Burgers, Dinner Entrees, Lunch

Great Greek Burgers

This Greek turkey burger is juicy and packed with incredible mouth-watering flavor. An easy and healthy weekday staple. Your family or guests will go back for seconds! Enjoy!

Great Greek Burgers

Print Recipe
15 Carbs (depends on the pita bread)
Course Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine Greek
Keyword Cucumber, Feta, Garlic, Greek Yogurt, Lemon, Oregano, Parsley, Pita Bread, Red Onion, Red Roasted Peppers, Spinach, Sweet Italian Turkey Sausage
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4

Equipment

  • Board for Chopping
  • Large Skillet I prefer cast iron
  • Spatula
  • Sharp knife
  • Spoon
  • Mixing Bowl
  • 1 Small bowl and plate

Ingredients

  • 2 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil evoo
  • 1 1.2 Pounds Sweet Italian Turkey Sausage Ground turkey or remove meat from links.
  • 1 Cup Red Onion, Diced Small, Divided
  • 3/4 Cup Cooked Spinach, Chopped
  • 3 Tbsp Fresh Garlic, Minced, Divided Or 1 ½ Tsp Dried Garlic
  • 3 Tsp Fresh or Dried Oregano, Divided
  • 2 Tsp Salt Or Grill Seasoning
  • 1 Tsp Pepper
  • 1 Cup Greek Yogurt Full Fat is usually very creamy with less carbs
  • ½ Cup English Cucumber, Diced
  • 2 Tbsp Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice
  • ½ Cup Roasted Red Peppers, Diced Jarred (or roast fresh in 425 F oven for 20 minutes.)
  • 1 Cup Feta Cheese
  • ½ Cup Kalamata Olives, Chopped Optional
  • ½ Cup Fresh Parsley, Chopped Optional
  • 1 Cup Cherry Tomatoes, Cut in half

Instructions

  • Gather all your ingredients and "tools for the trade" which will really saves you time.
  • Burgers: In a mixing bowl combine ground turkey, ½ cup onion, spinach, 2 tbsp fresh garlic (or 2 tsp dried), 2 tsp oregano, and 1 tsp each of salt and pepper.
  • Form oblong patties to fit in half of a pita, around ½ inch in thickness.
  • Heat evoo in skillet on medium high. Add turkey burgers and brown for 3-4 minutes until golden.
  • Flip burgers and cook on medium heat for 4-5 minutes, or until internal temp is 165 degrees. Tent loosely with foil to keep warm.
  • Sauce: In a small bowl mix yogurt, cucumber and lemon juice. Season with remaining garlic, oregano, and salt.
  • Toppings: On a plate arrange red peppers, remaining onion, Feta cheese, olives, parsley, and tomatoes.
  • Cut pitas in half and toast. Fill pitas with burger, sauce and toppings. Kali Oreksi!! So easy and so tasty!
Holiday Favorites, Sides, Vegetable

Creamy Spinach with Pine Nuts

I’m all about quick side dishes on a busy week night. Somehow the combination of cream cheese and sour cream makes this simple spinach dish so good that your family will ask for again and again! Easy? Healthy? Yes and yes.

Creamy Spinach with Pinenuts

Print Recipe
Approximately 5 carbohydrates per serving
Course Easter, Side Dish, Vegetable
Cuisine American
Keyword Garlic, Pine Nuts, Shallot, Spinach
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4

Equipment

  • Skillet
  • Wooden Spoon or Spatula
  • Chef's Knife
  • cutting board
  • 1 Whisk

Ingredients

  • 2 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil EVOO
  • 1 Tbsp Butter
  • ½ Cup Onion White or yellow, chopped
  • 2 Garlic cloves, minced
  • ½ Cup Cream cheese softened
  • ½ Cup Sour Cream Or Plain Greek Yogurt
  • 8 Cups Fresh Spinach Chopped
  • Salt and Pepper To Taste
  • ½ Tsp Nutmeg Grated. Enhances the flavor!
  • Tsp Crushed Red Pepper Optional
  • Cup Pine Nuts

Instructions

  • Gather all tools and ingredients for the recipe to save time!
  • Heat 1 tbsp butter and 1 tbsp evoo in skillet on med-high temp. Add chopped onion. Saute until soft and golden. Add minced garlic and cook about 1 minute to avoid burning the garlic.
  • Whisk in cream cheese and sour cream (or yogurt) until creamy, on medium-low heat.
  • Add spinach and seasonings to skillet. Stir well until spinach is wilted.
  • Sprinkle pine nuts on top and enjoy!
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Appetizers, Avocado, Breads, Lunch, Sandwiches, Snacks

Triple-Cheese Grilled Cheese Sandwich

This melt-in-your-mouth grilled cheese is what cheese lovers have been longing for! Try it with my Roasted Red Pepper Tomato Soup for true comfort food on a cold day.

