1/29/15

Salmon Loaf or Salmon Cakes



Our family "Salmon Loaf" recipe is one I've posted a handful times since 2007 or 2008.  It's one I usually made when we had leftover grilled salmon from the night before.  It used up the salmon in a completely different way so it didn't feel like we eating leftovers and it's so delicious.

Last night I was thinking about making a salmon loaf with some of the canned salmon I had in the pantry but it was just me at home for dinner last night and I decided to make salmon cakes instead.  Like crab cakes - but with salmon.  They are quick and easy and I could pan fry them and be done with it.

I don't use a recipe for salmon cakes - I just throw things together in a bowl, form a patty and pan fry it.  So I decided to put our salmon loaf recipe here;  and then I'll note at the bottom how I made last night's salmon cakes as shown in the picture above.


Salmon Loaf

1/4 c fresh chopped onion
1 t dried dill weed
1 T butter
1 slightly beaten egg
1/4 - 1/3 c milk or cream
1 c soft bread crumbs
Leftover salmon to equal about 1 1/2 - 2 cups or about 15 oz.
*can use a can of salmon but the flavor won't be as good as using leftover seasoned, grilled salmon
In a microwaveable bowl place the onion, dill and pepper with the pat of butter. Microwave about 2-3 minutes until the onion is tender. Combine the egg, bread crumbs, milk and onion mixture. Add the salmon, breaking it apart as you add it. Mix with your hands for best blending. Shape into a loaf and place in a bread loaf pan (6X3") that has been greased or sprayed with Pam. Bake at 350 for 40 minutes. Broil for a few minutes to crisp up the top if you prefer a slight crust on your salmon loaf.

Top with a white sauce to which you've added a peas and/or some cheese.

Simple White Sauce
2 T butter
1 T flour
1/2 t salt
1/8 t white pepper
1/8 t paprika
3/4 c milk
1 T lemon juice
1/2 c frozen pea's - thawed

Microwave the butter until melted; add the flour and seasonings, then the milk and lemon juice. Microwave 4-5 minutes, stirring after each minute. Add 1/2 cup peas. Stir and serve over salmon.



**Notes**

So last night, just being me home for dinner, I wasn't going to make a big meal, I wasn't going to wait for a salmon loaf to bake, and since we are not currently eating wheat, that means no flour, bread crumbs, cracker crumbs, etc.

For the Salmon Cakes I used;

1 can salmon
diced celery
diced onion
butter
1 egg
lemon
pepper
salt

Saute' the onion and celery in the butter until soft.  Add it to a mixing bowl with the salmon and an egg.  Mix it up and add seasonings to taste.  Pan fry in butter/olive oil until golden brown on both sides and done in the middle.
 








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1/28/15

A homemade bread that is low carb, wheat free, sugar free and protein rich





From 2002 - 2010 I had a hard time finding a decent recipe that even half way resembled bread.  If any readers were doing low carb back then you might remember the Atkins 'Revolution Rolls' were about the best anyone could get in the early 2000's; and they were basically just eggy cream cheese puffs being called a roll.  No thank you.

I'm not sure how I stumbled upon this one, but it was posted in the Fall of 2013.  I had copied it down in my files, but hadn't tried making this particular recipe until about 1 1/2 weeks ago. 

It is the best looking wheatless bread I've seen, that's for sure!  And although I'm happy with it, and it looks amazing, the texture was a little bit like eating a sponge.  My husband and I agreed that making French Toast with it or slicing it very thin and making toast out of it works best for us.

But I thought I'd go ahead and post it because even though I didn't love it as a 'bread' bread, everyone is different and this might be just what someone else is looking for.

Maria's comment section has a lot of people saying it didn't turn out for them.  For some it's hallow, for others it's gummy.   She lists the weight as well as measurements for people who might want to try weighing them to see if it works better.

I have to say I had NO issues with it not turning out.  It worked perfectly, as you can see from my pictures!  It made a beautiful loaf.  This was my first time making this recipe and I have to say her directions worked great for me.



Maria's Bread Recipe for her Hoagies (Sandwiches)

1 1/2 cup blanched almond flour (5 oz)
5 TBS psyllium husk powder (no substitutes) (45 grams)
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp Celtic sea salt
2 1/2 TBS apple cider vinegar (1 oz)
3 egg whites  (about 3.5 oz for almond flour option)
7/8 cup (a little less than a cup) BOILING water


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. In a medium sized bowl, combine the flour, psyllium powder (no substitutes: flaxseed meal won’t work), baking powder and salt. Mix until dry ingredients are well combined. Add in the eggs and vinegar and mix until a thick dough. Add boiling water into the bowl. Mix until well combined and dough firms up.

