Category Archives: Pork

Pork Recipes

Oh Bacon…

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     How I love thee…. versatile, tasty bacon. The one ingredient that can be added to almost anything and it will improve the dish. Oh yes. Bacon.
   Pretty much everyone except vegans (and some religions) loves bacon! As a low carber, bacon is the holy grail. Not only does this salty little gift from the gods taste like a slice of heaven, you get this:

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Bacon grease! Not only is this the best thing to cook eggs in, it’s also a killer ingredient in low carb baked goods. My favorite one included; bacon cheddar scones.
     So, next time you’re at the grocery store, don’t forget the bacon.

Lots of Love, Tattoos & Resilience from Cori to You!

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Spicy Bacon & Gorgonzola Turkey Meatballs drizzled with Sriracha Mayo on a bed of Fresh Arugula

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This was A-Mazing. Do not omit any ingredients… they all work together in such harmony it’s a palate symphony. I will absolutley make this a staple on my dinner table.

Spicy Bacon & Gorgonzola Turkey Meatballs

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Combine everything (except the arugula, bacon & Sriracha Mayo) and shape into 10 meatballs, place into a shallow baking dish lined with foil and parchment (for easy clean up and so the meatballs release easily from pan).
  2. Bake in a 375 degree oven for 30 minutes.
  3. While meatballs are cooking, slice bacon into small pieces and fry into bacon bits until crispy and browned, drain grease.
  4. To serve, make a bed of about 1 1/4 c. arugula and place 2 meatballs on top, drizzle the meatballs with about 1 Tbsp of Sriracha Mayo and top with approx 2 slices worth of bacon bits. This makes 10 meatballs, 2 meatballs per serving with 3.04 Net Carbs per serving with 1.73 coming from veggies.

SSBB Muffins (Succulent Sausage Bacon Brussels Muffins)

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Excellent grab-n-go food. I like making things that are simple for portion control. Doesn’t hurt that they taste amazing!

Succulent Sausage Bacon Brussels Muffins

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Dice bacon into small pieces and fry up to make bacon bits, remove from grease and then dice up the sausage links and fry until crispy. Grease muffin tins (18) and divide the bacon and sausage evenly between the 18 muffin cups.
  2. Cook Brussels sprouts according to package then slice into quarters and divide evenly over the muffin tins on top of the sausage and bacon, approximately 3 brussels in each cup.
  3. Combine the egg whites, mayo, sour cream and ranch seasoning, blending really well then stir in cheese. Top each cup with the cheese/egg mixture, dividing as evenly as possible over the top of each of the 18 muffin cups then push the ingredients down to pack them slightly. Place in a 375 degree oven for 25 minutes until golden brown.

Makes 18 muffins 3.03 net carbs per muffin, 2.22 coming from veggies.

Loaded Baked Broccoli

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This recipe was a huge success and an enormous hit with everyone! I think it may be my new favorite food. So tasty.

Loaded Baked Broccoli

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Cook broccoli in a deep pan, with water added only up to about halfway through the broccoli until tender about 10 minutes and drain. Mix Mayo, sour cream, egg whites, and cracked black pepper until thoroughly blended, pour over broccoli and add most of the cheese and mix really well. Pour into a casserole dish 9×13″ that is sprayed with cooking spray and spread out evenly. Top with addition 4 oz of cheese and bake in a 375 degree oven for 30 minutes.
  2. While the broccoli is baking, Dice bacon and fry until crispy, remove from grease and set aside. Dice onions and cook in the leftover bacon grease until tender, remove from pan, set aside.
  3. After casserole is done baking, top evenly with the bacon and onions.

Makes 12 servings, 5.98 net carbs per serving with 4.83 coming from veggies. To reduce the amount of net carbs in this recipe you can reduce the amount of onions used, but I love the flavor of the caramelized onions on this dish.

Ribs & Slaw for Dinner

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Tonight I made succulent juicy Pork Ribs and sweet creamy coleslaw for dinner. Not every recipe has to be exact measurements, some just need to be easy. For the ribs, I always follow my recipe for the cooking time; start at 300 for 1 hour, bump it up to 325 for an hour, them bump to 350 for 30 minutes (all of this time is covered with foil), then take foil off and cook for 20-30 minutes uncovered to get a nice crust.

