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Cheesy crab and artichoke dip – Kim’s Club

Cheesy crab and artichoke dip

I wanted to wait til I made this again to get better pics but I felt I would be doing you all a disservice by making you wait – this recipe is that fabulous!  I am purposely being slightly vague about measurements because you are all over the world with different sized containers and honestly, a few ozs either way won’t affect this recipe.  I can’t take credit – my daughter returned from a trip to Washington DC and said this was a popular dish.  She recreated for me!  DO try it – it is dead easy and so delicious.  Take it to a party and everyone will adore you!  Try making my low-carb cheese crackers: http://kimsclub.co.uk/?p=478 or my low-carb tortilla chips: http://kimsclub.co.uk/?p=501 to serve with it.

I listed servings for 8 – which is greedy because this is a very rich dish.  (Perfect LCHF)  We made it for a party of 10 and it served that many fine.

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Cheesy crab and artichoke dip - Kim's Club
Creamy, chunky, cheesy, bubbly artichoke and crab dip.
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Recipe type: Appetiser/party food
Serves: 8
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Ingredients
  • 1 pkg of cream cheese (I use Lactofree but any good creamy cheese such as Philadelphia will do)
  • 1 container of fresh white crabmeat (about a cup)
  • 1 container of artichoke hearts, drained (I use grilled artichokes in olive oil but it isn't necessary - just buy the best you can get) about a cup
  • Fresh grated cheddar cheese (about a cup)
  • Fresh lemon juice
  • Season to taste - if you can get Old Bay seasoning ½tsp is very good. Otherwise salt, pepper and a bit of paprika.
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400F, 200C, Gas mark 6. Finely chop the artichoke hearts and mix into the cream cheese along with the crab. Add half the cheddar, a squeeze of lemon and mix well. Season to taste and put into a small oven-proof baking dish. Sprinkle remaining cheddar on top. Bake for 15-20 minutes until bubbly and turing golden. ....and YUM!
Notes
This recipe is very rich - I put 8 servings, but it will probably serve more. We made this for a family party of 10, (with other nibbles) and were fine.
Nutrition Information
Serving size:  Calories: 240 Fat: 19 Carbohydrates: 4 (1.5 net) Fibre: 2.5g Protein: 13

 

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Enjoy!  Sending love and gratitude – Kim

Avocado Devilled Eggs – Kim’s Club

Here is a little variation on devilled eggs – looks pretty and a lovely fresh taste with the addition of avocado and lime juice!

Avocado Devilled Eggs - Kim's Club
Lightly spiced avocado and lime devilled eggs - so good and good for you!
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Recipe type: light meal, appetiser
Serves: 4
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Ingredients
  • Eggs - 4 medium hard boiled
  • Avocado - 1
  • Fresh - Lime Juice, 1 tbsp
  • Garlic Salt - 1 tsp (1g)
  • Tabasco, Green Jalapeno - 1 tsp. (5mL)
  • Cayenne pepper
Instructions
  1. Halve the eggs and mash the yolks with the rest of the ingredients using a fork or small blender. Check seasoning, fill egg halves with mixture (use a piping bag if you want to be fancy!) and sprinkle with cayenne pepper.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 2 halves Calories: 128 Fat: 10g Carbohydrates: 5g (2g net) Fibre: 3g Protein: 6g

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Low-Carb ‘Eat your Greens’ Avocado soup & Bone Broth – Kim’s Club

Low-Carb 'Eat your Greens' Avocado soup - Kim's Club
Healthy and scrumptious soup made creamy with avocado.
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Recipe type: Soup
Serves: 4
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  • 1.5 litres/4 cups of bone broth, stock or water with 2 stock cubes added
  • 1 large bag (about 3 cups) of greens such as spinach, watercress or rocket (arugula)
  • 1 clove of garlic (optional)
  • 1 shallot (optional)
  • 1 avocado pitted and scooped from it's shell
Instructions
  1. Put all ingredients into a large pot and simmer for 15 - 20 minutes or until greens and garlic (if using) are tender.
  2. Blend until smooth, adjust seasoning and serve. Add a swirl of sour cream or greek yogurt if desired.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: ¼ Calories: 70 Fat: 6g Carbohydrates: 6.5 (3.5net) Fibre: 3g

Avocado:rocket soup

bone broth soupSo I fancied some bone marrow and bone broth. I went to the butcher and asked for a marrow bone. He said, “large or small?” Well, I said large – it was only £1 either way. So he gives me the entire hip socket of a cow! I roasted it for about 1.5hrs on low, ate the marrow, stuck the whole thing in a stockpot (thank goodness I have a big one!), covered it with water, added a couple of garlic cloves and some sea salt and simmered it for about 10 hrs. After I cooled it, skimmed off the fat and strained it I stuck it in the fridge to make soup later. There was so much gelatin in that broth that it set quite solid! Oh, it was lovely and so good for my own, old bones!

