Low Carb Broccoli Salad

On a hot summer day, I love a great (and chilled) side dish like broccoli salad. For this recipe, you can use fresh broccoli or frozen and it’s a great side dish for your next barbecue, or with some yummy steaks! For my recipe, I show the instructions using frozen broccoli which was easier for me since I had a bag of broccoli in my freezer. This is a low carb recipe because I use Swerve powdered sugar for the sweetener instead of regular sugar. If you’d like to use regular sugar, you would need to adjust the sweetness based on your preference and not necessarily use my Swerve measurement for your substitution.

If you’d like to make this vegetarian, leave out the bacon pieces. If you’d like to make this vegan, substitute the mayonnaise with vegan mayonnaise. Let me know if you make either changes and how the recipe turns out! This is a pretty awesome side dish and it was my first time making it too ☺️

Whisk together mayo, Swerve, lemon juice, salt, pepper, and garlic powder.
Stir in chopped red onion.
Stir in bite size broccoli pieces.
Stir in small cheese chunks.
Put a lid on it and refrigerate for 3-4 hours.
After cooking bacon, drain on a paper towel to cool. Chop into small pieces.
Added in bacon bits, now serving!
Add chopped pecans on top of the broccoli salad when you serve it up, yum!

Low Carb Street Tacos

Best thing to do when making street tacos is to make your own marinade! That way you know exactly what is in it and how tasty it’s going to be. For this recipe, I used carne picada meat, almost 2lbs. It’s nice because it’s already in small pieces and the marinade coats all of it really well. I have another recipe on my blog about street tacos, this is the most updated recipe and marinade we like to make.

We use limequats in place of limes in our recipe and it makes the marinade even more delicious. In my last post about my homemade guacamole, I talk more about limequats. For the recipe, I put the amount of regular size limes so it’s not confusing for the marinade. Limequats are smaller than key limes and I used more in the marinade than you would regular limes.

We sauté our carne picada on our stove top, but if you’d like to marinate carne asada meat with the same marinade, you can grill them up or sauté. I don’t recommend grilling the carne picada meat because it is in small pieces already when you buy it at the store. See my pic below for reference! Check out the steps and recipe at the bottom too ❤️

Mixed all seasonings together in a small bowl.
Juiced oranges and limequats with our electric juicer. Added more orange juice and soy sauce to the mix as well.
Added meat to a gallon size bag with seasonings, liquids and cilantro leaves. Marinate for at least 4 hours up to overnight.

Homemade Guacamole

What’s better to serve on top of your tacos than some fresh guacamole! I love how creamy and filling guacamole can be, without all the carbs and it’s healthy for you too 😋 This recipe is quick to make, perfect for Taco Tuesday, and low carb and keto friendly. The ingredients are simple and I have a recipe at the bottom too! This is not a spicy guac, but if you’d like to turn up the heat, add a little cayenne pepper to the mix (but be mindful how much because it gets spicy quickly!)

I use limequats for lime juice instead of regular limes and it was so tasty! We have a limequat bush and it’s so awesome to have and use the fruit for our recipes. If you haven’t heard of limequats, they are a cross between a key lime and kumquat. So tasty! They are smaller than a key lime so I used 3 limequats in this recipe. If you have regular limes, just use one for the juice.

I also had leftover guacamole so I refrigerated it in a Tupperware with an avocado seed to keep it fresh. I made guac toast with it the next day for lunch with my special Sola bread that has only 2g net carbs per slice. Enjoy this recipe and let me know if you make it!

Slice avocados in half lengthwise and scoop out meat, remove seeds, saving one seed to set aside.
Mash up avocado meat and add in juice from your lime and salt.
Diced up onion, cilantro, and tomatoes, minced up the garlic clove. Add to avocados.
Mix everything in well and add the avocado seed back in to keep fresh. Refrigerate for 1 hour prior to serving.
Served on top of carne picada meat in my carb conscious tortilla! Yum!

Grilled Corn on the Cob

Heads up, this is not a low carb or keto friendly recipe, but it’s so delicious! Corn is a starchy vegetable so it’s best to be avoided for a low carb diet, but corn definitely has health benefits. Corn is packed with fiber, vitamins and minerals and is low in fat. If you’re looking for a tasty way to dress up your grilled corn on the cob for your next BBQ meal, this makes plain buttered corn look so basic 😂

We grilled up 5 cobs for this recipe, but you can also do this with 4 cobs, just need to slather on more of the seasoning and butter mix. This is a vegetarian recipe and can be made vegan by substituting with olive oil instead of butter for the seasoning mix. I used fresh basil leaves from our garden and they added a lot of flavor to the recipe. Check out the pics below with recipe at the bottom! Enjoy!