Form into 4 to 5 mini subs or one large sub/loaf and place onto a greased baking sheet. Bake for 55 minutes (45-50 minutes for smaller shapes like buns). Remove from the oven and allow the bread to cool completely. Cut open with a serrated knife. Fill with desired fillings. Makes 5 servings.

NOTE! If you are having an issue with a bubble, try weighing your ingredients as listed above.
OPTION: Use 2 whole eggs.  If you are having trouble with it rising using whole eggs you can try egg whites. Also, if your buns looks nice and big but then deflates after removed from the oven, try reducing the baking powder to 1 1/2 teaspoons.

NUTRITIONAL COMPARISON (per serving)
Traditional Sub Bread = 198 calories, 6g fat, 4g protein, 41 carbs, trace fiber
Almond Flour Sub (egg whites) = 209 calories, 14.2g fat, 8.2g protein, 15g carb, 9.8g fiber (60% fat, 15% protein, 28% carbs)




"Why is this photo showing a colander?"

I keep my almond flour in the freezer since I use Honeyville brand and it's crazy expensive!  I live in a very warm, humid part of the country 3/4 of the year so I keep all my nuts and flax seed, etc. in the freezer so they don't go rancid.

Because it came from the freezer I put it in a colander so I could crush some of the frozen lumps out.  


Mixing it with the mixer... doesn't look like bread yet, does it?



And boom!  There it is.  Comes together beautifully.
 


Into a loaf pan and into the oven.


Very, very beautiful bread.  It looks like a loaf made with wheat, yeast and sugar, doesn't it?




The products I use:
Now Foods Organic Psyllium Husk Powder, 12-Ounce
NOW Foods Almond Flour Pure ,  10 Ounce Bags (Pack of 4)
Blanched Almond Meal Flour, 5 lbs.
Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar Organic Raw -- 32 fl oz
       





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1/23/15

Low Carb Crust Pepperoni Pizza! - A healthier pizza crust





Back in 2002 when I first started to eat lower carb and sugar free to detox my body and feel healthier, very few of the general population knew what "low carb" was or meant. One of the sites I found with a low carb message board was LowCarbFriends and it was invaluable for support, information and... recipes.

Back in the early 2000's the internet was not as prolific as it is today and recipes for low carb and sugar free items were hard to find.  Another huge issue was there were few low carb and sugar free products available.  The market is FILLED with prepared foods now, and even grocery stores stock many options but back then it was so very difficult to find ingredients or foods.

One of the posters on the site was a dearly beloved and helpful and kind poster; Kevinpa.  He became known for his recipes; primarily his 'breads' as he strove to  make healthy low carb, sugar free options for bread, pizza dough, calzones and more.   Kevinpa has passed away since then, but as a tribute to him and his wonderful work and all the friends he made online, the site actually has memorialized his page of recipes.  That makes me so happy for him.  He may be gone, but his love of healthy cooking and baking lives on.

Here is Kevinpa's recipe as it is;  although some of the products he used aren't made anymore or may be really difficult to find.  I substituted and tweaked the recipe to make it my own based on a couple of my own personal favorite ingredients and others due to the product not being available but I wanted to post the recipe as he wrote it.  I will note my changes below it.


Originally Posted by Kevinpa

Pizza and Calzone Crust

1/2 cup bottled spring water
1/2 cup warm CC milk
2 large eggs
2 Tbsp. butter
1/2 Tsp. salt
1/8 cup wheat protein isolate 8000
1 3/8 cup Carbquik
1 1/8 cup + 3/4 cup wheat protein isolate 5000
1/8 cup Resistant Wheat Starch 70
1 Tbls. not/Sugar
1/8 Tsp. splenda quick pack
2 Tsp. baking powder
1 Tsp. sugar
1 packet rapid rise yeast
Combine all the dry ingredient in a glass mixing bowl except 3/4 cup wheat protein isolate 5000.
Then put the wet ingredients in an electric mixing bowl.

With the paddle, mix the wet for about 1 minute on low then add the dry mixing till well combined.
Change the paddle for the dough hook and knead with the hook for 8 to 10 min adding the 3/4 cup wheat protein isolate 5000 as needed to make a rollable dough.

I made a batch of this dough to the point of the directions above and split the dough in half wrapped part and refrigerated it.  The other half I stretched out onto a 12 pizza pan, topped with sauce, pepperoni, and cheese.  Then in a preheated 425 oven I baked it for 15 to 20 min.....closer to 15.



