Chicken Gouda Bleu

I hope all my readers from the US enjoyed their Thanksgiving holiday on Thursday.  I successfully kept it low carb throughout the meal.  My gracious host (my co-worker Peggy, one of the nicest, most inviting people I've met) served up a delicious feast that included more vegetables than there were guests, I think.  I enjoyed bell peppers and spinach dip (and a few naked mini hot dogs) for appetizers and turkey, zoodles, my jalapeno bacon biscuits and three helpings of creamy brussels bake for dinner.  Everything was fabulous and I had a wonderful time spending the holiday with her family.  Today's recipe is my twist on a culinary classic, the chicken cordon bleu.  "Cordon bleu" is French for blue ribbon and dates as far back as the mid-sixteenth century under King Henry III.  Le Cordon Bleu is also a culinary arts school founded in 1895 in Paris; Julia Child attended the school and today they teach over 20,000 students annually.  Ironically, chicken cordon bleu is an American dish that [Continue reading...]

Avocado + Egg Spaghetti Squash Bowls

I am on such a big spaghetti squash kick right now that I wanted to bring my readers another variation of this great fall/winter food.  Spaghetti squash is higher in carbs and sugar than I feel comfortable eating frequently, but the buttery "noodles" are really hard to resist right now.  It is such a versatile vegetable that you can use the squash with almost any ingredients and it will taste great.  Today's recipe would be perfect for Sunday breakfast or brunch or even dinner; it is hearty, creamy and filling as well as a great vegetarian option if you don't want meat.  If you follow me on Instagram you know I often love eating eggs for dinner; this meal would be perfect after a long day at the office and would be worth the time it takes to bake even on a weeknight. I began by gathering the necessary ingredients and pre-heating my oven to 400°F.  I really like this recipe because the spaghetti squash is essentially twice baked, making it a lot more crispy (in a good way) than it [Continue reading...]

Bacon and Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms

Before I get to today's recipe, I wanted to take a minute to mention the link to my Amazon Store and "My Favorite Low Carb Products" on the righthand side of the page.  I am an Amazon Associate, and any purchase made through those links (or other Amazon links in my posts) does help me earn a small commission.  I truly appreciate anyone that either purchases one of my recommendations (which I stand behind 100% and use all the time myself - I would never recommend a product I don't use and love) or makes another purchase through one of my links.  As most people know, losing a significant amount of weight usually results in excess skin at the end of the journey.  Unless the skin is negatively affecting your health (and documented by your physician), health insurance will not cover the cost of any weight loss-related skin-removal surgeries.  Since I don't want to count on a doctor deciding it's medically necessary for me to have it removed, I have decided to put all of my earnings from [Continue reading...]

Creamy Brussels Bake

With the holidays rapidly approaching, especially Thanksgiving in the US, many people in the keto and LCHF community are discussing ideas to make a keto-friendly meal without compromising great taste.  One concern across the community is alienating non-low carb guests with food they would not enjoy on their own for a holiday meal.  I feel as though there needs to be a compromise in cases like this; offering traditional stuffing and mashed potatoes to accompany your prized bird is practically a must, so I wouldn't skip out on serving those dishes to others.  You can enjoy your keto-friendly options (turkey, salad, roasted veggies, etc.) while simultaneously pleasing your guests.  Instead of rolls, consider making my jalapeño bacon biscuits that I guarantee both you and those not watching their carbs will enjoy.  Today I am bringing you another recipe that everyone will enjoy.  I think Brussels sprouts are one of those vegetables that are very versatile and easy to prepare, yet people [Continue reading...]

Philly Cheesesteak Casserole

Apologies in advance to any Philadelphia natives that may read this; I know this is not a true, authentic cheesesteak by any means, but I'm pretty excited about this low carb alternative.  There is something very satisfying about peppers, onions and steak that gets even better when you add some cheese.  You don't even need the bread when the outcome tastes this good - bonus points for it being easy to prepare, making it the perfect weeknight meal. I began prepping by gathering my ingredients and pre-heating my oven to 350°F.  I forgot to include the mushrooms in this photo, but you'll want sliced baby bellas to go in this dish as well. Next it was time to chop the onions and peppers.  Be sure to leave them in big pieces so there is plenty of body to the casserole.  A true cheesesteak uses green peppers, so feel free to substitute with those, but I prefer the sweetness of the tri-colored bell peppers.  Make sure to remove all seeds and membranes from the inside of the peppers [Continue reading...]

