Monday, October 30, 2017

Egg Roll In A Bowl

i am a serious Chinese food loving Southern gal and lately it has been heavy on my heart. Yes, my heart and mind. So I decided I wanted egg rolls, but seriously they are NOT keto friendly at all.
Wait, why not make the filling and then just eat it out of a bowl??? Ingenious! So that is what I did. It was delicious, quick and a lot less messier and no where near as much clean up!
Again, a win win! YAY for keto!!

3/4 lb bulk pork sausage
Carrots,chopped about 1/2 cup
Cabbage, shredded 1 cup maybe a little more
Green onions, sliced I used 4
Celery, 2 stalks/ribs as my mom calls them
Ginger powder,1 tsp
Garlic, 2 cloves smashed and minced
Fish sauce, 1 TBSP
Soy sauce, 2 TBSP
This is super simple. Cook the meat, add the veggies and spices. Once the veggies are to your preferred tenderness, it is done.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

3 minute Individual #keto Cheesecakes

Since I began the keto way of eating, I have not had any sweets. That is an amazing feat in and of itself, especially for me! Because you all know, I've been a sweetaholic since birth or it feels like it anyway.

However, lately I had been craving cheesecake. That's okay, it's keto approved as long as you don't use sugar. NO SUGAR?! Yuck... but wait. I have NuNaturals and a ton of ideas. Ron over at NuNaturals is a great guy and very supportive. Their products are wonderful and extremely helpful when you want to go sugar free but still like for things to be 'sweet'.
Aren't they beautiful? Oh my, and yes, delicious. My honey took one bite, looked at me and said, you can't eat this. I said why not? He said, "no way this is keto" I said oh yes it is otherwise you wouldn't be eating it either. LOL

4 oz cream cheese
2 Tbsp sour cream
1 tsp vanilla NuNaturals
1 tsp Lemon
2 individual pkg of Monk fruit or a sprinkle to taste
2 eggs
**note the second time I made these, I used the NuNaturals Vanilla Syrup instead of the monk fruit and vanilla. I liked it better.**
This made two small individual ramekin cheesecakes. So you can half the recipe if you just want one. Or double it for 4 which I did the second time.

Whip up the ingredients in a microwave safe bowl. Microwave 30 seconds. Stir. Repeat 3 times. Sprinkle ground almonds in the ramekin and Spoon mix into ramekins. 6 TBSP was perfect for each one of mine. Depends on the size. Now sprinkle ground almonds on top. Chill for 4 hours.
Drizzle NuNaturals cocoa syrup on top.(which by the way I use EVERYDAY in my coffee instead of sugar or another sweetener. LOVE IT)
Slice 4 strawberries and spread on top.
Whip 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream and place a dollop on top. I also used a tsp of the vanilla syrup in the HWC for that added wonderful sweet vanilla flavor.

You could enjoy them plain or top with whatever you prefer. Strawberries are keto friendly and the entire dish has a total of 6 carbs, now that is what I can a WIN WIN!

Monday, October 23, 2017

Chicken No Noodle Soup #keto

Hey y'all, with the weather turning cooler it makes us all think about soup, stews, chowder and baked goods. Being that I am doing the keto way of eating, some of these things are not on my list of "okay" things.
I really was wanting some good ol' chicken soup and my (soon to be husband) had asked for chicken noodle. Hmmm now what?
Not wanting to disappoint him but stay on track with my eating. This is what I came up with.
It was a big hit, we both thoroughly enjoyed it and I will definitely be making it again.
The double winning whammy for this recipe was that I went to the store, and cheated, I purchased a rotisserie chicken and cut it in half. So I was able to use it for two different recipes AND it was only... are you ready?!
$1.98!! YES you read that right. I mean come on, when I saw that price, I HAD to buy it, I mean I can't buy raw chicken for that a pound much less a whole stinking chicken!
Another winning quality, it's done in the slow cooker so you can toss it all in and walk away, enjoy your day AND have a delicious nutritious dinner.

