Chicken and Zucchini Poppers

I found this recipe a while back and finally got around to trying them.  Everyone loved them and what was even better was being able to tell Ellen they were ZERO carbs.  These little gems work for Ellen and her lower carb life, but they are also gluten free, paleo and Whole 30.  So, they would make many of you out there love this simple pick up snack.  We made them for lunch during the UL/Duke game and they were perfect for eating sitting around while watching the game.  We will definitely make them again and may even make some ahead to freeze for an easy after school snack.

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Chicken and Zucchini Poppers

Ingredients

  • 1 lb ground chicken
  • 2 cups grated zucchini (leave peel on)
  • 2 – 3 green onions, sliced
  • 3 – 4 Tablespoons parsley or cilantro, minced (you may choose which additional flavor you would like to add.  I chose parsley)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • olive oil for cooking (or coconut or avocado oil)

Directions

  1. Grate the zucchini and place into a bowl. Do not dry out any of the natural water from the zucchini.
  2. Toss with the green onions, parsley or cilantro, garlic, salt, and pepper.  Mix well.
  3. Add in the ground chicken and mix well.  Mixture will be quite wet in touch and appearance.
  4. Make into poppers or meatballs.
  5. Drizzle a bit of olive oil on a baking sheet.
  6. Place the meatballs onto the prepared baking sheet and drizzle a bit of additional olive oil over top of the meatballs.
  7. Bake at 400 degrees for 20 – 25 minutes, or until cooked through.
  8. Place under a broiler for an additional 2 – 3 minutes or until browned on top.
  9. Serve with guacamole, salsa, ranch, or your favorite dip.

Nutritional Information: Poppers are 0 carbs. You would have to add in any carbs from dipping sauce of your choice.  We used salsa so that it stayed at 0 carbs.

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Italian Christmas Cookies

This is the great new find this year for our Christmas Cookies.  I love how festive they look and they taste wonderful!  They are gluten free in addition to low carb  – so they can become a staple in many households.  Although they are Christmas Cookies, if you just changed the sprinkles, they could be for any holiday. Also, I am NOT a licorice fan – so I made mine with vanilla instead of anise.  Feel free to switch back to the traditional anise if you like licorice.  Hope you give these a try!

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Italian Christmas Cookies

  • Servings: 20 - 24 single cookies
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Ingredients

Cookies

  • 1 1/2 cups almond flour
  • 1/4 cup coconut flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon xanthan gum
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup Swerve, Granular Sweetener
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla (or anise if you prefer)

Glaze

  • 1/4 cup Swerve Confectioners Sweetener
  • 2 Tablespoons half and half
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Holiday Sprinkles (optional)

Directions

Cookies

  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the almond flour, coconut flour, baking powder, salt, and xanthan gum.
  3. In a large bowl, beat the butter with the Swerve granular sweetener until well combined.  Beat in the egg and vanilla extract
  4. Then beat in the almond flour mixture adding 1/2 cup at a time until the mixture comes together and forms dough.
  5. Roll the dough into 1 inch balls and place 1 inch apart on the parchment paper.  You will get about 20 – 24 balls.  Press down with the palm of your hand on each dough ball until they are about 1/2 inch thick.
  6. Bake about 12 minutes, until just barely beginning to firm up. Remove and let cool on the pan.

Glaze

  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together the Swerve confectioners sweetener, half and half, and vanilla extract. Dip the top of the cookies into the glaze and set back on the pan. Sprinkle as desired.

Nutritional Information:  1 single cookie is 7 carbs without sprinkles.  With sprinkles they are 9 carbs each