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...]

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...]

Bacon and Leek Stuffed Mushrooms

It's been a minute since I've done a stuffed mushroom recipe for this blog, so I thought this would be the perfect week to post one.  Stuffed mushrooms are one of the most versatile, easy-to-put-together dishes I can think of, and they always taste great.  Practically any combination of cheese and meats or veggies work with stuffed mushrooms; previously on this blog I've posted tuna melts, asiago & rosemary, and pepperoni & cheese stuffed mushrooms, and I love all of those recipes, too!  I first stumbled upon the bacon, leek, and goat cheese combination in a non-low carb recipe for crostini, and that was the inspiration for creating the same flavors in a ketogenic-friendly dish. I began by pre-heating my oven to 350°F and gathering my ingredients shown above. Next I cleaned the mushroom caps with a damp paper towel, and gently removed the gills with a spoon.  Mushrooms are fragile so you want to be careful you do not push too hard and break the cap.  I also removed [Continue reading...]

Loaded Fauxtato Skins

The big game is coming soon (aka the Superbowl for all my non-American and non-sports fan followers) which usually means parties full of chips, dips and other high carb snacks.  While I'm trying to occasionally treat myself and enjoy certain days like that without worrying about counting calories or carbs, I know not everyone allows themselves a free day and want to keep up with their ketogenic lifestyle 365 days a year.  Enter these fauxtato skins.  Potato skins are probably one of the most popular appetizers in America (don't quote me on that, I did exactly zero research) and I thought I could re-create that comfort food with far fewer carbs.  These were inhaled pretty much immediately after making them, so I'm sure even those not eating low carb would enjoy them as well I began by gathering all the necessary ingredients shown above and pre-heating my oven to 375°F.  You can use fresh cauliflower if you'd like, but I find it so much easier to use frozen in terms of prep time. [Continue reading...]

Hasselback Zucchini

I hope everyone in the US enjoyed their Thanksgiving and are ready for the holiday season.  This is the time of year that can be tricky to stick to a low carb way of eating, but I know with all the resources out there on the internet you'll be able to succeed.  I've often thought about posting a round-up of my favorite low carb blogs I've bookmarked over the last two years, but I'm not sure if my readers would be interested in that - please let me know if that's something you'd like to see in the comments!  Today's recipe would be a great easy snack or even a lowkey appetizer or Superbowl party-appropriate dish.  I love how simple it is to make yet how delicious and cheesy it is when it's done. I started by gathering my ingredients and pre-heating the oven to 400°F. I sliced the ends off the zucchini and then cut slits about 3/4 inch apart down the length of the vegetable.  It's important to cut these relatively deep in order to stuff the cheese and pepperoni in them later, [Continue reading...]

Spinach, Bacon and Goat Cheese Squash

Autumn is here and I could not be more excited.  I love the cooler weather, the changing leaves, comfy sweaters and football Sundays.  Comfort food is a staple of autumn which can be tricky when eating low carb foods.  Not eating pasta, rice or potatoes makes "stick to your ribs" meals a little difficult to pull together.  I wanted to create a filling, hearty meal that is easy to prepare yet is still satisfying as the temperature gets cooler.  The secret ingredient (which is not so secret) that makes this creamy and delicious is the garlic + herb goat cheese.  The cheese and squash combined with spinach and bacon makes for an easy, comforting meal that will satisfy your low carb cravings this fall. I started by gathering my ingredients and pre-heating the oven to 400°F. I used a large sharp knife to split two small spaghetti squashes in half lengthwise.  You could use one large squash instead of two small, if you can find one.  I used a large spoon to scrape out the seeds and [Continue reading...]

Bacon Brussels

One of the most popular recipes on my blog is my Creamy Brussels Bake, so I wanted to try to bring a lighter version of the recipe to my readers without all the cream cheese.  This variation on that side dish adds a hearty portion of bacon, a salty, crunchy addition that tastes fantastic paired with the Brussels sprouts.  This is a great summer alternative to my original dish that is better served in the winter months. I gathered the recipe's ingredients and pre-heated the oven to 400°F. Next I diced the yellow onion and set it aside in a bowl. I washed the sprouts and then began their preparation by removing the stems and outer leaves.  I cut the sprouts in half or in thirds, depending on their size, so that I was left with bite-sized pieces. I arranged the Brussels sprouts on a foil-lined baking sheet, seasoned them with salt and pepper and then drizzled olive oil on top.  I made sure every sprout was coated in oil so they would not burn in the oven.  I roasted [Continue reading...]

Carnitas and Tortillas

Taco night is here to stay with today's low carb recipe.  The slow cooked pork makes the perfect tender filling for keto-friendly tortillas that your family will enjoy.  The best part of these tacos is how easy it will be to customize the filling to your preferred taste.  Use pulled chicken instead of pork, or even ground beef, and add any toppings you'd like!  Shredded cheese, lettuce, a little salsa, sour cream, red onions, hot sauce and avocados can be paired with the carnitas or any other protein you choose to make for this recipe.  These are easy to put together and the pork will serve a crowd with plenty left over - you could even make extra tortillas and have quesadillas the next night! I started by gathering all my ingredients for both the carnitas as well as the tortillas. I began by creating the dry rub for the pork shoulder.  I combined dried oregano, chili powder, ground cumin, salt, pepper and Stevia together in a small bowl. I added the rub to both sides [Continue reading...]