Low Carb

If you’re having trouble with your blood sugar (pre-diabetes, reactive hypoglycemia or diabetes), or if you need to lose weight but find that you’re unable to do it (or to maintain weight loss) on the standard low-fat, high-carb diet, I highly recommend that you talk to your doctor about switching to a low-carb, moderate protein, high-fat diet. The recipes featured here typically contain 10 grams of net carbs per serving or less, making them suitable even for very low-carb diets.

Salmon Muffins

These tasty salmon muffins are great as an entrée, served with homemade tartar sauce and a side of vegetables. They are very substantial and filling – two per person is more than enough.

Leftovers are great as a quick snack, either lightly warmed in the microwave or straight out of the fridge.

Looking at these salmon muffins today, I thought to myself that next time we have company, I’ll make them in a mini muffin pan – they would make great hors d’oeuvres, served alongside tartar sauce for dipping.

I make these salmon muffins in 1/3-cup ceramic ramekins, to minimize the risk of sticking. I imagine that if you grease a regular muffin pan well, that would work too, although a silicone muffin pan would be safer. Click for the recipe

Tartar Sauce

An easy, healthy tartar sauce recipe that uses thick, creamy Greek yogurt instead of mayonnaise.

Tartar sauce is a mayonnaise-based sauce, traditionally served with seafood. I prefer to make homemade tartar sauce because it’s easy, and because Store-bought tartar sauce is filled with junk – see the list of ingredients below*. Even organic tartar sauce from Whole Foods has a few ingredients that I’d rather avoid, such as soybean oil, sugar, gums and thickeners, and the all-mysterious “spices.”

I make my tartar sauce with Greek yogurt instead of mayonnaise. It’s just as good, and much, much healthier. Since I use Greek yogurt, which is naturally tart, I find that there’s no need to add lemon juice or vinegar to this homemade tartar sauce. Click for the recipe

Goat Cheese Frittata

I’m calling this “goat cheese frittata” because it contains goat cheese, but I might as well call it “everything frittata,” since it was born out of my need to use up stuff in my fridge before it goes bad. So I threw in there said goat cheese, spinach, scallions, and a few sun-dried tomatoes. Added seasonings and baked. The result is a delicious, pretty, very filling frittata that I love having for breakfast, for lunch or as a quick snack. Click for the recipe

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Ricotta cake is a light and delicate cheesecake. While not as creamy as regular cheesecake, it’s very good. Serve alone, or with fresh berries. Click for the recipe

Gluten Free Chocolate Cupcakes

These gluten free chocolate cupcakes have a tender, fluffy crumb. They are very good even without the frosting, but the frosting elevates them into perfection. And since they are made with low-carb, high-fiber coconut flour, they are not as calorie-dense as most cupcakes, and they are very filling. Click for the recipe

cabbage stir fry

This cabbage stir fry is incredible. Seriously. I know it’s just cabbage, but cabbage has a way of absorbing other flavors, and the sauce here is phenomenal. Just try it, OK? It doesn’t look like much, I know, but it’s one of my favorite vegetable dishes these days. Click for the recipe

Beef Stir Fry

A quick and easy asian-inspired stir-fry. Beef, onions, bell pepper and noodles are quickly cooked, then flavored with a simple spicy sauce. Sesame oil, scallions and sesame seeds finish the dish, rounding out the flavors and enhancing the presentation.

This is one of those recipes where zero-carb, zero-calorie, high-fiber shirataki noodles are not a compromise – they work really well in this recipe, both in terms of texture and in terms of flavor. Of course, if you prefer, you can use any other type of noodles, including angel hair pasta, keeping in mind that the nutrition profile will change. Click for the recipe