FOOD & RECIPES

Discover All the Tasty Ways You Can Eat Low Carb Right Here!

Knowing the principles and techniques that make a low-carb diet work is not enough. You have to know how to squeeze those tips and tricks into your lifestyle. You want food that tastes good, is easy to make, and will get rid of any of those pesky feelings of deprivation.

Am I right?

Here, you'll find links to all of the low-carb recipes I've published since this blog's humble beginnings in 2007. 

If you have a special request for a recipe or food idea, please let me know. I can be reached at:

Lavender.Rose27@yahoo.com

Most of the recipes are gluten free, but I do have some recipes that use high-gluten alternative flours. 

Recipes that are okay for Induction are marked with an *.

Below the recipes are posts with meal and snack ideas, individual low-carb foods, such as flour alternatives, and posts on eating low carb on a budget.

Don't forget to check out our Holiday page. There, you'll find posts on Cinco de Mayo, how to make Superbowl goodies, and tips for all special occasions.



Appetizers and Snacks

How to Make Your Own Salty Chicken Broth - Got the Atkins Flu? If so, then your electrolytes might be out of balance. The number one reason for not feeling good on Induction is a sodium deficiency. This recipe for salty chicken broth will help to get your sodium intake up, and can be used for soups, stews, sauces, and low-carb gravy.

Armadillo Eggs - If you love hot poppers, you'll really flip over this stuffed hot-pepper twist that combines a chunky egg salad with cream cheese and bacon.

Real Strawberry Popsicles - No need to buy expensive, chemical-filled sugar-free frozen treats, these fruity popsicles are the real deal!


Main Dishes


Easy Chicken Pizza Recipe - Are you craving pizza? Then this is the recipe for you. Learn how we used to make pizza in 1999, and get an easy way to satisfy your pizza craving by using fresh, whole chicken breast.

Green Beans with Ham (Crock Pot Recipe) - If you love ham and green beans, this super-easy tasty soup or side dish is pack with flavor. Just toss the ingredients into the crock pot and let it simmer all day. For a side dish, simply use a slotted spoon to scoop out the good stuff.

Authentic Beef and Broccoli - This is a restaurant-style, authentic recipe for broccoli-beef that works well, even with cheap cuts of beef or pork. Don't try to skip the baking soda. It's an essential step of the authentic process.

Braised Chicken Quarters - This is a quick-and-easy skillet dish that combines diet cherry or vanilla Coke with reduced-sugar catsup and a little more sweetener to make a tasty sauce.

Chicken Alfredo Bake* - Suitable for Atkins Induction, this chicken-and-broccoli casserole is so tasty and rich, you won't miss the pasta!

Low Carb Chicken and Biscuits Using Carbquick - This is a recipe I used to make before going gluten free. It uses Carbquick baking mix to make low-carb drop biscuits that bake on top of a hearty chicken stew. 

Chicken Nuggets* - A must-have for those new to a low-carb diet, this easy recipe uses crushed pork rinds, Parmesan cheese, and Italian seasonings to make a nugget that's so good, you won't know it was made with pork skins.

Chili-Garlic Chicken* - One of my favorite meals for lunch, this easy stir-fry takes advantage of a spicy chili-garlic sauce found in the Oriental section of any grocery store.

Crispy Sesame Chicken Wings* - These crispy wings are super delicious! Marinated in a homemade sesame-teriyaki sauce that's spiked with pungent fresh ginger, they make an extra-special holiday treat or main dish for company.

Crockpot Chicken BBQ Style* - I'm not a pro when it comes to using the crockpot, but I was so taken back by the rich flavor of the braised chicken quarters above that I tried to make them in the slow-cooker.

Easier Hot Wings* - Hot wings are a favorite low-carb dish of almost everyone. This recipe kicks the sauce up a notch by adding real butter and spices before pouring it over the extra-crispy baked chicken wings.

Easy Shish Kabobs* - A staple at our house, this easy recipe came from my very first experience with Shish Kabobs. I now barbecue them up with chicken and sausage threaded onto separate skewers.

