Friday, January 31, 2014

Ultra Easy Recipe for Avocado Sauce or Dip (and ten suggestions for using it)

Avocado dressing, sauce, or dip
It may not win any beauty contests, but if you like avocados, you'll want to eat this avocado sauce or dip on just about everything!

(It's very last day of our month of Daily Phase One Recipes, and since it's Superbowl Weekend I thought it would be fun to end with this Ultra Easy Avocado Sauce or Dip that would make a great addition to a table of Superbowl Foods.  This delicious Phase One treat can be served on top of chili, as a dip for vegetables, or over grilled meat or veggies, and people who aren't dieting will definitely be dipping their chips into it!  You can see all the recipes from the month by clicking Daily Phase One Recipes.  Check after the recipe for Phase One Flashbacks from this day in 2012 and 2013.)

Are you a sauce person?  I'm one of those people who wouldn't mind some kind of dressing or sauce on just about everything I eat, and when I made this Avocado Sauce or Dip with my nephew Jake, we couldn't stop thinking of good ways to eat it.  The photos are not too inspired, but if you're an avocado fan you'll love this recipe.  And although avocados are high in fat, the main ingredient here is buttermilk, so it's really a pretty healthful option if you don't over-do it!  Enjoy!

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Pan-Seared and Roasted Mahi Mahi with Mediterranean Salsa and Feta

Pan-seared and Roasted Mahi Mahi with Mediterranean Salsa and Feta
Pan-seared and Roasted Mahi Mahi with Mediterranean Salsa and Feta is an easy week-night dinner.

I'm trying to eat fish as often as I can, so when a reader named John sent me the recipe link for Virginia Anthony's Mediterranean Mahi Mahi from Taste of Home, first I thought "YUM" and then I thought about how I could adapt the recipe to make it suitable for our month of Daily Phase One Recipes.  John told me how much he had enjoyed this dish, and when Jake and I adapted the recipe a little and tested it, we both loved it too; in fact we both cleaned our plates even though it was on a day when we'd already sampled several recipes!  This is a quick week-night dinner and f you can't find Mahi Mahi you could make this with another firm-textured fish like halibut, tuna, shark, swordfish, or cod. 

(There's only one more day of Daily Phase One Recipes!  You can see all the recipes from the month by clicking Daily Phase One Recipes.  Check after the recipe for Phase One Flashbacks from this day in 2012 and 2013.)

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Sriracha Deviled Eggs Recipe plus Ten More Interesting Ideas for Deviled Eggs

If you like Sriracha Rooster Sauce, you'll love these spicy deviled eggs!

(We're nearing the end of our month of Daily Phase One Recipes and the Superbowl is almost here, so I thought it might be fun to share some Phase One ideas for Superbowl Party Food.  I bet these deviled eggs would disappear quickly on game day!  You can see all the recipes from this month by clicking Daily Phase One Recipes.  Check after the recipe for Phase One Flashbacks from this day in 2012 and 2013.)

My post on How to Make Perfect Hard-Boiled Eggs has been popular on the blog for a long time, and I make boiled eggs all year long because I love to make deviled eggs, and I'm always experimenting with different combinations for the yolk fillings.  I'm sure I wasn't the first one to think of seasoning deviled eggs with spicy Sriracha Rooster Sauce, but I absolutely loved how these eggs turned out.  The combination of yellow mustard and Sriracha I used in the yolk mixture turned the eggs a beautiful goldenrod color and the diagonally sliced green onions added just a bit of crunch.  I made mine just slightly spicy, but if you really like the heat go ahead and use more Sriracha. 

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Green Chile and Chicken Mock Enchilada Casserole (Low-Carb, Gluten-Free)

Green Chile and Chicken Mock Enchilada Casserole
This Green Chile and Chicken Mock Enchilada Casserole has all the flavors you love in green chile chicken enchiladas, minus the carbs!

This new recipe for Green Chile and Chicken Mock Enchilada Casserole is not only perfect for  Daily Phase One Recipes, but the recipe is also Low-Carb and Gluten-Free, and I have a feeling this one is going to have a lot of fans.  To make this suitable for Phase One, I replaced the tortillas with layers of mild roasted green chiles from a can, and also used Hatch Gluten Free Green Chile Enchilada sauce, a brand new product I found at my store.  When I tested the recipe with Jake, we loved the flavors, and I shared some with my sister Pam and everyone in her family loved it too.  I've already made this twice in a week; if you like that spicy green chile flavor, make sure you give this one a try!

(You can see all the recipes from the month by clicking Daily Phase One Recipes.  Check after the recipe for Phase One Flashbacks from this day in 2012 and 2013.)

