Cucumber Apple Jicama Salad

Cucumber Apple Jicama Salad | Easy and delicious for summer potlucks and picnics

This is an amazing salad for summer. It comes together in a flash and everyone LOVES it…seriously, people are wary when you tell them it’s a cucumber apple salad, then they taste it and go back for seconds! To make it lower carb, you could easily sub the honey for a xylitol honey or even a few drops of stevia. You could also decrease the apple by 1 and increase the jicama.

Alright Dinner’s Done people…you asked for it, and here it is 🙂 Enjoy!

Cucumber Apple Jicama Salad | Easy and delicious for summer potlucks and picnics

Cucumber Apple Jicama Salad pairs perfectly with grilled chicken, burgers or anything else on your summer menu

Cucumber Apple Jicama Salad
Serves 6-8

Salad
2 normal cucumbers (or 1 English)
2-3 large crunchy apples (Granny Smith, Gala, Fuji)
½ large jicama (approx. 1 lb)
1 medium sweet onion (yellow or red)

Dressing
4 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
4 Tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar
1 ½ Tbsp Honey
2 Tbsp Dijon mustard (optional)
1 clove garlic
3 Tbsp fresh basil
2 Tbsp fresh Italian parsley
½ tsp sea salt

Make dressing by combining all ingredients in a food processor or blender until smooth.

Make salad:
Core and slice the apple thinly, leaving skin on for color and texture. (I use the slicing blade on the food processer) Pour a small amount of dressing over the apples and toss to coat so that they don’t brown while you prepare the remaining ingredients.

Peel cucumber and slice in half lengthwise to allow you to scoop out the seeds. Slice into thin half moons. (Again, I use the slicing blade, but have also had success with a mandolin or just a thin cut.)

Peel the jicama and slice it to the same thickness as the other ingredients. I like to use a matchstick cut, after slicing it thinly.

Slice onion super thin (slicing blade works like a charm).

Add all fruits and veggies to a bowl. Pour dressing over and mix well.

Tastes better after sitting for at least 4 hours, but even better overnight! Enjoy!

Keto Pumpkin Pie and Flakey {Grain Free, Low Carb} Crust

Keto Pumpkin Pie

Keto Pumpkin PieThis is sooo good. And so easy. I was always an apple pie girl, most of my family was. Although we would make the obligatory pumpkin pie at the holidays, the apple was always the first to be eaten, meaning that we made 2 and they were still eaten more quickly than the pumpkin. Pumpkin was good, but seriously couldn’t hold a candle to warm apple pie and ice cream. This was true for all of my 30 years, until this recipe.  This combines the deliciousness of pumpkin, with the creaminess of cheesecake, without being cheese-cakey. Sooo good warm out of the oven with freshly whipped cream, soooo good reheated the next day, or even eaten cold with leftover cream. Yummmmm!

Why do we wait for the holidays for pie? I have decided that I won’t any longer, especially since this comes together in a snap, crust included (no rolling!). Speaking of crust…This. One. Is. IT! Look no further and never try to fool yourself into thinking that almonds, butter and splenda/stevia = a pie crust. It doesn’t people…I promise. Don’t question it, don’t try to substitute it, just make it. And smile. And remember back in the day when pie was so freakin’ good!

Crust:
1/2 c. coconut flour
1/4 c. unsweetened (small) grated coconut/flakes
1/4 c. ground up pork rinds (measured after grinding)
1 egg
6 Tbsp butter, melted
1 Tbsp erythritol

Mix all of your crust ingredients in a small bowl with your hands. It will be sandy. Line your pie plate with parchment (you can skip this if you are planning on serving warm, but once it is refrigerated, it becomes pretty challenging to get all the crust out). Dump your mixed crust ingredients into the pie plate and use your fingers and hands to pat it out and up the sides. I use a deep dish, Pampered Chef stone pie plate and it goes all the way up the sides, but not over the sides. It should be about 1/4 inch thick.

Put your crust in the fridge while you make the filling.

