This is all about the brussels sprouts. I prepare brussels sprouts in many ways—roasting, eating raw, sautéing and more. But with the simple addition of beef tallow as the oil, these roasted brussels are the best I’ve ever eaten!
Since eating a low carb diet, I’ve been reading about what oils, in addition to extra virgin olive oil and avocado, are healthy. And grass fed, beef tallow is one of those healthy oils. Like using bacon fat, the tallow imparts real flavor and enhances the dish. I’m telling you, these brussel sprouts were amazing!
Preheat oven to 400. Cut bottoms off sprouts, peel outer layer if needed and cut in half. Melt some beef tallow and stir the sprouts in it, adding salt and pepper to taste. Roast, turning occasionally, about 45 minutes or until nice and dark.
I’ve seen pecan crusted fish on many a menu, and finally got around to trying my own, low carb version. I used Basa filet, but you can use any white filet. If it is thick, you can finish in oven.
I like Delicato squash because you don’t need to peel it. Just cut in half, scoop seeds, rub with oil, butter or ghee, salt and pepper. Put oven on 400 degrees and put squash down cut side on a parchment lined tray and bake about 45 minutes or until soft.
The tomato salad is tomatoes, pickled onions, salt, pepper and a bit of avocado oil.
Pecan Crusted Fish
12 ounces Basa or other thin, white filet
1 egg, beaten
¼ cup almond flour
¼ cup raw pecans, crushed
Avocado oil, butter and/or ghee
Salt and pepper
Rinse and dry fish. Heat cast iron pan or other pan to medium high and coat bottom with oil. Combine flour and pecans and add salt and pepper. Coat fish with egg, removing excess. Dredge fish in pecan mixture and add to pan. Cook about 3 minutes per side, careful not to burn nuts. Add some butter or ghee and lemon juice when cooked. Serve immediately
Turkey wings are so easy to prepare and are absolutely out of this world delicious! Toughest part is finding them! I cook them for a long time; this gets the fat out and makes the skin extra crispy. I added the sprouts midway and they soaked up that fat for the perfect low carb/high fat dinner!
Preheat oven to 425 and bake, skin side up, for ½ hour. Lower oven to 375. Flip wings and cook 45 minutes. Turn again—skin side up and cook another 45 minutes, or until skin looks nice and golden browned.
Cut ends of sprouts, and cut in half. Add brussels sprouts for last 45 minutes, turning once. Salt and pepper to taste.
Animals that are caged or in feed lots have miserable lives, with cramped quarters, no fresh air or exercise or socializing.
Cows are meant to eat grass, not fattened in feedlots, where they are fed small amounts of hay and stuffed with genetically modified grain, soy, corn, growth hormones and other ingredients. This diet makes them sick, so they are given antibiotics.
Eating meat from sick animals raised in factories and fed GMO pesticide laden corn, soy and wheat, growth hormones and antibiotics makes meat unhealthy. Likewise, eating processed meat or nitrates is bad for your health.
If your health and the health of the animals aren’t enough to convince you not to eat feedlot livestock, consider the environmental impact. Fossil fuel consumption for the production and transportation of commercial feed adds millions of tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere every year.Feedlots add unbelievaleble amounts of animal waste, hormones, and pharmaceutical runoff into the groundwater. Because of continual antibiotic use in livestock feed, we are now all facing antibiotic resistance.
Eating grass fed meat can be part of a healthy diet. It is healthy for you because it contains three times as much omega-3 fatty acids than grain-fed cattle. It’s also higher in key nutrients, including antioxidants, vitamins, and a beneficial fat called conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) a type of fat that’s been tied to improved immunity and anti-inflammation benefits, which is thought to reduce heart disease and cancer risks. Grass fed animals are not given antibiotics. They are healthy animals, because they eat what cows are supposed to eat. (Same goes for pork, poultry and lamb.)
From my experience with grass fed meat, it tastes better than fed-lot fed meat. Eat it for awhile and you may be able to taste the difference from individual farms! This summer, I bought grass fed ground beef from Morning Glory Farm in Martha’s Vineyard and it was the best I’ve ever eaten. I can only surmise that the grass was superior and possibly had flowers and other plants in it to deliver such remarkable flavor.
The only downside to free range meat is that it is more expensive. However, I find myself satisfied with 4-ounce portions because it’s so much more favorable than fed lot/caged. (Some time ago, I was hangry and ended up getting a salad with “conventional” (caged) chicken. It had little to no flavor and was rubbery!
Once you get used to the way meat is supposed to taste and understand the misery of animals living in cages/confined, you will only eat free range meat
Bought Outer Isle Cauliflower Thins the other day and decided to make my own. Theirs is a bit thinner, but they are basically the same. So easy to make—especially if you buy the cauliflower riced—and they freeze beautifully. I just heated then toasted them in my toaster oven. May toast them darker to make them harder, next time.
Night one: Turkey cheese burger with avocado.
The slaw is a combination of beets, jicama, red cabbage, carrots, red onion and cilantro with plenty of spicy dressing. This is not as low in carbs as it could be because of the beets, carrots and jicama, but what the heck; it’s gorgeous! Sometimes ya just gotta live a little.
