There’s a restaurant I frequent in Huntington Beach, CA called Mangia Mangia (which I now can translate to Eat Eat thanks to my free Italian lessons from Duolingo.com). I always have the most perfect Italian meals there. Fresh garlic bread, fried calamari, and a gorgeous risotto with scallops and asparagus in a cream sauce drizzled with truffle oil. Needless to say, these meals are not Dukan friendly. I realized today, however, that one part of the meal IS completely dukan friendly and that is the soup that comes with my entree: the straciatella soup. Straciatella is an Italian soup made with eggs, cheese, herbs, and spinach. It’s simple and delicious! So, I made it earlier tonight as a precursor to my steak dinner. It was so easy to make and really resembled the restaurant’s version. I hope you like it too!
6 cups fat free, low sodium chicken broth
2 large eggs
2 tbs low fat grated parmesan cheese
1 cup tightly pressed fresh spinach
1 tbs dried parsley
1 tbs dried basil
salt & pepper
Heat the chicken broth on medium-high heat.
Meanwhile, combine and whisk together eggs, cheese, parsley, and basil.
Once the broth begins to simmer, reduce to medium-low heat and slowly drizzle in egg mixture while stirring the broth with a fork for one minute.
Add spinach and season with salt and pepper to taste.
My favorite food in the world is sushi. I love rice, I love seaweed, and I loooove seafood! Even for those of you who aren’t so fond of the raw stuff, I think we can agree on the deliciosity of one roll: the California Roll. Normally made with imitation crab meat, avocado, rice, and cucumber, it is the simplicity in this dish that makes it so great. In fact, many specialty rolls are based around the California Roll.
The California Roll is especially good for me because..drum roll please..I am allergic to crustaceans! 😦 Yes, the reaction hit me about 2 years ago. Apparently, it is very common to develop a reaction to seafood as an adult. Lucky for me, I am not allergic to fish or mollusks, just crustaceans. This includes lobster, shrimp, crab, crawfish, etc. All things that I once ate in abundance! So, if you’ve ever wondered why I rarely post seafood recipes, that’s why.
With that said, here it is Dukaners.. a low-carb sushi recipe that will hopefully hit your Japanese food craving.
3 large egg-whites, whisked
1/4 cup cucumber, julienned
1/2 cup imitation crab meat, finely chopped
1.5 tbs low-fat mayo
1.5 medium sheets of roasted seaweed
3 tbs low-sodium soy sauce
In a small pan, heat cooking spray on medium heat.
Pour in egg-whites and allow it to take the round shape of the pan.
Cook until both sides are browned. Remove and cut egg whites into squares (1/2 inch by 1.5 inch).
Combine mayo with imitation crab meat and mix.
Cut seaweed sheets into 1.5-2 inch wide strips.
Place 1-2 tbs of crab meat in one section of each seaweed strip, then cucumber, & 2-3 squares of egg-whites. (see picture)
Carefully roll the seaweed and use a toothpick to hold the roll together.
It’s only been one day since I’ve discovered Dukan-friendly tortillas and I’ve already taken it to another level: Breakfast Quesadillas! These quesadillas can be stuffed with your breakfast favorites including sausage, bacon, eggs, steak, cheese, etc. I had my quesadillas oozing with a 4-cheese blend and stuffed with bacon and egg whites. What a perfect way to start off your day!
First, make the Homemade Dukan Tortillas recipe found here. Note: use a large pan to create 2 large tortillas instead of 4 smaller ones as the original recipe makes.
2 large Homemade Dukan Tortillas
5 strips lean, center-cut bacon (6% fat or less)
1 slice fat free american cheese, cut into small squares
1/2 cup reduced fat cheese blend of your choice (I recommend parmesan & mozzarella)
Salsa (to be used as a condiment)
In a skillet, cook bacon until crispy. Allow it to cool, and cut into 1 inch pieces.
In a small pan, heat cooking spray on medium heat and pour 1/2 of the egg-white mixture at a time and tilt to form a round shape.
Cook for 2-3 minutes, flip, and cook for an additional 2 minutes. Repeat steps to create a second egg-white round.
Top one tortilla with a layer of cheese, bacon, another layer of cheese, egg-whites, and more cheese.
Place second tortilla over the top and push down slightly. Microwave for 30 seconds or until cheese is melted.
Cut quesadilla into 4 pieces and serve with salsa.