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Low-Carb Recipe Love: Low-Carb Sheet Pan Meals with Asparagus

Low-Carb Recipe Love: Low-Carb Sheet Pan Meals with Asparagus

Every Friday we spotlight low-carb recipes you might want to try over the weekend, and this Friday we’re sharing Low-Carb Sheet Pan Meals with Asparagus! Check the Low-Carb Recipe Love Round-Ups Index to find more weekly round-ups like this.

Low-Carb Sheet Pan Meals with Asparagus featured for Low-Carb Recipe Love on KalynsKitchen.com.
A few weeks ago I made Chicken and Asparagus with Three Cheeses and ever since then I’ve had asparagus on the brain. And another thing I have on my mind lately is Sheet Pan Meals, those easy and delicious dinners where the entire meal is cooked on one sheet pan. So it seems logical that I’d love Low-Carb Sheet Pan Meals with Asparagus, and that’s what I’m featuring for this week’s Low-Carb Recipe Love! 

Low-Carb Sheet Pan Meals with Asparagus featured for Low-Carb Recipe Love on KalynsKitchen.com.
This collection has sheet pan meals with salmon, cod, shrimp, and chicken combined with Asparagus, and I think they all look amazing. Hopefully there will be enough good ideas here to provide you with easy dinner ideas from now until it gets too hot to cook in the oven; enjoy!

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Low-Carb Caesar Salad with Kale, Romaine, and Shaved Parmesan

Low-Carb Caesar Salad with Kale, Romaine, and Shaved Parmesan

I could make an entire meal of this Low-Carb Caesar Salad with Kale, Romaine, and Shaved Parmesan, and this favorite salad of mine is also Keto, low-glycemic, and gluten-free, and can be South Beach Diet friendly if you go easy on the Parmesan! Use the Recipes-by-Diet-Type Index to find more recipes like this one.

Low-Carb Caesar Salad with Kale, Romaine, and Shaved Parmesan found on KalynsKitchen.com.

I first made this Low-Carb Caesar Salad with Kale, Romaine, and Shaved Parmesan with my nephew Jake in 2011, and we absolutely could not stop eating it when we tested the recipe. It was Tuscan Kale Caesar Slaw from Bon Appetit Magazine that gave us the idea of Caesar dressing with kale, and when we made it we added some Romaine for a more traditional, but still interesting take on Caesar salad.

Through the years I’ve made this quite a few times, adapting the recipe a bit along the way by using baby kale, shaving the Parmesan (and using more!) and also replacing the anchovy paste in the original dressing recipe with a little bit of fish sauce. (Or use Vegan Fish Sauce if you want to keep it strictly meatless.)

I love the idea of Caesar dressing recipe with no raw eggs, and the dressing in this recipe is really good, but even if you cheat and use my favorite bottled Caesar Dressing (or your own favorite vegan Caesar dressing) this will still be an amazingly delicious salad. And recently I decided this favorite salad recipe simply must have better photos to show off its deliciousness, so here you go!

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The BEST Instant Pot Refried Beans with Onion, Garlic, and Chiles

The BEST Instant Pot Refried Beans with Onion, Garlic, and Chiles

We loved these delicious refried beans, made in the Instant Pot, and I think the special way I season the beans really does make them The BEST Instant Pot refried beans! And these refried beans are low-glycemic, gluten-free, meatless, and South Beach Diet friendly. Use the Recipes-by-Diet-Type Index to find more recipes like this one.

The BEST Instant Pot Refried Beans with Onion, Garlic, and Chiles found on KalynsKitchen.com.

Way back in 2009 I got a stovetop pressure cooker and started trying out Pressure Cooker Recipes for the blog. It was at a time when I was having extensive house renovations on my old house, and there was definitely more comfort food on the menu than usual. It was during that time that I first made refried beans in the pressure cooker, and loved them!

Fast forward quite a few years and a new house later, and of course I would make refried beans in the Instant Pot now. Refried beans are definitely not low in carbs, but they’re low-glycemic and South Beach Diet friendly, and this is something I love for an occasional treat. I made them recently and decided to take some new photos to update this favorite recipe. And they were so good that I’m calling them The BEST Instant Pot Refried Beans with Onion, Garlic, and Chiles!

