This week, chef Graham Elliot introduced his take on ballpark favorites at Wrigley Field in Chicago. His innovative menu included pork rind nachos, which inspired me to try making my own! Keeping with the “piggy” theme, I used pulled pork, but you could go with chicken, ground beef, bacon or whatever kind of meat you prefer. Here’s how I layered it up:
- 1 ½-2 cups prk rinds (chicharrons) Tip: use sturdier pork rinds that will stand up to cheese and toppings. Some will still soften.
- 1 cup pulled pork tossed in sugar free barbecue sauce (here’s my recipe)
- ½ cup Mexican-flavoured cheese, shredded
- 1 tsp green chilies, drained
- 1 jalapeno, chopped
- Sour cream
Spread pork rinds on the bottom of a foil-lined pan. Sprinkle with half the cheese and put under the broiler until cheese is melted and pork rinds brown. Top with chilies, jalapeno and remaining cheese and return to the broiler for 2 minutes. Serve with salsa and sour cream.
A little messy to make, but the tropicaltastic taste is soooo worth it!
You will need:
- 1 dozen medium-sized shrimp, peeled, deveined and (optional) tails removed
- 2 eggs
- 2 ½ tablespoons coconut flour
- ¼ tsp baking powder
- 1 tablespoon water
- Dash salt and pepper
- Optional: add more of your fave seasonings; I added in a few shakes of Old Bay
- ½ cup (or more) medium desiccated coconut, unsweetened
Heat oil in deep fryer or large pot to 350F.
Place coconut in a shallow container and set aside.
Rinse shrimp and pat dry. Set on a paper towel while you mix up the batter: eggs, coconut flour, baking powder, water and seasonings. It will be very thick and pasty. With clean hands, mold the batter around each shrimp and press into the coconut to coat.
Cook shrimp in the oil, adding no more than three at a time. They will be golden brown, crisped up and float to the top when they are cooked (about 2 minutes).
Serve with this Sweet Heat dipping sauce:
- 1/3 cup sugar-free orange marmalade, apricot preserves or peach jam
- Juice of 1 lime
- 3 tbsp cider vinegar
- ½ tsp red pepper flakes
- ½ tsp sriracha sauce
Combine all ingredients in a small bowl. Mix well and taste, adding more sweet, heat or acidity to taste.
A great one-skillet dinner that teams well with cauli mash, roasted asparagus or a side salad. For those in your family not eating low carb, serve over pasta or potatoes.
- 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 2 tablespoons butter, divided
- Salt and pepper
- 6 oz. sliced cremini mushrooms
- 3/4 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth
- 1 container (4 1/2 to 5 1/2 ounces) Boursin cheese with garlic and herbs
- 1 cup frozen small peas, thawed
- 8 to 12 cherry or grape tomatoes, halved
- Fresh or dried parsley for garnish
Put chicken breast between sheets of plastic wrap and pound evenly until about ½ inch thickness. Sprinkle both sides with salt and pepper.
In a large skillet, heat olive oil and butter over medium heat. Add chicken and cook for 5 to 7 minutes on each side until golden brown and cooked through. Remove to a plate and cover with foil to keep warm. Place the other tablespoon of butter into the skillet, then add the sliced mushrooms and sauté until tender. Pour in the chicken broth and thawed peas, being sure to scrape the tasty brown bits off the bottom of the pan to enhance your sauce.
Simmer for 1 to 2 minutes. Stir in the Boursin cheese until well blended. Add the chicken and tomatoes; stir to blend, cover, and heat through. Remove from heat. Sprinkle with parsley, if desired.
Bravo to Keto Connect for creating these fabulous chocolate brownies. I followed their recipe and mine turned out moist and fudgy and didn’t actually need any frosting (who can resist a yummy cream cheese frosting, anyway?) but it turned out to be the icing on top!
- 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 2 tbsp coconut flour
- 3 large eggs (room temperature)
- 12 tbsp (equals ¾ cup) butter
- 1/2 cup erythritol (I used Truvia)
- 1/2 tsp vanilla
- pinch of salt
- 2 oz unsweetened bakers chocolate
- In one bowl, combine cocoa powder, coconut flour, and salt, and set aside.
