Low Carb Easy Bread – Wednesday Weekly Recipe Post

EXCELLENT- Easy, –  Paleo, Keto, grain free, gluten free, LOW CARB BREAD 😉

Makes 4 buns – ( 5 grams net carbs )

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Makes 4 Buns


The Stuff you Need:

Dry ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup almond flour (almond meal)
  • 1/4 cup plain whey protein ( or- eliminate this, and use 1 full cup of Almond Meal)
  • 1/3 cup psyllium husks
  • 1/4 cup coconut flour
  • 1/4 cup flax meal
  • 1 tsp garlic granules
  • 1 tsp onion granules
  • 1 tsp cream of tartar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt (pink Himalayan, or sea salt)
  • 1 tbsp sesame, sunflower, flax, poppy, or caraway seeds – (optional)

Wet ingredients:

  • 4 large egg whites
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/8 c olive oil
  • 1 cup boiling water

What to do with the Stuff

 

  • Preheat oven to 350
  • Mix dry ingredients together
  • Add wet ingredients to dry mix
  • Form into 4 “buns” on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper
  • You can add sesame seed/flax/poppy seeds to the top (optional)
  • Bake for 40- 45 minutes
  • Cool on wire rack when cooled, cut in half with serrated knife
  • You can omit the savory spices above for a more traditional wheat flavor

    Each bun has 5 net carbs

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Crack Slaw- MMMM.. Saturday Weekly Recipe Post

Crack Slaw 😉

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Makes 3-4 servings

The Suff you need:

  • 1 lb thinly sliced beef
  • 4 minced garlic cloves
  • 2 TBS minced fresh ginger
  • 2 TBS toasted sesame oil
  • 3 sliced green onions
  • 14 oz (400g) coleslaw/asian veggie mix (or shredded white cabbage)
  • 1 teaspoon cider vinegar
  • 2 TBS soy sauce
  • ¼ teaspoon stevia
  • 1-2 TBS teaspoon hot sauce (to taste) I used Franks for this one 😉
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

What to do with the Stuff:

  • Put beef into a bowl, with fresh chopped ginger, garlic, and sesame oil, mix well- let set for 10 min
  • Brown the beef in a skillet, season with salt and pepper to taste, remove beef, set aside
  • Add additional oil if needed to pan, then add garlic, onions and coleslaw mix until the cabbage is cooked
  • Stir in the hot sauce, soy sauce, sweetener, and vinegar
  • Add the beef to mixture, mix well to combine

Happy, Healthy Holidays ! – Wednesday Weekly recipe post

 

 

~KEEP CALM, AND KETO ON~

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HAPPIEST, HEALTHY HOLIDAYS, TO YOU AND YOURS

Brian and I have been following this eating plan since October.

I have NOTHING but GREAT things to report, and say about this WOE. Since exploring, and applying the science of completely removing sugar, and refined carbs from our diets, and increasing our healthy fats, adapting our proteins for our individual body weights, we both have had incredibly, AMAZING results happening to the both of us, including excessive energy, most amazing menu planning, and vast food selections that are truly fit for royalty.

I, personally have experienced a 6.2K weight reduction, increasing my lean body mass and my total body fat percentage to 21%. Brian has increased his LBM by .5KG so far. The best part of this, is for the ones who DO need to lose weight,(FAT), your lean body mass, is INCREASED, and inches disappear in those areas where they need to 😉

That being said, we have decided to stick to this plan for a few more months, regardless, as we both feel so healthy, light, and fit. The science of this plan is complex, yet simple.. all it is ( in a nutshell) is switching carb intake for healthy fat intake, and increasing your proteins to match your LBM (Lean Body Mass). It makes TOTAL sense, and really follows the basics of a caveman/Paleo type plan, and by the way we feel, and have been having strength gains in the gym, along with our increased energy, plus the fun creative aspect of getting to plan meals based on the macros we need, it has become a lifestyle in only 8 short weeks.

I am posting this for the holidays, because all the foods in my picture, are FOODS WE GET TO EAT.. YUP.. that pizza, has a crust I made from CAULIFLOWER..and it stays right in my macros. Chocolate is 85% cocoa, SO good, the Avocado is my daily staple, as is Salmon, Chicken, Beef, Pork Cheeses, Eggs, and BACON.. (YUPP!)  these are just a FEW of the choices we have! I haven’t even TOUCHED on desserts yet.

