Spinach Artichoke Chicken

Friday, November 29, 2013
You know that appetizer served at the big apple chain restaurant that is served with tortilla chips? Oh, man I LOVE that stuff!!

Blueberry-Cream Cheese Crumb Cake

Thursday, November 28, 2013

While never a huge fan of cake, coffee cakes are another matter altogether. Coffee cake is served on leisurely mornings with lots of coffee flowing or an afternoon get together with friends....at least to my way of thinking. 

Cranberry-Walnut Scones

Saturday, November 23, 2013
As the holiday season approaches I am thinking of increased social activities and the food that comes with those activities. One in particular concern to me is a coffee date I am planning with the girlfriend of one of the sons and her dear Mom -- neither of these gals eat low carb. Extra pressure there!! In my pre-low carb days I would have pulled out one of my staples -- SCONES and coffee.

Cheesy Garlic Mashed Cauliflower

Tuesday, November 19, 2013
In my collection of side dishes I have several favorites that feature cauliflower. There isn't one as easy as this one and since it features frozen cauliflower, an economical one too.

Roasted Broccoli w/Toasted Pine Nuts

Saturday, November 16, 2013
Nuts & seeds make such great additions to low carb dishes like this Roasted Broccoli dish. I especially enjoy them added to veggies and salads where they add both interest and crunch!

Green Beans Almondine

Friday, November 15, 2013
Totally ignore this dishes *fancy* name -- it is the easiest side dish and VERY economical too!

Herbed Cauliflower Gratin

Thursday, November 14, 2013
Been a little under-the-weather the last few days. Finally feel back to par and am in the kitchen again. Back to the subject of side dishes.....

Broccoli, Cranberry and Feta Salad

Sunday, November 10, 2013
This salad is so festively colored, wonderfully crunchy and D.E.L.I.O.U.S. Including it on my holiday menu is a no-brainer!

Pan Roasted Brussels Sprouts w/Browned Butter & Shallots

Friday, November 8, 2013

According to my children, it simply isn't a holiday feast without Brussels Sprouts!!

Braised Green Beans w/Tomatoes & Onions

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Confession time -- I use (and like) frozen veggies. Now my first choice is usually fresh - especially if fresh means right out of our backyard garden BUT when that isn't a possibility, I reach for frozen.
Some of my favorite low carb frozen choices -- spinach, cauliflower, broccoli, Brussels sprouts and green beans.

Butternut Squash w/Pecans & Gorganzola

Wednesday, November 6, 2013
No series on Thanksgiving sides would be complete without at least one squash recipe thrown into the mix -- Expect more than one from me. This one features (from our garden) butternut squash -- about my favorite!

Creamed Spinach

Tuesday, November 5, 2013
Creamed Spinach probably tops my favorites list -- that said, I have about 3 recipes I use to make it -- all are wonderful and all would make a great side at your holiday feast.

Company Green Beans

Monday, November 4, 2013
Another great holiday worthy side dish. I was first introduced to this recipe when I was reviewing cookbooks for Gooseberry Patch. 

Creamed Turnips

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Have you started planning your holiday menus? Having a plan always helps me stay on target with my low-carb way of eating. Over the next few weeks I am going to be showcasing some side-dishes that would make wonderful low-carb additions to any holiday table.
Up first, Creamed Turnips!!

Bacon Braised Cabbage

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Yes, I am totally among the throngs that think that bacon makes everything better, lol. 
Honestly I hesitate to post this *recipe* - mostly because it is so simple and since it is only 3 ingredients, hardly seems like a recipe at all, BUT on the off  chance that you've never had cabbage made this way, I feel compelled to post. 

Sausage & Spaghetti Squash Bake

Friday, November 1, 2013
Colder temps and shorter days have me yearning for comfort foods -- soups, one-pot meals and CASSEROLES! Well casseroles can be harder with a low-carb lifestyle. They tend to rely heavily on ingredients like pasta, potatoes and rice.