Category Archives: Appetizers

Red Pepper Relish Dip

I can’t take credit for this recipe. My sister, Donna made this for my grandson’s birthday party back in June and ever since then we have all been hooked on this dip. It is an item that might be a bit difficult to find. We only have 2 stores in WV where I can find it. It is worth the extra effort to find it.

Amish Wedding Red Pepper Relish

Last night I was having a Google Hangout with Samantha and Isaiah and he was sitting at the table with his sliced peppers and cucumbers eating this dip. At one point he asked for a spoon and began eating the dip all by itself. hahaha

Red Pepper Relish Dip

  • 8 ounce package cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup Amish Wedding Red Pepper Relish

Mix thoroughly and chill. Serve with fresh veggies. I prefer cucumbers and carrots. Any low carb veggie with work though.

Enjoy!!

Sausage Stuffed Pepper Poppers

When I went to Aldis this past weekend I really stocked up on produce. I made these poppers and they were very good. Caleb loved them and Mike ate the meat filling but he did not eat the peppers that I put them in. When Stephen and Kristin came to get Caleb they tried these and loved them as well.

Sausage Stuffed Pepper Poppers

  • 1 pound pork sausage
  • 1 pound of sweet peppers- these are long
  • 1 8-ounce package cream cheese
  • 1 cup Parmesan Cheese

Crumble sausage into large skillet and cook thoroughly. Drain grease and add cream cheese and Parmesan Cheese. Mix well. Spoon into halved peppers and place in shallow baking pan. Bake in oven at 450 degrees for 20 minutes. Serve warm.

I had a lot of the meat/cheese mixture left and Mike enjoyed it without the peppers. I preferred it with the flavor of the peppers.

Strawberry Cheesecake Dip with Graham Cracker Cookies

My love for Pinterest is huge. I get many ideas and recipes and ideas there. A few weeks ago I saw a recipe that was so simple and high carbs but I knew that I could convert to low carb easily. This is the recipe that got my interest.

Doesn’t that look wonderful? This is the low carb version that I created.

I know their picture is better but I am sure a professional took that pic. I made a few changes and one was switching from Cherries to Strawberries. Cherries are 4 carbs per cherry. I just can’t do that on my plan.

This is how I made this recipe.

Cream Cheese Dip Portion

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1 package unflavored gelatin
  • 2 cup heavy cream
  • 8-oz package Philadelphia Cream Cheese
  • 3 Tablespoons Vanilla Extract
  • 1 cup Splenda

To make filling: Mix water with unflavored gelatin. Set in refrigerator to partially set up. In a bowl, whip heavy cream. Set aside. In a large bowl, beat cream cheese, extract, and 1 cup Splenda until smooth. Very lightly mix in partially set gelatin. Fold in whipping cream. Pour into pie shell. Chill 2 to 3 hours.

Strawberry Topping

  • 16 container fresh strawberries
  • 2/3 cup Splenda

Clean and finely chop strawberries. Mix with Splenda and refrigerate.

Just before serving dip pour Strawberries over the top and surround with Graham Crackers or Vanilla Wafers <– click for recipes.

My mom, sister and I preferred the Vanilla Wafers than the Graham Crackers but the Graham Crackers are slightly lower in carbs so if you are being very tight with your carb count you will want to go with them.

This recipe would also be very good made with a pecan crust and just eaten as cheesecake instead of a dip at a party.  Your choice. Enjoy.

Spicy Beer Chicken Wings

This recipe is very easy to make. I made it in my slow cooker and while the flavor was excellent I wished that the wings hadn’t been so soft which is a result of using the slow cooker.  For that reason I am going to provide two methods of making these wings. The slow cooker is wonderful for when you are very busy and you don’t want to have to wait for dinner to be made when you get home from work. It all depends on your lifestyle and personal tastes.

I keep the Essence of Emeril Seasoning Mix in a shaker jar in my cabinet and use it often. It is very good on many things. You should give it a try,

Spicy Beer Chicken Wings- slow cooker method

  • 2-3 pounds frozen chicken wings
  • 12 ounce bottle bud light beer
  • Essence of Emeril <-click there for recipe

In a slow cooker place frozen wings in bottom. Pour beer over top and sprinkle Essence of Emeril seasoning on the wings to your personal taste. I love spicy food so I put the seasoning on quite heavily.  Put lid on slow cooker and cook on low for 9 hours.

 

Spicy Beer Chicken Wings- oven method

In the bottom of a large baking arrange chicken wings in a single layer. Pour beer over the top of the wings and sprinkle the wings with seasoning mix. This amount is done by taste. If you love spicy foods as I do you can use a lot of this and if you prefer a lighter spice then by all means go light with this. Bake uncovered for 1 hour at 350 degrees.

Stuffed Strawberries

I saw something similar to these on Pinterest but of course they were no where near low carb so I had to tweak them. I made them for Samantha’s shower last weekend and they were a big hit. When Caleb came to visit today I asked him to help me make more and of course he was more than willing. He loves to cook. It is one of the great bonding things that we do. That, and fishing in the creek with pretend fishing poles made from sticks and watching for alligators. Thank goodness I have never seen an alligator in WV. 🙂

I digress. Back to the recipe. Caleb loves to eat the cream cheese filling by itself. I should have washed his face but we were to busy enjoying the day to be picky about washing a face. 🙂

He sure is getting big on me. He is napping right now while I get a few things done and then we have to plant lettuce and spinach and bake cookies for the Easter Bunny tonight.  We already mixed the dough earlier this morning.  They are just waiting to be baked when he gets up. We have some arts and crafts to do this afternoon too.  Saturdays are always wonderful around here. 🙂

Stuffed Strawberries

  • 2 quarts of fresh strawberries
  • 12 ounce container of Philadelphia whipped cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup Splenda granules
  • 1/2 cup ground Almond meal with 2 teaspoons Splenda added

Hull and remove center of clean strawberries.

In a mixing bowl mix cream cheese and Splenda until creamy. Stuff centers of each strawberry and then dip into Almond meal mixture. Set on plate and chill. Serve as is.

I can’t give exact amount of carbs since size of strawberries vary so greatly.

Strawberries (not stuffed)- 1 net carb per medium strawberry

Cream Cheese- 2 Tablespoons are 2 carbs. You can get approximately 1 teaspoon of mixture stuffed into each strawberry.

Almond Meal- 12 carbs for the entire 1/2 cup. I counted 46 strawberries for the entire recipe.  Again this depends on the size of strawberries that you purchase.

So roughly 2-3 carbs per strawberry depending on size.

Snack Suggestion #17

Today’s snack idea also comes with a recipe. It is Low Carb Turkey Bacon Roll Ups from the Food Network. The picture is courtesy of their site as well.

I figured these to come to 2 carbs each depending on the brand of turkey slices from the deli that you purchase.

Buffalo Chicken Dip

For our Christmas dinner my children requested a Mexican themed dinner so we had a very colorful meal full of flavor and we were all very happy. 🙂

One new recipe that we made was Buffalo Chicken Dip. I found the recipe over at Heart of a Country Home.  I made it exactly as Jill has it on her site so I am not putting the recipe over here. She has many amazing low carb recipes over there so check her out.

I served the dip with fresh broccoli, cucumbers, cauliflower and carrots for dipping. The non-Diabetics also had tortilla chips to use for dipping. I believe my son ate his weight in this dip. 🙂

Thanks Jill!