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...]

Crispy Sprouts Fritters

It's kind of a personal mission of mine to figure out every possible way I can eat Brussels sprouts.  I'm still not sure how I feel about steaming them, but I love roasting them and my Creamy Brussels Bake is always a hit, even with non-low carb eaters.  I have big ideas for future recipes using my favorite mini cabbage, but today I decided to whip up a batch of these fritters for you first.  These are extremely easy to put together but taste like you worked on them all day, and would be perfect for breakfast, appetizers, snacks, or dinner.  I love versatile meals! I started by gathering all of my ingredients for the fritters. Next I used a large, sharp knife to thinly slice each of the sprouts.  First I cut off the stems, removed the outer leaves, and then sliced the Brussels sprouts.  Since these are not being roasted, you want them to be thin so the heat from the pan makes them as tender as possible. I also finely minced some yellow onion.  You want the pieces to be [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...]

Chocolate Chip Donuts

99% of the recipes on this blog are savory, because that's what I enjoy cooking the most.  I've never been very interested in baking aside from making cookies at Christmas.  When I saw these Wilton donut pans available on sale for Amazon Prime Day this year, I knew I had to have them, and I was so excited to incorporate them into this week's recipe.  I already have ideas swirling around in my head for future savory and sweet donuts to put on my blog, so maybe this will be the start of venturing into the world of desserts for Butter Is Not a Carb!  (I make no promises, of course.)  Back to these donuts... show me a man who doesn't love donuts and I'll show you a liar.  No just kidding, there are probably people that don't like them and that's fine, more donuts for me.  These chocolate chip donuts are dessert for breakfast, or breakfast for dessert, depending on the time of day you enjoy one (or two...). I began by pre-heating my oven to 350°F and gathering my [Continue reading...]

Spinach Alfredo Pizza

It can sometimes be difficult to find LCHF-friendly vegetarian meals on the internet, and that became one of the inspirations for this dish (I mostly just love cheese and spinach, so there's that).  Sometimes I find the ketogenic diet can be kind of "meat heavy," as most people rely on fatty cuts of meat like chicken thighs and 85/15 ground beef to raise their daily fat content.  I do that as well, because it's an easy way to take in both protein and fat, but sometimes I want a meal that does not have meat but still has a high fat content.   If you follow me on Instagram you know I've been enjoying this pizza lately, so I wanted to share the recipe for it with you today! I began by pre-heating my oven to 425°F and gathering my ingredients.  Although both shredded cheeses look identical, one is mozzarella and the other is a 4-cheese blend. While the oven pre-heated, I made the dough by first melting the cream cheese and mozzarella together in a large mixing bowl in the [Continue reading...]

Salmon Cakes

I am a pretty bad foodie in that I've never really cared for salmon.  I will eat salmon sushi, but when it comes to a large fillet of salmon, I have a mental road block that goes back to one night when I under-cooked a piece of fish (while trying very hard to not over-cook it).  The health benefits of salmon, namely omega-3 fatty acids, are too important for me to swear it off forever, so in an effort to learn to love this fish, I started eating these salmon cakes for dinner.  I love the flavor of the onions and peppers (the bit of crunch is a huge plus when texture may be an issue for some) and pairing this with homemade tartar sauce makes it the perfect meal. I started by gathering my ingredients and pre-heating the oven to 400°F. When the oven was pre-heated, I seasoned the salmon with salt, pepper, and garlic powder, and separated one tablespoon of butter across both fillets.  The butter keeps the fish moist and tender while it cooks skin-side down for 15 [Continue reading...]

Review: PlanetBox Lunch Box

*FTC Disclaimer: This box was sent to me free for my consideration.  This is not a sponsored post.  As always, all opinions are my own.* Last week PlanetBox reached out to me and asked if I would be interested in reviewing one of the three lunch boxes they have available on their website.  First, their website is absolutely adorable.  I love the short video on the homepage that shows all the endless possibilities that come with owning a PlanetBox lunch box.  It focuses mostly on being a family-friendly option for kids, which I do not have, but I would not hesitate to bring this into the office for my own lunches at work. Along with the lunch box itself, I was sent a Slim Sleeve carrying case with a detachable shoulder strap.  The material is durable and slightly padded to ensure protection of your lunch box inside.  They also sell Cold Kits which are thin ice packs to keep your food fresh and cool during the day, if you do not have access to a fridge, which also fits inside [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...]

Breakfast Hash

Breakfast for breakfast, breakfast for brunch, breakfast for dinner... is there ever a wrong time to eat your favorite breakfast foods?  I don't think so.  This recipe is for a delicious savory hash that uses spaghetti squash in place of potatoes in order to be low carb friendly.  This makes the perfect weekday breakfast or dinner, or Sunday brunch any time of year, especially if you already have leftover squash that has already been roasted.  It only takes a few minutes to put together once the squash is cooked yet tastes delicious and is extremely filling. I began by gathering my ingredients and pre-heating the oven to 400°F. Using a large knife, I sliced the squash in half vertically, scraped out the seeds and flesh inside the center, drizzled the halves with olive oil, and then liberally sprinkled them with salt & pepper.  I flipped them over so they were cut-side down on a foil-lined baking sheet and roasted them for 40 minutes until tender.  When they are done, I [Continue reading...]

Cheddar Dogs

Nothing screams summer like hamburgers and hot dogs.  Most people are familiar with certain low carb alternatives for these "All-American" classics, so I wanted to mix it up and create a low carb twist on cheddar dogs.  Ironically, the "blanket" part of this recipe uses the pizza crust I've shown in several other recipes on my blog (1, 2, 3). It works great as a bread-style wrap for these cheddar dogs and is extremely easy to put together.  When choosing hot dogs, be sure to read the packaging before purchasing.  Although they are a little more expensive, I love the Applegate natural uncured hot dogs as they are 0g carbs each.  Some other brands have fillers that may include carbs or sugar (one brand I saw was 6g of carbs in every hot dog!) so be sure to be aware of the nutrition information. I started by pre-heating my oven to 400°F and gathering my ingredients above.  You will also want some salt and pepper for the dough, and maybe some garlic and onion powder, too. I put [Continue reading...]