Low Carb Baked Sub Unwich

Low Carb Baked Sub Unwich

I love a good nice sandwich, but eating low carb means no bread.  While there are some good substitutes for biscuits and sliced bread….I’ve yet to find any sub sandwich style low carb substitutes (lots of S’s there).  I wanted the flavor of a warm sandwich without the carbs.

It’s not pretty, but it’s yummy!  Tyler (who doesn’t eat low carb) and my mom (who does) both enjoyed this.

You can also customize this however you want.

Ingredients:

  • 16 slices deli ham (make sure it’s not honey ham, watch the carb count!)
  • 16 slices deli turkey
  • 8 slices cheese (I used swiss)
  • sliced dill picked (I used Clausen’s- found in the deli meat section)
  • Some sort of mustard/mayo or both – I used a garlic aoli mustard
  • Italian seasoning
  • You could also used sliced tomatoes, onions or even lettuce, or other deli meats like pastrami or roast beef.  Make it your own!

Layer the ingredients like lasagna in an 8×8 pan!  Mine was: ham (8 slices, sort of doubled up), Italian seasoning, cheese, mustard, pickles, turkey (8 slices), Italian seasoning, cheese and repeat (except I put the last slice of cheese on top). It made 2 layers.  You can do more if you want.  Bake at 350 until bubbly and melty!  Makes 4 servings.

 


Pizza Baked Spaghetti Squash

Pizza Baked Spaghetti Squash

I’ve been eating low-carb/keto since last May, and we have experimented a lot in the kitchen. One of our favorite things to make is spaghetti squash. It’s so versatile! It has a mild flavor, so it’s easy to transform.

One of my favorite splurge treats growing up was the pizza baked spaghetti at Fazoli’s.  Are there still Fazoli’s around? All of the ones I used to visit have been long closed.

Well, the other night, I was going to make traditional spaghetti squash spaghetti and decided to make it pizza baked. It was a GREAT idea. Delish!

Ingredients:

  • 1 spaghetti squash, roasted and seeded (I follow these directions to roast it whole- much easier than cutting it if you have time)
  • 12 oz. spaghetti sauce (for low carb/keto I prefer Rao’s brand- it’s lowest carb!)
  • 8 oz browned ground beef (a great way to use up leftover ground beef!)
  • 4 slices provolone cheese
  • 16 pepperonis
  • oregeno to taste

Mix the spaghetti squash, sauce and ground beef. Spread it in a 8×8 pan and cover with cheese, pepperonis and sprinkle with oregano.  Bake at 350 for 30 minutes and then broil on high for 3-4 minutes until bubbly.  Tyler topped his with some Parmesan cheese. We served with a side salad.

Makes 4 servings.


Peanut Butter Burger

Peanut Butter Burger

Guys, you’re gonna have to trust me on this one. It’s weird, but it’s good. I promise.

This was inspired by a burger I had years ago in Tulsa at the Dust Bowl bowling alley.  Theirs didn’t have bacon, but otherwise, this is a pretty exact replica of that burger.

Let’s be honest here, friends. I work full time and have a 9 month old, so this isn’t a homemade burger. I used frozen patties broiled in the oven and the buns and peanut butter are store-bought. But it doesn’t matter. It’s super good.

The peanut butter is creamy, salty and a hint of sweet against the savory onions, crispy bacon and crisp waffles.

Ingredients:

  • Beef burger patties (1 per person)- like I said I used frozen 85/15 patties
  • 2 slices of bacon per person
  • Frozen waffles (2 per person)- toast them to your liking, for me that’s on level 2 twice
  • 1 onion for every 2 burgers
  • 2 tbsp butter per onion
  • 1 tbsp oil per onion (I use Riceland’s rice bran oil)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • seasoned salt
  • 1 tbsp creamy peanut butter per person

Directions:

  • Broil or grill your burgers (sprinkle with season salt before cooking).
  • Crisp up your bacon (I sometimes cook it on the stove or often in the oven).
  • Caramelize the onions. Melt the butter and oil together over medium high heat.  Slice your onion in rings and place in melted butter/oil mixture.  Sprinkle with salt and sugar and turn the heat down to medium.  Let them cook for 20 minutes until golden brown.
  • Toast the waffles.
  • Assemble the burgers. THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT.  Bottom bun, burger, onions, bacon, and then peanut butter on the top bun.  DO NOT PUT PB ON THE BOTTOM BUN (I don’t like to yell, but if you do this, the peanut butter hits your tongue first and it’s all you taste. Trust me!)
  • Enjoy!

You could also make these like sliders with smaller burgers and the mini waffle buns. They would be really fun for a party since they are super unique!


Making Homemade Pasta

Making Homemade Pasta

One of the last things on my 30 Before 30 list was to make homemade pasta.

I’ve wanted to do it for years, but just haven’t gotten around to it. I knew it would take time (and I had planned on buying a pasta attachment for my KitchenAid mixer).

Well, fast forward to the fact that Monday I turn 30 and I want to finish this list…so I needed to make pasta! I’m currently eating low carb/keto, so I had to find a recipe that fit.

I used this one .  It was very dry, so I had to add some water, but otherwise it turned out well.

We didn’t get the KitchenAid attachment ordered, so we had to do it all by hand.

I did the egg-well technique to mix it all together. (I did use a bowl because I didn’t want flour everywhere)

The dough had to sit for a while, which helped it come together. It was crumbly before, but worked well after sitting. 

Tyler helped me roll it out. Since the recipe called for sheeting the pasta several times, we would roll it out, fold it up and re-roll it several times.  I’m sure a pasta sheeter would have gotten it MUCH thinner (which would have been better) but we got it as thin as we could by hand.

And we just cut it with a pizza cutter into strips. Again, a pasta attachment would have been more precise.

But a couple minutes in boiling water, some basil alfredo, chicken and parm…and this was GOOD! I did it! I made homemade pasta!

All that’s left on the list is to eat at Emmy’s (a German restaurant) and we hope to go tomorrow night. Since I’ve never been, I don’t want my birthday dinner (either with Tyler or family) to be there….but we have to go before Monday- so Friday it is! (hopefully that plan works!)