Sunday, March 01, 2015

25 Deliciously Healthy Low-Carb Recipes from February 2015 (Gluten-Free, SBD, Paleo, Whole 30)

Here are the 25 Deliciously Healthy Low-Carb Recipes from February 2015 that I posted on Kalyn's Kitchen or found on other great blogs!

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

It seems like the month of February went flying by, although if you live in the part of the U.S. where you were buried in snow, it probably was a different experience!  But at my house in Utah we had two puny little storms where the snow was gone in a day.  I'm loving the warm winter weather, although it also gives me an uneasy feeling that something is just not quite right.

And even though February is a short month, I still managed to find a lot of good low-carb recipes to feature here.  I love seeing the creative healthy recipe ideas my fellow bloggers are coming up with, and I notice when I feature the recipes individually on the Kalyn's Kitchen Facebook Page, it seems like quite a few of you are trying them after they appear in one of these round-up posts, hooray!  It makes me so happy to know the round-ups are useful, because they do take some time to put together.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Quinoa Side Dish Recipe with Pine Nuts, Green Onions, and Cilantro (Gluten-Free, Vegan)

This Quinoa Side Dish has extra flavor from Pine Nuts, Green Onions, and Cilantro (or use flat leaf parsley if you're not a cilantro fan.)

Quinoa Side Dish Recipe with Pine Nuts, Green Onions, and Cilantro (Gluten-Free, Vegan) found on KalynsKitchen.com

(For Friday Flashbacks I feature favorite recipes from the past that have been my personal favorites, and this Quinoa Side Dish with Pine Nuts, Green Onions and Cilantro is a quinoa recipe that was really a wow for me.  This is also one of my easy Five Ingredients recipes; hope you enjoy!)

How do you feel about quinoa?  It's something I was slow to warm up to, and for a long time I didn't think I'd ever be much of a quinoa fan.  Then I made Quinoa Salad with Avocado, Radishes, Cucumbers, and Cumin-Lime Vinaigrette, followed by Quinoa Tabbouleh Salad and Southwestern Quinoa Salad with Black Beans, Red Bell Pepper, and Cilantro and I was surprised to discover how much I liked it.  This Quinoa Side Dish with Pine Nuts, Green Onions, and Cilantro may be my favorite quinoa recipe yet.  The quinoa is sauteed in oil for a few minutes before it's cooked in chicken or vegetable stock, and then a generous amount of toasted pine nuts and chopped green onion and a little chopped cilantro is stirred in before it's eaten warm.  If you're not a cilantro lover, I think chopped flat-leaf parsley could also be used here.  And if you haven't had quinoa yet, this is a recipe you should definitely try.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup with Chicken Sausage and Carrots (Gluten-Free)

It might not win any beauty contests, but Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup with Chicken Sausage and Carrots is still a beautiful thing to come home to!


I've had a life-long attraction to split pea soup, even though I don't remember my mother ever making it when I was a kid.  Not only do I love the creamy flavor of the split peas, but this type of soup is about as budget-friendly as you can get, and this Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup with Chicken Sausage and Carrots is a healthy dinner that can cook all day while you're at work.  And even though some people don't like the looks of this type of soup, coming home to soup in the slow cooker on a cold winter night is definitely a beautiful thing.  (Check out the Slow Cooker Photo Index Page for more slow cooker soup ideas!)

I made this soup with Roasted Garlic Chicken Sausage, one of my favorite sausage varieties, but any type of chicken or turkey sausage will work, or use leftover ham if you prefer.  I used carrots for a pop of color and flavor, but if you replace the carrots with red bell pepper you can make a lower-carb version of this soup that's equally delicious.  If you're starting this in the morning to cook all day while you're at work you can do the browning of the sausage and onions the night before and keep them in the fridge overnight.  Then throw everything in the slow cooker the next morning and turn it on!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Cold Weather Comfort Food, Pinterest, The Oscars, and Other Things I'm Thinking About on Tuesday (2-23-15)

Better-Than-Mom's Stovetop Goulash with Macaroni, Tomatoes, and Ground Beef is one of my favorite cold weather comfort foods!

This has been the strangest winter I can remember, with below zero temperatures and huge piles of snow on the east coast while in Utah we've been having temperatures in the 60s for weeks now.  So for about a month now I've been feeling bad for my friends who are buried in snow, (especially my good friend Lydia, who was moving from Rhode Island to Boston right during Boston's Winter from Hell; luckily the movers she hired could handle the storm.)

Call it sympathy cravings, but even though it's warm here I've been wanting to cook cold-weather comfort food, and if it's cold where you are I think a slightly-indulgent dish like my favorite Better-Than-Mom's Stovetop Goulash with Macaroni, Tomatoes, and Ground Beef might make you feel better!  What's your favorite cold-weather comfort food?  Please tell us about it in the comments if you have a great recipe that can help us forget about the cold.


Now here are a few more things I'm thinking about . . . 


Sunday, February 22, 2015

Green Eggs and Ham (Scrambled Eggs with Ham and Kale)

If you have kids or grandkids who like Dr. Seuss, you might be able to get them to eat kale in this fun version of Green Eggs and Ham.

Green Eggs and Ham (Scrambled Eggs with Ham and Kale) found on KalynsKitchen.com

I was one of those kids who grew up with my nose in a book, and my love of reading has continued to this day.  In fact, now that I am officially "retired" and working at home I schedule some time nearly every day to read for a few hours, and look forward to it as a highlight of the day!  But when I was teaching elementary school I realized all too well that some kids don't love to read, and I remember being excited in 1997 when the National Education Association came up with the idea of a national celebration on Dr. Seuss' birthday, designed to get kids to be more enthusiastic about reading.

You may not have known that Read Across America was started as an NEA project, but I bet you've seen news coverage of events to promote reading happening in schools, stores, and libraries on Dr. Seuss' birthday, and if you have kids or grandkids you might even have participated in some fun happenings on that day.  

When I taught school we always had a week-long schedule of activities for Read Across America, and one of them included the school lunch version of Green Eggs and Ham, usually eggs dyed green with food coloring, with cubes of ham.  Read Across America is on March 2, and when the idea for Green Eggs and Ham (or Scrambled Eggs with Ham and Kale) popped into my mind, I thought it would be fun to post it as an idea for that day.  This was delicious; much better tan those dyed-green scrambled eggs! And if you really want to celebrate, read the book to your kids while you eat it!

Blogging tips