Growing up in the 80s, tater tots were the go to for quick crunchy-potato appeal next to a grilled cheese or hamburger. My Mom used tater tots in a famous casserole I am sure EVERYONE from the 80s remembers….Tater tot casserole where you use the canned cream of mushroom soup.
I would not be caught using canned soup today, but have re-created this nostalgic fave with low carb ingredients and a homemade cream soup that rivals the canned stuff!
Low Carb Tot Casserole
Bring back all of the memories of childhood in the 80s with this low carb version of a classic casserole!
Preheat your oven to 350F. In a 10” cast iron skillet brown and crumble the beef with the onion powder, onion and salt. If you do not have a cast iron skillet, add cooked and crumbled beef to a greased 8x8 pan.
To make the sauce, add all of the sauce ingredients to a medium saucepan EXCEPT FOR THE CREAM CHEESE AND XANTHAN.
Stir well with a whisk over medium heat until uniform. Bring to a boil then add cream cheese. Whisk until melted. Sprinkle xanthan or glucomannan over the boiling sauce and whisk well.
Lower to medium heat so it simmers. Simmer for 3 minutes until it coats the back of a spoon thickly.
Stir the sauce into the cooked beef and spread evenly in the skillet or 8x8 pan. Top with Green Giant Cauliflower tots in one layer.
Bake for 30 minutes. Remove from oven and top with 1 ½ cups of shredded cheddar cheese. Return to oven for 5 minutes until its melted. Serve with a vegetable.
Leftovers can be reheated in the oven at 350F for 8-10 minutes.
Usually Chicken Parmesan is coated in wheat crumbs and covered in sauce that is loaded with sugar!! Not anymore! Now you have a tasty option that is not only low carb but will become a family favorite they will request over and over!
The crispy coating makes for super tasty leftovers, especially if you take leftovers to work the next day 🙂
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Low Carb Chicken Parmesan
Serve up this quick dinner on a weeknight as the only hands on time is a little frying in the pan! There is even a sauce that is made in the pan without sugar!
Slice chicken breasts lengthwise. In a small bowl whisk eggs, garlic powder, parsley, salt and pepper.
Add to a shallow bowl. Allow chicken cutlets to sit in the egg mixture, rotating to coat.
Allow to sit 15 minutes covered.
In a shallow bowl mix together the pork rinds, almond flour, parmesan, garlic powder and onion powder.
Dip chicken in crumb mixture one at a time after letting the egg wash drip away a bit before covering in the breading.
Flip and press lightly to coat the other side. Place the chicken cutlets on a baking sheet. Let them sit for 5 minutes while you heat up the frying oil in an oven proof skillet. The oil will be at the correct temperature when the end of a wooden spoon forms bubbles when placed in the oil.
Fry each cutlet for 5 minutes on each side with the oil at a medium temperature. Remove from the skillet once they are all fried. Remove oil from the pan and wipe clean.
Dump all sauce ingredients in the skillet and simmer for 10 minutes to meld the flavors.
Assembling the dish
Now with the marinara sauce in the oven proof skillet, put the chicken cutlets in the sauce.
Spoon the sauce over the cutlets so they are covered. Mix all of the topping ingredients together in a small bowl then sprinkle over each cutlet in the skillet.
Place the skillet in the oven for 15 to 20 minutes until bubbly and cheese is melted.
If you do not have an ovenproof skillet, put the cutlets in a 9x13 pan and cover with sauce, then cheese, proceed with baking the cutlets as described.