Entree, Gluten-Free, Low-Carb, Primal

Easy Chicken Cordon Bleu

Let’s face it, chicken breast is bland. Even if perfectly baked. Chicken cordon bleu is a classic recipe that improves the taste of chicken breast by filling it with ham and cheese, then dredging it in breadcrumbs and frying in butter.

The classic chicken cordon bleu is excellent, but a bit too involved for a lazy cook like myself. So I decided to simplify things by baking the chicken breasts as I normally do, then topping them with Dijon mustard, ham and cheese, and returning to the hot oven for just a few seconds, until the cheese melts. We loved the result! Easy enough to make on a weeknight, adult-and-kid-friendly, and very tasty. Click for the recipe

Bunless Burger

When you get used to eating low carb, you no longer “need” bread to hold your burgers or hot dogs. I used to love bread, but now I consider bread as an unnecessary filler. I’d much rather have an extra beef patty, than have just one patty sandwiched in bread. The bonus: steady blood sugar and effortless weight maintenance.

When I eat burgers, I usually just put them on a plate and use a knife and a fork. This bunless burger “sandwich” is another way to enjoy meat, cheese and veggie layers without bread. It’s admittedly more fun than using a knife and a fork, and it is always a hit with kids, who find the “meat bun” funny – and fun. Click for the recipe

Kale Casserole

Confession: I’m not a huge fan of kale – I find it bitter. But I can’t get enough crispy kale chips, and I love this yummy, cheesy kale casserole. Click for the recipe

Pizza Stuffed Bell Peppers

These pizza-stuffed bell peppers are just the thing when you crave pizza but prefer to avoid grains, carbs and excess calories. I love having them for lunch! Click for the recipe

Meatza

What’s not to like about meatza? It’s like combining two awesome foods – hamburger and pizza. It’s easy, tasty and low-carb. I like to use pre-formed ground beef patties and make mini meatzas instead of a large one. Click for the recipe

Baked Scallops

I love my recipe for seared scallops and make it often, but tonight I felt like trying something new. This recipe for baked scallops was a big hit – the buttery-cheesy topping is just wonderful. This dish comes out of the oven quite saucy and the sauce is wonderful – so serve it atop steamed rice or with crusty bread. Click for the recipe

Egg, Sausage and Cheese Bake

I love bakes and casseroles. They’re not just a delicious comfort food, they are also easy to make, and leftover usually keep well and are even better the next day or two, reheated. Most casseroles are not very pretty to look at, but this egg, sausage and cheese bake is actually gorgeous, so I often serve it for brunch when we have friends over. Click for the recipe