No-Carb “Bread”

So “bread” is going out on a limb for these guys, but they *are* pretty good.  As someone who craves bread, I don’t think that they make a great substitute, but they were good as replacement flatbread for dipping, etc., and we also thought that a very flavorful burger would do well with them.  I think if you added some herbs or a little cheese, they make good snacks – they’re pretty tasty on their own.  They also could make a decent crepe substitute with some berries, etc.  This recipe is all over the interwebs, but I believe I got them from somewhere on All Recipes.

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Salmon with Basil Cream Sauce

In my epic quest to use up all the basil we’re growing, I made a cream sauce and froze it a few weeks ago…so most of the recipe is that.  But it was excellent over baked salmon filets.  I served this some sauteed squash from our CSA, and a cucumber and white bean salad.  The sauce was fantastic…glad we have more in the freezer.  That said, if you make this, freeze in SMALL portions – a little goes a very long way.  This would do well with chicken or roasted veggies as well.

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Greek-style Lamb Burgers

What can I say…this one may have become one of our absolute favorites!  Hugely flavorful for not a lot of effort.  In my low-carb recipe idea search, I saw a pita-less gyro, and that gave me the idea to do a lamb burger over a Greek salad.  We topped the burger with some not-quite-tzatziki and it was delicious.  I used a Bon Appetit recipe for this, and made no changes.  Great as-is.  I kept the salad on the lower-cal side by cutting the oil substantially when I made the dressing.  We definitely didn’t miss it.

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Cucumber Yogurt Sauce

I want to call it tzatziki, but it’s kind of a cross between that and raita…which was exactly like the recipe from Chow said it would be.  Excellent with our Greek lamb burgers and salad, and will also make a yummy veggie dip later.  We were fans and will reuse.  You could definitely serve this as a dip rather than a topping/sauce. Good use of the zillions of CSA cukes we have. 🙂  I found I had to be pretty generous with the salt to brighten it up.

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Lettuce Wrap Turkey Tacos

This was a great, low carb idea I got from Skinnytaste.  I have home-mixed taco seasoning, and that was perfect to spice up the a ground turkey a bit.  We really loved this, and since neither of us is a huge fan of taco shells, we actually preferred the lettuce!  Pretty quick and easy for a weeknight meal, too.  Top with any of your favorites – a little reduced fat cheese and sour cream helped temper the heat a bit.   I serve this with Mexican-style black beans.

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Mexican-style Black Beans

For an easy side dish with any Latin or Mexican-style dish, this is a fun one.  We made this to go with lettuce wrap tacos, but it also would do well on its own as a filling for a taco, etc. I usually cut a bit of the chili – a little goes a long way with the beans, I feel.  It also makes excellent leftovers, and is a bit less heavy than doing rice and black beans (another favorite of mine).   I love a little cotija cheese sprinkled over them as well. 🙂

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Stuffed Peppers (Lower Carb)

We are trying our hand at low-carb, and so far so good.  As far as main dishes go for us, it’s not too bad – we don’t eat much pasta.  But rice, starchy veg, and my beloved pretzels and beer…well, there’s no substitute for the latter, but it’s surprisingly easy to do without the former.  This is a stuffed pepper that we concocted using vegetables instead of rice mixed in with the turkey and our homemade roasted red pepper tomato sauce.  It was quite good, and the leftovers make for easy lunches.

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