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Chicken Breast

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Chicken Breast

CHICKEN BREAST · BUTTER · STOCK (OR WATER) · LEMON · HERBS

Braise — medium — IT 165°F

“Tastes like chicken” is not usually a compliment. But this dish tastes like chicken should—moist, buttery, and rich—and still cooks with all the convenience you expect from boneless breasts. The secret? Pan-fry them with plenty of butter. After browning both sides, add a cup of stock or water and simmer this goodness, uncovered, until most of the liquid evaporates and your instant-read thermometer says >165°F. Put the chix on a plate, add a little more butter to the pan—maybe a squeeze of lemon—and stir it up for a rich pan sauce ready for drizzling over the chicken. Forget chicken. This tastes like heaven. 

(When in doubt, add butter and/or salt.)

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Asparagus Stalks

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Asparagus Stalks

ASPARAGUS · OLIVE OIL · HOLLANDAISE

sauté—medium-high


Asparagus. One of the few cooked veggies you’re allowed to eat with your fingers. (Also corn on the cob and bacon. Bacon is a veggie, right?) Prep is simple—rinse and snap off the woody part of each stem. Sauté in olive oil or butter over medium-high heat. (Or roast with a coating of olive oil if your oven is already fired up.) Now all you need is salt and pepper. But if you dress it up with some hollandaise sauce or a squeeze of lemon in melted butter, you might want a fork. 

(When in doubt, add butter and/or salt.)

~2g net carbs per cup of raw asparagus.

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Roasted Carrots

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ROASTED CARROTS

CARROTS · OLIVE OIL · CRÈME FRAÎCHE · FRESH HERBS

OVEN ROAST — 400°F


Wassup doc?  Just the easiest carrot dish ever.  Peeled and chunked-up carrots go right into a baking dish. Make it even easier: dump in baby carrots right out of the bag. Toss with a big glug of olive oil and season. Into the oven with these, and 30 minutes later, you have roasted perfection. Serve ‘em up with pan juices, a pat of butter, or for fancy-pants carrots, a schmear of crème fraîche and herbs. Bugs Bunny never had it so good.

(When in doubt, add butter and/or salt.)

~9g net carbs per cup of raw carrots

 

 

 

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Pork Chops

PORK CHOPS

PORK CHOPS · OLIVE OIL · SOUR CREAM · APPLE

pan-fry — medium — IT 145°F

Chops are the original fast food. Faster than driving thru the golden arches? See for yourself. Add olive oil (or bacon fat) to a hot cast iron skillet—or whatever pan is handy—and fry for a couple of minutes on each side, longer if your chops are thick. Shoot for about 145°F on your instant-read thermometer. Garnish with a dollop of sour cream and a couple of thin slices of apple, or onions caramelized in the pan drippings. And no one is going to ask you if you want fries with that. 

(When in doubt, add butter and/or salt.)

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Spinach Salad

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Spinach Salad

SPINACH · BACON VINAIGRETTE · BACON · WALNUTS

Cold Prep (Wilt greens with warm dressing)

Seriously. Give yourself a break and start with prewashed baby spinach. Dump it in a bowl with some toasted walnuts and a few strips of bacon that you diced up and fried until crisp. Vintage cooking means you don’t throw out the bacon fat. Instead, make our yummy bacon vinaigrette. Toss the salad with the warm dressing to gently wilt the spinach. Then serve it up to your adoring fans.

(When in doubt, add salt and/or pepper.)

~0g net carbs per cup of raw spinach

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Boiled Potatoes

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Boiled Potatoes

SMALL POTATOES · BUTTER · HERBS

boil

Stop right there. We gotta know right now. Are potatoes okay to eat? Some folks are more sensitive to the extra carbs. If that’s you, skedaddle.  Otherwise, a vintage-style prep, with fiber (from skins) and fat (from butter), make these a reasonable treat for most folks. Easy too. Just boil until fork tender—about 20 minutes. Drain. Add butter, salt, and pepper. And butter. 

(When in doubt, add butter and/or salt.)

~23g net carbs per cup raw potatoes

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Grilled Steak

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Grilled Steak

STEAK · BUTTER · HERBS

grill — medium — IT 145°F

Where’s the beef? It’s on your plate, and it’s simple and delicious. Season a room-temperature steak and grill to about 5°F below the “doneness” you’re going for). It will continue to cook a little after you take it off the grill. Use your instant-read thermometer to save yourself the agony of turning an expensive cut of meat into shoe leather. For extra flavor, top with butter: herbed butter, beer butter, chipotle butter, plain butter. On steak, any butter is good butter.

