Chili Cheese Bites – Keto Appetizers

Searching for super easy keto appetizers for your upcoming Super Bowl Party?  You are going to fall in love with these Chili Cheese Bites!  Quick and easy to make and packed full of spicy, savory chili flavor, these little morsels of fabulousness are going be the hit of your party!

Mexican Shredded Beef – Instant Pot

Ya’ll, I have an easy keto instant pot recipe for you that is going take dinner time to the next level! Call it whatever you want…Chipotle Barbacoa, Chipotle Shredded Beef, pulled beef…this Mexican Shredded Beef recipe is going to quickly become a new family favorite!  The magic of the Instant Pot transforms this unassuming beef roast into an amazing, spiced up, delicious meal in no time!  Great for meal prep, this shredded beef is great to have on hand for quick keto lunches and low carb dinners throughout the week!

Jalapeno Stuffed Hamburger Steak Bites

These Jalapeno Stuffed Hamburger Steak Bites are a nod to one of my favorite keto friendly appetizers. Simple but so delish, these mini hamburger steaks are stuffed with onion and jalapeno and served up with a creamy, dairy free avocado ranch dipping sauce. This dish is a winner all the way around! Serve as an appetizer or for dinner, these steak bites will soon become a family favorite!

Chili Lime Steak Fajitas with Veggie Medley

These yummy Chili Lime Steak Fajitas are brought to you by Fiesta Brand Seasonings.

Loaded with amazing Mexican flavors, these quick and easy Chili Lime Steak Fajitas are one of our go to dinners! Marinated steak, seared hot and served up with a mixture of squash and peppers makes a low carb and keto friendly meal your entire family will swoon over!

Italian Sausage Casserole with Eggplant

If you are a lover of Italian food like me, this low carb & keto friendly Italian Sausage Casserole with Eggplant is a must try! Tender eggplant, spicy and sweet Italian sausage, coated in a savory tomato sauce, studded with pocket of creamy ricotta and covered in cheese… sign me up!

Roasted Cauliflower with Chili and Lime

Roasted Cauliflower with Chili and Lime

We are obsessed with roasted cauliflower around here! It’s a quick, easy and tasty keto and low carb side dish options! There is something magical that happens when you roast cauliflower florets…they transform into succulent, nutty caramelized nuggets of yumminess with a hint of buttery sweetness. All that to say that roasted cauliflower is amazingly good and so easy! If you haven’t tried it, now is the time cause I guarantee you will never think of cauliflower the same way again!

Italian Sausage Casserole with Eggplant

In my book, Italian food is one of the ultimate comfort foods, but for me it was never about the pasta and so much more about the amazing, savory, sauces and of course the cheesiness! Honestly, living a low carb or keto lifestyle, I think Italian food is one of the easiest types of dishes to put together and this Italian Sausage Casserole with Eggplant is no exception!

Keto Jambalaya with Shrimp & Andouille

If you are a lover of Cajun food and seafood, this Shrimp & Sausage Keto Jambalaya is for you!  Packed with spicy andouille sausage and sweet, juicy shrimp combined with Cajun spiced cauliflower rice, this just may be my new favorite keto dish…and best of all it’s a one pot wonder!

Cajun Smoked Bacon Wrapped Shrimp w/ Cranberry Dipping Sauce

If your looking for an unforgettable, show stopping appetizer for your New Years celebration, look no further. These Cajun Smoked Bacon Wrapped Shrimp are going to ensure you kick off the new year with a bang! Sweet tender shrimp stuffed with jalapeno, wrapped in bacon, smoked and topped with gooey pepper jack cheese…these morsels are a flavor explosion! Add in the Cranberry Horseradish Dipping Sauce….INSANE! Low Carb, Keto Friendly, Gluten Free!

Blackened Venison Tenderloin

Blackened Venison Tenderloin w/ Spicy Brussels Sprouts & Cajun Cream Sauce

Blackened Venison Tenderloin & Spicy Brussels Sprouts with Cajun Cream Sauce is an absolute show stopper! Perfect for a weeknight meal or to entertain, this flavor packed low carb and keto friendly meal can be on the table in under an hour This is one amazing meal that no one will be able to stop talking about! All you venison lovers out there… this one’s for you!

Venison Parmesan

Venison Parmesan – Low Carb, Keto Friendly, GF

If you have a freezer full of venison you don’t know what to do with…listen up. This is life changing. Quick & easy Texas style Venison Parmesan puts a Texas spin on a classic Italian dish…and better yet it’s low carb, keto friendly, gluten free and insanely delish. Fork tender pieces of venison loin coated with Parmesan cheese, pan fried until crispy and covered in a simple, spicy tomato sauce topped with melty mozzarella and baked to ooey gooey Parmesan perfection. Ya’ll, I have been eating venison for over 20 years…why I have never thought to do this before is beyond me but I can tell you…this dish is INCREDIBLE. If you think venison is just for chili and fried back-strap, prepare yourself…because this dish is next level delish!

