Monday, April 23, 2012

Cinco de Mayo, Tex Mex Vittles and Atkins Induction Can They Play Together?

Day 7 - 2Week Atkin's Induction

Induction Cheese Enchiladas, spicy jalapeno
Guacamole and Green Salad. Induction Food. Really?
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To tide you over till I get back from having my port flushed and getting a little bloodwork was yesterday's Induction Dinner!

I will be back later this afternoon to post menus from yesterday, totals and Recipes. Yes, I said there WILL be recipes! 
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OK, Now for a Wad of Recipes from Fluffy Chix Day of Cinco de Mayo Dishes!

Induction Cheese Bread works as a great "bun".
Induction Cheese Bread
Serves – 12 (2Tbsp Biscuits) or 8 (3Tbsp Biscuits)
Prep Time – 10 Minutes
Cook Time – 20 Minutes
Difficulty – No Brainer

6 Tbsp. Cottage Cheese
6 Tbsp. Whey Protein Powder, Natural Flavor
3 large Eggs, whole
1-1/2c Mozzarella Cheese, Part Skim, shredded
1 Tbsp Olive Oil
1 Tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar (Bragg’s)
1 tsp Baking Powder
2 tsp Parsley, dried
¼ tsp Granulated Garlic Powder
¼ tsp Onion Powder
1 pinch Kosher Salt


Grate cheese.

Combine all ingredients and mix well.

Line the bottom of 4oz. ramekins with parchment.

Stir before ladling either 2 or 3 tablespoons of batter into each ramekin.

Microwave on high for 1 minute. You can microwave up to 2 ramekins at a time. (If you are microwaving 2 ramekins at one time, you may need to add 10seconds to your time.)

Once cheese biscuit is done, remove from ramekin. Remove parchment paper. (Parchment can be re-used.)

Brown Induction Cheese Bread in non-stick skillet.
Place in non-stick sauté pan. Heat pan on medium high heat and allow cheese bread to toast on each side, about 2 minutes per side. You can toast multiple rounds in each batch. Bread will not run or smear. Also, there’s no need for any added oil when toasting!

Blot any extra oil or moisture from surface of toasted Induction Bread. Serve hot.
These can be made ahead and re-toasted or toasted as you use them. Refrigerate any unused bread.

One or two bread rounds make a meal.

Variations –

(Note: If not serving immediately, cover the surface of the guacamole with plastic wrap. Make sure to remove all air to avoid the avocado turning brown. Refrigerate and serve within 24 hours.)
Toasted Induction Bread is versatile! Tweak it to make
other flavors!

Mexican “Corn” Cake
Add 1 Jalapeno, fresh and finely diced
Add 1 Tbsp Cilantro
Add 1/8 tsp Cumin
Add 1 pinch Coriander, ground
Replace 1/3 of the mozzarella with sharp cheddar to make a spicy version.

Mexican "Bisconcitas"
Omit all savory spices but keep the Kosher salt
1 Tbsp Brown Sugar SF DaVinci
1/2 Tbsp Vanilla DaVinci
1 tsp Cinnamon
2 Tbsp Truvia or EXS Mixture (EXS=Erythritol, Xylitol, Stevia), granular

Add DaVinci syrups to batter. Once bread is cooked in the microwave and toasted, sprinkle hot toasted rounds with a mixture of cinnamon and sugar substitute. This is great with bacon or fried ham! They also taste great with SF Maple Syrup. Or simply spread with your favorite jam or SF Pumpkin Butter.

(Note – I first saw the inspiration for this recipe in the old Atkins DANDR book. They called for soy protein/flour and left the recipe a little plain. Being the tweaker I am, I omitted the soy and replaced it with Whey Protein (Concentrate or Isolate, doesn’t matter). I spiced the batter up a bit and voila, Induction Bread!

I like using 2 Tbsp of batter per ramekin. The bread is thinner, but still makes a good platform and FUN-ctional food and delivers your choice of toppings! You save a few carbs and a few calories if you’re one that needs to watch the cals as well as carbs.

Get daring and make up your own versions with different spices or savory elements.)

Easy Pico de Gallo makes a fresh and nutrient dense
dose of anti-oxidants feel like a Fiesta!

Pico de Gallo
Serves – 2
Prep Time – 10 Minutes
Cook Time – None
Difficulty – Easy

8 Grape Tomatoes
1/4c Red Onion, chopped
1 Jalapeno, fresh, chopped with seeds
1/8 c. Cilantro, chopped
½ tsp Lime, zest
1 Tbsp. Olive Oil
1 dash Black Pepper, freshly ground
1 dash Kosher Salt
2 wedges Lime, juiced

Cut grape tomatoes lengthwise, then into thirds. Each grape tomato makes six segments.

Mince garlic.

Finely chop onion and cilantro.
Combine all ingredients in a bowl. Stir well.

Serve immediately.

Cinco de Mayo BOB (Breakfast On a Bun)
Serves – 1 BOB
Prep Time – 1 Hour
Cook Time – 5 Minutes
Difficulty – Easy

2 Induction Bread Rounds
¼ Avocado, sliced
2 Tbsp Pico de Gallo
1 Egg, fried
½ tsp Olive Oil
½ oz Cheddar Cheese
1 patty Turkey Pan Sausage, pre-cooked (Jimmy Dean)

Heat and brown turkey sausage patty in non-stick skillet. Toast Induction Cheese Bread rounds in the same pan as the turkey sausage. Remove when both are browned.

Add olive oil and fry egg to easy over or sunny side up. Leave the yolk runny!

Top one cheese bread round with cheddar cheese and the other one with the browned sausage patty. Brown in toaster oven until cheese is melted and sausage patty is heated through. Bring both halves to plate.

