Keeping Keto at Disney World

mk_crystalprerover_20170201_7938321358Last week we took Isak and met my parents at Disney World for the week.  We go every January near the end and celebrate Isak’s birthday early.  It is literally my favorite week of the year.  This year, I had lots of people ask me if we were breaking our food rules for the trip.  Nope, not at all!  It wasn’t the easiest thing to do, I’m not going to lie.  Not because there were so many temptations, because at this point, temptations aren’t really a “thing” anymore.  Yay keto–cravings disappear.  It wasn’t the easiest thing to do because literally, 95% of the food found at Disney contains grains or sugar, which we avoid.  There was one night at Epcot where we each had a quarter of a gluten-free roll.  It was really good as far as gluten-free goes…but most of that stuff feels like wet sawdust in my mouth, so the texture wasn’t appealing.

The thing about staying keto at Disney is that you have to implement some preparation and research.  I did not find any acceptable snacks on the menus of any of the restaurants beforehand when I was researching, so I knew that we were going to have to keep easily portable snacks.  Also, there isn’t much in the way of breakfast food (that isn’t ridiculously overpriced), so we knew we were going to keep a bunch of compliant stuff in the fridge at the resort.  Typically I don’t eat breakfast because of the intermittent fasting (though as of this week I’ve flipped my fast over, but that’s for a later post), but when we’re walking 10-15 miles a day in the parks, I eat more often.

For the fridge and pantry in the resort, we kept: pre-cooked bacon, black forest ham, cream cheese, french onion dip, string cheese, pork rinds, and pepperoni.  If you haven’t tried pork rinds with french onion dip, you’re missing out.  Try it now.  For portable park snacks, my only requirement was that they didn’t need to be kept chilled.  I didn’t want to carry a cooler pack in the park.  We carried macadamia nuts.  Lots and lots of macadamia nuts.  I also kept a few Atkins bars in the bag, and for Isak we had single bags of nut/dried fruit mix.

Now for the fun part…the meals!

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Neither of us could remember where the turkey legs were sold at Magic Kingdom, but after asking 900 cast members, we finally got the right location: the tavern in Adventureland, across from Pirates of the Caribbean.  This was our first stop as soon as we got to the park.  Usually we fly in and wait until the following day to go to the parks; however, we were able to snag an extra day, so JR and I went as soon as we got off the Magic Express and got Isak situated in the resort with Gammy and GrandDan.  We split one turkey leg between the two of us and dipped it in a few packets of mayo.  Everything tastes better at Disney, you know.

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Breakfast on official day one: steamed heavy cream with sugar-free vanilla syrup from Starbucks at Epcot.  This is Isak’s favorite drink.  He calls it “warm chocolate,” no matter what sugar-free flavor it is.  The vanilla though…it tastes like hot-off-the-stove vanilla custard filling.  It’s delicious.  That and a handful of cashews kept him going until lunch.

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This one was my favorite table-service meal of the trip (and yes, I left the handful of fried wonton skins on–they weren’t enough to kick me out of ketosis and Epcot is always where we walk the most).  This is the Beijing Roast Duck Salad from Nine Dragons in China, in the World Showcase at Epcot.  One alteration had to be made: the hoisin sauce dressing was out because, well, hoisin sauce.  Instead, they gave me a small pitcher of the potsticker sauce, which was to die for.  Seriously, my favorite meal of the week.

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In The Seas, at Epcot, there is a restaurant called Coral Reef.  Honestly, we go here for the experience because you’re basically eating inside a giant aquarium.  In my opinion, the food is decent, but it’s not the best food ever.  I got the grilled New York strip steak with double veg instead of veg and mashed potatoes.  We had them bring out extra butter because it wasn’t nearly fatty enough.  This is where the gluten-free rolls were.  Like I said, as far as gluten-free rolls go, those were pretty good, especially when slathered with butter.  If you’re looking for that option, definitely hit up Coral Reef.  JR got the heirloom tomato salad thing here.  I gave him half of my steak and we pretty much ate off of each other’s plates.

