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Call it a deconstructed Burrito

Photo: Burrito BowlThis recipe came in a Yummly email a couple of weeks ago, and it sounded wonderful and simple to make. Now that it’s getting warmer, cool and easy-to-make salads are great to have. This one combines all the flavors of a chicken burrito minus the tortilla. Best part, if you buy a precooked chicken, you don’t have any real cooking to do to make dinner. While you’re at it, buy a container of Pico de Gallo, which saves you from making it from scratch.

The ingredients include black beans (or red beans) and baby corn. I use Dynasty Baby Corn and cut it into little rounds. Both of these are used sparingly. If you’re in the induction phase of the low carb diet or can’t eat beans or corn in the stage you’re in, then omit them. The recipe is great without them. In fact, the photo doesn’t have either of ingredient in it.

You’ll need to heat the black beans and corn in a little chicken broth with the seasonings to make a light dressing, but you can do this in the microwave in no time. No microwave? Use a small pan and cook until it just comes to a boil.

So pleasant to take your burrito bowl, along with a tall glass of iced tea, to the patio on a balmy summer’s evening.

Low Carb Burrito Bowl

1/4 cup Black Beans (optional)
1/4 cup chopped Baby Corn (optional)
2 teaspoons Chicken Broth
1/4 teaspoon Cumin
1/4 teaspoon Cayenne Pepper
1/4 teaspoon Garlic Powder
1/4 teaspoon Black Pepper, ground
Pinch of Salt to taste
2 cups Cabbage, shredded
6 to 8 ounces precooked grilled chicken breast, cubed or sliced
4 tablespoons Sour Cream
2 tablespoons fresh Pico de Gallo
Fresh Cilantro or Parsley for garnish
1/3 cup crumbled Queso Fresco Mexican Cheese

Cooking the cabbage for this is optional. I’ve tried it both ways and it is good either way. The uncooked adds a little crunch to it.

In a small bowl, add the chicken broth, cumin, cayenne pepper, garlic powder, baby corn, and black beans (if you are using them). Microwave for 45 seconds.

Take two bowls and fill each one with the ingredients in this order. On the bottom of each bowl, put 1 cup shredded cabbage and spread to cover the bottom. Spoon the beans and sauce over the top of the cabbage in each bowl. Layer the chicken over the top, then spread sour cream over it. Top with Pico de Gallo and crumble the Queso Fresco over the top. Add cilantro or parsley for garnish.

Makes two delicious servings.

Nutrition Information per serving- fully loaded:
Calories: 337 Fat: 14.4 Net Carbs: 7.8 g Protein: 36.0 g

Nutrition Information per serving-without optional:
Calories: 298.6 Fat: 14.3 g Net Carbs: 4.1 g Protein: 34.1 g

Tip: This works equally as well with grilled shrimp replacing the chicken.

Spicy and Yummy Chicken Fajitas

Keeping with the Cinco de Mayo theme, I decided to make chicken fajitas with a blended seasoning. After searching several recipes, I settled on a combination that I think works really well. It has a great spicy flavor without being too much. If you don’t like the extra spice, then omit the cayenne pepper.

This uses two large chicken breasts that add up to about three-quarters of a pound.

  • My apologies. I failed to reduce the amount of spices from the larger recipe to one-time use recipe. This is the corrected version.

Southwest Chicken Fajitas

1/2 teaspoon Red Chile Powder
1/2 teaspoon Cayenne Pepper
1/2 tablespoon Garlic Powder
1/2 tablespoon ground Cumin
1/2 teaspoon Black Pepper
1/2 teaspoon Salt
2 tablespoons Olive Oil
1 tablespoon Lime Juice
12 ounces Chicken Breast, skinless
1 medium Onion
6 mini Sweet Peppers or 1 large Bell Pepper
1 teaspoon Garlic

Go-withs:
4 low carb Tortillas
4 tablespoons Sour Cream
4 tablespoons Guacamole
4 tablespoons Salsa
1 cup Cheddar Jack Cheese

In a medium-sized bowl, big enough to hold the chicken, add the olive oil and lime juice and stir together. Add in the red chili powder, cayenne pepper, garlic powder, cumin, and black pepper and mix well until all the spices are blended. Set aside.

Peel and cut the onion into slices and put in a bowl. Trim the peppers, remove the seeds, and cut into strips. Put into the bowl and set aside.

Cut the chicken breasts into strips about 1/3-inch thick. Add to the spice bowl and use a wooden spoon to mix the strips in until they are all coated with the seasonings. Set aside.

In a cast iron or heavy skillet, heat 1 tablespoon oil and reduce to a medium high heat. Add garlic, onions, and peppers and cook until they are just tender, about three to four minutes. Remove from the skillet.

