Baked Cheesy Pork Rind Nachos (Low-Carb Keto Snack)

YOU SHOULD TRY THESE PORK RIND NACHOS IF YOU WANT TO ADD SOME CRUNCH TO YOUR DAY WITHOUT ALL THE CARBS.   Break out the smokey flavoured BAKEN-ETS (CHICHARRONES) because there is a way to make low-carb nachos and boy are they delicious. Keto nachos to the rescue any time you have a craving for something salty and crunchy. Pork rinds are the keto chips of the low-carb world and today I’ll show you how to transform them into loaded cheesy pork rind nachos. What is a keto diet? A ketogenic diet (keto) is a very low-carb diet, which turns the body into a fat-burning machine. It has many potential benefits for weight loss, health and performance, but also some potential initial side effects. A ketogenic diet is similar to other strict low-carb diets, like the Atkins diet or LCHF (low carb, high fat). These diets often end up being ketogenic more or less by accident. The main difference between strict LCHF and keto is that protein is restricted in the latter. Get ready folks it’s party food time but this round is for the low-carb foodies who want to tuck into the snack table with options. Low-carb keto snacks […]

One-Pot Meal: Courgette and Tomato Goulash

FILL THOSE HUNGRY BELLIES WITH THIS INEXPENSIVE ONE-POT MEAL.   It has been surprisingly cold and white (Yes that means snow) here in Manitoba,Canada the last couple of days. I think Mother Nature forgot to switch to Spring but that’s fine because it gives me more opportunity in the kitchen to create new recipes. Having said that it was time for me to make a pot of stick to your ribs goulash. Originally this was to be a soup recipe but I wanted it to be bulkier to fill everyone up easily. This is a great way to stretch a meal or to add any leftovers looming in your refrigerator that look like they could use some love.   What are Courgettes?   I knew you would ask! Don’t worry they aren’t something you have to source as they are found in every grocery store.   Photo Source: Rik Schuiling / TropCrop-TCS – Own work I love courgettes (a.k.a zucchini) and they generally go on sale quite often or you may find them on the reduced rack. Keep an eye out for green and yellow zucchini as most people tend to know more about the green then they do the […]

Creamy Avocado Blue Cheese Salad Dressing (Low-Carb)

LEAVE THE BOTTLED DRESSING AT THE GROCERY STORE AND JUMP INTO THIS CREAMY AVOCADO BLUE CHEESE SALAD DRESSING.   Watch out…I’m bringing the best of my game with this Creamy Avocado Blue Cheese Salad Dressing which is low-carb, sugar-free and gluten-free. Whether you’re a fan of blue cheese or not you can adjust the amount you use or find a brand that is not heavy on the blue veining. Please don’t run off when you see the words ‘low-carb’ because that steak you eat is low-carb too as are eggs, cheese, spinach and lettuce greens. Low-carb is just a way to say there aren’t that many carbs in the recipe or food you are about to make or eat. There are no toxic weird science projects going on behind the scenes and low-carb doesn’t taste like horrifying diet food. Not.even.close.   Low-Carb Party Food   Once the hot weather is here the back-yard BBQ party invitations will be arriving and you’ll want to bring something unique. One of the things I love about pot-lock parties in the summer is that we get the opportunity to try different kinds of foods. Related: How to have a frugal back-yard BBQ party I […]

Gorgeous Asparagus Salad with Greek Feta Cheese (Low-Carb)

ADD A SPLASH OF COLOUR TO YOUR SPRING AND SUMMER SIDE-DISHES   A vibrant green fresh asparagus salad with sweet red peppers and Greek feta cheese dressed with an apple cider vinaigrette will wow you and your guests. The best part is that the asparagus salad is low carb and easy as pie to make. Well, easier than pie I should say. When you are hosting a party this Spring or Summer take advantage of fresh asparagus that are in abundance and fairly inexpensive to purchase. Since asparagus is stocked at the grocery stores keep an eye out on the reduced rack as you may get lucky and score a great deal on seconds.   Foraging for Asparagus   Around May, June and into July asparagus are in season in Ontario and you can find asparagus growing in many ditches along country roads where vegetable farms reside. This is the time you may find foragers out and about with their bags and a sharp knife scooping up their free produce. We’ve done this many times in the past with the family and it was quite fun. My father-in-law is a master forage ranger as he started with his parents back […]

