Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Healthier Hot Cross Buns, Egg Dishes for Easter, and other Things I'm Thinking About on Tuesday (3-31-15)

This post has Healthier Hot Cross Buns, Egg Dishes for Easter, and other Things I'm thinking about as we count down to Easter.

Photo  from Letty's Kitchen.

If you're even a casual reader of this blog, you're probably observant enough to realize that those Healthier Gingery Hot Cross Buns pictured above aren't low-carb and with my limited baking skills they certainly weren't baked by me.  But for anyone who does enjoy hot cross buns for Easter, this a healthier option for Easter bread, created by my friend and fellow Utah blogger Letty from Letty's Kitchen.

Letty was head pastry chef at Utah's swanky Deer Valley before she became a food blogger, and she used her years of experience making hot cross buns to come up with this version that uses white whole wheat flour instead of white flour and honey or maple syrup instead of sugar.  And the low-sugar frosting is made with cream cheese and the tiniest amount of maple syrup.

Or if you're sticking with lower-carb choices for Easter, you'll find plenty of options in my collection of Easter Recipes.

Here are more Easter food ideas and other Easter things I'm thinking about . . .

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Roasted Curried Cauliflower with Lemon and Cumin (Low-Carb, Gluten-Free, Vegan)

Deliciously healthy roasted curried cauliflower with lemon and cumin is an easy side dish with the perfect blend of complex flavors.

Roasted Curried Cauliflower with Lemon and Cumin found on KalynsKitchen.com

The weather is heating up in the northern hemisphere, but I think we have at least six weeks left where you wouldn't mind turning on the oven, which I'm hoping will give you plenty of chances to try this amazing Roasted Curried Cauliflower with Lemon and Cumin.  

I first made this recipe way back in 2007 (!) when a blogging friend sent me some of her homemade curry powder blend.  I had completely forgotten this recipe was hanging out back in the archives, and when I stumbled on it recently I realized it really needed a new photo.  We made this and took new photos on a day when Kara and I were trying another cauliflower recipe, and this one was the clear winner. We loved the complex combination of flavors in this simple recipe!  I might even go so far as to say this is a perfect way to cook cauliflower as a side dish; hope you enjoy!

Friday, March 27, 2015

Crunchy Chopped Salad with Sugar Snap Peas, Jicama, Radishes, Tomatoes, and Green Garbanzo Beans

This deliciously healthy vegan chopped salad has sugar snap peas, radishes, jicama, tomatoes, and green garbanzo beans and a delicious cumin-lemon vinaigrette.


(For Friday Flashbacks I feature favorite recipes from the past that have been my personal favorites, and this Crunchy Chopped Salad with Sugar Snap Peas, Jicama, Radishes, Tomatoes, and Green Garbanzo Beans has so many of the flavors I love in salads.  This tasty salad is Vegan and also fits the bill for Phase One Fridays if you're looking for a tasty and healthy spring salad!)

It's a sign of spring when I start making big crunchy salads to eat for lunch.  My lunch salads can include just about anything that's in the fridge or on the counter, and when I come up with a combination that's especially good I'll often make it again the next day and take pictures for the blog.  I love crunchy ingredients in salad, so the crunch factor from sugar snap peas, radishes, and jicama gave this salad that extra something that made it a keeper for me.  The tomatoes and green garbanzo beans gave the salad some other textures, and I used a barely-spicy cumin-lemon vinaigrette that was perfect with the other flavors.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Red Cabbage and Chicken Asian Salad Recipe with Tangy Cilantro Dressing (Low-Carb, Gluten-Free)

I'm crazy about this deliciously healthy Red Cabbage and Chicken Asian Salad Recipe with Tangy Cilantro Dressing.

Red Cabbage and Chicken Asian Salad Recipe with Tangy Cilantro Dressing (Low-Carb, Gluten-Free) found on KalynsKitchen.com

I'm a fan of all types of cruciferous vegetables, but the one cruciferous vegetable I almost always have in my crisper is cabbage, and I especially love sweet red cabbage in salad.  So back in 2008 when I spotted a recipe in Cooking New American with red cabbage, chicken, and an Asian dressing with peanut butter and cilantro, of course I wanted to try it.  My version of this Red Cabbage and Chicken Asian Salad Recipe with Tangy Cilantro Dressing has turned out to be one of my favorite salads with red cabbage, and I'd happily eat this any time of year.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Baked Buffalo Chicken with Melted Blue Cheese (Low-Carb, Gluten-Free)

Well-trimmed chicken thighs are baked in a spicy buffalo sauce and topped with melted blue cheese in this deliciously healthy low-carb chicken dish.

Baked Buffalo Chicken with Melted Blue Cheese (Low-Carb, Gluten-Free) found on KalynsKitchen.com

It's been a busy week with at my house with my sister Laurel, niece Amanda, and brother Rand all taking a turn as houseguests.  They came for the wedding of my niece Olivia and the arrival back in Utah of her sister Kate; if you follow me on Instagram you might have seen the photos of these gorgeous nieces of mine.  I love having guests and feel grateful to have a house with space for visitors to stay, but as you might guess, not much blog-related cooking gets done when the house is full of visitors.

Lukily I made these Low-Carb Baked Buffalo Chicken Thighs with Melted Blue Cheese before all the family celebrating started.  I can't say enough good about this recipe, and I'm excited to share it, even if it means I have to give the Meatless Monday fans a raincheck for this week.  However there are plenty more Meatless recipes on the Meatless Monday Photo Index Page for anyone who's looking for meatless ideas.

Yes, I'm having a little fling with chicken thighs, and this recipe is a riff on the Sweet and Spicy Baked Sriracha Chicken Thighs that we absolutely devoured when we tested the recipe.   When I realized recently that Frank's Red Hot Sauce had zero carbs, it inspired this recipe.  If you like Buffalo Wings, you'll love this healthy chicken main dish with the same flavors.

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