All posts by D. Rex

Spicy Cilantro Ranch Dip

There is this amazing Tex-Mex restaurant that originated in Austin (now has many locations all over the U.S.) that we go to quite often. I don’t think we’ve had one dish there that we don’t like. One of the highlights is they serve an amazing creamy jalapeno dip. I don’t know anyone who doesn’t love this dip. You have to request it, but you do, you won’t be disappointed. It’s got a slight heat and a zing that just has such a perfect balance of flavors. After doing some research we have come up with our own version of this dip – you’re welcome! 😁  Continue reading Spicy Cilantro Ranch Dip

Fig, Prosciutto & Gorgonzola Meatza

There are many a pizza that can be considered the best here in Austin. I highly recommend Home Slice, Austin 360 and Pinthouse. For a more unique pizza experience, Mr. T and I love this one pizza from Via 313. It’s called the Cadillac; topped with gorgonzola, fig preserves, prosciutto di parma, parmesan and a balsamic glaze. Let me just say…out of this WORLD! Naturally, as low-carber conscious that we are, we’ve found a way to reinvent this so we can indulge, while skimping on the carbs!  Continue reading Fig, Prosciutto & Gorgonzola Meatza

French Deviled Eggs

Perhaps the most perfect appetizer is a deviled egg. Those little gems are super low in carbs, packed with delicious protein and always a hit at a party (usually the first to go)! Lately we’ve been noticing quite a trend for restaurants as well – always having some fancy form of this on their small bites menu. To change this up a bit we came up with our version that we’re calling French Deviled Eggs. I actually wanted to name them French DeVIL’d Eggs, but figured I might get kickback (like it’s the FRU-ETS of the DEV-EEL). Bonus points if you get that reference. 😆 Continue reading French Deviled Eggs

Asian Pork Lettuce Wraps

Probably the very first experience we ever had with wrapping something in lettuce was the Chicken Lettuce Wraps from P.F. Changs. I remember being there for a friends birthday and she ordered this for the table. That experience blew my mind at how something could be so fresh and so good (OK the only fresh part was the lettuce) and it was a fun experience to boot! This week I made my own version: Asian Pork Lettuce Wraps. Just as delicious as the original, but keeping it on our low-carb plan. Mr. T couldn’t keep his tiny arms away from it!  Continue reading Asian Pork Lettuce Wraps

Peanutty Kale Salad

About 6 or 7 years ago, Mr. T and I went vegetarian (GASP!). I know…that might have shocked you all being that our whole blog is about us being bone crushing, bacon eating, rib smacking carnivores. Anyhoo, that fun little stunt is all in the past, however we did learn some great ways to cook foods I might not have tried.  One of those is an appreciation for kale – but not just any kale, this peanutty kale salad is the bomb! Continue reading Peanutty Kale Salad

Happy Hour @ Sushi Zushi

Mr. T goes on a lot of business lunches – which is sometimes tough when eating low-carb/keto. He has a few ‘usuals’ with some great adaptations which help him stay on track, but sometimes he asks for my help. I typically look up the menu and also yelp.com reviews and photos to narrow down some delicious options to choose from. This last week he went to Sushi Zushi and while I was helping him research their menu I became hooked. I was craving sushi hard-core and had to go! It was pretty set-in-stone after his lunch and he had rave reviews on how amazing it was. Happy Hour…here we come! Continue reading Happy Hour @ Sushi Zushi

Seafood and Chorizo Paella

We have a cute Spanish Tapas restaurant named Barlata pretty close to the house and they have really delicious food. They happen to have an excellent happy hour (I must write a post about that one), and they have a whole section on their menu for the variety of paellas  – 9 to be exact! Paella is a flavorful rice dish – kind of like a Spanish version of fried rice, but way more refined. It’s full of exotic spices – saffron is a must here, and some vegetables, but is also loaded with delicious proteins. I’ve seen so many different types of seafood, chicken, chorizo, andsometimes game meat such as rabbit. Below is my take on making this keto-friendly with a couple of swaps. Continue reading Seafood and Chorizo Paella

Happy Hour @ Clarks’s Oyster Bar

Mr. T and I just recently celebrated our 18 year wedding anniversary – WooHoo!  We wanted to go somewhere new, but it was a Sunday during Spring Break/South by Southwest festival here in Austin so it’s often a bit chaotic around this time. We decided to do an early dinner at Clark’s Oyster bar – firstly because we LOVE oysters and this place specializes in them, but secondly it was happy hour (3-6 daily) so a slight discount on oysters and bottles of wine were half off. You might argue that it was our anniversary and we should splurge, but I do love a bargain…no matter the occasion! 😉 Continue reading Happy Hour @ Clarks’s Oyster Bar

Grilled Salmon and Parmesan Zucchini

Do you ever crave fish – like your day would be incomplete without it? Often we start Monday off (probably due to eating a bit heavier on the weekends) and we just need a nice grilled piece of salmon. I’m sure it’s that our bodies require something on the lighter side, and perhaps we’re needing that ultra dose of rich Omega 3’s and B12 vitamins. I also do my grocery shopping on Monday and I just look at that beautiful jewel-toned fish and even if it’s not on my menu, it somehow ends up in my cart. Then I spend all day waiting for Mr. T to grill it up!  Continue reading Grilled Salmon and Parmesan Zucchini

Asian Stir-Fry Meatloaf

Mr. T and I are obsessed with cooking shows. We watch A LOT of them. Our favorites tend to be Masterchef, Chopped, Top Chef, Beat Bobby Flay and The Kitchen…the list goes on. I have noticed an increasing trend on the various shows for meatloaf. It makes sense, as this comfort classic can be made a myriad of ways – and it’s so easy to change up the ingredients to take on a new twist. My version…Asian! Yep, you heard it…my mash-up take on meatloaf imbues the flavors of an Asian stir fry/potsticker. Keto and low in carbs of course! Continue reading Asian Stir-Fry Meatloaf