Tag Archives: Low-Carb

A Love For Green Veggies

Garlic Parmesan Roasted Asparagus
INGREDIENTS

½ lb fresh asparagus
½ tsp salt
½ tsp fresh ground black pepper
3 cloves minced garlic
2-3 Tbsp parmesan cheese
olive oil spray

Directions

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Line a rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil and set aside.

1. Rinse the asparagus and trim off woody end pieces. Spread out in a thin layer on top of the prepared cookie sheet. Spray the asparagus lightly with a coat of olive oil spray.

2. Sprinkle with salt, pepper, garlic, and parmesan cheese. Use your hands to mix the asparagus with all of the ingredients, then layout into an even layer again. Spray with one more light coat of olive oil. Bake in the preheated oven for eight minutes. Remove from oven and serve immediately. Enjoy!

Source Belle of the Kitchen

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Baked Western Omelet

Don’t you just love the taste and the health benefits of eggs, but you don’t like the chore of standing over the stove to flip, stir, or babysit them as they cook?

Here’s a perfect solution to your dilemma give yourself a rest and jazz up your family’s morning or evening with this Baked Western Omelet. It’s an easy, hands-off and nutritious way to feed a group for breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner! Loaded with veggies and high in protein, this is a dish that will keep you lean, strong, and 100% satisfied!

BAKED WESTERN OMELET

INGREDIENTS

8 eggs (or use 4 eggs and 6 egg whites)
1 C milk
½ tsp seasoned salt
8 oz diced cooked ham
½ C shredded cheddar cheese
½ C finely chopped onion
½ C finely chopped green bell pepper
½ C finely chopped red bell pepper
Fresh chives, for garnish (optional)

INSTRUCTIONS

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line an 8-inch-square baking dish with parchment paper and lightly grease it with non-stick cooking spray.

Combine the eggs, milk, and seasoned salt together in a large bowl. Stir in the ham, cheese, onion, and bell peppers. Next, pour the egg mixture into the previously prepared baking dish. Bake for forty-five minutes to one hour, or until the eggs are cooked through and the omelet is set. Cut into squares and garnish with chives, if desired.

Source The Seasoned Mom

 

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Eating healthy, doesn’t have to be bland

I am certain that every food blogger/cook would admit that having the advantage of living very close to a grocery store is really nice and convenient. I live incredibly close to a grocery store called (HEB). It’s so close that the market is a walking distance from my home. So do you know what I did? I put my tires (feet) to work and walked to the store. I purchased some zucchini and carrots so I could prepare this Sauteed Zucchini and Carrots recipe! It’s special enough for a date night, but simple enough for weeknight meals. So flavorful and healthy!

 

Sauteed Zucchini Carrots

INGREDIENTS

2 Medium sized zucchini (thinly sliced)
2 Medium sized carrots (thinly sliced)
1 Tbsp olive oil
2 Tbsp butter
1 tsp dried thyme
a pinch of sea salt and ground pepper (to taste)

DIRECTIONS

Heat a large pan over medium-high heat. Add the oil and butter.
Once the butter is melted, combine the zucchini and carrots. Sprinkle with thyme, salt, and pepper, toss to coat. Saute vegetables until lightly browned and tender, stirring occasionally so they do not burn.

Source Cooking with curls

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Tonight’s Main Dish was Country Style Pork Chops

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Roasted Vegetable Combo

This healthy roasted broccoli and cauliflower recipe with parmesan and garlic is fast and easy with only five ingredients. A delicious way to serve veggies!

Roasted Broccoli and Cauliflower with Parmesan & Garlic

Ingredients

4 C Broccoli (florets)
4 C Cauliflower (florets)
1/3 C Olive oil
Six cloves Garlic (minced)
2/3 C Parmesan cheese (divided)
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp Black pepper

Directions

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. Lightly grease a baking pan with non-stick cooking spray and line it with foil or parchment paper.

1. Combine the broccoli and cauliflower florets in a large mixing bowl. Mix the olive oil, garlic, and half of the parmesan cheese. Stir to coat. Sprinkle with sea salt and black pepper, then stir again. Prepare the veggies in a single layer onto the previous lined baking sheet, giving them lots of room to breathe.

