Dinner Recipes/ Pasta Recipes

Creamy Cajun Chicken Pasta

This delicious Creamy Cajun Chicken Pasta is so easy to make. Delicious, flavorful and comfort for your dinner. You can go with spicy, non-spicy, creamy or non-creamy variation. It’s totally up to you! Ready in just 30 minutes, so it’s perfect for weeknight dinners!

Creamy Cajun Chicken Pasta

You can make variation for this recipe, adjust the heat and make it creamy or not creamy.

Adjust the Heat

This pasta is spicy. BUT you can adjust the heat by adjusting the amount of cayenne pepper in the Cajun seasoning. You can cut it in half for just a little heat, or if you are completely spicy intolerant, leave the cayenne out all together.

 

Make it Creamy (or not)

If you can’t do cream cheese, feel free to replace it with a splash of heavy cream or half-and-half. You can use about 1/4 cup heavy cream, or 1/2 cup of half-and-half. OR, if you don’t want it creamy at all, that works too. This pasta was quite delicious even before added with the cream cheese, but the creaminess does balance the heat and acidity very well.

 

Make it “Extra”

If you want this pasta to be super over the top, try adding some cooked bacon, or a final dusting of Parmesan cheese. That little bit of extra umami flavor will really take this Cajun Chicken Pasta over the top! Or, in place of or in addition to, you could add shrimp.

Creamy Cajun Chicken Pasta

How To Make Creamy Cajun Chicken Pasta

Combine the ingredients for the Cajun seasoning in a small bowl. Cut the chicken into bite size and place it in a bowl, pour the Cajun seasoning over top, and stir to coat the chicken in spices.
On a large skillet, add the olive oil and butter. Heat the oil and butter over medium-high until the skillet is very hot and the butter is melted and foamy. Add the seasoned chicken to the skillet and cook for a couple minutes on each side, or just until the outside gets some color.
Next add the diced yellow onion to the skillet and continue to sauté for about 2 minutes more, or just until the onion begins to soften.
After that, add the pasta, fire roasted diced tomatoes (with the juices), and chicken broth to the skillet. Stir just until everything is evenly combined, then place a lid on top and allow the broth to come up to a boil.
Once boiling, turn the heat down to medium-low and let the pasta simmer for about ten minutes, stirring every couple of minutes, until the pasta is tender and the liquid is thick and saucy.
Add the cream cheese to the skillet in chunks, then stir until it has melted into the sauce. Finally, Top the pasta with sliced green onions

Creamy Cajun Chicken Pasta

This delicious Creamy Cajun Chicken Pasta is so easy to make. Delicious, flavorful and comfort for your dinner. You can go with spicy, non-spicy, creamy or non-creamy variation. It's totally up to you! Ready in just 30 minutes, so it’s perfect for weeknight dinners!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Dinner
Cuisine American, Italian
Servings 4

Ingredients
  

Cajun Seasoning

  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 2 tsp smoked paprika
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • ¼ tsp cayenne pepper
  • ½ tsp onion powder
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp black pepper

Chicken Pasta

  • ½ lb. penne pasta
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 Tbsp butter
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 yellow onion diced
  • 1 lb. boneless skinless chicken breast
  • 15 oz. fire roasted diced tomatoes
  • 2 oz. cream cheese
  • 3 green onions sliced

Instructions
 

  • Combine the ingredients for the Cajun seasoning in a small bowl. Cut the chicken into 1/2 to 3/4-inch cubes. Place the cubed chicken in a bowl, pour the Cajun seasoning over top, and stir to coat the chicken in spices.
  • Add the olive oil and butter to a large deep skillet. Heat the oil and butter over medium-high until the skillet is very hot and the butter is melted and foamy. Add the seasoned chicken to the skillet and cook for a couple minutes on each side, or just until the outside gets some color. The chicken does not need to be cooked through at this point.
  • Add the diced yellow onion to the skillet and continue to sauté for about 2 minutes more, or just until the onion begins to soften. Allow the moisture from the onion to dissolve any browned bits from the bottom of the skillet.
  • Next, add the pasta, fire roasted diced tomatoes (with the juices), and chicken broth to the skillet. Stir just until everything is evenly combined, then place a lid on top and allow the broth to come up to a boil.
  • Once boiling, turn the heat down to medium-low and let the pasta simmer for about ten minutes, stirring every couple of minutes, until the pasta is tender and the liquid is thick and saucy.
  • Add the cream cheese to the skillet in chunks, then stir until it has melted into the sauce. Top the pasta with sliced green onions and serve.
Breakfast Recipes/ Healthy Recipes

Bangin’ Breakfast Potatoes

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day! Add this amazing bangin’ breakfast potatoes to start your day. Potato bites cooked in delicious crispy bacon, aromatic garlic, and caramelized with delicious sweet maple syrup. Incredible breakfast treat!