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You can’t really tell what this is from the picture, as is frequently the case when making keto alterations, but this is a bacon cheeseburger from Cosmic Ray’s in Magic Kingdom.  They have a topping bar there where we added the mushrooms, onions, and (not pictured) some garlic ranch dressing.  It was a pretty good burger.  JR and I split the burger and…

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…the Greek salad, from the same place.  It was a pretty rockin’ Greek salad, in case you were wondering.  The chicken looks huge, but really it’s just pounded out thin.  The feta wasn’t as good as the stuff we get from Ali Baba; however, it was a decent substitute (and let’s be honest, if you don’t have a refined palate for Middle Eastern food, you won’t notice the difference).  We also put the garlic ranch on this salad.  Yeah, I really liked it.

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This was an Italian sausage without the bun from whatever that sausage company is at Disney Springs (what used to be called Downtown Disney).  The sausage was our least favorite thing of the trip.  It was just “meh.”  Those pickles were awesome though.  Seriously awesome.

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This is actually one of the meals we had at the airport in Atlanta on the way back to San Antonio.  I forget what the place was called, but it’s similar to a Chipotle-type deal.  It was a steak burrito bowl.  Why do deconstructed foods always look like a pile of stomach contents?  Regardless, it was tasty.

I didn’t remember to take pictures of all the food we ate in the parks, so here are the other items we had that I can remember:

Chili Cheese Coney without the bun from that Casey’s hot dog place on Main Street in Magic Kingdom (a delicious addition to our curbside seating for the Festival of Fantasy parade!)

Caesar salad with salmon at the Prime Time Diner in Hollywood Studios.  This restaurant was so fun!  The staff is a hoot and the decor is hilarious.  The salad was great.

If you have any questions about going keto-friendly at Disney, feel free to ask me!  Before going, I spent an hour on the phone with one of their dietary people, who helped me navigate all of the menus in order to find compliant food that wasn’t all burger-without-a-bun situations.  But really, if you’re only going to try one thing from this list, get the salad from Nine Dragons.  You won’t be disappointed.

Avocado Chicken Bombs (Keto)

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A friend and I went out to dinner recently at Chuy’s and discovered something delicious: the stuffed avocado.  Or, at least the version of it that I had them make for me.  It’s typically breaded in panko and fried that way; however, I can’t have panko and they can’t fry it without.  The chef came out to talk to me and we worked out a similar dish, and I thought I would mess around with it once I got home.  The other thing that is like crack at Chuy’s is their jalapeno ranch dressing.  Duh.  Anyone who has been there knows that.

With the same friend coming over to our house for dinner a couple weeks later, that was the perfect time to come up with a similar recipe, try to replicate the dressing, and then unveil the final product at dinner.  This was waaaaaaay better than what they came up with at Chuy’s, so I’m pretty happy about it.  You could make this with a plethora of different layers, but I’ll list it the way I made it last weekend.  Try it–you won’t be sorry!

Avocado Chicken Bombs (Keto)

Serves 4

Nutrition for Avocado Chicken Bombs: Calories (597), Fat (54.2 g), Saturated Fat (10.6 g), Carbs (17.3 g), Fiber (13.5 g), Sugar (1.3 g), Net Carbs (3.8 g), Protein (17.8 g)

Nutrition for Jalapeno Ranch: Calories (101), Fat (10.7 g), Saturated Fat (2.7 g), Carbs (0.7 g), Fiber (0.3 g), Sugar (0.6 g), Net Carbs (0.4 g), Protein (0.2 g)

Chicken

1 pound boneless, skinless chicken thighs

1/2 C olive oil

2 Tbsp chili powder

2 Tbsp lime juice

2 Tbsp sugar-free maple syrup

2 Tbsp garlic powder

1/2 tsp paprika

1/2 tsp black pepper

1.- Mix everything but chicken together.

2.- Cut chicken into small strips or chunks.  Put in resealable plastic bag and cover with marinade.  Mix around and allow to marinate for at least four hours.

3.- Heat skillet to medium high.  When pan is hot, add chicken in batches, being careful not to overcrowd the pan.  Fry until cooked through and transfer to baking dish.  When all chicken is cooked, cover baking dish and put in 300′ oven for 20-30 minutes.

4.- Assemble into avocado chicken bomb.

