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Side dishes include primarily vegetables that enhance low carb or keto lifestyles.  Most recipes are designed to be quick and easy.

Italian-Style Asparagus Spears: Baked or Fried

This Southern Italian-Sicilian recipe for fresh asparagus can be served as a side dish or a snack, either hot or at room temperature. A light batter of Parmigiano or Pecorino Romano cheese, garlic, bread crumb, chopped Italian parsley and egg turn fresh asparagus into a special treat that Italians, and my family, devour in a …

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Guide to Using Dried or Canned Beans: + Fagioli Recipe

Dried beans that are cooked well can elevate the flavor of many slow carb recipes, from soups and stews to side dishes, to refried beans. But are they always best for any kind of recipe? There are some types of dishes where the flavor (and texture) shines more when you use dried beans and some …

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Easy Swedish Potato Bake for the Holidays (aka Jansson’s Temptation)

This simple potato side dish is a mainstay on the Swedish smorgasbord at Christmastime, where it is referred to as Jansson’s Temptation or Janssons frestelse. It is a rich and creamy comfort food made with potatoes, onions, cream and the secret ingredient of anchovies. Perfect for the holiday table, no matter which country you celebrate …

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Traditional Mexican Rice (Arroz Rojo): Side Dish

Mexican rice (arroz rojo) is a side dish that accompanies many, many Mexican meals. It is basically a fluffy rice dish made with long-grain rice and cooked in a tomato-based broth with onions, garlic, and spices. It often includes veggies like carrots, onion, peppers or peas. This recipe is from mi amiga who lives in …

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Southern Hush Puppies with Southern Dipping Sauces

Hush puppies, a fried cornmeal ball, are a Southern delicacy, often served with deep-fried seafood and a range of dipping sauces. The dipping sauces offered in this recipe include a traditional Southern Comeback Sauce, a link to a great Old Bay Remoulade sauce, and a pre-made hot pepper jelly. Jump to: RECIPE | Comeback Sauce …

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Ginger Lime Sweet Potato Casserole: No Marshmallows

Sweet potato casseroles are often way too sweet for many palates, especially when they are served around the holidays with an abundance of other rich dishes. This casserole, or side dish, gets all of its sweetness from the sweet potato itself and enhances the flavor by roasting it with ginger, fresh lime juice and some …

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Egg Avocado Salad for a Low-Carb Lunch

Lunch on a low-carb or ketogenic diet is always tricky.  People are busy and it’s often a huge chore to make it out the door in the morning with a decent breakfast, let alone a pre-planned portable lunch.  It is getting easier to find low-carb options in restaurants now (thankfully), but it is still questionable …

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Low Carb Chimichurri Sauce on Roasted Cauliflower

Vegetables are a staple for just about any kind of diet, but if you are not used to cooking with vegetables, getting great flavor from them can be challenging. Sauces and spices can turn vegetables into something you look forward to on a daily basis however. Try this chimichurri sauce with roasted cauliflower- it will …

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Easy Low Carb Cucumber Avocado Summer Salad

This is a great low carb Summer salad that can be easily adapted for any diet. It’s dressed with a creamy mayonnaise or yogurt and lime juice blend, but just change the creamy dressing to an Asian dressing if you want a lower fat dressing.  It makes a wonderful, cool accompaniment to summertime grilled proteins. …

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Quinoa Salad with Roasted Cherry Tomatoes

Quinoa is an ancient grain that has regained popularity, partly due to the acclaimed health benefits but also due to its excellent nutty flavor profile. This quinoa salad enhances the nutty flavor with the sweetness of roasted cherry tomatoes, the crunch of pine nuts and the saltiness of black olives. Quinoa Salad with Roasted Cherry Tomatoes, …

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