Low-Carb Grilled Goats Cheese Salad – Kim’s Club

Low-Carb Grilled Goats Cheese Salad - Kim's Club
Grilled goats cheese salad with pesto dressing and toasted pine nuts for a light lunch or starter/appetiser.
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Recipe type: salad
Serves: 2
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Ingredients
  • 1 100g/3.5oz round of goats cheese (with rind, I use Capricorn English Goats Cheese)
  • 70g/2.5oz Wild Rocket (Arugula)
  • 10g/1/4oz Toasted Pine nuts
  • For the pesto:
  • 3 tbsp Parmesan, finely grated
  • 1clove garlic
  • 50g/2oz pine nuts
  • 40g/about 1.5 cups fresh basil
  • 5 - 6 tbsp olive oil
  • Extra olive oil and lemon juice for the dressing
Instructions
  1. divided the rocket (arugula) between 2 plates. Split the cheese in half lengthwise and place cut side up on grill pan. Smear a bit of olive oil over the cut surface and grill until just turning golden and bubbly.
  2. Toast the 10g of pine nuts in a dry fry pan shaking frequently until golden (careful, they burn easily).
  3. To make the pesto, add all pesto ingredients to a bullet blender and blend until finely chopped and blended. (This will keep in a jar in the fridge for a week). Take 2 tbsp of pesto and add lemon juice and olive oil to make a liquid consistency (about a tsp of lemon and 1-2 tbsp of olive oil).
  4. Place the grilled goats cheese on the greens, scatter with the toasted pine nuts and drizzle over the pesto dressing.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 Calories: 295 Fat: 27g Carbohydrates: 1.7g (.87gnet) Fibre: .83 Protein: 20g

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Globe Artichoke – Kim’s Club

Globe Artichoke - Kim's Club
Lovely globe artichoke, simmered with herbs and spices.
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Recipe type: light meal/side dish/starter
Serves: 1
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Ingredients
  • Globe artichoke -1 per person
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 6 whole cloves (spice)
Instructions
  1. Prepare the artichokes: If the leaves have spiky ends, trim tips with scissors. (This was always my job as a kid!). Cut stem off at base so the artichoke will sit.
  2. Take a large pot (large enough to sit the artichokes in, base down, with a lid), add bay, clove and garlic, then artichokes. Fill with water halfway up sides of the artichokes, put lid on and bring to a simmer.
  3. Simmer about 40 minutes for medium size artichokes, or until a leaf can be pulled away easily.
Notes
Serve with melted butter, mayo, hollandaise or any dip of choice. Pull leaves, dip in sauce, scrap flesh from base of leaf with teeth. When you get to the centre, remove small leaves and scrap the hairy choke from the base with a knife or spoon and discard. Slice the meaty base and dip...mmmmmmm.

Great diet food - low calorie (depending on dip!), low carb and labour intensive so you feel you are having a real meal! Also very good for the digestion.
Nutrition Information
Calories: 60 Carbohydrates: 13g (6net) Fibre: 7g

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Low Carb Creamy Mushroom Soup

Creamy Mushroom Soup

Creamy Mushroom Soup

When I was a kid, one of my most favourite lunches was cream of mushroom soup. Soooo….just had to make a low-carb version.  Aaaahhh..straight back to childhood…..but better!

Low Carb Creamy Mushroom Soup
Lovely, creamy mushroom soup - lovely for lunch with a cheese biscuit and side salad or as a starter for a dinner party!
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Recipe type: Soup
Serves: 2
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Ingredients
  • 250gm/9oz Chestnut mushrooms
  • 600ml/20fl oz. unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 vegetable stock cube (I use Kallo organic)
  • 1 clove of minced garlic (you may substitute a shallot or use both if preferred)
  • ¼ tsp white pepper
  • *100ml/3.5fl oz. soya cream (I use Alpro: no GMO and no rainforest harvesting)
  • *(Some people will not eat soy. You can substitute soy cream with extra almond milk and a bit of ghee for creaminess - or omit ghee for lower fat/calorie (6.8g fat). OR if you eat dairy use proper cream.)
Instructions
  1. Roughly chop all but 6 of the mushrooms and add to large saucepan with the rest of the ingredients. Simmer about 10 minutes until mushrooms are tender. Blend until smooth. (I use a stick blender but you can also use a food processor).
  2. Slice remaining mushrooms and add to the soup. Heat through and serve.
Notes
(Will serve 4 as a starter/appetiser - just cut the nutrition info in half)
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 2 Calories: 150 Fat: 11.9g Carbohydrates: 2.5g (1 net) Fibre: 1.5g

 

Low carb spicy almond cheese crisps. (Easy!) – Kim’s Club

This is my most popular recipe – and the easiest!  Great for parties or if you just want to treat yourself….

.5 carb per crisp and 1g fibre!  0 net!

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Low carb spicy almond cheese crisps. (Easy!)
Easy, quick and moreish snacks.
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Recipe type: Snacks
Serves: 6 biscuits
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Ingredients
  • 60g/1/2 cup grated mature cheddar
  • 24gm/1/4 cup ground almonds
  • 1 tbsp grated parmesan
  • a few shakes of tabasco
Instructions
  1. Mix together and spoon into mounds on baking parchment lined sheet. Put into a hot oven for 3-4 minutes until cheese has melted and they have browned around the edges. Cool completely.
Notes
These have more fibre than carbs!
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 biscuit Calories: 83kcal Fat: 7g Carbohydrates: .5g (0 net carbs) Fibre: 1g Protein: 4g

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