Baked Cheesy Cauliflower Tots (Low-Carb, Gluten-Free)

TASTY CAULIFLOWER RECIPES START WITH PLENTY OF FLAVOUR AND ENDS WITH EMPTY PLATES.   These easy, gluten-free Baked Cheesy Cauliflower Tots are the Italian Arancini balls of the low-carb world. Arancini are rice balls filled with cheese then coated in breadcrumbs and deep-fried or baked served with a side of marinara. They are popular at restaurants as a starter or main meal paired with a salad. For today we’ll forget about those and focus on the low-carb way of switching up our favourite recipes. If you have kids the will love these with a dipping sauce or even a marinara sauce. Kids love to dip everything and if there is cheese inside you know you’ve got a winner. Sometime it’s nice to change-up recipes instead of offering chicken nuggets for example sneak in some Baked Cheesy Cauliflower Tots. Our son tends to get bored if we serve the same foods over and over. We just stare at our son when he does eat foods like this because he’s not a fan of vegetables at all.   Bringing Cauliflower to life   Delicious cauliflower recipes always start with spices and seasonings because cauliflower is very bland. If you want your cauliflower […]

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 […]

Maple Bourbon Pecan Roasted Almonds (Low-Carb) (Sugar-Free)

THE SMELL OF ROASTED ALMONDS AND HEALTH BENEFITS ALONE ARE WORTH THE COSTS.   Almonds are the new Super Food along with just about every other nut on the market according to packaging at the grocery store. Why? Nuts are full of nutrients and come packed with plenty of health benefits. Almonds also known by the Indian name “Badam” and are packed full of nutrients including vitamin E which is great for your hair, skin, digestive track and cholesterol levels. Years ago Mrs. CBB and I went into an Indian store in Brampton and purchased a bottle of Almond oil to use on her hair and skin. It’s amazing how  lovely and soft it made her hair. I suggested that she try almond oil only because I’ve been to India a couple of times and almond oil is used everywhere for beauty and cooking. Consumers are flocking to the coconut oil section for the same reason and more. Every time I read a label in the health and beauty aisle that a product has a nut oil I laugh because they are so expensive. Cut the middle guy out and buy the real deal. We have two large jugs of […]

Creamy Bacon Tomato Salad (Low-Carb)

ORGANIC PRODUCE HAS SOME OF THE BEST FLAVOURS IN THE WORLD   I wasn’t sure if I should call this recipe Tomato Bacon Salad or Bacon Tomato Salad so I went with both only because there’s lots of cherry tomatoes and tonnes of bacon! There’s no pasta or bread in this creamy Bacon Tomato Salad that I’ve created from organic vegetables and herbs from the garden. All you need is a fork, an appetite for freshness and a love for tomatoes and bacon. My wife who enjoys a low-carb/Paleo diet said she was in the mood for a bacon tomato sandwich loaded with mayonnaise on oopsie bread or savoury low-carb waffles. The Oopsie bread and waffles are alternatives to adding extra carbs from eating traditional breads but we didn’t have any made. I’m not a fan of the oopsie bread but when you stop eating bread anything that looks and tastes like bread is a sure winner. Related: Grocery Shopping for a Paleo Diet With the humidity and heat in Ontario reaching unbearable highs turning on the oven was the last thing we wanted to do. We were fortunate enough to get a huge bowl of organic cherry tomatoes from […]

Cauliflower Cheese Soup with Italian Meatballs

HOMEMADE SOUP NEVER TASTED SO GOOD   Move over chicken noodle soup I have a cauliflower cheese soup that will hit the spot and it’s topped with Italian meatballs. Cauliflower is one of those vegetables that are underrated and most people use it for veggies and dip but you can make so many gorgeous recipes with cauliflower. Cauliflower heads resemble those in broccoli, which differs in having flower buds. Brassica oleracea also includes broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, collard greens, and kale, though they are of different cultivar groups.- Wikipedia You can buy cauliflower that is white, orange, green or purple but you’ll pay more for the unusual coloured varieties. Cauliflower can be eaten raw, roasted, mashed, boiled, fried, steamed and baked and is low in carbohydrates which makes it perfect for low-carb diets such as the Atikins diet and is used as a substitute for potatoes and rice. I can hardly tell the difference when we make cheesy mashed cauliflower compared to mashed cheesy potatoes. Come October my soup radar starts going off especially as the nights get colder and we start to crave meals that are comforting. I happened to buy a massive cauliflower for $0.99 and needed something […]

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4 Ways A New Diet Plan May Impact Your Grocery Budget :The Grocery Game Challenge #4 Oct 26-Nov 1, 2015

I WANT TO LOSE WEIGHT   Every now and then I hear someone say they want to start a new diet plan so they can shed a few pounds. We’ve all been there and some say it more often than others. This time around it’s my wife and she’s on a mission to lose weight and get back her pre-baby body. She just woke up one morning and said, “Enough is enough, let’s get this diet plan going”.  And, so it begins. I know some people aren’t a fan of the word ‘diet’ but I don’t view it as a jail sentence like some people do. I believe the word diet encompasses our overall health and wellness. Just recently we’ve talked about 2 different diet plans on the blog, The Paleo Diet Plan and The Raw Food Diet Plan both of which are filled with good healthy food. A diet is filled with products that we as humans consume and they are either good for us or not. It’s about living longer and not just about living in the moment. Losing weight fast is never recommended which means fad diets are just that, a fad and a waste of time. […]

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The Grocery Game Challenge #1 May 6-12,2013- Getting Back On Track With Food Budgeting

Getting back on track with food budgeting and eating healthy can be tough especially if your grocery bill looked anything like ours in April. Since the wife altered her eating habits slightly by starting a low glycemic diet last month she’s been working on putting  a low gi list of foods together. She was struggling with what to eat on a low glycemic diet so a bit of research has gone a long way for her. My mate who is also a doctor but specializes in healthy eating and alternative medicines spoke to us a bit about the gi diet, eliminating fructose and the caveman diet or the paleo diet which I will get into in another post. It’s certainly not a diet for the foodies faint at heart as there’s not much to it. Must like twigs and berries but all kidding aside the paleo diet seems like one heck of a healthy diet. The Mrs. will certainly be focusing on less carbs and more proteins in her meals. Eating Healthy To Lose Weight If you want to eat healthy that means making changes to the diet that may or may not affect your grocery budget. Over time once you build […]

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The Grocery Game Challenge #3 April 15-21, 2013- Can Your Budget Handle The Low GI Diet?

Low GI Diet and our budget are the two topics of The Grocery Game Challenge this week. Mrs.CBB is making some changes to her diet moderated by our doctor. She wants to make the changes in order to keep her insulin levels down while eating a healthy balanced diet low in fat and refined carbohydrates and sugars. Diabetes and heart disease run in her family and now that we are in our 30’s she wants to make sure that she is doing all she can to keep fit and healthy. If you read the blog you know we quit smoking and that itself has had great advantages for us health-wise and in the budget saving us money from not buying smokes and cheap life insurance. My point is if we have to make changes in our life for the good it can be done with determination. This is also a great opportunity for us to see how this impacts not only our grocery budget but others as well. We will work hard to keep spending only $235.00 a month on groceries as we work through this new way of eating. What is Low GI Carbohydrates? Well GI stands for “Glycemic Index” which is […]

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