Monday, January 27, 2014

Egg-Crust Vegetarian Breakfast Pizza

Egg-Crust Vegetarian Breakfast Pizza
Egg-Crust Vegetarian Breakfast Pizza has a lot of pizza toppings on an eggy crust.

(This Egg Crust Vegetarian Breakfast Pizza that's also perfect for Meatless Monday is today's pick for the month of  Daily Phase One Recipes.  You can see all the recipes from the month by clicking Daily Phase One Recipes.  Check after the recipe for Phase One Flashbacks from this day in 2012 and 2013.)

When I posted my Egg-Crust Breakfast Pizza with Pepperoni, Olives, Mozzarella, and Tomatoes a few people asked why it was not called a Frittata.  (If you're not familiar with Frittatas, they're a type of Italian omelet that's cooked partly on the stove and then finished under the broiler.)   These Breakfast Pizzas that I'm having fun experimenting with are made with just two eggs and the egg is about half cooked before the pizza topping ingredients are layered on top.  Then the Breakfast Pizza is cooked for a few minutes with a lid on and browned under the broiler so the cheese is melted and golden-brown.  There are similarities, but frittatas have much more egg in proportion to other ingredients, while the egg part of the Breakfast Pizza really is more like a "crust" with the other ingredients added on top.  This vegetarian version of a Breakfast Pizza was just as delicious as the first one, and I'd enjoy this for a Meatless Monday breakfast, lunch, or dinner.

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Kale, Mushroom, Feta, and Mozzarella Breakfast Casserole

Kale, Mushroom, Feta, and Mozzarella Breakfast Casserole
After I made this Kale, Mushroom, Feta, and Mozzarella Breakfast Casserole twice for guests I decided to post the recipe.

If you look around in the category for Breakfast Dishes on Kalyn's Kitchen, you'll notice lots and lots of variations for breakfast casseroles.  There's even a popular post with Basic Instructions for Breakfast Casseroles.  I make this type of dish often to keep in the fridge for a quick breakfast during the week, and most of the time I just use what's in the fridge without following a real recipe.  But after I'd ad-libbed this Kale, Mushroom, Feta, and Mozzarella Breakfast Casserole twice for guests and people raved about it both times, I decided this was a recipe I needed to post on the blog, and it's a perfect new recipe for the month of Daily Phase One Recipes.  (You can see all the recipes from the month by clicking Daily Phase One Recipes.  Check after the recipe for Phase One Flashbacks from this day in 2012 and 2013.)

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Chicken and Pinto Bean Soup with Lime and Cilantro

Chicken and Pinto Bean Soup Recipe with Lime and Cilantro
Chicken and Pinto Bean Soup with Lime and Cilantro is made from leftover rotisserie chicken!

Food blogs are always a work-in-progress, and it's no secret I've been updating my photos on this blog for many years now.  I decided that the month of Daily Phase One Recipes was a great chance for me to improve the photos on some of my favorite Phase One Soups from the past.  This Chicken and Pinto Bean Soup with Lime and Cilantro is something I would happily devour for a Phase One lunch or dinner, and it had been needing a new photo since 2007!  This soup is a good one to make with leftover rotisserie chicken, and if you're not a cilantro fan I'd use thinly sliced green onions instead.   (You can see all the recipes from the month by clicking Daily Phase One Recipes.  Check after the recipe for Phase One Flashbacks from this day in 2012 and 2013.)

Friday, January 24, 2014

Slow Cooker Pulled Chicken (or pork) Lettuce Wraps Recipe with Low-Sugar Barbecue Sauce

Slow Cooker Pulled Chicken with Low-Sugar Barbecue Sauce is delicious inside lettuce cups or on a sandwich, and my nephew Mitchell loved this inside a quesadilla with some melted cheese.

(Today's pick for the month of  Daily Phase One Recipes is these Slow Cooker Pulled Chicken Lettuce Wraps with Low-Sugar Barbecue Sauce.  You can make this with pork if you prefer, but be sure to use low-sugar ketchup and an approved sweetener for Phase One.  You can see all the recipes from the month by clicking Daily Phase One Recipes.  Check after the recipe for Phase One Flashbacks from this day in 2012 and 2013.)

I do have a wonderful recipe for Slow Cooker Sriracha-Pineapple Barbecued Chicken on the blog, but I came up with this recipe when I had some of my favorite kids staying at my house and I wanted a barbecued chicken recipe that was less spicy and more kid-friendly.  This Slow Cooker Pulled Chicken with Low-Sugar Barbecue Sauce uses the same flavorful sauce as my Slow Cooker Pulled Pork (and you can certainly make these lettuce wraps with pulled pork if you prefer.)  I did notice that the chicken cooks much faster, and soaks up the sauce a bit more than the pork.  I loved this inside a lettuce wrap, but when the kids were here we used it to make some Quesadillas, which my nephew Mitch gobbled up for lunch one day.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

White Bean Salad Recipe with Tuna and Parsley

This White Bean Salad with Tuna and Parsley has been a summer favorite for years!

