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Miracle Noodle Spaghetti

Low Carbohydrate Miracle Noodle Spaghetti – with Paul Yip – Owner of The Low Carb Grocery 

Fans of the low carb lifestyle shouldn’t have to sacrifice their diets to enjoy a quick and delicious meal. They also shouldn’t miss out on eating a delicious noodle dish for dinner. Luckily, there’s Miracle Noodle, a perfect choice for those who crave pasta dishes that are easy-to-make and also let you get a little creative with ingredients and flavour combinations.

The Low Carb Grocery founder, Paul Yip, recently created a video on his Low Carb Grocery YouTube channel, how he likes to prepare Miracle Noodle Spaghetti and why it’s such a great product, especially for people looking to replace traditional pasta in their diet.

You will love this simple recipe that is great for dinner. As a bonus, if you make a big enough batch, you can enjoy the leftovers for lunch while your co-workers watch and salivate.

To start, let’s create a baseline by looking at some classic spaghetti recipes. Then, we’ll explore Miracle Noodle, and what makes it a such a great addition to any pantry. Lastly, we’ll have some fun by providing a step-by-step recipe guide for Paul’s signature spaghetti.

Classic Spaghetti

Spaghetti has been around for centuries and its different iterations are enjoyed in homes and restaurants in every corner of the world. It’s pasta in the form of long solid strings and is traditionally paired with a tomato sauce and maybe a meatball or two. Like all pasta, spaghetti allows you to include your favourite vegetables, proteins, herbs, spices or flavours.

You can keep it simple with a nice tomato basil sauce or mix it up with a creamy alfredo sauce. Some like to opt for the drier route where they just pour some butter or brown butter (a warm butter sauce with a nutty taste) over cooked spaghetti.

If you’ve already watched Paul’s recipe video, then you know that spaghetti can also be the basis for a delicious, hearty Asian-inspired dish.

Miracle Noodle

These instant noodles are a nutritious alternative to other pasta that’s high in carbohydrates. Miracle Noodle Organic Spaghetti contains 0g of fat, only 3g of carbs and 2g of fibre (per 100g, roughly half a package),. It’s a perfect addition to any low carb diet while still being flavourful enough for people who just want to indulge in a plate of pasta. Miracle Noodle can also reduce your meal’s glycemic index, which can help control blood sugar level and contribute to a healthy lifestyle.

If Spaghetti isn’t your thing, this brand offers a variety of types and flavours. Be sure to check out one or more of the following types of pastas or the rice substitute:

Miracle Noodle also comes in ready-to-eat meal packets in the following Asian-inspired flavours:

And two authentic Italian flavours:

Whatever noodle dish you love, Miracle Noodle offers a tasty dinner or lunch option.

Ingredients

To make this wonderful recipe, you really only need a pack of the Spaghetti Miracle Noodles. From there it’s about adding the ingredients that you love, keeping the amount of carbs top of mind.

For this recipe, you will want to get these ingredients:

  • Cilantro (if cilantro is your thing, of course.)
  • Enoki mushrooms
  • Green onions with stems
  • Garlic
  • Soy sauce
  • Sesame oil
  • Cooking oil of your choice

Each oil serves a purpose. Cooking oil is to get the noodles crispy and to make sure nothing sticks to the pan. Sesame oil is strictly for flavour.

Follow These Simple Steps

As Paul illustrates in his recent video, Miracle Noodle—Spaghetti is easy-to-make and with a few notable ingredients, you can enhance the flavour and elevate the dish.

Simply follow these directions:

  • Gather your ingredients.
  • Open the Miracle Noodle package and empty the contents into a strainer. Then rinse with water.
    • You need to do this because there is a liquid inside the pouch that has a distinct smell, and we don’t mean distinct as a compliment. The liquid smells a bit off but don’t worry, that’s completely normal and is needed to keep the noodles fresh.
  • Pour a bit of oil into the pan and let it heat up.
  • Add the noodles and cook them for two minute so they get crispy and the excess water is dried out.
  • Once it looks and sounds like the noodles are popping off the pan, remove them and set aside.
  • Add the garlic and cook until fragrant. Careful not to burn.
  • Now it’s time to cook the protein.
    • We think beef works best but you could use tuna, salmon, chicken or tofu. Of course, feel free to keep it vegetarian if that suits your lifestyle.
    • For beef, use thin strips so that it cooks fast and doesn’t overpower the other ingredients. Include as much beef as you want and sear on both sides.
  • Add the other ingredients: green onions, cilantro and a handful of enoki mushrooms.
  • When the mushrooms are ready, add the noodles back to the pan. Stir-fry for a few minutes.
  • Add some soy sauce. This can be done to taste depending on how much salt you want.
  • Add some sesame oil, again eyeballing it is perfectly fine.
  • Slide it out of the pan onto a plate. Top with garnish of your choice (cilantro or parsley) and then enjoy!

