Category Archives: Vegetables

Sauasage Stuffed Zucchini Boats

Zucchini BoatsHere is a great idea that can be a side dish or your main entree.  It’s also a great low carb recipe.  You can bake them in the oven or as I prefer grill them.

Ingredients:

4 Medium Zucchini
1 Pound Ground Sausage
1 Medium Onion Diced
1 Medium Bell Pepper Diced
2 Cloves Garlic Minced
1 Whole Tomato Finely Chopped
1 Tsb Worcestershire Sauce
1/2 Cup Mozzarella Cheese
1/2 Cup Parmesan Cheese
1 Tbs Oregano
1 Tbs Basil
1 Tbs Salt
1 Tbs Pepper

Directions:

Cut the zucchini in halves, take a spoon and scrape out the inside so they look like boats. Chop the inside you scraped out into fine little pieces and set aside. In a skillet put a little oil in the pan and sautee sausage, onion, bell peppers, garlic, tomato and the interior of the zucchini. Sautee for approximately 8 minutes until the sausage is done. Transfer to a mixing bowl, combine with oregano, basil, salt, pepper, worcestershire sauce, salt, pepper, parmesan cheese and mozzarella cheese. Spoon into the zucchini and place in oven at 350 degrees for approximately 30 minutes until done or place on grill and grill them until done, approximately 15 minutes.

 

 

Sauteed Swiss Chard with Bacon and Parmesan Cheese

IMG_1273Want something different and amazing as a side dish.  Swiss Chard known as summer spinach is outstanding and quick and easy to prepare.  Juicing it up with bacon and parmesan cheese makes it even more awesome.

Ingredients:
 
2 large bunches of swiss chard with stems and center ribs cut out and chopped
2 tbs butter
2 tbs olive oil
1 small onion minced
4 cloves garlic minced
1/2 cup parmesan cheese
4 strips of bacon chopped into bacon bits
2 tbs salt
2 tbs pepper
1 tbs crushed red pepper
 
Directions:
 
In large skillet fry bacon until crisp, remove bacon.  Remove bacon fat from skillet.  Melt butter and olive oil together over medium heat.  Stir in onion and garlic and cook until soft, approximately 2 minutes.  Add the swiss chard and cook until it reduces down and becomes tender,  approximately 5 minutes.  Add the parmesan cheese, bacon bits, salt, pepper, and crushed red pepper.  Stir all ingredients together and you now have an amazing side dish for a summer barbeque.  CHEERS !!!!

Egg Plant Lasagna

IMG_1009Looking for the great taste of an Italian meal yet low in carbs, my egg plant lasagna is perfect and easy to make.

Ingredients:
 
2 large egg plants sliced approximately 3/4 inch thick
16 oz marinara sauce of choice, I like homemade or prego traditional if I don’t have time to make my own sauce
6 tbs olive oil
kosher salt/pepper
1 large egg
1 15 oz container ricotta cheese
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
2 tbs oregano
1 small package of sliced pepperoni
 
Directions:
 
In large pot heat the marinara sauce and pre heat your oven to 400 degrees.  Place egg plant slices on 2 seperate baking sheets.  Brush olive oil on both sides of the egg plant and season with salt and pepper.  Place the egg plant in the oven and bake the egg plant until soft and golden brown.  Turn the slices halfway through approximately 20 minutes.  In a large mixing bowl combine the ricotta cheese, mozzarella cheese leaving enough left to put on the top of the finished product and oregano.  In a baking dish spread some marinara sauce to cover the bottom.  Place the egg plant slices along the bottom.  Spread some ricotta cheese mixture on top of the egg plant.  Spread a little sauce over the ricotta and place another layer of egg plant down.  Repeat the process with ricotta and sauce.  Take the remaining mozarella cheese and spread on the top and take the pepperoni and place on the top like you would a pizza.  Cover and place in oven and bake for approximately 45 minutes.  Remove the foil and bake an additional 15 minutes.  Remove from oven and let rest approximately 10 minutes.  You now have a great low carb italian meal, CHEERS !!
 
 
 

Mad Mark’s Fried Cabbage

IMG_0974I need a good side dish to go with chicken so I put my culinary imagination to work and came up with this awesome fried cabbage recipe.  I wanted to stay away from some traditional ingredients you find in fried cabbage like wine and vinegar.  It turned out awesome, here it is:

Ingredients:
 
1 head of cabbage chopped into bite size pieces
1 medium onion finely chopped
2 carrots peeled and finely chopped
4 pieces of bacon
4 tbs sour creme
4 squirts ketchup
salt/pepper
1 tbs brown sugar
4 tbs olive oil
 
Directions:
 
Before preparing anything place cabbage in mixing bowl and shake salt on cabbage. In large skillet fry bacon until crisp, remove and chop into bacon bits but leave the fat.  Add onion and carrots and cook until tender, approximately 5 minutes.  Add sour creme, ketchup and brown sugar and simmer for approximately 2 minutes.  Add some olive oil to the pan approximately 1/4 cup.  Now add the cabbage and mix together very well.  Let simmer approximately 30 minutes until the cabbage becomes soft and cooked.  You now have an outstanding side dish, CHEERS !!!
 