Add the chicken and cook on high heat. If you have a smaller skillet, you may need to do this in two batches. When one side is done, about two minutes, turn the chicken to cook the other side. Add the peppers and onion back to the pan and cook 2 more minutes.

Heat the tortillas, then serve with 1 tablespoon each of sour cream, guacamole, and salsa – or whatever you prefer on your fajitas. Add 1/4 cup of cheese to the plate along with a salad and you have a delicious Mexican-style dinner.

Makes four servings.

Nutrition Information per serving (Chicken and spices only):
Calories:202.5 Fat:9.8 g Net Carbs: 6.0 g Protein: 20.6 g

Nutrition Information per serving (go-withs):
Calories:230.7 Fat:17 g Net Carbs: 6.0 g Protein: 11.96 g

Note: I used whole wheat low carb tortillas, small size, that are 3 net carbs each, the other 3 net carbs in the go-withs are distributed pretty evenly among the remaining ingredients.

Easy Chicken Piccata Dish

Happy 2018. How’s it going for you? So far, it’s been busy and not perfect, but not too bad either. Currently, I’m editing two books, and although that’s time consuming, it’s also fun.

So not too much cooking going on in the year so far, but I did make this tasty chicken recipe yesterday. I found the recipe on a package of skinless, boneless chicken breasts and just made a couple of minor adaptations for low carb and my personal taste buds. It’s super low carb at only 1 net carb per chicken breast.

I love the light lemon taste of this sauce and the chicken is delicious. I am not a big fan of parsley as an edible garnish, so I added it to the pan at the end of the cooking and let it wilt and soak up the lovely flavor of the sauce. If you prefer the fresh taste of the parsley, then add it when you serve the dish or just omit if you don’t like it at all. No one will tell.

Chicken Piccata

4 boneless Chicken Breasts, no skin
2 tablespoon Low Carb Flour
6 tablespoon Butter
2 tablespoon Olive Oil
3 tablespoon Lemon Juice
1/2 cup Chicken Broth
2 tablespoons Green Onions, chopped
1 teaspoon Garlic, minced
1 teaspoon ground Sage or 2 tablespoons Fresh Sage
Salt and Pepper
Fresh Parsley, 1 or 2 sprigs

Dredge chicken in low carb flour and set aside.

In a large skillet, melt 2 tablespoons of butter with 2 tablespoon of Olive Oil over medium heat. When the mixture starts to sizzle, put the chicken breast in the skillet and cook 3 to 5 minutes until the chicken is lightly browned. Turn chicken over and cook another 3 to 5 minutes. Remove chicken to a plate to rest. Don’t use a paper towel or anything to drain on in the plate. You’ll put the drippings back into the pan.

Remove skillet from heat and add lemon juice, chicken stock, onions, sage and garlic to the pan. Return it to the heat and bring to a boil. Use a wooden spoon to stir the mixture, being sure to loosen any tasty bits from the pan. Add another 2 tablespoons of butter and melt it in as you stir.

Add the chicken, with any drippings on the plate,  back to the pan, reduce the heat to a simmer, cover and cook for 5 to 8 minutes until the breasts are done all the way through, but still moist. Add salt and pepper.

At this point, I added fresh parsley to cook in the sauce for a minute or so, but if you prefer, simply garnish with the parsley once the chicken is on the plate. Remove breasts to serving plates and spoon sauce over the top.

Makes 4 servings.

Nutrition Information per serving:
Calories: 332.3 Fat: 27.5 g Net Carbs: 1.0 g Protein: 20.4 g

Warming Butternut Minestrone Soup

It’s a fluctuating Fall in Reno — one day is cold and the next is warm, but the nights are always chilly. It’s a great time for a tasty soup.

This is a recipe I found at Grateful Grazer and adapted for low carb. adding in chicken because I like having some meat with my meal. You can make it without the chicken and it is a great vegetarian soup. I also swapped out some of the higher carb’d vegetables, like corn and beans, for lower carb’d ones and eliminated the pasta in it.

Butternut Minestrone Soup

Adapted for low carb by Rene Averett

2 tablespoons Coconut Oil
2 teaspoons Garlic, minced
1 teaspoon Ginger paste
1/2 cup Onions, chopped
1/2 cup Carrots, chopped
3 stalks Celery, chopped
4 cups Vegetable Broth
2 cups crushed Tomatoes with Basil
2 teaspoons ground Oregano or to taste
1 teaspoon Dried Hot Red Pepper Flakes
1/2 teaspoon ground Sage
1/2 teaspoon ground Thyme
1/2 teaspoon Black Pepper
2 cups Butternut Squash,cubed
1 cup Green Beans
2 cups Cauliflower, cut into florets
8 ounces Chicken, cooked
1 cup Brussels Sprouts, cut in half (optional)

Cut all the vegetables up before you start so you’re ready to add them in as you come to them. It’s easiest to cook the butternut squash, either microwaving or roasting, until tender, then let cool and cut it out of the rind and cube it. You can use frozen vegetables for this.