Eggplant Lasagna* - This is a super-easy way to make a mock lasagna when low carb. Unlike zucchini lasagna recipes, this casserole comes out thick-and-rich like a high-class lasagna should be.

Heroin Wings* - Originally from Dana Carpenter's first low-carb cookbook, these buttery, Parmesan cheese coated wings come out tasting just like authentic fried chicken wings!

Indoor Grilled Chicken, Low-Carb Style* - When I first created the Italian-style marinade for these tasty chicken breasts, I was using an indoor grill. Today, I make these flavorful wonders in a skillet, or I marinate several legs and thighs and toss them into the oven.

Magic Soup...Plus More* - Winter is the perfect time to whip up a huge pot of soup, and this easy chicken and cabbage stew contains a magic ingredient you won't expect: minced ginger!

Maple-Cinnamon Pork Kabobs* - These tasty pork loin and sausage kabobs are marinaded with tangy apple-cider vinegar, soy sauce, and sugar-free maple syrup. I tossed in some cinnamon to make them even more flavorful.

Meal Replacement Shakes* - I made a lot of homemade protein shakes when I was in the weight-loss phase. This was the basic recipe I used. Contains dozens of variations and ideas.

Orange-Ginger Pork Chops* - These unique pork chops use orange-flavored Crystal light to replace the orange juice found in traditional recipes. Spiced with black pepper, freshly minced garlic, and a touch of garlic, these broiled chops can be ready to eat in 20 minutes.

Oriental Chicken with Green Beans* - Oriental food and low carb go hand-in-hand if you kick the rice and noodles to the curb. This special recipe uses an orange-flavored Davinci sugar-free coffee syrup sweetened with Splenda to make the traditional stir-fry just as yummy without the rice.

Oven-Fried Tilapia* - I don't eat a lot of fish, but the crushed pork rinds and coconut crust that encases the fish fillets makes any mild fish tasty and juicy. This recipe also heats up well the next day.

Pork Chops with Mushroom Gravy* - If you're missing creamy gravy, this mushroom sauce is rich and thick, just like homemade cream of mushroom soup. Don't let the chili powder scare you off, as it's barely noticeable once the pork chops are done. If you don't like coconut milk, this recipe also works with heavy cream.
  
Sweet-and-Sour Pork - If you're craving real, honest-to-goodness Sweet N Sour Pork made with those little deep-fried pork balls, I got you covered. Made with Carbquick baking mix and cherry-flavored Crystal Light, these little gems made a nice enough meal to serve to company.

Taco Salad* - An everyday staple, taco salad is a low-carb staple. This version is made with ground turkey, but ground beef or even pork would work as well. Taco seasoning normally contains sugar and starches, so I've included a recipe for that too. As a second bonus, you'll also learn how to make your own homemade salsa, as well.



Low-Carb Breads and Side Dishes


Perfect 1-Minute Muffin* - If you haven't heard about 1-minute microwave muffins yet, you're really missing out. A quick-and-easy breakfast or sandwich bread, ground flaxmeal is almost all fiber, so these little gems make a nice-and-hearty almost no-carb muffin.

Pumpkin Casserole - Need a substitute for Thanksgiving sweet potatoes? Pumpkin makes an excellent alternative. Spiked with caramel Splenda-sweetened Davinci coffee syrup, this casserole comes out buttery, rich, and chock-full of coconut and nuts.

Atkins 1972 Revolution Rolls - My Way* - This recipe is a must-have for those on Atkins Induction. Sometimes called Oopsies or Cloud Bread, these rolls resemble small angel food cakes, but they are sturdy enough to hold up to your favorite burger. Tossing them into a zip-lock bag and chilling them overnight in the refrigerator is not optional. It's the wait time that gets rid of the eggy taste and causes their texture to change into something bread-like.


Salads and Veggies


Tangerine-Walnut Coleslaw - This is my favorite cole slaw recipe. Spiked with tangerine juice and peel, this tangy salad is the perfect side dish to serve to guests.

Yummie Spinach Pie* - This tasty dish resembles a spinach quiche, but pretty enough for company. Stuffed with spinach, mushrooms, and cream cheese, this pie is hearty and nutritious enough to eat for breakfast as well as dinner.
     
