Friday, September 3rd, 2004

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Low Carb Cooking for Labor Day

The low-carb craze is still going strong. If you're hosting an end of the summer party, chances are someone in the crowd is counting carbs. Helen Cohen is the chef for Low Carb Chicago, a Vernon Hills store, that specializes in products for people following a low-carb diet. She has developed several low-carb recipes that are perfect for a Labor Day get-together or a football half-time break: Chili Chip Party Platter, Quesadillas, Turtles, Handipped Strawberries or Lollipops, and Peanut Butter Cups.

Helene's Low Carb Chili Chip Party Platter
1 lb. lean ground beef
1 onion chopped
1 package chili seasoning
1 can black soy beans
1 can tomato paste
1 bag low carb tortilla chips or low carb taco shells (broken)
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
1 can sliced black olives
½ cup sliced green onions

Cook beef in a skillet pan. Add onions, seasoning and tomato paste. Bring to a boil, then add beans and simmer for 15 minutes. Arrange chips on platter, pour chili over chips. Top with cheese, olives & green onions. Serves 4-6. OPTIONAL: Bake low carb pumpernickel bread from a mix (can be done either in an oven or a bread machine). Scoop out center of bread loaf to create a low carb bread bowl for the chili.

Helene's Low Carb Quesadillas
2 low carb tortillas (La Tortilla Factory or Mama Lupes work well)
2-4 tablespoons grated cheese (cheddar or Monterey jack work well), amount depends on the tortilla size and your taste
Low carb salsa (optional)
Sour cream (optional)

Spread cheese evenly over one tortilla. Place second tortilla on top of the cheese on the first tortilla. Quesadilla can either be microwaved (1-2 minutes), baked in an oven (350F for 5 minutes) or cooked in a skillet (medium heat 4-5 minutes) until cheese is melted. A little cooking spray (like Pam) will help the tortillas to brown. Cut into wedges, serve with salsa and sour cream.

Helene's Low Carb Turtles
1 ½ cup pecan halves
6-8 pieces Judy's Handmade Candy Co. low carb caramels
½ cup low carb chocolate chips

Arrange pecan pieces into the shape of a turtle in a round plastic mold. Place a caramel on top of the nuts and microwave for 30-45 seconds or until melted. Remove from microwave and sprinkle chocolate chips on top of each turtle. Microwave again for another 30 seconds or until melted. Refrigerate to set.

Helene's Low Carb Hand Dipped Chocolate Strawberries or Lollipops
1 cup low carb chocolate chips

Place chocolate chips into a microwave safe bowl, microwave for 1-2 minutes until melted. Dip strawberries into melted chocolate or pour melted chocolate into lollipop mold (don't forget to add the lollipop stick!). Chill and serve. Optional: stir in ¼ to ½ teaspoon vegetable oil into melted chocolate - this gives the chocolate a shiny appearance.

Helene's Low Carb Peanut Butter Cups
1 tablespoon low carb chocolate chips
2 tablespoons low carb peanut butter

Place ½ tablespoon chocolate chips into a small paper muffin cup. Melt in the microwave (high 30-60 seconds), then refrigerate to set chocolate. Add peanut butter, then sprinkle remaining chocolate chips on top of peanut butter. Microwave on high until melted (30-60 seconds). Swirl with knife and refrigerate. Remove and eat!

Have a safe and excellent Labor Day Weekend and don't forget to stock up on all natural Steviva Brand Stevia Powder and Steviva Brand Stevia Blend is a ZERO on the Glycemic Index and contains no carbs, calories or chemicals.

Low Carb Sugar Free Old Fashioned Cole Slaw
Serves: 8
Carbs Per Serving:4g
Prep Time:<20 minutes
Effort: Easy

2/3 cup vinegar
½ cup whipping cream
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
¼- ½ cup Steviva Brand Stevia Blend
Pinch of salt
1½ tablespoons butter cut into pieces
1 (2-pound) head cabbage, shredded


Combine first 5 ingredients in a small, heavy saucepan; cook over low heat, stirring constantly with a wire whisk, 8 to 10 minutes or until thickened (mixture will appear curdled until it thickens).
Remove from heat.
Add butter, stirring until it melts.
Pour over cabbage; toss gently to coat.
Cover and chill.

Note: You can add ½ cup chopped walnuts and only raise the carb count by ½ gram. If you’re on maintenance, ½ cup dried, chopped cranberries and the walnuts brings you in at a little under 10 grams.

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