Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Sauteed Shrimp with Hibachi Shrimp Sauce

1/2 lb cooked shrimp
2 tbs olive oil
2 tbs lemon juice

Shrimp sauce:
1 cup Mayonnaise
2 tsp Sugar (taste the mix if not sweet enough add more sugar and mix again)
2 tbs Ketchup
1/2 tsp Paprika
Dash Garlic salt
1 tsp Lemon Juice

Heat saute pan on medium high and add olive oil. Saute shrimp for about 8-10 minutes, turning. Add lemon juice and saute another few minutes. Combine all sauce ingredients in a small bowl and serve together. Delicious!

Sunday, May 03, 2009

Oreo Cheesecake

I first ran across this recipe on allrecipes.com while looking for a dessert to bring to a friend's. However, the version I found called for a springform pan, and I don't have one. As it turns out, I also didn't have an electric mixer, so I had to go out and buy one of those! So this is the version I used, with a pre-made crust I bought.

2 packages cream cheese
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1/2 cup sugar
2 eggs
Pre-made Oreo crust
12 Oreos

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Use electric mixer to mix the first three ingredients. When fully mixed, add the eggs. If you can, crush the Oreos in a food processor before you put them in, but you can also mix them in using the electric mixer (we don't have a food processor). Pour entire mixture into pre-made crust and pat down. Bake for 40 minutes or until cooked through. Refrigerate for 3 hours, then serve.

Friday, May 01, 2009

Rosmary and Garlic Meatballs with Spaghetti Squash

Low carb recipe

1lb ground beef (or turkey)
1 egg
1/2 c Parmesan cheese
2 tbs Rosa Maria rosemary and garlic dipping spice (or garlic, rosemary, salt, and parsley)
1 spaghetti squash
1 jar spaghetti sauce (I used Market District Tomato and Basil - low in carbs and sugar)

To prepare spaghetti squash (how I did it) - boil water in a large pot. Poke holes with a fork in squash and set in boiling water for 30 minutes, turning if not fully submerged. When outside is tender, take out and cool until able to be touched. Cut in half and scoop out insides with fork (this is seriously messy work, but reminiscent of carving a pumpkin). Make sure to remove seeds.

To make meatballs - Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Mix together meat, egg, cheese, and spices. Roll into 1 in. balls and place on a nonstick baking sheet. Bake for 20 minutes (this can be done while squash is boiling). Put spaghetti sauce and cooked meatballs into a pot on medium low.

Meal takes about 40 minutes to prepare and serve. It is healthy, low in carbs and sugar. The only downside for you pasta lovers is that truthfully, spaghetti squash does not resemble al dente pasta. It is a vegetable and therefore has a tiny bit of a crunch to it, but with the meatballs and sauce, it seems more decadent than it really is. So, if you are trying to eat healthier, this is one to try.