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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. 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!

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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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Slow Cooker  Louisiana-Style Red Beans and Rice

Slow Cooker Louisiana-Style Red Beans and Rice

This Slow Cooker version of Louisiana-Style Beans and Rice is a recipe I’ve loved for years, and it’s dairy-free, gluten-free, low-glycemic, and South Beach Diet Phase Two; use the Recipes-by-Diet-Type Index to find more recipes like this one.

Slow Cooker  Louisiana-Style Red Beans and Rice found on KalynsKitchen.com

Mardi gras is coming up this weekend, and that makes me think of this Slow Cooker Louisiana-Style Red Beans and Rice, a recipe I’ve been making for years and years now. Red Beans and Rice has a surge of popularity every so often on the blog, and if you’ve never tried it this would be a fun one to make over the weekend, even if you don’t have any Mardi Gras beads! I also love Slow Cooker Red Beans and Rice Soup, if you’d like a slightly different take on this New Orleans classic. I use low-glycemic Uncle Ben’s Converted Rice for both these recipes, and I bet this would also be pretty good with cauliflower rice if you wanted to try reducing the carbs even more.

I make it the way I enjoyed it in New Orleans, with a scoop of rice over the creamy beans. I first went to New Orleans sometime in the early 1990s, attending the National Education Association Representative Assembly, representing my local teacher’s association. Of course, I was captivated by the food, and I tried many things that I’d never eaten before.

I went back to New Orleans several more times for meetings, and one dish I always sampled whenever I saw it on the menu was Red Beans and Rice, which I came to realize was one of those dishes that every Louisiana cook makes just a little differently.

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Low-Carb Slow Cooker Mushroom Lover’s Pot Roast

Low-Carb Slow Cooker Mushroom Lover’s Pot Roast

People who like mushrooms will love this Low-Carb Slow Cooker Mushroom Lover’s Pot Roast; this tasty main dish is also Keto, low-glycemic, gluten-free, and South Beach Diet friendly, and could easily be Paleo or Whole 30. Use the Recipes-by-Diet-Type Index to find more recipes like this one.

Low-Carb Slow Cooker Mushroom Lover's Pot Roast found on KalynsKitchen.com.

Way back in the archives on the blog there’s a recipe called Stove Top Pot Roast with Mushrooms and Sage, and when I stumbled across it recently, it inspired me to create a slow cooker version of pot roast smothered with mushrooms. The other inspiration for this Low-Carb Slow Cooker Mushroom Lover’s Pot Roast was a new brand of mushroom bouillon cubes that I just had to try in a recipe!

If you don’t have mushroom bouillon cubes or concentrate, I hope you’ll get some before you make this, because that’s what makes the pot roast so flavorful! There are lots of good brands, and if your store doesn’t carry them you can follow the link above and see a variety of options on Amazon.com. The one I used had only 2 carbs in a cube, but check the ingredients if you’re looking for one that’s gluten-free or Paleo. (There are some more photos of mushroom bouillon cubes in the stove top post roast recipe linked above.)

I served this to my niece Kara‘s family, which has mostly mushroom haters, but everyone liked the pot roast and Kara and I enjoyed the mushrooms. Even the seven year old who isn’t a big meat eater ate some of this.

I already shared some Low-Carb Menus for Valentine’s Day, but if you didn’t pick one yet I think this pot roast would be a hit with Valentines who love mushrooms.

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

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

This Instant Pot Low-Carb Loaded Cauliflower Soup is going to be one I’ll make over and over, and this tasty soup is also Keto, 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.

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

Even though I try to share lots of low-carb Super Bowl Recipes, I know some of you definitely had some carb-loaded foods while you were watching the game, am I right? Personally I find special occasions like that to be the hardest time to practice carb-conscious eating, and my family is (cough) not known for bringing low-carb options when I’m hosting either, which I was yesterday. 

So if you’re thinking about getting back on track today, I have a real treat for you. This Instant Pot Low-Carb Loaded Cauliflower Soup was absolutely amazing; I promise you that no one will think about low-carb diets while they’re eating this soup.

