Low Carb Taco Salad

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  • 1 Head Lettuce
  • 1 medium Tomato
  • 1 C. Cheddar Cheese
  • 1/4 C. Ranch Dressing
  • 1 medium Onion
  • 1 t.  Low-Carb Taco Seasoning
  • 1 t. water
  • 1 lb. Ground beef or cooked chicken
  • Optional: Sour Cream, Sliced Avocado, Crumbled Doritos for crunch (this option is obviously not low-carb!)

Brown beef or chicken. Drain. Mix water and seasonings with beef/chicken, until well coated. Add Ranch dressing, and stir.

Layer lettuce first, then make a salad with everyone else on top.

Curry Chicken Salad

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  • 1 lb. Chicken Breast, cubed, baked/boiled/grilled/cooked
  • 1/4 C. Ranch Dressing
  • 1 T. Yellow Curry Powder
  • 1 Celery Stalk, diced
  • 1 Onion, diced
  • Fresh Spinach or Lettuce

Cube up and Cook chicken however is easiest for you. I usually bake mine for chicken salads.  Mix Ranch dressing and Curry powder together in a small bowl. 

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Mix all ingredients together except the spinach/lettuce.

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Wrap it up in a low-carb tortilla wrap! I found some 4 carb tortilla’s at Kroger, and some 5 carb ones at Food Lion.

Tips & Tricks: Sausage Overload

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Paleo is a meat & vegetable happy diet. Some people may claim that it’s a little bit more expensive than normal, not accurate. If it’s expensive it’s because you are making crazy elaborate recipes from online and/or not paying attention at your local grocery. You don’t have to be fancy to be paleo. Plain old baked chicken and vegetables is just as delicious and pretty cheap. Meat.. also doesn’t have to be expensive:

A roll of sausage is about $2.50 here, give or take a few pennies and random sales.  That’s for the cheap stuff here at my Kroger, because I am a tightwad.

I am lucky enough to have about 4 major grocery store chains all within a block or so of my house. This makes my life so much easier in general.

I wish I was in-the-know for answers to give you so that you could just magically find markdowns at your store. Sadly, each store is different and often the policies vary.  Most of the time, in my experience, it happens on Monday or Tuesday. Usually whatever didn’t sell after they stocked the shelves high for the weekend. My Food Lion does it on Monday. Kroger seems to do it every single weekday. My Farm Fresh does it on Tuesday, and I don’t entirely know if Harris Teeter ever does it… either that or they are so good about it, it’s gone before I get there.

Either way, my Food Lion  always has marked down sausage rolls when I go looking.. Getting a roll for $1.00-$1.99 is a score for me, and today I bought 11 rolls for 1.59 each.  That saved me almost $11 buying it a roll at a time over the course of 2 or 3 months.  This is not limited to sausage. Bacon, Chicken, Hamburger, Steaks, ham, you name it. Just because it’s marked down, does not mean it’s bad. Usually they mark it down a few days before it goes bad, to get rid of it quickly. This just means you need to freeze it asap. Which is what I did here.  I also did this in two batches because I lack a huge bowl for mixing.

  • 10lbs. Rolled Sausage (Hot or Mild) or Ground Pork (Can use both, and mix!)
  • 2 T. Salt (optional, I just like to season my pork.)
  • 2 T. Ground Black Pepper
  • 1/4 C. Minced Garlic
  • 1/4 C. Each Fennel Seeds, Sage & Parsley (Optional)

Mix well using clean wet hands.  Package individually in Quart sized Freezer Bags. Freeze, Defrosts in about 7 minutes in the microwave or in the fridge overnight.

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Cabbage “Roll” Casserole

  • 1 Head Cabbage, boiled, cut into bite size pieces
  • 1 Can Corn
  • 1 Can Peas
  • 1 Can Rotel Tomatoes
  • 1 lb. Ground Beef, Browned
  • 1 Can Tomato Sauce
  • salt & pepper to taste

Arrange in a casserole dish with cabbage on the bottom. Peas, Tomatoes, Corn and Beef, and then sauce on top. Bake in an 350 degree oven for 30 minutes.

 

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Jack-O’-Lantern Stuffed Peppers

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  • 4 Orange or Yellow Bell Peppers
  • 1/2 lb. Ground Beef
  • 1/4 C.  Organic Sweet Corn
  • 1/4 C. Cabbage
  • 1/4 C. Tomato Sauce
  • 1/2. C. Diced Onion
  • 1/2 C. Roasted Spaghetti Squash

Carve your Bell Peppers like you would a pumpkin!  Cut the tops off and just cut out eyes, a nose, and a mouth.

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In a casserole dish, stand up bell peppers and cook at 350 degrees for about 15-20 minutes, or until it’s done how you like. I left mine a little crispy so they would hold their ghoulish form. Insert roasted spaghetti squash through the mouth to make it look like they are hurling up their guts. It’s Halloween after all.

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In a large pan, brown hamburger until done. Add onion and saute until done.  Drain.  Mix in the rest of the roasted spaghetti squash, corn, tomato sauce, and cabbage, Fill peppers until full, bursting out of the top if you can..

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The mixture will look fantastic until you add the tomato sauce and spaghetti squash, then it takes a slightly scary turn…

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Bake for 15-20 more minutes in the oven at 350 degrees.

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When you are adding the mixture to the bell pepper, dripping a little tomato sauce “blood” is always a bonus!

Enjoy!