A good tip is to use kitchen scissors to break up the noodles while cooking. This will make it easier to eat.

Substitution Options

We love this recipe as it is but every palette is different. Some people can’t be in the same room as cilantro or some don’t want the salty hit that soy sauce provides.

There are a few substitutions you can make if you don’t like one or more of the ingredients. You can also adjust just to change the flavour profile.

Here are some substitution suggestions:

  • If you want to go Thai, replace the cilantro with some combination of lemongrass, fish sauce, lime and chillies.
  • You can use parsley instead of cilantro.
  • If you don’t like green onion, try a thinly sliced shallot.
  • Consider using sesame seeds if your protein of choice is tuna.
  • To make it shine with more Japanese flavours, you can add a small amount of miso paste or mirin, which is a sweet wine vinegar.
  • If you omit a protein, then load up on low carb veggies like broccoli, asparagus, zucchini, spinach or avocado.

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We hope you try this recipe as we know you’ll love it! It’s delicious, affordable, easy-to-make and lends itself to bountiful leftovers so you can keep enjoying it all week long.

Browse our selection of Miracle Noodle, which make for excellent low carb meals. It’s a step up from other instant noodle or soup brands and lets you make a variety of soups, stir-frys and pasta dishes.

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Low Carb Pho Miracle Noodles

Miracle Noodle Pho – Quick & Easy Recipe feat. The Low Carb Grocery owner Paul Yip

Recently, the Low Carb Grocery founder and owner, Paul Yip, demonstrated on The Low Carb Grocery YouTube channel, how to prepare pho using Miracle Noodle to create a delicious meal that’s easy-to-make. Using Miracle Noodle keeps pho gluten, grain and dairy-free while making it safe for vegans to enjoy. This product is paleo-friendly and only contains 9g of total carbs per ½ package (108g). Some popular recipes contain as much as 65g of total carbs per serving.

Traditionally, making pho is a long process that includes upwards of 15 ingredients or more if you plan on making your own broth from beef soup bones or vegetable skins. The cook time is around 8 hours and the total time from start to finish is around 9.5 hours. Yeah, there’s a reason most prefer ordering a bowl in their favourite Vietnamese restaurant instead of cooking for half a day.

Let’s begin by introducing you to the magic that is pho, and the different ways you can prepare it. Then, we’ll explore Miracle Noodles and provide a step-by-step guide to using this ingredient to making a big pot of savoury and perfectly seasoned pho.

With our help, you’ll be enjoying a hot and satisfying bowl tonight. Trust us, your mouth will be watering before you finish reading this article.


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What is Pho?

You might never find a more unique soup than Pho. It has a thin yet flavourful broth with strong notes of ginger and subtle touches of Thai or lemon basil. It’s served piping hot so that it can cook thinly sliced beef or evenly diced raw vegetables. It’s a wonderful combination of aromatic herbs, succulent noodles and a broth jam-packed with flavour.

Pho is a Vietnamese soup that started as street food before exploding globally. Years ago, it was an exotic treat that most people mispronounced (It’s actually pronounced, “fuh”). Traditional versions of this soup consist of broth, noodles, herbs, beef or chicken. The common herb used in restaurants is cilantro. Remember, not everyone loves cilantro, so if you’re cooking for someone else, serve it on the side.

Like any soup, the chef can take some liberties while maintaining the integrity of the dish. You can keep it vegan by excluding meat and using vegetable broth. You’ll still want to include ginger and star anise but feel free to get creative with what vegetables you use. Most recipes call for an onion, green onion and bean sprouts but you can add mushrooms, celery, carrots or zucchini if that’s your preference.

Unless you’re allergic, we strongly recommend keeping lime in the mix. One squeeze of lime over your hot soup adds a layer of flavour that elevates the dish and provides some acid to cut through the saltiness.

Miracle Noodle

Miracle Noodles are a low calorie ready-to-make meal made with shirataki noodles. These long white noodles have a spongy texture and are quite filling. They are made from the root of the konjac plant making it high in fiber.

This product comes in a variety of tasty flavours, some inspired by classic Asian cuisine, others by Italian:

A package of Miracle Noodles costs under $5.00, and lets you enjoy a hearty meal that’s perfect for either lunch or dinner. It also freezes well if you want to save some for a future meal.

Miracle Pho Noodles Video Recipe

To see exactly how it’s made, watch this video where Paul Yip takes viewers through each step. You’ll see how simple and quick it is to make.

Follow These Easy Steps

Making a bowl of pho using Miracle Noodle requires zero skill and only a little bit of time. Use this recipe to kick it up a notch.

