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Roasted Christmas Cauliflower with Red Bell Pepper, Green Olives, and Pine Nuts

Roasted Christmas Cauliflower with Red Bell Pepper, Green Olives, and Pine Nuts

Christmas Cauliflower is probably a side dish, but I ate a big bowl of it for lunch! And this delicious roasted cauliflower with red bell pepper, green olives, and pine nuts is low-carb, low-glycemic, gluten-free, Keto, Paleo, Whole 30, dairy-free, and vegan, use the Recipes-by-Diet-Type Index to find more recipes like this one.

Roasted Christmas Cauliflower with Red Bell Pepper, Green Olives, and Pine Nuts [KalynsKitchen.com]

During December I’m putting Low-Carb Recipe Love on Fridays on temporary hiatus and every Friday I’ll be sharing some of my favorite low-carb holiday recipes. My love for roasted cauliflower is pretty well documented on the blog, and Roasted Christmas Cauliflower with Red Bell Pepper, Green Olives, and Pine Nuts has great flavors and Christmas colors.

When I made this delicious roasted cauliflower with so many amazing flavors I ate a big bowl of it for lunch, and I first posted it as a Meatless Monday dish.  But the colors in this recipe are so beautifully red and green, and this would make a perfect festive side dish for any kind of holiday meal, so I’ve added it to my collection of Carb-Conscious Christmas Recipes.

And with the colors and all the flavors going on here from red bell peppers, green olives, pine nuts, and capers, this is cauliflower at its finest; I promise anyone who loves roasted cauliflower will love this kicked-up version even more.

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Flourless, Gluten-Free, and Low-Sugar (or Sugar-Free) Chocolate Shortbread Cookies

Flourless, Gluten-Free, and Low-Sugar (or Sugar-Free) Chocolate Shortbread Cookies

Flourless and Low Sugar (or sugar-free) Chocolate Shortbread Cookies just might become your favorite Christmas cookie! And these delicious cookies are also gluten-free. Use the Recipes-by-Diet-Type Index to find more recipes like this one.

Flourless and Low-Sugar (or Sugar-Free) Chocolate Shortbread Cookies (Gluten-Free) found on KalynsKitchen.com

(For Thursday Treats I spotlight recipes that are a bit more indulgent than the usual things you see here, although these favorite chocolate shortbread cookies are pretty low in carbs, especially if you use the option of all sweetener and skip the optional brown sugar!)

By the time most people read this on Thursday, it will officially be my birthday, although due to the magic of Facebook friends around the world, I started getting birthday wishes a day early. I’m old enough to appreciate each birthday as the gift of another year to enjoy family, friends, good food, and more experiences, so I’m planning to enjoy the day!

The beautiful green plate you see in the photo above was a birthday present from my friend Dara at Cookin’ Canuck back in 2009 when I first made these delicious Flourless, Gluten-Free, and Low-Sugar (or Sugar-Free) Chocolate Shortbread Cookies! And these tasty cookies with butter, almond flour, cocoa powder, Stevia-in-the-Raw Granulated Sweetener, and just a touch of brown sugar (or more Stevia if you prefer) were definitely a winner to add to the Carb-Conscious Christmas Recipes on the site!

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Mary’s Spring Mix Salad with Feta and Pine Nuts

Mary’s Spring Mix Salad with Feta and Pine Nuts

If you’ve ever tried my friend Mary’s Perfect Salad Dressing for Spring Mix Greens, here’s a kicked-up salad using it that’s perfect for a busy week during the holidays. And this perfect easy salad is low-carb, keto, low-glycemic, meatless, and South Beach Diet Phase One! Use the Recipes-by-Diet-Type Index to find more recipes like this one.

Mary's Spring Mix Salad with Feta and Pine Nuts found on KalynsKitchen.com

December has barely started and already I’m having a hard time avoiding the holiday foods; do you know what I mean? It doesn’t help that my sister’s birthday and (yikes) my birthday are both close together this month, and with all the birthday lunches and dinners and holiday parties that happen in December, that’s a month when I’m always trying to eat salad more often for meals at home.

If you’ve been reading this blog for a while you might have stumbled on Mary’s Perfect Salad Dressing for Spring Mix Salad. That simple dressing combination from my friend Mary is the thing that helped me become good friends with those tubs of Spring Mix Salad you see in every grocery store. 

But when I have time to do more than splash on some olive oil, lime juice, and red wine vinegar, Mary’s Spring Mix Salad with Feta and Pine Nuts is the way I dress up this salad into something good enough to serve to guests. And this is seriously good; I could eat this for lunch or dinner most any time of year without feeling even a teeny bit deprived, because FETA and PINE NUTS!

Of course the variations are endless, but if you like Feta and Pine Nuts please try my favorite combination at least once. And if you find another variation of a salad with Mary’s dressing that really helps you eat more salad, please come back and tell us about it in the comments.