(This favorite White Bean Salad with Tuna and Parsley is today's pick for the month of Daily Phase One Recipes. If you've never thought of combining these ingredients, you might be surprised what a delicious lunch salad this is, but be sure to use the tuna packed in olive oil for best flavor. You can see all the recipes from the month by clicking Daily Phase One Recipes.  Check after the recipe for Phase One Flashbacks from this day in 2012 and 2013.)

In the early days of my blog I discovered a delicious and affordable brand of Tuna Packed in Olive Oil, which changed my way of thinking about canned tuna forever.   That tuna plus my love of parsley and lemon inspired my version of this classic tuna and white bean salad and it's turned into a favorite lunch that I've made over and over.   I updated the photo for this recipe in the summer of 2011, when I had plenty of fresh parsley from the garden, but parsley is an herb that's available and inexpensive all year from the grocery store, and I love that this salad uses ingredients I always have on hand.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Recipe for Swiss Chard and Goat Cheese Custard Bake

This tasty Swiss Chard and Goat Cheese Custard Bake will help you eat your greens.

(This ultra-delicious Swiss Chard and Goat Cheese Custard Bake is today's pick for the month of  Daily Phase One Recipes.  I love this flavor combination, and I'd eat this for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.  You can see all the recipes from the month by clicking Daily Phase One Recipes.  Check after the recipe for Phase One Flashbacks from this day in 2012 and 2013.)

My food preferences have changed since I've been writing this blog, and one good change is the way I've developed such an appreciation for greens.  I confess that before I started growing them in my garden, I never cooked much with Red Russian Kale, dark green curly kale, or Swiss chard.  Now these uber-healthful greens have turned into something I love experimenting with every year when the garden is producing them, but I've also started buying greens from the store more often.   I've made a few different breakfast dishes with greens baked into the eggs, but this Swiss Chard and Goat Cheese Custard Bake is a bit different, with a generous amount of goat cheese (the soft type that comes in a log) combined with milk and then mixed into just enough eggs to bind it together into a barely-firm custard.  I loved the flavor combination with the Swiss chard, goat cheese, and other cheeses, and although you could certainly eat this for breakfast I've been eating it for a light dinner for the last couple of days.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

CrockPot Recipe for Southwestern Pot Roast

Slow Cooker Southwestern Pot Roast
This delicious Slow Cooker Southwestern Pot Roast has only five ingredients!

(Today's pick for the month of  Daily Phase One Recipes is this delicious CrockPot Southwestern Pot Roast that I've made many times since I first posted it back in 2008.  I need to update this recipe with step-by-step photos, but actually this recipe is so easy you probably don't need them!  You can see all the recipes from the month by clicking Daily Phase One Recipes.  Check after the recipe for Phase One Flashbacks from this day in 2012 and 2013.)

This is one of my Easy South Beach Recipes (with only 5 ingredients)  that uses canned beef broth and salsa add southwestern flavor to pot roast that gets tender and flavorful in the slow cooker.   Please don't skip the preparation steps of browning the roast and reducing the beef broth on the stove before you add it to the slow cooker, because both those steps add a lot of flavor here.  You can do that the night before if you'd like, and then put the browned meat, broth, and salsa in the slow cooker to cook all day on low while you're at work.

Monday, January 20, 2014

Cauliflower Gratin with Sharp Cheddar and Parmesan

Cauliflower Gratin with Sharp Cheddar and Parmesan
This Cauliflower Gratin with Sharp Cheddar and Parmesan is a slightly-indulgent side dish for Phase One.

(This delicious Cauliflower Gratin with Sharp Cheddar and Parmesan that I first posted five years ago is today's pick for the month of  Daily Phase One Recipes, and this dish is so delicious I decided to feature it even though the photos are not really up to current standards!  The recipe is a little indulgent for Phase One due to the amount of cheese, but there's not a huge amount of sauce and I'd eat it occasionally, as part of a healthy meal with protein and salad.  You can see all the recipes from the month by clicking Daily Phase One Recipes.  Check after the recipe for Phase One Flashbacks from this day in 2012 and 2013.)

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Cauliflower and Mushroom Pressure Cooker Soup with Parmesan

Cauliflower and Mushroom Soup with Parmesan
This Cauliflower and Mushroom Soup with Parmesan was made in my new electric pressure cooker!

