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Avocado Gazpacho Soup Recipe

Ingredients:
2 large cucumbers
3 cup chicken broth
1 teaspoon tabasco (or more to taste)
1/4 cup firmly packed cilantro
Juice of one medium lime
2 ripe avocados
1/2 teaspoon salt – or to taste
6 or 8 green onions including green tops
cilantro sprigs

Instructions:

Cut one cucumber into chunks and process with 2 cups of the broth, cilantro, lime juice, salt and Tabasco.

Pit, peel and chop avocados. Process with pureed mixture and add the third cup of broth.

Process briefly to coarsely puree the avocado, leaving some chunks.

Chill at least 2 hours.

Just before serving, dice the green onions, and peel, seed and chop the second cucumber. Pour soup into bowls and garnish each with fresh cilantro sprigs.

Minced onion and diced cucumber on the side to add individually.


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Avocado Soup with Green Peppercorns Recipe

Ingredients:
1 medium onion, diced
1 tablespoon ground coriander
1 tablespoon olive oil
4 large ripe avocados coaresly chopped
1/3 cup Green peppercorns in brine – drained
2 Garlic cloves, minced
1 teaspoon Cumin
2 1/2 quart chicken stock
Salt to taste
Pepper to taste
Cilantro leaves for garnish

Instructions:

In large saucepan, cook the onion, garlic and spices in the olive oil over moderate heat for 10 minutes, stirring often. Add avocados and stock, bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium. Cook 20 minutes.

Cool to room temperature. Puree soup in blender until smooth.

Return to pan, bring to a boil, add peppercorns, reduce to moderate heat and cook 10 minutes.

Serve garnished with cilantro and peppercorns.

Carb Count: 7 carbs per serving. Serves 8.


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Beef Stock Recipe

Ingredients:
5 pounds bare beef bones, cut into 2 inch pieces
1 bunch of celery, coarsely chopped
3 yellow onions, unpeeled and quartered

Instructions:

Start early in the day. It must stay on the stove for a long time.

1 pound of bones will yield 1 quart of stock. Adjust the amount of vegetables according to how much bone you are using.

Most butcher chops sell bare rendering bones. Get the butcher to cut them into 2 inch pieces.

Roast the bones uncovered in 400 degree oven for about 2 hours. They should be a toasty brown, not black.

Place the bones in a large soup pot, add the celery and onions, and 5 quarts of water. Bring to a simmer and cook for 12 hours. Add water occasionally to keep the soup at the same initial water level.

Strain out all the non liquid ingredients.

Place the stock in the refrigerator overnight and the fat will float to the top. For a very low fat stock discard this layer.

IMPORTANT: If you plan to freeze the stock you may discard the fat and then freeze. If you plan to keep it in the refrigerator and use the stock within a few days DO NOT remove the fat layer until ready to use. Keeping the fat layer on while in the refrigerator will actually seal in the flavor and allow it to keep fresh for a few days.


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Broccoli Cheddar Cheese Recipe

Ingredients:
4 tablespoons butter
1 cup chopped onion
4 cups chopped fresh broccoli, divided
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1-1/4 cup chicken broth
1 bay leaf
1 cup Cheddar cheese
2 cups cream
1 dash pepper

Instructions:

Melt butter in a large Dutch oven. Saute onion in butter for 3 minutes. Add half the broccoli, garlic powder, broth and bay leaf. Bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat and simmer 20 minutes.

Discard bay leaf. Place half of broccoli mixture in blender, cover and process until smooth. Pour into a bowl. Repeat with remaining broccoli mixture.

Return all broccoli puree to pan, add cheese, cream, pepper and remaining broccoli. Cook for 4 minutes or until broccoli is tender and cheese melts.

Serves 6.


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Bacon Cheddar Cheese Soup Recipe

Ingredients:
4 strips of bacon
1 small onion, chopped
1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
14 ounces chicken broth
4 teaspoons sour cream (or other thickener)
2 cups half-and-half
12 ounces shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 teaspoon paprika (optional)

Instructions:

In a large saucepan over medium heat, cook bacon 6 minute, until crisp. Remove and drain on paper towels. Crumble bacon.

Add mustard, pepper and broth. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low. Whisk in a thickener. Add half-and-half, cheese, and paprika, stir until cheese is melted. Ladle soup into heated soup bowls. Garnish with crumbled bacon.

Carb Count: 4.25 per serving. Serves 4.


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Salmon Pepper Recipe

Ingredients:
1 large green sweet pepper
1 8 oz. package cream cheese
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 cup thinly sliced green onions (4 to 6)
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
1/2 to 1 teaspoon finely chopped chipotle pepper in adobe sauce
4 ounces smoked salmon, flaked, with skin and bones removed
72 english cucumber slices

Instructions:

Preheat broiler. Line a baking sheet with foil.

