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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.

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.

Spicy Chicken Satay with Homemade Peanut Sauce

Spicy Chicken SatayChicken Satay Ingredients
1 tablespoon ginger, minced
1 tablespoon garlic, minced
1 tablespoon brown sugar (low-carb substitute would be 1/2 tablespoon equivalent of stevia or sugar substitute)
1 teaspoon minced fresh turmeric OR 1/2 tsp. dried turmeric
2 tablespoon ground coriander
2 teaspoon ground cumin
2 tablespoons Thai fish sauce
1/4 cup fresh lime juice
2 stalks fresh lemongrass, thinly sliced
1 tablespoon low-sodium dark soy sauce
1-2 fresh red chilies
1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts or thighs
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1/4 cup cilantro leaves
Wooden skewers

Spicy Peanut Sauce Ingredients
6 tablespoons smooth or chunky all-natural peanut butter (low-carbers substitute with almond butter. Use whatever you feel comfortable using, I have used cashews and macadamia nuts before.)
1/2 cup coconut milk
2 teaspoons fish sauce
1/2 teaspoon dark soy sauce
2 teaspoons sesame oil
2 tablespoons brown sugar (low-carbers substitute with stevia or sugar substitute)
1-2 cloves garlic, minced
2 teaspoons chili-garlic sauce
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Chicken Satay Directions
Soak the wooden skewers in water for at least 30 minutes, this will keep them from burning when grilling.

Combine together all of the ingredients but the chicken, cilantro and wooden skewers. Whisk these ingredients together.

Cut chicken into thin, long strips and place in a bowl. Allow it to soak up the marinade for a minimum of an hour or overnight. I love to make this in the morning or the night before for the best flavor.

Thread the meat into the skewers, 1/4 of the skewer should be left empty so it can be handled with ease.

COOKING OPTIONS:
Place some oil on the grill and then grill each piece of chicken for 3-4 minutes on each side.

Broil on a broiler safe dish that has been coated with aluminum foil and oil on high for 5-7 minutes on each side.

Bake in the oven in an oven safe container that has been oiled at 350 degrees F for 10-12 minutes on each side.

Once done, sprinkle with the cilantro.

Spicy Peanut Sauce Directions
Whisk together all of the ingredients and serve with the Chicken Satay.

Low-Carb Panna Cotta

Everyone thinks panna cotta is very difficult to make but this dish takes very little effort! looking for the regular version, go here!

Panna Cotta Panna Cotta Ingredients
3 cups heavy cream, coconut milk
1 cup whole milk Greek yogurt
1/2 cup sugar substitute (I love using stevia)
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
2 packets gelatin
6 tablespoons cold water

Raspberry Sauce Ingredients
2 cups fresh or frozen raspberries
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1/4 cup sugar substitute (I love using stevia)

Panna Cotta Directions
In a large sauce pan, heat the heavy cream, yogurt and sugar substitute until the sugar substitute dissolves in the mixture. Remove from the heat, stir in the vanilla extract.

Oil 8 custard molds with vegetable oil.

Combine the gelatin powder with the cold water and let it bloom for 10 minutes to activate the gelatin.

Combine together the gelatin mixture and the warm vanilla cream mixture.

Pour the mixture equally in the molds and refrigerate for 3-4 hours until the mold has been set.

Run a knife around the edges to help the panna cotta come out of the molds.

Raspberry Sauce Directions
Bring the ingredients to a simmer and turn down to low heat for 10 minutes. Serve over the panna cotta.