“The Keto Way” – Wednesday Weekly Recipe Post

What a great collage of culinary KETO-FABULOUSNESS!..

just a SAMPLING of the things I prepared for us in the past couple of days..

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I AM IN LOVE.. ❤ truly IN LOVE <3!!   with this Way Of Eating (WOE)..

SCIENCE doesn’t lie, and nor does my camera..there is no photoshopping of ANY of these pictures, this is BEAUTIFUL..why? because these are pictures of REAL foods, Colourful foods, WHOLE foods, Nutritional foods, Organic Foods, Range/Grass Foods, BASIC foods, NON Processed, Modified Foods.. SIMPLE..

I have SO MUCH information spinning in my head ALL DAY long ! i have literally become OBSESSED with knowing more , and more… as I continue to delve into the science of this plan.. I am BLOWN away by HOW WRONG we have had it for most of our LIVES ! Especially in our Western cultures.

I am also DEEPLY APPALLED with the amount of Medical “professionals” who DON’T HAVE THE KNOWLEDGE, and they DISAGREE with people seeking better health for themselves!!..In this journey..I have learned ONE really important thing..IT IS TIME for US, TO EDUCATE OURSELVES, people!.. EVERYTHING we have been “taught” and “fed” for most of our lives..IS ALL LIES!! ..

FAT is not the killer..
CARBS and SUGAR are.

I know this video is only available for free one more day.. but it’s worth a watch.
60 minutes of this information, could literally change your life..or at least inspire you to..

it’s called “CEREAL KILLERS” here is the link –http://vimeo.com/94976653

It came out a bit after I started getting into Keto, BUT wow, it just was one more PRO in what I’m studying, and convinced me even more that I am on the right track about health and nutrition..

The awesome foods I get to prepare and eat are just the added benefit 😉

This culinary goddess, is FAST becoming the KetoGoddess…

….HAPPY THANKSGIVING AMERICA….. ❤

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“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.

Shredded Beef Enchiladas- Saturday Weekly Recipe post

Shredded Beef Enchiladas

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Serves 4-6

The Stuff you Need;

  • 3 pounds beef chuck roast
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 1/2 cups beef broth
  • 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 2 TBS butter1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 (4 ounce) cans chopped green chile peppers
  • 1 large diced jalapenos (optional- for heat )
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups sour cream
  • 3 cups shredded Monterey Pepper Jack cheese, divided ( unless you want plain Jack-no spicy)
  • Olive oil for corn tortillas OR
  • 1- 2 cans Enchilada sauce ( to moisten instead of oil)
  • 20 (6 inch) corn tortillasWhat to do with the Stuff:You may eliminate stove top meat preparation altogether, and simply use crockpot with all spices on high 4-6 hrs the day before, or while at work.. otherwise, this method works well, as long as you follow instructions

Also: in reference to corn tortillas.. to prepare them for rolling; you may use the oil preparation OR use the your red enchilada sauce ( topping) to moisten. Another option, if you do not want to roll individual enchiladas, or the corn tortillas are breaking, you may layer them as a lasagne type dish- using all ingredients, topping with red enchilada sauce , cheeses, and avocados

  • Place roast in a large saucepan that has a tight-fitting lid
  • Pour in water, cover, and simmer on low for 30 minutes
  • Increase heat to medium/high, and brown the roast on all sides
  • Once the water has boiled away, pour in the beef broth, vinegar, chili powder and cumin
  • Cover tightly and reduce heat to low
  • Simmer for 1 1/2 to 2 hours or until the beef falls apart when you try to pick it up
  • Shred the beef, using 2 forks or your fingers
  • Place shredded beef back into the saucepan with all the juices, and let cool to room temperature
  • In a large skillet, saute the onions in butter until just soft
  • Mix in flour and green chilies
  • Stir to make roux constantly for 2 minutes to cook the flour taste out
  • Stir in sour cream and 2 cups of Monterey Pepper Jack cheese
  • Cook on low for 10 minutes, stirring often, until the cheese is all melted and mixed.
  • Set aside and let cool.
  • Corn tortillas may be warmed in saute pan either with oil, or red enchilada sauce
  • Using tongs dip the tortillas, one at a time, into the oil or sauce for 10 seconds each side
  • Drain on paper towels, if using olive oil
  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C)
  • Spread sour cream mixture down the center of the tortilla
  • Top with about the same amount of beef
  • Roll up and place seam side down in greased baking dish ( 9x 13)
  • Repeat for each tortilla
  • Continue until you are out of the filling
  • Top with 1 can red enchilada sauce
  • Sprinkle with remaining Monterey Jack cheese
  • Top with avocado slices
  • Bake for 30 minutes or until cheese is melted and bubbling

