Low-carb carbonara?

First off, happy Independence Day!

My schedule made it necessary to celebrate a few days early — and I did it by trying one of the Chicklets’ recipes.

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Kale Chips

I can’t believe this just happened. I was in the kitchen, testing out the kale chips recipe, when my 16 year old walked in and saw the bag on the counter.
“Kale! What’s kale?” he shrieked.
I said, “I’m making kale chips. Want to try some?”
He reached into the bag and ate a leaf. To that point, I’d only sniffed it. I was a little iffy when I noticed the bag said “A bold and bittersweet flavor.” It made me think of broccoli rabe, which is bitter and a very acquired taste. It took me a while to learn to like it but I do, so long as it’s smothered in garlic and/or cheese.
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Why don’t you just eat a salad?

Strawberry SaladFew questions get a chubby chicklet like me up in arms like that one.

Does salad-eating magically melt away extra pounds? As if!

Then again, maybe it’s just me. Salad and I have always had a rocky relationship: Eating like a bunny makes me want to stab one … or anything cute and cuddly (the Boyfriend had better watch out, eh?).

The key to salads I can stand is flavor. If a salad is packed with flavor, I don’t mind downing mass quantities of greens. The fiesta in my mouth tricks my brain into thinking I’m eating something more satisfying than a simple salad. Continue reading

Guest Mona Karel: Low Carb Green Chile Cheese Cauliflower Bread

We’re so glad to welcome back our low-carb cooking friend, Mona Karel! Yay! She’s giving herself a break from writing her next book. Don’t take too long of a break, Mona; your awesome stories won’t write themselves. 😉 Chicklets readers, you should check out her website where she shares more low-carb recipes such as her baked zucchini cheese sticks and her amazing chocolate fudge!

Anyone who has embarked on low carb eating has heard about cauliflower cheese “bread,” which also serves well as a crust for pizza.   With my new found appreciation for the white stuff, I’ve tried and enjoyed several of these recipes.  This being the land of the green chile and me being who I am of course I had to make some adjustments.  After much gluttony sacrifice in the search for the perfect green chile cheese bread, I do believe I’ve come up with something that works. Continue reading

Cucumber Salad

I thought about it for a little while (all right… it was only a couple of seconds… I thought about what I had in my refrigerator and went from there) and decided I’d delve into the dank, mystical corridors of the cucumber salad.

Now, I’ve always loved this salad. It’s a refreshing dish that is light and palate cleansing. I’ve only seen it done in one restaurant, namely the California Grill on top of the Contemporary Hotel on the Walt Disney World property, overlooking the Magic Kingdom. The salad is usually served with one or two of the most excellent sushi dishes prepared by Yoshi… I wish I had a picture of it somewhere in my archives, but… oh wait! There it is! Continue reading