Chicken breasts, wrapped in cheese and bacon, smothered in a mushroom sauce - heart be still!
Jen at Low Carb News posted this recipe, have to try this.
Photo courtesy of Low Carb News
Carolyn, at All Day I Dream About Food always has amazing recipes. This is on my “must try” list, as I feel deprived if I can't finish dinner with something sweet. I usually grab at Atkins Bar, but this would be much better for me. And yes, I know it’s a horrible habit, one that I have tried and always failed to conquer my entire lifetime, even when eating low carb. I’m never satisfied until I have something sweet and this should work nicely.
Looks wonderful, doesn’t it? You can grab the recipe from her site, here’s the link...
When I saw this recipe that The Clothes Make the Girl posted back in 2011, I was intrigued.
Here’s in part what she had to say about this dish.
Trust me: this does not taste like a big bowl of zucchini. The garlic and olive oil trump transform this dish so it tastes like neither vegetables nor eggs, but some miraculous, noodle-y merging of the two. It’s warm and tender and scrumptious. A hug in a bowl.
I made it for lunch today, found out that I need to make a few alterations to make this work for me, but it was one of the yummiest low-carb dishes I’ve had in a long time.
So, hats off to you, Melissa, this indeed a keeper recipe that I will make again and again.
First I’ll give you her recipe, with a link to her site, and then tell you what I did and will do differently the next time.
And here are my changes.
First of all, 1/4 a teaspoon of salt was not enough salt for me to sweat my zucchini. Perhaps I used larger zucchini than she did, or perhaps it was because I added a couple of summer squash because I didn’t have enough zucchini. I could see it not sweating, I added probably a total of 2 teaspoons of salt to sweat it. I need to research this a bit more.
But anyway, I also don’t think I let it sweat long enough, because even though I rinsed and patted dry, it did still weep a bit when I cooked it.
I doubled the almond flour, coconut oil mixture because hubs was eating this too, and it took a lot longer than a minute for it to brown in my large skillet. But that’s okay, I had patience and the nutty flavor was absolute heaven. I’ll use this topping instead of breadcrumbs on casseroles, such as escalloped cabbage, that I make in the future
Okay, so then I julienned my zucchini and summer squash with my much loved Paderno Veggie Spiralizer and went ahead and added a tablespoon of olive oil to sauté. The recipe didn’t say to do this, but I needed the oil to make this step work.
Then I pushed them to one side, added a clove of crushed garlic, let it get fragrant, then I stirred in the eggs and tossed continuously. The next time I’ll add another clove of garlic, you could taste the garlic, but the flavor was a bit too subtle I thought.
ThenI served it up in Fiesta Ware bowls, put the toasted almond flour on top, and oh my, it was wonderful. Absolutely amazingly delicious. And Melissa is right, you don’t taste the egg, you just taste comfort. Love, love love this dish, Can’t say enough good things about it.
Photograph is from The Clothes Make The Girl
(I was too busy eating to take my own pictures, bad Jan)
Okay, so I tricked the recipe out a bit, and the results are pretty darn good too! This recipe has been around forever, it’s fast, easy to make and tastes good. What more do you want?
2 ounces softened cream cheese (put it in the microwave for 15-20 seconds)
1 large egg (either room temp, or put in the microwave for about 10 seconds to warm)
1 Tablespoon Swerve sweetener
1 Tablespoon vanilla
dash of salt
I whisk all the ingredients together (you need warm eggs or the cream cheese will congeal into lumps) then put it in my 6 ounce Fiestaware custard cup, sprayed with cooking spray, and nuke it for 90 seconds.
Then I top it with Walden Farms 0 calorie, 0 carb Orange Marmalade (available at netriton.com) a few blueberries and I have breakfast!
You can also omit the jelly and add cinnamon to the mixture for a faux cinnamon danish.
8 Servings, net carbs 2.5 per serving, Protein 14.8, Calories 192.6
Picture courtesy of Atkins