Category Archives: Fried Foods

Cauliflower Cutlets

Spiced Indian Stlye Cauliflower Cutlets

I love this simple recipe that requires very little time.

Ingredients
4 eggs
1/2 cup ground pork rinds or almond flour (if using almond flour, add 2 tablespoons of water)
6 cups steamed and mashed cauliflower (entire head of cauliflower)
1 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1⁄2 teaspoon garam masala
1⁄2 teaspoon ginger paste
1/2 teaspoon garlic paste
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
freshly cracked pepper
4 tablespoons of cilantro, finely chopped
4 green chillies, finely chopped
6 green onions, chopped
1 lb of sugar-free cooked bacon, crumbled
Bacon grease or any fat of choice for frying

Directions
In a large bowl, beat the eggs on high until they are nice and fluffy. Add the ground pork rinds and continue beating the mixture.

Add the remaining ingredients, all expect for the bacon grease.

Cover your hand in grease and form patties that are 1 inch thick and 3 inches in diameter. This should make 16 cutlets.

Fry 4 at a time in a pan heated to medium- high. It will take 1-2 minutes per side. Set on a paper towel for the excess grease to come off. Serve plain or with greek yogurt, my spicy yogurt sauce or spiced jalapeno sauce.

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Spicy Indian Vegetable Fritters

Vegetable Fritters

Makes about 24 fritters
Ingredients
1 small head cauliflower, cut into small florets
2 large organic eggs
2 scallions
4 tablespoons parsley, coarsely chopped
¼ cup almond flour
1 green chili, minced
1 tablespoon ginger, finely grated
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
1/8 teaspoon asafetida
1/8 teaspoon of baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2 cup nuts (choose peanuts, macadamia nuts or anything else you like, chop them down so they are a manageable size)

4 cups of oil to fry

Directions
In a food processor rice the cauliflower florets until it is grainy but not fully pulverized.Microwave the mixture for 5 minutes.Transfer the cauliflower to a towel and twist out all of the excessive moisture.

Mix the cauliflower in with the remaining ingredients.

Make each of the fritters into 1 inch round balls and press down to make a disc shape.
Bring the oil up to 350 degrees F.
Fry 2-4 at a time without overcrowding the pan. When you add too many, it drops the temperature of the oil and instead of frying quickly, the fritters just soak in all the oil.

Father’s Day Brunch Ideas

Best Dad!Father’s day is right around the corner! Are you excited?? I always say that everyone goes all out for Mother’s Day but what about our dad’s? They deserve as much love and attention, so let’s try to make this Father’s Day the best yet!

Brunch out at a nice restaurant is always nice but I find that on holidays like this, everything is booked, solid. Also, do you really want to fight the crowds (love the traffic) to wait in line for 30-60 minutes for a reservation you made for sub-par food? On crazy days like this, restaurants are trying to push out orders so fast that sometimes the quality of food isn’t as great. Not only that, but you are stuck listening to kids cry, it is so loud you can’t hear yourself think and you feel rushed so the next person can be seated for their reservation. YIKES!

Why not avoid this all together and take dad and mom out the night before and then spend Sunday at home? Plan a great family brunch/bbq and serve dad his favorite foods. Lucky for you, I have compiled together a list of my favorite dishes for dad! Visit my Pinterest Page to see all of the recipes that I have compiled for this special day!

Now that the meal is planned, what about dad’s gift? If you still haven’t found dad the perfect gift, no worries! I done the leg work for you already and compiled together a list of great gift ideas any dad would love.

Thai Chicken Fried “Rice”

I love Thai food, it has the perfect mix of sweet and spicy. When I was younger, I refused to try anything that was both sweet and spicy and now, I can’t get enough of it. Isn’t that funny how things work? With my low-carb lifestyle, I gave up processed foods and sugars for the betterment of my health but I have always missed certain dishes. After experimenting with different cooking methods and Thai Fried "Rice"ingredients, I recreated one of my favorite dishes.

Ingredients
1 boneless, skinless chicken breast or 2 boneless, skinless chicken thighs, chopped into small pieces (there should be one cup of chicken)
2 tablespoons coconut oil
1 tablespoon sesame oil
1/2 white onion, sliced
1 red or green chili, thinly sliced
1/2 teaspoon minced fresh ginger
5 cloves garlic, minced
1 red bell pepper, sliced
1/2 carrot, sliced (leave out if you want)
1/4 cup shiitake mushrooms, sliced
1 stalk celery, sliced
1 egg
1 tablespoon low-carb soy sauce or liquid smoke (if using liquid smoke only use 1/8 teaspoon) you can also use coconut aminos (or gluten free soy sauce)
1 tomato, cut into wedges
2 sprigs chopped cilantro
4 green onions, sliced
3-4 cups riced cauliflower (This is created by using cauliflower that has been cut into large chunks and the florets are placed in bowl of food processor in batches. Process the florets until evenly chopped but not completely pulverized, it should resemble rice.) (Another method is to use a ricer equipment).

Sauce Ingredients
3 tablespoons chicken stock
3  tablespoons low-sodium fish sauce
1 teaspoon Thai chili sauce
2  tablespoons coconut milk
2  tablespoons soy sauce
1  tablespoons lime juice
1/8 teaspoon white pepper
1/4 teaspoon sugar substitute
1 tablespoon oyster sauce

Directions
Combine together the sauce ingredients and allow the chicken to marinate in it for a few minutes.

