Adapted from Grill it with Levi
The kids are feeling a bit toady after weeks of holiday eating and have decided to go on a keto/Atkins low-carb diet. These diets are vegetable/protein forward. Usually, I go with dishes where I can serve the starch on the side, for those who wish for more.
Levi Root’s Jamaican Coconut-Baked Fish Parcels
Traditional gazpacho always has bread in it, but modern variations frequently leave it out. Jan thinks of this dish as salsa soup. With Miriam’s soft food diet and Chris’ keto diet I can make all three of them happy by serving the bread as toasted croutons on the side.
The challenge this weekend is reconciling Jan’s diets and a guest’s Ketogenic diet. Jan has to eat low fat because she is missing her gall bladder. A keto diet eliminates most carbohydrates and emphasizes protean, oils and roughage to force your metabolism into ketosis. These diets are polar opposites.
Karl’s Beef with Chive Stem
and Oyster Mushrooms
Mapo Doufu is Jan’s favorite dish. She also prefers it the traditional way that Mao Zedong liked it, made with “stinky tofu.” Mapo Doufu actually takes days to make it properly, because first you need to let the tofu go “bad.” Fortunately she also likes it with made with fresh tofu, which is what I will be doing today.
Karl’s Mopo Doufu
Tonight’s dinner is Mapo Doufu and Beef with Mushrooms, neither of these dishes is heavy on the leafy greens. I need a side dish to go with them. Everyone in my household likes Chinese Broccoli (gai lan), so this is just another stir fry.
Karl’s Spicy Chinese Broccoli, Carrot and
Bamboo Stir Fry with Sichuan Pickles