A few years ago I bought a Kuhn Rikon Pressure Cooker, and shared a few Pressure Cooker Recipes on the blog.  So when my sister Pam got a new Cuisinart Electric Pressure Cooker, and my friend Barbara started a blog about using the electric pressure cooker, I really didn't think I needed another pressure cooker.  Then I got a couple of Amazon gift cards, and the next thing you know, a new electric pressure cooker arrived at my house!  So far I've only used it to make chicken stock, and then this amazing soup, but I'm already pretty infatuated with the new electric pressure cooker.  If I had to pick one feature, it would be the way you can set the time and walk away, knowing the pressure cooker will stop cooking and release the pressure, even if you forget about it.   

Since there's no flour, butter, milk, or cream, this delicious Pressure Cooker Cauliflower and Mushroom Soup with Parmesan is perfect for our month of Daily Phase One Recipes, and it's also my Meatless Monday recipe for the week.  (You can see all the Phase One Recipes from the month by clicking Daily Phase One Recipes.  Check after the recipe for Phase One Flashbacks from this day in 2012 and 2013.)

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Recipe for Crockpot (or stovetop) Black Bean Chili with Lime and Cilantro

Slow Cooker Black Bean Chili
A favorite slow cooker black bean chili, thickened with refried beans and flavored with lime and cilantro.

(This Black Bean Chili with Lime and Cilantro that can be made in a slow cooker or on the stove is today's pick for the month of  Daily Phase One Recipes.  I've have a very hard time choosing just one favorite chili recipe, but this is definitely on my list of faves.  You can see all the recipes from the month by clicking Daily Phase One Recipes.  Check after the recipe for Phase One Flashbacks from this day in 2012 and 2013.)

One thing that can be frustrating about food blogging is that the greatest recipe in the world won't get much attention if the photo is bad, so I was happy to finally take new photos for this favorite slow cooker chili with lime and cilantro.  The ultra flavorful chili includes a can of refried pinto beans as part of the base, which makes it extra thick, and I've been enjoying this the last few days with a dollop of low-fat sour cream on top.  Lime and cilantro are two of my favorite ingredients, but if you're not a cilantro fan I'd replace it with thinly sliced green onions, and if you don't have a crockpot, just skip the step of reducing the beef stock, and you can make this in a regular pot on top of the stove.  I hope lots of you will try this; it just might become your favorite easy chili recipe!

Friday, January 17, 2014

Recipe for Split Pea Soup with Ham, Bay Leaves, Epazote and Red Bell Pepper (or Carrots)

Recipe for Split Pea Soup with Ham, Bay Leaves, Epazote and Red Bell Pepper
Split Pea Soup with Ham, Bay Leaves, Epazote, and Red Bell Pepper is delightfully Phase One.

(Today's pick for the month of  Daily Phase One Recipes (as well as Phase One Fridays) is this favorite Split Pea Soup with Ham, Bay Leaves, Epazote, and Red Bell Pepper that's one of the soups I've been thinking about trying in the new electric pressure cooker I got for Christmas.  You can see all the recipes from the month by clicking Daily Phase One Recipes.  Check after the recipe for Phase One Flashbacks from this day in 2012 and 2013.)

I've been a long-time fan of split pea soup, but I always made it with carrots until I tried this experiment of replacing the carrots with sweet red bell peppers, for a split pea soup that's not only delicious and colorful but also a Phase One recipe for the South Beach Diet.  Score!  I used a fairly generous amount of ham and red bell peppers in proportion to the split peas, so you can have this for Phase One, even though split peas and lentils are a limited food.  Of course if you're just craving split pea soup and don't care about Phase One, go ahead and make it with carrots if you prefer.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Not Just for the Superbowl Chili Recipe

Not Just for the Superbowl Chili
I've been making this chili for years, and it's too good to save just for the Superbowl!

We still have a few weeks before Superbowl Madness takes over the U.S. but I thought it would be fun to update the photos of this favorite Not Just for the Superbowl Chili as today's pick for the month of  Daily Phase One Recipes.  For years this was my signature chili recipe for Denny family Superbowl parties, and it got the name when we decided the chili was too good to save just for the Superbowl!  (You can see all the Phase One recipes from the month by clicking Daily Phase One Recipes.  Check after the recipe for Phase One Flashbacks from this day in 2012 and 2013.)

