Have you heard the great news about our Lord and Savior, Keto?
Every time I talk about eating low carb or doing the keto diet, I feel like one of those TV preachers. Even after falling off the proverbial wagon, keto takes me right back; keto never gives up on me, even when I gave up on keto. Keto knows me better than I know myself.
I will spare you all the "rules" of eating low carb or keto, since you probably found this post from a Google search, I'm going to assume you are already familiar with the ins and outs of low carb dieting, but for those who aren't, here's a very brief synopsis... Your body typicially uses carbs for fuel, but when it doesn't have them, it starts to burn fat when you reach a state of metabolic ketosis; not to be confused with diabetic ketoacidosis. When you burn fat, you lose weight, it's a very simple concept.
I started keto over a year ago and had lost about 40-50ish pounds, then I fell off bad around the holidays (yes, the holidays that were five months ago) and gained about 20 lbs back, but I'm re-dedicating my life and body to keto in a major way, starting with meal planning.
For me, half of the success of eating keto is having a plan. (The other half is not cheating, which is the really hard part.) In an effort to stay on track, at the start of the week I sit down and Google yummy recipes I want to try and add them to my weekly menu. Some are hits and some are misses, but this recipe is already back in rotation this week. It's super easy and so delicious, even my super-picky-husband-who-hates-when-I-try-to-turn-cauliflower-into-potatoes, raved about this dish.
2 Tbsp butter
1/2 Cup diced onion
Minced fresh garlic (to taste, or 1 Tbsp)
1 head cauliflower (rough chop)
2 Tbsp Better Than Bullion (chicken flavor)
4 cups water
1 Cup heavy cream
Salt (to taste)
Pepper (to taste)
1/2 tsp Onion powder
4 Strips of bacon, fried and crumbled
Fresh green onions (sprinkle)
1/2 Cup Shredded cheddar (or Monterey jack, whatever)
Here's a very basic weekly menu planner I made a while back. It's simple and cute and you're welcome to download and use it. ; )
In the low carb community there are two types of people, those who count "net carbs" and those who don't. I personally could go either way. Some low carbers say grains stall them or even make them gain, but for me, fiber is verrry important, so I look for ways to add it to my system a couple of times a week and what better way than pizza?!
I almost feel bad calling this a "recipe", it's more like a "friendly suggestion", as there are no hard-and-fast rules when it comes to making your perfect pizza. Grab your favorite ingredients and a huge handful of cheese and go to town.
The key to this recipe is to start with a good flatbread. I use this flatbread from Aldi. They are very affordable and taste really good, unlike some other flatbreads I've tried in the past.
You will also need a very small amount of pizza sauce. They have sugar free if you need it, but I personally just use regular or make my own. The amount of carbs vs serving size make it almost negligible. From here you need only a good imagination and a few fresh ingredients.
I used pepperoni, mushrooms and garden fresh banana peppers, but you could also use chicken or even seasoned ground beef, onions and jalapenos for a taco inspired pizza or you could use ranch instead of tomato sauce for a chicken ranch bacon pizza. I've made this particular combination on a fathead crust before and it was over the top amazing!
I like to put the cheese directly on the sauce, then pile the toppings on that and add another sprinkling of cheese, just for good measure. Then I sprinkle with "sticks and stems" aka Italian seasonings (parsley, basil and oregano), pop it into a 425 degree oven for 5-7 minutes or until the cheese is melted.
If you want a super crispy pizza, place this (carefully) directly on the rack, but don't call me to help you clean your oven, when it bubbles over, 'cause it ain't happening. For you non-daredevils, bake on a cookie sheet or pizza stone, if you're fancy schmancy. The total (net) carbs for this is about 9ish, maybe 10, depending on what toppings you add and how much sauce you use, but I'm not judging.
When people find out I am on a low carb diet, they instantly say, "Oh, I could never do that.", when in actuality, low carb is not that big of a deal. There are substitutes for every thing you think you won't be able to eat again. Subs for cake, subs for pizza and even subs for pancakes. Yes! I said you can eat pancakes on a low carb diet!
This recipe is super easy. All you need is...
2 oz cream cheese
2 tsp Splenda
3/4 Tbsp Baking powder
Pinch of salt
Pinch of cinnamon
Blend all ingredients well. (I use an immersion blender and it works perfectly)
Let the blended mixture set for a few minutes until some of the bubbles are gone.
Fry in a med-hi skillet for 2 minutes while covered, then flip and cook for another minute or so. You will know when it's ready to flip by the bubbles in the center, like a regular pancake.
Serve with sugar free syrup or as is.
Or you could make your own syrup with some butter and a little Torani syrup, the brown sugar/ cinnamon would be really good with this recipe. Just boil the two ingredients down until they are a syrupy consistency.
