Jalapeno Poppers

I love jalapeno poppers as an appetizer or side dish, but I always struggle with keeping the bacon tightly wrapped and prevent the ends from curling as it cooks. The solution? Put the bacon INSIDE the poppers instead!

6-8 jalapeno peppers, halved and seeded

1 – 8 oz brick of cream cheese

3/4 cup shredded cheddar or marble cheese

5 strips bacon, fried and crumbled

2 scallions, minced

1/2 tsp garlic powder

1/2 tsp Worcestershire sauce

Salt & Pepper

Blend cheeses, bacon, scallions, garlic powder, s & p and Worcestershire sauce and stuff into each pepper half. Place on a greased baking sheet. Bake for 20 minutes at 350F. The peppers should be softened and cheese melted. Put the poppers under the broiler for 1-2 minutes until the cheese is brown and bubbling. Remove from oven and allow to cool before eating.

Jalopeno Poppers with Bacon

 

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Elvis Pancakes

Viva Low Carbin’! You won’t be stuck in Heartbreak Hotel when you’ve got a stack of these Elvis-inspired pancakes on your plate tomorrow morning.

1/2 cup + 1 tbsp almond flour

1/2 cup (4 oz) cream cheese

4 eggs

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1 small packet granulated sweetener

Mix all ingredients together in a blender. Cook small batches at a time in a hot skillet greased with butter. Top with your favorite brand of natural, unsweetened peanut butter and crispy strips of bacon. You Can’t Help Falling in Love with these!

Elvis Pancakes

Low-Carb Cannelloni

This lighter-than-air crepe recipe reminds me of fluffy ricotta. You can delete the savory spices and add cinnamon and granulated sweetener instead to make a sweeter version for breakfast or brunch.

PutĀ 2 oz. cream cheese andĀ 2 eggs in a blender. Add 1/8 tsp oregano, 1/8 tsp garlic powder and 1/2 tsp Parmesan and blend until smooth. Let it rest for 2-4 minutes so the bubbles can settle. Pour some batter (it will be runny) into hot greased pan. Cook for 2 minutes until golden on the bottom, then flip carefully. Repeat with rest of batter.

For cannelloni, spread a thin layer of low-carb tomato sauce on the crepes then sprinkle with mozzarella and oregano. Roll up and top with extra sauce and cheese.

Cannelloni

 

 

Open Faced Sloppy Joes

A weeknight dinner classic with a low-carb twist!

Brown 1-1/2 lbs ground beef in a pan. Add 1/2 medium onion (chopped) and 1 clove garlic (minced) and cook until tender. Stir in: 6 oz tomato paste, 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce, 2 tbsp sugar-free ketchup, 1/4 cup low-sodium beef broth, 1 packet artificial sweetener, 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper, 1/2 tsp dry mustard and salt & pepper to taste. Cook down until mixture thickens. I served mine over toasted 90-second keto bread and topped with shredded cheese.

Open Faced Sloppy Joes

 

Strawberry Shortcake in a Mug

So BERRY easy to make! Ingredients: 1 tbsp butter, 2 tbsp coconut flour, 1/8 tsp cinnamon, 1/4 tsp baking powder and 1/2 packet sweetener. In a mug, microwave butter until melted. Add dry ingredients and mix <vigorously> until blended. Add 1 egg, 1 tbsp heavy cream, 1 tbsp water, 1 tsp vanilla. Mix well then microwave for 3 minutes. Remove from mug immediately and let cool before slicing in half. Add fresh strawberries (I crushed mine a bit to make them juicy) and sweetened whipped cream.

Strawberry Shortcake

Tabbouleh Salad with (Surprise!) Cauliflower

A taste of summer! Start by ricing 1 head of cauliflower; microwave for 3 minutes and drain it very well, squeezing out all excess moisture in a towel. Stir in: 2 tbsp olive oil, 2 tbsp cider vinegar, 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice. Add in: finely chopped cucumber, tomatoes, roasted red pepper, green pepper and 1/2 cup chopped mint. Toss until well combined and chill for 4-6 hours. It’s one of those salads that get better and stronger with time. Makes a great side dish with burgers!

Cauliflower Salad

Beach Blanket Bundles

We were headed to the beach, and I had to whip up something quick to pack for my lunch. Since no bread = no sandwich, I compromised. Took ham & cheese deli loaf, spread on some cream cheese and rolled them up into these cute little bundles. You could add chopped up dill pickle in these too; I just didn’t want these getting soggy on the trip.

beach bundles