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Jams, Jellies & Speads – The Low Carb Way

Spread the Love – Guide to Low Carb, Sugar-Free Jams, Jellies & Fruit Spreads

A breakfast table just isn’t complete without a nice jar of jam for your fresh, low carb toast or to top off a hot bowl of cereal with something sweet. Of course, we’re sure that you also know just how delicious even a simple peanut butter and jelly sandwich can be when you have an unstoppable craving for one. However, on the low carb diet, this can present a bit of a challenge, since traditional jams, jellies, and fruit spreads are typically loaded with sugars and carbs that you’re trying to avoid.

So, what can low carb dieters do when they want to enjoy the vibrant flavours of fruit preserves? Fortunately, there are actually many different options available for low carb, low sugar, and sugar-free jams, jellies, and fruit spreads that taste great and fit perfectly in to the low carb lifestyle. Let’s take a look at what’s out there!

What should I look for in a low carb jam or jelly spread?

First and foremost, you’ll want to scan the ingredient label of any jam or jelly product and look for the usual suspects; sugars and alternative sweeteners that still count as carbs. Specifically, natural sugars like glucose and fructose are the most common that you’ll find in jams and jellies.

Other sweeteners that you may find in jams and jellies include sucralose (also known as Splenda), and Stevia, which is one of the most popular sweeteners for low carb and keto dieters. Stevia is naturally-derived and is a zero-carb option that is ideal for sweetening a wide variety of foods.

If you are interested in learning more about the many different types of sugars and alternative sweeteners, and whether they’re suitable for a low carb or keto diet, visit our Keto Diet Guide to Artificial Sweeteners.

Walden Farms Fruit Spreads

Walden Farms has a reputation of being one of the top-brands in the world of low carb dieting, and with good reason. Their products are consistently rated highly by customers here at The Low Carb Grocery thanks to their amazing taste and dedication to quality ingredients. Walden Farms offers a broad range of fruit spreads and jams including apple butter, apricot, blueberry, and grape, just to name a few.

Walden Farms also makes delicious low carb peanut spreads to go with their fruit spreads, so you can enjoy all different kinds of peanut butter and jam sandwiches. Be sure to stock up on your favourite Baker’s Deluxe low carb breads, because once those sandwiches start to get eaten, they won’t last long!

Smuckers Sugar-Free Jams

Like the ads say, with a name like Smuckers, it’s got to be good! Their line of sugar-free jams brings the same classic great taste of Smuckers jams to low carb kitchens all over the world. Choose from concord grape, seedless strawberry, or seedless blackberry & enjoy the smooth, delicious flavours on a fresh piece of low carb toast. An excellent addition to any healthy breakfast!

Hot Mamas Jellies

For those who prefer a little more spice in their lives, the wonderful folks at Hot Mamas have a pair of scrumptious jellies that are absolutely amazing, and great for all kinds of recipes & appetizers. Choose from low sodium red pepper jelly or spiced apple pepper jelly, and experience the unique flavours that these spreads will bring to your taste buds!

Make your Own Sugar-Free Low Carb Jams & Preserves

If you’re interested in making your own sugar-free jams and fruit preserves so you have complete control over the ingredients, here’s a great recipe from that is a step-by-step guide to making sugar-free jam. The methods detailed do not require pectin and can be used to make spreads from a wide variety of different fruits, such as strawberries, blackberries, and raspberries.

For a jam recipe that is keto-friendly, check out this recipe for Very Berry Chia Jam from Not only is it incredibly delicious, it’s also safe for paleo and gluten-free dieters, too. Give it a try and we’re sure that you’ll always want to have a jar of it handy in your fridge. It’s definitely super yummy!

Need another excuse to use some of these delectable jams? Well, here’s an appetizer that is sure to make your guests beg for the recipe. We found this Brie Appetizer MISSING THE LINK Bites with Raspberry Jam recipe at, and we simply had to share it with you! Not only do these little bite-sized treats look gorgeous, but the taste is simply unbelievable. This is the perfect opportunity to use your low carb raspberry jam in a creative new way!

Life is Sweet with Low Carb Jams & Jellies

We hope that this article has inspired you to try some new fruity flavours from some of the most popular low carb brands, or sparked your creativity to invent your own sugar-free jam recipes. With so many fruits to choose from, there really is no limit to the amazing taste combinations that you could try.

Shop our complete range of low carb jams, jellies, and fruit spreads today!

