Classic Tuna Casserole

Get ready for nostalgia.

Brace yourselves. This is AMAZING. It truly tastes like tuna noodle casserole, and the textures all come together really well for this recipe! I don’t usually incorporate canned food into my recipes, but I made an exception here to capture the flavor of the casserole of my youth. The net carbs for each serving is 7g. This works well for my macros as a serving is quite large and is a complete meal.

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Ingredients:

  • 1 bag cauliflower rice (from Trader Joes) or one riced cauliflower.
  • 1 can cream of mushroom soup.
  • 2 14oz can mushrooms well drained (use only one can if you don’t really love mushrooms)
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream or sour cream OR 2/3 cup sour cream
  • 2/3 cup frozen peas
  • 4 cans (5 oz each) tuna
  • 1 cup  and 1/2 cup finely shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

Microwave the riced cauliflower for seven minutes. Stir in remaining ingredients except for the 1/2 cup of cheddar cheese. Spread the mixture into a casserole dish. Sprinkle with remaining cheese. Bake for 20 minutes.

Makes 6 LARGE servings.

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Amazing Asian Marinade Miracle Noodles

I really love how multi-faceted this marinade is. I used it earlier in the week for flank steak, and then I reused it for this tri-tip. While my tri-tip was grilling, I cooked my miracle noodles and after draining them, I added the marinade for the remainder of the time. If you haven’t tried Miracle Noodles, it is definitely worth doing if you give it a shot with Asian inspired dishes. The texture works well in those recipes, but I would avoid using them in place of spaghetti noodles (no cream sauces or marinara).

asian marinade

  • 1/2 cup olive or avocado oil
  • 1 cup soy sauce
  • 4 cloves garlic crushed
  • 2 Tbsp toasted sesame oil
  • 1 Tbsp sesame seeds
  • 0.75 cup, chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1/3 cup whole green onion, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp fresh ginger, minced
  • 2 Tbsp lime juice
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 2-3 lbs beef or chicken
  • 2 bags Miracle Noodles

In a Ziploc bag, combine all ingredients.  Add your choice of protein (beef or chicken work perfectly). Marinate for 4 hours (minimum). Cook according to desired method.

In a medium saucepan, bring water to a boil. Rinse the miracle noodles. While meat is cooking, boil noodles for 10-15 minutes (you cannot overcook them). Drain and return noodles to the pan. Add remaining marinade to the noodles and simmer for 10-15 (again, you cannot overcook them). Using tongs, remove noodles and plate them. Top with your meat and enjoy!

 

Baked Ricotta

One of these was actually my lunch today! I absolutely love ricotta, so I gave this a shot. You really could play with the ingredients, but I went for a lemon basil savory recipe. I really wouldn’t change much at this point. I’m tempted to use a bacon spoon with these in order to up the protein a bit.

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Ingredients:

  • 15 oz ricotta cheese (choose whatever kind has the lowest net carb count)
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 2 eggs
  • zest of one small lemon
  • 1 Tbsp fresh finely chopped basil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 4 lemon slices (optional)

Method:

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Grease 4 1/2 cup ramekins.

Beat all ingredients together either with a fork or a mixer.  Using a half cup measure, portion out the mixture equally into the ramekins.  Sprinkle with additional parmesan cheese. Bake for 25-30 minutes until golden brown. Top with lemon slices (optional).

 

Low Carb Sausage Lasagna Rolls

YEE HAW!!! So amazing! I made these while checking out the Pentatonix Youtube video of Bohemian Rhapsody. I highly recommend scream singing to it while cooking. This was just awesome. It wasn’t as labor intensive as one would think, but you really do need a mandolin for the slicing of the eggplant.

Make sure eggplant is fresh. If it isn’t, then it will add a really bitter taste to the dish.

Make sure to look for a lower carb red sauce. The Wild Oats Organic is a good one, and this one I got from Trader Joe’s. It is the Rustico Pomodoro Pasta Sauce. It lends only 8 net carbs to the ENTIRE dish!

