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Deep Fried Rutabaga Chips

You can use turnips for these, too, or probably any root vegetable.

1 small Rutabaga, thinly sliced


Oil for frying

Take a deep pot and add a few inches of oil – enough to deep fry in.  Heat oil on med/high.

Place rutabaga slices into hot oil and fry until golden brown.   You can adjust thickness to your taste.

Place on paper towels to soak up oil, and toss with salt.

These are a great alternative to chips.  Casey likes to eat them with malt vinegar splashed on top.

You can alternately bake them in the oven.  I toss them with a little olive oil and salt, and bake them at 375 degrees until golden brown.

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Baked Rutabaga Chips

1 small rutabaga has approximately 7 carbs, while 1 small turnip has approximately 6 carbs.


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A Great Cheesy Treat

3/4 C. Cauliflower Florettes

2 Tablespoons butter

1 clove garlic, sliced thinly

2 Tbsp shredded parmesan

Pinch of salt

Melt butter over low heat with garlic until infused (about 5-10 minutes). Strain garlic.

Toss cauliflower with butter, parmesan and salt.

Bake at 350 degrees F., for 15 minutes or until golden brown.

Modified Atkins Diet for Seizures MAD Wedge Salad

The Wedge

A classic recipe,  that works pretty much as-is on the Modified Atkins for Seizures Diet.  Casey loves to take this in his school lunch, and I feel good that there is a bit of green in his diet for the day:

1/4 medium wedge of iceberg lettuce rinsed and dried

3 slices bacon broken into bits

1-2 tablespoons blue cheese dressing (either your favorite home-made, or one of the bottled low carb dressings)

Sprinkle the bacon bits over the wedge and cover with blue cheese dressing.  You can cut up a hard boiled egg over this to add more fat and protein.

I make my own simple Blue Cheese dressing:

Buttermilk Blue Cheese Dressing
1/2 cup mayonnaise

1/2  cup whole cream

1 heaping tablespoon sour cream

1 cup crumbled blue cheese

1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce, or to taste

1 small clove garlic, minced

Coarse black pepper, to taste

In a medium-sized bowl, mix together mayo, cream and sour cream. Add rest of ingredients and mix well, incorporating the blue cheese, but leaving a few chunks as well. Season with black pepper, cover and refrigerate until ready to use.

The better quality the cheese, the better the dressing will taste. The original recipe calls for Buttermilk in place of the cream, but I omitted it for the lower carbs in the cream.  You can add  1/8 – 1/4 tsp. of white vinegar to the cream and let it sit for about 5 minutes to make your own buttermilk.

The dressing is about 1 carb for 2 Tbsp.  The wedge itself is about 2.5 carbs for 1/4 head, so a total of about 3.5 carbs (or more if your bacon contains carbs).