Spaghetti Squash Gratin

Spaghetti squash has become a vegetable I love to eat when, prior to trying keto recipes, I was certain I would hate it.  When roasted correctly it is tender and slightly sweet and a great base for a multitude of different flavors.  It's a wonderful low carb pasta replacement and even makes a great breakfast dish, too.  Today's gratin would be a wonderful holiday side dish or even a light weeknight meal.  I love how easy it was to put together; the hardest part was waiting for the dish to cook as the aroma of garlic, onions and cheese filled my apartment. I started by pre-heating my oven to 400°F and gathering all the ingredients shown above.  For this recipe I used two small squashes because they looked the best at the store; you can use one large squash, instead, too. I stood each squash up on its end, took a large non-serrated knife and sliced through each squash top to bottom.  I then used a spoon to scoop out the seeds and other pieces of flesh in the center of the [Continue reading...]

Spicy Sriracha Shrimp Salad

I don't know about you all, but this summer heat makes me crave cold dishes that don't require me to turn on the oven or stove.  I decided to create an easy summer salad recipe with no cooking required.  It is perfect as an easy and light weeknight meal or would be great to take to work for a refreshing lunch.  This recipe uses my favorite Spiralizer to make cucumber noodles in place of pasta to bulk up the dish - a must have in any low carb kitchen! I grabbed all the ingredients shown above and began to put together the salad recipe. First I made the dressing by adding the mayo, olive oil, rice wine vinegar, sriracha, lime juice, salt and pepper into a medium bowl. I used a small whisk to incorporate all the ingredients together.  It's important to taste your dressing at this point - you may want to add more sriracha or salt and pepper.  I also added another dash of olive oil to make it more like a salad dressing and less thick.  Adjust the amounts to your preference [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...]

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...]