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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

DELUXE CHICKEN POT PIE WITH FLAKY PIE CRUST









DELUXE CHICKEN POT PIE

Chock full of veggies, chicken and plenty of a super-flavorful thick sauce. You can use leftover turkey instead.  Instead of potato, cauliflower florets are used. If I was a bit more artistic, perhaps this could have looked a bit prettier, however, the taste was awesome!  This is a moderate carb dish, so do keep that in mind when thinking of adding a side. I served it with roasted eggplant, however, green beans would have been good too. I made this recipe with my Flaky Pie Crust, which was excellent, but I think my regular pie crust is fine to use for this purpose as well, and will result in slightly fewer carbs.  Frankly, I like the Flaky Pie Crust, but it is not to be used until pre-maintenance or maintenance levels.  The carbs go up by almost 2 grams per serving with the Flaky Pie Crust.

1 roasted chicken (about 4 cups, cut into bite-sized pieces)
4 stalks celery, sliced thinly
13 oz cauliflower florets, cut small (369 g)
Seasoning salt, to taste, divided
Black pepper, to taste, divided
2 tbsp butter (30 mL)
1 medium onion, chopped
1 lb fresh mushrooms, sliced (0.45 kg)
Mushroom Soup, (click the highlighted text)* (2 x recipe)
  (see instructions below)
Single Pie Crust (SEE BELOW - 2 VERSIONS)
1 egg yolk, for brushing over pastry

Cut chicken into bite-sized pieces and place in 9 x 13-inch (23 x 33 cm) casserole dish.

In frying pan, cover celery with water.  Bring water to boil.  Cook until celery is almost as soft as you would like it to be, about 5 to 8 minutes.  Drain celery in colander and set aside.

In large pot of boiling water, cook cauliflower florets until tender.  Drain in colander and set aside.  Sprinkle with seasoning salt.  Add to chicken.

In nonstick frying pan, fry onion in 1 tbsp (15 mL) butter until turning brown.  Add celery and stir fry until celery is tender. Sprinkle with seasoning salt and pepper. Add to chicken.

In the same frying pan in 1 tbsp (15 mL) butter, fry mushrooms.  Place lid slightly ajar of pan and cook until moisture evaporates and the mushroom start turning golden in places.  Sprinkle with seasoning salt and pepper.  Add to chicken.

Mushroom Soup:  Prepare double the Mushroom Soup recipe.  Use 1/2 cup (125 mL) cream and 1/cup (125 mL) water (to reduce calories) and only 1 tsp (5 mL) onion salt.  Stir into chicken mixture.  Taste and add more seasoning if necessary, stirring to combine well.

Single Pie Crust:  Prepare as directed below.  Form 2 balls each weighing about the same.  On parchment paper, place the dough.  Flatten to a small rectangle with your hands.  Cover with plastic wrap and roll each ball out to 81/2 inches long by 6 inches wide (22  x 15 cm).  This measurement for both balls covered my casserole perfectly.  Place rolled out dough on parchment paper in the freezer for 5 to 10 minutes.  Invert carefully over the casserole, starting at one end.  Gently peel the paper off the pastry.  Repeat with the other rolled out pastry.  Brush pastry with egg yolk (this produces a lovely golden color once baked).

Yield:  8 or 9 servings  (Add almost 2 g carbs for the flaky pie crust)
1 serving
417.8/371.3 calories
20.1/17.9 g protein
31.8/28.3 g fat
2.2/2.0 g fiber
11.4/10.1 g net carbs  
  
SINGLE PIECRUST
This is a lower carb and more substantial crust that tastes great.  

NOTE: For the Flaky Piecrust version, add 2 tbsp (30 mL) Arrowhead Mills Gluten-Free All Purpose Baking Mix (for pre-maintenance and maintenance levels).  If you use this, decrease the Gluten-Free Bake Mix by 2 tbsp (30 mL)...i.e. 1 1/8 cups (280 mL).  Instead of the commercial bake mix, one could probably simply use oat flour.  I made this crust without using the xanthan gum in Gluten-Free Bake Mix #1.  I suspect it will work fine with that bake mix as well, maybe even better.

11/4  cups Gluten-free Bake Mix, (300 mL)
3 oz cream cheese, softened (90 g)
2 tbsp powdered erythritol, optional (30 mL)
1 tbsp butter, softened (15 mL)
1/4  tsp baking soda (1 mL)
1/8  tsp salt (0.5 mL)

In food processor or in bowl with electric mixer, process Gluten-Free Bake Mix, cream cheese, powdered erythritol (if using), butter, baking soda and salt until mixed.  Form a ball with dough using your hands and cover with plastic wrap.  Chill dough about 1 hour or freeze for quicker chilling.