For my Christmas day,(it is only my husband, and I)  I am missing my family in the States SO VERY MUCH,  so I will celebrate in my own style this year…we will imbibe on a few “adult cocktails” (Bloody Mary’s), THEN- chow down on an amazingly perfect cooked (rare) prime rib roast, topped with bernaise’ sauce, with a side of avocado..just BECAUSE, THATS WHAT I WANT 😉  AND, the best part? all of this, will be EASILY within my macros, and is part of my CHOSEN WOE ( Way of Eating) ..

It’s NOT a “diet”, it’s a conscious, healthy choice in what we CHOOSE to fuel our bodies with. I prefer to fuel MY bad ass machine with FAT, I prefer burning FAT, and treating all my cells and organs with the energy they will best sustain from, protein, and healthy fats. My body produces all the glucose it needs. I want to live my next 50 years, in the best health of my life..

Just watch me 😉

 

Getting a “head start” on Keto- with “Ruled Me” 30 day plan – Wednesday Weekly Recipe Post

I GOTTA SHARE people, I just HAVE to 😉

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I’m SO energised this week~!! from not just eating REALLY well, but also from all the reading, networking, researching, creating recipe modifications, knowledge sharing, the new forum groups I’m a part of, and just the plain ole’ the “keto fascination” that many people are experiencing right now.

A new found “friend” told me, that the Ketogenics way of eating ( I HATE the word “diet” lol) BUT, it is now “trending, being the 6th most popular /researched/ “new” eating plan IN THE WORLD right now. I have a feeling that after more people watch “Cereal Killers”, and more people in social media keep sharing recipes, blogs, and these really informational/supportive forums keep popping up everywhere, that the “Ketogenics diet” will end up in the top 3. Eventually, when all the sheeple, decide to take a more proactive stance in their personal nutritional health and choices into their OWN hands we will be less of a minority. I look forward to those days.

I can’t say ENOUGH about an amazing young man, that I “met” online while on my continuing quest/obsession for more and more knowledge on this impressive eating plan ( or WOE = “Way of Eating”). Craig who started the website “Ruled Me” has an impressive story of his own.

The reason I mention he, and his website- I am on a woman’s forum about Ketogenic diet, and over 100 participants all started Craig’s 30 day plan on Monday, and all are there supporting one another, sharing the ups/downs/concerns/achievements to go strong and accomplish this goal until the end of 2014.

THAT is dedication! and also inspiring, and motivating!.. that is ONE HUNDRED WOMEN, from all over the world, who all “met” on a spin off of another forum, after a great gal just put it out there.. “Hey ladies, I’m starting the 30 day “Ruled Me” eating plan starting on Monday, to take us through the holidays, who’s in?.  The charge is US$5.00, Craig calls it a “donation”. I GLADLY paid my US$5.00 because the information I received in the 5 .PDFs is on point! Craig breaks it down “Barney style” for those of us who have more of a challenge grasping the full science of things. PLUS, THE RECIPES, and meal plans..all the way down to a shopping list for your essentials.. YAH.. THAT in itself, makes it pretty much a “no brainer” with absolutely zero stress for all, your meals for the next 30 days are simply PLANNED out, and super easy to do..

I HIGHLY recommend, and FULLY support this “30 day WOE plan,..so much, that I WANT TO SHARE THIS WITH EVERYONE.. not that I, personally have a huge following (as of yet), but it is something WORTH sharing.. and the best part?….the guy who wrote the plan?, CRAIG,- WOW.. what a GREAT guy!  He will answer ANY question you have..and address concerns, uncertainty, or just if you want to say hi, he sincerely appreciates it ! He will help you out with ANYTHING Keto related. He is an incredible plethora of hands on knowledge, and a REAL, down to earth, super smart, sincere guy..

He VOLUNTEERED to simply be “on call” for our little group of 100 women whom have started their new nutritional journey during the most CHALLENGING time of the year (for most).. I’m just really impressed, and simply wanted to share.  I have been making amazing delicious foods, from the “Ruled Me” website, and it goes to show that this man can COOK!, AND photograph..;-) It is inspiring, so much that I am on the quest to be able to modify most ANY food to “Keto Ize ” it 😉  Anyway take a look if you want some GREAT information.. Knowledge is power..share the knowledge!

