Jovina cooks: Spinach stuffed salmon


Stuffed Roasted Salmon Rolls
For 2 servings – this recipe is easily doubled.
12 oz center-cut boneless, skinless salmon fillet, cut lengthwise into 2 strips
4 cups fresh raw spinach leaves, stems removed, cooked and squeezed dry
1/4 cup cream cheese with onion and chives, if available, or regular cream cheese
1 garlic clove, minced
Salt and pepper, to taste
1 tablespoon lemon juice
Extra virgin olive oil
Preheat oven to 400°F. Coat a baking dish with olive oil.
Mix together the cream cheese, garlic and spinach until well blended then season with salt and pepper.
The mixture will be firm.

Season the salmon strips with salt and pepper and spread each fillet strip with the spinach filling.
Starting at one end, roll the salmon up tightly, tucking in any loose filling as you go.

Insert a toothpick through the end to keep the pinwheel from unrolling. Place the rolls in the prepared dish.

Repeat with the remaining salmon strip. Sprinkle the rolls with the lemon juice.
Bake the salmon rolls until just cooked through, 15 to 20 minutes. Remove the toothpicks before serving.


Jovina cooks: a magnificent Mexican feast

Planning a Mexican themed party is a great way to entertain. Much of the organization can be done in advance and guests can serve themselves. Offer options for toppings and sides that you think will appeal to your guests. If you know someone is vegetarian, then plan a vegetable filling along with fish and meat fillings. Don’t forget the margaritas and ice cream is great as a dessert for this type of meal.  You can provide tacos and tortillas for friends and family who are not low carbers. Plan on 2-3 tacos or tortillas per person. The beans are also a high carb item so eat sparingly or not at all if you are low carbing. As you can see there are some great options for you in this selection.
For the lime-cilantro sour cream sauce
1 cup sour cream
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1 scallion, minced
3 tablespoons minced fresh cilantro
Grated zest of 1 lime
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice

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For the Pico de Gallo
2 large plum tomatoes, chopped
1/4 cup chopped scallions
1 jalapeno, chopped
1 small clove garlic, grated
2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped
1/2 teaspoon chopped fresh oregano
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
Salt and pepper to taste
For the shrimp marinade
2 teaspoons ground Ancho chili powder
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 pound large shrimp (about 24), shelled and deveined
For the swordfish marinade
1 teaspoon Ancho chili powder
1 teaspoon Chipotle chili powder
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 tablespoon olive oil
12 oz swordfish fillet
For the steak marinade
1 garlic clove, minced
1/4 teaspoon finely grated lime zest
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
Kosher salt to taste
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoons Chipotle chili powder
Two 12-ounce, 1-inch thick, boneless Ribeye or New York strip steaks
For the tacos (optional) 
12 6-inch corn tortillas or more depending on the number of guests

if not using tacos put these items out on the buffet table:
2 cups finely shredded green cabbage
Grated Cheddar cheese
4 limes, quartered
To make the lime-cilantro sour cream sauce:
Combine all the ingredients in a 2-cup serving bowl and whisk until smooth. Refrigerate, covered, up to 4 hours until ready to use.
To make the Pico de Gallo:
In a medium bowl, mix together tomatoes, scallions, jalapeno, garlic, cilantro, oregano and lime juice; season with salt and pepper. Let sit at room temperature, covered, until serving time.
To prepare the shrimp:
In a small bowl, combine the Ancho powder, cumin, garlic, salt and pepper and stir to mix. Add the oil and whisk until a loose paste is formed. Add the shrimp and mix well to cover the shrimp in the spices. Let marinate in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes and up to 4 hours.
To prepare the swordfish:
In a small bowl, combine the chili powders, oregano, coriander and garlic. Stir in the oil to make a paste. Rub on all sides of the swordfish and set on a plate. Marinate in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.
To prepare the steak:
Combine all the ingredients for the steak rub in a small bowl and rub over the steaks. Place the steaks on a plate and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
To grill the shrimp, swordfish and steak:
Light a charcoal fire or preheat a gas grill on high. Oil the grill’s cooking surface. Let the coals burn down to a medium-hot fire or adjust the gas grill burners to medium.
Place the swordfish on a section of the grill and cook for about 10 minutes, turning the fish half way through the cooking time. Let rest on a plate.
Place the steaks on another section of the grill and cook for about 10 minutes, turning the steaks half way through the cooking time. Let rest on a plate.
Thread the shrimp on skewers. Grill over direct heat, turning once, until lightly charred and cooked through, about 4 minutes. Remove the shrimp from the skewers and transfer to a serving platter.
Cut the swordfish and steak into thin slices. Transfer to the serving platter with the shrimp.
Divide the tortillas into 2 stacks and wrap each in aluminum foil. Place on the grill until heated through, about 5 minutes.
To assemble the tacos:
In each tortilla place 3 grilled shrimp or swordfish slices or steak slices, a tablespoon of the sour cream sauce, a tablespoon of the Pico de Gallo and some of the cabbage and cheese. Squeeze a wedge of lime over the filling and fold the tortilla.
Guacamole Salad
1/2 pint grape tomatoes, quartered
Salt and pepper
4 scallions, sliced thin
1 small garlic clove, minced
½ tablespoon grated lime zest
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 jalapeno chilies, seeded and finely minced
1 ripe avocados, pitted, skinned, and cut into 1/2-inch pieces
2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh cilantro
Lettuce leaves
Mix together the tomatoes and 1/4 teaspoon salt in medium bowl. Transfer to paper towel-lined baking sheet and let drain 15 minutes.
Combine the scallions, garlic, lime zest, lime juice, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper in large bowl. Let sit 5 minutes, then slowly whisk in oil.
Add the jalapeno chilies, avocados, cilantro and drained tomatoes to the bowl with the dressing and toss to combine. Season with salt and pepper. Serve in lettuce cups.

