Creamy Swedish Meatballs (4 Net Grams)

Image: Creamy Swedish Meatballs with Riced, Buttered Cauliflower

The first time I ever had Swedish Meatballs was way back when I was a very young single guy living in the big city. It was something made for quick and easy preparation by the folks down at Stouffer. I have always liked Stouffer’s products because quite frankly they were always consistent and more importantly pretty darn good. All you needed was a microwave oven and you were good to go. Continue Reading

Best Ever Chicken Scallopini (3 Net Grams)

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I have been making Chicken Scallopini for as long as I can remember. Some of you may well wonder what the heck is Chicken Scallopini? It’s just a fancy name for chicken cutlets that are usually pounded out very thin so that they cook very quickly. It is Italian in origin and is traditionally served with pasta. I serve it with a salad or with a vegetable on the side and truth be told, I don’t miss the pasta at all. Continue Reading

Pumpkin Coconut Muffins (3 Net Grams)

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Autumn has always been my favorite time of year. Namely because of all the holiday treats one has to look forward to as summertime melts seamlessly into autumn. One favorite that instantly came to mind was Libby’s Pumpkin Roll. It has been a holiday staple of my mother’s for decades. These pumpkin coconut muffins came to be because I was challenged by a friend to come up with something that used pumpkin in it. This is a deliciously different take on the Libby’s pumpkin roll recipe that is equally as good and one thats loaded with pumpkin pie flavor. Continue Reading

Dijon Mustard and Tarragon Cream Sauce (1 Net Gram)

Image: Grilled Chicken with Dijon Mustard and Tarragon Cream Sauce.

Dijon mustard is one of those condiments I have always had on hand, but never knew what to do with. This is a classic addition in many French inspired dishes. Here it provides that game changing element of complexity and surprise I have come to rely on to elevate the flavor profile of a sauce or salad dressing. Continue Reading

Green Beans Almondine (2 Net Grams)

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Thanksgiving  always elicits visions of green beans casserole dancing inside my head. Nothing was as comforting as a huge helping of this delicious casserole. It’s a holiday dish that most everyone has had at one time or another. Since its introduction it’s still considered a holiday comfort classic.  Today it remains as one of those iconic dishes one sees again and again at holiday gatherings around the country. Continue Reading

Gourmet Salted Caramel Sauce (0 Net Grams)

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A Caramel Sauce Disappointment. To begin with I wanted a caramel sauce to compliment my Caramel Brownie Mugcake. Previously I had been using Walden Farms Sugar-Free Caramel Sauce. Truth be told though, like so many of their products it is just ho hum. It can be described as having a somewhat runny consistency. The taste is at best satisfactory and somewhat artificial tasting, but with no other alternatives, it temporarily filled the void. Continue Reading

Tiramisu Cupcakes (3 Net Grams), Gluten-Free

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Tiramisu Blues. There was a time when I wore blinders and surpassed the bakery section of Whole Foods. Why? Because they have a Tiramisu that was my go to dessert for years. I stopped that urge to indulge in its tracks by coming up with an easy Tiramisu mousse recipe. The mousse by itself has all those delicious flavors I was looking to quash that craving for good! The problem though, was that I still missed those espresso/marsala soaked lady fingers that are an integral component of this classic dessert. Continue Reading

Apple Streusel Muffin (3 Net Grams), Gluten-Free

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An Apple, My New Banana. Much like the discovery I made using that single banana I applied this same principle to an apple. An apple by itself, just like a banana is very high in carbs. Again though when you divide that apple over 12 individual servings you have a muffin that comes in at 3 net grams per serving. Yup, that’s what I’m talking about, that’s low carb math done Mike’s way. Continue Reading

Classic Peanut Butter Cookies (1 Net Gram)

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Its hard to remember when I first fell in love with peanut butter cookies. What I do recall is that peanut butter cookies have always been among those things I would get excited about when I saw them at local bake sales. Back in those days this was a very popular way to raise funds for various school sponsored clubs and organizations. These bake sales were the ones always setup in front of  supermarkets and discount stores like K-mart. Continue Reading

Mike’s Toll House Style Cookies (1 Net Gram)

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One of my all time favorite recipes to bake has always been Toll House cookies. The thing I remember most about a Toll House cookie is that they are a comfort treat like no other. That melt in your mouth quality invokes the very best memories of a carefree childhood. Here I was once again, taunted by the challenge to recreate a gluten-free version that mimicked that cookie I grew up with as a child.  Continue Reading