Easy Fried Veggie Fritters (low carb, gluten-free, grain free, keto, nut-free)

Yum! Veggie Fritters with Squash and Radishes | Cook Well, Eat Better, Live Happily

Yum! Veggie Fritters with Squash and Radishes

Oh my. These are soooo good. And really, you only have the carbs of the veggies, which makes it a win in my book. I have a son with sensory issues, especially in regards to eating (plus cold and water) and he eats a VERY limited diet. Until I created this recipe, he had yet to come anywhere close to a vegetable, so this recipe holds a very special place in my heart.

These taste like a cross between tater tots (which used to be a fan favorite of my sister and I growing up) and breakfast hash browns. The difference being there is no potato in sight and these are essentially carb-free!

I’ve made them at least 10 times in the last couple weeks, and the recipe is VERY forgiving, and also very adjustable. Make sure that you strain the veggies well, I don’t think it would work otherwise, but other than that…grate everything and then mix it with your hands. Fry it in lard, bacon grease or any other high-heat oil and call it a day. Makes an easy side dish for dinner or a breakfast in and of itself. Enjoy!

Easy Veggie Fritters (gluten-free, nut-free, grain-free, keto, low-carb)

1 – 1 1/4 cups veggies*, grated and squeezed to remove juice (measured after straining)
2 eggs
2.5 oz pork rinds, ground into a sandy flour-type texture
4 oz cheese, grated
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
2 tsp dried chives

Begin by adding your cooking grease, approximately 1-2 Tbsp to your frying pan. If it’s not non-stick, use more. Heat your pan to med-high

Food process or vitamix the pork rinds and the cheese (Or smash the pork rinds in a bag with a rolling pin and grate your cheese). Add moisture ridden veggies*, eggs and spices.

Once oil is hot (sizzles upon addition of batter), make little patties, 2-3 inches in diameter, of your batter and gently lay them in the hot oil. Cook for 5-7 minutes on each side or until crispy and well-browned. Remove to a cooling rack and make additional batches as needed. I can usually do it in 2 batches, using my 12 inch frying pan.

*For the veggies, I have used all combinations. Our favorites have been squash and radish (pictured above), carrot & parsnip, and squash, zuchinni and onion. I simply use the grating method with my vitamix to mix them together. To get the appropriate amount, you need approximately 8 radishes 2-3 baby yellow squash, 1 medium zuchinni and 1/4 of a sweet onion, just to give you an idea. After they are grated together, I use a Paint Strainer Bagto squeeze the ever-living crap out of them. Your amount will reduce almost by half when you get rid of the moisture.

PPS I don’t get paid to keep this blog. I have added some affiliate links to Amazon to products that I personally buy and use from Amazon, in case you have difficulty sourcing some of the specialty ingredients that make living a low-carb, keto or gluten free lifestyle easier. I may receive a small percentage of compensation from Amazon, should you access these links in my ingredient lists and purchase the items I recommend. This costs you nothing, and typically I have found the cheapest options. If you like what you see here, please feel free to support me at no additional cost by shopping my links or in my Amazon Store (still being built). Thanks!

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Best Low-Carb Waffles {nut-free, gluten-free, dairy-free}

Coconut Flour {nut-free, gluten and grain free, dairy-free} Protein Waffles…easy and delicious!

5 eggs
1/2 cup milk (almond, coconut, raw cow’s/goat’s)
1/3 cup brewed coffee (or water)
2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
1/2 cup Virgin Coconut Oil 2-3 full droppers English Toffee Liquid Stevia 2 oz. 2 Tbsp Erythritol Sweetener 1 Tbsp vanilla
2 Tbsp chia seeds
1 Tbsp Great Lakes Unflavored Gelatin 2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/3 cup Organic Coconut Flour 2/3 cup dried egg* (or egg white) powder or unsweetened whey protein

Begin preheating your waffle maker, as hot as possible.

