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5 Dollar-Wise Romantic Valentine’s Day Dinner Ideas : The Grocery Game Challenge 2018 #2 Feb 12-18

LEAVE THE DISHES FOR THE MORNING AND ENJOY A ROMANTIC VALENTINE’S DAY DINNER AT HOME WITH YOUR LOVED ONE   Valentine’s Day is around the corner and for those of you who want to surprise your loved one with a romantic dinner at home on a budget, I’ve got you covered. Mrs. CBB and I considered going out to a restaurant for Valentine’s Day dinner but once we factored in the costs we realized we’d get romantic at home instead. Romantic Dinner for two including dessert Bottle of wine or other bubbly Valentine’s Day flowers and other gifts Babysitting costs Server Tip Now that we are parents we tend to do more date-nights at home because we enjoy being in the kitchen creating meals together, it’s fun plus far less than eating out. Everything about Valentine’s Day is expensive as I’m sure we can all agree. By the time you buy Valentine’s Day flowers (Rose’s being the number one choice), romantic Valentine’s Day card and book reservations at your favourite restaurant you may be in for a pricey date-night.   Save and Splurge   If you are one of those people who would rather eat out at a restaurant for […]

Homemade Chocolate Bars with Stevia (Sugar-Free, Low-Carb)

CHOCOLATE CANDY BARS ARE INEXPENSIVE TO MAKE AT HOME WITH THE ADDED BONUS OF INCLUDING YOUR FAVOURITE INGREDIENTS   I’m the kind of guy who doesn’t mind making homemade gifts for the people I love. So, I decided to make homemade low-carb chocolate bars as a surprise for Valentine’s Day to give to Mrs. CBB along with some not-so-crafty decorations that I’m sure she will laugh at. It’s the thought that counts, right? Homemade chocolate bars or other chocolate candies are not meant to look perfect because it is the imperfect that says, “I made this with Love” that matters most. What I love the best is the cost of making homemade chocolate bars vs. store-bought. Before we start this recipe for homemade sugar-free chocolate bars ….. I just want to point out that if you don’t care for sugar-free chocolate you can easily use regular chocolate chips  to make this recipe for homemade chocolate bars. Once you understand the basics of melting chocolate, own the proper tools and have the ingredients on-hand then you’ll be set to go.   Chocolate Bar Mould   To be honest if you don’t fancy the same chocolate bar mould that we use that […]

Gourmet Keto Low Carb Bagels (Gluten-Free)

ENJOY LOW CARB BAGELS WITH THIS UNIVERSAL GLUTEN-FREE DOUGH   You won’t believe that there are ONLY 6 ingredients in these low carb bagels which by the way are also gluten-free and keto-friendly with 1.5 net carbs each. Soften the butter, cue the cream cheese, get the sugar-free jam ready and let the drooling begin. (that’s how Mrs. CBB explained it to me) Every low carb kitchen with a keto stocked pantry will already have these few ingredients so that making this recipe is even easier. If not, stock up because you’ll need all the wonderful products that bring keto recipes together along with plenty or protein and vegetables. If you’ve wanted to satisfy that bread craving you’ve had but without all the carbs you won’t want to miss this recipe for gourmet keto low carb bagels. We actually had lots of fun making these and consider this recipe one of the best low carb bagel recipes thus far.   Why are these gourmet low carb bagels?   Why not? I can promise you that once you make this recipe for low carb bagels you won’t turn back. These low carb bagels are hand-made in your kitchen and anything that […]

Low Carb Sugar-Free Salted Caramel Cheesecake

MAKING THE BEST HOMEMADE CHEESECAKE IS EASIER THAN YOU THINK-SAVE YOUR MONEY AND DO IT MY WAY!   A couple who are friends of ours absolutely adore cheesecake so when we invited them over for dessert last week we thought we’d surprise them with this decadent  low carb, sugar-free Salted Caramel Cheesecake. Oh yes, they were surprised! We are also huge fans of cheesecake especially the salted caramel cheesecake but most importantly there must be two things present; Thicker Crust Thick Cheesecake If you can carry out those two aspects of a cheesecake you’ve got yourself a winner. I’m actually quite amazed at how many people think cheesecake is a difficult recipe. That is far from the truth. When we created our salted caramel cheesecake we wanted to keep it simple so our guests could add any variation of toppings we offered. What I like about toppings and cheesecake is that you can add just about anything. Since the CBB house has went low carb and sugar-free just about everything we make takes that path. It has been 2 years since Mrs. CBB gave up sugar and she feels great and doesn’t crave it like she used to. For this […]

