Meatballs – Keto Friendly

Meatballs

  • 3 lbs ground beef
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 Tbsp season salt
  • 1 Tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 Tbsp onion powder
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese
  • salt & pepper to taste

Blend all the ingredients together and make meatballs.  Saute them until cooked, or bake them at 350 for about 20 minutes.  Delicious in a tomato/garlic sauce, or use them for Savory Glazed Meatballs.

 

Pork Chops with a Mushroom Crab Stuffing

I went scouring the internet for crab stuffed pork chops.  I had trouble finding one that did not have bread crumbs in it.  Then I stumbled across this recipe! https://ketodietapp.com/Blog/lchf/keto-crab-stuffed-mushrooms, so good!
Instead of making stuffed mushrooms, I made a mushroom crab stuffing with jumbo lump crab meat! I modified the recipe, using what I had on hand.  This made 2 large pork chops only using 1/2 of the stuffing in the pork chops.  This made 4 meals, 2 dinners and 2 lunches for the next day.    
  • 8 oz white Mushrooms (including stems)
  • 8 oz Jumbo Lump Crab Meat
  • 1 small yellow onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 tsp smoked Paprika
  • 1/2 tsp Garlic powder
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 2 large Pork Chops

We had a side of Asparagus cooked in lemon butter! Delicious!

 

Chicken Devan – Keto friendly

Took our family Chicken Devan recipe and made it keto friendly.   This recipe made 5 servings and was a total of 678 calories / serving.

Recipe:

  • 2 crowns broccoli; cooked & chopped
  • 3 cups cooked and shredded chicken
  • 6 oz mushrooms, thick sliced
  • 1 batch homemade cream of chicken/mushroom soup
    • 1/2 cup heavy cream
    • 1/2 cup chicken broth
    • 6 oz mushrooms, chopped
    • 1/2 yellow onion, small, chopped fine
    • 4 cloves of garlic, minced
    • 1/2 tsp arrowroot (or cornstarch)
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1.5 cups grated sharp Cheddar
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • Salt and pepper; to taste
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 2 oz grated Parmesan
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons Curry Powder (to taste)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F

Homemade Chicken Mushroom Soup

  1. Chop mushrooms into small pieces.
  2. Melt butter in skillet
  3. Add the mushrooms and cook 2 minutes
  4. Add the onions and garlic, cook for 2 more minutes
  5. Add the heavy cream, chicken broth, cornstarch or arrowroot, cook for another few minutes until it begins to thicken. Set aside.

Chicken Devan

  1. Cook Chicken w/chicken broth and 1 Tbsp curry powder – until you can pull it apart with 2 forks
  2. Shred chicken, set aside
  3. Cook broccoli al dente, chop it up
  4. In a medium bowl, combine the soup, mayonnaise, sour cream, Cheddar cheese, lemon juice, remaining curry powder, salt and pepper, to taste, add wine
  5. Whisk together to make a sauce. Mix well with a spatula
  6. Place chicken in the bottom of brownie pan or similar size pan
  7. Place broccoli on top of the shredded chicken
  8. Place cooked broccoli on top of chicken
  9. Pour the sauce over the broccoli and chicken
  10. Pat down evenly and smooth with a spatula
  11. Sprinkle Parmesan over the top

Bake for about 30 to 45 minutes.

Cook’s Note: Try topping with Cheddar or Gruyere cheese. Also, if you really like the curry flavor, add as much as you like until you think it tastes good!

Almond Bread – Low Carb

  • 6 eggs, separated
  • 2 eggs whole
  • 1/3 cup melted butter
  • 2 cups almond flour (fine)
  • 1 Tbsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp cream of tartar
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  2. Separate yolks from eggs (except 2).
  3. Mix egg yolks with melted butter
  4. Add 2 cups almond flour
  5. Add 1 Tbsp baking powder
  6. Mix well and set aside
  7. Whip egg whites and cream of tartar together until they form stiff peaks
  8. Gently fold the egg whites into the “dough”
  9. Grease the bread pan with butter and use parchment paper on the bottom
  10. Pour batter into the bread pan
  11. Place pan in the center of the oven and bake for 40 minutes at 375

Bread was dense. Heavy, it was hard on the edges. Sliced into it with my bread knife, it is pretty.  We shared the end piece with butter, mmmmm. Reminded me of my Swedish Rye… Texture, melts in your mouth almost, but holds up well for cooking. We cooked it in a buttered non-stick skillet, it was good! Worth it.

