1. Appetizers & Sauces

Appetizers.

  1. Artichoke dip
  2. baked bacon
  3. cheese nachos
  4. Guacamole
  5. Little Smokies – 2 recipes
  6. phyllo cups with creamy feta cheese
  7. Rosemary roasted walnuts or pecans
  8. spicy nuts
  9. Thyme Nuts – easy
  10. stuffed mushroom

Drinks:

  1. Lemonade – mix or put in blender water, lemon juice, stevia, 1 tsp MCT oil & if you want add 1/4 tsp turmeric, cinnamon or ginger
  2. Hot Cocoa – heat 3/4c water in coffee cup, add 1 T unsweetened cocoa powder & 1/4 c cream & sweeten to taste
  3. Red Wine.  Pinot Noir has highest resveratrol

 

  1. Artichoke dip:
  • 1 can (14 oz) artichoke hearts – drained & chopped
  • 1 c mayonnaise
  • 1 c parmesan cheese
  • 1/3 c heavy cream
  • mix & bake 25 min at 350 degrees – serve with “Flackers” (flax seed crackers or pork rinds or slices of bell pepper, celery, cauliflower

2. Baked Bacon

preheat to 375 degrees

Put bacon on parchment paper, Sprinkle bacon lightly with powdered stevia

Bake until brown – turning once

3. Cheese nachos

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Grate a good quality cheddar cheese like Dubliners on pan covered with parchment paper.  Spread out very thin and top with thin slices of jalapeno.  Bake until crispy and cut with pizza cutter or if more crispy, break into chips

4. Guacamole- make within a couple of hours of eating
3 avocados peeled, pitted, mashed
2 T lime juice (1 lime – this is secret to good flavor)
1 tsp minced garlic
pinch Cayenne pepper
½ c diced onion
2 Roma tomatoes – diced
3 T fresh cilantro (if desired)

5 Little Smokies

  • 32 oz little smokies – simmer on low 30 min before mixing with the following so you do not have runny sauce.  Then put all in crock pot on low
  • stevia, Sukrin or monk fruit equal to 1 c sugar
  • 1/2 c low carb (sugar free) ketchup
  • 1/2 c Dijon mustard

5B Little Smokies #2

  • 16 oz little smokies
  • 1 pound bacon

wrap little smokies with bacon & secure with toothpick.  Bake 20 min or until bacon is crisp

6.  PHYLLO CUPS filled creamy feta cheese filling
ingredients:
• 2 packages (15 count, each) Athens® Mini phyllo Shells
• 3/4 c heavy cream

  • 3 1/2 oz feta cheese
  • 2 tsp finely grated lemon zest
  • 2 oz cream cheese
  • 4 T butter
  • 1 egg yolk
    DIRECTIONS:
    1. Preheat oven to 350°F. 
    2. Melt butter.  Stir in cream and cream cheese and stir until mixture is smooth.  Stir in goat cheese, lemon zest, and egg yolk.  Fill phyllo cups,  Top with Parmesan and bake 7 minutes

7.  Rosemary Roasted Pecans

  • 2 1/2T butter
  • 2 tsp rosemary
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 c pecan halves

Melt butter, mix with spices and pour over nuts to coat them.  Bake on cookie sheet lined with parchment for 10 min

8. Spicy nuts
• 3 teaspoons ground cinnamon
• 3 teaspoons ground ginger
• 3 teaspoons ground cumin
• 3 teaspoons salt
• 11/2 teaspoon cayenne
• 1 teaspoon garlic powder (optional)
• 3 large egg whites – whisk until foamy.
• 3 cups pecan halves
• 3 cups walnut halves and pieces
• 1/4 cup stevia, or truvia or other brand (choose stevia with inulin so it is equivalent in volume to sugar)

Preparation
Position 1 rack in top third and 1 rack in center of oven; preheat to 225°F. Line 2 heavy large baking sheets with parchment paper. Stir first 7 ingredients in small bowl to blend. Whisk egg whites in large bowl until foamy. Whisk in spice mixture. Add pecan halves, walnut halves and pieces, and raw cashews; toss to coat completely. Sprinkle stevia over and toss to coat.
Divide nut mixture between prepared baking sheets; spread nut mixture in single layer. Bake until nuts are toasted and coating is dry, stirring every 20 minutes, about 1 hour 20 minutes. Sprinkle nuts with salt to taste.

9. Thyme nuts – easy and addicting!

  • 2 c raw almonds
  • 2 T olive oil
  • 2T thyme
  • spread on parchment paper, sprinkle with thyme and a little salt
  • bake 350 degrees 10 minutes

10. Stuffed Mushrooms

  • 16-24 oz whole fresh mushrooms (wash & tear off stem then stuff with following:
  • cook 1/2 # pork sausage and crumble

stir in:

  • 1/2 c heavy cream top with pinch of any cheese

stuff mushroom & bake 10-15 min

 

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