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Crockpot Meat Sauce January 20, 2014

Crockpot Meat Sauce.

The crockpot comes out when the schedule gets CRAZY!  As I have mentioned before, the crockpot causes the ingredients to give up far more liquid than when cooked over the stovetop, so I adapted my Meat Sauce recipe ( https://locarbjabberwockey.wordpress.com/2013/02/03/what-low-carb-spaghetti/) , and it turned out awesome. Prep the night before, store in fridge, and just plug it in before you leave for work . When you walk in the door, you’ll be greeted with the fabulous smell, and just need to prep noodles for the fam and veggies for yourself.  If you are a truly sneaky parent, you can hide a bit of sauteed/julienned zucchini ontop of the noodles, and smother it in sauce.  I don’t think my kid actually noticed.

Crockpot Meat Sauce

2 lb. ground beef
2 onions, sliced
2 lb. mushrooms, sliced
2 fifteen oz. cans diced tomatoes
1 six oz.can tomato paste
2 cans medium black olives (12 oz. drained)
2 Tbsp. dried basil
1 tsp. Italian seasoning
1 tsp. Kosher salt
1/2 tsp. cracked black pepper

Prep: Drain olives, and break them up by squeezing them (or you can buy pre sliced). Take small little chunks of the beef and squeeze into bite sized pieces.  This will help hold them together during cooking.

Layer onions, mushrooms, tomatoes, tomato paste, olives, meat, and seasonings into the slow cooker. Cook on low for 8 hours or high for four. Give the sauce a good stir and let bubble for a couple more minutes before serving (just enough time to prep veggies and noodles).

Serve over noodles for the family, julienned sauteed zuchinni, or spaghetti squash for the low carb’ers. Leftovers pack very nicely for the kid’s lunches, and can be frozen.

Crockpot Meat Sauce.

Crockpot Meat Sauce.

Crockpot Meat Sauce

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“Perfect Every Time” Chicken Gravy December 27, 2013

Perfect Gravy.

Gravy used to be such a mystery for me….sometimes it would turn out, sometimes it wouldn’t (yes – LUMPS).  There is one simple trick that I learned – equal parts fat to flour.  That’s IT.  Why did it take me years to figure that out ?

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Our Christmas Dinner was as simple as it gets.  I prepped the veggies and chicken in advance (recipe here: https://locarbjabberwockey.wordpress.com/?s=christmas ) and just put the entire roasting pan in the fridge.  After all, we REALLY needed to see “The Desolation of Smaug” and wouldn’t be getting back home until about 5:30 pm.  The instant I walked in the door, I turned on the oven and popped the chicken/veggies in for about an hour and 15 minutes.

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I removed the veggies and chicken and put the pan directly on the stove (medium heat).  Leave all those burnt bits in there – they help create a super  rich, dark gravy!  There was about 1 tablespoon of chicken fat in the pan, so I added 1 tablespoon of butter.

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Perfect Gravy.

Since I had 2 tablespoons of fat, I added 2 tablespoons of flour, stirred it in, and let it cook for about two minutes.

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Perfect Gravy.

Now it’s just a matter of adding in some chicken broth (today it was from a can).  Moderation is what’s important here… I first poured in half a can and stirred until combined.  It immediately thickened, and I gradually added another can of broth.  But remember !  Don’t pour with too heavy a hand – it’s always easier to add more than to re-thicken it !  Each time you add more liquid, allow it to cook for a minute or two to see if it will thicken any more.

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Once the gravy is thickened, give it a taste.  I did not need to add ANY seasonings.  There was enough residual salt from the canned broth,butter and drippings and it was PERFECT.

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“Perfect Every Time” Chicken Gravy

1 Tbsp Chicen drippings
1 Tbsp butter
2 Tbsp Flour
22 ounces (one and a half cans) chicken broth
Salt and pepper to taste

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Melt butter with chicken drippings over medium heat.  Add flour, and stir for about 2 minutes.  Gradually add the broth until gravy thickens.  You may need less (or more!) broth depending on how thick you like the gravy.

Season to taste.

Perfect Gravy.

Perfect Gravy

 

Low Carb Stuffed Squash Boats May 19, 2013

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Low Carb Stuffed Squash Boats.

These are fairly quick and easy, if you happen to have some leftover meat sauce in your fridge.  Paired up with roasted sweet potato and asparagus, this is a GREAT weeknight meal for you working parents.  It can also be prepped in advance and frozen, also the leftovers keep well.

Stuffed Squash Boats

4 squash (zucchini or yellow)
1/2 recipe of Jabberwock’s Meat Sauce
3/4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1/2 tsp. Italian seasoning

Cut the squash in half lengthwise.  Place cut side down in covered glass baking dish with 1 Tbsp. water and microwave for 3-4 minutes.

Scoop out the innards/seeds and arrange in 9″x13″ pan.  Fill the boats with Jabberwock’s Meat Sauce.  Top with mozzarella and Italian seasoning. Cover with aluminum foil.

Bake at 350 F for 30 minutes, remove foil and bake for another 10-15 minutes. Let sit for 5-10 minutes before serving.

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Low Carb Stuffed Squash

 

Jabberwock’s Pesto November 21, 2012

Filed under: Condiments,Dinner,Lunch,Sauces,Side Dishes — Low Carb Jabberwockey @ 7:25 pm
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What to do with an overabundance of fresh basil from the garden ?  Make Pesto of course !  I prefer to use walnuts over pine nuts since they are less expensive and keep better.  I typically make as much as I can once the basil comes on, and freeze it.  Usually I have enough to last the entire year.  The batch in the picture is 2 quarts.

Jabberwock’s Pesto

2 cups fresh basil, packed
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/3 cup walnuts
5 cloves garlic
1 tsp. Kosher salt

Pulse the walnuts, garlic, salt, and Parmesan together until finely chopped.  Add basil leaves, and put the lid on the food processor.  Drizzle the olive oil in and pulse until all ingredients are blended.

Store pesto in a small mason jar, topping with a layer of olive oil to fully cover the top (this prevents browning).

 

 
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