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“Better than Frito Lay” Spicy Bean Dip

Friends are so special!

bean dip

I had a sweet lady give me several bags of pinto beans.  I don’t care much about sitting down and eating a bowl of pinto beans;  I prefer Great Northern white beans flavored with a ham bone if I’m going to do that.

so…my daughter loves bean dip!   The kind you buy in the little can by the chips.

My dream to use these pinto beans was to make bean dip.  And you know what?  It is delicious!  I served this with taco salads at our Sunday family dinner. Hope you enjoy!

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“Better than Frito Lay” Spicy Bean Dip

2 cups of cooked prepared pinto beans or one 15 oz can of pinto beans, cooked
3-5 slices bottled jalapenos peppers
1 tablespoon brine, from bottled jalapeno slices or pepperoncini peppers
1 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon granulated sugar or no cal sweetener of your choice
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1 package of taco seasoning
1 tablespoon mayo

Combine all ingredients in a food processor and process until smooth.  Chill for several hours before serving to allow spices to blend.  Serve cold with tortilla chips, corn chips, or veggie slices.

Options: make some little cheese crackers made by baking cheese slices on parchment paper or serve with Almond Thins.

This dip is also good when heated with shredded cheese and sour cream on top. Yum!

For a 3 0z serving of just the bean dip:  118 cal, 4.5 fat, carb 15 (5.5 fiber), protein 5

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Cream Cheese & Bacon Stuffed Peppers aka Poppers!

Previously I posted my recipe for Poppers.  In fact, it was one of my first foodie blog posts!  I’ve posted several recipes since then and hope you’ve enjoyed them.

Here’s another way to make poppers.  They’re delicious and naturally low carb!  Instead of wrapping the stuffed peppers in bacon…add the cooked bacon to the cream cheese stuffing!

Easy-peasy!

 Here’s what you’ll need…

oops!  Forgot to include the bacon.


Soften the cream cheese and add the rest of the ingredients.

Stuff the peppers and place on a baking sheet.  Sprinkle with the

parmesan cheese.

yum-yum!

I’m one of those cooks that rarely ever measures anything so it does make

it hard to pass on the recipe.  But, looking at my

previous Poppers recipe, I’d say I used about

the same amount of ingredients.

Poppers

Jalepeno peppers (cut open and remove all seeds)

8 oz cream cheese

1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese

seasoning such as Soul Seasoning or Seasoning Salt, garlic, Old Bay, etc

2 green onions, sliced

6 -8 slices bacon, cooked, drained, crumbled

Parmesan cheese

Mix the cheeses.  Add the seasonings, onions and bacon.  Fill the peppers with the mixture and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.  Place on a foil lined pizza pan or baking sheet.

Bake in a 375º oven for about 20-30 minutes.  Keep a check on them after 20 minutes and bake until the peppers look done and the filling is all melty and gooey.   Cool and enjoy!  I served these with Ranch Dressing.

In case you’re wondering about my readers…here’s the results! Apparently readers from all over enjoy low carb and Southern cooking!  Thanks to all who participated.

Canada – 2

Florida – 2

West Virginia-2

Georgia-1

Hawaii-1

Indiana – 1

Kentucky – 1

Mississippi – 1

Pennsylvania – 1

Texas – 1

Washington – 1

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Low Carb Spicy Deep Fried Broccoli

As I was surfing some food blogs, I ran across a pic of deep fried veggies.  That’s where it all began.

My desire for something crispy, “breaded”, and fried!

I couldn’t get it off my mind.

Remembering how I fixed some deep fried cauliflower, I began to mentally check out the contents of my freezer.

I ran home at lunch, grabbed that bag of frozen broccoli that had been staring at me every time I opened the freezer door, and heated up the deep fryer.

I quickly threw the frozen miniature “trees” in a bowl of water and grabbed an egg and the coconut milk out of the fridge.

Reaching into the cabinet, I got out my brand new box of Carbquik  and coconut flour.  (I no longer use Carbquik, but a combination of almond flour and gluten free flour).

I really needed to get this all done within 55 minutes so the rush was on.

To make a long story short, I did.  The results were quite tasty and satisfied that desire for something deep fried.

I think I like them more than the cauliflower!  The next day I discovered they’re just as good COLD!  Hope you give this recipe a try.

Spicy Deep Fried Broccoli

 

One 16oz bag frozen broccoli
1 egg
3 T coconut milk, cream, half and half, or water
1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
1/2 cup Carbquik, or almond flour/gluten free flour mix
seasoning spices (Cajun spice, garlic, salt, pepper, cayenne pepper, etc)
hot oil for deep frying
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Rinse and thaw the frozen broccoli.  Drain off the water.  With a fork or whisk, mix the milk or even water with the egg.  Set aside.  Add your preferred spices to both cheeses, stir and set aside.
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Put about a cup of broccoli florets into the egg mixture, stir around until the florets are coated with egg.  Next put the florets into the cheese/Carbquik mixture (I put the cheese into a quart size freezer bag) and shake around until the broccoli florets are well coated with the cheese-flour mixture.
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Have your deep fryer ready.  Carefully drop into the hot oil.  Deep fry 6-8 minutes or until golden brown.  Continue until all the broccoli is cooked. Drain on paper towels and serve with your preferred dipping sauce.  I chose Ranch Dip.
COOK’S NOTE:  My hubby has a deep fryer like this and he says it will really cook!  So much better than that little fry baby he had.  😉
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Who Dat? Dat’s dem Saints!

Congratulations,

Drew Brees and Co.!

Cheesy Sausage Balls

The high carb version of this recipe has been a family favorite for years now.

Usually we get together the night before Thanksgiving or Christmas to cook for the holiday family dinner.  While we’re putting Mom’s Potato Salad together and making her fabulous Coconut Cream Pie, we stick a pan of Sausage Balls in the oven to snack on.  It’s become a family tradition.

Having a little extra sausage on hand, I attempted a low carb version of this easy recipe.

They turned out fairly tasty, tho I think I can back off the onion powder next time or leave it out all together.

All you need is sausage, grated cheese, and something to bind it all together.  I’ve read where some use eggs and others use crushed pork skins.  I used a bit of Carbquik (similar to Bisquik) and some parmesan cheese to make up the dry ingredients.   Bob’s Red Mill has a low carb baking mix that is another option.

It worked and they were quite tasty, although they didn’t have the traditional sausage ball taste, because of the added spices, I think.  So in the future, I think I’ll skip the spices and hope for that famous sausage ball flavor.

Other tasty low carb snacks and appetizers:

Deep Fried Cauliflower

Aussie Squash Fries

Bacon-wrapped Jalapeño Poppers

sausgballs

Cheesy Sausage Balls

1 lb. sausage
12 oz. shredded cheddar cheese
1 cup of your choice low carb baking mix, such as Carbquik and parmesan cheese, Bob’s Red Mill Low Carb Baking Mix.

Preheat the oven to 375 º F.  Spray a baking sheet with vegetable oil cooking spray.  Combine all ingredients in a large bowl.   Mix well with your fingers. The mixture may very crumbly.  Form into 1 inch balls, squeezing the mixture so it holds together, then rolling it between the palms of your hands to form balls.  Place the balls on the baking sheet.  Bake for 16-18 minutes or until golden brown.  To prevent sticking, move the balls with a spatula halfway through cooking or use parchment paper to line your pan.  Remove from oven and serve warm.

 

Purchase Bob’s Red Mill Low Carb Baking Mix here.

 

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