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Roasted Asparagus with Soy-Sesame Glaze

Roasted Asparagus with Soy-Sesame Glaze

I love this Roasted Asparagus with Soy-Sesame Glaze, and this amazing asparagus is low-carb, Keto, gluten-free (with gluten-free soy sauce), vegan, South Beach Diet friendly, and if you sub coconut aminos for the soy sauce it can even be Paleo or Whole 30 approved! Use the Recipes-by-Diet-Type Index to find more recipes like this one.

Roasted Asparagus with Soy-Sesame Glaze found on KalynsKitchen.com.

First, a huge thank you to everyone for the kind comments some of you have left on my post about Kalyn’s Kitchen turning 12 years old! The positive feedback from readers really is one of the things that makes blogging so rewarding.

Now, can we have one more idea for cooking asparagus, since I seem to be unable to pass it up when I see it in the market these days! Waaaaay back in 2007 I made Roasted Radishes with Soy Sauce and Toasted Sesame Seed, which ended up inspiring this Roasted Asparagus with Soy-Sesame Glaze. And then for 10 years the recipe hung around in the archives with a photo that was so gruesome I actually deleted it when I took these new ones. 

For the updated version I kept the asparagus spears whole and just used a pastry brush to glaze them with the soy-sesame mixture for the last bit of the cooking time. Then just sprinkle some toasted sesame seeds on and you have the most amazing roasted asparagus dish you could ever want! 

And this recipe is pretty much perfect for any type of diet, even Paleo or Whole 30 if you use Coconut Aminos instead of the soy sauce. And asparagus is low in calories too! I’m adding this to my collection of favorite Asparagus Recipes, and I do hope you will try it! And for those people who just can’t get excited about asparagus, you might like Quick Roasted Broccoli with Soy Sauce and Sesame Seeds which has similar flavors!

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Kalyn’s Kitchen Turns 12 Years Old!

Kalyn’s Kitchen Turns 12 Years Old!

Today I’m celebrating 12 years of Kalyn’s Kitchen with a question for all my faithful readers! And it’s been so much fun sharing recipes with you for 12 wonderful years; thanks for all the support!

Today Kalyn’s Kitchen is turning 12 years old, can you even believe it? I absolutely never imagined that happening or how blogging would impact my life when I wrote this humble little post 12 years ago today. I’ve shared the story about how I lost 42 Pounds and Became a Food Blogger many times, so I won’t repeat those details again, but what a life lesson this blog has been about how if you just keep working at something it can turn out to be so much more than you ever imagined!

Twelve years have brought so many changes in blogging and this blog that I couldn’t begin to list them all, but one thing that hasn’t ever changed is how absolutely rewarding it is when someone tells me how my recipes are helping them to eat healthier meals, lose weight, or control their blood sugar without having to give up delicious food. And this blog would never have lasted 12 years without the wonderful people who visit here often, and that support from readers means the world to me.

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10 Low-Carb Bowl Meals You’ll Make Over and Over!

10 Low-Carb Bowl Meals You’ll Make Over and Over!

Every Friday we spotlight low-carb recipes you might want to try over the weekend, and this Friday I’m featuring some of my favorites! 10 Low-Carb Bowl Meals You’ll Make Over and Over are all dinners I make often; hope you enjoy trying some of them. Check the Low-Carb Recipe Love Round-Ups Index to find more weekly round-ups like this one.

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I’m not completely sure why I got so enamored with meals in a bowl, but for quite a few years now I’ve been making assorted bowl meals with cabbage slaw, cauliflower rice, or spaghetti squash as the bottom layer, and interesting combinations of meat and veggies layered on top to finish the bowl. I absolutely love this type of dinner, and for this round-up I looked through the archives and picked what I think are the 10 Low-Carb Bowl Meals You’ll Make Over and Over!

10 Low-Carb Bowl Meals You'll Make Over and Over! [featured for Low-Carb Recipe Love on KalynsKitchen.com]
And one reason I’m pretty sure that you’ll find some bowl meal ideas here that you’ll want to make more than once is because some of these are my absolute favorite dinners, things I make often and even make for guests. You don’t assemble the bowl until you’re going to eat it, so some of these also work perfectly to eat some now, take some for lunch the next day, (unless you have a big family who eats it all in one meal!) 

There are a few bowl meals here that use the slow cooker, one that uses the Instant Pot, and a few that don’t need anything except a stove. And this is a pretty international collection, with some great flavors going on. Hope you enjoy trying some of my favorite bowl meals, and happy weekend everyone! 

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Low-Carb Roasted Italian Sausage and Sweet Mini Peppers Sheet Pan Meal

Low-Carb Roasted Italian Sausage and Sweet Mini Peppers Sheet Pan Meal

Low-Carb Roasted Italian Sausage and Sweet Mini Peppers Sheet Pan Meal is an easy and delicious dinner that’s low-carb, Keto, low-glycemic, gluten-free, and South Beach Diet friendly. Use the Recipes-by-Diet-Type Index to find more recipes like this one.

