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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

Easy Slow Cooker Pulled Pork With Sugar-Free BBQ Sauce

BBQ pulled pork

I love pulled pork. Really and truly love it. And so does Allie, who asks for pulled pork BBQ every single time we go to a state fair or carnival. Since my bariatric surgery, I have been very careful to avoid added sugars, and sadly, traditional barbecue sauce is loaded with added sugar. So we now make our own BBQ sauce. I’ll be honest and tell you that it’s not exactly the same as sugary BBQ sauce, but it has a good, rich flavor and makes the pork taste great. To make barbecue pulled pork sandwiches, you’ll first need a … Read more

Spicy Pierogies

Spicy pierogies with olive oil and spices - This simple and easy recipe starts with a box of frozen pierogies and takes just a few minutes toss with olive oil and spices. Topped with a bit of sour cream, they make a perfect side dish.

Print Recipe Spicy Pierogies Course Side Dish Servings Ingredients 1 box pierogies any flavor2 tablespoons olive oil2 tablespoons fresh parsley chopped1 tablespoon fresh basil chopped2 cloves garlic pressed1 teaspoon paprika to taste1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper to taste Course Side Dish Servings Ingredients 1 box pierogies any flavor2 tablespoons olive oil2 tablespoons fresh parsley chopped1 tablespoon fresh basil chopped2 cloves garlic pressed1 teaspoon paprika to taste1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper to taste Instructions Boil the pierogies according to package directions. Toss hot pierogies with olive oil, parsley, basil, and garlic. Sprinkle pierogies with paprika and cayenne pepper, to taste. Recipe Notes Share … Read more

Traditional Pierogies with Butter and Onions

Traditional pierogies with butter and onions - This simple and easy recipe starts with a box of frozen pierogies and takes just a few minutes to sauté with butter and onions. Topped with a bit of sour cream, they make a perfect side dish.

If you’re not from my part of the country, pierogies are pasta filled with potato filling. Our favorite brand is Mrs. T’s, and they come in sour cream & onion, cheddar cheese, sweet potato, jalepeño, and many other flavors. My favorite were always the cheddar cheese, and the following was my favorite way to prepare them.  Print Recipe Traditional Pierogies with Butter and Onions Course Side Dish Servings Ingredients 1 box pierogies any flavor2 large onions sliced in rings4 tablespoons butter Course Side Dish Servings Ingredients 1 box pierogies any flavor2 large onions sliced in rings4 tablespoons butter Instructions Boil … Read more