Monday, May 30, 2011

Fancy Pants Swiss Chard with Sun Dried Tomatoes, Pine Nuts and Garlic

Fancy Pants Greens Swiss Chard with Sun Dried Tomatoes, Pine Nuts and Garlic

Serves - 4
Difficulty - Easy Peasy
Prep Time - 5-10 Minutes
Cook Time - 5 Minutes

1-1/2 lbs Organic Swiss Chard (1 Bunch), washed and chopped coarsely
4 Pieces Sun Dried Tomatoes, julienned
2 Tbsp Pine Nuts
1 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
4 Cloves Garlic, sliced thinly
Sea salt
Black Pepper
Red Pepper Flake (optional)
Parmesan Cheese (optional)

Wash and chop Swiss Chard. Be sure to keep the stems and chop them too. Separate the stems from the leaves because they will need to cook a tad longer.

Bring large pan of water to a boil and drop in a little sea salt. Once boiling, add Swiss Chard stems and blanch 30 seconds before adding in the Swiss Chard chopped leaves.

Blanch Swiss Chard for 1 minute. Remove Swiss Chard leaves and stems with slotted spoon and drain well. I place them atop paper towels to fully drain off liquid. (You can also steam these). You can also place blanched leaves into a bowl of ice water to shock them and stop the cooking, but honestly? I don’t do this most of the time. I’m going so fast, I usually drain and drop them right back on the heat to finish the dish and get ‘em on the table!

Heat sauté pan with EVOO and garlic over medium heat. Stir for 2 minutes over medium heat until garlic starts to become tender. Add pine nuts and sun dried tomatoes and cook another minute or two. Add Swiss Chard stems and pieces.

Season with sea salt or Kosher salt and black pepper. Sometimes I add in red pepper flakes but that’s optional! Cook over medium heat about 2 minutes or until SC is done to your preference. I like it to still have some “bite” or tooth. That’s known as al dente. Top with a little grated parmesan and serve. The parmesan is optional too! Serve immediately.

SusieT’s Note:
Swiss Chard is a truly versatile green. You can flavor it so many ways. This is a basic Tuscan style recipe and works great as a breakfast green, believe it or not! I love to make this in the morning and serve it under a poached or soft boiled egg with a smidge of goat cheese. *drool* Swiss Chard is a great way to start your day with a power packed portions of calcium, Vitamin C, Vitamin K1, B Vitamins, magnesium, potassium, selenium and zinc.

Nutritional Information - Single Serving

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Thursday, May 5, 2011

Omelet Mess

Serves – 1 to 2
Difficulty – Nope but ya gotta break a couple of eggs to make a mess.
Prep Time – 5 minutes
Cook Time – 10 minutes


The Omelet Mess tastes great with Sambal Oelek!
3 Eggs, beaten
3 Large Mushrooms, sliced
¼ small Onion, slivered
¼c Red Bell Pepper
4 cloves Garlic, sliced

2 Pinches Thyme, dried
Any leftover veg on hand. (I used Swiss Chard – recipe coming soon)
1 Tbsp Olive Oil
1oz Goat Cheese
1oz Part Skim Mozzarella
Kosher Salt and Black Pepper to taste
Sambal Oelek (optional)

Heat ½ tablespoon of olive oil in non-stick skillet. Add slivered garlic, onion, mushroom and red bell pepper. Sauté until mushrooms are browned and veggies are crisp tender.

Add frozen spinach and leftover Swiss chard and heat until cooked through and water evaporates out.
Remove veggies from pan and add remaining ½ tablespoon of olive oil and let it heat up. Add beaten eggs to pan and stir to make fluffy omelet. When middle is set, add cheeses and veggies.

Invert omelet onto a plate and serve immediately. Sambal Oelek works great with this dish as a spicy condiment kick!

SusieT’s Notes:

Four forks! Definitely. Four Forks.

Forget bread. Forget sandwiches. Forget anything you want but don’t forget to make this omelet please? It works great: breakfast, lunch, or dinner. It’s cheap. It’s quick. It packs a whole day of Vitamin C and A along with other vitamins and minerals. And it will keep your colon clean with all the magnesium rushing through it! It’s a nutrient brick house.

Nutritional Information

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Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Smart Margarita

Margarita 2.1 Version (Only 2.1 net carbs per drink)

Please Drink Responsibly. Don’t Drink And Drive. Just. Don’t. OK?

Serves – 2
Difficulty – Simple as long as you’re over 21
Prep Time – 5 Minutes
Cooking Time – Depends on your alcohol tolerance as to how long it takes you to get “cooked.”