(When in doubt, add butter and/or salt.)

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Iceberg Wedges

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Iceberg Wedges

ICEBERG LETTUCE · CREAMY DRESSING · BLUE CHEESE · BACON · CHIVES

Cold Prep

A steakhouse favorite, right at your house. Cut a head of iceberg in half, top to bottom, and cut each half into wedges. Remove the stem part from each wedge, rinse, and drain well (so you don’t end up with watery dressing on your plate). Plate the wedges and douse each one with your favorite dressing. Top with crumbled blue cheese (or feta), crispy bacon, and chopped chives, restaurant style. No reservations needed. 

(When in doubt, add salt and/or pepper.)

~ 1g net carbs per cup raw iceberg

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Sautéed Mushrooms

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Sautéed Mushrooms

MUSHROOMS · BUTTER · HERBS

Sauté — medium-high

An embarrassingly easy dish, especially if you buy your mushrooms pre-sliced—which you should. Fry the ‘shrooms over medium-high heat in plenty of butter for at least 10 minutes. They can soak up a lot, so don’t be afraid to add more. Delicious as is, or mix it up with hot sauce or soy sauce or whatever your sauce is. (P.S. Wine is “sauce.”) Add salt and pepper. File this one under, “Keep it simple [and scrumptious], stupid.” 

(When in doubt, add butter and/or salt.)

~2g net carbs per cup raw mushrooms

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Chicken Thighs

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Chicken Thighs

CHICKEN THIGHS · BUTTER · LIME · SOUR CREAM

pan fry — medium — IT 165°F

Next time you want to punch someone, take your aggressions out on dinner. Pummel boneless chicken thighs between parchment paper, until they’re about 1⁄2” thick­—the thinner they are, the better you’ll feel and the faster they’ll cook. Pan-fry in plenty of melted butter over medium heat, about 5 minutes per side, but double check to see that they are done; look for165°F on your instant-read thermometer. Add some flavor with a couple drops of  lime juice, fresh herbs of any sort, or a dollop of sour cream, mayo, salad dressing, salsa, or chutney. Serve with a wicked grin.   

(When in doubt, add butter and/or salt.)

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Broccoli Florets

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Broccoli Florets

BROCCOLI · OLIVE OIL · SESAME SEEDS

Roast — 400°F

Silence the haters. Roasted broccoli proves deliciousness and healthy can co-exist. Cut broccoli into medium-sized florets (or buy them pre-prepped). Toss with a generous amount of olive oil—right in the baking dish is fine. Pop into a hot oven and roast for about 20 minutes, or until fork tender. You can sprinkle on sesame seeds you dry roasted in a non-stick skillet, or top with grated cheese, crumbled bacon, or a big pat of butter.  It’s all good (for you).

(When in doubt, add butter and/or salt.)

~ 4g net carbs per cup raw broccoli

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Sweet Potato Fries

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Sweet Potato Fries

SWEET POTATOES · OLIVE OIL · SPICES · CREAMY CITRUS DIP

Roast — 400°F

It’s in the name. “Sweet” potatoes. If you don’t tolerate carbs well, there’s lots of friendlier dishes to choose from. Otherwise, cut these sweeties up into lengthwise wedges, put ‘em in a large resealable plastic bag with olive oil and shake, shake, shake. Spread out the fries on a baking sheet, season with some salt and pepper (cumin, paprika, and cayenne work too), and roast them in a hot oven for about 30 minutes. A creamy citrus dip will help smother any potential blood sugar spikes (and it tastes good too. )

(When in doubt, add butter and/or salt.)

~23g net carbs per cup sweet potatoes

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Naked Burger

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Naked Burger

GROUND BEEF · MAYO · LETTUCE · PICKLES · TOMATO · ONION

Grill — Medium — IT 160°F

Burgers in their birthday suits? Skip the buns and accessorize with actual food instead. Pat your ground beef into 5-6oz burgers, about 1” thick. Season on the outside; no need to mix it in. Grill ‘em up or pan-fry in a little butter over medium heat. Some like burgers rare, but the USDA suggests you play it safe and go for 160°F on your instant-read thermometer. Dress your patties in cheese, pickles, avocado, tomatoes, and bacon. Try a fried egg if you’re feeling frisky. Getting naked never tasted so good.

(When in doubt, add butter and/or salt.)

