Thursday, April 28, 2016

Strawberry & Cream Biscuits - NEW RECIPE!

I've got a new recipe for you today that I shared on my guest post for Honeyville. It's for Strawberry & Cream Biscuits. They are rich, delicate and bursting with fresh strawberry flavor and remind you that summer is just around the corner. They're a cross between a sweet roll and a biscuit and can be made even more decadent by topping them with the optional vanilla glaze I made. I've enjoyed them both glazed and plain and they are yummy either way. They go great with a cup of coffee and would be perfect to serve for Mother's Day breakfast, too. Check out some photos of them below. I hope you enjoy them! To get to the recipe, please click here: Strawberry & Cream Biscuits. Enjoy!


Sunday, April 24, 2016

Easy Hickory Grilled Burgers w/ Spicy 3-Alarm Cheese

It's a gorgeous day here today but unfortunately, I've been under the weather for the last few days. I actually skipped eating dinner altogether last night. This afternoon my brother was itching to grill for lunch so rather than make both lunch and dinner, we had a late lunch to cover us for both meals. We made burgers using 85/15 ground beef and seasoned them with salt, black pepper and a bit of  Lea & Perrins Worcestershire Sauce. He did all the grilling and used his Weber Jumbo Joe charcoal grill with added hickory chips to cook them on. I added some diced onions to my burger and he and hubby enjoyed their burgers on rolls. It only takes about 7 to 8 minutes go cook them once the grill is hot. I sliced up some spicy 3-pepper cheese to top our burgers with (hoping it might help open up my sinuses as well). They turned out great. I had broccoli on the side. We made extras just in case we get hungry later but I think this may last me through the rest of the day. I snapped a few photos below...I love grilling season. Enjoy!


Thursday, April 21, 2016

Breakfast for Dinner - Mushroom, Bacon, Onion & Gruyere Omelet w/ Parmesan Pepper Biscuits

This evening I scrapped our plans to grill out because we had rain showers that moved through late in the afternoon. Instead I decided to make it a "breakfast for dinner" night instead. I made my Parmesan Pepper Biscuits (by simply adding lots of freshly ground black pepper to my Parmesan Biscuit recipe); cooked up some torn pieces of bacon and sauteed them with onions and mushrooms. I grated a mound of delicious Gruyere cheese imported from Switzerland to add to my omelet. Hubby had scrambled eggs with a mixture of grated sharp cheddar and Gruyere and my brother had a spicy habanero pepper jack cheese filled omelet. It was the perfect quick and easy low carb meal. I forgot how much I loved having "breakfast for dinner", also known as "brinner". I snapped a couple of quick photos below. Enjoy!


Saturday, April 9, 2016

Cheeseburger Salad - Easy Low Carb

Today was a busy day running errands and working on projects around the house. It was a beautiful bright and sunny day, but quite windy and chilly for April. For dinner this evening we kept it simple. We grilled burgers. I enjoyed mine on top of a big salad. I topped my burger with 2 slices of Boars Head 3-Pepper Colby Jack cheese. I love that cheese; it's nice and spicy. I added a couple of sliced pickles on top and a squeeze of mustard. It was so good and super quick and easy. I snapped a quick photo below. Enjoy!


Friday, April 8, 2016

Friday Night Pizza - Pepperoni & Peppers on Cheese Head Crust

This evening I made pizza for dinner. I used my Cheese Head Pizza Crust and topped it with Muir Glen Organic Pizza Sauce, shredded mozzarella, pepperoni and thinly sliced mini peppers. It turned out great. I spread the dough out with a rubber spatula after drizzling about 1 tablespoon of oil on top of the dough. It was much less messy than pressing the dough out with oiled hands. I snapped a few photos below. The recipe for the crust can be found here: Cheese Head Pizza Crust. Enjoy!


Thursday, April 7, 2016

Italian Style Sloppy Joes (Giuseppe's) - Low Carb

This evening I prepared cheese tortelloni for hubby and my brother (they aren't wheat free). Rather than make zucchini pasta to put my spicy meat sauce on, I decided to use my leftover Parmesan Biscuits to make a mini Italian Style Sloppy Joe instead. I browned a package of ground sirloin, then poured on a jar of DelGrosso's Fireworks Sauce and a couple pinches of red pepper flakes and simmered it uncovered for about 20 minutes. I split a Parmesan biscuit in half and spooned the thick spicy meat sauce on top along with some shredded Parmigiano Reggiano. I enjoyed it alongside a big green salad topped with cherry tomatoes and Cello's Whisps (crispy wafers made with 100% Parmesan) that I picked up at Costco. They are light, crisp, and crunchy like croutons and packed with delicious Parmesan flavor. Some low carb folks like to make their own cheese crisps by baking little spoonfuls of shredded Parmesan on a silicone baking mat or parchment paper. I snapped a few photos below. There are so many simple and creative ways to stay grain free even when others in your household are not without having to make completely separate meals for everyone. I snapped a couple photos below. Enjoy!


Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Greek Spinach Feta Pie - Low Carb & Gluten Free

This evening I made one of my all time favorites; Greek Style Spinach Feta Pie. I used to love making and eating Spanakopita that's made with phyllo pastry dough. After I went wheat and grain free almost 4 years ago, I created this recipe so I could still enjoy all the flavors, minus the wheat. My brother (who claims he doesn't like veggies), particularly if they are green, actually ate and enjoyed it for the first time! I'm looking forward to having leftovers for lunch tomorrow. To get to the recipe, click here: Greek Style Spinach Feta Pie. I snapped a couple photos of tonight's dinner below. Enjoy!


Monday, April 4, 2016

Grilled Shish Kebab Salad - Easy Low Carb Leftovers

This evening we had Grilled Shish Kebab Salads made by using the leftover grilled kebab meat, onions, red, yellow, and orange bell peppers (I used the chicken kebabs and the guys used the beef kebabs). It was the perfect way to use up our leftovers and it was a quick and easy meal that changes it up a bit. I'm looking forward to using leftover grilled foods on top of salads the next day during the upcoming hot summer nights. Last week we enjoyed Steak & Cheese Salads with leftover grilled steak. I love to purchase the baby heads of artisan romaine lettuce (by Tanimura and Antle) at Costco because they stay fresh and one small head cut up makes a nice main dish salad or 2 smaller side salads. I snapped a few photos below. Enjoy!


Sunday, April 3, 2016

Grilled Shish Kebabs - Our Belated Easter Dinner

This evening we enjoyed Grilled Shish Kebabs for dinner (I made both beef and chicken). It turned out delicious. I used my basic marinade recipe (fresh lemon juice, olive oil, rosemary, garlic, salt and black pepper) but also added about 1 teaspoon Turkish Seasoning and 1 teaspoon Aleppo Pepper (from Penzey's Spices) and 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano. I let it marinate all day long in Ziploc bags; it turned out great. I made a huge batch of kebabs (using 4 pounds of steak, 5 pounds of chicken breast, 7 large multi-colored bell peppers and 1 large sweet onion) because the whole family got together to celebrate our Easter dinner that we missed out on last weekend because we were busy moving my brother here to Atlanta. It was a beautiful day to cook outside. My brother also smoked a Boston butt all day long to make pulled pork. I made jasmine rice for the family to eat with their kebabs (I ate mine as is). I also made a batch of my Parmesan biscuits. The basic marinade recipe I like to use is here: Grilled Shish Kebab (for beef, chicken or lamb). The recipe for the Parmesan Biscuits is here: Parmesan Biscuits. I snapped some photos below. Enjoy!