If you're not a native English speaker, you might wonder about the word *chili*. In the U.S. *chile* usually refers to the spicy vegetable peppers used to season foods, while the spelling *chili* means a slowly simmered dish made with meat, tomatoes, onions, spices and sometimes beans. My signature chili is heavy on the meat and light on the beans, and although there's a long list of ingredients, it's actually pretty easy to make. This chili features both mushrooms and black olives, for a slightly different take on chili, and i like it with a lot of finely chopped cilantro added at the end.  (My family has some cilantro haters though, so the cilantro is definitely optional!)  I made half the recipe to update these photos, but this freezes well, so make the whole batch if you have a pot that's big enough. And although Not Just for the Superbowl Chili may have more saturated fat than the South Beach Diet would prefer, for Superbowl food, this is pretty healthy. (Check South Beach Suggestions for a way to reduce the saturated fat.)

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Recipe for Roasted Broccoli with Garlic

Roasted Broccoli with Garlic
Roasted Broccoli with Garlic is so delicious, you might never need another broccoli recipe! 

(Today's pick for the month of  Daily Phase One Recipes is this delicious Roasted Garlic with Broccoli that's one of my Recipe Favorites, and this kind of easy but tasty vegetable dish is perfect when you're trying to eat healthy.  You can see all the recipes from the month by clicking Daily Phase One Recipes.  Check after the recipe for Phase One Flashbacks from this day in 2012 and 2013.)

If you've never Roasted Garlic you might not understand why this recipe for Roasted Broccoli with Garlic is so special, but trust me. This is not only one of the easiest broccoli recipes I've made, but also one of the tastiest broccoli dishes you can imagine. Roasting sweetens the garlic and brings out the flavor of the broccoli in a most delightful way. Try it once and I'll bet whenever you're cooking something in the oven, tossing in some broccoli to roast is going to be your favorite way to cook broccoli.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Turkey Picadillo Lettuce Wraps

Turkey Picadillo Lettuce Wraps
Leftovers tend to pile up at my house, but these Turkey Picadillo Lettuce Wraps were gone the next day!

I'm a firm believer that you can never have too many recipes for lettuce wraps, and they're something I always enjoy when I'm doing Phase One.  Through the years I've made so many lettuce wrap variations that I'd have a hard time choosing a favorite, but these Turkey Picadillo Lettuce Wraps were definitely amazing.  Ground turkey is simmered with onion, green pepper, tomatoes, chicken stock, and spices, with some chopped green olives and a generous amount of Green Tabasco Sauce giving it just enough zip to make it interesting.  The word Picadillo comes from a Spanish word that means "to mince" and many countries have their own version of this ground meat dish, but the use of olives makes this recipe lean towards Cuban Picadillo.

(Of course this new Phase One recipe is today's contribution for our month of  Daily Phase One Recipes.  You can see all the recipes from the month by clicking Daily Phase One Recipes.  Check after the recipe for Phase One Flashbacks from this day in 2012 and 2013.)

Monday, January 13, 2014

Goulash Soup with Red Peppers and Cabbage

Goulash Soup with Ground Beef, Red Peppers, Cabbage, and plenty of Paprika!
Goulash Soup with Ground Beef, Red Peppers, Cabbage, and plenty of Paprika!

(This favorite Goulash Soup with Red Peppers and Cabbage is today's pick for the month of  Daily Phase One Recipes, and this is delicious with a generous dollop of low-fat sour cream.  You can see all the recipes from the month by clicking Daily Phase One Recipes.  Check after the recipe for Phase One Flashbacks from this day in 2012 and 2013.)

This soup is one of my Recipe Favorites, and when we had snow again in Utah I made a double batch and decided it was time to update this post with step-by-step photos. The soup has ground beef, roasted red peppers, tomatoes, and cabbage, and it's something I've been making ever since I discovered how much I love paprika. If you use Hungarian paprika (which comes in a tin, not a jar), the recipe is reminiscent of Hungarian Gulyas but without potatoes, and I'm of the opinion that lots of paprika is essential in a soup like this! I used both sharp and sweet paprika, but you can probably get by with only sweet paprika, especially if you're making it for kids. This soup freezes especially well, and I like to pull a container of it out of the freezer on a cold night, heat it up, and serve with a big dollop of sour cream!

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Vegan Spaghetti Squash and Black Bean Mexican Bowl

lVegan Spaghetti Squash and Black Bean Mexican Bowl
Vegan Spaghetti Squash and Black Bean Mexican Bowl features spicy black beans and tomato-avocado-cilantro salsa.

This new Meatless Monday recipe is also today's pick for the month of  Daily Phase One Recipes, and this delicious Vegan Spaghetti Squash and Black Bean Mexican Bowl is especially for all the vegetarians doing Phase One this month.  I do agree that Phase One is more challenging when you're not eating meat, but this recipe is a close cousin to the Greek Salad Spaghetti Squash Bowl I made during the summer, and there are quite a few more Phase One options if you sort recipes to see the Meatless category.  Jake and I both thought this was amazing, especially with a double dose of the Green Tabasco Sauce we're both so fond of!

