The holidays are over and spring is coming, believe it or not. Those heading for Spring Training may be trying to get into "warm weather shape" and some are choosing to drop a few pounds. Readers familiar with STLSportsPage.com know we don't advocate dieting,but we are fans of the low carb lifestyle.

We posted these recipes during the holidays and are reposting because those who choose to lose weight by the low car lifestyle might be wondering what to eat. Sometimes it's hard to go without bread, so many of these could be of help.

With a little planning you can enjoy tasty meals that otherwise might be full of carbs. Here are a few we have selected. We tried the almond waffles. Be sure to spray the waffle iron before each new waffle is made with non-stick spray.

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Sugar-Free Pecan Snowball Cookies

Submitted by Carol Feldman

8 tbsp butter

1 1/2 cups almond flour

1 cup pecans

1/2 cup 

Swerve Confectioners Sweetener  (I use Stevia)

Editor's note: Stevia can be made into powdered sugar (to learn how click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cev72tN7-gc

1 tsp vanilla extract, 

1/2 tsp vanilla liquid stevia

 1/4 tsp salt

Have extra confectioners to roll balls in.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Place all ingredients into food processor and process until batter forms a ball. Pulse if needed. Taste btter, adjust sweetener is needed. Use cookie scoop and make 24 balls. Roll each ball in the palm of your hand. Place in freezer for 20-30 minutes. Place in oven for 15 minutes or until golden around the edges. Allow to cool slightly. Once able to handle roll each cookie in sweetener. Allow to cool cmnpletely and store in air tight container. Net carb 1g

Chocolate Decadence Cookies

Submitted by Diane Heckenkamp

6 ounces chocolate chips
2 tablespoons palm shortening or salted butter
2 large eggs
¼ cup maple syrup
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
½ cup blanched almond flour (not almond meal)
¼ teaspoon celtic sea salt
¼ teaspoon baking soda
6 ounces chocolate chips
1½ cups pecans, coarsely chopped
Instructions
In a medium pot, melt 6 ounces chocolate chips and shortening over very low heat
Remove pan from heat
Using a hand blender, mix in eggs, maple syrup, and vanilla
Whisk in almond flour, salt, and baking soda
Stir in additional 6 ounces chocolate chips and pecans
Scoop batter 1 tablespoon at a time onto a parchment paper lined baking sheet
Flatten dough with the palm of wet hands
Bake at 350°F for 10-12 minutes. Cool for 1 hour. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator

 

Almond Flour Waffles 
Submitted by Sally Rains
Servings 8 waffles (4 on larger waffle irons)
Calories 145 cal     Total Carbohydrates 3g 1%

Ingredients

1 cup almond flour sifted
1/2 Tablespoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
¼ cup water
2 Tablespoons oil
3 eggs

Instructions

In large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder and salt.

Stir in oil and eggs. Mix until blended. Slowly add heavy cream until desired batter thickness is achieved.

Pour into waffle maker to cook.
Sally's note: These waffles are tasty and can be frozen and brought out as needed. I used water, but  the original recipe called for heavy cream. The water of course brings the calorie count down. ALSO, we use coconut oil as it is supposed to be good for the memory. This is a gluten-free waffle.

Low Carb Biscuits

Submitted by Joan Spink

1/2 tsp Garlic powder

2 Eggs
1 1/2 cups Almond flour
1 tbsp Baking powder
1/4 tsp Salt
4 tbsp Butter
1/3 cups Cheese
1/3 cups Sour cream

Preheat oven to 400°. Spray muffin  pan with a baking spray preferably that uses flour.

Combine all dry ingredients. Add the eggs, butter, cheese and sour cream. Stir until completely blended and spoon into muffin pan.Bake until golden brown or to preference.


Bacon Pizza

Submitted by Sandy Elfrink

There’s no recipe—Just basket weave bacon together and microwave. It becomes the crust.

Put cheese and sauce and whatever topping you want on it. Melt.

Cut into squares. It works surprisingly well!

Editor's note: We tried this and a lot of grease can come after cooking the bacon so we sopped it up with paper towels and that helped. First we layered it with pizza sauce, then tossed in some cut up onions and green peppers. Rob put some pepperoni on his side. We topped it off with cheese. It was delicious-- but then what isn't better with bacon?