- In a separate bowl, add erythritol, eggs, vanilla and mix with a hand mixer. Mix until the volume of the mixture has tripled in size. This should take about 3-5 minutes on high.
- In a third bowl, melt together butter and bakers chocolate. This can be done using a double boiler method, or by repeatedly microwaving for 25 seconds and mixing so that the chocolate does not burn.
- With beaters on low, add egg mixture to the butter/chocolate mixture in 3 parts, mixing well after each time. Begin adding the dry ingredients the same way, repeating until all of the dry mixture is used. Batter should look silky and smell like mmm… chocolate!
- Pour into a greased 8×4 loaf pan. I put parchment paper on the bottom to ensure it came out in one piece.
- Bake at 325F for 45 minutes (the original recipe calle for more time, but mine were ready). Remove carefully from pan and allow to cool completely on a rack before frosting.
Cream Cheese Frosting:
- ¾ cup cream cheese, softened
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 2 tsp unsweetened almond milk
- 3 tbsp erythritol (I used Truvia)
With electric beaters, mix cream cheese, vanilla and milk. Gradually add in sweetener 1 tbsp at a time and incorporate well. Cut brownies into 8-12 pieces.
I bought my partner a smoker for our anniversary recently, and our first attempt at baby back pork ribs was a lip-smackin’ success! He found this low carb barbecue recipe for Lexington Bubba Q Juice that I was happy to replicate – and now share with you. This would be great on any grilled meat, but trust me on the ribs!!
- 2 cups cider vinegar
- 2 cup ketchup (Heinz Reduced Sugar)
- 1 tsp dry mustard
- 1 tsp chili powder
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp onion powder
- 1 tsp black pepper
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce
- 1 Tablespoons tomato paste
- A sprinkle of cayenne to taste
Combine all ingredients in a saucepan and bring to a boil; lower heat and simmer for 20-25 minutes (longer for a thicker sauce). Makes 3 cups of sauce (about 1 net carb per oz).
‘Twas a beautiful afternoon for a snack outdoors! I whipped up a sugar-free root beer float and these adorable bacon-wrapped pickles to enjoy a bite in the sunshine.
Bacon Wrapped Pickles with Buffalo Dip
As my pickles were fairly small, I split them each in two and let them sit on a paper towel to drain well. For larger pickles, I would suggest cutting them into quarters.
Slice uncooked bacon lengthwise then wrap each piece around a pickle spear. Secure with a toothpick.
Place pickles on a wire rack set inside a foil-lined cookie sheet. I cooked mine for 8 minutes at 350 and then broiled on high for 4 minutes to crisp them up. Serve with your favourite dip. Mine is a mixture of ¼ cup mayo and 2 tbsp Frank’s buffalo wings sauce.
Sugar-free Root Beer Float
In the blender, combine ¾ can sugar-free root beer (I used Diet A&W root beer), ¼ cup heavy whipping cream and 6-8 ice cubes. Slowly pour into large glass (it will be very frothy!) and top with remaining root beer before serving.
I came up with this low-carb idea when temperatures sizzled this week. When it’s too hot to turn on the oven? Turn up the heat outside on the grill and make foil packet dinners!
I used 2 layers of sturdy aluminum foil. In the center, I included:
- 4-5 large uncooked shrimp
- 1/2 cup green beans (parboiled/partially cooked. I put parboiled potatoes in the rest of my family’s foil packets)
- 3 small pieces corn (not low carb, but it was a real treat! To cut the corn small, chop uncooked cobs into three, then halve each third down the middle. Three cobs made enough to feed four people.)
- 5-7 thick slices of garlic sausage (or your favourite sausage)
Melt 2 tbsp melted butter with 1/2 tsp garlic powder, salt and pepper (optional: add Old Bay Seasoning, cayenne, parsley or cajun seasoning for a kick!) then pour over your pile of ingredients. Fold edges of foil to the center and seal it tight.
Cook on hot grill for 12-15 minutes, flipping half way through. Serve with additional butter and spices, if desired.