Cheese, glorious cheese!

Cheese, glorious cheese!

If you have to give up bread, at least you can keep your cheese habit on the ketogenic diet. Recipe »

Pizza? On a diet?

Pizza? On a diet?

With a limited amount of sauce and a delicious crust made of cauliflower, pizza can remain a staple of your diet. Recipe »

A world of bacon

A world of bacon

The ketogenic diet will challenge your imagination. How many ways can I use bacon in one day? Oodles and oodles of possibilities. Recipe »

Wheres the beef?

Wheres the beef?

The mainstay of the keto diet is protein. Steak, chicken, seafood, and low-carb veggies keep you feeling full and happy. Recipe »

The perfect ending...

The perfect ending...

With some heavy whipping cream and cocoa, you can enjoy the same delish desserts you\\\'ve always craved. Yum! Recipe »

 

Keto renewal – the great escape from carbs and their consequences

I haven’t posted in a long time. During the communication gap, my dedication to the keto eating plan has been sorely lacking. I have also felt lethargic, gained back all the weight I lost on the plan, and am probably in the worst shape of my life.

I started this blog a long time ago with great hope that the ketogenic diet was finally the answer to my weight loss problems. I still believe that notion was correct.

I am the only person who can make the decision to pick myself up, dust myself off, and start once again. The keto plan was the last great hope after trying and failing on several other diets. I am throwing myself back into the plan wholeheartedly. The food was delicious, reducing carbs gave me energy, and I saw a significant weight loss in a short amount of time. I have the knowledge, the recipes, and the ingredients. All I need is the will to begin again.

Today –

BREAKFAST…

was 2 eggs over easy with bacon. I had not made up my mind about going back on keto this morning, so I had one piece of whole wheat toast and 1/4 cup of hash browns.

Then came the decision to break out the recipes and get back to it.

LUNCH

chi-chisTacos: 2 pieces of provolone cheese, nuked and curved into taco shell shapes. I used Chichi’s taco flavored meat (about 4 tablespoons) and topped with 1/4 cup of grated cheddar cheese, 2 tablespoons of sour cream, and some chopped jalapenos. The Chi-chi’s is 3 grams of carbs per 4 tablespoon serving.

The entire process took fewer than 5 minutes and the tacos were as good as any fast food joint’s carb-laden version. The Chichi’s meat is definitely an expensive cheat. I could easily make myself the same mixture with some ground beef, but I think time and convenience will be of the essence as I reintegrate the keto plan.

DINNER

Rick grilled steaks and Portobello mushrooms. I made a salad with grated cheddar and blue cheese dressing.

VOILA! Drank lots of water until bedtime. Day one was a breeze.

A change in plans – no more daily blogging about keto

If there’s anything I know about myself after all these years, I know I’m obsessive.

I want to stay on the keto plan. I want to eat perfectly every day, and I want to blog about my successes and failures in order to throw myself into this wholeheartedly.

However, I also have a lot on my plate (metaphorically) because I have a day job, a business, and a whole lot of things I want to do: write, continue to explore genealogy, travel, read, finish remodeling the house….

Instead of trying (and failing) to keep this daily food journal, I’m going to blog the highlights, issues, and new recipes or tips that I find in my daily trek through keto-land.

The blog posts may come once a week, once a month, or whenever…but they will keep coming.

As of today, I still haven’t weighed myself (I don’t intend to until I FEEL that a satisfying amount has been lost), but my clothes are getting looser, the belly fat is diminishing, and – best of all – I have tons of energy!

I feel great and I have hope that I can stay on the keto plan until I’m at my goal.

Day 6: Keto “fettucini” with cheese and garlic sauce and Bang Bang Shrimp

Breakfast was at home. I didn’t feel like eggs, and I didn’t feel like eating until around 10:30, so I tried a new recipe. Years ago, when I was a single mom (and still not much of a cook), I used to boil fettucini, then top with parmesan cheese and chopped garlic. I loved it. I decided to try it with yellow squash, shaved into keto fettucini noodles. Instead of parmesan, I used grated Dubliner cheese. It’s similar in flavor, but I don’t think it tasted as good as the real parmesan would have. 2014-02-01 11.32.35 It as a day for experimenting with new recipes.

For lunch, I decided to try a hot dog recipe I saw recently on one of those Food Network challenges. On the show, the contestant slit hot dogs, filled them with pepper jack cheese, wrapped them in bacon and deep fried them. I didn’t feel like getting the deep fryer out, so I did the same recipe with precooked bacon and put them in the microwave. There were only a mild success. The Hebrew National frank flavor completely overpowered the flavor of the bacon. I guess those precooked slices can’t hold up in the flavor department. The result was just okay. 2014-02-01 15.47.47For dinner, I had a craving for some bang bang shrimp. I love this dish at Dave’s Fish Market, and I really enjoyed the similar version of the shrimp I had in a restaurant in Florida last month. When we discussed the dish with the waiter in Florida, he said that the sauce was a simple combo of mayo, sweet and hot thai sauce and hot sauce. I looked up the recipe for bang bang shrimp online and came up with my own keto version. 1 1/2 cups of mayo 1 tbsp Taste of … sweet/hot chili 1 tsp srirachi sauce I sautéed a pound of shrimp in 1 tsp of butter mixed with 1 tbsp olive oil for 4 minutes. When finished, I coated with the sauce and let it simmer about one minute.