We made open face breakfast sandwiches.  The bread absorbed the butter, tasted amazing with tomato and avocado.  In the future, I would leave the sausage and egg on the side. I would make this again.  I don’t crave bread, but this would do the trick if I was. Syd has been craving grilled cheese, we will try one in the next day or so.  We ate 1/3 of the loaf and will be full until dinner!

LOW CARB – Rasberry Parfaits

Rasberry Parfaits

  • 8 oz container of Mascarpone Cheese (room temperature) (cream cheese can be used in it’s place)
  • 2 cups fresh rasberries
  • 1/3 cup Swerve (a natural sweetener that does not spike your insulin level and no bitter aftertaste)
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • dash of salt
  • dash of cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Blend all of this together until you have stiff peaks and then gently layer cheese mixture, rasberries, cheese mixture, rasberries.  This recipe is so versatile.  Here are a few flavor ideas, should you get bored with this recipe.

You only need about 1-2 tablespoons to satisfy you (think fat bomb).

Flavor ideas

  • Chocolate:  Melt a square or two of unsweet chocolate and add it to the mix.
  • Mocha:  Add a shot of espresso or cold brew coffee shots and a square of melted unsweet chocolate
  • Almond:  Use almond extract instead of vanilla or add it in addition too.
  • Almond Joy:  Use almond extract, add a 1/4 cup toasted unsweet coconut
  • Cheesecake:  Use cream cheese instead of mascarpone
  • Pecan crumble topping – saute some pecans in butter and swerve, dash of cinnamon
  • Fancy – mix rasberries with some balsamic vinegar and a touch of swerve (to taste)
  • Reeses:  Add 1-2 tablespoons peanut butter and some melted unsweet chocoloate

Be creative and explore your cravings, please feel free to add any flavor profiles that you try and love.

Toasted toppings.

  • 1/4 cup coconut or pecans (or both)
  • 1 Tbsp butter
  • dash of cinnamon
  • dash of salt
  • 1 Tbsp Swerve

Toss these together over heat until they begin to toast, let cool and sprinkle on top of your dessert.  Enjoy! #fatbomb#lowcarb#dessert#swerve#sweettooth#rasberryparfait

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Low Carb Pancakes

  • 3 eggs
  • 3 oz cream cheese (full fat)
  • 2 oz heavy cream
  • *2 Tbsp coconut flour
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • pinch of salt
  • dash of cinnamon
  • splash of pure vanilla

Blend it all together, let it rest for a minute or two, grease the skillet, the first time… and go… no need to add butter between each batch, unless it sticks.  This recipe made about 14 little pancakes, perfect for two.

*You could use fine almond flour as well, but if you do, use only 1 oz of heavy cream.  Add more cream to thin the batter/pancake.

Rasberry Topping

  • 6-8 oz Rasberries
  • 8 grams Swerve

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This Is 330 Calories Per Serving!

Syd loves his rare london broil.  We do not eat a ton of red meat, but when we do, I like to make something he loves!

I went online in search of recipes with zucchini, london broil, swiss, and mushrooms.  I found my inspiration recipe from Cooking Classy, took it and made it my own.

1 large zucchini
3-4.5 oz thin sliced london broil
4 large mushrooms, thick sliced
3 ish oz swiss cheese (you could use cheddar or provolone as well)
1 medium yellow onion
4-5 garlic cloves chopped
2-4 Tbsp butter
1 Tbsp olive oil
garlic salt, salt & pepper to taste

Slice your zucchini into 1/2″ slices. Our zucchini made 4 slices/servings.  You could also make zucchini boatsand make them boats. Oil the zucchini, salt, pepper and cook for 10-15 minutes in an oven at 400°.

While this cooks, saute onion and garlic in 2-4 Tbsp of butter (remember this is a meal for 4, not 1 or 2). Saute for about 5 minutes. Add sliced mushrooms, garlic salt (to taste), and cook for another 5-8 minutes. When the zucchini is al-dente, remove it from the oven. Chop the london broil into smaller bite size bits, so that it is easy to eat and cut. Put the mushrooms and onions in a bowl, and add the london broil and mix well.  Put this mixture on top of the zucchini, add your favorite cheese on top, broil for approximately 4-5 minutes until top just starts to brown.