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Guilt-Free Low Carb Cocktails With Chase Mixers

Chase Keto & Low Carb Cocktail Mixers – Discover a New Way to Enjoy your Favorite Cocktails

Just because you’re on the low carb or keto diet, it doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the occasional spirituous beverage. We’ve already talked once before about how alcohol fits with the low carb diet, and how it’s not necessarily a no-go zone. Ultimately, like many other types foods that you need to manage as part of the low carb diet, it’s the sugar in many drinks that is the main source of carbs. By managing the sugar, most low carb dieters can safely include alcohol in moderation as part of their lifestyle.

For low carb and keto dieters who are fans of mixed drinks, especially those types that use colas and sodas, this can prevent a bit of a challenge. Sure, there are plenty of sugar-free fizzy drinks you can choose from, but they don’t always have the characteristics that you want in your cocktails. Fortunately, Chase Cocktail Mixers bring the perfect flavours to your beverages, with zero sugar and no guilt.

How do Chase products deliver such great taste in a way that works for low carb and keto diets? Well, let’s find out!

Sparkling or Flat? You choose!

The first thing you need to know about Chase Cocktail Mixers is that they come in the form of concentrated drops. This means that you get to choose if you want your drink carbonated or not simply by selecting your favourite soda water or flat mineral water. This is a great way to have your drink your way, no matter if you prefer fizzy or flat, any time you want it.

Sweetened with Stevia

The next thing you need to know about Chase Cocktail Mixers is that they use Stevia as their sweetener, which is one of the most universally accepted sweeteners for low carb and keto dieters. Stevia is a naturally sourced sweetener that has a great taste just like regular sugar, but has zero carbs in it, making it perfect for sweetening all kinds of foods and beverages.

Loaded with B-Vitamins

Another advantage to choosing Chase Cocktail Mixers to make your drinks is that they’re loaded with B-vitamins like thiamine, riboflavin and niacin, along with many others. These vitamins, aside from being essential nutrients, are a great way to help the body stave off the effects that are typically associated with the dreaded ‘hangover’. How’s THAT for some brilliant beverage science?

Choose Your Chase

Whether you’re a classic cola fan or prefer something with a fruity and tropical flavour, Chase has got you covered. Let’s look closer at each of these tasty options.

Chase Cocktail Mixer – Cola

Enjoy the classic taste of cola and mix your drink to your exact preferences by adding a little more, or a little less, to suit your mood. Chase cola mixer is perfect for many of the popular drinks that mix cola with spirits like rum, whisky, or vodka, and delivers a taste that is almost identical to the big brand colas. Our customers have left many rave reviews on Chase cola mixer, calling it a ‘game changer’ that has totally blown them away.

Chase Cocktail Mixer – Tropical Thunder

With Chase Tropical Thunder in your glass, it’ll be like the sun is shining and the warm breeze is blowing all year round. If you’re a fan of the kinds of drinks that taste like summer in a glass, then this fruity flavour shot is exactly what you’ll want. Chase Tropical Thunder mixes great with spirits like tequila, rum, and vodka and makes for a ridiculously delicious beverage that doesn’t feel syrupy or heavy like other drink sweeteners.

How to Use Chase Cocktail Mixers

Want to get a head start on mixing up great drinks with Chase Cocktail Mixers? Check out this handy instructional video from Chase that covers all the basics that you’ll need to know.

At the end of the day, using a Chase Cocktail Mixer is incredibly easy. It really just needs three things to go with it; a glass, your desired spirit, and your choice of club soda, sparkling water, or flat water. That’s it!

The rest is entirely up to you, so don’t be afraid to get creative and try some unique combinations. The more you experiment, the more fun you’ll have discovering the next great drink!

Tasty Low Carb Cocktails to Try with Chase Cocktail Mixers

Looking for some inspiration on what to do with your Chase Cocktail Mixers? Here’s a few unusual drink recipes that will have your thirst quenched and your taste buds asking for another!

Nueva Cuba

This clever creation is the perfect thing to refresh you on a hot summer patio. Fill a tall glass halfway with your water of choice, and add a squirt of Chase Cola mixer. Top the remainder of your glass with your favourite low carb light beer, and you’ve got a delightful drink that is a great way to beat the heat. Cheers!

Tropical Thunder Margarita

Now here’s a drink that you’ll be making again and again! In a blender, combine ice, water, tequila, and a squirt of Chase Tropical Thunder mixer. Be sure to do quick taste test before you blend just to make sure its sweetened to your preference, and if it needs another squirt of Chase, go for it. Then, blend it all up, rim your glass with salt, pour, and enjoy!

Mix Up Some Fun with Chase

People on a low carb and keto diet are sure to love the ability to customize the sweetness and taste of their drinks with just a squirt of Chase Cocktail Mixers.

