflower drain in a colander for about 30 minute. Then place it on a paper towel.
In a wide-bottom skillet, heat the sesame oil over medium heat. Add the garlic and saute for about 1 minute.
Add the cauliflower rice. Stir-fry until the grains are dry and begin to crisp.
Stir in the rice vinegar, soy sauce and ginger. Stir-fry for another minute or two. Serve with the chicken.

My comment: I’m pleased to see that frozen cauliflower rice is available in the USA. I’m not aware that we have it yet in the UK. You can pulverize raw cauliflower in a food processor to get a similar product. Then you can have a taste of the orient with this lovely meal.

Simone Miller’s Paleo Pizza Crust

For step by step directions with pictures see the link below:

 

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Simone is a chef living in San Francisco and she had numerous attempts to perfect pizza crust. She was keen to have the sort of base that would rise just like the flour based version. 

She has some tips:

use a pizza stone if you have one

warm the bowl for the yeast mixture and measuring cup for the water by running hot water into it

You need to use high temperatures for this recipe to get the best result

You need to have the top almost completely cooked before you put your toppings on.

Ingredients:

1 tablespoon of gluten free yeast

1 tablespoon raw honey

1/4 cup of warm water

3/4 cup ground almonds

3/4 cup tapioca starch

3/4 teaspoon salt

1 tablespoon olive oil or other melted fat

1 tablespoon egg white (this is less than one egg)

1 and 1/2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar

+ your favourite toppings eg mozzarella, cheddar, mushrooms, peppers, onion, rosemary, oregano etc

Directions:

In the warmed large mixing bowl combine the yeast, honey and warm water. Leave for 5 minutes to get frothy.

In another small bowl combine the olive oil, apple cider vinegar and egg white.

In another medium bowl combine the almond flour, tapioca starch and salt.

Once the yeast if foamy, add the wet and dry ingredients to the bowl and mix on medium/high for 30 seconds and scrape the bowl to mix it well.

Using a rubber spatula form the wet dough into as much of a ball as you can.

Cover the bowl with a tea towel and put in a warm (but not hot) place. All it to sit for 75 -90 minutes. Check it at 75 minutes. It doesn’t rise like conventional dough but it should have risen somewhat. If not leave it a bit longer.

Turn your oven to 500 F 250 C or regulo 10 (for many of us as high as our domestic ovens will go).

If you have a pizza stone put it in the oven.

Lightly oil a sheet of parchment paper and turn the sticky dough onto it.

Oil your hands and flatten the dough into a 9 or 10 inch circle or so.

Carefully transfer the parchment with the raw pizza base onto the stone or sheet pan.

Bake in the lower third of your oven for 6-8 minutes till it starts to brown at the edges.

Add the desired toppings and cook for another 2-3 more minutes. Allow to cool for a minute before slicing.

Enjoy!

 

 

Happy Chinese New Year – low-carb Chinese style recipe

It’s Chinese New Year and the Year of the Pig—all hail the pig, supplier of many good things in our household—so I thought this week’s recipes ought to include a stir-fry.

Traditionally, stir-fry recipes include rice or noodles. You could use cauliflower rice if you wanted (and there’s a great recipe here) or those zero noodles, but I find a load of vegetables and protein filling enough. I adapted a Dana Carpender recipe for a low-carb Hoisin sauce, and I went with tofu as I’m trying to watch my carbon footprint these days.


  • 150g cabbage, shredded
  • 150g mushrooms, sliced
  • 75g courgette
  • 1 red pepper, de-seeded, ribs removed and sliced
  • 100g celery, chopped
  • 1tbsp rapeseed oil
  • 1pkt Cauldron marinated tofu pieces (160g)*

Sauce

  • 4tbsp soy sauce
  • 1tbsp Splenda or other granulated sweetener
  • 2tsp rapeseed oil
  • ½tsp Chinese five spice
  • 2tbsp sugar-free and salt-free peanut butter
  • 2tsp cider vinegar
  • 1 clove garlic

For the sauce, blend the ingredients together and set aside.

Heat the oil in a large work, and add the celery, red pepper and courgette. Cook for three minutes. Add the mushrooms and cook for another two minutes. Finish with the cabbage and cook till this softens.

Add the tofu and about half the sauce and mix well.

Allow about 10g carbs

*Feel free to replace the tofu with chicken, pork or beef Stir-fry this first in oil until cooked. Set aside, cook your veggies and then stir back in.

Nancyelle’s low carb pizza

JIM NEDVED’S TAKE ON NANCYELLE’S LOW-CARB PIZZA
WITH EGG, CHEESE & HERB CRUST.   This is a Neved family favourite which is
delicious, and avoids the excess moisture of cauliflower crusts.  You will need parchment or silicone liner and a pizza pie dish with perforations to allow steam to escape.                          

THIN AND CRISPY PIZZA CRUST

8 ounces mozzarella cheese, shredded
8 ounces cheddar cheese, shredded
(reserve a bit of cheese for sprinkling top, for final 4-5 minute broil)
4 eggs
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon basil, optional

OTHER INGREDIENTS

 Store-bought spaghetti sauce (lowest sugar content you can find) or use tomato paste.

