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
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
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
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
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
Rarely would you go to a potluck or church social here in Texas and not have King Ranch Casserole. For it to be missing would be like a bride not showing up at her wedding – gasp! It is a layered dish of corn tortillas, chicken, mushrooms, peppers, tomatoes, two kinds of canned soups and tons of cheese! So we decided it was time to try our hand at making this comfort dish and low-carbing it without all the canned soups and tortillas…but how to get that starchy feel without tortillas? In rolls the spaghetti squash – the end result was fantastic! Continue reading Keto/Low Carb King Ranch Casserole
Have you ever celebrated Mardi Gras? The Rex’s have been to the Mardi Gras celebrations in both New Orleans and Galveston, TX which do it up in style with a huge parade. Big brass bands, baubles, beads, and beer beyond belief! OK…I’ll quit with the excessive alliteration! It was Mardi Gras this past Tuesday (AKA: Fat Tuesday) and to celebrate we made a zero-rice jambalaya! Continue reading Andouille Sausage and Shrimp Riceless Jambalaya
Ah, Valentine’s Day…that one day where there is such a big fuss to show you’re special person you love them. To go to the grocery store and see grown men aimlessly wandering the candy/flower isles (which is hilarious by the way). Making reservations a month in advance because you know every place will be booked and charging an extra expensive 3 course meal. Not for the Rex’s! Yes we celebrated, but we decided to make a special meal here at home so we can stick to our low carb plan, but feel like we’re doing something special as well.
This year we decided to do cocoa-ancho chili rubbed steaks and creamy Parmesan greens and we toasted our many Valentine’s Day’s together with a lovely glass of red wine. It was both romantic and stress free. Mr. T did surprise me with a beautiful orchid and bath bombs. Such a romantic!
Weather in Texas is so strange…our Christmas this year was a high of 78° than a week later it was a high of 34°, a week after that – right back to swimsuit weather. Seriously I wear flip flops all year ‘round! Last week was a tough one, not only did we both have to go out of town for business, but it was drizzly and chilly out. The kind of weather and taxing week that when you come home you just want something comforting. When I asked Mr. T what he wanted he said seafood chowder. I was on a mission to make that happen – and low carb to boot! Continue reading Seafood Chowder
Who doesn’t love pizza? I mean, really?! Ooey gooey cheese and sauce, loaded with toppings. Here is my version of that, but using a quiche as a crust so we can enjoy that thing we crave, but without the carby guilt. I’m not going to lie…you can’t pick this version up and eat it with your hands (or do the whole New York thing and fold it in half), but the flavors are there and the base is also jam-packed with cheese and Italian flavors. Continue reading Sausage, Mushroom and Onion Quiche-Pizza (Quiche-za?)