Pie Filling:
1 can pumpkin
8 oz melted Neufetchal {cream} cheese
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
2 eggs
2 egg yolks
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp cloves
1/4 tsp ginger
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup erythritol
1/2 tsp english toffee stevia

Combine all of your ingredients in a blender. (I use my Vitamix, which I LOVE), but as long as everything is melted, any standard blender should work. (I’m guessing a hand-mixer would probably be sufficient as well, but I can’t guarantee that. If you go that route, mix all the wet / melted ingredients first and then add the cold stuff and spices.)

Pour filling into your chilled crust and bake at 350 for 45-60 minutes or until set in the middle. Remove from oven and allow to cool for 30 minutes before serving. It doesn’t cut as nicely warm, but it’s super delicious! ENJOY!!

This crust is also phenomenal with apple pie, preferably with lower sugar, fermented apples. Thank you to Ginny over at Ginny’s Low Carb Kitchen for inspiring me to try that. My filling isn’t just right yet, but it’s coming. Just double it for a double crusted pie.

Keto pumpkin pie, low carb, gluten and grain free, whipped cream

The result of waiting until the 2nd day to photograph with fallen whipped cream…Still yummy though 🙂

 

Cocoa Chicken and Artichokes

Easy one dish chicken dinner, full of flavor and perfect for hectic school week nights.
Easy one dish chicken dinner, full of flavor and perfect for hectic school week nights.

Cocoa Chicken with Artichokes and Tomatoes…40 minutes to dinner on the table!

Sooo, I’m a big fan of marinating chicken breasts. I have some serious issues with dry, flavorless chicken and refuse to put that on my family’s table. Most of the time, my solution is a good marinade, however, sometimes I don’t have time or energy to marinate all the chicken breasts I buy on sale, and it ends up in it’s original packaging in my deep freezer. (Not often, but sometimes…) Then, sometimes, I forget to take out my meat far enough in advance to defrost and marinate it for dinner that night…like a few nights ago. I had chicken that was defrosted in my fridge, but it was plain.

What to do? Check Pinterest of course. I had pinned this Italian Chicken recipe awhile ago, and it looked pretty easy, but not exactly what I was going for, with all the cheese and such. Enter…Cocoa Chicken. Why I decided to add raw cacao to my chicken dish, I don’t know…but dang it was good. Really good, like my husband was clamoring for the leftovers good! (That’s the way I know a dish is really good). My 3 year old also really enjoyed the chicken (not so much the artichokes or tomatoes, but that’s ok) portion of this dish.

I’ll totally be making this again, as it was about 5 minutes of hands on time and only about 35 minutes in the oven!

2 lbs chicken breast, cut into 1-2 inch pieces
1 can of quartered artichokes (unseasoned)
1 pint cherry tomatos
1/2 large onion, sliced thin
1/2 cup dry white wine
3.5 Tbsp butter, cut into 7-8 pats
1 Tbsp Coconut Flour
1 Tbsp Raw Cacao Powder (or unsweetened cocoa)
Salt, pepper, oregano, garlic powder

In a 9×13 baking dish (I love my pampered chef stoneware) add the chicken – salt and pepper it liberally and mix with your hands. Top chicken with the artichokes, tomatoes and onions. Sprinkle all with salt and pepper, garlic powder and oregano. (Just sprinkle liberally.)
Pour wine over.
Sift cacao and coconut flour over everything and stir a bit to coat everything.
Space pats of butter on top of everything.

Roast at 375 for 30-35 minutes or until chicken is cooked thru.

Serve over rice, mashed potatoes, or mashed cauliflower, if desired.

Nut Free Double Chocolate Cookies (Low Carb)

Double Chocolate Coconut Cookies {crisp and nut-free!}

 

Low Carb Double Chocolate Coconut Cookies that grain-free, gluten-free, dairy-free, keto

Low-Carb Crisp Double Chocolate Coconut Cookies {grain-free, gluten-free, dairy-free, keto}

Another cookie recipe? Yes, my friends. This one is crisper and solid enough to pack for a picnic. The kids loved it, as did my hubby and I. They’re also good (although not “double” chocolate) if you leave the chocolate chips out.