Add the sliced avocado and pico to the bread and cheese side. Add the fried egg to the side with the turkey sausage.
Serve while hot.

Induction Enchiladas
(This is an Un-Recipe)
Serves – 2
Prep Time – 10 Minutes to 3 Hours
Cooking Time – 30 to 40 Minutes

2/3 c. Turkey Chili Juice
2 Tbsp Pork Rind, crumbs
4 Revolutionary Crepes**
2 oz American Cheese or a mixture of Cheddar and American
2 oz Cheddar and Monterrey Jack Cheese, shredded
1/2c Onion, chopped
Garnish – 2 Tbsp Sour Cream or Mexican Crema (optional)

Make a batch of your favorite Turkey Chili and use leftovers to make this enchilada dish.

Make a batch of Revolutionary Crepes*.

Take one crepe and place ½ oz American cheese or cheddar mix along with ½ Tbsp chopped onion. Roll crepe and place seam side down in shallow casserole. Repeat with the remaining 3 crepes.

Loosely strain chili with a slotted spoon. You want mostly liquid and a few bits of meat. Use ground meat for other applications such as chili dogs. Thicken chili gravy with ground pork rind crumbs and allow to thicken slightly.

Pour chili gravy over filled enchiladas. Top with grated cheese.
Bake in 350* oven for 30-40 minutes or until cheese is bubbly and heated through.

Remove from oven and allow enchiladas to sit for 5 minutes before serving. Serve 1 to 2 enchiladas per person. Top with a light sprinkling of chopped onion and optional sour cream or crema garnish.

(Note: These are great served with guacamole and a simple mixed greens and tomato salad tossed with House Vinaigrette.) 
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Simple Chunky Guacamole
Serves – 8
Prep Time – 10 Minutes
Cook Time – None
Difficulty – Easy

2 Avocadoes, ripe
1/3 c Onions, chopped
1 Jalapeno Pepper, chopped
2 Tbsp Cilantro, chopped
1 clove Garlic, chopped finely
1 Tbsp. Olive Oil
2 dash Black Pepper, freshly ground
2 dashes Kosher Salt
2 wedges Lime, juiced

Cut avocadoes in half and remove the seeds. With a dull knife, score avocado into ½” cubes. Scoop out pulp with a large spoon and place in a bowl.

Combine with all other ingredients. Mix with spoon, lightly mashing pulp of avocado but leave it mostly chunky.

Serve immediately, but it can be made up to 2 hours ahead.

Revolutionary Wraps - Use Basic Revolution Roll Recipe.

Spread 1/4c batter onto parchment paper. Make a circle about 1/8" thick.

Microwave for 40 seconds to 1 minute.

Remove and place parchment side up in a heated non-stick skillet. Allow crepe to cook on the second side without disturbing it. Once cooked on the first side, flip it over and allow it to cook another 30 seconds with the parchment paper side down in the pan.

Remove from pan and allow to cool. Peel crepe off paper and store in an airtight container or bag.

Day 7 - 2Week Atkins Induction Menu and Totals

1 Cinco De Mayo BOB

1 Induction Cheese Enchilada
2 c Spring Mix Lettuce
3 Grape Tomatoes
1 Tbsp Walden Farm SF Zero Calorie Italian Dressing

Daily Totals

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SusieT's Poopy Report
Weight - 236 lbs (Pre-poopy. Yep, spectacular water weight! Cheese? Probably.)
FBG - Out of Strips :(
Pain - 6
Mood - 6 (Of course, I'm ruled by the scale. Aren't we all?)
Walking - No (Work and Port Flush/Blood Work)

No comments other than I refuse to get wigged out of shape by the scale jump. This is not a shocker, nor is it new. My pattern during the 80lbs of weight loss has been to lose, then bounce, then lose and bounce, rinse and repeat. It's just more of the same, different day. Different year.

I'm very certain it has got to be all the sodium in the cheese and the quantity of cheese eaten yesterday. It will come off. As of the end of Day 8, I'm down to 234.0lbs. Still a pound up, but it's the end of the day and end of eating for the day. No biggie.

Oh and the magnesium in the spinach and salad greens worked! Wooohooo! Thah crahps ah say-uv-ed!!!! :) 
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  1. Replies
    1. Kent they were pretty tasty. I'm trying to get the post together to get it posted in the next hour or so... :) It's not my "real" Texas Chili Gravy. I make a low carb version of it that is very close to real deal Chili Gravy, but it isn't Induction Friendly. This one used just Turkey Chili that is thickened with a few pork rind crumbs. Works well, but isn't quite the exact Chili Gravy flavor! But hey, it still "ate good."

      Congrats on your Marathon! Everyone, Kent just ran a Garmin Marathon. Read all about it on his blog www.atkinsdietgeek(dot)com/2012/04/garmin-marathon-2012/

      Take the (dot) out and replace it with a . and that should make a link that works!

  2. Yum - all of the versions and additions look and sound absolutely delicious. Thanks! I can't wait to give it a try as I have all of the ingredients I need on hand...

    1. Yay, Stacey! Can't wait to hear how you liked them. :D And welcome to the Fluffy Blog Archives! Be sure to check out our new site (on our very own domain)! FluffyChixCook(dot)com - replace the "dot" with an actual "." to get to the new digs! :)

  3. I may have missed this, but what brand of "natural flavor" whey protein do you use?

    1. You can use any low carb brand of unflavored. I use Designer Whey, but recently used some from the bulk bin at the grocery (in a pinch). You can also try Jay Robb or Trader Joe's. Think they both make an unflavored.


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