Thursday, August 9, 2012

Soft Low Carb Food Recipes

A diet of soft food doesn't mean you have to live on protein shakes or broth. Over the past week and a half, I've been making real food, mostly paleo, that I can eat with my dental injuries--and that I can make with an arm injured, and that doesn't get stuck in my braces. These three recipes, along with others on this blog I've labeled "soft food," are my best results.

A suggestion: get a food processor strong enough to puree meat. The Cuisinart 9-cup food processor does the job, and I can put it together with one hand. A battery-powered can opener that sits on top of the can as it works is indispensable if you can't open cans and have few plug-ins. For opening jars, run hot water over the lid for a minute, hold the jar between your heels, and twist. For portable dishwashers--let's just say it can be done.

Clam Chowder

2 strips of bacon
2 cans (~3 to 4 cups) clams, with juice
2 cups stock
2 cups clam juice
1 medium head cauliflower, chopped into 1" pieces
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 can (~2 cups) coconut milk

In a soup pot, fry the bacon. When done, add clam juice and stock until boiling, then add clams with juice, cauliflower, cayenne pepper, salt and pepper and bring to a boil. Simmer for 20 minutes. Puree in batches in a food processor and return to the pot. Stir in coconut milk, heat, and serve.

Hamburger soup

1/2 pound hamburger
1 cup V-8 vegetable juice
salt and pepper
Guacamole dip (homemade, Yucatan or other brand made with just avocado and spices)
Finely grated cheese

Separate hamburger into small bits and brown over medium heat. Add V-8 and heat until bubbling. Puree in a food processor. Top with guacamole, salsa and cheese if desired.

Breakfast Eggnog

3 eggs
1/2 can (~1.5 cups) full-fat coconut milk
Dash of cinnamon and allspice
Dash of salt
1 big squirt of liquid stevia

Put all ingredients in a blender and puree.

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