Jalapeno Ranch

1 C mayonnaise

1/3 C buttermilk made from heavy cream

1/3 C sour cream

4 oz can chopped jalapenos

4 oz can chopped green chiles

1/3 C cilantro

1 oz ranch seasoning

1/2 tsp minced garlic

1.- Whiz everything in a blender and enjoy.

How I Layered the Avocado Chicken Bomb, from Bottom Up

1.- Avocado

2.- Chicken

3.-Shredded Cheese

4.- Table Cream

5.- Pico de gallo

6.- Jalapeno Ranch

7.- Crumbled Bacon

8.- Queso Fresco

 

Pumpkin Chai Mug Cake (Keto)

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I’ve tried quite a few grain-free cake-type desserts that all turn out like the consistency of a sweet pile of scrambled eggs.  Well, either that or a super dry scone-brick.  This is light and fluffy (at least while it’s hot–it hasn’t made it long enough to hit the cold stage, so I don’t know what it’s like then).  It’s a little more wet than traditional cake, but it’s not like eating pumpkin eggs.  It packs a wallop of a nutritional punch, and would likely be a great breakfast if you paired it with some bacon!

Unlike many keto or paleo/primal desserts, this is nut-free and coconut-free.  If you want to make this primal or paleo, you can.  You would replace the sweetener with honey or maple syrup–I don’t know the measurements of that replacement, and it would significantly alter the sugar content, but you could do it.

This is nutritionally dense enough that I can’t eat one whole serving by myself, so you might want to find someone to share this with.  Once they smell it, people should be lining up to apply for that position.

Pumpkin Chai Mug Cake (Keto)

1 serving

Nutrition: Calories (282), Total Fat (19 g), Saturated Fat (3.2 g), Total Carbs (12.8 g), Fiber (8.7 g), Net Carbs (4.1 g), Sugar (1.4 g), Protein (18.2 g)

1/4 C flax meal

1/2 tsp baking powder

3 tsp stevia

1/2 tsp cinnamon

pinch of cardamom

1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice

3 Tbsp pumpkin puree (NOT pumpkin pie filling)

1 egg

small pinch of sea salt

1.- In small bowl, whisk egg and pumpkin.  Add in all dry ingredients and mix until incorporated.

2.- Pour into mug.  For shorter/wider mugs, microwave for 1:45-2:00.  For taller/thinner mugs, microwave for 2:00-2:30.

3.- To put on a plate, run a knife around the edge to loosen.  Flip the mug over onto a plate.  The cake will be steaming when it first comes out.  If you don’t want your whipped cream to slide right off, let it cool for a couple minutes.

Sheik al Mehshee (Keto and Primal)

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This past Thursday, I went to a Lebanese cooking class at CENTRAL MARKET, the shmancy grocery store next door to us (I mean really, could we live next to a more awesome place?).  It was an AWESOME class, where most of the recipes were adapted from recipes in ROSE WATER AND ORANGE BLOSSOMS, one of my favorite Lebanese cookbooks.  There’s something you should know though: I don’t particularly like eggplant, and I’m not much for tomato sauce, both of which are key components in this dish.  That being said, I LOVE the eggplant in this dish.  Still not big on tomato sauce (plus, it has like 40 bajillion carbs), so I altered the sauce a bit.  Okay, a lot.  It doesn’t really resemble the original sauce at all, other than it contains tomatoes and ground beef.

So, I turned it into a tomato cream sauce (hello, more fat), took out the carby onions, changed up the spices, and added layers of cheese.  Next time I might toss some ricotta in there as well, but I didn’t have any to work with tonight.  Oh well.  According to my husband, he could eat the whole pan, so I guess that means it’s good.  Seriously though, it’s delicious.

Sheik al Mehshee (Keto and Primal)

Serves 4

Nutrition info per serving: Calories (504), Total Fat (44.8 g), Saturated Fat (11.4 g), Total Carbs (11.8 g), Fiber (4.8 g), Net carbs (7 g), Sugars (6.2 g), Protein (18.1 g)

1.5# eggplant, 1/8-1/4″ slices

3 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil

Sea salt

3/4# ground beef (or lamb)

1 tsp garlic powder

1 Tbsp Lebanese Seven Spice

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1 can stewed tomatoes

1/4 C heavy cream

1/3 C pine nuts

8 oz shredded mozzarella

1.- Set oven to broil.  Line a baking sheet with foil.  Trim each end of the eggplant, then slice and place on baking sheet.  Brush each slice with olive oil and sprinkle with salt.  Broil until deep brown (about 10-15 minutes per side).