Remove husks and silk from the cobs, rinse well and pat dry.
Mix together seasonings in a small bowl.
Crush basil leaves in olive oil with pestle and mortar.
Cream butter in a stand mixer, add in seasoning mix and crushed basil leaves with olive oil.
Spread seasoning & butter mix on to corn and roll up in foil.
Ready to be grilled!
Happy missionaries eating grilled corn and smoked ribs, yum!

Instant Pot Low Carb Chili

For my friends on a low carb diet, or those who just don’t like beans in their chili, this recipe is great! My mom isn’t a fan of beans, so this recipe is definitely making it to her kitchen. She doesn’t have an Instant Pot so I’ll include directions for that as well, in the next section. This chili is so tasty you don’t even miss the beans. You can even eat this on a keto diet too, each 1 cup serving has only 10g of net carbs.

I make my chili with ground beef, but feel free to make this with ground turkey, chicken or lamb (or any ground meat you like!). If you want to make this spicy, buy the diced green chiles with the *hot* rating on the can and add in crushed red pepper flakes to taste. This is a mild chili the way I have it prepared. If you make this on your stove top, just sauté the onion, minced garlic cloves and ground beef in a skillet. Transfer everything to a pot on your stove when you add in the liquid ingredients. Or if you have a deep skillet, you can keep the ingredients in the skillet and just add the liquids to it. You’ll need to cover and cook it on low for about an hour. Keep an eye on it and stir occasionally. Remove bay leaf before serving for all methods.

If you’d like to make this in your slow cooker, you’ll need to first sauté the onion, garlic & ground beef then transfer to your slow cooker. Slow cook on Low for 6-8 hours or on High for 3-4 hours. Enjoy! 😋

Set Instant Pot to sauté mode, add in olive oil to warm up and then chopped onion. Stir & cook until translucent, approx 5 mins.
Add in minced garlic cloves, stir & cook for 30 secs.
Brown & crumble up the ground beef. Start seasoning!
Seasoning the meat while cooking is the best way to make sure the meat absorbs all that flavor.
All browned and ready to add liquids. Turn off pot.
Add in Worcestershire sauce, diced tomatoes with liquid, green chiles with liquid, tomato paste & stir. Add in bay leaf, water & broth base. Stir and set lid on top, set valve to sealing. Turn on pot to Meat/Stew setting and pressure cook for 35 mins. Let pressure release naturally for 15 mins then do a quick release. Remove bay leaf prior to serving.
This is the broth base I use, so tasty.
All done and ready for toppings now 😋
Added on top my shredded fiesta blend cheese (only 1g carb more!) yum!

Low Carb Chicken Stir Fry

Shiritaki noodles are a great low carb option for your next stir fry dinner, have you heard of them?? Here’s a link to the one we buy!

https://www.nasoya.com/products/pasta-zero-spaghetti/

I like how the noodles are still in a noodly shape, which makes them seem cool for our toddler too. She ate a small bowl of just the noodles with some shredded mozzarella cheese and demolished them 😂

For the sauce for the stir fry, I used very little Hoisin sauce (which has a lot of carbs) to flavor it. If you want to leave out the Hoisin, it still tastes really good. I use ginger powder instead of fresh ginger, but if you have fresh on hand, it’s even better! You would just modify to how much minced ginger you add in to your taste preference. I use frozen stir fry veggies for this recipe and found them in our freezer section in our grocery store. It’s very important to look at the carbs and ingredients of the stir fry to make sure they are indeed low carb. Some packages will have baby corn and that is not keto friendly. Some will also have carrots which are okay in very small amounts. Our package had only 4g of net carbs. Here is a link to the one we bought:

https://images.app.goo.gl/Duk7DSGhhwW93dQd9

If you’d like to use fresh veggies, I would leave the chicken in the skillet and add the veggies to it rather than removing the chicken and adding back. The chicken I use is the Tyson brand fully cooked diced chicken breast pieces. I used 1/2 of the bag which is about 3/4 lb of diced chicken. Here’s a link to the description for that as well ❤️

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Tyson-Grilled-and-Ready-Diced-Oven-Roasted-Chicken-Breast-22-oz-Frozen/14664700

Drain and rinse each packet of noodles thoroughly with water.
Cook in boiling water for about 2-3 mins then remove from heat and drain water.
Add noodles back to pan with olive oil and sauté for 2 mins.
After removing chicken, add a little more olive oil to your skillet and add in frozen stir fry veggies. Cook for about 5-6 mins stirring occasionally.
Add diced chicken back in and stir. Cook for another 2 mins.
After cooking down & stirring more, add in 1/2 of sauce. The add noodles into skillet and rest of sauce, stirring to coat.
This is half of the sauce, the recipe has the full amount listed and it’s delicious!
Best homemade stir fry. Couldn’t even tell it was healthy 😂

