Eggs, eggs, eggs!

Seems like eggs are a staple of the low carb lifestyle.  At least at first. It’s pretty easy to get sick of eggs, however.  I know I fell into the habit of having eggs nearly every morning when I first started eating more healthy and pretty quickly got sick of them.  The problem is I didn’t have much of an imagination of what eggs could be besides over-easy, scrambled or boiled.

Thankfully, eggs are extremely versatile as well as healthy and quick.  So I compiled some recipes for you to enjoy. Makes eating eggs more enjoyable again but also gives some variety in the way you enjoy them!

1. Deviled Eggs

low carb keto eggs devlied
https://www.ketovale.com/recipe/keto-deviled-eggs/

These low carb deviled are basic but super delicious at the same time.  If you’ve already got a bunch of hard boiled eggs sitting in your fridge already, then making these up should be fast.  To add an extra bit of juiciness, top with a bit of crumbled bacon!  These make the perfect lunchtime meal or the most popular dish at your next summer potluck or picnic!

2. Egg Salad

low carb keto egg salad recipe
https://www.idratherbeachef.com/the-best-egg-salad-recipe/

Again, another basic egg salad recipe.  But I have to say usually the basic is not only the fastest way to go but also the tastiest!  The great thing about egg salad is that there are so many things you can do with it.  You can eat it as is.  Eat it on a bed of salad greens for that extra bit of roughage.  Put in a fathead bun or whole wheat pita and you have a great lunch time meal!

3.  Avocado Egg Salad

low carb keto avocado egg salad
https://lifemadeketo.com/avocado-egg-salad/

This is one of my personally favorite ways to eat egg salad.  I love the combination of the creaminess of the avocado but the tanginess that mayo gives it as well.  I love topping my salads with this and just chowing down.

4. Cobb Salad

low carb keto cobb salad
https://www.lowcarbmaven.com/chicken-cobb-salad-with-cobb-salad-dressing/

You know when you get down to the last part of the pay period?  Like the last three or four days before payday?  You know you’ve got all that lovely sandwich meat, salad greens, avocados, and bacon sitting in the fridge that needs to get eaten but you’re not sure what to do with it all?  I introduce the Cobb Salad.  Look at all that deliciousness in the same bowl?  This recipe does include a suggestion for particular salad dressings, I’d say use what you have on hand.  I’m pretty sure anything would taste good.  Goodness, even just eating this without dressing would taste good as well!

Now that I’ve given my list of favorites, I’m curious to know what your favorite ways to eat eggs is.  Let me know down in the comments!  And in case you’re cool with eggs but not sure what else you could do with breakfast, my 8 Ways to Healthy Oatmeal can give you another few ideas to make breakfast time less boring and oh so delicious!

 

Creamy Chicken and Broccoli

I get it.  Kids don’t  like to eat their vegetables.  Mine act like I’m asking them to eat dirt anytime dinner is served with a veg.  I find, however, that if the vegetables are covered in something yummy, say a cream sauce, then they are more likely to give it a try.  Its why this recipe for Creamy Chicken and Broccoli is so great.  The creamy sauce not only makes the chicken taste divine but it also gives the broccoli enough flavor your kids may actually eat it!

low carb paleo keto creamy chicken and broccoli on a plate

Another great thing about this recipe is the fact that you get all the creaminess that makes chicken taste so good but its fast and easy without having to use garbage ingredients that you find in most ‘cream of’ soups.  In fact, I’m willing to bet you won’t miss it at all because of how awesome this tastes.  You replace the canned soup with wholesome stuff like cream, butter, chicken broth and spices.  And don’t worry about messing up the sauce.  Its practically foolproof.  You throw it in, you let it simmer for a few minutes and wha-la!  Dinner is served.

Your mouth not watering yet?  How about some pizza instead?  My No Carb Dish Pizza is sure to please even the pickiest eaters!

