Sweet and Spicy Shrimp and Pea Stir Fry

  I just had a nice pea harvest and I wanted to something that highlighted the peas. This is a perfect weekend lunch or work week dinner. Use uncooked shrimp for this recipe since they will be quick cooked in the stir fry. I found this recipe over at www.thelifejolie.com .The original recipe called for soy sauce. I used ponzu sauce instead. It has a wonderful citrus flavor to it. I was in Louisiana a couple of weeks ago. My friend’s neighbor has bees and sells Catahoula Wildflower honey. It is awesome. BTW this dish goes very nice with a dry white wine, (as seen in the photo!)



  • ¼ cup Ponzu or Soy Sauce
  • 1 Tbsp Corn Starch
  • 3 Tbsp Honey
  • 2 Tbsp Lemon Juice
  • ¼ Tsp Red Pepper Flakes
  • 1 large clove Garlic, peeled and pressed or minced

Stir Fry

  • 1 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil or Coconut Oil
  • 1 ½ cups Snow Peas
  • 1 lb raw Shrimp, deveined and peeled

Cooked Brown Rice or White Rice

In a small bowl, whisk the corn starch into the ponzu sauce until combined. Add honey, lemon juice, pepper flakes, and garlic and whisk. Set sauce aside.

Heat oil over medium high heat in a large cast iron or heavy skillet. Add snow peas and stir fry for about one minute. Stirring frequently. Add snow peas and cook until pink. Add sauce and stir to combine. Cook for about a minute until thickened. Serve over rice. Enjoy! This so good.

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Cauliflower Tabbouleh




This a wonderful lo-carb substitute for bulgur tabbouleh. Since this is my own recipe I cannot claim that it is gluten-free; however, my ingredients are comparable to commercial recipes that are labeled gluten-free.

  • 2 small heads Cauliflower, riced or grated. You can buy already riced cauliflower but if you are thrifty like me you can grate the florets on a box grater
  • ½ lb Tomatoes, small dice
  • ½ large Cucumber, grated
  • ½  cup Oil, I use extra light Olive Oil
  • ½ cup Lemon or Lime Juice
  • 1 bunch of Green Onions or 3 Leeks, sliced fine
  • ½ bunch of Italian Parsley, chopped fine
  • 1 Tbsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 Tbsp Seasoned Salt, Aldi’s has a seasoned salt without MSG
  • 1 Tsp Kosher or Sea Salt
  • 1 Tsp Black Pepper

Mix all ingredients and chill for 2 hours before serving.

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Lo Carb Thai Beef and Broccoli in a slow cooker

I do large quantity cooking on the weekends so I have enough for lunches and dinner during the work week. I have made this recipe several times and it never fails to satisfy! Tastes better the second day after the flavors meld. I found this over at myketokitchen.com





  • 1 ½ lbs Beef diced, chuck is best
  • ½ cup Beef Stock
  • ½ cup Tamari, Soy or Coconut Aminos
  • 1 Tbsp Sesame Oil, not toasted
  • 2 Tbsp sweetener, I use Coconut Sugar
  • 1 Tbsp Sriracha Sauce
  • 2 cloves Garlic, peeled and pressed or minced
  • 3 cups Broccoli Florets
  • ¼ cup Green Onions, thin sliced on the diagonal
  • 1 Tbsp Sesame Seeds
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

Put beef, stock, tamari, sweetener, sesame oil, sriracha sauce and garlic in the slow cooker. Cook on high for four hours. Add the broccoli and cook on high for 30 minutes, until the broccoli is tender.  Season to taste. Serve with green onions and sesame seeds. Can serve with cauliflower rice as a side.

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Yogurt Ranch Dressing

This is a wonderful recipe that I got from a cooking show on PBS OETA Create channel, Ellie’s Real Good Food. I have made it several times already and it is always gone quickly. What I like about making this recipe is that you choose what you put into it. I stay away from commercial products like mayo that has soy or canola oil in the ingredients. You can also make your own mayo using just olive oil. Be the master of your food destiny! LOL.

This easily doubles or triples.

  • ½ cup Plain Yogurt, not Greek
  • 2 Tbsp Mayo
  • 1 Tsp Apple Cider Vinegar
  • ½ Tsp Garlic Powder
  • ½ Tsp Sea Salt
  • ½ Tsp White or Black Pepper
  • 1 Tbsp dried Parsley
  • 1 Tbsp Chives
  • 1 Tsp dried Dill Weed


Mix all together. Place in wide mouth jar and use within a week.

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San Francisco Fisherman’s Stew – Cioppino

Lately I have been on a fish kick. Rarely am I in one of the cities to get fresh fish so fortunately the local stores have a decent selection of frozen fish and shrimp.  I have not tasted honest to goodness Cioppino so I hope my version is close.  I will post a photo the next time I make this. The stew went too fast to get a photo!