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My notes:
bottled spring water  -  I used tap water
CC milk - this was a carb counter milk I've never seen - I just used unflavored almond milk.
wheat protein isolate 8000 - They sell it on Amazon from Honeyville but Netrition is cheaper
Carbquik - I hate Carbquick because I can taste the carbolose in it. However, I figured the yeast would mask the flavor in a pizza crust - and for the most part I was right.
wheat protein isolate 5000 - hard to find, check Netrition
Resistant Wheat Starch 70 - I could only find resistant wheat starch 75, but I forgot to use it anyway!
Not/Sugar - this was a thickener a dozen years ago.  Not made anymore.
Splenda quick pack - I used Ideal sweetener as we have more 'natural' sweeteners available today
sugar - it's for the yeast, but I have no sugar in the kitchen so I had to leave it out 
rapid rise yeast - make sure it's the RAPID rise.  Also - the sugar called for is to feed the yeast.  I didn't have sugar so I left it out.  I knew my pizza dough wouldn't raise much with out it, but I wanted the yeast flavor imparted into my dough.  

I had a hard time using the additional 3/4 cup wheat protein isolate 5000 called for to help in the kneading to make the dough come together in a dough ball - because I hated to see so much of my product going to one recipe.  I've been really happy with the use of psyllium husk powder (maybe a 1/4 or 1/3 c ?)  in some of my breads and rolls so I used that as well as some whey protein powder (about 1/3 c) in place of the extra 5000.  As you can see, my dough came together great, I'm thrilled with it - AND I have enough 5000 left for another batch of 2 pizza crusts later on without having to order more.
I used some psyllium husk powder in place of all the extra isolate 5000


A nice, round pizza dough!



Starting to stretch the dough


Then I rolled it out with a rolling pin
Topped with a low sugar (1 gram) sauce, pepperoni and mozzarella!




Notes about some of the products I used;

I get most of my low carb and sugar free products online, since local grocery stores don't stock these products for the general masses.

I order primarily from Netrition and Amazon,
although I also buy my blanched almond flour from Honeyville - sometimes on their site if I have a coupon and other times through Amazon, where they sell and I can get free shipping. 








Ideal Sweetener
Wheat Protein Isolate (Arise 8000) - 5 Pound Bag
Nature's Best Isopure Unflavored (Zero Carb), 3-Pound Tub
Now Foods Organic Psyllium Husk Powder, 12-Ounce
Carbquik Baking Mix Now in a 3 lb. Box





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1/18/15

Spinach, Feta and Black Olive Wraps






This is a quick fly-by post of my lunch yesterday.  The night before, I had made a Greek Pizza (low carb option here) and had extra feta mix left.  I used it in a low carb wrap with fresh spinach and black olives.  It was so simple yet so very good, I thought I'd share.

Here is the pizza recipe - posted here a kajillion times, but it's one of our favorites.  Now, it's good for fresh cold wraps too.  Just make the filling and use it on tortillas or wraps as you wish. 


Greek Pizza

1/2 c mayonnaise
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 c crumbled feta cheese
1 12 inch pre baked crust
1/2 c oil packed sun dried tomatoes, coarsely chopped plus 1 T of the oil
1/4 c pitted Kalamata Olives, chopped
1 t dried oregano
2 c baby spinach leaves
1/2 small red onion, halved and thinly sliced

Preheat oven to 450. Mix mayonnaise, garlic and 1/2 c feta in bowl. Place pizza crust on cookie sheet and spread the mayonnaise mixture over. Top with tomatoes, olives and oregano. Bake 10 minutes. Toss spinach and onion with 1 T tomato oil. Top the hot pizza with this mixture and the remaining feta. Return to oven, bake 2-3 minutes longer. Cut and serve.









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The Best Healthy Almond Muffins I've Made so Far! (Wheat free, low carb, sugar free!)


I said in a post earlier this past week, it had been a "muffin"  week in our house, and I wasn't kidding.  It's been an awesome muffin week!  Chocolate Chocolate Chip Muffins, Pumpkin Muffins and Almond Muffins - all sugar free, wheat free, low carb, with healthy flax included.  It was so nice to have a 'real' muffin in taste and texture - but without unhealthy options.   (Can you tell I'm thrilled with these?).

It all started with tweaking a plain old pumpkin spice muffin but I was so happy with it that I immediately scribbled down ideas on a paper to work with the basic premise to come up with other versions.  I got the chocolate and the almond versions made but couldn't do the lemon poppy seed version (YET) because I am out of  almond flour and will be ordering it this week.  In the mean time, my husband has not only given these a 'thumbs up' but has requested that we have the pumpkin flax and chocolate muffins on hand all the time so he can grab them in the morning on the way to work.