Ingredients and instructions
1/2 rotisserie chicken shredded
1 cup chopped carrots
Green onions, diagonal sliced
Celery, chopped
Cabbage, shredded
32 oz chicken broth
2-4 cups water
Parsley flakes, dried
Salt and pepper, fresh cracked
First thing I did was cut the whole chicken in half, then I placed the half into the slow cooker with the broth and turned it on high for 2 hours. I then, removed the chicken and shredded,removed bones and skin, then placed it along with all the other ingredients into the slow cooker on low for 4 hours.
The reason for placing the chicken half in was so it would shred easier since I purchased the chicken the day before, it was cold, hard and I was concerned it had dried out. This served as a re-hydration and allowed for easy shredding. If you are using a fresh cooked chicken or leftovers you do not need to do this unless you just want to.
Also I used the cabbage as a noodle replacement. I wanted chicken noodle soup but noodles are NOT keto friendly and my experience with the keto friendly prepackaged noodles has not been positive. So I thought why not shred cabbage instead. It added great flavor and tons of nutrition.

Friday, October 20, 2017

Kitties, Strange Signs and Love - FOTW October

Alright! My favorite time of the month, Fly On The Wall, when you get the opportunity to buzz around and see what goes on in the lives of myself and several other brave bloggers. Raw, bare, real and sometimes TMI but always fun.

Driving down the road in a town I have never been to before and overhead hangs a sign... NO in red. That's it. Nothing else. I thought, No what? Why NO? Who are they talking to and what is it all about? No more NO signs, and I drove home baffled. Now I'm on the quest to find out WHAT the heck the NO is for...

Last weekend while out and about I see little LED squares above the lanes, some have red X and some have green arrows. I was told that during rush hour, some roads in our area become ONE WAY, so pay attention to the time or you might get run over! WOW thanks for the heads up. You would think there'd be a BIG sign explaining this, for those of us passing through or new to the area, but NO oh wait...maybe that's what the BIG NO is for!!

Dr says, "Okay a kidney stone when it moves causes pain, if it is not in motion, there is no pain. The best way to describe this pain is to think about a porcupine walking backwards up a garden hose." Now that just creates ALL sorts of fun images, doesn't it?!?!? Heavens to Betsy! OUCH does not even begin to cover it.
Some say that kidney stone pain is similar to birth, but I agree with Larry the Cable Guy. You hear women say, after natural childbirth, several years later...I want another baby. NEVER EVER have you heard anyone say, several years later, I think I want another kidney stone. Gives you pause to think.

My youngest granddaughter, this was taken by her mom outside of Wal-Mart. Thanks for the gorgeous back drop. LOL isn't she precious? Just nod and say yes!

The last two weeks of September I was on hiatus. No working, just living life and loving it. I have seen some marvelous places, hiked some gorgeous trails; dipped my toes in streams, rivers and lakes;eaten at some of the finest restaurants; taken photos that are breath taking, but one thing I know. The love and acceptance of someone special to you is worth more than any of these things. Time alone just sitting still and 'being' with that one person makes all the other things seem trivial. 
Sugar propped up on the bed, just as I go to fix it. I said, "hey move" and he gives me the HELLO I'm comfortable look. LOL

Last month there were some strange and disturbing things in the news. A pooping jogger. A pooper copy cat, going in a car wash. NFL players NOT standing for our National Anthem. Hurricanes, tornadoes, wild fires and earth quakes.
All these strange things mean that we have some sick people seeking attention and the natural disasters tells me this, that NONE of us are promised tomorrow. So live, love and laugh because you might not get another chance.
Driving through a small town I am stopped at a stop light, look to the side and see this big ol'dragon on top of a bldg. Had to snap a picture.