  • Open the package and empty the contents. There should only be the noodles and sauce packet of pho broth.
  • Rinse the noodles under water in a colander.
  • Add noodles to a hot pan. You don’t need to use any oil, but a dash of sesame seed oil adds some additional flavor. Mix with a wooden spoon.
  • Add a glass of water and empty the pho broth concentrate to the noodles.
  • Cover the pan with a lid and let the heat and steam cook the noodles with the broth.
  • If you want to add a protein now is the time. Add thinly sliced beef or small pieces of chicken.
    • If you use beef, keep in mind that it will continue to cook once served so you want to leave it a bit on the medium rare side if not closer to rare.
    • Most stores sell pre-cut beef, that’s typically cut the right thickness for doing stir fry’s and the like. If you’re cutting your own from a whole steak, just make sure the slices aren’t too thick.
  • Add your garnishes: green onions (using the white stems as they contain the most flavour) and cilantro. The garnishes will cook fast so keep an eye.
  • Now, it’s all done so carefully transfer to a bowl and enjoy!

Because it’s quick and contains few ingredients, Miracle Noodle pho is perfect to make at work if you have access to a stove or kettle. You can also whip up a batch in the short amount of time between work and going out. Additionally, it’s a great post-workout meal that won’t undermine your efforts at the gym.

Products to Use

You can choose what produce and protein to include in your Miracle Noodle Pho. Here are some products you can also include in your dish to enhance its best qualities.

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We promise you’ll love our low carb take of classic pho featuring Miracle Noodle. It suits those with a busy lifestyle who can’t afford the 8-10 hours it takes to make such a magnificent dish. Fans of Vietnamese food will feel like they’re dining at their favourite local restaurant since it doesn’t skimp on the flavour.

The Low Carb Grocery offers an impressive inventory of Miracle Noodle to help you make soups, stir-fried dishes and Italian meals with a twist that are absolutely delicious!

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Après Ski Drinks & Snacks to Warm You Up 

Winter brings with it this innate desire to stay indoors to avoid the frigid cold. You need to fight that urge because the winter is a great time to get outdoors and participate in some fun activities that can keep you in shape and let you spend time with your friends and family.

Part of the experience comes when the activity ends and you get to relax indoors. Whether it’s inside a chalet or at someone’s house, it’s time to warm up with some food or drinks. For those on a low carb diet, you need to find ways to make classic après ski treats that won’t undermine the great workout you just had in the snow.

Let’s gear up for the last leg of winter by looking at the best activities to enjoy with other people. We’ll also explore some popular drinks and snacks with a low carb twist that are delicious and warming.


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Fun Winter Activities

There are a lot of reasons to turn off Netflix, throw on a snowsuit (they can be fashionable, don’t worry) and head outdoors. The winter offers a ton of exciting activities that are fun and can get your heart rate up.

Here are some activities that make short winter days more tolerable. Most of these are also a lot of fun for kids.

  • Skating either inside an arena or on an outdoor rink or pond.
  • Downhill or cross-country skiing
  • Tobogganing or sledding
  • Snowshoeing, a fine replacement for people who like to hike in warm weather
  • Ice fishing (only if the ice is safe obviously, March can be hit or miss)
  • Fat-Tyre bike riding
  • Making snowmen or snow forts
  • Football is a great game to play in the snow

These activities aren’t just a reason to have an Irish coffee. They really help pass the time and make sure you stave off cabin fever and atrophy.

Post-Activity Low Carb Snacks and Drinks

Once you’re done hitting the slopes or are tired from skating laps around the pond, it’s time to kick back and warm up. These are some low carb takes on popular winter treats.

Drinks

Hot Chocolate

Hot chocolate is the go-to for most people after spending time in the cold. This low carb recipe is our favourite as it maintains the sweetness and cocoa flavour while being more nutritious than traditional recipes. The trick is finding the right milk alternative.

To make, combine in a saucepan 1 cup of low carb milk (your choice but we recommend almond milk), 1 tbsp. of cacao or cocoa powder, 1 tbsp erythritol as a sweetener, ¼ tsp. of vanilla extract, and a pinch each of salt and cinnamon.

Stir often as the ingredients melt and mix. Once it’s ready, pour into the desired number of mugs and serve. To add more sweetness or richness, top with a dollop of whipped cream or some shaved chocolate.

Be careful because the additional toppings could increase the carb count.

Slow Cooker Mulled Wine

Warm spices in a slowly cooked red wine is one of winter’s truly great pleasures. With this recipe, you don’t need to slave over a hot stove for an hour. Just pop everything into a slow cooker, turn it on and go enjoy the snow.

Mulled wine is wine cooked with mulling spices like cinnamon, cloves, allspice, nutmeg and sometimes star anise. Think of it as an alcoholic apple cider with more kick to it. You can also make a non-alcoholic version that is still warm and satisfying.

