• All Recipes,  Breakfast,  LC

    Cinnamon Toast Crunch Cereal

    There are really only 2 things I’ve missed while living the low carb lifestyle – toast and cereal. Those were my 2 mainstays of breakfast and even sometimes dinner. I’ve been able to substitute everything else, even ice cream, but toast and cereal aren’t easy to re-create. I buy Joseph’s Lavash bread-It’s Flax, Oat Bran & Whole Wheat Middle Eastern Bread, and the large sheets of it have only 6 net carbs. I use half, so 3 net carbs.  Here’s what I did-I sprayed a cookie sheet with buttery non-stick spray. Then I melted 2 Tablespoons butter. I sifted together 1 T. cinnamon and 2-3 T. Swerve granulated sugar substitute…

  • All Recipes,  Dinner,  LC

    Italian Sausage with Squash Noodles

    It all started with a zucchini spiralizer that I ordered from, you guessed it, Amazon. Because if I can’t get it on Amazon, then I can live without it. Period. Below is my grandson giving it a workout. I chose one that was small, easy to clean and had great reviews. After my air fryer, no more huge appliances will be ordered for me! I cooked some Johnsonville Mild Italian Sausage links in a pan with olive oil, then I sliced them up and finished cooking them. In a separate pan I melted butter (I use Kerrygold), added some minced garlic and Italian seasoning. Threw those zoodles (I used yellow…

  • Blog,  LC

    How to Begin

    The #1 question I get from friends new to low carb is, “how many carbs should I eat in a day?” Here’s  a comparison of carbs in a meal to get started ~ The fewer the carbs,  the bigger the impact. That’s just the truth. Weight loss will be faster; cravings reduced; hunger lessened. If you have type 2 diabetes, the fewer carbs you eat, the faster your blood glucose and insulin resistance will improve. Some people find a very low carb diet too restrictive and challenging and end up going back to old habits. What is “low carb,” and what is “ketogenic?” Keto low carb: less than 20 grams of…

  • All Recipes,  LC,  Soup & Salad

    Veggie, Bacon & Cheese Ranch Salad

    I’m not much on cauliflower, but for some reason I love it in this salad. Maybe because I cut the florets into tiny pieces, along with the other veggies. Feel free to add other veggies too like carrots, artichoke hearts, cucumber, etc. I love the combination of the bacon and the cheese with the creamy ranch dressing. Hope you love it as much as we do.  Print Veggie, Bacon & Cheese Salad Servings 8 Ingredients 1 head cauliflower cut into small florets 1 head broccoli cut into small florets 1/4 cup chopped green onion or red onion your choice 1 bell pepper any color, seeded and chopped 1 small can…

  • All Recipes,  Appetizer,  LC

    Easy Antipasti for a Crowd

    If you need a large batch of appetizers that you can serve with toothpicks and make the night before, this is it! Full of hard salami, olives, artichoke hearts, cheeses, peppers, tomatoes, the list goes on and on. You can use whatever you have or whatever you want. Mine is low carb and very filling. I use bottled prepared Italian dressing, but you can always make your own. Print Easy Antipasti for a Crowd Servings 12 Ingredients 1 large hard salami paper removed and cut into pieces 1 large block mozzarella cheese cubed 1 large block cheddar cheese cubed 1 large can pitted black olives drained 1 large jar green…

  • All Recipes,  Appetizer,  LC

    Crispy Chicken Wings

    When I originally thought of this simple recipe I baked the wings in the oven. Since then, the air fryer has come out, and I’ve switched to air frying them. You could still use the oven, but it’s faster air frying-only about 17-20 min or less in the air fryer. I shared my recipe with Just A Pinch, a recipe site, and here’s what they said about these crispy baked wings when they tested them ~ We loved these guilt-free baked chicken wings! They’re nice and crispy on the outside, but juicy on the inside. These wings aren’t too spicy, but pack a great punch of flavor. The added spices…

  • All Recipes,  Dessert,  LC

    Cream Cheese Pound Cake

    I remember at Christmas my mom would always make a cream cheese poundcake. I never was sure why, but for some reason it gave me a sense of security. You can imagine how happy I was to find this low carb version, and even happier the first time I tasted it and discovered it was moist and yummy and something I can serve everyone. Print Cream Cheese Pound Cake Servings 12 Ingredients 1 ¼ c almond flour ¾ c of swerve or other sugar substitute I used Splenda 1 tsp baking powder ¼ tsp of salt 4 eggs 3 ½ oz cream cheese room temperature 4 tbs softened butter 1…

