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Garden Vegetable Spaghetti Sauce

Garden Vegetable Spaghetti Sauce

The best part of summer is all the fresh vegetables. You can find the most flavorful squash and zucchini at your grocery stores or farmer’s markets during the summer months. This spaghetti sauce highlights summer vegetables in an easy to make meal.

I love vegetables. Don’t you?

Garden Vegetable Spaghetti Sauce Recipe

Spaghetti sauces are a fun family meal that everyone enjoys.

This is a flexible recipe too. You can add your favorite vegetables.

This tomato sauce recipe may be an easy way to get your pickiest eaters to try some new foods. By chopping up the vegetables into small pieces and your kids won’t even know they are eating a new food. read more

Easy Baked Chicken Fajita Salad

low carb baked chicken fajita salad

 Easy Baked Chicken Fajita Salad

It is no stretch of the imagination to say that we LOVE Mexican food. I could eat it every week and it would not get old. I craved so much Mexican food while I was pregnant with both of my girls. When I was dealing with Gestational Diabetes, I had to be very careful of not indulging in the rice, beans, and tortillas. These Easy Baked Chicken Fajita Salads became a staple meal for us.

I saw several recipes floating around Pinterest before I decided to make it myself and tweak it into my own recipe. These are quite healthy too. Garlic and Cayenne are wonderful spices for your health and help you detox. read more

Crock Pot Creamy Chicken Mushroom Casserole

crockpot creamy mushroom chicken casserole

 

Crock Pot Creamy Chicken Mushroom Casserole

 

This is a total comfort food post here… I made this dish trying to recreate a dish I used to make for my husband that used cream of soup yuckiness. I was so excited with how yummy and wonderful this casserole came out using real ingredients to make the sauce. It was so easy to make to, because you use your slow cooker to do all the work.

This Creamy Chicken Mushroom Casserole is fairly low carb. I used Joseph’s pita bread for the topping. If you need to be gluten free, I would use gluten free bread crumbs. read more

Low Carb Broccoli Tuna Casserole Bake

 

Low Carb Broccoli Tuna Casserole Bake

This Low Carb Broccoli Tuna Casserole Bake is a special request for my dad. He loves tuna casseroles and is really trying to eat healthier these days along with our whole family. I made a similar recipe for Thanksgiving that was just a broccoli casserole. This adds in some great protein from the tuna (or salmon) to get good Omega-3 fatty acids into your diet.

I love broccoli. I love it in casseroles, in stir-fries, and as a simple side dish. Broccoli is so healthy for your too, full of vitamins and minerals. read more

Turkey Curry on Pita Bread

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Turkey Curry on Pita Bread

Adam and I love Indian food. We love the flavors of curry with stir fries and soups. I love this Turkey Curry on Pita Bread because, it is simple enough to throw together and serve with a side salad on a busy night. It is also easy to warm up for a lunch. We have been making this recipe for several years now and we still love when it makes its way on the meal plan.

Curry and turmeric are wonderful spices for your health as well. Turmeric is a great spice for detoxing your liver. Curry has been shown to help with blood sugar control, has anticancer properties, helps manage cholesterol levels, and also helps to detox.

 

If you don’t have curry, here is a recipe for making your own curry spice mix.

Also, Check out this  recipe for making your own Pita Breads at home. 

I really love that this meal is a one skillet meal basically. You start with browning your meat, then cook down your vegetables. Next, add some spices and Tada! Dinner is served.

You can warm your pita breads in the oven wrapped in a towel while you are cooking your meal.

 

 

If you love Indian Food, check out my Crock Pot Chicken Curry.  It is a quick to throw together meal, then you just let it cook all day. Perfect for a weeknight.

 What are your favorite Indian Dishes?

 

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Healthy Chicken a la King

healthy chicken a la king

Healthy Chicken a la King

 

I had a reader ask for a request recipe makeover: Chicken a la King. I felt up to the challenge to make this dish healthy. So I pulled out my Roshto Family Cookbook and found our family recipe. 

Chicken a la King Family recipe

It looked fairly simple overall. I did some digging online and looked at Food Network’s recipe and Allrecipes. Every Chicken a la King recipe I found was different.

The key ingredients seemed to be chicken, mushrooms, onions in a creamy seasoned sauce. Some recipes served with pasta while others served with biscuits.

First I needed to cook my chicken. I melted 2 tablespoons of butter in my pan and placed the raw chicken breast in the pan to cook. I cooked on each side for a few minutes to make sure it was cooked through. This took about 20 minutes total.

Chicken a la King Family recipe

While the chicken was cooking, I got my other ingredients together. I chopped my onion, mushrooms, and shredded my squash in my food processor (to eat along with the chicken a la king).

Healthy Chicken a la King Family recipe

 

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Once the chicken was cooked, I pulled it out of my skillet to chop. I added to the skillet my onion, bell peppers and mushrooms to saute. There was about a 1/2 cup of chicken broth and butter left in the pan. I also pulled out my spices: pepper, cayenne, salt, thyme, nutmeg, and parsley.

 

Healthy Chicken a la King Family recipe

After all the vegetables were tender, I added in the cream cheese and spices.

Healthy Chicken a la King Family recipe

To make the cream sauce, I decided to use cream cheese and some broth and butter that was still in the pan from the chicken and vegetables cooking. I used just a little glucomannan to help thicken the sauce, but it really is optional.

