Sausage Pappardelle Zucchini

This past weekend I went to the most beautiful wedding! Patrick’s sister was married on this adorable rustic farm. She did an awesome job pulling everything together. One of my favorite parts was the smell throughout the venue. It was a blend of wood and fresh flowers. It made me think of Christmas. I had the honor of making her cake! She wanted a strawberry cake which is one of my favorites to make! I made a cream cheese buttercream and the filling was made with strawberry preserves from a local farmers market. 

Sausage Pappardelle Zucchini
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Recipe type: Low Carb
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Low carb zucchini pappardelle with spicy sausage and marinara
Ingredients
  • small white onion chopped
  • handful of fresh herbs chopped (parsley, basil, and oregano)
  • 2 cloves of chopped garlic
  • 4 links of spicy sausage
  • 1 tsp of crushed red pepper
  • ¼ cup of olive oil
  • 1 can of whole peeled tomatoes
  • 1 cup of mushrooms
  • 2 tsp of tomato paste
  • 1 tsp of sugar
  • 3 zucchinis spiraled
  • grated cheese
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  2. In a pan drizzle the sausage with olive oil
  3. Add half of the chopped onion and the mushrooms
  4. Bake for 20 minutes until the sausage is golden brown
  5. Let cool
  6. In a sautee pan heat up a little olive oil, the onions, garlic, and crushed red pepper
  7. Add the zucchini for sautee for 5 minutes
  8. Remove the zucchini and set to the side
  9. Add a little more olive oil in the pan, the whole tomatoes (break up with a fork), tomato paste, and sugar
  10. Cook down for about 15 minutes
  11. Slice the sausage and add to the sauce with the roasted mushrooms and onions
  12. Season with salt and pepper
  13. Add in the fresh herbs
  14. Pour sauce over the zucchini and grate the cheese on top

 

Zucchini noodles are the closest I can get to the real thing. These thick spirals of zucchini are sautéed with fresh garlic and olive oil. I made Patrick’s portion with a blend of zucchini pappardelle and egg noodles. If you aren’t concerned with the carbs that is a super delicious way to ease yourself into the zucchini noodle world.

We picked up these spicy Italian sausages from Whole Foods. I roasted them with olive oil, mushrooms, and onion. They are perfect with this marinara sauce!

This sauce is  a blend of fresh garlic, herbs, crushed whole tomatoes, olive oil, tomato paste, and crushed red pepper. You can just toss the zucchini lightly in the sauce, but I love extra sauce for the zucchini to soak up.

We love fresh grated cheese on our pasta. When you are using such simple ingredients it is important to pair with a really good quality cheese. I really like pecorino or parmesan. Something with really good texture and salt.

zucchini papparedelle

I hope you try this recipe! Enjoy!

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Herb Shrimp and Salmon with Roasted Brussel Sprouts

herb salmon

Happy Wednesday! We live right outside our town square. Tons of adorable restaurants and  shops  line the streets. On the weekends they close everything down and set up a mini farmers market for all the locals. However, this week we have been taken over by movie producers! They have been filming in the square all week. Refreshing all of the shops with fun new names. When we were coming home today they had just finished setting up a scene with a bunch of smashed cars. As much as I wish we didn’t have the traffic detours – I do think it is very cool to see.

herb salmon

I have been so excited to share this recipe! One of my favorite things to make after a long day at work is some kind of grilled seafood over roasted veggies. This recipe is so bright and fresh. I used the marinade and spice blend on jumbo shrimp as well as salmon fillets.

herbo salmon

The Rodelle Seafood Seasoning is the perfect addition to my favorite recipe. You can check it out here! They created a blend of herbs, chunky salt, and sesame seeds perfect for any seafood cravings! My marinade is a very simple mix of fresh parsley, basil, lemon, and olive oil. Top with a little of the Seafood Seasoning and grill! I love that this meal comes together in 30 minutes.

Patrick likes to eat his seafood with basmati rice. I just eat with lots of veggies to stay low carb. Either way is a winner!