Turn on the pan or wok to medium-high heat and add the oils. Cook the white onion, chili, garlic, ginger and red bell pepper. After a minute, add the chicken and the sauce and cook for 2-3 minutes.

Add the celery, mushrooms and carrots and cook for an additional 2-3 minutes. The chicken should be cooked thoroughly at this point.

Add the remaining ingredients except the egg and cook for a minute. Remove the food from the pan and place it over the riced cauliflower.

Scramble the egg and add back into the vegetables. Serve while hot.

Bhaji AKA Indian Fried Veggies

Just because I live a low-carb lifestyle doesn’t mean I can’t what whatever I want. I have found ways around restrictions and this has to be my addiction. Tons of flavor and no guilt associated with my indulgence.

IngredientsBhaji AKA Indian Fried Veggies
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon  ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
1 teaspoon turmeric powder
1 teaspoon paprika
1 cup coconut flour (if you enjoy carbs, use chickpea flour here for a healthy snack but when you do, cut the water to 3 tablespoons)
3 eggs (if you choose not use eggs, feel free to substitute more water, I would only add 3-4 tablespoons of water. You want the batter to remain thick so it coats the vegetables.)
1/4 cup water
4 cups of vegetables: eggplant, squash, zucchini, onions, peppers or any other vegetable you desire; washed and cut into medium sized pieces.
oil for frying (I prefer peanut, coconut, lard or just good old grape-seed oil)

Directions
Mix together the batter, it should be quite thick.

In an electric skillet or deep-fat fryer, heat 1-2 inches of oil to 375 degrees F. Place a small amount of the batter int he oil, when it begins to bubble and cook immediately without burning, it is ready to use.

Place the vegetable in the batter and cook similar vegetables together until the outside is golden brown. Do not overcrowd the pan or it will not cook properly. Fry a few at a time for 1 to 1 1/2 minutes on each side or until golden brown.

Drain on paper towels (keep warm in a 300 degree F oven).

TIP: Premake/mix the batter and leave the water out, you can use this to fry meat. It is a great dry rub for spicy fried chicken.

Fried Vegetable and Paneer Kofta Balls

Fried Vegetable & Cheese Kofta BallsKofta Ball Ingredients
2 cups cauliflower, grated
2 cups cabbage, grated
1 cup almond flour
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon Asafoetida (omit if you do not have it)
1 teaspoon garam masala
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon coriander powder
1/2 teaspoon turmeric
1/4 teaspoon cayenne
2 tablespoons garlic paste
1 tablespoon ginger paste
1 teaspoon poppy seeds lightly roasted and ground into a powder
3 tablespoons cashews ground into a thick paste
24 cubes of paneer cheese
Enough coconut oil to fry the koftas in (feel free to use any oil that you have at home)
Set aside another 1/2 cup of almond flour so you can roll the balls in the inf you want a more defined exterior coating.

Mint Chili Sauce Ingredients
1 1/2 teaspoons garlic
2 tablespoons mint leaves
1/4 piece of red chili pepper
1/2 cup yogurt
1/2 lime, juiced
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon black pepper

Kofta Ball Directions
Combine all of the ingredients together but the last two. Allow them to sit in a large bowl together for 30 minutes to allow the dry ingredients to get absorbed into the vegetables and the flour to absorb all of the liquid.

You can make the balls as large or as small as you want. I like to make them big enough so I can safely pop one in my mouth without looking like I just stuffed my face. Place a piece of paneer at the center and then roll the dough into balls. This recipe usually makes 24.

Bring the oil up to 350 degrees F.

Fry a few at a time, make sure you do not overcrowd the pan so the temperature stays up and they all brown evenly. Allow the balls to dry on paper towels. Serve with the sauce.

Mint Chili Sauce Directions
Combine all of the ingredients together in the blender and blend. Serve on the side or directly over the fried balls.

Homemade Paneer

I absolutely adore paneer (Indian cheese that is light and resembles mozzarella cheese. This is made in Indian homes and added to several recipes. I can’t seem to get enough of paneer!! Most people think that it is difficult to make cheese but it is beyond easy.Homemade Paneer

Ingredients
8 1/2 cups whole milk
4 tablespoons white vinegar or 1/4 cup lemon juice (you can use either depending on what you have in your cupboards)
1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon salt
cheesecloth
string

Directions
Using a large colander or mesh strainer, line it with 3-4 pieces of cheesecloth.

In a large heavy-bottomed pan, bring the milk to a boil and before it begins to boil, turn off the stove and add the curdling agent (vinegar of lemon juice) and the salt. Stir the mixture and allow it to stand for 10 minutes so the curds can begin to form.

Drain the mixture through the cheesecloth and please make sure that you are draining into a bowl, you want to keep the liquid aka the whey.

You want to let this curds cool and then squeeze all of the liquid out of the cheesecloth and tie it as tightly as possible when you form a flat disc and place it in a bowl and then transfer it to the refrigerator to harden for an hour or overnight. Cover the bowl to make sure it does not take on any flavors found in your refrigerator. Once it has hardened, cut the paneer into small cubes. You can just fry them in some butter and serve once golden brown.

TIP: Use the whey in soups or any other dishes to add flavor and to thicken.