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 […]

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 […]

The Best Oopsie Bread Stuffed with Pulled Pork (Low-Carb)

OOPSIE IS A LOW-CARB BREAD REPLACEMENT THAT IS TAKING THE WORLD BY STORM!   If you haven’t eaten bread in months and you crave it THIS is the easiest and tastiest alternative in my opinion. I’m not a low-carb eater but my wife is and I’m the guinea pig who helps her create recipes and has to taste them first like this Oopsie Bread which I gave 5 stars. Don’t worry if you are thrown off by the captivating name of Oopsie bread because I was as well. My wife came to me one day and said the her friend who is also on a low-carb diet made this recipe for low-carb bread called, Oopsie bread. I said, Oopsie what? You probably did too BUT let me tell you even the skeptic in me was changed once I tucked into that delicious low-carb crock-pot pulled pork on 2 Oopsie bread rolls. Where does the Oopsie Bread name come from? I did a little research hoping to find out about Oopsie bread and just as the name suggests it was made as a mistake but a mistake that has made non-bread eaters rejoice. If it were me the recipe would be […]

The Best Cream of Celery Soup (Easy and Frugal)

HOMEMADE SOUP IS NOT JUST FOR WINTER   If you love cream based soups and have extra celery kicking around the refrigerator that needs using up this cream of celery soup will wake up your taste-buds and surprise your wallet. While I was looking in the refrigerator the other day I noticed that we had celery that desperately needed using up. Although I don’t mind eating raw celery with some cream cheese or a dip of some kind I wasn’t quite sure about cooking celery. I’ve added celery to a roast dinner or into the crock-pot to add flavour to my crock-pot creations but never have I mustered up a cooked celery recipe before. In order to use an ingredient you must understand what it is first.   What is celery?   Celery (Apium graveolens) is a cultivated plant, variety in the family Apiaceae, commonly used as a vegetable. Depending on location and cultivar, either its stalks or its hypocotyl are eaten and used in cooking. In North America the dominant variety most commonly available in trade is “celery”, whose stalks are eaten raw, or as an ingredient in salads, or as a flavoring in soups, stews, and pot roasts. […]

Cauliflower Mash Cottage Pie (Low Carb)

AN EASY DINNER THAT HITS THE SPOT   The hot new low carb substitute for mashed potatoes is cauliflower. Cauliflower mash is buttery, creamy and delicious plus you can hardly tell that it’s not mashed potatoes especially if you’re trying to fool fussy eaters. Since cauliflower has come down in price from over $6 a head down to a reasonable $2.99 each or 2/$5.00 it’s worth experimenting once again. One of my favourite cauliflower recipes is my baked cauliflower with cheese as a side dish to roast beef or any other protein.   How to make cauliflower mash   Creating cauliflower mash is very easy so don’t let any of the many names fool you as they are all the same thing: Smashed cauliflower Mashed cauliflower Cauliflower puree Cauliflower mashed potatoes (there is nothing potato about this recipe but some people need to call it mashed potatoes to help describe what it is that you will be eating). How long should you boil the cauliflower? I make sure to chop my cauliflower into small florets so they cook faster. You’re going to mash it all up anyways so it doesn’t really matter at this point. The key is to keep […]

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