Broccoli Bacon Smothered Chicken

I'm on a mission to find out how many recipes for chicken I can come up with, I think.  The versatility of chicken makes it my favorite protein, because almost anything tastes good paired with it.  I also love posting easy recipes like this so my readers can use it as inspiration for their favorite foods; you can follow it exactly as written, or you can combine your family's favorite toppings and make your own great meal.  Plus, you really shouldn't pile cheese onto a filet, and a life without cheese is a life I don't want to live, if you know what I mean. I began by pre-heating my oven to 350°F and gathering my ingredients above. First I cooked the bacon and steamed the broccoli in the microwave and set them aside to cool slightly.  I broke the bacon into bite-sized pieces when it was cool enough to handle.  I added half of the bacon and all of the shredded mozzarella cheese to a mixing bowl along with the softened cream cheese and stirred everything together. Next I [Continue reading...]

Deep Dish Breakfast Pizza

I'm sure I've said it several times before, but I really do enjoy making food that can be re-purposed for other meals later in the week.  I think that's why I love casseroles so much - leftovers last for days and are always good re-heated.  I love making a big brunch-style breakfast Sunday morning and then portioning out the leftovers for weekday breakfasts and lunches that require absolutely no effort.  This breakfast pizza is all that and more, and is another great recipe base that you can customize to you and your family's tastes.  Now that I am back in the Chicagoland area, I wanted to pay homage to my roots and try to make a low carb version of one of my favorite foods, deep dish pizza. I started by gathering my ingredients and pre-heating my oven to 350°F. I decided to use sweet Italian sausage for this recipe, but you could use mild or spicy sausage, or ground breakfast sausage, too.  I cooked the sausage in a large pan until crumbled, and then set it aside. While the [Continue reading...]

Pesto Shrimp + Broccoli Alfredo

Today's recipe is one of my favorite things to eat, no joke.  It's one of those meals that is so satisfying that you forget it's actually really good for you, full of delicious vegetables, and follows the LCHF guidelines.  I seriously love meals like this, and the leftovers tend to be even better the next day after the flavors have had more time to come together.  I also wanted to say this will be my last recipe for a few weeks as I am preparing to move several hundred miles, and need to start packing up my kitchen things, but don't worry... I will be back!  I started Butter Is Not a Carb in this apartment 3 years ago, and have many fond memories of photographing the food on my dining room table by the huge floor-to-ceiling windows.  My blog has evolved so much since the first few posts, definitely for the better, but I still have a lot to learn and there are many ways I can improve.  Thank you so much for being here with me so far, no matter if you started following yesterday or on [Continue reading...]

Caulimac and Cheese

I think everyone enjoys comfort foods during the cold winter months.  Those stick-to-your-ribs meals are the best part of the cold weather, and this recipe fits the bill perfectly.  Honestly, the cheese sauce is so good on its own that you could use that to make many other recipes - I am envisioning a cheese and salsa dip for pork rinds or celery that would be out of this world.  But back to this caulimac... it is so tender and rich, and completely delicious.  This is a great base recipe for you to use to put together your own combinations for the topping!  Maybe you want to add prosciutto, spinach, and mushrooms, for example.  I love making recipes that inspires my readers to make their own versions.  If you do, I would love to see a photo of it on Instagram - please tag me (@butterisnotacarb) so I can see! I started by pre-heating the oven to 350°F and gathering the ingredients shown above. First I thinly sliced my yellow onion. Over low heat, I melted butter in a [Continue reading...]

BBQ Chicken Wings

It's Superbowl Sunday!  I'm sure you already have your game day food planned out, but I wanted to post an easy-to-make chicken wing recipe you can have for future parties or whenever the craving hits you.  I decided to make these BBQ chicken wings using my favorite sugar-free BBQ sauce from G Hughes, but you could, of course, use traditional buffalo sauce.  More than anything this recipe teaches you an easy way to bake crispy wings, without high carb flour. They will become a staple in your kitchen and will inspire you to try other flavor combinations in the future, too! To prep the chicken wings, I first removed the wing tip from the flat part of the wing, and then separated the flat pieces from the drummettes.  I placed them on a foil-lined baking sheet and let them sit in the fridge, uncovered, overnight to dry out.  You could probably just use paper towels to pat them dry before cooking, but I find air-drying to be key in getting an extra crispy skin when baking.  To bake [Continue reading...]

