Recipe Website Roundup: Elena’s Pantry and Simply Recipes

I am in a bit of a food rut. I've made chili and wild rice meatballs as my main stays for the past two weeks. Don't get me wrong–these are great, balanced meal and snack options. Two of my favorites as a matter of fact. But I am in desperate need of some fresh food ideas, particularly for dinners.

2 Great Low-Carb Recipe Sites

I haven't tried any of the recipes on these sites, but I am looking forward to it. And a bonus: both of these sites work with my recipe manager app for iPad and iPhone, Paprika.

  • Elena's Pantry: My sister turned me on to this site, and it looks fabulous. Elena does a lot with almond flour to make paleo baked goods (careful here: still consider things like the Paleo Tag-Alongs as a treat, even though they are a better option than the real thing!). Her roast chicken recipes look simple, easy, and delicious, especially the Rosemary Apple Chicken. She has many gluten and dairy-free options. I am going to try one of her breads and serve it with my corned beef and cabbage this year!
  • Simply Recipes: Elena is often inspired by this website written by Elise Bauer. I really liked her take on vegetables (I need to eat more of these!), like the Hoison Glazed Brussel Sprouts. She also has many gluten free options. She does use flour in many of her recipes. Simply adapt the recipes with coconut or almond flour for gluten-free, low-carb eating.

Share your favorite recipe site with me in the comments.

Rosemary Apple Chicken





3 questions from a reader answered: what to eat to lose weight

I get many questions from readers about how to plan and what to eat. So, I decided to answer them in a post so you all can read my responses. I will

Strawberries with 100% real, full fat whipped cream

Strawberries with 100% real, full fat whipped cream for a night time snack

do this about every month, because I think you will find helpful information about planning to eat well in these posts.

These questions come from Linda, a Twitter buddy interested in eating well to lose weight and feel good. Linda, like us all, finds it hard to choose good carbs to balance snacks and meals.

Here are her questions and my responses:

  1. What kind of sausage do you use in the egg bake recipe? I, too, struggle to find good quality meats with sausage being one of the most challenging to find (or in Linda’s words, “Supermarket package is just crap!”). I like the raw, hand-done sausage from Whole Foods. It has sage in it and is very tasty. It makes my eggs and other dishes taste really good. The other option I suggest is to make your own sausage (I know, I know, that takes time. Believe me it is worth it!). Use this turkey sage sausage recipe. It will rock your world!
  2. What about home fries? Most are so processed! I have a great idea for this. While you can get good frozen french fries and hash browns from Whole Foods, I will do you one better. At Trader Joe’s, you can get fresh, cut sweet potatoes. Coat them with coconut oil and sea salt and put on a parchment paper lined baking pan (no mess to clean up); bake at 350 for about 30 to 40 minutes. Delicious!
  3. I am concerned with the artificial sweeteners – I am trying to totally eliminate them. Suggestions for sweeteners is hard. I don’t use many of them because they get my cravings going. I know some of my paleo friends love xylitol. Stevia has always tasted weird to me. I like maple syrup for most other sweetening.

Linda also asked about balanced meal and snack ideas. I am in love with tuna salad in half an avocado with a handful of veggies or berries is my favorite snack lately. I also like Trader Joe’s chicken sausages for lunch with a salad (easy, quick). Also, a couple of deviled eggs and half an apple will keep you satisfied in the afternoon.

I would love to answer your questions, too! Send them on in!