2.- Adjust oven temperature to 375.  In skillet over medium-high heat, brown ground beef.  Season with 1/2-1 tsp sea salt, 1 tsp garlic powder, 1 Tbsp Lebanese Seven Spice, and 1/2 tsp cinnamon.  Stir well and cook until browned.  Add stewed tomatoes and crush up with the meat.  Add in heavy cream and simmer a few minutes until the sauce starts to thicken and spices are incorporated.

3.- Lightly oil an 8×8 square baking dish.  Spread a couple spoonfuls of the sauce on the bottom of the dish.  Layer some eggplant, then cheese, then pine nuts, then more sauce.  Repeat layers, ending with eggplant on top.  Cover with foil and bake for 80 minutes.  Remove the foil, spread another layer of mozzarella, then put back in the oven, uncovered, for another 15 minutes, until cheese is brown and bubbling.  Let cool a few minutes before serving.

 

How to Build a Mezze Platter (Primal and Mostly Keto)

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I had some friends over this past weekend for one of the 2-3 days per year that I deem to be “spa day.”  Basically, I gather up a bunch of body/home product recipes that I want to try out, and a few times a year I make a bunch of them all day.  Many of them become standard holiday gifts that we give out.  Usually I do it alone, but I decided that it would be fun with other people, along with wine and (of course) food.  I’m Italian and Lebanese, so both of my nationalities are known for feeding people.  That’s just what we do.  I’ve all but given up most Italian foods, as pretty much none of them work within the confines of a keto diet; however, many Middle Eastern dishes can become compliant (you just omit the bread).  In the Italian culture, one would make an antipasti plate.  In the Lebanese culture, the equivalent dish is called a mezze platter.  Typically the dishes are HUGE–like, between one and three feet in diameter–and are packed full of food.  You can put basically anything you want on the plate, but the purpose is for everyone to eat off of the communal plate.  Part of the enjoyment of the food is in sharing the food, so this is very important.

 

Tzatziki

Tzatziki (2)

Tabbouleh

Tabbouleh

Zucchini Hummus

Hummus

Dip/Salad Trio

Mezze 2

Some of the things I put on my platter weren’t entirely low-carb (hello, figs); however, I just avoided those.  If you look up “mezze platter,” you will find thousands of things you can include…but here is what I chose for this:

Seriously, making mezze for your gatherings will free up way more of your time so you can actually enjoy yourself.  Take it from someone who plans 78-course elaborate dinners on the regular…for this one, I got to breathe and eat…the whole time.

Zucchini Hummus

Approximately 15 servings

Nutrition per serving: Calories (115), Fat (10.5 total, 1.6 sat), Carbs (3.4 total, 1.6 fiber, 1.8 net), Protein (2.9)

3-4 zucchini, peeled and chopped (about 3 C)

1/2 C fresh lemon juice

3/4 C tahini

3 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil

1 Tbsp cumin

1 tsp sea salt

1/2 tsp ground pepper

4 cloves garlic, peeled

Paprika to garnish

1.- Put everything in a blender.  Blend on high until creamy (about 60-90 seconds).

2.- Pour into container and chill for at least 30 minutes before serving.  This will thicken up a little while chilling, but it is a thinner consistency than hummus made with chickpeas.

VBS Goes Primal

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It turns out that pretty much very church on the planet uses the same VBS theme each year.  Are you looking for a business opportunity?  It seems as though someone should come up with a competing company, as there is apparently only one choice!  Because of that, I’ve had the pleasure of discussing VBS snacks with people from six different churches around the country recently…and they all offered zero in the way of nutrition.  I heard everything from candy to chicken nuggets to cookies to crackers.  How many f these snacks will sustain kids through the whole morning?  None.