The link for this awesome plan, is found below..Let me know how you fare ! 😉

http://www.ruled.me/30-day-ketogenic-diet-plan/

“Keto Friendly” AMAZING Homemade BEEF JERKY – Saturday Weekly Recipe Post

YUM jerky !  AND..the BEST part?  for my new approach to eating, I am tweaking ALL my fave recipes to be KETO FRIENDLY 😉

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For the Jerky:

We bought a nice hunk of scotch filet..(as they call it here in AU) In the states,
I think a “London broil” type would be AWESOME!) after looking up cuts of meat..
because the names of the cuts are TOTALLY different than home
“Bottom Round Roast” seems to be the winner lol they have that here,
as well as in the States;-)
ANYWAY  we just made 1Kg ( 2.2 pounds) and this a roughly the measurements..
1 K or 2 lbs or Steak – about 1 ½ to 2 inches thickness

GETTING READY

Put a steak into the freezer for like 10 min ( while you make the marinade)
This helps firm up the meat and make it really easy to slice –

The Marinade  ( to taste 😉 we like SPICY so added more peppers 😉

Tamari (or soy sauce)  – 3/4 cup
****Ketoliscious Worcestershire 3/4 cup ( recipe below 😉  )
Onion Powder – 1 TBS
Garlic Powder – 1 TBS
Ground Peppercorn – 1 TBS
Red Pepper Flakes – 1 TBS

The Jerky

For a steak cut into slices that are 1/8th to ¼ inch wide (slice with the grain)
For a roast cut into 1 ½ to 2 inch slabs- then cut into 1/8th to ¼ inch slices
Place the slices into the marinade and let sit at least 4 hours (up to
24 hours in the refrigerator)
Set up your grill(s) for indirect heat on a gas grill only heat the far side,
and on a charcoal grill -hot coals on one side of the grill and no
coals on the other side of the grill
You’re looking for a grill temperature of 140 to 150 degrees F

We used our gas grill for some, our little charcoal grill for some,(
LEAST fave way, we transferred to gas grill after 2 hrs..)
we also used our oven for some strips..( heated it to 68C (150F) Low – slow heat
just to see which worked best.. we prefer the gas grill to all.. but
the oven will work nicely, and
really good for winter time for you guys freezing in the States 😉

OK..
Take Jerky slices from the marinade and dry them REALLY WELL with paper towels
Place the jerky slices on the side of the grill with no coals for low
and slow indirect cooking
and in the oven, also on a rack, just in the center
You are looking at a cook time of 4-5 hours, you will know. try REALLY
hard to just let them cook
for the 4 hours.. ours on the grill were done first at about 4 and a
half.. the oven ones we let go till 5..

Then, we put them in a paper bag, and stored in our dark pantry, for a
day- but now we store in the refrigerator 😉

******(Keto-Liscious- Worcestershire ******  😉
it’s REALLY good! key being it’s sugar free-
this below ended up being the amount to use for the jerky 😉

Ingredients

1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
2 TBS water
2 TBS Tamari sauce
1/4 tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp ground cloves
1/4 tsp mustard powder
1/4 tsp onion powder
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/8 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp freshly ground black pepper
Smoked paprika to taste
Hot sauce to taste, (optional) check the ingredients! and chose a
high-quality sauce

Combine all the ingredients ( all to your taste, i guessed on the
amounts, use your palate 😉

ANYWAY…in a saucepan, combine and slowly bring to a boil stirring frequently.
Let simmer for about 10 min for the flavors to develop, cool down. If
storing, store in fridge.

Black Bean Burrito Bake – Wednesday Weekly Recipe Post

Black Bean Burrito Bake

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Makes 4 Burritos

  • The Stuff you need:

  • 1 (7 oz can) chipotle chilis in adobo sauce
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 (15-ounce) can black beans, rinsed, drained, and divided
  • 1 cup frozen whole-kernel corn, thawed
  • 4 (8-inch) flour tortillas (I use whole grain tortillas)
  • Cooking spray
  • 1 cup salsa
  • 1 cup shredded Monterey pepper jack cheese ( or plain if you don’t prefer spice)
  • Chopped avocados, onions, lettuce, tomatoes, olives, cilantro and jalapeno’s for garnish

What to do with the Stuff:

