The Low Carb Luxury Newsletter: 
Volume III / Number 12: June 28, 2002: Page 6
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      Summer Cooking          
Here are some very Summer-y dishes sure to please and low in carbs!

Asparagus Tomato Salad

Asparagus Tomato Salad
  • 1 pound fresh asparagus, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 4 medium tomatoes, cut into wedges
  • 3 cups sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 1 medium green pepper, julienned
  • 1/4 cup light olive oil
  • 2 Tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried tarragon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
Cook asparagus in a small amount of water until crisp-tender, about 3 to 4 minutes; drain and rinse with cold water. Place in a large bowl; add the tomatoes, mushrooms, and green peppers.

In a small bowl, combine remaining ingredients; mix well. Pour over vegetable mixture; toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours or overnight.

Makes 8 servings — 1.9 gram of carbohydrate per serving.

Refreshing Rhubarb Salad

Refreshing Rhubarb Salad
  • 4 cups diced fresh or frozen rhubarb
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1/2 cup Splenda
  • 1 package (6 oz) Sugarfree Strawberry gelatin
  • 1 cup sugarfree orange soda (or prepared Ket-OJ)
  • 1 teaspoon grated orange peel
  • 1 cup sliced fresh strawberries
  • Mayonnaise, fresh mint, and additional strawberries (optional)
In a saucepan over medium heat, bring the rhubarb, water, and Splenda to a boil. Cook uncovered until rhubarb is tender, about 6 to 8 minutes. Remove from heat; stir in gelatin until dissolved. Add orange soda (or prepared Ket-OJ), and orange peel. Mix well. Chill until mixture begins to thicken.

Fold in strawberries. Pour into a 2-quart bowl; chill until set. If desired, garnish with a dollop of mayonnaise, mint, and strawberries.

Makes 10 servings — 7.8 grams of carbohydrate per serving.

Crustless Swiss Quiche

Crustless Swiss Quiche
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup vital wheat gluten
  • 1/4 cup oat flour
  • 1 cup cream
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 1/2 cups cottage cheese
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 9 eggs
  • 2 packages (one 8-oz; one 3-oz) cream cheese, softened
  • 3 cups shredded swiss cheese
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
In small bowl, mix vital wheat gluten and oat flour until well blended. Set aside.

Melt butter in a medium saucepan. Stir in flours (pre-mixed), and cook and stir until bubbly. Gradually add cream and water. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until sauce begins to thicken.

Remove from heat; set aside to cool (about 15 to 20 minutes.)

Meanwhile, combine cottage cheese, baking powder, salt, and mustard; set aside.

In a large mixing bowl, beat the eggs. Slowly add cream cheese, cottage cheese mixture, and cream sauce. Fold in Swiss and Parmesan cheeses. Pour into two greased 10-inch pie plates. Bake at 350F for 40 minutes or until puffed and lightly browned. Serve immediately.

Makes 16 servings — 4 grams carbohydrate per serving.

Tex-Mex Green Bean Salad

Tex-Mex Green Bean Salad
  • 1 pound fresh green beans
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 Tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 Tablespoons sliced green onions
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • Lettuce leaves
  • Shredded cheddar or Monterey Jack cheese
Place the beans and salt in a saucepan; add a small amount of water. Cover and cook for 6 to 7 minutes or until crisp-tender. Rinse in cold water; drain.

In a bowl, combine oil, lemon juice, onions, pepper, and cumin. Add beans and toss to coat. Serve on a bed of lettuce. Sprinkle with cheese as desired.

Makes 6 servings — 5.2 grams of carbohydrate per serving.

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