These riblets are amazing! Easy to make, but does take some time (1-1.5 hrs). Good with faux cauliflower rice.
Low carb honey garlic riblets
1-2 lbs pork riblets
1 can diet cola (splenda or stevia sweetened)
2 tsp minced garlic/ginger blend
1 tbs soy sauce
2 tbs white vinegar
1 tbs dried onion flakes
Salt and pepper to taste
Combine all ingredients in a med sauce pan (do not season with salt until later). Cover and simmer for 45-60mins till pork is tender. Remove cover and reduce the sauce until you have about 1/2 cup of liquid, approx another 15-20 mins. I removed the pork at this point and used a fat separator to remove the excess fat. Adjust seasoning (salt and pepper) and serve riblets with sauce.
I wanted mine to taste a little more “garlicy” so I sprinkled a little garlic powder in the sauce at the end.
This dish came about when I wanted to use up some mushrooms. Loved it!
Low carb mushroom stroganoff
230g (8oz) cremini mushrooms
3 tbs butter
1 small onion, sliced
1 clove garlic, sliced
Salt and pepper to taste
1 cup beef stock
1/3 cup sour cream
1 tbs cream cheese
1 tbs parsley
Fry mushrooms in butter for 5-7 mins until browned. Add a pinch of salt after 3-4 mins. Add onions and garlic and cook for another 4-6 mins until onions are soft. Deglaze with beef broth. Simmer for 5 mins until liquid is reduced by half. Remove from heat and add in sour cream and cream cheese. The thickness or viscosity of the sauce can be adjusted by reducing further or adding water to thin it out. I needed a little water (1-2 tbs). Garnish with parsley and serve over low carb noodles or thinly sliced zucchini “noodles”.
Burgers and sandwiches are staples in many peoples diets. However once you go low carb it is hard to find good replacements for buns. This is a quick and easy recipe for low carb burger buns. They work out to about 1g per bun (a little less actually).
Low carb Burger Buns
3 tbs butter
2 tbs sour cream
1/8 tsp baking powder
1/4 cup Carbquik
1/4 cup almond flour
2 tbs grated Parmesan cheese
Preheat oven to 350F. Melt butter in the microwave for 20 sec. In a bowl or blender, combine all ingredients together and blend until combined into a pancake like batter. Spray a muffin top pan (also called a hamburger bun pan) with non-stick cooking spray. Spoon 2 tbs of batter for each muffin and bake for 10-12 mins. I made 9 buns total, but I think I could have gotten 10 with more careful measuring. Cool and enjoy!
NOTE: Muffin top tins are available at most kitchen supply stores and are not that expensive. They are great to have around!
I recently discovered that Mexican hominy (not the normal hominy, read the label) is low carb, with only 4g of net carbs per 1/2 cup. This was the result:
Low carb pesto hominy
1 cup Mexican hominy
1 tbs olive oil
1 small onion, diced
2 cloves minced garlic
3-4 tbs jarred pesto
Salt and pepper to taste.
Heat olive oil in frying pan. Add onion and garlic and fry for 4-5 mins till soft. Add hominy. Cook 5-8 mins till heated through and softened. Remove from heat and stir in pesto. Taste for seasoning and adjust.
Grilled Spicy pork
3-5 pork chops
1-3 tbs house seasoning (salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika)
1 tsp spicy chili peppers in oil.
Marinate pork in house seasoning and chili oil for 30min – 4 hours (or overnight if you have the time). Grill on high till cooked through.
Nachos are one of those snacks many people miss when following a low carb lifestyle. Well with these soy bean sheets, you no longer have to. These sheets are available at Asian markets in the refrigerated section. When fried and seasoned they make a great nacho replacement.
Low carb Nachos
1 package soy bean sheets
Oil for frying
Salt and Garlic powder for seasoning
1 lbs Ground Pork or beef
3 tbs taco seasoning
1 med onion diced
2 garlic cloves, minced
10-15 cherry tomatoes, quartered
3-4 ounces cheddar cheese
Sour cream and chives for garnish
1. Slice the soy bean sheets into nacho sized triangles
2. Preheat your oil to 375F and fry the chips for 3-5 mins, until brown and crisp. Remove and season with salt and garlic powder
3. Fry the ground beef/pork with the onions, garlic and taco seasoning until cooked through and nicely browned
4. Place the nachos in a bowl, and top with some of the meat mixture.
5. Top with tomatoes, sour cream, chives and cheese
Mussels are something many people don’t think about making at home. But they are super easy and very affordable. One bag of mussels is only $5 here in Canada, and can easily feed two people as a main dish, or 4 people as an appetizer. From start to finish you can have dinner on the table in under 20 mins.
