Sunday, December 29, 2013

Low Carb Green Bean Casserole

So I've been gone for a bit but I haven't forgotten you guys. Hope that everyone has had an amazingly blessed holiday season. On Christmas day myself and my brother cooked for the family. One of the things that I made was this low carb green been casserole. If you're looking for a recipe that's tasty and low on carbs then this green bean casserole recipe is perfection.


Here's what you'll need: 

28 ounce can of green beans

1/2 of a small onion, diced

2 slices of thick bacon( or turkey bacon for my non pork eaters)

8 ounces softened cream cheese

1/2 cup chicken broth

Parmesan cheese

Fried onions (optional)


Here's what you'll need to do:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 2 quart casserole dish with non-stick spray.

Heat a 12 inch skillet over medium heat. Chop bacon and fry until crisp.

Remove bacon from pan and reserve the grease. 

Add onion and saute for about 5 minutes. 

Add cream cheese and chicken broth. Heat and stir this mixture until smooth.

Add green beans to pan and mix well. Pour green bean mixture into casserole dish. 

Top with Parmesan cheese and bacon. 

Add a few tablespoons of fried onions as a garnish if you like.

Bake for 25 minutes, or until brown and bubbly.

Serving Size: 8 - NET carbs 3 per serving without fried onions


Live long and prosper 

Monday, December 9, 2013

Carrabba's Italian Grill Sogno Di Cioccolata aka Chocolate Dream Remake

So my family came to town awhile back and we went to Carrabba's Italian Grill for dinner. For dessert we ordered a delectably chocolatey treat appropriately called the chocolate dream. I loved it so much that I was determined to find the recipe in order to recreate it at home. I scoured the internet and found a few recipes and decided to tweak them in order to create my own version. If you're interested in trying this then here's what you'll need.


Ingredients:

Fudge brownie mix

2 eggs
1/4 cup milk
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup Kahlua
2 cups prepared chocolate mousse( I used Jello Chocolate Mousse Mix)
2 cups whipped cream
1 ounce semisweet chocolate shavings

Directions:

Prepare brownie mix according to box instructions, using the two egg-recipe and substituting milk for the water.

Line two 9-inch square baking pans with either parchment paper or wax paper. Spray bottoms with non-stick cooking spray. Pour equal amounts of batter into each pan.

Bake - either in a convection oven at 325 degrees F for 20 minutes, or in a standard oven for about 24-26 minutes.

Bake until a wooden pick inserted in the middle of the brownie comes out clean.

IMPORTANT: Do not overbake!

Allow to cool completely.

Set one brownie pan aside; invert other pan and remove brownie in one piece; return to pan upside down; remove parchment paper.

Brush the brownie evenly with ½ of the Kahlua; then top with ½ of the mousse, spreading it evenly over the brownie.

Spread ½ of the whipped cream over the mousse.

Remove second brownie from pan; brush with remaining Kahlua; place it on top of other brownie; spread remaining mousse evenly over the top; spread remaining whipped cream over the mousse.

Sprinkle top evenly with chocolate shavings.

 Refrigerate until ready to serve.

My version doesn't look quite the same but it tastes very similar to the original. I'll definitely be trying this recipe again until I get it to be 100% match taste wise and in looks.

Happy Holidays =)