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Caramelized Cabbage with Bacon (Keto, Paleo, Whole30)

Caramelized Cabbage with bacon is a flavorful, addicting healthy side dish perfect for serving with just about anything. Caramelizing Cabbage will turn even the biggest Cabbage naysayer into a believer!

This easy cabbage recipe is paleo, keto, whole30, easy to prepare, and a crowd pleaser!

We’ve all had caramelized onions, but have you ever tried caramelized cabbage?

Truth be told, I couldn’t tell you whether or not caramelized cabbage is a thing. I dreamt it up one day while I was thinking about making a cabbage stir fry and caramelized onions were simultaneously on my mind.

I thought it brilliant to slowly cook sliced cabbage until it was softened yet slightly crispy and deeply golden-brown for a crazy flavorful approach to the otherwise bland vegetable.

And it’s so easy to prepare! If you can caramelize an onion (which we will be doing in this recipe, too), then you can caramelize a cabbage!

The way I see it, caramelized cabbage can be used in all sorts of ways – as a straight up vegetable side dish, a condiment, topping for sandwiches, burgers, steak, or chicken. I would even use it in burritos, grilled cheese sandwiches of breakfast sandwiches. Go wild!

Cabbage is neutral in flavor, making it ideal for dishes using big bold flavors like onion, garlic, and bacon. It doesn’t take much to spruce it up and make it extra palatable.

Caramelized Cabbage Recipe with Bacon, onions, and garlic - a healthy, easy side dish

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Creamy Cauliflower Casserole (Keto)

Creamy Cauliflower Casserole made with just a handful of basic ingredients is a delicious low-carb side dish for all your feasts and gatherings! This keto-friendly recipe is quite the crowd-pleaser!

When it comes to all things creamy and cheesy, I’m the easiest person on the planet to impress. Douse it in sauce and/or cheese, and I’m sure to be ecstatic! 

This Creamy Cauliflower Casserole is no exception. It’s devilishly creamy (yet cream-free…we’ll get to that in a second), cheesy, and tickles your taste buds for a healthier, low-carb side dish.

Keto Cauliflower Casserole - easy creamy low-carb cauliflower casserole is a perfect side dish for any gathering

Cauliflower is roasted, then swaddled in that cream-less creamy sauce, then sprinkled with cheese and baked together into gooey deliciousness. If you need more convincing, just add bacon…in fact, bacon is highly encouraged!

For those of you entertaining guests during the holidays, I find this to be a marvelous addition to any feast. It is compliant with many types of lifestyles (or diets), and is just all around great.

Let’s discuss the details so you know what you’re getting into!

Cheesy Keto Cauliflower Casserole - healthy low-carb casserole recipe - delicious side dish for any occasion

A Note About Dairy:

I’ve found many folks who are sensitive to dairy like me can tolerate certain types of cheeses (or all cheese) while staying away from fresh dairy, like milk, cream, butter, etc. For this reason, I use full-fat canned coconut milk for the sauce in this creamy casserole. 

If you tolerate dairy well, you can easily replace the coconut milk with half & half or heavy cream! If, on the flipside, you are entirely dairy-free, you can replace the grated cheese with your favorite vegan grated cheese.

The ingredients for this casserole are simple and straightforward. Let’s chat!

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Creamy Cauliflower Sauce (Paleo, Keto, Whole30)

The Best Creamy Cauliflower Sauce (to use for everything!)! This simple recipe is paleo, keto, whole30 and designed to be a cream-free substitute for any dish calling for cream sauce. Use it on your pasta, lasagna, meats, and more!

Creamy Cauliflower Sauce is the ultimate healthier replacement for cream-based sauces like alfredo or bechamel. All you need is a few basic whole food ingredients to make this creamy, comforting sauce that can be used in so many applications!

You know how cauliflower exploded into the limelight a few years ago, stole the stage, and made all the other vegetables jealous?

We’re making the sultriest, dreamiest cream-free cream sauce using that marvelous floret. Cauliflower sauce can be used in about 17 trillion ways, from pasta and lasagna to serving with any type of grilled or roasted animal protein, and/or incorporating into your big bowls of food. 

This isn’t the first time we’ve discussed the deliciousness of the cauliflower sauce on this blog, but I felt the need to re-visit the subject and allow it to have its own bright and shiny moment so that we can swaddle our lives in it.

Let’s make it!

How to make dairy-free cream sauce using cauliflower

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Meal Prep Chicken and Vegetables (Paleo, Whole30)

Paleo, Whole30 Meal Prep Chicken and Vegetables is great for work lunches or dinners throughout the week! This recipe makes 5 to 7 generous-sized meals for the hungry health-conscious individual! Meal prepping is a great way to de-load your stress before the week even begins! …Because food needn’t cause stress!   Welcome to the only …

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30-Minute Thai Basil Chicken (Pad Krapow Gai)

Thai Basil Chicken is an easy, flavorful meal! This is a refined sugar-free take on classic Pad Krapow Gai takes less than 30 minutes to make.

