Adapted from a Rebecca Katz ‘The Longevity Kitchen’ recipe
Son-in-law Chris’s birthday is this week, so Jan decided to bake him a brownie cake to go with my Moroccan feast. Chocolate brownie cake may not be Moroccan, but Chris loves Chocolate. Sacrifices must be made.
Jan’s Chris’ Birthday Brownie
I have a hot vegetable for this meal, but Chris will not eat the yams, because of his ketogenic diet. Leafy greens and turnips are within his diet, so I am making a quick salad. I will serve the dressing on the side and he can take as much or little of it as he wishes (it will have a bit of sugar, which is also not on his diet).
Karl’s Mesclun Salad with
Red Raspberry Balsamic Dressing
Adapted from Djurenko.com and 17recipes.com
Georgian Shilaplavi is a rice dish that is described as being like a risotto. I have some diners who prefer little or no starch. I have learned that cauliflower is a versatile and good substitute. It is filling and can be “manipulated” in a number of ways to imitate some starch ingredients.
Karl’s Mock Georgian Shilaplavi with Mushrooms
Normally I use Kraft’s Fat Free Mayonnaise for most things, because of Jan’s diet restrictions. Jan suggested that with the general theme of my blog, “That Fresher is Better,” I should try my hand at real mayonnaise.
Karl’s Keto Real Mayonnaise
I decided that my whole roasted cauliflower would look a bit naked sitting in the middle of a plate. A ring of stir fried cucumbers would make a nice compliment, both in color and texture. This dish would also fit in with Myr’s soft food diet and Chris’ Ketogenic diet.
Karl’s Spicy Stir Fried Cucumbers
To add to the dietary restrictions for this week, Myr was just put on a “soft food diet.” This week’s recipes must be: low(er) fat, low carb, and soft foods. She suggested something like Sloppy Joes.
Karl’s Sloppy Jodhs
Tri-tip was on sale at Safeway this week and I decided I wanted it for Daddy’s Day. While my favorite barbequed meat is lamb, a good tri-tip comes in a close second. That is, of course, the rub. A good tri-tip has a red-ish brown crust on the outside and is juicy and tender on the inside. However, what you usually end up with is a blackened, scorched crust and mostly tough, dry meat.
Karl’s Barbequed Tri-tip
I decided that I should make a Ketogenic Hoisin sauce to go with my pork lettuce cups. I looked online for a recipe to tweak and was very disappointed in what I found. In my opinion, there are three things which really do not belong in Hoisin sauce: peanut butter, honey, and ketchup.
Adapted from a Caribbean Pot recipe
I wanted a cooling salad to go with my spicy jerked chicken and this one sounded like a good one. The mango does not fit into the Ketogenic diet, but Chris can give Myr his mango if he wishes, the rest should be OK for him. I replaced the original grapefruit with orange, because it is less sour and I prefer it.
Karl’s Caribbean Shrimp, Avocado and Mango Salad
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