Bangin’ Breakfast Potatoes

How To Make Bangin’ Breakfast Potatoes

What Ingredients Do you Need for Bangin’ Breakfast Potatoes

  • Golden Potatoes
  • Red Potatoes
  • Red bell pepper
  • Orange bell pepper
  • Olive oil
  • Bacon
  • Garlic
  • Pure Maple syrup
  • Parsley
  • Kosher salt
  • Crushed black pepper
  • Old Bay spice

Start with your cast iron skillet. Any skillet will work, but just remember the darker the skillet the darker your product. Dice up the potatoes, toss them in minimal olive oil, and cook them up until nice and brown. Just as the pan is au sec, or nearly dry, throw in some diced raw bacon. Before your potatoes start to cook throw the bacon in the freezer! Dicing frozen bacon will change your life. Forever.

The bacon will render which will further cook the potatoes and add a whole new level of flavor. Season your potatoes with salt, pepper, and Old Bay. The key is to lightly season throughout the entire cooking process, that way you build flavor.

Once the bacon is cooked, mince a clove or two of garlic and toss that in. Add some parsley.

Next is the caramelizing of the potatoes. Just before taking them off the fire to serve, sprinkle over a tablespoon of pure maple syrup. You’ll hear it sizzle and your mouth will water. Toss it up and cook it for another minute. The sugars will melt and will just add another layer of deliciousness.

Bangin’ Breakfast Potatoes

Add sunny side up egg to complete the dish, but that is optional. If you’re wondering what type of bacon to use, obviously turkey bacon is a healthier-less greasy-option. However, turkey bacon does not render as much fat as regular bacon. You could also add in onions and other fresh herbs.

Bangin’ Breakfast Potatoes

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day! Add this amazing bangin' breakfast potatoes to start your day. Potato bites cooked in delicious crispy bacon, aromatic garlic, and caramelized with delicious sweet maple syrup. Incredible breakfast treat!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Servings 2

Ingredients
  

  • 2 pieces of bacon
  • 3 medium golden potatoes - skin on
  • 1-2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil plus more if needed
  • 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
  • salt
  • pepper
  • parsley for garnish
  • Old Bay

Instructions
 

  • Before you do anything, freeze your bacon slices that way when you're ready to prep, it'll be so much easier to chop!
  • Wash the potatoes and cut medium dice into square pieces. To prevent any browning, place the already cut potatoes in a bowl filled with water.
  • In the meantime, heat 1-2 tablespoons of oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Tilt the skillet so the oil spreads evenly.
  • Once the oil is hot, drain the potatoes and add to the skillet. Season with salt, pepper, and Old Bay as needed.
  • Cook for 10 minutes, stirring the potatoes often, until brown. If needed, add a tablespoon more of oil.
  • Chop up the bacon and add to the potatoes. The bacon will start to render and the fat will begin to further cook the potatoes. Toss it up a bit! The bacon will take 5-6 minutes to crisp.
  • Once the bacon is cooked, reduce the heat to medium-low, add the minced garlic and toss. Season once more. Add dried or fresh parsley. Control heat as needed.
  • Let the garlic cook until fragrant, about one minute.
  • Just before serving, drizzle over the maple syrup and toss. Let that cook another minute, giving the potatoes a caramelized effect.
  • Serve in a warm bowl with a sunny side up egg!
Healthy Recipes/ Salad Recipes

Blueberry Broccoli Spinach Salad with Poppyseed Ranch

This amazing delicious Blueberry Broccoli Spinach Salad with Poppyseed Ranch is the perfect blend of savory sweetness and definitely is one of most favorite salads of all time!

Blueberry Broccoli Spinach Salad with Poppyseed Ranch

Though it looks like it’s straight out of a gourmet bistro, this quick and simple salad is easily thrown together with just a few flavorful ingredients at home! Snag your go to pre-made dressing or try my homemade poppyseed ranch!

Blueberry Broccoli Spinach Salad with Poppyseed Ranch

You can customize this Blueberry Broccoli Spinach Salad with all your favorite salad mix-ins. For example, this recipe used a feta made of goat and sheep’s milk, but you can also use straight up goat cheese or cow’s milk feta. You not a fan of blueberries? Try strawberries, raspberries, or even chopped apple as a fruity sub.

