This low carb chicken pizza crust is incredibly easy to put together and will have your meal on the table in less than 30 minutes!
Low Carb Chicken Pizza Crust
Calories 270 kcal
- 1¼ cups cooked chicken, finely shredded
- ¼ cup parmesan cheese
- 1 egg
- ½ tsp salt
- ¼ tsp black pepper
- ½ tsp onion powder, optional
- ½ tsp garlic powder, optional
Preheat oven to 500℉.
Place chicken into a bowl. Add cheese and egg. Stir to combine.
Pour the mixture onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Shape into a 6”-8” circle. The thinner, the crisper the crust.
Bake for 5-8 minutes until there are no wet spots on the crust.
Cover with desired toppings and cheese. Bake for 8 more minutes or until the cheese is melted.
Hack: You can substitute one 10 oz can of chicken for this recipe. Open and drain the canned chicken. Spread it on a parchment-lined baking pan and bake at 350℉ for 10 minutes. Cool and continue with the recipe.
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Did you know? Chicken is a great source of protein and has been linked to a variety of health benefits.
Suggestion: This low carb cauliflower pizza crust is another great way to follow enjoy pizza on a keto meal plan!
This easy-peasy slow cooker barbecue pork and beans recipe is made with pork chops, bacon and a sweet and spicy homemade barbecue sauce.
Slow Cooker Barbecue Pork and Beans
Calories 580 kcal
- ⅔ cup dried great northern beans
- 2 cups water
- 1 onion, chopped (1 cup)
- 1 jalapeno pepper, chopped (2 tbsp)
- 3 cloves garlic, minced (1 tbsp)
- 2 slices bacon, cut into small pieces
- 2 pork chops (8 oz total)
- 1 cup beef bouillon
- ⅓ cup sweet and spicy barbecue sauce
- ¾ cup ketchup
- ¼ cup brown sugar
Cover beans with 2 cups of water and allow to soak for 6 – 12 hours. Drain and rinse.
Place beans in a slow cooker. Cover them with the chopped onion, jalapeno pepper, garlic and bacon pieces.
Lay the porks chops in the slow cooker in a single layer.
In a small bowl, mix the bouillon, barbecue sauce, ketchup and brown sugar. Pour this mixture over the top of the pork chops.
Cover the slow cooker and set it on low. Cook on low for 8-12 hours or until beans are tender. This will depend on bean size and individual slow cooker temperature.
Hack: If you don’t have great northern beans, use navy beans or whatever white beans you have on hand!
Hack: Frozen or dehydrated onions can be used in this recipe!
Hack: One can of any kind of white bean can be substituted for the dried beans. It is not necessary to soak the canned beans overnight. Reduce slow cooker time to 3-5 hours or until pork chops are fork tender.
Hack: Store leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 5 days or freeze in serving-sized portions for up to 3 months.
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Did you know? Great northern beans are a member of the legume family. Legumes come in many options, are inexpensive and they’re packed with nutrition!!
Suggestion: Pair this dish with cheddar cheese jalapeno cornbread for a hearty and delicious meal!
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This Greek yogurt granola cup is made from homemade granola and Greek yogurt with a hint of honey, cinnamon and vanilla. It’s healthy, low sugar and delicious!
Greek Yogurt Granola Cup
Course Breakfast, lunch, Snack
Calories 280 kcal
- ½ cup plain Greek yogurt
- 1 tsp honey
- ⅛ tsp vanilla
- Dash of cinnamon
- ¼ cup fruit nut granola
In a small bowl, mix yogurt, honey, vanilla and cinnamon. Stir in granola just before serving.
Hack: Stir in some chopped fruit or berries for an exciting twist!
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Did you know? Oats are a great way to start your day. They’re packed with nutrition that combats heart disease and diabetes while helping control your weight and digestive health. Check out the facts here!
Suggestion: This strawberry banana yogurt smoothie is another super quick and easy way to serve up a healthy breakfast!
This healthy maple mustard chicken bake is an easy, yummy sheet pan dinner! Paleo, gluten-free & ready in under 30 minutes! is an easy, yummy sheet pan dinner! Paleo, gluten-free & ready in under 30 minutes!
Maple Mustard Chicken Bake
Calories 472 kcal
- 1 large boneless, skinless chicken breast, (10 oz)
- 1 large sweet potato, peeled (1 pound)
- 2 cups Brussels sprouts (1 pound)
Peel sweet potatoes (if desired). Trim Brussels sprouts.
Cut chicken breast and sweet potato into 1” cubes. Halve the Brussels sprouts. Place them in a sealable plastic bag or a container that can be tightly sealed.
