Chili Rubbed Salmon

Blackened salmon – my new favorite way of preparing salmon! Not that there’s anything wrong with my baked salmon – it’s delicious – but the cajun-inspired chili/garlic rub gives the salmon wonderful warmth and depth of flavor, with just a hint of spice. Salmon is fatty and flavorful enough to withstand bold seasonings, and the chili rub is just fabulous. I also like how quickly it’s ready, and not heating an oven is definitely a bonus. Click for the recipe

Coconut Flour Muffins

These coconut flour muffins are tender, fluffy and coconutty. To create this recipe, I started out with my coconut flour pancakes recipe, replaced the applesauce with coconut milk, added xylitol, then adjusted the amount of coconut flour until I reached a consistency that seemed just right. I didn’t expect to succeed right away, but happily, these coconut flour muffins are perfect! Click for the recipe

Pesto Spaghetti Squash

My pesto pasta salad is delicious, but very high in carbs: 43 grams per serving. Substituting spaghetti squash for the pasta gives you a very similar experience in terms of taste (admittedly with a different texture), for far fewer calories and carbs, and more nutrients from the squash. Click for the recipe

Lamb Lettuce Wraps

These lamb lettuce wraps are a variation on the traditional Greek gyro – a quick version of ground lamb cooked with onions and flavored with traditional gyro spices. This would be great wrapped in warm pita bread of course, but for the grain free and/or low-carb crowd, the lettuce is a great option. The contrast between the warm, savory filling and the cool, crisp lettuce is wonderful.

You’ll need two heads of lettuce – the outer leaves are usually damaged, and the inner leaves delicious, but too small to serve as lettuce cups. Only the middle leaves of each head are useable as cups. Click for the recipe

Parmesan Roasted Asparagus

As much as I love the simplicity of steamed asparagus (especially when topped with a little butter), I have to admit that roasting asparagus and seasoning with salt, pepper, garlic powder and Parmesan elevates it into a true delicacy. Click for the recipe

Chocolate Ice Cream

This wonderful chocolate ice cream has a deep chocolate flavor and a creamy texture. It requires no ice cream maker. Simply mix, refrigerate, then freeze. Since the cocoa powder slows down the freezing process, this ice cream takes a long time to freeze, so it’s best to make it a day in advance. Click for the recipe

Cold Tomato Soup

This cold tomato soup is very refreshing, and ridiculously easy to make. Serve it as an appetizer, or as a tasty summertime lunch. Click for the recipe