Vension Parmesan out of the-Oven Low carb Gluten Free Keto

I am absolutely… STUFFED.

It’s rare that I am full at the end of a photo shoot…but this one did me in. This Venison Parmesan is one of those dishes that I just can’t help my myself around. It’s like “eyes rolling in the back of your head” good. Anything “Parmesan” has been a long time love of mine. Eggplant, chicken, veal…you name it…I’m in. Even without the pasta, Italian food is one of my favorite things…it has such depth and soul to it….it’s my ultimate comfort food.

Am I alone here? I didn’t think so!

Vension Parmesan out of the Oven 2 Low carb Gluten Free Keto

Chicken Tortilla Soup with Bolner’s Fiesta Brand Spices: The Perfect December Weeknight Dinner

Alamo City Moms Blog is happy to partner with Bolner’s Fiesta Brand to share a delicious soup recipe. This is a sponsored post.

Chicken tortilla soup: the ultimate comfort food.

If you are anything like us, the time between Thanksgiving and Christmas feels like a blur. The kiddos are gearing up for winter break, travel plans are being made for the holidays, and hiding unwrapped holiday gifts feels like an Olympic Sport. Between school holiday programs and impending Christmas work parties, weekly meal planning has become a low priority.

Adding new recipes to your tried-and-true staples can be risky business, especially when you have littles. However, chicken tortilla soup is a wonderful classic comfort food for the cooler weather, and this recipe can give you leftovers that are even better the next day! The simple ingredients paired with Bolner’s Fiesta Brand® Seasonings lead way to delicious Mexican flavors, guaranteed to hit the spot after a long day of present-hiding and child-wrangling. Whether you enjoy cooking on the stove, in your old friend the crock pot, or in your new bestie the InstantPot, this hearty chicken tortilla soup recipe has been mom tested and kid approved!

Chicken Tortilla Soup

Chicken Tortilla Soup

Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 45 minutes

Ingredients:

1 rotisserie chicken
1 Tbsp. vegetable oil
½ onion, diced
1 green bell pepper, diced
½ red bell pepper, diced
4 cloves garlic, chopped
1 can mild Rotel tomatoes (or use “original” for a spicier soup)
4 cups chicken stock
3 Tbsp. tomato paste
2 cans whole black beans
2 Tbsp. Bolner’s Fiesta Brand® Chili Powder (add more to taste)
1 Tbsp. Bolner’s Fiesta Brand® Taco Seasoning (add more to taste)
2 tsp. Bolner’s Fiesta Brand® Fajita Seasoning (add more to taste)
Tortillas or chips
Garnish (sour cream, cheese, guacamole, etc.)

Instructions

  • De-bone and shred rotisserie chicken and set aside.
  • In 1 Tbsp. of oil, sauté onions and bell peppers until softened, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and spices and stir until aromatic, about 1 minute.
  • Stir in de-boned chicken, black beans, Rotel tomatoes, tomato paste, and chicken stock.
  • Bring the soup to a boil, and then simmer for about 45 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add water if needed, and season to taste.

Prior to serving, gently stir in tortilla strips, or serve with chips. Garnish with your favorite toppings, and enjoy!

Bolner’s tip: For the perfect guacamole, mash up avocados and sprinkle in our secret ingredient, Fajita Seasoning, for a delicious topping that everyone will enjoy!

Bayou Shrimp Salad with Avocado

Bayou Shrimp Salad with Avocado

Bayou Shrimp Salad

Lately, I have been trying to meal prep a few more weekly lunch options. I have been noticing that Maddie and the Cowboy often skip breakfast so when they come in for lunch they are just ravenous! Well, sandwiches and lettuce wraps only go so far around here and it’s great to have ready to go options in the fridge. This week Bayou Shrimp Salad is it! Tender, sweet shrimp in a spicy, Cajun style sauce served up in an avocado boat… it’s the perfect mix of textures and a new, cool option for these warm days leading into Fall! One bite and your won’t be able to stop!

Blackened Redfish Taco Bowl

Blackened Redfish Taco Bowls – GF, LC, Keto

Blackened Redfish Taco Bowl

One of our favorite things to do as a family is go to the coast and fish! Since we moved up to the Ranch, we don’t make it down to the coast as much as we’d like but thank goodness for family and friends that supply us with our Redfish! It’s about that time of year that Redfish are running hard… I know because its a frequent topic of conversation these days with the Cowboy, sparked from seeing all the pictures of his friends catches!

Venison Stroganoff

Venison Stroganoff – Low Carb, Keto, GF

Venison Stronganoff

Venison Stroganoff is my idea of the perfect comfort food! Hearty, stick to your ribs, full of amazing flavor, comfort food. This version uses venison instead of the usual beef but still has all of the amazing flavors of a traditional stroganoff! Perfectly low carb, keto friendly and gluten free…served over a bed of mashed turnips… absolute HEAVEN!

