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Grandma Denny's From-Scratch Ranch-Style Vegetable Dip (Reduced Fat or Regular Version)


My Grandma was making Grandma Denny's From Scratch Ranch Style Vegetable Dip long before I heard of Ranch Dressing!

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!

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


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

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.

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! 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?

Easy Turkey Chili with Peppers, Mushrooms, and Olives (Low-Carb, Gluten-free)


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

Italian Sausage and Kale Soup Recipe with Whole Wheat Orzo (or broken spaghetti)


I love this Italian Sausage and Kale Soup with Whole Wheat Orzo.  If you don't have orzo, use some broken piece of whole wheat spaghetti!

Southwestern Crustless Breakfast Tarts Recipe (Low-Carb, Gluten-Free)


Southwestern Crustless Breakfast Tarts are perfect for a low-carb breakfast! You might remember a few months back how I bought a new tart pan that inspired me to create Crustless Breakfast Tarts with Mushrooms and Goat Cheese.  Since then I've had fun experimenting with breakfast tart ideas, and these Southwestern Crustless Breakfast Tarts were an absolute winner.  The tarts have roasted red and yellow peppers, green onions, a pinch of cumin, Spike Seasoning, Mexican blend cheese, and a little sour cream stirred into the egg for a creamy texture.

Swiss Chard, Mozzarella, and Feta Egg Bake (Low-Carb, Gluten-Free)


This Swiss Chard, Mozzarella, and Feta Egg Bake is a delicious way to start the day with a healthy serving of vegetables.

Low-Carb Pepperoni Pizza Chicken Bake (Gluten-Free)


When you need some low-carb comfort food, try this Pepperoni Pizza Chicken Bake!

20+ Deliciously Healthy Low-Carb Casserole Recipes


This collection has all my favorite Ideas for Low-Carb Casserole Recipes! I grew up eating casseroles, but back then the word casserole meant a dish that had meat, rice or pasta, onions, and some kind of canned soup.  When I started along the path of more carb-conscious eating (nearly ten years ago!

Meet Kara, and Things I'm Thinking About on Tuesday (1-13-15)


Introducing my niece Kara, who helps me test the recipes so I know they'll work perfectly for you! I'm not sure why I've been so slow to share a photo of my gorgeous niece Kara, who's been cooking with me for close to a year now.  I guess mostly it's that when she comes to cook, we're focused on photographing the food and not taking a picture of her.  But a few weeks ago Kara's mom (my sister Pam) retired, and at the party I shot a good photo of Kara to share with you!

Low-Carb Pepperoni Pizza Chicken Bake (Gluten-Free)


When you need some low-carb comfort food, try this Pepperoni Pizza Chicken Bake! This new recipe for Low-Carb Pepperoni Pizza Chicken Bake is my gift to everyone who's been carefully watching what they eat during January and is now craving something that qualifies as comfort food.  And although nothing might be quite as comforting as real pepperoni pizza, this dish is completely delicious and definitely scratches that pizza itch with something that's also low in carbs.  (And if January is getting a little long, you can find more low-carb comfort food here.) I made this a couple of times with my nephew Jake to get it just right.  The first time we didn't reduce the pizza sauce and the dish was too watery.  We also tried it first with turkey pepperoni, which was fine if that's what you prefer, but this recipe doesn't take a lot of pepperoni and the full-fat pepperoni definitely crisped up a lot better.  (It also adds more fat to the dish, but most of that fat is left in the bottom of the dish; if that's an issue for you I'd go with the turkey pepperoni.)  We did use part-skim Mozzarella, which was perfect.

Beefy and Cheesy Low-Carb Green Chile Bake (Gluten-Free)


Beefy and Cheesy Low-Carb Green Chile Bake is a low-carb casserole recipe the whole family will enjoy!

Baked Eggs in Canadian Bacon Cups (Low-Carb, Gluten-Free)


Baked Eggs in Canadian Bacon Cups is a fun idea for a low-carb breakfast! This recipe for Baked Eggs in Canadian Bacon Cups came about when I was hit with of those spontaneous creative cooking urges that pop into my mind, inspired by a package of Canadian bacon I'd purchased from Costco.   I thought this was such a fun breakfast idea, and Canadian bacon is low in fat so it makes a healthy breakfast that would be appealing to kids as well as nice to to serve for guests.  I ate mine with a piece of whole-wheat toast to dip into the egg yolk, but if you wanted a low-carb or gluten-free breakfast idea this would also be delicious without the toast.

Fruity Lentil Salad with Persimmon, Apple, and Avocado (and Ten More Meatless Salad Ideas with Persimmons)


The combination of lentils + fruit really worked in this Fruity Lentil Salad with Persimmon, Apple, and Avocado!

Slow Cooker Cauliflower Rice Greek Chicken Bowl (Low-Carb, Gluten-Free, Can Be Paleo)


Shredded Slow Cooker Greek Lemon Chicken is served over Cauliflower Rice and topped with Greek Salsa.

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Avocados and Pecans (Low-Carb, Gluten-Free, Paleo)


Roasted Brussels sprouts are already amazing, and they get kicked up a notch with avocado and pecans!

Low-Carb Mushroom, Green Pepper, and Feta Breakfast Casserole (Gluten-Free, Meatless)


Make this Low-Carb Mushroom, Green Pepper, and Feta Breakast Casserole on the weekend and eat it all week!

Delicata Squash and Sausage Gratin (Gluten-Free)


Delicata Squash and Sausage Gratin also has green bell pepper and cheese, and it's delicious. I'm developing an obsession with Delicata Squash, so forgive me for a minute while I rave on about this delicious user-friendly variety of squash.  And if you're wondering how a squash can be user-friendly, it's because you can eat the skin of Delicata squash, unlike other winter squash varieties!


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