 

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Field Greens

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Field Greens

FIELD GREENS · VINAIGRETTE · FETA cheese · TOMATOES · PUMPKIN SEEDS

COLD PREP

Back in the day, you got your field greens from a field. Now you can skip the bugs and dirt, and open up a bag of prewashed baby greens, ready to dump in your salad bowl. Add some fixings. We like cubed feta, halved cherry tomatoes, and pumpkin seeds; you go with your own real-food favorites. Toss with vinaigrette and you’re done. Another night, another salad.

(When in doubt, add salt and/or pepper.)

~ 1g net carbs per cup of field greens

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Corn on the Cob

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Corn on the Cob

CORN · BUTTER · PARSLEY

Boil

A summer classic. Buy yours already shucked or practice patience as you pluck off corn silk. Submerge your cleaned-up cobs in boiling salted water for about 5 minutes. Kinda carby, but you can smother half an ear in butter—or homemade aioli and grated parmesan cheese—and live the dream. 

(When in doubt, add butter and/or salt.)

~ 17g net carbs per 7" ear of raw corn

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Flank Steak

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Flank Steak

FLANK STEAK · OLIVE OIL · MARINADE · CHIMICHURRI

Grill — Medium — IT 145°F

Flank steak. Skirt steak. Hanger steak. Big on flavor, small on price, these cuts need a little extra love to keep things from getting chewy. Start with an hour or so in our marinade. You’ll likely grill these for 5-10 minutes per side, but your instant-read thermometer knows best. We can say this much: Take them off the heat about 5°F before you think you should. Take another 5 minutes and let the beef rest before slicing at an angle, across the grain. Top with our chimichurri, open a jar of roasted tomatillo salsa, or drizzle with soy sauce and sesame oil. Love meat tender. 

(When in doubt, add butter and/or salt.)

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Baby Kale

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Baby Kale

BABY KALE · VINAIGRETTE · MACADAMIA NUTS

Dry Saute — medium-high

The heat is on. Dry sautéed baby kale delivers a mellow, nutty take on “eat your greens.” Using a non-stick skillet over medium-high heat and working in batches, stir a thin layer of kale leaves around until they start to brown, about two minutes. When you finish the whole bunch, turn down the heat, add some butter to the pan, and brown some chopped macadamia (or other) nuts. Toss the nuts with the warm kale and plenty of vinaigrette. What could be cooler?

(When in doubt, add salt and/or pepper.)

~ 1g net carbs per cup of raw baby kale

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Celery Root Fries

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Celery Root Fries

CELERY ROOT · OLIVE OIL · CREAMY CITRUS DIP

Roast — 400°F

Winner of the Ugly Veggie of the Year Award every time, celery root—it’s self-explanatory, folks—is deliciousness in disguise, especially when roasted until crispy and salted to perfection. Start by chopping up the root into sticks and tossing with olive oil. Arrange on a baking sheet and bake for 30 minutes. Can’t wait? Cut them thinner and pan-fry in olive oil, stovetop, over medium heat.  And don’t forget a creamy dip. Does it even taste like celery? Buy some and see for yourself. 

(When in doubt, add butter and/or salt.)

~12g net carbs per cup raw celery root.

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Pork Tenderloin

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Pork Tenderloin

PORK TENDERLOIN · MARINADE · GRAVY

Roast — 375°F — IT 145°F

Pork’s reputation as “the other (dry, tasteless) white meat” is banished forever, the vintage way. Marinate a pork tenderloin overnight, or for 20 minutes on the counter—go bold with the flavors of your choice. Pour off the marinade, coat with olive oil, and roast at 375°F until your instant-read thermometer says 145°F (higher if you like your pork well done). While the tenderloin rests (about 10 minutes), whip up our easy gravy from the pan juices. Any way you slice it, it’s delicious. 

(When in doubt, add butter and/or salt.)

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Cabbage Wedges

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Cabbage Wedges

CABBAGE · OLIVE OIL · HERBS

Roast — 400°F

Face it. Purple cabbage is prettier than the green kind. But either will do in this too-easy dish. Cut cabbage stem-to-stern into wedges, removing the tough part of the stem. Place wedges on a roasting pan with a cut-side down, and douse with olive oil. Roast in a hot oven, flipping wedges after about 15 minutes. Brown, crispy edges mean they're ready. Season with salt & pepper, more olive oil, maybe a squeeze of lime, and you’ve got a dish that tastes as good as it looks. 

(When in doubt, add butter and/or salt.)

~ 3g net carbs per cup of raw cabbage

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