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Slow Cooker Zucchini e Fagioli Soup with Italian Sausage and Ground Beef

Slow Cooker Zucchini e Fagioli Soup with Italian Sausage and Ground Beef

If you’ve enjoyed Pasta e Fagioli Soup in a restaurant, you might like this lower-carb Zucchini e Fagioli that pumps up the flavor with Italian sausage and ground beef and switches out the pasta for low-carb zucchini noodles! This tasty soup is low-glycemic, gluten-free, and South Beach Diet friendly; use the Recipes-by-Diet-Type Index to find more recipes like this one.

Slow Cooker Zucchini e Fagioli Soup with Italian Sausage and Ground Beef found on KalynsKitchen.com

It’s definitely soup weather in Utah, so lately I’ve been making soup in the Instant Pot, in the slow cooker, and on the stove! Every winter I love making soup, but since I already have hundreds of soup recipes on the blog, more often than not a new soup recipe has been inspired by an earlier favorite.

This Slow Cooker Zucchini e Fagioli Soup with Italian Sausage and Ground Beef is a lower-carb version of the Slow Cooker Vegetarian Pasta e Fagioli Soup that I’ve served so many times for my annual soup party. I switched it up by adding both ground beef and turkey Italian sausage and replacing the pasta in the soup with chopped zucchini noodles, which cut down the carbs quite a bit. I also cut down the fagioli (beans) to just one can. 

I kept 1/2 cup of carrots for color, but you could eliminate carrots and beans and use more zucchini if you wanted an even lower-carb version of this tasty soup. (Except that would be zucchini e zucchini soup, wouldn’t it?)

Ground fennel and Parmesan rind are two things I used to make the flavor outstanding in this soup, and I urge you to use ground fennel when you season the vegetables, and also to add a few chunks of Parmesan rind to the soup when it cooks if you have those ingredients. But even if you don’t have either of those, if you like the flavors in soup like this with tomatoes, Italian sausage, ground beef, garlic, and a touch of spicy, I bet you’ll love this new soup!

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Easy Shrimp Cocktail with Creamy Sriracha Cocktail Sauce (and More Low-Carb Shrimp Recipes for the Holidays)

Easy Shrimp Cocktail with Creamy Sriracha Cocktail Sauce (and More Low-Carb Shrimp Recipes for the Holidays)

This Easy Shrimp Cocktail with Creamy Sriracha Cocktail Sauce will be a hit at a holiday party! And for everyone who loves Sriracha, this spicy appetizer with shrimp is low-carb, keto, low-glycemic, gluten-free, dairy-free, and South Beach Diet Phase One. Use the Recipes-by-Diet-Type Index to find more recipes like this one.

Easy Shrimp Cocktail with Creamy Sriracha Cocktail Sauce found on KalynsKitchen.com

It’s December; how did that happen so quickly? I’m sure I don’t have to tell you this is the hardest month of the year for people who are trying to stick to a healthy carb-conscious eating plan. But I know from years of food blogging experience that with all the holiday activities going on, most people aren’t really focused on looking for healthy recipe ideas at this time of year.

For that reason I’m putting Low-Carb Recipe Love on Fridays on temporary hiatus until January. Instead, for every Friday in December I’m going to share one of the low-carb holiday recipes that are my personal favorites. These are the things I’d make if I had friends over or had to take food to a pot-luck during the holidays!

And all through December I’ll be bringing you some holiday food ideas that are delicious but won’t sabotage the diet or raise your blood sugar, and this Easy Shrimp Cocktail with Creamy Sriracha Cocktail Sauce is something I promise will be a hit for a holiday party.

The recipe uses thawed frozen cooked shrimp, which saves the work of cooking them, and the Creamy Sriracha Cocktail Sauce takes about five minutes to make.  In fact, the hardest part of this recipe might be remembering to thaw the shrimp overnight in the fridge, but I do recommend doing that so they’ll be icy cold when you serve them.

And don’t forget to check after the recipe for more tasty low-carb ideas for shrimp to serve during the holidays!

If you want to skip the photos below and watch a video instead, here is a video of how to make this recipe. See more recipe videos on My You Tube Channel.

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Low-Sugar and Gluten-Free Cranberry Apple Crisp

Low-Sugar and Gluten-Free Cranberry Apple Crisp

This festive Cranberry Apple Crisp is made with low-calorie natural sweeteners and it’s low-glycemic, gluten-free, South Beach Diet friendly, and will be vegan if you use coconut oil! Use the Recipes-by-Diet-Type Index to find more recipes like this one.

Low-Sugar and Gluten-Free Cranberry Apple Crisp [found on KalynsKitchen.com]

(Last week we skipped Thursday Treats and I shared a Thanksgiving Video that hardly anyone saw, either because they weren’t online or because it didn’t show up for the people who subscribe to the site by e-mail. I loved the video, so check it out if you missed it!)

For this week’s treat I’m spotlighting  Low-Sugar and Gluten-Free Cranberry Apple Crisp! The original inspiration for the recipe was a huge bag of cranberries I bought to make my favorite Fresh Cranberry Salsa for Thanksgiving, and I was frankly surprised at how much I loved the combination of fresh cranberries and apples.