Roll dough out (if crumbly, chill longer - PLEASE NOTE: I did not chill the dough beforehand for the above recipe) between two sheets of plastic wrap to fit shallow 9-inch (23 cm) glass pie dish.  Remove top sheet of plastic wrap.  Pick up sheet with dough and invert over pie dish.  Remove plastic wrap.  Use small rolling pin or small cylindrical object in pie dish, if necessary, to further roll dough.  Patch dough where required.  A straight edge up the sides is practical.  Push down slightly from edge onto dough with thumbs and this will make a slightly thicker border for the crust.  Bake in 350°F (180°C) oven 10 minutes.  

Yield:  10 servings
1 serving
101.3 calories
3.1 g protein
8.3 g fat
3.2 g net carbs


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Monday, December 15, 2014

MIRACLE DOUGH CHICKEN BAKE CALZONES






MIRACLE DOUGH CHICKEN BAKE CALZONES

All the flavor of juicy Chicken Bakes, similar to Costco Chicken Bakes.  I enjoyed these with some sliced cucumber on the side.  These are very satiating.  The filling and sauce mixture is enough to fill 10 calzones, however, you can make 5 at a time, if desired, and refrigerate the remaining filling for another day. Considering Costco Calzones run about 70 grams of carbs, these are pretty cool.

Note:  These expand and get bigger over all in the oven.  Really amazing!

COMPARE NUTRITIONAL ANALYSIS FOR COSTCO CHICKEN BAKE

Sauce:
4 oz regular cream cheese (125 g)
1/cup heavy cream (125 mL)
3 tbsp Parmesan cheese (45 mL)
2 tbsp water (30 mL)
1 tbsp olive oil (15 mL)
1 tbsp mayonnaise (15 mL)
Liquid sweetener to equal 2 tsp sugar (10 mL)
2 tsp lemon juice (10 mL)
1 tsp onion salt (5 mL)
1 tsp cornstarch, OR arrowroot powder (5 mL)
1/tsp crushed garlic (2 mL)
1/tsp Dijon mustard (2 mL)
1/tsp black pepper (1 mL)
1/tsp salt (0.5 mL)
Filling:
3 cups chopped cooked chicken (750 mL)
  (Rotisserie chicken works well)
4 slices, cooked bacon, chopped
1 cup grated Mozzarella cheese (250 mL)
Miracle Dough (double this recipe to use all filling):
2 cups grated Mozzarella cheese (500 mL)
2 tbsp melted butter
1 cup Gluten-Free Bake Mix 2 (250 mL)
  (no gelatin needed)
1 egg, fork beaten
1/tsp onion salt (1 mL)
1/tsp garlic powder (1 mL)
1 egg yolk, fork beaten

Preheat oven to 400°F (200°C).

Sauce and Filling: In food processor, process cream cheese.  Add cream, Parmesan cheese, water, olive oil, mayonnaise, liquid sweetener, lemon juice, onion salt, cornstarch, OR arrowroot powder, garlic, Dijon mustard, black pepper and salt; process until smooth.  Place mixture in large pot on stove and bring to the boil while stirring.  Add chicken and bacon; stirring to combine.  Set aside.

Miracle Dough:  In microwave oven in microwaveable bowl, melt Mozzarella cheese.  This took 2 minutes in my 1200 Watt microwave oven. Allow to cool about a minute in the microwave oven and remove with oven gloves (be very careful!).  Add melted butter. Place Gluten-Free Bake Mix 2 on top. In small bowl, beat egg with fork.  Add onion salt and garlic powder.  Add to Mozzarella cheese. Stir with a fork or mixing spoon to form a dough ball. 

Measure five little balls weighing 2.5 oz (70 g) each.  Place a dough ball on parchment paper, cover with plastic wrap and roll out into a 6-inch (15 cm) circle. I have a special gadget that makes lovely calzone shapes very easily, but it is not necessary.  In the center of the circle place the filling which will be about 1/4 cup (60 mL) chicken mixture.  Add 2 to 3 tbsp (30 to 60 mL) grated Mozzarella cheese.  Fold the calzone over and crimp the edges with the tines of a fork. Cut three slits spaced evenly apart in the top of the calzones. Brush with egg yolk.

Place the calzones on a greased cookie sheet and on the middle shelf in the oven.  Bake 12 to 14 minutes or until the crust underneath is a lovely golden color (you don’t want to burn them, so check them very closely after 10 minutes has passed).  You can take them out briefly to check the underneath crust.

