Crispy Cheesy Cauliflower Hash Browns – Low Carb

  DITCH THE HIGH CARB POTATOES FOR THESE FILLING LOW CARB CAULIFLOWER HASH BROWNS.   These Crispy Cheesy Cauliflower hash browns will satisfy your potato craving and perfect as part of a low carb breakfast or brunch with scrambled eggs, sausages, bacon and avocado slices. If you’re looking for a low carb cauliflower hash brown recipe that is grain-free and gluten-free this is a wonderful healthy recipe that will satisfy your tummy. I don’t exclusively eat a low carb diet but when I create some of these low carb recipes I have to admit they are darn good. Just lately I find that I’m going in for seconds and thirds and my wife who seems to catch me tells me that I must be changing my ways. These days we hardly eat bread, pasta, potatoes or anything too high carb in our house which is a good thing because too many carbs can lead to excess weight gain. In keeping with our new way of eating in the CBB house (at least for my wife) I work hard to create alternative healthy low carb recipes that she can enjoy. Mrs. CBB told me that these cheesy cauliflower hash browns hit […]

Guilt-Free Crispy Deep-Fried Pickles (Low-Carb)

LOW-CARB SNACK TIME DOESN’T GET ANY EASIER THAN THESE CRUSTED DILL PICKLE CHIPS.   This is the recipe for deep-fried pickles that you don’t want to turn away from especially if you’re a dill pickle fan and not interested in the extra carbs from thick batter. The first time Mrs. CBB and I had deep-fried pickles was when she was about 6 months pregnant and we stopped off for dinner at a Fish n’ Chips dive in town. The restaurant was empty as it was the end of the night so we were guaranteed hot n’ fresh which is what I like. While looking over the menu Mrs.CBB noticed they offered deep-fried pickles. She was like a little kid all excited so we ordered a plate as an appetizer. I wasn’t a huge dill pickle fan but my wife goes mad for them. I was a changed man when I tasted the deep-fried pickles dipped in mayonnaise sauce. Not only were the deep-fried pickles good but I ate some of the best fish n’ chips since arriving in Canada almost 9 years ago. Growing up in the UK fish n’ chips is a big deal so now we have a […]

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 […]

Crispy Parmesan Crusted Baked Zucchini Chips (Low-Carb)

GET YOUR CRUNCH ON WITH THESE EASY TO MAKE BAKED ZUCCHINI CHIPS!   When we found out that we could use baby zucchini to make chips right away we knew we wanted to try it out for ourselves. The final verdict wasn’t as crispy as we had thought but we perfected them so now they are the perfect Crispy Parmesan Crusted Baked Zucchini Chips. Baked chips can be just as delicious as chips that are deep-fried in oil. By all means you could deep-fry these zucchini chips to get a crisper texture if you prefer them that way. When should you buy zucchini? Anytime is a good time but if it’s price point you are after always stick to fruits and vegetables that are in season. If you are at the grocery store especially in the Spring and Summer you will find baby green zucchini for a great deal. Most times we can find it for about $0.99lb which is a great price apart from growing it yourself. My father-in-law grows zucchini throughout the summer and my mother-in-law makes gorgeous zucchini fritters that we dip in maple syrup. I’ll make that recipe for all of you once we get some […]

Cheesy Tomato Pie with Potato Crust

TOMATOES IN A SAVORY PIE…   Enjoying a slice of tomato pie might not be your idea of an ending to a meal but this pie is a main dish that is a must try if you love tomatoes, cheese and potatoes. If you are a gardener planting and growing tomatoes is tops on your list. With proper tomato plant care you will likely be enjoying tomatoes all summer long. It’s now that time of year where our gardens are over-flowing with tomatoes and many of us are struggling for ways to use them up. Although many of us stick to the common tomato recipes such as tomato salsa, tomato sauce, pasta sauce etc. we often want to go above and beyond and try something new.   Cheesy Tomato Pie   You can easily stuff tomatoes and top with breadcrumbs but you can also take it a step further and create a tomato cheese pie. That’s right pie recipes aren’t meant for sweet pies but also savory pies. Red tomato pies are popular because they are savory and an easy dinner to whip up during the week or on a lazy Sunday. Although there are many varieties and colours of […]

Creamy Beet Crunch

BEETS ARE FULL OF FLAVOUR   We often joke about making a casserole on the Canadian Budget Binder Facebook page and in some ways today’s recipe is just that and we’re using delicious beets. The best part about beets is that this time of year you can buy them at the grocery store for a great price. If you fancy growing your own beets there are many varieties that you can consider. Beets can be grown as your standard red or deep purple colour or even a golden-yellow or white beet. The varieties of beets differ around the world but some of the most popular beets are “Albino, Early Wonder, Red Ace and Ruby Queen just to name a few.   Beets 101   We love beets in our family any way we can get them but the tough part is coming up with beet recipes that provide variety for my family. When using beets be warned that you will need to wear gloves because the red colour from the beets will soak into your skin. It takes a bit of scrubbing but eventually will come out. You just don’t want to have red fingers when you go to work […]

Herbed sliced baked potatoes

CRISPY POTATOES FULL OF FLAVOUR   I love potatoes and if you’ve tried my twice-baked potatoes loaded with delicious flavours you must try these herbed sliced baked potatoes. These sliced baked potatoes make the perfect vegetarian or meatless side-dish to any meal. In the Don household I have been busy getting the kids back to school stuff sorted and ready for my family. I know it’s early but this is when all the great sales are on and I can bulk buy for the next year or so. Yes, I said year! Who wants to miss out on getting books and crayons for 25c and 10c a pack? We are also busy painting the deck which we have put off for the last year. We finally decided that if it’s not done now we will need to replace the deck at a much heftier cost to our budget. After looking around we decided on one from Home Depot which was on sale and had a rebate on it. Bonus!   Herbed sliced baked potatoes   The best part of the herbed sliced baked potatoes is the time it takes to prepare them. Being a mom I don’t always have lots […]

Meatless Stuffed Parsleyed Onions

SPICE UP YOUR DINNER TABLE AND GET STUFFED With the holidays around the corner and party invitations on the rise these meatless stuffed parsleyed onions are a perfect side dish or appetizer. If you are going to a potluck or need to bring a dish to a gathering this may be the talk of the table so gather up the simple ingredients and get cooking! The great thing about these stuffed onions is that they are unique as you don’t see them often on the menu so it will be a lovely treat for your guests. So as part of our girlie night that I talked about last week with you we were asked to bring two dishes along with us, a sweet one which was my Lemon Citrus Syrup Yoghurt Cake and a savory dish which I chose meatless stuffed parsleyed onions. When us ladies have gotten together before we have been left to our own devices and brought more than two dishes and then had more than we could eat so this time we put a limit on what we could bring to combat so many leftovers and potential food waste. Deciding what to take was between a […]