Sunday, December 26, 2010

Black Cod in Black Rice Flour

Black Cod in Black Rice Flour - 19g Carbs, 2g Fiber
Feeds: 4

1/2 cup Italian venere black rice
4 fillets black cod, about 6 oz each, at least 1 inch thick, skin removed
Kosher salt and cracked black pepper
2 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
2 Tbsp unsalted butter

Preheating the oven: Turn the oven to 450 degrees F.

Grinding the rice into flour: Grind the black rice until it's a pearly
gray-purple flour. A spice grinder will work just fine and a strong
blender will work even better. Sift the black rice flour to remove
any bigger bits of rice.

Dredging and searing the fish: Season both sides of the cod fillets
with salt and pepper. Dredge each fillet in the black rice flour,
coating only the side that did not have skin. Shake off the excess.

Set a large oven-safe saute pan over medium-high heat, then add the
oil and butter to the pan. When the butter is foaming, but not yet
brown, add the fish to the pan, flour side down, and shake the pan
around a bit so the fish doesn't stick. Cook until the rice flour
forms a crust, 2 to 3 minutes. Flip over the fish and slide the pan
into the oven. Cook the fish until the internal temperature reaches
120 degrees F, 5 to 6 minutes.

Halibut in season would be great in place of black cod, and scallops
in black rice flour always produce gasps. Generally, a thick white
fish is good for the contrast. However, ahi tuna is pretty spectacular in black rice flour as well.

Suggestions: This dish goes well with a bok choy risotto.

Feeds: 4
Nutrition per Serving:
342 Calories, 15g Total Fat, 5g Saturated Fat, 2g Polyunsaturated Fat, 7g Monounsaturated Fat, 91mg Cholesterol, 98mg Sodium, 19g Carbs, 2g Fiber, 34g Protein

Friday, December 10, 2010


Impossible Berry Pie - 15g Carbs, 1.1g Fiber, 10.2g Sugar

From Chef Michel Nischan who whips up a pie so delicious you
won't believe it's diabetes-friendly. A delicious, low carb fruit
custard pie without the crust!
Prep Time: 2 hours
Cook Time: 1 hours
Difficulty: EASY
Servings: 12

1 cup fresh sliced strawberries, washed & drained
1/2 cup fresh raspberries, washed & drained
1/2 cup fresh blueberries, washed & drained
13 fl oz Milk, evaporated
1/4 cup agave nectar, all natural
1/4 cup whole wheat flour
1/4 cup white all purpose flour
1 tsp vanilla extract
4 eggs
1/4 cup canola oil
1/4 tsp almond extract
1/3 cup flaked unsweetened coconut (optional)
1 Tbsp powdered sugar, sifted (optional)

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

2. Coat 9-1/2" pie plate with cooking spray.

3. Place berries in pie plate; set aside.

4. Shake evaporated milk and pour into food processor or blender. Add
agave nectar, flours, vanilla, eggs, oil, and almond extract; process
until smooth, scraping sides.

5. If using, add coconut and pulse 2 times.

6. Pour mixture over fruit and bake 45 to 55 minutes or until golden
brown and knife inserted in center comes out clean.

7. Cool on rack about 30 minutes and refrigerate about 1 hour before

8. Dust with powdered sugar, if desired. Cover and refrigerate leftovers

Additional Information - -
You can use any combination of berries you like, and you can also use
frozen (unsweetened) berries. Agave nectar is a sweetener with a
slightly thinner consistency than honey. It generally has a reduced
impact on blood sugar. Look for it in the aisle where you find honey
and syrups.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Baked Spaghetti Squash like Lasagna

Baked Spaghetti Squash Lasagna Style - 24.5g Carbs, 5.8g Fiber

"This is an alternative to bland old spaghetti squash. It resembles baked Rigatoni and Lasagna. Kids also loved it! Give it a try!"
Prep Time: 30 Minutes
Cook Time: 1 Hour 15 Minutes
Ready In: 1 Hour 45 Minutes
Servings: 6

1 spaghetti squash, halved lengthwise and seeded
1 onion, chopped
2 Tbsp minced garlic
2 (14oz) cans stewed tomatoes
1 Tbsp dried basil
1 cube vegetable bouillon
Black pepper to taste
1 (15oz can) black olives, chopped
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1 cup shredded Parmesan cheese

1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Spray a baking sheet
with a thin layer of cooking spray. Place squash halves cut side down
on the baking sheet.

2. Bake squash 35 minutes in the preheated oven, or until a knife can
be easily inserted. Remove from oven, and cool.

3. Meanwhile, spray a non-stick saucepan with cooking spray. Over medium
heat, saute the onion and garlic until golden brown. Stir in tomatoes,
basil, bouillon cube, and black pepper. Cook for about 15 minutes, or
until you have a medium thick sauce.

4. Remove squash strands with a fork, reserving the shells. Layer each
half with a spoonful of the sauce, a layer of spaghetti squash strands,
olives, and mozzarella cheese. Repeat layers until shells are full, or
until all of the ingredients are used. Top with Parmesan cheese.

5. Bake for 20 minutes in the preheated oven, or until Parmesan cheese

Servings: 6
Nutrition per Serving:
280 Calories, 15.9g Total Fat, 27mg Cholesterol, 1,294mg Sodium,
24.5g Total Carbs, 5.8gDietary Fiber, 14.1g Protein

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Lentil Stew with Pumpkin

Lentil Stew With Pumpkin or Sweet Potatoes - 31g Carbs, 6g Fiber

1/2 lb (1 heaped cup) lentils, rinsed and picked over
6 cups water, vegetable stock or chicken stock
1 medium onion, cut in half
2 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed
1 bay leaf
Pinch of saffron
1/2 tsp turmeric
20 sprigs cilantro, tied into a bunch
1 tsp ground ginger
2 medium OR 1 large carrot, peeled and cut into 1/4-inch dice
1/2 lb winter squash (such as pumpkin or butternut squash) OR
sweet potato, peeled and cut into 1/4-inch dice
3 Tbsp tomato paste
Freshly ground pepper
2 to 3 Tbsp chopped flat-leaf parsley

1. Combine the lentils, water or stock, onion, garlic cloves and bay
leaf in a large soup pot or Dutch oven. Bring to a boil. Rub the
saffron between your fingers and add to the pot, along with the
turmeric and the cilantro. Reduce the heat, add salt to taste,
cover and simmer 30 minutes.

2. Remove the onion and garlic cloves from the pot, and add the
remaining ingredients except the parsley. Bring back to a simmer,
cover and simmer 30 minutes or until the lentils and vegetables
are tender. Discard the cilantro bundle, taste and adjust seasonings.
Just before serving, stir in the parsley.

Advance preparation:
This will keep for three or four days in the refrigerator. When you
reheat it, you may need to add some water. Adjust seasonings accordingly.

Serves: 6
Nutrition per Serving:
159 Calories, 0g Fat, 0g Saturated Fat, 0mg Cholesterol, 11g Protein,
31g Carbs, 6g Dietary Fiber, 46mg Sodium (does not include salt added
during preparation)