No-carb root beer float

Low-carb root beer float

One of my favourite low carb drinks is a root beer float that uses sugar-free root beer and uses unsweetened whipped cream instead of ice cream. I use unsweetened whipped cream because the soda is usually sweet enough, but feel free to add a bit of sweetener to it if you like. If you are…

Green Tea (Matcha) nonfat, sugar-free frozen yogurt

Sugar-free green tea frozen yogurt

This matcha frozen yogurt recipe is a no-sugar and nonfat substitute for green tea ice cream. When you make it with Greek yogurt, it turns out amazingly creamy, since Greek yogurt is a lot thicker than regular yogurt.Don’t despair if you can’t find Greek yogurt – you can use regular yogurt in its place –…

Quinoa, black bean and corn salad

Quinoa, black bean and corn salad

Quinoa salad is a staple for summer BBQs at our house. This recipe makes a large bowl of quinoa salad that will see you through a couple of meals and makes great leftovers.Quinoa is a slowly digested carbohydrate that contains a complete protein, making it a good choice for vegetarians and people who don’t want…

Sautéed Savoy cabbage with Dijon mustard

Sautéed Savoy cabbage with Dijon mustard

Savoy cabbage is crinkled and beautiful and fun to look at. This recipe for savoy cabbage sautéed with wholegrain dijon mustard makes a spunky side dish and a nice break from the ordinary. Ingredients 1 small head savoy cabbage 2 Tbsp butter 2 Tbsp rice vinegar 2 Tbsp Wholegrain Dijon mustard Directions Heat the butter…

Low carb egg salad

Classic low carb egg salad

Egg salad doesn’t have to live in a sandwich! This classic low carb egg salad tastes great as a side dish, a salad topping, or wrapped up in lettuce leaves. Dijon mustard and smoked paprika give it an extra zing. Ingredients 8 eggs 1 stalk celery ½ red pepper ½ medium onion 4 Tbsp mayonnaise…

Sugar-free Szechuan green beans

Sugar-free Szechuan green beans

This is a simple version of Szechuan green beans that omits the sugar but keeps the taste. This recipe gets its heat from Sambal Oelek, a simple Asian chilli sauce made from ground chillies. It’s super-spicy, so use it sparingly, especially if you aren’t a fan of spicy food! You can find it in the…

Whip cream in 30 seconds

Sugar-free whipped cream in 30 seconds

Yes, you can whip cream in 30 seconds – just whip it in a measuring cup instead of a bowl. I like plain whipped cream without any added sweetener. However, if you like it sweeter, just add some vanilla and sweetener. Ingredients 1 cup heavy cream (whipping cream – 33% MF) 1 Tbsp Splenda® or…

Edamame salad with sesame

Sesame edamame salad

This simple edamame salad combines soy beans with freshly-toasted sesame seeds and crunchy grated carrots, creating a salad that’s a hit at any summer barbecue or pot luck. The secret ingredient in this salad is freshly toasted sesame seeds — toasting raw sesame seeds brings out their natural oils and you end up with an aromatic and fresh result that…

Low-carb mocha cheesecake cups

Low-carb mocha cheesecake cups

This version of mocha cheesecake is low carb and tastes divine. By baking the cheesecake in custard cups, you eliminate the crust and all the carbs that go with it. Cooking the cups in a hot water bath results in cheesecake that is creamy throughout.  If you like this recipe, you might want to try…

Sugar-free non-fat whole wheat bread pudding

Whole wheat bread pudding

If you need a healthy slow-carb fix, try this whole wheat bread pudding recipe. It’s low in fat and sugar and contains plenty of whole grains.If you want more of a treat, you can add a handful of raisins (this adds a bit of sugar) or use whole eggs instead of egg whites (this adds…

Cauliflower Pureé

Mashed cauliflower (low carb version)

Use cauliflower instead of potatoes for this low-carb and low-calorie comfort food. Adjust this recipe to follow your favourite mashed potato recipe, or follow my suggestions below. (Just substitute puréed cauliflower for potatoes and you can’t go wrong.) You’ll need a hand blender or food processor to make the purée. (I use a baby food…

Sugar-free hot chocolate

Sugar-free hot chocolate

This home-made sugar-free hot chocolate recipe is a great treat on a cold day. For the low-fat version, omit the optional chocolate square and use non-fat milk. Ingredients 1 Tbsp cocoa 1 Tbsp Splenda or stevia to equal 1 Tbsp sugar ⅛ tsp cinnamon 2 Tbsp nonfat milk or soy milk ⅛ tsp vanilla 1…

Whole wheat toast and Marmite

Toast and Marmite

Marmite is the sludge left over from making beer, and it is a really popular food in the UK, Australia, and New Zealand. You might be wondering why I would actually write a recipe for Marmite on toast. Perhaps it is too simple to be a recipe, perhaps the thought of Marmite makes you gag….

Virgin bloody Mary

Virgin bloody Mary

A virgin bloody Mary is a spicy sugar-free drink that is great at a summer BBQ or as a nice treat for a low-sugar diet. (Add a jigger of vodka to make the grown-up version, but be aware that alcohol adds carbs… and poor judgement.)Make sure to use tomato juice that doesn’t have any added…

Roasted asparagus

Roasted asparagus

Roasted asparagus is a great alternative to steamed asparagus, and it’s really easy to make. The roasting process brings out the flavours of the asparagus and crisps up the tips. It makes a tasty low-carb vegetable side dish. Ingredients 1 bunch asparagus (approximately 20 pieces) 1 Tbsp olive oil Salt and pepper Directions Preheat an…