1 cup pumpkin seeds, ground (measured before grinding)
1/2 cup coconut flour, measured before sifting, then sifted
3/4 cup Erythritol Sweetener
1 tsp English Toffee Liquid Stevia
1 cup Virgin Coconut Oil or butter (melted)
1/4 cup yellow squash puree (raw) or greek yogurt
1 Tbsp vanilla
pinch salt
3 Tbsp Raw Cacao Powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp guar gum
2 eggs
1 cup bittersweet (or sugar free) chocolate chips
1 cup Unsweetened Medium Shredded Coconut

Preheat the oven to 350 and line a baking sheet with parchment.

Blend everything except the chocolate chips and coconut flakes with a hand mixer.  Once combined, add chocolate chips (if using) and coconut flakes. They would also be good with some chopped pecans/walnuts or almonds (if you don’t have to be nut-free.

Drop by rounded tablespoons onto your parchment lined baking sheet and flatten a bit for a crisper cookie, or leave rounded for more of a cookie ball. They don’t spread much 🙂

Bake for 9-12 minutes, or until set in the middle. Allow to cool completely before you try to remove them to a cooling rack or airtight container. They are fragile initially, but once then cool, they are very sturdy.

*You can freeze the dough, uncooked so that you can have hot, fresh cookies anytime. Just add a couple minutes to the cooking time and cook right from frozen. To do this, simply follow thru the steps before putting in the oven, and instead put your parchment lined baking sheet in the freezer to allow the cookies to freeze separately for a few hours. Remove and put them in a freezer bag, then you can make instant low carb cookies…like refrigerator dough that won’t kill your diet!

Yellow Squash {Gluten Free} Sandwich Rolls

Gluten-free Squash Sandwich Rolls, grain free bread, nut free bread, paleo bread, low-carb bread

Gluten-free Squash Sandwich Rolls

I’m so excited to share this recipe, which in all actuality is VERY similar to my 3 minute bread recipe. I’m sure this would work equally well in the microwave, but I didn’t try it, so I can’t be sure. Personally, I like using the oven for 12 minutes, versus standing at the microwave for 30, but I think there’s definitely a place in my kitchen for both methods.

This bread is delicious. The squash lends a slight sweetness and flavor that puts my previous recipe to shame, while maintaining the wonderful (gluten-filled bread) texture of the other recipe.  Delicious plain, or slathered with butter. Makes a perfect gluten and grain free sandwich roll or hamburger bun. Yum.

Please try it and let me know what you think!

Yellow Squash Sandwich Rolls {Gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free, nut-free, low carb}

1 cup (raw) yellow summer squash puree
3 large eggs
2 Tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar
1/3 cup Coconut Flour*
1/3 cup Psyllium Husk Powder
1/3 cup whole egg powder OR Unflavored Whey Protein
2 tsp aluminum-free baking powder
1/2 tsp kosher sea salt

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Mix all wet ingredients in a large bowl until thoroughly combined. Sift each dry ingredient, waiting until all are added to stir. Use a whisk or a hand mixer to blend well. (Work quickly, the batter will thicken substantially within a few minutes.) Allow batter to sit for a couple of minutes.

Line your baking sheet with Parchment Paper. Form dough into rolls and flatten slightly, approximately the size of my palm seems to work. Leave approximately 1 inch between rolls.

Bake for 12-15 minutes or until firm to the touch, err on the side of over-baking, as underbaked results in gummy middles. Gross.

Remove from oven and place on a cooling rack immediately. If you don’t have a cooling rack, turn the rolls over on the baking sheet, as if you don’t moisture will collect underneath them as they dry.  Once completely cooled, simply place in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks. These also freeze and defrost nicely.

