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Nov 10, 2013 10:21 AM

Homemade Low Carb Food Gifts

Everyone seems to be doing the low carb thing & Christmas is coming up & I am scratching my head as to what I can make for these folks.

So far the only thing I can come up with is homemade boursin cheese along with a bag of mini colored sweet peppers to stuff the cheese in & some purchased hard salami.

Other cheese recipes would be great. Maybe a pickled veggie recipe.

Other than the above items, I am clueless, please help.

By the way, I am so saddened to not be able to hand some sweet treats to my friends. Is there anything I can do in that department?

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  1. Jerky
    Spiced nuts
    And for low carb sweets... There is always the fake sweeteners (IMO - ick), but maybe some small, homemade dark chocolate truffles.

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    1. re: firecooked

      Different flavors of jerky (without sugar!) are something we would love to receive!

    2. Picked green beans, beets, onions and turnips are all beautiful.

      1. Although out of season, pickled asparagus with lots of garlic is great. Maybe a thought for next year.

        The Italian pickled veg it giardiniera?

        Fresh mozzarella, but they'd have to use it up fairly quickly.

        1. Homemade jerky, pickled vegetables or jalapenos (which can be surprisingly hard to find without sugar), spiced nuts and homemade cheese are great ideas. Cheesecake works quite well with artificial sweeteners and no crust. Very dark chocolate truffles with minimal added sugar will work for people who aren't super strict about their carbs. Bacon jam is great, if you use a recipe with no or minimal sugar.

          Don't feel bad about not being able to give your LC friends a sweet treat. If they've been low carbing for a while, they probably don't miss sweets too much anyway. They will definitely appreciate your efforts to make them something that fits into their diet/lifestyle!

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            1. re: biondanonima

              Do you have a recipe with no or minimal sugar for the bacon jam? I've had a hard time finding one which is why I haven't made it yet.

              1. re: fldhkybnva

                Here's mine:

                1.5 pounds thick cut bacon, cut into 1 inch pieces
                4 cloves garlic, minced
                1 medium onion, diced
                1-2 chipotles en adobo (more if you like heat)
                2 t. chili powder
                1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
                1 T. cocoa powder
                2 cups of brewed coffee
                1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
                1 T. maple syrup or other sweetener (optional)

                Cook the bacon until fat is rendered and the bacon is starting to crisp. Drain most of the fat. Add the onion and a pinch of salt and saute until onion is translucent. Add garlic and saute a minute more. Add the dry spices and saute a minute more.

                Add the chipotle, apple cider vinegar, maple syrup and coffee. Simmer on low for approximately two hours, stirring occasionally, until bacon is very tender and the flavors have melded. If jam starts to get dry, add small amounts of water as necessary. Near the end of the cooking time, allow the mixture to become fairly dry.

                Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly. Place cooled bacon jam into a food processor, and pulse until the jam becomes a coarse paste.

                The maple syrup is definitely optional but I do find that it helps balance the heat/salt. If I want a truly low-carb mixture I just add a little Splenda instead.

                1. re: biondanonima

                  Thanks, look great and hardly any sugar at all. Does that make a cup or so?

                  1. re: fldhkybnva

                    I'd say it probably makes closer to 1.5-2 cups, depending on how fatty your bacon is and how big your onion is. It keeps a long time in the fridge, though, and freezes perfectly. I usually make a double or triple batch and freeze some.

                    1. re: biondanonima

                      Thanks so much for this. I have to watch my sugar intake and I wanted to make bacon jam for presents this year too.

            2. Some good ideas are popping up for LC gifts. Looks like I should have been doing some pickling this summer, but hopefully I can find some "quick" pickling recipes.

              Think I will bypass the sweets since so many have their preference for a certain kind of sweetener.

              Jerky sounds great. Wish I had a dehydrator, dried veggie chips might be a good idea, have never tried making them.