Almond and Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto Pasta

Okay, dear Reader, I don’t officially have a top ten list of pesto recipes. Not one that I carry around with me in my wallet. And, certainly, not one that I’m going to admit to at this particular time.  But, if I did, then this pesto would be on that list, and most likely, very close to the top. This is one of those pasta dishes that make you feel better about yourself and make you happy to be alive.  Am I the only one that can feel such powerful emotions from eating good food?  If I’m not alone, please come forward.  We can start a club! COOKING AND BAKING IS PERSONAL! I’ve shared this with John.e before, but I’m not sure I’ve talked about it at Lord Byron’s Kitchen.  My recipes – my creations – are extremely personal.  I try my best to not take negativity to heart. But, it’s really hard to hear the words, “I didn’t like it.”  Everyone has their own personal tastes, but when it comes to sharing food you’ve prepared, it’s very personal. When someone loves to cook and bake, and likes to share it with the world, yet that same person is an introvert…

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Brown Butter Pasta with Spinach and Goat Cheese

This recipe was born out of the need to use up some spinach that was nearing the end of its shelf life. We are spending time at our house and since the closest grocery store is more than 30 minutes away, we stock up. We had two bags of spinach which were too expensive out in the boonies to go to waste. I looked through my fridge and I saw that I had two packages of goat cheese. We have this rather large wooden “bowl” on the counter where we keep garlic and tomatoes, etc. I had lots of fresh garlic. Our home is never without pasta. And, it is never – I mean never! – without butter! That was pretty much it. I threw it together and it was delicious. The photographs in the post were the result of those two bags of spinach. No recipe testing needed. It turned out perfectly the first time! HOW TO BROWN BUTTER Brown butter is one of the most underrated ingredients. It’s the most simple thing in the world to do. Seriously, if you can boil water, you can make brown butter. And, you only need one ingredient – butter! When you brown butter,…

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Sweet and Smoky Baked Beans

There’s one person that comes to mind every time I eat beans. It’s my sister. I have never met anyone in my life that hates beans as much as she does. I don’t even think she will allow her husband to bring them in the house! That’s a serious distaste, Dear Reader. It’s clear that she hasn’t tasted my homemade Sweet and Smoky Baked Beans – right!? I know I have hit the mark with a recipe when both John.e and McKenna tell me how good it tastes. In fact, John.e couldn’t get enough of these beans. I prepared the beans you see in the photographs using my Instant Pot. Yes, I finally broke down and got one. I’m not a huge fan of kitchen appliances. I trust my baking and cooking to my oven and stovetop. I rarely use any other cooking appliance. But Instant Pot recipes are everywhere! They wore me down and now that I’ve used one a few times, I can’t imagine what I did without it. It’s certainly going to make weeknight dinners a whole lot faster. If you don’t have an Instant Pot, don’t worry. You can prepare these baked beans in the oven…

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Oven-Baked Carrot Fries

The strangest thing happened when I was eating these. They are so delicious!  But, there’s a problem with that, Dear Reader. You see, I don’t like sweet potato fries.  Or do I?  Now, I’m left with the task of trying sweet potato fries again to see if I do in fact like them.  It could be, at least this is what I’m trying to convince myself of, that I do like them, but maybe I’m not a fan of that dip they are usually served with.  Either way, the next time the opportunity presents itself, I’ll give them another try. I have cooked with sweet potato before and I’ve liked it. I can’t say that I loved it. To be honest, I think it’s more a mind of matter kind of thing. Sweet. Potatoes. I’m not a fan of sweet things. Give me salty!!!! It could be that I can’t quite get past potatoes being sweet. Who knows!? Why Carrot Fries? Now, back to these Oven Baked Carrot Fries.  There’s just something super satisfying about these fries.  The nutritional content of carrots is much better than potatoes, so there’s certainly less guilt factor when eating these.  But, put all of…

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Egg and Sausage Breakfast Rolls