The kitties intently watching Daddy work on a chair bottom. They are so sweet!
And last but DEFINETLY NOT least, in case you missed it, I got engaged on 10/13/17!!! I'm super excited!!
Buzz around, see what you think, then click on these links for a peek into some other homes:
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Never Ever Give Up Hope         
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The Blogging 911             

Monday, October 16, 2017

TexMex Casserole/one pan meal #keto

If you've been around here for very long you know two things about me, well, more than that but when it comes to food you know...I love Mexican and Chinese food. Gosh dang it! I love both and unless I'm not in mood for one, I have a hard time deciding between the two.
Going keto has been difficult in this respect, because neither one of those International flavors is really keto friendly. I mean you have tamales, tacos, burritos, fried rice, dumplings, lo mein, chow mein, sweet and sour chicken...I could go on but I'll stop. If I don't stop I'll need a towel to wipe up my drool.
So anywho...I love both types of food and I thought to myself, Self-there has GOT to be a way to enjoy my favorite foods without going carb crazy.
This recipe is kind of like a taco salad, taco or the inside of a burrito, just without the tortillas.
AND it's all prepared in one dish, which AGAIN you know I love.

The larger photo is the final product going into the oven. Top right, some of the ingredients. Middle right my homemade taco seasoning, bottom right peppers and onions going into the seasoned cooked meat, middle bottom tomatoes added, bottom left adding the Mexican creama. Yes you see beans on the side, those were for D.

TexMex Casserole
1/2-1 lb ground beef
homemade taco seasoning (2 TBSP) recipe HERE (second recipe on this page)scroll down
4 small sweet salad peppers, diced
1 small sweet onion, diced (I used Vidala)
1 can diced tomatoes with jalapenos (or just diced tomatoes or a can of Rotel)
3/4 cup Mexican creama (or sour cream)
1 cup shredded Mexican blend cheese
(1 can refriend beans with raw onion on top were for D you can omit this as it is not part of the recipe)
Brown the beef in a cast iron or oven proof skillet with the taco seasoning. Once it is done add the diced peppers and onions. Stir well and allow to cook for a few minutes. Next add the can of tomatoes and stir well. Allow to heat through. Now  add your creama and stir, top with cheese. Bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes so everything is nice and hot and the cheese is melted.
Enjoy with a nice side salad.

Monday, October 9, 2017

Brussel Sprout Stir Fry with Spicy Nut/Seed Mix - #BlogWithFriends

Brussel sprout stir fry with spicy nut/seed mix
I got the idea for this recipe from the Diet Doctor, her recipe is raw and served as a salad. Mine is cooked and served as a side dish, I changed a few other things too of course. 
Here is the inspirational recipe : RECIPE

Second chances
Life Rebooted
Good Fortune *changed subject*

This is the monthly post/contribution to the group #BlogWithFriends. We had chosen good fortune as our theme but with all the tradgy in the world lately we felt it was insensitive to use that theme.
However, there is good fortune in all that we've seen. Those who survived, those who changed their minds about the concert, the families whose homes did not perish in the fires, the hurricane going out into the ocean instead of impacting the East coast like we had prepared for. Good fortune was everywhere. 
There was also sadness, horror, evil, death and destruction. None of us could have known or seen what was coming. No way to prepare. Now those directly affected have to mourn, rebuild and figure out life in a different way.
For myself life rebooted, a second chance, good fortune and yes lots of reflection, our new theme.
Taking time to reflect is always a good idea. Time to reflect, ponder, reevaluate and maybe change direction.
I have done this in many areas of my life, one being how I eat. So with that, here is a recipe that I hope you enjoy.

Brussel Sprout Stir Fry with Spicy Nut/Seed Mix
1/2 lb fresh brussel sprouts, thinly sliced
3 - 4 TBSP olive oil
chili powder
RAW nuts
hazel nuts
maccadamia nuts
raw or salted and roasted sunflower seeds
Thinly slice the brussel sprouts and toss in a pan with olive oil, salt and pepper. As they cook, chop your nuts and mix with the seeds and other spices. Just before the sprouts are done, add the nuts and continue to cook, be careful not to burn the nuts or brown too quickly as they will taste bitter.
It only took about 5-10 minutes to cook.