Blueberry Broccoli Spinach Salad with Poppyseed Ranch

This amazing delicious Blueberry Broccoli Spinach Salad with Poppyseed Ranch is the perfect blend of savory sweetness and definitely is one of most favorite salads of all time!
Prep Time 10 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 2
Calories 265 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1/4 cup blueberries
  • 4 oz fresh baby spinach
  • 1/2 a ripe avocado
  • 1/2 cup chopped broccoli
  • 2-4 TBSP dried cranberries
  • 1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 2-4 TBSP roasted sunflower seeds unsalted
  • black pepper to taste optional

POPPY SEED RANCH DRESSING:

  • 1/2 cup of plain greek yogurt or sour cream
  • 1 tsp poppy seeds
  • 1/4 cup good quality mayonnaise homemade or store bought
  • 1/4 cup of buttermilk extra if desired
  • 1/2 tsp lemon juice or white vinegar
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/2 tsp dried parsley
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp dried dill
  • 1/4 tsp paprika
  • 1/8-1/4 tsp garlic powder to taste
  • 1/8 tsp black pepper
  • 1/8 tsp sea salt

Instructions
 

  • Start with the dressing (skip if using premade)
  • Ranch dressing always tastes it’s absolute best made ahead of time. Whisk and chill for a few hours before serving or make things simple by tossing it together the night before.
  • Peel 1 clove of garlic, then smash and mince it into a paste.
  • Season with salt.
  • Combine salted garlic paste with remaining dressing ingredients and whisk well.
  • Pop in the fridge to chill for a few hours for flavors to set.
  • Wash + dry spinach.
  • Combine with broccoli, blueberries, dried cranberries, avocado, feta cheese, and sunflower seeds.
  • Toss with dressing and serve.
  • Season with black pepper, to taste.
Healthy Recipes/ Salad Recipes

Homemade Summer Macaroni Salad

This incredible Homemade Macaroni Salad is a classic pasta salad recipe that so easy to prepare using tender macaroni tossed with fresh and colorful veggies and eggs, covered in a rich and creamy tangy dressing. The best salad dish for your perfect summer!

Homemade Summer Macaroni Salad

This macaroni salad recipe is perfect for summer cookouts and picnics, and it’s such a tasty side to pair with grilled or slow cooked meat any day of the year. Nothing super fancy here, just that delicious comfort food we crave! Everything here combined together just creates a harmonious blend of satisfying flavor. It has a delicious blend of fresh, colorful ingredients, a tempting light crunch and such a refreshing taste!

To make the macaroni salad dressing, you’ll need Mayonnaise (use good quality mayo for best flavor); Plain Greek yogurt; White wine vinegar (red wine vinegar or apple cider vinegar will work great here too); Dijon mustard; Honey; and Salt and freshly ground black pepper.

Homemade Summer Macaroni Salad

And for the rest of this simple macaroni salad, you’ll need:

Dry elbow macaroni
Hard boiled eggs
Red bell pepper
Matchstick carrots
Celery
Red onion
Fresh parsley

What to serve with this salad?

Southern Fried Chicken
Southern Fried Chicken recipe starts with a hot sauce, buttermilk brine, and a well seasoned, flour and cornstarch crust for maximum crunch! This is a true family favorite and delivers on crunch, flavor and juicy chicken on the inside.
Kansas City Style Ribs
These are typically characterized by the thick, sticky sauce brushed on in the last 30 minutes of cooking. The dry rub and sauce are on the sweet side using a brown sugar base, but are balanced with chili powder and pepper, producing some truly finger licking good ribs.
BBQ Smoked Meatloaf
Smokey sweet, tender and with little effort on your part, you can deliver this BBQ Smoked Meatloaf made right on your grill and not heat up the kitchen!
Old Fashioned Cherry Crisp
Bing cherries covered in a simple flour, sugar, oat and egg crumble that gets melted butter poured on top and baked to a golden brown.
Gramma’s Easy Berry Cobbler
A tasty, buttery batter that gets poured over fresh seasonal berries of choice is baked to a golden brown and is ready for a scoop of ice cream or whipped cream.

Homemade Summer Macaroni Salad

How to Make Macaroni Salad

Cook the pasta: Cook macaroni in salted water, to al dente according to directions on package.
Drain and rinse: Drain and rinse with cold water until completely cool, drain very well (or toss drained macaroni with a little olive oil and refrigerate until cool).
Make the macaroni salad dressing: In a medium mixing bowl stir together mayonnaise, Greek yogurt, vinegar, mustard, honey, and season with salt and pepper to taste.
Add salad ingredients to mixing bowl: Add well drained macaroni to a large mixing bowl along with eggs, bell pepper, carrots, celery and onion.
Toss with dressing: Pour dressing over top, add in parsley and toss mixture to evenly coat. Serve or store in refrigerator.

Making the salad ahead of time actually gives the macaroni some time to soak up all that flavor and makes for a cold pasta salad. You can store this homemade macaroni salad in the fridge for up to 2 days.