Turkey Cheese Burger with Cauliflower bread and Spicy Slaw
1 pound cauliflower, riced
1 cup shredded parmesan
1 egg, beat
1 tablespoon nutritional yeast
Preheat the oven to 425. Microwave cauliflower rice 3 minutes and squeeze out extra water. Add remaining ingredients. Place a 4” biscuit cutter on a parchment lined baking sheet. Put as little as you can to cover 4” space and make as smooth as possible with a spoon or something smooth. Leave 1” between each. Makes 6-8 rounds. Bake until brown and crispy around edges, 25 minutes.
This is an easy one-pot, low carb basically vegetarian meal. Don’t let the anchovies scary you, because you will not taste them. They simply add that fantastic umami flavor and make this dish surprisingly tasty!
I added artichokes the second night we ate this, because I just love artichokes and spinach together! Either with or without, this is a nice meal.
Baked Cauliflower and Spinach with Mozzarella and Olives
1 pound defrosted frozen spinach, squeezed of excess water
1 head cauliflower, cut into bite-sized pieces
4 artichoke hearts, chopped (optional)
3 tablespoons avocado or extra virgin olive oil, plus more for baking dish
1 pound fresh mozzarella, sliced
1 cup grated Parmesan (about 2 ounces)
16 soft black oil-cured olives, or another type of black olive, pitted
1 teaspoon roughly chopped capers
6 roughly chopped anchovy fillets or 2 tablespoons anchovy paste
6 garlic cloves, minced
½ teaspoon crushed red pepper, or to taste
Pinch of dried oregano
Preheat oven to 425. Arrange cauliflower on a oven-proof tray and coat with oil, salt and pepper. Bake 20 minutes.
Lightly oil an earthenware baking dish or cast iron dutch oven. Place spinach in one layer, then add cauliflower. Add artichokes, if using.
Cut mozzarella slices and scatter over the top. Put olives, capers, anchovy, garlic, red pepper and 3 tablespoons oil into a food processor and mix. Spread the mixture evenly over the top. Add parmesan cheese.
Bake for about 30 minutes, until cheese has browned a bit and broccoli is tender when pierced with a fork. Let rest 10 to 15 minutes before serving. Sprinkle with a pinch of dried oregano.
I’ve developed this recipe over the years and it’s awesome! The key is to use quality ingredients, like organic tomatoes and, ideally, homemade chicken or beef bone broth. Bone broth gives such an umami flavor that it makes the sauce truly memorable. If I don’t have wine on hand, I omit it; it isn’t necessary with the bone broth.
The sauce is mostly hands-off but do give it at least 2 ½ hours to cook, which is necessary for the tomatoes to break down. If the sauce gets too thick, add more broth, wine or even water.
Omit the meat and mushrooms for a plain red sauce. You can use it for any Italian recipe that calls for a red sauce or “gravy”.
Make a large batch and it freezes beautifully.
Use plenty of oil and don’t discard the fat from the meat.
2 portobella or 12 ounces shitakes, chopped (optional)
½ cup white or red wine (optional, can use more stock)
Salt & pepper
Red pepper flakes
1 bunch kale, stems removed and chopped (optional)
Heat oil and medium high and sauté mushrooms until water is released and they begin to brown and set aside. Cook until meat is brown and add to mushrooms. On low heat, add more oil and garlic and carrot and stir until garlic is fragrant, about a minute. Add wine, stock, tomato paste, and tomatoes and once boiling, lower until just bubbling with lid partially on. After an hour, add salt and pepper, mushrooms and meat. Cook at least another hour. Add milk and kale, and cook another 15 minutes.
Salt and pepper
Preheat oven to 425. Using a sharp knife, poke a few small slits in the squash skin; poke in a dotted line along where you plan to slice the squash in half. 2. Microwave squash 5-6 minutes; cool slightly. Cut squash in half and remove seeds. Rub oil, salt and pepper on cut side and put cut side down on a parchment lined tray. Bake until soft, about 45 minutes.
Using a fork, scrape the “spaghetti” out of the shell. Use as a base for the Bolognese.
This has been the year of the salad for me. While green salads have been my go-to lunch for almost two years, I’ve shied away from them for dinner because, well, I just had one for lunch.
But this summer, I got creative and expanded my salad “base”—anything from raw brussels sprouts, kale, cabbage, yellow or green squash, beets, daikon works.
It’s all in the preparation that makes virtually any raw vegetable tasty:
Pickled onions, carrot, daikon.
Massage avocado or extra virgin olive oil onto kale softens it.
Brussel sprouts, hand cut thin or use a food processor
Beets can be spiralized or thinly cut
I do lightly steam asparagus, chill it quickly and use it in salads.
Dicing root vegetables and roasting them brings out their sweetness and is nice in salads
For my lunch salads, I use roasted or sautéed chicken most often. But I mix it up with proteins like tuna and shrimp. I make enough for a week so I don’t have to cook every day. I also make a cruet or two of salad dressing and change them up every week.
This salad was inspired by this free range, nitrate free Summer Sausage I found at Adam’s in Kingston. It was smoky and delicious! Strauss doesn’t sell their products in NYC, but they do sell online, and I just ordered some free range meat and this sausage from them.
Beef Summer Sausage, Feta and Olive Salad
Assorted greens—romaine, arugula, baby spinach or whatever you like