If you’ve only had refried beans from a can, I can’t emphasize strongly enough how there is something completely special about homemade from-scratch refried beans, especially my recipe where the beans are cooked in the pressure cooker, then pressure-cooked a second time with onion, garlic, and chiles, and then fried. When we took these photos, Kara and I kept commenting about how amazing the refried beans were, and I ate my share of the leftovers in bean burritos with low-carb tortillas and enjoyed every bite.

If the pressure cooker is never going to be your thing, you might like Slow Cooker Refried Beans, which are also really delicious. And if you’ve never made homemade refried beans, I hope this will be the recipe that’s going to get you to try them!

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Kalyn’s Top Ten Low-Carb Recipes with Cabbage (and Happy St. Patrick’s Day Everyone!)

Kalyn’s Top Ten Low-Carb Recipes with Cabbage (and Happy St. Patrick’s Day Everyone!)

St. Patrick’s Day is a perfect time to eat cabbage, so here are my Top Ten Low-Carb Cabbage recipes. Grab some cabbage while it’s on sale and try some of these recipes! Check the Low-Carb Recipe Love Round-Ups Index to find more weekly round-ups like this.

Kalyn's Top Ten Low-Carb Recipes with Cabbage found on KalynsKitchen.com

It’s St. Patrick’s Day, the time when people all over the U. S. will be enjoying Irish-American favorites like Corned Beef and Irish Soda Bread. I love making those dishes every year, even though most of the foods Americans eat for this Irish holiday actually aren’t really that popular in Ireland. It was actually for economic reasons that Irish immigrants started cooking corned beef and cabbage after they arrived in the United States, and now that’s certainly the food that most Americans associate with this holiday.

I’m a little bit Irish myself, and I love all things St. Patrick’s Day! (Well, maybe not green beer, but you know what I mean.) And one thing I really love about this Irish holiday is the way it gets grocery stores to sell cabbage at ridiculously cheap prices. I love, love, love cabbage and it’s on sale again this week at the store where I shop most often!
Many years ago I wrote a post singing the praises of My Five Favorite Salads with Cabbage. But there’ve been a lot more new cabbage recipes since then, so for St. Patrick’s Day this year I decided to spotlight my Top Ten Low-Carb Recipes with Cabbage. 

I limited it to ten recipes so I’d be forced to pick my very favorite things to make with cabbage, and all these are cabbage dishes I’ve made over and over. If you’re a fellow cabbage fan, run to the grocery store this week and get some cheap cabbage and then try one of these delicious low-carb cabbage recipes. I promise, you’ll be glad you did!

(And if you happen to end up with some leftover corned beef after today, I’ve got you covered for that with Low-Carb Corned Beef Recipes; check it out!) 

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Roasted Lemon Salmon and Asparagus Sheet Pan Meal

Roasted Lemon Salmon and Asparagus Sheet Pan Meal

I love everything about this ultra-simple sheet pan meal with Roasted Salmon and Asparagus, and this easy dinner idea is low-carb, Keto, low-glycemic, gluten-free, dairy-free, Paleo, Whole 30, and South Beach Diet friendly! Use the Recipes-by-Diet-Type Index to find more recipes like this one.

Roasted Lemon Salmon and Asparagus Sheet Pan Meal found on KalynsKitchen.com

If there’s one thing I know about the internet, it’s that things are always changing. For example, I first made this super-easy, cooks-in-one-pan, tastes-amazing recipe back in 2011, long before anyone had even heard of Sheet Pan Meals. In the original version I mentioned it had three of my favorite ingredients (salmon, asparagus, and lemon) and said it was the type of recipe that always appeals to me. And sure enough, I’ve been making it pretty much every spring when fresh asparagus starts going on sale.

And when I made this again recently I decided to take photos to get better pictures for this favorite dinner. And I also decided to rename it Roasted Lemon Salmon and Asparagus Sheet Pan Meal, since that’s what people would be calling it these days, and I also changed the recipe to serve four, since that’s what most of my dinners are on the blog.

I’ll leave the original printer friendly recipe link in place, in case anyone has it bookmarked. (The new recipe is just doubled, and I did things in a slightly different order which seemed to flow better this time, but if you only want two servings use the original link.) It’s asparagus season for a few months now, so grab some salmon, some asparagus, and a lemon and give this easy recipe a whirl!

