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Dranks

 

Now that I have noticeably visible results from following the low carb high fat way of eating since February, and I’m pretty vocal about it on social media, a lot of people ask me questions. I love it! I don’t always have the answers but I love to chat about the way of eating that has changed my waistline!

One question I get a lot is ,”Are you allowed to have a drink?”

First of all, I’m allowed to do whatever I want. This lifestyle is my choice. Secondly, I have found that having an occasional drink that is in line with the basic principles of this way of eating has not derailed my progress at all. See my previous post entitled The Sweet Spot for more on my thoughts about being regimental about a way of eating if it’s not required for your survival.

My two favorite things to drink are:

  • Dry red wine- Pinot Noir is my favorite, and I like to have glass of wine on the back porch on Friday night with Mark, listening to music while the kids play. They usually come and sit with us once it starts to get dark, and it’s a nice way for our family to kick off the weekend!
  • Pool Drink- this is my little creation that I drink at the pool. Full disclosure, I usually make more than a single recipe of it to sip on over the few hours we are at the pool, and put it in my favorite Corkcicle tumbler, which keeps it super cold the whole time. More full disclosure. Sometimes I make an extra in case anyone (coughmecough) needs a refill. I bring the extra in my Corkcicle canteen.

Pool Drink

Add the following ingredients into your container of choice, over ice. Shake or stir, and enjoy.

  • 1 shot of gin or vodka (pick your poison.)
  • 1 Tbs fresh lemon juice
  • 1 Tbs fresh lime juice
  • LaCroix Sparkling Water in your choice of flavor to top off (I prefer lime)

You can tweak this recipe in a number of ways. I have used flavored vodkas (raspberry is my favorite- be careful to check the carbs in flavored vodkas though!) Sometimes I also add a splash of raspberry extract to give it a raspberry lime flavor. If you experiment, I’d love to know what combos you come up with!

Let’s segue quickly into a few progress pics. We had family photos last week, and I can’t tell you how much more fun it is to do that when you feel confident & good about what you look like!

Here are a couple of my favorites:

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Photo credit to: Blue Vinyl Photography

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Our Favorite Weekend Dinner

Ribeye

Weekends are the best, am I right? I’m lucky enough to LOVE my job, so it doesn’t stress me out that I work Monday through Friday- but weekends are still something to look forward to.

We are creatures of habit, and our routine is very predictable. We always grocery shop for the week on the weekend, and I prep all of the food we’ll eat in the upcoming week. Once the work is done, we like to pack up and spend a few hours at the pool. On Saturdays, when we get home, we like to grill a steak, and have an amazing dinner!

Ribeye is our favorite steak since we went low carb high fat. Mark has found a local butcher who has really good meat! (If you didn’t say “That’s what she said”, we can’t hang out…) Every few weeks, we’ll go get a bunch of ribeyes, and portion them into packs of 2 to freeze. 2 ribeyes are plenty for the two of us and Nicholas, and usually leaves a bit leftover for someone to have the next day!

If you want to try our weekend dinner, grab yourself some ribeye and grill it up, then serve it with these delicious Herbed Mushrooms and my AMAZING cauliflower mash. You can also add a salad or some roasted veggies. I challenge anyone who says changing to a low carb lifestyle leads to deprivation!

Herbed-Mushrooms

Ketogenic Herbed Mushrooms

  • 16 ounces mushrooms, cleaned & sliced
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/8 cup fresh thyme leaves
  • 3 cloves fresh garlic, crushed
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • 2 Tbs. fresh lemon juice
  • Salt, pepper, garlic powder to taste (Salt carefully. This recipe reduces quite a bit, and the butter provides some salt which intensifies as it reduces)

Melt butter in a medium sized sautee pan over medium heat. Add thyme & garlic. Sautee for a minute or two, then add the rest of the ingredients. Toss to coat. Reduce heat to low & cover pan. Allow to cook until mushrooms have softened, then remove cover. Continue cooking on low heat, stirring occasionally, until most of the liquid has reduced. Enjoy as a side dish or over steak.

