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LOW-CARB 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. In 2007, I was using alternative flours with gluten for a short period, just before I discovered that I have celiac disease. I plan on posting the rest of those recipes this year. I also want to experiment with almond flour. 

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

And don't forget to check out our Holiday and Food page. There, you'll find posts on breakfast, eating on a budget, holidays, low-carb ingredients, and lots of other food posts with tons of recipes and ideas.

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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


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.