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25Sep/120

Low Carb Buffalo Turkey Bites! Oh so nommy

Buffalo Turkey Balls nommy

Recently my girlfriend and I had invited the Pastor of our church and his wife over for dinner and set out on a mission to make a delicious spread of low carb food since it seems to be the happening style in our Church, and for ourselves even!

We decided on a main course of butt-rub asparagus w/ some delicious bacon wrapped chicken on the grill -- but the starter was something new for us.

Meet one of our new favorites: low carb buffalo turkey bites!

This one is super easy and super cheap (and only takes maybe 30 minutes from start to eating)! Check it out, ingredients:

  • Turkey Balls:1 lb (or close) pack of ground turkey
      • Could also use chicken, but I've been opting for the inexpensive "ground turkey" vs the more expensive ground turkey breast (our secret)
    • 2 oz softened cream cheese
    • 2 eggs
    • 2tsp black pepper
    • 2 tbsp chopped celery (pretty much one stalk chopped up pretty fine)
    • 2 tbsp (I use even more!) of your favorite crumbled blue cheese (by crumbled, how about whatevers on sale as its just for added taste and not the center of flavor!)
  • Sauce:
    • 1/2 cup of your favorite low carb buffalo/hot sauce
    • 1/2 stick of butter (preferably unsalted as there is plenty of salt in your sauce)

That's it! Pretty simple, right? You probably have um all but two ingredients!

Here's what you do...

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees
  2. Mix all ingredients from the 'turkey ball' section above in a large bowl
    1. Note: use your washed hands... but be forewarned, your hands will get super super cold!
  3. Grab a good sized cookie pan and line with foil, then spray with a good non-stick spray (or you could oil it)
  4. Form balls in approx. 1" size and place on tray
  5. Bake for 13 minutes
    1. When theres a few minutes left, place the 1/2 stick of butter in a microwaveable safe container and zap until melted (30-45 seconds on high) and stir in your 1/2 cup of fav. sauce
  6. Remove cookie tray from oven and then remove the turkey balls still on the aluminum foil and place on counter
  7. Apply new aluminum foil on cookie tray and spray w/ your non-stick spray
  8. One by one, dunk each turkey ball in your sauce/butter mix and place on cookie tray
  9. Bake for another 12 minutes!
  10. Remove, plate, enjoy!
    1. Walden Farms has a pretty good zero carb/calorie/fat blue cheese dressing -- mix in some blue cheese crumbles and you'll be set!
6Aug/120

Asian Says-ME Broccoli Trees Pleaseeeeeeeee

Asian Broccoli Trees NOM NOM NOM

Enjoy broccoli? Enjoy Asian type food? Enjoy sesame oil (can you distinguish it on your pallet?!). This, you will love ... I hope!

What you'll need:

  • Broccoli -- up to you, more is almost always better in regards to EVERYTHING
  • Sesame seeds (this is more for fun and looks, but not required like having broccoli is)
  • Sesame oil (this one IS required and so so so so important and awesome)
  • Soy sauce (again, required)
  • Your favorite seasonings (I like Sriracha hot sauce (not pictured), garlic and onion powder, salt/pepper, red pepper flakes

Next you will want to fill your pot with some water and add your broccoli (mine is frozen and this guide is written as such -- if yours is not, you probably want to leave out until water is almost boiling, add and check it after a few minutes. Just dont overcook it... no one likes soggy broccoli).

 

 

 

The moment your broccoli starts making tiny broccoli brubbles it's done -- this is NOT the same as boiling so don't over do it! Drain your broccoli QUICKKKKK!! 

 

 

Now... See? Nice and green ... and all excess water goneeeeeee! FOREVER!

 

 

 

 

Next up... Put in pan (this is so easy right?!?!?!)!!! Now, top with all your favorite spices, hot sauces, etc and add a healthy amount of soy sauce and sesame oil. Don't be too shy on this but don't go overboard... You can always add more, but I'm not really sure how to rinse the oils off the broccoli to start over... That could be a good update for the future though, maybe?

 

 

 

Now toss! Just be careful you dont fling everything all over... Give it a taste and if its delicious, great! You're pretty much done! If not, keep on adding spices and sauces! Again, we're going for an Asian flare, not a bland my-mom-can't-cook taste (no offense mom, but seriously you're steamed broccoli was pretty awful ... especially compared to this!) Now, plate it!

And of course, my favorite part? NOM NOM NOM NOM NOM!

 

6Aug/120

Dat spicy cajun skrimp, mhmmmmm.

Skrimp rescue!!

I really enjoy seafood... Actually, let me try again... I really enjoy food (thats my inner-fatty). However, in an effort of achieving an under control INNER fatty and a toned down OUTER fatty, I've begun revamping my diet and cutting out a lot of (as many as possible) carbs -- basically, I try to only get them from unprocessed foods (mostly vegetables, some nuts, proteins) and an some fiber (see: low carb wraps from Publix are rockin). Fortunately while I don't follow Atkins (come on... eat a dozen eggs and a pack of bacon for dinner sure is delicious, fun, satisfying, delicious -- it can't be all that great), I do follow it slightly. Also, seriously... if you eat so much proteins and no fiber, how are you going to ever ... well... you know...

Less I digress... One of the easiest and most delicious things I make pretty often (every time the veined shell on skrimp at the store go on sale!!!!) is a simple "low country boil for one".

What you'll need:

  • Skrimp -- approx. a pound, but its up to you and your pot
  • Water -- I don't know how much... I guesstimate almost EVERYTHING I cook
  • Apple cider vinegar -- again, no clue how much. Lets call it a cup and keep on rockin!
  • Old Bay Seasoning -- I DO have a measurement for this one -- its called a TON!! -- again, preference but don't be shy -- in the picture I also have my favorite go-to seasoning Butt Rub. I've never tried it, but I bet its fanny-tastic!

 

Fill your pot up with water, dump in your apple cider vinegar and at least HALF of your Old Bay stock (seriously, you should try it.. I did, and it was glorious)

Now, bring it to a boil... This seems like forever... Try not to fall asleep, by the way..

Seriously, how long is this going to take...

Um, is that guy sleeping?

HAHA! I LOVE VIDEOS OF LAUGHING BABIES!@($*()@#*%(#@%

 

What you'll see in this next picture is it starting to "break" -- a term used in brewing beer, where the ingredients start to separate and boiling will soon begin. Put your skrimp in now, but obviously be careful because your water will be hot and you'll burn yourself (proceed accordingly, if you're into that kind of stuff)

 


 As soon as your skrimp begin to float, you're almost done. Grab a slotted spoon or even a spatula (it's all I have -- fail). Once they are all floating start to pull out and let drain and put in a bowl. In my case, this is for tomorrow for lunch so I put in a tupperware. Separate out some juice in another so they can cool separate or else you'll over cook your skrimp (fail).

 

 

Eat right away if you want, but let the juices cool slightly (put in some ice and more Old Bay!) and then add the skrimp back in when its just warm -- yank a skrimp out, don't be afraid to suck the juices off of it and from inside the shell -- its the best part (like the head from a crawfish!)

Enjoy it... its low carb... high in protein, but make sure you get some veggies in ya so that you can... well, you know... We're all adults here so I'm going for it .. so you can poop!

-Chris

   
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