The Best Ketogenic Secret Ingredient Cauliflower Mash

  • 2 16-ounce packages of cauliflower crumbles (or grate your own cauliflower in the food processor)
  • 8 ounces cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 16 ounces grated sharp cheddar cheese (1 cup reserved)
  • 2 Tbs chopped fresh chives
  • Salt & Pepper to taste (salt carefully- the cheese adds salt)

Steam the cauliflower in the microwave until tender. I use the packages that can be steamed right in the bag. meanwhile, add the cream cheese, butter, all but 1 cup of the cheddar cheese, the chives, and seasonings to the bottom of a large bow, (I use my KitchenAid stand mixer.) When the cauliflower is steamed, add it on top of the other ingredients, and allow it to sit for a few minutes so that the heat of the cauliflower softens the rest of the ingredients. Begin to mix it at low speed to combine everything, then increase the speed a bit to help mash the cauliflower up a bit more and to be sure that everything is well combined. When everything is combined, pour into a greased baking dish and top with reserved cheddar cheese. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes, then enjoy!

The secret is the cream cheese! Cauliflower has a different, wetter consistency than potatoes, so when I was playing around with cauliflower mash recipes, I found that it was always so loose and watery when I used sour cream. The cream cheese has a firmer consistency and helps prevent runny cauliflower mash!

Get creative with this recipe! Add bacon, different cheeses, different herbs. We don’t even miss potatoes!

 

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Ketogenic Blueberry Lemon Muffins

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I tested a recipe for a ketogenic cake. It wasn’t a win for me, because, as written, it turned out burnt on the outside and not cooked all the way through on the inside. I felt like it had potential from a flavor standpoint though, so I played around with it and came up with this keto muffin recipe using a few components of the failed cake recipe.

Enjoy one of these with a cup or coffee or tea, or as a little sweet bite after a meal.

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Ketogenic Blueberry Lemon Muffins

  • 1 stick butter, room temp
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup Swerve
  • 1/2 Tbs baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 1/4 cup almond flour
  • 1/8 cup coconut flour
  • 1/2 tsp xanthan gum
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 Tbs fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 2/3 cup fresh blueberries

Preheat oven to 325. Prep muffin pans for 12 muffins- either grease well with butter, or place muffin papers in the openings. Combine the almond flour, coconut flour, baking powder, salt & xanthan gum in a medium sized bowl. In the bowl of a stand mixer, or using a hand held mixer & bowl, beat the butter & Swerve together until well combined. Add eggs, vanilla, lemon juice & lemon zest. Mix well. Add heavy whipping cream and mix to combine, then add the dry ingredients. Mix until just well combined. Fold in blueberries by hand using a rubber spatula, then divide batter between 12 prepared muffin cups. Bake about 20 minutes until lightly brown and a toothpick inserted comes out clean.

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Keto Bagels

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These bagels changed my keto life. They are SO GOOD! I always have a batch on hand, and they are one of my lunch go-tos. They are delicious with butter and cream cheese, an egg, cheese & bacon, or avocado. I really don’t think you can go wrong with any filling!

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As with most of the recipes I try, this one did not suit me in it’s original form, so this is my modification:

Keto Bagels

  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 2 Tbs cream cheese
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 almond flour
  • 1/2 cup hemp hearts
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp xanthan gum
  • Flavoring of your choice (choose 1)

Melt the mozzarella & cream cheese in a microwave safe bowl for about a minute or until you can mix it easily together. Add the egg and mix well. Add almond flour, hemp hearts, baking soda + xanthan gum, and combine well. Add the flavoring of your choice (see below). Use wet hands to divide the batter into 6 portions. I use this donut pan for a traditional bagel shape, but if you don’t have a donut pan, you can shape them by hand. You may lose the center hole when they bake, but they’ll taste just as good! Bake at 350 for 25-30 minutes. The bagels brown pretty quickly, so I usually cover with foil after 15 minute or so.

For Everything Bagels- add 2 Tbs Everything But the Bagel seasoning, then add more seasoning on top once you have the bagels in the pan before baking.

For Asiago Bagels- add 1/4 cup of asiago cheese to the bagel batter, then sprinkle remaining cheese on top of bagels once they are in the pan before baking.