Last year I played around with the whole “primal” snack thing, and got a decent response–for the most part, the kids didn’t notice that the snacks were any different.  This year I decided to go the whole way to primal, with one caveat: some corn chex in the trail mix.  That is the only place where I haven’t yet found an affordable filler.  Maybe next year I’ll have it figured out.  Anyway, our menu this year went as such:

Monday: Smoothie Popsicles/Applesauce Popsicles

Tuesday: Trail Mix

Wednesday: Ants on a Log (with sunflower butter and/or cream cheese)

Thursday: Fresh Sorbet

Friday: Vanilla-Scented Coconut Pancakes with Strawberries and Whipped Cream

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Smoothie Popsicles

I’m going to be honest–I didn’t measure when I did these, but I have a rough estimate of ingredients.  These and the sorbet basically require a good blender (Vitamix or higher).

1# strawberries

1 banana

1 avocado

1 C unsweetened coconut milk

2 Tbsp flax meal

1.- Whiz it in the blender.

2.- Pour it into Dixie cups.  Stick in a popsicle stick (they will stand up).

3.- Freeze.

These take a LOT of freezer space when you make them for large numbers of kids.  We would put 24 on a tray, then stack a second tray of 24 on top.

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Trail Mix

These two pictures look alike, but because of allergies, they were not.  We had separate snacks each day for the big kids (4 and up) and the little kids (2-3).  This way, I was able to cover all allergies in the group with just one snack.

Big Kids

Corn Chex

Raisins

Cashews

Unsweetened Grated Coconut

Pumpkin Seeds

Dark Chocolate (90%+)

Littles

Corn Check

Unsweetened Grated Coconut

Raisins

Dairy-Free Chocolate Chips

Raw Sunflower Kernels

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Ants on a Log

These should be pretty self-explanatory.  I don’t have a picture of the cream cheese version, but they were exactly the same, just with cream cheese.

Celery

Sunflower Butter

Cream Cheese

Raisins

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Sorbet

This recipe MUST have a good blender.  You will break the motor on a $50 blender in about two seconds trying to make this.

1# frozen strawberries

1# frozen pineapple

1 avocado

1/2 frozen banana

1 tsp honey

1 C unsweetened coconut milk

2 Tbsp flax meal

1.- Layer the liquid and soft items first–coconut milk, honey, avocado, flax meal.  Add in the frozen fruit.  Turn on the blender and slowly rev it up to high.  Use your tamp to shove everything down to the bottom and within a little bit, you’ll have four lumps form on top.

2.- When it’s the consistency of ice cream, you stop the blender and eat it.

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Vanilla-Scented Coconut Pancakes with Strawberries and Whipped Cream

One recipe makes 15-20 pancakes, depending on their size

8 eggs

1/4 C melted butter

1/2 C coconut milk

1 tsp vanilla

1 tsp honey

1/2 C coconut flour

Pinch of salt

1 tsp banking soda

1.- In blender, mix eggs on medium-low until frothy (takes about 60-90 seconds).  Add in butter, vanilla, coconut milk, and honey while continuing to mix.  Add in dry ingredients and mix until well-combined and lumps are gone.

2.- Let rest for 15 minutes–it will thicken.  If it gets too thick, add in more coconut milk or water.

3.- Heat griddle to medium and grease appropriately.  Cook pancakes.  Coconut flour cooks a little differently, so just watch them and make sure you don’t turn them too early.

4.- Serve with whatever on top.  We chose strawberries and sugar-free whipped cream

 

German Chocolate Doughnuts with Chocolate Ricotta Frosting (Keto and Primal)

German Chocolate Doughnuts

This coming weekend will be Isak’s first time going to a birthday party since going sugar-free and (most recently) grain-free.  I don’t want to always bring him his “own” treats, but I also don’t want to undo all of the hard work we’ve done, blowing it out of the water with birthday food.  Fortunately, it’s a morning party, so the likelihood of cake was going to be low.  I asked the girl’s mom what kind of food would be there, and she said they’d have fruit, so score on that one!  But she also said that at the party (which is an art party), they would be decorating doughnuts.  I told her I would come up with a doughnut and bring it for Isak with some whipped cream so he could “decorate” too.