Here is my kitchen tip: Since with glucomannan you really need to sprinkle it over your dishes, I added mine into an empty stevia shaker. You could use any shaker that has small holes. this allows you to easily add glucomannan to your dishes in a controlled fashion (instead of one big blob).  If you are out of glucomannan, this is the one I use!

Healthy Chicken a la King Family recipe

 

Once your sauce is ready, add your chicken back to the skillet and stir in.

Healthy Chicken a la King Family recipe

To make the cream sauce, I decided to use cream cheese and some broth and butter that was still in the pan from the chicken and vegetables cooking. I used just a little glucomannan to help thicken the sauce, but it really is optional.

I served this with shredded squash and broccoli. You could also make some biscuits to go along with the Chicken a la King.

Healthy chicken a la king

healthy chicken a la king

 

 We enjoyed the squash “noodles” and broccoli. What do you serve your Chicken a la King with?

 

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Cheeseburger Cauliflower Casserole

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Cheeseburger Cauliflower Casserole

As a kid, I loved eating Mac and Cheese. During the summer, my brother and me would live off of mac and cheese and grilled cheese sandwiches. This recipe is low carb and gluten free which makes it the perfect substitution for my childhood cravings.

We love cauliflower at our house. It is one vegetable that you can make into almost anything. I saw a recipe recently using cauliflower to make a cheese sauce that looked amazing.

This recipe uses a different ingredient called Glucomannan. I use it fairly often for thickening sauces. You can omit it if you don’t have any or check out my store and order some. Learn more about Glucomannan here. 

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I keep my glucomannan in a little shaker to make it easier to add to dishes.

This Cheeseburger Cauliflower Casserole is a good recipe to add to your weeknight rotations. It is quick and easy to throw together.

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cheeseburger cauliflower casserole main

 

This has been linked up to Sweet and Savory Sunday  and Trim Healthy Tuesdays  and Allergy Free Wednesdays 

Low Carb Philly Cheesesteak Casserole

 

Low Carb Philly Cheesesteak Casserole

 

I have really been craving the flavors of a Cheesesteak lately. I got the idea of doing a spin off of a Philly Cheesesteak after seeing Peace Love and Low Carb’s Stuffed Philly Cheesesteak Peppers. For my family, the idea of a casserole just works better for some meals. I decided to try my hand at making a Low Carb Philly Cheesesteak Casserole.

 

We don’t normally shop at Walmart… but we found ourselves there on a Friday night after going to Hobby Lobby (they are right  next to each other). I was wanting to make something quick for dinner that I could throw together without much fuss. read more

No Roux Chicken Sausage Gumbo

low carb, no roux, gluten free gumbo

 

No Roux Chicken Sausage Gumbo

Gluten Free, Low Carb

I have mentioned before, that I am a born and raised Louisiana Girl. You can take the girl out of Louisiana, but you can’t take Louisiana out of the girl! In Louisiana, when the weather gets cold (that one night, ha), everyone cooks a huge pot of gumbo to warm themselves. Our gumbo is full of chicken and sausage, and the trinity (onions, bell peppers, and celery). 

What makes this gumbo so special is that it doesn’t use a roux to thicken. Rouxs are made from cooking flour in butter and then basically making a very thick soup from that gravy. What I used as my thickening agent is glucomannan. I love glucomannan so much for thickening up my foods. I use it in milkshakes, puddings, whipped cream, cakes, and now my gumbo! I buy it from Amazon.

no roux chicken sausage gumbo #glutenfree #lowcarb

We also serve our gumbo with rice and potato salad. If I’m trying to keep my blood sugar stable, neither of these are going to work with my gumbo. So I had to improvise. First I made rice using cauliflower. Cauliflower rice is pretty easy to make if you have a food processor.

no roux chicken sausage gumbo #glutenfree #lowcarb

I’m not sure what I would do without my food processor. I use it almost every day now! I shred cheese using it to save money (and avoid the fillers that are added to pre-shredded cheese). I use it for making riced cauliflower and for processing my radishes in my Faux Potato Salad. 

no roux chicken sausage gumbo #glutenfree #lowcarb

For the Faux Potato Salad Click here. 

low carb potato salad, radish salad, low carb gumbo

 


Slow Cooker Italian Meatballs and Spinach

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Slow Cooker Italian Meatballs and Spinach

This crockpot meatball dinner is sure to be a hit at your dinner table. It is hearty and full flavored for filling your appetite. My husband said it was the perfect dinner for a winter night.

The inspiration came from the grocery store. I was shopping this past weekend and I saw these chicken and mozzarella Italian meatballs that were all natural at Krogers. They were Aidelle’s brand. I was really impressed with the ingredients and they were perfectly low carb for a satisfying dinner.

Creamy Spinach and Meatballs

I really wanted to pair these with a creamy sauce. I wasn’t sure starting off what vegetables I wanted to match with the Italian and cheese flavors. Then it finally came to me: Spinach!

I love spinach in a creamy sauce. This is a really flavorful and deep full flavored sauce that goes great with spinach. We ate the creamy meatballs and spinach over cauliflower mash and served aside some mixed low carb vegetables.

This will certainly be a repeat meal for us during the winter. The creamy meatballs cook in the slow cooker, so there is no hassle at dinner time and easy clean up too!

Low Carb Slowcooker Spinach and Meatballs

Trim Healthy Mama’s: This Recipe is considered a Satisfying dinner because it is low in carbs, but does have some fat.

Here is the recipe for you to enjoy!

 

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