Almond Muffins
Wheat free, low carb, sugar free!

2 c almond flour
1/4 c flax meal
3/4 c unflavored or vanilla whey protein powder
1 t baking powder
1 t baking soda
1/2 t salt
1/3 c thin sliced almonds
3/4 c sweetener granules - brand of your choice (Ideal & Just Like Sugar are my top choices)
3/4 c pure pumpkin puree  (not pumpkin pie filling)
1/2 stick real butter, melted
3 eggs
2 t almond extract
1/2 c half and half or cream

In a bowl, mix the dry ingredients;  almond flour, flax, protein powder, baking powder, soda, salt, sliced almonds and sweeteners.    In another bowl mix the pumpkin, butter, eggs and extract.   Add the pumpkin mixture to the dry mixture and stir with a wooden spoon while adding the cream or half and half.  Add a little bit more cream if you have to but remember your batter should be thicker than a cake mix yet still able to be scooped or poured into muffin tins.    Pour batter into greased or lined cupcake tins filled  3/4 full.  Bake at 325 for approximately 25 minutes.   This will make roughly 14-15 muffins and depending on the brands of ingredients used, will be 4-7 carbs per muffin. 







Add a little bit of cream to thin or almond flour or protein powder to thicken, to get a nice batter



Ready to go into the oven!


You might also be interested in;
Bob's Red Mill Organic  Flaxseed Meal
Ideal No Calorie Sweetener - 4 Packs
NOW Foods Almond Flour, 10 oz
100% Pure Erythritol  Granules
Nature's Best Isopure Unflavored (Zero Carb)




   








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1/16/15

Chocolate, Chocolate Chip Muffins (Incredible Low Carb, Wheat Free, Sugar Free and with Flax! OMG)



It's been a 'muffin' week here at our house and let me say that the me of 2002 wishes so badly I would have had all the awesome healthy products available to me then as I do today.  My attempts over the past 13 years to make really good muffins, biscuits, cupcakes and more have been strongly influenced by the availability of products.  I now order about 80% of the healthy items online, and having a well stocked pantry to try new recipes makes all the difference in the world.

This one uses pretty basic ingredients and is simply the best chocolate muffin I've made thus far.  It all started with the pumpkin muffins I made last weekend. We LOVED the pumpkin muffins and I scribbled down on my notes at the bottom to use the same idea but make a chocolate version, an almond poppy seed version and a lemon version.  I made them this week and they are all 'keepers'.

Chocolate, Chocolate Chip Muffins

2 c almond flour (heaped a little)
1/4 c flax meal
3/4 c unflavored or vanilla whey protein powder
1 t baking powder
1 t baking soda
1/2 t salt
1/4 c cocoa powder
1 c erythritol, granules or Just Like Sugar
3/4 c pure pumpkin puree  (not pumpkin pie filling)
1/2 stick real butter, melted
3 eggs
2 t vanilla
1/2 c half and half or cream
4 oz. sugar free chocolate chips

In a bowl, mix the dry ingredients;  almond flour, flax, protein powder, baking powder, soda, salt, cocoa and sweetener.    In another bowl mix the pumpkin, butter, eggs and vanilla.   Add the pumpkin mixture to the dry mixture and stir with a wooden spoon while adding the cream or half and half.  Stir in the chocolate chips.  Add a little bit more cream if it's too thick or protein powder or almond flour if it's too thin. Your batter should be thicker than a cake mix yet still able to be scooped or poured into muffin tins.    Pour batter into greased or lined cupcake tins filled  just past 3/4 full.  Bake at 325 for approximately 25 minutes.   This will make roughly 14-15 muffins.  I put 12 of them into my muffin tin and made the rest of the batter in a greased coffee mug in the microwave!  Just scoop in, microwave 2 - 3 minutes depending on the strength of your microwave.  Instant muffin/cake!  





You can leave out the chocolate chips if you wish


Testing recipes; chocolate and almond muffins!



Put the extra batter in a greased coffee mug and microwave for 2-3 minutes!


You might also be interested in;
Hershey's Sugar Free Semi-Sweet Baking Chips
Just Like Sugar Sweetener
Bob's Red Mill Organic  Flaxseed Meal
NOW Foods Almond Flour
100% Pure Erythritol  Granules
Nature's Best Isopure Unflavored (Zero Carb)
Blanched Almond Meal Flour, 5 lbs.
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