Blend eggs, milk, coffee, ACV, coconut oil (if not using a high powered blender, melt it first and then add it slowly, while hand-mixing) stevia, erythritol and vanilla in a high powered blender, or in a large bowl using a hand or stand mixer. Add the chia seeds and gelatin with mixer/blender going to ensure no clumps. Allow to rest for 3-5 minutes and then blend again before adding dry ingredients.

Sift coconut flour and (choice) protein powder, along with remaining ingredients into your bowl.

If your waffle maker is non-stick, go ahead and pour on your batter to the hot griddle and cook until done. I usually let mine go about 45 seconds past when the waffle maker tells me they are done to get a little crispy (the best I’ve gotten with no nuts and coconut flour based waffles). Use a spatula to remove to a cooling rack.

Makes 12-16 waffles, depending on your machine.

*I use Honeyville dried egg powder, as my oldest son is allergic to whey. Before we discovered this, however, I VERY successfully used Jarrow Formulas Whey Protein, which I ordered off of Amazon using Subscribe and Save. It appears that the price has gone up substantially since then. Almost all of my recipes with Jarrow Formulas Whey Protein work with a 1:1 sub of the whole egg powder or NOW Foods Eggwhite Protein, 1.2 Pound. I just found that Honeyville’s egg powder was MUCH cheaper than egg white protein.

PS I don’t get paid to keep this blog. I have added some affiliate links to Amazon to products that I personally buy and use from Amazon, in case you have difficulty sourcing some of the specialty ingredients that make living a low-carb, keto or gluten free lifestyle easier. I may receive a small percentage of compensation from Amazon, should you access these links in my ingredient lists and purchase the items I recommend. This costs you nothing, and typically I have found the cheapest options. If you like what you see here, please feel free to support me at no additional cost by shopping my links or in my Amazon Store (still being built). Thanks!

Cherry Pistachio Chicken Salad

Cherry Pistachio Chicken Salad

Cherry Pistachio Chicken Salad

So, back in the day when I could eat pecans, I used to make this chicken salad that was to die for. Seriously, it was so easy and everyone who tried it had to have the recipe and vowed to never make another kind again. It was that good. But then, I realized that pecans, walnuts and almonds don’t agree with me. Awful, I know. And so, I haven’t made said chicken salad in over a year. I have, however made this lovely avocado bacon chicken salad more recently, and it’s delicious, but just not the same.

Anywho, I seem to be able to tolerate pistachios, in small quantities, and they were on sale at the co-op earlier this week, so I got some. I had leftover grilled chicken that was staring at me every time I opened my fridge, along with a bowl of cherries that I got at the request of my 3 year old. The wheels started turning and I figured it was worth an attempt, with some updated flavors! I’m glad to say it worked. The fruit pairs so nicely with the grilled chicken and the pistachios. Plus, the balsamic vinegar just rounds everything out so nicely with a little tang and a little sweet.

3 cups cooked and diced chicken (mine was grilled)
1/3 cup cherries, pitted and diced
1/3 cup pistachios, shelled and chopped (pecans would work nicely too!)
1/3 cup bacon, cooked and chopped
1 cup green onions, chopped into 1/2 inch pieces
1 small red apple, peeled and diced
1/2 cup mayonnaise
2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
1/2 tsp salt*
1/2 tsp pepper
1 tsp dried parsley (or 1 Tbsp fresh)

In a large bowl, combine all of the chicken salad components, top with the mayo and vinegar. Stir well to combine. TASTE IT. *Depending on the seasoning of your leftover chicken, the saltiness of your pistachios and bacon, you may or may not need more salt. Use your judgment, you can always add more, but once you over-salt, you’re screwed!* Add the remaining spices.

Cover and chill for a few hours or overnight. Serve on a bed of lettuce, a 3 minute roll or simply eat out of a bowl!

