This in demand vacation destination such as St Petersburg and Clearwater has plenty of keto and paleo gluten free supermarket and restaurant choices. With the Gulf of Mexico for a garden, it's rather easy to see why these beach areas are consistently voted best in the USA.
I used to visit her in St Petersburg and my sister went to Eckerd College and we would visit hot spots and the beaches. In the winter of 2019 my sister and parents rented a house for a month in Largo just a few miles from Indian rocks beach and Clearwater Beach so I was able to research the Clearwater Beach and St. Petersburg region broadly.
Let’s will take measures to escape it and just say to begin with I hate winter. Getting in the car to drive 10 hours is a no brainer for me and my loved ones. We love to locate healthy keto, gluten-free and paleo choices to go together with our active and health lifestyle.
Parkshore Grille if you would like some awesome seafood that's cooked well then stop in here. Be certain you sit outside on a warm day and look at the boats. I had some local fish with an hollandaise sauce.
Dr. BBQ: The star of this series was the beef ribs which is not found many places from Texas. It was super tender and delicious but a little expensive. We enjoyed the brisket and pastrami brisket. Grass Fed Chef was able meet with the owner and talk shop. Find this great place in trendy Downton St. Petersburg, afterwards take a stroll by the water and look at the boats.
Ceviche: This is a great Spanish restaurant in downtown St. Pete which has awesome modest plates featuring a great deal of great fish and meaty sides. It is right downtown on the waterfront in St. Petersburg so you can go to for a walk but the ships and huge banyan trees afterward.
Bandit Coffee: I've been a huge fan of The Minimalists for a while so when I heard they owned a coffee shop I had to go check it out. This place has great ambiance and coffee in an up and coming hipster location.
Sunken Gardens: This garden in St. Pete is below sea level and has some awesome vegetation you won’t locate at higher latitudes. If you're a nature and plant lover you wont be disappointed at this historical attraction that is over 100 years old.
Fort Desoto: This is an amazing state park that is a wonderland of outdoor pursuits. We had a keto, paleo and gluten free picnic at North Beach then later I swam over to the sand bar through 65 degree water for some cold thermogenesis. There's a terrific bicycle trail that stretches for miles and also a kayak area on the bay side which stretches for miles.It is a wonderful place for families, this picture is my sister and my nephews playing in the sand.
St. Pete Beach: I remained in St. Pete beach in January 2018 for 3 days and it was brightly colored and chill. We had some great seafood and stayed right on the beach at the Beachcomber resort. I am not sure that I would recommend it as it was a little loud because the chambers doors open right onto the courtyard so I didn’t get that much sleep but it was great to walk out to the shore. If you want a little bit more of a party atmosphere you will like it. I did enjoy the refrigerator and made foods in my area to stay on track with my keto diet.
So I could have my own kitchen and a separate bedroom next time I would probably look for an AIRBNB. Save $40 off your very first stay here.
This is a wonderful locally owned health food market which has great produce, wild fish and grass fed beef. They also have a good deal of prepared foods (which are cooked in coconut oil) and a excellent place to sit and eat that is helpful when it is super hot outside. Stock up with all of your favorites such as Lily ’ and Kevita s keto bars.
Salty’s Island Bar is kind of a touristy spot on the shore but I had some wonderful peel and eat shrimp known as royal reds and this awesome Bairdi snow crab. You can’t go wrong with the new catch and my father loved the fresh grouper he ordered, that can be blackedend not fried to lower the carbs. We loved sitting on the porch and feeling the ocean breeze and sunshine. Be sure to ask for the gluten free menu.
Kara Lynn’s Kitchen Clearwater $$ This is a trendy paleo restaurant that has been serving grass fed beef chili (no beans) the day I visited. They had some keto chocolate brownie and sugar free truffles.
It has won many awards as the best of the Tampa Bay. Make sure when you go in to follow their system to pick a number. I had. My husband had a few blackened flounder he loved with slaw. We ordered chilled garlic shrimp that we ate as an appetizer.
I got some grass fed beef liver and oil for earaches and they even have homemade keto desserts. They have a history of advocating along with promoting organics for labeling food and fighting GMO ’ s. They have a great meat section, produce and even supplements.
