Category Archives: Easter

Asparagus Basil “Risotto”

I invented this recipe on a sleepless night where I had too many random ingredients in my fridge and needed to get rid of them all.

I have to say, this dish is superb- it is cream and very reminiscent of risotto.

Asparagus Basil "Risotto"
Risotto Ingredients
1 head of cauliflower
1 cups chicken broth (vegetarians use vegetable stock)
1/2 cup beef broth (vegetarians use vegetable stock)
1/2 cup heavy cream
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 large onion, minced
1 shallot, finely chopped
4 cloves of garlic, minced
Kosher salt to taste
1 to 1/2 cups wild mushrooms
2 cups asparagus, cooked and cut into 1-inch pieces or discs (I prefer the look of discs)
1 cup grated Parmesan,
1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
Freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Basil Sauce Ingredients
1 cup basil leaves
1/2 cup parsley leaves
1-2 cloves of garlic, peeled
1/2 lemon, juiced
Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
Directions
Bring the chicken broth and beef broth up to medium temperature in a saucepan and maintain the temperature and keep covered with a lid.

Trim the core and cut leaves off from cauliflower. Break the florettes into chunks, then press the button a few times with a break in between in a food processor. You wanted it to still be chunky and resemble rice and not to become dust. 9 prefer to use a ricer for this step but it is a bit harder with uncooked cauliflower but the “rice” does look better.

In a large heavy-bottomed saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat.

Add the onions, garlic and shallot with a pinch of salt to sweat until everything becomes translucent (not browned),which will take about 5 minutes.

Add the “rice” and stir constantly adding in the liquid by 1/3 volume until everything has been absorbed, this will take 8-10 minutes.

Add the remaining ingredients, remove from the heat and still until everything has melted beautifully. Serve immediately.

Combine together the sauce ingredients in the blender and blend on high. Pour a few tablespoons on the bottom of each place before placing the risotto on top.

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Flourless & Sugarless Chocolate Torte

Say hello to chocolate heaven!!! Do I need to say anything else? I think not.
What makes this dessert so amazing? Could it be the combination of different types of chocolate as well as fats that really hits this one out of the ballpark?

INGREDIENTS
12 oz unsweetened baking chocolate, cut or shaved
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 sticks butter or 2/3 cup of coconut oil
1 1/3 cup equivalence of stevia or sweetener
6 large eggs
1 tablespoon coconut flour
2 tablespoons cocoa powder
2 tablespoons chocolate whey protein
1 cup ground pecans or any nut of your choosing (I also have used macadamia nuts and it has been amazing)

DIRECTIONS
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Grease a spring-form 8 inch pan with butter and add parchment paper to the inside and grease again with butter.

Brown the butter on the stove, be careful that it does not burn, once the color begins to change, decrease the temperature to low. Add the chocolate in small bits and stir constantly until everything is melted beautifully.

Add the sweetener of your choice and allow the temperature to cool down until you can touch the side of the pan without it being hot.

Add the eggs in and stir, add the remaining ingredients.

Transfer to the pan and bake for 30 minutes covered.

Serve with fruit compote and whipped cream.

Almond Butter Cookies

Almond Butter Cookies

Ingredients
1 and 1/4 cup almond flour
1 cup sugar equivalent (I love Stevia)
1/4 cup butter, at room temperature
2 large eggs
1/2 tablespoon vanillaDirections
Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F.

Line baking sheets with parchment paper or use a non-stick baking mat.

Set the almond flour aside and blend in the room temperature butter in small chunks. Add in the eggs and vanilla until well incorporated.

Form the dough into 1-inch balls on a cookie sheet and and flatten them out.  I like to poke holes and shape them like traditional butter cookies. If you are using crystallized stevia, sprinkle some on top.

Bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until golden brown on the top.

Allow the cookies to cool before removing.

Exotic Raspberry Creme

Raspberry Creme

My sweet tooth is at it again. I just can’t help myself. I find myself  craving sweets at every meal and wake up in the middle of the night and find myself in the kitchen. I think I have made my sleepless nights worst by treating myself to this delicious dish. I find myself waking myself up just so I can have dessert part 2.

Raspberries are my favoritest (yes, I make up my own words, it is a Riism and I am known for it) things in the world! I make this dish when I am craving a late night treat and don’t want to feel guilty the next day. It is light, has a serving of fruit and isn’t too sweet. Rose water is heavily used in Indian sweets, it adds such an interesting flavor that you can’t pinpoint.

