Natural and low carb kitchen: Coconut and lemon cake

Ingredients
Coconut & Lemon Cake

90g coconut flour
5 eggs
40g inulin powder or a tablespoon of granulated sugar substitute
125g butter, melted
Zest & juice from 1 lemon
30g desiccated coconut (unsweetened)
Pinch of salt
Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting
180g full fat cream cheese
30g inulin powder
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 tbsp coconut flakes (optional decoration)

Create It
1. Pre-heat the oven to 180°C.
2. Separate the egg whites from the yolks and add the egg whites to a bowl.
3. Whisk the egg whites to form stiff peaks.
4. In a separate bowl combine all the other cake ingredients apart from the inulin.
5. Mix the inulin into the cake mix gently until well combined.
6. Fold in the whipped egg whites.
7. Pour into a pre-prepared cake tin and place in the centre of the oven for 45 minutes.
8. Remove from the oven and allow to cool whilst you prepare the frosting.
9. To create the frosting combine the cream cheese, vanilla, lemon zest and lemon juice in a bowl.
10. Slowly and gradually stir in the inulin.
11. When the cake has cooled, remove from the tin and spread over the frosting.
12. Sprinkle with the coconut chips if using.

Jovina cooks Russian: Beef Stroganoff

Beef Stroganoff
Serves 4 (or servings for 2 in parenthesis)
Ingredients
1 (1/2) pound filet mignon or mignon tips (cut into 2 inches long and 1/4 inch wide)
3 ( 1 1/2) tablespoons butter
1 ( 1/2) sweet onion, finely chopped
1/2 ( 1/4) cup beef broth
1 (1/2) tablespoons Dijon mustard
1/4 ( 2 T) cup heavy cream
1/2 ( 1/4) cup sour cream
2 ( 1 ) teaspoons flour
2 (1) tablespoons minced fresh dill
2 (1) tablespoons minced parsley
Salt and freshly grounded black pepper

Directions

Heat a large non-stick skillet over high heat and sear meat on all sides, for about a minute. Work in small batches so the meat does not give off any liquid. Remove to a plate.

Add the butter and onions and saute until tender.

Blend broth, flour, mustard, heavy cream, and sour cream together. Lower heat, add the liquid mixture, and simmer, without boiling until sauce thickens about 5 minutes.
Return meat to the sauce and heat, without boiling until meat is warmed through. Season to taste with salt and pepper; stir in dill and parsley.

Beef Stroganoff is traditionally served with noodles. Rice  is also used and low carbers can make cauliflower rice as an option.

Jovina cooks: Moroccan spiced chicken

Spices are very important in Moroccan cuisine. Common spices include cinnamon, cumin, turmeric, ginger, paprika, coriander, saffron, mace, cloves, fennel, anise, nutmeg, cayenne pepper, fenugreek, caraway, black pepper, and sesame seeds. Twenty-seven spices are combined for the famous Moroccan spice mixture called “ras el hanout”.
Due to its location on the Mediterranean Sea, the country is rich in natural resources and meals are usually built around seafood, lamb or poultry. The Moroccan national dish is a tagine or stew named for a special pot that is used for cooking. Common ingredients include chicken or lamb, almonds, hard-boiled eggs, prunes, lemons, tomatoes, and other vegetables. The tajine, like other Moroccan dishes, is known for its distinctive flavoring, which comes from spices that may include saffron, cumin, coriander, cinnamon, ginger, and ground red pepper. Give this Moroccan inspired recipe a try.
Moroccan Spiced Chicken
Ingredients
1 tablespoon chili paste (harissa or sambal oelek)
1/2 tablespoon smoked paprika
1/2 tablespoon ground turmeric
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
1/4 teaspoon cardamom
1/4 teaspoon cayenne
1 orange, zested, then cut into segments
2 tablespoons oil
4 bone-in chicken thighs
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 small onion, diced
1/2 cup diced cherry tomatoes
1/2 cup chicken stock
1/2 cup green olives
1/4 cup chopped preserved lemon

 

This is traditionally served with couscous.

Directions
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Heat a wide, deep braising pan over medium-high heat.
In a small bowl, combine the chili paste, paprika, turmeric, cumin, ginger, cinnamon, coriander, allspice, cardamom, cayenne, orange zest, and 1 tablespoon oil. Stir to form a paste.
Season the chicken with salt and pepper; rub half of the spice mixture on both sides of the chicken thighs.

Add the remaining 1 tablespoon oil to the heated pan. Sear the chicken skin-side down until golden brown, about 5 minutes. Turn and brown the other side. Remove the chicken to a plate.

Add the garlic, onion and remaining spice mixture to the same pan, using a wooden spoon to scrape up any browned bits from the bottom of the pan. Reduce the heat to medium and cook until the onions are softened and lightly browned, about 5 minutes.

Return the chicken to the pan along with the tomatoes, chicken stock, olives, preserved lemon, and sliced oranges. Cover the pan and place it in the oven to braise for about 1 hour and 15 minutes. Uncover and continue to braise until the chicken is tender, another 15 to 20 minutes.

