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 […]

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 […]

Creamy Radish Soup With Melted Mozzarella

MOVE OVER AND MAKE SPACE CAULIFLOWER BECAUSE RADISHES ARE THE NEW POTATO OF CHOICE FOR LOW CARB FOODIES.   Yes you read that right, Creamy Radish Soup with melted gooey mozzarella and loaded with triple brie and cream cheese. Very cheesy and the perfect low carb soup for breakfast, lunch or dinner. As you can see radish soup takes on a light pink colour and packed full of heart-warming nutrients. If you don’t care for the strong taste of raw radishes but love potatoes I assure you that you’ll love radish soup. Radishes are a root vegetable after all. Before radish soup came into our lives as what started as a laughable idea we only ate them raw or baked with bacon fat, which is delish by the way! We’ve also tossed whole red radishes into pasta sauce, chili or other recipes that typically would contain potatoes. Since Mrs. CBB doesn’t eat potatoes radishes became her new potato of choice. You can even make mashed radishes as you can mashed cauliflower and they both taste like mashed potatoes. Lots of mashing going on! I did not believe Mrs. CBB that radishes tasted like potatoes once roasted as they have a […]

Seductive Peanut Butter Protein Cookies (Low-Carb, Sugar-Free)

TIME IS ON YOUR SIDE WHEN BAKING THESE PEANUT BUTTER PROTEIN COOKIES ESPECIALLY WHEN YOUR SWEET TOOTH IS WAITING.   Do you know that cookie that you just can’t stop eating because it keeps calling your name? Now you know why I called these Seductive Peanut Butter Protein Cookies. Not only are they super easy and quick to make but they are sugar-free and low-carb friendly. I’m always working with Mrs. CBB in the kitchen to create new low-carb treats that we can both enjoy. I’m a hard-core sugar boy who likes something sweet just about every day. Once in a while I don’t mind dipping into the wife’s stash of desserts especially if I don’t have anything prepared for myself. I know we’ve shared lots of low-carb dishes on CBB lately but don’t get scared off from enjoying these recipes in your life. They are delicious, full of flavour and won’t make you feel like you’ve just eaten an entire pizza to yourself once you’re done a meal. You know that heavy tummy feeling I’m talking about. Protein Peanut Butter Cookies>> Don’t knock em’ until you try them. Most often we don’t even tell our friends what they are […]

Cream of Asparagus Soup with Asiago Cheese (Low-Carb) (Gluten-Free)

MAKING A POT OF HOMEMADE ASPARAGUS SOUP DOESN’T GET ANY EASIER.   Although we enjoy broth and tomato based soups another famous soup we make in the CBB kitchen is our Cream of Asparagus Soup. Not only is it low-carb and gluten-free it’s extremely easy to make, budget-friendly and brings home the flavours of Ontario produce when available. During early-mid June if you love to forage you can find wild organic asparagus growing in ditches around farmers fields preferably that grow and sell asparagus. Mrs. CBB grew up with her dad who loves to forage still to this day. Over the years since she was a small child she’s foraged for wild asparagus, wild mushrooms, wild berries and plenty of other free wild edibles. I’ve been introduced to the foraging life quite a few times and it’s amazing what grows and is hidden in the forests, ditches and tall grasses. I won’t get into the specifics of wild asparagus picking but Mrs. CBB found Crystal over at Whole Fed Homestead who offers a detailed blog post about How To Hunt and Forage for Asparagus. Mrs. CBB says that reading her post brings back lots of memories because this was exactly […]

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Our Weekly Menu Plan Based On A Monthly $265 Budget: The Grocery Game Challenge 2017 #1 Feb 27-March 5

MENU PLANNING INVOLVES MORE THAN A SHOPPING LIST.   If you are the family meal planner don’t get discouraged if you can’t make the same menu plan your friends or family make because their grocery budget may be different. Not only that but their savings skills and ability to use coupons, price-matching, rewards points and so on all aid in savings. Also, keep in mind that not everyone has grocery stores on every other street corner. Some of you who live in rural areas may have a small grocer in town but must drive into a bigger city to see further grocery savings. Related: How a small town family saves money on groceries   Look to others for inspiration   Two of my home cook inspirations… Canadian Budget Binder fan Mary has posted her grocery shop in The Grocery Game Challenge (GGC) for the past 5 years. Not only does she try different recipes she finds online to her menu plan but her monthly $190 grocery budget for 2 has remained unchanged for many years. You can follow her journey every week by reading the comment section of the Grocery Game Posts along with many other GGC players. Mary makes […]

Crunchy Pan-Fried Parmesan Crusted Hard-Boiled Eggs (Low-Carb) (Gluten-Free)

HARD-BOILED EGGS LIKE YOU’VE NEVER TASTED BEFORE   YES you have to try this. These are perfect snacks for holidays, birthday’s or any celebrating including Super Bowl where you just want to grab, dip and get it in your tummy. In our house we don’t just hard boil one or two eggs at a time. We make hard-boiled eggs by the dozen and use them for egg salad sandwiches, snacks and now we will add this to our low carb snacks list. Hard boiled eggs aren’t just for breakfast especially when you follow a keto diet also known as low-carb diet like Mrs.CBB does. I enjoy it in moderation as I’m not fully involved with this lifestyle like Mrs. CBB is. For the most part I end up eating the same foods to cut down on costs but on occasion I go my route. You know I just crave carbs after a while especially when my aim isn’t to give them up.   We’re a low carb family   One thing I won’t pass up is eating eggs any way I can get them, except raw. This recipe for pan-fried Parmesan hard-boiled eggs was a fluke to be honest. While […]

Sweetheart Cinnamon Cookies (Low Carb) (Sugar Free)

SIMPLE COOKIES MADE WITH LOVE AND KISSES OF CINNAMON.   Who doesn’t love the taste and smell of cinnamon? Every time I walk through a mall with a Cinnabon shop where they make the most delicious smelling cinnamon buns I get weak at the knees. These soft cinnamon cookies are low-carb and perfect as breakfast cookies with a hot beverage or a snack throughout the day. Best of all they are sugar-free. If you or someone you know enjoys a low-carb high-fat lifestyle these Sweetheart Cinnamon Cookies make the best homemade gifts. With Valentine’s Day in the next few days go ahead and spread some low carb love and bake up a batch even if they are for yourself. This recipe for soft cinnamon cookies use both almond flour and coconut flour for texture and flavour purposes. Both the almond and coconut are a low carb flour and used in many dishes along with lupin flour. Lupin flour is produced by drying and grinding the lupin bean. You may also know these as lupini beans (rubbery outside skin) you can buy in cans at the grocery store in the International aisle. We have yet to try lupin flour but may […]

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