Herb Shrimp and Salmon with Roasted Brussel Sprouts
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Grilled Herb Shrimp and Salmon
Ingredients
  • 2 salmon fillets (8 oz total)
  • ½ pound of jumbo shrimp peeled and cleaned
  • zest and juice from 3 large lemons
  • 2 tbsp of Rodelle Seafood Seasoning
  • ¼ cup of olive oil
  • 1 cup of mixed chopped herbs ( I used basil and parsley)
  • 2 cups of grape tomatoes
  • 2 cups of brussel sprouts chopped
  • ½ cup of purple cabbage chopped
  • 2 cloves of chopped garlic
Instructions
  1. Preheat a grill or grill pan
  2. In a large bowl mix the herbs, lemon juice, lemon zest, and olive oil
  3. Reserve a little of the marinade to drizzle over the seafood once finished
  4. Add salmon fillets and shrimp to the marinade
  5. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees
  6. On a large baking dish spread out the brussel sprouts, cabbage, and tomatoes
  7. Drizzle with olive oil
  8. Season with garlic, salt and pepper
  9. Cook for 20 minutes or until brussel sprouts are golden and tender
  10. Season the shrimp and salmon with the seafood seasoning
  11. Grill until the shrimp pink with a slight charr and salmon is warm all the way through
  12. Serve over the veggies and drizzle the remaining marinade over the top

Even though fall is just around the corner- you can enjoy a little taste of summer year round!

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Low Carb Marinated Chicken Thigh Fajitas

chicken thigh fajitas

These chicken thighs are marinated in an amazing spice paste then grilled to perfection! I served mine with tomatoes, peppers and onions. We have this fantastic restaurant by our house that serves platters of authentic fajitas with soft warm tortillas. Since we are still low carb we just skipped the tortilla and packed our plates with veggies.

chicken thigh fajitas

It feels so good to be back and writing again! This summer has been so crazy with my promotion and all the wedding planning. I decided to take a break from kelliericecakes.com so I could focus on the wedding for a little bit. We took a couple weeks off to take the kids to some theme parks which was so fun and nice to get away from everything.  That doesn’t mean I haven’t been in the kitchen! I have so many new recipes I am so excited to share with you guys! I have been following a Keto lifestyle trying to get in shape for our wedding in April. I have so many low carb recipes!

chicken thigh fajitas

Ok back to these fajitas. I take my favorite spices and add a little olive oil to make a paste. Then rub the chicken and let it sit in the refrigerator for thirty minutes. While that is marinating I take my mixed peppers, onions, tomatoes, and bella mushrooms and toss them with olive oil, salt and pepper. I dump everything on a roasting pan and cook for 20 minutes at 400 degrees. The chicken is grilled until cooked through then sliced.

chicken thigh fajitas I like to serve mine with lettuce, lime, and shredded cheese. You can also add sour cream, fresh avocado, and lots of Valentina sauce!

Low Carb Marinated Chicken Thigh Fajitas
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Marinated chicken thighs served with all the fajita trimmings.
Ingredients
  • 1 pound of chicken thighs
  • 2 tbsp of cumin
  • 2 tbsp of garlic powder (or fresh!)
  • ½ tbsp of red pepper
  • 1 tbsp of smoked paprika
  • salt and pepper
  • juice from one lime
  • ¼ cup of olive oil
  • 2 cups of sliced bell peppers
  • 1 onion sliced
  • 1 cup of bella mushrooms
  • 1 cup of grape tomatoes
  • salt and pepper
  • drizzle of olive oil
  • Toppings- shredded cheese, lettuce, hot sauce, lime
Instructions
  1. Pre heat the oven to 400 degrees and a grill (or grill pan on the stove)
  2. Mix all the spices, lime and olive oil and pour over the chicken
  3. Let marinate in the fridge
  4. Toss the veggies in the olive oil with salt and pepper
  5. Dump onto a roasting pan and cook for 20 minutes
  6. Grill the chicken on a grill or grill pan
  7. Let rest then slice thinnly
  8. Top with lettuce, cheese, hot sauce and lots of lime juice!

chicken thigh fajitas

I hope you enjoy! Don’t forget- if you aren’t low carb then definitely serve with some fluffy tortillas!

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