Cheddar BBQ Mini Meatloaves

Comfort foods are an integral part of the Standard American Diet and often remind us of mom's homecooked meals.  Your favorite comfort foods probably vary depending on where you grew up and your family's nationality and traditions, but the constant is that everyone has one or two meals they find satisfying time and again.  One of my favorites is my mom's slow cooker chili recipe (which I will be happily indulging in when I travel home for Christmas), for example; it is stick-to-your-ribs good in the winter and is the perfect pairing with Sunday Night Football.  Another favorite of mine has always been meatloaf.  This recipe is great as it pre-portions the meat into individual mini loaves and uses keto-friendly ingredients.  Pair this with a nice side salad or my roasted asparagus or Brussels sprouts and you have yourself a complete meal that is healthy and delicious.  If you're not a fan of BBQ sauce, you could find reduced sugar ketchup and use that in its place, of course.  As always [Continue reading...]

Slow Cooker Sausage Soup

One of the most comforting meals in autumn and winter is a hearty soup.  I've grown to love my slow cooker especially when it comes to soup recipes.  Learning to make soup from scratch, without any carby fillers, has been a fun process, and today I present my favorite creation to date.  As with most slow cooker recipes, this soup only takes a few minutes to prep and throw together and then cooks on low for several hours - low maintenance, my favorite.  The key is using already smoked sausage; I don't have to worry about checking the sausage is fully cooked, only that it is heated through.  In this recipe I use linguica sausage which is a smoked cured pork sausage seasoned with garlic and paprika that comes from Portuguese-speaking countries.  You could easily substitute kielbasa (Polish sausage) or any other smoked sausage you may prefer. To start I plugged in my crock pot and set it to low.  My slow cooker is very small compared to standard size crock pots; I am not the original [Continue reading...]

Spaghetti Squash and Meatballs

I was a self-proclaimed pastaholic in my past carb-loaded days.  I could have probably enjoyed pasta multiple times a week, so I thought when I turned to keto I'd miss pasta terribly.  Turns out no, I really don't, which is a miracle in itself.  That said, from time to time I do enjoy an Italian-flavored dish (hence my love of zoodles) and this recipe fits the bill perfectly.  This is kind of a three-in-one recipe as I explain how to make super delicious and easy meatballs, how to cook a spaghetti squash to perfection and how to put it all together into one meal.  You're welcome!  Just kidding, but really you could make just the meatballs as a wonderful appetizer (I'm thinking on toothpicks for a Superbowl party perhaps?) or the roasted spaghetti squash as a holiday side dish (with a little butter and parsley on top - yum!).  Spaghetti squash is packed with Vitamins A, C, and E, magnesium and calcium, so aside from cutting the carb count significantly (7g vs 75g carbs per 100g of [Continue reading...]

Jalapeño Bacon Biscuits

Everyone loves those Red Lobster cheddar biscuits, right?  Today's recipe is a kicked up version of those for 1/4 of the carbs.  According to their nutrition facts, each Red Lobster biscuit has 16g carbs whereas each of my biscuits are only 4g total carbs and just 2g net carbs once you subtract the fiber.  After making today's batch I had to physically restrain myself from eating all of them, so be prepared to have your willpower tested once these come out of the oven.  As the weather cools down, there is something so satisfying about a delicious biscuit next to a hearty bowl of soup or even a crisp salad.  These would also make a wonderful alternative to traditional rolls this holiday season, particularly at Thanksgiving.  They are cheesy and flaky with a subtle hint of heat from the jalapeños - a winning combination that is also extremely keto-friendly! I prepped by pulling out the necessary ingredients seen above, pre-heating my oven to 350°F and spraying my jumbo muffin tin [Continue reading...]

Spicy BBQ Chicken Thighs

First, an exciting update:  On October 1st I reached 75 pounds lost since March when I began living a ketogenic lifestyle.  I am thrilled with my progress to date and I am looking forward to future successes as well.  I've been going to the gym 4-5 days a week, using the stationary bike for some cardio as well as working on strength training both with machines and free weights.  Keto has cured me of my cravings for bread, pasta and potatoes and has a long list of benefits in addition to the weight loss.  I've truly enjoyed my experience and only wish I had found it earlier, to be honest. Today's recipe is so easy I'm almost embarrassed to include it on my blog.  This is a no-fail 10 minute prep dish that comes out juicy, tender and full of robust flavor.  I've started branching out by using chicken thighs in addition to chicken breasts as they are a more keto-friendly option (more fat in the skin and dark meat than the lean white meat chicken breast).  My preference is usually white [Continue reading...]