Daily Archives: October 8, 2017

Fast Food Carb Review – Zaxby’s

c6286-img_2261255b1255d.jpgI was a little wary of going to many chicken places, but when I was out on the road and striking out finding KFC baked chicken and not wanting Bojangles or Popeye’s options (although I love them).  I decided to see what Zaxby’s had for this low-carb eater!

What I discovered were some of the most delicious wings ever.  And they were huge!!!

Oh sure, you can get a salad, but who always wants a salad?

As it turns out I decide I did want a salad after all.  I got their Grilled House Zalad which if you leave off the fried onions and Texas Toast is only about 9 Net Carbs.  Less if you only eat half because it is a pretty big salad.  I shared it with my husband.  The Grilled Caesar Zalad is only 7 Net Carbs if you leave off the croutons.  The Grilled Cobb Zalad is only 10 Net Carbs if you leave off the fried onions and Texas Toast.  Like I said, these are big salads.  Ranch, Blue Cheese and Ceasar dressings are each only 2 Net Carbs that would need to be added to the count.

You could get their Chicken Salad or Grilled Chicken sandwiches and not eat the buns.  The Chicken Salad is about 5 Net Carbs each.  The Grilled Chicken you would have to watch out on the Honey Mustard and just barely get a taste or opt for Ranch or Blue Cheese, taking it to about 5 Net Carbs.

What I really came for though… is a baked chicken or alternative.

I got their 10 piece traditional “naked” wings with Ranch Dressing.  So pretty much 2 Net Carbs for a delicious meal that curbed my craving for baked chicken. I know it is fried, but they were delicious!  Like I said earlier… they were the biggest wings I’d ever seen! You can get most of the wings with sauces that only give you from 2 to 6 Net Carbs!  Not only that… it comes with several stalks of celery! A wonderful discovery!  I could have gotten the 20 piece option!

I’m going back!

I did go back!  I still forgot to take pictures!  IT was still delicious!

I went back again with my sister and got the 20 piece… that is the picture shown!  Okay, we did share.  10 pieces really is enough!!!  I almost couldn’t eat it all!  I say almost.  😉


flour-1581967_960_720It took me a while to get my head around the use of Almond and other flours or meals instead of wheat flours.  But you can not only make breads, cakes and cookies, but also grits and cornbread reasonable facsimiles!  As a southerner and lover of all things made of ground corn… my food life suddenly brightened!

Note, not all flours have the same carb count so make sure you read the labels!

You can buy them at your local groceries, WalMart, Sams Club and Costco or you can order them online.  I’ve done a bit of both.  Some items are not as easily found or I just am not going to the store anytime soon and so I order them online.

The cookbooks I have reviewed have used any or all of these.

Here’s ones I have tried and like.  I’ll add more as I use them.  Bob’s Red Mill is pretty abundant in stores nearest me and so is a brand I’m most familiar with.  If you have other suggestions, let me know!

Also, these are more bulk items instead of individual items.  It worked for me buying them that way and also usually comes out a bit cheaper.

Almond Flour:

Coconut Flour:

Hazelnut Flour:

Soy Flour:

I’ll add more as I see them!


zucchini-2340977_960_720So, here I’m going to list links to some of the Spiralizers I have tried so far or that

recommended by my sisters.

I’ve tried quite a few.  My favorite for doing a lot of Spiralizing is my Kitchenaid attachment for my mixer.   My favorite convenient tool is the original Spiralizer.  I also like my little OXO hand spiralizer.  They all are useful.  Pick one or pick them all!

Also, I’ve listed the Kitchenaid new and refurbished versions.  I’ve never had issues with refubs.  It is up to you!  I’ve also listed some good hand turning units.  Too, is my little OXO spiralizer.

Yes, I know what you are thinking.  Did you really try all these?  I really did.  I actually had two others in my hands in the store.  I wanted to try them, but the lack of storage space for them won out the reasoning.

Cookbook – Low Carb Essentials

b92e6-img_2109255b1255dLow Carb Essentials by George Stella

If you have been low carbing it for a while or have done it before, you are probably familiar with George Stella.  He changed my cooking world along with Dana Carpender!  If you are not familiear with him… get on his website or buy his cookbooks.  He also is a chef on the Food Network and some of his recipes are on there!

The cookbook captions that it is “Everyday low-carb recipes you’ll love to cook and eat!”  And it is!

This chef understands low carb cooking!  No pasta or potatoes to be found!  Truly a cookbook for the diabetic AND the metabolic syndrome sufferer.

I’ve tried some recipes and can’t wait to try some of the others including:

  • Zucchini Hash Brown Patties
  • Pumpkin Pecan Pancakes
  • Loaded Low Carb Grits
  • Wisconsin Cheese Soup
  • Grain Free Pizza Crust
  • German Cucumber Salad
  • Shrimp and Grits
  • Spaghetti Squash Carbonara
  • Coconut Pound Cake

And much much more!

I have tried the  Zucchini Hash Browns and Coconut Pound Cake.  Delicious of course!  I can’t wait to make the others!  I forgot to take pictures of them, so forgive me for that.

You will want this cookbook in your kitchen!