Keto Chicken Cutlets

Anyone who wants to reduce the amount of carbs in their daily diet, will loves these chicken cutlets. They are made with pork rind crumbs and they honestly come out so delicious. The cool thing about these chicken cutlets is you can use any flavor pork rinds you have. For example, they have spicy pork rinds and that would give the chicken a nice kick! If you are looking for more of a traditional chicken cutlet, stick with the plan flavor pork rinds. If you are craving a nice delcious chicken cutlet, and want a low carb option, please give this a try!

Keto Chicken Cutlets

Ingredients:
6 thin chicken breast, pounded into thin cutlets
2 cups plain pork rinds, finely chopped (use a food processor) (Or you can get the already crumbed pork rinds)
2 eggs, beaten
1/4 cup Romano or parmesan cheese, finely grated
2 t Italian seasoning
1 t garlic powder
1 t onion powder
1/2 t salt
1/2 t pepper
1/4 cup olive oil
1/2 lemon, optional

Directions: Heat a large sauté pan on high heat. Add in the olive oil and let heat until hot. About 3-4 minutes. Add pork rinds to a medium flat bowl. Whisk in the Italian seasoning, garlic powder & onion powder, cheese and half the salt and pepper. In a second bowl beat 2 eggs. season the chicken cutlets on both sides with the rest of the salt and pepper. Start breading the chicken. First add the chicken into the beaten egg and then into the breading mixture. Completely coat the chicken cutlet with the breading and add to a plate. Complete with all the remaining chicken cutlets.

Once ready to cook, make sure the oil is hot. Add in chicken cutlets to the pan, one by one. Let cook 3-4 minutes on high until golden brown and then turn over and cook another 3-4 minutes until golden. Remove from sauté pan and set aside. If you can’t fit all the chicken in one batch, do in 2 separate batches. Finish with a squeeze of lemon over chicken, if so desired. Enjoy!

Notes: If you can’t find think chicken cutlets just buy regular chicken cutlets and pound them to your desired thickness. Cooking times will vary depending on how thick your chicken breasts are.

Creamy Shrimp & Grits

I had grits for the first time when I started going to South Carolina, about 4 years ago. I never really thought about making them myself, and I never really thought I’d actually like them. Boy, was I wrong! I love them. After my trip was canceled this year due to Covid, I decided to try and make some grits myself! These are simple to make, I just used quick grits for the time. Hey, it was my first time…cut me some slack!! Ha Ha! Honestly, even with using the quick grits, they were DELICIOUS and took half the time. I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I did. Give it a go!

Ingredients:
Quick Creamy Grits:
1 cup quick grits
4 cups chicken broth, low sodium or water
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
3 T butter
1/2 cup heavy cream
salt, to taste
pepper, to taste

1lb medium shrimp, cleaned and deveined
1 large red pepper, diced
3/4 cup cooked corn, (I used cooked corn on cob, but can also use frozen thawed corn)
4 slices bacon, crispy cooked & chopped
3 green onion, sliced (both green and white parts)
2 t chili powder
2 t paprika
1 t cayenne pepper, optional
1 t onion powder
1 t garlic powder
2 T olive oil
1/2 t salt
1/2 t pepper

Directions: In a medium sauce pan add in 4 cups of chicken broth, bring to a boil. Once boiling, slowly stir in the grits. Reduce the heat to medium low, cover and cook about 5-7 minutes, stirring occasionally. Once the grits have thickened add in the butter, cheddar cheese and cream. Mix until cheese is completely melted and the grits are creamy. Season with salt and pepper to taste, and set aside.

Heat a large sauté pan on medium high heat. Season the shrimp with chili powder, paprika, cayenne and a sprinkle of salt and pepper. Add in 1 tablespoon of oil to the pan and let heat 1 minute. Add the shrimp into the pan, cook about 3-4 minutes on each side until shrimp is pink and has a nice golden crust and shrimp is cooked through. Remove from the pan and set aside.

Next add in the last tablespoon of olive oil and let heat 1 minute. Next add in the red pepper and cook until peppers are slightly tender (or to your preference) about 3-4 minutes. Then add in the cooked corn, season with salt, pepper, garlic and onion powder and put the shrimp back into the pan. Let heat 2 minutes on low.

To assemble the shrimp and grits, add a large spoonful of grits to a bowl. Top with cooked shrimp, the peppers and corn mixture, chopped bacon and chopped green onion, serve!



Bacon & Mozarella Stuffed Meatballs

Homemade meatballs are so delicious and easy to make. You can mix it up and really make them your own! These meatballs are a pretty basic recipe with a twist. You can use any ground meat you like. Beef, pork, veal, turkey and chicken. I personally prefer beef meatballs and sometimes I add in ground pork as well. My recipe calls for little fresh mozzarella balls and bacon. When you cut into them you taste that salty bacon and the mozzarella is nice and gooey! They are delicious!

Bacon & Mozzarella Stuffed Meatballs

Ingredients:
Meatballs:
2lbs ground beef (could use 1lb beef & 1lb of pork)
5 garlic cloves, minced
2 eggs, beaten
1 cup seasoned panko breadcrumbs
1/2-3/4 cup Romano or Parmesan cheese, finely grated
2 T Italian parsley, finely chopped
1 small onion, grated or very finely chopped
1/4 cup water or milk
1 T olive oil
2 t Italian seasoning
2 t kosher salt
2 t pepper

Extras:
6-8 slices bacon, cooked, chopped in half inch pieces
8-10 oz fresh mozzarella pearl balls
2 T olive oil, for frying

Directions: Preheat oven 350°. In a large mixing bowl add in all the ingredients above for the meatballs. Next using your hands mix meat until fully incorporated with ingredients. Using a large scoop or melon baller form meat into balls. Flatten out the balls and add in 1-2 pearl mozzarella balls and 1-2 pieces of bacon and roll into a ball. The meatballs should be golf ball size. Add to a baking sheet covered with foil. Continue with all the meat.