Creamy Chicken and Broccoli
Serves 5
Creamy low carb dinner with chicken and broccoli.
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
30 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
30 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 lbs chicken breast
  2. 1 tsp minced garlic
  3. 1/2 medium onion, diced
  4. 4 tbsp. butter
  5. 1 c chicken stock
  6. 1/2 c heavy cream
  7. 1 tbsp dried parsley
  8. 1/2 tsp paprika
  9. 1/4 tsp xanthan gum
  10. S&P to taste
Instructions
  1. In large skillet, melt butter then saute chicken, garlic and onion until chicken is cooked through. Remove from skillet and set aside.
  2. Add broth, cream, xanthan gum, parsley, paprika, salt and pepper. Bring to a slow boil and simmer until just starting to thicken.
  3. Return chicken to skillet and add package of frozen broccoli. Stir until everything is well coated and then simmer until broccoli is warmed.
Adapted from Best Recipe Box
Adapted from Best Recipe Box
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Lemon Chicken Zucchini Skillet

Simple.  Easy.  Tasty.  Sound familiar?  It should since that’s practically the name of my blog.  It’s the whole reason I started it.  I wanted to follow a low carb lifestyle and I needed recipes that not only tasted good but were quick to make.  I belonged to an immensely supportive group on Facebook for people following the South Beach Diet as described in Dr. Agaston’s original books.  Pamela Bongers had a brilliant recipe that I loved.  The adaption of her one skillet dinner, Lemon Chicken Zucchini Skillet, follows all these principles.  It takes less than 30 minutes to make.  The ingredients are simple and easy to throw together.  And it tastes amazing!

lemon chicken zucchini

The secret ingredients to this dish’s amazingness are the lemon and the butter.  You sauté the zucchini, onions and garlic in the butter and it gives that sweet savory flavor you crave at dinnertime.  Then you throw in a little fresh lemon juice and lemon zest and it gives it a zippy fresh flavor that rounds out the meal.  Your family will wonder why you don’t make it more often.

zucchini and onions

Depending on the type of low carb lifestyle you follow, like paleo, keto or some of the others, some really good sides for this could be cooked brown rice or a simple garden salad.  I’ll tell you I thought I was in heaven when I added some Italian dressing to the salad.  It complimented this lemon dish so well!

low carb paleo keto lemon chicken zucchini skilletIn the mood for something a little more hands off?  Try my recipe for Chicken Vegetable Soup!  You chop everything up, throw it in the pot and let it simmer and you’re good to go.

 

Lemon Chicken Zucchini Skillet
Serves 4
A zesty savory chicken dish that is fast and easy!
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
25 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
25 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 lbs raw boneless skinless chicken breast, cubed
  2. 2 small zucchini, cubed
  3. 1 medium onion, chopped
  4. 1/4 cup (half a stick) butter
  5. Juice of 1/2 small lemon
  6. Zest of 1/2 small lemon
  7. 1 tsp minced garlic
Instructions
  1. Over medium heat, spray a skillet with cooking spray and cook cubed chicken until done through. Drain and set aside.
  2. Melt butter in same skillet and then add zucchini, onion and garlic. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Saute until zucchini and onions have softened.
  3. Add chicken back into skillet. Squeeze lemon juice over the mix and then zest the lemon over and mix until warmed through and well coated. Serve!
Notes
  1. Feel free to use the entire lemon if you want a stronger lemon flavor.
Adapted from Pamela Bongers
Adapted from Pamela Bongers
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Quick Mini Quiche

Quick Mini Quiche recipe is based on one of the first recipes I tried when I started the South Beach Diet many, many moons ago. It has all of the attributes that this blog is all about – simple, cheap, family friendly, fast and easy. While the veggie combo is the one I like the most, you can add any combination of vegetables to these – kale instead of spinach, broccoli or cauliflower, carrots, celery, and on and on.

