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Lobster Bisque with Tomato and Brie Bread

By March 28, 2013December 16th, 2018Appetizer and Sides, Main Dish, Soup and Salads

Testimony of the Day

“Hi Maria! My husband and I (and our 3 boys mostly) have been eating sugar free and gluten free since July 29. My husband landed in the hospital thinking he was having a heart attack and it was just a severe acid reflux attack. The doctor pretty much told him that he would be on Prilosec for the rest of his life. That could NOT be right! I came home and researched and changed his diet. Anytime he has had wheat, he has a flare up. So now we are gluten free. I have always cooked from scratch and used organic ingredients as much as possible but had some trouble dropping weight since my 3rd boy was born 8 years ago. I have tried and been very diligent.

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Since eating this way, My hubby has been off the Prilosec and has dropped 38 pounds. I have dropped 24 pounds and gone from a tight 16 to an 8. I still have some more to lose but the benefits beyond weight loss are amazing.

My 16 year old son had severe acne and now he only gets the occasional blemish. My chunky 12 year old son is in a smaller size pants than last year! No longer a “husky”! My 8 year old is a different kid. We had never done HFCS or food dyes or processed foods but, cutting out even “natural” sugar has been amazing for his behavior. -Kristi”

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Stress Eating

Do you often have to have office lunch meetings? Do you notice you get indigestion or diarrhea after a stressful eating situation? While under stress, your heart rate goes up, your blood pressure rises, and blood is forced away from your digestive system, and moved to your legs, arms and head for quick thinking. There can be as much as 4 times less blood flow to your digestive system, which means your body cannot burn those calories as effectively and causes a sluggish metabolism.

In that state, proper digestion entirely shuts down. The issue with eating while your body is under stress is that you could be eating the most nutritious food in the world, however you won’t be able to properly digest and absorb those nutrients because there is a decreased enzymatic output in your intestines which can be as much as 20,000-fold.

During stressful situations, triglycerides and cholesterol also increase, while your healthy gut bacteria decrease. So you’re more susceptible to indigestion, acid reflux, or heartburn.lobster bisque

It is also to note that when your body is under the stress, cortisol, as well as insulin levels rise. Weight loss and health are all about hormone manipulation. When cortisol is consistently raised , you often have difficulty losing weight or building muscle.

If cortisol is frequently elevated, belly fat is a common external sign. What is scary about the belly fat is that this is known as visceral fat (the fat that collects around your internal organs and midsection), and we now know that this is a main contributing influence to increasing diabetes and metabolic syndrome.

My suggestion: keep the meetings at work and enjoy a little peaceful break for lunch. Also, try not to eat while stressed after an argument; instead try yoga for exercise, the blood flow is going to your extremities anyway!

To read more tips and tricks to keep your body healthy, check out my book Keto-Adapted.

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Thank you all for your love and support!


lobster bisque

I know the recipe sounds weird, instead of heavy cream, I used cream cheese. This added an amazing flavor without extra calories, 1 TBS of cream is 50 calories, 1 TBS of cream cheese is also 50 calories. Since you only need a small amount of cream cheese for the thickness and the flavor, you save a lot of calories this way.


1 1/2 cups chopped cooked lobster (I used Trader Joe’s baby Langostino )
3 TBS organic butter
1 leek, halved lengthwise
1/2 onion, halved
1 stalk celery, in big chunks
3 sprigs fresh thyme
2 strips orange zest
2 TBS tomato paste
8 ounces cream cheese
3 cups chicken broth
Celtic sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
Finely chopped chives, for garnish
OPTIONAL: avocado chunks
Grilled Brie and Tomato, recipe follows

Heat butter in a saucepan. Add the leeks, onion, celery, 1/2 the thyme, 1/2 the orange zest and the tomato paste. Cook about 10 to 15 minutes. Add the cream cheese and the broth and bring to a boil. Immediately decrease the heat and gently simmer until the soup is reduced and thickened, about 30 to 45 minutes. Strain this into a clean pot and season with salt and pepper if needed; keep warm. Open the bag of lobster and add it to the strained bisque. To serve, ladle the bisque into warmed soup bowls. Top with the Grilled Brie and Tomato, if desired. Makes 4 servings.

