Two Years: My Top 20 Recipes!

Wow, I can’t believe it’s been TWO YEARS since I first created SlowCarbSnacktime. It’s been a long road learning how to eat properly and fuel my body, and there’s still a very long journey ahead, but it has been such an amazing and educational adventure so far and I’ve come up with so many healthy slow carb recipes along the way. There’s many more to come, but for now, I’m celebrating two years of SlowCarbSnacktime with my top 20 recipes.

All 20 of these recipes are grain, gluten, sugar, corn, potato, rice, and soy-free. Two recipes use some dairy, but I’ll make sure to note that in the list. I will also note paleo and whole30 compliant recipes (they are obviously all slow carb compliant). Items marked “vegetarian” are either vegetarian or can easily be made so by changing an ingredient such as swapping out chicken stock for vegetable stock.

  1. Amazeballs: Super Scallion Turkey Meatballs – paleo/whole30 – I used ground pork rinds instead of bread crumbs to give these meatballs the fluffiness they need without the carbs you don’t want.
  2. B^3: Butternut Bacon Bitespaleo/whole30 – It may take a few minutes to wrap these precious little pieces of squash in strips of bacon, but I promise it’s worth every second of your time.
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  3. Butternut Squeek Soupvegetarian, paleo/whole30 – There are few things better than a hot butternut squash soup on a cold winter day… this soup with butternut squash plus leeks is one of them.
  4. Chicken Liver Mousse – dairy – Okay, I’m not going to lie, there’s a lot of butter in this recipe, but it is one of the easiest things to make for a classy dish to stun your guests without sacrificing protein. Also tastes great with eggs for breakfast, or by itself on a very large spoon…

    Beautifully set. Dig in!

    Beautifully set. Dig in!

  5. Decontamination: Ginger Chicken Souppaleo/whole30 – The perfect comeback to any cold, my chicken soup is infused with a ton of ginger to help combat the ickiest of feelings. A favorite of my dad’s to fight back against chronic sinus infections.
  6. Duck Duck Asparaguspaleo/whole30 – Crispy asparagus oven-roasted in duck fat. The way to my heart is through my stomach.
  7. Easy Peas-y: Split Pea Soup w/ Sausage – One of The Boyfriend’s favorites, I boil the sausage in chicken stock and then use that stock in the soup. So rich, so good.
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  8. “Gazpacheaux” Gazpachovegetarian, paleo/whole30 – This cold tomato soup is a perfect snack to beat the summer heat or spoon into shot glasses for a classier kind of party.
  9. Hold the Sizzle: Fiery Chicken Fajitas – paleo/whole30 – This spicy little stir fry is a great option for a protein-packed dinner for two and tastes great with strips of beef too!
  10. Holy Crap! Garlic Soupvegetarian, paleo/whole30 – Over 20 cloves of garlic and a whole head of cauliflower into the pot for a super smooth, bright white soup.
  11. Kimchi Fried Cauli-Rice – paleo/whole30 – Cauliflower rice, kimchi, eggs, and bacon fat. What more could you want?
  12. Lamb Chop’s Play Along: One Baaaaad Burgerpaleo/whole30 – This ground lamb burger with fresh rosemary is so juicy, sticking it on a bun would just be a waste.
  13. Perfect ‘Stachio Guacvegetarian, paleo/whole30 – My copy cat version of the stunning guacamole at Jose Garces’ El Vez. Never pay $14 for guac again.
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  14. Red Lentils are Dal-iciousvegetarian – My take on a traditional Indian dal, prepared in a slow cooker using red lentils and a ton of fresh spinach. I crave this all the time and it’s a great dish entirely on its own, paired with a meaty protein, or even reheated in a pan with some eggs!
  15. Rosemary Bone Brothcrockpot, paleo/whole30 – This slow-cooked broth is made from beef soup/marrow bones and cooks on low for nearly two days to extract all the vitamin goodness from the bones. When it’s cold, it looks like jell-o, but warm it up for a mineral-packed cup of life. Seriously, I know how cheesy that sounds, just try it. It’s amazing.
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  16. Saturday Morning Shakshuka / Date Night Zoodlesvegetarian, paleo/whole30 – These two quick dishes pair great together for a meal so tasty, you won’t even realize there’s no meat!
  17. Sweet Hundos: Oven-Roasted Cherry Tomato Saucevegetarian, paleo/whole30 – This super easy tomato sauce is made with “Sweet 100’s” cherry tomatoes and is unlike any sauce I’ve tasted before. I just couldn’t get enough and ate half the jar with a spoon. Serve with just about anything.

    Mmm saucy!

    Mmm saucy!

  18. Top Secret Deviled Eggs / Devilish Egg Salad – My go-to potluck dish and an easy alternative for cravings at home.
  19. Tiny Viking Funerals – cheat day, dairy – Jalapenos stuffed with chorizo and cream cheese. A cheat day treat guaranteed to knock the socks off all your friends.
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  20. Whatsername Fish Tacos – Chickpea flour-crusted tilapia fillets and large lettuce leaves make for this delicate but delicious taco dinner. You won’t even miss the tortillas.
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Perfect Pork Chops ++

In our ongoing effort to avoid sugar, I feel I’ve gotten a little carried away with fat recently. Yes yes, certain types of fat are good for you, but even the good stuff should be consumed in moderation. I decided to go for a super simple, fast, low-key dinner tonight and it was absolutely delicious. Originally I had no intentions of posting this recipe since I just made it up on the spot and went with what felt right, but I picked up Nigella Lawson’s How To Eat at Powell’s last week (for $8.00!) and she is a firm believer in authenticity over originality, so here it is. I didn’t make anything weird or complicated, just straight up good food. Needless to say, there were no leftovers.

You will need two pans for this recipe. I highly recommend using cast iron for the chops and a large non-stick for sautéing the spinach.
Please note, I made these dishes at the same time and tried to write the recipe as such, but be sure to keep tabs on the process so you don’t burn or overcook anything.

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Ingredients: 
2 pork loin chops, about 1″ thick
3-4 cups fresh baby spinach
3.5 tbsp olive oil, divided
mayonnaise, for serving (optional)

Seasoning: 
1/2 tsp freshly cracked salt (for spinach)
~ 1 tsp salt
~ 1 tsp pepper
Cocky Cajun Seasoning, to taste

Using a sharp knife, cut off any excessively large pieces of fat from the pork chops – not everything, you want some fat to render and help the cooking process, you just don’t want to chew on it either. Season each side with salt, freshly cracked pepper, and my Cocky Cajun seasoning (I went a bit heavy, but put as much as you like) and rub it in a bit.

Pre-heat the cast iron skillet (for the pork chops) on medium-high and the non-stick (for the spinach) on medium-low. Add 2 tbsp olive oil to the cast iron and 1 tbsp olive oil to the non-stick.

Add the pork chops to the cast iron. Cook on medium heat, about 5 minutes per side or until internal temperature reads 155*F (for medium).

One to two minutes after adding pork chops to the cast iron, add all the spinach to the non-stick pan. Pour 1/2 tbsp olive oil and freshly cracked salt over the spinach, mix well and cover with lid. Check on it every 2-3 minutes and stir. Within 7-10 minutes, all spinach should be wilted. Remove from stove and transfer to serving bowl.

Serve immediately. Mayonnaise optional.

Enjoy!

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