Indian Rocks Beach: This is a lesser known shore than Clearwater but more chill and worth a stop. Make certain to read the signs carefully to avoid tickets although find an access point and park for free. Take only pictures and leave only footprints. I like to get my steps in on my tracker regular and this is a excellent place.
It has a playground for children and on the backside features every restaurant you can imagine. Bring your chairs and umbrella to spend here and enjoy the turquoise waves. We had some fun here but because we visited in January you had to wear a coat. There's san volleyball courts that I died to play but I didn ’ t get a chance.
If you want to eat off the beach there are showers and lots of areas for picnics. The beach is beautiful with clear greenish water. Be sure to walk over to the side where you are able to see the channel with the boats. Sit on the rocks and look on the opposite side of the station at the fancy resorts. We loved not having to be concerned about filling the meter up . There are for shifting after a swim terrific baths and showers. There are lifeguards during food and summer truck serving snacks. I like to bring my own picnic which saves money and affirms our health.
Pinellas Trail: is a bike trail that was a railroad that stretches across St. Petersburg and Clearwater Beach for almost 40 miles. Make sure to bring a bike or rent one to benefit from this outdoor activity. My dad and I had a fantastic time riding this course made for bones and pedestrians.
Tarpon Springs: is a place that has food that is awesome and has been the home of the trade for many years. You can go on a boat to see how the sponges plants are harvested grub on some seafood.
Get a sponge. The wool sponge is the most coveted and they also are naturally antibacterial.
Noshing on some snapper in Tarpon Springs.
Crystal River: is a unique place 2 hours from Clearwater that has a warm and clear spring where you can observe manatees during the winter. Also we got some amazing fish at a fish market. Make sure when you've got a motor, go slow and always to never harass the manatees. My father took us on a dingy but we went really slow and utilized the motor.
Manatees under the water at Crystal River Spring
Eating Keto, Paleo and Gluten Free in Clearwater and St. Petersburg is easy and fun with many options for healthful peeps. After you're finished noshing check such as stand up paddle kayaking or boarding. Leave a comment if you've got some thoughts about. Be certain to book an Airbnb (here) so you can cook yourself some real food dishes and have more space to spread out than a hotel offers.
You have to try my Easy Cioppino Seafood Stew if you love any kind of Italian seafood stew.
For those of you unfamiliar with cioppino seafood stew, it originates in San Francisco, and has its roots in Italian and Portuguese seafood stew.
It’s usually considered an Italian-American dish.
My husband loves ordering classic cioppino when we dine out. (Me, too!)
Why make this cioppino seafood stew recipe at home?
Going out to restaurants is a wonderful treat from time to time. But the reality is, most of us are trying to save a buck by learning to cook our favorite dishes at home.
What’s nice about making a cioppino San Francisco seafood stew at home is you know exactly what’s going in it.
That way you can avoid anything you don’t like or are allergic to. Or you can tweak the recipe to your specific diet or preferences.
For example, if you like spicy, you can add more red pepper flakes. (Or the opposite, don’t like spicy – use less!)
Or if f you’re on a keto diet and want to be strict with your carbs, you may want to use only chicken broth and clam juice and not add the wine.
You’re the chef!
Using frozen seafood in this quick cioppino recipe
When I first tried to develop some recipes for cioppino seafood stew, I had trouble finding fresh shellfish, fish and shrimp that were affordable.
That’s why I decided to create a classic cioppino recipe based on a Giada De Laurentiis cioppino recipe that relies on frozen seafood.
I used Trader Joe’s Frozen Seafood mix, which is a combination of shrimp, scallops and calamari. (Sam’s Club also has a good seafood mix as do some Asian markets.)
In addition, I bought frozen, shell-off shrimp at Kroger and used the tilapia I had in the freezer from Costco.
Unfortunately I couldn’t find frozen mussels that weren’t breaded (blech!) for my Easy Cioppino Seafood Stew recipe, so we had to forego the fun of picking them out of the soup.
If you can find frozen mussels at your store, feel free to add them.
