Friday, January 21, 2011

Big Daddy D's Low Carb Cookbook is now available!

My low carb cookbook is now available!  This is simply a collection of the fantastic delicious and healthy recipes from this website in a handy book format that you can keep in your kitchen.  CLICK HERE to access the online store.  This book will also soon be available on, other online retailers, and possibly some retail stores.

Big Daddy D's Low Carb Cookbook

Since August of 2006 Daron Rainer has been the author of the weight loss blog "Big Daddy D's". He is neither a dietitian nor a doctor. In fact, his only credentials are that he lost 85 pounds and loves to cook. For several years, Big Daddy D has experimented in his kitchen finding ways to make everything he craves but in a low-carb way. The recipes in this cookbook are reprinted from his blog and include various comments from his blog readers. Whether you are trying to lose weight or are diabetic, this book will bring you comfort.

Publication Date: Jan 22 2011
ISBN/EAN13: 1456546570 / 9781456546571
Page Count: 150
Binding Type: US Trade Paper
Trim Size: 6" x 9"
Language: English
Color: Black and White
Related Categories: Cooking / Health & Healing / Weight Control

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Mediterranean Chicken with Yogurt Sauce - 3 net carbs per serving

I am almost ashamed to admit that I am no longer following a low-carbohydrate lifestyle.  However, there are many things I cook such as this that are low-carb and as such I thought I'd share it with you.

My wife and I recently moved from Lexington to Northern Kentucky, just outside of Cincinnati.  One of our favorite restaurants that we are leaving behind is called Oasis which is considered Mediterranean but is more precisely Lebanese.  Since we will no longer be able to eat there weekly, I decided to learn how to cook some of our favorite Mediterranean dishes.  This recipe is my take on the yogurt chicken which is one of my favorites from Oasis.  The aroma as it cooks is absolutely to die for. 

6 servings at about 3 net carbs per serving.
2 1/4 cups plain Greek yogurt    
3 tablespoons olive oil
2 1/2 tablespoons lemon Juice                    
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
1 tablespoon cumin
1 tablespoon chili powder
6 boneless chicken breasts

Whisk together yogurt, olive oil, lemon juice, salt, and garlic salt.  For marinade, put half of yogurt mixture in another bowl.  To marinade, add in cumin and chili powder then whisk.  The remaining yogurt mixture (without the cumin and chili powder) is a sauce which will be used later.

Coat chicken with marinade and let set for at least 20 minutes.

Grill chicken for about 8 or 9 minutes on each side over medium heat.  During the winter, you can grill on a "George Foreman" type grill (adjust cooking time accordingly).  I often use a cast iron grill over my stove top.

Microwave sauce for one minute so that it is at room temperature or slightly warm.  The idea here is to simply keep the sauce from being cold.

Plate chicken and spoon yogurt sauce over top.

Serving Suggestions:  If you can afford the carbs, serve over a bed of rice or moc-rice.  Garnish with parsley and chives mixed with a small amount of olive oil.  This main course goes excellent with my thintoush Mediterranean salad.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Mediterranean Salad - 4 net carbs per serving

My wife and I love Mediterranean foods.  One of my favorite dishes is fattoush salad.  It is pronounced "fat-toosh" which sounds an awful lot like the word fat "tush" (ie. fat buttocks).  What gives fattoush it's name is the pieces of crispy baked pita chips mixed into the salad.  The veggie ingredients vary from recipe to recipe but the dressing remains roughly the same.  So, here is my version of a thintoush salad.  You can leave out the pita or try the other options I offer you. 

4 servings at 4 net carbs per serving.

Salad Ingredients:
2 cups Romain lettuce   
3 tablespoons olive oil 
1 tomato                     
2 cucumbers               
3 green onions           
1/4 cup fresh parsley  

Dressing Ingredients:
1/4 cup lemon juice  
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons sumac  (a Mediterranean or Middle Eastern spice)
1/4 teaspoon black pepper.

Chop up salad ingredients and put in bowl.  Mix together dressing ingredients.  Pour dressing over salad and toss salad. 

Optionally:  If your diet can afford it add 1 cup toasted pita or pita chips (about 20 net carbs).  If not, you can make your own by deep frying low carb tortillas, low carb pita, or low carb flatout (carbs vary).  Or, for the lowest carbs, simply eat the salad without the fattoush (pita chips).