(You can see all the Phase One Recipes from the month by clicking Daily Phase One Recipes.  Check after the recipe for Phase One Flashbacks from this day in 2012 and 2013.)

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Recipe for Ground Beef Gyro Meatball Lettuce Wraps with Tzatziki and Tomatoes

Ground Beef Gyro Meatball Lettuce Wraps with Tzatziki and Tomatoes
All the amazing flavors found in Gyros, without the pita bread!

(Today's pick for the month of Daily Phase One Recipes is these flavorful Ground Beef Gyro Meatball Lettuce Wraps with Tzatziki and Tomatoes that I first posted in 2012. I've made these meatball lettuce wraps many times since then, and still love this recipe when I'm craving Greek food.  You can see all the recipes from the month by clicking the link Daily Phase One Recipes.  Check after the recipe for Phase One Flashbacks from this day in 2012 and 2013.)

This recipe is for everyone who loves the complex flavors of Greek Gyros (pronounced yeer-ohs), but it's especially for my brother Mark.  When the idea first popped into my head to make a lettuce wrap with Gyro flavors, I immediately thought of Mark and his love of Greek food.  It might have been a good thing that I had that image of him enjoying this in my mind, because it took Jake and I five tries to get the seasoning for the Gyro meatballs just right.  When I came back to the kitchen from taking photos and Jake sheepishly admitted he had eaten quite a few of the meatballs, I knew this final version was a keeper!

Friday, January 10, 2014

Recipe for Turkey and Black Bean Mexican Cabbage Bowl with Avocado Salsa

Turkey and Black Bean Mexican Cabbage Bowl
This Turkey and Black Bean Mexican Cabbage Bowl was inspired by some earlier recipe faves!

(This delicious Turkey and Black Bean Mexican Cabbage Bowl with Avocado Salsa is today's pick for the month of Daily Phase One Recipes, and this recipe has the kind of fresh flavors I never get tired of!  You can see all the Daily Phase One Recipes from the month by clicking that link.  Check after the recipe for Phase One Flashbacks from this day in 2012 and 2013.)

After I posted the recipe for Sriracha Beef Cabbage Bowl that was the brilliant idea of my friend Jeanne, and it quickly become one of my favorites.  And you know how my brain takes a good recipe idea and spins it off into another fun variation, so now I've taken the basic idea of a bowl that starts with Spicy Mexican Slaw and made a version with Mexican flavors.  This Turkey and Black Bean Mexican Cabbage Bowl with Avocado Salsa features finely diced fresh Poblano chile pepper in the cabbage slaw and the salsa, and everything about this combination is amazingly flavorful.  Cabbage is one of the healthiest vegetables you can eat, and this recipe might become your favorite new way to get more cabbage into your diet!

Thursday, January 09, 2014

CrockPot Recipe for Salsa Pork Chops with Cumin, Garlic, and Lime

These tasty Salsa Pork Chops simmer in the CrockPot while you're busy doing other things!

(Today's choice for the month of Daily Phase One Recipes is these Slow Cooker Salsa Pork Chops that I made during the holidays and took new photos.  You can see all the recipes from the month by clicking the link above for Daily Phase One Recipes, and check after the recipe for Phase One Flashbacks from this day in 2012 and 2013.)

When I first tried this recipe for Slow Cooker Salsa Pork Chops, I made the recipe twice to try to get a better photo, and in both cases I wasn't completely satisfied with the photos.  However, I was completely happy with these tender Southwestern-flavored pork chops in a sauce that was just slightly spicy.  Even though the sauce kind of ran out over the plate on this latest photo of this dish, I'm happier with it, and I promise this is an easy slow cooker meal that will make you happy as well.

Wednesday, January 08, 2014

Layered Mexican Casserole Recipe with Chicken, Green Chiles, Pinto Beans, and Cheese

Layered Mexican Casserole
This Layered Mexican Casserole is Phase One and Gluten-Free!

(This Layered Mexican Casserole Recipe with Chicken, Green Chiles, Pinto Beans, and Cheese is a perfect family-friendly choice for our month of Daily Phase One Recipes.  To see all the other recipes from the month, just click on that link, and check after the recipe for Phase One Flashbacks from this day in 2012 and 2013.)

I grew up eating casseroles, which in those days usually had white rice, noodles, pastry, tortillas, or potatoes, and some kind of canned cream soup.   Then I changed my eating habits and didn't want to use those ingredients any more, but I still craved the comfort-food appeal of a casserole, as well as the way they make such great leftovers.  To fill that casserole craving I've been experimenting for several years with updated casserole combinations, using low-glycemic ingredients for a healthier result.  I've come up with quite a few Casserole Recipes that have been winners, but I think this Layered Mexican Casserole with Chicken, Green Chiles, Pinto Beans, and Cheese might be one of my best creations so far! 