Forget about diet colas that just don’t taste right, or syrupy blended drinks that leave an unwanted lingering flavour in your mouth. Now, you can have authentic taste from your cocktails without any of the guilt.

Give Chase Cocktail Mixers a try today, and have some fun creating an exciting new beverage. We propose a toast, to Chase!

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Amazing Low Carb and Keto Ribs

Recipe How To: Ultimate Rack of Low Carb & Keto Ribs

If you’ve never had a really amazing, super tender, fall-off-the-bone rack of ribs before, you are missing out on one of the best eating experiences the world has to offer. There’s just something about the flavour of the sauce and seasonings, combined with the rich taste of slow-cooked meat, that gets our taste buds fired up and craving ribs.

However, there are some tips and tricks that are handy to know before you start cooking up a batch of ribs that will help ensure you avoid tough, chewy results and make certain that you end up with the perfect rack everyone will want to devour.

Choose Your Ribs Wisely

First, it’s important to know how to pick a great set of ribs when you’re browsing the grocery store or butcher shop. You’ll need to look at the types of ribs, as well as a few telltale signs of great ribs.

Side Ribs vs. Back Ribs

If you ask 10 different rib chefs which is better, side ribs or back ribs, you’ll probably get an even 50/50 split of opinions. Both styles of rib have their pros and cons, but it really all comes down to your personal preference.

Side ribs, also known as spareribs, come from the side of the belly section of the pig or cow.  They’re a longer rib that comes in a fairly uniform, rectangular-shaped rack. Chances are if you see an image of a very symmetrical rack of ribs with long bones on a restaurant menu, they’ll be side ribs.

Some rib chefs find side ribs to be a little tricky to cook, since they are lower in meat content and higher in fat, but when done right they are often described as ‘bacon on a bone’. If you’re going to work with side ribs, be prepared to really take your time with them.

Back ribs are cut from the area of the pig or cow closer to the spine and have shorter bones, but are generally meatier than a typical side rib. Back ribs are more forgiving in their cooking, and can be ready faster than side ribs. This makes them extremely popular for home cooking, and you can find them much more easily at a wider variety of supermarkets and butcher shops.

Beef Ribs vs. Pork Ribs

When it comes to beef vs. pork, your personal preference is really the deciding factor. Both types are extremely delicious, and for the most part use the same cooking techniques. If you can’t decide, simply ask the butcher which is the better cut they have in stock at that time, or just flip a coin. You won’t be disappointed with either beef or pork if they are cooked the right way.

What should I look for in a rack of ribs?

First and foremost, look for the thickness of the meat on the ribs. The best ribs will be very meaty, and also have a nice distribution of fat throughout. The fat helps keep the ribs tender and adds flavour, so if you see a rack that’s just all muscle, move to the next one.

Next, you’ll want to check for exposed bones protruding from the meat, which are colloquially known as ‘shiners’ in the rib world. The best racks of ribs will have meat right to the end of the bones, since the meat will naturally contract as it cooks anyway. If you see a ton of exposed bones, it just means you’re paying more for less meat.

And finally, always go fresh if you can. Like any other cut of meat, fresh ribs will provide better results than ribs that have been frozen. However, if frozen is all you’ve got, don’t stress about it. Just make sure to thaw the racks completely before cooking to get the best taste and results.

To Sauce or To Rub?

When you picture ribs, chances are your default image is that of saucy, sticky, ribs fresh off the grill. However, dry rub ribs are amazingly delicious too, and offer a very different flavour experience.

At the end of the day, this is another one of those personal preference things. If you’re in the mood for a classic rib taste, then sauce them up. But if you want to explore some new flavours, then get rubbing. Both methods are going to give you a rack of ribs that will surely have you licking your fingers afterwards.

For amazingly delicious, saucy ribs, give Crazy Mooskies Original BBQ Sauce a try. It’s sugar-free and with just 1g of carbs per serving, perfect for low carb and keto dieters alike.

To get your rub on in style, check out this incredible Cajun Spice Rub from Hot Mamas. It’s got a big, bold taste and enough heat to get you sweating in a good way. This stuff is fantastic for a great big rack of low carb dry rub ribs!

For even more flavour ideas, discover all the different low carb sauces, spices, and seasonings here at The Low Carb Grocery.

There are countless recipes out there for all different kinds of ribs, and everyone has different methods that they’ve perfected over the years for great tasting pork and beef ribs. We’ve got a few of the best to share at the end of this article, but we also wanted to share with you a tried-and-true method for making consistently amazing ribs that’s super easy and will make you feel like a real pro even if it’s your first time.