Options for cooking is either pan fry on the stove or you can bake in the oven. Sometimes I like to sauté in a pan to get a nice brown exterior and then finish baking through in the oven for about 20-25 minutes. To bake in the oven only cook for 30-35 minutes depending on the size. The meatballs should get nice and golden brown. Serve either on their own or with pasta.

Notes: You may need more bacon and mozzarella depending on how big the meatballs are. If you can’t find the pearl balls you can use any other cheese or fresh mozzarella and cut into small pieces.



Pork Sausage Breakfast Patties

I never knew how easy making homemade sausage patties was until I did it.  I know most people just buy the pre-made ones at the store.  Sometimes they are full with extra stuff you don’t need or want! So, this takes care of that.  These come out delicious.  They are full of flavor. I love that you can make them and freeze them for later.  These are a must try!

Pork Sausage Breakfast Patties

Ingredients:
2 lb ground pork
1 egg
3 garlic cloves, minced/grated
1 t dried thyme
1 t dried sage
2 t garlic powder
2 t onion powder
2 t dried fennel, crushed/chopped
1 t salt
1 t pepper
2 T olive oil

Directions: Mix ground pork with egg and seasoning above.  Use hands to make sure all meat gets seasoned. Form into 2 oz balls and flatten out into patties. Complete with all of the meat and set aside.

Heat a large saute pan to medium high heat.  Add in olive oil and let heat 1-2 minutes. Add the patties to the pan and cook for 4-5 minutes on one side and then flip over.  The patties will start to brown.  Once you flip patties over cook for another 3-4 minutes making sure it’s completely cooked through.  Internal temperature should read 160.  Cook in batches as to not overly crowd the pan.

If you are making a lot of patties, just brown on both sides, add to a baking sheet and finish cooking through in the oven. Serve with your breakfast favorites!

These sausage patties are great to freeze.  Cool them completely, wrap with saran wrap and freeze.  To warm frozen patties put in microwave or heat in a skillet on low heat. It’s a great meal prep item!

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Fancy BLT with Arugula & Fresh Mozzarella (Minus the L)

If you’ve followed me for a while you’ll know how much I love BACON!  I literally love it!  I can eat it all by itself or I can make a sandwich with it.  BLTs are classic sandwiches. I feel like when someone hears you made a BLT for dinner, the immediate response is “Oh that sounds so good!”  It’s just the truth!!  I made this fancy verison of a BLT.  I kicked it up a few notches with the one! Feel free to add more or less of an ingredient. I love arugula so I add a lot and I love bacon so I add a few slices! More bacon the better!

You will want to give it a try. The flavors in the sandwich will be an explosion!

Fancy BLT with Arugula & Fresh Mozzarella (Minus the L)

Ingredients:
Yeilds 2 Sandwiches

4 slices sour dough bread
8 slices, bacon cooked, crispy
1 medium tomato, thinly sliced
1 cup fresh arugula
4-6 slices fresh mozzarella
1.5 T extra virgin olive oil
2 garlic cloves
2 t Italian Seasonings
1 t salt

Directions: Preheat oven 400.  In a small bowl mix together 1 T extra virgin olive oil and Italian seasoning.  Set aside.  Take the garlic cloves and cut off the top exposing the flesh of the garlic.  Rub the garlic on the sourdough bread, both sides.  Next brush the olive oil mixture on the bread to fully coat on both sides.  Place in the oven for 4-6 minutes until it gets crisp. Then add 2-3 slices of fresh mozzarella to 2 of the pieces of bread.  Heat another 2-3 minutes (optional, this is just to lightly melt the cheese)

In another bowl add the arugula, (more or less if you prefer)  drizzle with remaining half table spoon of olive oil and season with salt. Set aside.

Once the bread is done, remove from the oven and assemble the sandwich.  Add half the arugula mixture to both pieces of bread on top of the fresh mozzarella, next add 2 slices of the tomato and 3-4 slices of bacon.  Top with other slices of bread and cut in half and enjoy!  It’s a beautiful looking sandwich and it taste even better then in looks!

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Bacon & Swiss Cheese Dip

I love bacon. I love Swiss cheese! I got this inspiration for this dip because of the bacon and Swiss cheese quiche I make. This came out so cheesy and delicious. It definitely isn’t a healthy dish, but hey you gotta splurge sometimes right?

Bacon & Swiss Cheese Dip

Ingredients:
16 oz cream cheese, softened
1 lb bacon, cooked and sliced
1 small onion, diced
8 oz Swiss cheese, shredded
2 t garlic powder
2 t onion powder
1-2 T heavy cream, optional
cooking spray
Crackers or Chips for serving

Directions: Preheat oven 375°. In medium mixing bowl add in 16 oz of cream cheese and smash with a fork. Add in cooked bacon (Note: cook bacon till crispy as it will soften sightly inside the dip). Mix well, add in onion and Swiss cheese. Mix well till fully incorporated. Next season with garlic and onion powder. This is where you could add the heavy cream if you’d like. This will help thin the dip out slightly.

Spray an oven safe baking dish with cooking spray. Add in dip and bake in the oven 35-40 minutes. Remove from oven let sit a few minutes. Serve with chips or crackers.

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