If you can’t find seafood mixes at your local grocery stores, use an equivalent amount of shrimp, scallops, or whatever seafood you can find locally. This recipe is pretty versatile.
More substitutions in the tomato seafood stew
Traditionally, fish stock is used in most seafood stews, but I couldn’t find fish stock at the store. And I didn’t have time to make any from scratch. (Who has time for that anyway?)
After doing a little research and finding recipes for cioppino seafood stew that used either chicken broth or clam juice, I decided to do a mix of the two.
Even with the simplifying of a more traditional cioppino Italian seafood stew recipe, my Easy Cioppino Seafood Stew was very tasty.
Since it relies on frozen items, you can easily make a batch on the weekends when you have a little time to cook, but don’t want to spend the whole day in the kitchen.
More tips for making and serving cioppino
Can you freeze cioppino? YES! Double the batch and freeze it for later. However, you’ll need a large stock pot if you want to double the recipe.
Can you reheat seafood stew in the microwave? Sure! Leftover shellfish cioppino heats up well in the microwave. Just don't overheat it or the seafood will end up chewy and rubbery.
Can I omit the wine? If you don’t want to use wine in your batch of Easy Cioppino Seafood Stew, use the equivalent amount of gluten free low sodium chicken broth.
What to serve with cioppino? Make sure to have crusty French or Italian bread on hand for dipping into the broth. So tasty!
If you’re gluten free, toast some of your favorite GF bread for dipping. Mmmmmmmm.
I also like to serve a simple side salad like this Kale Salad with Fruity Vinaigrette with the fish.
Soup, salad and bread is a perfect meal.
Looking for more easy seafood recipes?
If you love seafood or fish, you have to try:
Easy Cioppino Seafood Stew
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 large fennel bulb, thinly sliced
- 1 onion, chopped
- 3 large shallots, chopped
- 2 teaspoons sea salt, plus more for seasoning
- 4 large garlic cloves, finely chopped
- 3/4 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper flakes, plus more for seasoning
- 1/4 cup tomato paste
- 1 (28-ounce) can diced tomatoes in juice
- 1 1/2 cups dry white wine
- 2 1/3 cups low sodium chicken stock (gluten free)
- 3 (8 ounce) bottles clam juice
- 1 bay leaf
- 3 pounds frozen seafood mix
- 1 pound frozen, uncooked shell off shrimp
- 1 1/2 pounds white, firm-fleshed fish fillets, cut into 2-inch chunks
- Heat the oil in a large stockpot over medium heat.
- Add the fennel, onion, shallots, and salt and sauté for 10 minutes or until the onion is translucent.
- Add the garlic and crushed red pepper flakes, and sauté for another 2 minutes.
- Stir in the tomato paste, tomatoes with their juices, wine, chicken stock, clam juice, and bay leaf.
- Cover and bring to a simmer, then reduce the heat to medium-low. Simmer for another 30 minutes.
- Add the frozen seafood mix to the pot. Cover and cook until the seafood is cooked through, about 5 to 10 minutes.
- Add the shrimp and fish. Simmer gently until the fish and shrimp are just cooked through, about 5 minutes
- Season the soup to taste with more salt and red pepper flakes, if needed.
- Ladle the soup into bowls and serve.
- Serving size: 1/6 of recipe
Originally published on January 10, 2013 and November 7, 2016.
Updated with new pictures and information.
Looking for the best marinated olives recipe? Here it is. Save money with this easy olive recipe. It’s a great appetizer for impromptu entertaining and the perfect addition to meat and cheese platters. Serve as is or with marinated feta cheese for easy low carb snacking.
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I love the beautiful gourmet olives at the olive bar in upscale grocery stores. I typically bring home 3-4 different options to try. Some are green and others black, some are brined and others not, but my favorite olives are those marinated with herbs and spices.
How to make marinated olives
Have you ever wondered how to marinate olives? You’ll be surprised how easy they are to make. To make marinated olives you just need olives, herbs and spices, aromatics, olive oil, vinegar, and salt. Mix everything together, cover, and refrigerate – that’s it! Just a few simple ingredients result in the best marinated olives.