You could also use this recipe for crepes, just use a crepe pan instead of a skillet. Also, you could increase the recipe to make enough to feed more people, because if your kids are moochers like mine, you will need it. To increase, just add 1 egg and 1 oz of cream cheese in equal ratios. Ex: If you have 3 hungry kids and 2 hungry adults, I would suggest using 7 eggs and 7 oz of cream cheese.
When people hear that I have "gone low carb", they always ask me how I do it, how do I go without eating all those yummy, delicious carbs, especially bread and pizza. The answer, I don't. I don't go without anything. I eat the same yummy foods as before, I just make them differently.
This recipe is my take on the Fat Head pizza everyone in the low carb community raves about, only I subbed some flax seeds for the almond flour and it worked amazingly well.
This recipe is super easy, as long as you have the magic ingredient... parchment paper. Seriously, it is key in making the crust work. For the crust, you will need...
Microwave about another minute or so, until all the cheese is melted and gooey.
Turn the mixture onto a piece of parchment paper and have another piece of parchment paper handy to cover it with.
Roll the dough out, with a rolling pin, between the two pieces of parchment paper.
Alternately, you could use your hands (or a can of peas) to spread the dough, if you don't have a rolling pin.
Bake the crust for about 7 minutes or so on 425, then remove from the oven and invert the crust, making the bottom the top. This will ensure you have a crispy crust on both sides.
Now for the good part... You could use a sugar free tomato pizza sauce, but I chose to use a Tbsp of Ranch dressing (1 carb). Then I sprinkled on all the toppings... (precooked) chicken, baby bella mushrooms, red onions and more Mozzarella. (I totally would've put bacon on it, if I had it, but alas, I didn't)
Pop this little piece of heaven in the oven for about 6 minutes or so, just long enough to heat the ingredients and melt the cheese.
This recipe is a huge hit at our house, even the kids like it, the little one even prefers it and honestly, so do I and at only 4 carbs per piece vs the 25 you will get in a "regular" piece of pizza, there's no guilt at all; none.
Who says you can't have fried chicken while eating low carb?! Not me! I was really surprised at how amazing this recipe turned out. I was expecting it to be gooey or not have a lot of flavor. Boy, was I wrong! The chicken had a really good crunchy texture and the seasonings are to die for.
What you need:
1 or 2 lbs boneless/skinless chicken breasts (cut into fingers)
For the breading:
1 Bag of pork rinds (I used plain, but BBQ will work also)
1/4 Cup Shredded Parmesan cheese
Garlic powder (to taste)
Onion powder (to taste)
Paprika (to taste)
In a food processor or blender, add the pork rinds, Parm and seasonings then pulverize. Set aside.
Beat the eggs well, in a bowl. Set aside.
Melt equal parts olive oil and coconut oil in a non stick pan over med-hi heat. (I set my stove to 6 and it was perfect)
Now you're ready to bread the chicken. Make sure you have pounded your chicken cutlets fairly thin, so they will cook faster, then dip the chicken into the egg wash, then into the pork rind mixture. Do this step twice to ensure a good, crispy breading on your chicken.
Fry each piece of chicken about 6 or so minutes per side, until it reads 160 on a meat thermometer. Due to serving pink chicken to my husband more than once (or Thrice), I now am really weird about measuring the temp, so I make sure I check every meat, every time.
Note: If you like a spicier version, you can add some cayenne pepper to the pork rind breading when you pulverize it. (and Blue Cheese is only 2 carbs per 2 Tbsp)
Since I started eating low carb, I have seen tons of recipes that say you can substitute cauliflower for potatoes. I wasn't really sure this would work, but I was down to give it a try.
To test the theory, I decided to try it with a version of my Mom's potato casserole recipe and boy, was I surprised. It was amazing! It wasn't the exact texture of potatoes, but that would be easily corrected with a little more elbow grease, while mixing.
What You Need:
1 Head of cauliflower (steamed)
1 Block softened cream cheese
1/2 Cup Mayo
1/2 Cup Sour cream
1/2 Cup Shredded cheddar + another 1/2 cup for the top
1/2 Cup Shredded Mozzarella
3 or 4 Slices of bacon (cooked and chopped)
1 Bunch green onions (chopped)
Salt & Pepper
Sprinkle of dill
Preheat the oven to 350.
Steam a medium sized head of cauliflower for about 15-17 minutes.
Cut into bite sized pieces.
In a separate bowl, mix together all other ingredients minus the bacon, a few green onions and 1/2 cup of the shredded cheddar.
Add in the bite sized cauliflower and stir well. (for a more mashed texture, you can whip this with an electric mixer)
Pour into a 9x11 pan, top with the bacon and remaining cheese, a few green onions and the bacon.
Bake for 20 minutes or until cheese is melted and bubbly.
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