More high fat, low carb recipes

When I posted the recipe for Pork Rind fried Tilapia, my brother’s main question was, “Nancy, couldn’t you just have cooked the tilapia without using the pork rinds?”

Of course I’ve made tilapia lots of ways.  But on Ben’s new diet, we are trying to increase his fats to an abnormal level.  For some reason, a diet comprised mainly of fats (with a little protein and a few carbs) is supposed to keep seizures at bay.  We haven’t seen any positive results yet from the diet, but in the meantime I’ve learned some fun new recipes that are quite popular on the low-carb websites I’ve found.  And while the diet may not be helping Ben’s seizures, I’ve been following it (consuming much less fat than Ben) and have actually lost some weight.  Here are some of my favorite low-carb recipes:

Oopsie Rolls

    3 large eggs
    1 packet of Splenda
    1 dash salt
    1 pinch cream of tartar
    3 ounces cream cheese
Preheat oven to 300 degrees.

Separate the eggs and add Splenda, salt, and cream cheese to the yolks. Use a mixer to combine the ingredients together.
In a separate bowl, whip egg whites and cream of tartar until stiff (if you’re using the same mixer, mix the whites first and then the yolk mixture).
Using a spatula, gradually fold the egg yolk mixture into the white mixture, being careful not to break down the whites.
Spray a cookie sheet with non-stick spray and spoon the mixture onto the sheet, making 6 mounds. Flatten each mound slightly.
Bake about 30 minutes (You want them slightly softer, not crumbly). Let cool on the sheet for a few minutes, and then remove to a rack and allow them to cool. Store them in a bread sack or a ziplock bag to keep them from drying out.

Cauliflower Pizza Dough
(this one was surprisingly good!)
1 cup cooked, riced cauliflower*
1 egg
1 cup mozzarella cheese
1/2 tsp fennel
1 tsp oregano
2 tsp parsley
Preheat oven to 450 degrees Farenheit.
Spray a cookie sheet with non-stick spray.
In a medium bowl, combine cauliflower, egg and mozzarella. Press evenly on the pan. Sprinkle evenly with fennel, oregano and parsley.
Bake at 450 degrees for 12-15 minutes (15-20 minutes if you double the recipe).
Cover with pizza sauce, cheese and toppings and bake at 350 degrees for another 20 – 30 minutes or so.

Coconut Oil Candies
1 cup coconut oil
<1/2 cup cocoa powder
splenda to taste (I haven’t quite figured out the exact ratio yet)
Mix everything together and drop in spoonfuls on a cookie sheet lined with tin foil.  Put in fridge to harden.  These are very rich and  a little bit goes a long way  (a lot goes even longer!)

Oh, and I’ve developed a strange addiction to pork rinds.  My family is making fun of me, but at least my jeans are fitting better!

Follow Up Post

After my post this morning, I felt it necessary to follow up with our creative, low carb dinner that we ate this evening:

Pork Rind Fried Tilapia

This sounds so gross, but we all actually enjoyed it.  I crushed up a bag of pork rinds and mixed in parmesan cheese, onion powder, garlic salt and cayenne pepper.  Then I dipped Tilapia in egg wash and covered the fish in the pork rind mixture.  I fried it in the pan, and it tasted pretty good.

So maybe I will find some joy in coming up with low-carb recipes for the family.

Pork rinds…who knew!  (My Jewish mother might be turning over in her grave right now…)