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A quick stir fry made easier

Image: Shrimp Pad Thai

Happy Saint David’s Day! I should have included a leek in today’s recipe in honor of the patron saint of Wales. But I didn’t.  I’ll post a Welsh recipe later in the week, then it will be on to the Irish recipes for St. Patrick’s Day.  But for today, I was thinking Asian when I made this for dinner last night.

I like to experiment with the products I find in the produce department. A couple of days ago, I found Taylor Farms Pad Thai Kit. While it is not too high in carbohydrates, it is a little higher when made with the included sauce than I can use in my daily intake. So, I tossed the enclosed pack of sauce and made my own. This was about 6 or 7 carbs lower a serving than using theirs. If you can enjoy around 30 or more net carbs in the day, then this might work well for you.

I turned to making my own Pad Thai sauce with what I had on hand in the house. You can use fish sauce in it if you wish. I found the vegetables were pretty well chopped or sliced, but not as evenly as I’d like and some pieces required cutting. The carrots are thin slices where I would prefer thin rounds or sticks that cook faster, but they worked out okay. I made mine with 2/3 pounds of medium-sized shrimp, about 27 of them. You can also add in tofu or mushrooms as an alternate protein in the dish. This makes it a good candidate for meatless Monday.

If you can’t find the Taylor Farms mix, you can make your own. The vegetable selection for this includes about 1/3 cup each of Brussels sprouts, kale, broccoli, green cabbage, snap peas, bok choy, and carrots. Most are chopped or sliced thinly.

Shrimp Pad Thai with Spaghetti Squash 

6 ounces Shrimp, cleaned
1 package Taylor Farms Pad Thai Kit (vegetables only)
1-1/2 cups Spaghetti Squash (about 1-1/2-pound squash)
1 tablespoon Rice Vinegar
1/4 cup Chicken Broth or Bullion
1 tablespoon Soy Sauce
1 teaspoon Thai Chili Sauce
1/8 teaspoon Ground White Pepper
2 tablespoons Brown Sugar Substitute (Swerve or LC Brown)
1 tablespoon Canola Oil

Cook the spaghetti squash by roasting it or cooking it in the microwave until tender. It’s easier to remove the seeds if you cut the squash in half and use a spoon to scoop them out before cooking it. Use a fork to shred the squash into strings.

Clean shrimp, removing shells and veins. Cool until ready to use.

Prepare the sauce. In a small bowl, add the rice vinegar, chicken broth, soy sauce, chili sauce, brown sugar substitute, and pepper. Stir together to combine completely. Set aside.

Heat a bowl-sided skillet or wok on medium high heat. Add oil and swirl to distribute. Add the shrimp and cook until pink on both sides, about a minute and a half on each side for medium-sized shrimp. Larger shrimp will take a little longer. Remove the shrimp to a platter and cover to keep warm.

Add the vegetables from the Pad Thai kit into the pan and stir them around. Cook for 5 to 6 minutes, continuing to stir frequently. Lower the temperature to medium and add the prepared sauce. Stir it in and cook the vegetables a few more minutes, then add the shrimp back to the pan. Heat for two more minutes.

Put 1/2 cup of spaghetti squash in each serving bowl, then spoon the vegetables and shrimp on top. Sprinkle with chili flakes if you’d like a little more spice.

Makes 3 servings.

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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.

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Nutrition Info: Thai Coconut Soup with Shrimp

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Enjoy Buttery Shrimp for St. Patrick’s Day

West of Ireland shrimp picture.

I call this West of Ireland shrimp because I’m a long way from Erin’s shore and I don’t have any Dublin Bay prawns where I live. The recipe is in the style of an Irish prawn recipe I have and I deem it suitable for celebrating St. Patrick’s Day for those who might want a change from corned beef and cabbage. Get big plump shrimp for this, about 20 to 24 per pound.

It’s terrific with my low carb Irish Soda Bread to soak up the delicious butter sauce. Happy St. Patrick’s Day to all who celebrate. Incidentally, I made my soda bread in a muffin pan so it makes even-sized servings with a nice crust all around it.

1 lb. Large Shrimp in shells
1 stick Butter
1 teaspoon Garlic, minced (about 2 cloves)
1 teaspoon Tabasco Sauce or Chili Oil
1 teaspoon Olive Oil
1/2 teaspoon crushed Red Peppers
2 tablespoons Irish Whiskey
Pinch of crushed Celeriac

Peel and devein shrimp, rinse, and put in a sealable quart plastic bag. Add Olive oil, crushed red peppers, and garlic. Seal and turn the bag over several times to coat all the shrimp.

In a saucepan, add the Chili Oil or Olive Oil, Tabasco sauce and Irish Whiskey. Stir and cook until the liquid is reduced by about 1/4. Add butter and Celeriac and stir together until it looks creamy.