Parmesan Ranch Kale Chips

Parmesan Ranch Kale Chips

Parmesan Ranch Kale Chips

So, I’ve made kale chips before, you know…olive oil, salt and pepper. I’ve even gotten crazy and added a little onion powder. That said, I kept seeing all these blog posts for cheesy (vegan) kale chips, that everyone claimed were out of this world. I wanted to try. However, I didn’t have any cashews, and they’re kind of high carb for me right now. Plus, I don’t really care whether or not the final result was vegan. Hence was born…3 ingredient Parmesan-Ranch Kale chips. Sooo good. Sooo easy. The hardest part was not eating both pans worth!

1 head of Lacinato Kale (the flatter kind…they crisp better, in my opinion without burning)
1/3cup ranch dressing – I used Ken’s Buttermilk ranch, because that’s what I had.
1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp black pepper

Wash and spin (or dry on paper towels) your kale and de-stem it. Rip each leaf into a few pieces and place in a large, clean bowl. Dump ranch and parmesan on top of the leaves and use your hands to mix it well. You want ranch dressing on Every. Single. Leaf.

Once ranch-ed and cheese-ed, add the salt and pepper and mix again.

Using 2 large baking sheets (or 3), lined with parchment paper (don’t skip this step…they will STICK!), lay your kale leaves out as flat and as single-layered as possible.

Turn your oven on to 325 and place pans in the cold oven. Allow it to heat up with the chips inside. Check after approximately 15 minutes. You might need to pull some out, if they are crisp. Flip some over, you get the idea. Put anything that’s not crisp back in the oven and check every 5 minutes so that you don’t burn them, but they all end up nice and crispy.

Try not to eat the whole pan, or 3. If you have any left, save them in an airtight container in the fridge for a few days. If they get un-crispy, just stick them back in the oven for a few minutes.

(This would probably work with other kinds of kale, however, I have never had luck cooking curly kale into chips evenly.)

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cheesecake {low-carb, gluten-free, grain-free}

Peanut Butter Cheesecake {low carb, nut free, gluten free, keto, primal}
Peanut Butter Cheesecake {low carb, nut free, gluten free, keto, primal}

Peanut Butter Cheesecake {low carb, nut free, gluten free, keto, primal}

Woohoo, this is so good! Serve it as is, or take it over the top by adding the ganache at the end.

Chocolate Cheesecake Crust
1/3 c pork rinds
2/3 c coconut
3 Tbsp chia seeds
4 Tbsp coconut oil or butter
1/3 c cocoa powder
1/3 c xylitol or erythritol

Mix everything together with your hands in the bottom of a foil-wrapped springform pan, either 10 or 12 inch. Smush it down well and evenly. Set aside to make the filling.

Peanut Butter Cheesecake Filling
3 8oz packages of cream cheese
2/3 cup creamy peanut butter
1 1/3 cup unsweetened yogurt
1/2 c erythritol (or xylitol or sugar)
1 tsp better stevia
1/2 tsp english toffee stevia
3 eggs
3 egg yolks
2 Tbsp vanilla

Preheat oven to 400, with an oven safe bowl filled with 2-3 cups of water in it. (This is the ghetto water bath…)

If you have a blender – throw everything in and blend until it’s smooth.
If you are using mixers – let your cream cheese come to room temp and then blend it until it’s smooth. Add remaining ingredients, blending well after each addition.

Pour batter into prepared crust and then drop it carefully on the counter a few times (from a few inches up) to allow the air bubbles to rise to the top.

Put cheesecake in 400 degree over and immediately and turn oven down to 325. Bake 1 hour, or until set. Turn oven off and leave cheesecake in for another 30 minutes. {Because you are using a ghetto water bath, the cheesecake will crack. This is ok, because we’re going to cover it up with ganache…) Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely before adding the ganache. (below)

Chocolate Peanut Butter Ganache
1/2 cup coconut oil or butter
1/4 cup peanut butter
20-30 drops vanilla stevia
3 Tbsp raw cacao powder or 2 Tbsp cocoa powder

Melt coconut oil and peanut butter in a microwave safe bowl. Add the stevia and cacao or cocoa. Stir until smooth. Pour on top of cheesecake and refrigerate to allow the ganache to set.

Serve on your finest china and savor the deliciousness!