An Appetizing Low-Carb Menu

Updated on April 21, 2018

A True Masterpiece

New York strip steak and sautéed mushrooms.
New York strip steak and sautéed mushrooms. | Source

"A Dinner Fit For A King"

That is what my husband said when I placed this dish in front of him, "a dinner fit for a king." Well, I have to admit, steak is his favorite meal, but not all steaks. I found that the New York strip steak comes out the most tender and juicy then the rest of the steaks, except for filet mignon, of course. There are others, but they are much more expensive.

There really is no recipe for cooking a steak and mushroom dinner, but I can give you a few tips.

The sauce you see is simply butter, a little extra virgin olive oil, salt and freshly ground pepper, garlic powder and dried parsley flakes. Heat it up in a small sauce pan until the butter is melted and everything is blended. After the steak is half cooked, brush the sauce on each side when turning. You can save the rest to pour over the steak in the plate.

The mushrooms need to be cleaned, simply but rubbing the dirt off of them with a dry paper towel and add to a hot pan with a tablespoon of butter and extra virgin olive oil. Don't season until the mushrooms are cooked or else the salt will draw out all of the juices in the mushrooms and they will be dry. Cooking the mushrooms in a hot pan flipping or turning them will ensure a golden and juicy mushroom. When the mushrooms are done till your satisfaction, then add the salt and pepper and a little garlic powder and dried parsley flakes (optional).

Dinner is ready to be served!

Photo of Ingredients for the Steak and Mushroom Dinner

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How Long Do I Cook The Steak?

That of course, is personal. Everyone likes their steak cooked differently. My husband likes his steak a little more done than I do. I like to see a little more pink in mine. The steak you see below was cooked 6 minutes on each side on our grill.

It depends on how you want to see the inside and how thick the steak is. If it's a little thicker and you want it more done, then add a couple more minutes to each side. I know people who like it practically raw. Then just a minute or two on each side just to brown the outside of the steak.

Cook your mushrooms while your steak is grilling outside or even inside on your grill pan. My mother used to cook her steak in a large cast iron frying pan. It came out good too except no grill marks.

Photos of the Steak's Doneness and Cooking on the Grill

My Steak Cooked Medium Rear.
My Steak Cooked Medium Rear. | Source
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Brushing the home made steak sauce on the steaks.
Brushing the home made steak sauce on the steaks. | Source

Photos of Mushrooms Cooking

Butter and extra virgin olive oil
Butter and extra virgin olive oil | Source
Raw mushrooms in hot pan
Raw mushrooms in hot pan | Source
Cooked mushrooms
Cooked mushrooms | Source
Mushrooms with seasoning
Mushrooms with seasoning | Source

A Light Low Carb Layered Peanut Butter Dessert

Who said low car diets have to be boring or tasteless. This dinner proves it doesn't. I couldn't leave out dessert. Having a very "large" sweet tooth, I couldn't go through a day without a dessert. Not being able to eat the desserts that I ate before, due to my low carb diet, I decided that I had to make my own.

I love peanut butter and Cool whip, so I came up with this. My daughters and son-in-law loved it. Hope you do too.

Ingredients For The Low Carb Peanut Butter Dessert

  • 1/2 cup Cool Whip, Fat Free
  • 1 1/2 cups Almond Milk, No Sugar Added
  • 1/2 cup Sugar Substitute, Your choice
  • 1 box Instant Vanilla or White Chocolate Pudding Mix, Sugar Free
  • 2/3 cup Penut Butter, Creamy
  • 2 cups Cool Whip, Fat Free (For Topping)
  • 8 oz. Low Fat Cream Cheese, Room Temperature
  • 2 tablespoons each of Sugar Substitute & Almond Milk
  • 1 1/2 cups Fat Free Cool Whip, For Cream Cheese Layer