2014-02-01 19.34.23The picture doesn’t do it justice. My son said it looks like mac and cheese. Next time I make it – and I WILL make this again! – I will separate the shrimp and make it more attractive like they do at the restaurant. It wasn’t quite spicy enough for me, so I drizzled a little more srirachi over the top. YUM

 

Day 4: A really simple 2-minute low-carb / keto pizza snack

Breakfast – egg/cheese/sausage patty in a bowl

Lunch – leftover cream cheese and spicy sausage mixture in a low carb tortilla

Dinner – here’s where  got creative…

I was pretty hungry about 4 pm, but we weren’t ready for dinner. I had some work to do for our web design company, and I wanted to finish it up before I started cooking.

I came up with this delish snack (probably not an original – but it was to me. LOL)

Take some pieces of pepperoni, mound about a tbsp of mozarella in the center of each, put the plate in the microwave for about 30 seconds – and VOILA! tasty hot pepperoni pizza treats. They were quick and delicious and assuaged my hunger until dinner could be prepared.

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For dinner, I cooked a pound of ground beef, added taco seasoning and put the mixture on a plate. I topped it with grated cheddar cheese, chopped onions, one half an avocado, and a tablespoon of sour cream. I’ll admit, I do love a taco shell, deep fried flour tortillas and all those other crunchy Mexican carbs, but this meal still tastes good and is a great substitute for carby Mexican meals.

Day 3: Chicken and stuffed jalapeno pepper leftovers

I AM FEELING THE ENERGY!

I even had a coworker notice. She said I wasn’t as groggy in the morning as I usually am. I am reaping the keto bennies already! Why oh why do I ever go off this plan?

I had the usual breakfast at my desk at work: 2 scrambled eggs with cheese and 2 sausage patties

For lunch, I had a small salad and about 6 of the leftover stuffed peppers from last night. I made the rounds at the office, offering my coworkers some hors d’ouevres and the peppers were a hit!

2014-01-29 19.21.45For dinner, Rick cooked chicken and green peppers in a delicious spicy green Mexican sauce. I forgot to take a picture, but I have pictures of the jar. It’s low carb (3 g. per serving) He used the whole jar with 9 chicken tenders, cut into bite sized pieces. I ate about half the jar, or 9 grams of carbs.

It was just the right amount of heat and spice, and tasted really good.

Later, I was still a bit hungry, so I took some of the leftover cream cheese/spicy sausage mixture that I used to fill the peppers and stuffed it into a low carb tortilla. It was quick and delicious. Gotta love leftovers!

I’ve been trying to cut down on the diet pop consumption. Zero carb Sparkling Ice helps a lot. I especially love the black raspberry and lemon lime flavors.

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Day 2: Stuffed jalapenos – perfect low carb / keto snack

Day 2 of my new beginning went swimmingly. I’m getting right back into the swing of things.

Breakfast was Rick’s egg/sausage/cheese bowl. As usual, eggs will be a staple of the plan – especially for breakfast.

2014-01-28 13.17.43Lunch – I had to meet Rick at the airport to return our rental car. That took up nearly 45 minutes of driving time, so I needed a quick, low-carb restaurant. The Senate Diner near my workplace is pretty fast, so we dropped in there.

I ordered two coney dogs with no buns. Delicious as I remembered.

We planned to have leftover marinara sauce on something, so I tried my fake “fettucini recipe.” It’s hardly a recipe, since all I do is trim fettucini-sized pieces from a yellow squash using a potato peeler. Plop the squash on a plate, cover with marinara and cheese and voila!

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I’d been meaning to try Lindsey’s stuffed jalapenos for a snack treat. They turned out really good, but they really didn’t taste much like jalapenos. They could have been any stuffed pepper. Maybe I should have left some of the seeds, or more membrane, in the peppers. I mean the filling was great, but I missed having the jalapeno flavor.

I’ll add this recipe to my Healthy Keto, since it’s pretty tasty.

That’s it; made it through day two with no hitches. Already feeling the energy. When I got in the car after work, after a few minutes, Rick said, “Well, you’re in a good mood!”

Was I? I think I had more than the usual energy after a long day at work. Let’s see what happens. On to day three….

Starting all over again, Day 1

The keto plan was the answer to my weight-loss prayers: I lost approximately 40 pounds in around 6 months. And then I started fooling around…

Well, maybe I’ll have a couple of pieces of toast. How bad could it be?

Boy, that pizza crust looks great. Maybe this one time, I’ll eat the entire piece of pizza, not just the toppings.

Hmm, maybe I’ll eat what I want at this party, then I’ll get back on track starting Monday.