Making low carb mulled wine is simple. Pour a bottle of dry red wine into a slow cooker. Add a whole orange or blood orange with your choice of mulling spices. You can add a low carb sweetener like stevia if you want. Otherwise, give it a good stir. Cook on low for 1 hour, which is long enough for the spices to infuse the wine.

Try using a dry wine as they tend to be lower in carbs. One glass is roughly 1-4g of carbs so it’s okay as long as you don’t indulge too much.

Irish Coffee

Irish coffee is coffee mixed with some Irish whiskey and served with a dollop of cream. You could just make a cup of coffee and splash a shot of whiskey in to but we prefer a more methodical approach to integrate the flavours. Plus, it’s the winter, you have a little time to kill.

In a small saucepan, warm 9 fl. oz. whiskey over medium-low heat, making sure that it doesn’t reach a boil. Stir in your 3 tsp. of sweetener or sugar substitute. Add the mixture to brewed coffee.

Snacks

Poutine

Now that your belly is full of a nice warm liquid, it’s time to make some snacks.

Poutine isn’t typically regarded as a healthy snack but here’s keto bacon poutine recipe that’s low carb, hot, gooey and satisfying. This recipe can get a bit complicated so we created a simpler version that takes less time to make. To whip up a hearty batch of Keto Bacon Poutine, do the following:

Over medium-low heat, cook bacon in a skillet for 4-5 minutes. Remove it before it’s crispy and roughly chop. Don’t throw the grease away.

Here’s how you make the gravy. Over low heat, melt butter and simmer until it’s brown and nutty about 3 minutes (make sure you swirl the butter so it doesn’t burn). Add a clove of diced garlic and cook for no longer than 2 minutes. Finely chop some white button mushrooms and add them along with the reserved bacon grease, to the pan with the butter and garlic. Whisk in 1 cup of beef broth and 1 tbsp. of coconut flour and stir until fully incorporated.  Simmer for 5-10 minutes on low heat. Then, remove from the heat and add 1 tsp. of Dijon mustard, 1 tsp. of sea salt and a couple sprigs of thyme. Pour through a strainer so that it’s nice and smooth.

Time to make the wax beans that will act as French fries in the dish. We recommend frying them to mimic the crunch and texture of fries. If you don’t have a deep-fryer, then melt either duck fat or coconut oil in a large skillet depending on how nutritious you want the dish to be. Fry the beans for 4-5 minutes.

Reheat the gravy and start building your dish. Wax beans are the base. Top with cheese curds (or pieces of mozzarella if you want), bacon and, lastly, the gravy. You can garnish with green onions or parsley.  Yum – enjoy!

Nachos

The last recipe we’re going to look at is nachos—a classic Mexican dish that is guaranteed to please a group of people. This recipe lets you up the cheese factor by using cheddar or parmesan crisps instead of tortilla chips.

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. On a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, sprinkle the cheddar cheese in a thin layer in a rectangular shape. Evenly sprinkle some parmesan cheese on top of the cheddar. In a mixing bowl, combine the cumin, garlic powder and chili powder and then dust the cheese with it.

Bake the cheese for 8-10 minutes and then let cool for 10 minutes. With a spatula, remove the cheese from the baking sheet and first cut into strips and then diagonally into triangles. You can broil the triangles for another minute to get them nice and crispy.

Let the chips cool for half an hour and then transfer to a plate. The last step is the best step: completely cover with your favourite toppings like tomatoes, jalapenos, black olives, guacamole, sour cream and chopped green onions.

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Don’t just sit around waiting for spring to arrive. Get outdoors and enjoy the snow while it lasts, and the wonderful activities it offers. Once you’re ready to call it a day, we hope these recipes offer a warm respite from the cold and lets you enjoy your friends and family by a roaring fire.

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Sugar Free Zevia Soda

Zevia Soda – Where to Buy in Canada and the Best Flavours

In 2019, there are bountiful options to make adhering to a strict low carb diet easier. People can choose from a variety of delicious bread options and enjoy an array of high calorie and protein-rich meats. Now with Zevia, people can also add soda to the list of safe and satisfying low carb items.

Zevia is a refreshing natural diet soda that has become a popular staple for low carb dieters who don’t want to give up carbonated beverages. Zevia not only helps people stick to a low carb diet by allowing them to enjoy soda, it can also become a key ingredient in some mouth-watering recipes.

Let’s start by introducing you to Zevia and what has made it such an integral part of a healthy low carb lifestyle. We’ll explore where you can buy it and the flavours they offer, including those we stock on a regular basis. Lastly, we’ll share some amazing Zevia-inspired recipes that will spruce up dinner time and any social gathering.