Be sure to visit the other links:

Karen at Baking In A Tornado
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Sunday, October 8, 2017

Creamy Pesto Chicken Bake #keto

Oh My Goodness! Talk about a fabulous recipe. What do we love? That's right, one pot meals, where here is another delicious meal that is cooked in one pot. Easy clean up, easy prep and just look at it!
I adored this meal, protein, cheese, veggies, one pot cooking, simple delicious ingredients. D however was not thrilled with it. He liked it but didn't love it. We have different taste. He is not overly fond of cheese, I KNOW, I heard you gasp! HOW can you NOT love cheese??? Well, he doesn't. He's okay with it and honestly I didn't use half of what I wanted too. Either way, it was delicious and I enjoyed it for several days afterwards. That's right, leftovers baby! That's like free lunch. What could be better? Well, I can think of a few things, but let's not stray from the subject at hand. Food, keto food to be exact.

Creamy Pesto Chicken Bake
2 large chicken breast (cut off the bone and chopped, it's what I had)
2 TBSP extra virgin olive oil (the good kind don't use cheap nasty stuff)
3 TBSP butter, unsalted
Salt , pepper and paprika - 1 tsp each
4 green onions diced, tops and bottoms
1/2 pint grape tomatoes
1 cup heavy whipping cream
1 lemon juiced
2 TBSP pesto (you could use 3 and it not be overwhelming)
12 oz cauliflower florets (I used frozen, thawed and drained well)
7 oz Swiss Gruyere cheese, shredded
I used a cast iron skillet. Place the oil and butter, toss in the chicken and spices. Once this is done, in a small bowl or mixing cup, add your cream, lemon juice and pesto, stir well and add to the chicken along with the tomatoes and green onions. Stir well, Top with the cauliflower florets. Top with the cheese.
Slid into a preheated oven at 400 degrees for 30-45 minutes, depending on your oven. Remove and allow to cool slightly.
Serve! That's it. Simple and delicious. One pot, easy clean up. The best kind of meal if you ask me.


Thursday, October 5, 2017

Keto Lemon Caper Slow-Cooker Chicken

My boys will tell you that I am famous, well in their minds, for my throw together dinners. That means, I have no idea what we are having or what I'm doing until I walk into the kitchen. Yep, that's right. I wing it.
I go through the pantry, the fridge, the freezer and say to myself..."self, what are we going to eat tonight?" and most times I answer, yes answer myself and say "I have no freakin' idea" LOL
Then I grab a few items and throw them together. Literally, toss them in a slow cooker or in a pan on the stove. Anywhere from 15-45 minutes later we have dinner or it may be hours later if I tossed it in the slow cooker but you get the idea.
These tend to be my best recipes. The creative juices get to flowing, my rusty brain wheels start to turn and VIOLA! A fabulous dinner. Now the problem with my 'throw-togethers' is that I struggle to remember WHAT exactly I used, how much, is especially complicated when I use leftovers to create something new. I have learned over time to write things down as I go but then I have to find this "recipe" I created. I'm terrible at writing things down on scratch paper and then searching frantically for it later. I know...doesn't sound organized but I promise I am. Well, sort of.

I had taken out a package of chicken legs and then wound up eating out. So the next day I KNEW I had to use them but how. I didn't want to 'fry' them or bbq them. Both are delicious but boring, so I looked around and saw the bag of lemons I had recently purchased, ooh and the capers in the fridge. Mmm chicken piccata, but legs do not work well for that but ooh what if...yep that's it. So I grabbed the slow cooker and this is it, simple and delicious...

Lemon Caper Chicken (keto friendly and cooked in a slow cooker/crockpot)
5 chicken legs
2 lemons, cut in half and squeezed
1/2 jar of capers
fresh cracked pepper
parsley flakes
Place the legs in the slow cooker, squeeze the lemon juice  over the legs, sprinkle with capers, pepper and parsley. Cook for 4-6 hours on low and enjoy!

See I promised it would be easy.

Monday, October 2, 2017

Sundried Tomato Pesto Pork Chops #keto

This had to be hands down one of the easiest recipes I've prepared.
Boneless center cut pork chops
rubbed down in sun-dried tomato pesto
saute in olive oil
BAM done!
Delicious, juicy and full of flavor!

Now I served this with a scrumptious creamy cabbage casserole. You HAVE to try that as well.