Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Chicken Broccoli Alfredo Casserole (5 Carbs per Serving)

The other day, I saw this recipe over on /r/paleo. Paleo recipes are usually (but not always) also keto friendly, and it looked great. (Are you kidding me? Chicken, Alfredo, and bacon?) The ingredients were all low carb, so long story short we had it for dinner last night.

The taste was okay, but not great. I think the next time I make it, I'll add some more spices. It's a great side dish, but I don't think I'll make it as a main course again.

I want to reiterate that this is not my recipe, and that I got it here.

Note: I used unsweetened almond milk instead of coconut milk.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Honorable Mention!

I just (and by just, I mean two days ago) got linked to by carbgenie.com in an "honorable mention" section of an article on must-read low carb blogs. Woo hoo!

Pulled Chicken Keto Tacos (2 Carbs per Taco)

Recently there have been lots of pictures, posts, and even a video about making tacos using provolone cheese for the shell. They looked amazing, and we had to try them for ourselves. They took kind of a long time to make, but they were so worth it. This time, I made them with pulled chicken, peppers, and onions. The onions are kinda carby, so I'll probably replace them with something else, next time.

Pulled Chicken (1 carb/serving)
3 Green Bell Peppers (1.25 carbs/serving)
1 Onion (.75 carbs/serving)
Provalone Cheese, sliced (0 carbs/serving)


Prepare the chicken in advance, as per the instructions here. Saute the peppers and onion. To make the shells, put the cheese, one slice at a time, on parchment paper and microwave for about one minute (this can vary a lot depending on your microwave.) Take the shells out and fold them when they're still warm and malleable. Stuff with the chicken and veggies.

Makes about 12 tacos.

The shells are made of cheese, so you don't need to add any.
Of course, we did anyway.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Pulled Chicken (About 1 Carb per Serving)

The other day we made low carb tacos. I made pulled chicken for the taco meat, but there are a lot of other things you could use it for, like topping a salad. I love cooking things in the crock pot because it makes the whole house smell amazing, and this chicken is no exception.


5 lbs boneless skinless chicken breasts (0 Carbs)
3 cloves garlic (3 Carbs)
2 tbsp vinegar (0 Carbs)
2 tbsp lime juice (1 Carb)
Spices*


*I used adobo, cumin, oregano, cajun seasoning, onion powder, and a ton of creamy tandoori seasoning that Amanda found at Aldi.


Put all the ingredients in a crock put and cook on high for about 8 hours. Take the chicken out and shred in a large bowl. Pour some of the fluid from the crock pot into the chicken. 

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Perspective

The other day, when I made broccoli soup, I was kind of freaking out because it has six carbs per cup. I was mad at myself because I had eaten a whole bowl of it, without figuring out how many carbs it would be beforehand. I guess I just assumed that it would be very low, since it's just broccoli and water, but the whole bowl was 15 carbs, which is 75% of the daily intake I'm going for. Later that night, I even used a measuring cup and water to figure out exactly how much I had eaten.

I was thinking about it today, and you know what? It's not a big deal. A year ago, I would have been thinking "I don't feel like cooking. Guess we'll have pizza. And as long as we're getting pizza, we might as well have mozzarella sticks. Because mozzarella sticks are delicious." But now, I'm worrying because my one bowl of broccoli and water had three or four more carbs than I thought it was going to. You know what? Who cares. As of today, I've lost 30 pounds, and I feel awesome. Even though I ate a bowl of broccoli soup.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Gordon Ramsay's Broccoli Soup (6g Carbs per Cup)

A while ago, someone posted a link to Gordon Ramsay's Broccoli Soup on reddit. (I can't remember, nor can I find, who shared it. If anyone could point it out, I'd be very grateful.) I made it for dinner tonight and it was great! Very tasty, and super easy. By super easy, I mean on par with making toast.

Broccoli (raw)
salt
feta (optional)

Cut florets off and place in boiling water with a pinch of salt for 4 minutes 30 seconds. Strain. Fill a blender with the broccoli and then about halfway (more or less, depending on desired thickness) with the water it was boiled in. Blend until smooth. Add more salt if needed. Top with feta if desired. 


That's it! Boil, blend, eat! Could it possibly be any easier? (Hint: No.) That Gordon Ramsay really knows his stuff! I just wish I had calculated the carbs before I made it. I mean, six isn't that much, but now I wish I had eaten a little less. Oh well, it was delicious!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Who needs a bun? Ketoburgers (2-3 Carbs Each)

Hamburgers are so versatile. There are so many ways you can season them, and so many toppings and sauces, that you'll never run out of combinations. Tonight, I pan fried some burgers and topped them with bacon, jalapenos, colby jack, and cheddar cheese. I ate them without condiments, but if you're looking for some low carb burger sauce, try Heinz reduced sugar ketchup, mustard, mayonnaise, or even salad dressing. Yum!


burger patty (0g Carbs)
spices
1 slice colby jack cheese (1-2g Carbs)
1/8 cup sharp grated cheddar (0g Carbs)
4 slices pickled jalapeno (1g Carbs)
1 piece of bacon (0g Carbs)


Put the patties on pan and season with spices. (I used red pepper flakes, minced onions, garlic powder, and cajun seasoning. You can use whatever you want.) Cook until brown. Flip. Re-season. Place toppings on the burger, cover the pan with a lid, and cook on a low heat until the burger is cooked and the cheese is melted. I like to put a little cheese underneath and on top of the other toppings to hold everything in place.