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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

Homemade Corn Tortillas made with wood tortilla press

There is no doubt that it is easier to buy corn tortillas rather than make them, but homemade tortillas are 100 times tastier! A tortilla press is helpful if you want the perfect thickness and size, but the ingredients themselves couldn’t be simpler: masa, water and salt. Watch how mi amiga from the Bajio region …

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Sausage Banderillas with Mexican Pizza Sauce

Mexican sausage banderillas are essentially hot dogs wrapped and fried in a flour tortilla and usually served as a lunch food. Add a spicy Mexican pizza sauce (aka chimichurri for pizza) instead of ketchup or mustard and you have a much tastier dish that can be enjoyed as lunch or dinner. Both the banderillas and …

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Indoor Vertical Gardening: a Beginners guide

As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases. We’re all well aware of the benefits of growing your own food: it’s tasty, it’s cheap and it’s fun. But what if you don’t have a big garden to grow your vegetables, fruits and herbs in? No worries if you’re a city dweller or lack space. …

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Traditional Pork Pozole Rojo: Pork & Hominy Stew

This traditional version of pozole rojo is a luscious slow-cooked stew made with pork, hominy, Mexican spices, and a blend of mild to moderate chile peppers. It is simple to make without a lot of hand-on time, but to develop the full flavors it should be simmered for a couple of hours. Make a big …

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Best Father’s Day Gifts for the Gardener

It’s June again and Father’s Day is right around the corner! If you still haven’t found anything to gift to your Dad this year, fear not. The list below contains 9 great Father’s Day gift choices for gardener Dads that he’s sure to love. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. 1. High-quality …

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Growing Food without the Land: Vertical Gardening

This post contains affiliate links. As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases. Growing your own food isn’t just for people with huge plots of land. If you have a balcony, deck or small city garden, you can grow vegetables, fruits and herbs. Vertical gardening is the way to go, and it doesn’t have …

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Grow a Salsa Container Garden & make Salsa Rojo all Summer

Home-grown beats store-bought every time, and that goes for salsa as well! If you’re short on space but would still like to be able to dip your tortilla chips in a homemade salsa made from veggies grown on your own balcony or deck, why not whip up a little salsa container garden? Here’s how to …

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Easy Poke Cake with Cake Mix & Blueberry Blackberry Sauce

This easy poke cake is made with a boxed cake mix, fresh blueberries and blackberries simmered into a compote, and topped with vanilla or lemon flavored whipped cream. No jello filling like the old fashioned poke cakes, but also no need to make the cake part from scratch. Easy, light and features the fresh berries …

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Best Time to Plant Tomatoes & Vegetables: (aka Phenology)

Old gardener stories are often based around a science called phenology. “Plant potatoes on Good Friday; prune trees on Presidents Day, and never plant anything during the full moon.” Homilies or science? The Science of Phenology – when to plant Before starting our small farm in Minnesota, I went to a number of classes, seminars …

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14 Cost-Effective Vegetables to Grow | Gardening to Save Money

A vegetable garden can help keep your family’s grocery budget down, but which crops should you be growing? Let’s have a look at 14 cost-effective vegetables to get you the most bang for your buck! Gardening to save money is easy and fun. What defines a cost-effective vegetable? If you’re looking to grow a vegetable …

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Best 9 Flowers and 4 Herbs for Attracting Butterflies to your Garden

What’s a garden without a few bugs?! Especially when they’re as beautiful as the fluttering insects in the scientific class Rhopalocera, better known, of course, as butterflies. Wherever you live, your area will almost certainly be home to a number of native butterfly species, many of whose numbers are in decline. So why not help …

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How to Make Tamales: Step-by-step Tutorial for Beginners

Tamales are special. While not the easiest thing to make, the recipe below offers a few methods to make it easier by revising the step where you rehydrate, deseed and roast the dried peppers. These tamales have excellent flavor and texture and can be made even easier if you enlist family or friends in the …

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Easy Pork Chile Colorado with Cactus (Nopales)

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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