Italian Rice Balls was one of my favorite side dishes my mom would make growing up. Many recipes call for all of these different ingredients packed inside the rice balls, but my mom always made them with just cheese and spinach inside. Although they were so simple, they had so much flavor and were absolutely delicious. I decided to put a healthy spin on it by using Riced Cauliflower and my handy dandy Air Fryer to have that crispy goodness for about 50 less grams of carbs. Let me tell you, these things were DAAAAMN good!
Zucchini Boats with a Turkey Bolognese Sauce
So coming from a big Italian family, Pasta and Sauce was our dinner about twice a week, and then leftovers whenever we wanted. After having the Sleeve Gastrectomy surgery, the key to the weight loss diet is High Protein, low carb. Obviously pasta doesn’t exactly fit that criteria. Zucchini has become a popular pasta replacements because it really absorbs the flavors of the sauce. making zucchini noodles is always a good option, but these Zucchini Boats are a great vessel to soak up all the flavors from this DELICIOUS Turkey Bolognese Sauce!
Taco Stuffed Bell Peppers
Tacos. Tacos. Tacos. Is there anyone who doesn’t love Tacos?! Whether it’s build your own taco night for family dinner, or those crazy nights that always ended with you hungover at Taco Bell at 2am (admit it, we have all had those), Tacos and their iconic flavors are just one of those foods you can never get tired of. Is there anything not to like about Tacos?- Actually yes, a Taco contains an average of about 21 grams of carbs… that’s no bueno… But these healthy, low-carb Taco Stuffed Bell Peppers will make you forget that you have ever wanted that soft shell in the first place!
Cauliflower English Muffins
Cauliflower is such a versatile vegetable. Due to it’s mellow flavor, it’s a great blank canvas to build up bold flavors for any recipe. Whoever first discovered that it acts as the perfect carb replacement deserves one hell of an award. These Cauliflower English Muffins are a great low-carb gluten free substitute for buns and rolls, and even just on its own as a side dish.
My favorite way to eat these is cutting them in half, and toasting them insides down in a pan, and adding an egg white and some turkey bacon for an amazing low-carb breakfast sandwich that is a sure way to give you that energy boost we all so desperately need in the morning. And they’re SO SIMPLE to make! I am sure you will love these!
Asian Sesame Chicken Salad
Panera has been one of my go-to places when ordering out just because of their healthy menu, there is much less temptation. I fell in LOVE with their Asian Sesame Chicken Salad. After realizing how much money I was spending every week ordering lunch, I decided that it was time to just make it myself. After a few tries, I finally got a recipe that tastes just as good, if not better! — A DELICIOUS salad of romaine lettuce, slivered almonds, Asian style marinated grilled chicken, crispy wonton strips, and all topped with a sweet and pungent sesame vinaigrette dressing.