Pan Asian fried Rice

Ingredients:
2 lbs. trimmed cauliflower
4 Tbsp. vegetable oil
4 cloves garlic, minced
3-4 cups diced, cooked meat
3 eggs
1 tsp. salt
2 green onions, thinly sliced
1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper

Instructions:
Grate the cauliflower using the medium sized holes of a grater. Grate the core too. With your hands squeeze out as much water as you can. This may not be necessary for some cauliflower as they vary in degree of wetness.

Over high heat, heat the oil (bacon fat can be used here too) in a wok or large heavy frying pan and add the garlic. Stir-fry until pale gold. Add the meat and fry until lightly browned. Break in the eggs and fry until softly scrambled. Add the grated cauliflower, sprinkle with salt and stir and fry until it’s tender-crisp, about 5-8 minutes. The length of time will depend on the cauliflower.

Stir in the green onion and pepper. Check the seasoning and serve.

Note: Serves 4 as a main course, 8 as a side dish (very low carb count total carb count is 57 for the whole meal)

This is a pan-Asian mix combining flavors and techniques from China, Thailand and Vietnam. Chinese like their fried rice to be white, Thais like the flavor of golden fried garlic and Vietnamese like to add a bit of black pepper.

You can use raw meat, shrimp or prawns. Just make sure it’s in small pieces and thoroughly cooked before adding the eggs.

If you’re used to the darker version, add a splash of soy sauce – go easy or the rice may be too wet – and reduce the salt. You can use this without the meat as a side dish. Delish with crumbled feta, olive oil and chopped tomato on top. The variations are endless: a bit of curry powder, some grated lemon rind to go with fish, some chili powder……

Blueberry Muffin Jubilee

Ingredients:
12 ounces cream cheese, soft
5 eggs
15 packets Splenda sugar substitute
2 Teasps vanilla
1 ½ cups whole almond meal
1 cup unprocessed wheat bran
1 Teasp baking powder
1 cup whole (fresh or frozen) blueberries
2 Teasps grated lemon peel

Instructions:
Preheat oven to 325ΊF. Lightly grease a 12-cup muffin pan (heavy-gauge metal is best). You can also use muffin liners.

Put cream cheese and two eggs in the bowl of an electric mixer. Beat with a flat beater until smooth and fluffy. Add the other eggs, one at a time, beating briefly after each. On slow speed, stir in the rest of the ingredients except the blueberries and lemon peel. When mixture is well blended, stir in the blueberries and lemon peel.

Fill the muffin pans almost to the top. (The muffins will rise only slightly.) Bake muffins for about 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown. These muffins freeze well. Thaw at room temperature.

Note: Each muffin has 4.8 grams of carb.

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