Roasted Radishes and Lemon Greens Recipe!

Roasted Radishes and Lemon Greens Recipe!

Sooo…radishes.  If you had told me a few years ago that I would be voluntarily eating radishes I would have told you that you were out of your mind.  They were never a part of the food I ate growing up and my only exposure to them was something weird on those huge salad bars that I avoided.  As I worked to expand my “food vocabulary” I was always buying different foods that weren’t a part of my regular routine and trying out different recipes.  I tried Spaghetti Squash and loved it, started baking cabbage and was impressed with the taste and just generally went on a tear where I would try something new every week.

Then I bought a bunch of radishes.  They just kind of sat there in my fridge forever until I finally gave up and threw the bag of mush they had become away.  Fast forward a few weeks and I decided to try again.  This time I wanted to not only use the radishes but the greens as well.  It took a few tries before I found something I was happy with but I ended up with something really tasty and easy to make.  Best of all, it’s a very versatile recipe.  I’m going to show you one way to season the radishes but you can put almost any spice mix on them and because the radish flavor is so mild, you can make them taste like almost anything.

Cut the radishes and greens

First trim the greens off the tops and set aside, then cut the radishes in half and rinse both the radishes and the greens.

Season the radishes

Melt 2 Tbsp of butter in a bowl you can cover, put the radishes in the bowl along with your seasoning and shake well to coat.

Roast the radishes

Put the radishes on a sheet and bake on 350° for about 20 minutes until soft.

Saute the greens

With abut 5 minutes left on your radishes, put your greens in a skillet with a tsp of butter, a tsp of lemon juice and about a tsp of salt to taste.  You just want to cook them a little until the greens wilt.  If you cook them for too long, they get REAL bitter.  Trust me, it’s not good,

Yummy radishes

Once those radishes are soft and a bit brown, you are good to go.

Served up with the greens!

I have them served here with some baked cabbage and my low carb chicken fried steak.  So good!

If you decide to make this recipe, I would love to see it!  Tag @MySugarFreeJrny on Instagram and I’ll get that notification.  You can also see all my recipes here.

Here’s the printable recipe.

Roasted Radishes and Lemon Greens
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Recipe type: Side Dish
Cuisine: Low Carb
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Serves: 4-6 servings
 
Tasty Low Carb side dish
Ingredients
  • 1 bunch of Radishes with greens
  • 3 Tbsp butter
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 2 Tsp salt
  • 1 Tsp pepper
Instructions
  1. Trim greens off radishes and rinse both
  2. Cut radishes in half
  3. Melt 2 Tbsp of butter in bowl, place radishes in bowl with 1 tsp each of salt and pepper, toss to coat
  4. Put radishes on sheet and bake at 350° for 20 minutes
  5. Place greens in skillet with 1 tbsp butter, lemon juice and rest of salt.
  6. Saute for a few minutes until greens are wilted.

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Keto Spicy BBQ Sauce Recipe!

Keto Spicy BBQ Sauce Recipe!

As a Texan, the weekend BBQ is a big part of my life.  There is just nothing like firing up the grill on a Saturday afternoon and throwing a big ole slab of meat on the fire and letting it cook in a primal way how our ancestors did.  Ok, they probably didn’t have propane but still, fire is awesome.

For this recipe, I wanted something a little on the spicy side but you can make it a little sweeter just by cutting the Tabasco and Cayenne and adding a small amount of sweetener.  I just wanted something a little bolder than the BBQ sauces I used to pick up from the grocery store because sweet foods just don’t have the same appeal to me as they used to.

I’ve used this recipe on several kinds of meat but by far the best is chicken.  Just grill the chicken as normal and when you’ve got about 5-10 minutes left before the chicken is completely done, brush on the sauce then close the lid to allow it to caramelize a bit.  It’s incredibly tasty.  I will also use it as a dipping sauce, usually when I make hamburger patties.

It’s very tasty and very versatile.  If you make this for yourself, please let me know!  Just tag @MySugarFreeJrny on Instagram and I’ll see it.  You can also subscribe to the YouTube channel to never miss a video and see the rest of my recipes here.  Thanks!