  • Preheat oven to 350°
  • Remove one chile from can
  • Chop chiles & reserve remaining adobo sauce and chiles for another use
  • Combine sour cream and chile in a medium bowl; let stand 10 minutes
  • Place half of beans in a food processor; process until finely chopped
  • Add chopped beans, remaining beans, and corn to sour cream mixture
  • Spoon 1/2 cup bean mixture down the center of each tortilla
  • Roll up tortillas; place, seam side down, in an 9 x 13-inch baking dish coated with cooking spray Spread salsa over tortillas; sprinkle with cheese
  • Cover and bake at 350° for 20 minutes or until thoroughly heated
  • Serve with listed garnishes
  • This dish can be made in advance and chilled; just bring it back to room temperature before baking.

Sausage-Spinach-Asparagus Rice Bowl

Sausage-Spinach-Asparagus Rice Bowl

serves 2-4

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The Stuff you need:

  • 10 oz pre-cooked brown rice
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 lb hot Italian sausage, casings removed
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 6-8 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • 10 oz package fresh baby spinach
  • 1/2 cup Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, shaved
  • 1/2 lb pre-steamed Asparagus cut into bite sized pieces

What to do with the Stuff:

  • Make rice according to directions
  • Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat
  • Add oil to pan; add sausage and pepper; cook until sausage is browned, stirring to crumble
  • Add garlic; cook 1 minute, stirring constantly
  • Add spinach; cook a few minutes until spinach begins to wilt, tossing constantly
  • Add 1/2 lb of pre steamed asparagus
  • Stir in prepared rice; cook until heated through
  • Sprinkle with cheeses, serve

Herbed Chicken Parmesan – Wednesday Weekly recipe post

Herbed Chicken Parmesan

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serves 2-4

The Stuff you need:

  • 3/4 c grated fresh Parmesan cheese, divided
  • 1/2 cup dry breadcrumbs/panko blend
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh parsley
  • 1 tablespoon chopped basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1 large egg beaten
  • 1 pound chicken breast tenders
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 1/2 cups tomato sauce
  • 2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 c shredded provolone cheese

What to do with the Stuff:

  • Preheat broiler to 400F
  • Combine Parmesan, breadcrumbs, parsley, basil, and some salt in a shallow dish
  • Place beaten egg in a shallow dish
  • Dip each chicken tender in egg; then dredge in the breadcrumb mixture
  • Melt butter in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat
  • Add chicken; cook 3 minutes on each side or until done, Set aside
  • Combine salt, pasta sauce, vinegar, and pepper
  • Pour the sauce over chicken in pan
  • Sprinkle evenly with the remaining Parmesan and provolone cheese
  • Wrap handle of pan with foil, and broil 2-4 minutes under the broiler until the cheese meltsNote:

Uber EASY- Roasted Chicken- Wednesday Weekly Recipe post

UBER EASY, Roasted Chicken

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serves 2-4

ALWAYS buy clean, range fed, organic, grass fed, cage free, healthy, whole, cleanest foods available 😉

Paleo friendly, Gluten Free, Dairy free

The Stuff you need:

  • 3-4 pound roasting chicken

  • 2 medium onions

  • 2 carrots

  • 2 stalks celery

  • potatoes (optional)
  • 1 bulb garlic

  • olive oil

  • salt & pepper, garlic powder to taste
  • 1 lemon. lime or orange, or onion (to stuff inside)

  • 1 small bunch fresh thyme, rosemary, bay or sage, or a mixture of all 3

What to do with the Stuff:

  • Preheat oven to 475°F
  • Take your chicken out of the fridge 45-60 min prior to baking
  • Trim off excess fat, and stuff underneath breast skin on either side
  • Liberally salt and pepper the chicken, set aside (you may do this the night before, and leave uncovered in fridge)
  • Chop veggies into nice sized chunks
  • Separate garlic bulb into individual cloves, leave them unpeeled
  • Put all the veggies and garlic into the middle of a large roasting tray, drizzle with olive oil, salt & pepper to taste
  • Drizzle the chicken with olive oil and additional garlic powder, salt and pepper to taste- rubbing it all over the bird
  • Cut lemon or lime or orange or onion in halves or quarters
  • Put the fruit or onion inside the chicken’s cavity, along with the fresh bunch of herbs
  • Place the chicken on top of the vegetables in the roasting tray and put it into the preheated oven
  • Turn the heat down immediately to 400°F and cook the chicken for 1 hour and 20 minutes
  • Baste the chicken halfway through cooking
  • If the veggies look dry, add a splash of water to the tray to stop them burning
  • Chicken should be @ 160-165 on an instant read meat thermometer inserted between thigh and breast
  • When cooked, take the tray out of the oven and transfer the chicken to a board to rest for 15 minutes

MMMMMMM, ROAST CHICKEN!!

