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Easy Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Pecans

Quick and easy roasted brussels sprouts with bacon and pecans - This simple recipe is baked in the oven with garlic and optional Parmesan cheese. How to make the best roasted brussels sprouts. Toss with olive oil and spices and into the pan. Low carb, gluten free, whole 30, paleo.

I love brussels sprouts. I know they’re an often hated vegetable, but I think they are really yummy, especially when roasted and mixed with bacon. Because, you know, bacon.  We have been making these roasted brussels sprouts for years, and we always enjoy them.  Because the bacon and pecans are totally optional, you can take the extra time to add them if you have it, or you can leave them out and have awesome brussels sprouts a little quicker. They’re great either way. But come on. Bacon. Anyway, have you ever seen a brussels sprouts plant? It’s a curious stalk … Read more

Seared Scallops with Asparagus

The best seared scallops with asparagus recipe - Can be served over pasta or risotto for a quick and easy, simple dinner. Similar to a stir fry with a white wine sauce. Gluten free, keto, whole 30 approved, low carb, paleo.

When I was a teenager, I loved seafood. But then, in my freshman year of college, I stopped eating all meat and became a vegetarian for over ten years. When I started eating meat again (at the insistence of my doctor), I hated seafood. I couldn’t handle the fishy taste, and everything had a fishy taste to me. Fast forward ten more years, to the weeks and months following my bariatric surgery. I discovered that seafood, specifically shrimp and scallops and crab, have insanely high levels of protein with very few calories. That was all I needed to know to … Read more

Sweet Potato Oven Fries

How to make the best healthy oven baked sweet potato french fries - homemade crispy fries are simple, quick, and easy to make. Includes tips for how to cut. Whole 30 and paleo approved.

This spring, I ran across sweet potato plants at Walmart and picked up a 6-pack on a whim. I got a giant flower pot to put them in and a big bag of Miracle Gro potting soil to fill it with. I came home and set up my giant flower pot at the back of our driveway, planted my tiny plants, watered them, and waited. By the end of July, my plants were huge and healthy, creating a large mound of leaves on the top of the flower pot with many tendrils hanging down the sides to the ground beneath. … Read more

Chicken Crust Pizza – The Best Low Carb & Gluten-Free Pizza Recipe

The best simple & easy low carb chicken crust pizza - Uses ground chicken to make a crispy crust, topped with shredded cheese and other toppings like pepperoni and mushrooms. Great for bariatric patients and those on a keto, paleo diet. Very healthy and high in protein.

The one single food I have missed the most since my bariatric surgery is pizza. I have missed it so much that I have occasionally picked the cheese and pepperoni off of a slice of pizza and eaten it, just to have the flavor of the pizza. If you’re new here, I had bariatric gastric sleeve surgery in early April 2017, and I have lost 190 pounds so far (16 months at the time of publishing). I read early on that bariatric patients who do not eat carbs do the best in terms of long-term success, so I do not … Read more

Quick & Easy Homemade Cheesy Meatballs

How to make the best homemade DIY cheesy low carb keto meatballs recipe - Healthy because they're baked in the oven. Great for spaghetti with sauce or on their own. Simple and easy with Italian breadcrumbs. Typically made with beef but could be made with turkey or pork or a mixture.

I realized recently that I have posted nary a recipe since my bariatric surgery in April 2017. It’s not that we stopped eating, nor that we have stopped trying new recipes.  I just haven’t been as into food since my surgery, if that makes any sense. I haven’t thought about it as much. I just show up to the meal, and I eat, and then I leave the table and leave the food behind. Except, with the flare up of my food addiction over the last six months, I sort of obsessed about some foods night and day, but those … Read more

The Best Gluten-Free Pecan Pie Recipe

Before my bariatric surgery, I loved pecan pie. It was my favorite pie ever, and I made a lot of them. And ate them. No holiday went by without a decadent pecan pie. When I went gluten-free, I thought I wouldn’t be able to eat another pecan pie, but then I had a thought. I never loved the crust of the pie anyway, so why not adjust the recipe a bit and make the pie without the crust? I did it, and the pie was a crazy success. As you can see in the photo above, the pie was sturdy enough to … Read more