INGREDIENTS
2 tablespoons powdered sugar or sugar substitute( I use liquid stevia which is 4 drops)

6 ounces of frozen raspberries

1 cup heavy whipping cream (use coconut cream or any other substitute you feel us necessary)

1 tablespoon rose water (this ingredient can be found in any Indian or Middle Eastern store, make sure it does not have sugar)

DIRECTIONS
Combine all of the ingredients together in a blender and blend on high for a minute. Blend again, start on low and work your way up to high. Serve with a few raspberries on top for garnish.

To Brine or Not To Brine: ALWAYS BRINE!

Brining is the process of soaking anything in or saturate with salty water. This does not make the meat, vegetables or whatever you brine (I am not really sure what else you would want to brine) salty, it actually allows the water and flavor to flood every cell in the meat. It also takes any cut of meat that may be tough and tenderizes it. This easy technique can be used on ay cut of meat.
The Perfect Grilled Citrus Chicken

For all of the brines, immerse the meat in water and place in the refrigerator for a minimum of an hour, overnight or leave in the freezer labeled (cause it is very hard to tell what it is, duh!) Before you cook the meat, allow it to sit on the counter for 15 minutes out of the brine, pat dry. By patting the meat dry, you are removing the excess liquid which will allow the meat to brown.

You can watch my YouTube video on the topic here.

Thanksgiving/Christmas Brine
1 1/4 cup no-iodine added salt (2 cups Kosher or coarse salt)
1/2 cup brown sugar or sugar substitute (I love me some stevia)
1 gallon vegetable stock
4 sprigs rosemary
4 sage leaves
1/2 onion, sliced
1 tablespoon black peppercorns
1 tablespoon allspice berries
1/2 tablespoon candied ginger
1 gallon ice water

Chicken Wings Brine
6 cups cold water
1/3 cup no-iodine added salt (1/2 cup kosher or coarse salt)
1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/3 cup sugar or sugar substitute (I love me some stevia)
1/4 cup white vinegar
1/4 red pepper flakes
2 tablespoons black pepper
2 tablespoons hot sauce of your choice
2-3 pounds chicken wings

Poultry or Pork Apple  Brine
1/2 gallon cold water
2 quarts apple juice
2 cup no-iodine added salt (3 cups Kosher or coarse salt)
1/2 cup brown sugar or sugar substitute (I love me some stevia)
10 whole cloves
1 1/2 teaspoons allspice berries
1 tablespoon ground nutmeg

Spicy Turkey Brine
2 quarts vegetable stock
1/2 cup no-iodine added salt (3/4 cup Kosher or coarse salt)
1/2 cup sugar or sugar substitute (I love me some stevia)
1 tablespoon black peppercorns
1 tablespoon dried rosemary
1 tablespoon dried sage
1 tablespoon dried thyme
1 cinnamon stick
2 quarts cold water

Apple Cider Poultry or Pork Brine
2 gallons water
4 cups apple cider
3 oranges, cut into quarters with peels
1 lemon, cut into quarters with peel
2 cups no-iodine added salt (or 3 1/2-cup Kosher salt or coarse salt)
2 cups packed brown sugar or sugar substitute (I love me some stevia)
2 tablespoons dried rosemary
5 cloves garlic, smashed
3 tablespoons peppercorns
6 whole bay leaves
2 apples, cut into quarters
1 tablespoon whole allspice, coarsely crushed
1 inch of ginger, peeled and sliced

Poultry or Pork Maple Brine
4 quarts water
2 cups dark brown sugar or sugar substitute (I love me some stevia)
1 cup soy sauce
1 cup maple syrup
1 cup white vinegar
1/3 cup no-iodine added salt (1/2 cup kosher or coarse salt)
8-10  cloves garlic, smashed
6-8 whole bay leaves
3 large sprigs of thyme
2 teaspoons whole peppercorns

Simple Fish Brine
1 gallon water
2 cups no-iodine added salt (or 3 1/2-cup Kosher salt or coarse salt)
2/3 cup brown sugar or sugar substitute (I love me some stevia)
2 lemons, quartered with peel on

Beer Fish Brine
4 cups light ale
1/2 cup sea salt
1/2 cup brown sugar or sugar substitute (I love me some stevia)
1/4 cup pickling spice
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/4 teaspoon old bay seasoning

Steak Brine
6 cups water
1/4 cup sea salt
2 teaspoons whole peppercorns
4-6 cloves garlic, smashed

Sweet Poultry/Pork Brine
2 quarts chicken broth
1 cup white vinegar
2 cups no-iodine added table salt (non-iodine)
2 cups honey or sugar substitute (I love me some stevia)
2 tablespoons whole cloves
8-10  cloves garlic, smashed