In a small bowl, mix the marinade ingredients. Pour it over the chicken mixture and toss to coat. Seal the bag/container and place it in the refrigerator overnight. Stir or flip the mixture several times.
Preheat oven to 400℉. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Spread the chicken mixture out onto the baking pan in a single layer. Bake for 30 minutes or until chicken has cooked through and vegetables are cooked to the desired softness.
Hack: Store leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 5 days or freeze, tightly wrapped, for up to 3 months.
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Did you know? Sweet potatoes have a surprising number of health benefits including maintaining blood pressure and insulin levels!
Suggestion: Honey oatmeal rolls would pair nicely with this dish!
This fresh-tasting cilantro lime shrimp pasta brings together simple ingredients to make an outstanding dish that’s healthy and easy to make!
Cilantro Lime Shrimp Pasta
Calories 530 kcal
- 4 tbsp butter (¼ cup or ½ stick)
- 8 oz fresh mushrooms, sliced
- 8 oz shrimp, uncooked, peeled and deveined
- 2 tsp dried chives
- 2 tsp dried cilantro
- 2 tbsp sauvignon blanc
- 6 oz whole grain spaghetti, cooked
- 8 tbsp butter (1 stick or 4 oz), softened
- 2 cloves garlic, minced (2 tsp)
- 1 tbsp hot sauce
- 1 tbsp lime juice
In a small bowl, combine the ingredients for lime butter and set aside.
Melt 4 tbsp butter in a saute pan over medium heat. Add mushrooms and saute, undisturbed, for 4 minutes or until browned. Flip the mushrooms and continue to cook for an additional 3-4 minutes.
When mushrooms are uniformly browned, add shrimp, chives and cilantro. Saute for 2-4 minutes or until shrimp is opaque. Do not overcook.
Add wine and lime butter to the pan. Continue cooking until lime butter melts and is thoroughly mixed with the shrimp and mushrooms.
Toss with spaghetti and serve.
Hack: Feel free to use your favorite pasta in this recipe or whatever you have on hand! Cooked rice can also be substituted for spaghetti.
Hack: Canned or dehydrated mushrooms can be used in this recipe.
Hack: Leftovers can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 5 days or frozen for up to 3 months.
Hack: Shrimp can be purchased individually from the seafood counter at most grocery stores. They can also be purchased frozen in large portions if you wish to keep some on hand. Thaw needed amounts before cooking.
Hack: Seafood can be thawed overnight in the refrigerator. It can be thawed more quickly by placing it in a sealed bag and submerging them in a bath of cold water for about an hour.
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Did you know? Shrimp is a healthy addition to your diet. It provides a high amount of nutrients that aren’t abundant in other foods!
Suggestion: Tomato and shrimp salad is another great way to take advantage of the healthy benefits of eating shrimp!
Syracuse salt potatoes’ creamy interior is a delicious addition to any meal. The salt doesn’t penetrate the skin but leaves a nicely seasoned crust on the skin.
Syracuse Salt Potatoes
Calories 277 kcal
- 2 lbs new potatoes
- 4 cups water (or enough to cover potatoes)
- 1 cup ` salt
- Fresh parsley, optional
Wash the potatoes and set them aside.
Pour the water into a pan on the stop top. Add salt and heat over high heat stirring constantly until the dissolves and the water becomes clear again.
Carefully add potatoes and cover the pan.
Simmer for 15-20 minutes or until the potatoes are tender.
Drain the water from the pan, leaving the potatoes in the pan. Recover the pan and let potatoes sit, undisturbed until the water has evaporated from the skins, leaving a fine layer of salt.
Melt the butter and drizzle over the potatoes before serving. Sprinkle with parsley, if desired.
Hack: Leftovers can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
Keyword easy, healthy, potatoes, salt, side dish, vegetarian
Potatoes are considered “empty calories” by many but nothing could be further from the truth!
Suggestion: Use leftover potatoes to make crispy smashed potatoes!
Spicy red beans and rice puts a delicious spin on a classic meal eaten the world over. Using a rice cooker and a slow cooker makes preparing them a snap!
Slow cooker Spicy Red Beans and Rice
Calories 344 kcal
- 1 cup dried red beans
- 2 cups water
- 3½ cups vegetable broth
- 1 green bell pepper, chopped
- 1 large tomato, chopped
- 1 tsp salt
- ½ tsp crushed red pepper
- 1 tsp onion powder
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp dried cumin
- 1 tsp dried parsley
- 1 tsp Creole seasoning
- 1 bay leaf
- 3 cups cooked brown rice, hot
Cover beans with 2 cups of water and allow to soak for 6 - 12 hours. Drain and rinse.