Never-Fail Fall-off-the-Bone Low Carb Ribs

This recipe is incredibly easy, and in just a few steps you’ll be devouring amazing ribs that everyone will love! It uses the slow cooker for most of the cooking process, so you’ll need to get things going in the morning to have it all ready for dinner time. You can use either your bbq or oven to finish the ribs, which is great because that means you can use this recipe year-round even if you don’t want to grill in the snow in February!

Here’s all that you’ll need:

  • 1 portion of back or side ribs per person (usually about 5-8 ribs each)
  • Your favourite low carb bbq sauce or low carb dry rub seasoning
  • Slow cooker
  • Aluminum foil
  • Oven or bbq grill

Step 1 – Cut the racks of ribs in to portions of about 5-8 ribs each, one per person. If you’re serving a bunch of sides with the meal, perhaps go down to about 4-5 ribs per portion.

Step 2 – Place each portion of ribs on a piece of foil and season liberally with your choice of sauce or dry rub. Be sure to coat both sides. Then wrap them up tight.

Step 3 – Put the wrapped rib portions in the slow cooker, standing them on end so that you can fit many side-by-side. Pour in about ½ cup of water to the bottom of the slow cooker, and set on low for about 8hrs. The key to fall-off-the-bone ribs is ‘low and slow’.

Step 4 – Once the ribs are done in the slow cooker, preheat the BBQ or oven to 350°F. Remove the packs of ribs from the slow cooker open them up, making sure that the meaty part of the ribs faces up, but leave them lying on the foil.

Step 5 – If you’ve used sauce for your ribs, brush a thin layer of fresh sauce on the meat. If you’ve used dry rub for your ribs, brush them with some of the juice in the foil packs and sprinkle with a little extra rub.

Step 6 – Place the opened foil packs of ribs on the grill or in the bbq (use a large baking sheet to make this easier to put them all in at once and remove all at once when done). Bake in the oven or roast on the grill for about 20-30 minutes, just enough to make the top of sauced ribs sticky and the outer meat on dry ribs a bit crispy.

Step 7 – Remove the ribs from the opened foil packs, and begin the feast! This recipe produces ribs with meat that is amazingly tender and falls right off the bone with no effort, each and every time.

Extra tip: Prepare each portion of ribs with a different sauce or dry rub and share them all to experience a lot of different great flavours of rib together.

More Rib Recipes for Low Carb & Keto Dieters

Looking for more inspiration and other cooking methods to try? Here are some of the best low carb and keto rib recipes from around the web.

Best Low Carb Barbecue Ribs –

Instant Pot Low Carb Ribs –

Low Carb Dry Rub Pork Ribs –

Keto Barbecue Dry Rub Ribs –

It’s Rib Time!

So, what are you waiting for? Go out and plan your own rib night for this weekend and bring the ultimate rack of low carb and keto ribs to the table. Your family will thank you, and we’re sure you’ll earn the title of Rib Champion in no time. Raise a rib and cheer!

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Kitchen Organizational Ideas

Organization Ideas for Your Kitchen, Pantry & Cupboards

North Americans recently learned the name Marie Kondo, an organizational expert who believes that tidying a space can be a transformative experience. She invigorated a movement where people wanted to renew their love of their favorite spaces through a newfound devotion to organization and joy.

Whether you have a cozy kitchen or a spacious one, you need to make sure it is functional and that you can make everything from a simple low carb breakfast to a healthy thanksgiving turkey feast with ease. Additionally, an organized kitchen is an easier one to clean and maintain.

Let’s get moving so you can get your kitchen organized right away. We’ll start by reviewing the value that organization can bring to your everyday life and what principles should guide these types of projects. Then, we’ll get down to brass tax and offer tips on how to organize your cabinets and pantry.

Why Organize a Kitchen?

A messy kitchen can make life difficult and result in food being wasted. Imagine how much money you’ve invested in products that line the back of your cabinets and fridge that have never been used or have long expired. Just as frustrating and wasteful are the products you bought solely because you needed a single teaspoon for one recipe.

An organized kitchen is an accessible one where the most utilized gadgets and products are readily available. It also curbs the possibility of waste and allows the space to become the one it is meant to be; a place where people congregate and where parents and grandparents can share their love of cooking with a younger generation.

An organized kitchen offers a lot of other benefits:

  • Cooking becomes more streamlined and efficient
  • Easier to find things & less frustrating
  • Takes less time to clean and maintain
  • More energy efficient saving you money
  • More environmentally friendly by wasting less food

And, of course, don’t forget that an organized kitchen simply looks better than a cluttered one where the cabinets can’t close because they’re overflowing.

What Does an Organized Kitchen Look Like?

