Low Carb Mediterranean Shrimp 🍤🍤

  • Servings: 2-3
  • Difficulty: Easy

This quick and easy sheet pan meal is a delicious Mediterranean dish that doesn't disappoint. Not only is it delicious with shrimp but you can substitute the shrimp with cooked rotisserie chicken too! I had all the ingredients on hand so no extra shopping was needed. I just had to defrost the shrimp in the morning and prep was unbelievably fast. If you're not watching carbs then serve this over pasta or rice. I served mine over red leaf lettuce while my husband had it over rice. We both loved it.😋 😋

Ingredients

  • 1 lb large raw shrimp, peeled, deveined with tails on or off (your preference)
  • 1/3 cup thinly sliced shallots
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • a pinch of red pepper flakes (or more if you like the heat)
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup Kalamata olives, halved
  • 2 Tablespoons lemon juice, divided
  • 3 Tablespoons EVOO, divided 2 + 1
  • 1/4 cup roughly chopped parsley
  • 1/3 – 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • lemon wedges, optional

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 425ºF.
  2. Using a rimmed baking sheet, toss the shallots, garlic, salt, red pepper flakes, tomatoes, olives, 1 tablespoon of the lemon juice, & 2 tablespoons of the EVOO.
  3. Roast for 5 minutes, or until the shallots & garlic are starting to brown.
  4. Add the shrimp and cook 5 minutes more, or until shrimp are done. *
  5. Stir in the feta, parsley and the remaining tablespoon of lemon juice and EVOO.
  6. Toss gently and serve hot over a bed of lettuce for a delicious low carb meal.

Notes: * If substituting with cooked, rotisserie chicken,  cook just to heat the chicken in step 4.

This is a light dish which will serve 2-3. Double the recipe for more servings.

Recipe adapted from Zenbelly.

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Low Carb Zucchini Shrimp Scampi 🍤🍤

Servings: 4-6            Prep: 15 minutes                  Cook Time: 10 minutes

One of our favorite all-time meals to eat is Shrimp Scampi over linguine pasta, topped with Pecorino Romano grated cheese, some crusty Italian bread to soak up the lemony butter sauce and we’re in heaven!  Since Barbara is back on Keto, we wanted to come up with the same delicious flavor without the carbs. Zucchini is an amazing vegetable that takes the place of pasta and delivers all the delicious flavor of our original shrimp scampi recipe. We decided to make a one-pan dish so we used the electric skillet. It’s large and can accommodate all the shrimp in a single layer plus all the spiralized zucchini.  If your watching carbs, please give it a try. We promise you will not miss the pasta!  😋 😋

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs large raw shrimp
  • 2 sticks salted butter
  • 10 medium zucchini and/or summer squash, spiralized
  • 1/2 stick salted butter for zucchini
  • 1-2 tsp salt
  • 8 Dorot frozen garlic cubes (we use for consistency)
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley leaves, chopped
  • 2 tsp grated lemon peel
  • 2 Tablespoons lemon juice
  • lemon slices for garnish (optional)
  • Pecorino Romano, grated

Instructions

  1. Remove shells from shrimp, leaving the shell on the tail section if desired.
  2. Devein then wash under running cold water, and drain on paper towels; pat dry.
  3. In the electric skillet on the warmest setting, melt 2 sticks of salted butter.
  4. When butter is melted, add the salt, garlic, and 2 Tablespoon parsley; mix well.
  5. Arrange the shrimp in a single layer in the skillet.
  6. Raise skillet temperature to 300ºF. As soon as shrimp start to turn pink (1 or 2 minutes) quickly turn the shrimp over and ower to warm setting again.
  7. Sprinkle with lemon peel, lemon juice, and remaining parsley. Raise temperature to 300ºF.
  8. Cook about 1-2 minutes longer or just until shrimp are tender. Do Not overcook shrimp or they will be tough.  (If using smaller shrimp, cut down on the cooking time)
  9. Remove shrimp with half the scampi sauce and set aside in a bowl.
  10. Add the 1/2 stick of butter to the skillet then add the spiralized zucchini to the scampi sauce and stir well to coat with sauce. Cover and cook until zucchini are soft but not overcooked.
  11. Arrange the desired amount of zucchini noodles (zoodles) in a pasta dish then top with shrimp. Add some of the reserved scampi sauce on top. Grate some Pecorino Romano cheese and garnish with a thin slice of lemon (optional).

