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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Low Carb LCHF Cream Cheese Lemon Pound Cake

ENJOY A SLICE OF LEMON HEAVEN   If you’re looking for a low carb, sugar-free, grain-free, gluten-free cream cheese lemon pound cake then you’ve clicked on the right link because even I can’t tell it is low carb and polished off a few slices. Creating low carb dessert recipes for my wife to enjoy can be challenging but once you understand how the ingredients work together easy low carb desserts can be brought to life. Creating recipes is about experimenting which can be fun even if your recipe doesn’t turn out as planned. I’m no pastry chef and working with flour that contain no gluten, eggs, butter, coconut oil and cream cheese to re-invent the pound cake took some trial and error. With my wife’s birthday this month I wanted to create a low carb pound cake since it’s her favourite type of cake. She loves how a traditional pound cake is dense and perfect for dipping in coffee or milk. It has been almost one year since she’s given up sugar, grains and most fruits and vegetables to lead a low carb lifestyle. She loves this way of eating, feels great and has lost all the weight she gained […]

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 […]

Warm Cauliflower Bacon Salad with a Buttery Hot Apple-Cider Vinaigrette

There are recipes with cauliflower but not like this Warm Cauliflower Bacon Salad topped with a luscious buttery hot apple cider vinaigrette. This cauliflower salad IS the best cauliflower salad recipe for the upcoming seasons and we’re sharing the recipe with you today. This warm cauliflower salad is so good that my wife ate the entire dish before touching her meal. She said it was just so hard to stop eating it because the cauliflower and bacon pair up so nice together. It’s true.   Finally cauliflower is reasonably priced.   Cauliflower has dropped in price from $8.00 a head to $0.88 on sale at grocery stores and farmers markets across Canada. The winter will bring a spike in price for cauliflower and other imported vegetables because of the Ontario climate but don’t be afraid to add it to your grocery list. Cauliflower is very nutritious. This cauliflower bacon salad is perfect for Autumn and Winter or even serve it at Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner as a side-dish. My wife enjoys a low-carb lifestyle which means our son and I also enjoy the odd recipes with her because they are that delicious. I’m not a huge fan of raw cauliflower […]

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 […]

The Perfect Vanilla Ice-Cream Sandwich (Low-Carb)

A HOMEMADE SUGAR-FREE TREAT THAT IS LOW-CARB AND PERFECT WHEN YOU CRAVE SOMETHING SWEET   My wife was in the mood for something sweet the other night and kept bugging me to help her create a vanilla ice-cream sandwich treat for the summer. I got to work making the cookie base for the vanilla ice-cream sandwich which wasn’t easy and took me a few tries. The tender cookies don’t take long to make however it’s the batter consistency that you need to watch out for. The cookie batter should look frothy and not dense. When I eat an ice-cream sandwich I don’t want to have a hard cookie base. You expect to bite into an ice-cream sandwich where your teeth sink through the soft cookie, into the ice-cream and again through another cookie. I am not a fan of the ice-cream sandwich with the hard cookie as I find the ice-cream squashes out too easily and a big mess is born. Don’t get me wrong they taste good and I wouldn’t turn one down but for my wife I knew that being on a low-carb diet that most cookies that we create do come out of the oven moist. The […]

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