Keto Side Item Recipes

Creamed Kale

Creamed Kale

The holidays are right around the corner! For most of us that means lots of festive meals and get-togethers around the table. It can be hard to avoid all the unhealthy holiday dishes so plan ahead by making keto versions of your favorites. This creamed kale is so rich and decadent no one will know or even notice it’s low carb!This recipe is a take on classic creamed spinach but uses its cousin kale instead. Kale is a hearty green full of vitamins and minerals. I find it stands up to all ...

Garlic and Herb Breadstick Bites

Garlic and Herb Breadstick Bites

Keto biscuits and breadsticks are so great for those times when you need something to curb your cravings for the carb-laden real thing. That’s why I love this variation on a buttery cheddar biscuit. It’s in bite-sized stick form! It’s got all the flavors of the popular cheddar and herb biscuit you can get at a certain seafood restaurant, but with a crispy crumble that is great for dunking in soups or even tossing on a keto salad.I invited my family over to test out this recipe and I ...

Broccoli Cauliflower Salad

Broccoli Cauliflower Salad

It’s always nice to have a few easy no-cook side dishes to make when the weather is hot, or you don’t feel like cooking. This broccoli cauliflower salad combines fresh raw veggies, crunchy nuts, creamy dressing, and of course bacon. Everyone knows everything's better with bacon.This salad is super easy to make; the hardest part is chopping all the veggies. Be sure to use only the florets from both the broccoli and the cauliflower. I use pre-sliced almonds (found in the baking section of ...

Raspberry Pecan Salad

Raspberry Pecan Salad

Fresh raspberries, crunchy pecans, and salty feta cheese are what makes this salad one of the best I’ve had.For this recipe, I used a mix of lettuce called field greens, which are made up of several different kinds of baby greens. Usually, you can find them in the store, either bagged or boxed. However, if you can’t find it you can always use a mix of romaine, baby spinach, kale, and arugula.The dressing for this salad is a mix of olive oil, apple cider vinegar, and lemon juice. This ...

Vegan Teriyaki Grilled Eggplant

Vegan Teriyaki Grilled Eggplant

Satisfy your teriyaki cravings with this light and low-carb grilled eggplant! Perfect as a vegan side dish to pair with stir-fry cauli-rice or pan-seared tofu, this quick and simple veggie puts an Asian spin on one of my favorite veggies: the eggplant.Teriyaki was always one of my go-to orders when eating at a sushi restaurant. Whether it was teriyaki fried tofu or just a plate of teriyaki vegetables, I always felt like I was making a healthier choice, until I realized just how much ...

One-Pan Pepper Jack Brussels Sprouts

One-Pan Pepper Jack Brussels Sprouts

Brussels sprouts have not always been a fan favorite of the vegetable world. Even my own mother refused to cook them due to her traumatic childhood experience with the miniature cabbage! But the truth about this stalky cabbage, grown for the edible buds, is that it is packed with vitamin C and vitamin K and a moderate amount of fiber. In fact, one cup of Brussels sprouts has nearly double the amount of vitamin C as the same amount of oranges!This one-pan side dish begins with blanched ...

Garlic Butter Braised Cabbage

Garlic Butter Braised Cabbage

It seems like I am continually trying to find the perfect side dish to keep me from sneaking and snacking on the carb-laden foods that my family provides for parties. I’m always tempted with the creamy, flour-based sauces and the starchy root vegetable and breading combos. My mother so ritualistically shares these, so this year I am showing everyone up with this fantastic buttery, creamy, braised cabbage!Braising is a cooking technique often used for meat. The first step involves searing ...

Garlic Parmesan Cauliflower Wings

Garlic Parmesan Cauliflower Wings

Cauliflower wings seem to be all the rage right now - and for a good reason! They are great for vegetarians, crispy, crunchy, and naturally low-carb! One of my favorite kinds is garlic Parmesan.There are many ways to cook this. You could roast the cauliflower for some added crunch before coating it in the sauce, or bake them in the sauce. I chose to bake them so the cauliflower could absorb the flavors of this cheesy sauce. If you want extra crispiness, you can broil the "wings" after ...

Roasted Celery and Macadamia Cheese

Roasted Celery and Macadamia Cheese

Celery that's roasted in the oven turns buttery and sweet. Pair this with a completely dairy-free macadamia cheese and you've got yourself a side dish that's rich but also low in carbs. Perfect for those of you who are unable to eat cheese.The macadamia nut cheese alone is worth making just so you can spread it over keto friendly crackers. The nutritional yeast is really important for making it taste great, so make sure you don't skip this ingredient. You can find it inexpensively in the ...

Keto Queso Dip

Keto Queso Dip

A while back I talked about my love of pimento/sweet cherry peppers. Well, I still love them! I’m beginning to put them on everything and after having a delicious queso dip at a restaurant, I knew I had to recreate it with sweet cherry peppers.The best thing about this recipe is that it is incredibly easy! There are also many things you can do with it, add it to cauliflower for a low-carb macaroni and cheese, top your broccoli with it, put it on nachos... anything, really!The only ...