“Kitchen sink” Fritatta..- Wednesday Weekly Recipe post

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THIS, dish, is honestly, one of the most awesome culinary tidbits..A Fritatta is SERIOUSLY, one of the most versatile, healthy, quick, EASY meals to make- with WHATEVER you happen to have 😉  I used my medium skillet for this one, it was late, we were hungry, I was running out of stuff, BUT we ALWAYS have eggs..ALWAYS have some sort of veggies, and meats ..so ..get busy!!  😉  sautee whatever mix of stuff you happen to have..(mind you- NOTHING is “off limits” for this dish..) I used some grass fed BUTTER to sautee this in..>.. mmmm BUTTER…..( or you may use olive oil if you prefer)  Be creative 😉 get everything nicely sautee’d and soft. On the side, whip some eggs up ( with or without some cream, or broth for posterity)  pour egg mixture over your sautee mixture, cook until set a bit. If you add cheese, (or not) you may want to brown it a bit, so- set under a broiler for a few minutes, and wallah!

This is the best option, because it is a virtual crowd pleaser. You can tame the meatlover, or the vegetarian, the Paleo person, the Keto person, and pretty much just anyone who likes food. It is also great for breakfast, lunch and dinner too 😉 also served hot, room temp or cold..;-) win win win win!!  As always , I highly recommend using only the cleanest food available in your area, free range , grass fed, organic.. Health is Wealth.   ENJOY!

 

What a Keto – Paleo- Low Carb – breakfast looks like – Saturday Weekly Recipe Post

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How easy is THAT 😉

“Healthy lifestyle” infused vodka – Saturday Weekly Recipe Post

I LOVE me some VODKA.. 😉

Don’t judge!… HA!  and, personally- I really wouldn’t care if you did 😉

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I THOROUGHLY enjoy my cocktail hour, and my “Bloody Mary Sunday’s”, and ..just the idea of having a cocktail, whenever.

Since we started this WOE, we have definitely “cut back” on our alcohol intake, as it’s not so much a diet (per se’), but has fast become a healthier way of life for the both of us. Be advised, I will never, ever completely give up wine, happy bubbles, or vodka..(or tequila, or a good spiced rum for that matter..!) HA…Sadly, beer  I bid you Adieu’ and I know that Cerveza’..has an extremely limited future in my life, but- that’s ok..this is all by conscious CHOICE.

We are currently in AU, and alcohol with the exception of local wines IS SO EXPENSIVE! Typically we would spend 15-20 bucks on Absolut vodka. HERE, in Oz…it goes for 38-40AUD for 750 ml..(WTF!!!???.) Shocking…I’m on sabbatical, and on a budget, and sadly- our past ways of enjoying of “spirits” as we did while living in Mexico…it just doesn’t fit as desired on our current Western lifestyle budget..(ho hum)

Don’t GET me started on our fondness for Tequila.. After coming from almost a YEAR hanging out in MX, and being able to sample EVERY local agave under the sun, some of the FINEST..it NEVER cost us more than 25 bucks a bottle ( and- that was for RESERVA’!)  ahhh …such great memories 😉  So, yes..the shock of returning to a wildly expensive, Western culture..IT HAS a severe, harsh price tag. And, sadly we can NOT “drink away our troubles” about it, as we would end up in the poor house in a few months. Here, even the “ROT-GUT” Tequila, is NO LESS than 45AUD !!..SHOCKING, but, alas- an “excuse” for cutting back, and coming up with new ways to “stretch” out my fondness for drinking.

I have fast become a “sipper”..Since starting the “low carb” way of life, I completely abstained from alcohol for 7 weeks 52 days to be exact.. just because….it was sad,( as I said I ENJOY drinking) but, it was do-able. I do it every time I am deployed for months on end. I made this time abstaining, as a conscious choice, to give my amazing titanium-like liver a break after an entire 14 months of traveling the world, and imbibing whenever, wherever we choice 😉

NO REGRETS, as I said, I ENJOY my cocktails 😉  As of late, and becoming completely keto-adapted, I started incorporating my drinks into my Keto-lifestyle, always staying within my macros, but still enjoying life, as it is meant to be enjoyed 😉 I stick to Martini’s, Gibson’s, and Vodka and soda, as well as the occasional wine, and sparkling wine as I LOVE love the grape 😉

As for vodka infused  tea, you will be essentially making an “iced tea”, so keep that in mind. Chose what your favorite herbal flavoured teas are, and ones that won’t get bitter if they steep too long (such as green tea). I recently experimented with a Lemon Ginger blend, and a Peppermint Chammomile BOTH turned out lovely..I drink them straight, like a sipping thing. Brian tends to add club soda to his.