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Part of a Low Carb Diet

A proper low carb diet has a high success rate if the person exhibits the right commitment level and knows what they’re doing. The foundation of the diet is an assortment of protein-rich foods, like eggs and beef, while avoiding sugars and starches, which can spike your blood sugar.

Typically, soda is a big no-no when your on a low carb diet as it poses several health risks. For starters, there is a proven correlation between soda consumption and weight gain and obesity. One study suggests that participants who drank regular sodas on top of their current diet consumed significantly more calories and gained more weight than those who did not.

As part of a low carb diet, Zevia’s total carbs range from 0 to 4g depending on the flavour. It is sugar-free, calorie-free and a non-GMO product certified soda that’s made with real ingredients like ginger. It allows people to continue to enjoy that fizzy taste that makes traditional sodas so satisfying.

In addition, Zevia is sugar-free, relying on being naturally sweetened by stevia, which allows it to retain that classic soda taste and to deliver that hit of carbonated sweetness that many crave mid-day, minus the sugar of course!

Zevia is a sparkling and delicious drink that can give you that extra pep before a workout or help get you through the afternoon doldrums (cola flavor contains 45mg of caffeine, all other flavours contain 0mg).

Family of Flavours

Zevia is available in eight different flavors, each one tasting like the classic sodas you grew up with:

Zevia can be purchased at many popular food retailers in Canada, including of course the Low Carb Grocery, where you can find all the flavours. In addition, our online store makes shopping and ordering easy so be sure to browse our inventory of Zevia products.

Recipes Featuring Zevia

Many don’t realize what a great ingredient soda is. It’s frequently used as an ingredient in chicken wings, bbq spareribs, and even mixed in with hamburger to make sweet and moist burgers. The wonderful flavours and real ingredients of Zevia can help enhance your favourite cocktails and some classic meals.

Here are some of our favourite recipes for you to try out and enjoy with your friends and family. Remember, some of these recipes might be high carb but by substituting traditional soda with Zevia and by making some minor tweaks you can ensure it fits into your low carb diet.

For Lunch or Dinner

Cola Burgers

This is a great burger recipe that features cola. Don’t worry that it contains 8.9g of total carbs.  You can easily reduce the carbs while enhancing the flavour by using Zevia, low carb buns like Bakers Deluxe–Dream Hamburger Bun and low carb crackers, or Dixie Diner low carb seasoned breadcrumbs.

Once you have your ingredients, combine 1 egg, ¼ cup of Zevia Cola, a handful of crackers, 6 tbsp. of French dressing, 2 tsp. of parmesan cheese and ¼ tsp. of salt and then mix and shape into six patties. In a separate bowl, combine 4 tbsp. of French dressing with ¼ cup of cola.

Grill the patties for 3 minutes per side. Brush generously with cola mixture and then grill for 8-10 minutes. Serve on a low carb bun and enjoy!

Lemon-Lime Chicken Breast

Here’s a great low carb recipe that takes no time to make and lets you use Zevia Lemon Lime Twist.

In a large Ziploc bag, combine 2 cups of soda, 1 cup of soy sauce, ½ cup of olive oil, ½ tsp. of garlic powder and ½ tsp. of horseradish. Add 6 boneless skinless chicken breasts and mix it around, making sure each is evenly coated. We recommend refrigerating the marinated chicken overnight if possible.

Then, all you must do is grill the chicken over medium-heat for 7-8 minutes per side.

Ginger Ale Baked Ham

With only three ingredients, including Zevia Diet Ginger Ale, you can make a succulent ham dish.

Place a 6-8 lbs. boneless ham in a roasting pan. Next, score it diagonally both ways with a sharp knife creating a diamond pattern on the surface. Pour an entire can of diet ginger ale over the ham and then sprinkle ½ cup of brown sugar ensuring you cover the entire ham. Give it a rub for good measure.

Bake the ham per the package instructions and we recommend serving with a side of low carb vegetables.

Root Beer Float

Root beer floats have been considered a diner classic since the 1950s. A float is a chilled beverage where vanilla ice cream is placed in a soft drink. By using Zevia Root Beer, you can finally include a root beer float in your low carb diet.

To make a float, add as many scoops of vanilla ice cream you want into a tall glass. Pour root beer until the contents reach the glass’ rim. Some recipes like this one from Bobby Flay call for a splash of bourbon but we’ll let you make that call.

Soda Cocktails

Cuba Libre

This classic combination of rum, lime and cola is always a hit at parties!

Mix 2 oz. of rum with 0.5 oz. of lime juice and as much Zevia Cola as you would like depending on how hard you want the drink to be. Stir with a bar spoon and toss a lime wedge in for good measure.

Presbyterian

This simple scotch-based cocktail is perfect to enjoy with colleagues after a long day at work.