Organization is subjective. Some adhere to a more rigid definition of being organized whereas others are naturally disorganized so anything is an improvement. You need to set your own standard and then stick to it.

What an organized kitchen looks like

Whatever your level of organization might be, we suggest trying to push it a little further. Being organized not only benefits your kitchen, it can seep into other aspects of your life. Imagine having a tidy garage, a clean car and all your towels are neatly stacked in your linen closet.

Yes, it’s true that organization of any space requires an investment in time initially, but over time, it saves you far more time than what’s required to set things up in an organized way.

If you open your mind to the possibilities and benefits of being organized, you might be surprised by how much you love it.

Organizing Tips for your Kitchen

Here are some general tips to get your kitchen into tip top shape. Keep in mind that this can be a big—and often annoying—project and you want to get it done quickly since you probably can’t afford your kitchen being out of commission for too long. Be sure to have a plan so you can get your kitchen in order in only one day.

Empty your Cabinets

A good first step is to empty your cabinets. Once everything is out, take an inventory and sort by the following:

  • Items you use regularly
  • Item you use every now and then
  • Items you haven’t used in a long time.
  • Items you only used once.

Put aside any duplicates you find (who doesn’t have a bunch of glasses or coffee cups taking up valuable cupboard space?). The trick here is to be ruthless and only keep what you actually use, need and love. The rest you can put in another location for the odd time you might need it, or better yet donate it to goodwill.

Use Clear Containers

To organize your fridge and cabinets, make the investment in buying some good quality storage containers. They’ll make organization so much easier, and you’ll be using less throw away plastic, like ziplock fridge and freezer bags.

With some quality containers in hand, put as much as possible in clear containers. This way you can know what something is at a glance. This should include things like sauce packets or smaller boxes like the ones that pudding mixes come in. Then you can group baking supplies together, and when you need them, you can just pull the whole container out and have it all at hand.

Whenever you use clear containers, take that extra step and label them because different types of rice and flour could be hard to distinguish.

Here are a few more tips:

  • Buy dry herbs and spices in bulk when possible.
    • The reason this is a good idea is because you can buy the amount you need and refill containers. This will keep everything organized and make sure you don’t have loose bags floating around.
  • Buy a food container lid organizer.
    • This will make sure you can neatly store lids and stack the actual containers.
  • Slide out garbage bins are a great way to keep waste away from food preparation areas.
    • This is a smart option for households of one or two as bigger families might produce too much garbage to keep under a sink.

By emptying your cabinets and utilizing the right containers, you can take the first step toward your kitchen resembling a proper filing system.

Declutter your Pantry

Over time, pantries become a museum, holding a collection of untouched things that are often forgotten. Non-perishable food and other kitchen items tend to fall to the back and are relegated there until you discover them while moving. Worst of all, people end up buying two of something, not realizing that they already have one hidden in the pantry.

how to declutter your pantry

Pop-in drawers are a great way to organize a pantry in addition to make sure you can see what’s lurking at the back. These sliding drawers tuck nicely into a closed pantry and can easily “pop out” when needed. We recommend keeping similar items grouped together.

An innovative idea is to take shower caddies usually designed to hold body wash and shampoo, and hang it on the inside of your pantry door and fill it with produce that doesn’t require refrigeration.

And again, using larger storage containers for the pantry can help keep things grouped together in logical order, making finding things much easier.

Take Control of your Cabinets 

Having cabinets that are overflowing with food or other items can turn something fun like cooking into a daunting task. Additionally, it can make you feel as if you’ve lost control of your kitchen and makes cooking less enjoyable. These tips are specific to cabinets but will have a ripple effect throughout the entire space.

Here are a few ways to organize your cabinets:

Use Vertical and Hanging Space

By installing a magnetic or hook system you can save room in your cabinets. You can hang mugs above counter tops or pots and pans on the wall, which are especially nice since these are bulky, awkward and hard to store. You can also hang knives on the wall with a magnetic strip instead of the traditional bulky counter top block storage systems, saving you valuable counter top space.

Divide and Conquer

Don’t look at your cabinet as one big space. Instead, use rotating trays and dividers to separate it into tiny rooms for food and items. Rotating trays are great for oils and vinegar’s and you can also use them to sort vitamins. Dividers are perfect for separating cooking utensils or miscellaneous items that clog areas. The right dividers let you carve out small spaces for different things, making everything easier to find.

Once you’ve taken inventory of your food and kitchen utensils and gadgets, you can get a sense of how many trays and dividers you need.

Time to Grocery Shop!

