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...]

Roasted Chicken Thighs and Creamy Mushroom Sauce

Roasted chicken thighs is one of my favorite weeknight meals.  I eat it at least once a week usually, as it takes literally minutes to prepare before sticking them in the oven to roast.  I love seasoning them with salt, pepper, onion powder, and garlic powder, and letting them roast until the skin is crispy; I usually dip the chicken in either ranch dressing or sugar-free bbq sauce, and love eating my perfect roasted broccoli with it.  I wanted to turn one of my favorite dinners into an upscale version that you could easily multiply to serve guests at a holiday party or still make on a Wednesday for your family.  This meal is hearty and filling and absolutely delicious, yet is budget-friendly with minimal ingredients. I began by pre-heating the oven to 350°F and gathering my ingredients above. Next I heavily seasoned the skin-side of the chicken thighs with salt and pepper while heating the olive oil in a large pan over medium-low heat. I let the chicken thighs cook [Continue reading...]

Buffalo Chicken Meatballs

Sometimes the most straight-forward, easiest recipes are the best, especially when you are looking to add a dish or two to a party or holiday menu without a whole lot of extra work.  I think meatballs are a great dish to serve to guests or even make large batches of and store for personal consumption.  They are easy to make, easy to cook, and there are so many flavor combinations that to try that you could make a new variety each week and never repeat a recipe.  So many people (myself included) love buffalo chicken and spicy foods, so I thought that would be a great recipe to bring you today. I began by gathering my ingredients shown above. Next I finely sliced the scallions into small pieces. In a large mixing bowl I combined the ground chicken, scallions, blue cheese, almond flour, egg, salt, and pepper.  I mixed everything together until thoroughly combined and let it set up in the fridge for 30 minutes or so. In a large pan I heated the olive oil over medium [Continue reading...]

Grilled Chicken and Spicy Avocado Zoodles

Summer time usually means grilling season is upon us.  Living in an apartment, I don't have a standard grill on my balcony, however I have been utilizing my trusty George Foreman grill more and more lately.  I love how quickly it pre-heats, how fast the food cooks, and how delicious everything tastes when it's done.  Summer also means avocados are usually in their prime.  Avocados are a wonderful low carb food; although a bit high in total carbs, the fiber content and healthy fats make it a staple in the diet of many keto-ers. Combining my love for chicken and pasta inspired today's recipe, and I think it's the perfect summer low carb meal! I started by gathering my ingredients shown above.  Before making this recipe, I marinated the thin-sliced chicken breasts in a combination of 1 tablespoon olive oil and 2tsp of the spicy peri-peri sauce from Nandos.  You can use any hot sauce you have on hand.  I seasoned each piece of chicken first in salt and pepper, then dipped them into [Continue reading...]

Chicken Salad Stuffed Avocados

In the summer, people typically want to spend less time indoors and more time outside, so quick, easy meals are a definitely plus to avoid hours in the kitchen.  I love when dishes have minimal ingredients but still taste great, and this recipe is no exception.  Avocados are a great source of healthy fats and their fiber content is ideal for a low carb diet.  After baking, avocados practically melt in your mouth, and, when combined with protein and other fat sources, they make the perfect meal.  This dish is the perfect way to boost your fat and fiber numbers and makes a delicious, nutritious keto-friendly meal. I began by pre-heating the oven to 400°F and gathering my ingredients. I melted the butter in a large pan over medium heat.  I sliced the chicken breast tenderloins into small bite-sized pieces, seasoned them with salt and pepper, and then sauteed them until golden brown and cooked through. After they were finished cooking, I scooped the chicken into a mixing [Continue reading...]