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Instant Pot (or Slow Cooker) Low-Carb Green Chile Pork Taco Bowl

Instant Pot (or Slow Cooker) Low-Carb Green Chile Pork Taco Bowl

Make low-carb green chile pork in the Instant Pot (or in your slow cooker if you prefer) and then serve it over cauliflower rice for these Instant Pot Low-Carb Green Chile Pork Taco Bowls! This tasty dinner idea is also Keto, low-glycemic, gluten-free, and South Beach Diet friendly. Use the Recipes-by-Diet-Type Index to find more recipes like this one.

Instant Pot (or Slow Cooker) Low-Carb Green Chile Pork Taco Bowl found on KalynsKitchen.com.

The Instant Pot is becoming a pretty popular gadget at my house, but let me start out by saying that you can also make this Low-Carb Green Chile Pork Taco Bowl in another electric pressure cooker, in a stovetop pressure cooker, or check my recipe for Slow Cooker Pulled Pork and make it in a slow cooker if you prefer!

But please try this recipe if you like green chile pork! We used those inexpensive pork sirloin roasts that you get at Costco for the pork in this recipe, and it worked perfectly. One thing that bumped up the flavor was the addition of one finely diced Poblano chile pepper to my Best Easy Cauliflower Rice for serving, but if you’re watching your budget or don’t want to bother with it, the recipe will still be great without it. And yes, you can make this with frozen cauliflower rice!

We ate this with some lime squeezed over the saucy pork and cauliflower rice, and then topped with grated cheese and a dollop of sour cream. But any of the toppings that you enjoy on tacos would be wonderful on this too, so go ahead and add hot sauce, salsa, avocado, diced tomatoes, or anything else your taco-loving heart desires. You could also eat this spicy pork inside Lettuce Wraps or make tacos with low-carb tortillas if you prefer.

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Low-Carb Recipe Love: Low-Carb Corned Beef Recipes

Low-Carb Recipe Love: Low-Carb Corned Beef Recipes

Every Friday we spotlight low-carb recipes you might want to try over the weekend, and St. Patrick’s Day is next week, so this Friday we’re sharing The BEST Low-Carb Recipes with Corned Beef! Check the Low-Carb Recipe Love Round-Ups Index to find more weekly round-ups like this.

The BEST Low-Carb Corned Beef Recipes featured for Low-Carb Recipe Love on KalynsKitchen.com.
It’s almost St. Patrick’s day and in the U. S. that means that both corned beef and cabbage go on sale, never mind that the way Americans cook them together isn’t really close to what Irish people usually eat on that day. I love corned beef, and for years I’d make Slow Cooker Corned Beef and Cabbage for my dad for St. Patrick’s day (along with Whole Wheat Brown Irish Soda Bread, which is most definitely not low-carb, but my dad had to have it every year!) 

When I joined the Instant Pot craze, I started using the Instant Pot to make Pressure Cooker Corned Beef, and I’m pretty sold on that method! And for the last two years I’ve used my leftover corned beef to make Leftover Corned Beef Low-Carb Reuben Bake, and that’s a delicious casserole, even if you have to buy deli corned beef to make it.

The BEST Low-Carb Corned Beef Recipes featured for Low-Carb Recipe Love on KalynsKitchen.com.
When I started checking other blogs I found more very fun Low-Carb Corned Beef Recipes, and if you like corned beef I bet you’ll find more than one idea here that appeals to you!

All photos are copyrighted to the blog that originally posted the recipe; click the recipe name under any photo to find that complete recipe on the original blog.

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Kalyn’s Favorite Baby Arugula Salad with Lemon, Balsamic, Parmesan, and Pine Nuts

Kalyn’s Favorite Baby Arugula Salad with Lemon, Balsamic, Parmesan, and Pine Nuts

For arugula lovers like me, this Baby Arugula Salad with Lemon, Balsamic Vinegar, Parmesan, and Pine Nuts is always a treat, and it’s low-carb, Keto, low-glycemic, gluten-free, meatless, and South Beach Diet friendly. Use the Recipes-by-Diet-Type Index to find more recipes like this one.

Kalyn's Favorite Baby Arugula Salad with Lemon, Balsamic, Parmesan, and Pine Nuts found on KalynsKitchen.com.

