HAMBURGER GRAVY AND MASHED "POTATOES"
1 pound ground beef
1 stalk celery, finely chopped
2 tablespoon onion, chopped
3 ounces mushrooms, minced, about 8 small
1/2 cup chicken broth
3/4 cup heavy cream
Salt and pepper, to taste
1 1/2 bags frozen cauliflower, 24 ounces
1/2-1 teaspoon xanthan gum, optional*
Brown the hamburger, celery and onion in a large skillet; drain the fat. Add the minced mushrooms, salt and pepper. Cook until the mushrooms are tender. Add the broth and cream; bring to a boil. Simmer until the liquid has reduced by half and thickens. Season to taste. Meanwhile, cook the cauliflower until very tender, about 8 minutes; drain well. Mash and add some butter; season to taste. Serve the meat sauce over the cauliflower or just mix it all together.
Makes 5 servings
* You can thicken the gravy with xanthan gum rather than reduce it until thick. The end result will be nice and saucy. After stirring in the broth and cream, bring it to a boil, then sprinkle lightly with some of the xanthan gum, about 1/2 teaspoon at a time, and quickly stir in. Repeat until all of xanthan is mixed in. Let simmer a few minutes to thicken. Season and continue with the recipe as directed above.
Per Serving: 321 Calories; 24g Fat; 19g Protein; 9g Carbohydrate; 4g Dietary Fiber; 5g Net Carbs
This is a simpler version of my hamburger gravy made with Dottie's cream of mushroom soup. No need to make the soup separately. This is one of my favorite comfort food recipes.
VARIATION: I added a dash of Worcestershire sauce and a couple tablespoons of merlot wine. It tasted like I used Golden Mushroom soup. I also sliced the mushrooms instead of mincing them. These additions don't affect the carb count.
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