Shrimp Ragu

Earlier this week I was watching OETA Create. It’s the PBS station in Oklahoma. Anyway, Nick Stellino’s cooking show featured a shrimp, pepper and asparagus ragu.  Now it so happens that asparagus is popping up in my garden. Oh so good.  After I came home from my errands today, my planned dinner was this shrimp ragu.  And it was yummy! I had some day old bread and I made garlic bread. Up ‘til that point it was fairly lo-carb, but there are times when you just have to go for it! I hope you enjoy this as much as I did.

  • 1 Tbls Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO)
  • 4 slices of thick cut Bacon, cut into 1” pieces
  • 4 cloves Garlic, sliced
  • 1 cup Asparagus, cut into 1” pieces
  • 1 Red Pepper seeded and diced
  • 1 lb large Shrimp, shelled, de-veined and cut into 3 pieces (freeze the shells & save for fish stock)
  • ½ cup White Wine
  • 2 Tbls Butter
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  • Garlic Bread

Heat the EVOO in a cast iron skillet over medium heat. Add bacon and cook until it starts to brown.  Add garlic and asparagus and cook about 4 minutes. Add red pepper, stir and cook for about 2 minutes. Add shrimp and cook about 3 minutes. Add wine to the skillet and stir until it reduces by half. About 4 minutes. Add butter. Stir until it melts.  Season to taste. You can serve this with garlic bread that you were cooking while the ragu was on the stove.

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Keto Friendly Chicken “Noodle” Soup

Today is a soup for lunch kind of day here in East Central Oklahoma. Yesterday is was 60 degrees and sunny. Today it is 30 degrees with freezing drizzles. So we need something warm when coming inside after feeding the horses and chickens. This is a keto friendly recipe that is so yummy. This recipe is an adaptation of a recipe  from Dana Carpendar’s “Fat Fast Cookbook 2”. I have added some ingredients. Her section of preparing shirataki noodles is invaluable. I am doing very well on my keto diet. I restarted on New Year’s Day and am sticking to it.

  • 2 cups homemade Chicken Stock or fresh cold Water
  • 2 large Chicken Thighs with skin
  • 1 Chicken Bouillon Cube (try to find a brand with no MSG)
  • 1 cup full-fat canned Coconut Milk (don’t use the coconut milk from a carton. Too much sugar)
  • ½ Tsp Garlic Powder or to taste
  • 1 Tsp Curry Powder or to taste
  • 2 ozs of Sugar snap Peas, cut in bite size pieces
  • 2 8 0z packages of Shirataki Fettuccini Noodles (optional, leave out if you can’t find them)
  • Sea Salt and Pepper to taste (you can use White Pepper so you don’t have black specks in your soup)

Put the chicken stock or water in a medium pot. Bring to boil. Add the chicken thighs and reduce to a simmer. Simmer for one hour. Take the chicken out of the pot and allow to cool in bowl. Set aside.  Add the next five ingredients to soup pot. Continue to simmer. When the chicken cools, shred or cut the meat. Add back into the pot.  I collect  the skin and bones in the freezer to make my chicken stock. I save them until I have a gallon bag full.

Prepare the noodles. The shirataki noodles come in a pouch of liquid. When you open the pouch, they will smell fishy. Open the pouches and pour into a mesh strainer in your sink. Rinse the noodles well. Place the noodles in a mircowavable bowl. Cook for 2 minutes on high. Rinse and drain. Fishy smell all gone. Put them back into the bowl. Cook another 2 minutes. Rinse and drain. Add the noodles to your soup. Enjoy. This will not last long.

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Keto Friendly Vidalia Onion Cheese Pie

Wow, this is so good! It did not last long in this house! The crust got a little too brown but is was still good.



  • 2 Tbsp Butter or Coconut Oil
  • 2 medium Vidalia or other Sweet Onions, thin sliced
  • 8 ozs. Monterey Jack cheese, shredded
  • 3 Eggs
  • 1 cup Heavy Cream
  • ½ Tsp Sea Salt
  • ½ Black Pepper
  • 1 Tsp Paprika
  • 1 Tsp Chipotle Pepper

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

In a heavy skillet, sauté the onion until tender and caramelized. While the onions are cooking, spray a pie plate with no stick spray. I use coconut oil that has no propellants. Beat the eggs, cream and seasonings in a bowl. Spread the cheese in the pie plate. Add onions on top of cheese. Pour egg mixture over all. Bake for 35 minutes based on your oven temp. Remove from over and let sit for at least 10 minutes before slicing.

