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Cheesy Cauliflower & Sausage Bake

Cheesy Cauliflower & Sausage BakeA delightful combination of steamed cauliflower, creamy Swiss cheese and spicy pork sausage! This makes a great main dish or you can serve it as a side with your favorite meat.

1 (16 ounces) package frozen cauliflower
1 (8 ounces) package cream cheese, softened
1/2 pound bulk pork sausage, cooked, drained and crumbled*
Salt & Pepper (to taste)
4 ounces Swiss cheese, thinly sliced
4-5 slices bacon, cooked crisp and crumbled

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Microwave or steam the cauliflower until tender; mash with a potato masher until smooth. Add the cream cheese, sausage, and salt and pepper to taste.

2. Spread 1/2 the cauliflower mixture into bottom of a 2-quart casserole; top with 1/2 the cheese. Add the remaining cauliflower mixture and top with the remaining cheese; sprinkle top with the crumbled bacon. Bake 30 minutes or until hot and bubbly.

Makes 6 servings, each containing 5 grams of carbohydrates and 2 grams of fiber for a total of 3 grams of usable carbohydrate and 13 grams of protein.

* If your family is not fond of sausage, you may substitute lean ground beef for the sausage.



Mexicali Meat Loaf

Mexicali Meat LoafWith several members of my family deciding to try the low-carb diet, I have been busy coming up with new recipe ideas to meet their dieting needs. This meatloaf recipe has quickly become a favorite of both carb-eaters and low-carb-dieters alike. It has a wonderful Mexican flavor with just the right blend of spices!

1 pound lean ground beef
1 pound mild bulk pork sausage
1 cup crushed plain pork rinds
1 (4-1/2 ounces) can diced mild green chilies
1 medium onion, finely chopped
1 (8 ounces) package shredded Monterey Jack cheese
3/4 cup salsa (your choice of mild, medium or hot)
1 egg
2 cloves garlic, crushed
2 teaspoons dried oregano
2 teaspoons ground cumin
Salt (to taste)
Pepper (to taste)

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

2. In a very large bowl, combine all the above ingredients; with clean hands, knead until well blended; shape into a loaf.

3. Turn the mixture out on a clean broiler rack that’s been sprayed with cooking spray. This will make a big loaf about 3-inches thick. Bake for 1-1/2 hours.

Makes 8 servings, each containing 5 grams of carbohydrates and 1 gram of fiber, for a total of 4 grams of usable carbs and 28 grams of protein.



Alfredo Pizza

Alfredo PizzaThis lower-calorie, lower-fat pizza recipe from Weight Watchers “Simply the Best” cookbook is perfect for those of us who are trying to drop a few pounds. All the great pizza flavor we crave without all the guilt!

1 cup skim milk
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
1 onion, chopped
2 whole cloves
1/4 teaspoon grated nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
6 cups trimmed cleaned spinach
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 pound refrigerated ready-made pizza crust dough
3 large plum tomatoes, sliced
2 cups shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese

1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. Spray a 15-inch pizza pan with nonstick cooking spray.

2. In a large nonstick saucepan, combine 2 tablespoons of the milk with the flour; stir until smooth. Stir in the remaining milk, the onion, cloves, nutmeg and pepper. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until the mixture boils and thickens, about 4 minutes. Remove from the heat; discard the cloves. Add the spinach and Parmesan cheese; stir until the spinach is moistened and slightly wilted.

3. Press the pizza dough into the bottom of the pan; pinch the edge to form a rim. Spread the spinach mixture evenly over the dough. Top with the tomatoes and the mozzarella cheese. Bake until the crust is browned and the cheese is golden, 12 to 15 minutes.

Per Serving: 261 Calories, 8 g Total Fat, 4 g Saturated Fat, 19 mg Cholesterol, 542 mg Sodium, 33 g Total Carbohydrate, 2 g Dietary Fiber, 15 g Protein, 301 mg Calcium.

Serving Provides: 2 Breads, 1 Fruit/Vegetable, 2 Protein/Milks.

Points Per Serving: 5.



Bacon Cheese Dip

Bacon Cheese DipYour family, friends and guests alike will enjoy this rich cheesy dip. Don’t be surprised by how quickly it disappears!

1 (8 ounces) package cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1-1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
2 tablespoons chopped onion
1 teaspoon dried parsley flakes
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
8 slices bacon, cooked crisp and crumbled

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

2. In a medium mixer bowl, beat the cream cheese and mayonnaise until smooth. Stir in the cheese, onion, parsley and garlic powder until well combined. Spread the mixture evenly on the bottom of a 9-inch glass pie plate.

3. Sprinkle the crumbled bacon over the top and bake for 15 minutes. Makes 12 servings each with 2 grams of carbohydrates, a trace of fiber and 7 grams of protein.



Easy Chile Corn Casserole

Easy Chile Corn CasseroleDSCN2069Transform ordinary corn into an extraordinary dish that will have your family requesting this recipe again and again! Goes great with chicken, pork or beef.

1 (10-3/4 ounces) can condensed cheddar cheese soup
1/4 cup milk
1 tablespoon butter, melted
1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper
1 (16 ounces) package frozen whole kernel corn, thawed
1 (4 ounces) can diced green chilies
1-1/3 cups French fried onions

1. Stir together the soup, milk, butter, pepper, corn, chilies and 2/3 cup of the French fried onions in a 1-1/2 quart casserole.

2. Bake at 350 degrees F. for 25 minutes; stir.

3. Sprinkle the vegetable mixture with the remaining French fried onions; bake 5 minutes longer or until the onions are golden brown. Makes 6 servings.



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Deviled Eggs and Ham

Deviled Eggs and HamThis is a wonderful alternative to regular deviled eggs. The deviled ham gives these eggs a delightful country flavor!

6 hard-boiled eggs, shells removed
1 (3 ounce) can deviled ham
1 tablespoon spicy brown mustard
3 tablespoons mayonnaise
1/4 teaspoon salt

1. Slice the eggs in half; carefully remove the yolks into a small mixing bowl. Mash the yolks with a fork; stir in the deviled ham, mustard, mayonnaise and salt, mixing until creamy.

2. Spoon the mixture back into the hollows in the egg whites; sprinkle with a small amount of Paprika for color. Makes 12 halves, each with 1 gram carbohydrate, a trace of fiber and 4 grams of protein.



Fried Tuna Patties

DSCN2353I was in the mood for some fried salmon patties one day last week but alas, I did not have any salmon in my pantry. I did, however, have some tuna, so I decided to substitute the tuna for the salmon. I must say, they turned out to be quite good!

2 (5 ounces each) cans water-packed tuna, drained and flaked
3 egg whites*
2 teaspoons lemon juice
3 tablespoons seasoned dry bread crumbs
2 tablespoons minced fresh onion
1 teaspoon dried parsley flakes
1/4 teaspoon black pepper

1. In a medium bowl, combine all the ingredients until well blended. Shape the mixture into 4 equal patties.

2. Spray a large nonstick skillet with nonstick cooking spray; heat over medium heat. Add the patties and cook until golden brown, about 5 minutes on each side. Makes 4 servings.

Per Serving: 137 Calories, 1 g Total Fat, 0 g Saturated Fat, 32 mg Cholesterol, 462 mg Sodium, 5 g Total Carbohydrate, 1 g Dietary Fiber, 26 g Protein, 24 mg Calcium.

* If you are not watching your cholesterol, you could use 3 whole eggs. The cholesterol count will, however, be higher.