Kara and I created this recipe just last week, but I couldn’t wait to share it with you! We started by looking at my recipe for Low-Carb Cauliflower and Mushroom Pressure Cooker Soup with Parmesan and just adapted it into a creamy cauliflower soup topped with cheese, sour cream, bacon, and sliced green onions.

Our only regret was that we hadn’t made a bigger batch, and even with the 6 quart Instant Pot that I have, you could definitely double the recipe if you’d like. And of course you can use a stovetop pressure cooker or another Electric Pressure Cooker if that’s what you have. For those who haven’t caught the Instant Pot fever just yet, I’m going to give stovetop direction as well, because this soup would be super simple to make on the stove.

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Vegan Picadillo Lentil Stew with Peppers and Green Olives

Vegan Picadillo Lentil Stew with Peppers and Green Olives

This Vegan Picadillo Lentil Stew is a delicious meatless dish with a hint of chocolate and just a touch of spiciness. And this tasty recipe is also low-glycemic, gluten-free, and South Beach Diet friendly. Use the Recipes-by-Diet-Type Index to find more recipes like this one.

Vegan Picadillo Lentil Stew with Peppers and Green Olives found on KalynsKitchen.com.

My nephew Jake has been cooking with me for the blog since 2011, and this Vegan Picadillo Lentil Stew with Sweet Bell Peppers and Green Olives is still one of his favorite recipes out of all the recipes we’ve tried together. We first spotted the recipe in The South Beach Diet Super Quick Cookbook, and I loved the sound of a stew with lentils, sweet bell peppers, green olives, onion, garlic, chile powder and a hint of cocoa powder.

Then when we tried the recipe Jake and I kicked it up a little, adding oregano, some canned tomatoes, a bit of Green Tabasco Sauce and extra  green olives.  We ate this with a generous shake of green Tobasco, and it made a satisfying meatless dish that we loved from the very first bite. 

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Paleo Italian Beef Stew with Zucchini, Mushrooms, and Basil

Paleo Italian Beef Stew with Zucchini, Mushrooms, and Basil

This easy Paleo Italian Beef Stew with Zucchini, Mushrooms, and Basil will be a hit with beef stew fans, and the recipe is also Whole 30, 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.

Paleo Italian Beef Stew with Zucchini, Mushrooms, and Basil found on KalynsKitchen.com

Back in 2005 I posted Leftover Roast Beef Italian Stew, and that recipe was definitely the inspiration for this Paleo Italian Beef Stew with Zucchini, Mushrooms, and Basil. But let’s face it, now that beef is a lot more expensive most people don’t have leftover roast beef all that often, am I right?

So this updated Italian beef stew starts with chuck roast that’s simmered with tomatoes, herbs, and beef stock to tenderize the meat. Then onions, peppers, zucchini, and mushrooms are each briefly sauteed and added to the stew. It’s finished with chopped fresh basil, chopped basil in a tube, or you can use my beloved frozen basil if you’re lucky enough to have some.

Cooking the vegetables separately and adding them at the end keeps them firmer and more flavorful in the finished stew, and the touch of basil flavor is wonderful. This stew has all the Italian flavors I love, hope you’ll give it a try! And this reheats very well, so don’t be afraid to make the full recipe even if you’re not cooking for that many people.

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Low-Carb Fish Taco Cabbage Bowl

Low-Carb Fish Taco Cabbage Bowl

Jake and I loved everything about these Low-Carb Fish Taco Cabbage Bowls and this recipe is also Keto, low-glycemic, gluten-free, South Beach Diet friendly, and it can even be Paleo or Whole 30 with the right ingredient choices! Use the Recipes-by-Diet-Type Index to find more recipes like this one.

Low-Carb Fish Taco Cabbage Bowl found on KalynsKitchen.com
(During January I’m spotlighting a few of my favorite low-carb recipes along with the new ones, and trust me when I say that these Low-Carb Fish Taco Cabbage Bowls are really a WOW. My sister Sandee loves this recipe and makes it over and over.)

