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Keto Spaghetti Squash with Bacon and Blue Cheese

 

Turn plain old spaghetti squash into a keto meal with the addition of bacon, mushrooms, spinach, and blue cheese. I like to double the blue cheese, especially when using a milder variety. Carbs in spaghetti squash can add up quickly, so use a small squash that’s approximately 2 pounds.

Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 1 hr
Total: 1 hr 15 mins
Servings: 2
Yield: 2 stuffed squash halves

INGREDIENTS

 

DIRECTIONS

  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil.

  • Cut stem off the end of spaghetti squash using a sharp knife. Cut the squash in half lengthwise and scrape out the seeds. Brush the inside with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until soft, about 45 minutes. Scrape cooked flesh out into a bowl and set aside. Return spaghetti squash shells to the baking sheet.

  • Place bacon in a large skillet and cook over medium-high heat, turning occasionally, until evenly browned, 5 to 6 minutes. Drain bacon slices on paper towels.

  • Add mushrooms and garlic to the skillet and cook for 4 to 5 minutes. Add in the cooked bacon and spinach. Stir until spinach is wilted, 2 to 3 minutes. Add mushroom mixture to the bowl of squash. Mix in sour cream, salt, and pepper. Stir until filling is evenly combined.

  • Spoon filling back into the squash shells. Sprinkle each half with 1 tablespoon blue cheese. Return to the oven and bake until cheese is melted and squash is heated through, 4 to 5 minutes.

 

Cook’s Note:

Cutting the stem off the spaghetti squash will make halving it lengthwise much easier.

 

Nutrition Facts

339.3 calories; 13.5 g protein; 20.6 g carbohydrates; 38.8 mg cholesterol; 691.2 mg sodium.
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Zucchini and Ground Beef Skillet

 

This is my wife’s favorite meal. A flavorful blend of ground beef, vegetables, and your favorite cheese. A true one-skillet meal that will satisfy your whole family!

Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 35 mins
Total: 50 mins
Servings: 4
Yield: 4 servings

INGREDIENTS

 

DIRECTIONS

  • Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook and stir ground beef and onion in the hot skillet until beef is browned and crumbly, 5 to 7 minutes. Drain and discard grease.

  • Stir mushrooms, tomato sauce, olives, and garlic into the skillet. Crush stewed tomatoes into smaller pieces and add to the mixture. Season with salt and white pepper. Let simmer, uncovered, until liquid reduces, 20 to 30 minutes.

  • Slice zucchini lengthwise; cut into 1/2-inch slices and add to the skillet. Cook, covered, until firm yet tender to the bite, 5 to 7 minutes. Stir in Cheddar cheese and cook, covered, until melted, 3 to 4 minutes. Serve.

     

Cook’s Notes:

Add your favorite cheese to this dish.

It seems like a lot of onion. However, as I said previously, my wife loves this and she hates onions. It melds with the other ingredients and is not a prominent taste in the dish. I wouldn’t make it without them. We also use about double the cheese I listed in the recipe, but we love cheese.

Sometimes we omit the olives or mushrooms if we do not have them on hand, but prefer it with them.

 

Nutrition Facts

588.5 calories; protein 41.8g 84% DV; carbohydrates 24g 8% DV; fat 37.6g 58% DV; cholesterol 133.1mg 44% DV; sodium 1308mg 52% DV.
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Scrumptious Strawberry Shortcake

 

I was going to make my shortcake out of Bisquick but decided at the last minute to make these. They are the best I’ve ever had! I heeded the advice of others and omitted the cream of tartar.

I cut back baking powder to only 3 tsp. thought 4 tsp. was too much. I gently pulled mixture together after cutting in butter, with my hands in mixing bowl and instead of rolling and cutting, I formed into 12 gently formed balls. Flattened top just slightly and sprinkled with coarse sugar carefully cuz it tends to want to roll of the top. Just lightly pat into top so it stays put. They were great! Taste a little bit like shortbread. Very tender.

I always use more sugar in my strawberries to create more of a juice. For the viewer that was wondering why theirs came out flat, check the expiration date on your baking powder, it is usually found on the bottom of the can. It doesn’t stay fresh that long, so that might have been the problem. Hope this helps.

Hands down the best shortcakes I’ve ever made! These shortcakes are flaky like a pie crust but soft and chewy like a biscuit. I prefer to add lemon extract with poppy seeds and to make 6 large rather than the 12 smaller ones.

I also roll them in my hands and flatten on the cookie sheet and use half-and-half if I don’t have the cream. I originally made this recipe following all ingredients to a T and it was delicious, my lemon version just sounded good one night. I also mixed in some fresh blueberries as they are good with lemon as well. Serve with homemade sweetened whipped cream and WOW! what a treat.

 

Ingredients:

3 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup white sugar
4 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
1 cup butter
2/3 cup heavy cream
1 egg, beaten
3 cups sliced fresh strawberries
3 tablespoons white sugar.

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
In a large bowl, mix flour, 1/4 cup sugar, baking powder and cream of tartar. Cut in butter with pastry blender or two knives. Stir in cream and egg. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface and knead 2 minutes. Press into a half-inch thick sheet. Cut into squares. Place on baking sheets.
Bake in preheated oven 20 minutes, or until golden. Sprinkle 3 tablespoons sugar over sliced berries.
Let shortcakes cool before splitting and filling with sugared berries.

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