  • All Recipes,  Dinner,  LC

    Pizza Night

    Remember when you used to just pick up the phone or go online and order that Friday night pizza? Well, this is just as good and so much better if you eat low carb/keto. A little more work, but if you have someone to help, it’s really fun to get in the kitchen together and make this. Really. Granted, not as easy as calling for delivery, but just wait….one day lowcarb pizza will be delivery. I believe. This is our supreme, although all our toppings are under the cheese. Quartered pepperoni, chopped bell pepper, mushrooms. Pretty much what we had in the pantry/fridge. The dough-classic fat head dough, pierced and…

  • All Recipes,  Bread,  LC

    Cheesy Breadsticks

    It’s all the rage in the “Low Carb World” – FAT HEAD. Originally Fat Head was a documentary directed and starring Tom Naughton that blew up the theory of nutrition and lipid hypothesis. Surprisingly, Naughton’s ending, as compared to the documentary Super Size Me, revealed his overall cholesterol had dropped from 222 to 209, his LDL dropped from 156 to 130, and his HDL (good stuff) increased from 49 to 64! But that’s another story altogether. The Holy Grail of low carb pizza dough, bread dough and any other kind of dough you could ever dream of is called Fat Head Dough. It’s wheat-free, grain-free and seriously amazing, if I…

  • All Recipes,  LC,  Side Dish

    The Other Side

    Not a fan. At all. Cauliflower is not my friend-that’s what makes low carb eating difficult for me. That and the hatred of eggs. No offense, Cauli Flower and Eh ggs. When I discovered potatoes dumped me too, and we had been in love for so many years, I had to reach out, join an online dating group and find someone new. That’s when I met this dish, and it’s as close as I can get to my true love without cheating on him. I call him “The OTHER Side.” Print The OTHER Side-Cheesy Cauliflower Bake Ingredients 2 pkgs 12 ounce each frozen cauliflower florets or 2 small heads fresh…

  • All Recipes,  Breakfast,  LC

    Sausage Balls

    Back in the day (and I’m talking about the 70s), sausage balls were all the rage. We couldn’t believe that a pound of sausage, some baking mix and some cheese rolled into balls and baked would be as good as they were! As we discovered that carbs were evil, so many substitutes were made. Coconut flour, almond flour, Carbquik baking mix, you name it. The easy way to make these yummy 1-carb beauties is to see what you have on hand and go for it! My recipe has coconut flour, and it’s much more absorbent than almond flour. Usually 1/4 cup coconut flour is substituted for 1 cup almond flour…

  • All Recipes,  Breakfast,  LC

    Breakfast Muffins

    These are a great on-the-go breakfast, or if you’re like me, something easy to shove in my mouth because I’ve been told I need to get my metabolism going first thing. And that coffee alone doesn’t count.  I have to confess I’m not a lover of the egg, but I can tolerate recipes with eggs and a bunch of other stuff together, like this one. I’ve used bacon, ham, sausage, spinach, onion, mushroom, on and on and on…practically anything I have in my fridge that is going to go bad in the next few days. My favorite (that shows in the photo well) is the feta. Once I threw some…

  • Blog,  LC

    Grocery List

    Here’s a simple, basic grocery list that may help you get started: FRESH PRODUCE Spinach Broccoli Cauliflower Zucchini Brussels sprouts Asparagus Avocado Guacamole in snack sizes Green beans Kale Celery Romaine lettuce Lemons and limes Tofu MEATS Sausages Bacon Pork Ground meat Steak Roast beef Pastrami Pepperoni Salami Turkey Chicken – rotisserie, raw Fish – salmon, cod, trout Other seafood – shrimp, scallops Canned meat – tuna, salmon, sardines DAIRY & EGGS Heavy whipping cream Butter Plain cream cheese Sour cream Eggs Any variety of cheese – sliced, snack sized, blocks, shredded Almond & coconut based drinks CENTER AISLES Roasted almonds Macadamia nuts Pumpkin seeds Pickles Olives – kalamata, pimiento…