Notes: If you don’t have an electric skillet please use our oven method Shrimp Scampi recipe then cook the zucchini separate using 1/2 stick butter in a large skillet with half the scampi sauce reserve from shrimp cooked in the oven.

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Zoodle Spaghetti – Twiins Style


  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: Easy

The other night we were so engrossed with updating this blog that we completely forgot about dinner! We realized it at 5:00 pm! After searching in the refrigerator we found country sausage, zucchini, and some leftover tomato sauce so we whipped up a really quick & tasty dinner. On nights when you are pressed for time, this recipe is not only quick & easy but also delicious, healthy & satisfying. There's a bonus too... it's low carb, keto-friendly, and gluten-free. You won't miss the pasta at all. Our family loves it with ricotta cheese on top...it's delicious! Give it a try and let us hear from you. 😋😋

Ingredients

  • Spiralizer (we use the Veggetti-Pro Tabletop Spiral Vegetable Cutter, thick spiral blade)
  • 6 medium zucchini
  • 2 cloves garlic (we use Dorot frozen cubes for consistency)
  • 1 lb bulk Neese’s Sausage, hot or regular
  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup pre-made tomato sauce (more or less depending on your preference)
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • ricotta (for topping)
  • Pecorino Romano cheese, grated

Directions

  1. Wash unpeeled zucchini then dry well. Cut the end stem from one end of the zucchini then using the spiralizer thick ribbon blade, spiralize all the zucchini. Set aside.
  2.  In a large hot skillet place the bulk sausage and brown completely on all sides, crumbling the sausage as it cooks.
  3. Add the garlic and continue cooking another minute. Stir well then add the butter combining well.
  4. Add the zucchini spirals and mix with the sausage.
  5. Cook until zucchini is soft or al dente then add a cup of pre-made tomato sauce and mix well. Heat until sauce is hot. Remove from heat.
  6. Serve in a pasta dish and sprinkle with grated Pecorino Ramano cheese then top with a dollop of creamy ricotta cheese and enjoy.

Notes:  Additional tomato sauce may be added depending on your preference. For those of you who must have pasta, just cook up a little gluten-free pasta (or regular pasta if gluten is not a health issue) and add the cooked pasta at the end to combine with the zoodles.

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Chicken Madeira


  • Servings: 6
  • Difficulty: Easy

Move over Chicken Marsala...we're here to introduce you to our juicy Chicken Maderia that will elevate your dinner to a whole new level that's sure to please! Tender chicken breasts combined with mushrooms and asparagus in a wonderful creamy Madeira sauce topped with melted gooey mozzarella (or as our old family from Brooklyn would say, Mootzadell, dropping the last vowel of a word was very common because they were always in a hurry! In carrying on that tradition, we think we'll start to call it Mootz) 😂😂 Whichever way you pronounce it, this dish is delicious. Our family loves this chicken dish and we hope it will become a new favorite of yours. We're sure your family and friends will be asking for more just like ours do so you might want to make a double batch! 😋 😋

Ingredients

  • 12 -15 thinly sliced chicken breasts, season with salt & pepper
  • 2 bundles of asparagus, blanched
  • 6 Tablespoons butter, divided
  • 4 Tablespoons EVOO, divided
  • 32 oz small button mushrooms, washed and dried thoroughly
  • 2 medium yellow onions, finely diced
  • 4 large garlic cloves, minced (or 4 frozen Dorot garlic cubes)
  • 4 Tablespoons fresh parsley, finely chopped plus extra for garnish
  • 3 cups Madeira wine
  • 3 cups beef stock or broth
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 2 cups mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • salt & pepper to taste

