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Dinner #3
Grilled Salmon with Fresh Herb Sauce
Leek and Chard Bisque
Cucumber Tomato Onion Salad
Low Carb Almond Cream with Berries
Total Carbs: 26.2g

Salmon Herb SauceGrilled Salmon with Fresh Herb Sauce
Salmon with a creamy arugula and basil sauce that takes only minutes to prepare. Makes 2 servings.

1/2 lb salmon fillet
pinch salt
pinch black pepper
1 cup arugula, packed
1/4 cup fresh basil
1/4 cup plain yogurt, whole milk
2 tsp fresh lime juice (or lemon juice)
1 tbsp mayonnaise
1 medium tomatoes, sliced

1. Preheat grill to medium.
2. Sprinkle salmon with salt and pepper, to taste. Grill 5 - 7 minutes per side.
3. Remove any large stems from arugula and place in food processor.
4. Add yogurt, lemon juice, basil, and mayonnaise. Process until smooth.
5. Spoon over grilled salmon.
6. Garnish with sliced tomatoes, serve hot.

Leek and Chard Bisque
A creamy leek and Swiss chard soup garnished with hard boiled eggs. Makes 2 servings.

1/3 of a fresh leek
1/2 cup chopped swiss chard
1 cup low sodium chicken broth
1/3 cup whole milk
pinch black pepper (or white pepper)
1/2 large hard-boiled egg, chopped very finely
2 tbsp fresh chives , minced
pinch salt

1. Cut off and discard stem end and green top from leek and remove outer layer. Slice leek in half lengthwise and run each half under cold running water, separating layers to fully clean. Chop into large pieces.
2. Wash and drain chard. Cut off discolored stems. Cut chard lengthwise and chop into large pieces.
3. In large saucepan, combine broth, leek, and chard. Bring to boil over high heat. Cover, lower heat, and simmer 12 minutes or until leek and chard are very soft.
4. Using a slotted spoon, transfer leek and chard to a blender or food processor. Add 1/2 cup cooking liquid and pure until smooth. Transfer pureed vegetable back into pot. Add milk and pepper, stir constantly. Cook 3 to 4 minutes, being careful not to scald milk.
5. Ladle soup into bowls. Garnish with chopped egg, chives, and salt to taste.

Cucumber Tomato Onion Salad
Tomato, cucumber, and onions tossed with a balsamic vinegar and oil dressing. Makes 2 servings.

1 medium tomato, diced
1 medium cucumber, diced
1/4 sweet onion, diced
1 tbsp chopped parsley, fresh
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp balsamic vinegar
1 pinch black pepper (to taste)
1 pinch salt (to taste, optional)

1. In salad bowl, toss tomato, cucumber, onions, and parsley.
2. Drizzle with olive oil and vinegar. Add salt and pepper to taste.
3. Toss and serve at room temperature or chilled.

Low Carb Almond Cream with Berries
A rich and creamy dessert brightened by berries. Makes 2 servings.

2 oz softened cream cheese
1-1/2 tbsp SPLENDA No Calorie Sweetener, granulated, divided
1/4 cup sour cream
1/8 tsp almond extract
1/8 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup fresh sliced strawberries
1/2 tbsp sliced almonds (optional)

1. Rinse and slice strawberries, place in small bowl. Sprinkle with 1 tablespoon sweetener. Set aside.
2. In small bowl, with electric mixer, beat cream cheese and 2 tablespoons sweetener.
3. Add sour cream, almond extract, and vanilla. Continue beating until combined.
4. Spoon into 2 dessert dishes. Top with strawberries. Garnish with sliced almonds.

Raspberries or blueberries can be substituted.

Nutritional Information (Per Serving)
Grilled Salmon with Fresh Herb Sauce
Calories 232.1, Total Carbs 4.5g, Dietary Fiber 0.9g, Saturated Fat 2.1g, Potassium 756.7mg, Protein 27.5g, Sodium 194.6mg
Leek and Chard Bisque
Calories 60.1, Total Carbs 5.6g, Dietary Fiber 0.7g, Saturated Fat 1.1g, Potassium 222.4mg, Protein 4.7g, Sodium 372.5mg
Cucumber Tomato Onion Salad
Calories 108.9, Total Carbs 10.6g, Dietary Fiber 2.7g, Saturated Fat 1g, Potassium 150.1mg, Protein 2.4g, Sodium 8.2mg
Low-Carb Almond Cream with Berries
Calories 107.1, Total Carbs 5.6g, Dietary Fiber 0.8g, Saturated Fat 5.3g, Potassium 73.7mg, Protein 1.9g, Sodium 34.6mg

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Last Modified Date: August 06, 2013

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