Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Shrimp and Cucumber Noodle Salad with Thai Flavors (Low-Carb, Gluten-Free)

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It's the first day of a brand new month, which usually means I'll be sharing one of my round-up of 25 Deliciously Healthy Low-Carb Recipes from the previous month. But I'm pretty sure most people aren't thinking about low-carb menu planning on the week of July 4th, so we'll get back to that after the holiday!

Plus in Utah it's hot, hot, hot, with temperatures still hovering around 100F for five days straight now, and that kind of weather can really make you appreciate a cooling dish like this Shrimp and Cucumber Noodle Salad with Thai Flavors. I actually made this salad last fall as a spin-off from my Cucumber Ribbon Salad with Peppers, Radishes, and Thai Flavors), but decided to save it to post when the weather was really hot, and that time is here!

Everything about this cucumber noodle salad is perfect for hot simmer weather, including the cool cucumber noodles made with the Spiralizer, the icy-cold thawed shrimp, and the fact that no cooking is involved.  We loved the slightly spicy Thai flavors in this salad; enjoy! 

Monday, June 29, 2015

Lentil Salad with Green Olives, Red Bell Pepper, Green Onion, and Herbs (Vegan, Gluten-Free)

If you're looking for a slightly unusual salad for a picnic or holiday pot-luck, try this Lentil Salad with Green Olives, Red Bell Pepper, Green Onion, and Greek Oregano.

Last night I got home from Chicago, where I had fun attending Eat Write Retreat, hanging out with my friend Stephanie, eating at some favorite spots like Greek Islands and Frontera Grill, and meeting some food bloggers that I'd known online but hadn't met in person. While I was gone Salt Lake has been having a heat wave, with temperatures hovering around 100F for a few days now, so cold dishes like this Lentil Salad with Green Olives, Red Bell Pepper, Green Onion, and Herbs are sounding good!

My love for brown lentils is well documented on the blog, and this lentil salad recipe  started with an idea that popped into my head to combine brown lentils and green olives, a combination I loved. Then I was inspired to add a generous amount of chopped red bell pepper plus Greek oregano and fresh Italian parsley from my garden, fresh ingredients that I really thought added an interesting twist to the salad.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Zucchini Noodle Mock Pasta Salad (Low-Carb, Gluten-Free)

Make "noodles" from zucchini and use them for this Zucchini Noodle Mock Pasta Salad; so deliciously healthy and low-carb!

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(For Friday Flashbacks I feature past recipes that have been my personal favorites, and this Zucchini Noodle Mock Pasta Salad has all my favorite pasta salad flavors in a low-carb and gluten-free version made with zucchini noodles.  Zucchini season is here again; enjoy!)

When I posted Three Ways to Make Noodles from Zucchini and Other Vegetables, I promised to share some new recipes using the noodles, and I've made this Zucchini Noodle Mock Pasta Salad several times now, and gobbled it up every time.  This recipe is a low-carb and gluten-free offspring of my Pasta Salad with Italian Sausage, Zucchini, Red Pepper, and Olives, a recipe I've been making for years and years for family parties. This mock pasta salad could be served as a side dish, but since it has turkey Italian Sausage included, I'd be happy with a big bowl of this for a delicious low-carb dinner.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Quick and Easy BLT Salad (Low-Carb, Paleo, Gluten-Free)

When you need a quick lunch or pot-luck salad, this Quick and Easy BLT Salad will hit the spot!

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By the time you read this I'll be headed for Chicago, where I'll be attending Eat Write Retreat as well as exploring a few Chicago restaurants with my real-life and blogging friend Stephanie. I'm scheduling a few recipes to post while I'm gone, starting with this Quick and Easy BLT Salad that I made recently with Kara. We gobbled up the salad, and both of us loved how much bacon flavor we could get with only a small amount of crumbled bacon. Because, bacon!

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Grilled Asparagus with Parmesan (Low-Carb, Gluten-Free)

I think Grilled Asparagus with Parmesan is a great vegetable side dish for any summer holiday celebration.

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It's Father's Day, a day that's definitely full of mixed emotions for me.  On the one hand, it makes me miss my amazing dad even more than usual, and I'm sure anyone who's lost their father understands how Father's Day won't ever be the same. But on the other hand, there are so many great fathers in the second generation of my family, and I love celebrating the day with some of them.

Today I'll be going to a family Father's Day celebration and I'm taking Shrimp and Macaroni Salad; without a doubt that's the recipe from this blog that my shrimp-loving Dad requested most often. It's also a hit with a lot of the younger fathers in the family, and perfect for a splurge on a day like today.

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