Directions

  1. Trim asparagus by snapping the ends off. Wash well and set aside.
  2. In a large saucepan, bring salted water to a boil, enough to cover asparagus and boil for 3-4 minutes. Remove to a large bowl filled with ice water to stop color turning. Drain well then set aside.
  3. In a large oven-proof skillet on medium-high heat melt half the butter & half the EVOO until hot. Add the whole mushrooms and cook 5 minutes until golden brown. Add the onion and cook 3-4 minutes then add the garlic & parsley. Cook an additional 2 minutes. Remove the mushroom mixture to a separate bowl and set aside.
  4. In the same skillet on medium-high heat, add the remaining butter and EVOO. Once hot, place seasoned chicken breasts in a single layer and sear quickly about 2 minutes on each side, just to get golden brown. Do not overcook as the chicken will finish cooking when everything is combined. Remove chicken and drain in layers on paper towels. Set aside.
  5. In the same skillet on high, add the Maderia wine and boil until reduced by half, approximately 6-8 minutes. Add the beef broth and boil for about 10 -12 minutes until reduced to half.
  6. Reduce heat to medium. Stir in heavy cream and simmer until sauce thickens. Season with salt & pepper to taste. (Sauce will not be real thick; however, you may add a small amount of flour to thicken)
  7. Add chicken back to skillet coating both sides with sauce. Add the mushroom mixture and asparagus on top then sprinkle with the shredded mozzarella.
  8. Broil on top rack in the oven just until cheese is melted. Remove from oven, garnish with parsley and serve.

 

Notes:  For a large crowd, simply triple the recipe. This recipe is Gluten-Free & Keto-Friendly as long as you don’t add flour. Chicken Madeira is a delicious meal on its own but if you’re looking to stretch it, serve with pasta or rice to soak up the amazing Madeira sauce.

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Eggplant Zucchini Lasagna Casserole – Twiins Style 🍆🍆


  • Servings: 4-5
  • Difficulty: Easy

Casseroles are a great way to combine your family's favorite vegetables into a one-dish meal that is sure to please. Our family loves eggplant, zucchini, ricotta cheese & mozzarella (among many other foods) so we combined all those ingredients into a delicious casserole? They loved this dish so much that they requested it 3 nights in a row! You can make this casserole with or without sausage because it's just as hardy without it plus you get the added bonus of it being Gluten-Free and Keto friendly if you follow a keto diet. You and your family will love it! 😋😋

Ingredients

  • 2 medium eggplants, firm to touch
  • 2 medium zucchini or summer squash (or 1 of each,  personal preference )
  • 1 lb bulk Italian Sweet or Hot Sausage, optional (bulk country sausage can be substituted)
  • 2 pints cherry tomatoes
  • 8-10 large cloves garlic, unpeeled
  • enough EVOO to lightly coat all the sliced eggplant & zucchini before roasting, plus extra for lightly coating the baking sheet
  • salt, pepper, and garlic powder to season eggplant & zucchini before roasting
  • 1 cup ricotta (we used whole milk but you can use skim or fat-free if desired)
  • 1/2 beaten egg
  •  2 shakes crushed red pepper (more or less to taste)
  • 1/2 cup Pecorino Romano, grated plus extra for between layers
  • 8 oz. mozzarella, grated & divided in half
  • 1 cup fresh basil leaves, chopped & divided plus a few whole leaves for garnish

