Caramelized Chorizo Dip

Now that my beloved Blackhawks have won the Stanley Cup, my sports focus is once again on the NFL and waiting for the Bears season (and Fantasy Football) to start.  Something about football reminds me of appetizers and snacks that are filling for the duration of the game.  While there are still a few months until the Monsters of the Midway take the field again, I thought I'd bring you an idea for an easy, delicious dip that will score a touchdown with all of your family and friends. I began by gathering my ingredients and pre-heating the oven to 350°F. First I sliced the yellow onion in half lengthwise and then made thin half-moon slices from each half.  Although this looks like a giant pile of onions, they will shrink significantly during the caramelization process. Next I thinly sliced the tops of green onions while I softened the cream cheese in the microwave for 30 seconds.  I added the green onions, shredded mozzarella and mayonnaise to the cream cheese, [Continue reading...]

Cauli Tots

Many people who begin a low carb lifestyle attempt to re-create their favorite high carb foods with low carb replacements.  Bread, pasta and desserts are most commonly turned into mini science experiments in the kitchen as cooks try to replicate their favorite flavors in a healthier way.  Today I wanted to attempt to replace tater tots with a keto-friendly alternative: cauliflower.  Admittedly, these are not going to have exactly the same crunch as tater tots do, but these are a really great option when looking for a replacement for that style of potatoes. I began by pre-heating my oven to 375°F and gathering the ingredients shown above. First I finely minced the yellow onion into small pieces.  Since these will be folded into the cauli tots, you don't want them to overwhelm the tots, so the smaller they are cut the better. Next I began breaking down the cauliflower florets into small pieces.  Since these are going into a food processor, they don't need to be cut evenly. [Continue reading...]

Bacon Broccoli Bake

Today I have another winning casserole dish for my readers.  It's very easy to put together and kind of reminds me of my [extremely popular] Creamy Brussels Bake.  This could easily be translated into a vegetarian dish (omit the bacon....but, honestly, why would you want to do that?) should you so desire, but I think the bacon acts almost like croutons in this dish; its crunchy texture is delicious mixed with the softened broccoli and gooey cheese. I began by pre-heating my oven to 350°F and gathering the ingredients shown above. First I diced the yellow onion into small pieces and set them aside in a large mixing bowl. I also chopped up the tops of some green onions and added them to the mixing bowl as well. Next I cooked three strips of bacon in the microwave for 4 minutes (on a plate between two sheets of paper towels) and let them cool before crumbling them and setting them aside. I took two large bunches of broccoli and began rough-chopping the florets off [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...]

Jalapeño Popper Chicken

I can't be the only one that loves jalapeño poppers, right?  There's something so satisfying about those spicy pop-in-your-mouth bites filled with cheese that keeps you going back for more.  I wanted to turn the flavor of jalapeño poppers into a main course dish that everyone would enjoy the same way.  I decided to add some bacon to the mix in homage to bacon-wrapped jalapeño poppers, which may be even better than the originals; I think it rounds out the meal perfectly. I started by gathering my ingredients and pre-heating the oven to 350°F.  I used my cast iron skillet for this recipe, but you could easily use a different oven-safe skillet or a regular pan and transfer the chicken to a baking sheet to finish the cooking process. First I removed the seeds and then diced the fresh jalapeños.  You could leave a few seeds in for more heat, if you'd like. Next I diced the green onions into small pieces.  I love the taste of green onions in almost every dish - they brighten [Continue reading...]

Sriracha Chicken Tenders

Spicy foods are some of my favorite foods; the more heat, the better, in my opinion.  I've become a kind of connoisseur of the hot sauce aisle at the grocery store after trying so many different brands and styles of hot sauce.  My personal favorite for a long time now has been sriracha as many other brands of hot sauce (like Frank's) just do not make food hot enough for me.  There's only been one instance of regret on my quest to find the perfect hot sauce: I tried Dave's Insanity Sauce once and used way too much, causing immediate tears and sweating and the inability to finish my eggs that morning.  Sriracha is the perfect amount of heat and goes well with so many different meals, including these delicious keto-friendly chicken tenders. I began by gathering my ingredients and pre-heating the oven to 400°F.  I love how simplistic this meal is; only a handful of ingredients makes for an easy weeknight meal. Next I combined the pork rinds and parmesan cheese into my food [Continue reading...]

Easy Cheesy Zucchini Bake

Spring is in the air these days and summer vegetables are more prevalent at the grocery store.  Zucchini has become one of my favorite summer vegetables, and this casserole is a great way to use the veggies in a keto-friendly way.  Typically in the summer I prefer light dishes, bright salads and more berries and fresh vegetables, but sometimes there is a party or weekend meal that requires a hot dish.  This is the perfect compromise that combines tender vegetables with a few higher fat components.  It is extremely easy to pull together and tastes great, too. I began by pre-heating my oven to 350°F and gathering the ingredients for the recipe. First I thinly sliced both ends of the green onions.  I feel the thinner the better as they are just meant to add flavor and not bulk to the recipe. Next I minced the fresh basil into small pieces to sprinkle throughout the dish. I diced the yellow onion into small pieces; these will become tender in the baking process, so [Continue reading...]

Chicken Fajita Quiche

Mexican food is one of my favorite cuisines and fajitas are always a delicious entree packed with protein and veggies.  In this recipe I ditched the tortillas and turned the flavor of fajitas into a savory low carb quiche that could be served any time of day in your house.  As with most of my quiches and egg bake recipes, you could really throw just about any vegetable or cheese into the mix and it would turn out great here, too.  I also created my own taco seasoning rather than buying a processed packet from the store - this seasoning would also be delicious on ground beef in chili or to season chicken or beef in a taco salad.  It is very versatile and the recipe makes plenty for several meals. I pulled out the ingredients and pre-heated my oven to 350°F. To make the taco seasoning, I added the cumin, chili powder, paprika, cayenne pepper, garlic powder and onion powder into a small bowl. I used a spoon to mix them until thoroughly combined.  You can vary the amount [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...]

Turkey Zucchini Poppers

Spring is here!  (Allegedly, at least... it's 35° here today and it just snowed on Friday...)  Warmer weather usually means more parties and a few holidays where guests like to bring a dish or two to the meal.  Appetizers are the usual go-to dish to bring, and today's turkey zucchini poppers will please everyone at any party.  These hearty bites are bursting with flavor and vegetables (don't tell the kids!) while still being a delicious low carb option.  The other guests will devour these poppers while the leftovers, if you're lucky to have some, make a great lunch or snack the next day. As always I started by gathering my ingredients for the dish.  Lots of flavor doesn't mean you need a laundry list of ingredients - simple is usually best. I finely minced the red onion into small pieces.  The onion should be a kick of flavor, but not overwhelming to the poppers. I also chopped the cilantro into small pieces.  Feel free to use more or less for your personal [Continue reading...]