Hopefully these tips and ideas inspire you to make the organizational leap and set aside a day to transform your kitchen space. Once you’ve cleared out and organized your kitchen, it’s time to get the right ingredients to make delicious low carb meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Browse our low carb food store, you’ll find tons of unique, healthy ingredients to make wonderful low carb meal ideas that you and your friends and family will love!

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Great Low Carb Dips & Salsas

Delectable Dips & Spectacular Salsas – Low Carb Style

There are very few things that can define a gathering, dinner party or a fun night in front of the TV more than a delicious dip or salsa. It helps keep the conversation flowing and tends to become the place where people congregate.

Dips and salsas look complicated to make but they are actually quite simple. Some recipes only involve a few fresh ingredients and you don’t need to cook anything. Best of all, there are a ton of low carb options that don’t sacrifice quality, taste or creativity.

What are we waiting for? Let’s get started by looking at what makes dips and salsas so universally beloved. Then we’ll introduce you to low carb recipes that you’ll love and will have your friends and family salivating for more.

What Should You Dip With?

Before we get into the recipes, you need to pick the right vessel to soak up all that delicious dip or salsa. People use low carb chips, crackers or pita bread, but you need to pair these recipes with something that won’t undermine the carb intake.

Whatever option you go with, make sure it’s either plain—so it won’t overpower or mask the flavour—or a complementary flavour like a lime chili tortilla chip to go with an authentic Mexican salsa verde.

Here are some low carb brands that go with the recipes provided below:

Whatever you choose, keep it low carb and make sure you enjoy its taste.

Salsa Recipes

With your favourite chip or pita in hand, it’s time to learn about some amazing salsa recipes.

Traditional Salsa

Everyone should have a traditional low carb salsa recipe in their repertoire. It’s perfect to whip up as a snack or when guests unexpectedly show up at your doorstep. Also, making a big batch is much cheaper than buying a container of one of the most popular brands.

You only need five ingredients to make this salsa:

  • 8 tomatoes
  • 2-3 chili peppers (choose which kind based on your heat preference)
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 1 tbsp of salt
  • 2 limes

To make your salsa, start by roasting your tomatoes, chili pepper and garlic on high heat for 5-8 minutes in either a pan or on a grill. You can also broil for 8-10 minutes. You know it’s done when the skin of the tomatoes blister and brown (don’t burn them!).

Next, cool the vegetables for 5 minutes.

Toss it all in a blender with salt and the freshly squeezed lime juice. Pulse 5-6 times and enjoy once it’s reached the consistency that you like.

Cucumber Salsa

This cucumber salsa is refreshing and a nice departure from the usual tomato based recipes. One bite will make you wonder why cucumbers aren’t the number one choice for salsa.

Gather these ingredients to get started:

  • 2 medium cucumbers (peeled, seeded and chopped)
  • 2 medium tomatoes (see they aren’t totally forgotten)
  • 4 medium jalapeno peppers (seeded and chopped—remember seeds contain the heat)
  • ½ medium onion
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 2 tbsp of lime juice
  • 2 tsp each of fresh parsley and cilantro (both finely chopped)

In only 10 minutes you can have 4 ½ cups of delicious salsa by combining all the ingredients in a large bowl and mixing with a spoon.

Dip Recipes

If salsas aren’t your thing or you need to switch it up after eating it every day for a week, then try one of these low carb dips. Each recipe offers a savoury alternative to a fresh salsa.

Cold Crab with Cream Cheese

Crab and cream cheese are staples of classic dip recipes. This one combines the two flavours to give people something salty, creamy and wholeheartedly satisfying. If you’re not comfortable working with seafood, don’t worry because cold crab is super easy. And the secret to that unique crab flavour is old bay seasoning.

Place 4 oz of cream cheese (already softened), 3 tbsp of sour cream, 1 tsp of lemon juice and old bay season (use your judgement) in a blender. Add 8 oz of lump crab meat (drain as much moisture as possible) and 2 tbsp of chives with a rubber spatula. Mix but careful not to overdo it. You don’t want to lose the lumpiness of the crab, which can make every bite that much better.

Lastly, cover in plastic wrap and chill until it’s time to serve.

Creamy Bacon Horseradish Dip

Bacon and horseradish is a duo that belong together more than peanut butter and jelly.

This recipe requires some unique ingredients but it is still simple to make.

Crisp 4 slices of bacon in a pan for roughly 6 minutes and then chop into smaller pieces. Mince 1 tbsp of green onions and then blend 1 tbsp of prepared horseradish (while tempting don’t grate your own), 1 tsp of Swerve sweetener, ¼ tsp of Worcestershire sauce, ¼ tsp of dried dill weed, ¼ granulated garlic, 1/8 tsp of cayenne pepper and a pinch of salt.

