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Seared Tuna Dinner with White Beans

Seared tuna steaks only take 3 minutes to cook! Serve them with this white bean and tomato side dish and you have a healthy slow carb or Pesco Mediterranean weeknight dinner. Will Frozen Tuna Steaks Work? Yes!! While frozen tuna steaks are not sushi-grade quality, they are delicious and available to the home cook. We’re …

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Savory or Sweet Pumpkin Pancakes without being Gooey

Some of the tastiest Winter squash varieties are gigantic, resulting in leftover pumpkin/squash puree after cooking. What to do with it? Make some delicious, savory (or sweet) pumpkin pancakes! Pumpkin pancakes work well with many varieties of Winter squash, and they work equally well with canned pumpkin. Easy to Make Savory or Sweet The recipe …

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Brazilian Shrimp in Pumpkins – Camarão na Moranga

Camarão na Moranga (Shrimp in Pumpkin) is a creamy seafood stew from Brazil beautifully served in a colorful pumpkin. Traditionally it would be served in a pinkish heirloom variety of pumpkin called Moranga (see photo below). If you can’t find this variety however, an orange baking pumpkin will work just fine. The flavor and the presentation …

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“Crispy” Zucchini Fritters with Yogurt Caper Dipping Sauce

How to make zucchini fritters that are crispy and yet don’t fall apart in the pan. Made with fresh shredded zucchini, panko, parmesan cheese and herbs. A great accompaniment to the fitters is a yogurt-caper dipping sauce (recipe included). The Flexibility of Fritters (aka vegetable pancakes) Fritters are popular the world over and are made …

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Spicy Mexican Fruit Salad with Ginger Lime Dressing

This fresh fruit salad made with crunchy jicama, tropical sweet mangoes, and cool cucumbers is enhanced with a sweet ginger lime dressing and sprinkled with chile-lime salt for a finish. A riff on the popular Mexican street food sold in cups. Which Fruit is Best to Use? One of the best things about this chopped …

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Kosovar Ajvar – a Red Pepper Eggplant Spread

Ajvar is a red pepper eggplant spread popular in the Balkan region.  This recipe is a particularly robust version enhanced with a Peruvian hot spice. The video that accompanies the recipe demonstrates a quick and easy way to roast and peel peppers. Author: Tesla Stainbrook What is Ajvar? Ajvar is a condiment made from red …

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Low Carb Salmon Kebabs on Indoor Grill or in Oven

These robustly flavored salmon skewers (or kebabs) are ready to eat in 30 minutes and are cooked indoors for year-round enjoyment. If you keep the spicy, lemon-herbal marinade but change up the vegetables, you can have an easy low carb dish for any season. Guidelines for Cooking on Skewers There is a huge range of …

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Low Carb Brussel Sprouts Caesar Salad

Brussel sprouts are often hailed as one of the most-hated foods.  However, Caesar salad is one of the most popular.  This unique combination of brussel sprouts and Caesar salad brings out the best in both dishes for a spectacular side dish to any meal. Author: Tesla Stainbrook Health Benefits of Brussel Sprouts Turns out, there …

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Salt & Vinegar Cucumber Chips – Baked or Dehydrated

You can make these chips in a dehydrator or in your oven set at low. They are a truly easy low carb snack which satisfies the cravings for those salty, crunchy high-carb chip options! By Dorothy Stainbrook, with video by Tesla Stainbrook. This post may contain affiliate links. See Disclosure Dehydrator vs Oven-Baked The dehydrator …

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Grilled Cheese with Jam Fillings

This taste test compares two versions of a grilled cheese and tomato jam sandwich – one with Velveeta and refined white bread, and one with gouda and robust seeded bread from the bakery. Processed vs Non-processed Cheese There is an ongoing controversy at our house regarding Velveeta. Is it really a cheese or something else? …

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Harissa Baked Wings vs Smoked Wings: a taste test!

Harissa is one of my favorite spice blends and this recipe uses both a harissa spice rub and a harissa paste on wings. Great for game days! Harissa Rub or Harissa Paste? Harissa is a North African blend of spices that typically includes smoked chile peppers, cumin, coriander, caraway, cinnamon and salt & pepper. Frequently …

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