To make a Presbyterian, add ice cubes to a highball glass. Pour 1-2 shots of scotch and top with Zevia Ginger Ale. Incorporate all the ingredients with a bar spoon. Some like to add a splash of club soda for a different flavour profile.

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Zevia is a refreshing and wonderful alternative to traditional high sugar/carb sodas. Its nutritional value makes it a perfect addition to a low carb diet and carbonated beverage fans will fall in love with Zevia’s flavour.

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Walden Farms Canada – Low Carb Products

Despite the rewards of a low carb diet, there’s a school of thought that sacrificing carbs means having to eat unsatisfying meals. Sure, you can enjoy high-caloric foods but you must be careful about what dressing you add to your salad or what fruit spread you choose for your toast. This might not sound like a big deal but shouldn’t you be able to love the food you eat while living a healthier life?

Thanks to Walden Farms Canada people have a wide variety of low carb dressings, sauces and spread options that are sweet, savoury and delicious! Walden Farms even lets you enjoy mayo on your sandwiches, syrup on your pancakes or caramel on your sundaes.

Let’s review this wonderful family of low carb, no calorie and fat free products. For those who have never heard of Walden Farms, we’ll introduce you to this company and their mission. Then, we’ll explore the best sauces, dressings and spreads that we regularly carry and that our customers love. Finally, we’ll share some recipes that feature a Walden Farm product that you’ll definitely want to try!


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Who is Walden Farms?

Since 1972, Walden Farms health foods have been one of the most popular brands, due in part to their high standard of quality and innovative recipes that puts health first without sacrificing taste. They were one of the first health food manufacturers to bring salad dressings with no fat or calories to the market. Overall, it’s been their mission to help people control their calorie, carbs and fat intake that has made them such a success.

Popular Sauces

Walden Farms has so many amazing products that we could write a novel gushing about each one. Instead, here are our favourites and judging by stock levels, the ones that are most popular with our customers!

Barbecue Sauce

Barbecue sauce is a condiment staple and anyone who loves ribs, brisket or pulled pork knows how essential it is, and no making your own homemade BBQ sauce won’t solve the carb conundrum. Luckily, Walden Farms has a low carb barbecue sauce made with natural flavours, fresh herbs and spices and triple filtered purified water. Best of all, you can enjoy without feeling any guilt since they’re free of calories, sugar, fat, cholesterol and, of course, carbs.

Enjoy with a variety of protein and it’s a perfect sauce for slow cooking things like ribs and pork belly. Available in original flavour, thick and spicy, honey barbecue and hickory smoked.

Ketchup

Let’s end the eternal debate about ketchup. It doesn’t belong on eggs! Besides that, ketchup is an essential condiment beloved by people of all ages. No hot dog or hamburger is complete without it, which is why Walden Farms has a ketchup perfect for your low carb diet.

And remember when we mentioned homemade barbecue sauces? If you want to go the DIY route, be sure to use this ketchup as the base to keep the carbs in check.

Pasta Sauces

Walden Farms offers three kinds of pasta sauces: alfredo, tomato basil and garlic and herb. Each is bursting with flavour and tastes authentically Italian.

The Tomato Basil Pasta Sauce was developed from an old-world recipe and made with ripe tomatoes, minced garlic, chopped onion, sea salt and ground herbs like oregano, parsley, rosemary and fresh basil.

The Classic Alfredo is made with parmesan cheese, romano cheese and sour cream flavours in addition to a melange of fresh herbs and spices. It’s creamy and peppery and perfect with fettucine or penne.

Garlic and Herb offers a balance of sharp garlic and sweet chopped onion. Perfect for your favourite shrimp scampi recipe or to add to your chicken stir fry. We also recommend it on lightly baked asparagus.

Salad Dressings

Here are two wonderful dressings to compliment your favourite salads.

Asian Dressing

Aged vinegar make this Asian dressing chockful of umami. You can add it to a garden salad or kick up your side vegetables a notch by mixing them with a tablespoon of this Walden Farms favourite.

Also available in convenient single serving packets so you can take it to work with you.

Bacon Ranch Dressing

Grab some baby carrots and crisp celery and dunk them into a bowl of this cool, creamy ranch dressing with smoky bacon flavour. It’s perfect for people on low carb diets who want to enjoy a healthy midday or late night snack.

Low Carb Spreads

Whether for breakfast, brunch or as a snack, these spreads will elevate any piece of toast or fruit.

Apple Butter Spread

Apple butter is a wonderful flavour to add to your favourite low carb bread or muffin. It has a touch of sweetness and a bit of tartness just like a ripe apple. A popular way to prepare this product is to heat it for a few seconds in the microwave. You can then pour it into a hot cereal or oatmeal.

Apricot Fruit Spread

This simple spread tastes like apricots and should replace all your sugary preserves. It’s smooth and delicious without containing any gluten. It’s also kosher.