This is the first recipe I tried.  It was originally just a plain, coconut-flour cupcake.  I decided to add some actual coconut and some cocoa to it, as Isak loves coconut and all things chocolate.  Then I made a ganache with butter, cocoa, and erythritol, but it didn’t mix correctly for some reason.  I added some ricotta, mixed it on high, and it whipped up like a fluffy frosting!  I haven’t give them to anyone who still eats sugar yet, so I don’t know what they taste like to “lay people.”  But…I know that Isak chowed down three of them today…so apparently they’re a hit.  If you like coconut and chocolate together, they’re AMAZING!

German Chocolate Doughnuts with Chocolate Ricotta Frosting (Keto and Primal)

Makes 10 Doughnuts

Nutrition per doughnut including the frosting: 223 calories, 20.4 g fat (14.7 saturated), 4.9 g fiber (3 net carbs), 5.5 g protein

1/3 C coconut flour

1/3 C unsweetened coconut flakes

1/4 C cocoa powder

3 lg eggs

1/3 C coconut oil, melted

1/4 C heavy cream

3 Tbsp erythritol

2 tsp vanilla

1/4 tsp liquid stevia

1/4 tsp baking powder

1/8 tsp salt

1.- Preheat oven to 350.  Grease doughnut pan with coconut oil.

2.- Add all ingredients to large bowl.  Mix on high until completely blended.

3.- Pour dough into doughnut pan or mini-bundt pan.

4.- Bake 15-20 minutes.

 

Frosting

3 Tbsp butter

2 Tbsp heavy cream

1/4 C whole-milk ricotta

2-3 Tbsp cocoa powder

1-2 Tbsp erythritol

1/4 tsp vanilla

3-6 drops liquid stevia

1.- In microwave-safe bowl, add butter, cream, cocoa powder, erythritol, vanilla, and stevia.  Microwave until liquefied.

2.- Remove from microwave and beat on medium-low for about a minute.  Add ricotta and whip on high for another minute or so.

3.- Spread onto cooled doughnuts.

 

“Nutella” Cookies (Keto and Paleo)

Nutella Cookies

This is a cookie for all times of the day.  Breakfast, snack, second breakfast, elevenses, lunch…  Whatever meal you’re having, this is a cookie to go with it.  Hell, break them up, pour some dairy over them, and call them cereal.  Isak LOVES them.  Especially with whipped cream.  Full disclosure though, he loves everything with whipped cream.  But these he even loves without.

There is one down side: hazelnuts are far from the cheapest nuts and far from the cheapest flour.  If you aren’t stuck on having the hazelnut flavor, you could likely substitute any nut flour for the hazelnut flour (I will eventually try cashew, myself).  Pistachio would be good too.  Okay, now I’m drooling over the thought of macadamia.  You can pretty much pack the sheet with these–they don’t spread.  Keep that in mind when you’re forming them.  I made mine about 3/4 the diameter of Oreos.  So yeah, try these out.  I’m going to make about 400 dozen to take on our upcoming trip to Ohio.

“Nutella” Cookies (Keto and Paleo)

32 small cookies

Nutrition: 57 calories, 5 g fat, 2.1 carbs (1.2 g fiber, 0.2 g sugar, 0.9 net carbs), 1.6 g protein 

1 C hazelnut meal/flour (you can buy this or make your own)

1/2 C almond flour

3 T flax seed meal

2 tsp chia seeds

1/4 C cocoa powder

1 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

1/4 C chopped pecans

1 egg

3 Tbsp melted butter

1 tsp vanilla

1/4 C stevia in the raw

squirt of liquid stevia

1.- Heat oven to 350.  Line a baking sheet with a silpat or parchment paper.

2.- In medium bowl, combine hazelnut flour, almond flour, flax seed meal, chia seeds, cocoa powder, baking powder, salt, chopped pecans, and 1/4 C stevia in the raw.

3.- In large bowl, mix egg, butter, vanilla, and a squirt of liquid stevia.  Mix dry into wet and combine well.

4.- Roll and flatten on silpat.  Bake 10-12 minutes.  Remove cookies to cooling rack and let cool 15 minutes before serving.