The “classic” recipes, call for mason jars, you are only using part of your 750 ml of voddy. OR, you can opt for the cheap budget version 😉  My first “batches”,  I used 1 recycled coconut oil jar, AND green olive jar HA! 😉

ANYWAY  I digress.. HAVE fun, enjoy, and…. Keep calm and Keto on

The Stuff you need:   – AND –    What to do with the Stuff:

3-4-5 bags of selected herbal tea bags in a jar with screw top lid ( I used 2 jars – for 2 different flavoured vodkas 😉 )

Cover with vodka ( I can’t afford to be picky here, so it’s whatever is “on sale”)   😉

Add 1-2 tsps of stevia

Shake/mix until dissolved; you can add more stevia after few hours of steeping (if desired)

Let sit for at least 2 hours in the fridge (the longer it “steeps”, the more like your chosen tea, it will taste)

This infusion will actually start to take on the essence of flavour of your favourite herbal tea, after about an hour

About 4-5 hours, it really brings out the tea infused flavour…

EN- (OH EMM GIZZLE)- JOYEE !

*****I’m the girl that is watching carb/calorie count, so- I literally just pour myself a nice “shot” in a rocks glass, and SIP IT 😉

Variations: combine with just iced tea, or float with soda water for a little fizz; add lemon, or lime slice, garnish (or even muddle) with fresh mint

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

It’s just the way we eat – Wednesday Weekly recipe post

It’s just the way we eat 😉

A picture speaks 1000 words …

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Low Carb Cauli Cheese Sticks -Saturday weekly recipe post

Cauli-Cheese Sticks
Makes 12 “sticks”
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The Stuff you need:

  • 1 head cauliflower, “riced” in food processor
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 cups cheese (leave approx 3/4 c for topping) Cheddar, Pepper jack or Mozzarella (or combination) shredded
  • 1 TBS Italian herb blend
  • 1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • Salt, Pepper, garlic powder to taste
  • Fresh tomato sauce for dipping (optional)

What to do with the Stuff:

  1.  Preheat oven to 375 F
  2.  Separate cauliflower into florets process in food processor, until “rice-like” (coarser chunks are inevitable)
  3.  Spread cauliflower mixture on baking sheet roast for 25 minutes
  4.  Let the cauliflower cool down 20 min
  5.  Increase oven temp to 450 F
  6.  Transfer cauliflower to a bowl, lined with a towel or cheese cloth (to drain excess water)
  7.  Drain all excess liquid until completely dry, this is essential
  8.  Transfer cauliflower to mixing bowl, add eggs, 1cup of the cheese, all herbs, & seasonings, mix well to combine
  9.  Spread mixture onto the baking sheet lined with parchment paper
  10.  Flatten into a rectangle size, inside the edges of parchment paper, approximately 1/4″ thick.
  11.  Bake for 20-25 minutes until golden
  12.  Top with remaining cheese
  13.  Bake for an additional 5-8 minutes, broiling until cheese golden browns a bit
  14. Cut into “sticks” serve hot (along with warm fresh tomato sauce for dipping if desired)

Savoury Healthy Butter – Wednesday Weekly Recipe post

Savoury Flavoured Healthy Butter

(Makes 16 oz)

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THIS is truly, amazing butter. It is not only versatile with ALL your savoury dishes, but it also has an excellent source of much needed Potassium for all those Low Carb & Keto people trying to keep their electrolytes in check.

And, its TOO easy!  you can add anything to it really. I LIKE the taste of salt, so this is our “go to” standard savoury butter. Once it is sent in the fridge, (after about 6 hours) we stir it up, as a lot of the garlic/parsley chili’s sink to the bottom. WE then and store it in a covered plastic container on our countertop next to the stove, as we use it all the time for cooking, adding to broth, etc.