We recommend heating it for a few seconds and creating a fruit dip or a warm sauce to pour over your omelette.

Chocolate Peanut Spread

Forget Nutella with its 37g of fat, 200 calories and high amount of carbs per two tablespoons. This chocolate peanut spread doesn’t contain hazelnuts but it has a distinct Reese’s Pieces feel to it. It’s a savoury spread for toast and is also sweet enough to add to fruit for a nice dessert.

Walden Farms Low Carb Inspired Recipes

Here are some interesting recipes to try that incorporate Walden Farm ingredients.

Keto Peanut Butter Chocolate Muffins

These keto friendly muffins are easy to make and can be even more keto-friendly by substituting peanut butter and chocolate chips with Walden Farms Chocolate Peanut Spread.

You can make six fluffy muffins by combining almond flour, ½ cup of monk fruit, 1 tsp of baking powder and a pinch of salt. Add ½ cup of the spread and 1/3 cup of almond milk to the mixture. Fully incorporate 2 large eggs individually.

Oil a muffin tin and add the batter. Bake for 20-25 minutes at 350 degrees Fahrenheit. You want to start watching the muffins around the 20-minute mark as all ovens are different. Once they are a golden colour you can test by placing a wooden toothpick in the middle. When it comes out clean, they are ready to go.

Slow Cooker Ribs

To make a perfect rack of ribs, we recommend using a slow cooker and Walden Farms’ Barbecue Sauce for taste and to reduce the carbs.

Mix the barbecue sauce with Worcestershire sauce, garlic, brown sugar and some cayenne to add a little heat. Remove the silver skin from the back of the ribs with a knife or fork and then brush them with the mixture until they are smothered. Pour the remaining sauce over the ribs once they are in the slow cooker.

For ribs that are so tender they fall off the bone, cook for nine hours on low or four to five hours on high.

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Now that you know about Walden Farms be sure to check out all their wonderful sauces, dressings and spreads. Additionally, we hope you’ll try one of the recipes offered in this article!


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Keto Friendly Low Carb Recipes

New Year, New Recipes – 10 Unbelievable Low Carb, Keto Friendly Recipes

The start of a new year is a great time to cut carbs from your diet and to adopt healthier eating habits. If the goal is to lose weight and achieve that amazing summer body, then don’t put it off.

The first step is to replace old recipes with new low carb ones. To make sure this new lifestyle sticks, you need meals that are delicious, protein-rich and don’t skimp on the calories. But just grilling a steak to pair with baked asparagus won’t do the trick. You need meals that are unique and intriguing, ones that you’ll want to make every week.

Let’s start by introducing you to ten low carb and keto-friendly recipes that we know you’ll love. They are easy to make (we promise) and many use ingredients that we regularly stock.


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Low Carb Recipes

Bacon-Wrapped Halloumi

You probably stopped reading after bacon-wrapped but that would be a mistake. Halloumi is salty Greek cheese that is low in fat so it can be nicely fried without melting. To make this meal—which is great for lunch or dinner—simply cut a brick of Halloumi into eight pieces. Wrap a slice of bacon around each piece and place on a baking sheet. Bake for 10-15 minutes.

You can heat some Walden Farms Bacon Dip to drizzle on top.

Flank Steak with Mushroom Salad and Sesame Mayo

Flank steak is an inexpensive cut of beef that when cooked right is tender and flavourful. Fans of flank steak or those curious to try will love this recipe.

To start, mix soy sauce, sambal and vinegar. Slice a red onion and a handful of your favourite mushrooms as thin as possible, and slice a cabbage slightly thicker. Add the vegetables to the dressing and let it marinade.

Place the steak in a Ziploc bag with 2 tbsp of olive oil and mix so that the steak gets covered. Remove it from the bag, sprinkle salt and pepper on both sides, and grill or sauté until it reaches your preferred doneness.

Make a sesame mayo by combining in a small bowl, ¾ cup of mayo, finely chopped chives, 1 tbsp of sesame seeds, 1 tbsp of sesame oil and then salt and pepper to taste.

Grilled Lobster Tail with Tarragon Butter

We know this recipe is too decadent and costly to eat every week but there’s no harm in treating yourself when the mood strikes.

To make this you’ll need fresh tarragon, two garlic cloves, ½ tsp of tabasco, sea salt, pepper, 1 tsp of olive oil, two lobster tails and 1 oz. of parmesan or pecorino. Don’t worry if you’ve never made lobster before. While you need to be careful with any expensive shellfish, it’s not complicated to cook.

Start by making the butter. To do this, combine butter, tarragon, garlic and tabasco and then sprinkle with sea salt to taste.

