Buffaflower Bites

With Memorial Day fast-approaching in the United States, I thought I'd write up a recipe for a party-friendly appetizer in case you're headed to a bbq or other gathering next weekend or really any time this summer.  Enter the Buffaflower (I may be biased, but I just really love that I came up with that name!).  Buffalo wings are a classic staple at bars, restaurants, and parties, and you can certainly make your own low carb version of those.  These Buffaflower Bites are a fun new twist on the party classic - crispy, vegetarian, easy to make and (obviously) delicious, these will win over anyone who may be a low carb naysayer or skeptical of cauliflower in general. I began by pre-heating my oven to 400°F and gathering the necessary ingredients for this recipe. Next I cut the head of cauliflower into small florets. I added the cauliflower to my food processor and pulsed until it was finely shredded.  This really only takes 5-10 seconds at most with a high-power processor; [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...]

Jalapeño Crisps

I've always been a savory carb kind of girl - bread, potatoes, and pasta - so some days when eating low carb I just miss the crunch of a potato chip.  I've seen the parmesan cheese chip recipes floating around Pinterest for some time without ever trying them, but they inspired me to create a similar recipe using havarti cheese and jalapeños.  Fair warning: these are definitely spicy, so feel free to omit the jalapeño slices or use only half of a slice per chip.  I am thrilled that there are so many creative ways to eat low carb without forfeiting certain textures or foods you already love, and so I hope you enjoy these crisps as much as I do! I started by gathering my ingredients and pre-heating the oven to 400°F.  This recipe calls for 5 peppers, but I used 6 or 7 because the ends tend to yield smaller slices, and I wanted them to be pretty uniform. Next I sliced the jalapeños into relatively thin, even slices.  You don't want these to be too thick or they won't roast [Continue reading...]

Italian Garlic Bread

If you're not already following my Instagram you totally should be.  I capture all my meals on there in addition to the recipes I post here which may give you other meal ideas!  A few days ago for dinner I was craving Italian Cheese Bread from Little Caesars but, sadly, that's not part of the low carb plan.  I asked myself if I thought I could re-create the dish using low carb ingredients and voila!  I posted this garlic bread on Instagram and there were a LOT of requests for the recipe.  I've always wanted to create a Restaurant Swap recipe because I think they are so creative every time I see one on Pinterest, and now I am bringing you this awesome garlic bread. The base for this is my favorite Fathead pizza crust.  As with my other pizza recipes, I pre-heated the oven to 425°F and gathered my ingredients above. In a large mixing bowl I added the brick of cream cheese and 3/4c of mozzarella cheese.  I put them in the microwave for about a minute until they were both soft [Continue reading...]

Spicy Shrimp Roll

My favorite food, for many years, has been spicy tuna sushi.  Most sushi restaurants have their own variation of it - some mix chopped tuna in a spicy mayo with cucumbers while others leave the tuna pieces raw, paired with avocado, and top it with spicy sauce - but I enjoy it every time I have it.  It's so fresh and when I pile the wasabi on top, has a great "zing" taste that wakes up the taste buds.  I know not everyone is a fan of raw fish, so I decided to use cooked shrimp in this recipe.  Sadly sticky white rice is not part of our low carb way of eating, but I thought I would try using cauliflower in place of the rice - and it totally works!  This is great for the warmer spring and summer months because you don't have to turn your oven or stove on at all if you buy pre-cooked shrimp, like I did.  It's a bit higher in total carbs because of the cauliflower and avocado, but worth it for a filling, fresh meal that replaces one of my favorite high carb treats! First I gathered all [Continue reading...]

Bacon Breakfast Cups

If you know me, you know I'm not really a bacon fanatic.  *Cue horrified gasps*  I love bacon when it's paired with other things, like on a burger or in a casserole, but I really cannot just eat strips of bacon with breakfast.  I'm not sure why; I've tried numerous times to enjoy bacon by itself, but I don't think I'll ever be one of those bacon-obsessed people.  I know, I weep for me, too.  With that said, I do love eggs and cheese and spinach, so I put all of that together in an easy-to-make breakfast cup! I pre-heated the oven to 375°F and gathered my ingredients above.  Feel free to use any cheese you like - I love the spicy kick of pepper jack in this recipe.  Only four ingredients needed to make something tasty and low carb?  Yes please. Next I put 5 strips of bacon between two sheets of paper towels and microwaved them for 3 minutes.  You want to semi-cook the bacon, but also want it to still be pliable after it comes out of the microwave.  I repeated this step with an [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...]

Keto Delivered March 2016

*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.* I was pleasantly surprised the other day when I received a shipping notification for this month's Keto Delivered box.  I thought I was only going to be sent one in January, but I'm happy to write about this month's box as well!  For those who are unfamiliar, Keto Delivered is a ketogenic subscription service delivered to your home full of goodies you can eat on their own or in your daily cooking to enhance your keto experience.  I wrote more about the service and the people behind it in my first Keto Delivered post two months ago. This month's box offers a wide variety of ready-to-eat snacks as well as delicious ingredients that I will certainly be using in upcoming meals.  I was a bit disappointed as my box did not include a fact card with a recipe on it like I had in January - I'm not sure if this was an oversight or if they skipped the [Continue reading...]

Easy Taco Skillet

So many households have a weekly Taco Night tradition that is often lost on a low carb diet.  Sure, everyone loves soft or hard shell tacos with all the fixings, but that doesn't mean you can't enjoy tacos with a few low carb substitutions.  This is a great base recipe that can be tweaked to you or your family's liking and served with an array of toppings.  If you prefer ground chicken or turkey, use it!  Sliced jalapeños, avocados, different cheeses, sour cream and cilantro could also be included to make this a gourmet meal rather than a basic dish, too!  At the end of the recipe I will include three ideas for how to serve this to make your next taco night a success. I began by gathering my ingredients and pre-heating the oven to 350°F.  I purchased 80/20 ground beef because I love using the fat to saute the vegetables, but if you prefer a leaner cut (or another type of meat) that is okay to use, too! First I put the ground beef in a large pan by itself and began cooking it [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...]