Homemade Summer Macaroni Salad

This incredible Homemade Macaroni Salad is a classic pasta salad recipe that so easy to prepare using tender macaroni tossed with fresh and colorful veggies and eggs, covered in a rich and creamy tangy dressing. The best salad dish for your perfect summer!
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 8

Ingredients
  

Dressing:

  • ½ cup plain Greek yogurt
  • ½ cup Hellmann's or Best Foods Mayonnaise
  • 2 tsp dijon mustard ** then more to taste (I like about 4 tsp)
  • 1 ½ Tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 2 tsp honey
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Macaroni Salad:

  • 2 steamed or hard boiled eggs peeled and chopped
  • 8 oz dry elbow macaroni
  • 1 cup matchstick carrots roughly chopped
  • 1 cup diced red bell pepper
  • ¼ cup diced red onion
  • ¾ cup diced celery
  • 1 - 2 Tbsp minced fresh parsley

Instructions
 

  • Cook macaroni in salted water according to directions on package (I added about 1/2 tbsp salt to the water).
  • Drain and rinse with cold water until completely cool. Let drain very well.
  • In a medium mixing bowl stir together mayonnaise, Greek yogurt, vinegar, mustard, honey, and season with salt and pepper to taste (start with about 1/2 tsp salt and 1/4 tsp pepper then add more salt after you've added the dressing to the pasta).
  • Add well drained macaroni to a large mixing bowl along with eggs, bell pepper, carrots, celery and onion (if you like to have some color over you salad I like set aside some of the veggies to sprinkle over the top).
  • Pour dressing over top, add in parsley and toss mixture to evenly coat.
Appetizer/ Healthy Recipes

Maple Sriracha Roasted Cauliflower

Cauliflower, tossed in maple syrup and spicy Sriracha, gets crispy-edged and caramelized in the oven. This irresistibly sweet, spicy and salty maple-sriracha roasted cauliflower is amazing for game-day snacking, a dinner side, or just straight-up lunch. The perfect side dish ever!

Maple Sriracha Roasted Cauliflower

This Maple Sriracha Roasted Cauliflower is super-duper easy to make. Just toss bite-sized cauli florets in a mix of olive oil, maple syrup, Sriracha, salt, and pepper. Spread on a cookie sheet and bake for about 25 minutes, and sweet/spicy nirvana awaits.

This side dish is as easy as cutting a head of cauliflower into bite sized florets, tossing in the maple-sriracha sauce and roasting before tossing it with the remaining sauce just before serving. As the cauliflower roasts the sauce caramelizes on the edges of the cauliflower magically transforming and infusing the flavour into the cauliflower!

Maple Sriracha Roasted Cauliflower

You could also present it wing-style with a cooling dip like blue cheese or ranch, and maybe a few celery sticks, even.

Maple Sriracha Roasted Cauliflower

Cauliflower, tossed in maple syrup and spicy Sriracha, gets crispy-edged and caramelized in the oven. This irresistibly sweet, spicy and salty maple-sriracha roasted cauliflower is amazing for game-day snacking, a dinner side, or just straight-up lunch. The perfect side dish ever!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Appetizer, Side Dish
Servings 4
Calories 93 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 head cauliflower cut into florets (about 6 cups)
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons sriracha or other chili sauce

Instructions
 

  • Toss the cauliflower in the mixture of the oil, maple syrup, sriracha and soy sauce, arrange in a single layer on a baking sheet and roast in a preheated 400F/200C oven until lightly golden brown, about 20-30 minutes, reserving the excess maple sriracha sauce.
  • Toss the roasted cauliflower in the reserves maple sriracha sauce and enjoy!
Healthy Recipes/ Salad Recipes

Mediterranean Couscous Salad

This Mediterranean Couscous Salad is easy and healthy and ready in under 30 minutes! Tiny durum wheat semolina cooks on the stovetop then gets tossed with colorful vegetables, feta cheese, olives, garbanzo beans and served with a fresh lemon herb dressing. Great for a healthy meal on its own or a delicious side dish that packs a crunch!

 

Mediterranean Couscous Salad

Loaded with fresh mediterranean veggies, this salad will have you coming back for more time and time again. So let’s get into this easy, fresh salad that will be on your table in under 30 minutes!

This Mediterranean couscous salad strikes the perfect balance of phytonutrients and fiber-rich vegetables plus protein that makes this salad light yet satisfying. This vegetarian side dish celebrates the use of fresh and flavorful ingredients with each bite delivering a burst of flavor.

What Is Couscous?

Did you know that couscous is just small beads of pasta made from semolina? It’s very popular in places like Turkey, Greece, Spain, France, and lots of Arabic countries. Traditionally, it is served with meat and vegetable stew. It cooks very quickly, so it’s perfect for a hectic night when you want a quick and healthy dinner

If you cook couscous properly it’s very light and fluffy. Luckily, in most western supermarkets, couscous is instant, which means it’s been pre-steamed and dried. Otherwise there’s no science to cooking couscous, usually you just follow the package instructions, one cup of boiling water to 3/4 cup of couscous. You can also add some butter or olive oil to it and some salt. And really, that’s all there is to it.