2. Bake for fifteen-twenty minutes until the edges have browned. (Toss halfway through for more even baking – optional but works better.) Right before serving, stir in the remaining parmesan cheese, and sprinkle with additional salt & pepper to taste if desired.

Source wholesome Yum

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Juicy Baked Chicken

Last week I learned how to do a new cooking skill called brining, I did it for this Juicy Baked Chicken Breast that I cooked for my family and desperately wanted to try. I am so glad that I did because the chicken was unbelievably delicious. I want to show you what brining is and how to do it.

What is brining??? Brining is the process of immersing a piece of meat in a brine solution, which is only salt dissolved in water. The meat absorbs extra liquid and salt, resulting in a juicier and more flavorful final dish. This method is particularly perfect for lean cuts of meat that tend to dry out during cooking!

The method does seem complicated but to tell you the truth it really isn’t all that hard. I promise! 🙂

How do you brine? Place the meat or chicken in this case into a container and fill it with water until meat is covered and pour a few tablespoons of sea salt into the water. Next, you can let the meat sit in the container/bowl for ten minutes at room temperature, or seal it tight and place it in the fridge for up to eight hours or overnight.

What are some other cooking methods you would like to learn?

Juicy Baked Chicken Breast

Ingredients

Brined chicken

Four large Chicken breasts
2 tbsp Sea salt

Preparation

4 tsp Olive oil
4 tsp Italian seasoning
2 tsp Garlic powder
Sea salt Black pepper

Directions

How to brine the chicken breasts, place them in a large dish with enough water to cover them. Combine sea salt and stir to dissolve mostly. Let them sit for ten minutes at room temperature, or for up to one day in the fridge.

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. Line a baking pan with foil and lightly grease it.

Pat dry the chicken and place onto the previously prepared lined baking sheet. Coat with olive oil. Sprinkle with Italian seasoning (1/2 teaspoon on each side), garlic powder (1/4 teaspoon on each side), sea salt, and black pepper to taste. Copy on the other side.

Bake for twenty- twenty five minutes, until firm and no longer pink.

Source wholesome mum

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Coming up this week 

Slow Cooker Sunday Beef Brisket 

Tortellini in parmesan cream sauce with spinach and sun-dried tomatoes 

Slow-Cooker Chicken Burrito Bowls

Fun and relaxing munchie is gonna be It’s a surprise!!! 😊

Meat Lovers Casserole

As this 30-day healthy eating challenge comes to an end, I thought I would make a somewhat unhealthy meal to celebrate the accomplishment that I ate rather healthy for thirty days lol. On a scale 1-10, one being bad and ten being amazing I would give myself a six for the challenge overall. Although this is not the end of eating healthy for me, I still am going to try hard to make healthier food choices.

Anyway, to commemorate my accomplishment, I chose to make this tasty Low Carb Bacon Cheeseburger Casserole. I am not a huge fan of Casseroles because most of them require a lot of work, and they are high in carbs, but this one, however, doesn’t have as many carbs.
It only has 4.4g of carbs and 3.8g per serving. Ha, isn’t that just awesome? You won’t have to feel as guilty after eating this delicious dish. And oh, let’s not forget about cooking/work because well to tell you the truth making this casserole was easy as 1-2-3.

Do you need an easy ground beef casserole to serve your family or friends? Well, then you should feed them this savory, and tangy dish. They will enjoy this simple low carb bacon cheeseburger casserole.

Low Carb Bacon Cheeseburger Casserole

INGREDIENTS

2 lbs ground beef or 1lb low carb pork sausage + 1lb ground beef
2 garlic cloves minced
1/2 tsp onion powder
1 lb bacon cooked and chopped
8 eggs
One can (6 oz) tomato paste
1 C heavy cream
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp ground pepper
12 oz grated cheddar cheese divided

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Cover a large baking sheet with foil and grease it with cooking spray.

1. Cook and brown the ground beef with the garlic and onion powder.
Discard excess grease then spread beef onto the bottom of the previously prepared baking pan. Combine bacon pieces into the cooked beef.Combine bacon pieces into the cooked beef.

