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Zuppa Toscana ~ Low Carb

That frosty chill in the air means it’s soup weather!  

This is a delicious make-at-home version of Olive Garden’s Zuppa Toscana.

This rich creamy soup is easy to make so don’t let the unusual ingredients scare you off!   I found the kale at the grocery store and the turnips I got fresh from the farmer’s veggie stand.
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Zuppa Toscana ~ Made with Turnips

1 lb. spicy Italian sausage – crumbled
1/2 lb. bacon, chopped
1 32 oz chicken broth
4 small to medium turnips, scrubbed clean, sliced thin
2 garlic cloves – peeled, crushed
1 med. onion – peeled, chopped
2 cups chopped or torn kale
1 cup heavy whipping cream
salt and pepper to taste

In a soup pot or dutch oven,  over medium-high heat, brown sausage, breaking into small pieces as you fry it; drain and return to pot.  In the same pan, cook the  bacon til done.  Drain, reserving about 2 tablespoons of bacon drippings.

Add chopped onions and garlic; sautee  in bacon drippings until tender. Add the chicken broth and turnip slices to the pot.  Simmer over medium heat until turnips are tender, maybe 15 minutes.  It didn’t take too long, but my turnips were fresh smallish turnips from the veggie truck.

Add the kale pieces and cream to the pot; season with salt and pepper. Simmer on low for another 15 minutes.

Serve with your favorite toasted bread or bread sticks.  (I used some homemade coconut flour “cornbread” muffins.  I’ll be sharing that recipe in the near future.)

For 6 servings:  Calories 388, Carbs 9, Fat 18

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COOK’S NOTE: Some people subsitute cauliflower for the potatoes to make it low carb.  I subbed turnips and they were very similar in texture and appearance to potatoes.  The cream helps reduce the tart taste that turnips sometimes have.  Everyone loved it and really couldn’t tell the difference.

Shared with Inspire Me Tuesday.

Vintage Recipe: Sausage Casserole

Sometimes you run across a draft post that you forgot to publish.  This is one of those times.  From 2009…

This recipe is courtesy of my very good friend, Laura, and is a great mid-week dinner casserole.

Years ago, supper get-togethers were a big thing for us.  On Tuesday nights or possibly Thursday nights, Laura and I would make supper together and after eating, we’d play Trivial Pursuit.   Those were the days before kids and rushed evenings of homework and laundry, laundry, laundry!

When we tried to choose our menu for the evening, Sausage Casserole was always among our choices.  Sausage Casserole or Pizza Potatoes.  Decisions, decisions.

If we had a little extra money, we’d go big-time and have homemade Enchiladas with a side of Mexican Rice and Rotel Cheese dip, which we would pour over everything!

I don’t get to eat like that very often.  I try to make healthier meals nowdays.

Those were the days before internet…or even cell phones!  It was just us friends sitting around, having a good meal and a good time together playing board games and visiting.  Sometimes I long for those quiet, easy in some ways – harder in other, days.

So, I go to my old recipe box and pull out one of these vintage recipes and the first taste takes me back.

This version is made with Dreamfields Penne Rigate pasta.  It was delicious!  Add a salad and crusty bread if you like and you have a meal.

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Sausage Casserole

1 lb mild sausage
1 bag egg noodles, cooked and drained (I used Dreamfields pasta instead)
12 oz cream of mushroom soup (homemade recipe – see below)
2 cups mozzerella cheese

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Cook sausage and drain.  Mix noodles with soup.  Pour in 2 qt casserole.  Top with mozzerella cheese.  Bake for 40 minutes at 375º.

Serves 6-8.

COOK’S NOTE:  Now that I’m trying to avoid wheat, I’m thinking this might be good with layered zucchini sliced real thin instead of the pasta.  Maybe with a sprinkle of Parmesan.  Yeah, why not!  add a little more cheese!  🙂

On Linda Sue’s site, there’s a great recipe for Homemade Cream of Mushroom Soup. 

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Sausage and Sweet Potato Hash

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Sausage and Sweet Potato Hash

1/2 of a small sweet potato, cut into small pieces
1 large sausage patty (from the freezer section)
2 tablespoons diced onion
salt, pepper, garlic salt or garlic powder
1 tablespoon bacon grease (or coconut oil)

Saute all together in a small skillet until potatoes are tender
and sausage is heated through.  Serves 1.

Cal 316
Carbs 19
Fat 23
Protein 7
Fiber 4
Sugar 5

Cool Weather Crock Pot, One Dish, & One Pan Meals

Today’s icy wet weather is just perfect for cooking supper in the crock pot.  

After a long hard day at work, I love coming in to the smell of a roast cooking in the crock pot and knowing that supper is almost ready.

Here’s some of my favorite crock pot/slow cooker or one dish meals.

Click on the picture to go to the recipe.

