Spicy Kielbasa Dip

With the Superbowl coming up, I wanted to create an easy, keto-friendly dip you can bring to a party without anyone suspecting it's low carb, high fat.  This kielbasa dip is wonderful with cucumbers, bell pepper slices and celery but you could also bring crackers or crostini slices for your non-low carb friends and it would be equally delicious.  If you are like me and already waiting for next season to start, this dip will bring some comfort and satisfaction to your Superbowl celebration.  The best part is that it takes about 5 minutes to put together and has minimal ingredients, making this a touchdown of a recipe. I gathered my ingredients and pre-heated my oven to 375°F.  It is important to purchase fully cooked smoked kielbasa for this recipe.  Alternatively, you could use fully cooked Italian sausage links, too, but I prefer the flavor of Polish kielbasa in this recipe. I started by dicing the kielbasa into bite-sized pieces.  Easiest way to do this is to cut a few [Continue reading...]

Spinach and Artichoke Mini Muffins

I'm glad to be back to regular posting and apologize for my short hiatus.  I went home for two weeks over Christmas to spend time with family and friends.  It had been a year since I had been home, as I think I may have previously mentioned, and it was just so great to be back.  In the weeks leading up to my vacation I had made some extra recipes to post, but to be honest they don't live up to the standards I have set for myself and I didn't want to post mediocre food for you.  But now I am back and I hope you're ready for a delicious new recipe! Spinach and artichoke dip has pretty much always been one of my favorite appetizers at restaurants; I wanted to take the flavors and represent them in a new way that is both low carb-friendly and absolutely delicious.  Of course, you could make a traditional dip and serve it with celery, cucumbers, bell peppers or maybe even pork rinds, but these muffins are my new favorite way to enjoy the taste of spinach and artichoke hearts. I [Continue reading...]

Ranch Mushrooms

Can you believe December is half over already?  I cannot.  With the new year approaching, and so many milestones reached the last 9 months, I am spending time this month thinking about everything I've learned about health and nutrition this year.  As I said in my last post, I am so grateful for everyone who has read this blog or tried a recipe and shared with me their thoughts and encouragement throughout my process.  I am so excited to go home this week and enjoy Christmas with my family and friends.  With just 10 days left to the holiday, I thought I'd share another recipe that would make a wonderful side dish, or even appetizer, on your dinner table.  This week's recipe is so easy I'm almost embarrassed to include it, but it's a two-in-one recipe that will be useful in other dishes beyond these mushrooms.  Everyone has used those packets of ranch seasoning from the store in order to make dips or to season meat or veggies.  Have you read the laundry list of ingredients in those [Continue reading...]

Spinach Mozzarella Egg Bake

Today's recipe combines three of my favorite things in one easy-to-make dish: spinach, cheese and eggs.  This is a fantastic savory casserole that I would happily eat for breakfast lunch or dinner.  It's easy enough to make after a long day at work but also a satisfying meal to make for Sunday brunch, too.  Sometimes it's nice to have meat-free options that still fit ketogenic macros (low carb, high fat, moderate protein); this egg bake certainly fits the bill.  In my other breakfast casserole post, I mentioned my family's tradition of having Oklahoma Brunch Eggs every Christmas morning between opening stockings and presents.  This would be a great festive casserole alternative for Christmas brunch due to the bright green spinach! I began by pre-heating my oven to 375°F and gathering the necessary ingredients for the recipe.  As with the majority of my recipes, I truly enjoy creating easy-to-make delicious recipes that have minimal ingredients yet still taste great. Next I [Continue reading...]

Chicken Gouda Bleu

I hope all my readers from the US enjoyed their Thanksgiving holiday on Thursday.  I successfully kept it low carb throughout the meal.  My gracious host (my co-worker Peggy, one of the nicest, most inviting people I've met) served up a delicious feast that included more vegetables than there were guests, I think.  I enjoyed bell peppers and spinach dip (and a few naked mini hot dogs) for appetizers and turkey, zoodles, my jalapeno bacon biscuits and three helpings of creamy brussels bake for dinner.  Everything was fabulous and I had a wonderful time spending the holiday with her family.  Today's recipe is my twist on a culinary classic, the chicken cordon bleu.  "Cordon bleu" is French for blue ribbon and dates as far back as the mid-sixteenth century under King Henry III.  Le Cordon Bleu is also a culinary arts school founded in 1895 in Paris; Julia Child attended the school and today they teach over 20,000 students annually.  Ironically, chicken cordon bleu is an American dish that [Continue reading...]