Food 4 your mood: Crustless Quiche

Woah! Savour the goodness of Crustless Quiche! *Recipe Time*
by Ema Jones

We have made your dinner plans sorted with the easy recipes of Crustless Quiche. Binge on this low carb yumminess with the super easy recipe.
Get set go!
YIELDS:6 SERVINGS
TOTAL TIME: 40 MINS
Ingredients Required
1 tbsp. butter
8 oz. cremini mushrooms, thinly sliced
1 shallot, minced
2 c. loosely packed spinach
Kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper
8 large eggs
1/4 c. whole milk
1/4 c. oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes, finely chopped
1/4 c. freshly grated Parmesan
Method to Prepare
Preheat oven to 375°. In a medium skillet over medium heat, melt butter.
Add mushrooms and let cook, undisturbed, for 2 minutes. Stir and continue to cook until mushrooms are tender and golden, 5 to 6 minutes.
Add shallot and cook until fragrant, 1 minute. Add spinach and cook until wilted, 1 minute more. Season with salt and pepper and remove from heat.
In a large bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, tomatoes, and Parmesan. Fold in the mushroom mixture and season again with salt and pepper. Pour into a 8″ to 9″ pie dish and bake until eggs are just set, 18 to 20 minutes.
Let cool 3 minutes before slicing and serving.

Yum Yum Yum!

My comment: This can also be a useful breakfast dish and many different vegetables can be used.

 

Jovina cooks Italian: Pork chops with Puttanesca sauce

Puttanesca Pork Chops
2 servings
Ingredients
2 boneless pork loin chops, each about ¾ inch thick
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
4 cloves garlic, chopped
2 anchovy fillets, minced, or 1 teaspoon anchovy paste
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes or more to taste
2 cups cherry or plum tomatoes, diced
1/4 cup pitted black olives
1 tablespoon capers, rinsed
1/4 cup dry white wine
! tablespoon chopped fresh oregano
¼ cup chopped fresh parsley
Directions
Sprinkle pork with salt and pepper. Heat the olive oil in a medium skillet over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium and add the pork. Cook, turning once until browned and an instant-read thermometer registers 140°F, about 8 minutes. Transfer to a plate and tent with foil to keep warm.

Add the wine and cook for one minute. Add the garlic and anchovies (or anchovy paste) to the pan. Cook, stirring, for 30 seconds. Add tomatoes, olives, capers, and crushed red pepper; cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Add the tomatoes and simmer until the tomatoes break down and the sauce is thickened, 2 to 4 minutes. Return the pork and any juices to the pan, turning to coat with the sauce. Top the pork with the sauce.

The natural low carb store: Cinnamon pinwheel biscuits


Biscuit Ingredients
200g almond flour
75g Inulin or a tablespoon of granulated sugar substitute
50g butter (soft but not melted)
1 medium egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
20ml double cream
Filling Ingredients
30g butter (soft but not melted)
1 tbsp cinnamon
½ tsp vanilla extract

Method:

Mix biscuit ingredients. Make into dough. Form into a square shape.

Roll out on silicon liner or parchment.

Mix filling ingredients. Spread on the dough.

Roll up tightly using the silicon paper.

Put in freezer for ten minutes or the fridge for 30 minutes.

Put the oven on to 180 degrees.

Take the dough out of the fridge/freezer and cut into slices.

Arrange these on a silicon sheet and bake for 12-18 minutes depending on thickness of dough slices.

Nice eaten warm.

Food 4 your mood: Breakfast banana bread and pancakes

Pancakes

Ingredients
1/2 c. almond flour
4 oz. cream cheese, softened
4 large eggs
1 tsp. lemon zest
Butter, for frying and serving
Method
— In a medium bowl, whisk together almond flour, cream cheese, eggs, and lemon zest until smooth.
— In a nonstick skillet over medium heat, melt 1 tablespoon butter. Pour in about 3 tablespoons batter and cook until golden, 2 minutes. Flip and cook 2 minutes more. Transfer to a plate and continue with the rest of the batter.
— Serve topped with butter.

Banana Bread

Ingredients
1/3 c. coconut flour
1/4 c. almond flour
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. kosher salt
1/4 c. coconut oil
1/4 c. smooth unsweetened almond butter
2 large ripe bananas, mashed
2 tbsp. agave syrup or 1 tbsp. granulated sugar substitute (optional)
1 tbsp. pure vanilla extract
2 large eggs
Method
— Preheat oven to 350° and line an 8″-x-5″ loaf pan with parchment paper. In a medium bowl, whisk to combine coconut flour, almond flour, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
— In a large, microwave-safe bowl, combine coconut oil and almond butter. Microwave until coconut oil is melted and almond butter is more liquid, 10 seconds on high. Whisk in mashed bananas, agave, and vanilla, then whisk in eggs. Gently fold in dry ingredients until just combined.
— Pour batter into prepared pan and bake 40 to 45 minutes, until top is golden and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Let cool completely before slicing.