Beans On The Side (optional as also high in carbs)
The beans taste better if made the day before serving.
To cook the beans:
1 ½ cups orca beans (white and black colorings), washed
1 onion, quartered
3 cloves garlic
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
To finish the bean dish:
½ cup finely diced onion
½ cup finely diced celery
½ cup finely diced red bell pepper
1 garlic clove, minced
1 tablespoon olive oil
½ teaspoon chili powder
Place the beans in a medium-sized saucepan and cover with cold water by two inches high. Cover and soak overnight.
The next day, add the onion, garlic and salt to the soaking liquid and bring to a boil. Lower the heat to a simmer and cook for about 1 ½ hours until tender.
Chill the beans overnight in the refrigerator in their cooking liquid.
The next day, drain the beans. Stir in the cilantro and set aside.
Heat the oil in a large skillet. Add the onion, celery, bell pepper, garlic and chili powder. Saute until tender, about 10 minutes. Add the beans and heat. Serve as a side dish.


Hilda’s fit to serve: Lemon curd cheesecake

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Hilda has done it again! She can produce a low carb version of nearly anything. You can also used the lemon curd as the filling in a low carb sponge cake or put different fruity toppings on the cheesecake. The cheesecake itself is not a baked one. 

Low Carb Coconut Crust

1 ½ cups of sugar-free coconut flakes
¼ of almond flour or 2 tablespoons of coconut flour for nut free version
½ cup of melted butter
Low Carb Lemon Curd Filling
½ cup unsalted butter
¾ cup of sugar substitute I used Swerve
¾ cup of lemon juice about 3 large lemons
7 egg yolks
1 tablespoons of lemon zest
¼ tsp of sea salt
Low Carb Cheesecake Filling
1 package of cream cheese
½ cup sugar substitute
½ cup sour cream
1 teaspoon of unflavored gelatin I used Great Lakes unflavored gelatin
3 tablespoon of cold water
Low Carb Lemon Curd Instructions
1. Melt the butter in a small saucepan on low heat.
2. Once the better is melted, remove the saucepan from heat and whisk in the sugar-substitute, lemon juice and lemon zest. Keep mixing until well combined.
3. Return the saucepan to stove and whisk in the eggs yolk one at and cook on low heat until the curd starts to thicken.
4. Remove the lemon curd off the stove and strain into a small bowl.
5. Allow to cool at room temperature and then store in the refrigerator and chill for 30 minutes to an hour.
6. Spread the low carb lemon curd evenly to the coconut crust.
7. Pour the sour-cream topping to the pie and allow to set for at least 30 minutes before slicing and enjoying.
Low Carb Coconut Crust Instructions
1. Combine all the ingredients until well mixed. Press the coconut mixture into a 9-inch pie crust pan.
2. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.
3. Once the pie crust is cooked and while it is still warm, press the crust with the back of a metal spoon. I find that pressing the crust soon after it’s been cooked allows for a crispier crust.
Low Carb Cheesecake Filling
1. Mix the gelatin with the cold water and set aside.
2. Combine the cream cheese, sour cream, and sugar substitute.
3. Fold in the prepared gelatin into the cheesecake batter.
Pie Assembly Instructions
1. Once the pie crust is fully cooked and cooled add cheesecake filling.
2. Next spread the lemon curd topping to the cheesecake.
3. Allow for pie to fully set in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes before consuming.
4. Store pie in the refrigerator.

Hilda’s fit to serve: Berry Pie

Still looking for a low-carb dessert for your Christmas? Try this one…

Low Carb Nut-Free Crust
1 cup (2 sticks of butter melted and cooled)
4 large eggs
½ teaspoon sea salt
1 ½ cups coconut flour
¼ baking powder
1 tablespoon of water
Crust Instructions
1. Mix all the ingredients of the low carb crust just until dough forms.
2. Divide dough in half to make the top and bottom of the pie crust.
3. Roll out with between two sheets of parchment paper. Set aside.
4. Transfer one crust into a 9-inch pie pan. Being careful to smooth out any cracks.
5. Once you add the filling to the pie and the top crust.
Filling Ingredients
1 ½ cups of berries (I used mulberries)
2 tablespoons of sugar substitute (I used Swerve)
1 8 ounce package of room temperature neufchâtel cream cheese or regular cream cheese

Many people miss such items as apple pie after going low carb. Hilda shows you here what she does with the mulberries from her mum’s tree in the garden.  In Scotland you can use brambles in the autumn that you can pick for nothing. Now you know the secret of the pie crust you can experiment. I wouldn’t use mincemeat as in our Christmas pies though as that is too sugary for a low carb diet. 