2. In a medium bowl, mix with eggs, tomato paste, heavy cream, salt, and pepper until well combined. Mix in eight ounces shredded cheese into egg mixture. Pour the egg mixture over beef and bacon. Top with remaining four ounces of grated cheese. Bake for thirty-thirty five minutes or until golden brown on top.

Source low-carb yum

 

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A healthier version of the classic pizza

I had a fun and exciting experience making these pizza peppers, which as you can see unfortunately do not have a picture at the moment because I did not like the way my peppers turned out lol. I will not say they looked disgusting, but I will say they did not live up to my picture-taking standards and that there will be a picture on this post shortly. However, they overall were quite tasty, so I am not at all discouraged about the outcome of this dish as it was my first time. Therefore I plan on making this recipe again soon. 🙂

These pizza peppers are a perfect low-carb and naturally gluten-free alternative to traditional pizza. The pepperoni gives a nice amount of spice: if you enjoy a spicier pepper, you can add a half teaspoon or so of dried red pepper flakes into the meat mixture.

What do you like in your stuffed peppers?

 

Slow Cooker Pizza-Stuffed Peppers

Ingredients

1 lb lean ground turkey
20 slices turkey pepperoni, diced
1 C prepared pizza sauce
2 tsp dried basil
1 tsp dried oregano
1/8-1/2 tsp dried red pepper flakes to taste
Six bell peppers, any color, cored, seeded, and left whole (retain tops)
1 C shredded mozzarella cheese
1/2 C water

Directions

1. Use a 6-quart slow cooker. In a large mixing bowl combine the turkey, pepperoni pizza sauce basil and oregano. Divide the mixture into six parts, and place a portion of the mixture into each bell pepper. Put the peppers into the insert and top each one with some of the cheese. Put the lids onto the peppers.

2. Carefully pour the water around the base of the peppers. Cover, and cook on low for six – seven hours, or until the meat is fully cooked, and the peppers have begun to wilt. Let stand for ten for minutes in the cooling slow cooker before serving.

Source 365 Slow Cooker Suppers

 

Tangy Buffalo Chicken Taquitos

It has been a real long time since I’ve made anything with buffalo chicken. I mean a long time! The time of not having any access to buffalo sauce was so extensive that I have had some serious cravings for it. My favorite brand is Frank’s Buffalo Sauce. I love this stuff because it is not only delicious, but it too has little calories and carbs.

So anyway I finally couldn’t stand the cravings anymore and got my fix by whipping up these tangy Buffalo Chicken Taquitos. They were incredibly easy and relatively quick to prepare, as I used raw chicken breasts. Also, it was a little messy too, but that’s what makes cooking, even more, fun! Right?

Here is my way of how I prepared the chicken. I placed three raw chicken breasts onto a baking sheet and baked them in the oven at 400 degrees F for twenty five minutes. However, if you are low on time or you just don’t feel like doing all of that mumbo jumbo stuff then don’t fret because here are some different options. 1. To have a chicken already cooked in the refrigerator. 2. A rotisserie chicken 3. even canned chicken works with this stuff.

You and your family will enjoy eating these tasty Taquitos for a weeknight supper, or they too would make an excellent finger food for game day.
BAKED BUFFALO CHICKEN TAQUITOS

Ingredients

8 oz low-fat cream cheese or sour cream
⅛ C Frank’s buffalo sauce + extra for dipping
2 C cooked and shredded chicken
12 small flour tortillas (low carb)
Optional Fat-free Ranch Dressing for dipping

Directions

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Line a large baking sheet with foil and grease it with cooking spray.

Mix in a large bowl cream cheese and buffalo sauce until well combined. Stir in chicken until well combined. Place three tablespoons of the mixture and spread into a thin line onto the middle of a flour tortilla.

