Tuesday, August 04, 2015

Stuffed Zucchini Recipe with Brown Rice, Ground Beef, Red Pepper, and Basil, with Variations (Gluten-Free)

It's zucchini season, and these Stuffed Zucchini Recipe with Brown Rice, Ground Beef, Red Pepper, and Basil are delicious. Use regular long zucchini if you don't have these cute round ones.

Stuffed Zucchini Recipe with Brown Rice, Ground Beef, Red Pepper, and Basil, with Variations found on KalynsKitchen.com

Back when I had a garden I fell in love with the cute round 8-Ball Zucchini, so this year when I saw these lovely striped Heirloom 8-Ball Zucchinis at the farmers market, I had to get some. We're just days away from August 8, when a neighbor might leave some zucchini on your porch, so I did appreciate the irony of buying zucchini when people are trying to give it away, but the heirloom 8-Balls were perfect for this recipe of Stuffed Zucchini Recipe with Brown Rice, Ground Beef, Red Pepper, and Basil.

Of course you might not have cute round zucchini like this, but no worries. If you have regular long ones, just cut the zucchini lengthwise and use this recipe to make zucchini boats instead. And if you end up with some of those huge giant zucchinis, use my trick of making Stuffed Zucchini Cups.

Either way you make them, I think you'll love this recipe for stuffed zucchini with red bell pepper, fresh chopped basil, and a generous amount of dried fennel seed adding layers of good flavor. And just in case someone does leave zucchini on your post on August 8, take a look at my 50 Amazing Zucchini Recipes for more help with how to use it!

Monday, August 03, 2015

Tomato, Avocado, and Feta Salad with Tahini-Balsamic Vinaigrette (Low-Carb, Gluten-Free, Meatless)

It's fresh tomato season, and I swooned over this Tomato, Avocado, and Feta Salad with Tahini-Balsamic Vinaigrette!

Tomato, Avocado, and Feta Salad with Tahini-Balsamic Vinaigrette found on KalynsKitchen.com

It's tomato salad time, and even though I definitely have my favorite tomato salads that I make over and over each summer, when juicy vine-ripened tomatoes are abundant, I can't help coming up with new ways to use them. This Tomato, Avocado, and Feta Salad with Tahini-Balsamic Vinaigrette was just an idea that popped into my head, partly inspired by my recent purchase of Soom Tahini, which I read about in my friend David Lebovitz's post about Zahav Restaurant. I bought this amazing tahini from Amazon.com, but sadly it's now out of stock there, so if anyone knows where to get Soom Tahini please chime in with a comment.

I'm not sure what else to say about this salad except that the combination of perfect summer tomatoes, ripe avocado, salty Feta cheese, and a drizzle of tahini-balsamic vinaigrette was about as good as it gets for a summer lunch. This would also make a very impressive side dish for a pot-luck gathering. I'd cut the tomatoes, mix the dressing, and crumble the feta at home; then when you get to the party grab a knife and slice the avocado, assemble the salad, and drizzle on the dressing. Yum.

Saturday, August 01, 2015

25 Deliciously Healthy Low-Carb Recipes from July 2015 (Gluten-Free, South Beach Diet, Paleo, Whole 30)

Here are the 25 Deliciously Healthy Low-Carb Recipes from July 2015 that I posted on Kalyn's Kitchen or spotted on other great food blogs. Hope you enjoy!

25 Deliciously Healthy Low-Carb Recipes from July 2015 featured on KalynsKitchen.com

August, yikes! Part of my brain wants to scream with happiness because it's prime tomato salad season, and the other part wants to complain loudly that the end of summer is approaching.  Every year at this time I have to remind myself that summer actually lasts well into September and there's still plenty of time to enjoy garden produce. 

There are plenty of ideas with garden produce in this Deliciously Healthy Low-Carb Recipes Round-up for July 2015, including zucchini, tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, and green beans, as well as some year-round low-carb favorites like avocados, collard greens, arugula, artichoke hearts, and cauliflower. And once again I made my personal goal of finding at least one or two recipes from blogs that haven't been featured here before. I hope you have fun finding a new favorite recipe or discovering a blog you haven't visited yet!

Friday, July 31, 2015

Grilled Chicken Recipe with White Barbecue Sauce (and Ten More Tasty Ideas for Grilled Chicken)

It's grilling season, so don't miss out on this recipe for Grilled Chicken with White Barbecue Sauce!

recipe for Grilled Chicken Breasts with White Barbecue Sauce

(For Friday Flashbacks I feature past recipes that have been my favorites, and this Grilled Chicken with White Barbecue Sauce is a tasty grilled chicken idea that's really delicious.)

I love juicy grilled chicken breasts, (and that post with tips about keeping chicken breasts moist on the grill is one of the most popular posts on my blog.) But I'm not a fan of grilling chicken with the skin on, so when I saw a recipe for Grilled Chicken with Big Bob Gibson's White Barbecue Sauce, I immediately started to ponder how to change this up to use grilled chicken breasts.

For my first attempt I marinated the chicken breasts in half of the mayo-based white barbecue sauce, and although that wasn't bad, I thought it could be improved.  The second time I mixed up seasoning ingredients for the white barbecue sauce; then I divided the mixture and turned half into a marinade for the chicken and the other half into the barbecue sauce.  If you're not sure about the idea of a mayo-based barbecue sauce, be open minded because this Grilled Chicken with White Barbecue Sauce is definitely something I'll be making again; check after the main recipe for more good ideas with grilled chicken breasts!

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Buffalo Turkey Lettuce Wraps (Low-Carb, Gluten-Free)

I love these Buffalo Turkey Lettuce Wraps with buffalo-spiced ground turkey, thinly sliced red cabbage, and crumbled blue cheese folded inside iceberg lettuce. 

Buffalo Turkey Lettuce Wraps found on KalynsKitchen.com.

This recipe for Buffalo Turkey Lettuce Wraps is my latest low-carb recipe creation using Frank's Red Hot Sauce, and I promise to any Buffalo Sauce avoiders, this is the last recipe with this spicy sauce for a while. On the other hand, if you're a big fan of Frank's like I am, check after the recipe for links to my other tasty ideas with Buffalo Sauce!

This recipe has a generous amount of hot sauce, so we're relying on the thinly sliced cabbage, iceberg lettuce, and crumbled blue cheese to turn down the heat a little. We loved this when we tested the recipe; hope you enjoy!

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