Chicken Bacon Casserole

My love for chicken knows no bounds. I honestly think I could eat some form of chicken every day, whether it's baked or grilled or pan-seared. I also love chicken in casseroles or one-pot meals or served simply with roasted vegetables. There are so many ways to eat chicken that its versatility is unmatched by any other protein, in my opinion. Eating chicken with bacon, spinach, and cheese is a winning combination, which makes this dish a total standout. If you are not a fan of using your oven in the warmer months, keep this bookmarked until the fall or winter time - it is so comforting and stick-to-your-ribs delicious. I started by gathering my ingredients and pre-heating the oven to 350°F. Next I cubed the raw chicken into roughly one-inch, or bite-sized, pieces. While I melted butter in a pan over medium heat, I seasoned the chicken with salt, pepper, and garlic powder.  I cooked the chicken all the way through, browning slightly, before adding my spinach (and a little [Continue reading...]

Salsa Chicken

It's been quite a while since I've posted a chicken breast recipe on this blog.  I prefer poultry to beef, or really any other meat, and eat roasted chicken thighs a few nights a week.  In the summer I also love cutting chicken breasts into small pieces, pan-searing them, tossing them in sugar free BBQ sauce, and then putting them on salad.  This recipe is the perfect weeknight meal because of its simple ingredients and minimal time spent in the kitchen.  No ingredients to chop or prep either!  I love things that are easy to make but do not sacrifice on deliciousness. I started by gathering my ingredients and pre-heating the oven to 375°F. In a large non-stick pan, I melted the butter over medium heat.  Meanwhile, I seasoned one side of the chicken breasts with salt, pepper, and garlic poweder. I placed the chicken seasoning-side down in the hot skillet and cooked it for 3-4 minutes until it was golden brown.  I seasoned the other side in the pan before flipping and [Continue reading...]

Spicy Poppin’ Meatballs

Many low carbers like to meal prep on Sundays and have foods available for breakfast, lunch and snacks (and sometimes dinner) throughout the week.  I thought I'd create a recipe that can serve as both a delicious lunch or snack option but is also easy to make before a party or holiday gathering as an appetizer.  I love how versatile meatballs are, too.  They can be as simple as eaten plain or with a dip, cut up and served on a refreshing salad, included in a zoodles dish or served inside a low carb, high fiber wrap as a tasty sandwich.  The options and flavor combinations for meatballs are really endless! I started by gathering my ingredients and pre-heating the oven to 350°F.  Prior to this photo I took pork rinds, salt and pepper and ground them in my food processor to create a breadcrumb-like texture as shown above.  This is one of my favorite low carb tricks and is a great substitution in many recipes.  Pork rinds have zero carbs and their flavor is not typically detected in [Continue reading...]

Chicken Bacon Chowder

Last night I ran to the grocery store to get the ingredients I needed to make today's recipe and the cold weather was beyond anything I've ever felt before.  Currently the east coast is experiencing a polar vortex and it is no joke; I wanted to make a recipe to warm myself up from the inside out. I used to think making soup from scratch would be difficult, but it's actually really simple and so much better for you than buying pre-made soup in a can.  Good ingredients and a little love makes every recipe better! I pulled together all my ingredients and organized them for each step of the soup. First I began my prep work by washing the leeks and thinly slicing the bulb ends.  There can be sand or dirt in your leeks, so make sure to give them a good scrub! Next I diced up a yellow onion. I also sliced both ends of some scallions for finishing off the soup at the end and set them aside. Over medium low heat I melted 1 tablespoon of butter and added the leeks, [Continue reading...]

ABC Salad

Exactly one year ago today I made my very first post on Butter Is Not a Carb.  I've learned so much about blogging, photography and how to build something from the ground up in the last year.  I know this is just a hobby for me at this point, but I have truly enjoyed the last year.  I'm so grateful for everyone who reads, comments, shares and enjoys the recipes I post.  I've really loved the e-mails I've received and the information you all have passed on to me as well, so thank you for making the first year of Butter Is Not a Carb such a great one! My first post was a (very poorly photographed) salad, so it seemed kind of fitting to create a different type of salad for today's post.  Now that summer is around the corner, picnics, bbqs and other gatherings seem to be more prevalent.  This ABC salad (avocado, bacon and chicken) is easy as 1-2-3, super delicious and extremely low carb.  The best part is you don't need to turn on your oven now that the weather is heating up. I [Continue reading...]