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Sooo good! A delicious Corned Beef and Asparagus Breakfast

Image: Asparagus and Baked Eggs

Well, this is a little late for a St. Patrick’s Day brunch, but who needs that excuse to make a tasty breakfast with sliced corned beef? You can also substitute in Canadian bacon or slices of turkey. I found this recipe in my excursion looking for paleo recipes that are also low in carbs. And It’s also low enough to satisfy the keto fans. Of course, I made a minor change or two, such as the extra seasoning and adding a garnish of avocado, but those are optional.

St. Patrick’s Day Brunch Asparagus and Eggs

4 Eggs
1 Leek, sliced
1/2 bunch Asparagus. sliced
4 slices Corned Beef, quartered
1/2 teaspoon Garlic, minced
1 teaspoon Olive Oil
1/2 teaspoon Mrs. Dash Tomato, Garlic and Basil seasoning (optional)
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
1/2 Avocado for garnish (optional)

Preheat oven to 400 degrees (F.).

Slice the vegetables and cut the corned beef slices into quarters. (If your corned beef is a small cut, then just cut in half.)

Heat a teaspoon of oil in a skillet that can go to the oven.

Add the garlic and leek to the skillet and stir cook for two minutes. Then add the asparagus and all of the corned beef pieces except 4. Cook and stir for about 6 minutes until the asparagus is almost tender.

Put the four pieces of corned beef on top, one in each section of the pan. (I used a square pan, so each corner had a piece of corned beef in it.) Press down on the corned beef piece to make a small well, then crack an egg into the corned beef. Repeat with the other three sections. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Photo: Asparagus with eggs in the pan

Bake for 5 to 6 minutes until the egg white is fully set. If you like your yolk non-runny, cook about 7 to 8 minutes.

If you wish, sprinkle a little cheese over the top before servings. Makes two servings or four servings if you’re not super hungry or want even lower carbs.

TIPS: This may be made with bacon in place of the corned beef. Use four or more slices. You can also use Canadian bacon, ham, or turkey slices.

Based on a recipe at PaleoLeap.com.

Delightful Summer Vegetable Salad

Summertime is a great time for all kinds of salads. Looking for a substitute for potato salad to take on a picnic? This one might do the trick.It’s light, low caloried, and low carb’d, and it tastes wonderful. Like most seasoned items, it tastes better the longer it sits in the ‘fridge to allow the flavors to really come through, so allow several hours to chill if you can.

Originally, I spotted this recipe on Foxes Love Lemons website and I thought it looked delicious, so I wanted to adapt it for low carb. It was a pepe pasta recipe and the pasta is too high in carbs, so I pulled out the versatile cauliflower to stand in for it. After tasting it, I added in sliced radishes to give it a little more crunch and flavor and I also added in a little cayenne pepper. You can add sweet peppers for more flavor and color burst. If you prefer your salad dressing a little on the sweet side, add a teaspoon or two of sugar substitute when you mix the dill dressing.

By the way, the dill dressing is lovely for dipping vegetables in for a party. I cut back the amount of buttermilk for this as it made quite a lot, so unless you like your salad completely doused with dressing, the amount below should be enough.

This dish is good for all phases of Atkins except for Induction.  For induction, you can substitute the buttermilk with heavy cream and add more seasonings or make a straight mayonnaise dressing.

Vegetable Summer Salad

2 cups riced Cauliflower
2 tablespoons unsalted Butter
1 Leek (white and light green parts only), halved lengthwise and thinly sliced
1/2 bunch Asparagus, cut into 1-inch pieces
1/2 cup shredded Parmesan Cheese
1 cup Baby Corn, chopped
1 cup Grape Tomatoes, halved
1/2 cup Radishes, sliced
1/4 cup Sweet Peppers, chopped (optional)

Dill Dressing

1/2 cup Buttermilk
1 teaspoon Sugar Substitute (optional)
2 tablespoons Mayonnaise
2 teaspoons dried fill or 1 tablespoon fresh Dill
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon Garlic Powder
1/2 teaspoon Cayenne Pepper
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground Black Pepper

If using purchased pre-riced cauliflower, cook according to directions on the package. Many of these are in steam bags that can be microwaved or cooked in a pot.

If ricing fresh cauliflower, put in a food processor and pulse until you have rice-sized pearls. Put in a microwave safe bowl, add a tablespoon of water, and cover. Microwave for about 2 minutes to cook the cauliflower. Set aside.

Cut all the vegetables up before starting so they are ready to go.