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Ham, Cauliflower and Bacon Stew – Lo Carb

This another lo carb slow cooker recipe that is so easy and so good. What’s not to like? Ham and bacon!!!! Yum!




  • 3 cups Ham, diced
  • 1 lb Cauliflower Florets fresh or frozen
  • 6 ozs. Bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • ¼ cup Heavy Cream or Coconut Milk
  • 15 ozs. Chicken Stock, can or homemade
  • Salt and Black Pepper to taste
  • 4 cloves Garlic, peeled and pressed or chopped
  • 8 ozs. Cheddar Cheese, grated. I buy the block cheese and grate it myself. That way there is no added extras in my cheese.
  • ½ tsp. Garlic Powder
  • ½ tsp. Onion Powder

6 Green Onions, chopped as a garnish.

Mix all ingredients in a 4 quart slow cooker. Cook on high for 4 hours.

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Lo Carb Crustless Asparagus Quiche

img_0053This recipe is so good! I found it over at . It is going to be a go to recipe for company breakfast! It can be made the night before. Just let the pie dish get to room temp before baking.



  • 8 ozs. Asparagus, steamed
  • 2 cups Baby Spinach (I used a mix of spinach and pepper greens)
  • 6 Eggs, beaten
  • 2 ½ cups Mozzarella Cheese, grated
  • 2 tbsps. Parmesan Cheese
  • 2 cloves Garlic, peeled and pressed or chopped
  • Salt & Pepper to taste

Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees F. Grease a 9 inch pie dish. Set aside about ¼ cup of beaten egg. In a large bowl, combine the rest of eggs with 2 cups of mozzarella cheese and garlic. Stir in spinach. Pour into pie dish. Layer the asparagus on top of egg mixture. Pour reserved egg on top of asparagus. Sprinkle the ½ cup of grated cheese and the parmesan cheese on top. Bake for about 30 or until the edges are brown.

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Sriracha-Buffalo Cauliflower Bites Keto Friendly

img_0049I found this recipe over on . It is a great tasting vegetarian dish, but more importantly to me it is Keto friendly. I am getting back to my keto diet after the holidays. Time to get back on the weight loss wagon. I use this as a side for a main dish. You can also serve it as a snack with blue cheese dressing on the side. But watch for the carbs in the dressing if you are on a low carb diet.  You can also add 4 ounces of crumbled blue cheese into the buffalo sauce which is what I do. And BTW this would be a good football game snack.


  • 8 cups 1 ½ Cauliflower Florets
  • 2 Tbsp melted Coconut oil or Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO)
  • ¼ Tsp Sea Salt or Kosher Salt
  • 2 Tbsp Fred’s Red Hot or similar hot sauce, for a real kick use Habanero
  • 2 Tbsp Sriracha Sauce
  • 1-2 Tbsp melted Butter
  • 1 Tbsp Lemon Juice

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Spray a rimmed baking sheet with cooking spray. I use either Pompeian coconut oil spray or Bertolli EVOO spray that have no propellants in them.

Toss the cauliflower, oil and salt in a large bowl. Then spread on the baking sheet. Set the bowl aside you’ll need it later. Roast the cauliflower until its beginning to soften and brown on the bottom, 15 to 20 minutes. Your mileage and oven temps will vary.

While the cauliflower is roasting, combine hot sauce, sriracha, butter and lemon juice in the large bowl. Add the roasted cauliflower and toss with sauce to coat. Return the cauliflower to the baking sheet and roast for another 5 to 10 minutes. Serve and enjoy.

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Low Carb Buffalo Blue Cheese Omelet

I just bought a Kindle cookbook on Keto recipes and this was a fast and easy one. It is from Elizabeth Janes’ “Breakfast Ketogenic Cookbook: Quick and Easy for Weekdays / Brunch for Weekends”. I love buffalo wings, buffalo sliders and even buffalo cauliflower bites. This is yummy!

This recipe can feed two to four people depending on the size of the individual omelets.

  • 4 ozs. Cream Cheese, softened
  • 4 Tbls Blue Cheese crumbles
  • 2 Tbls Hot Sauce like Sriracha (or to your taste)
  • 6 Eggs, beaten
  • 2-4 Tbls Butter or Coconut Oil
  • Sea salt and Pepper to taste

Garnish: Sliced green onion or salsa

Heat a non-stick pan over Medium High heat. Melt enough butter or coconut oil for one omelet. Combine the cream cheese, blue cheese crumbles and the hot sauce in a bowl. In a microwave heat this mixture for about 15 seconds. Mix well until incorporated.

