Meat Lovers Breakfast

I love new breakfast recipes, even if they don't blow my mind in their creativity.  Sometimes the basic eggs, bacon, sausage and cheese combination is too delicious to pass up, and pairing them together in a bell pepper turns out to be a real winner in the kitchen.  The great thing about this recipe, as with many others I've published, is how versatile it can be to suit your tastes.  You could make these vegetarian or add more veggies to the meat (mushrooms, zucchini, broccoli, etc.), give them a Mexican twist with salsa and sour cream or just enjoy them as-is, which is wonderful, too.  The breakfast sausage has such a distinct, zingy flavor that really brings the dish together. I started by gathering my ingredients and first pre-heating the oven to 275°F.  You'll also want to pull out your olive oil, salt and pepper for this recipe. Next I sliced the peppers in half, removed the seeds and ribs, drizzled them with olive oil and sprinkled them with salt and pepper before [Continue reading...]

Spinach, Bacon and Goat Cheese Squash

Autumn is here and I could not be more excited.  I love the cooler weather, the changing leaves, comfy sweaters and football Sundays.  Comfort food is a staple of autumn which can be tricky when eating low carb foods.  Not eating pasta, rice or potatoes makes "stick to your ribs" meals a little difficult to pull together.  I wanted to create a filling, hearty meal that is easy to prepare yet is still satisfying as the temperature gets cooler.  The secret ingredient (which is not so secret) that makes this creamy and delicious is the garlic + herb goat cheese.  The cheese and squash combined with spinach and bacon makes for an easy, comforting meal that will satisfy your low carb cravings this fall. I started by gathering my ingredients and pre-heating the oven to 400°F. I used a large sharp knife to split two small spaghetti squashes in half lengthwise.  You could use one large squash instead of two small, if you can find one.  I used a large spoon to scrape out the seeds and [Continue reading...]

Jalapeño Popper Frittata

Sunday brunch is one of the best meals of the week, especially if you can pull together some quick and easy dishes to serve your family and other guests.  I am a huge fan of "egg bakes" (as I call them) and have plenty of varieties on my website.  Today I wanted to drag out my cast iron skillet and try to create a frittata that is creamy, flavorful and easy to put together for a special weekend breakfast (or even weeknight dinner).  It's so easy to play around with the flavors of frittatas - you can throw in any proteins or veggies you want and they will be delicious, trust me! I began by gathering my ingredients and pre-heating the oven to 350°F. First I cooked the bacon in the microwave between two sheets of paper towels for 7 minutes until crispy and let them cool.  While the bacon cooked, I sliced the jalapeño in half, removed the seeds, and then diced it into small pieces.  You can leave some of the seeds in if you'd like a spicier dish (or use more jalapeños). I [Continue reading...]

Cheeseburger Calzone

I love the flavors of cheeseburgers even on a low carb diet.  I think it's sort of a classic American comfort food and is usually pretty easy to throw together for dinner.  The obvious bunless burger is a great low carb choice, or you could try my cheeseburger casserole, but today I wanted to create a calzone stuffed with cheeseburger goodness.  The calzone can be tweaked to your liking; you could make a traditional pizza calzone filled with pepperoni, sausage, low carb veggies and cheese or you could make an endless array of calzone fillers using different proteins and vegetables.  Today's cheeseburger calzone is kid-friendly, too! I began by pre-heating my oven to 425°F and gathering the ingredients shown above. Next I made the calzone crust using the Fathead Pizza Crust recipe.  I have detailed instructions on how to make this in my Buffalo Chicken Pizza recipe. I diced a small yellow onion and set it aside.  Over medium heat I added my ground beef to a pan to brow [Continue reading...]

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...]