Pie Instructions
Pre-heat oven to 350
1. Place half the rolled low carb dough into a 9-inch pie pan.
2. Spread the cream cheese to the bottom of the crust.
3. Add the berries that have been mixed with the 2 tablespoons of sugar substitute over the cream cheese layer.
4. Top the pie with the other half of the rolled-out dough. Make sure to add vents to the top of the crust.
5. Bake for 25 minutes until the topping is lightly brown.
6. Allow to cool before slicing.
7. Store in the refrigerator.


Fit to serve: Chilli beef

Easy Low Carb Keto Chili
by fittoservegroup

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I’m not one to normally brag, but my chili recipe is a little famous around these parts. Well, at least with my family and friends that is. Yeah, that kind of sounded like a major brag. But here’s the thing, my chili recipe was often requested long before I ever became a food blogger. It’s not only delicious but easily customizable.
Let’s be frank there are a lot of fantastic chili recipes out there. I believe mine became popular because I didn’t skimp on the spices. I like my chili bold and chunky. If that’s not you, you can certainly reduce the spices.
My original recipe called for kidney beans and although I still add them on occasion, it raises the carb and may be something you can individualise.
1 pound of lean ground beef
2 cloves garlic crushed
1 medium onion roughly chopped
28 oz can crushed tomato
1 cup of chopped cherry tomatoes
1 cup of water
1 ½ teaspoons of sea salt
2 tablespoons of chili powder
½ tsp ground cayenne pepper
1 tablespoon of cumin powder
1 teaspoon of garlic powder
2 teaspoons of onion powder
1. In a large sauce pan, brown the ground beef, onion and crushed garlic.
2. Allow the meat to fully brown before adding the rest of the ingredients and cook at low simmer for at least an hour. Can be cooked for less time but the flavors really blend better if allowed to cook slowly.
3. Finish your cooked chili with your favorite low carb toppings. We used pickled jalapenos, raw onion, sour cream and green onions.




Fit to serve: Mexican hot chocolate cookies

Best Low Carb Mexican Hot Chocolate Cookies
by fittoservegroup


Hola amigos! Today, I thought I would share my Low Carb Mexican Hot Chocolate Cookies. If you enjoy chocolate and spices you’re going to love this cookie. I had been toying with the idea of a low carb cookie that reminds us of Mexican hot chocolate. If you are not familiar with Mexican hot chocolate, the addition of cinnamon and cayenne pepper give a regular hot chocolate a major taste boost.
The funny thing is that here in Miami the weather is starting to get warmer and frankly hot chocolate is not on most of our minds. However, we can still enjoy this flavor profile in a delicious low carb keto friendly cookie. What’s neat about adding cinnamon and cayenne pepper to this cookie is that these two spices are known to raise your metabolism. If that’s not a reason to enjoy this cookie, I don’t know what is.
This recipe will produce a very rich chocolate cookie and you can add less spices or leave them out completely if you are not a fan of spicy foods.

Low Carb Mexican Hot Chocolate Cookies
8 ounces of unsweetened chocolate baking squares
4 ounces of sugar free chocolate chips (1/2 cup) (I use Lily’s Stevia sweetened)
½ cup of butter (1 stick)
4 eggs whole eggs
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
2 teaspoon baking powder
¼ sea salt
2 teaspoons of cinnamon powder
¼ teaspoon of ground cayenne pepper
¼ teaspoon of black pepper
1 1/4 cup of almond flour finely milled
2 cup sugar substitute (I use Swerve)
1. Pre-heat oven to 325 degrees and line your cookie sheet with parchment paper or lightly grease your pan.
2. Melt the 8 ounces unsweetened chocolate baking squares and 4 ounces (1/2 cup) of sugar-free chocolate chips with the ½ cup of butter until fully melted and combined on low heat in a double boiler.
3. In a separate bowl mix the almond flour, baking powder, sea salt, and spices and set aside.
4. Now to the cooled chocolate and butter mixture add the 4 eggs, vanilla, sugar substitute and mix well.
5. To this batter add the dry ingredients in the separate bowl and stir until just combined.
6. Fold into the batter the 3/4 cup of sugar-free chocolate chips until combined.
7. Place spoonfuls of the chilled dough on the parchment lined cookie sheets and bake for about 10 minutes. Note: Don’t over bake this cookie to make sure it has the right consistency of chewy inside and crispy outside.
Recipe makes 2 dozen cookies

Jovina: Salsa with a kick

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Homemade Salsa


One 26 oz container Pomi chopped tomatoes
1/4 cup finely chopped red onion
2 tablespoons chopped pickled jalapenos
1 garlic clove, minced
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon agave
1/4 teaspoon coriander
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1/4 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon lime juice
A few dashes chipotle Tabasco sauce


Mix together and chill.