Tuesday, January 07, 2014

Low Carb No Egg Breakfast Bake with Turkey Breakfast Sausage and Peppers

Low Carb No Egg Breakfast Bake with Turkey Breakfast Sausage and Peppers
After many requests, I've finally created a South Beach Diet Phase One breakfast without eggs!

I'm pretty excited about this new recipe for our  month of Daily Phase One Recipes because for eight years now people have been asking for a Phase One Breakfast without eggs.  I've thought about it many times, but never came up with anything, and then a few days ago the idea for this Low Carb No Egg Breakfast Bake with Turkey Breakfast Sausage and Peppers popped into my mind.  This is definitely not the most photogenic breakfast ever, but I've eaten it for two days now, and it's very tasty.  Hope all the people who can't eat eggs or are just tired of them will enjoy the idea.  (And if you don't like peppers, have fun experimenting with other veggies.)

(You can see all the Daily Phase One Recipes recipes from the month by clicking that link.  Check after the recipe for Phase One Flashbacks from this day in 2012 and 2013.)

Monday, January 06, 2014

Leafy Greens Salad with Roasted Chickpeas, Feta, and Mediterranean Sumac Dressing

Leafy Green Salad with Roasted Chickpeas (Garbanzos), Feta, and Mediterranean Sumac Dressing
This Leafy Greens Salad with Roasted Chickpeas and Feta is perfect for Mediterranean Dressing with Sumac, but if you don't want to make the dressing any lemony vinaigrette will work.

(It's the first Monday of a brand new year, so for Meatless Monday and our month of Daily Phase One Recipes, I'm featuring this Leafy Greens Salad with Roasted Chickpeas, Feta, and Mediterranean Sumac Dressing that I first posted in May last year.  This delicious idea will turn any combination of lettuce + leafy greens into a flavor buzz that will really make your mouth happy!  (To see all the recipes from the month of Daily Phase One Recipes, just click that link.  Check after the recipe for Phase One Flashbacks from this day in 2012 and 2013.)

Now that you've seen my new favorite salad dressing, I thought I'd show you a salad that's just perfect for the Shake-in-a-Jar Mediterranean Dressing with Red Wine Vinegar, Lemon Juice, and Sumac.  This is the type of salad I might make if I was having friends for dinner and wanted a side salad that was a bit of a wow, or I'd eat a double portion of it for a big lunch salad.  There are endless salad combinations that would taste good with the Mediterranean Sumac Dressing, but the leafy greens, roasted chickpeas (also called garbanzos), and Feta in this salad really complement the dressing.

Sunday, January 05, 2014

Chopped Chicken Salad with Cafe Rio Flavors

Chopped Chicken Salad with Cafe Rio Flavors
A delicious Chopped Chicken Salad with all the flavors that make Cafe Rio Salad so good! 

If there's anything I've learned about sticking to a healthy eating plan, it's that you better include a lot of your favorite flavors or the plan is doomed from the start.  I love the blend of flavors in Cafe Rio Style Creamy Tomatillo Salad Dressing, and I make it all the time, not just when I'm doing Phase One.  I used this dressing on Leftover Chicken Chopped Chicken Salad with Cafe Rio Style Creamy Tomatillo Dressing, but I thought it would be fun to come up with a salad that recreates more of the flavors in the famous Cafe Rio Salad.  This new salad recipe has diced chicken that gets marinated in Cafe Rio Dressing, romaine lettuce, avocado, tomatoes, black beans, and cilantro.  If you don't live where there's a Cafe Rio, or you just want to make it at home, I promise this will re-create that Cafe Rio happy mouth feeling that people in Utah love to enjoy.  (This is a new recipe for our month of Daily Phase One Recipes; Check after the recipe for Phase One Flashbacks from this day in 2012 and 2013.)

Saturday, January 04, 2014

Egg-Crust Breakfast Pizza with Pepperoni, Olives, Mozzarella, and Tomatoes

Egg-Crust Breakfast Pizza with Pepperoni, Olives, Mozzarella, and Tomatoes
If you're a fan of cold pizza for breakfast, you'll love this Egg-Crust Breakfast Pizza!

(This favorite breakfast "pizza" where a small amount of egg replaces the crust is today's pick for the month of Daily Phase One Recipes.  You can see all the recipes from the month by clicking that link.  Check after the recipe for Phase One Flashbacks from this day in 2012 and 2013.)