Smokey Poultry/Pork/Steak Brine
4 quarts water
2/3 cup sea salt
2 teaspoons whole peppercorns
4-6 cloves garlic, smashed
1 onion, sliced
1 tablespoon liquid smoke

Hawaiian Poultry/Pork Brine
4 quarts pineapple juice
2 oranges, quartered with peel
1 lime, quartered with peel
2 cups brown sugar or sugar substitute (I love me some stevia)
1 1/3 cups soy sauce
1/2 teaspoon liquid smoke
1 cup maple syrup
1 cup no-iodine added salt (1 1/2 cups Kosher or coarse salt)
6 cloves garlic, cut into halves
4-6 whole bay leaves
2 tablespoons red pepper, crushed

Cornedbeef/Pastrami Brine
4 quarts water
1 cup kosher salt
10-12 cloves garlic, smashed
3 tablespoons pickling spices
1/4 teaspoons juniper berries
8 bay leaves

Italian Brine for Pork/Beef/Steak
6 cups water
¼ cup kosher salt
¼ cup red wine vinegar
3 tablespoons dijon mustard
1 cup fresh basil, chopped
1/4 cup fresh oregano, chopped
1 tablespoon rosemary, chopped
6 cloves garlic, smashed
2 tablespoons sugar or sugar substitute (I love me some stevia)
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes

Low-Carb Double Chocolate Bundt Cake

I made this cake the other night and ate the whole thing in one sitting. Dangerous doesn’t even begin to describe the flavor of this!!!
Low-Carb Double Chocolate Bundt Cake
Low-Carb Double Chocolate Bundt Cake Ingredients
1/4 cup coconut flour
1/4 cup organic cocoa powder
½ tablespoon instant coffee
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
Pinch of sea salt
5 free range organic large eggs, room temperature
1/2 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
1/4 cup coconut oil or grass fed butter
1/3 cup equivalence of stevia or sweetener
1 teaspoon lemon juice

Chocolate Frosting Ingredients
1/2 cup organic cocoa powder
2/3 cup equivalence sweetener for low carb or honey for Paleo (sweeten to taste)
2 tablespoons melted grass fed butter
¼ teaspoon vanilla

Bundt Cake Topping
½ cup sugar-free chocolate chips

Low-Carb Double Chocolate Bundt Cake Directions
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Combine the coconut flour, cocoa powder, instant coffee, baking soda, and sea salt.

In a separate bowl, combine the eggs, vanilla extract, coconut oil, stevia and lemon juice.

Add the dry ingredients in 3 separate batches to the wet and whisk together.

Butter the small Bundt pan and cover with cocoa powder, pour the mixture in and bang the bottom to get all the air bubbles out.

Bake for 40-45 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

Allow it to cool for 5 minutes before removing it from the pan.

Chocolate Frosting Directions
Combine the ingredients together and pour over the top of the cake.

Top with the sugar-free chocolate chips.

Coconut Lace Cookies with Berries

Lace Cookies with BerriesThis cookie is so simple to make, it is so elegant and has a great crisp and light flavor. I have to say, it is pretty amazing.

Cookie Ingredients
1/2 cup sifted almond flour
1/2 cup coconut flour
1/4 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 tsp nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
Pinch of salt
1/4 cup coconut oil
2 tablespoons heavy cream
2 tablespoons butter, room temperature
1/2 cup equivalence of stevia
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Cookie Directions
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.In a bowl combine together the dry ingredients (almond flour, coconut flour, coconut flakes, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking powder and salt.) I like a smooth cookie so I will run the dry mixture through my food processor, you don’t have to do this.

In another bowl combine together the wet ingredients (coconut oil, cream, butter, stevia and vanilla. Mix with a hand-mixer until everything has been incorporated together.

Add the dry mixture in three installments and blend into the wet mixture.
Using a 3/4 teaspoon measuring spoon, drop the batter onto the baking sheet. Try to go for consistency in shape, do not overcrowd the sheets. There should only be 12 per sheet. Keep in mind that the batter will spread as it bakes making a thin cookie, so keep this in mind.
Bake for 8-10 minutes.Check frequently because they burn quickly!!!
Allow them to cool for 2-3 minutes so they harden enough so you can transfer them to a wire rack to finish cooling.
Dessert Ingredients
14 cookies
2 cups of mixed berries
1 cup whipped cream
Dessert Directions
This makes 4 desserts.Place a cookie on the bottom of the plate, cover with a little whip cream and place berries on top, continue this with 3 more layers.