Zucchini-Tomato Medley* - This simply stir-fry makes a great side dish. Spiked with olive oil, garlic, and basil, it will make your house smell as good as it tastes.

Fresh Cucumber and Tomato Salsa* - I love experimenting with odd combinations and stumbled onto a winner when I tossed a must-use-up cucumber into our Pico de Gallo one day. If you don't like cucumber, just leave it out. This fresh salsa is great either way.

How to Make the Perfect Low-Carb Salad and Dressings* - Salad is a low-carb mainstay, so you don't want to serve up the exact same salad every day. This recipe walks you through the do's and don'ts of making a terrific salad and includes our favorite recipes for Blue Cheese, Caesar, Italian, Thousand Island, and Ranch-style salad dressings. 


Sauces


Honey Mustard Sauce* - Not really made with honey, this spicy faux honey-mustard sauce makes a great dip for hard-boiled eggs.

LC Barbecue Sauce - This makes a simple, yet rich, barbecue sauce that works well for grilling or dipping.

Tartar Sauce* - Fish and tartar sauce go hand-in-hand, but you don't need to buy the expensive stuff that comes in a jar. This sauce is extremely easy to make at home with mayo, dill relish, a little Dijon and some spices.

Beverages


Crystal Light Slushies* - When Splenda-sweetened diet sodas were difficult to find, I used to take Splenda-sweetened Crystal Light and mixed it with club soda. If you don't care about the type of sweetener used, you can do the same thing with lemon-lime soda. If you freeze it, you'll have an easy, homemade slushy.


Desserts


Chocolate Mayonnaise Pound Cake - This real-life low-carb chocolate cake is made with almond flour, vital wheat gluten, and rich cocoa powder. It does contain low-glycemic sugar alcohols because chocolate is bitter when you just use Splenda. The low-carb cream cheese frosting uses butter and cream cheese for substance. It's so rich and thick that you won't even know it's low carb.

Easy Apple Blueberry Crisp - This wintery fruit crisp uses Splenda sweetened apple pie filling, rich blueberries, and a buttery, crumbly topping made of almond flour, pecans, and coconut.

Easy Strawberry Pie - Nothing tastes better than a fresh strawberry pie, and this low-carb recipe makes one of the best fruit pies I've ever had. With its easy almond flour crust and help from sugar-free gelatin and pudding, you won't be able to tell that this isn't the real thing.

Strawberry Shortcake - Once you learn how to make a great Revolution Roll, you can use the same batter to make a fabulous sponge cake. Just cook it in an angel food cake pan. Once done, you can easily turn it into this superb strawberry shortcake by topping it with fresh strawberries and real whipped cream.





Meal and Snack Ideas


Zero-Carb Diet Recipes and Ideas - If you're on a zero-carb diet, or thinking about trying it, this article offers lots of zero-carb recipes and ideas to keep you from getting bored. Eating without carbs isn't as difficult as you think.

12 Low-Carb Breakfast Ideas to Make Mornings Easier - Breakfast seems to be the most difficult meal of the day for those on a low-carb diet, so this article offers a different solution: skip the dieting mindset and just eat low carb! To help with your transformation, we've come up with 12 tasty low-carb breakfast recipes to get you started.

What Can I Eat on Atkins Induction? - No matter which version of the Atkins Diet you're doing, getting through the first two weeks can be rough. This article explains how to do Atkins Induction correctly, and then offers hundreds of great ideas and low-carb recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks.

What Can I Eat on Low Carb? - If you're struggling to come up with terrific food ideas for your Keto, Atkins Phase 2, Nutritional Ketosis, or other LCHF diet, in this article, I share everything I used to eat while losing over 100 pounds.

Low-Carb Diet Templates for Atkins Induction and OWL - Although this low-carb menu planner was designed with the Atkins Diet in mind, there is a wealth of information that's appropriate for a standard low-carb diet, as well.

How to Get Into Ketosis in Less Than 3 Days - If you have extreme insulin resistance and need to follow a very low-carb diet, you'll find the 3-day menu in this article helpful.