Cut green pepper into quarters removing stem, seeds and membranes. Place pepper quarters skin sides up, on prepared baking sheet.

Broil 4 to 5 inches from the heat for 10-15 minutes or until pepper skins are charred.

Wrap pepper quarters in the foil, let stand 15-20 minutes or until cool enough to handle. Peel off skin and discard. Chop pepper.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

In a large bowl, beat cream cheese with an electric mixer on medium speed until smooth.

Beat in sour cream until smooth. Reserve 1/4 cup of the green onions, stir in the remaining green onions, the garlic, paprika and chipotle pepper into cream cheese mixture. Gently fold in salmon and chopped green pepper. Spread mixture in a 1-quart au gratin dish.

Bake for 15 minutes or until heated through, stirring once halfway through baking. Sprinkle with reserved green onions. Serve warm with cucumber slices.

Carb per serving: 6 g. Servings: 12 (1/4 cup dip and 6 cucumber slices each).


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Roasted Salmon with Macademia-Cilantro Crust Recipe

Ingredients:
3 tablespoon unsalted butter, divided
1/4 cup macadamia nuts, coarsely chopped
1 full skin-on salmon fillet
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
2 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro

Instructions:

Heat oven to 450 degrees. Melt 2 tablespoons butter in a small saucepan; add nuts and cook 2 to 3 minutes until nuts start to color. Remove from heat.

Melt remaining tablespoon of butter, and pour into a 9- by 13-inch roasting pan. Place salmon in roasting pan, flesh-side up. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Pour nut mixture over fish. Roast 10 to 15 minutes, for medium.

Transfer to a serving platter. Drizzle with lime juice and sprinkle with cilantro.

This recipe yields 4 servings.


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Shrimp Scampi Recipe

Ingredients:
1 pound large shrimp shelled, deveined
2 tablespoon butter
2 tablespoon olive oil
4 large garlic cloves minced
1/4 cup chopped fresh Italian flat-leaf parsley
1 1/2 tablespoon lemon juice
1/2 cup dry white wine
1 pinch dried hot red-pepper flakes
Salt to taste
Freshly-ground black pepper to taste

Instructions:

Heat butter and oil in a heavy skillet over medium heat until foam subsides. Add garlic, parsley, lemon juice, wine, pepper flakes and salt and pepper to taste. Bring to a boil, lower heat and simmer 3 minutes.

Add shrimp to skillet and cook, stirring frequently, for 5 to 6 minutes, until shrimp are pink. Remove from the heat. Place shrimp on a serving plate and pour sauce from the skillet over them. Serve immediately.

Makes 2 servings.


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Baked Sea Bass with Chermoula Recipe

Ingredients:
1 bunch cilantro, leaves and stems intact
4 garlic cloves, peeled
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
4 (6-ounce) sea bass fillets
Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Instructions:

Heat oven to 450° F.

Chop cilantro, garlic, cumin, red pepper flakes, and a large pinch of salt in a food processor; with the machine running, drizzle in oil and lemon juice. This is called chermoula, a flavorful Moroccan condiment.

Season both sides of fish with salt and pepper. Spread one-quarter of the chermoula in an ovenproof baking dish, lay fish on top, and cover evenly with remaining chermoula. Bake until fish is opaque and tender, 12 to 15 minutes. Serve hot.

Serves 4.


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Seafood Bisque Recipe

Ingredients:
1/2 cup finely chopped shallots (about 2)
1/4 cup finely diced celery
2 sticks butter
1 quart water
1 tablespoon chicken stock
2 6.5-oz. chopped clams with juice
1/2 lb uncooked shrimp, cleaned, shelled, deveined
1/3 lb cod (leave in one piece)
1/3 lb salmon (leave in one piece-remove skin)
4 cups heavy cream
1 small can crab meat
1/2 cup dry sherry
Chives for garnish, optional

Instructions:

Sautè shallots and diced celery in butter, until soft. Stir with a wire whip for 5 minutes, on low heat and set aside.

Bring 1 quart of water to a boil. Add chicken stock, clams with juice, all of the shrimp and the whole pieces of cod and salmon. Return to a boil; lower the heat and simmer for about 5 minutes. Strain the stock, and reserve the seafood. Stir the shallot/butter mixture into the stock.

Flake the large pieces of boiled fish and add the canned crabmeat. Add the heavy cream and sherry. Bring to a simmer and heat through. Add chives, if desired.

Carb Count: 2-3 carbs per serving. Serves 6-8


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