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Keto Spicy BBQ Sauce Recipe
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Recipe type: Condiment
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 10 servings
 
A keto, LCHF BBQ sauce recipe with a bit of a kick!
Ingredients
  • 1 Tsp Coconut Oil
  • ¼ onion, finely diced
  • 1 Tbsp Garlic, finely diced
  • 1 6oz can of Tomato Paste
  • ¼ cup yellow mustard
  • 6oz water
  • 2 Tsp salt
  • 1 Tbsp Chili Powder
  • ½ Tbsp Paprika
  • 1 Tsp Cumin
  • 1 Tsp Cayenne Pepper
  • 1 Dash of Tabasco Sauce
Instructions
  1. In skillet, melt coconut oil and saute onion and garlic until onion is translucent
  2. Add all ingredients, stir well and let simmer for 5 minutes
  3. Add more water if it thickens
  4. Replace Cayenne and Tabasco with 1 Tsp sweetener if you want a sweet sauce

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Grilled Garlic Green Beans Recipe!

Grilled Garlic Green Beans Recipe!

I hope everyone had a wonderful Mother’s Day!  We had all the kids and grandkids over yesterday for a little cookout and I made 2 delicious recipe that I want to share with you.  The Stuffed Jalapenos I made will go up next week but you can see a picture of them here.  For now, I want to show you my favorite way to make fresh green beans.  Keep in mind that if you don’t have a grill or a vegetable wok, that you can do this in a skillet just as well.  However, if you have a grill, you should absolutely buy a vegetable wok.  They are usually less than $20 and make it easy to grill up veggies while you are cooking your meat.

Green Beans Marinating in Baggies

First, get your beans and cut off the tips, then put them in a Ziploc bag or the equivalent.    I divided my beans among 2 bags only because I didn’t have anything bigger than a quart size but you don’t have to do this if they will fit.   Then add enough Olive Oil to coat the beans, in my case it was about a quarter cup per bag.  Then season with Garlic Salt (make sure it contains no added sugar, spice blends are sneaky) or garlic powder and salt.  Then shake the bags to evenly coat all the beans and throw throw them in the fridge for a couple hours to marinate.

Grilled Green Beans

Then throw the beans into your vegetable wok over an open flame and stir occasionally to cook evenly.  Again, you can cook them in a skillet but everything tastes better on the grill.

Grilled Green Beans

The beans are done when they darken and soften.  They also shrink a bit when you cook them so always make more than you think you need.  Serve them warm and enjoy!

Grilled Garlic Green Beans
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Recipe type: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 4 Servings
 
A Paleo, Vegan, and Vegetarian grilled green beans recipe.
Ingredients
  • 1 Lb Green Beans
  • 2 Tbsp Garlic Salt
  • ¼ cup Olive Oil
Instructions
  1. Cut tips off green beans and place in ziploc bags
  2. pour in olive oil and garlic salt. Seal bag and shake vigorously to coat beans evenly
  3. Let marinate in refrigerator for at least 2 hours
  4. Cook in vegetable wok on grill or on skillet until darker green with brown spots and soft

Grilled Garlic Green Beans Recipe!

Low Carb Cauliflower Tots Recipe!

Low Carb Cauliflower Tots Recipe!

Tater tots are awesome.  Something about that little cylinder of chopped potatoes, deep fried to a golden brown has always made me happy.  Whether they were on that grade school lunch tray or in my Sonic order, they were always my go to side dish for my hamburger.  Sure, every once in a while I had an onion ring or two but those delicious tots were always my first love.

Now that I’m getting rid of the carbs and sugar from my life, I had pretty much resigned myself to never having tots again.  I was sad but with how quickly the weight is coming off I figured I could deal with it.  But then I started experimenting with cauliflower and figured out there is a way to get that tasty tot flavor without any of the carbs!  It took a few batches to get the recipe down but now I have an awesome alternative that has none of those pesky carbs that have filled my life with fat and pain.  This recipe is also good for Paleo, vegan, vegetarian and whole food diets so dig in!

Start with a half a head of Cauliflower

I make my tots a half a head of cauliflower at a time and it makes more than enough for 3 people.  You can use a full head if you have more to feed but I am always surprised at how far the cauliflower goes.