The Stuff you need:

  • 16 oz grass fed butter ( I prefer salted, as it adds more much needed sodium)
  • 1+ cup organic fresh chopped parsley ( I used a mix of my garden variety Italian Flat leaf /and parsley)
  • 4-6 cloves organic garlic chopped
  • 2 red bullet chili’s finely chopped (I keep the seeds in there, I like it spicy)
  • 2 anchovy’s finely chopped..optional- they were BEGGING me to use them, they were the only 2 left in the jar 🙂

What to do with the Stuff:

  • Over really low heat, place butter, and all ingredients in a saucepan
  • It is only to melt the butter into liquid, and mix in all ingredients
  • Do not bring to simmer, it is not to cook the ingredients
  • Once all melted, pour into small plastic container with lid
  • Store in fridge to harden
  • All the yummy stuff will sink to the bottom, I just stir it up when I use to get all the goodies in a serving
  • You CAN opt to use a stick blender to better combine the ingredients before putting in fridge
  • Optional to store in fridge or on countertop

Nutrition facts (as calculated by MyFitnessPal) –  Per 1 TBS serving:

  • Calories – 121
  • Healthy fat – 13.6 g
  • Healthy Cholesterol – 35.8 g
  • Sodium – 120.9mg
  • Potassium – 16.7mg
  • Carbs – 0.3gr

 

 

 

 

Ketofabulous Zucchini Rolls – Saturday Weekly Recipe post

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THE BEST APPETIZER ..
Satiating, low carb, amazing snack.. UBER easy, Uber yum!

Everything I use is always fresh, local, Organic, and the cleanest possible food 😉

Serves 2

The Stuff You Need:

  • 2 Large Zucchinis sliced lengthwise
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil to taste
  • 4 oz cream cheese
  • 3/4 cup fresh bacon crumbles
  • 2 TBS chili garlic sauce (to taste)

What to do with the Stuff:

  • Preheat oven to 350
  • Coat each slice of Zucchini with salt pepper and EVOO
  • Roast/Grill Zucchini until soft and workable, set aside
  • Mix cream cheese, chili garlic sauce, and fresh bacon bits togetehr
  • Place 1 tsp cheese mixture on end of zucchini, roll into a pinwheel.
  • Set on baking sheet lined with parchment paper, seam side down
  • Bake at 350 for 10 min until warmed through
  • Can be made ahead and refrigerated.

Keto-fabulous “Bullet Proof Coffee” with a twist – Saturday Weekly Recipe Post

 

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I can’t believe it is another weekend already! Thanksgiving of 2014, is BEHIND us now.. Where, and how fast the time goes, is just plain CRAZY! This year, ( yet another) where I was not in the States to celebrate Thanksgiving the “traditional” way. I’m currently “downunda” so- to us, it was just another Thursday..;-) I’m now completing my 2nd week of this WOE..my days always start out with the BPC. (YUM!! BULLET PROOF COFFEE!) which keeps me COMPLETELY satiated until I DECIDE, that I need to meet my “macros” for the day to stay in Ketosis. Today’s post is MY recipe for Bullet Proof Coffee, as there is a basic that you follow to get your fat in for the day, which a lot of people can’t FATHOM grass fed butter in their coffee, much less coconut oil, and Heavy Whipping cream?? WHAT what!!?? ..lemme tell you it is AWESOME.. and here goes..( MY version) which is FRIGGIN AWESOME.. don’t hate till you just TRY it..<3

Cori’s unique BPC

* 3 oz fresh brewed Italian coffee ( I like the espresso type! )
* 1 TBS salted grass fed (organic) butter- –people use “kerrygold” stateside, we don’t have that brand here in Oz..
* 1 TBS organic unrefined coconut oil
* 2 TBS organic coconut cream (FULL FAT)
* 1-2 pkts truvia ( to your taste)
* dash(es) Vanilla extract
* dash(es) cinnamon
* dash(es) are you ready?/ TURMERIC..(YUP)
* dash(es) Pink Himalayan rock salt ( YUP, again)

A lot of people use the stick blender to make it all frothy, ..me, I just use a fork and stir really well 😉

THIS HAS THE MOST rich, unique taste with the blend of oils, as well as the cinnamon, coconut and turmeric.. these ingredients listed above, are ALL major staples for me ( and most anyone following the Ketogenic WOE) Especially in the past 2 weeks, and- for good reason ! Try it, let me know if YOu have any variations 😉

I’m just doing my thing, keepin calm, and Keto’in on.. with AMAZING results after just 2 weeks.. which I am documenting, and will start an entire new blog about my Keto Journey 😉 LOOK FOR IT ..

Until next week.. Have an AWESOME weekend, and ENJOY yourself!

Namaste’

“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….. ❤