Thursday, September 28, 2017

Cabbage Casserole #keto

Since switching over to a keto way of eating I find it difficult to have nutritious and delicious side dishes. Not really difficult, more work in the way of thinking. My go to used to be sweet peas, rice, potatoes, corn, mac n cheese, ALL carb loaded. Since I no longer eat those, I have to find something to eat besides a salad or green beans.
I was looking at the low carb list of vegetables and saw cabbage. I love cabbage and it is harvested here pretty much from April to October, so there are plentiful and FULL of nutrients. See this post  Looking over my blog post I see I have 36 recipes that feature cabbage. Dang I had no idea. 😲
Cabbage Casserole
4-5 cups chopped cabbage
1 medium onion, I used Viadala
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 cup butter
salt and pepper
parsley flakes 1 TBSP
1 1/2 cups heavy cream
3/4 Mexican creme fraiche
1 TBSP ranch dressing POWDER mix
1/2 cup shredded cheese
*Bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes*
First chop your cabbage, onion and mince the garlic.
I used a large cast iron skillet, melt the butter, toss in the cabbage, onion and garlic, add the salt, pepper and parsley. Stir well and cook until slightly tender, not mushy as it will be baked as well.
Stir in the cream, creme fraiche or sour cream, ranch mix and shredded cheese. Stir well and pour into a nonstick baking pan or spray a casserole dish.
Bake on 400 degrees for 20 minutes. You can also top the casserole with cheese. I sprinkled just a little on top.
Bake and enjoy!
Personally I loved it, D did not. Also the second night I thought it was even better, he still did not. Oh well, they can't all be 10 out of 10 for everyone.

Monday, September 25, 2017

Lemon Butter Chicken #keto

I love chicken, I could eat it almost everyday, and with that being said, I am always on the look out for new ways to prepare it.
So I saw a recipe similar to this on line and then could not find it again. hahaha just my luck but I thought I remember how they did it, so here is my version and oh man...very rich and delicious.
My son had his over rice, but since I do keto, I did not eat rice, just the delicious chicken and some green beans.

Lemon Butter Chicken
2 lbs boneless skinless chicken thighs
3 TBSP butter
salt, pepper, garlic powder, paprika
1/2 - 1 cup spinach
chicken broth 1/2 cup
1/3 heavy cream
juice from one lemon
In a skillet on medium heat put 3 tablespoons of butter. Take your boneless skinless chicken thighs and sprinkle salt, pepper, garlic powder, and Paprika on both sides. Place the chicken thighs in the butter. Cook until golden brown on one side and then flip. Cook until the internal temperature is at least 165. Remove the chicken and add 1/2 cup of chicken broth into the pan. Add 1/3 to 1/2 cup of grated Parmesan cheese. Stir well. Next add 1/2 to 1 cup of raw spinach. Stir well and allow the spinach to wilt. Add in 1/3 cup of heavy cream. Squeeze the juice from one lemon into the pan and stir. Stir well add the chicken and allow to simmer for five minutes.

ENJOY (I sure did)

Friday, September 22, 2017

Do you know how to drive?? FOTW

It's that time of the month! Fly On The Wall!! YIPPEEE
Welcome to a Fly on the Wall group post. Today 7 bloggers are inviting you to catch a glimpse of what you’d see if you were a fly on the wall in our homes. Come on in and buzz around my house.
Buzz around, see what you think, then click on these links for a peek into some other homes:
Baking In A Tornado        
Menopausal Mother           
Searching for Sanity       
Spatulas on Parade          
Never Ever Give Up Hope         
Bookworm in the Kitchen      
The Blogging 911             

I was visiting Aunt Olean and my cousin Ann was talking about cleaning..
"As you see, I didn't get the sweeping done yet"
I said "That's okay I came to see you not the house"
Maurice chimes in and says "it's dirt, we all came from dirt so it okay"
Aunt Olean says "that's right, we came from dirt, so I don't do no dusting, cause I don't know if it might be somebody coming or going"
We all fell out laughing!! I love this woman.

I love driving and good thing since my job is driving. I log hundreds sometimes thousands of miles in a week. Rarely does a day go by that I do not see an accident unfold. Sometimes more than one, especially when it rains.