I regained the weight – at least 35 of those pounds straggled back on. So, I started over, and stopped, and regained. And started over, and stopped, and regained.

And…in order to beat myself up a little more, let me remind myself that – not only did I regain all that weight – I also could have been LOSING another 40 (or more) during this same time span! An 80-pound weight loss puts me into “normal” sizes and a happy happy place.

What to do? Go back to the beginning.

Strict keto, journalizing, immerse myself in the topic. I started a keto recipe site last year; keep that up to date. Live, eat, and breath the keto lifestyle. No other choice. It worked before, and it will work again.

product_BuffaloRanch1Day 1:

Breakfast – 2 scrambled eggs, one sausage patty, topped with 2 ounces grated cheddar.

Lunch – mixed greens, 2 ounces grated cheddar, topped with Wishbone Buffalo ranch dressing (2g carbs) and 14 almonds

Dinner – one small squash (cut to resemble fettucini) topped with Rick’s marinara sauce and cheddar cheese (we’re out of mozarella).

Snack – salt and vinegar pork rinds with 2 tbsp french onion chip dip.

keto cream cheese and jalapenos

Low carb and keto jalapeno popper quiche – cream cheese and jalapenos never tasted so good!

I adapted this recipe from the Closet Cooking website to reduce the amount of carbs.

Who needs crust? It was a flavorful and delicious start to the day – and I have leftovers so I don’t have to make breakfast tomorrow.

The first time I made this, I didn’t have a glass pie plate, so I used an oblong glass oven-safe dish. It yielded about 8 semi-flat servings. I found my grandma’s round dish, and it turned out thicker and more like a quiche (it almost spilled over the top – so be careful0. Either pan works well, but you need to cook it a bit longer in a smaller pan because it takes longer to solidify the egg in the center.

Servings: makes 8 servings

  • 1/2 cup cream cheese, room temperature (3 g. carbs)
  • 3 jalapenos (one sliced, two diced) [if you’re using sliced jalapenos from a jar – approx. 20-25] (approx. 1.5g carbs)
  • 1 cup heavy cream (6.6 g carbs)
  • 5 large eggs, lightly beaten (3g carbs)
  • 1/2 cup cheddar cheese, grated (optional) (<1 g carbs) (save for top of quiche)
  1. Put the cream cheese in a microwave-safe dish and heat for 20-30 seconds
  2. Beat the eggs, mix in the cream, and add the softened cream cheese (I use a whisk and the cream cheese mostly mixes in)
  3. Add the chopped jalapenos
  4. Bake in a preheated 350F oven for 25-30 minutes, perhaps a bit more depending on oven and pan size (I place the glass pie plate on top of a cookie sheet for easier handling)
  5. Remove from oven, sprinkle on grated cheese, reheat for a minute or two until it’s melted on top
  6. Optional – arrange a few jalapeno slices on top for presentation

I don’t miss the crust.

Total carbs for whole pan = approximately 14 grams. There are only 1.7 grams of carbs per serving! Believe me, you’ll have at least 2 plates.

keto cream cheese recipe

In the oblong pan

Quiche in a round pie pan

Quiche in a round pie pan

 

BLT in a pita goes southwest with some chipotle dressing

I was craving a BLT. I decided to recreate the sandwich without bread by eating it from a bowl, with mayo drizzled on top. However, the recipe changed as I started to experiment.

First, I microwaved some of that ready-in-a-minute bacon. I like it crisp, so I overcooked it a bit.

keto BLTThen I tossed some mixed greens in a medium-sized bowl, chopped up one slice of tomato (go lightly; there are a few carbs), and threw in the bacon.

Hmmmm. What if I put it in 1/2 a low-carb pita bread?

I use Sophia’s whole wheat pocket pita. One pita is 7g, and I usually only use half.

low-carb-pita-breadI stuffed the mix inside the pita, and went to the fridge for some mayo…where I discovered a new dressing we love: Hidden Valley Farmhouse Southwest Chipotle.

The entire “simple BLT” idea because a southwest salad in a pita. Carb total – The pita is 3.5g, the dressing is 2g and the tomato is <1g. Total = <6.5g

Keto / low carb pizza crust – made from cream cheese

This is my all-time favorite crust. The cream cheese gives it a great flavor. It’s a very thin crust, but it’s the best one I’ve found on the keto diet. I’d love to give credit to the creator, but it was one of those low-carb recipes passed around on Facebook.

1 (8 oz) package of cream cheese, room temperature
2 eggs
1/4 tsp ground black pepper
1 tsp garlic powder
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
Preheat oven to 375.

Lightly spay a 9×13 baking dish with cooking spray. With a handheld mixer, mix cream cheese, eggs, pepper, garlic powder and parmesan cheese until combined. Spread into baking dish. Bake for 15-20 minutes, our until golden brown. Allow crust to cool for 10 minutes.

Top with low-carb pizza sauce (or enchilada sauce) and toppings. Bake 12-15 minutes, until cheese is melted.