In a large pot or deep skillet, melt the butter, then add the leeks and sauté until they are softened, then add the cut asparagus spears. Continue to sauté over medium heat until the asparagus are just slightly tender. If using red peppers, add them when you add the asparagus.

Stir in the baby corn pieces and cauliflower and mix it well. Remove from the heat. Add radishes and grape tomatoes.

Mix the dressing by combining all ingredients in a small bowl and whisking until they are well blended. Taste for seasonings. If you want any of the flavors stronger, add a little more.

Put the vegetable mixture in a large salad bowl and pour the dressing over it. Toss to mix the dressing into the salad. Chill in refrigerator for at least two hours. Can be prepared up to two days in advance of serving.

Makes 6 to 8 servings, 1/2 cup to 3/4 cup.

Nutrition Information per serving (6 servings):
Calories: 114 Fat: 7.5 g Net Carbs: 6.9 g Protein: 2.1 g

Nutrition Information per serving (8 servings):
Calories: 85.5 Fat: 5.6 g Net Carbs: 5.2 g Protein: 2.1 g

Nutrition Information per serving with sweet peppers (8 servings):
Calories: 86.7 Fat: 5.6 g Net Carbs: 5.5 g Protein: 2.1 g

Celebrate Spring with a Tasty Asparagus Soup

If you like asparagus, you will love this tasty, fresh soup made with asparagus and leeks. Of course, I added bacon, because everything’s better with bacon, isn’t it? But it is optional in this recipe if you’d like to keep it pure. The recipe also calls for white wine, which is also optional. It adds a slightly different flavor and sophistication to the soup, but it works equally well without it.

The recipe yields four 1 cup servings, which makes it nice entry course for dinner. If you combine it with a salad and a slice of low carb bread, then you have a lovely lunch.

Asparagus, Leek, & Bacon Cream Soup

1 Leek, cut into thin slices
1 tablespoons Butter
2 tablespoons White Wine (optional)
2 slices thick Bacon, cut into pieces and fried until crisp
1/2 lb Asparagus, chopped in 1-inch pieces
3 cups Chicken Broth
Pinch White Pepper
1/2 teaspoon dried Basil, crushed
1/2 teaspoon Cayenne Pepper
2/3 cup Cream

Clean and thinly slice the leek until the green leaves are too tough to use. Put into a colander and thoroughly wash to make sure any dirt is removed. Heat the butter in a medium pot and sauté the leeks for about 2 minutes. Add white wine (if using) or 2 tablespoons of chicken stock to keep the leeks moist.

Reserve 1/4 cup of the chopped asparagus, then add the rest to the pot with 2 cups of the chicken stock. Add seasonings, stir until mixed, then simmer for about 30 minutes.
Season with pepper.

Scoop 1 cup of the mixture and puree in a blender, then repeat with the rest of the soup mixture. Put back in the pot and add the remaining stock. Stir in the cream, bacon and reserved asparagus and heat over medium heat until hot. Serve.

Makes 4 servings

Nutrition Information per serving:
Calories: 188.5 Fat: 16 g Net Carbs: 6.2 g Protein: 4.1 g

Joy of Spring Cheese Pie

I am pretty sure those of us in the Northern Hemisphere are beginning to get antsy for Spring to arrive. This is especially true as I look out my window watching snow come down after three days of almost balmy, sunny weather.  Yep, typical for Reno.  Lure those plants to begin to bud, then freeze them. So I needed something cheerful and comforting to brighten my day.

This wonderful sausage, leeks, asparagus and cheese pie is just the ticket to remind you of the wonderful tastes of the season.  I love cheese pies.  They’re easy to make and the possibilities are endless.  With St. David’s Day just past and St. Patrick’s Day just ahead, this particular pie celebrates the lovely sharp cheddar cheeses from Wales and Ireland.  You can use American cheddar, but it’s not quite the same, so check your market for one of the imports.  It’s worth it.

A note about the spices, they are changeable.  The ones in the recipe are the ones that I particularly like, but if you want to substitute in others, feel free. And, if you don’t want to eat meat, you can leave it our and it still tastes great!

Sausage, Asparagus & Leek Cheese Pie

1/2 lb Ground Country Sausage
1 Leek
1/2 lb Asparagus Spears
1 tablespoon Butter
4 large Eggs
1/4 cup Heavy Cream
3/4 cup Ricotta Cheese
1/4 teaspoon ground Sage
1/4 teaspoon dried Basil, crushed
1/4 teaspoon dried Parsley, crushed
1/8 teaspoon dried Celeraic
1/8 teaspoon ground Thyme
Salt and Pepper to taste
12 oz. Irish or Welsh Sharp Cheddar Cheese, grated

This may be made crustless or in a pie crust.

