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.
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 just discovered that even with a low carb lifestyle, you can have your cake and eat it too! This dessert, adapted from All Day I Dream About Food’s Kentucky Butter Cake is soft and moist and has the same texture of a traditional recipe. This makes a 9×13″ pan.
2 1/2 cups almond flour
1/4 cup coconut flour
1/4 cup whey protein powder
1 tbsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup softened butter
1 cup powdered artificial sweetener
2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup whipping cream
1/2 cup water
Preheat oven to 350F. Grease 9×13 baking pan. In a bowl, whisk together almond and coconut flours, whey protein, baking powder and salt, then set aside. In a large mixing bowl, beat the butter and sweetener together. Beat in the eggs and vanilla extract. Gradually add the almond flour mixture and add the whipping cream and water. Keep beating until all ingredients are well incorporated. Pour batter into baking pan and smooth the top. Bake for 30-35 minutes until firm and golden brown on top. Test the cake doneness by inserting a toothpick and ensuring it comes out clean.
Let cake cool in the pan for 20 minutes. Meanwhile, mix together 1 package (4 servings) of sugar-free raspberry Jello, 1 cup of boiling water. Stir until Jello is completely dissolved. Add 1/2 cup cold water and continue stirring.
Once cake has cooled, use the end of a wooden spoon or a chopstick to poke holes in the cake about 1″ apart. Pour Jello over the entire cake and let it sink in.
Refrigerate for 2 hours. Top with whipped cream ( 1 1/2 cups heavy whipped cream beaten until stiff with 1 tsp vanilla and 1/2 tbsp sweetener).
It’s 32C/90F here, so these icy little bites make a cool dessert – and they are handy fat bombs to have on hand for those of us living la vida low carb! This is my spin on a recipe by blogger Low Carb, So Simple.
1/2 cup sliced fresh strawberries (if you only have frozen, thaw first then slice)
3/4 cup cream cheese
1/8 cup butter, softened
1/8 cup coconut oil, softened
2 tbsp powdered artificial sweetener
1 tbsp vanilla
1 tbsp heavy whipping cream
Optional: dash of red food colouring
In a mixing bowl, beat together cream cheese, butter, coconut oil, sweetener, vanilla, HWC and food colouring. You want the mixture to be smooth and creamy (like buttercream – yum!). Add in berries (I drained off any extra juice first) and beat until combined. Spoon into small candy cups (I used paper liners inside of a mini-muffin tin) to hold shape in freezer. Freezes in about 1 hour.
This dessert is too cool for school! In a bowl, beat together: 1 cup heavy whipping cream, 3 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder, 2 tbsp powdered sweetener, 1/2 tsp vanilla. Fold in your favorite sugar-free chocolate candy (peanut butter cups, toffee squares, pecan bites, etc.). Spoon into muffin tins lines with silicone cups for easy removal. Top with any leftover candy pieces. Freeze for 1-2 hours.