Chicken Taco Pizza

Tex-Mex Chicken Taco Pizza – LC, GF, Keto

Chicken Taco Pizza

Our family loves pizza night, we all have our favorite toppings and even our favorite crusts…but sometimes on pizza night we are want something a little out of the box. Tex-Mex Chicken Taco Pizza is one of our favorite pizza creations! This Chicken Taco Pizza combines our love of our two favorite things…tacos and pizza. It’s piled with all of our yummy taco toppings and a spiced up shredded chicken that will blow your mind! Best part…it’s super simple to make, great for meal prep and the whole family, low carb or not, will go crazy for it!

Pico de- allo crispy chicken thighs

Pico de Gallo Crispy Chicken Thighs

Pico de- allo crispy chicken thighs

Baked chicken thighs are a favorite weeknight meal around here…super quick, easy to prepare and so tasty! When it the day gets hectic, it’s great to know that while everyone is showering and cleaning up for the evening, I have dinner in the oven working away! Pico de Gallo Crispy Chicken Thighs put a delicious Tex-Mex spin on one of our favorite weeknight meals! Perfectly crispy and juicy, this chicken is packed with all of the flavors of pico de gallo… chilis and garlic, livened up with a little spicy kick and a hint of lime… delicioso!

Loaded Chorizo Burger on bun

Loaded Chorizo Burgers – Low Carb, Keto, GF

Loaded Chorizo Burger on bun

Tired of the same dinners week after week? Spice up things up with Loaded Chorizo Burgers!

The weather is finally cooling off a bit and we got a good amount of rain last week around here which we needed desperately! Things are finally starting to green up! For me, this is perfect burger weather! Now, burgers are one of my go to meals, especially if we are going out to eat. I know a bunless burger is typically a really safe bet when eating out…sub salad for the fries and voila! I also prep burger patties ahead of time and keep them in the fridge or freezer to eat throughout the week…I pile the toppings on depending on what mood I’m in!! But I have to admit that even I sometimes get bored with the traditional burger no matter how I top it! Enter the Loaded Chorizo Burger. A juicy pork and beef patty spiced up with Mexican flare topped with gooey cheese, creamy avocado and cilantro lime crema!

Fishing Sandwiches

In Texas, going fishing down on the coast is a weekend activity that many enjoy year-round. However, deciding what to pack to keep your hunger at bay for a day or two out on the water can be a daunting task. Let’s face it – peanut butter and jelly and ham and cheese roll-ups can only indulge one so far. Over the last 15 years, our Uncle Chris has perfected what we like to call the “fishing sandwich,” and it has since become a staple of our family gatherings down at Port Aransas, whether the beach or the bay is the activity of the day. These sandwiches can feed a hungry group of 10-15 whether you are out on the water or relaxing on the warm sand with an ice-cold beverage.

***MAKES 2 FRENCH BREAD LOAF-SIZED SANDWICHES***
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Steamed Artichokes

Artichokes are one of those vegetables that are often forgotten about, but are oh-so-delicious! Growing up, it was always a treat to find out an artichoke was steaming – they are definitely a Bolner family favorite. This particular recipe was shared with me by a cousin of mine, and has quickly become popular in my own household. With a little extra pizazz, this recipe will leave you wishing you had bought more than one!

Serves 2-3
Time: 50 minutes

Ingredients

Artichoke (one serves 2-3 people)
2 cups water or chicken broth
2 teaspoons Bolner’s Fiesta Brand ® Lemon Pepper
2 teaspoons Bolner’s Fiesta Brand ® Garlic Powder
melted butter for dipping

Cut the stem and top off of the artichoke. I also like to trim the lower leaves so they aren’t as sharp. Fill a steam pot (a regular pot will work, too) with the water or chicken stock. Season the water with the Lemon Pepper, and Garlic Powder. Place the artichoke in the steam basket, stem side up.

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Cover, bring the water to a boil, reduce to a simmer and steam for about 45 minutes. Keep an eye on your pot, and add water as necessary. There’s almost nothing worse than thinking your artichoke is finished, only to find it (and your pot) burned!

You know they are done when you can easily pick the leaves off. I like to check an inside leaf, as the outside ones tend to not be as tender.

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Although artichokes are delicious as is, I like to think of them as a carrier of butter, because who doesn’t like butter? Serve with a ramekin of melted butter for dipping. For an added treat, spice up your dipping butter with some Fajita Seasoning, Garlic Pepper, or serve with your favorite salad dressing! If you’re feeling creative, try a homemade dipping sauce of mayonnaise seasoned with garlic, Worcestershire, lemon, crushed red pepper and black pepper.

Enjoy, and keep it spicy, ya’ll!