Meatballs are the most versatile use of the ground meats, in my humble opinion. Meatballs come in about a billion different varieties, they freeze well, you can put sauce on them…what’s not to love? The only potential downfall is most include some kind of bread product as the binder. Not so great for those cutting carbs or who need to be gluten-free. This is my recipe for grain-free low- carb Italian Style Turkey Meatballs.
The 89th Academy Awards are this Sunday, the 26th! This is one of my favorite nights of the year. I love to do it up; formal dress and heels, hair and make-up, the works. Then I host a fancy dinner party for our closest friends with an elaborate multiple course menu.
Just kidding….actually my girlfriends come over and we lay around in yoga pants and drink a lot of wine. While eating copious amounts of snacks and judging beautiful celebrities. I also make Mr. Cluster and the kids stay in the basement the whole time. The Oscars are his idea of torture, making it the perfect occasion for a girls’ night. Traditionally everyone brings an appetizer or dessert to share and we try to guess the winners in each category. Sadly I think the only nominated movies I’ve seen this year are in the Animated Feature Film category (thanks kids!). But that doesn’t really matter. It’s more about getting together with friends and quite honestly…the snacks.
Sunny Paris Salmon is one of our absolute favorite meals. It is so quick and easy that it’s a frequent week night meal, but it’s also fancy enough for guests.
Salmon is definitely one of my freezer staples. There are so many ways to prepare it, but this version has been our favorite for a while now. It takes all of 5 minutes to put together and only uses 4 ingredients, earning it a spot in the weekly rotation on the regular.
The key ingredient in this dish is Penzey’s Sunny Paris seasoning. I love their spice blends and we are fortunate to live close to an actual Penzey’s store. I could spend all day in there and Sunny Paris is one I stock up on when I visit. If you’re like me it’s easy to drop some serious bucks on spices, but this is one I feel is worth the price. I get the big jar.
The topping for this salmon is just mayo, parmesan and the seasoning. Sunny Paris is salt-free but the parmesan adds plenty of salty flavor, so I don’t think it’s necessary to season the salmon first. Mix the topping together and spread it over the fish. Bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes (or until cooked through, depending on the thickness of your fillets). Done and done, with dinner on the table in less than 30 minutes.
Salmon is a fattier fish and pretty filling, so I generally just serve this with a side of roasted veggies. One serving of this salmon comes out to 8 WW SmartPoints and 0 net carbs.
It’s Slow Cooker Sunday here today and that means chili in our house. It’s oddly warm for February but still cloudy and drab. Welcome to the midwest. This is the perfect comfort food recipe for a dreary day.
There are so many different kinds of chili and people definitely have strong preferences as to their favorites. This version keeps the WW points low by using turkey and lean ground beef, and the carbs on the lower end by leaving out the beans.
Even though there are only 4 of us in our family (and my kids don’t really care for chili yet), I still often make large batches in my slow cooker. It’s great to freeze and re-heat on busy days when I don’t have time or feel like cooking.
The ingredient list looks a bit long, but the recipe is simple. It’s really just browning the meat, chopping the veggies and then dumping everything together in the slow cooker. This is the Crock-Pot I use now (I’ve had many) and I really like it. I have the fun red color and the handles are a must if you ever bring food to pot-lucks, tailgates, etc.
This is also a great recipe for feeding a crowd, because….toppings. The add-ons are my favorite thing about chili. It’s fun to make a little topping bar and let everyone dress up their own. Cheese, sour cream, avocado or guacamole, tortilla chips, cilantro, hot sauce; there are so many possibilities. Mine usually ends up with an embarrassing ratio of toppings to chili, but that’s not important. Enjoy!
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Today I’m sharing my favorite way to use up those sad wilting vegetables hiding in your fridge. You know you have some. But fear not, you can make this creamy low carb, zero-smartpoint vegetable soup with basically whatever you have lingering in there. It’s also gluten-free, grain-free, and vegan, seriously it’s just vegetables. And uses two of my favorite kitchen gadgets, the Instant Pot and an immersion blender.
It’s the day before Valentine’s Day and as of 4 p.m. I had no idea what kind of valentines the kids would be bringing to school. Normally this is the sort of thing I’d be all over, but this year I was totally uninspired and nobody had professed any specific wishes in terms of themes or treats. I also waited until the last minute to procure the snacks I signed up to send in for a class party, so…..off I trudged to the grocery store.
I love a good biscuit but so do not have the patience to make the roll out kind. Not to mention that traditional biscuits have about a zillion calories and carbs with almost zero nutritional redemption. That’s probably why they’re so freaking delicious.