Miso-Ginger Roasted Root Vegetables

Miso-Ginger Roasted Root Veggies 1Roasting is my favorite way to cook vegetables.  I rarely cook vegetables any other way.  I usually just drizzle them with olive oil, sprinkle them with salt and pepper, and then roast at 400 until they are done to my liking.  Super simple.  But sometimes I want something a little different.

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Cheesy White Bean Dip

Cheesy White Bean Dip with CruditeAs promised, here is the recipe for the cheesy white bean dip that I served at my wine tasting party. During my research for the rosé taste-off, I found that this wine was easy to pair. I saw many suggestions for pairing rosé with hummus, but as a habitual hummus eater, I wanted something a little different. Continue reading

Chicken Salad Lettuce Wraps

Chicken Salad Lettuce WrapFor our wine tasting parties, I do extensive research to pair our wine choice with some delicious food. For our rosé taste-off, I was happy to find that this wine pairs with a variety of dishes.

Some specific tidbits I picked up about pairing rosé is that it likes creamy and it likes salty.  So, I decided that one of my dishes would be a creamy, crunchy chicken salad lettuce wrap. Continue reading

White Bean Cauliflower Mash

White bean cauliflower mashSo, the other day I was thinking about dinner and looking at my YUM! board on Pinterest. This is what I do on a regular basis because I have pinned many delicious, go-to recipes there.  But since I’m attempting to continue my low-carb kick, I am left scrolling and scrolling through tempting goodies that I just can’t eat. The worst.

Luckily, as I came upon this recipe for chicken with roasted garlic gravy, I simultaneously remembered that I had a container of prepared white beans in my fridge!  I decided that instead of mashed potatoes, I would experiment and make a white bean and cauliflower mash.

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Sriracha Shrimp Lettuce Wraps

Sriracha ShrimpMy doctor just informed me that I need to reduce certain carbohydrates in my diet. Apparently, foods like bread, rice, potatoes, and pasta are known to contribute to weight gain. Can anyone tell me, is this a thing? I mean, I was totally unaware of this!

Just kidding. It’s just that I’m in denial. See, I love carbs, but at 34, they apparently no longer love me and have caused me to gain an unmentionable amount of weight in the past few weeks. So…I guess I need to change my diet a bit, especially since my doctor also told me not to run for the next few weeks or so. (Sprained ankle.)

If you couldn’t tell from my previous posts (and probably many of my future posts), eating low-carb or low-sugar or any other type of healthy is a challenge for me. There is just too much good stuff out there. I have, however, been making a concerted effort to cut out excessive amounts of carbs (like my standard weekly ENTIRE bag of kettle chips in one sitting).

I started trying to cut carbs yesterday, and it has been pure torture. I did, however, manage to take my mind off of that for a little while by whipping up some incredibly delicious little lettuce wraps for lunch.

Shrimp. Sriracha mayo. Cucumber. All wrapped in tender butter lettuce leaves.  And the whole recipe (according to My Fitness Pal) is less than 300 calories! Continue reading