There you have it. Bread that meets all of the following criteria:
*gluten free bread
*grain free bread
*low carb bread
*nut free bread
*dairy free bread

*A note on coconut flour – I purchase the 25 lb bag and portion it into large, gallon sized freezer bags. I use a lot of coconut flour. At one point, Amazon was out of the 25 lb bags, so I purchased smaller, 1 lb bags instead for about tripled the cost. I have used both, however the 25 lb bag creates a much denser product, that adds a good bit of volume after being sifted, whereas the smaller bags don’t. So, if your coconut flour seems packed densely, use 1/3 of a cup and then sift it. If it’s more powdery in the bag, use 1/2 cup and then sift it. The recipe is very forgiving, either way, but this is my conclusion after making about 20 batches of this bread.

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!

Chocolate Zuchinni Mini Donuts (coconut flour)

Chocolate-Coconut Zuchinni Donuts

Chocolate-Coconut Zuchinni Donuts {low-carb, gluten-free, grain-free, paleo}

Chocolate Zuchinni Mini Donuts (coconut flour)
*grain-free*gluten-free*low-carb*paleo*

½ cup coconut flour (sifted)
½ cup raw cacao powder {or cocoa powder}
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
½ cup erythritol
3 droppers English Toffee Stevia
1 tsp plain stevia {Better Stevia isn’t bitter}
½ cup coconut oil {or butter}, melted
1 cup pureed zuchinni {or 1.5 cups shredded}
4 large eggs

OPTIONAL ADD-INS
3 raw chicken livers (I don’t recommend this without a high powered blender)
1 egg shell, boiled-dried-powdered, ½ tsp
½ cup chocolate chips

Mix all the liquid ingredients. (I use my vitamix, but you could use a hand blender or stand mixer…you just want it well-mixed.)

*If you are using the livers and/or the egg shell, add it now and let it blend for at least a minute. Nothing ruins a good chocolate donut like a fat bite of chicken liver or egg shell. As long as you mix them well, you can’t taste either and it’s a great addition of the nutrients from the offal and/or the calcium from the egg shell!*

Add the erythritol, then add the baking soda and baking powder, followed by the cocoa powder. Mix well before adding the sifted coconut flour (the sifting just ensure you don’t get ball of coconut flour in your baked goods. Not tasty friends, not tasty at all.)

Mix everything well. If you are using the chocolate chips, add them now.

I use my handy little mini donut maker (kind of like a waffle maker, but for mini donuts). But, if you didn’t have a mini donut maker and have no plans to acquire one, you can still make these treats as muffins or even in an oven donut pan.  In the mini donut maker, I can make 6 donuts at a time, and it takes about 2.5 to 3 minutes per batch. In the oven for muffins, I bake them at 325 for about 30 minutes. I’ve made both…and they are equally delicious.

For a finisher, I LOVE toasted coconut and always have some available. I simply melt coconut oil, dip the cooled donut or muffins in the oil and then in a little bowl of coconut. Not necessary, but definitely takes them up a notch…

3 Minute Protein Bread (low carb, sugar free, dairy free*, paleo)

Microwave Protein Bread...in the micro
Just “baked” in the microwave
Made in a 6 inch corningware…perfect for a kid’s (or grown-ups)
peanut butter and jelly
Miss bread and biscuits? Like real, chewy bread that doesn’t come out crumbly and doesn’t require tons of starches that will up your blood sugar faster than you can say tapioca? I know I did…until I devised this versatile recipe that started out being cooked in the oven, but has since been relegated to the microwave and/or waffle iron to ensure good rise and perfect, bready density…not hockey puck-ish texture disguised as bread!

Please try this and let me know what you think. It is far superior to ANY gluten free (especially low carb) bread that I have tried, and we have tried a lot!

Coming soon…modifications to make restaurant quality butter-garlic rolls & cinnamon buns!

Need ingredients? Check Amazon…it will suck buying them the first time, but you will make this stuff again and again and you won’t think twice when it’s time to re-order – cross my heart! Another note, I use subscribe and save for almost all of my baking ingredients that I order online. This saves me 20%…which is huge. You can sign up for subscribe and save and cancel before you get your second order, if you decide you don’t need anymore!

**If you use the links below and make a purchase, I will receive a small commission from Amazon through their affiliate program. It costs you nothing additional and I don’t EVER recommend products that I don’t purchase through Amazon myself…**
3 MINUTE BREAD!