Place the taquito on a lightly greased cookie sheet and repeat for remaining taquitos. Once taquitos is arranged on the cookie sheet, lightly spray the tops with cooking spray. Bake for fifteen-twenty minutes or until the taquitos is golden brown.
Source Recipe Diaries

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Citrus Salmon & Asparagus

I am certain that some of you have noticed by now that I, unfortunately, have not prepared salmon in a very long time, and no it’s not because I have lost my taste for salmon. I will always have a love for it. As it is not only delicious, but it too is extremely healthy. But the reason why I had to stop buying it for awhile is that it can be real costly. Therefore I don’t buy it as often as I probably should. However, I am going to do my best to buy it at least once a month.

So with that said, I purchased a real nice medium sized salmon fillet through this fantastic service called Instacart. I will give you a full review and more info on instacart later this week, but they are a grocery delivery service that have workers do your grocery shopping for you, and then they’ll deliver it to your home on front doorstep or at your place of work.

Finally, onto the original topic, I cut the fillet into equal portions and cooked a beautifully healthy, simple and delicious salmon recipe! Amazing flavors of oranges, lemon, and lime glaze these salmon fillets, and when roasted with asparagus spears, it quickly becomes a super flavorful one-pan meal. Healthy dinner ideas don’t get much easier or delicious than this!

One Sheet Pan Citrus Salmon Asparagus

Ingredients

4, (4-6 oz.) salmon filets
1, (8-12 oz.) bunch of asparagus spears, rinsed, woody ends removed

Glaze:

Zest and juice of one navel orange
1/4 c. lime juice
1/4 c. lemon juice
2 Tbsp. honey
2 cloves, minced garlic (about 2 tsp.)
2 orange slices, halved
salt and pepper

Instructions

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Lightly spray a baking sheet with non-stick cooking spray or line with aluminum foil.

  1. Evenly place the asparagus on the previously prepared pan. Put the salmon filets on top of the asparagus. In a small bowl, mix the orange juice and zest, lime and lemon juice, honey and garlic.
  2. Once honey is completely dissolved, pour over the salmon and asparagus. Place an orange slice half on each of the salmon filets. Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste. Bake in the oven at 400 degrees for twenty minutes. Remove from oven, and serve immediately.

Source Delightful made

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Coming up this week on cooking with Court

Buffalo Chicken tatquitos 

Side Dish ???

Slow Cooker Pizza-Stuffed peppers

Potato soup

Crockpot day…A weekly holiday for the everyday cook

In the fall of last year, I started volunteering for the special needs ministry at my church on Wednesday nights. I love volunteering for the department because I have a huge heart for kids who have special needs. In fact, I enjoy it so much that I’m always looking forward to going and having fun playing and interacting with the children whom I see often. They are so adorable and funny.

However, I, unfortunately, can’t be at two places at once; church and at home to cook dinner. Which is why I love having Wednesdays as my slow cooker/crockpot day. There’s little or no labor, and the only thing I have to do is throw everything into my crockpot and let it do the cooking. And then bam I have a delicious hot meal waiting for me at home. It’s really nice to have somewhat of a break from doing all of the cooking at least once a week.

On my crockpot day, I threw together this Peach Glazed Pork Chops recipe. My family love these because they have a touch of sweetness and I especially loved them because…well they are a little sweet. And a little savory with browned butter. Yum, yum!! 😀 Just an excellent combo for everyone in the family!

What is/are  your crockpot/slow cooker day(s)? What do you usually prefer to toss into your crockpot?

Slow Cooker Peach Glazed Pork Chops

Ingredients

4-6 boneless pork chops (about 1.5 lb)
6 Tbsp butter
¾ C Smucker’s peach preserves (Sugar-Free)
½ tsp thyme
½ teaspoon salt
1/2 tsp pepper

Instructions

In a medium skillet over medium-high heat melt the butter and occasionally whisk until it starts to bubble. Continue whisking until it just starts to develop little brown bits, combine seasonings and then remove from the heat. Continue to whisk and let it cool for one-two minutes. Stir in the preserves until smooth (There might be little chunks of fruit from the preserves) Place chops into your crockpot and pour sauce over them. Cover and cook on low for six-seven hours or high for three-four hours.

Court’s cooking notes:

I cooked these on low in my 4-quart crockpot for six hours.

Recipe by Slow Cooker Gourmet 

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