Low-Carb Roasted Italian Sausage and Sweet Mini-Peppers Sheet Pan Meal found on KalynsKitchen.com

A few years ago I got infatuated with a pre-cooked turkey Italian Sausage that I found at Costco and made a few recipes with it. Then Costco stopped carrying it (don’t you HATE IT when that happens) and I never found it again at another store. I am purposely not naming it, because you probably can’t find it either!

So recently I decided to re-do the recipe that used to be in this post and use the Jenni-O Turkey Italian Sausage I’m so fond of, and make it into a sheet pan meal. And since I was switching it up anyway, I got adventurous and switched the red and yellow bell pepper from the original recipe for Sweet Mini Peppers, another one of my Costco faves. (And the original recipe had red onion roasted with the sausage and peppers, which I skipped this time, but you can add that if you’d like.)

So here’s the new and improved version of the recipe which I’m now calling Low-Carb Roasted Italian Sausage and Sweet Mini Peppers Sheet Pan Meal. I am happy to no longer have a recipe here that no one can find the main ingredient for, and this updated version was a total yum! I especially loved the roasted sweet mini-peppers, which was something I hadn’t tried before.

Trust me when I say you will never miss the old recipe one bit! And if you like Italian sausage and peppers, this is about as easy as it gets for a quick low-carb and low-glycemic dinner. I think this would also be delicious with pork Italian sausage too, if you prefer that. 

I’ve been pretty enamored with Sheet Pan Meals this winter, but sheet pan meal weather is slowly changing into throw-something-on-the-grill weather, so don’t wait too long to make this or it might be too hot to use the oven!

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Instant Pot (or Stovetop) Low-Carb Loaded Cauliflower Mash

Instant Pot (or Stovetop) Low-Carb Loaded Cauliflower Mash

Instant Pot Low-Carb Loaded Cauliflower Mash is a quick and delicious low-carb side dish that everyone will love. And this tasty recipe is also Keto, low-glycemic, and gluten-free. Use the Recipes-by-Diet-Type Index to find more recipes like this one.

Instant Pot (or Stovetop) Low-Carb Loaded Cauliflower Mash found on KalynsKitchen.com

My recipe for Instant Pot Low-Carb Loaded Cauliflower Soup has been such a hit on the blog and with people in my huge extended family that I found myself wondering why those same flavors wouldn’t also be a winner in a mashed cauliflower dish. And although it took me two tries to perfect the technique of making a cauliflower mash in the Instant Pot, the end result was as delicious as I had imagined!

However, just in case you have not yet joined The Church of Instant Pot, I want to make it perfectly clear that you can also make this delicious loaded cauliflower mash in a pan on the stove using the instructions from Pureed Cauliflower with Garlic, Parmesan, and Goat Cheese, and the results will be just as good! So take your choice on the method, but if you like the idea of mashed cauliflower with butter, sharp cheddar, cream cheese, bacon, and green onion, I hope you’ll give this a try!

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Low-Carb Recipe Love: The BEST Low-Carb Recipes Using Leftover Ham

Low-Carb Recipe Love: The BEST Low-Carb Recipes Using Leftover Ham

Every Friday we spotlight low-carb recipes you might want to try over the weekend, and this Friday I’m sharing The BEST Low-Carb Recipes Using Leftover Ham! If you’re not having ham for Easter, you might even want to buy some to try these recipes! Check the Low-Carb Recipe Love Round-Ups Index to find more weekly round-ups.

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It’s Easter weekend, and even for those who don’t celebrate it as a religious holiday, Easter is definitely a sign of spring. Everyone loves that, don’t they? And many people love the traditional foods of spring as well.

When I think about Easter food, I think of all my favorite ways to cook asparagus, leg of lamb, boiled eggs (and later deviled eggs), and of course Easter ham

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And if you make ham for Easter, you almost always end up with leftover ham, so for this week’s Low-Carb Recipe Love I decided I’d share The BEST Low-Carb Recipes Using Leftover Ham. I hope you’ll find something that inspires you to cook over the weekend! And Happy Easter and Welcome Spring everyone!

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Fantastic Low-Carb Cheesecake with Cherry Topping

Fantastic Low-Carb Cheesecake with Cherry Topping

Fantastic Low-Carb Cheesecake with Cherry Topping is a wonderful dessert when you just need a treat! And this tasty cheesecake is low-carb, low-glycemic, gluten-free, and can be South Beach Diet friendly. Use the Recipes-by-Diet-Type Index to find more recipes like this one.

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Weeks ago I shared the recipe for Low-Carb No-Bake Cherry Cheesecake Dessert. And now that the weather is going to be getting warmer soon I’m following it up with this Fantastic Low-Carb Cheesecake with Cherry Topping that has to be baked. My bad. But I didn’t want to wait until next winter to share the updated photos for this recipe that I first posted in 2006, even if my timing was a little off!

I originally shared both those recipes in a single post, back in the days when blogging events were the thing to do and my friend Sam of Becks and Posh switched up an event usually called Sugar High Friday into one featuring recipes that were low in sugar. Sam has long since moved on from her blog, and I decided it was time for these two recipes to move on as well, each one into a post of its own with brand-spanking new photos!