In college my idea of the perfect breakfast was cold pizza, and every pizza had to have pepperoni and olives.  So I guess it's not too surprising that when the idea of Breakfast Pizza popped into my mind, it had to be pepperoni and olive breakfast pizza.  If the idea of pepperoni and olives for breakfast doesn't appeal to you, please try this with your own favorite pizza toppings.  I love this egg-crust pizza, but it took me five attempts to get it just right.  In fact I was telling my friend Laura how I had made it over and over and she asked, "How will you know when it's just right?"  That's actually a pretty good question, but this version fits my vision of an egg-crust pizza for breakfast with not too much egg and a lot of pizza toppings.  Hope you enjoy!

Friday, January 03, 2014

Recipe for Slow Cooker Pork Sirloin Tip Roast with Balsamic Vinegar, Rosemary, and Red Onions

Slow Cooker Pork Sirloin Tip Roast with Balsamic Vinegar, Rosemary, and Red Onions
An inexpensive pork sirloin tip roast gets tender and delicious when cooked in the slow cooker with balsamic vinegar, rosemary, and red onions.

(Here's this week's Phase One Friday and also the daily pick for our month of Daily Phase One Recipes.  You can see all the recipes from the month by clicking that link.  Cook this delicious pork roast over the weekend and then use leftovers over salad or inside lettuce wraps during the week.  Check after the recipe for Phase One Flashbacks from this day in 2012 and 2013.)

Food blogging can be pretty frustrating at times, but especially when you've made a recipe that tasted great, but the photos didn't really make the food look good.  I made this Slow Cooker Pork Sirloin Tip Roast with Balsamic Vinegar, Rosemary, and Red Onions for the second time and the final photos still weren't anything I was happy with, when I noticed this photo of the pork roast in the slow cooker.  I decided that although it's a pretty casual photo it did show how tasty the pork roast looked when it was done.  And since I still have a broken arm (two more weeks, fingers crossed) I decided to share this delicious slow cooker pork roast with the photo I had.  No worries, right?

Thursday, January 02, 2014

Italian Sausage Soup with Green Pepper, Chickpeas, and Pesto

Italian Sausage Soup with Chickpeas, Green Pepper, and Pesto
This easy Italian Sausage Soup with Chickpeas, Green Pepper, and Pesto is a Phase One soup that cooks on top of the stove in less than an hour.

If  you saw the Phase One Recipes Round-Up from yesterday, you know I made the commitment to post Daily Phase One Recipes during January again this year.  I hope this is useful for anyone (like me!) who's getting back on track in the new year.  And since this is my third year of Daily Phase One Recipes for January, I'm going to share Phase One Flashbacks every day (after the recipe) to spotlight the Phase One Recipe I posted on that day in 2012 and 2013.  So healthy January, here we come!  (If you're not a South Beach Dieter, Phase One recipes are often low carb or Paleo, and they're always delicious, even if you're not trying to lose weight.)

This new phase one recipe for Italian Sausage Soup with Green Pepper, Chickpeas, and Pesto is something I came up with a few weeks ago when I found turkey Italian sausage on sale at the store and I wanted a hearty comforting soup that I could make and eat for dinner that same night.  I've made a few soup variations with similar flavors, but what made this soup especially enjoyable for me was an idea that popped into my head to mash some of the chickpeas so they kind of dissolved into the soup.  (I like chickpeas, but I don't always like biting into a whole chickpea in a bowl of soup or a salad.)  I shared some of this with Jake when he came to cook with me, and we both thought it was a keeper!

Wednesday, January 01, 2014

South Beach Diet Phase One Low-Glycemic Recipes Round-Up for December 2013, and Happy New Year Everyone!

Kalyn's Favorite Phase One Recipes from December 2013 were Turkey and White Bean Chili with Chocolate, Slow Cooker Southwestern Beef Stew with Tomatoes, Olives, and Chiles, Slow Cooker Frittata with Broccoli, Swiss, Cottage Cheese, and Parmesan, and Easy Shrimp Cocktail with Creamy Sriracha Cocktail Sauce.

I start every month by posting a round-up of the South Beach Diet Phase One Low-Glycemic Recipes from Kalyn's Kitchen and other blogs for the previous month, but there's something special about that post when it falls on the first day of a brand new year.  I love the way the new year is full of possibilities, and for many of us that means a chance to begin or resume a healthier way of eating.  My goal with these round-ups is to prove there's plenty of knock-your-socks-off delicious food to enjoy, even when you're limiting carbs or trying to choose low-glycemic foods.  And I can tell from my blog stats that a lot of people have already started on a healthier eating path, so I hope these recipe suggestions are useful for you.  Happy New Year everyone; I hope 2014 will be a delicious and healthy year for you.

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