The Most Popular Health Trend of 2017…Plus, A Sweet Opportunity

Hey guys!  I am excited to announce my affiliation with The Keto Diet Bundle, an all-inclusive ketogenic resource that includes cookbooks, ebooks, product discounts, 20 weeks of meal plans, and a whole lot more!  I was approached a while ago to have three of my recipes featured in the community cookbook, which will include recipes from other ketogenic bloggers, too!  There is a 5 day event going on from February 7th-February 11th where the bundle will be available at a huge discount - after that, the bundle will no longer be for sale.  The community cookbook will still be available after the 11th, but the bundle will not, so if you are interested in receiving the most comprehensive guide to ketogenic eating I've seen, you'll want to sign up during those five days.  The best part: there is a money back guarantee as well, so you can't lose.  Disclaimer: Links in this post are affiliate links, and I do receive a referral commission if you purchase the product through my link.  As always, [Continue reading...]

Parmesan-Crusted Chicken, Bacon, and Ranch

I just love chicken you guys.  I've sang its praises many times in the past on this blog and I maintain that there's no wrong way to eat it.  I don't eat a lot of red meat in my everyday life and I think that translates to this blog.  Sometimes I feel guilty for a lack of variety, but, ultimately, this is my platform to bring readers a sampling of things I enjoy eating, and I would not be authentic to myself if I tried to produce recipes I am not comfortable cooking.  With that said, today's recipe is kind of the "perfect storm" of combinations that this blog is all about.  Minimal ingredients, minimal effort, lots of flavor, and low carb.  It really doesn't get easier than this, and you can serve it with practically anything to make it a complete meal. I began by gathering the above ingredients as well as some ranch dressing, which I forgot to grab for the photo.  I decided to use thin-sliced chicken breasts today to shorten the cooking time, but you could easily use standard [Continue reading...]

Pesto Shrimp Flatbread

Pizza is one of my all-time favorite meals to eat, and I've come to thoroughly enjoy low carb pizza, too.  I've made it with many different toppings, like buffalo chicken and spinach alfredo, and even turned the crust into cheesy garlic bread.  The possibilities are endless when you start with a delicious, easy-to-make crust.  I think a lot of people fail when trying to eat low carb because they feel like they are deprived of foods we typically enjoy on the Standard American Diet, but you never really have to give up all of your favorite foods if you learn to be creative in their preparation.  Almost anything can be made into something that is low carb and usually it tastes just as delicious, without any of the guilt.  This flatbread recipe was a huge hit on my Instagram page when I first posted it about 6 months ago, and I'm excited to share it on my blog today. I began by pre-heating my oven to 425°F and gathering the above ingredients. First I melted the cream cheese and [Continue reading...]

Sausage, Spinach, and Peppadew Muffins

Happy new year!  I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season and are staying warm this winter.  Last week a very exciting thing happened for Butter Is Not a Carb!  Glamour Magazine published a recipe round-up of 12 low carb recipes and featured FOUR from my blog!  I am so amazed they found my little piece of the internet, and so proud of how far this blog has come since I started it.  I took some much-needed time off but today I'm back with a simple, delicious breakfast (or anytime snack, really) muffin that will please anyone.  This is, basically, a combination of the foods I like the most, and what better way to eat them than in muffin form! I began by pre-heating my oven to 350°F and gathering the ingredients shown above. Next I sliced the chicken sausage into thin rounds.  You could use any flavor of chicken sausage (so long as it is low carb) or use pork or breakfast sausage for a higher fat content.  I love the Thin N Trim brand - all of the varieties are delicious [Continue reading...]

Holiday Leftovers Fried Rice

*FTC Disclaimer: These knives were sent to me free for my consideration.  This is not a sponsored post.  As always, all opinions are my own.* The holiday season is here!  The usual surplus of food doesn't mean you have to fall off the low carb wagon.  Many food blogs have incredible day-of recipe ideas for turkey and sides that will keep you on track, but then there's the question of "What do I do with all these leftovers??"  I hate wasting food and don't want to eat turkey soup for days after Thanksgiving this week, so I decided to come up with a twist on fried rice that will make leftovers taste like a whole new meal.  The best part about this dish is you could throw in a whole bunch of veggies you have on hand and it will still taste great. I started by gathering the above ingredients, including pre-cooked turkey.  If you are making this any other time of the year, you could always substitute roasted chicken in its place. I started this dish by prepping all of my [Continue reading...]