1/3 c coconut flour
1/3 c NOW Foods Whey Protein Isolate Pure, 1.2 -Pounds OR NOW Foods Eggwhite Protein, 1.2 Pound (use egg white only for dairy free)
1/3 c Now Foods Psyllium Husk Powder, 24-Ounce

See…a real biscuit (note the biscuit balls that
are pre-made in the container, ready for the
fridge and fresh bread…in 3 MINUTES!

2 tsp baking powder (or 1 tsp baking soda + 1/2 tsp cream of tarter)1 tsp salt
1 cup minus 2 Tbsp water
2 Tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar
4 large-extra large eggs
Butter/Coconut oil for greasing cooking dish

Mix all of the wet ingredients in a large bowl w/ a hand mixer, or use a high powered blender. Add the salt and baking powder and mix well. Add the protein, then the psyllium husks and finally the coconut flour, mixing well after each addition.

Once you have a dough like substance, let it hang out and thicken up for 3-5 minutes. Melt about 1/3 Tbsp butter in your microwave safe dish (I use small corningware or my glass pyrex) and then swirl it around to coat the bottom and about 1/2 inch up the sides. Divide your dough into approximately 7 1/4 c. balls. You are going to cook one at a time…you can save some in the fridge to have hot, fresh rolls in 3 minutes!

When you are ready to make your bread, flatten your dough ball slightly into the prepared microwave container and then flip it over so their is butter/oil all over it. “Bake” it in your microwave, starting at about 1.5 minutes and adding 20 second increments until it is slightly firm in the middle. This make take a few attempts, but err on the side of under-done, as you can always re-nuke it. Once it’s overcooked, it gets rubbery and hard around the edges.  For 1/4 c. dough in a 1 cup pyrex, in my 1200 watt microwave, it takes 2 minutes and 20 seconds to perfect bready, biscuit goodness. 1/3 cup (when I make larger rolls) takes 3 minutes. It’s an art, this microwave baking…

Chocolate Coconut Butter (BONUS Recipe for sugar free, low carb coconut clusters)

photo: low carb chocolate coconut cluster

2 c toasted coconut flakes (unsweetened)
2 c unsweetened coconut flakes
1/3 c coconut oil
3 droppers SweetLeaf Liquid Stevia, English Toffee, 2 Ounce Bottle” target=”_blank”>English toffee stevia
2 Tbsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp sea salt
1/3 c raw cacao powder (or cocoa)
1/2 tsp stevia glycerite

In a powerful blender or food processor, process the coconut oil and coconut flakes until they are liquefied. Depending on your blending method this will take awhile.  Add remaining ingredients and process.

To make EASY Coconut Clusters – 
Mix equal parts of the chocolate coconut butter and unsweetened flakes coconut. Drop by rounded spoonfuls on a piece of parchment and freeze until set. Will keep in the fridge for a few weeks. May un-solidify if left out above 74 degrees.

Double Chocolate Mocha Biscotti (low carb, gluten free, dairy free)

photo: double chocolate mocha biscotti2 ¼ cups almond flour

¼ c cocoa powder

2 Tbsps tapioca flour

1 egg

Pinch of salt

50 drops of liquid stevia

¼ cup strongly brewed coffee

½ tsp baking soda

Handful of chocolate chips

 

Mix all of the dry ingredients in the food processor. Add the egg, stevia and coffee. Process until it all comes together. Add the chocolate chips and pulse until they are combined.

Work the dough with your hands into 2 small loaves on a parchment lined baking sheet.

Bake at 325 for 25 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool for 10-15 minutes, or until they are set and cool enough to handle.

 Cut biscotti pieces with a sharp, serrated knife and spread the pieces out on the parchment.

Return to oven for 10-12 minutes, turn oven off and leave in for a couple of hours or until they are dried out to your liking. 

If serving within 24 hours, simply package in an airtight container and leave on the counter. If serving later, freeze them – they’re good both frozen and defrosted.

Delicious, both with coffee and without.