A combination of chicken, Thai basil, onion, garlic, Thai chilis and a sweet and savory sauce, this Thai Basil Chicken recipe comes together LIGHTNING quick and is a simple way of bringing home the takeout.

Typically, Pad Krapow Gai is made using granulated sugar, brown sugar, oyster sauce and chicken thighs or ground chicken. While this is not a traditional recipe for Pad Krapow Gai, it is a unique spin off the classic, is super flavorful, and easy to prepare.

Rather than using cane sugar, I use a small amount of coconut sugar, just enough to give it a subtle sweetness, but keeping it low in sugar. I also use liquid aminos rather than soy sauce, avocado oil instead of canola oil, and omit the oyster sauce to stick with fish sauce.

If you’re into Thai food, chicken, basil, and/or spicy food, you’re going to go wild over this dish!

Let’s get after it!

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Turmeric Chicken Sheet Pan Dinner

Chicken Sheet Pan Dinner with turmeric-seasoned chicken thighs and vegetables is a quick, clean, easy one-pan dinner recipe. Paleo, Keto, Whole30, and delicious! Sheet pan dinner recipes are underrepresented on this site, but I absolutely love making them when I’m feeling something squeaky clean, yet very easy to assemble. Chicken thighs seasoned with ground turmeric, …

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One Pan Meal: Salmon and Vegetables

One Pan Meal of Salmon and Vegetables is a great recipe for batch cooking or meal prepping for a busy workweek or for feeding a big family. This carb-conscious meal is packed with protein and vitamins and is paleo, keto, and whole30 compliant. Turn it into a sheet pan dinner recipe if you don’t have a casserole dish!

Picture this: One large casserole dish + a boat load of veggies + a couple pounds of salmon = Food for the whole family (or whole week).

I mentioned a few months ago I batch cook for myself, typically on Mondays. Cooking once and eating 5 or 6 times is my lazy yet macro-minded approach to food. No fuss, no over-romantization…just clean, easy meals to keep life simple.

Selecting go-to nutrient-dense meals that require very little thought or effort is in my opinion the most efficient way of keeping on a health-conscious food schedule.

I go for a variety of vegetables, some of which are full of starch (for carbohydrate and fiber), leaner cuts of animal like chicken or turkey, OR seafood for an omega-3 infusion. 

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Paleo Beef Stroganoff (Whole30, Keto)

Paleo Beef Stroganoff made dairy-free, quickly, and easily. A delicious staple to add to your weeknight meal plan!

Have you ever basked in the glory of beef stroganoff? 

If you’ve never tried it, just picture tender beef stewed in a tangy creamy sauce served on top of delicious buttery carbs. Sound appealing? Just you wait…

What is Beef Stroganoff?:

Beef Stroganoff (or beef Stroganov) is a classic Russian meal of pan-sauteed  beef in a mustard-broth-cream sauce. Traditionally, the recipe is made without onions or mushrooms, but the dish has taken on many variations to include tomato paste, onions, mushrooms, sugar, sour cream, and/or a combination thereof. Beef stroganoff is typically served with wide egg noodles or rice. 

How to Make Beef Stroganoff Dairy-Free:

For those of you who are sensitive to dairy, lactose intolerant, or simply try to limit your dairy intake, you can still enjoy marvelous beef stroganoff without the dairy! The combination of coconut cream (the thick portion that solidifies at the top of a can of coconut milk) and lemon juice has the same consistency and nearly the same flavor of sour cream or buttermilk. 

You can source coconut cream in a couple of ways. First, you can buy a can of coconut cream from the store or online, as there are many brands who sell it. As an alternative, you can buy 1 can of regular full-fat coconut milk and refrigerate it overnight (this is if you keep your house warm and your coconut milk is typically assimilated when you open it. After refrigerating the coconut milk, simply open it and scoop out the thick coconut cream. You can use the water at the bottom for smoothies or other recipes.

My house stays cool and I live in a cool climate, so my coconut milk is often already separated into cream and water when I open it).

If you don’t like the taste of coconut milk, or if you’re worried the replacement will make the meal taste inauthentic, don’t fret! It is truly indistinguishable once all of the flavors come together in the dish. 

Let’s talk preparation! While there are several steps to preparing this recipe, the process itself is simple and goes very quickly!

How to Make Beef Stroganoff:

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Creamy Mashed Rutabaga with Caramelized Onions

Creamy mashed rutabaga with caramelized onions is a flavorful lower carb alternative to mashed potatoes. Whip it up for all your holiday gatherings for a showstopping side dish! Hey-o! I thought I’d pop in to provide side dish inspiration to add to your holiday menu. This mashed rutabaga recipe is especially awesome for those who… …

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