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...]

Mini Tuna Melts

For lunches and snacks, I'm always looking for the easiest ideas I can find that still taste great.  When I commute to work, I prefer smaller lunches that travel well and are delicious after they are re-heated if necessary.  I don't have the time, or patience really, to create fancy lunches in the morning before work, so I tend to eat a lot of pepperoni, string cheese, almonds, egg muffins, salads and leftovers at work.  These mini tuna melts are another great option for the workplace or even to pack with a child's lunch at school.  They take minimal effort to create and are easy to store in the fridge, plus they re-heat well for lunch or a mid-day snack. I started by gathering my ingredients and pre-heating the oven to 350°F.  As you can see, these little melts require barely any ingredients which is one of my favorite aspects of a good keto-friendly recipe.  I now prefer tuna packed in extra virgin olive oil to help with the fat content, but feel free to use tuna in water if you [Continue reading...]

Sour Cream + Chive Crackers

Although I'm not a big snacker (I usually prefer 3 square meals a day) sometimes it is nice to supplement lunches or have snack foods ready for game days.  Pork rinds are a great keto-friendly option but some people do not care for the taste, so I set out to create a simple cracker recipe that can be tweaked in terms of flavors.  It is surprisingly easy to make low carb crackers that are perfect for use with a variety of dips and salsas or to eat plain on their own.  It only takes a few ingredients to make the dough; I will also provide options for substitutions near the bottom of the post, too. I began by gathering my ingredients and pre-heating my oven to 250°F. Next I measured out the sour cream using my food scale and added it to the bowl with the almond flour. I finely diced the fresh chives into small pieces.  You want them to be large enough for their color to be apparent in the baked crackers but not so large that they overwhelm them. Into the mixing bowl of [Continue reading...]

Salami Pepper Egg Muffins

It's no surprise that I enjoy the ease of egg muffins for breakfast or a quick snack.  Egg muffins are easy to prepare and stay fresh when stored in the refrigerator for a few days.  They also re-heat very well and the right combination of ingredients makes them super tasty with minimal effort.  Previously I made sausage and cheese egg muffins that inspired me to create another variation for today's recipe.  In that post I also explain the importance of choosing eggs fortified with omega-3 fatty acids which I highly recommend you read if you previously missed that recipe.  Today I used Molisana salami from Olli, a delicious slow-cured salame made with peppercorns and garlic.  The salami combined with chopped red peppers and cheese make these egg muffins robust in flavor and completely keto-friendly. I began by pre-heating the oven to 350°F and gathering the ingredients for the recipe. First I diced the red bell peppers into bite-sized pieces.  These will become tender in the [Continue reading...]

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...]

Current Favorite Go-To Low Carb Snacks

A lot of low carb eaters are always in the market for new snack foods to have in their desks at work or in the kitchen at home.  I am not much of a snacker.  I like eating 3 square meals and maybe something small for dessert, if I'm in the mood.  I do like trying new foods, though, and can include these items with lunch at work or while dinner is cooking.  There are also some weekend days where I'm just not hungry until maybe 1 or 2pm but I don't want a big meal, so a few snacks hold me over until dinner.  The last few months I've found a few keto-friendly snack options that would be great throughout the day if you're craving a little something before the next meal.  In addition to these products, other favorites of mine are pepperoni slices, full fat mozzarella string cheese sticks, pickles and celery with unsweetened peanut butter. Some of these snacks were ordered from Netrition.  Netrition is a website with a lot of food items that cater to numerous dietary restrictions. [Continue reading...]