And don’t think me lacking in humility by calling this FANTASTIC Low-Carb Cheesecake with Cherry Topping! Even though it really is pretty fantastic, the name came from the recipe I adapted from a low-carb cookbook; see below for more details! The original recipe called for a home-made graham cracker crust, which I skipped for this updated version as well, for even less carbs.

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Chicken and Roasted Asparagus with Tahini Sauce

Chicken and Roasted Asparagus with Tahini Sauce

Chicken and Roasted Asparagus with Tahini Sauce is an easy and amazing dinner idea that’s low-carb, Keto, low-glycemic, gluten-free (with gluten-free soy sauce), and South Beach Diet friendly. Use the Recipes-by-Diet-Type Index to find more recipes like this one.

Chicken and Roasted Asparagus with Tahini Sauce found on KalynsKitchen.com.

I know there have been quite a few Asparagus Recipes in the last few weeks, even Chicken and Asparagus, but this Chicken and Roasted Asparagus with Tahini Sauce was so amazing that I just couldn’t imagine waiting any longer to share the updated photos with you. And since I first made this in 2007, I think there’s a very good possibility that most of my current readers have never even noticed this back in the archives with a photo that was a bit ho-hum. Am I right?

You might not be familiar with Tahini, which is a paste made from crushed sesame seeds. It’s a common ingredient in hummus, baba ghanoush, and many sauces, and is used as a condiment on meat and vegetables in all parts of the middle east. The tahini adds amazing flavor to this sauce, especially if you use the Soom Tahini that I’m so fond of, but if you don’t want to buy Tahini for one recipe you can use creamy natural peanut butter instead for a slightly difference sauce that will still be delicious.

The original version of this coated the chicken in flour before browning it, and I couldn’t imagine why it wouldn’t work without that flour, and it did! And this recipe is as quick and easy as it is delicious. Start roasting the asparagus while you brown the large chicken breasts. Put the chicken on the sheet pan with the sheet pan to finish cooking in the oven while you whisk together the sauce. Slice chicken and arrange on a plate with the roasted asparagus, drizzle some sauce over, and dinner is on the table. If you like asparagus and Middle Eastern flavors this might become one of your new favorites!

Watch the slide show video to see the steps for this recipe. You can see more slide show videos on My You Tube Channel.

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Low-Carb Recipe Love: My Favorite Low-Carb Recipes with Pesto

Low-Carb Recipe Love: My Favorite Low-Carb Recipes with Pesto

Every Friday we spotlight low-carb recipes you might want to try over the weekend, and this Friday I’m sharing My Favorite Low-Carb Recipes with Pesto! Read below about why I’m featuring pesto when it’s not even summer yet, and check the Low-Carb Recipe Love Round-Ups Index to find more weekly round-ups.

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I know, pesto is a summer thing, right? So why am I sharing My Favorite Low-Carb Recipes with Pesto just when basil plants are showing up in the stores. There’s a reason, I promise!

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You see, for many years now I’ve been growing basil every summer and making Basil Pesto with Lemon and freezing it. And recently I got some lovely basil plants at the grocery store, and when I got home with them I realized I had a lot of these packets of frozen pesto in the freezer, and I better start cooking with pesto, ASAP!

So that’s the reason I had pesto on the brain and decided to feature My Favorite Low-Carb Recipes with Pesto for this week’s edition of Low-Carb Recipe Love.

My Favorite Low-Carb Recipes with Pesto featured for Low-Carb Recipe Love on KalynsKitchen.com
And if you don’t have pesto in the freezer, you can use my favorite purchased pesto to try these amazing recipes with pesto.

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Sauteed Asparagus with Melted Gorgonzola and Pine Nuts

Sauteed Asparagus with Melted Gorgonzola and Pine Nuts

This Sauteed Asparagus with Melted Gorgonzola and Pine Nuts was completely amazing; if you like asparagus and Gorgonzola you will love this combination! And this side dish treat is low-carb, Keto, low-glycemic, gluten-free, and South Beach Diet friendly. Use the Recipes-by-Diet-Type Index to find more recipes like this one.

Sauteed Asparagus with Melted Gorgonzola and Pine Nuts found on KalynsKitchen.com.

When I first made Sauteed Asparagus with Melted Gorgonzola and Pine Nuts way back in 2006, I said it was one of the best tasting things I had ever eaten in my life.  Now years and years later this is still one of my favorite ways to cook asparagus, even though I’ve tried a lot more asparagus recipes since I first made this one.

Actually if the original photo had been better I’m sure I would have included this recipe with my 20 Favorite Low-Carb Asparagus Recipes, and when I realized that I made it again last week and took better photos! I’m still on a bit of an asparagus binge, and it’s still going on sale here, so there may be a couple more asparagus recipes coming up this spring.

My apologies to the asparagus haters; if you’re one of those people who just can’t get much asparagus love going, I think this recipe would be divine with those thin green beans that you get at Costco. Beans might take slightly longer to cook, but probably not much for the thin ones.

Watch the slide show video to see the steps for this recipe. You can see more slide show videos on My You Tube Channel.

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