A bit of olive oil

Toppings of your choice such as:

 Mushrooms
Onions (sliced)
Peppers (all colors, chopped fairly large)
Italian sweet sausage (raw)
Pepperoni (sliced at store for pizza)

pic of pizza tin used for cheese-egg crust pizza (use w parchment paper)


First, p
re-bake crust:  Mix the cheeses, eggs, garlic powder & basil well. Line 16-inch perforated pizza pan with parchment paper. Evenly spread cheese mixture on parchment, almost to edge of pan, making it as thin as possible. Bake with oven rack in center position at 450 for 15-20 minutes until golden brown. I suggest checking it after about 10 minutes. If it’s getting very dark on the edges and top, turn the oven down to 400 and continue baking until brown all over and no longer pale on the bottom. Pat off any excess grease.  Let cool a few minutes.  Spread on a 1/2 cup spaghetti sauce with spatula.

pic of cheese-egg pizza crust

Cook toppings – while they’re hot, you’ll top the pre-baked crust with them: Using 2 separate fry pans (1) cook Italian sausage, add pepperoni & warm, then put onto pre-baked crust which has sauce already on it; (2) in other fry pan, sauté in olive oil your mushrooms, peppers & onions till as done as you want when you eat them; then put onto pizza, on top of meat.  NOW INTO THE OVEN FOR A SHORT BROIL:  Sprinkle cheese you’ve reserved on top.  Keeping oven rack in center position, put in pizza (which already has all the hot ingredients on it) under the broiler until topping cheese & pre-cooked ingredients are bubbly, about 4-5 minutes.

Enjoy!

Makes 8 servings
Can be frozen

Nancyelle’s recipe was posted at LowCarbFriends®, a registered mark of Netrition, Inc.
On April 5, 2018, Low Carb Friends’ management announced that LCF’s forums would be permanently shut down.

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Koolaidmom: Moroccan Chicken in the slow cooker

Slow Cooker Moroccan Chicken
• Servings: 6-8
• Time: 5 minutes prep. 6-8 hours on low
• Difficulty: easy

Ingredients:
• 3-4 lbs. split chicken breasts
• 2 tablespoons butter
• 1/2 onion, diced
• 2 teaspoons cumin
• 1 teaspoon turmeric
• 1/2 teaspoon coriander
• 1 teaspoon cinnamon
• 1/2 teaspoon cardamom
• 1/2 teaspoon Cayenne pepper
• 1/2 teaspoon powdered ginger
• 4 cloves garlic, minced
• 1 teaspoon salt
• 2 cups chicken stock
• 1 cup dried apricots, roughly chopped

Directions:
1. Optional: In a large skillet over medium heat melt butter. Add chicken to pan and brown on both sides. Remove chicken to bowl of slow cooker. Add onions to pan and cook until softened. Add onions to bowl of slow cooker. This will add more flavor to the dish but if you wish you can add chicken and onions to bowl of slow cooker without cooking. (My comment: doing this really makes a difference to the appearance and flavour of this dish)
2. Sprinkle cumin, turmeric, coriander, cinnamon, cardamom, Cayenne pepper, powdered ginger, garlic, and salt over the chicken. Pour the chicken stock over the chicken and cook on high 5-6 hours. After 3 hours add the apricots.
3. Once cooked through remove the chicken and shred if desired.

Low Carb Lamb Curry

lamb curry spices on the Diabetes DietWant to add another lamb curry to your low-carb repertoire? You’re in the right place. Lamb lends itself to all kinds of spices such as cinnamon, cumin and chillies, and it makes a rich, comforting dish perfect for ‘dreich’ days such as the one I’m writing this on—rain, gusty winds and dark before 4pm.

Serve it with cauliflower rice or just eat in a bowl with a spoon. I like spicy food, so I leave the seeds in chillies and add a generous amount of chilli flakes. If you prefer a softer flavour, remove the seeds and hold back on the chilli flakes.

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • 500g lamb mince
  • 1tbsp rapeseed oil
  • 3 onions, chopped finely
  • 2 green chillies, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 2tsp grated ginger
  • 100ml Greek yoghurt
  • 2tbsp tomato puree
  • 1 tbsp cumin seeds
  • 1tsp turmeric
  • 1 tbsp mild curry powder
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1tsp chilli flakes

Dry fry the cumin seeds in a small sauce pan for a few minutes and then pound to a powder in a pestle and mortar.

Heat the oil in large saucepan or frying pan, and add the onions. Fry for a five minutes until softened, and add the lamb, chillies, chilli flakes, garlic, turmeric, cinnamon sticks and ginger. Cook, stirring and breaking up the clumps with a wooden spoon for five minutes until the mince is browned. Add the yoghurt and tomato puree and bring to a simmer. Cook for ten minutes until the sauce has thickened. Add salt to taste.

15g carbs per portion