For Cinnamon Bagels- add 2.5 Tbs granulated Swerve combined with 1 tsp cinnamon. Make this mixture again and top bagels in pan with a sprinkling of the cinnamon “sugar” as well, before baking.

Store your bagels in an airtight container on the countertop or in the fridge. I prefer to slice and toast them before topping & eating.

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I missed avocado toast when I went keto- then I discovered these bagels!
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Nothing like an egg sandwich on a keto bagel!

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I Scream, You Scream

Ice Cream

A friend of mine sent me a message this week & asked me what I do when I crave ice cream, since I’m keto. (Shout out to Talie- who is doing AMAZING on her journey into trying out the low carb high fat lifestyle!) My answer was, “I have ice cream!”

Here’s the thing about this way of eating: there’s a solution for almost anything you’re craving, including ice cream. It’s just that you can’t drive to Dairy Queen or Ben and Jerry’s to make it happen. The other thing is that when you take the time to make this stuff from scratch- it’s AMAZING! It’s so good! Nothing against DQ or Ben and Jerry’s- but homemade ice cream is pretty freaking amazing!!

I’ve played with the ice cream recipe a bit & I have come up with a chocolate & vanilla that I love, as well as a technique to make sure you can actually enjoy it after storing it in the freezer. The only difference between the 2 flavors is that the chocolate has cocoa powder in it.

You’ll need an ice cream maker for my recipe. I use this one on my KitchenAid stand mixer. I recommend doing this on a weekend or your day off & starting earlier in the day, as you have to give your custard time to cool before you process it into ice cream in your ice cream maker. This isn’t a spur of the moment recipe.

Ketogenic Vanilla or Chocolate Ice Cream

  • 1/4 cup hot water
  • 1 Tbs. gelatine powder
  • 3 cups heavy whipping cream, divided
  • 3/4 cup Swerve Confectioners
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, if making chocolate
  • 1 vanilla bean
  • pinch of salt
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup MCT oil (I use Louanna Fractionated Coconut Oil)

Sprinkle the gelatine into the hot water and mix well. Set aside to allow it to soften, stirring occasionally.

Meanwhile, add 2.5 cups of heavy whipping cream to a medium saucepan (one with a pouring spout is ideal!). Add the Swerve. If you are making chocolate ice cream, add the cocoa powder as well. Whisk well to combine. Scrape the seeds from the vanilla bean and add to the heavy cream mixture, then place the vanilla bean itself into the mixture as well. (note- the vanilla goes in both the chocolate and vanilla recipes). Begin heating over medium heat.

While the heavy cream mixture begins to heat, add 1/2 cup of heavy cream to a large measuring cup with the 3 egg yolks, and mix well to combine.

Allow the heavy cream mixture to just come to a boil, then reduce the heat to low. Remove the vanilla beans and discard. Very slowly, whisking the whole time, add about a cup of the hot cream mixture to the cream & egg mixture. This step prevents your eggs from scrambling when you add them to the hot mixture- no one wants scrambled eggs in their ice cream! Once they are well combined, add all of the cream mixture back to the sauce pan.

Add the gelatine mixture to the cream mixture, after one final brisk stir to be sure there are no clumps in it. Mix well to combine, and allow the mixture to continue to heat over low heat until it thickens a bit, whisking gently the whole time.

Remove from the heat and add the vanilla extract and the MCT oil. Whisk well to combine.

Place a piece of saran wrap directly on top of the cream mixture so that a skin does not form while it cools. Set aside and allow to cool to room temperature. It takes several hours. Once it reaches room temperature, process in your ice cream maker according to the manufacturer instructions.

I always like to enjoy a scoop of the ice cream when it finishes processing. It’s like soft serve! Divide the rest between a set of Popsicle molds like these. This recipe makes about 8 popsicles for me.

I learned the hard way that this ice cream recipe hardens in the freezer to a point where it can’t be scooped, so the popsicle molds solve that problem! If you can wait about 5 minutes to eat your ice cream popsicle after taking it out of the freezer, the texture will be very nice- but I confess, I start eating it as soon as I take it out!

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Creamy Tuscan Chicken with Roasted Broccoli

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I prepped this last Sunday & it was super easy to just grab a portion when I needed it for a delicious meal all week long!

