Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Lentil Soup with Italian Sausage and Roasted Red Peppers (Gluten-Free, Low-Carb)

This simple recipe for Lentil Soup with Italian Sausage and roasted Red Peppers is one of my favorites!

Lentil Soup with Italian Sausage and Roasted Red Peppers found on KalynsKitchen.com

Sometimes I feel like a very bad blogger indeed!  This week food bloggers everywhere are posting Superbowl party food and I'm over here sharing updated photos for this deliciously healthy Lentil Soup with Italian Sausage and Roasted Red Peppers. Of course, if you're looking for carb-conscious Superbowl recipes, there are plenty of good ideas on the blog, but since the entire east coast of the U.S. is snowed in, it seems like soup is a good menu choice for lots of people.  There's not much snow right now at my house, but I know we'll have plenty more snowy days before spring, and when we do I have a few containers of this soup in my diet-friendly freezer!

I did change the recipe slightly for this update, using a whole package (19.5 oz.) of sweet turkey Italian sausage, which makes this a more carb-conscious recipe.  Lentil are high in fiber too, so I think this soup would be a good choice for any type of Low-Carb eating plan with that change.  And more sausage, mmm.  I love all the flavors in this soup, hope you enjoy.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Shrimp Cocktail Lettuce Cups (Low-Carb, Gluten-Free)

Shrimp Cocktail Lettuce Cups are a delicious treat for dinner or game-day snacking.

Shrimp Cocktail Lettuce Cups Recipe found on KalynsKitchen.com

I grew up with a wonderful dad who thought shrimp was about the best possible food, which might explain my own fondness for all things shrimp.  Another flavor I love is horseradish, the ingredient that gives that spicy kick to my low-sugar cocktail sauce.  This fun new recipe for Shrimp Cocktail Lettuce Cups combines those ingredients in lettuce cups that would be a treat for a healthy low-carb dinner or game-day snack.

When I tested out this recipe with Jake, we first mixed the cocktail sauce with the shrimp, celery, and green onion, but that watered down the sauce and we liked the lettuce wraps best with a dollop of sauce on top.  I know shrimp isn't a very budget-friendly ingredient, but I can't say enough about how delicious this was, so I hope you'll splurge on it sometime when you're in need of a low-carb treat!

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Twice-Baked Spaghetti Squash with Kale, Feta, and Mozzarella (Low-Carb, Gluten-Free, Meatless)

Twice-Baked Spaghetti Squash with Kale, Feta, and Mozzarella is delicious for a side dish or a Meatless main dish.

Twice-Baked Spaghetti Squash with Kale, Feta, and Mozzarella found on KalynsKitchen.com

I don't have any kind of clever creative story about how I came up with this Twice-Baked Spaghetti Squash with Kale, Feta, and Mozzarella except for the fact that my local store had organic kale on sale for $.99 a bunch (!), and I went a little crazy buying kale.  So then I had to start thinking of ways to use it, and I had a big spaghetti squash on the counter staring me in the face.  Most definitely this is a riff on the Twice-Baked Spaghetti Squash with Pesto and Parmesan that's been so popular on the blog, but the generous amount of kale makes this feel like a more substantial dish, to me at least.  I'd love this for a low-carb side dish but it would also be great for a meatless main dish.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Baby Kale Paleo Taco Salad Recipe with Chile-Lime Dressing (Low-Carb, Gluten-Free, SBD Phase One)

Baby Kale Paleo Taco Salad with Chile-Lime Dressing has all my favorite taco salad flavors!

Baby Kale Paleo Taco Salad with Chile-Lime Dressing found on KalynsKitchen.com

Ever since I fell in love with baby kale, I've had fun experimenting with it in different salad combinations, and this Baby Kale Paleo Taco Salad with Chile-Lime Dressing is another baby kale salad that I loved.  The word Paleo in the recipe title means I think this salad will work for the Paleo or Primal way of eating.  (When I told my friend Bonnie about this salad, she asked "What is Paleo?" so click that link if this is new to you as well.)  Since Paleo eating fits so perfectly with my commitment to low-carb and low-glycemic foods, and quite a few of my friends are embracing it, I decided it would be nice to feature Paleo Recipes once in a while.

The recipes that I think Can Be Paleo are also collected together, for those who are interested.  (I'm calling that category "Can be Paleo" because I'm including recipes that can easily be made Paleo with minor adapting.  If you don't care about Paleo eating, you could add a little grated low-fat cheese to the salad; either way it's delicious!

(Updated, January 2015:  For Phase One Fridays I feature recipes from the past that have been my personal favorites, and I've made this many times since I first posted it in 2013.)

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Easy Turkey Chili with Peppers, Mushrooms, and Olives (Gluten-Free, Freezer-Friendly)

This Easy Turkey Chili with Peppers, Mushrooms, and Olives is my favorite new chili recipe!

Easy Turkey Chili with Peppers, Mushrooms, and Olives found on KalynsKitchen.com

I first made this Easy Turkey Chili with Peppers, Mushrooms, and Olives nearly three months ago, and I put a few containers of it in the diet-friendly section of my freezer.  Then every single time I pulled one of those containers of chili out of the freezer and heated it up for a quick lunch, I was reminded of just how much I loved this chili with ground turkey, green pepper, mushrooms olives, diced green chiles, and two kinds of beans, especially with a little sour cream and grated cheese, which I think is the best way to eat chili.  

Of course I already have a bunch of Healthy Chili Recipes that you could make for the big football game that's coming up (including my long-time favorite Black Bean and Beef Chili with Lime, Cilantro, and Avocado Salsa) and any of those chili recipes are good, I promise.  But even if you don't make it for Superbowl Sunday, I hope you'll try this new chili recipe soon to see if you like it as much as I do.  I still haven't decided what I want to make for the Denny Superbowl Party that's always at my brother Mark's house, but this chili is a serious contender.


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