Oh an after thought is throw some cooked/crumbled bacon on top!

This meal was so good and so filling, we can not believe it was so low in calorie. And we get to eat the other part tomorrow for lunch, whoop whoop! Hope you try this and enjoy it!

 

 

 

My Husband Likes It More Than I

Beef & Butter Fast

We changed our eating lifestyle about a year ago and are on a low calorie, ketogenic diet.  We added  intermittent fasting back in November.  I was in a weight loss stall, just bouncing around for a couple of weeks.  Someone recommended a beef and butter fast, and we thought, what the hell and I bought a 10 lb 80/20 ground beef log that would get us through 4 days of meals.

The Diet:

  • Coffee with 1 Tbsp MCT Oil and 1 1/2 Tbsp Heavy Cream
  • Lunch:  1 cup seasoned ground beef & 2-3 Tbsp butter
  • Dinner:  1 cup seasoned ground beef & 2-3 Tbsp butter
  • 48 oz of water, between each meal

Our Weight Progress:

 

 

 

 

 

This beef and butter fast is not for everyone.  We will never try this again.

Important Considerations:

  • Our typical daily calorie range is 1200-1400 calories
  • This meal was about 650 calories per serving which increased our daily calories to almost 1600.
  • Also, I have a colon issue, called Divirticuli.  When you have this problem, you want to avoid eating an excessive amount of red meat and full fat foods.

Ground beef and butter for 4 days was not a good idea.  By Saturday evening, I had a fever and went to bed by 7 pm.  I felt better on Sunday morning.  On a positive note, I am no longer stalling and I am down almost 4 lbs since Friday, you could say, it was because of this beef and butter fast, but not sure it was worth it!

If you are on the ketogenic diet, without the low calorie, you may find you get better results than we did.  The recipes listed below were tasty and filling.  Each recipe makes four meals, 2 for dinner and 2 for lunch the next day.  Making the meals were super easy and it freed up some of my time during the day, trying to deciding what was for dinner.

In all recipes, cook the meat in a skillet first and then drain it (you may cook in butter, for flavor).  Add spices, beef bouillon and water, simmer for 5 minutes, and serve hot. Do not forget the butter.

Biryani Flavored Ground Beef

  • 4 cups ground beef (raw)
  • 1 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp ginger powder
  • 3 Tbsp garam marsala
  • 1/3 tsp cardomon
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp coriander
  • 1 tsp beef bouillon
  • 1 cup water

Egg Roll In a Bowl flavored ground beef

  • 4 cups ground beef (raw)
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2 tsp ginger powder
  • 3 Tbsp Sriracha
  • 1.5 Tbsp Chili Garlic sauce
  • 3 Tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1 tsp beef bouillon
  • 1 cup water

Cincinnatti Chili flavored beef

  • 4 cups ground beef (raw)
  • 1/3 cup chili powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/3 tsp allspice
  • 1/3 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/3 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 3 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp beef bouillon
  • 1 cup water

Good luck, let me know if you have ever done a Beef & Butter fast, and was it successful?  What were your results?

Sous Vide bone-in Ribeye

Being on a keto diet has its advantages.  A wonderful meal at 1038 calories. I kept it light the rest of the day and was still under 1400 calories.

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Keto Crackers

Made some gluten free, keto friendly crackers this morning, they taste a bit like wheat thins, probably would be more so if we added some sesame seeds before toasting.  Here’s some pics and the recipe if you are interested in trying them!

  • 2 cups almond flour
  • 1 scoop protein powder
  • 1 tbsp water
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  1. Place all ingredients into a food processor, or bowl.
  2. Stir until it becomes dough like.
  3. Roll dough out between 2 pieces of parchment paper, until it is approx 1/16 inch thick
  4. Transfer dough to a cookie sheet
  5. Slice with pizza slicer, or sharp knife, into squares or rectangles
  6. Poke crackers with fork, this helps the cracker get crispy
  7. Bake at 350 degrees for about 15 minutes.  Watch it so they don’t burn.

 

I forgot to poke my crackers with a fork before I cooked it, so I had to add an extra 10 minutes… If the edges get done early, pull those crackers out and keep cooking the center.