 

Cut the cauliflower into small enough pieces to fit in your food processor and shred it into small pieces.  If you don’t have a food processor, you can get one here or just hand shred it with a cheese grater.  You could probably use the exercise. 🙂

Steam the Shredded Cauliflower for 5 Minutes

Throw the shredded cauliflower in a steamer pot and steam it for about 5 minutes.  You don’t want it real soft but definitely cooked.  If you steam it a little longer, you’ve got a great cauliflower rice dish you can use as a side.

Mix all ingredients in bowl

In a bowl, add an egg, 1/2 a finely diced onion, 1/2 cup of almond meal and about 1/2 tsp each of salt and pepper.  If you like your tots spicy, you can throw in a little finely diced jalapenos if you want.  Mix it all up until uniform.  No need to throw it in a mixer, a few stirs with a wooden spoon will be plenty.

Scoop out cauliflower mix and shape

To make the tots a uniform size, I used a teaspoon to scoop out the mixture, then scoop the mix out of the spoon with your fingers and shape it into the shape of a tater tot as best you can.

Place in pan and bake on 350 for 30 minutes

Put them in a greased pan and cook on 350° for about 30 minutes until firm.  Use a spatula to scoop them off and serve with some sugar free ketchup.  It’s so good!

Enjoy those tots!

Low Carb Cauliflower Tots
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Recipe type: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 4 Servings
 
Now you can enjoy tater tots without all those carbs!
Ingredients
  • ½ head Cauliflower
  • 1 Egg
  • ½ cup Almond Meal
  • ½ Onion, finely diced
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper
Instructions
  1. Shred ½ a head of Cauliflower and steam for 5 minutes
  2. Combine all ingredients in bowl and mix thoroughly until uniform
  3. Scoop out 1 Tbsp sized bits of cauliflower mix and shape to look like tots
  4. Bake at 350° for 30 minutes until firm

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Sugar Free Recipe: How to Make Beet Chips!

Sugar Free Recipe: How to Make Beet Chips!

I am always on the lookout for new ways to eat veggies.  Sometimes the selection at my local farmer’s market or Walmart produce aisle can get a bit narrow and I want to do something different with what’s available.  I remembered in the back of my mind that a couple years ago I saw someone somewhere making chips with beets and thought that sounded a bit interesting so I wanted to give it a try.  (Upon further research, I’m pretty sure it was The Minimalist Baker’s post I saw but I can’t be sure.)

It took me a few tries to figure out exactly how to do it.  I found the key is to cut the beet just absolutely paper thin.  In fact, I had to order a Mandoline Slicer from Amazon because my knife skills weren’t up to the task.  Once I got that, it all came together pretty quickly, although occasionally I had to turn the broiler on the last few minutes of the cook time to get the edges crispy like I like.

I was happy to find out that beets are high in Vitamin C, Potassium, Manganese and the B vitamin folate.  They also turn your urine pink which is no big deal if you are expecting it but it can come as a bit of a shock if you are still wiping the sleep out of your eyes and when you look down, it looks like your toilet bowl is fighting breast cancer.

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Beet Chips Recipe
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Recipe type: Vegan, Vegetarian
Cuisine: Side Dish
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A quick and simple way to make a low carb crispy snack
Ingredients
  • 1 Beet
  • 1 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 Tsp Salt
  • ½ Tsp chopped Thyme
  • ½ Tsp chopped Rosemary
Instructions
  1. Preheat Oven to 375°
  2. Slice Beet into paper thin slices (I use a Mandoline Slicer)
  3. Place on baking sheet and brush lightly with olive oil
  4. Season with salt and herbs
  5. Bake in oven for 15-20 minutes until edges are curled and slices are crispy

Sugar Free Recipe: How to Make Beet Chips!

Chili Lime Brussels Sprouts Recipe!

Chili Lime Brussels Sprouts Recipe!

Chili Lime Brussels Sprouts Recipe!

We have a weird history with Brussels Sprouts in my home,  Every adult and child in my home absolutely hated Brussels except one, the only one that counted, my wife Dian.  And it wasn’t like green beans or carrots or all the other veggies we cycled through as side dishes, she wanted these things every dang night.  She was convinced they kept her healthy and who knows, maybe they did.  All the rest of us knew was that we wanted no part of it.

