CHEESY SPINACH DIP WITH BACON





Leftover Dip - what to do with it?

Put some of the leftover dip in a 3-egg omelet to be shared between 2 people


Yummy - now isn't that a nice low-carb breakfast, complete with sausage and low-carb pancakes! This meal will keep your tummy happy for many hours!

CHEESY SPINACH DIP WITH BACON

A dip that your guests will absolutely love!  It has a tiny bite from the crushed red pepper flakes that were added.  Easy to make a day or two ahead. Serve with low-carb crackers, pork rinds or veggie sticks and English cucumber rounds.  This dip would make a great St. Patricks's Day addition! 

12 oz frozen baby spinach, (340 g)
  thawed
1 cup chopped onion (250 mL)
6 slices bacon
12 oz cream cheese, softened (340 g)
3/4 cup mayonnaise (175 mL)
1/2 cup heavy cream (125 mL)
2 tsp crushed garlic (10 mL)
  (I used the bottled kind)
1 tsp dried parsley (5 mL)
2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes (10 mL)
1/2 tsp black pepper (2 mL)
21/2 cups mixed grated Cheddar and (625 mL)
  Mozzarella cheese, divided

Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C).

Squeeze spinach in a clean towel and over the sink or a bowl.  Squeeze as much moisture as possible out of the spinach!

In microwave oven or in a pan, cook bacon until turning crisp, but not too crisp.  Crumble the bacon and set aside.

In nonstick pan, over medium high heat, cook onions until turning soft and browning.  Set aside.

In food processor, process cream cheese, mayonnaise, heavy cream, crushed garlic, parsley, red pepper flakes and black pepper.  Stir in the spinach, 11/2 cups (375 mL) grated cheese mixture cooked onion and bacon.  Spread in a 1 qt (1 L) casserole dish and sprinkle with the remaining 1 cup (250 mL) grated cheese mixture.  Bake 30 minutes until bubbly. 

Yield:  16 servings
1 serving
257.2 calories
9.8 g protein
22.9 g fat
0.9 g fiber
2.7 g net carbs

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First printing was in November 2013, and this book was completely revised and is better than ever!  The Introduction is by George Stella, a professional chef, and the most well-known low-carb cookbook author in America.  He used to have his own cooking show, too, on the Food Network.  George wrote an article on Tips for Eating Low-Carb as a Family.  Certainly everyone in his family lost a tremendous amount of weight and all because George changed the way they were eating. Again, this cookbook has a Helpful Hints section with many of the sweeteners discussed and the amount of tsp, tbsp, cups the drops of liquid sweeteners represents; these tables are invaluable in the kitchen, as go buy a bottle of liquid sweetener and then try and figure out how much you need for 1/3 cup sugar sweetness equivalent - next to impossible!  Dr. Steve Parker wrote an article: Ketogenic Diet Overview. Again, in this book we have a number of great recipes from our low-carb friends in the low-carb community.  This book is one I refer to very frequently, because of the low-carb sauces and crepe recipes.

Pictured on the Front Cover: Stella-Style Ricotta Cheesecake, Blueberry Muffins, Broccoli Slaw with Bacon Dressing, Brandied Cherries.

APPETIZERS AND BEVERAGES
APPETIZERS:
Examples: 
Roasted Cauliflower with Cumin
Stuffed Artichoke Bottoms
Almond and Chana Dal Hummus
Chicken Enchilada Dip
Mexican Dip
Buffalo Cauliflower Bites
Taco Wings


BEVERAGES
Examples:
Frozen Strawberry Lemon Punch
Hot Pumpkin Pie Drink
Strawberry Speckled Lemonade
Carolyn's Low-Carb Milk


BREADS, MUFFINS AND MORE
Examples:
Bake Mixes: Splendid Gluten-Free Bake Mixes 1 and 2
Biscuits - Yogurt Biscuits, Pumpkin Biscuits, Cinnamon Drop Biscuits, Grain-Free Herbed Biscuits
Crackers - Parmesan Almond Crackers, Microwave Almond Crackers
Muffins and Coffeecake - Vanilla Pear Muffins, Choco Crumble Coffee Cake. Lemon Glazed Coconut Muffins
Savory Breads - Italian Savory Muffin in a Minute, Cheese Straws, Lupin Flour Bread
Sweet Breads - Zucchini Bread, Cinnamon Swirl Pumpkin Bread, Cinnamon Rolls