Traditional Lobster Bisque = 250 calories, 13 carbs, trace fiber
“Healthified” Bisque = 209 calories, 3 carbs, trace fiber

6 eggs, separated
1/2 cup unflavored egg white or whey protein
1/2 tsp onion powder (optional)

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Separate the eggs and whip the whites for a few minutes until VERY stiff. Slowly fold in the whey protein and onion powder if using. Then slowly fold in the reserved yolks into the whites (making sure the whites don’t fall). Grease a bread pan and fill with “dough.” Bake for 40-45 minutes or until golden brown. Let completely cool before cutting or the bread will fall.

Grilled Brie and Tomato on Crusty Bread:

1 pint cherry tomatoes
2 TBS MCT oil
Celtic sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
3 TBS MCT oil or organic butter, softened
6 (1/2-inch thick) slices PROTEIN BREAD
1/2 pound brie, sliced thin

Heat the broiler. Put the cherry tomatoes onto a baking sheet, drizzle them with oil, and season them with salt and pepper. Broil them until they burst; set them aside.

Grease the protein bread on both sides and top each with several slices of brie. Broil until the cheese is bubbling and slightly browned. Top with the tomatoes. Serve immediately. Makes 6 servings.

NUTRITIONAL COMPARISON (per grilled cheese)
Traditional Grilled Cheese = 380 calories, 28 carbs, 1 g fiber
“Healthified” Grilled Cheese = 176 calories, 2.8 carbs, 0.6 g fiber (2.2 effective carbs)



Maria Emmerich

Maria is a wellness expert who has helped clients follow a Ketogenic lifestyle to heal and lose weight for over 20 years. She has helped thousands of clients get healthy, get off medications and heal their bodies; losing weight is just a bonus. She is the international best selling author of several books including "Keto: The Complete Guide to Success on the Ketogenic Diet.".


  • Pam says:

    Just found your blog and am loving it! Thank you and have a great day!

  • Dorothy says:

    What size loaf pan? This protein bread reciepe looks like it’s been halved from the other reciepe that I used. Just don’t want to mess it up 🙂

  • linda says:

    Hi Maria,

    How much lobster is this? We don’t have Trader Joe’s in Canada and I couldn’t find the item on that web-site.

    By the way – I made your clam chowder (with cream cheese) and it was delicious. Am making the cauliflower soup and lobster bisque today…….

  • Nyki says:

    Just made this with shrimp and tilapia. It tastes just like the bisque I had at a little seafood place in Half Moon Bay! So good!

  • Cynthia says:

    Maria is there a dairy free option?

  • Vanessa says:

    Do you recommend keeping track of calories and macros?

    • cemmerich says:

      Depends on your goals. If trying to lose weight, both. If weight loss isn’t a big issue, then macros.

      • linda says:

        Maria – sorry what’s a “macro” in this world?

        • cemmerich says:

          Fat, protein and carbs. 🙂

          • linda says:

            Thank you!

            I keep telling my fellow seniors here in Burlington, Ontario that they owe it to themselves to come here and learn about their health. I don’t know about doctors in the US anymore (I left 26 years ago), but I can tell you that the nutritionists and doctors that I’ve approached locally are all MANY years behind current nutritional understanding and are still (I believe) ignorantly causing harm. Very few people seem to feel that they’re allowed to have a disagreement or discussion with their doctor!

            Please keep up the wonderful work that you do – and I’ll keep hoping others will follow…

          • cemmerich says:

            Thank you! 🙂

  • Sam says:

    Can you replace the egg white powder / whey powder with something else?? Would plain egg whites work?

  • Michele Tracy says:

    I made the bisque and must say I am quite impressed. Thank you again for all your hard work with information and recipes. One small question because I am being lazy. Do you happen to know the FAT and PROTEIN grams for the bisque per cup. My macros are followed needing those counts as well. If you know know off hand, I am sure I can figure it out. Thank you Michele

    • Maria Emmerich says:

      Thank you for your kind words!

      No. I’m away from my office at the moment and can’t punch the numbers. So sorry:(

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