Ingredients For The Layered Peanut Butter Dessert

Directions

  1. For Cream Cheese Layer: Mix together the cream cheese, milk and sugar substitute. Add the 1 1/2 cups of Cool Whip. Spread over the bottom of a 11" x 7" glass pan. Put in the freezer until the next step is ready.
  2. For Peanut Butter Layer: Whip the peanut butter in a bowl. Add 1/2 cup of sugar sweetner and the box of sugar free instant pudding. Mix it until all is combined.
  3. When the cream cheese layer is cold, top it with the peanut butter layer. Pour the peanut butter mixture all in the middle and gently spread all over the cream cheese layer, trying not to disturb it.
  4. Top the peanut butter layer with 2 cups of Cool Whip, making peaks with the back of the spoon to make it look prettier. Refrigerate until ready to serve. This can be made a day ahead of time.

Photos of Peanut Butter Dessert

1st layer, cream cheese mixture.
1st layer, cream cheese mixture. | Source
Spreading the peanut butter layer over the cream cheese layer.
Spreading the peanut butter layer over the cream cheese layer. | Source
Top layer.
Top layer. | Source
Yummy!
Yummy! | Source

Cook Time For The Layered Peanut Butter Dessert

Prep time: 30 min
Ready in: 30 min
Yields: Serves six to eight people

Questions & Answers

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        Liz Westwood 

        6 months ago from UK

        Same with me. I'm not always guaranteed to have a full quota of recipe ingredients, so I just work with what I have.

      • Rachel L Alba profile imageAUTHOR

        Rachel L Alba 

        6 months ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

        To Liz, don't worry about substituting ingredients. I do it a lot and most of the time it still comes out good. Have a great weekend.

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        Liz Westwood 

        6 months ago from UK

        Hi Rachel, thanks for the alternative suggestion. I'll have to check it out.

      • Rachel L Alba profile imageAUTHOR

        Rachel L Alba 

        6 months ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

        Hi Poetryman, You can have your meat any way you like it. It's still delicious. Thank you for visiting my article and for your comment.

        Blessings to you.

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        poetryman6969 

        6 months ago

        Looks wonderful though I like my meat well done--I know--cooks hate that!

      • Rachel L Alba profile imageAUTHOR

        Rachel L Alba 

        6 months ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

        Hi Peggy. I guess I did my job. lol I love it when people get hungry for the foods I post. Thank you for visiting and the nice comments.

        Blessings to you.

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        Peggy Woods 

        6 months ago from Houston, Texas

        We prefer our steaks medium rare or at the most a medium with still some pink showing in the center. Our normal side is mushrooms combined with sauteed onions. Reading this and seeing your photos makes me hungry for some steak in the near future.

      • Rachel L Alba profile imageAUTHOR

        Rachel L Alba 

        6 months ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

        Hi Liz, it's so nice to hear from someone new and from the UK. What a nice compliment for my steak. I'm pretty sure you can find most of the ingredients for the dessert. You can use 1% milk if you can't find Almond milk. Thank you for your interest and great comment.

        Blessings to you.

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        Liz Westwood 

        7 months ago from UK

        I had steak frites last night in a hotel, but it didn't look as good as this. The dessert looks interesting, though I'm not sure I'll find all the ingredients in my UK supermarket.

      • Rachel L Alba profile imageAUTHOR

        Rachel L Alba 

        7 months ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

        Hi Jackie. You are so faithful. Thank you for your encouraging words. I hope you enjoy these recipes. Sometimes when the steak is too done, it does become a little tough. My husband tries to get it with just a touch of pink.

        Blessings to you.

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        Jackie Lynnley 

        7 months ago from The Beautiful South

        Another I will be adding to my favorites. I love steak but think I may overcook mine a little, love the grilled flavor but always afraid of the pink but maybe I should try mine a little less done. I will try it.

        And the dessert looks just scrumptious!

      • Rachel L Alba profile imageAUTHOR

        Rachel L Alba 

        7 months ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

        Hi Mary. Thank you so much for your visit and encouraging comment.

        Blessings to you.

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        Mary Norton 

        7 months ago from Ontario, Canada

        You just made me so hungry for steak. I haven't yet tried that layered peanut butter. It looks good.

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