Couscous has a lovely nuttiness and acts like little sponges, selfishly soaking up the citrus dressing for your benefit. It’s a wonderful solution when you’re needing a quick and light meal.

What ingredients do you add to couscous salad?

To infuse Mediterranean flavors, add a hearty amount of red bell pepper, red onion, cucumbers, ripe tomatoes, kalamata olives, and feta cheese. Freshly chopped herbs like mint, basil, and parsley add fragrant aromas, while dried oregano adds an earthy taste. Garbanzo beans or chickpeas add a source of vegetarian protein and creaminess.

How To Make Mediterranean Couscous Salad

Mediterranean Couscous Salad

Prepare the couscous: Follow the packaged instructions to prepare the couscous. Add the butter to the couscous when you’re preparing it. Let it cool.
Combine the dressing: In a small bowl or jar add all the dressing ingredients together and whisk well or if using a jar, close the lid and shake well, until thoroughly combined.
Assemble the salad: To a large bowl add the prepared couscous and fluff it up with a fork. Add the rest of the salad ingredients. Pour the prepared dressing over and toss everything well together. Garnish with extra mint and feta and serve!

Mediterranean Couscous Salad

The recipe makes just enough salad dressing to coat the components, but you can always double the amount if you would like to serve more on the side. If you have extra, a few slices of lemon to squeeze on top would be nice to serve at the table.

Mediterranean Couscous Salad

This Mediterranean Couscous Salad is easy and healthy and ready in under 30 minutes! Tiny durum wheat semolina cooks on the stovetop then gets tossed with colorful vegetables, feta cheese, olives, garbanzo beans and served with a fresh lemon herb dressing. Great for a healthy meal on its own or a delicious side dish that packs a crunch!
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Salad
Cuisine Mediterranean
Servings 6
Calories 205 kcal

Ingredients
  

Couscous

  • 1 cup 170 g instant couscous
  • 1 cup 240 ml water
  • 2 tablespoons 30 ml extra-virgin olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon 3 g kosher salt

Salad

  • ½ cup 71 g diced english cucumber, seeds removed, ¼-inch dice
  • ½ cup 81 g diced roma tomato, ¼-inch dice
  • ½ cup 85 g canned garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
  • ½ cup 73 g diced red bell pepper, ⅛-inch dice
  • ¼ cup 32 g minced red onion
  • 2 tablespoons 20 g feta cheese
  • ½ cup 35 g kalamata olives, pitted and sliced
  • 1 teaspoon chopped mint
  • 1 teaspoon chopped parsley
  • ¼ teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon chopped basil

Lemon Dressing

  • 2 tablespoons 30 ml lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1 tablespoon 15 ml red wine vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons 45 ml extra-virgin olive oil
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper

Instructions
 

Couscous

  • Bring water, salt, and olive oil to a boil in a medium saucepan. Add couscous and stir quickly. Turn off the heat and cover.
  • Let couscous stand until tender, 5 minutes and then fluff with a fork and let cool.

Salad

  • Combine couscous, tomatoes, cucumber, bell pepper, garbanzo beans, red onion, olives, cheese, parsley, mint, basil, and oregano in a medium bowl.

Lemon Dressing

  • Whisk together lemon zest, lemon juice, vinegar, salt, and pepper in a small bowl. Slowly drizzle in the olive oil and whisk until a thickened dressing forms.
  • Pour dressing over the couscous salad, stir to combine.
Appetizer/ Healthy Recipes

Low-Carb Chicken Dumplings

They go by many names. Minced meat encased in a wrapper, generally made from some kind of flour. Perhaps you know them as Chicken dumplings, potstickers, momo, dim sum, there are many names for them and come in versatile flavors. It’s time to turn this dumplings into a Keto delight. These steamed and pan-fried low-carb chicken dumplings are full of authentic Asian aromas. Delicious appetizers wrapped to perfection, without the unnecessary carbs.

Low-Carb Chicken Dumplings

This recipe is kind of a blue print for creating an amazing variety of dumplings. Replace the chicken with some ground pork, perhaps some shrimp, heck maybe even do a mix of chicken and shrimp. You can play around with the herbs and spices and create incredible favlour combinations. So go ahead, wrap your dreams in low carb cabbage wrappers and then eat it.

How To Make Low-carb Chicken Dumplings

First season the chicken with salt, Szechuan pepper, pandan powder and cayenne pepper.
Next is mix and combine ginger garlic paste, grated red onion, scallion and cilantro. Add sesame oil if you’re using any and combine thoroughly.
Separate the cabbage leaves. In a large pot, boil in lightly salted water for 5-7 minutes until tender. Remove the leaves from the pot but keep the water simmering on low heat.
After that stuff the individual cabbage leaves with the chicken filling and roll into dumplings. Then Steam the dumplings for 10 minutes over the boiling water.
You can additionally fry the dumplings in a pan with a tablespoon of olive oil to get a golden crust.