Creamy Keto Tuscan Chicken

Prepare marinade according to package instructions, and marinate chicken for 30 minutes. Grill marinated chicken and place in greased baking dish. You can roast or pan sautee the chicken, but I prefer the flavor of grilled chicken. Meanwhile, add about 3 tablespoons of the oil from the jar of sun dried tomatoes to a large sautee pan over medium heat. Sautee the onions until they are beginning to get translucent. Add the garlic and about 1/3 of the jar of sun dried tomatoes. When everything is aromatic and well combined, add the spinach. Place a lid on the pan and reduce the heat to low. Allow spinach to steam for a few minutes, stirring occasionally to prevent anything from sticking in the pan. Once the spinach is wilted down, add the cream cheese and stir to melt it and combine it with everything else in the pan. Add heavy cream and shredded parmesan, then use 1/2 cup to 1 cup of the chicken stock to thin the sauce to your liking.

Pour the sauce over the chicken in the baking dish. Serve immediately, or store in refrigerator and heat up portions throughout the week.

Roasted Broccoli

  • 3 crushed fresh garlic cloves
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • 2 Tbs fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • 1/8 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • salt & pepper to taste (salt carefully! the cheese and butter add enough salt for me!)
  • 3 heads fresh broccoli

Combine everything except the broccoli in a large mixing bowl. Chop broccoli into bite sized pieces, then toss with combined ingredients. Spread out on a large foil lined and greased cookie sheet. Bake for 10 minutes at 425- or until done to your liking.

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Way of Eating

A Week In The Life

I’ve had a number of people ask me, “What do you eat?” “How do you know what you can have?” “Aren’t you hungry?”

The answers are: “All kinds of stuff!”, “I took the time to learn!”, and “NO!- and if I am, I eat something extra!”

People seem to get easily overwhelmed by the thought of making a big dietary change, and I get it. There IS a learning curve- but once you take the time to educate yourself, and just start to play, you’ll find your flow!

I decided to grab a quick photo of everything I ate last week to give anyone who is curious a visual. You’ll note that there is a lot of repetition in my week. I am a lover of routine, and a big weekend prep cook. These 2 things combine to make my weeks see a lot of similarity in meals, but it works for me!

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Monday- When I wake up, I always have a small cup of coffee with 1 Tbs of heavy whipping cream- this does not open my eating window, but it DOES help convince me to get out of bed! At 11 am, I open my eating window with a large cup of coffee. Between 1:30 and 3:30- whenever I get hungry- I have my first food meal. On Monday, it was a homemade ketogenic Asiago bagel with an over medium egg on it. I enjoyed a LaCroix throughout the afternoon. For dinner I had my homemade Creamy Tuscan Chicken with roasted broccoli, then for dessert, I had a DELICIOUS homemade ketogenic vanilla bean ice cream bar. 

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Tuesday- The usual coffee routine. I had tested a recipe for a keto cake over the weekend. It had a fair number of issues, so I probably won’t be making it again, but it tasted ok. I had a piece with my big cup of coffee. For lunch, I had a homemade keto everything bagel with cream cheese, tomato, smoked salmon & capers. The rest of the day was the same as Monday. 

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Wednesday- The usual coffee routine, then a toasted homemade keto Asiago bagel with butter and cream cheese with some roasted Brussels sprouts on the side for my first meal. Dinner was a big Italian salad, followed by a keto ice cream bar.

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Thursday- Coffee routine, then a pre made salmon meal from the fridge. I had a snack of guacamole with pork rinds- I KNOW! Don’t knock it until you have tried it, and DEFINITELY try to find some homemade ones. They sell them at Farmers Markets near me. The ones at the store are gross! Dinner was a toasted keto everything bagel with butter and cream cheese.

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TGIF, right??? Friday began like every other day with my coffee routine. Meal 1 was an over medium egg on a toasted & buttered keto everything bagel. Dinner was the last of the Creamy Tuscan Chicken with the last of the roasted broccoli, and I tested a recipe for Lemon Blueberry keto muffins- BIG WIN! You’ll see that recipe in an upcoming post!