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Ingredients:

  • 1 large eggplant
  • sea salt
  • avocado oil or coconut oil
  • 1 15oz container of whole milk ricotta
  • 1/2 cup plus 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella (or monterey jack) cheese
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup fresh chopped basil
  • 1 lb ground Italian sausage, browned and set aside (make sure to check ingredients for carbs or frankenfoods)
  • 1 cup pasta sauce (Wild Oats organic has very low net carbs)

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Use a vegetable peeler to peel the skin from the eggplant. Use a mandolin to thinly slice the eggplant, lengthwise. Salt the slices of eggplant. Drizzle some avocado oil in a skillet or on a griddle over medium-high heat. Cook the eggplant for 2 minutes on each side to remove moisture. Remove eggplant to a paper towel. In a bowl, combine the cheeses (using only 1/2 cup of mozzarella cheese), egg, basil, and sausage. In a glass rectangular baking dish, use the back of a spoon to spread a thin layer of the pasta sauce over the bottom. Take each slice of eggplant and lay it flat. Starting with the wider end, spoon a generous amount of cheese mixture. Gently roll the eggplant until there is no loose end.  Continue rolling until all cheese mixture has been used up. Put remainder of sauce on top and spread. Sprinkle remaining mozzarella cheese over the top. Bake for 30 minutes. Allow to rest for ten minutes before serving.

 

 

 

Breakfast Bacon Cheeseburger Casserole!

This was really good! PERFECT flavor! I got most of the recipe from http://www.lowcarbyum.com. I changed very little for this recipe. You could easily top with pickles, red onion, avocado, or tomato to kick it up a notch. It is yummmmmmy!

Ingredients:

  • 2 lbs 80% ground beef
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 4 cloves of garlic, chopped
  • 1 lb thick sliced bacon, cooked and chopped
  • 8 eggs
  • 1 6oz. can tomato paste
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 8 oz shredded sharp cheddar cheese (divided in half)
  • 4 oz shredded monterey jack cheese

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

In a skillet, brown the beef, onion powder, and garlic. Drain well. Line the bottom of a 9×13 baking dish with the meat mixture. Sprinkle bacon over the layer of beef. In a large bowl, combine the eggs, tomato paste, cream, salt, pepper, monterey jack cheese, and half of the cheddar cheese. Whisk to combine. Pour over the meat in an even layer. Top with remaining cheddar cheese. Bake for 30-35 minutes.

Allow to rest for ten minutes and then cut and serve!

Girls Weekend!!!

I decided to make this as an appetizer for my upcoming girls weekend. I’m not even going to mention that it is low carb because there is just no reason to. It will taste amazing, and all will love it!

These come out to 2 net carbs per serving (1/6 of the recipe and 1/3 of a loaf).

This was awesome!!!! I made two loaves of this, and it really turned out amazing. I chose to incorporate dill into my dough to give some added flavor.

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Ingredients:

  • 1 1/4 cups mozzarella cheese
  • 1 tsp dill
  • 1/4 cup almond flour (I like Honeyville)
  • 3 Tbsp coconut flour
  • 2 Tbsp butter, melted
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp xanthan gum (optional)
  • 1 8oz wheel of brie, sliced into 1/4 inch thick strips

Method:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Melt cheese and dill in the microwave for 90 seconds. Stir. Add the remaining ingredients and stir. This may be difficult. Microwave for an additional 20-30 seconds if the dough is difficult to combine. You can also use your hands to incorporate all of the ingredients. Split the dough into two equal portions.

On a baking mat or parchment paper, roll out the dough until it is a flat rectangle.  Place the brie slices down the center of the dough. Make sure to leave about 1 inch on each end so that it can be folded over. Make cuts along each side of the dough, about 1 inch apart. Fold the flaps over the brie.

Bake for 20 minutes until golden brown. Allow it to cool a few minutes before serving. This allows the dough to crisp up a bit.

Low Carb Classic Tuna Casserole!

TASTES LIKE THE CLASSIC!!!! Let’s revisit this one.

Brace yourselves. This is AMAZING. It truly tastes like tuna noodle casserole, and the textures all come together really well for this recipe! I don’t usually incorporate canned food into my recipes, but I made an exception here to capture the flavor of the casserole of my youth. The net carbs for each serving are 7g. This works well for my macros as a serving is quite large and is a complete meal.

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Ingredients:

  • 1 bag cauliflower rice (from Trader Joes) or one riced cauliflower.
  • 1 can cream of mushroom soup.
  • 2 14oz can mushrooms well drained (use only one can if you don’t really love mushrooms)
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream or sour cream OR 2/3 cup sour cream
  • 2/3 cup frozen peas
  • 4 cans (5 oz each) tuna
  • 1 cup  and 1/2 cup finely shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

Microwave the riced cauliflower for seven minutes. Stir in remaining ingredients except for the 1/2 cup of cheddar cheese. Spread the mixture into a casserole dish. Sprinkle with remaining cheese. Bake for 20 minutes.

Makes 6 large servings.