Low Carb broccoli salad

I love that broccoli salad that has the bacon bits and raisins and is kinda sweet…. I just had to find a way to modify it for my low carb diet. So here’s what I did and it turned out quite tasty! No one knew it was sugar free.

Ingredients:

One pound of chopped broccoli crowns

One small chopped red onion

One three oz container bacon bits ( I used Open Nature with no nitrates or other bad stuff)

One eight oz container fresh raspberries

1/2 cup mayonnaise

1/2 cup sour cream

2 T splenda

1/2 tsp salt

Just mix it all together. I would add the raspberries last and just stir them in lightly, otherwise they will fall apart. Best to let this sit for a couple hours before serving. Enjoy 🙂

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Insanely good low carb cauliflower rice

Well I have seen this before with other recipe sites but this is my own take on it. And I thought it was wonderful and can imagine all kinds of possibilities… Serve it with your favorite stir fry or curry. Tonight I had it with a wonderful shrimp recipe that my brother Chuckie promises to add soon. My husbands assessment…. “Not terrible” . Lol. I thought it was great!

How to do:
Grate one head of cauliflower with cheese shredder.

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Melt butter or olive oil or coconut oil or whatever you want in medium fry pan. If you like, sauté some garlic and/or onion. Add cauliflower, sauté on low heat for 15 minutes. During that process , add one cup if chicken broth. I bet coconut milk would be ok too, especially if you are going to serve a curry dish.

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It’s up to you what flavors you’d like to add. But it’s a really good substitute for rice for my low carb friends, or even not so low carb friends! The difference is three carbs per cup versus 43 carbs per cup for rice.

Organic kale chips

I have been wanting to try to make kale chips for a really long time. I get organic vegetable delivery and there’s almost always kale and I almost never know what to do with it. So I saw this recipe for baked kale chips and I have known people who have made and love them  In the first pic, I have separated the kale leaves from their ribs.   In the second, I have tossed them with olive oil and roasted garlic rosemary salt. Then into the oven they went at 350 degrees. The last picture is of the finished product. They are  really good! But I do think I overdid the salt a little. Next time less of that…. but they are very crispy and have a nice flavor… and healthy and low carb and all that. I’ll be making these again 🙂

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kale separated from ribs

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tossed with olive oil and rosemary garlic salt

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crispy kale chips

Organic veggies

The idea of organic foods has become very popular. Maybe they do or maybe they don’t contain more nutrients than our typical grocery store fare. But one thing is certain they are definitely more yummy. Many communities have the availability of ordering organic vegetables from local farmers, And I like the idea of supporting our local farmers!  I live near Chicago so I order vegetables from a place called Irv and Shelly’s fresh pics… All the vegetables are from local farmers and I order eggs that are organic from free range chickens that have run around the grass living happy lives. Surprisingly the cost is very reasonable. So I would encourage anyone to check out what is available in their locale.

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Shrimp ceviche

I really adore eating ceviche so I decided I would try to make some. Ceviche is a dish that originated in south America, traditionally using raw fish. The addition of lemon or lime juice would serve to kind of cook the fish. I just cannot bring myself to use raw fish in a recipe, so I got some raw shrimp, cleaned, deveined, head and tails removed. I boiled them for a few minutes with a little seasoned salt, drained them and added the other ingredients. It is chilling in my fridge now and will be ready for a cool dinner on a hot summer night.

Ingredients:
2 pounds cooked shrimp
Juice of two fresh lemons
Two diced tomatoes
One half diced green pepper
Four green onions
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
One half teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes

Combine all ingredients allow to chill for a couple of hours. It’s good to serve with tortilla chips.

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Broiled tomatoes, anyone?

Do you like cooked tomatoes or do you think they are yucky? I tried this recipe for Cheesy tomatoes tonight. I changed a couple things… For instance I used chipotle jack cheese instead of provalone, and since I had no cooking spray, I used olive oil. They were very good! Some day when I am not on a low carb diet I think I may try adding some Italian bread crumbs to the cheese mixture.

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