By Denise Swogetinsky

Special to The Messenger

 When following a low carb diet, you are always looking for products that you can keep on hand to make life easier.

One product is CarbQuick. It can be found in some stores, or you can order it on line. Using this can help give you a bread option that is low in carbs.  With planning and moderation, you can live a low carb life.

Drop Biscuits

 2 C carbquick
2/3 C water

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Put carbquick and water into a bowl. Mix until forms a dough and water is absorbed. Drop spoonfuls onto a greased baking sheet and bake 10-14 minutes. Makes 6-8 biscuits 

Cheese Biscuits

 2 C carbquick
2 oz. cold butter

1/2 C shredded Cheese

1/2 tsp. garlic powder

1 tsp. chili powder

1/4 C heavy cream

1/4 C water

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Cut butter into carbquick until the texture of coarse meal. Add spices and cheese. Mix well. Mix in liquids and mix until dough forms. Spoon onto a greased baking sheet and bake 8-10 minutes. Makes 10 biscuits

Mixed Fruit

 3/4 cup dried fruit soaked for an hour OR1 cup fresh berries can be subbed for dried fruit

Other Ingredients

 2 cups Carbquick baking mix

1/4 cup butter

1/2 cup heavy whipping cream

1 egg

1/3 cup Truvia or other sweetener
1 teaspoon Almond Extract

Soak one cup of mixed fruit (very little to no sugar added) in 2 cups of hot water for 30 minutes. Drain the water and add fresh hot water and cover for another 30 minutes.  You are doing this to get rid of any sugar added to the fruit, and also to rehydrate the dried fruit. Using a strainer, allow the fruit to drain for 15 minutes. If using fresh fruit, skip this step.

Preheat oven to 375F

While the fruit drains and the oven preheats use a pastry cutter to cut butter into the Carbquick.

In a separate bowl, mix egg, 1/2 cup heavy cream, almond essence and sugar substitute. Add to dry mixture, and mix until well blended. Fold in rehydrated mixed fruit or fresh berries. Form into 12 balls and place on a greased cookie sheet. Push down to flatten slightly and neaten edges.

Bake at 375 degrees for 15-20 minutes until the tops are browned and a toothpick inserted inside is clean.