Monday, May 25, 2015

Ridiculously Easy Blue Cheese Coleslaw (Low-Carb, Gluten-Free)

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Commercial blue cheese dressing and buttermilk make the dressing for this Ridiculously Easy Blue Cheese Coleslaw.  Add some crumbled blue cheese if you really want a strong blue cheese flavor!

Ridiculously Easy Blue Cheese Coleslaw (Low-Carb, Gluten-Free) found on KalynsKitchen.com

Way back in the archives on this blog I have a recipe for Blue Cheese Coleslaw. That's actually a really delicious recipe if you're the kind of person who wants coleslaw made completely from scratch, but a few years ago I started making Ridiculously Easy Blue Cheese Coleslaw with a dressing that's just my favorite commercial blue cheese dressing thinned with some buttermilk, and I never went back to the from-scratch dressing after that.  I also eliminated carrots from my original blue cheese coleslaw which makes this a super low-carb recipe, and added more purple cabbage for extra color.  

I'm pretty crazy over this Ridiculously Easy Blue Cheese Coleslaw even when I don't have any blue cheese crumbles to mix into the salad, but if you have crumbled blue cheese to add, that does take it completely over the top.  I keep the shredded cabbage mixture in a plastic container in the fridge and mix in the dressing right before I eat it, and I could happily eat this for lunch most any time of year.

Friday, May 22, 2015

25 Favorite Healthy Grilling Recipes for Chicken, Fish, Pork, Beef, and Vegetables

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I love grilling, and here are 25 of my favorite recipes for healthy carb-conscious grilling!


(For Friday Flashbacks I feature recipes from the past that have been my personal favorites, and today I'm updating this collection of favorite grilling recipes just in case you're looking for grilling ideas for Memoral Day Weekend.  This was first posted on a typical Memorial Day weekend, as described below, but this Memorial Day I'm in Kenya, getting ready to venture out and see some hippos and go on a day-trip safari!  Happy Memorial Day everyone, no matter what you're doing!)

It's Memorial Day Weekend in the U.S. and and I'm looking forward to a busy weekend of holiday activities with family and friends, visiting graves, and maybe even a little gardening, so I don't think there'll be much blogging going on here the next few days.  But since Memorial Day is the unofficial start of grilling season, before I get busy going to Real Salt Lake games and having my family over for the first barbecue of the summer, I want to leave you with some recipe ideas for the holiday weekend.

There are a lot of tasty options in the Grilling section of the recipe archives, but I've picked my very favorites and updated this old Memorial Day Grilling post with 25 Favorite Healthy Grilling Recipes for Chicken, Fish, Pork, Beef, and Vegetables.  These are all things I've made many times; hope you enjoy!  And if you're in the U.S. I hope you take a moment to reflect on the real meaning of the day and give thanks for all those who lost their lives defending the freedoms we enjoy.   Happy Memorial Day everyone.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Roasted Eggplant Slices with Mediterranean Salsa (Low-Carb, Paleo, Gluten-Free, Meatless)

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Roasted Eggplant with Mediterranean Salsa is easy and delicious (and all I am saying is give eggplant a chance!)

Roasted Eggplant Slices with Mediterranean Salsa (Low-Carb, Paleo, Gluten-Free, Meatless) found on KalynsKitchen.com

By the time you read this I will have arrived in Istanbul, and maybe even eaten some of the amazing Turkish Eggplant dishes that make up part of the food experience of Turkey.  So I thought it would be fun to share an eggplant recipe here as well! 

I know eggplant can be a hard sell with some people, but back in the early days of this blog I fell in love with grilled eggplant, and I've been an eggplant fan ever since.  Lately I have been loving roasted eggplant, and this Meatless Monday recipe for Roasted Eggplant Slices with Mediterranean Salsa couldn't be easier or more delicious.  Just choose a firm eggplant that's fairly straight on the sides, cut into thick slices, brush with olive oil and season, and roast in the oven while you make the delicious Mediterranean salsa.

If I can't convince you to give eggplant a chance, the Mediterranean Salsa used here would also be delicious over roasted zucchini or barely sauteed zucchini noodles as well. 

Friday, May 15, 2015

Easy Strawberries Romanoff (Gluten-Free)

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Strawberries Romanoff are one of my best memories of working at Le Parisien in Salt Lake City, and this easy summer dessert has been a hit with everyone I've made it for!

Easy Strawberries Romanoff found on KalynsKitchen.com

(For Friday Flashbacks I feature recipes from the past that have been my personal favorites, and this recipe for Easy Strawberries Romanoff is something I've been making for summer parties ever since I worked at Le Parisien Restaurant in college.  I have some happy food memories of that place, and their signature salad dressing is something I still buy at Costco and use all the time.)

When I keep noticing ripe juicy strawberries every time I go to the market, I start thinking about Strawberries Romanoff, a dessert that I learned to make in college, when I worked at a French restaurant in Salt Lake called Le Parisien. The restaurant closed in 2001, but I have great memories of the place, and Strawberries Romanoff was one of their signature desserts.

The restaurant served the strawberries with small bowls of sour cream and brown sugar for dipping, but through the years I developed a preference for whisking the brown sugar and sour cream together and mixing it with the cut strawberries. Now that I'm not eating much sugar, I make this with a mixture of Stevia In the Raw Granulated Sweetener and brown sugar. Of course you can also use regular brown sugar or another type of sweetener of your choice. Make this soon, while you can still get those ripe juicy strawberries that taste so good this time of year.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Going to Istanbul and Nairobi, Turkish Food, and Other Things I'm Thinking About

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I've definitely got plenty to think about this week, because I'm heading out for two weeks in Istanbul and Nairobi!

(Photo from TurkishAirlines.com)

It's been a about a month since I've shared some Things I'm Thinking About, and this time I really have some fun news to share. Remember in my Ten Year Anniversary Post how I talked about wanting to spend less time sitting in front of the computer and more time traveling? Well this weekend I'm taking off for a two-week adventure visiting Turkey and Kenya. And needless to say I am a little bit excited!

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