Spaghetti (Squash) Pie

Spaghetti (Squash) Pie

Spaghetti (Squash) Pie

CarbsPerServing:44

Effort:Easy

Ingredients:

3 cups spaghetti squash — cooked, strands

1 egg — beaten

1/3 cup parmesan cheese

1 tablespoon butter — melted

1 cup ricotta cheese

1 egg — beaten

1/2 pound ground beef — or bulk Italian Sausage

1/2 cup chopped onion

1/4 cup green pepper — chopped 2 small cans tomato sauce

1 teaspoon garlic powder

1/2 teaspoon dried oregano — crushed

1/2 teaspoon dried basil — crushed

1 teaspoon dried parsley — crushed

1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

How to Prepare:

Mix squash, 1 egg Parmesan Cheese and butter well. Press evenly into a 9″ pie plate to form crust.Mix Ricotta and 1 egg and spread evenly over squash mixture in pie plate.In large skillet, brown meat with onion and green pepper. Drain off excess fat. Add tomato sauce and spices. Simmer a few minutes, then spoon over Ricotta mixture in pie plate.Bake at 350 for approximately 15 minutes. Sprinkle mozzarella over top, then bake an additional 5 Ð 10 minutes to melt cheese and set crust. Let sit 5 Ð 10 minutes before cutting.

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Wondering about spaghetti squash?

It is a sorta football-shaped squash, fairly large and quite yellow in color. Cut it in half lengthwise (it is pretty hard to cut-be careful!) and scoop out the seeds in the middle.To oven bake, place in a baking pan, cut side down, with 1″ water. Bake at 350 for 20-30 minutes (until its somewhat soft). To microwave bake, place in glass pan, cut sidedown, with 1″ water and nuke on med-high for at least 10 minutes (until somewhat soft).After cooking, use a fork to remove the pulp from the rind-it’ll come out in spaghetti-like strands.The smallest one I’ve ever bought yielded 3 c. strands. Larger ones may yield 3 c. per half of the squash!

Smothered Mushrooms

Smothered Mushrooms

Smothered Mushrooms

CarbsPerServing:58 total recipe

Effort:Easy

Ingredients:

1  1/2 pounds fresh mushrooms —   fresh – I   use white button

12 ounces bacon –may sub ham

2  cups sour cream

8  ounces cream    cheese — softened

1 can black pitted olives — sliced

How to Prepare:

  1. Wipe mushrooms clean, slice.
  2. Fry bacon until just not quite crisp, drain, cut into small pieces with kitchen shears
  3. In bacon fat or (equal amounts of real butter and worchestershire if your daily carb count can take it–the worchestershire gives it real ZIP)saute mushrooms on medium until tender, but not browned or crisp.
  4. In crockpot mix together sour cream and cream cheese.
  5. Toss in mushrooms, bacon and olives. Keep hot in crockpot, not boiling or heat in 1 1/2 qt casserole in 350 oven.

Then call me and I will come right over to share it with you! This isn’t exactly carb ‘cheap’ and is so good you will have to limit your amount of servings. But everything is Atkins “legal”. On a low-fat diet I always used to feel guilty making and serving this–one of my all time favorite potluck dishes!

Side Salad

Side Salad

Side Salad

CarbsPerServing:11 total recipe excluding grape

Effort:Easy

Ingredients:

1/2 pound salami — hard, cut 1/2″ thick

1/2 pound mozzarella cheese — cubed

1 cup grape tomatoes — halved1/8 cup fresh basil — chopped fine 1/4 cup olive oil — light

salt and pepper to taste

How to Prepare:

toss together serve with diet flat bread grilled with olive oil and garlic salt

NOTE. Most Ingredients in these recipes can be bought in good health food shops and grocery store. If you have trouble finding something, feel free to exchange, but keep track of the carbs.

SAVORY SPINACH BALLS

SAVORY SPINACH BALLS

SAVORY SPINACH BALLS

CarbsPerServing:no counts provided

Effort:Easy

Ingredients:

2 pkg frozen chopped spinach — cooked and drained

1 lg onion — chopped fine

4 eggs — beaten

3/4 c butter1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp garlic salt

1/2 tsp thyme

1/2 c Parmesan cheese

2 c stuffing mix

How to Prepare:

Mix all ingredients in a large bowl; chill 1/2 hour.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease cookie sheets or line with parchment paper. Roll spinach mixture into small balls (rounded teaspoons or tablespoons). Bake 15 minutes.

This recipe is a handy make-ahead appetizer–you can prepare a batch, freeze the unbaked balls, and then bake as many as you need later. But, thanks to a shortcut ingredient (stuffing mix), these Spinach Balls are also quick and easy at the last minute. Makes about 4 dozen.

Sauteed Garlic Spinach

Sauteed Garlic Spinach

Sauteed Garlic Spinach

CarbsPerServing:no counts provided

Effort:Easy

Ingredients:

Raw Spinach

Sliced Garlic cloves

Jane’s Crazy Mix-Up Salt SeasoningsCracked Black Pepper

—             (or seasonings of choice)

Olive Oil or one of your choice

How to Prepare:

Heat about one tablespoon of olive oil in hot skillet (I use a wok). Throw as much spinach in pan as you would like (use your own judgement); then put sliced garlic cloves in (again, you as much as you would like — I use about 3 large cloves). Season wi th the salt seasoning and cracked pepper.

Don’t blink! As soon as the spinach wilts (takes seconds, if pan is hot) take spinach out of pan. This is a very simple and delicious dish.