Triple-Cheese Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Print Recipe
Approximately 26 Carbohydrates. May vary depending on the bread you like.
Course Bread, Lunch
Cuisine American
Keyword Cheddar Cheese, Grilled Cheese, Low-Carb Bread, Mayonnaise, Monterey Jack Cheese, Parmesan Cheese, Roasted Red Peppers, Spinach
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 2

Equipment

  • Butter Knife
  • Non-Stick Frying Pan with Lid Or I prefer Cast Iron
  • Spatula
  • Toaster
  • cutting board
  • Sharp knife
  • Grill Press Optional

Ingredients

  • 4 Slices of your favorite low-carb bread I like Dave's Killer Bread, 13 carbs per slice
  • 3 Tbsp Mayonnaise
  • 1 Cup Parmesan Cheese Grated
  • 2 Slices of Sharp Cheddar Cheese
  • 2 Slices of Monterey Jack Cheese
  • 3 Tbsp Butter
  • 1 Jarred Roasted Red Pepper Squeeze out excess water on a paper towel to prevent a soggy sandwich
  • ½ Cup Fresh Spinach Leaves
  • Thinly Cut Avocado Slices Optional

Instructions

  • Gather all your ingredients and tools to save time.
  • Partially toast bread slices so they are slightly firm but not crispy.
  • Spread mayonnaise on one side of each toast. Sprinkle Parmesan on top of the mayonnaise and press down gently to adhere. Place 2 toasts on cutting board, Parmesan cheese side down.
  • Heat half of the butter in a fry pan on medium-high heat until butter is bubbling.
  • On cutting board, top the 2 toasts in this order: cheddar cheese, roasted red pepper slices, spinach leaves, Monterey Jack cheese, and second toast, with the Parmesan sides up. Option to include avocado slices.
  • Place gently in fry pan. Cook for 5-7 minutes or until golden with the lid on fry pan. Lift both sandwiches from the pan to a cutting board. Melt the remaining butter in the fry pan.
  • Gently flip sandwiches and return them to the pan.
  • Press gently with a grill press or cover with a lid to help the cheese melt. Cook on low-medium heat until golden on the second side.
  • Transfer to cutting board to cool slightly before cutting.
  • Enjoy with my Roasted Red Pepper Tomato Soup or Gazpacho. Dip away my friends!!
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Breakfast, Lunch, Pie

Spinach and Sausage Quiche

This is a family fav that always satisfies a hungry crowd in the morning or afternoon. The delicious filling can easily be changed to your favorite ingredients. Enjoy warm straight from your oven or make ahead of time to serve at room temperature. The aroma in your kitchen will trigger any appetite.

Best Quiche Ever!

Print Recipe
10 carbohydrates per slice (8 slices)
Course Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch
Cuisine American
Keyword Almond flour, Cheddar, Cheddar Cheese, Cherry Tomatoes, Eggs, Onion, Pie Crust, Piecrust, Spinach, Sweet Italian Turkey Sausage, Swiss Cheese
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 8

Equipment

  • Glass Pie Plate I prefer glass pie plates to see when the crust is golden.
  • Large Skillet I prefer cast iron, but your favorite frypan will work.
  • Spatula or Wooden Spoon
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Chef's Knife
  • Chopping board
  • Rubber spatula
  • Whisk
  • Large mixing bowl
  • 2 Medium Bowls
  • Cheese grater
  • Cookie sheet
  • Colander
  • Aluminum Foil

Ingredients

  • 1 Lowcarbvana's Best All-Purpose Pie Crust or Buy 1 Pre-Made Pie Crust or Opt for No Crust Check out this recipe! Quick, yummy, super easy! Can make ahead and freeze.
  • Cooking Spray or Butter
  • 3 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO)
  • 1 LBS Sweet Italian Turkey Sausage Ground or Links (casings removed)
  • ½ Bell Pepper Green, Red, or Yellow, Diced
  • ½ Onion Yellow or White, Diced
  • 8 Large Eggs
  • 2 Tsp Dijon Mustard
  • ½ Cup Half & Half Or your milk of choice.
  • 1 Tsp Fresh or Dried Dill
  • 1 Tsp Each of salt and pepper
  • ¼ Cup Roasted red pepper Chopped
  • ½ Cup Chopped Frozen or Fresh Spinach Thaw and strain frozen spinach.
  • 1 Cup Swiss or Gruyere Cheese A more intense cheesy flavor if you freshly grate it yourself, but pre shredded cheese is delicious too and saves prep time.
  • ½ Cup Cheddar Cheese Grated or shredded.
  • 1 Tbsp Fresh Parsley

Instructions

  • Preheat oven 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Gather all your equipment and ingredients to save you lots of time!
  • Coat sides and bottom of pie plate with cooking spray or butter.
  • Pick your pie crust option.
  • Dice pepper and onion.
  • In skillet, brown sausage in 2 Tbsp of EVOO on medium-high heat. Break up meat into small pieces in skillet and transfer to a medium bowl.
  • Loosen sausage pan drippings with a spatula and add 1 Tbsp of EVOO. On medium-high heat, add pepper and onion. Season with salt and pepper to taste and saute until soft.
  • In a large bowl, whisk eggs, mustard, Half & Half (or milk), and dill.
  • Stir in sausage, pepper, onion, sun dried tomatoes, and Swiss cheese.
  • Pour into prepared pie crust.
  • Sprinkle Cheddar cheese on top.
  • Place quiche on cookie sheet and bake for 35-40 minutes, until cheese is golden on top.
  • Cover with aluminum foil and continue baking for 10-15 minutes, until the crust is golden.
  • Cool before slicing. Garnish with parsley and serve with cherry tomatoes, and/or avocado slices.