What’s not to like about bacon wrapped meatloaf? Well-seasoned ground beef, wrapped in bacon and baked into hot, juicy perfection. I’m in! But these mini little bacon wrapped meatloaves are even better – they are delicious, cute, portable, and can be held with your hands if you so wish. They make a great appetizer or snack, and a delicious entree. Click for the recipe
These gluten free crackers amazed me when I first made them, because I was expecting a compromise, but these are better than wheat crackers. Savory, crisp and very flavorful, the almond flour gives them a wonderfully nutty flavor and a crunchy texture. Click for the recipe
Tasty cheese roll ups make a quick, easy snack – the perfect game day snack. They are easy to make, quick, low-carb and gluten-free, and are wonderful by themselves, or dipped into pizza sauce or guacamole. Click for the recipe
Roasted chestnuts are so comforting! Rich, warm, buttery and flavorful, all they need is roasting – sure, you could drizzle them with seasoned butter if you wish but truly, roasted chestnuts are amazing on their own.
The roasting itself is easy – it’s peeling roasted chestnuts that most find challenging. I have learned over the years that the best way to ensure relatively easy peeling is to peel the chestnuts while they’re still hot – maybe not hot enough to burn your fingers, but hot enough for it to feel uncomfortable! Once cooled, roasted chestnuts are very difficult to peel. Click for the recipe
I’m not a saint. I love pizza – does anyone not love pizza? – but I don’t like the grains/gluten, and even gluten-free pizza crusts tend to be very high in carbs (and not very healthy carbs at that) and in calories. My cauliflower pizza crust is excellent, but now that I’ve fallen in love with zero-carb shirataki noodles and believe they have health benefits as well (similarly to resistant starch), I was curious to see if I could make a low-carb pizza crust using them.
It took a couple of tries, but I’m happy to report that shirataki noodles make a lovely zero-carb pizza crust. Just like cauliflower pizza crust, the crust you get here is different than regular pizza crust – it’s softer, although shirataki low carb pizza crust is sturdier than cauliflower pizza crust and is easier to hold. In terms of taste, it’s fairly neutral, allowing the toppings to take center stage, as they should. Click for the recipe
My cheesy broccoli bites were such a hit with everyone, it occurred to me that I should make a version with cauliflower. For these, I used Parmesan instead of cheddar and thyme instead of oregano. So good! I served them as a side dish, but they can easily be served as an appetizer or as a snack. Click for the recipe
Jicama fries make a tasty alternative to regular fries. In this version, the fries are coated in olive oil and yummy seasonings, then baked until tender. Microwaving the fries prior to baking them is optional, but keep in mind that if you don’t microwave them first, jicama fries retain some of their crunch even when baked for a long time. I tried both versions, and we all liked the microwaved fries better. Click for the recipe