Crispy Italian Eggplant Parmigiana Appetizers (Low-Carb)

EMBRACE YOUR SUMMER EGGPLANT HARVEST WITH BOLD FLAVOURS   My easy eggplant parmigiana appetizers are full of buttery Parmesan flavours and perfectly matched with fresh basil, buffalo mozzarella and sour cream. For anyone who is on a low-carb diet these eggplant parmigiana appetizers must end up on your weekly menu plan. Not only are eggplants budget-friendly but this recipe quick to make when you’re in a rush or have unannounced company. When you are cooking two different types of meal plans like in our house delicious, quick recipes are welcomed.   Don’t be afraid of produce you haven’t cooked with before   Unless eggplant is a staple in your diet most people turn their noses up at it. Lack of understanding about cooking eggplant may push people away. Eggplant is unique for its awkward egg shape, deep purple colour. Eggplant is spongy and soaks up flavours which you will want to add to your eggplant dishes. I had no idea how to cook eggplant nor did I have any eggplant recipes under my belt. I was shown how to make eggplant parmigiana for a dinner party a few years back by my father-in-law. Italian eggplant dishes revolve around casserole creations […]

Caprese Salad Party Dish With A Twist

EXPERIENCE THE FRESH FLAVOURS OF SUMMER IN EACH BITE   Hard-core tomato lovers will eat caprese salad for breakfast especially if they can walk out to their back garden to pick all the fresh ingredients that go into making this traditional Italian dish. What is caprese salad? The caprese salad is simple to make and was created to resemble the Italian flag, red, white and green and served as an antipasto to start a meal. You can find caprese salad on restaurant menus and pre-made at the grocery store but the best caprese salad is one that you make at home in your kitchen with the freshest of ingredients. Related: What to do when you have too much basil? A typical caprese salad recipe consists of fresh juicy organic tomatoes cut into thin slices, fresh buffalo mozzarella, tonnes of fresh basil and extra-virgin olive oil. Non-traditional caprese salad also called insalata caprese is drizzled with a balsamic reduction or a fresh lemon vinaigrette seasoned with salt and pepper. You can also add lettuce, garlic, parsley and other fresh herbs to create different variations of the caprese salad which we are doing today. Related: Caprese Salad with Balsamic Honey Reduction Let […]

Cauliflower Rice & Broccoli Stir-Fry with Sausage (Low-Carb)

REPLACE WHITE RICE WITH CAULIFLOWER RICE   This easy to make cauliflower rice recipe will blow your taste-buds away and I’m not joking. Cauliflower rice is the new mashed potato and versions of this dish are getting rave reviews all over the world especially from low-carb eaters who quit eating rice. Mrs.CBB is a rice quitter. I was a big skeptic when Mrs. CBB kept telling me you could turn cauliflower into mashed cauliflower which tasted just like mashed potatoes but better. I gave it a try last year and didn’t mind it at all although I’m a potato lover at heart coming from the UK where we ate lots of potatoes growing up. There’s nothing quite like a Sunday roast dinner with mashed potatoes, gravy, veg and Yorkshire pudding. Mrs. CBB was all fired-up to make this cauliflower rice likely because new recipes are exciting when you are limited with what you can eat. Armed with our kitchen-tools, a pot and cheese grater away we went. With the addition of cumin and turmeric along with Frank’s Red Hot sauce this cauliflower rice dish came together beautifully. Not only was the colour vibrant but it looks as delicious as the […]

Mozzarella Bacon Bomb Lettuce Wrap Dippers (Low Carb)

CHEESY BACON FLAVOURS BURSTING IN YOUR MOUTH!   Get ready to experience these Mozzarella Bacon Bomb Lettuce Wrap Dippers! These little beauties packed with flavour are the perfect party food or starters for a dinner party and they won’t cost you a fortune like other appetizers will. When my wife had this idea to fry frozen mozzarella I thought she was on to something good especially when she said we were going to wrap the sticks in bacon. Ketogenic recipes for low-carb diets are what we are testing out these days although we tend to change them to suit my wife’s tastes. She is a huge fan of spices but since eating bacon is a big deal on the Atkins low-carb diet she no longer uses salt at all. Recipes with bacon always turn out good no matter what and that’s the truth. Bacon can do no wrong and pretty much will match up with just about anything. I’ll admit these Mozzarella Bacon Bomb Lettuce Wraps really were hard for me to stop eating even though they weren’t for me. In total one of these Mozzarella Bacon Bomb Lettuce Wraps come in at around 1.50g net carbs each according to […]

Quick Apple Cinnamon Chicken Rice with Raisins

AN EASY SIDE-DISH READY IN MINUTES   These days time runs short in our family so making quick meals are a priority which means I often find ways to speed things up a notch. The other day we created a Crock-pot Mexican Chicken with Vegetables (coming soon to the blog) and this Apple-Cinnamon Chicken Rice with Raisins as a side-dish.   Both recipes are simple to make with easy clean-up to follow   We aren’t fans of buying quick cooking rice in boxes or packets so I thought I would try cooking my chicken rice dish right in the rice cooker to see what would happen. Voila, it turned out fluffy and perfect! Over the years I’ve always added different oils and herbs to the rice cooker with success so I did that for this chicken rice recipe but then added a few more spices that I haven’t tried before. I always start by soaking and then rinsing the rice in luke-warm water to get some of the starch off and then add it to the rice cooker. I cover the rice with cold water in equal amounts to the rice then add turmeric, cinnamon, onion powder, 1/3 cup chopped […]

Easy Tomato and Bacon Risotto

DELICIOUS RISOTTO RECIPE   Rice is a staple in almost everyone’s pantry so I’ve created this easy Tomato and Bacon Risotto for anyone who wants a nutritious meal on the table and not wait for hours. It was another nice day here in Ste Anne and I needed to cook something hearty and quick for supper. Both boys are now in Football until first week of November and they need something filling but not too heavy. Risotto is perfect before the kids go to practice and packed with flavourful herbs, vegetables and a light sauce. With so many rice dishes available today in convenience packets I hope my recipe motivates you to get in the kitchen and try something new that is homemade. Don’t be afraid of the word risotto, it’s just a name and you too can cook this delicious Tomato and Bacon risotto just like I have done. This easy risotto recipe will be on your kitchen table in just under an hour.   Risotto   What is Risotto? Risotto is typically made with an Italian rice called “Arborio Rice” cooked in a broth to a creamy consistency. Making risotto is one the main ways rice is served […]