Non-fat cinnamon yogurt spread

Nonfat cinnamon yogurt spread

A nonfat, sugar-free spread for toast and bagels – feel free to load up on it! Ingredients 1 recipe yogurt cheese or 1 tub nonfat Greek yogurt 2 tsps cinnamon 2 Tbsps Splenda, or stevia to equal 2 Tbsps sugar Directions Mix the yogurt cheese, cinnamon and sweetener together. Use the measurements listed above, or…

Non-fat yogurt cheese

Nonfat Greek yogurt (yogurt cheese)

This thickened yogurt (Greek yogurt) is a tangy spread that you can use in place of sour cream or spreadable cream cheese (which often has added starchy thickeners). It’s great on toast, or use a dollop in soups and stews. Make sure to use a natural yogurt that doesn’t have any added starches or thickening…

2-week Greed Salad

Grab-and-go Greek salad

Greek salad is one of my favourite low-carb salads, but I never used to make them because they didn’t last well in the fridge. Thankfully, I discovered this method of preparing Greek salad that allows me to do the the lion’s share prep work ahead of time, and then spend a few seconds throwing it together when I want a…

Low-carb slow cooker (crock-pot) beef stew

Low-carb slow cooker beef stew

Slow cookers  (crockpots) are great for busy (or lazy!) people. Just chop up the ingredients for slow cooker beef stew the night before you want dinner – in the morning turn on the slow cooker and by evening you’ll have a hot stew! Slow cooking makes meat melt-in-your-mouth tender, so use the cheapest cuts available,…

Kale chips

Kale chips

Kale is ridiculously good for you, but it’s hard to cook it well. Boiled kale often turns out chewy and tough. Instead of boiling kale leaves, make kale chips and then see if you can stop eating them! Try kale chips instead of popcorn next time you sit down to a movie. Ingredients 1 bunch…

Sesame broccoli

Sesame broccoli

Dressing up broccoli with sesame and soy only takes a few minutes and makes it taste great. The secret is to toast your own sesame seeds – it’s fast and easy and they taste amazing. Ingredients 1 Tbsp raw sesame seeds 2 Tbsp sesame oil 2 Tbsp soy sauce 5-6 cups broccoli florettes Directions To…

Sugar-free slow cooker steel-cut oatmeal

Slow cooker apple cinnamon oatmeal

Assemble this oatmeal recipe before bed and wake up to the smell of cinnamon wafting through the house. You need to use a slow-cooker for this recipe and hunt down steel-cut oats, but it’s worth the trouble. Steel-cut oats are the original oat groat that is sliced into several pieces instead of rolled. They aren’t…

3-ingredient Parmesan Chicken

3-ingredient Parmesan chicken

This low carb Parmesan chicken recipe is so simple and so delicious that you almost feel guilty you didn’t put more effort in to it! You can make it up ahead of time, freeze in an ovenproof container, and bake from frozen. Ingredients 2 chicken breasts ¼ cup mayonnaise ¼ cup shredded Parmesan cheese (I…

Roasted Brussels sprouts

Roasted Brussels sprouts

Brussels sprouts – you either love them or you hate them. But have you ever tried them roasted? We are addicted to these in our family. They are nothing like the boiled Brussels sprouts you’re used to – salty and slightly sweet, these are hard to stop eating. Ingredients 1 pound (454 g) Brussels sprouts…

Low-carb meatloaf

Low-carb meatloaf

You can make a good low-carb meatloaf without adding breadcrumbs – this version contains no carbs except for a few green vegetables. This recipe makes 2 loaves (one for dinner and one for the freezer). You can cut the recipe in half, but I find that the ingredients are easier to find in double-batch quantities,…

Chicken breasts with crispy sage

Chicken breasts with crispy sage

This is one of my all-time favourite chicken recipes. It uses fresh sage leaves, which crisp up in the cooking process and infuse into the sauce, making this dish super-tasty. In fact, this is really a recipe for sauce, and the chicken is just there to soak it up! Use one chicken breast per person….

Low-carb lemon cheesecake cups

Low-carb lemon cheesecake cups

One of the biggest challenges of creating a low-carb cheesecake is making a low-carb crust. The obvious solution is simple – don’t use a crust at all! By baking the cheesecake in custard cups, you won’t end up missing that high-carb crust one bit. This recipe uses a hot water bath around the custard cups…

Low carb chocolate mousse

Low-carb chocolate mousse

This light and fluffy low-carb chocolate mousse is a favourite dessert in our family! Most mousse recipes call for a bit of milk in addition to the cream, but this adds carbs that spike your blood sugar. Because this recipe contains fat, make sure not to eat it with carbs or within 2-3 hours of…

Non-fat quinoa pudding

Quinoa pudding

Quinoa pudding is just like rice pudding but uses quinoa as the main ingredient. Quinoa often called a superfood, because it contains all nine essential amino acids, making it one of the few vegetarian sources of a complete protein. It’s also full of vitamin B2 and magnesium.But enough about its health benefits – quinoa pudding…

Curried lentils and brown rice

Curried Lentils and Rice

This curried brown rice and lentil recipe is a whole-grain, low-fat, vegetarian dish. Try some yogurt cheese as a garnish – the cool tanginess of the yogurt goes well with the spicy curry flavour. This dish keeps well in the fridge and makes for lots of leftovers. However, the rice will continue to soak up water…

Bacon Weave

Bacon weave

Yes, you read that right, this is a bacon weave. Let me explain. One night dreamt I was cooking bacon. In this dream, I had woven the bacon together and was curious to see if it would hold its shape as it cooked down, or if it would break apart into pieces. As I was cooking the…

Sprouted bean and kale soup

Sprouted bean and kale soup

This light summer soup uses dried sprouted beans instead of regular beans. Sprouted beans have more amino acids, vitamins and minerals than regular beans, and they cook up really quickly – there is no need to presoak them before boiling. I used TruRoots organic sprouted bean trio. If you don’t have sprouted beans, you can…