35 Minute Zoodles Bolognese (Zucchini Pasta w/Meat Sauce)

ZOODLES ARE A GREAT SUBSTITUTE FOR HIGH CARB HEAVY PASTA. TRY FOR YOURSELF, YOU’LL BE GLAD YOU DID   Today I’m sharing with you an easy recipe that you can have on the table in about 35 minutes working at a steady pace. Hear Ye! Hear Ye! I can now announce that I am the new King Zoodles Chef. Mrs. CBB said that I’ve finally mastered the art of zucchini noodles. That or she just wants me to keep cooking so she doesn’t have to. Nah, she meant it. Good-bye pasta. Thanks for many years of tummy filling goodness but we’re moving on to something far different and it’s gluten-free. We are a pasta loving family but in order to keep the carbs low we’ve started removing as much gluten as we can as well sugar but most of all, eating too much food. This Zoodles Bolognese is so good you’ll be telling yourself that it is on the weekly menu forever. Every bite is filled with tonnes of flavours from the spices. A dish like this in a restaurant could easily cost you $20 where I was able to make this entire recipe that serves 4-6 people for that […]

Fresh Cherry Tomato Soup + Double Brie Grilled Cheese

SAY GOOD-BYE TO THE CAN And Hello To Homemade Soup   Cherry Tomato Soup with Double Brie Grilled Cheese doesn’t get any better sounding and tastes as good as the photo suggests. Ooey, gooey cheesy goodness wrapped around organic cherry tomato soup with fresh garlic, chives, green pepper, cabbage and a secret ingredient. As the weather turns from hot and sticky to brisk and cold a piping hot pot of soup will always take the chill away. There’s something about soup that makes people smile especially when it is homemade. Although we like using the crock-pot to make homemade soup sometimes it’s faster to use the stove-top which is how this cherry tomato soup went down.   Organic Garden Harvest   You may or may not know from recent blog posts that we’ve dealt with a family emergency which left us to tend to a large garden that was ready to be harvested. It was shocking to see just how many tomatoes were ready to eat and how many had fallen. Related: Types of Cherry Tomatoes in Ontario Not only tomatoes either. A bounty of zucchini, eggplant, figs, tomatoes, heirloom tomatoes, yellow tomatoes, yellow cherry tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, beans, Brussel […]

Ricotta Eggnotta Italian Style Deep-Dish Crustless Quiche

A DELICIOUS EGG RECIPE FILLED WITH PEAMEAL BACON, RICOTTA CHEESE AND CHIVES THAT WILL PLEASE ANY CROWD   The Ricotta Eggnotta Deep-Dish Crustless Quiche is like no other because it’s made in a spring-form pan which gives it lots of height and plenty of plate porn for your guests. When a dish looks and smells delicious you will find you end up with an empty plate almost every time. This is that dish. I’ve loved a good Quiche ever since I can remember and my mum mad them often but with a pastry crust that was flakey and buttery. What I wanted to do is break the crust and pie-slice size Quiche that is tradition and bring it to new heights. (no pun intended) ha! The second reason I wanted to make this deep-dish crustless quiche is because it is a low-carb, keto recipe that I created for the family so my wife can also enjoy it.   Melt that cheese chef   Just last week I watched a video online where a restaurant topped their nachos with fried melted cheese which gave me this crazy idea to do the same with my deep-dish crustless Quiche. The Ricotta Eggnotta is […]

Super-Fast KETO Mug Biscuit In 90 Seconds

STOP WHAT YOU’RE DOING AND MAKE THIS OUTRAGEOUSLY DELICIOUS KETO MUG BISCUIT   You most certainly can make a microwave Keto mug biscuit in 90 seconds and the best part is you can dress up it any way you like. Mug recipes are great because you can portion control what you want to eat so you’re not itching for another slice or two. Mrs. CBB was hankering for some low-carb bread but we hadn’t made a loaf so she went without. Mrs. CBB without bread is like that mid-day chocolate high that softens stressed out employees to get them through the rest of their workday. Yes, she loves her bread but not all the carbs that comes along with traditional bread made with white flour. That’s when she asked if there was a way we could make a Keto mug biscuit in the microwave similar to the many low carb mug cakes we’ve concocted over the past two years. So like any good husband who wants to avoid the afternoon tummy rumbling carb rage I went to work creating this Keto mug biscuit for her. She helped but mostly with the eating part and I did my fair share as […]

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