Cauliflower Grits with Spicy Shrimp

May 11th, 2020 by Debbie Martilotta

Ingredients

Cauliflower Grits

  • 1 cup unsweetened cashew milkor coconut milk or grass-fed whole dairy milk
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted grass-fed butteror ghee
  • ¼ cup unsalted chicken stockor vegetable stock
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ cup grated organic sharp cheddar cheese

Shrimp

  • 1 pound shrimppeeled and deveined, 16/20 count
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher saltdivided
  •  teaspoon black pepper
  •  teaspoon cayenne pepper
  •  teaspoon paprika
  • 4 slices nitrate free baconthick-cut, chopped into ½-inch pieces
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlicabout 4 cloves
  • ¼ cup yellow oniondiced into ¼-inch cubes
  • ¼ cup red bell pepperdiced into ¼-inch cubes
  • 2 tablespoons olive oilto substitute bacon grease if desired
  • 4 teaspoons lemon juice
  • ¼ cup green onionsthinly sliced

Greens

  • 8 ounces swiss chardsliced into 1-inch strips

Instructions

Cauliflower Grits

  1. Grate or add cauliflower florets to a food processor. You want the cauliflower to be about the size of rice grains. See the video linked here.
  2. Add cauliflower to a medium-sized saute pan and cook over medium-high heat for about 5 minutes, constantly stirring to release some moisture from the vegetable.
  3. Add one tablespoon of butter, ¼ cup of cashew milk, ¼ cup of chicken stock, and ¼ teaspoon salt. Stir and cook until moisture gets absorbed and cauliflower cooks through about 5 minutes.
  4. sing an immersion hand blender or blender, pulse cauliflower mixture until it resembles the texture of grits (smooth yet still grainy). You don’t want the mixture to be completely smooth.
  5. Transfer back to the pan. Turn heat to medium and add in ¼ cup grated cheese, stir until melted. Slowly add about ½ to ¾ cup more cashew milk until the grits are smooth and creamy. Taste and season with more salt and pepper as desired. Keep warm over very low heat while making the shrimp.

Spicy Shrimp

  1. In a medium-sized bowl combine shrimp, ¼ teaspoon salt, ⅛ teaspoon pepper, ⅛ teaspoon cayenne pepper, and ⅛ teaspoon paprika. Set aside. You can add more cayenne pepper if you like it really spicy.
  2. Heat a large saute pan over medium-high heat. Add diced bacon and cook until crispy, frequently stirring about 6 minutes. Transfer to a paper towel and drain. Keep 2 tablespoons of bacon grease in the pan, or you can remove and use 2 tablespoons of olive oil instead.
  3. Heat pan to medium and add garlic and onion, stir and cook for 1 minute until fragrant. Add in the bell peppers and cook 1 minute.
  4. Turn heat to medium-high and add shrimp. Cook for 2 minutes on one side, and 1 minute on the other until pink. Add in 4 teaspoons of lemon juice, 2 tablespoons green onions and cooked bacon. Stir to combine, cook about 1 minute. Transfer shrimp to a warm bowl.

Greens

  1. In the same pan add the swiss chard. Cook on medium-high heat until wilted and tender, about 3 to 4 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.

To Serve: Stir and reheat grits if needed. Divide grits, greens, and shrimp evenly among serving bowls.

by Jessica Gavin


Egg And Ham Cups

February 12th, 2019 by Debbie Martilotta

Ingredients
1 slice low-fat, nitrate free, deli ham
1 whole, farm fresh egg
2 tbsp organic, reduced fat cheddar cheese, shredded
1 slice, thin/small tomatoes, sliced

Directions
1. Preheat the oven to 375°F
2. Spray the cups of a muffin tin with nonstick cooking spray.
3. Press the sliced ham into the muffin tin cup, forming a ham cup.
4. Place the tomato slice in the cup.
5. Crack the egg and drop it in on top of the tomato. Repeat this process for as many cups as desired.
6. Place the muffin tin in the oven and bake for 10-15 minutes, or until the egg is almost cooked.
7. Top with cheese and bake for an additional 3-5 minutes, or until the cheese is melted.

Let cool for a few minutes. Once the cup has cooled, use a spatula to carefully transfer it to a plate.
Eat with your choice of carbs, such as a piece of fruit or low carb oats.

Courtesy of Jim Stoppani, Ph.D.