Recently I had to take a lady out of town for therapy, three times in one week, she had requested a female driver as we would be together for 6 hours each day. She said, nothing against men, I love them but didn't think I could talk to a stranger if it was a man for this many hours. I laughed. When we returned to her home she said "thank you so much for making this trip so pleasant. And with the horrible weather too. You're a great driver and I appreciate it so much." Really made my day. It was a horrible weather day, at times I was going 30 mph, wipers on full blast, flashers on and could barely see the front end of the car. We made it there safely and back. eyes were so tired but it was worth it. Such a lovely lady.

Driving back to the airport, traffic is backed up over 3 miles, when I get close I see why. This trucker obviously does not know how to make a right hand turn. I mean good grief, he had two lanes to turn and what does he do? Runs into the culvert. LOL live and learn man.

Now I know how some folks are coming up with the names for their children. shaking my head
For kids names would be:
Stephanie - Tphw
Jim- Jth
Justin- Jutdgd
Jesse- Jtbdgd
Joey- Jophodbdgd

 My mom turned 72! Happy Birthday Mom! She looks great and NO she has NEVER ever colored her hair. That is all natural. Looking good mama. Her sister took her out to lunch because, of course I was at work.
My big boy Beau, watching a dog out the window, boy he was not happy.
My roses.
A tree down from the hurricane. Saw lots of those. But thankful that was all. Local flooding but nothing serious.
A beautiful pink sunset one night when I arrived home
A deer out my window, she's skinny as a rail. Needs to eat cheeseburger. LOL
The waterfront down therapy spot.

Snapchat fun...I know Karen, they freak you out, but I do love it!

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Stuffed Mushrooms #keto

You guys know I'm always on the look out for something new. I know, stuffed mushrooms are not "new" but they are for me and these are keto friendly. I tell you these were so much better than anything I've eaten. The only thing that would have made them better was some fresh crab meat added in. Mhm mmm mmm yeah

I made these for lunch. D loves mushrooms and he didn't complain about them being keto at all. You could use these as a side dish, appetizer or like I did...lunch. So good!

You could use portabella's, mini's or button like I did. I found a  beautiful package with medium to large buttons. They were 1-2 1/2 inches in diameter, so good size.

Stuffed Mushrooms
12 medium/large mushrooms
1 clove garlic, minced
6 slices of bacon, cooked crispy and broken up
1 green onion, diced
4 oz cream cheese, room temp
salt , pepper, paprika
Pop the stems off and dice up, slice the onion and mince the garlic. Fry up the bacon, break up the pieces and set aside. Place the stems, garlic and onion in the bacon drippings (with spices)and cook until golden brown. Remove from the heat and cool off. Mix in with the cream cheese. I placed my mushrooms in the pan, drizzled with olive oil and stuffed, this allowed the tops to cook some and become tender but not mushy. Lastly I sprinkled with fresh cracked pepper and a little more green onion.
SOOOO good!


Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Deep Dish Cheese Crust Pizza #Keto

Deep dish casserole pizza
4 oz cream cheese (I used 2 oz of regular cream cheese and 2 oz of vegetable spread cream cheese)
4 eggs
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
3-4 TBSP sun dried tomato pesto
1 cup shredded cheese, your preference

Taking the 4 ounces of cream cheese and four eggs blend until smooth. Mix in 1 TBSP Italian seasoning and 1 tsp of garlic powder)
Take a 13 x 9 pan and sprinkle Parmesan cheese on the bottom.
Pour the egg and cream cheese mixture on top. Bake for 20 to 30 minutes at 350°. Take it out of the oven and spread 3 to 4 tablespoons of pizza sauce or I used sun-dried tomato pesto.
Sprinkle on the meat mixture. I used a half a pound of ground beef, eight slices of Applewood smoked bacon chopped ,one green bell pepper ,three green onions and  sautéed. Once the meat is put on top of the pesto ,sprinkle with more Parmesan cheese and mozzarella or provolone or whatever you like. I used double cheddar because it's what I had. 
Bake at 3:50 for another 10 minutes or until the cheese is good and melted. Allow to rest for a few moments cut into eight slices serve eat enjoy!