This dip is best after being refrigerated overnight, so plan ahead!

Some Out of the Box Recipes

If you want to really wow your guests, then give one of these recipes a shot. Both pair well with roasted pita bread or vegetables or as part of your favourite Mexican dish.

Mango Habanero Summer Salsa

A habanero pepper is the hottest variety of small chili peppers available. It pairs well with a fruit like mango as their contrasting flavours play nicely off one another. If you want something more acidic, you can replace mango in this recipe with pineapple.

To make this summer salsa, you need:

  • 1 cup each of diced mango and red onion
  • ½ cup of fresh cilantro
  • 1 habanero pepper
  • 1 lime
  • Salt and pepper

Combine all the ingredients in a bowl and give them a good stir. Add salt and pepper to taste but we recommend going a bit heavy on the salt. Chill for a few hours or overnight.

A good tip is that whenever you’re working with chili or hot peppers, use a glove or wash your hands thoroughly after preparation – and be very careful touching yourself before thoroughly washing your hands, especially around your eyes.

Green Goddess Dip

Green Goddess is something of a well-kept secret among foodies. It’s a salad dressing that contains a form of mayo, garlic, anchovy paste and is given a striking green colour with either parsley or green onions.

Here are the ingredients you need to make this amazing drip:

  • ½ cup of parsley
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 2 tsp of anchovy paste
  • ¼ cup each of chives and basil
  • 1 tbsp of tarragon
  • 2 tbsp of cream cheese
  • 2 tbsp of lemon juice
  • ½ cup of mayo
  • ½ cup of sour cream

In a food processor, pulse all the herbs with the garlic until they’re thoroughly minced. Add the remaining ingredients and incorporate into the herb mixture.

This dip pairs perfectly with asparagus. While it’s chilling in the fridge, steam the asparagus in boiling water for a few minutes, ensuring they are cooked but not soggy.

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Spring Weekend Breakfast Recipes

Spring Weekend Breakfast Ideas

There’s nothing like enjoying a hearty and warm breakfast on a cool spring morning. Whether you need a meal that your kids will love or want to surprise your partner with breakfast in bed, there are tons of low carb meals you can enjoy.

Let’s explore what makes a perfect spring weekend breakfast. This will help you understand why certain low carb recipes are excellent choices for you and your family. We’ll also look at a couple of unique recipes that are worth trying.

Ideal Spring Breakfasts

There are recipes built for every season like gazpacho or grilled hamburgers in the summer or beef stews made with Autumn vegetables or anything pumpkin spiced for fall. For the cooler days, you want to load up on protein, soups and stews. These meals get the chill out of your bones and deliver a warm respite from the colder temperatures.

Besides being served hot, a proper meal for those colder days contain the nutrients to combat the lack of sun, and of course they achieve this while keeping the carbs to the minimum.

Family-friendly Options

Children don’t understand the need to prepare meals. They tend to jump out of bed and want to eat right away. You need recipes that are quick, easy-to-make and that include as few steps as possible. This helps cooking become an activity instead of a chore.

Cinnamon Oatmeal with Refreshing Fruit Topping

Oatmeal fans will love this recipe that’s packed to the brim with nutritious ingredients.

Get started by gathering the following ingredients: ½ cup plus 2 tbsp of chia seeds, ½ cup plus 2 tbsp of golden flax meal, ½ cup plus 2 tbsp of finely shredded unsweetened coconut and 1 tbsp plus ¾ tsp of cinnamon. This recipe also calls for instant oatmeal, which makes it super quick. Choose your favourite low carb brand and follow the package’s instructions. The only change is to add 2 tbsp of unsweetened coconut milk and swerve for sweetening.

To make, combine the chia seed, golden flax meal, unsweetened coconut and cinnamon in a bowl. Add ½ cup of cooked oatmeal to the container along with ½ cup of water and let sit for 3-5 minutes.

Try topping some fresh berries like raspberries or blackberries. If you choose to make oatmeal from scratch, not instant, we recommend McCann’s Steel Cut Irish Oatmeal.

Cinnamon and Coconut Pancakes

This recipe is a favourite among Paleo fans. These pancakes have a different consistency that traditional pancakes, which is why the focus is on flavour. We recommend soaking them with sugar-free pancake syrup or maple syrup.

Get the following ingredients out of your fridge or pantry to make a batch of a dozen pancakes: 2 large eggs, 3 tbsp of full fat coconut milk, ½ mashed ripe banana, ½ tsp of apple cider vinegar, ½ tsp of vanilla extract, 1 ½ tbsp of organic coconut flour, ½ tsp of cinnamon, ¼ tsp of baking soda, a pinch of salt and ghee as a substitute for cooking oil.