 


CAPRESE STUFFED CHICKEN

April 3rd, 2018 by Debbie Martilotta

Ingredients:

  • 6 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • Olive oil
  • Kosher salt
  • Black pepper
  • 1 tsp. Italian seasoning
  • 1 lb. fresh mozzarella, sliced
  • 1 ½ cups organic baby spinach
  • 2 tomatoes, sliced into half moons
  • Small bunch fresh basil
  • Balsamic vinegar

Directions:

  1. Pre-heat oven to 400’. Place chicken on a cutting board and make 5 – 8 slits in each breast, being careful not to cut through completely. Transfer to baking sheet.
  1. Drizzle with olive oil then season chicken all over with salt, pepper and Italian seasoning. Stuff each slit with mozzarella, spinach, and tomato.
  1. Bake until chicken is cooked through and no longer pink, about 25 minutes. Garnish with fresh basil then drizzle with balsamic.

Skinny BLT Avocado Wraps

April 3rd, 2018 by Debbie Martilotta

Makes 3 servings

Ingredients:

  • 3 large slices of crisp iceberg lettuce
  • 1/2 head of butter lettuce
  • 6 slices nitrate free bacon, cooked
  • 1 avocado, thinly sliced
  • 1-2 Roma tomatoes, thinly sliced
  • Sliced turkey breast, approx 12 oz

Instructions:

  1. Lay out one large iceberg leave, then layer on 2 slices of butter lettuce leaves on top.
  2. Top nicely with a few slices of both tomato and avocado, then add in 2 slices of nitrate-free bacon.
  3. Add sliced turkey (3-4 ounces to make a meal)
  4. Fold the bottom up, the sides in, and roll like a burrito.
  5. Slice in half then serve cold.

These are great for make-ahead lunches!


Stuffed Peppers

March 27th, 2018 by Debbie Martilotta

Ingredients:

6 red, green, or a mixture of colored peppers
1 pound extra lean ground beef
1 pkg. (5 links, hot or mild) turkey Italian sausage
1 cup diced onion
1 cup diced red pepper (tops of peppers)
4-6 tsp. olive oil for browning meat and veggies
Salt and Pepper to taste
1 cup spicy, low sugar, tomato sauce with basil
2 cups grated low-fat mozzarella cheese
1/2 cup grated Parmesan

Instructions:

  • Preheat oven to 375F.
  • Cut tops off peppers, making a deep enough cut that you have some pepper to chop for the filling.
  • Square off the bottom of each pepper to make them stand up.
  •  Clean out inside of peppers and wash if needed.
  • Choose a pan that will keep the peppers standing upright and spray with olive oil or nonstick spray.
  • Brown both beef and uncased turkey meat in small amount of oil, breaking up into small bits.
  • Drain cooked meat in a colander to remove fat.
  • Cook chopped peppers and onions for about 3-4 minutes.
  • Add about 1 cup tomato sauce, just enough to barely moisten the mixture. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Let mixture cool slightly, then mix in cheeses, saving about 1/4 cup Mozzarella for the top of the peppers.
  • Put the peppers in the pan standing upright.
  • Stuff each pepper with meat/veggie/cheese mixture, using a large spoon and pressing in tightly until you use all the filling.
  • Put a pinch of Mozzarella cheese on the top of each pepper.
  • Cover the dish loosely with foil, tenting so it doesn’t touch the tops of the peppers.
  • Bake, covered with foil about 30 minutes.
  • Take off foil and bake 20 minutes more, until cheese is melted and the tops are slightly browned. Serve hot.

DBM Meatloaf

March 27th, 2018 by Debbie Martilotta

INGREDIENTS

2 lb Ground beef
1/2 cup Golden flaxseed meal (or almond flour)
1/2 large Onion (diced)
8 cloves Garlic (minced)
3 oz Tomato paste
2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
2 large Egg
1 tbsp Italian seasoning
2 tsp Sea salt
1/2 tsp Black pepper
1/3 cup Ketchup (low sugar)

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9×5″ loaf pan and set aside.
  • In a large bowl, combine all ingredients except ketchup. Mix together until well incorporated, but don’t overmix.
  • Transfer the mixture into the loaf pan. Bake for 30 minutes.
  • Spread the ketchup on top of the meatloaf (if using).
  • Return to the oven and bake for 25-45 more minutes, until cooked through and internal temperature reaches 160 degrees F. (Time will vary depending on the thickness of the loaf.)
  • Rest for 10 minutes before slicing. Cut carefully using a serrated bread knife.