  • 8 Tbls Butter
  • 2/3 cup Shallots, Green Onions, Leeks, Sweet Onions, small dice
  • 6 cloves Garlic, minced or pressed
  • 1 cup dry White Wine
  • 1 can (28 ozs) Crushed Tomatoes
  • 4 Tbls Tomato Paste
  • 2 (8 ozs) bottles Clam Juice
  • 2 Tsp Kosher Salt, divided
  • 2 ribs Celery, diced
  • ½ Tsp Red Pepper Flakes
  • 1 Tbls dry  Italian Seasoning
  • 1 ½ lbs firm White fish, cubed, Pollack, Cod, Flounder, Haddock, etc
  • 1 ½ lbs Littleneck Clams or Mussels
  • 12 ozs Scallops
  • 1 ½ lbs large raw Shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

Heat the butter in a large soup pot over medium heat. Add onions and sauté until tender but not brown, about 3 minutes. Add garlic and cook for about 2 minutes. Add the wine and increase the heat to high. Boil until the wine is reduced in half, about 4 minutes. Reduce heat. Add tomatoes, tomato paste, clam juice, celery, 1 tsp salt, pepper flakes and Italian Seasoning.  Bring to boil and reduce to simmer. Cook for 25 minutes. Add the White fish and remaining salt  and cook for 10 minutes. Add clams/mussels, scallops and shrimp. Cook for about 6 minutes. Can garnish with chives or parsley. Pairs very well with garlic bread or focaccia.

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New England Fish Chowder





I just had a craving for fish chowder this week. Not exactly lo carb with the potatoes but it is very good!

  • ½ cup Butter, divided
  • 2 large Sweet Onions, diced
  • 5 medium Potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 4 tsp Kosher Salt
  • 1 tsp fresh ground Black Pepper
  • 3 cups Water
  • 2 lbs any type of mild white Fish, cubed. Cod, Haddock, Swai, Flounder etc
  • 4 cups Full fat Milk
  • 1 can (12 ozs) Evaporated Milk
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • Chopped Chives or Parsley to garnish

Melt ¼ cup butter over medium heat in a Dutch Oven. Saute the onions until tender but do not brown them. Add potatoes, salt, pepper and water. Top with the fish. Bring to boil, reduce to simmer and cook covered for 30 minutes or until the potatoes are tender. Add milk and evaporated milk and remaining butter. Heat but do not boil. Salt and pepper to taste. Serve garnished with chives or parsley. Pairs well with crusty bread.

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Swirled Persimmon and Cream Cheese Tart

This recipe was originally Swirled Pumpkin and Cream Cheese Tart from the most recent issue of “Victoria” magazine. I made it twice as pumpkin, amazing flavor, but I wanted to use some of the native persimmons from my trees in the pasture. They are ripe right now and the trees are full. This year looks like a bumper crop. There are definitely enough for me, the deer and the coyotes. If you don’t like or don’t have access to native persimmons, the original version of this is wonderful. It pairs well with coffee(pumpkin spice anyone?) or fresh brewed hot tea. You will need a 10 or 11 inch tart pan with a removable bottom for this recipe.

For the crust:

  • 1 ½ cups fine ground Gingersnap cookies (I use my blender)
  • ½ cup fine chopped or ground Walnuts (use Black Walnuts for extra flavor)
  • 3 Tbsp firmly packed Brown Sugar
  • ½ teaspoon ground Cinnamon
  • 6 Tbsp melted Butter

For the persimmon filling:

  • 15 ozs Persimmon Pulp or canned pumpkin
  • ½ cup granulated cane Sugar
  • 2 large Eggs
  • 1 Egg Yolk
  • 2 Tsp Pumpkin Pie Spice
  • 2 Tsp Vanilla Extract
  • ¾ cup Heavy Whipping Cream

For cream cheese swirl:

  • 4 ozs Cream Cheese, softened
  • 3 Tbsp granulated cane Suagr
  • 1 Egg Yolk
  • ¼ cup Heavy Whipping Cream

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F.

Crust – In a large bowl, stir together the ground cookies, walnuts, brown sugar and cinnamon. Add melted butter, stirring to combine. Press mixture into the bottom and sides of the tart pan. Bake for 12 minutes and set aside to cool. It works best if the crust is cool. Don’t skip this step.

Pumpkin Filling – In a separate large bowl whisk togetherpersimmon/pumpkin, sugar, eggs,egg yolk, spice and vanilla extract. Add cream, whisking until smooth. Pour into cooled crust.

Cream Cheese Swirl – In a medium bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar with a mixer on medium speed until creamy and smooth. Add egg yolk. Beat until smooth. Drop the cream cheese mix into the persimmon/pumpkin mixture by the teaspoon full. Gently swirl the mixture with a butter knife.

Bake until center is set, about 35 to 40 minutes. Let cool completely. Cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours before serving. Serve with ice cream or whipped cream.

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