Pork Rind Crusted Pork Chops

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

Carrot Chips

Roasting thinly sliced carrots in olive oil elevates them from a fairly boring veggie into a tasty snack. I’m lazy, so I use pre-sliced, store-bought carrot chips. Obviously you could simply slice them yourself. Serve as a side dish, or as a super healthy snack. Click for the recipe

Roasted Bell Peppers

Deliciously roasted bell peppers are seasoned with olive oil, oregano and crushed red peppers. Click for the recipe

Spaghetti Squash Sesame Noodles

Very close to the real thing, spaghetti squash sesame noodles are a tasty compromise for those of us trying to limit carbs or avoid gluten. Serve as a side dish to any Asian-inspired meal – I often serve it with nori-wrapped salmon. Click for the recipe

Roasted Broccoli Stalks

Don’t toss those broccoli stalks! They are a delicacy, especially when roasted. You can use two baking sheets and roast the broccoli florets at the same time, though they will likely be ready a few minutes before the stalks. Click for the recipe

Prosciutto-Wrapped Mozzarella

Prosciutto-wrapped mozzarella is the perfect low-carb snack. It’s delicious, easy to make (the only difficult part is remembering to freeze the cheese the night before), and quite healthy, if you use uncured, additive-free prosciutto. I like to use pre-sliced Prosciutto di Parma by Citterio, which I get at Trader Joe’s and I believe you can also get at Costco. The only ingredients are pork and salt. Click for the recipe

Baked Cheeseburgers

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