Directions

  1. Cut the end stems from each end of the eggplant, zucchini or summer squash.
  2. Slice into 1/2-inch thick round pieces.
  3. With a small pastry brush, lightly brush EVOO over both sides of the eggplant and zucchini.
  4. Position your oven racks to upper and lower thirds of your oven.
  5. Preheat oven to 500ºF. Once it reaches 500ºF lower to 425ºF.
  6. On a small rimmed baking sheet (no parchment paper) place tomatoes and unpeeled garlic cloves.
  7. Drizzle 1 Tablespoon EVOO over the tomatoes & unpeeled garlic. Toss with your hands to coat, roast on the top oven rack for 15-20 minutes until tomatoes blister & garlic is soft & caramelized. Remove from oven when done and set aside to cool.
  8. Line 2 large rimmed baking sheets with parchment paper and drizzle a very small amount of EVOO in each pan.
  9. Arrange the eggplant slices in a singer layer in one of the pans then arrange the zucchini in the second pan.
  10. Sprinkle salt, pepper and garlic powder over the tops of eggplant & zucchini only.
  11. Using a pastry brush, use 2 Tablespoons or more of EVOO to lightly brush over the eggplant and zucchini slices in both pans (both sides).
  12. Place pan with eggplant on top oven rack and zucchini on middle rack and roast at 425ºF for 15-25 minutes until nicely browned but not burnt. Zucchini might brown before the eggplant so check often as individual oven temperatures vary.
  13. Once browned, use a spatula to flip eggplant & zucchini over. Continue roasting the eggplant & zucchini until brown, about 10 minutes, checking often.
  14. Once done, remove from oven & let cool.
  15. In a medium skillet brown the bulk sausage meat until fully cooked. Drain & set aside in a bowl until ready to begin layering process.
  16. In a medium bowl combine 1 cup ricotta, red pepper flakes, 1/2 beaten egg, 2 Tablespoons chopped basil, grated Pecorino Romano cheese, and 6 oz mozzarella. Drizzle a tsp of EVOO and mix with a fork to combine. Add salt to taste.
  17. Remove the cooked garlic cloves from the cooled tomato pan & move to a cutting board. Using a fork, press on the skins to remove the soft, caramelized garlic. The skins can be discarded. Mash the cloves into a paste then add to the ricotta mixture and combine well.
  18. In a shallow 2-qt baking dish drizzle some EVOO on the bottom. Arrange 1/3 of the eggplant & zucchini in a single layer. Add 1/3 the blistered tomatoes and scatter them around. Add a dollop of ricotta evenly over each vegetable section (do not spread, leave dollop as is). Add half the drained cooked sausage and sprinkle on top of ricotta dollops. Sprinkle with grated Pecorino Romano cheese.
  19. Tear some of the basil leaves and generously scatter around the first layer.
  20. Repeat step 18 & 19 for the second layer.
  21. Add remaining ricotta mixture on top of the second layer, top with remaining slices of eggplant & zucchini then add the remaining tomatoes on top. Sprinkle with grated Pecorino Roman cheese and top with remaining shredded mozzarella.
  22. Bake approximately 20 – 25  minutes at 425 ºF or until cheese is melted and casserole is bubbling.
  23. Remove from oven. Let cool 10 minutes before serving. Garnish with fresh basil leaves and serve.

 

Notes:  2 large and 1 small rimmed baking sheets are needed for this recipe. We used Neese’s Country Sausage (bulk) in this recipe; however,  the meat is optional.  Add some sauteed mushrooms if you’re a mushroom lover like Teresa is. Can be served as a main dish (4-5 servings) or a side dish (6-8 servings).

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Aunt Rosemarie’s Scrumptious Ricotta Sheet Cake

Our Aunt Rosemarie was always our fashion role model as we were growing up. Her beautiful red hair is her signature look and she always dresses so beautifully. Aunt Rosemarie always had a way of making us feel so special. Whenever we visited her in Brooklyn, as children or as adults, she cooked so much food that she could have fed all of Brooklyn! We have fond memories of the long folding tables that she and our uncle Ralph set up in the living room to accommodate our large family.  For us, it was like going to a fine Italian restaurant, enjoying appetizers, pasta, main dish, and desserts.  The meal was endless and oh so good! We are happy to share her delicious ricotta sheet cake that she gave us during a recent phone call. This cake is a real crowd pleaser, extremely moist and so easy to make. ❤️❤️

Servings: 12     Prep Time: 10 minutes      Bake Time: 1 hour 25 minutes   Difficulty: Easy

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 box of your favorite yellow cake mix (to make our Gluten-Free version, click here)
  • 2 lbs whole milk ricotta cheese
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • juice of 1 small lemon or 1 tsp lemon extract
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 4 eggs
  • fresh blueberries or raspberries
  • powdered sugar 

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 350º F.
  2. In a medium size bowl mix the ricotta cheese, sugar, eggs, vanilla and lemon juice with a wooden spoon and set aside.
  3. Follow directions on cake mix box and pour into a greased & floured  9 x 13-inch baking pan.
  4. Pour the ricotta mixture directly on top of the cake batter in the pan. No need to spread or stir as the ricotta will sink to the bottom and form a nice layer.
  5. Bake at 350°F for 1 hour and 25 minutes until top is golden brown and a toothpick comes out clean.
  6. Cool in the pan placed on a cooling rack. Once cooled cover in plastic wrap and refrigerate.
  7. Sprinkle with powdered sugar and top with fresh fruit just before serving.
  8. Enjoy!