I have high standards about what recipes actually end up making an appearance on Kalyn’s Kitchen, so if you see a recipe here you know I really enjoyed the dish. And then in that growing collection of recipes I enjoyed, occasionally something pops up that’s a complete wow! These Low-Carb Fish Taco Cabbage Bowls were so delicious that when my nephew Jake and I tested the recipe, we both kept saying over and over how good they were.

The Low-Carb Fish Taco Cabbage Bowls are definitely an offspring of the Sriracha Beef Cabbage Bowls I made last year, also a wow for me. Obviously I love cabbage, so if you’re not a cabbage fan this may not be for you. However, if you like fish tacos with slaw and spicy mayo dressing give this a try and I bet you’ll love it just like I did for a quick and healthy dinner!

Watch the steps for this recipe. See more slide show videos on My You Tube Channel.

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Low-Carb Stuffed Pepper Soup

Low-Carb Stuffed Pepper Soup

Enjoy stuffed pepper flavors without the carbs with this delicious Low-Carb Stuffed Pepper Soup. And this tasty soup is also Keto, low-glycemic, gluten-free, and South Beach Diet Phase One. Use the Recipes-by-Diet-Type Index to find more recipes like this one.

Low-Carb Stuffed Pepper Soup found on KalynsKitchen.com

Back in the archives of the blog there’s a popular recipe called Stuffed Pepper Soup. If you’re not watching your carbs, that’s a delicious soup recipe made from all the ingredients you might use in stuffed peppers like green bell pepper, onion, sausage, ground beef, tomatoes, and herbs. There are a few added ingredients to add flavor, and there is also rice. The soup doesn’t have a huge amount of rice in each serving and I use low-glycemic Uncle Ben’s Converted Rice, but it’s still too much rice for it to be considered a low-carb recipe.

I did say in the notes after the Stuffed Pepper Soup Recipe that I thought it would work well with cauliflower rice, so I’m not so sure why it took me so long to try it. But I can happily report that this Low-Carb Stuffed Pepper Soup (with cauliflower rice) is absolutely the bomb! I’ve already eaten some of my leftovers and I have more in the freezer waiting for a cold night.

We used frozen cauliflower rice which also made it easy, and the frozen cauliflower pieces were nice and small and cooked quickly, but you could definitely use chopped cauliflower and just cook it a bit longer. In the low-carb version we used a bit more sausage and left out the mushrooms, but you could add some chopped mushrooms if you’d like. And if you like all those stuffed pepper flavors I described above, I hope you’ll try this soup!

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Low-Carb Green Chile and Cheese Egg Muffins

Low-Carb Green Chile and Cheese Egg Muffins

These Green Chile and Cheese Egg Muffins are a great make-ahead breakfast, and even when the vegetable crisper is empty I usually have ingredients for these in the house. And this tasty egg muffins variation is low-carb, Keto, low-glycemic, gluten-free, and South Beach Diet Phase One. Use the Recipes-by-Diet-Type Index to find more recipes like this one.

Low-Carb Green Chile and Cheese Egg Muffins found on KalynsKitchen.com

(I’m spotlighting some of my favorite low-carb recipes along with the new ones for the first few weeks of January, and these Green Chile and Cheese Egg Muffins use ingredients I almost always have in the house!)

There have been a lot of different Grab-and-Go Egg Muffins on the menu since I first made a recipe like this clear back in 2006, but these Green Chile and Cheese Egg Muffins are a version I make over and over again.

Partly it’s because I just love green chiles and cheese, but another reason these are such a repeater at my house is that even when my fridge or veggie crisper is a bit bare, I nearly always have the canned green chiles, grated cheese, and eggs to make these. (And we’ve been talking about Five Ingredients or Less Recipes lately, and this is another favorite that fits in that category.)

And these days I like them spicy! I used to use only half a 4 oz. can of diced green chiles in this recipe, and now I make them spicier with a full can, and these days I buy whole green chiles in a can and cut them up myself. The photo for this favorite egg muffin variation were looking a bit shabby, so recently when I made them I took some new photos; hope you enjoy trying this favorite breakfast of mine!

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