Turning a New Page

The holidays were not kind to our waistlines, so we are going to start eating low carbs and more of a ketogenic diet. The basic premise is that if you cut out carbs your body will move into a state of ketosis and your body will use stored fat and gluconeogenesis to produce the glucose…

Valentine’s Day Appetizer

Valentine’s Day is a big day for carbs!  Candy, chocolate, sweet drinks…. I had already planned to make a big meat heart for Valentine’s Day and treat it like a burger.  I thought about making smaller individual heart shaped burgers, but I couldn’t find my cookie cutter.  I decided to try the local hobby store…

Lo Carb / Keto Failures!

In the frenzy of trying to make “all things lo carb/Keto”, we’ve have a few setbacks over the last few weeks. JICAMA FRIES For the most part I enjoy eating Keto.  I can go without desserts and I’m not particularly fond of fruit.  I can get my craving for mashed potatoes sated with mashed cauliflower,…

Riced Cauliflower Hash Browns

I do miss fried potatoes while on the Keto Diet.  French fries, cottage fries, waffle fries, hash browns:  we all love the crunchy exterior and the soft interior.  While researching cauliflower hash browns, I ran into the same issue as with cauliflower tots… they contained additional flower or potato to help as a binder.  …

Lo Carb Scalloped Summer Squash

Winter is a great time for scalloped potatoes, but scalloped vegetables from the squash family can be just as good, and they can be lo carb. INGREDIENTS 2 Summer squash (zucchini also works well, just make sure it is a lo carb veggie) sliced 1/2 small onion sliced thin 1/2 Cup heavy cream 1 Tablespoon…

Chicken and Riced Caulflower Soup

Snowy winter weather makes me think about soups and chili.  Most commercial soups have a significant level of carbohydrate in every serving (even plain tomato soup).  Not to mention those with rice or noodles.  These are great for quick energy on a winter day, but are not Keto / lo carb friendly at all. My…

Taco Lettuce Wraps

Since wheat and corn are off the diet and I was hungry for tacos, I got to thinking about something other than taco salad.  I was driving by PF Chang’s and came up with repurposing Asian lettuce wraps into taco wraps.  I usually use commercial taco seasoning to flavor my taco meat, but it has…

Stuffed Portabello

I was trying to think of something that would be a little different for lunch and still keep me on the lo carb band wagon. I looked in the fridge and saw a lonely portobello mushroom that I had purchased and then decided not to use.  I had no immediate plans for it so I…

Riced Cauliflower

Riced cauliflower is getting to be the darling of the diet industry, especially in the Keto / lo carb arena.  At 1-2 g Net carbs per 8 oz as opposed to 35-40 g per 8 oz for rice or potatoes you can see why the carb counters love it.  Riced cauliflower and mashed cauliflower are…

Swiss Steak

My butcher always labels some of the cuts I get as “Swiss Steak”.  I have been unable to find Swiss steak on a butcher’s chart, but when you look at a bone-in sirloin or bone-in round steak, you can tell that they come from generally the same part of the cow. There is a leg…

Deep Fried Hamburgers

Going Keto for me includes meat snacks or make ahead meats.  A bun-less hamburger is a quick snack if the meat is already prepared. I first heard about deep frying hamburgers on Good Eats – Reloaded.  I was surprised that I had never seen this method of preparation for hamburgers.  Shortly thereafter, I was browsing my copy…