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Holidays & Celebrations

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 trump deprivation during the holidays.

Low Carb (Keto Friendly) Orange Flan

That said, low carb treats and holiday meals do not need to be 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 holidays in this category 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.

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 much easier to make than you would think. We just have to get past the intimidation of the steaming process …

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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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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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How to Make a Dessert Platter for Valentines Day at Home

Dessert platters (or dessert boards) can be a fun, easy way to treat family and friends. This dessert board for two is styled around Valentines Day with ideas for treat options, drinks and decor. You can always add home-made treats (some recipes included), but the idea here is “easy” and is focused on ready-made treats …

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Low Carb Rajas Poblano (with video)

Rajas is a Spanish term which literally translates to “strips” or “slices”. But for lovers of Mexican cuisine, rajas usually refers to roasted poblano chile strips cooked with onions and cream (often sour cream) and white cheese (often jack or asadero cheese).  It can be served as tacos or simply in a bowl if you …

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