Dinner, Recipe

Bread and Cheese “Meatballs”

Wow!  Meatballs without the meat and these actually sound (and look) good!



3 Tablespoons Olive Oil
1 Small Onion, Peeled and Chopped
2 Garlic Cloves, Peeled and Minced
1 (26 Ounce Can Good Quality Chopped Tomatoes
1/4 Cup Chopped Fresh Basil
Sea Salt and Pepper
Red Hot Pepper Flakes (optional)

Bread And Cheese Balls:
8.5 Ounces Grated Hard Cheese (see note above)
7 Ounces Stale Bread, Crusts Removed
1 Garlic Clove, Peeled
5 Large Eggs
1/4 Cup Fresh Parsley Leaves
Pinch of Cracked Black Pepper
To Serve:
Grated Parmesan or Pecorino Cheese

Bread, Recipe

Cheese Bread – Crescia

Mmmm … bread.  With cheese AND this recipe comes with a video!  🙂


1 3/4 cups warm water (110 F)
1 tablespoon active dried yeast
7 large eggs at room temperature
1/2 cup Filippo Berio Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 teaspoon coarse black pepper
1 tablespoon salt
1 cup grated Pecorino cheese
7 to 8 cups unbleached all purpose flour
1 1/2 cups (8 ounces) diced mozzarella cheese
1 cup (5 ounces) diced Provolone cheese

Dinner, Level 1, Levels 2 And Above, Lunch, Recipe


I am a bit of a lasagna snob. This is one of those items we never ordered in restaurants because hubby made the best. We used to make it about twice a year. Why twice a year? Because we don’t use ricotta. We use Pecorino Romano, real Parmesan, provolone, etc. That can get pricey (especially with the amounts we used) so it was always a special treat. I made this tonight for dinner. I took one bite and I cried. We can have lasagna again! We double the recipe because (since I usually don’t pay attention to such things when I first read a recipe) I knew a loaf pan was no where near enough food. We did this in a 9 x 13 pan and the noodles were enough for two generous layers (I would suggest putting something, like cookie sheet underneath the pan … it spilled over a bit). AND this is the last time I make something that asks for parchment paper when I don’t have any. I WILL GET SOME! I lost less than 1/4 of the noodles due to sticking to my insulated cookie sheet (which will be fun to clean off since I can’t soak it). At the bottom of this post is the MyFitnessPal information for this recipe. I also doubled the amount (feel fat and bloated but my tummy is happy).

For the “Noodles” –
2 Eggs
4 oz. Cream Cheese – Softened
¼ Cup Parmesan Cheese – Grated
1 ¼ Cup Mozzarella Cheese – Shredded
1/4 tsp. Italian Seasoning
1/4 tsp. Garlic Powder
1/4 tsp. Onion Powder
-For the Filling-
1 lb. Ground Beef
1 ½ Cups Low Carb Marinara Sauce – Divided
¾ Cup Mozzarella Cheese – Shredded
6 Tbs. Whole Milk Ricotta Cheese
1 Tbs. Minced Onion
1 tsp. Dried Oregano
1 tsp. Garlic Powder
1 tsp. Dried Basil
1 tsp. Italian Seasoning
Listed on MyFitnessPal as “Peace Love and Low Carb – Lasagna”
Amounts are for 1/2 the original recipe:
Calories: 972 Carbohydrates: 19 Fats: 68 Protein: 114

Dinner, Levels 2 And Above, Lunch, Recipe, Soups

Low Carb Zuppa Toscana Soup

I know.  Instead of binging on food, I’m binging on recipes!  Here’s another discovery. And it’s delicious!

As always, please go to the above link for instructions.
2 cups chicken stock
1 quart water
1 pound Italian sausage ground
3 cups kale chopped
2 cups cauliflower riced
1 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1/4 cup butter
salt and pepper to taste (I like salty)