Friday, August 01, 2014

25 Deliciously Healthy Low-Carb Recipes from July 2014 (Gluten-Free, South Beach, Paleo, Whole 30)

25 Deliciously Healthy Low-Carb Recipes from July 2014 found on Kalyn's Kitchen.com
Twenty-Five Deliciously Healthy Low-Carb Recipes from July 2014, from Kalyn's Kitchen and my favorite blogs.

I've been waiting months for it to be August 1, and by the time you read this I'll either be on a plane flying to Seattle or already on a cruise ship headed for Alaska!  I'm excited to visit a part of the world I've never seen, and relaxing on the ship will be my main plan for the next week.   I'm not sure how well I'll keep up on comments on the blog and on social media, so if you don't get an answer as quickly as usual I'll catch up on that when I get home.  

I've been working hard so I could leave you a round-up of enticing recipes to explore while I'm gone, and I'm thrilled with the variety of dishes I found for this month's collection of 25 Deliciously Healthy Low-Carb Recipes.  (If you saw the round-up from last month, it explains how I've decided to expand the focus of my monthly round-ups a bit.  Read that post if you want more details about what's changed.)  As usual, photos are from the blog linked to the recipe; see after each photo for my notes about what types of eating plan I think that dish is suitable for.  Enjoy!


Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Vegan Tomato Salad with Cucumber, Avocado, Cilantro, and Lime (Low-Carb, Gluten-Free)

Vegan Tomato Salad with Cucumber, Avocado, Cilantro, and Lime found on Kalynskitchen.com
This combination of tomatoes, avocado, cucumber, and cilantro is one of my favorites!

(Updated with step-by-step instructions and better photos, July 2014.)  This simple but perfect Vegan Tomato Salad with Cucumber, Avocado, Cilantro, and Lime is a favorite summer combination I came up with on a hot summer day in 2008, and when my former neighbor Carol stopped by I shared some with her.  Carol loved this combination just as much as I did, and even though it's a spin-off from my Summer Tomato Salad with Tuna, Avocado, Cilantro, and Lime, I decided that vegetarians were never going to look at that salad so this one deserved a post of its own.

The recipe calls for a lot of cilantro, which is no doubt one of the reasons I'm so enamored with the salad, but if cilantro is not your thing I think thinly sliced green onion would also be great.  And if you're lucky enough to have fresh garden tomatoes and cucumbers at this time of year, this salad is a perfect way to use them!

Monday, July 28, 2014

Cucumber Ribbon Salad with Peppers, Radishes, and Thai Dressing (Low-Carb, Can Be Paleo)

Cucumber Ribbon Salad with Peppers, Radishes, and Thai Dressing found on KalynsKitchen.com
It took a few tries to perfect this Cucumber Ribbon Salad with Peppers, Radishes, and Thai Dressing!

I'm back home for a few days, and what an amazing weekend I had in California where I ate at a couple of my favorite restaurants, hung out with some of my favorite bloggers, and attended BlogHer14.  At the conference I had a chance to re-connect with so many friends I've made from blogging and also hear from some incredibly inspiring women as well.  As I shared on Twitter, the biggest take-away for me from the BlogHer14 conference was that 10 years of women sharing our lives online has empowered all of us.  (If you want to see more about why I'm such a BlogHer fan, watch this video.) 

As I mentioned in my last post, this week I'm leaving on a cruise to Alaska (!), but I wanted to leave a few new recipes for people to try while I'm gone.  I worked on this Cucumber Ribbon Salad with Peppers, Radishes, and Thai Dressing for weeks to get the dressing just right, and I'm sharing it as my Meatless Monday pick for this week even though you'll have to use Vegan fish sauce if you want it to be completely vegetarian.  This recipe could be adapted to use ingredients you have on hand, and we made it a few different ways, but in this final version we loved the colors from the Sweet Mini-Peppers and radishes.  Peanuts are also definitely optional, (and the salad is Paleo without them) but they added a nice crunch.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

25 Favorite Amazing Salads with Feta Cheese

For all the other people who love Feta like I do, here are my 25 favorite amazing salads with Feta cheese.

For more than nine years I've been posting new recipes several times a week on Kalyn's Kitchen, as well as regularly updating older ones that aren't up to current standards.  And no doubt about it, doing that regularly plus the social-media related tasks that go along with blogging is very much a full-time job.  Not that I am complaining; I love doing it, but sometimes even bloggers  need a vacation, and in the next couple of weeks I'm going to be taking two of them!  

For the rest of this week I'm going to BlogHer14 in San Jose and spending a couple of extra days hanging out with my friend Stephanie.  Then I'll be home for a few days, just long enough to get ready to go on a cruise to Alaska!   I don't want to spend all my vacation updating the blog, so I"m leaving you with a nice round-up of tasty dishes to explore while I'm off having fun.  This post has 25 Amazing Salads with Feta Cheese, all my favorites from those nine years of blogging!   (I'll be back with a new recipe early next week.  I'll make an effort to keep up with comments, questions, and social media, but if you don't get a reply as quickly as usual, you'll know why.)

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Cucumber, Avocado, and Garbanzo Salad with Feta, Lemon, and Mint (Gluten-Free)

Cucumber, Avocado, and Garbanzo Salad with Feta, Lemon, and Mint found on KalynsKitchen.com
Loved the fresh garden mint in this Cucumber, Avocado, and Garbanzo Salad with Feta, Lemon, and Mint.

A few weeks ago I had a couple of avocados on my counter that were crying out to be used, so I started thinking about how to use them.  I improvised with inspiration from this salad and the lemon-Feta vinaigrette from this salad, and the resulting combination of flavors in this Cucumber, Avocado, and Garbanzo Salad with Feta, Lemon, and Mint was really a wow for me. The first time I made the salad I didn't take photos, so the next time my nephew Jake came to cook we made the salad again, and this time we marinated the garbanzo beans in the dressing for a couple of hours before we tossed the salad together, which probably doubled the wow factor!  Jake loved the salad as much as I did; in fact it was his favorite dish in a long day of trying out new recipes.  If you're lucky enough to have some cucumbers from the garden, this salad will be even better; hope you enjoy!

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