Helpful Hints:  To reheat, these calzones heat up beautifully (still remaining crispy the first day) in the microwave oven … about 35 to 40 seconds in my microwave oven. You can also reheat them in a moderate oven, I’m sure, and they would be crispy the next day as well. If the dough becomes difficult to roll out (when it has cooled down significantly), place the small balls one at a time in the microwave oven for 10 seconds before rolling out.  This works beautifully.

Yield:  10 filled calzones
1 calzone
528.7 calories
28.7 g protein
42.2 g fat
0.0 g fiber
7.4 g net carbs


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Sunday, December 14, 2014

MIRACLE DOUGH PIGS IN A BLANKET






 There should be 10 hot dogs.  I confess I ate one before it could get its blanket. ;)
I made a Quesadilla out of the remaining dough. Very yummy too!




The cheese I used {bought at Price Smart (the equivalent of Costco) over here}

MIRACLE DOUGH PIGS IN A BLANKET

The miracle dough works real well to make this favorite! Find a tasty hot dog that you like.  I like the Berard® brand that we find at the equivalent of Costco over here, although it has 3 grams of carbs per hot dog!  I think one could do better than that, but I do like the quality of these. Someone on Facebook alerted me to Applegate hot dogs (organic, nitrite free and zero carbs).  In that case the carbs will drop by 3 grams per serving.  It is best to pre-cook the hot dogs a little, as they will be in the oven for too short a time, in my opinion.  The crust is crispy underneath.  These are rather addictive!  I had to have two, but they are really filling, A simple salad on the side would suffice.

Note:  You could also use mini hot dogs to make fun appetizers or cut these in half to achieve the same thing...those kinds of appetizers are usually very popular.  You would need to roll a smaller rectangle of course...half the size probably. 

10 hot dogs, 41/2 inches long (11 cm)
  {3 grams carbs, 1.6 oz (45 g)}*
2 cups grated Mozzarella cheese (500 mL)
2 tbsp melted butter
1 cup Gluten-Free Bake Mix 2 (no gelatin required) (250 mL)
1 egg, fork beaten
1/tsp onion salt (1 mL)
1/tsp garlic powder (1 mL)
12 oz Mozzarella sticks (340 g)

Preheat oven to 400°F (200°C).  

In boiling water cook hot dogs about 6 to 7 minutes, so that they don’t puff up or lose their shape.  Remove and allow to cool. In microwave oven in microwaveable bowl, melt Mozzarella cheese about 2 minutes in my 1200 Watt microwave oven. Remove with oven gloves (be very careful!).  Add melted butter. Place Gluten-Free Bake Mix 2 on top. In small bowl, beat egg with fork.  Add onion salt and garlic powder.  Add to Mozzarella cheese. Stir with fork or mixing spoon to form a dough ball. 

Measure five balls of dough weighing 2.5 oz (70 g) each.  Place dough on parchment paper, cover with plastic wrap and roll out.  Roll each dough ball out into a 6-inch (15 cm) wide by 8-inch (20 cm) long rectangle. Cut in half with a serrated knife on the diagonal, so that you have two triangular-type shapes. Place a 1.2 oz (34 g) piece of cheese in each hot dog (slice a vertical slit down the length of each hot dog (use a serrated knife – easier!). Place hot dog at the broader side of the rectangle and fold the pointy side over the hot dog, and seal.  Cut any extra bits off and set aside.  You can add it to the next ball and repeat. (NOTE: If the dough becomes difficult to roll when it has cooled off significantly...place in microwave oven about 10 seconds and it will roll out with ease again).

Place all pigs in blankets on a greased cookie sheet and on the middle shelf in the oven.  Bake about 12 minutes, or until the crust underneath is a lovely golden color (you don’t want to burn them, so check them very closely after 9 minutes has passed).  In the beginning I checked mine every minute after the 9 minute mark.  You can take them out briefly to check.  I have discovered that 12 minutes does the trick.

Helpful Hints:  *I used the Berard® name brand of hot dogs which have 3 grams of carbohydrate each.  I’m not sure if one can find hot dogs with fewer carbs than that.  These are very tasty hot dogs.  It’s hard to just have one hot dog.  I ended up having two and sharing another later in the day with my husband.  They are rather addictive.  