While the kids were growing up, all I did was buy these $.99 boxes of PictSweet frozen Brussels covered in what was supposed to be butter but really, who knows what it was.  We microwaved those for Dian and I made something else for the rest of us.  The best part was that one tiny box would last a few days because no one else was touching them.

After the kids moved out I decided that since Dian loved them so much, I really needed to find something that worked.  Imagine my surprise when I found out that fresh Brussels taste a million times better than soggy frozen ones. (Duh!)  So tried cooking them different ways and we finally settled on frying them in olive oil as our “go-to” method.  And although the recipe below calls for bacon, onion and Tajin, cooking them with just the oil and salt works just as well.

Also a word about Tajin, the most amazing spice in my spice cabinet.  (You can read my love letter to Tajin here)  It’s not a spice that everyone has unless you live here in the SouthWest and are Hispanic but I can’t tell you how amazing it is with the written word.  We put that stuff on everything and there are very few veggies it doesn’t taste awesome on but if you don’t have it, there is an easy substitute.  Just squeeze half a lime over your Brussels and season with salt and Chili powder, it willl still taste great.

If you decide to make it for your family, send me a pic or tag it #MSFJ on Instagram, I would love to see it and don’t forget to subscribe to my daily email to never miss a post and our YouTube channel to never miss a recipe.  So without further ado, here is my Chili Lime Brussels Sprouts Recipe.

 

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Recipe type: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 2-4 servings
 
A simple Brussels Sprouts recipe
Ingredients
  • 12 Brussels Sprouts
  • 2 slices of sugar free bacon, chopped into 1" squares (Usually low sodium bacon or Pederson's)
  • ½ Onion, diced
  • 2 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • Tajin seasoning to taste (or sub ½ Lime, 2 Tbsp Chili Powder and salt to taste)
Instructions
  1. Turn skillet to medium-high heat and put olive oil in pan
  2. Cut Sprouts in Half length-wise and place cut side down in oil
  3. cover with onions and bacon, season with Tajin and cover skillet
  4. Cook until dark brown on bottom, about 7-9 minutes, then flip.
  5. After the flip, ensure the bacon and onions are on the bottom of the skillet to cook
  6. Cook another 5 minutes until sprouts are fork soft

Chili Lime Brussels Sprouts Recipe!

Sugar Free Cocoa Chili Powder Pork Rub

Sugar Free Cocoa Chili Powder Pork Rub

One of my favorite things to do now is to throw a rack of ribs covered in my Cocoa Chili Powder rub on my little gas grill in the backyard.  This rub is easy to put together and tastes awesome.  Something about the cocoa powder and chili powder mixing together makes the pork ribs taste amazing and goes well with the steamed veggies I usually serve it with.

Sugar Free Cocoa Chili Powder Pork Rub
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Recipe type: Seasoning Mix
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Serves: 4 Servings
 
My Sugar Free Cocoa Chili Powder Pork Rub
Ingredients
  • 2 Tbsp Cocoa Powder
  • 1 Tbsp Chili Powder
  • 1 Tbsp Kosher Salt
  • 1 Tsp Cinnamon
  • 1 Tsp Cumin
  • 1 Tsp Coriander
  • 1 Tsp Onion Powder
  • 1 Tsp Garlic Powder
  • ½ Tsp Ginger
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients into bowl, mix well
  2. Apply liberally to pork or chicken

Sugar Free Cocoa Chili Powder Pork Rub

Sugar Free Red Pasta Sauce Recipe!

Sugar Free Red Pasta Sauce Recipe!

Before my wife and I cut out the sugar from our diet, spaghetti night was always a staple in our weekly meal plan.  We always just browned some hamburger meat, threw in a jar of Ragu and spooned it all over spaghetti noddles.  It took minutes to make and everyone loved it.  But now that we were getting rid of all the processed carbs and sugars, we knew that the spaghetti had to go so we invested in a little kitchen tool that turns zucchini into thin strips that do a reasonable job of passing for spaghetti.

So imagine our dismay when we head to the store to get some sauce to go over our noodles when we realize our old friend Ragu was full of sugar.  No big deal, there are dozens of sauces on the store so we moved down to the Prego and discovered the same thing.  Then Hunt’s, then Barilla, then Bertolli and so on until we finally had to come to grips with the fact that virtually all the red pasta sauces on the shelf contained added sugar.  Fortunately, we had a family recipe for Spaghetti Sauce that Dian would cook all day in the Crockpot but I really needed something a lot faster.  Something that could go from raw ingredients to finished product in about 20 minutes so that was what I set out to discover.