Low Carb Chorizo Mussels in White Wine Sauce
1 bag PEI mussels
1 link chorizo sausage, diced fine
1 med onion, sliced
2-3 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup white wine, dry
3-4 tbs heavy cream
1 tbs minced parsley
1 tbs minced chives
1. Heat a large pot, one with a tight fitting lid, on med-high heat. A dutch oven is a good choice here
2. Add diced chorizo and allow some of the fat to render (if your chorizo isn’t very fatty, add some oil)
3. Add onions and cook until translucent and the chorizo has browned
4. Add garlic and heat through for 30-45 sec.
5. Add mussels and white wine, stir and put on the cover.
6. Cook covered for 3-5 mins until the mussels have opened.
7. Stir in parsley, chives and cream. Taste for salt, adjust if necessary
8. Serve with a spoon to eat tasty broth
Easy quick dishes like this curry is nice to have in your back pocket. This whole meal came together in under 15 mins
Low carb chicken cauliflower vindaloo curry
2 chicken breast, sliced
1 tbs coconut oil
1 med onion, sliced
3-4 tsp vindaloo curry paste
1 head cauliflower, cut into florets
1 cup sliced snow peas
1 can coconut milk
1 tsp chicken stock powder
1/2 cup Greek yoghurt (optional)
Fry onions in the coconut oil with curry paste for 3-4 mins. Add chicken. Fry for another 3-5 mins. Add cauliflower and coconut milk. Cover and let simmer a few minutes over med heat. When cauliflower is softened add snow peas and chicken stock powder. Stir in yogurt to thicken sauce if desired.
Finally figured out a great low carb corn dog recipe! Tried this a few days ago and added too much baking powder and didn’t flour the dogs before battering. Fixed that this time. These are great!! Highly recommend.
Low carb corn dogs
2 hot dogs
2 disposable chopstick or skewers
1/2 cup almond flour
1/4 tsp baking powder
1-3 tbs half and half or cream
1 tsp coconut flour
Stick the hot dogs on the skewers. Sprinkle with coconut flour and run to cover evenly.
Make batter by combining almond flour and baking powder with egg and cream. Add cream until you have a nice thick batter (but still pourable). Add batter to a thin tall glass (help in coating). If you let this batter sit it will thicken further. Just add more cream to thin it out.
Preheat a deep fryer to 370F. Coat the floured dogs with the batter. This can be a little tricky to get it covered completely but stuck with it. Add battered dog to fryer and cook until golden brown. Turning frequently. ~5 mins.
Angle hair pasta is one of my old favorite dishes. Love it with pesto. So here is my low carb version using shredded zucchini for the noodles. So fast and so easy!
Low Carb Shrimp and Zucchini “pasta”
1 cup cooked shrimp
1 med-lrg zucchini
3-4 tbs pesto, jarred
1 tbs butter or bacon fat
Salt and pepper to taste
A little Parma cheese to top
Slice the zucchini into long julienne strips using a mandoline. Preheat a frying pan to med high. Add bacon fat or butter. Add shrimp and fry quickly (20-30sec). Add zucchini, salt and pepper. Fry for a couple minutes. Remove from heat and mix in pesto. Serve with a little cheese sprinkled on top.
I had some diet orange soda and some chicken breast I got on sale and thought I’d try to replicate Orange Chicken. Came out really good. And I have leftover sauce
Low carb Orange Chicken
3 chicken breast, cut into bite sized pieces.
2-3 tbs coconut flour or carbquik baking mix
Orange Chicken Sauce to coat (recipe below)
Dust chicken pieces with flour and shake to coat. Preheat oil in deep fryer to 370F. Fry in batches till cooked through (roughly 4-6 mins per batch). Coat with approx half orange chicken sauce from recipe below. Optional: sprinkle with sesame seeds.
Orange chicken sauce
1 can diet orange soda, splenda sweetened.
1/3 cup soya sauce
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp ginger powder
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
1/2 tsp sesame oil
1/4 tsp orange extract
1/4 tsp xanthan gum
Bring one can of diet orange soda and soya sauce to a boil in a small sauce pan. Boil for 2-3 mins stirring constantly so it doesn’t boil over. Add seasonings. Let simmer ~5 mins. Remove from heat and sprinkle in xanthan gum while whisking briskly to prevent lumps. Let sit to thicken.