(NOTE: The above step can be done ahead. Drain beans and store, tightly covered, in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.)
Put beans and broth into a saucepan on the stovetop and bring to a boil over high heat. Boil for 10 minutes.
Transfer beans and broth to a slow cooker.
Add peppers, tomato and spices to the crockpot.
Turn heat to low and cook for 6-8 hours or until beans are tender.
Remove bay leaf and discard it.
Serve with brown rice.
Hack: Store leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 5 days or freeze in serving-sized portions for up to 3 months. Allow to thaw completely in the refrigerator before reheating.
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Did you know? Red beans are a member of the legume family. Legumes come in many options, are inexpensive and they’re packed with nutrition!!
Suggestion: Use this vegan spicy brown rice to pair with the red beans!
This simple and delicious perfect poached chicken breast is ready in less than 15 minutes and is great for use in any recipe that calls for cooked chicken!
Perfect Poached Chicken Breast
Calories 170 kcal
- 1-2 boneless skinless chicken breasts (¾ lb total)
- 4 cups water (or enough to cover)
- 1 sprig fresh rosemary (½ tsp dried)
- ½ tsp salt
- ½ tsp black pepper
- 1 bay leaf
- 1 clove garlic, minced (1 tsp)
- 2 slices fresh onion
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
Place chicken breast(s) in a saucepan and cover with water. Add rosemary, salt, pepper, bay leaf, garlic, onion and lemon juice.
Cover the saucepan with a lid and put it on the stovetop over medium heat. Bring to a simmer and lower heat to medium-low. Simmer until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 160℉, about 6-10 minutes, depending on the size of the breast(s).
Remove chicken from water and allow it to cool.* Cut it into thin slices.
Yield: 2.25 cups shredded or diced chicken
Hack: Store leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 5 days or freeze, tightly wrapped, for up to 3 months.
Hack: Although I have listed particular spices in this recipe, you may adjust this according to your individual taste.
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Handle chicken with care! Click here for some tips to avoid foodborne illnesses that can be associated with raw poultry.
Suggestion: This recipe works well for any recipe that uses cooked chicken such as Fresh Mexican Avocado Salad, Easy Homemade Ramen Noodles or Cranberry Pecan Chicken Salad.
This spicy brown rice is sure to give your meal a kick-start! It pairs nicely with beans, beef or any other hearty meal!
Spicy Brown Rice
Calories 162 kcal
- 1½ cups brown rice
- 2¾ cups vegetable stock
- ¾ tsp turmeric
- ¾ tsp paprika
- ⅓ tsp cumin
- ¾ tsp crushed red pepper
- 2 tsp onion powder
- ¼ tsp garlic powder
Combine all ingredients in a rice cooker and cook on the “brown rice” setting.
If you prefer to cook this on the stovetop, combine all ingredients in a saucepan. Bring to a simmer, cover and cook for about 45 minutes or until all the liquid has been absorbed.
Hack: Store leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 5 days or freeze in a tightly sealed container for up to 12 months.
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Did you know? While brown and white rice contains about the same number of carbs, brown rice offsets that number with a good dose of fiber and many other nutritional benefits!
Suggestion: Serve this rice with Red Bean Casserole!
Orange glazed carrots are a wonderful recipe that the whole family will enjoy. It’s fast and easy to prepare, low calorie, healthy and delicious!
Orange Glazed Carrots
Calories 166 kcal
- 1 lb carrots
- 1 tbls olive oil
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 2 tbsp butter
- ¼ cup orange juice
- 2 tbsp honey
- 1 tsp ground ginger
Preheat the oven to 400℉. Line a 10”x13” baking pan with parchment paper.
Scrub carrots and peel, if desired. Cut into ¼“ rounds. Lay over the top of the parchment paper, and drizzle with olive oi., Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste. Toss to coat and spread evenly.
Using a microwave-safe bowl, combine butter, orange juice, honey and ginger. Heat in the microwave until all ingredients are well combined.
Pour glaze mixture over carrots and cover the pan with aluminum foil. Bake for 10 minutes.
Remove foil and continue to bake for 10-15 minutes or until carrots are browned and cooked to the desired softness. Recover the pan if the carrots begin to get too brown.
Hack: Store leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 5 days or freeze for up to 3 months.
Hack: Frozen carrots can be used in this recipe.
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Did you know? Carrots are rich in nutrients that promote your health!
Suggestion: Serve these with teriyaki marinated pork chops for a super fast and easy meal!