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Aunt Rosemarie’s Scrumptious Ricotta Sheet Cake, Gluten-Free

Our Aunt Rosemarie was always our fashion role model as we were growing up. Her beautiful red hair is her signature look and she always dresses so beautifully. Aunt Rosemarie always had a way of making us feel so special. Whenever we visited her in Brooklyn, as children or as adults, she cooked so much food that she could have fed all of Brooklyn! We have fond memories of the long folding tables that she and our uncle Ralph set up in the living room to accommodate our large family.  For us, it was like going to a fine Italian restaurant, enjoying appetizers, pasta, main dish, and desserts.  The meal was endless and oh so good! We are happy to share her delicious ricotta sheet cake that she gave us during a recent phone call. Her original recipe is not gluten-free however, we replaced the box cake mix with adapting our gluten-free cupcake recipe. It tastes just as good as the original. This cake is a real crowd pleaser and is so easy to make. ❤️❤️

Servings: 12     Prep Time: 10 minutes      Bake Time: 1 hour 25 minutes   Difficulty: Easy

INGREDIENTS

  • Cake Batter
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 ½ tsp grated orange zest
  • 1 ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 3/4 tsp Fior di Sicilia
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 ¼ cups Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-Free 1 to 1 Flour
  • 2 ½ tsp baking powder
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • Ricotta Mixture
  • 2 lbs whole milk ricotta cheese
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • juice of 1 small lemon or 1 tsp lemon extract
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 4 eggs
  • fresh blueberries or raspberries
  • powdered sugar

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 350º F.
  2. In a medium size bowl mix the ricotta cheese, sugar, eggs, vanilla and lemon juice with a wooden spoon and set aside.
  3. Grease and flour a deep 9 x 13-inch baking pan.
  4. Using an electric mixer, beat the butter & sugar together until light & fluffy.
  5. Add the orange zest, vanilla, and Fiori di Sicilia.
  6. Beat just to mix ingredients.
  7. Add the eggs and beat until well combined.
  8. Add the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and buttermilk.
  9. Beat mixture until smooth batter forms.
  10. Pour cake batter into the greased and floured pan.
  11. Next, pour the ricotta mixture directly on top of the cake batter in the pan. No need to spread or stir as the ricotta will sink to the bottom and form a nice layer.
  12. Bake at 350°F for 1 hour & 25 minutes or until top is golden brown and a toothpick comes out clean.
  13. Cool in the pan on a cooling rack. Once cooled cover in plastic wrap and refrigerate.
  14. Sprinkle with powdered sugar and top with fresh fruit just before serving.
  15. Enjoy!

 

 

Panna Cotta

Panna Cotta

  • Servings: 6-8
  • Difficulty: Easy

Panna Cotta is one of those special desserts we have been serving at dinner parties for several years. It tastes heavenly, is refreshing, incredibly smooth and creamy, not too sweet, naturally gluten-free, and loved by everyone who has ever eaten it. Preparing it the day before makes this recipe so easy. Your family and guests will love it.

Ingredients

  • 2 tsp (1 packet) unflavored gelatin powder
  • 3 Tablespoons cold water
  • 3 cups heavy cream
  • 2 cups plain whole-milk yogurt
  • 1½ tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 vanilla bean
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 8 cups sliced fresh strawberries or raspberries
  • 5 Tablespoons balsamic vinegar glaze
  • 2 Tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • freshly grated lemon zest, for garnish

Directions

  • In a small bowl sprinkle the gelatin over 3 Tablespoons of cold water.
  • Stir and set aside for 10 minutes to allow gelatin to dissolve.
  • In the meantime, in a medium bowl whisk together 1½ cups of heavy cream, yogurt & vanilla extract.
  • Split the vanilla bean and use the tip of a knife to scrape the seeds into the cream.
  • Heat the remaining 1½cups of cream and the sugar in a small saucepan and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Remove from heat & add the softened gelatin to the hot cream and stir to dissolve.
  • Pour the hot cream/gelatin mixture into the cold cream/yogurt mixture and stir to combine.
  • Place the empty ramekins on a baking sheet. Pour into 8 (6-8 oz) ramekins or custard cups. Refrigerate uncovered until cold, about 1 hour. When the Panna Cottas are thoroughly chilled, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.
  • 30 minutes to 1 hr before serving, combine the fresh strawberries or raspberries, balsamic vinegar glaze, sugar & pepper. Set aside at room temperature.
  • When ready to serve, surround the Panna Cotta with the fruit/balsamic mixture then dust with freshly grated lemon zest on top & serve.


Note: This recipe has been adapted from Ina Garten.

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