Flaky Corned Beef Puffs A Taste Of Home

YOU DON’T HAVE TO GO TO THE UK TO TASTE THE FLAVOURS OF CORNWALL   They say that you haven’t had a proper pasty unless you’ve been to Cornwall, UK. I grew up on Corned beef pasties as we call them in the UK and if you ask anyone they will tell you the history behind pasties and Cornwall, hence the name. Corned beef pasties (Cornish Pasty) were common meals for those who worked in the Cornwall mines because they were considered a meal-in-one. The pasties are short crust pastry stuffed with meat (typically beef) and vegetables, sealed then baked in the oven. My version of the UK Cornish pasties are Corned Beef Puffs which are savoury flaky and sure to fill hungry bellies. Don’t let corned beef in a can (also known as salt beef) scare you away because it’s delicious and certainly a staple in many homes around the world. Another popular recipe you might be familiar with is corned beef and cabbage. My corned beef pastry can be eaten hot or cold which makes them perfect for an on-the-go meal instead of stopping off for fast-food. If you double the recipe you can pack extras in your […]

Easy Multi-Colour Buttercream Frosted Easter Cupcakes

SPLASH YOUR EASTER TABLE WITH A CUPCAKE BOUQUET OF COLOURS.   Knock, Knock Cupcake delivery. Don’t make this be you because your wallet will feel the crunch. Gourmet cupcakes cost a fortune to buy from local bakeries but there’s no need to spend $2-$5 for one cupcake when you can easily make them at home for far less. For you last-minute Easter bakers out there put your apron on and get ready to bake some Easter cupcakes that everyone will think you bought from the local bakery. Easter Baking for toddlers doesn’t get any more colourful then these adorable multi-coloured Easter cupcakes. Mrs. CBB and I wanted to involve our son in baking these Easter cupcakes as a tradition for our family. Fun Easter desserts are also a perfect way to celebrate the beginning of Spring at home, work or for the kiddos. They will add more sweetness to the already chocolate-filled diet that most of us will have for the month of April. I can handle that though and so can our little guy although we have to limit his chocolate intake otherwise he would eat it day and night. Like father like son.   Baking takes creativity, a […]

Anginetti Italian Lemon Cookies with Coloured Sprinkles

ITALIAN LEMON COOKIES ARE ELEGANT FOR EASTER, CHRISTMAS, WEDDINGS AND FOR EVERYDAY EATING. THE PERFECT DUNKING COOKIE.   Soft Italian Lemon cookies with a lemon glaze and coloured sprinkles are a staple in just about every Italian family particularly those who hail from Southern Italy. Does dunking Italian Anginetti cookies in your morning coffee sound familiar? It probably does if you’re Italian but for those who haven’t you should try it. I promise you these cookies are one of the best Italian cookies to dunk and I’ve had many growing up in an Italian neighbourhood. With Easter (Pasqua-Italian) around the corner I thought you’d all like to try something a bit different for your Easter dessert or before, after and in-between meals. You can pretty much eat these Anginetti Italian lemon cookies all day (at least I can). In my teens I would visit my Italian friend almost daily to hang out and play or swoon over the boys. Her mother would always have these amazing iced Italian cookies  that I would drool over. It was like living in a palace and I was jealous because all I got were Oreos from a bag. These Italian cookies with sprinkles on […]

Low Carb Lemon Cheesecake Squares (Sugar-Free, Gluten-Free)

YOUR SWEET TOOTH WILL LOVE THIS LOW CARB CHEESECAKE DESSERT.   Lemon lovers this low carb lemon cheesecake is for you. While Spring cleaning our entire refrigerator we found 3 bricks of Philadelphia cream cheese that needed using up. Naturally, since we both have a sweet tooth Mrs. CBB and I went to work thinking about low carb desserts with cream cheese that we could create. Low carb cheesecake was our first thought, but what kind? We already knew that a low carb cheesecake would have to be a; Sugar-Free Cheesecake Gluten-Free Cheesecake Then we toggled back and forth ideas about unique cheesecake flavours that we could keep low carb. Tough times I know. Since we recently made a batch of low carb brownies (recipe to come) we decided to stay away from chocolate and go with a citrus cheesecake. Lemon cheesecake seemed like the obvious choice but could we make it taste like the real thing? Of course we could try. Since our low carb lemon pound cake with frosting was and still is our most popular low carb dessert we thought we’d make cheesecake with a tangy lemon twist. Creating a low carb cheesecake recipe wasn’t too hard […]