Yield:  10 pigs in a blanket (If using Applegate Hot Dogs, Organic, No nitrates, no carbs, subtract 3 g)
1 hot dog in a blanket
372.7 calories
20.0 g protein
29.6 g fat
0.0 g fiber
6.8 g net carbs/3.8 g net carbs (using Applegate Hot Dogs)  Also Phillie's hot dogs (Philadelphia)


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Saturday, December 13, 2014

MIRACLE DOUGH CHICKEN VEGETABLE CALZONES












The Mozzarella cheese that I used {from Price Smart (Costco)}

MIRACLE DOUGH CHICKEN VEGETABLE CALZONES

This dough makes lovely Calzone pastries!  You will be amazed.  The crust is  crispy, except for the very top that holds the filling.  Extremely tasty and versatile dough.  It’s a dream to work with as well.  I love my bake mix in this as it makes the pastries quite lovely and tastier than some pastries you might find out there.  For instance, I tasted my daughter-in-law, Raquel’s, empanada bought at the Mall kiosk (they are usually fried, but I think the one I tasted was baked, so maybe not a true empanada then – more like a meat pie – hardly any meat! This was a bought pie!!  NOT something Raquel made by the way!!) recently and I think this actually tastes better, and my son agreed with me.  In fact, he mentioned it first!

COSTCO CALZONE - Nutritional Analyis (click) - about 70 grams of carbohydrate for one!

2 cups grated Mozzarella cheese (500 mL)
2 tbsp melted butter
1 cup Gluten-Free Bake Mix 2 - (no gelatin needed) (250 mL)
1 egg, fork beaten
1/tsp onion salt (1 mL)
1/tsp garlic powder (1 mL)
Rotisserie chicken and cooked veggies {about 11/2  cups (375 mL) maximum}
1 cup grated Mozzarella cheese (250 mL)
1 egg yolk, fork beaten (optional

Preheat oven to 400°F (200°C).

In microwave oven in microwaveable bowl, melt Mozzarella cheese.  This took 2 minutes in my 1200 Watt microwave oven. Remove with oven gloves (be very careful!).  Add melted butter. Place Gluten-Free Bake Mix 2 on top. In small bowl, beat egg with fork.  Add onion salt and garlic powder.  Add to Mozzarella cheese. Stir with a fork or mixing spoon to form a dough ball. 

Measure five little balls weighing 2.5 oz (70 g) each.  Place dough on parchment paper, cover with plastic wrap and roll out.  Roll each dough ball out into a 6-inch (15 cm) circle. I have a special gadget that makes lovely calzone shapes very easily.  In the center of the circle place the filling which will be about 1/4  cup (60 mL) chicken and veggie mixture.  Add 2 to 3 tbsp (30 to 60 mL) grated Mozzarella cheese.  Fold the calzone over and crimp the edges with the tines of a fork.

Place the calzones on a greased cookie sheet and on the middle shelf in the oven.  Bake 9 to 12 minutes, or until the crust underneath is a lovely golden color (you don’t want to burn them, so check them very closely after 9 minutes has passed).  I usually check them every minute after the 9 minute mark.  You can take them out briefly to check.  Don’t burn yourself.

Helpful Hints:  If one uses low-carb vegetables like peppers, celery and mushrooms, for instance, the added carbs will be negligible. To reheat, these calzones heat up beautifully (still remaining crispy the first day) in the microwave oven … about 35 to 40 seconds in my microwave oven. You can also reheat them in a moderate oven, I’m sure, and they would be crispy the next day as well. If the dough becomes difficult to roll out, place the small balls in the microwave oven 8 to 10 seconds before rolling out.  This works beautifully.

Yield:  5 calzones
1 calzone
308.7 calories
15.2 g protein
24.5 g fat
0.0 g fiber
6.0 g net carbs 



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Friday, December 12, 2014

MIRACLE DOUGH PIZZA CRUST



The Mozzarella cheese I used {from Price Smart (Costco)}

MIRACLE DOUGH PIZZA CRUST

This dough is nothing short of amazing!  It rolls out perfectly (very easy to work with) and fills a large pizza pan.  It is a crispy thin crust that tastes fantastic! Towards the center the crust is softer, not unlike regular pizzas as well. The carbs are pretty low per slice, too, so that’s a bonus!

2 cups grated Mozzarella cheese (500 mL)
2 tbsp melted butter
1 cup Gluten-Free Bake Mix 2 - (no gelatin needed) (250 mL)
1 egg, fork beaten
1/tsp onion salt (1 mL)
1/tsp garlic powder (1 mL)
  
Preheat oven to 400°F (200°C).