Aunt Dorothy’s Creamy Potato Soup

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Slow Cooker Italian Pork Chops

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One Pot Beefy Cabbage Casserole

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My Handyman’s Jambalaya

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Aunt Mary’s Chicken & Dumplings

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Cheesy Burger Skillet

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and my supper tonight…

Vegetable Beef Soup with Cornbread

From some of my favorite spots around the web…

TSLC’s Slow Cooker Cabbage, Potatoes, & Smoked Sausage

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Grace’s Ham & Bean Soup

Hope you enjoy this cool day.  If you’d like to share your own crock pot or one dish recipes, leave a link in the comments.  Thanks for visiting!

Sausage Pumpkin Soup

It’s soup time!

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The weather is just right, so I made a big pot of this hearty low carb soup.  It’s very rich and filling.


I’ve heard that is is good made with all types of sausage and even ham.  Now that sounds like a great choice!   Might have to try that soon myself.

My niece blessed me with some fresh, fairly lean sausage so I used that and had very little grease to drain at all.  Here’s how I did it:

Sausage Pumpkin Soup

1 1/2 lbs breakfast sausage
1 1/2 cups sliced mushrooms
1 cup cream
1 cup water
4 cups chicken broth
1  15 oz. can pumpkin
½ tsp garlic powder
½ tsp onion powder
sea salt & black pepper to taste

In a large stew pot or Dutch oven, brown the sausage , drain if necessary and add spices and mushrooms.  Keep stirring and cooking until browned.  Add broth and pumpkin.  Stir until combined.  Stir in cream.  Simmer for 45 minutes or do as I did . . .

I had to leave for a while so I decided to finish cooking the soup in the crock pot.  I was gone for 2 hours.  When I returned, it was steaming hot and ready to eat.

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Cheesy Sausage Balls

The high carb version of this recipe has been a family favorite for years now.

Usually we get together the night before Thanksgiving or Christmas to cook for the holiday family dinner.  While we’re putting Mom’s Potato Salad together and making her fabulous Coconut Cream Pie, we stick a pan of Sausage Balls in the oven to snack on.  It’s become a family tradition.

Having a little extra sausage on hand, I attempted a low carb version of this easy recipe.

They turned out fairly tasty, tho I think I can back off the onion powder next time or leave it out all together.

All you need is sausage, grated cheese, and something to bind it all together.  I’ve read where some use eggs and others use crushed pork skins.  I used a bit of Carbquik (similar to Bisquik) and some parmesan cheese to make up the dry ingredients.   Bob’s Red Mill has a low carb baking mix that is another option.

It worked and they were quite tasty, although they didn’t have the traditional sausage ball taste, because of the added spices, I think.  So in the future, I think I’ll skip the spices and hope for that famous sausage ball flavor.

Other tasty low carb snacks and appetizers:

Deep Fried Cauliflower

Aussie Squash Fries

Bacon-wrapped Jalapeño Poppers

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Cheesy Sausage Balls

1 lb. sausage
12 oz. shredded cheddar cheese
1 cup of your choice low carb baking mix, such as Carbquik and parmesan cheese, Bob’s Red Mill Low Carb Baking Mix.

Preheat the oven to 375 º F.  Spray a baking sheet with vegetable oil cooking spray.  Combine all ingredients in a large bowl.   Mix well with your fingers. The mixture may very crumbly.  Form into 1 inch balls, squeezing the mixture so it holds together, then rolling it between the palms of your hands to form balls.  Place the balls on the baking sheet.  Bake for 16-18 minutes or until golden brown.  To prevent sticking, move the balls with a spatula halfway through cooking or use parchment paper to line your pan.  Remove from oven and serve warm.

 

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Cheesy Sausage Egg Muffins ~ Bake and Take

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There are several versions of the Low Carb Sausage Egg Muffin out there.  I came across this recipe a few years ago and have continued to use it when I have a desire for an easy take-along breakfast.

Cheesy Sausage Egg Muffins (Low Carb)

6 Tbs crushed pork skins (Lowery’s)
1/2 cup chopped veggies of your choice
sausage or bacon, cooked and crumbled
5 eggs, beaten and seasoned with salt and pepper
4 oz shredded cheddar cheese

Using a 6 cup muffin pan, place about 1 tablespoon of crushed pork skins in the bottom of each muffin cup.  Next, place meat and veggies on top of the pork skins.  Pour the beaten eggs over the pork skins, meat, and veggies layers, enough to fill the cup.  Top with shredded cheese.  Bake at 350º for 20-25 minutes or until the muffins have puffed up and look set (done).

Sorry there’s no specific measurements.  I usually just guesstimate on the amounts.  That means the muffins are usually different, but always good.  There’s so many possibilities.

One of my favorites combinations is pizza toppings where I use pepperoni, mushrooms, peppers and onions.   Another possibility is a savory cheesy chicken and broccoli muffin.

After baking, I let them cool, then bag them up by twos.  That gives me three days of a ready-made low carb breakfast that I can take along to work with me to have with my coffee.

Happy Low Carbing!

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