PAKODE (Indian Fritters)

Don’t you love it when you find a traditional recipe that fits into your lifestyle just as it is? This is not a fake, low-carb version of anything, but a tried and true, classic recipe from India. Read below to find out about the special ingredient in these crispy, crunchy fritters and why they are an exception to the standard rules of keotogenic dieting. GOBHI PAKODE (Cauliflower Fritters) I used the old method for making these the first time I tried them. It required rubbing…

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CHOCOLATE COLLAGEN BARS

We are most vulnerable to the lure of junk foods when the munchies strike and we just want a quick snack. These handy, healthful, and portable bars can help you resist the doughnuts in the break room or the pizza, pretzels, and cinnamon buns at the food court. I prefer to make my own bars because it is really easy and I can control what is in them. I use quality ingredients and my bars are not cooked so those ingredients stay fresh and the fats…

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QUICK CHOCOLATE CAKE-IN-A-CUP

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You could be eating ooey, gooey, chocolatey cake in a matter of minutes! Ingredients: 2 tablespoons almond flour 1 tablespoon coconut flour 1 tablespoon cocoa powder ½ teaspoon baking powder A pinch of salt 1 large egg 1 tablespoon Natural Mate,* equal to 2 tablespoons sugar 1 tablespoon melted butter or coconut oil ½ teaspoon vanilla extract 2 tablespoons sugar-free chocolate chips 2 tablespoons additional sugar-free chocolate chips for topping Whipped cream or ice cream and berries for garnish, optional Directions: Combine almond and coconut…

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CRISP WAFFLES AND LOW-CARB MAPLE SYRUP WITH VIDEO

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If you think hot, crisp waffles, topped with butter and thick, sweet maple syrup are off the table on a low-carb diet, I’ve got good news for you! LOW CARB MAPLE SYRUP This simple, no-cook faux maple syrup adds the final touch for my new waffles. The syrup becomes thicker and clearer after it stands; make it first so you will have it on hand when you get the urge to indulge.  Ingredients: 1/3 cup Natural Mate,* equal to 2/3 cup sugar 1/2 teaspoon xanthan gum…

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PORK MEATBALLS WITH SOUR CREAM GRAVY

< Anything you can do with ground beef you can do with pork and it will be juicier and more tender as well as less expensive. Ground, pasture-raised and heiritage pork make great burgers, meatloaf, and this fantastic meatball dish that tastes like Stroganoff. I served it over tender shredded cabbage “noodles” with sour cream gravy that needs no thickener or starch. Ingredients: 2 tablespoons high-heat cooking fat, such as lard, bacon fat, light olive oil 3/4 cup of chopped onion 1 pound ground pork…

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BUNS, BEAUTIFUL BUNS!

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I’ve added another bread to my repertoire! I hope you will love these buns as much as we do. They are perfect for burgers and sandwiches or they can be toasted, buttered, and spread with sugar-free jam. They are low-carb, gluten-free, grain-free, and flax-free.  Ingredients: 3/4 cup almond, cashew, or other nut or seed flour 2 Tbsp psyllium husk powder 1 Tbsp hemp hearts, chopped nuts, or shelled sunflower seeds 1 Tbsp sesame seeds or other add-ins, optional (*See Tips and Notes    below for…

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BARBECUE SAUCE REINVENTED

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“Home grown tomatoes,  Home grown tomatoes, What would life be like without homegrown tomatoes? Only two things that money can’t buy, That’s true love and home grown tomatoes.”   ~~from the song, Home Grown Tomatoes by Guy Clark. Like it or not, life without tomatoes is a reality for many of us for a number of reasons. First, allergies to tomatoes and other members of the nightshade family are quite common. Second, Dr. Richard Bernstein says tomatoes are too high in glucose for those with…

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BEYOND HAMBURGERS: 15 LOW CARB GROUND BEEF RECIPES

Grass-fed ground beef is available at some of my local stores now, but grass-fed roasts, chops, and steaks are harder to find. One butcher told me he quit ordering the more expensive cuts because they didn’t sell fast enough and he always had to mark them down. I have to admit, the prices are a deterrent for me too. As a result, ground beef has become a staple in my diet and I’m always looking for new ways to cook it. Here are some of…

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