 

Two Minute Low Carb  English Muffin

Submitted by Carol Feldman

2 Tbsp unsweetened cashew, almond, or peanut butter 

1 Tbsp butter

2 Tbsp almond flour

1/8 tsp salt

1/2 tsp baking powder

1 Tbsp unsweetened almond milk

1 egg beaten

Spray ramekin with cooking spray. Microwave butter and nut butter in bowl for about 15 seconds. Add almond flour, salt and baking powder together. Pour milk and egg to dry ingredients and stir until combined. Pour this mixture into ramekin. Microwave for 1 1/2 to 2 minutes. Allow to cool and cut in half or thirds. Toast in toaster. Add butter or peanut butter on muffin. Enjoy! 1/2 slice is 222 calories or 2 net carbs (for 1/2)

Carol's Note:  I eat these everyday. I double the recipe and cut each into 3 muffins instead of two as suggested.

Delectable Deviled Eggs
Recipe Courtesy Daisy Brand

Prep Time: 10 MINUTES Time to Table: 10 MINUTES Serves: 12

Ingredients

6 large eggs, hard cooked
1/4 cup Daisy Cottage Cheese
1/4 cup Daisy Sour Cream
1 teaspoon white vinegar
1 teaspoon mustard
1 tablespoon mayonnaise
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper

Directions

1. Cut eggs in half lengthwise, being careful to remove yolks without breaking white part. Place white parts cut side up on a serving platter.
2. Place yolks in a food processor bowl. Add remaining ingredients and process in the food processor until smooth.
3. Spoon a heaping tablespoon of yolk mixture into each white center


Warm and Cheesy Bacon Dip
Recipe Courtesy Daisy Brand

Prep Time: 5 MINUTES
Time to Table: 35 MINUTES
Serves: 15 (5 TABLESPOONS PER SERVING)

Ingredients
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
2 cups Daisy Sour Cream
3 ounces bacon bits
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
1 cup chopped green onion

Directions
1. Preheat oven to 400F.
2. Combine all ingredients. Place in a 1-quart baking dish. Cover.
3. Heat 25-30 minutes or until hot.
4. Serve with assorted dippers

 

 

Breakfast for Dinner

Bacon and eggs got a bad rap for a while but proponents of the low-carb lifestyle say when following that type of diet bacon and eggs are good. We love bacon and eggs or sausage and eggs. (This is one reason we love staying at the Drury Hotels and others who serve hot breakfast) 

When cooking eggs for dinner we use Greek yogurt instead of milk to mix in the eggs. Once they are cooking in the frying pan we sprinkle shredded cheddar cheese on them. 

Be sure to pat the bacon or sausage with an absorbent paper towel to get the excess grease out of it.

No bread (toast, pancakes, muffins, etc) if you are trying to eat healthy and low carb. If you simply must have bread you can use a low carb bread or we use the Ezekiel breads.

 

Balsamic Chicken

In a bowl, mix 2 tablespoons vinegar, 2 teaspoons dijon mustard and a clove of garlic garlic (or just buy the ready to use garlic or use garlic salt). Add the chicken and coat both sides with the mixture. Cook this in a skillet with olive oil. Rob does not like mushrooms so we don't use them but some people like sautéed mushrooms with balsamic chicken.

For our side dishes we choose steamed vegetables and a special "super foods" salad we made up.

The salad:  Use what you have,  The picture shown right is spinach, onions, cherry tomatoes sliced small, blueberries and strawberries cut small. We made a dressing out of oil and vinegar with a little Stevia in the Raw. (sweetener) Mix it all up and sprinkle feta cheese on top. It's delicious!

 

Salmon with Yogurt Lemon Sauce

This is one of our favorite meals. You can grill it, bake it or broil it. As you are mixing the sauce, do it to your taste.

 Mix together in small bowl:

   6 oz container Greek Fat Free plain yogurt

   1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill weed or 1 teaspoon dried dill

   1/2 teaspoon grated lemon peel

   1 tablespoon lemon juice

Using spoon or brush, coat the salmon with the sauce. We like to have a lot of sauce on top. 

Any type of fresh steamed vegetables goes with this.