Marinated Olive Ingredients
These are the ingredients I use when making marinated olives. They’re easy to customize per individual taste and what you already have at hand.
- Assorted olives
- Fennel seeds
- Minced garlic or shallot
- Fresh chopped rosemary or thyme
- Fresh chopped parsley, basil or tarragon
- Red pepper flakes
- Red wine vinegar or lemon juice
- Olive oil
How to serve marinated olives
For large gatherings, serve marinated olives in small bowls and place around the room for easy access.
For more intimate or impromptu settings, serve the marinated olives in a larger bowl with a spoon. I like pairing my olives with a bowl of marinated feta cheese or low carb hummus and almond crackers.
Don’t forget to include marinated olives on cheese platters or charcuterie boards. Place the olives in small glass or wooden bowls right on the meat and cheese platters or at least within reach.
Best olives for cheese platter or charcuterie board
I like to include a variety of black and green olives. Try punchy Kalamata olives or green olives stuffed with pimento, jalapeno, almonds, garlic, or cheese. And, mild green Castelvetrano olives are a must. Of course, including this recipe for marinated olives is appropriate.
For the ultimate Mediterranean inspired appetizer board serve marinated olives with Parmesan crisps, low carb focaccia bread, marinated feta cheese, roasted eggplant dip, rosemary crackers, and warm cocktail nuts. Don’t forget to offer a selection of dry and fruity wines.
Olive Platter and Olive Tray Ideas
A good meat and cheese platter is always in style, but make olives the star with on-trend OLIVE PLATTERS! What a perfect way to enjoy your homemade marinated olives recipe.
What are olive platters you ask? Olive platters flip the script on traditional appetizer platters by showcasing olives and filling in with other ingredients.
To Make an Olive Platter
Choose a wide, flat platter or cutting board – the size is up to you.
Select 3-4 kinds of olives to showcase:
- Store bought or homemade marinated olives
- Brined tangy olives like Kalamata
- Stuffed olives with: almonds, pimento, jalapeno, garlic or cheese,
- Dry cured olives
- Whole olives like Castelvetrano
Place olives in bowls on the platter or cutting board or arrange them in groups.
Fill empty spaces with a selection of nuts and berries, cheese (try Manchego and soft goat cheese) and selected meats like shaved ham, cooked cut sausage, or roasted chicken.
How do you store marinated olives?
It’s best to store any leftover olives in their original container in the refrigerator. Brined olives and olives packed in oil will last for several months in the refrigerator. Make sure to use clean hands and utensils when handling the olives to avoid contamination.
Store canned olives in a clean container in their brine or salted water for up to two weeks in the refrigerator. Store drained olives in an airtight container in the fridge for about a week.
Store marinated olives in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Marinated olives last for 1-2 weeks if kept covered and refrigerated.
Marinated Olives Recipe
- Small sauce pan (optional)
- 1 cup medium pitted green olives* (6 oz)
- 1 cup medium pitted black olives* (6 oz)
- 1 tsp whole fennel seeds
- 1 medium garlic clove, minced
- 1 tsp chopped fresh rosemary (or thyme)
- 2 tsp chopped fresh parsley (basil or tarragon)
- 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
- 1-2 tbsp red wine vinegar (or lemon juice)
- 3 tbsp olive oil
- 1/4 tsp salt
- Warm the fennel seeds in a small saucepan over medium-low heat until fragrant.
- Turn the heat to low and add olive oil, vinegar, rosemary (or thyme) garlic, and red pepper flakes. Heat until the oil is fragrant, about 8 minutes.
- Pour over olives, and stir. Add parsley and salt, stirring to combine. Can serve immediately, but let marinate for at least 2 hours for better flavor.
- Alternately, crush the fennel seeds in a mortar with a pestle. Then, add the garlic and work it into a paste. Stir in the next 7 ingredients. Toss the olives with the marinade. Marinate for several hours for best flavor.
- STORE: Place into an airtight container or into a bowl covered with cling film and refrigerate for up to a week.
- Makes approximately 2 cups serving 6 – 8 people. NET CARBS: 4.46g per 1/3 cup serving (2 oz, or 57 g, or 1/6th of the recipe).
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