This Sugar Free Red Pasta Sauce Recipe is what I’ve come up with.  Nothing revolutionary, just simple ingredients that taste great when combined.  I hope it serves your family as well as it has mine.  I usually serve this over spaghetti squash now instead of the zucchini noodles so I’ve included the “How to Cook Spaghetti Squash” video below.

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Sugar Free Red Pasta Sauce Recipe
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Recipe type: Dinner
Cuisine: Italian
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Serves: 4 People
 
A Sugar Free Spaghetti sauce
Ingredients
  • 1 28oz can of Crushed Tomatoes
  • 1 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 2 Lg Onion, diced
  • 2 Cloves of Garlic, diced
  • 1 Cup Mushrooms, sliced
  • ½ Tbsp Kosher Salt
  • ½ Tbsp Oregano
  • 5 Basil Leaves, chopped. ( or ½ Tsp dried Basil)
  • 1 lb Hamburger Meat, browned and drained
Instructions
  1. Put Olive oil in Lg Sauce Pan, add Onion and cook over medium heat for about 3 minutes
  2. Add Garlic and Mushrooms, cook over medium heat for 10 minutes until onions are soft and translucent
  3. Add all other ingredients except for meat, bring to a boil and then simmer for 10 minutes
  4. Add meat, stir and serve over noodles, Spaghetti Squash, or other pasta substitute

 

Sugar Free Fire Roasted Salsa Recipe!

Sugar Free Fire Roasted Salsa Recipe!

I’m so excited to share my recipe for Fire Roasted Salsa with you this week!  Once you start removing sugar from your diet, you start realizing that there are a bunch of types of food that are difficult to find replacements for.  You would think it would just be desserts but condiments are very difficult to come by.  The first several months I think mustard was pretty much the only option available.  I don’t even like mustard!

So I very quickly had to come up with a salsa that was was easy to make, stored well and tasted awesome.  After a few batches I finally came up with a recipe that I now eat on almost everything.  In fact I couldn’t imagine my morning eggs without it!  It’s also vegan, vegetarian, soy free, gluten free, and dairy free as well as being sugar free so pretty much anyone can enjoy it.  You can find a list of other Sugar Free Condiments at the Grocery Store here.

If you happen to make a batch, send me a picture.  I would love to see it!

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Recipe type: Condiment
Cuisine: Latin
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Serves: 1 Quart
 
I'm so excited to share my recipe for Fire Roasted Salsa with you this week! Once you start removing sugar from your diet, you start realizing that there are a bunch of types of food that are difficult to find replacements for. You would think it would just be desserts but condiments are very difficult to come by. The first several months I think mustard was pretty much the only option available. I don't even like mustard! So I very quickly had to come up with a salsa that was was easy to make, stored well and tasted awesome. After a few batches I finally came up with a recipe that I now eat on almost everything. In fact I couldn't imagine my morning eggs without it! It's also vegan, vegetarian, soy free, gluten free, and dairy free as well as being sugar free so pretty much anyone can enjoy it. If you happen to make a batch, send me a picture. I would love to see it!
Ingredients
  • 3 tomatoes
  • ½ yellow onion
  • ½ purple onion
  • 1 Green Onion
  • 3 bell peppers, any color
  • 1 Jalapeno pepper
  • 1 Lime
  • ½ cup chopped cilantro
  • 2 tbsp Kosher salt
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • ¼ tsp Cumin
Instructions
  1. Cut stem spot out of tomatoes
  2. Cut tops of bell peppers and throw seeds away
  3. Cut top off Jalapeno
  4. Place all tomatoes and peppers on grill over open flame
  5. Turn when brown on bottom, about 10 minutes on each side. Brown on all sides
  6. Alt: Place in oven on 325 for 10 minutes on each side until brown on all sides
  7. Place all grilled vegetables in food processor, pulse until chopped
  8. Place chopped vegetables in bowl, add cilantro, spices and squeeze lime into bowl, stir
  9. Serve immediately or chill before serving