Roasted Cheesy Zucchini

If I can add cheese to any side dish, I will! This makes your zucchini so tasty, and cooks up so fast in your oven. We use our toaster oven that has bake and broil settings on it so we can bake up stuff like this without heating up our whole house in the summertime. I’ll put the link for the model we have in the next section so you can see!

https://www.cuisinart.com/shopping/appliances/toaster_ovens/toa-60/

I used 3 medium size zucchini for this recipe but 2 large will work fine too. This recipe is for 4 servings and I included the carbs on the recipe down below. It’s low carb and keto and tasty! It’s also vegetarian and if you substitute the cheese for vegan cheese, you’ll then have a vegan side dish too! Zucchini is something I never really made a lot of, but I’m excited that I get to make more of it now. I guess this means I’m an adult now 😂 happy eating y’all!

Rinse, slice and discard ends of zucchini. Place in a large bowl, drizzle olive oil on top and stir.
Mix seasonings together in a small bowl.
Shake seasoning mix over slices and stir around to coat them well. Place on your baking sheet sprayed with nonstick spray. Sprinkle cheeses on top and bake!
Doesn’t this look so savory? Serve it up with your favorite low carb main dish!

Easy Jalapeño Poppers

I have looked up and tried a few different recipes for jalapeño poppers over the years, but this is the easiest version I’ve made! I haven’t found a recipe like this online, so here’s my super EASY version of making jalapeño poppers. Cutting and prepping the jalapeños takes the most amount of time for this recipe. I cut off the tops and de-seed them so they aren’t spicy. For some reason, this batch had tons of seeds inside them 🤦🏻‍♀️ This process took me 10 mins just to cut, slice, and de-seed 7 jalapeños. Since they get cut in half lengthwise, they make 14 poppers.

I don’t like to mix the cream cheese with shredded cheese and seasonings like most recipes recommend, I feel like it’s a waste of time. I’d rather layer the jalapeños with the cream cheese, seasonings and cheese and save myself some mixing time. Also, the less time I have to prep this and start eating them, the better! 😂 Let me know if you make my recipe by commenting on my post! Happy Wednesday y’all!

Rinse jalapeños first.
Cut the tops off of each, slice in half lengthwise, and de-seed all of them.
Slice the softened cream cheese and put about 1/4” of cream on each jalapeño as shown.
All have been filled with cream cheese.
Season each with garlic powder and paprika to your liking.
Place on your baking pan and place 1/3 or 1/2 cheese slices on top. I used pepper Jack cheese. Bake at 400 degrees F for 12-15 mins.
All browned and bubbly and delicious! Jalapeños have softened and are so tasty. Y’all enjoy!

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Italian Sausage Links in Sauce

I know my title sounds funny, but I am so used to writing pasta after everything, I had to change my wording for low carb dishes that don’t have pasta. I cooked the links and prepared the sauce as if I was going to serve on top of a bed of pasta, but instead served up on top of spaghetti squash! I don’t miss pasta (which is weird for me to say), and spaghetti squash is a great substitute at only 5g net carbs per serving.

For leftovers, I ate the sauce with sausage and topped with shredded mozzarella cheese. It was like a pasta bowl with no pasta! 😂 Just eating the meat and sauce was filling enough too. This recipe makes 4 servings too! 2g of carbs per link and 10g of carbs for the spaghetti sauce. I didn’t use no sugar added sauce, but if you used that instead you would only have 6g of carbs. For the onion, you would only be eating 1/4 cup per serving at 3g of carbs and 2g of carbs for each serving of red bell pepper.

Cooked Italian sausage links according to package directions. First, added links and 1/2” of water to skillet. Put the lid on and cooked on medium heat for about 6-9 mins.
Removed lid and cooked links to get them charred a bit on the outside for 5-8 more mins.
Add chopped bell pepper and onion to skillet with olive oil on medium heat. Season with salt and pepper. Sauté for 3 mins.
Add in minced garlic cloves and cook for 30 more secs.
Add chopped slices of sausage back to skillet and stir.
Add sauce & stir, heat through sauce to thicken & reduce.
Yum!
Served up with spaghetti squash, but you can use whichever low carb veggie spirals you like! Bon appetit!

Stovetop Kielbasa

Stop boiling your kielbasa and spice it up by sautéing on your stovetop and seasoning it up! Each serving is only 2g carbs and this sausage is seasoned with all low carb friendly options! You can heat this up for breakfast, lunch or dinner. One sausage rope is about 4 servings, so I can split this up over a couple days. I served it up originally with my sautéed mushrooms side and a side of roasted green beans. Hope y’all enjoy this easy main dish!

Remove kielbasa from packaging and place on a cutting board.
Cut diagonally into 1/2” pieces.
Add pieces to skillet with olive oil warmed up on medium heat.
Season with seasonings to your preference and cook for about 6-9 mins. Stirring frequently to brown.
Ready to be devoured!