For the sauce is as simple as well, add peanut butter, sriracha sauce, ginger garlic paste, soy sauce, vinegar and cilantro in a small bowl. Mix until combined thoroughly. Then add oil and mix well. Sprinkle with salt and lime juice.

Low-Carb Chicken Dumplings

They go by many names. Minced meat encased in a wrapper, generally made from some kind of flour. Perhaps you know them as Chicken dumplings, potstickers, momo, dim sum, there are many names for them and come in versatile flavors. It’s time to turn this dumplings into a Keto delight. These steamed and pan-fried low-carb chicken dumplings are full of authentic Asian aromas. Delicious appetizers wrapped to perfection, without the unnecessary carbs.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Asian
Servings 5

Ingredients
  

Dipping sauce

  • 1 tsp peanut butter
  • 1 tsp sriracha sauce
  • ½ tsp ginger garlic paste
  • ½ tsp tamari soy sauce
  • ½ tsp rice vinegar
  • 1 tsp fresh cilantro chopped
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • ½ lime juiced
  • 1 pinch salt

Chicken dumplings

  • 1 green cabbage 10 leaves
  • 20 oz. ground chicken
  • ½ tsp cayenne pepper
  • ½ tsp Szechuan pepper
  • ½ tsp pandan powder optional
  • 1 small red onion grated
  • ½ scallion
  • 1 tsp fresh cilantro chopped
  • 1 tsp ginger garlic paste
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil optional

Instructions
 

Dipping sauce

  • Add peanut butter, sriracha sauce, ginger garlic paste, soy sauce, vinegar and cilantro in a small bowl. Mix until combined thoroughly.
  • Add oil and mix well. Sprinkle with salt and lime juice. Combine well and set aside.

Chicken dumplings

  • Season ground chicken with salt, Szechuan pepper, pandan powder and cayenne pepper.
  • Add ginger garlic paste, grated red onion, scallion and cilantro. Mix well. Add sesame oil if you're using any and combine thoroughly.
  • Separate the cabbage leaves. In a large pot, boil in lightly salted water for 5-7 minutes until tender. Remove the leaves from the pot but keep the water simmering on low heat.
  • Stuff the individual cabbage leaves with the chicken filling and roll into dumplings.
  • Steam the dumplings for 10 minutes over the boiling water.
  • You can additionally fry the dumplings in a pan with a tablespoon of olive oil to get a golden crust.
  • Serve with dipping sauce and enjoy!
Dinner Recipes/ Healthy Recipes

Cheesy Pepper Jack Roasted Brussels Sprouts

These incredible Cheesy Pepper Jack Roasted Brussels Sprouts is easy, healthy, one pan side dish that ready in just 35 minutes. Delicious, tender, buttery brussels sprouts are roasted with garlic, onions, freshly grated pepper jack cheese and seasonings on one sheet pan. Perfect side dish and guaranteed to be a crowd pleaser at your dining table!

Cheesy Pepper Jack Roasted Brussels Sprouts

These Cheesy Pepper Jack Roasted Brussels Sprouts are perfect side dish to any meal and only use a handful of ingredients and one sheet pan! Cheesy, low carb, keto-friendly, flavorful goodness straight out of the oven.

How To Make Cheesy Pepper Jack Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Ingredients for this recipe are :

  • Brussels sprouts
  • Onion
  • Olive oil
  • Butter
  • Garlic
  • Block of pepper jack cheese
  • Salt and pepper
  • Parsley – partially dried or freshly chopped (or you can replace it with basil)
  • Red pepper flakes (optional)

If you take a look at a brussels sprout, you will see a hard stem at the base. Trim that base off. Remove any leaves that appear to be turning yellow or browning. Slice them in half or quarter them. Slicing will depend on how large or small a sprout is. If they are very small, you can leave them whole and if they are very large, I would quarter them. When roasting, you want to make sure the vegetables are approximately the same size in order to guarantee even baking/cooking. Otherwise, you will end up with pieces that are cooking faster, therefore burning on the pan. Be sure to place the sprouts onto the pan cut-side down. This helps to create a crispy, caramelized coating along the cut edge

Cheesy Pepper Jack Roasted Brussels Sprouts

If you’re not a fan of pepper jack, you can swap it with mozzarella , provolone or your favorite cheese. Freshly grated melts sooo much better! Use freshly grated!