Sweet Potato Pudding

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Looking for a great side dish.  Try my sweet potato pudding.  It’s simple and goes with just about any entree.

Ingredients:
 
2 1/2 cups of sweet potatos mashed
1/2 cup brown sugar
4 eggs beaten
1/2 cup milk
2 tbs butter melted
1 tbs vanilla extract
1 tbs corn syrup
2 tbs rum
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tbs kosher salt
 
In large mixing bowl  mix together all ingredients until smooth.  Pour the mixture into a baking dish.  Sprinkle additional brown sugar and cinnamon on top.  Place in oven at 350 degree for approximately 30 minutes.  CHEERS !!!
 

Mashed Cauliflower With Bacon And Cheese

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Looking for a great low carb substitute for mashed potatoes.  Try my version of mashed cauliflower with bacon and cheese.  It is a great substitute for those high in carbs mashed potatoes.

Ingredients:
 
1 head of cauliflower
8 oz philadelphia creme cheese
5 strips bacon chopped
2 cloves of garlic minced
3 green onion chopped
12 oz grated cheese
2 tbs salt/pepper
 
Directions:
 
Boil cauliflower until soft.  While cauliflower is working fry bacon until crisp.  When cauliflower is soft drain in colindar.  Combine ingredients in a mixing bowl.  Mash the cauliflower until pureed with other ingredients.  You now have a great low carb substitute for mashed potatoes to go with any meat.  CHEERS !!!!
 
 

Smoked Carrots

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Smoked carrots make a great side dish with anything you are smoking.  All you need to do is prep them right and let the carrots get happy.

Ingredients:
 
8 to 10 carrots peeled
olive oil
paparika
kosher salt
 
Directions:
 
Place carrots in mixing bowl, drizzle olive oil and mix over the carrots.  Add kosher salt and paparika.  Place in smoker and let cook until soft and tender.  You now have the greatest carrots you have ever had, Cheers !!!

Zucchini And Shrimp Cakes

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Looking for a different side dish to go with dinner, try my zucchini and shrimp cakes.  Since I have been on a low carb diet I look for ways to make different recipes low carb.  If you use almond flour this recipe is perfect.  If you are not looking at keeping your carbs low just use regular flour.

Ingredients:
 
2 medium zucchini finely chopped
1/2 lb shrimp peeled and chopped
1 cup flour or almond flour (if doing low carb)
2 eggs
2 cloves of garlic minced
1/2 medium onion chopped
vegetable oil
Salt/pepper
 
Directions:
 
Chop zucchini into very small pieces and place in colinder.  Sprinkle zucchini with koser or sea salt and let sit for 20 minutes.  This will draw the water out of the zucchini.  While the zucchini is getting happy, in mixing bowl whisk egg and blend in flour, garlic, shrimp, and onion.   After zucchini is ready squeeze any remaining water out with a paper towel.  Add zucchini to mixing bowl.  In frying pan heat with vegetable oil until hot enough to fry.  With a large spoon place mixture into pan and push flat with a spachula.  Fry until both sides are golden brown.  These are very good with some cocktail sauce, Cheers !!!

Cheesy Mashed Cauliflower And Bacon

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Looking for a great low carb substitute for mashed potatoes.   Try my cheesy mashed cauliflower and bacon recipe.  It’s easy to make and low carb. Cheers !!

Ingredients:
 
1 large heads of cauliflower
4 strips of bacon
4 ounces of sour creme
4 ounces cream cheese
1 1/4 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
2 teaspoons of garlic minced
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
2 teaspoons butter
Boil cauliflower until tender.  While preparing the other ingreditents fry the bacon until crisp and chop into bacon bits.  Place cauliflower in bowl and mash with a fork until pureed.  In another bowl combine cheese, cream cheese, sour creme, garlic, butter, salt and pepper.  In a casarole dish pout the cauliflower and bacon bits along with the cheese mixture and mix together.  Bake in oven at 350 degrees for approximately 15 minutes.  Cheers !!!!

Roasted Red Potatoes Maryland Style

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Anytime is a great time to fix anything Maryland style.  What I mean by that is to use the signature seasoning of the state of Maryland …  Old Bay !!  Old Bay is intended to be used when cooking our world famous blue crab but over decades the seasoning has been transformed into being used on just about anything that is a seafood, meat, or vegetable.  Here is a quick and simple way to turn the simple side dish of roasted potatoes into Maryland Style.

Ingredients:
 
2 lb of red potatoes cubed
2 carrots chopped into bite size pieces
2 cloves of garlic
2 tbs olive oil
4 tbs old bay seasoning
1 freezer bag
 
Directions:
 
Take potatoes and carrots and put them in a freezer bag.  In small bowl mix together old bay, garlic, and olive oil.  It should form a soft paste.  Pour into freezer bag with potatoes and carrots.  Shake and mix real good.  Dump contents on to a baking sheet.  Place into a pre heated oven at 350 degrees.  Bake until soft, approximately 20 to 30 minutes.