Incredible mixed Meatloaf (over pasta) -Saturday Weekly Recipe post

Mixed Meatloaf and sauce (over pasta) -Saturday Weekly Recipe post

Serves 4

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Jamie’s Money Saving Meals is an AWESOME cooking show here in Oz..

He is really squared away in the kitchen, and I have always admired his approach to the simplicity of the “basics”

I saw a presentation of this dish prepared on the EXACT DAY that I was planning a meatloaf for dinner 😉 I was REALLY psyched to try this, as it seemed like an awesomely HUGE meatball on a plate of spaghetti. It was PERFECT,  because this week, I’m on week 2 of my ketogenic diet, and my hubby, NEEDS pasta..lol.. It worked out so well for us.

The meatloaf goes REALLY well with the pasta. Leftovers..ummm.. (if there are any) are delicious reheated, and I am CERTAIN a meatloaf sandwich would be off the chain..;-)  ENJOYEEE!!

Whenever possible, BUY ORGANIC< and CLEAN FOODS 😉

May be made “Dairy free”  Gluten Free, Grain free.

(OMIT PASTAS AND CHEESES FOR PALEO)

Mixed meat meatloaf with pasta 
(slightly adapted from  “Jamie Oliver’s” recipe)

The Stuff you need:

  • Meatloaf:
  • 3 carrots
  • extra-virgin olive oil
  • ½ onion, finely chopped
  • 1/2 lb ground beef
  • 1/2 lb ground italian pork
  • 1/4 c breadcrumbs (optional)
  • 1 TBS dried oregano -(to taste)
  • 1 TBS chopped basil ( fresh if possible- to taste)
  • 1 TBS chopped parsley ( fresh if possible- to taste)
  • 3/4 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 1 large egg
  • a few drops of Tabasco ( to taste)
  • salt and black pepper (to taste)Sauce and pasta:
  • 3 red chili’s sliced, lengthwise, seeded
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp oregano ( fresh if possible- to taste)
  • 1 tsp basil ( fresh if possible- to taste)
  • 1 tsp parsley( fresh if possible- to taste)
  • 4 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 jar of any kind of tomato sauce
  • salt and black pepper( to taste)
  • 1/2 c cheddar/parmesan or whatever kind of cheese you have to sprinkle on top
  • 16 oz dried spaghetti

What to do with the Stuff

  • Preheat the oven to 200°C/400°F
  • Peel the carrots, quarter lengthways
  • Place in a roasting tray, drizzle with the oil and bake for 10 minutes
  • In a large bowl, add the meats, breadcrumbs,  oregano, basil, parsley, feta, egg, Tabasco, salt and pepper
  • Mix lightly with your hands (don’t overmix or the meatloaf will be tough) mix all, and spice to your taste
  • Shape into a loaf
  • Make a space in the middle of the tray with the carrots- add the meatloaf
  • Bake for a further 30- 35 minutes, or until the meatloaf is cooked through
  • While the meatloaf is in the oven, make the sauce- in a medium saucepan
  • Heat the olive oil, add the onion and the herbs, add the garlic and cook until fragrant.
  • Add the jar of sauce, season to taste with additional herbs, salt and pepper- etc. to your taste
  • Simmer for 15-20 minutes while Meatloaf is baking
  • Have a large saucepan of salted boiling water ready (for the spaghetti)
  • Remove the tray from the oven, pour the sauce around the meatloaf
  • Top the meatloaf with a spoonful of tomato sauce, and grated cheese
  • Lower heat to 350F put meatloaf back into the oven for 15 minutes, and the sauce is bubbling
  • Meanwhile, cook the spaghetti according to packet instructions, then drain
  • Serve spaghetti topped with slice(s) of meatloaf, topped with sauce, garnish with carrots, and chili’s