One of the best parts of this recipe is that it freezes very well. Make a big batch, pop a single quiche in a square snack sized plastic bag, or two in a sandwich sized baggie and breakfast is portioned and ready go to for the work/school morning rush or as a last minute lunch option. Does well in the freezer for about two weeks. Tastes fantastic topped with a little salsa on top!

Quick Mini Quiche
Serves 6
Easy breakfast that has infinite variation and freezes well for busy mornings.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
40 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
40 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 pkg (10 oz) frozen chopped spinach
  2. 1 large egg
  3. 3/4 c shredded cheese (I like Montery Jack)
  4. 1/4 c mini diced onions
  5. 1/4 c mini diced mixed zucchini and summer squash
  6. dash garlic powder
  7. 3 drops hot-pepper sauce (optional)
Instructions
  1. Microwace spinach on HIGH for 2 1/2 minutes. Drain excess liquid.
  2. Line a 12-cup muffin pan with foil baking cups. Spray the cups with cooking spray.
  3. Combine egg, cheese, onions, zucchini, squash, and spinach in a mixing bowl. Divide evenly between foil cups.
  4. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes or until inserted knife comes out clean.
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8 Ways to Make Healthy Oatmeal

I love oatmeal.

It’s high in fiber and it’s quick when you use the microwave. Yes, even with steel-cut oats! Nuke it and in less than two minutes you have a warm, delicious breakfast. So you ask yourself — does oatmeal qualify as low-carb?  If you’re on a strict Keto diet, then no.  But you need some carbs, not just for the fiber but also the nutrition. So I came up with some delicious and easy recipes to brighten up you and your family’s mornings that are both gluten free and healthy!

 