Avocado + Egg Spaghetti Squash Bowls

I am on such a big spaghetti squash kick right now that I wanted to bring my readers another variation of this great fall/winter food.  Spaghetti squash is higher in carbs and sugar than I feel comfortable eating frequently, but the buttery "noodles" are really hard to resist right now.  It is such a versatile vegetable that you can use the squash with almost any ingredients and it will taste great.  Today's recipe would be perfect for Sunday breakfast or brunch or even dinner; it is hearty, creamy and filling as well as a great vegetarian option if you don't want meat.  If you follow me on Instagram you know I often love eating eggs for dinner; this meal would be perfect after a long day at the office and would be worth the time it takes to bake even on a weeknight. I began by gathering the necessary ingredients and pre-heating my oven to 400°F.  I really like this recipe because the spaghetti squash is essentially twice baked, making it a lot more crispy (in a good way) than it [Continue reading...]

Bacon and Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms

Before I get to today's recipe, I wanted to take a minute to mention the link to my Amazon Store and "My Favorite Low Carb Products" on the righthand side of the page.  I am an Amazon Associate, and any purchase made through those links (or other Amazon links in my posts) does help me earn a small commission.  I truly appreciate anyone that either purchases one of my recommendations (which I stand behind 100% and use all the time myself - I would never recommend a product I don't use and love) or makes another purchase through one of my links.  As most people know, losing a significant amount of weight usually results in excess skin at the end of the journey.  Unless the skin is negatively affecting your health (and documented by your physician), health insurance will not cover the cost of any weight loss-related skin-removal surgeries.  Since I don't want to count on a doctor deciding it's medically necessary for me to have it removed, I have decided to put all of my earnings from [Continue reading...]

Creamy Brussels Bake

With the holidays rapidly approaching, especially Thanksgiving in the US, many people in the keto and LCHF community are discussing ideas to make a keto-friendly meal without compromising great taste.  One concern across the community is alienating non-low carb guests with food they would not enjoy on their own for a holiday meal.  I feel as though there needs to be a compromise in cases like this; offering traditional stuffing and mashed potatoes to accompany your prized bird is practically a must, so I wouldn't skip out on serving those dishes to others.  You can enjoy your keto-friendly options (turkey, salad, roasted veggies, etc.) while simultaneously pleasing your guests.  Instead of rolls, consider making my jalapeño bacon biscuits that I guarantee both you and those not watching their carbs will enjoy.  Today I am bringing you another recipe that everyone will enjoy.  I think Brussels sprouts are one of those vegetables that are very versatile and easy to prepare, yet people [Continue reading...]

Philly Cheesesteak Casserole

Apologies in advance to any Philadelphia natives that may read this; I know this is not a true, authentic cheesesteak by any means, but I'm pretty excited about this low carb alternative.  There is something very satisfying about peppers, onions and steak that gets even better when you add some cheese.  You don't even need the bread when the outcome tastes this good - bonus points for it being easy to prepare, making it the perfect weeknight meal. I began prepping by gathering my ingredients and pre-heating my oven to 350°F.  I forgot to include the mushrooms in this photo, but you'll want sliced baby bellas to go in this dish as well. Next it was time to chop the onions and peppers.  Be sure to leave them in big pieces so there is plenty of body to the casserole.  A true cheesesteak uses green peppers, so feel free to substitute with those, but I prefer the sweetness of the tri-colored bell peppers.  Make sure to remove all seeds and membranes from the inside of the peppers [Continue reading...]

Cheddar BBQ Mini Meatloaves

Comfort foods are an integral part of the Standard American Diet and often remind us of mom's homecooked meals.  Your favorite comfort foods probably vary depending on where you grew up and your family's nationality and traditions, but the constant is that everyone has one or two meals they find satisfying time and again.  One of my favorites is my mom's slow cooker chili recipe (which I will be happily indulging in when I travel home for Christmas), for example; it is stick-to-your-ribs good in the winter and is the perfect pairing with Sunday Night Football.  Another favorite of mine has always been meatloaf.  This recipe is great as it pre-portions the meat into individual mini loaves and uses keto-friendly ingredients.  Pair this with a nice side salad or my roasted asparagus or Brussels sprouts and you have yourself a complete meal that is healthy and delicious.  If you're not a fan of BBQ sauce, you could find reduced sugar ketchup and use that in its place, of course.  As always [Continue reading...]