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F and coat a large nonstick skillet with cooking spray.
Trim and slice brussels sprouts. Removing any yellowish or browning leaves.
Place sprouts cut-side down onto the prepared baking sheet with onions.
In a microwave-safe glass measuring cup, melt butter. Add in olive oil, minced garlic, salt, pepper, and parsley. Stir well.
Drizzle butter mixture overtop of all sprouts.
Stir gently with a spatula to mix in the butter mixture.
Spray the tops with nonstick cooking spray to make sure they are thoroughly coated.
Bake for 20, remove and add cheese. Place under the broiler on LOW for 3-4 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and just starting to brown.

Cheesy Pepper Jack Roasted Brussels Sprouts

These incredible Cheesy Pepper Jack Roasted Brussels Sprouts is easy, healthy, one pan side dish that ready in 35 minutes. Delicious, tender, buttery brussels sprouts are roasted with garlic, onions, freshly grated pepper jack cheese and seasonings on one sheet pan. Perfect side dish and guaranteed to be a crowd pleaser at your dining table!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 6
Calories 375 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 2 pounds brussels sprouts (trimmed and halved)
  • ¼ cup butter (melted)
  • 1 small yellow onion (thinly sliced)
  • 1 tsp partially dried parsley (or freshly chopped)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • ½ tsp salt (more or less, to taste)
  • 6 cloves garlic (minced - 1 tbsp)
  • 6 oz pepper jack cheese (freshly grated)
  • ¼ tsp black pepper (more or less, to taste)
  • red pepper flakes
  • freshly chopped parsley
  • black pepper

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Spray a large (17-inch) baking sheet with nonstick spray.
  • Place the halved brussels sprouts onto the baking sheet, cut-side down. Discard any loose leaves. Top with sliced onions.
  • Melt the butter in a microwave-safe glass measuring cup. Add olive oil, parsley, minced garlic, salt and pepper. Stir well.
  • Drizzle the butter mixture over the brussels sprouts and give the pan a gently stir, making sure to keep the brussels cut-side down.
  • Spray sprouts with nonstick cooking spray - this ensures every bit is coated with oil.
  • Bake 20 minutes. During the last 5 minutes of roasting, grate the pepper jack cheese.
  • Please keep in mind that bake time may vary based on the size of the brussels sprouts. If they are on the smaller side, check at 12-15 minutes.
  • Remove the sprouts from the oven. They will have shrunk while roasting, so using a spatula, shift the brussels to one end, creating a single, yet crowded, layer. This will ensure all of the brussels are covered with the cheese and not the pan.
  • Top with cheese and return to the oven under the broiler on LOW for 2-4 minutes, or until the cheese has melted and starting to brown.
  • Remove and garnish with freshly chopped parsley, red pepper flakes, and black pepper. Season with additional salt, if preferred. Serve hot.
Healthy Recipes/ Salad Recipes

Mediterranean Bean Salad

This colorful and crunchy Mediterranean Bean Salad is the perfect mixed bean salad. Packs with chickpeas, white beans, vegetables and feta cheese into one healthy salad and is topped with a light lemony dressing. This works perfectly as a side dish to a meal or even as lunch with pita bread and hummus.

Mediterranean Bean Salad

For those who loved healthy food, you’ve already know that the Mediterranean Diet is one of the top ways of eating for health. The variety of ingredients, flavors and spices will leave you satisfied and feeling good.

With a few fresh veggies and a well stocked pantry this salad comes together fast. Multi-colored bell peppers, cukes, and red onion provide the crunch. Both black and pimento stuffed green olives add the brine ~ you can never have too many olives ~ and pickled peppadew peppers (the bright red ones) provide the tart tang. Feta cheese round out the group.

You can pair this salad with a plate of hummus and pita or use the salad as a topping to your pita wrap or gyro. If you want to add grilled chicken or salmon, do it! The options for these types of salads are endless.

Mediterranean Bean Salad

This recipe is also customizable. You can add all kinds of goodies to this recipe for your taste. Try adding artichokes, a different beans, green olives, fire roasted tomatoes or goat cheese.

This salad will keep in the refrigerator for up to 4 days in an air tight container. If you plan to use it throughout the week you could leave the white beans out and just add them when you are ready to eat the salad.

Mediterranean Bean Salad

This colorful and crunchy Mediterranean Bean Salad is the perfect mixed bean salad. Packs with chickpeas, white beans, vegetables and feta cheese into one healthy salad and is topped with a light lemony dressing. This works perfectly as a side dish to a meal or even as lunch with pita bread and hummus.
Prep Time 20 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Salad
Cuisine Mediterranean
Servings 8
Calories 274 kcal

Ingredients
  

For the Mediterranean Bean Salad:

  • 1 - 15 ounce can of white beans drained and rinsed
  • 1 - 15 ounce can of chickpeas drained and rinsed
  • cup roasted red peppers drained, chopped
  • ¼ cup kalamata olives halved {you will want to use pitted olives}
  • 4 green onions chopped
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes halved
  • ½ of a small red onion chopped
  • ½ of an english cucumber diced
  • 1 green bell pepper seeds removed, diced {or color of your choice}
  • ½ cup crumbled feta cheese {optional}
  • Handful of fresh parsley chopped
  • Handful of fresh mint chopped