I seasoned these with a sprinkle of Johnny’s seasoned salt, oregano, garlic powder, smoked paprika, chili powder and fresh cracked black pepper.

For the slaw, simply mix a couple Tbsp of Mayo with a packet of artificial sweetener, a sprinkling of poppy seeds and a Tbsp or so of Apple Cider Vinegar (use your judgement according to taste and viscosity) and toss with shredded cabbage. I love the crunch of fresh cabbage so I mix mine right before I serve, but  if you like your slaw a little softer, by all means make ahead of time and chill.

This whole meal was about 7 net carbs (based on 2 cups of cabbage, don’t judge, I love my slaw)

Broccoli & Chicken Alfredo Bake

The Ingredients:

4 crowns Broccoli, chopped (18.4 oz)

14 oz. Chicken, cooked and chopped

1 Leek, sliced, rinsed, drained (4 oz)

8 oz. White Mushrooms, stems cut, quartered (6.7 oz after stems removed)

4 links Johnsonville Polish Kielbasa, fully cooked, sliced

1 jar Cheesy Ragu Classic Alfredo

4 Tbsp Butter

3/4 c. Heavy Whipping Cream

1 Tbsp Garlic Salt

1/2 c. Parmesan, grated

7 oz. Provolone (7 deli slices)

What to Do:

Melt butter over med-high in large skillet, add leeks and polish sausages and saute for 5 minutes stirring frequently. Reduce heat to medium, add garlic salt, cream, parmesan, alfredo sauce, and chicken and stir well to thoroughly combine, remove from heat.

In a large bowl, mix broccoli and mushrooms and pour sauce over raw veggies and stir very well to combine.

In a 9X13 casserole dish, pour mixture as evenly into dish as possible and pat down to smooth out surface as much as possible.

Top with the provolone and cover with foil. Bake in a pre-heated 375 degree oven for 30 minutes, uncover and bake for another 15 minutes until cheese is slightly browned.

Makes 8-10 servings

Nutritional Information:

For 8 servings:     Sodium: 1353 mg     Fat: 43.82 g     Total Carbs: 11.90 g       Fiber: 2.2 g     Net Carbs: 9.7 g     Veggie Net Carbs: 4.93 g     Protein: 27.44 g     Calories: 555

For 10 servings:     Sodium: 1083 mg     Fat: 35.06g     Total Carbs: 9.52 g         Fiber: 1.8 g     Net Carbs: 7.72 g     Veggie net carbs: 3.94 g      Protein: 21.95 g     Calories: 444

Ratios:     Carbs: 9%     Fat: 71%     Protein: 20%   (does not change whether you choose 8 or 10 servings)

Cajun Gumbo

This recipe is a time consumer. Takes all in all about 2 hours start to finish, but anything really wonderful takes time to slow cook, it’s worth the time and effort. Makes a very large pot of gumbo that freezes really well. Take a Sunday and get to cooking, you will lots of leftovers for a quick easy meal later. 🙂

The Ingredients:

1/2 c. Butter

2 lbs. Johnsonville Hot Italian Sausage

1 lb Hillshire Farms Smoked Sausage link, sliced in half lengthwise & chopped

1 lb Farmland Cubed Ham

1 lb Chicken, cooked and chopped

12 c. Chicken Stock

24 oz. Okra (I use frozen chopped Okra)

3 Green Bell Peppers, seeded and chopped (I got 33 oz)

2 sm-med Onions, chopped (12 oz)

5 Green Onions/Scallions, sliced (2.3 oz)

8 stalks Celery, sliced (12 oz)

2 tsp Minced Garlic

7 oz can Diced Green Chiles

6 oz can Tomato Paste

10.75 oz can Tomato Puree

28 oz can Diced Tomatoes, do not drain

1/2 tsp Thyme

1/2 tsp Tarragon

3/4 tsp Oregano

1/2 tsp Basil, dried

1 Tbsp Cumin, ground

1 Tbsp Salt

1 tsp Black Pepper

What to Do:

Melt butter over med-high heat in large stockpot, add ground sausage and cook until until browned and crumbly.