BREAKFASTS
Examples:
Hash Browns - Celery Root Hash Browns
Cereals and breads Grain-free Granola, Cinnamon Swirl Pumpkin French Toast Sticks, Pumpkin Porridge
Crepes and Pancakes - Low-Carb Crepes, Cream Cheese Crepes with Blueberry Sauce, Ultra Low-Carb Crepes, Ultra Low-Carb Pancakes
Sausage - Baked Taco Sausage Patties, Pancake Breakfast Casserole


MAIN COURSES AND SIDES
Examples:
MAIN COURSES:
Beef - Picadillo, Tender Oven Swiss Steak, Crepe Lasagna, Kansas City Barbecued Brisket, Restaurant-tyle Steak Fajitas
Fish and Seafood - Salmon Roulades, Langostino Thermidor, New Orleans Barbecued Shrimp, Seared Scallops with Hot Salad, Calamari Steaks with Tomato and Spinach, Baked Salmon with Vegetables, Flourless Crab Cakes, Battered, Fried Fish, Anaheim Shrimp Scampi, Shrimp Crepes
Pork - Dijon Mustard Marinated Pork Chops, Slow-Cooker Country-Style Ribs, Bacon-Wrapped, Broccoli-Cheese Stuffed Pork Tenerdloin
Poultry - Chicken with Leeks, Walnuts, and Candied Lemon Peel, Crisp Braised Chicken Thighs, Creamy, Bacon-Wrapped Stuffed Chicken, Savory Chicken in Crepes, Slow-Cooker Herb Chicken


SIDES:
Recipes using these vegetables: Chili-Roasted Green Beans, Ratatouille, Braised Romaine Hearts, Cauliflower, Cheddar 'n Bacon Cakes, Avocado Fries, Broccoli and Cheese Sauce, Vegetable Au Gratin Casserole, Pumpkin Risotto, Cauliflower Mac and Cheese Casserole


MISCELLANEOUS
Substantial Section: Crusts, Dressings, Frostings, Glazes, Jams, Odds and Ends, Sauces(savory and sweet), Seasonings/Spices,  Snacks, Spreads and Toppings


SALADS AND SOUPS
Salads:
Examples:  Moroccan Radish Salad, "Potato" Salad, Tuna, Tomato and Cucumber Salad
Soups:
Examples: Lazy Bones Broth, Wild Salmon Chowder, Red Curry Fish Stew, Roasted Pepper, Tomato and Cheddar Soup, Cream of Zucchini Soup, Slow-Cooker Turkey Minestrone Soup,Yellow Squash Soup, Faux Split Pea Soup


SWEET ENDINGS
Cakes
Examples: Rhubarb Shortcakes, Almond and Coconut Cake, Single Lady Cupcake, Vanilla Cupcakes with Caramel Frosting, Christi's Birthday Cake
Cheesecakes
Examples:  Apple Cheesecake Bars, White Chocolate Cheesecake with Strawberry Sauce, Brownie Bottom Cheesecake, Stella-Style Ricotta Cheesecake
Confections
Examples: Almond Joy Cups, Peanut Butter Chocolate Fudge, Peanut Butter Swirl Chocolate
Cookies and Squares
Examples: Snow Drop Cookies, Flourless Chocolate Hazelnut Cookies, Cream Cheese Cake Bars, Frosted Peanut Butter Chip Squares, Glazed Lemon Raspberry Squares, Peanut Butter Sheet Cake Bars, Pecan Sandy Meltaways
Frozen Desserts
Examples: Strawberry Frozen Yogurt, Frozen Coconut Pudding, Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream, Frozen Strawberry Dessert, Pumpkin and Pie Crust Ice Cream
Pies
Examples: Three Fruit Tarts, Creamy Coconut Macadamia Pie, Chocolate Coconut Pudding Pie
Puddings
Examples: Pumpkin Pudding

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