For the Dressing::

  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 lemon juiced
  • 2 Tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Optional spices: 1 teaspoon of any spice you like {try sumac za'atar or oregano}
  • Crushed red pepper for extra spice

Instructions
 

  • In a large bowl mix together the chickpeas, white beans, olives, roasted red peppers, red onion, cherry tomatoes, bell pepper, cucumber, feta cheese, mint, parsley and green onions.
  • In a large mason jar or salad dressing container add the olive oil, red wine vinegar, lemon juice, garlic and whisk together. Add salt and pepper to taste and 1 teaspoon of an additional spice if you like {try sumac, za'atar, oregano}. Drizzle the dressing over the salad and toss gently to coat with the dressing.
  • Serve with hummus and pita bread or use this salad as a topping for pita wraps, hummus plates or falafel.
Appetizer/ Healthy Recipes

Bacon Zucchini Fritters (Paleo, Whole30)

These amazing bacon zucchini fritters are super easy to make! Fresh grated zucchini fried up crisp with crumbled bacon, packed with veggies and downright addicting! Perfect as a side dish or appetizer with homemade ranch dip. These healthy fritters are also paleo, Whole30 friendly, gluten free and dairy free.

Bacon Zucchini Fritters (Paleo, Whole30)

For the ingredients, use zucchini (of course!), an egg, a mix of coconut and tapioca flour (so they’re nut-free too!) and seasonings.

Make the fritters small size, to make them easy to bite (or you can make it 2-bite size!). Small size also make it easy to flip. Use a medium cookie scoop when frying them, and flattened them a bit once they were in the pan.

Bacon Zucchini Fritters (Paleo, Whole30)

I hope you’re ready for these crazy addicting bacon zucchini fritters! You’re going to love them – let’s shred up our zucchini and get started!

Bacon Zucchini Fritters (Paleo, Whole30)

These amazing bacon zucchini fritters are super easy to make! Fresh grated zucchini fried up crisp with crumbled bacon, packed with veggies and downright addicting! Perfect as a side dish or appetizer with homemade ranch dip. These healthy fritters are also paleo, Whole30 friendly, gluten free and dairy free.
Prep Time 35 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Paleo
Servings 16 fritters

Ingredients
  

  • 4 cups grated/shredded zucchini about 2-3 medium
  • 6 Slices Sugar Free Bacon
  • ¾ tsp salt to “sweat” the zucchini
  • 2 Tbsp arrowroot flour
  • 2 Tbsp coconut flour
  • ½ tsp onion powder
  • 1 large egg whisked
  • ¼-½ tsp black pepper
  • ¼ tsp garlic powder
  • 2-3 Tbsp cooking fat - rendered bacon fat ghee or coconut oil

Instructions
 

Sweat the Zucchini (most important step!):

  • To “sweat” the shredded zucchini, place it in a collander, then place the collander over a bowl. Sprinkle with the salt and allow it to sit that way for at least 20 minutes - the longer it sits, the more water is drawn out.
  • After the 20 mins or longer, gently rinse zucchini to remove excess salt (not mandatory, but recommended if you’re salt-sensitive)
  • Then, squeeze/wring out remaining water using paper towels, a clean dish towel cheesecloth, or even a nut milk bag. This step is very important to avoid soggy fritters! Squeeze out as much water as possible, then squeeze one more time for good luck 😉

Make the Bacon:

  • While the zucchini sweats, cook the bacon in a large skillet until crisp, then drain and crumble, set aside. Reserve 2 Tbsp of the fat if desired for frying the fritters.

Prep & Fry the Fritters:

  • In a large bowl, mix together the prepared zucchini, crumbled bacon, coconut flour, arrowroot, egg, onion powder, garlic powder, and pepper. If you rinsed the zucchini, you may want to season with a bit more salt to suit your taste (although the bacon adds saltiness too!)
  • Heat a large skillet over medium heat (non-stick is helpful), then add 1 Tbsp cooking fat (you’ll use 1 Tbsp per batch)
  • Scoop the mixture in heaping Tbsps (you can use a medium cookie scoop) into the hot skillet and gently press down to about 1/2” thickness. The smaller size makes these delicate fritters easier to flip.
  • Once the first side is golden brown, which should take about 2-3 mins, carefully flip using a wide spatula - this one is my favorite. Fry on the second side another 2-3 minutes until golden grown, lowering heat a bit if necessary. Carefully remove to a wire rack while you make additional batches.
  • Make sure to adjust heat between batches if necessary to avoid burning the fritters, and add an additional Tbsp cooking fat before each new batch.
  • Serve hot with your favorite dipping sauce. Enjoy!