Pour the amount of beaten egg into the pan. You can use half for two generous sized omelets, a third for 3 or a quarter for four omelets. When the egg is set and firm spoon some of the buffalo sauce on half of the omelet. Fold the omelet over to cover the buffalo sauce. Cover and cook for another minute. Remove from the pan and keep warm in the oven while you finish the rest of the omelets.

Depending on your garnishes the carbs can be as low as 2 grams per omelet.

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Low Carb Squash and Cheese Casserole

I have been eating low carb/ketogenic since July 1st and I feel great. I’ve lost 6 pounds.  I’ll be posting more low carb recipes but I won’t forget about my comfort food recipes.  This is a great make ahead for breakfast if you have company. Just be sure to let the cast iron warm to room temp before putting it into the oven. I will add a photo to this recipe sometime in the future. I didn’t get to the casserole before everyone started in on it! LOL. It was good.

  • 4 slices Bacon
  • 2 small Squash, Zucchini, Yellow or a combination, grated
  • 8 oz Cheese, any kind you want or have on hand, (I used Pepper Jack), shredded and separated
  • 12 Eggs, beaten
  • Salt and Black Pepper to your taste

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F.

Cut the bacon into ¼” to 1/2“ pieces and fry to crispy doneness. I use my deep cast iron skillet for this recipe. Remove from pan and set aside. Turn off the heat.  Leave most of the bacon grease in the pan. Pour the beaten eggs into the skillet. Season with salt and pepper. Add the grated squash to the eggs. Stir slightly to mix. Add half of the shredded cheese. Mix slightly. Spread bacon pieces across the top of the egg mixture. Spread the remaining cheese across the top.

Bake for 30 to 35 minutes. Depending on your oven’s cooking temperature, start checking for doneness at 30 minutes

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Low Carb Hamburger and Green Bean Skillet

gren-beans-smallI found this easy and simple recipe over on the Low Carb Yum blog. I used fresh green beans because I have had a bumper crop of my yard long green beans and my Red Chinese Noodle Beans. We have eaten them fresh and I have 6 one gallon baggies in the deep freeze. I used a pound of beans because I wanted to stretch the recipe. But if you are using frozen green beans you can reduce it to 8 ozs. if you prefer. Enjoy!


  • 1 lb Ground Beef, Venison or Bison (add 3 tbls of Butter if you use the Venison or Bison since they have very little fat)
  • 1 lb Fresh Green Beans
  • 2 cloves Garlic, peeled and pressed
  • 1 8 oz. can sliced Water Chestnuts, diced
  • Sea Salt and Pepper to taste
  • Soy Sauce sprinkled over finished dish


If using fresh green beans blanch in boiling water for 5 minutes. Drain and set aside. Brown the ground meat with the garlic in a large skillet. Season with salt and pepper. When fully cooked add the green beans and the water chestnuts. Heat on medium low setting for about 10 minutes. Remove from heat, sprinkle with soy sauce and serve.

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Peanut Chicken Scaloppine

Peanut Chicken ScaloppineI was going through some old magazines yesterday. It’s spring and my thoughts turn to redecorating the kitchen. Nothing major, just some new paint and maybe a backsplash made of wine corks. Anyway, I found a Southern Living magazine from 2013 that had this recipe. And it is amazing!! It can easily become one of my favorite dishes. The photo is 2 cutlets nicely browned.

  • 4 4oz Chicken Breast Cutlets
  • 1 ½ teaspoon Kosher Salt, divided
  • ½ teaspoon fresh ground Black Pepper, divided
  • ¼ cup All Purpose Flour or Wondra
  • 2 large whole Eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup Panko Breadcrumbs
  • ½ cup salted dry-roasted peanuts, finely crushed
  • 4 tablespoons Coconut Oil

I put a single breast cutlet in a gallon storage bag and used the flat side of a meat mallet to pound the cutlet into ¼ inch thickness. Use whatever technique works for you. Do this to all 4 cutlets. Season with 1 teaspoon salt and ¼ teaspoon pepper.

Put flour in a shallow dish and the eggs into a different shallow dish. Mix panko breadcrumbs, peanuts and remaining salt and pepper into another shallow dish.

Dredge the chicken in the flour, dip into the eggs and then dredge in the breadcrumb mixture. Ensure that the cutlet is well coated.

Cook 2 cutlets in 1 tablespoon coconut oil in a heavy skillet, such as cast iron for 3-4 minutes over medium high heat. Add 1 tablespoon oil and turn to cook the second side. Place cooked breasts in a warm oven. Cook the remaining two cutlets. I teamed these with mashed potatoes and sweet yellow corn in a butter milk sauce. It was comfort food at its finest!

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