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

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

Slow Cooker Chicken and Dumplings- Saturday Weekly Recipe post

Slow Cooker Chicken and Dumplings

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Serves 4

The Stuff you need:

  • 4-6, boneless chicken breast halves (may use frozen if you want)
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 (10.75 ounce) cans condensed cream of chicken soup
  • 1 (14 ounce) can low sodium chicken broth
  • 1 onion, finely diced
  • 4 cloves garlic chopped
  • 3 stalks celery chopped
  • salt, pepper, dried parsley, garlic powder, and onion powder to taste
  • 1 bag frozen mixed veggies, (peas carrots corn)- thawed
  • 1 package refrigerated biscuit dough, torn into pieces
  • Pillsbury’s Grands Homestyle Buttermilk biscuits work really well
What to do with the Stuff
  • Place the chicken, butter, soup,broth, and garlic and onion in a slow cooker
  • Cover, and cook for 6 hours on low
  • Shred chicken breasts, return to cooker
  • About 90 minutes before serving, add  torn biscuit dough in the slow cooker
  • Make sure you push them down into the liquid mixture a little, so that they get cooked on the tops, too and saturated with the chicken
  • Add mixed veggies
  • Turn cooker onto high for remaining time
  • Cook covered for 90-120 minutes, until dough is done

Asparagus and Mozzarella Stuffed Chicken Breasts- Wednesday Weekly recipe post

Asparagus and Mozzarella Stuffed Chicken Breasts

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Serves 2
The Stuff you need:
  • 2 large skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
  • salt, black pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, and lemon pepper to taste
  • 8 asparagus spears, pre steamed trimmed – divided
  • 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 1/2 cup Italian seasoned bread crumbs mixed with panko
What to do with the Stuff:
  • Preheat an oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C)
  • Grease baking dish or pan (8×8)
  • Place each chicken breast between two sheets of heavy plastic (Ziplock freezer bags work) on a solid surface
  • Firmly pound the chicken with the smooth side of a meat mallet to an even thickness of about 1/4 inch
  • Sprinkle each side with your chocen spices, coat well, rub in
  • Place 4 spears of asparagus down the center of each chicken breast
  • Spread about 1/4 cup of mozzarella cheese over the asparagus
  • Repeat with the other chicken breast
  • Roll the chicken around the asparagus and cheese to make a tidy, compact roll
  • Dip in eggwash, then into crumbs fully covering each breast roll
  • Place the rolls seam sides down in the prepared baking dish
  • Bake in the preheated oven until the juices run clear when pricked with a fork, about 30 minutes
  • An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center should read at least 165 degrees F (74 degrees C)

Easy Mushroom Risotto – Wednesday Weekly Recipe post

Easy Mushroom Risotto

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Serves 4

The Stuff you need:

  • 7 cups vegetable or chicken or beef broth
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 large Spanish yellow onion, diced
  • 8 garlic cloves, minced
  • 8 oz crimini mushrooms, sliced
  • 8 oz white mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 cups Arborio rice
  • 2/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • chili pepper flakes to ttaste
  • chopped fresh parsley for garnish

What to do with the Stuff:

  • Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat
  • Add 1/2 of the onion saute’ until translucent, about 5 minutes
  • Add half of the garlic and chili pepper, and cook for another 2 minutes
  • Add butter, 1 tablespoon olive oil, and mushrooms and saute for 5 minutes until mushrooms are lightly browned
  • Season with salt and pepper
  • Remove from heat and set aside
  • Heat the remaining olive oil in a saucepan or dutch oven over medium heat, and add remaining onions
  • Saute until translucent, about 5 minutes
  • Add remaining garlic and cook for another 2 minutes
  • Add the rice and stir, coating the rice with olive oil and toasting until opaque, for 3 minutes
  • Add 1 cup of broth and cook, stirring, until all the broth is absorbed by the rice
  • Continue to cook ,add the remaining broth (half a cup at a time), allowing it to be fully absorbed by the rice before adding more
  • This will take around 45 minutes until the rice is cooked and creamy
  • Fold in mushrooms, and stir in grated parmesan cheese
  • Season with more salt and pepper, and chili to taste
  • Garnish with fresh chopped parsley