More Amazing Pizza! (Keto and Primal)

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I didn’t think it could get better than the last pizza crust I posted, but it can, and it did.  One of my friends made some changes to an existing recipe, and of course I asked for the recipe while having lunch at her house.  Then I made a few more changes (because I can’t be trusted to make any recipe–including my own–the way it’s written) and now we have this!  This is the most bread-like grain-free crust I’ve ever tasted.  I would go out on a limb and say that once you press this out, you could use a biscuit cutter to make rounds of this and use it for sandwiches.  It’s that good.

It has 21 grams of fat per piece, and almost 7 grams of fiber per piece, to boot.  Delicious and nutritious!  Make some tonight!

Pizza (Keto and Primal)

9 “square” servings

Nutrition:  283 calories, 20.9 g fat, 10.5 g saturated fat, 11.6 g carbs (6.6 g fiber, 2.5 g sugar, 5 g net carbs), 17.8 g protein

2 C shredded mozzarella

3 T cream cheese

1 egg

1/4 C almond flour

1/2 C coconut flour

2 Tbsp ground flax seeds

2 Tbsp psyllium husks

2 Tbsp chia seeds

1 Tbsp Italian seasoning

1/2 tsp garlic powder

1.- Heat oven to 425.  In lg microwave-safe bowl, heat mozzarella and cream cheese for 60 seconds.  Stir and heat another 20-30 seconds.

2.- Stir in egg, almond flour, coconut flour, flax seeds, psyllium husk, chia seeds, and seasonings.  Mix well.  The easiest way to do this is to put on gloves and use your hands to knead it like bread dough.

3.- Oil your hands and press this out on a silpat-lined baking sheet.  Poke some small holes with a fork to prevent bubbling.  Bake 8-10 minutes.  Remove and pop any bubbles that may have formed.  Top with some tomato sauce, cheese, and toppings (the nutrition for this pizza is based on cheese, pepperoni, and mushrooms).  Bake another 8-10 minutes.

Chicken Curry Meatballs with Smokey Bacon Cream (Keto and Whole30)

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I’m pretty sure that these could be made with any meat, but today, I made them with chicken.  They had a fantastic flavor!  And the sauce?  All bets are off.  I’m going to make the sauce to put on pretty much everything.  I mean…bacon…coconut milk…where can you go wrong?

Full disclosure: these meatballs are pretty dense.  They’ll be small, but they pack a mad nutritional punch.  Per meatball, you’re looking at 11.2 grams of fat with half of it being saturated, 2.5 grams of carbs with just over half of that as fiber, 9 grams of protein, and the addition of chia seeds and ground flax meal.  That combined with the bacon fat and coconut milk…I ate three of them and was finished for the night.  They would also be good in a lettuce wrap, but tonight we ate them by their lonesome.

Buon appetito!

Chicken Curry Meatballs with Smokey Bacon Coconut Cream (Keto and Whole30)

20 servings

Nutrition per serving: 138 calories, 11.2 g fat (5.6 g saturated), 2.5 g carbs (1.3 g fiber, 1.2 g net carbs), 0.3 g sugar, 8.9 g protein

1# ground chicken

3 Tbsp coconut flour

2 Tbsp chia seeds

2 Tbsp ground flax meal

1 large egg + 1 large egg yolk

4 cloves garlic, minced

1/2 ground turmeric

4 tsp curry powder, divided

1 tsp red curry paste

Salt

1 C canned full-fat coconut milk

6 oz bacon, chopped

Coconut oil

1.-In large bowl, mix chicken, coconut flour, chia seeds, ground flax meal, egg and yolk, garlic, spices, and 2 tsp curry paste in a bowl.  Mix until well combined.  Form into 20 small meatballs and chill for at least 30 minutes.

2.-Cook bacon in a large skillet over medium heat until crispy.  Remove and set aside.  Remove all but 1 Tbsp bacon grease.  To the bacon grease, add 1 Tbsp coconut oil.  When hot, add meatballs and brown for 30-40 seconds on each side.  Add coconut milk and 2 tsp curry paste.  Mix the paste into the sauce and cover pan.  When the coconut milk comes to a simmer, turn the heat down to medium-low and let cook for 6-8 more minutes.  Remove lid and stir to coat the meatballs with sauce.

3.-Serve with chopped basil or cilantro.  You could also serve this over cauli-rice.