Preheat oven to 365 degrees (F.) If making it without a crust, spray a deep dish pie plate with baking spray and set aside. If using a crust, prepare and pre-bake for about 10 minutes to partially cook it before adding the mixture so you won’t have a soggy bottom.

Cut or break the asparagus into one inch pieces. Clean the leek and slice into thin rings. Use the leek as far up the green tops until they get tough. Heat a skillet, add the butter and stir it around until it starts to melt, then add the leeks and sauté until they are just tender. Remove to a bowl. Add the sausage, breaking it into little pieces and stir until lightly browned. Mix the sausage, leeks, and asparagus together and spread evenly over the bottom of the pie plate.

In a bowl, beat the eggs with a whisk, add the cream, ricotta cheese, and seasonings and mix until completely combined. Stir in the cheddar cheese and pour over the sausage mixture in the pie plate.

Put the pie in the center of the oven and bake for 40 to 50 minutes until it is golden brown and a knife or toothpick in the middle comes out clean. Let cool for about 10 minutes, then serve with a salad.

Makes 6 to 8 servings.

Crustless Pie:
Nutrition information per serving (6 servings):
Calories: 47602 Fat: 37.6 g Net Carbs: 4.3 g Protein: 29.7 g

Nutrition information per serving (8 servings):
Calories: 357.2 Fat: 28.2 g Net Carbs: 3.2 g Protein: 22.2 g

Chicken Leek Pot Pie Comfort

Last week, a storm system rolled into the Northern Sierra  Mountains and brought downright chilly weather to Reno along with some heavy rains at times.  It was lovely to go from over 100-degree temperatures one day to down in the low 70’s for several days.  But it also called out for a casserole dish or some other kind of comfort food.  So I made this wonderfully delicious chicken with leeks and other vegetables pot pie.   It has a rich creamy sauce with light seasoning that is just great.   I used kohlrabi and Brussels sprouts in the dish, but the vegetables can vary.  Add turnips and green beans or cauliflower and broccoli.  The recipe is versatile.

Chicken Leek Pot Pie

Chicken and leek are just two of the wonderful ingredients in this delicious pot pie.

3/4 lb Chicken Breast
1/2 cup Leek, sliced (white and greens)
1/2 cup Mushrooms, sliced
3/4 cup Kohlrabi, diced and parboiled
1 cup Brussels sprouts, cut into quarters and parboiled
1/2 cup Onions, chopped
1 teaspoon Better than Bullion Chicken
1/2 cup Heavy Whipping Cream or Half and Half
1 teaspoon Seasoning Salt
1/4 teaspoon Black Pepper
1 teaspoon ground Thyme
1 teaspoon ground Sage,
1/2 teaspoon Paprika
2 tablespoons Butter
1 tablespoon Low Carb Flour

Topping
1 cup Low Carb Flour
1/4 cup Heavy Whipping Cream
1/3 cup Water
1 large Egg,
1 teaspoon Garlic powder
1/3 cup Cheddar Cheese, shredded & divided

Preheat oven to 400 degrees (F.) Prepare a 2 to 3-quart baking dish by spraying lightly with cooking spray.

Cut chicken into bite-sized pieces. Cover and set aside.

In a large skillet, melt 1 tablespoon butter over medium heat, then add leeks and onions. Cook until they are just tender. Add chicken and cook until the meat turns white. Push the meat and vegetables to the side, add 1 tablespoon butter and 1 tablespoon low carb flour and stir together to make a paste in the middle. Add the cream, bullion and seasonings. Stir until mixed together, then pull the meat and vegetables back into the sauce. Add the mushrooms, kohlrabi and Brussels sprouts. Turn burner to simmer and cook while you prepare the topping.

In a medium bowl, add the topping ingredients, except 1/2 of the cheese, and mix together. If it is too thick, add a little water. This is like a moist drop biscuit dough so don’t over-mix or add too much liquid.

Pour the chicken filling mix into the prepared baking dish. Use a spoon to drop six large biscuits over the top and use the back of the spoon to spread them to make an almost solid crust over the top.

Bake for 30 minutes or until crust is golden brown. Sprinkle the rest of the cheese over the top and bake another 5 minutes to melt the cheese.

Makes 6 servings

Nutrition Info per serving:
     Calories:318.6 Fat: 22.7 g Net Carbs: 6.2 g Protein: 20.7 g

Give this recipe a try and add your own favorites to it.  Let me know how you like this.  By the way, what is your favorite comfort food for a chilly day?