7-Day Ketogenic Diet Menu for Atkins Induction - If you're doing a 20-net carb low-carb diet, this article offers an extremely simple 7-day menu that can help you keep your carbs ultra low.

9 Creative Ways to Make Your Low-Carb Diet More Fun (And Less Boring!) - If you're bored with your low-carb diet, don't bail quite yet. Take a look at these 9 creative ways to spice up your low-carb diet first. 

Low-Carb Food and Ingredients


How Does Alcohol Affect Fat Metabolism? - The effects of alcohol on the state of ketosis is one of the most popular questions I'm asked, so this article explains Dr. Atkins view, and details exactly how it affects the metabolism. Get tips and advice for adding a little fun to your low-carb diet.

Low-Carb Flour Alternatives - Part of making a low-carb diet work is to start out with recipes that closely resemble how you used to eat before. This extensive list of low-carb flour substitutes can help you reach for the best flour alternative for that chicken nugget or favorite meatloaf. 

Are You Using Too Much Heavy Cream in Your Coffee? - Has your weight loss stalled before you reached goal weight? Maybe you are using too much heavy cream in your coffee. This article shares one man's experience with mindlessly consuming too much cream and what happened when he cut back.

Perfect for Summer Fruit Lists for All Low-Carb Diets - Most low-carb dieters are afraid of fruit, due to their high glycemic index, but many fruits can easily fit into your carb allowance. This article shares extensive fruit lists for Atkins 20 and 40, the Keto Diet, and Atkins 72.
Are Low Carb Meals and Snacks Gluten Free? - Many low-carb products use pure gluten flour and other high-gluten ingredients, such as wheat starch, in their recipes. Learn what gluten free really means and some of the complexities involved in trying to do a low-carb gluten-free diet.

Gluten-Free Results from the 30-Day No-Gluten Experiment - In April of 2009, I went gluten free for 30 days. This article shares the result of that experiment, and why I decided to go completely gluten free without an official diagnosis.

Cracker Barrel's Low-Carb Breakfast Review (It's Not What They Claim) - Get a detailed account of what happened when my in-laws and I tried to eat at Cracker Barrel while on a low-carb diet. (This was before I went gluten free, but the experience played a huge part in the final decision to get divorced from gluten.)

The Truth About Sugar Substitutes - Sugar alternatives are a hot topic for low-carb dieters. They come with loads of controversy. This article looks at some of the problems specific to low-carb diets, and shares a list of the glycemic index of popular sweeteners. The stats on Splenda will surprise you!

The Truth About Sugar Alcohols - Today, many low-carb dieters have switched to low-glycemic sugar alcohols, so this article provides the facts behind the myths. We also take a look at some of the ingredients like glycerine and polydextrose that many manufacturers do not add to their carb counts.

Peas Are Not Evil! - There is a common tendency within the low-carb community to demonize carbohydrates, even though starchy vegetables and even whole grains are found on Dr. Atkins Carbohydrate Ladder. This article sorts the facts from the fantasy and offers advice on when its appropriate to use high-carb veggies.

Missing Diet Soda? PepsiCo Has Your Back! - Diet soda is another hot topic loaded with controversy, even within the low-carb community. Dr. Atkins didn't believe in using products with Aspartame, so die-hard low carbers have had to use expensive products made with Stevia or hunt down a few canned Shastas. Pepsi now offers a Splenda-sweetened Pepsi, along with their traditional varieties.

Mercury in High Fructose Corn Syrup - High-Fructose Corn Syrup has been demonized by the low-carb elite, due to the way it's processed in the liver. This article looks at a different problem with HFCS and includes a link to the video where Dr. David Wallinga explains his findings.

Low-Carb Veggies, Fruits, and Pesticides - If you can't afford to go 100% organic, this article discusses which fruits and vegetables are highest in pesticides, so you can make the best produce choice for you.

How to Work Low-Carb Vegetables Into Your Diet - Many people do not like vegetables. Others draw a blank when confronted with the problem of restricting themselves to a meat-and-veggie diet. If you feel stuck when it comes to produce, this mega guide offers over a hundred ways to start eating more veggies today.

