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Thai Coconut Soup Bring the Flavor

Photo: Thai Coconut Soup

This week’s “Meatless Monday” recipe isn’t entirely without “meat,” but as I understand it, seafood isn’t included in the ban. I’m using shrimp in this tasty and slightly-spiced soup, but if you’re vegetarian or don’t want to eat seafood, then you can leave it out or replace it with cubes of firm tofu.

The base recipe came from the Atkins web site; however, I added more to it to make it a heartier soup. While it is delicious, it isn’t completely filling, so maybe you can add a salad and/or a low carb roll or even make a grilled cheese sandwich to accompany. Although the recipe makes six one-cup servings, it is low enough in carbs that you can make four servings and gain another half cup of yum. You can also increase the amount of shrimp in it.

Thai Coconut Soup

3 cups Chicken Broth
13.5-ounce can Unsweetened Coconut Milk
1 piece fresh Ginger, 1-inch, peeled and cut into 1/8-inch slices
1/2 cup Spinach or Bok Choy, chopped
2 tablespoons Fish Sauce or Worcestershire Sauce
1 Jalapeño Pepper, finely chopped
1 tablespoon grated Lime Zest
1 teaspoon Sugar Substitute
1/2 pound medium Shrimp, peeled and deveined
4 ounces Mushrooms, cut into 1/4-inch slices
1/2 cup Daikon Radish, cubed
2 Green Onions, thinly sliced
1/4 cup chopped fresh Cilantro (optional)
1 tablespoon fresh Lime Juice

Peel and chop or slice all the vegetables before you begin to cook. Cut the daikon into  small cubes so it will cook quicker.

In an eight cup pot, add the chicken broth, coconut milk, ginger, jalapeño, fish or Worcester Sauce, lime zest, and sugar substitute. Cook on medium heat until it comes to a boil, stirring a few times, then reduce the heat to low, partly cover the top, and continue to simmer for 10 minutes. Remove the ginger slices and discard. Add the daikon and cook another 10 minutes to soften the daikon.

Add shrimp, mushrooms, and bok choy or spinach, Stir well and cook until shrimp are cooked, about four minutes. Stir in the green onions, cilantro if using, and the lime juice.

Spoon into bowls and enjoy.

Nutrition Information

Nutrition Info: Thai Coconut Soup with Shrimp

Nutrition Info for Thai Coconut Soup


Easy, Delicious Baked French Toast

I love French toast and I love bread pudding. Sadly, those are almost a no-no if you’re trying to keep your carbohydrates low. Man, I wish I could eat about double the net carbs that I am forced to stay at because my metabolism is so slow. If I could, these things wouldn’t be a problem. So I have to look for alternatives.

Fortunately, a low carb bread will work in this recipe that combines French toast and bread pudding in an easy bake option. For this I used only two slices of New Hope Mills Cranberry Orange bread that I made a couple of weeks ago. You can order the mix from NewHopeMills.com or Netrition.com. LC Foods and Bob’s Red Mill also have low carb bread mixes. Or you can make your own low carb muffins and use two (regular sized ones) of those for the bread in this recipe.

One half of one of these small cassoulets of this was like a muffin and enough, with a couple of slices of bacon, to make a satisfying breakfast, but most people will want more.

Quick Baked French Toast

2 slices (1/12th of loaf each) of New Hope Mills Cranberry Orange or Blueberry Bread or other low carb bread (approx. 2 net carbs per slice)
2 large Eggs
1 1/2 ounces Heavy Cream
2 teaspoons Cinnamon, ground
1/2 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
1/4 teaspoon Clove, ground

Break bread slices into pieces. In a small bowl, mix eggs, cream, cinnamon, clove and vanilla until well blended. Add bread pieces. Cover with plastic wrap and put in refrigerator for at least one hour (or overnight) to allow bread to soak up the egg mixture.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees (F). Prepare two cassoulet dishes by spraying with cooking spray or butter lightly.

Spoon the French toast mixture evenly into each of the two dishes. Bake for about 25 minutes until the egg bread is firm and lightly browned. Allow to cool for a few minutes, then serve with butter and sugar free pancake syrup.

Makes 2 large servings

Nutrition Info: 1 serving
Calories: 333.1 Fat: 13.6 g Net Carbs: 3.8 g Protein: 14.8 g

Originally POSTED BY RENE AVERETT AT 11/11/2013 9:52 PM

Rene’s Corn and Flax Tortillas

Corn is a high carbohydrate food and there is just no way to use masa to make a low carb corn tortilla for this reason. Still, I can do something similar by using a little bit of corn meal, flax meal, ground up baby corn (which is surprisingly low carb) and almond flour. It isn’t the same as a corn tortilla, but it does have some of the flavor. I plan to keep experimenting to try to get closer to the flavor, but in the meantime, this one is a pretty good substitute.

2 tblsp Corn Meal
1/4 cup Almond Meal
1/4 cup Flax Meal
1/4 cup ground Baby Corn
1 tblsp Shortening
2 tblsp Water
Pinch of Salt

Grind the baby corn up in the food processor until it is the texture of meal. (I used canned Dynasty baby corn, which is low in carbohydrates.) Mix the corn meal, almond meal, flax meal and salt together, then add the ground corn. Stir in the shortening and water and mix well until the grains are moist and they pull together into a dough. Add a bit more water if needed.

Refrigerate for at least 1 hour. Heat a griddle to medium heat in preparation.

Divide dough into 6 pieces and roll each into individual balls. Spray a quart sized plastic bag with cooking spray inside, put dough in it and roll with a rolling pin or glass until it is about 4 inches in diameter. Don’t press too hard. The tortilla should be about 1/8″ thick. Very carefully remove the tortilla from the plastic bag by sliding your fingers gently between the bag and the dough. Slide your hand in to support the dough, then flip the bag and work the bag away from the other side. Continue to support the tortilla with your hand until you get it on the griddle.

Place tortilla on the griddle and cook until lightly browned, 2 to 3 minutes. Flip over and cook the back side another 2 to 3 minutes. Let cool. The tortillas will be delicate so handle them carefully. When cooled, they will break if you try to fold them.

I cook one tortilla before rolling out the next one to minimize the time the dough has to stick to whatever surface it is waiting on. Once the tortilla is on the griddle, you can repair any breaks by pressing lightly with a wet fingertip. Resist the urge to press down on it with the back of a spatula as it will likely stick to it. Once the tortilla is flipped, you can press on it.

As someone once said, uneven sizes and edges are a sure indicator that it’s homemade.

To reheat them, bake in a 400 degree oven for about 10 minutes or fry them, one at a time, in a little oil until golden brown. Drain on paper towels and use to make tostadas or tacos. Or fry them until crisp, salt and cut into wedges for chips.

Makes about six 4″ tortillas

Nutrition Information for 1 tortilla:
Calories: 85.7 Fat: 6.1 g Net carbs:2.9 g Protein: 2.4 g

Originally POSTED BY RENE AVERETT AT 5/4/2013 3:02 PM