Egg and Sausage Breakfast Rolls are so much fun to make. That could be just me, of course, because I love to bake and cook, and I love to eat even more! Which, of course, is why Egg and Sausage Breakfast Rolls are not only fun to make, but fun to eat as well! These gorgeous rolls are packed with all kinds of delicious ingredients. There’s ground sausage, which is one of my favourite things in the world. It’s worth mentioning that if you want to make these rolls vegetarian, you can easily substitute the ground sausage with vegetarian sausage crumbles. You can easily find vegetarian sausage in the frozen foods section at Walmart. In addition to sausage, there’s also eggs, onion, red bell peppers, and cheese. Doesn’t that sound amazing? At first, I wasn’t going to add the red bell peppers, but I thought the rolls needed a bit more flavour. I think the red pepper and the green onions really added an extra punch and also a brightness in terms of colour. When it comes to the type of bread you use, you do have some options. I choose these elongated crusty bread rolls, because I knew that…

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Roasted Whole Turkey

When it comes to roasting a whole turkey for Thanksgiving or Christmas, there are many people who are greatly intimidated by it. But, I assure you, Dear Reader, it’s as easy as pie! Maybe I should have chosen a different simile, because I cannot make pie at all! Well, it’s not that I can’t make a pie, I just really struggle with making a pie crust from scratch. If you search for turkey recipes on the internet, you’ll find a million of them. It seems that they all come with a different list of ingredients, but you really don’t need to fuss with it. Simple, basic, and home style is the best way to go! Nobody likes dry turkey meat! There are two things you must remember when roasting a turkey if you want to keep the meat moist and seasoned, yet not under-cooked! Those two things are tenting and basting. Tenting is the process by which you cover the turkey with aluminum foil. It’s really that simple. It locks in the moisture, preventing it from escaping and evaporating. It also prevents the turkey from getting too browned or even burning. You won’t need to tent the turkey the entire time. I…

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Toasted Cashew and Brussels Sprouts Coleslaw

This non-traditional coleslaw consists of uncooked shaved Brussels sprouts that have been tossed with toasted cashews in a homemade tangy and zesty sauce. I know I have said this about some other vegetables too, but I think Brussels sprouts are one of my favorite vegetables. That is clearly evident with the number of times Brussels sprouts have been used in recipes here at Lord Byron’s Kitchen! How about you? Do you love them or do you hate them? In our home, I love them, McKenna hates them, and John.e seems to tolerate them. I don’t mind though, because that just means there’s more for me! I wasn’t always a lover of Brussels sprouts. That was because my first introduction to them was very unpleasant. I’m not sure how it happened, but they were from a packet found in the frozen section at the grocery store. I learned really quickly that fresh was the way to go! Let’s break down this recipe and talk a bit about how to prepare it. Just so you know, you can prepare this recipe in advance. Just be sure to prepare the sauce and add it to the salad just before serving. Otherwise, the sprouts lose their…

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Potato and Bell Pepper Breakfast Hash

We don’t go out for breakfast very often. In fact, the only time we have breakfast at a restaurant or diner is when we are on the road somewhere. But, I used to be quite the regular at greasy diners for weekend brunch a few years back. Living in Toronto, there’s no shortage of great restaurants, especially the non-chain type! During the summer months, I loved to go to brunch at House on Parliament, Johnny G’s Cafe, or O’Grady’s. Two of those had a patio and the other was quite airy, so perfect for summertime. In the cooler months, I loved Chew Chew’s Diner, The Blake House, or Coach House. They were more suited for cool or rainy weather. One had a fireplace, and the others were very cozy. No matter which restaurant, I always made sure to order a side of breakfast potatoes, if they didn’t already come with what I was ordering. I’m a lover of a classic breakfast – eggs, toast, bacon, and of course, breakfast potatoes! Nowadays, we tend to eat breakfast at home. Most of our weekends are spent at our house. We will either leave Toronto after work on Friday night, or drive up early Saturday morning. To get full…