Whisk the eggs, coconut milk, mashed banana, apple cider vinegar and vanilla extract in a bowl until all the ingredients combine. In another bowl, combine all the dry ingredients except for the ghee. Combine the wet ingredients with the dry ones to create a batter.

Heat a tbsp of ghee over medium in a skillet, ideally a cast iron one. Toss a tbsp of batter into the hot pan and wait for bubbles to form. Once they have, flip the pancake and cook for another 30 seconds. Keep doing this until you are out of batter.

Sausage Egg Sandwich

Eating low carb can mean forgoing some of your favourite fast food breakfast sandwiches. Not to mention, a chilly spring morning makes rushing out to pick up an Egg McMuffin unappealing.

Don’t worry, we have a recipe that will fill your family’s bellies with a sandwich that is even better because you replace the English muffin with perfectly cooked eggs.

All you need is 2 tbsp of ghee, ¼ lbs of raw pork breakfast sausage, 2 large eggs, kosher salt (coarser than table salt), pepper and ¼ cup of water.

Grease two biscuit cutters with 1 tbsp of melted ghee, these will act as molds. Fill with sausage meat and press it down. Heat a skillet over medium heat and add another dollop of ghee and then add the sausage meat still in their molds. Once the patty shrinks, gently remove the mold. Fry the sausage for 3 minutes on each side. If it’s on the thicker side, make sure it is cooked all the way through. Transfer to a plate.

To make the “buns”, crack each egg into separate bowls. Over medium-high heat, grease a skillet with the remaining ghee and place the molds in the centre. Break each egg’s yolk with a fork and pour one egg into each mold. Season with salt and pepper.

Add ¼ cup of water into the skillet outside the molds. Turn heat to low and cover the skillet with an airtight lid so that the steam can cook the eggs. Cook for 3 minutes and then transfer to a paper-towel lined plate or baking sheet. All you must do is assemble in this order: egg, sausage, egg.

To elevate it further, top with a spoonful of guacamole.

For a Romantic Breakfast in Bed

Let your partner sleep in and wake up to a delicious and comforting breakfast that’ll make you look like the ultimate hero. Here are two dishes that you should consider.

Skillet-Baked Eggs with Spinach, Yogurt and Chili Oil

This healthy baked egg dish is the perfect way to start a day or a weekend celebration like an anniversary.

Gather 2/3 cup of plain Greek yogurt, 1 garlic clove, kosher salt, 2 tbsp of unsalted butter, 2 tbsp of olive oil, 3 tbsp of chopped leek (white and green parts), 2 tbsp of chopped scallion, 10 cups of fresh spinach, 1 tsp of lemon juice, 4 large eggs, ¼ tsp of crushed red pepper flakes and 1 tsp of chopped oregano.

This recipe is super simple to make. Mix the yogurt with the garlic in a bowl and add a pinch of salt. Preheat oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit. Crank a burner to medium heat and melt 1 tbsp of butter and a drizzle of oil in a large skillet. Add the leeks and scallions, turn the heat down to low, and cook for 10 minutes. Incorporate the spinach and lemon juice and sprinkle some salt. Turn up the heat to medium-high and cook for 4-5 minutes. Be sure to stir frequently.

Remove the spinach and place it in a 10” skillet. Using a large spoon, make 4 deep impressions in the middle of the spinach. Break an egg into each impression and bake for 10-15 minutes. In a saucepan over medium-low heat, melt the remaining butter and some salt and cook until it foams, only 1-2 minutes. Add oregano and toss away the garlic from the yogurt.

Spoon yogurt over the spinach/egg concoction and drizzle with the butter.

For Those Who Enjoy Funky Recipes

If one spring like morning you’re feeling courageous enough to try something more creative than bacon and eggs than give this recipe a go.

Breakfast Stuffed Peppers

This breakfast is great for eating in bed since the pepper helps contain any mess. It also has wonderful hints of Mexican flavours.

Get these ingredients out: ½ lbs of chorizo, ½ small onion (chopped), 2 garlic cloves (minced), 6 eggs, ½ cup of milk, ½ cup of shredded mozzarella, parsley (chopped), 3 large bell peppers (seeded with the tops removed) and salt and pepper.

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Cook the chorizo in a skillet until it has browned. Add the onion and garlic and give everything a good mix for 3-4 minutes. In a bowl, whisk eggs, milk, cheese, parsley and then sprinkle with salt and pepper. Add the chorizo mixture to the egg mixture and pour into the bell peppers.

Place the peppers in a shallow baking dish and bake for 40 minutes. Make sure the eggs are cooked through before plating.
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