  • All Recipes,  Dinner,  LC

    Inside Out Eggroll Dish

    This dish tastes like an eggroll to me, hence the name. It’s easy and fast to make and a great way to use cabbage. Add broccoli, carrots, any low carb veggie you’d like-the more, the crunchier. chestnuts… Print Inside Out Eggroll Dish Servings 4 Ingredients 2 Tablespoons coconut oil 1 pound ground beef 1 Tablespoon minced garlic 3 Tablespoon light low sodium soy sauce more if needed 1 teaspoon sriracha sauce more if desired 2 green onions sliced Instructions In a large skillet on medium heat, add coconut oil. Add ground meat and brown with garlic, breaking with the back of a wooden spoon. Cook until meat is cooked through.…

  • All Recipes,  Dessert,  LC

    Cinnamon “Sugar” Crunchies

    I’m gonna admit it-I’m not a fan of the pork rind. There, I’ve said it. So, in order to incorporate them into my low carb life, I sweetened them up a bit, and they really satisfy my sweet tooth and the need for crunchy things! Be sure and add more or less cinnamon and sweetener as you need to suit you. They are GOOOOOOOOD! Print Cinnamon “Sugar” Crunchies Servings 4 Ingredients 1 bag pork rinds 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 2 teaspoons sweetener like Splenda or Swerve nonstick cooking spray-I use coconut or butter spray Instructions Pour the entire bag of pork rinds into a large gallon size ziplock bag. Spray…

  • All Recipes,  Dessert,  LC

    No-Crust Pumpkin “Pie”

    I’m one of those annoying “Pumpkin Everything” people that you love to hate. That is, unless you are one too! It doesn’t have to be fall for me to crave pumpkin pie, and in fact, it’s a real superfood. Full of fiber, rich in beta-carotene, potassium, and vitamin C.  Avoid the pumpkin pie filling in a can, but use the canned pure pumpkin or fresh pumpkin. I use canned because it’s so easy, and top this with whipped topping, and you’ve died and gone to heaven. Print No-Crust Pumpkin “Pie” Servings 9 Ingredients 8 ounces cream cheese softened 5 eggs 1/2-3/4 cup sweetener like Swerve or Splenda 15 ounce can pumpkin…

  • All Recipes,  Appetizer,  LC

    Deviled Eggs

    Print Deviled Eggs Servings 12 Ingredients 12 eggs 1/2 cup mayonnaise 1/4 cup sour cream 1 teaspoon dry mustard salt & pepper paprika optional (I don't use it) 1 fresh jalapeno pepper seeded and minced (my addition because it just makes them good!) Instructions Place eggs in a saucepan and fill with water at least 2 inches above eggs. Add some salt, bring to a boil and then turn to medium low and continue cooking for 25 minutes. Drain hot water and fill with cold water. Peel eggs and cut lengthwise with a sharp knife, emptying yolks into a small bowl. In the bowl, add the remaining ingredients, using about…

  • All Recipes,  Bread,  LC

    Jalapeno “Cornbread”

    The thing I miss the most on my low carb way of eating is BREAD!!!!! I’m not positive exactly where I got this recipe, but I’m glad I found it. It’s become my favorite. It’s even good room temp as a snack. Seriously. I haven’t tried substituting pickled jalapenos, but I think the fresh ones have such a great flavor I’d use fresh. I’m already thinking about the fall and making some LC chili to spoon over one of these babies and top with cheese. Print Jalapeno “Cornbread” Servings 12 Ingredients 2 cups almond flour 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese 2 fresh jalapenos seeded and minced 1 1/2 teaspoons baking…

  • All Recipes,  LC,  Lunch,  Soup & Salad

    Crunchy Walnut Chicken Salad

    This is a concoction of food I had handy, and we needed something to eat for lunch. A pretty simple concept-nothing fancy here. Cooked chicken with some crunchy things thrown in, plus a side of chopped walnuts since the walnut is the only nut – and one of the few plant-based foods – that contains omega-3. Omega-3 is an essential fatty acid (meaning we need to obtain it from our diets). Among the many benefits, omega-3 plays an important role in cognitive function and bringing down inflammation in the body. It’s pretty fitting since the walnut is shaped like a little brain.  Served in a Joseph’s Pita Bread half with slices…

Social media & sharing icons powered by UltimatelySocial