‘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.
This salad is one of my all-time favourite summertime sides; it’s a make ahead dish so it’ll be cold and crunchy and ready to nestle in beside your meaty entree. I particularly like it with grilled pork tenderloin or spicy wings!
1 English cucumber, sliced thinly and halved
1 small packet artificial sweetener
3 tbsp cider vinegar
2 heaping tbsps mayo
2 heaping tbsps sour cream
1/2 tsp dried dill
1/2 tsp dried chives (or 1 tsp fresh chives or 1 minced green onion)
salt and pepper to taste
Put cucumbers in bowl; top with remaining ingredients and mix well until combined. Cover and chill in refrigerator for at least 3 hours. The longer it sits, the better it gets! Stir well before serving.
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.
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!
I know you know how to grill chicken, but this summertime salsa takes things to a whole new level!
You’ll need: 1 lb fresh strawberries, washed, hulled and diced; 1 jalopeno pepper, seeded and minced (leave a few seeds in if you want more heat); 2 green onions, chopped; 1 lime, juiced; 1/2 orange, juiced; 1/4 cup fresh cilantro; drizzle of honey OR artificial sweetener of your choice.
Toss ingredients together and serve over grilled chicken (or pork or fish). You can make this ahead of time as well.