Add smoked sausage and ham and stir well, cook for a few minutes just to heat through.

Add everything EXCEPT Okra and cooked chicken to the stockpot and stir well to combine, increase heat to high and bring to boil.

Cover, reduce heat to med-low and cook for an hour stirring occasionally.

Remove lid, add Okra and cooked chicken to the pot, stir well to combine, increase heat to med-high and bring to a simmer, cover and cook for about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Remove from heat, stir and serve.

If you like spicy, add red pepper flakes and/or your favorite hot sauce. This recipe can easily be changed to a seafood gumbo but omitting any of the proteins and adding crab, shrimp, oysters, etc. Or simply add them to this recipe also.  Seafood, however, would need to be added at the end of the cooking time along with the Okra.

Makes 34 – 8 oz bowls or 17 – 16 oz bowls, nutritional info below reflects the 8 oz bowl.

Nutritional Info:     Sodium: 1024 mg     Fat: 11.94 g     Total Carbs: 9.74 g     Fiber: 2.7 g     Net Carbs: 7.04 g     Veggie Net Carbs: 4.78 g     Protein: 11.85 g     Calories: 192

Ratios:     Carbs: 20%     Fat: 56%     Protein: 24%

Sausage Gravy

The Ingredients:

1 lb. Jimmy Dean Sage Sausage

3/4 c. Blue Diamond Unsweetened Almond Milk

8 oz. Cream Cheese, softened

1/4 c. Heavy Whipping Cream

1/4 tsp. Salt

1/8 tsp. White Pepper

1/2 tsp. Onion Powder

What to do:

Brown sausage in large skillet over med-high heat until through and crumbled. Do not drain

Add softened cream cheese, stir well. Add liquids and spices and stir to combine, simmer for 3-5 minutes until all flavors have combined.

Makes 6 servings.

I have the gravy pictured here over the Bacon Cheddar Scones recipe:

https://corimalloy.wordpress.com/2011/04/16/bacon-cheddar-scones/

Nutritional info for gravy only:

Sodium: 708 mg     Fat: 32.96 g     Total Carbs: 2.78 g     Fiber: 0.2 g          NetCarbs: 2.58 g     Protein: 11 g     Calories: 351

Ratios:      Carbs: 3%     Fat: 85%     Protein: 12%

Portobello Mushroom Pizza

I am not including any nutritional info for this because there are so many different options for topping a pizza, not to mention, the different sizes of the mushrooms available.

What I did for this picture is cut off the stem of the portobello mushroom, scrape the dark gills out of the inside.

Top with a little pizza sauce.

I added crumbled sausage right on top of the sauce, then covered with mozzarella cheese and topped with pepperoni.

Bake at 400 degree oven for anywhere from 15-25 minutes depending on the size of the mushroom and the amount of toppings.

I also like to broil the top for just a minute to get that slightly browned cheese.

Bacon & Leek Frittata

The Ingredients:

8.3 oz. Leeks, sliced and washed (2 medium leeks)

2 oz. Onions, diced

12 oz. Bacon, sliced into 1/2 pieces

3/4 c. Heavy Whipping Cream

8 Eggs, large

1 Tbsp. Lemon Juice

10 oz. Mozzarella, shredded

What To Do:

Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees.

Render bacon over med-high heat in large saucepan stirring often until crisp. Remove bacon bits from grease with a slotted spoon and set aside.

Using the same pan with drippings still in it, saute Leeks and onions over medium heat until tender, about 8 minutes, stir lemon juice into veggies and add bacon back to pan,  mix well, set pan aside to cool off.

In a large bowl, add eggs and heavy cream and whisk very well.

Add cooled off veggie and bacon mixture to the eggs and mix very well. Stir in the shredded cheese and mix thoroughly.

Pour into a greased 9 X 13 casserole dish and bake for about 40 minutes until browned on top.

Makes 8 servings.

Nutritional Information:

Sodium: 593 mg     Fat: 47.96 g     Total Carbs: 7.86 g     Fiber: 0.6 g                       Net Carbs: 7.26 g     Veggie Net Carbs: 4.11 g     Protein: 19.38 g     Calories: 552

Ratios:     Carbs: 6%     Fat: 78%     Protein: 16%