In a large soup pot, add the coconut oil and heat, then add the minced garlic, cooking until it is fragrant. Add in the onions, ginger paste, carrots, and celery and cook for about 3 to 5 minutes. Add in the vegetable broth, crushed tomatoes, seasoning, and cooked chicken. Stir to mix it all in. Then add in the cauliflower and Brussels sprouts. Lower to simmer and cook for about 30 minutes or until the cauliflower is tender.

Serve in bowls with low carb bread or tortillas. Makes 8 servings.

Nutrition Information per serving:
Calories: 135 Fat: 4.5 g Net Carbs: 11.6 g Protein: 9.0 g

Yummy Chicken and biscuit Casserole

Moving into fall, it’s time for those delicious and comforting casserole dishes that make you feel warm all over. The original recipe for this dates back to my childhood, which was a long time ago in a galaxy no longer in existence. Well, maybe not that long, but you get the idea. Originally, it was made with Bisquick and creamed tuna, but for my low carb variation, I adapted it to use chicken and some other alternate ingredients.  Although the ingredient list is lengthy, it comes together easily and is well worth the effort.

Skillet Chicken Pie

1-1/2 cups cooked Chicken , cubed or chopped
1/2 cup Heavy Whipping Cream
1/2 cup Chicken Broth
1 cup Kohlrabi or Zucchini
1-1/3 cups Green Beans, chopped if you wish
1/4 cup Mushrooms, chopped or sliced
1 cup Cauliflower
1/2 medium-sized Bell Peppers
1 tablespoon Butter
1/4 cup Onions, chopped Onions
1 teaspoon Garlic
1/2 teaspoon Salt
1/4 teaspoon Pepper
1/2 teaspoon Rosemary
1/2 teaspoon ground Thyme
1/2 tablespoon Cornstarch (optional)

For the biscuit topping:
1-1/2 cups low carb Baking Mix or other Flour
3 tablespoons Butter or Shortening
1 tablespoon Cold Water
1/2 cup Finely Shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese
1 teaspoon Garlic powder

Preheat oven to 375 degrees (F.)

Cut the kohlrabi and cauliflower into bite-sized pieces and either par boil them for about three minutes or cook in the microwave for about 2 minutes. Chop the bell pepper and set aside. If you use zucchini for the kohlrabi, you don’t have to precook it.

Use a stove-to-oven pan to make this. I used my deep copper skillet, but a cast iron skillet or other similar item would work. Otherwise, you’ll need to transfer the chicken base sauce to a baking dish once you’ve cooked it.

In the cooking pan, add 1 tablespoon butter and melt it over medium heat. Add garlic and onions and stir until the onion is tender. Add the bell peppers and sauté a minute or two. Next, add the chicken and stir, mixing it altogether. Add the cream, broth, and the seasonings and stir to mix well. Add kohlrabi cauliflower, and green beans and stir to mix. Heat until it is bubbly.

Add a little water to a cup and stir in the cornstarch if you’re using it, then stir it into the skillet. If you aren’t using it, continue to cook until the sauce thicken some. Once the sauce thickens, turn off the heat and remove from the heat source.

In a bowl, mix the baking mix or low carb flour, a little salt, and garlic powder together. If your using a flour, add in 1/2 teaspoon baking powder. Cut in the butter or shortening or mix it in with your clean hand. Add the water, 1/2 at a time and mix it into the dough until you have a dough that pulls together into a ball easily, but isn’t too sticky. If it needs more water, add a little at a time. Then add the cheese and knead it into the dough. Separate the dough into six pieces and shape into balls, then press flat to a biscuit size.

If you need to transfer the chicken mixture to a baking dish, do it now. If your pan can go in the oven, proceed. Put the biscuits on top of the chicken mixture and spray the tops with a butter-flavored spray.

Bake for 20 to 25 minutes until the biscuits are a golden or light brown. Remove and cool for about 10 minutes before serving. Makes 6 servings.

Nutrition Information per serving:
Calories: 403 Fat: 28.2 g Net Carbs: 10.7 g Protein: 25.5 g

Note: This is about .5 carbs lower per serving if you do not use cornstarch.

Don’t want to make biscuits? You can substitute in 2 basic magic muffins made in a cup, cut horizontally into thirds, then put on top of the chicken base. Sprinkle with the cheddar cheese and bake.