Bacon 'n Cheese Muffins and Condensed Cream of Tomato Soup

    These bread-like muffins are great with soup or a substantial salad, if it is summertime.

11/4 cups Gluten-Free Bake Mix (300 mL)
Sweetener to equal 1 tbsp sugar (15 mL)
11/2 tsp baking powder (7 mL)
1/4 tsp salt (1 mL)
4 eggs
1/4 cup olive oil (60 mL)
1/4 cup low-carb milk (60 mL)
1/4 cup diced Monterey Jack cheese (60 mL)
2 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
1 tbsp minced onion (15 mL)

Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C). In medium bowl, combine Gluten-Free Bake Mix, page___, sweetener, baking powder and salt.

In food processor, process eggs, olive oil, low-carb milk, page___ and Monterey Jack cheese.  Add dry ingredients and process until thickened.  Stir in bacon and minced onion.  Scoop into paper cup lined muffin tray and bake 15 to 20 minutes, or until turning light brown on top and a knife inserted in the center comes out clean.

Yield:  9 savory muffins
1 muffin
156.4 calories
5.3 g protein
13.0 g fat
3.9 g carbs

This quick-to-make soup may be used in place of commercial condensed cream of tomato soup in recipes.  Or you can simply enjoy a bowl of tomato soup.  You may have to dilute it a bit with water as it does thicken up upon cooling.  It is tasty and thick and sans all that sodium and no MSG. 

14.5 oz can diced tomatoes (411 g)
1 cup heavy cream (250 mL)
1 tsp salt (5 mL)
1/2 tsp glucomannan powder, (2 mL)
  (2 capsules), OR xanthan gum (half amount)
1/4 to 1/2 tsp hot sauce, to taste (1 to 2 mL)
1/4 tsp paprika (1 mL)
1/4 tsp black pepper (1 mL)

In food processor or blender, process tomatoes.  Add heavy cream, salt, glucomannan powder, OR xanthan gum, hot sauce, paprika and black pepper; process.  Taste and adjust salt level to your liking.  Upon standing, this soup thickens up.  Heat some in a bowl in the microwave oven and enjoy!

Helpful Hints:  Glucomannan powder is a useful ingredient in managing blood sugar. 

Yield:  3 servings
Almost 1 cup per serving
296.8 calories
3.5 g protein
25.5 g fat
9.9 g carbs

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