Peach Cobbler Oatmeal
Serves 1
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Prep Time
1 min
Cook Time
1 min
Total Time
2 min
Prep Time
1 min
Cook Time
1 min
Total Time
2 min
Ingredients
  1. 1/3 c old fashioned or steel cut oats
  2. 2/3 c water or milk
  3. 1/4 c diced peaches (canned or fresh)
  4. 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  5. 1 - 2 packets or sweetener
Instructions
  1. Combine oatmeal and water or milk in a microwave safe bowl.
  2. Microwave on HIGH for 1 - 2 min until oatmeal is softened, or you achieve the consistency you want. Add the rest of the ingrediants and stir until combined well.
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Cinnamon Raspberry Oatmeal
Serves 1
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Prep Time
1 min
Cook Time
1 min
Total Time
2 min
Prep Time
1 min
Cook Time
1 min
Total Time
2 min
Ingredients
  1. 1/3 c old fashioned or steel cut oats
  2. 2/3 c water or milk
  3. 1/4 c raspberries, fresh or frozen
  4. 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  5. 1 - 2 packets or sweetener
Instructions
  1. Combine oatmeal and water or milk in a microwavable safe bowl.
  2. Microwave on HIGH for 1 - 1 1/2 min until oatmeal is softened, or you achieve the consistency you want. Add the rest of the ingrediants and stir until combined well.
Notes
  1. Avoid adding the raspberries during the cooking phase. In fact, if you are using frozen raspberries adding them afterwards helps cool the oatmeal down a bit for faster eating!
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Maple and Brown Sugar Oatmeal
Serves 1
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Prep Time
1 min
Cook Time
1 min
Total Time
2 min
Prep Time
1 min
Cook Time
1 min
Total Time
2 min
Ingredients
  1. 1/3 c old fashioned or steel cut oats
  2. 2/3 c water or milk
  3. 1 tbsp sugar free pancake syrup
  4. 1 tbsp brown sugar blend (this will not be sugar free)
Instructions
  1. Combine oatmeal and water or milk in a microwavable safe bowl.
  2. Microwave on HIGH for 1 - 1 1/2 min until oatmeal is softened, or you achieve the consistency you want. Add the rest of the ingrediants and stir until combined well.
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Bananas and Cream Oatmeal
Serves 1
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Prep Time
1 min
Cook Time
1 min
Total Time
2 min
Prep Time
1 min
Cook Time
1 min
Total Time
2 min
Ingredients
  1. 1/3 c old fashioned or steel cut oats
  2. 2/3 c water or milk
  3. 1 tbsp vanilla protein powder
  4. 1/2 bannana, sliced
  5. 1 - 2 packets or sweetener
Instructions
  1. Combine oatmeal and water or milk in a microwavable safe bowl.
  2. Microwave on HIGH for 1 - 2 minutes until oatmeal is softened, or you achieve the consistency you want. Add the rest of the ingrediants and stir until combined well.
Notes
  1. Yes, the taste of the protein powder affects the taste of this breakfast a lot. Make sure to taste test a few before ruining a whole bowl of cereal!
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Pina Colada Oatmeal
Serves 1
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Prep Time
1 min
Cook Time
1 min
Total Time
2 min
Prep Time
1 min
Cook Time
1 min
Total Time
2 min
Ingredients
  1. 1/3 c old fashioned or steel cut oats
  2. 2/3 c water or milk
  3. 1/4 c canned crushed pineapple
  4. 1 tbsp shaved coconut, unsweetened
  5. 1 - 2 packets or sweetener
Instructions
  1. Combine oatmeal and water or milk in a microwavable safe bowl.
  2. Microwave on HIGH for 1 - 2 minutes until oatmeal is softened, or you achieve the consistency you want. Add the rest of the ingrediants and stir until combined well.
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Peanut Butter and Chocolate Chip Oatmeal
Serves 1
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Prep Time
1 min
Cook Time
1 min
Total Time
2 min
Prep Time
1 min
Cook Time
1 min
Total Time
2 min
Ingredients
  1. 1/3 c old fashioned or steel cut oats
  2. 2/3 c water or milk
  3. 1 tbsp natural peanut butter
  4. 1 tbsp sugar free chocolate chips
  5. 1 - 2 packets or sweetener
Instructions
  1. Combine oatmeal and water or milk in a microwavable safe bowl.
  2. Microwave on HIGH for 1 - 2 minutes until oatmeal is softened, or you achieve the consistency you want. Add the rest of the ingrediants and stir until combined well.
Notes
  1. Peanut butter is a great thickener, unless you don't like thick oatmeal! If it gets too thick for your tastes, add a little more water or milk to the oatmeal before you add the chocolate chips.
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Chocolate Oatmeal
Serves 1
Who doesn't love chocolate for breakfast?
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Prep Time
1 min
Cook Time
1 min
Total Time
1 min
Prep Time
1 min
Cook Time
1 min
Total Time
1 min
Ingredients
  1. 1/3 cup old fashioned or steel cut oats
  2. 1/3 cup milk
  3. 1 tsp baking cocoa powder
  4. 2 - 3 packets of no-calorie sweetener
Instructions
  1. Combine oats, milk and cocoa powder in microwaveable safe bowl. Microwave for 1 - 2 minutes until you achieve the oat consistency you want. Stir in the sweetener and enjoy!
Notes
  1. Milk loves to bubble up in the microwave. Make sure that the bowl you microwave your breakfast in is nice and deep so that it doesn't bubble over. Either that or you can microwave for one minute, stir it and let it rest for a few moments, then continue to cook it until its the consistency you want.
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Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal
Serves 1
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Prep Time
1 min
Cook Time
1 min
Total Time
2 min
Prep Time
1 min
Cook Time
1 min
Total Time
2 min
Ingredients
  1. 1/3 cup old fashioned or steel cut oatmeal
  2. 2/3 cup water or milk of choice
  3. 1/4 cup diced apples
  4. 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  5. 2 - 3 packets of no-calorie sweetener
Instructions
  1. Combine oats, liquid and apples in a microwave safe bowl. Microwave on HIGH for 1 - 2 minutes, or until you achieve the consistency you want. Apples should be softened but not mushy.
  2. Add cinnamon and sweetener to the apple oatmeal and stir until well combined. Enjoy!
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