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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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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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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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Chicken and Asparagus with Three Cheeses

Chicken and Asparagus with Three Cheeses

This casserole with Chicken, Asparagus and Three Cheeses is a delicious and easy low-carb dinner that’s also Keto, low-glycemic, gluten-free, and you could eat it as a treat for the South Beach Diet too. Use the Recipes-by-Diet-Type Index to find more recipes like this one.

Chicken and Asparagus with Three Cheeses found on KalynsKitchen.com

Chicken and Asparagus with Three Cheeses is a delicious and easy casserole recipe that’s been hanging out in the archives with a photo that probably wouldn’t have enticed anyone to make it, so when I saw asparagus on sale this week for $1.49 a pound, I decided to give this recipe a photo makeover! And wow, was it ever delicious. 

Yesterday when I was editing the photos I remembered I had some leftovers in the fridge and I gobbled those up for lunch and started thinking about how soon I could make this again. And this recipe is an easy combination that would be impressive enough to serve for dinner guests.

The only thing slightly tricky about this dish is not to cook the sauce too long or bake it too long or the sauce will separate. This is an ongoing issue for me with sauces when they aren’t thickened with flour or cornstarch, but even if that happens, this will still be delicious! And for me asparagus going on sale is one of the sure signs that spring is coming, and since Salt Lake had a big snow storm earlier this week, I am really longing for the end of winter. So this is for all the other asparagus fans who are excited to have fresh asparagus season on the horizon!

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Instant Pot (or Stovetop) Low-Carb Taco Soup

Instant Pot (or Stovetop) Low-Carb Taco Soup

Use the Instant Pot or another pressure cooker to make this tasty Instant Pot Low-Carb Taco Soup, or make Low-Carb Taco Soup on the stove if you prefer. And this delicious soup 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 Stovetop) Low-Carb Taco Soup found on KalynsKitchen.com

Have you joined The Church of Instant Pot yet? I’m kidding of course, but some people are so into their Instant Pots that it does sometimes seem almost like a religion. I do like the Instant Pot a lot, but I also think it’s not for everything, and lots of Instant Pot recipes can also be made on the stovetop if you have just a bit more time.

But I do love the way the Instant Pot intensifies flavors and keeps the colors vivid in the food, and it’s the spicy Ground Ancho Chile Pepper that gives this Instant Pot (or Stovetop) Low-Carb Taco Soup that beautiful dark red color. If you don’t have Ancho chile, your soup might be a little lighter in color with regular Chili Powder, but it will still be delicious. I did use a generous amount of both Ancho and regular chili powder for a spicy result, but if you’re not that much into spicy foods, just cut it down a bit.

I adapted this recipe from the popular Easy Taco Soup recipe on the blog, and if you’d like to make this on the stove just use these ingredients but consult that recipe for the timing for stovetop cooking. To cut down the carbs, I used a chopped Poblano chile pepper and a chopped red bell pepper to replace the beans. If you’re not a low-carb eater, you can cut down on those peppers and add some beans to the Instant Pot version if you’d like. 

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CrockPot Sweet and Spicy Ground Turkey and Sweet Potato Stew with Coconut Milk

CrockPot Sweet and Spicy Ground Turkey and Sweet Potato Stew with Coconut Milk

For something a bit unusual to make in the slow cooker, try this delicious CrockPot Sweet and Spicy Ground Turkey and Sweet Potato Stew with Coconut Milk. This is great over cauliflower rice, and it’s gluten-free, dairy-free, low-glycemic, and South Beach Diet phase two. Use the Recipes-by-Diet-Type Index to find more recipes like this one.

CrockPot Sweet and Spicy Ground Turkey and Sweet Potato Stew Recipe with Coconut Milk found on KalynsKitchen.com.

I’m still engaged in the ongoing process of updating older recipe favorites where I feel the photos are not up to current standards, and if you scroll down and see the original photo for this CrockPot Sweet and Spicy Ground Turkey and Sweet Potato Stew Recipe with Coconut Milk, you’ll understand why I wanted better photos! The recipe started out as a sweet and spicy pork stew I spotted in Real Simple Magazine years ago, and my version with ground turkey has had quite a few fans through the years.

Of course you know how I am; when I’m updating a recipe I often make a few small changes that I feel will improve it from the original version. In this recipe I originally added a little brown sugar to balance out the flavor of the sweetener, but this time I used a blend of Stevia-in-the-Raw granulated sweetener and my new favorite granulated Monkfruit sweetener with good results. (Read here about why I like Monk Fruit Sweetener if it’s new to you.) I also upped the amount of turkey for more protein and this time I ate the stew over cauliflower rice instead of the Uncle Ben’s Brown Rice I used in the original recipe. 

This recipe cooks on high in the slow cooker and it’s done in about three hours, so it would be a good option to start after lunch on the weekend, and if you’re lucky you might even have some leftovers to eat during the week!

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 Roasted Asian Shrimp and Brussels Sprouts Sheet Pan Meal

Low-Carb Roasted Asian Shrimp and Brussels Sprouts Sheet Pan Meal

We loved this Low-Carb Roasted Asian Shrimp and Brussels Sprouts Sheet Pan Meal, and this tasty dinner idea is also Keto, low-glycemic, gluten-free (with gluten-free soy sauce), dairy-free, and South Beach Diet friendly! Use the Recipes-by-Diet-Type Index to find more recipes like this one.

Roasted Asian Shrimp and Brussels Sprouts Sheet Pan Meal found on KalynsKitchen.com.

Have you noticed I’ve gotten a little infatuated with Sheet Pan Meals? And it seems like other people are crushing on them too, because the Low-Carb Chicken Stir-Fry Sheet Pan Meal I posted in January has been wildly popular on the blog and on Pinterest as well.

Kara and I both loved the sauce on that Chicken Stir-Fry Sheet Pan Meal, and we’re both huge fans of roasted brussels sprouts, so that’s what inspired this Low-Carb Roasted Asian Shrimp and Brussels Sprouts Sheet Pan Meal, and we loved this combination just as much.  And I ended up with the leftovers, which I am happy to report were not bad at all warmed up in the microwave. I devoured them for lunch the next day.

We used jumbo-size frozen shrimp which I realize are probably a splurge for most budgets, but if you like shrimp I hope you’ll try this for a special low-carb dinner. And if brussels sprouts are just a no-go at your house, you might like this Spicy Roasted Shrimp and Green Beans (or Broccoli) Sheet Pan Meal instead!

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