To prepare the lobster, separate each tail lengthwise and remove the intestines and stomach. Gently spread some tarragon button on the meat and place it on a grill flesh-side down. Grill for 2-3 minutes but remember that the cook time is based on the size of the lobster. Serve with parmesan and the rest of the tarragon butter on the side.

Broccoli Cheddar Soup

In only a few steps, you can have a hearty and cheesy soup to enjoy!

Take 20 oz. of broccoli and remove the florets from the stalk and chop both parts. Heat 1 tbsp of olive oil with 1/3 butter in a large pot. Once the butter is melted, add roughly chopped onion and the broccoli stalks. Cook on medium until they turn golden brown. Add 3 chopped garlic cloves and season with ½ tsp of salt, ¼ tsp of ground pepper, ½ tsp of paprika and a pinch of cayenne. Stir and cook for one minute.

The next step is to add the 2 cups of chicken broth and cover and cook for another five minutes. Place the cooked vegetables in a food processor and pulse. Slowly add the broth, allowing it to emulsify. Eventually, it will reach a creamy consistency.

Heat more butter and the broccoli florets in the same pot. Add the soup into the pot using a colander. This will make it silky smooth. Allow it to come to a boil and simmer. Finally, add 2/3 cup of heavy whipping cream and 3 oz. of cheddar cheese.

Once the cheese is melted, it’s ready to be enjoyed.

Taco Tomatoes

This recipe is quick, easy and yummy.

Heat oil in a skillet over medium. Cook onion for 5 minutes until it’s soft. Add ground beef and taco seasoning. Cook for 8 minutes and then drain the fat. Next, slice tomatoes into 6 wedges without cutting all the way through and fan the tomatoes to create an opening.

Spoon the meat evenly into the tomatoes and then top with your favourite taco add-ons like sour cream, guacamole and cheese.

Keto Specific Recipes

Here are some recipes designed specifically for those on a keto diet.

Caprese Zoodles

This is a fun recipe for vegetarians looking to eat less carbs. Gather the following: 4 large zucchinis, 2 tbsp of olive oil, kosher salt, ground pepper, 2 cups of cherry tomatoes, 1 cup of mozzarella, ¼ cup of fresh basil and 2 tbsp of balsamic vinegar.

Cut the zucchini into thin strips or use a spiralizer if you have one. Toss the zucchini with the olive oil and salt and pepper and let sit for 15-20 minutes. Add tomatoes, quartered mozzarella and basil and then mix. Splash with some balsamic and serve!

Basic Keto Cheese Crisps

This recipe makes a perfect snack to put out for guests. All you need is 1 cup of cheddar cheese.

Separate the cheddar cheese in 24 small piles on a prepared baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 6-7 minutes and then let cool for up to 10 minutes before plating.

Sheet Pan Ratatouille

Whether you’re a vegetarian or looking for a French-inspired side dish, this ratatouille is perfect. You can use whatever vegetables you like but we recommend: 1 large eggplant, 2 zucchinis, 2 heirloom tomatoes, 1 red onion, 1 bell pepper and 4 cloves of garlic.

To begin, line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Place the vegetables and garlic in a single layer. Drizzle with olive oil, rosemary, salt, pepper and toss until the vegetables are well coated. Roast at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 20 minutes. Lastly, mix and roast for another 12 minutes at 300 degrees.

Pour some balsamic vinegar on top for tartness and serve!

Crème Brulee

This elegant crème brulee is a wonderful ending to any keto-friendly meal.

Whisk together 4 egg yolks with 1 tsp of vanilla extract. In a saucepan, add 2 cups of heavy cream and 1 tbsp of sweetener (use a low-calorie brand like Swerve). Whisk as it simmers and then remove from heat. Add the yolk slowly, whisking the entire time.

Divide the mixture into four ramekins and place in a glass baking dish that’s filled with enough water so that 1 inch of the ramekins are submerged. Bake at 325 degrees Fahrenheit on the middle rack for 30 minutes.

Finally, place 1 tbsp of sweetener over each crème brulee. Then use a kitchen torch to melt the sweetener until it’s a gorgeous golden brown.

Low Carb Spaghetti/Pasta Sauce

Enjoy this easy and flavourful tomato sauce that’s perfect with any low carb pasta or pasta substitute like zucchini ribbons.

How simple is this recipe? All you must do is blend one can of peeled plum tomatoes with olive oil until smooth. Add garlic, basil, oregano and pepper and mix until well combined. Simmer until it’s hot and the ingredients have combined and the flavours have mingled.

We recommend making a big batch and freezing it in individual packets.

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These recipes are sure to wow your taste buds and those of your family, friends and guests. By finding low carb and keto-inspired recipes that you enjoy, you stand a better chance of reaping the benefits that come with these healthy lifestyles.

Browse all the low carb products, or check out our new keto products. You can also browse all the great low carb recipes we’ve covered in the past.


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