We started out the week with Low-Carb No Bake Cherry Cheesecake Dessert, so I figured it might be a good idea to get some healthy greens in for the next post. And this Baby Arugula Salad with Lemon, Balsamic Vinegar, Parmesan, and Pine Nuts really was overdue for a photo makeover.

This is a recipe I came up with when I noticed salads with baby arugula, lemon, and Parmesan showing up on the menu at several of my favorite restaurants.  I’m a huge fan of arugula, so I happily sampled the various arugula salads everywhere I saw one. Then I decided to try to actually write down a recipe for my take on the perfect combination of ingredients for an arugula salad.

It took a little experimenting to create the Baby Arugula Salad with Lemon, Balsamic Vinegar, Parmesan, and Pine Nuts that made my tastebuds so, so happy, but this salad (with just a touch of white balsamic vinegar added to the lemony dressing) is the arugula salad I would eagerly eat over and over. Sometimes I’ll bring home one of those 5 oz. tubs of baby arugula, make this salad for lunch, eat half, and eat the leftovers with my dinner, it’s that good!

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Kalyn’s Kitchen Picks: Monk Fruit Zero Calorie Sweetener

Kalyn’s Kitchen Picks: Monk Fruit Zero Calorie Sweetener

For months now I’ve been crushing on Monk Fruit Zero Calorie Sweetener, so I’ve decided it’s time to officially add it to my list of Kalyn’s Kitchen Picks! Visit the page for Kalyn’s Kitchen Picks to see all the products I’ve featured.

Kalyn's Kitchen Picks: Monkfruit Zero Calorie Sweetener found on KalynsKitchen.com.

For the last few months I’ve been using a new type of zero calorie sweetener that I really like, and when I made the Low-Carb No Bake Cherry Cheesecake Dessert and it was gobbled up by Kara’s kids, I knew it was time to officially add Monk Fruit Zero Calorie Sweetener to my list of Kalyn’s Kitchen Picks! In the past I had sometimes gotten bad reviews from the kids when they tested low-sugar desserts made with certain sweeteners, but this one was a winner.

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Low-Carb No Bake Cherry Cheesecake Dessert

Low-Carb No Bake Cherry Cheesecake Dessert

When you need a treat, this Low-Carb No Bake Cherry Cheesecake Dessert is delicious and easy to make. And this tasty dessert is low-carb, low-glycemic, gluten-free, and even pretty South Beach Diet friendly for an occasional treat! Use the Recipes-by-Diet-Type Index to find more recipes like this one.

Low-Carb No Bake Cherry Cheesecake Dessert found on KalynsKitchen.com

It’s hard to believe that I’m just a few months shy of writing this blog for 12 years, and a lot has changed in those 12 years! For one thing I’m certainly a much better photographer than I used to be, so for years (and years and years) I’ve been updating favorite recipes from the past with new photos.

This Low-Carb No Bake Cherry Cheesecake Dessert was buried back in the archives, in a post that originally had two cheesecake recipes that I posted for a blogging event, back in the day when blogging was a lot more gentle and less competitive! I really liked both those recipes and I’ve been thinking about updating them for quite a while now, but the original recipes contained artificial sweetener in both the cheesecake and the cherry topping, and that’s something I am much more cautious about using now.

But it’s partly the canned no-sugar-added cherry pie topping that makes this easy cheesecake so good, and when I couldn’t find one without artificial sweetener I ended up compromising with a blend of two natural no-calorie sweeteners for the cheesecake part and using a cherry topping with artificial sweetener. If you’re completely against artificial sweetener, I recommend topping it with some fresh berries instead of the cherry pie filling. Berries are one of the lowest carb fruits, and no matter which topping you use, this will still be pretty low in carbs. 

One thing that hasn’t changed in all those years is my strong belief that everyone gets to make their own food choices. So if you do happen to be anti-artificial sweetener, definitely use whatever ingredients fit your personal beliefs, but no “foodie police” comments please. If you’d like to know more about low-carb sweeteners, The Complete Guide to Low-Carb Sweeteners from my friend Libby is a good read.

Kara and I loved this when we tested the recipe, and it was also a hit with her kids; hope you will try it when you need a treat for a special occasion!

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