Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Traditional Deviled Eggs

Need something to do with those leftover Easter Eggs?

1 dozen eggs
2 teaspoons dijon mustard
1/3 cup mayonnaise
Salt and pepper

First hard boil the eggs. Fill up a large saucepan half-way with water and gently add the eggs. Cover the eggs with at least an inch of water. Add a teaspoon of vinegar to the water (this will help contain egg whites from leaking out if any of the shells crack while cooking). Add a pinch of salt to the water. Bring the water to a boil. Cover, and remove from heat. Let sit covered for 12-15 minutes. Drain hot water from pan and run cold water over the eggs. (At this point if you crack the egg shells while the eggs are cooling, it will make it easier to peel the shells.) Let sit in the cool water a few minutes, changing the water if necessary to keep it cool.

Peel the eggs. Using a sharp knife, slice each egg in half, lengthwise. Gently remove the yolk halves and place in a small mixing bowl. Arrange the egg white halves on a serving platter.

Using a fork, mash up the yolks and add Dijon mustard, mayonnaise, onion, and a sprinkling of salt and pepper. Spoon egg yolk mixture into the egg white halves. Sprinkle with paprika.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Philly Cheesesteak Frittata

4 eggs
4 slices steak-ums
1 green pepper, chopped
1/2 onion, chopped
4 slices white american cheese

Cook steak-ums in a flat bottomed skillet; add peppers and onions and cook until well done on medium high. Remove and put on a paper towel covered plate. Reduce heat to medium-medium low. Whip eggs together and pour into the bottom of the skillet. They will bubble up a little bit. When they start to get done, put steak-ums and veggies on egg. Cover with cheese. Cover with lid and let cheese melt. Serve!

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Low Carb Crustless Cheesecake

32 ounces cream cheese
1 cup splenda
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon lemon juice
3 eggs
3 tablespoons sour cream

With an electric mixer, combine the cream cheese and splenda at slow to medium speed, scraping sides often. Add all other ingredients except eggs. When completely mixed (with no lumps), add the eggs and egg yolk, one at a time, beating very slowly. When eggs are incorporated, do not mix any more. Preheat oven to 300 degrees.

Cooking Instructions#1 (the Right way)
Pour the mixture into the springform pan. Place the pan on a very large piece of aluminum and fold the foil up around the pan to create a watertight barrier around the cheesecake. Then place the barrier pan in an even larger pan and fill the larger pan halfway with water. This is called a water bath. It is a gentler way to cook the cheesecake. Place the entire water bath containing the cheesecake in a 300-degree preheated oven. Cook for 1 hour and reduce heat to 200 degrees for 1 more hour. Turn oven off and leave cheesecake in until the oven is completely cool. The cheesecake can even be left overnight at this point. Cracks can also occur when a cheesecake cools too quickly.

Alternative cooking instruction#2 (The Way I Did It)
If you do not own a springform pan, you can use a cake pan covered in aluminum foil, leaving some excess around the edge, and spray with cooking spray. In the 300 degree preheated oven, cook the cheesecake for 35 minutes. Reduce heat to 200 degrees, and cook for 35-40 minutes. Let the cheesecake sit out until cool. You can pull the cheesecake out of the pan by the foil and place on a serving dish. Then, refrigerate overnight. Serve!

The difference between these two methods is that my method, the cheesecake will crack. However, if you don't care to much about that, it is a quicker and easier method. I served my cheesecake with blackberries and whipped cream, both really low carb! Blackberries have a low gylcemic index, which works great for the carb diet.

Low Carb Turkey Chili

1lb ground turkey, browned and drained
1 red pepper, chopped
1 green pepper, chopped
1 can diced tomatoes
1 large can tomato sauce
1 cup chopped mushrooms
1 packet chili powder (desired hotness)

Toppings (optional):
Cheddar cheese
Sour Cream

Brown turkey, drain. Mix together all ingredients in a large pot. Cook on medium to medium high heat for 30 minutes. Reduce heat and simmer on medium low heat for additional 30 minutes. Serve with shredded cheddar and sour cream.

This meal is great for cold days, and without the added beans, its really low in carbohydrates! Great for leftovers too!

Monday, March 10, 2008

Low Carb Pizza for Two

2 hamburger patties, patted thin
1 tbs Italian seasoning
1 cup Mozzarella cheese
10 slices pepperoni
1 cup pizza sauce

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Cook patties on a skillet, medium high. Sprinkle Italian herbs on either side of the patties. After patties are well done, put on a cookie sheet. Spread pizza sauce on both patties. Sprinkle on mozzarella cheese, then pepperoni. Bake in oven for 8-10 minutes, until pepperoni is crispy and cheese is melted. Enjoy!