Crisp, delicious skin and juicy, succulent meat- Who says chicken can’t be a delicacy? Many recipes will tell you to trim any excess skin from the thigh part. Me? I leave every bit of delicious skin on, spread any excess out on the pan, and it comes out super crispy and so, so good. Click for the recipe
If you need dinner on the table in less than 30 minutes, make this broiled sesame chicken. It’s quick, easy, and delicious. Click for the recipe
Crushed pork rinds make a tasty, low-carb coating for pork chops. Serve these pork chops immediately and don’t plan on keeping leftovers – as they rest, accumulated juices can make the crust soggy (though I can say from experience that even when this happens, the pork chops are still delicious!). Click for the recipe
Baking cheeseburgers in the oven is so easy – no need to form the meat into patties, or to keep an eye on them as they fry or grill. And no grease splatters to clean up! The meat does tend to come out a bit drier, since some juices are lost while baking. Still, these baked cheeseburgers are delicious, and they are requested often by my family. Leftovers are wonderful the next day for breakfast or lunch – briefly warmed in the microwave, or even cold. Click for the recipe
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
When you stop eating the Standard American Diet and transition to a different diet, be it low-carb, grain-free, paleo etc., the smart thing to do is not to try and recreate the recipes that you used to love, but rather to train yourself and your taste buds to enjoy your new way of eating. My husband and I are fond of saying that we haven’t given up tasty foods (ahh, those huge platefuls of spaghetti that we used to eat in our twenties). Rather, we’ve replaced those with different, but just as delicious food (intensely flavorful, fatty ribeye steaks are a huge favorite of ours these days).
Having said that, there are dishes that I do miss, and one of them is schnitzel, or chicken tenders. I don’t want to use breadcrumbs in the coating, and gluten-free breadcrumbs are not a real solution since they too are high in carbs and just as junky (if not more so). So I have experimented over the years, and have found that almond flour makes a nice coating.
Recently I saw a recipe that used crushed pork rinds to coat baked chicken, and I became intrigued – why not use those to coat chicken tenders? Indeed, we loved the result. Unlike breadcrumbs, the pork rinds themselves are very flavorful, so I find that pork rind crusted chicken tenders, while not as crisp as breadcrumb coated tenders, are even more delicious. My teenage testers loved them too – what more can you ask for? Click for the recipe
Flavorful and very easy to make, these tasty pork meatballs are baked in the oven and are ready in 20 minutes. Click for the recipe