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Easy 90-second Keto Lemon Mug Cake

yield: 2prep time: 2 MINUTEScook time: 1 MINUTEtotal time: 3 MINUTES When you’re craving something sweet, it doesn’t get any easier than this 90-secondKeto Lemon Mug Cake! Ready in minutes using only a microwave!0.0 Stars (1 Reviews)Print Ingredients Mug Cake 1 1/2 tbsp coconut flour1 tbsp almond flour2 tbsp heavy whipping cream1 tbsp erythritol1/4 tsp baking powder1 tbsp (15ml) lemon juice or 1/4 teaspoon lemon extract flavor3 drops liquid stevia1 egg, beaten1-2 tbsp butter, melted Topping 4 tbsp powdered erythritol1-2 tbsp unsweetened almond milk1/8 tsp lemon extract flavoralmonds for topping (optional) Instructions Use melted butter to coat mug cups or ramekins.In a small bowl, mix all ingredients well.Add to mug cup(s) or ramekins.Make sure it doesn't fill much more than 1/2 the cup because it will rise.Microwave for 90 seconds.Remove from microwave and let cool for 2-3 minutes.Flip upside down onto a plate. Topping Mix topping ingredients in a small bowl and combine well.The topping should be thick but pourable.Drizzle just a small amount on the mug cake(s). You may have extra.Top with almonds (optional) Notes Drizzle the glaze after 2 minutes  Don’t drizzle the lemon mug cake with the vanilla glaze as soon as the mug cake is fresh from the microwave. Allow it to sit for…

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Keto Apricot Glazed Party Meatballs

Sweet and savory with a touch of spicy. This flavor threesome makes a mighty meatball! This keto sweet and savory party meatball Crockpot slow-cooker recipe is the perfect party pleaser. Kiddos and grownups both dig ’em! Best of all, you can make the meatballs ahead of time and focus on other tasks while they simmer in the slow cooker awaiting their big debut. My five-year-old ate 15 of these meatballs in a single sitting before I had to cut her off. No joke! Double the recipe batch if you’re serving a crowd. Trust me, you’ll be everybody’s BFF if you do. Seriously, who doesn’t love a good meatball?  Hip Recipe Tips: I absolutely adore the G Hughes Sugar-Free BBQ Sauce Collection, but you can make your own keto BBQ sauce with our easy recipe! Not a fan of Splenda sweetened items? Try this highly-rated Nature’s Hollow Sugar-Free Jam. It’s sweetened with a xylitol/erythritol blend and has only 2 net carbs per serving. Or you could also try popular AlternaSweets, Sweet & Smokey BBQ Sauce. It’s sweetened with both stevia and erythritol and has 4 net carbs per serving. KETO APRICOT GLAZED PARTY MEATBALLS yield: 9 SERVINGS prep time: 20 MINUTES cook time: 3 HOURS total time: 3 HOURS 20…

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KETO SPAGHETTI SQUASH CHICKEN BACON ALFREDO SKILLET

Love spaghetti squash and want to use it in a keto recipe? You have to try roasting spaghetti squash, then throwing it in a skillet with a quick, homemade keto alfredo sauce. I also added cooked bacon, chicken, and broccoli for an over the top keto meal experience! In fact, this may be my personal favorite low carb meal idea I’ve EVER made. It’s super creamy, rich, and satisfying – a must-try keto dinner idea for sure. Hip Recipe Tips:  I like roasting spaghetti squash in the oven. If you want to try using your Instant Pot to cook a squash instead, cut it in half, remove the seeds, and cook it on high for 7 minutes with a cup of water inside the pot. This could be a little bit of a time saver if you’re in a hurry.I used a couple of small grilled chicken breasts, but if you have a leftover rotisserie chicken, that’d be perfect as well.This dish makes yummy leftovers, too. If the sauce thickens too much, try adding a tablespoon or so of chicken broth when reheating. yield: 4 SERVINGS prep time: 15 MINUTES cook time: 55 MINUTES total time: 1 HOUR 10 MINUTES This hearty skillet meal has roasted spaghetti squash…

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How to Build an Epic Keto Appetizer