Lower heat to a simmer and add shrimp with the oil. Cook until you can see the pink on the bottom side, then turn them over and cook the other side. About two to three minutes.

Transfer shrimp to serving dishes. Add a bit of parsley to bring a touch of color if you wish. Serve with cauli-rice, zucchini pasta, or Irish Soda Bread. Makes about 3 servings.

Nutrition Information per serving:
Calories: 446.3 Fat:32.3 g Net Carbs: 0.4 g Protein: 32.0 g

Light and Easy Summer Crab Salad

It’s summer and it’s hot around my neck of the woods. But not as hot as some of my friends are suffering. Nonetheless, it’s a great time for cool salads that require no cooking.

Crab, shrimp, and lobster can all be purchased already cooked and in nice packages that require little or no effort to get them ready for a salad. This recipe is based on Atkins version with only a few minor adjustments to it. It is good for all levels of the eating plan, including Induction, so enjoy it. It is made with crab, but feel free to substitute in shrimp or lobster, or even chopped or shredded chicken.

The recipe makes four servings, although I got five out of it… and it could have been six if I hadn’t pigged out to eat it before it went bad. You can also make a crab salad sandwich if you put it on a low carb bun.

Crab Salad with Avocado 

3 tablespoons Mayonnaise
2 tablespoons Fresh Lime Juice
1 teaspoon Cumin
1/2 teaspoon Paprika
1/4 teaspoon Cayenne Pepper
8 ounces Crab, cleaned and picked free of shells
2 stalks medium (7-1/2″ – 8″ long) Celery or
1/2 cup Daikon Radish (diced)
1 Haas Avocado
4 leaves Romaine Lettuce leaves

Remove avocado from the skins, saving the skin for a bowl. Cut the avocado into small cubes. Put in a bowl with a 1/4 teaspoon of the lime juice and cover with plastic wrap.

In a medium-sized bowl, mix mayonnaise, cumin, lime juice, paprika, and cayenne pepper until it’s well-blended. Add the crab meat and celery or daikon radish. Mix together until completely coated wth the sauce. Add salt and pepper to your preference.

Stir in the avocado cubes. Chill for an hour before serving, if you wish. If you’re only serving two servings, put the crab mixture back in the avocado skins for display, then place on a lettuce leaf on the plate.

If you are serving four, then dispense with the avocado skins and serve on top of the lettuce.

Makes four servings.

Nutrition Information per serving:
Calories: 203 Fat: 15.2 g Net Carbs: 1.9 g Protein: 12.6 g

Shrimp and Asparagus — Colorful and Delightful

This week, I decided to adapt an enticing recipe that was on Fine Cooking by Jennifer Armentrout. To be honest, not a lot of adjustment was needed to make it low carb, except for the one key item of “grits” with cheddar cheese. I am not a huge grits fan, so it doesn’t bother me to lose this, but the substitute should be something similar. In my mind, this was another job for my favorite combo, cauliflower and daikon radish riced to the texture of grits. It came out deliciously wonderful and as the roomie put, “that’s a keeper.” Try it for yourself.

Shrimp and Asparagus with Cauli-grits

1- 1/2 tablespoons unsalted Butter
1 clove Garlic, minced
1-1/2 cups homemade or sodium free Chicken Broth
2 cups riced Cauliflower
1 cup riced Daikon
freshly ground Black Pepper
1/2 cup grated extra-sharp Cheddar
1/2 tsp. Tabasco or other hot sauce; more to taste

1/2 lb. medium-thick Asparagus, trimmed and sliced on the diagonal into 1-inch pieces
1 lb. large Shrimp, peeled and deveined
1 to 2 Scallions (green parts only), thinly sliced (optional)

Heat 1/2 Tbs. of the butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add the garlic and cook until you can just smell it, 30 to 60 seconds. Add the broth and bring to a boil over high heat. Stir in the riced cauliflower and daikon and 1/4 tsp. salt. Reduce the heat to low, cover, and cook, stirring occasionally, until the mixture is thickened and most of the liquid is absorbed or evaporated, 20 to 25 minutes. Stir in the Cheddar and 1/4 tsp. of the hot sauce. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Cover and set aside in a warm spot.

Heat 1 Tbs. of the butter in a 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat. Add the asparagus, sprinkle with a little salt, and cook, stirring frequently, until crisp-tender and lightly browned, 3 to 4 minutes. Add the shrimp and cook until the shrimp is opaque and the asparagus is tender, about 3 to 4 minutes. Reduce the heat to low and add the Worcestershire sauce. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve the shrimp and asparagus over the grits. Top with sprinkled scallions.

Makes 4 servings

Nutrition Info: Calories: 305.7 Fat: 18.4 g Net Carbs: 3.9 g Protein: 28.8 g

TIP: No asparagus at the market (or the cost is just too dear)? Try this dish with broccolini (baby broccoli). It will be colorful and the young spears are perfect.

Posted on 4/24/2013