I had to make this a couple of times to get it just right, and I might have even loved it a little too much (apple crisp for lunch, mmmm.)  I’ve never been that much of a fresh cranberry fan, so even if you might think cranberries are not really your thing, be open minded about this one!

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Low-Carb Sriracha Beef Lettuce Wraps

Low-Carb Sriracha Beef Lettuce Wraps

Low-Carb Sriracha Beef Lettuce Wraps are one of my favorite quick dinners, and this tasty recipe is also Keto, gluten-free, dairy-free, and South Beach Diet friendly. And with a few different ingredient choices it could easily be Paleo or Whole 30! Use the Recipes-by-Diet-Type Index to find more recipes like this one.

Low-Carb Sriracha Beef Lettuce Wraps found on KalynsKitchen.com

You may have noticed I have quite a few recipes for lettuce wraps on this blog, and they’re on the menu often at my house.  But despite the abundance of lettuce wrap recipes to choose from, these Low-Carb Sriracha Beef Lettuce Wraps are a quick dinner that I find myself making over and over. 

There are so many favorite flavors here that go perfectly with the beef and Sriracha Sauce, like fish sauce, lime, green onion, and cilantro, and if you like Thai flavors at all, you’re going to love this recipe as much as I do.  And for cilantro-haters, I recommend just doubling the amount of green onions and this will still be amazing without the cilantro.

I recently got a wonderful new camera, so one day when I was making these lettuce wraps again I decided to snap a few photos. If you’ve been reading my blog for a while but have never tried this recipe, I hope the new photos will get you to try it. It can be on the table in well under 30 minutes, and Sriracha Beef Lettuce Wraps just might become your new favorite dinner!

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Instant Pot Low-Carb Soup with Ground Beef, Green Beans, and Tomatoes

Instant Pot Low-Carb Soup with Ground Beef, Green Beans, and Tomatoes

You can make this Low-Carb Soup with Ground Beef, Green Beans, and Tomatoes in the Instant Pot, another electric pressure cooker, or on the stovetop and this tasty soup is also Keto, low-glycemic, gluten-free, South Beach Diet Phase One, and can be Paleo or Whole 30 if you omit the Parmesan. Use the Recipes-by-Diet-Type Index to find more recipes like this one.

Instant Pot Low-Carb Soup with Ground Beef, Green Beans, and Tomatoes found on KalynsKitchen.com

Years ago I was introduced to the stovetop pressure cooker by a food blogging friend and I experimented with it enough to get a few good Pressure Cooker Recipes on Kalyn’s Kitchen. Then my sister Pam and a couple of food blogging friends convinced me I should try the Cuisinart Electric Pressure Cooker, and I made several favorite recipes that were completely winners using it. 

So when people started raving about the Instant Pot, I didn’t think I needed one. If you’re not familiar with it, the Instant Pot is a multi-function cooking device that can pressure cook, slow cook, saute, brown, steam, cook rice, make yogurt, and keep things warm. And there are probably other features I don’t even know about yet! You see where this is going, don’t you? After so many of my blogging friends and family members raved about how they loved the Instant Pot, I caved and bought one. So now I’m well-equipped in the pressure cooker department!

And then I asked readers on the Kalyn’s Kitchen Facebook Page whether they’d like more pressure cooker or Instant Pot recipes and there was a lot of interest, so last week Kara and I experimented and came up with this delicious Instant Pot Low-Carb Soup with Ground Beef, Green Beans, and Tomatoes. We actually created this out of things we had in the fridge, and were thrilled when it turned out to be a keeper!

If you don’t have an Instant Pot or other electric pressure cooker, I’ll give suggestions at the end of the recipe for making this on the stove, and no matter which method you use, if you’re looking for an easy low-carb soup you can make after work I bet you’ll like this as much as we did!

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Twenty-Five+ Deliciously Healthy Recipes Using Leftover Turkey (or Chicken)

Twenty-Five+ Deliciously Healthy Recipes Using Leftover Turkey (or Chicken)

If you’re lucky enough to end up with leftover turkey later this week, here are 25+ Deliciously Healthy Recipes Using Leftover Turkey (or Chicken). And there are some very tasty low-carb and gluten-free options if you’re getting back on track after the holiday!

Twenty-Five+ Healthy Recipes Using Leftover Turkey (or chicken) found on KalynsKitchen.com

I love to write round-up posts spotlighting my favorite recipes, but the dilemma with food blogging is that every year you have more recipes that end up being favorites. That’s why I added the plus sign to the title of Twenty-Five+ Deliciously Healthy Recipes Using Leftover Turkey (or Chicken), so I can feature and include new recipes on this list when they come along, and this year there are a few more favorites from 2016 that have been added.

I know you don’t have leftover turkey yet, but I have friends and family members coming for dinner on Thursday so I want to get this posted before I get too busy making food! (I’ll pop in on Thanksgiving Day with a special post, but otherwise I’m taking most of the weekend off to spend time with my family.)

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