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Holidays and celebrations are a part of life where food is often the centerpiece.  Whether your typical routine meals are low carb, slow carb or no particular diet approach at all, joy and tradition are more important than deprivation during the holidays.

That said, if you want to stay true to low carb or slow carb during holidays or celebrations, it does not have to mean tasteless, boring dishes.  There are many options and many recipes that can stand in and stand up to joyful social eating.

Check out the particular holiday categories below for recipes ranging from elegant dinners to sweet treats to fancy schmancy cocktails.  You’re sure to find something that is a fit for you and yours.

New Years

Valentine’s Day

Easter

Kentucky Derby

Cinco de Mayo

Mother’s Day

Heirloom Tomato Festival

Thanksgiving

Christmas

Low Carb Mole Rojo without Rehydrating Peppers

The variety of Mexican moles are all unique and delicious, but the required pepper roasting, peeling and rehydrating can be a bit daunting.  This mole rojo using a powdered blend of smoked chiles, cocoa and spices is the key to making a more achievable, but still full-bodied, mole. What is Mole Rojo? Mole rojo is …

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Chile Colorado with Cactus (Nopales) – made easy

This recipe for pork and nopales (cactus) is a traditional Mexican lunch or dinner. No matter the time of day or the season, this super easy dinner is a winner in our books! Can You Really Eat Cactus? Yes, you really CAN eat cactus! And it’s actually quite tasty when cooked correctly. The most common …

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Healthy Mexican Fish Tacos with Avocado Cream & Pickled Onions

You can use an indoor grill to get blackened or grilled white fish that are perfect for making healthy fish tacos. Add some avocado cream and pickled onions and you’ll have the best homemade Mexican fish tacos. A bonus is they also happen to be quick and easy! Sides, Sauces & Slaws for Fish Tacos …

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English Steamed Pudding with Persimmon

The Brits do love their steamed puddings, from the Christmas “figgy pudding” to all kinds of sweet and savory renditions. After making this persimmon steamed pudding, I echo their pudding love. It was delicious, and doesn’t require specialized equipment. Most of the “time” is down time while it is steaming away. What is a Steamed …

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Brazilian Shrimp in Pumpkins – Camarão na Moranga

Camarão na Moranga (Shrimp in Pumpkin) is a creamy seafood stew from Brazil beautifully served in a colorful pumpkin. Traditionally it would be served in a pinkish heirloom variety of pumpkin called Moranga (see photo below). If you can’t find this variety however, an orange baking pumpkin will work just fine. The flavor and the presentation …

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Spicy Mexican Fruit Salad with Ginger Lime Dressing

This fresh fruit salad made with crunchy jicama, tropical sweet mangoes, and cool cucumbers is enhanced with a sweet ginger lime dressing and sprinkled with chile-lime salt for a finish. A riff on the popular Mexican street food sold in cups. Which Fruit is Best to Use? One of the best things about this chopped …

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30-Minute Pickled Onions for Mexican Dinners

Pickled onions are a tart and slightly sweet accouterment to a wide variety of dishes (a favorite with Mexican cuisine).  The cool, pungent crunch adds a crisp breath of freshness to carnitas or fish tacos in particular. They take 30 minutes to make and keep in the refrigerator for many weeks. Pickled Onions for Mexican …

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Low Carb Mexican Street Food – using chile lime salt (Tajin-inspired)

My daughter has ties to the Hispanic/Latinx community in Colorado and she frequently shares Mexican recipes or ideas with me. Using a chile lime salt sprinkled over fruits and vegetables as a snack was one of my favorite authentic Mexican snacks. It’s awesome on so many things, and it can truly enhance low carb vegetables …

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