Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Meat-Cheese Appetizer Rolls

Like many, DrDaddy and Family want to reduce their intake of starches and sugars ('carbs'), and consume fewer calories of all kinds. After carbs, only two food groups remain, protein-rich foods, and fats. What to eat late afternoon, when hunger often develops? These high-protein snacks make a good choice. They deliver virtually no carbs, are quick to prepare, and quickly tame the hunger pangs.
2 slices, about 2 oz (60 g) thinly-sliced delicatessen roast beef, corn beef, turkey, or chicken
Dijon mustard
1 oz sliced Swiss cheese
Cut the cheese into wide strips. Stretch out a beef slice, spread mustard along its length, position the cheese, and roll up from the wider end. Slice across to yield bite-size pieces.

Friday, June 19, 2015

Mushroom Soup

Developed June, 2015. This recipe delivers deep mushroom flavor in less than 30 minutes. It was devised starting from a recipe in a Good Housekeeping cookbook with the aims to intensify and brighten the flavor, to cut calories, and decrease saturated fat.
1 lb white or brown mushrooms
2 oz olive oil
2 oz butter
1/2 c coarsely chopped onion
1/3 c all-purpose flour
3-1/2 c chicken or vegetable stock
salt to taste
1/2 t ground black pepper
2 T lemon juice
2/3 c half and half or light cream
Wipe mushrooms with a damp paper towel. Remove the stems, chop finely and set aside. Slice the mushroom caps thinly. Heat oil in a 4-quart sauce pan and add the butter. When bubbling stops, stir in the mushrooms and 1 teaspoon of salt. Cook over medium high until browned, stirring often. With a slotted spoon, remove mushrooms to a bowl leaving the juices behind in the pan. Heat the pan, adding more oil as needed. Add chopped stems and sliced onions, and saute until tender. Stir in the flour and cook for 1 minute. Slowly stir in the stock, bring to a fast simmer and cook until it thickens. With an immersion blender, blend until smooth. Stir in the mushrooms and simmer a few minutes. Stir in the lemon juice, pepper, cream, and salt to taste. Serve warm. Serves 4 to 6. Skillet garlic toast makes a good side.

Monday, June 1, 2015

Ginger Scallion Sauce

Adapted from a recipe downloaded from Although it is made from only a few simple ingredients, it delivers complex, spicy, savory flavor that complements mild-flavoried meats. It's potent; a little goes a long way. Low in carbs, this sauce turns a high-protein snack into a satisfying small meal. H/T to Ben for sharing the link
1 oz (30 g) fresh ginger root, peeled and cut into small chunks
4 oz (115 g) scallions, cut into 1-inch lengths
1/2 c (125 ml) vegetable oil such as peanut or another high-smoke-point oil
1 T (15 ml) coarse salt
Finely mince the ginger in a food processor and transfer it a large heatproof bowl. Mince the scallions in the food processor and add it to the ginger. Thoroughly mix in the salt. Heat the oil in a pan until wisps of smoke appear, then cautiously pour the hot oil over the ginger-scallion mixture. It will sizzle. Stir with a wooden spoon to combine. Let cool to room temperature. Stored in a tightly-closed container in the refrigerator, it will keep for months. Dip warm or cold thinly sliced meats, such as chicken, veal, turkey, or pork, bite by bite.