How to Build an Epic Keto Appetizer: The Charcuterie Board (Meat & Cheese Platter) Need a keto appetizer that’s a perfect all-occasion dish? Try compiling a keto charcuterie board that includes a delicious selection of low carb bites, all will love! These meat and cheese platters are super trendy right now, and for good reason! They are versatile and can be designed for every taste and budget, and are very simple to put together at home using odds and ends from the pantry and fridge. Charcuterie, pronounced “Shahr-Koo-Tuh-Ree” is a food prep style that involves curing and brining meats like salami, bacon, and ham. A charcuterie board usually refers to the tasty meat and cheese boards traditionally served alongside crackers, nuts, spreads, pickles, dried and fresh fruits, etc. Intentionally picking keto-friendly foods to create a strictly low carb version is fun and easy! Today I’ll show you to build a beautiful Instagram-worthy keto spread in minutes, and really treat your guests to a yummy choose-your-own culinary experience! Step 1: Grab a cheese board or two, or a serving tray. Large wooden cutting boards always make attractive displays, but other options can include slate boards, a large ceramic dish, or even a small sheet pan…

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No-Fail Keto Baked Salmon with Cilantro Pesto
No-Fail Keto Baked Salmon with Cilantro Pesto

No-Fail Keto Baked Salmon with Cilantro Pesto

Could you use a fresh new way to serve salmon for dinner? Consider baking salmon in the oven with a quick homemade cilantro pesto bursting with lime and cilantro flavors, but also has parmesan cheese and pine nuts like traditional pesto. Once baked, the pesto caramelizes over the fish, for a flavorful keto salmon dish! If you love eating salmon at restaurants, yet have been intimidated to cook it at home, never fear! A flaky piece of baked keto salmon is simple to pull off any night of the week with just 10 minutes in the oven. After coating the fish with the flavorful pesto sauce, it cooks up quickly in the oven without having to give too much attention to the cooking process! Plus, salmon is a great fish for keto with 0 carbs and lots of healthy fats, along with nutrients like B12 and Vitamin D3. Hip Recipe Tips: Not a cilantro fan? You can always substitute in basil or parsley as other herb options. I’m using pine nuts here, but you can use another nut like pecans or almonds. Traditional pesto uses olive oil (and you can use it here too) but I thought the combination of cilantro and avocado…

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Keto Loaded Radishes – With Bacon and Cheese!

Does a side dish loaded with bacon and cheese sound good?! If you miss eating high-carb potatoes, you’ve gotta try pan-frying some radishes! It’s an easy idea I’ve been obsessed with ever since I made breakfast radishes to put in this yummy bacon and egg burritos. It’s so interesting how cooked radishes taste nothing like raw radishes, and pan-frying them is a fantastic way to go! In this radish recipe, we are pan-frying them in a little bacon grease until tender, then topping them with cheddar cheese, bacon, and chives. I love how the radishes get caramelized and the texture and taste are so delish! These would be a great accompaniment for anything on the grill, like steak, chicken, or fish. Hip Recipe Tips:  I’m using a 10 inch cast iron skillet, and love how it does an excellent job of caramelizing the outsides of the radishes for awesome texture.Cook your bacon in the skillet first to make this a simple one-skillet dish! Reserve a tablespoon of the bacon grease in the pan to cook the radishes – because bacon grease is oh so TASTY!I’m using freshly grated sharp cheddar cheese because I love how it melts. You could possibly pick another type of cheese if desired, or…

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Keto chicken cordon bleu casserole

Casserole dinners are a weeknight win! When you need to get a whole meal on the table without creating a mess of dishes in the sink, try out a casserole dinner. This Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole recipe brings together the savory flavors of chicken, sliced ham, and Swiss cheese over a bed of cauliflower. Keto Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole with swiss cheese on top But the real winner here? The sauce! It’s creamy with a kick from the Dijon mustard and really binds all the elements of this simple meal together. And just for fun, I’ve topped the whole spread with pork rinds for a salty extra bit of crunch! holding a tablespoon of Dijon mustard over a bowl of chicken Hip Tips: Make the topping as crunchy as you’d like! I love a big crunch so I kept some of my pork rinds in big chunks to really add crispiness to the topping. However, you can crush them down further to have more of a breadcrumb texture. Not a fan of pork rinds? Try adding bacon crumbles over top to add some crunch and saltiness. yield: 6 SERVINGS prep time: 15 MINUTES cook time: 1 HOUR 20 MINUTES total time: 1 HOUR 35…

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