7 Low-Carb Substitutes for My Favorite Side Dishes

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{We like to start them young – they are rolling pastil dough (a Filipino version of empanadas)}

Growing up in an Asian household, rice was a major side dish staple for breakfast and dinner (sometimes lunch). We would eat rice with mostly everything and I can’t say I hated it. Of course, when I got into eating sushi, I couldn’t get enough of it. I don’t want to say that carbs are the enemy, but I feel better when I don’t intake too much, especially refined carbs. I’m not ready to completely give it up all-together, but I am ready to keep the count low and find alternatives to my favorite carb-laden side dishes. I’m looking forward to including these recipes into my cooking repertoire and hopefully find some or all as regulars.

How about you? Do you have issues eating certain foods? Do you have a certain diet that you follow or are you one of the lucky ones?

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Tortillas – I cannot wait to try this low carb tortilla recipe to make tortillas with so many recipes I would use “real” tortillas for such as enchiladas, tacos, fajitas and burritos.

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Mashed Potatoes – Mashed potatoes is not something I grew up eating and did not do so until I was older, but once I started it was really hard to resist. I’ve tried cauliflower mashed “potatoes” on several occasions and it was mostly done right. While I’ve never tried making my own, I look forward to doing so by using this recipe for “mock” garlic mashed potatoes. It would go great with those oh-so-comforting foods like roasted chicken, steak and, of course, turkey.

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Rice – I’m not quite ready to give up rice completely (I don’t know if I’ll ever be), but I’m ready to consume it on a limited basis. However, it’s not to say I don’t always look for substitutes. This cauliflower rice recipe looks really good. I look forward to trying it out with main dishes that I typically eat rice with, like fish and shrimp.

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Naan – I don’t typically make it at home, but I love Indian food. A big staple of Indian food is naan, which I absolutely love. That’s why I was so excited to come across this 3 ingredient paleo naan recipe by myheartbeets. I cannot wait to try it out and use it with both Indian and non-Indian dishes.

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Cheesy Garlic Bread – I cannot say enough how much I love bread. This grain-free, gluten-free, low-carb cheesy garlic bread recipe looks like the real thing and I am excited to test it out.

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Corn Bread – Here is another bread recipe I am drooling over. This baby corn bread looks delicious. I think I will add some jalapeno to take it to another level.

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Bread – How much do I love thee? I cannot count enough the ways. Bread is just one of those foods that I can eat mindlessly and never get tired of. It’s great alone, with sandwiches, dipped in olive oil and parmesan cheese, as french toast and on and on and on. I’ve tried a few different low-carb options, but none that have really blown my hair back. However, this almond flour bread recipe looks very promising.

10 Tasty Paleo Treats to Make for Your Oscars Party

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{“Awards Night” cookies via Bakerella – her recipe is not paleo, but you can make paleo friendly versions. I just adore Bakerella and her creations.}

Hollywood’s biggest night is coming up. I love the Oscars, or excuse me, the Academy Awards. It’s my Superbowl. From the announcement of the nominees to the red carpet events leading up to the awards show.

{Confession: I do not always watch all the nominated films beforehand. }

Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, I plan to sit on my sofa this coming Sunday and watch with excitement as the newcomers and veterans march down the red carpet, anticipating what designers they chose. Oh, yeah, and, of course, see who the “Oscar goes to…”

{Another confession: I may or may not have pretended to be a winner and made a speech using a hairbrush as my mic during my childhood.}

Do you watch the Oscars? How do you celebrate it? Whether you plan to have a gathering or not, here are some fun treats you can make to sustain you throughout the event.

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These paleo and gluten-free “Meringues” by Elana’s Pantry look so divine. I love the way meringue just melts in your mouth.

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Another recipe from Elana’s Pantry are these “Star Cookies”. So fitting for the occasion, don’t you think? They are gluten-free and vegan!

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I scream and you will too for these “Sugar Detox Cinnamon Sweet Potato Ice Cream with Toasted Walnuts” made by PaleOMG.

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I cannot wait to try these “Bacon-Wrapped Pineapple” treats from Nom Nom Paleo. Sweet and savory is the way to my heart!

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How about some “Cheesy Egg Muffins” by Nom Nom Paleo? They would be a great addition, just put them in gold muffin tin cups.

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I could sure go for one or ten of these “Mexican Chocolate Pots de Créme” by Nom Nom Paleo right about now.

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These “Paleo Snickerdoodle Cupcakes” by My Natural Family look so sweet and tasty.

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Bingo! I think I hit the jackpot with these “‘Fried’ Honey Bananas” by Rachel Schultz. My mom makes an amazing fried banana, so I’ve been on the lookout for a paleo-friendly recipe and this one fits the bill.

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This “Paleo Sex in a Pan” by Grok Grub looks sexy and scrumptious.

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Cupcakes are always a good idea and these “Paleo Cardamom Cupcakes with Lemon Mousse Frosting” by Empowered Sustenance look like one of the best cupcake ideas I’ve seen recently.

10 Delicious Valentine’s Day Treats to Make for Your Sweethearts

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{These girls take their Valentine’s Day baking very, very seriously.}

My sister sent me a picture of my nieces baking Valentine’s Day treats, which prompted me to set out to find some recipes that I could make that would be paleo and/or gluten-free friendly. These treats look easy enough to make and package to give away to those special people in your life, or treat yourself. Enjoy and let me know if you make any of these! I’d love to know how they turned out.

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1. Strawberry Raspberry Milkshape Fudge Hearts via PaleOMG – Dying over these cute heart-shaped treats! How adorable would they look in a cellophane bag with punched out mini heart tags?

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2. Paleo Pancakes via Mark’s Daily Apple – Why not make heart-shaped ones?

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3. Dark Chocolate and Citrus Macadamia Balls via Mark’s Daily Apple – These would look wonderful wrapped in a cellophane bag with a ribbon and tag attached.

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4. Chunky Monkey “Ice Cream” Bon Bons via Nom Nom Paleo – How cute would these be packaged in ice cream cartons with your own labels?

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5. Nom Nom Chocolate Truffles via Nom Nom Paleo – Sensing a theme with chocolate and round things here? You can take wrapping paper and wrap these individually.

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6. Tropical Paleo Granola via Nom Nom Paleo – Tropical anything sounds delicious. These would look great packaged in cellophane bags with personalized tags.

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7. Butter Cookies via Elana’s Pantry – These would be great to make with heart-shaped cookie cutters and packaged in Chinese cartons with Valentine’s stickers.

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8. Gluten-free Coconut Macaroons via Elana’s Pantry – I love macaroons and better yet, these are gluten-free!

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9. Chocolate Chip Espresso Banana Bread Muffins via PaleOMG – How adorable are these mini muffins made in silicone muffin cups? I would hug you if I received these treats. Banana + chocolate = winning combo.

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10. Easy Chocolate Almond Butter Cups via PaleOMG –  I love a good Reese’s’ peanut butter cup recipe (but, who doesn’t?) and these look tempting. So easy to wrap up in a pretty package.