Smart Margaritas - Only 2.1 net carbs each.

1/2 Lime, squeezed

1 Wedge Orange (1 wedge = 1/2 Orange cut into 8 wedges)

1-2 drops Orange Extract

1 tsp Fiberfit Liquid Splenda with Inulin(or to taste)

1 splash water

1oz Tequila (your choice)

2 Lime Wedges for garnish and rubbing rims of glasses

Kosher Salt


Old Fashion Glasses

Rub rims of glasses with lime and dip small portion of the rim into Kosher salt. Fill glasses with ice.

In the same glass you will be serving the drink in, or in a separate mixing glass, add lime juice (I can’t emphasize enough that this MUST be freshly squeezed!), orange juice from 1 wedge of orange, orange extract, splash of water and 2 oz. tequila.

Mix well or shake with ice and strain into two rocks or Old Fashion glasses.

Serve immediately!

The Smart Margarita recipe is similar to Fluffy Chix old high carb recipe, which called for:

SusieT's Old High Carb Margarita

1 part Tequila
1 part Freshly squeezed Lime Juice
1 part Countreau
Splash Water

MMMmmmm it was so good and so bad for you all at the same time.

SusieT’s Notes:I can’t give Smart Margaritas a 4. They are not perfect.

But the Smart Margarita is very good, especially if you work to find the right balance of sweet. If you need more lime, go ahead and squeeze in another wedge, it won’t raise the carb count significantly. And best of all, you feel like you are drinking a real cocktail.

You don’t notice that it’s ¼ of the size of a regular, sugar-packed, liver-killer margarita. And you can pronounce every ingredient in the drink and know where the sugar is coming from. Also, you get a wallop of Vitamin C in the drink.

Compare how much smarter the Smart Margarita is than other high carb margaritas!

Nutritional Information – Smarter Margarita

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Monday, May 2, 2011

Green Chili Chicken Enchilada Stack

Green Chili Chicken Enchilada Stack

Green Chili Chicken Enchilada Stack with
sour cream and green salsa. Olé!

Serves – 2
Difficulty – So Easy a 2Year Old Could Make Them
Prep Time – 10-15 Minutes
Cook Time – 45 Minutes

4 LC Corn Tortillas (make these ahead)
1 to 1-1/4 serving Green Chili Pulled Chicken (yep, leftovers, indeed)
4 oz Colby Jack or Monterey Jack Cheese
Purple Onion to your preference (optional)

Sour Cream
Green Salsa

In 2 individual casseroles, place part of leftover Green Chili Pulled Chicken on the bottom of the casserole. Top with a little cheddar and place LC Corn Tortilla over it. Repeat layer order for the second layer. Place second LC Corn Tortilla on top of second layer. Top with a little Green Chili Pulled Chicken. Finish with cheese and onions as the last layer. (Onions are optional.)

Bake at 350° for 30-45 Minutes or until hot and bubbly all the way through. Remove from oven and top with your choice of sour cream, green salsa and avocado. Serve piping hot with a cold side salad made with homemade apple cider vinaigrette and avocado, cucumber, tomato, onion and mixed lettuce!

SusieT’s Notes:

This is four forks for sure. I don’t care what protein you make this green chili with – it rocks! It’s close to an 11 (cuz our amps go up to 11 – for all you Spinal Tap fans). Seriously. It hits on all levels. It’s Tex Mex. It’s cheesy, gooey, hot from the oven, hot from the peppers (but not heat bomb hot), and has a satisfying bulk to it.

For little effort, you walk away full to the bones but not gross full fealing like you sometimes feel after eating at a Mexican Restaurant - remember your BLC (Before Low Carb) Days? Ugggh. Blech!

Every time I make something like this, I shake my head in amazement. Can this really be diet food?

I mean, it’s a HUGE serving and including the sour cream and salsa, the Green Chili Chicken Enchilada Stack only has 514 calories? And it gives you a wallop of Vitamins A, C and Calcium??? I just find that amazing!?

Please try these. You won’t regret it.

And you will never look at leftovers the same way again. Leftovers should never LOOK like leftovers! Leftovers in our house are as stealthily disguised as...well, as stealthily disgued as the great wrestler, El Muy Chupacabre! Olé!

Green Chili Chicken Enchilada Stack Nutritional Information
Single Serving (without sour cream, salsa or onions, included in counts)

Green Chili Chicken Enchilada Stack Nutritional Information
Single Serving Includes Sour Cream And Salsa (onions are optional)