Banana Coconut Muffins (4 Net Grams), Gluten-Free

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One of my all time favorite sweets has always been banana nut muffins. The idea that a gluten-free, low glycemic alternative could be just as good was just not a foreseeable reality. Working without gluten can be a difficult and daunting task. Mainly because it’s hard to mimic the taste, texture and rise that gluten gives to baked goods. Pair that with the fact that bananas are very high in carbs and ordinarily are not allowed on a low carb diet, I knew this was going to be a challenge. Continue Reading

Lemonicious Hollandaise Sauce – (1 Net Gram)

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Nothing makes me happier than a really well made hollandaise Sauce. It has that buttery lemon finish that just glides across your tongue. It’s one of those classic French sauces that makes you close your eyes so that you savor and relish each delicious mouthful. The first time I encountered this noble sauce was at a little French bistro in Los Angeles. I had gone to go have breakfast with some friends. Trying to be sophisticated I ordered the Eggs Benedict on the menu. I had no clue what it was. Much to my delight it was love at first bite. Continue Reading

Salted Almond and Coconut Clusters (3 Net Grams)

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I came up with these salted almond coconut clusters as another delicious option where I put Lily’s chocolate to the test. It is no secret that I love my sweets. My sweet tooth ruled my life for decades. Creating wonderfully nutritious, as well as delicious treats has become somewhat of a hobby. Part necessity, part challenge and ultimately what keeps me motivated, on track and satisfied. Continue Reading

Perfectly Delicious Coleslaw – (3 Net Grams)

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Coleslaw is another one of those summertime traditions that one looks forward to and are grateful for when the heat drives us out of the kitchen. This is good old fashioned American comfort food at its best. It is all at once refreshingly crisp and tangy with those notes of sweetness in the background that make it such a welcome addition at any gathering. Continue Reading

Loaded Cauliflower Potato Salad – (5 Net Grams)

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One thing I found myself missing as summertime approached was a really good, low carb, potato salad. This prompted me to recreate something reminiscent from my childhood. Like a potato, cauliflower is relatively neutral in the flavor department. It depends on a supportive cast of characters that elevate it from being ho hum and ordinary to extraordinary. Continue Reading

Caramel Brownie Mug Cake – (3 Net Grams), Gluten-Free

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There was always an inkling of curiosity whenever I saw a recipe posted for a mug cake. I was down right resistant to trying one of these one cup wonders simply because they are cooked in a microwave. That anything cooked in a microwave could be this decadently rich and delicious was just not something I could not be persuaded to believe was possible. One afternoon though, I read a post that said if you didn’t try one of these quick and easy marvels, you were missing out. That statement finally got me curious enough to want to try one. Continue Reading

Lemon-Chia Seed Muffins -(2 Net Grams) Gluten-Free

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There is nothing I like more than really good baked goods. There was an amazing little place I used to frequent in L.A. called La Brea Bakery. I didn’t know this at the time, but the baker there was Nancy Silverton, both she and her then husband Mark Peel are legends in the culinary world. Her little bakery carried the most amazing artisan baked goods and I stopped by daily to see what wonderful things I could be seduced into buying. One of the things I never passed up (if by some miracle there were any left) were her lemon poppy seed muffins. Continue Reading

Deb’s Frappuccino Style Smoothie – (1 Net Gram Carbs)

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The first time I tried a Starbucks Frappuccino was at a hotel I worked for. Starbucks had just opened a retail outlet that was situated right inside the hotel. On opening day I remember walking out smiling triumphantly as I took that first, very long, cold sip. The strong, syrup sweetened coffee, blended with ice and topped off with whipped cream and caramel. What was not to like. Back in those days I had no interest whatsoever in knowing, or for that matter caring, what they were made up of. All I knew was that this thing was delicious knowing full well where those empty calories would lead. Continue Reading

Tart and Tangy Key Lime Curd – Low Carb (2 Grams) Gluten-Free

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A Key Lime is such a little power house of mouth puckering tang. I love them along with Meyer’s Lemons for all their tartness which I happen to be very fond of. This penchant for tart and tangy comes from my love of Sour Patch Kids candy. When Sour Patch Kids candy made its debut it was a match made in heaven. That bitingly sour tang followed by sweet. My favorite flavor was always the lime with lemon coming in a close second. Continue Reading