In microwave oven in microwaveable bowl, melt Mozzarella cheese.  This took 2 minutes in my 1200 Watt microwave oven. Remove with oven gloves (be very careful!).  Add melted butter. Place Gluten-Free Bake Mix 2 on top. In small bowl, beat egg with fork.  Add onion salt and garlic powder.  Add to Mozzarella cheese. Stir with a fork or mixing spoon to form a dough ball.  Place on large greased pizza pan.  Using plastic wrap placed over the dough and a rolling pin or cylindrical can, roll dough out.  I have a special, small rolling pin for pies and that worked really well. 

Bake 10 minutes on the middle shelf and then keep an eye on it each minute thereafter, as it can get too brown very quickly.  Remove.  Add pizza sauce and toppings and bake another 8 minutes.

Helpful Hints:  I made a Hawaiian pizza, but you can make pepperoni pizza, savory mince pizza, or white sauce pizza with chicken, etc.  Lots of ideas, however, remember to keep the ingredients fairly low-carb especially if you're still in the ongoing weight loss phase.  My husband and I have both been losing weight while I experiment with this amazing dough, even with one or two cheat meals thrown in the mix lately (tough not to do that this time of year).  If the dough becomes resistant to rolling out (this only happens if it cools down completely), place in microwave oven about 20 seconds or so, and you can roll it out again with ease!

Yield:  12 servings
1 serving
128.6 calories
6.3 g protein
10.2 g fat
0.0 g fiber
2.5 g net carbs 



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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

SUPER SIMPLE PROTEIN BARS



SUPER SIMPLE PROTEIN BARS

These are ready in under a minute.  You can eat them right away. These are a bit cheaper than the protein bars made with a ton of whey protein powder.  One protein bar still gives more protein than in one large egg, which is about 6 grams.

1/cup sugar-free peanut butter, OR (60 mL)
  almond butter
1/cup powdered erythritol (60 mL)
1/cup vanilla whey protein powder (60 mL)
1 tbsp whipping cream, OR (15 mL)
  as needed 
Grated unsweetened chocolate (Baker's), optional 

In food processor, combine peanut butter, OR almond butter, erythritol, vanilla whey protein powder and whipping cream.  Process.  Turn out onto cutting board “dusted” with vanilla whey protein powder.  Pat into a rough rectangular shape and cut into 4 protein bars.  Sprinkle with grated unsweetened chocolate if desired. Place in a sealed container in the refrigerator.

Yield:  4 protein bars
1 protein bar
123.0 calories
7.5 g protein
9.2 g fat
0.0 g fiber
2.7 g net carbs 


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Monday, December 8, 2014

SQUASH CASSEROLE TO FEED A CROWD




SQUASH CASSEROLE TO FEED A CROWD

This recipe makes a substantial side dish.  Feta cheese gives it a very unique flavor, plus, there is a slight tang from the sour cream. Grated Parmesan cheese (the canned variety) can be substituted for Feta cheese, if you prefer.  This makes a lot, which means it's good for bigger get-togethers.  

3 lb Butternut squash, OR (1.4 kg)
  Ayote squash (which is what I used)
1 cup sour cream (250 mL)
1/cup crumbled Feta cheese, OR (125 mL)
  grated Parmesan cheese
1/cup chopped green onions (75 mL)
1/2   tsp salt (2 mL)
1/2   tsp Montreal® Chicken seasoning (2 mL)
1/tsp black pepper (1 mL)
Crumb Topping:
1/cup Gluten-Free Bake Mix 2, OR (60 mL)
  use a mixture of almond flour/meal and coconut flour
3 tbsp crumbled Feta cheese, OR Parmesan cheese (45 mL)
2 tbsp melted butter (30 mL)

Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C).

With squash cut open and seeds removed, place face down in big pot in boiling water.  Boil with lid ajar on pot until the squash is very soft to the point of a knife.  Remove squash and discard peel.  In large bowl mash squash.  Add sour cream, Feta cheese, OR Parmesan cheese, green onions, salt, Montreal® Chicken seasoning and black pepper.  Stir to combine well.  Scrape into a large 2 qt (2L) casserole dish.  Sprinkle with topping.  Bake 45 minutes, or until set.

Crumb Topping:  In small bowl, combine Gluten-Free Bake Mix 2, (OR alternative), Feta cheese, OR Parmesan cheese and melted butter. 


Helpful Hints:  If a more golden crumb topping is desired, toast the Gluten-Free Bake Mix in a dry nonstick pan until turning golden.  Or, alternately, place under the broiler until the topping is browned.

Yield:  12 servings
1 serving
121.8 calories
4.0 g protein
8.2 g fat
1.2 g fiber
8.0 g net carbs 


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