Best Grain-Free Sources of Vitamin B - One of the arguments raised against low-carb diets is their lack of Vitamin B, since we don't eat wheat bread. This article confronts that misconception head on, and provides a detailed list of low-carb foods that contain ample Vitamin B to keep you healthy and fit.

Budget Ideas


12 Tasty Ideas for Eating Low Carb on a Budget - Since a low-carb diet is basically a meat-and-vegetable diet, you might think that converting is going to be expensive. However, a low-carb diet is only as expensive as you want it to be. This article offers the secret keys to cheap eating, as well as 12 basic recipes to help keep costs low.

My Top 10 Ways of Eating Low Carb on a Budget - If you're struggling to make a low-carb way of eating fit within your budget, this post walks you through how to do exactly that. Includes a sample menu to get you started.

Holidays and Special Occasions


Low-Carb Superbowl Goodies - Specifically designed for Superbowl fans, you don't have to love football to enjoy these low-carb dips, salsa, and cheese balls. You'll also find several recipes for low-carb chicken wings and tons of additional snack ideas for low carbers. 

Make Easter Eggs the Center of Your Low-Carb Holiday - Passing up the candy won't be difficult if you surround yourself with great low-carb food that's tastier than what you ate before. To help you make that happen, this article provides dozens of unique ideas to make your Easter eggs more special.

Cinco de Mayo: 12 Super Tasty Cal-Mex Dishes - Think Mexican food is off limits when restricting carbohydrates? Not at all! You can celebrate Cinco de Mayo in style with these 12 delicious Mexican food dishes, such as Seviche, Chili Verde, Carnitas, and Mexican meatballs. The key is to look for authentic dishes like Pozole soup that only need small tweaks.  

Make Your Low-Carb Halloween Special - You don't have to cave into the sugar beast just because it's Halloween! Instead of doing what everyone else is doing, add a little fun to your evening by serving Halloween eyeballs, spider eggs, hot dog fingers, or Jack O Lantern puke. But don't stop there. There are lots more ideas inside.  

How to Survive Halloween on a Low-Carb Diet - This article addresses several of the problems that Halloween dieters have as they move into the holiday season, and offers down-to-earth solutions to make the holidays more tolerable. White knuckling it through the rough times isn't always the best answer.

Make 2016 Your Best Low-Carb Thanksgiving Ever - This mega guide offers tips and advice on getting your head in the game. Included, is a simple low-carb holiday menu for 12 and lots of recipes and advice to help you make your Thanksgiving holiday the best it can be.

Low-Carb Thanksgiving Side Dishes and Ideas - Thanksgiving is easy to do low carb. With turkey or ham the traditional centerpiece of the meal, all you need is a few appropriate appetizers, sides, and desserts. This article walks you through a traditional Thanksgiving Dinner and explains the do's and don'ts of making a great low-carb feast.

Before You Reach for That Thanksgiving Roll . . . - If you're thinking about cheating for Thanksgiving this year, don't make the decision without a clear understanding of the consequences. While a single meal won't make you fat, this article shares what you can expect to happen to you if you eat too many carbs, and the physical consequences for over indulging at Thanksgiving.

The Ultimate Guide to Cooking a Perfect Holiday Turkey - Do you know how to cook the perfect turkey? This ultimate guide shares everything I've learned over the years about turkeys and how to bake them so the skin comes out extra-crispy instead of a soggy mess.

How to Make a Faux Low-Carb Cookie Plate - Here's the scoop. I don't do sugar substitutes, not even for the holidays, so I honestly don't have any recipes of my own for low-carb cookies. However, last year, I decided to make myself a faux low-carb cookie plate by making jalapeno cheese chips, salami trees, and pepper-jack Christmas cutouts instead.

How to Plan a Great Low-Carb Christmas Dinner - Need help creating a great Christmas dinner that's low in carbs? This article shares 10 secrets I've learned along the way about making great holiday meals. Includes links to low-carb Christmas cookies, since I don't make those myself.

3 Best Keto Diet Tips for Losing Weight at Christmas Time - This article offers three ways to keep you focused on your low-carb diet and help you cut the cravings for office goodies and cookie exchanges.