Quick Homemade Applesauce-No Sugar Added

This is not a low-carb recipe, but it is Paleo and healthy. It is from http://www.food.com. This recipe serves 8 and I would estimate the net carbs to be 16.6 g because of the natural sugar from the apples.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 3 lbs. baking apples (I used honeycrisp)
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 pinch nutmeg
  • 1-1/2 cups water
  • 2 thin lemon slices
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

DIRECTIONS:

  1. PEEL and core apples (you can leave the skin on a couple of them if you like the taste and texture). Cut apples into approximately 1 inch cubes.
  2. ADD all ingredients to the pot and turn heat on high.  Bring to a boil, then cover and reduce heat to low.  Simmer for 20 minutes or until the apples have softened significantly.
  3. STIR frequently, making sure that the apples are not sticking to the bottom of the pot.  Add more water if necessary.  Remove lemon slices (if you can find them).
  4. MASH with a potato masher or use a food mill for a smoother consistency. Serve warm or at room temperature (also good cold).

Enjoy.

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Loaded Squash Skins

Another great recipe from my favorite chef, George Stella.  This is from his Real Food, Real Easy cookbook.  I made this recently for Super Bowl.  The recipe yields 12 skins and serves 6. They have 3.5 net carbs per serving.

INGREDIENTS:

  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 6 small to medium yellow squash
  • salt and pepper
  • onion powder
  • 3/4 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 4 strips bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 1/3 cup light sour cream
  • 1 green onion, thinly sliced

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray a baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Cut ends off yellow squash, then cut each in half lengthwise.  Scoop out some of the squash’s center.  Place the halves cut side up on baking sheet.
  3. Sprinkle squash liberally with salt, pepper and onion powder.  Next, top each with an even amount of the Cheddar cheese and crumbled bacon.
  4. Bake 12-14 minutes, or until cheese is bubbly and squash has a little bit of give to the touch.  Serve garnished with a dollop of sour cream and a sprinkling of sliced green onion.

Yum!  ♥

Fried Pork Skins

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Baken-Ets’ Fried Pork Skins by Frito Lay contain only fried pork skins and salt.  They have no carbs.  If you would have asked me a year ago if I liked fried pork skins, the answer would have been emphatically “No!”  However, these have become one of my favorite snack in place of chips or crackers for dipping (e.g., Fry’s dill dip).  If you buy a flavored bag of fried pork skins, make sure to check the ingredients and label on the back (e.g., some have MSG, etc.).  Yum!! ♥

Deviled Eggs

 

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This is my own recipe.  I’m sure everyone has their own way to hard boil eggs, but I like Martha Stewart’s recipe.  Just a quick summary of her recipe: (1) cover six eggs with cold water in a pan, cover and boil water; (2) as soon as water boils, remove from heat and let sit, covered, for 12 minutes; (3) remove eggs and put in an ice bath for 2 minutes; and (4) remove and peel.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 6 hard boiled eggs
  • 5 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon white vinegar (or 1 teaspoon if using regular mustard)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt or salt substitute
  • pepper, to taste
  • cajun spice, to taste (optional)
  • paprika

DIRECTIONS:

  1. SLICE the eggs in half, and carefully remove the yolks into a mixing bowl.
  2. MASH the yolks with a fork.  Stir in the mayonnaise, mustard, salt, pepper and cajun spice, and mix until creamy.
  3. SPOON the mixture back into the hollows in the egg whites.  Sprinkle with a little paprika for color.

Each egg half has less than 1 net carb each. ♥

Carbmasters at Fry’s

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Just another helpful tip that you all know about, but Fry’s has a yogurt called Carbmaster.  This really isn’t your normal yogurt per se but more like a greek yogurt (which I didn’t think I would like).  However, these have around 4 net carbs each.  I haven’t tried all of the flavors, but my favorites so far are banana cream pie, caramel spice cake, tropical fruit and carrot cake.  I also like to add slivered almonds or shredded unsweetened coconut or strawberries or blueberries into my Carbmaster.  This is a great breakfast food and tastes like dessert!  🙂