Holiday Hoopla #Giveaway Ends 12/3 $400+ Value!

Welcome to the most wonderful time of the year! Well, at least it is supposed to be. How are you doing with your holiday shopping? Did you even start yet? What if I can make it a little bit easier on you? This giveaway could easily take a large chunk out of your holiday shopping list, where one person will receive over $400 worth of merchandise. How amazing is that? Take a look at all of the brands who are participating in this amazing event and be sure to enter to win. Best of luck to you! Continue reading “Holiday Hoopla #Giveaway Ends 12/3 $400+ Value!”

Interview with Olivia Castillo, author of Song of the Boricua

Welcome to the book tour for Song of the Boricua by Olivia Castillo. In today’s interview, Olivia tells us about her love for Puerto Rico and why she chose to write this particular book. Can you think of other questions you would like her to answer? Please leave them and any other thoughts you have in the comments. Enjoy an excerpt from the book before you download your own copy. Be sure to follow the rest of the tour for more insights into Olivia and her book, as well as more opportunities to enter the giveaway. Continue reading “Interview with Olivia Castillo, author of Song of the Boricua”

How to Have a Low-Carb Thanksgiving Dinner

So many people are becoming more health-conscious and want to keep their meals low-carb. They depend on this to lose weight and to keep it off. You have to avoid those carb sources of pastas, breads, and other baked goods. But during the holidays, it is so much more difficult to stick to this kind of diet. Luckily there are a couple of ways to adjust some recipes to have a low-carb Thanksgiving dinner while still enjoying some of those traditional dishes. Here are three adjustments you can make for low-carb Thanksgiving side dishes without losing the flavor.

Broccoli Cheese Soup

Broccoli and cheddar go together like apple pie and America. That’s why you see broccoli cheese soup at so many of the popular chain restaurants. Unfortunately, that texture that people love so much comes from flour, which is a carb. If you’re serving this as a side dish, you can easily make it a part of your low-carb Thanksgiving dinner by substituting xanthan gum for the flour. You only need a minute amount equaling less than a 1/2 teaspoon to achieve impressive effects. 

Sausage and Cheese Stuffing

I’ve never been to a Thanksgiving dinner that didn’t have stuffing. My mother’s recipe was always a family favorite. The only problem is, traditional recipes include bread, which defeats the purpose of trying to maintain a low-carb Thanksgiving dinner. So how do you get around it? Simply leave out the bread. Instead, chop up sausage into small pieces. Add the chopped onions, peppers, celery, water chestnuts, whatever else you like to put into your stuffing. Season it with black pepper, salt, and garlic. Stir in eggs. Place the mixture into a shallow 2-inch glass pan and brown it in an oven set at 350 degrees. It’s ready to serve immediately. 

Mashed Cauliflower with Rosemary & Roasted Garlic

Mashed cauliflower is a great substitute for mashed potatoes, and you hardly can tell the difference. Use a small pan to fry some garlic and rosemary for about three minutes over low. When they start to smell strong, set them aside while you boil some cauliflower. Once softened, mash the cauliflower with a masher. If you really want a thinner consistency, you can use a mixer or a food processor. Remember to stir in some butter or cream and then season with salt and pepper as desired. Finally add the rosemary and garlic. Now you have another flavorful, satisfying side for your low-carb Thanksgiving dinner.

More Food for a Low-Carb Thanksgiving Dinner

Do you want to add some other healthy dishes to your Thanksgiving meal? Try some of these and let us know in the comments what your favorite dishes are.

Garlic and Chive Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes Recipe

Healthy Side Dishes for Thanksgiving

Healthy Side Dishes for Thanksgiving

Holidays can be difficult for people who are trying to eat healthier. You want all of the classic yummy dishes, but may also have some health issues that prevent you from having some of your favorites. Or maybe you are really disciplined and focusing on your waistline. Luckily there are plenty of healthy side dishes for Thanksgiving that still taste amazingly good. I have three quick and easy healthy Thanksgiving side dishes here that you can easily whip out and enjoy for your holiday meal. Continue reading “Healthy Side Dishes for Thanksgiving”

Garlic and Chive Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes Recipe

If you’re looking for something healthier to serve with your dinner for the holidays or every day, you should give cauliflower mashed potatoes a try. For those who are into doing keto or paleo, they are a perfect side dish that fit your needs. For the rest of us, we may just want to try something different. The garlic and the chives give it great flavor, complimenting a wide range of beef, pork, chicken, and plant-based entrees. Plus, it comes together in under 30 minutes, so it is perfect for those busy weeknights when you want to get a healthy dinner on the table without too much fuss.
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