Savoury roasted pork side (known in some parts) which I found out recently it’s also known as belly. I’ve found that since adopting the ketogenic lifestyle that I’ve been cooking different things and experimenting more than I had previously. Nowadays, I look forward more flavourful, satiating meals and this roasted pork side is no exception. It’s a wonderful, tasty fat bomb! You may think that one piece isn’t enough but it fills me up pretty quick!
Edited with revised nutritional information June 28th, 2017. Scroll to the end.
Welcome to the TLC (Thriving on Low Carb) Snack Corner Review! I find it easier to stick to a diet/lifestyle when one can have things that will work as substitutes rather than a carby counterpart that can throw one out of ketosis. I’ll be reviewing items that I’ve found or that have been touted as low carb or even keto friendly. The Parsnip Chips by Hardbite Chips have the honour of being the first TLC Snack Corner Review.
This dish came out of nowhere and I hadn’t expected it to be so savoury and light, it’s low carb chicken with coconut. Also known as Kelaguen in Guam. It’s coconut paired with a protein, most often raw fish or seafood that “cooks” in the acidity of the citrus. Kinda like ceviche with coconut! With this particular recipe, the chicken is already cooked so no worrying about eating it raw. (I do want to try this in future!) You can eat it as a side dish, a salad or a main course it’s quite versatile. One serving is 8.89g net carbs most definitely low carb and you can squeeze it in if you’re keto! (I plan out my macros if I know this dish is on the horizon!) This is one of these dishes that you’re thinking…are you sure? That’s weird! No, seriously…really weird! Well, I thought the same thing and now it’s on my list of fave meals to make.
What’s also great about this dish is that with it being winter, it’s nice to have something fresh.
Most likely you’ve never cracked open and grated a fresh coconut? Being ketogenic the coconut has become a staple for me. Some of you may know that the 62-65% of the oil is known as medium chain triglycerides (also known as MCT oil) that’s converted easily to ketones (B-hydroxybutyrate) which is readily used by the brain and body when in ketogenesis. Other coconut based products such as coconut milk, coconut cream, coconut flour have all found their way into my home. I had never thought to include fresh coconut until a friend introduced me to Kelaguen. A wonderful citrusy coconut chicken dish. Not only is fresh coconut has a beautiful taste and texture, nutritionally for 1 cup (80 g) it’s only 283 calories with 12.18 g carbs and 7.2 g fiber leaving it with a net 4.98 g carbs.
My transformation and exploration of the Ketogenic Diet began 6 months ago on July 3rd, 2015. I had an idea what to expect from reading the FAQ section from the Keto subreddit several times but I still was surprised that it works. And it works for me!
I’m 5’2.75″ and my start weight was about 167.5 pounds (I didn’t have a scale at home so my start weight was taken on July 6th when I was at work). This worked out to a BMI of 29.9 which translates to the Overweight category and was only 0.1 point away from being obese. On this journey, I started at a size 14.
I started the diet for a few reasons, some personal (high blood pressure along with headaches plus realizing that I really need to take care of myself or else I’ll be in bigger trouble later in life) and some superficial (trying to fit into a green dress that I wore 4 years ago). To get into the edge “normal” weight BMI, I needed to loose 28 pounds to reach a weight of 139.5 pounds.
This fast and savoury turkey stock is robust with flavour thanks to the Instant Pot! Did I tell you that I LOVE my Instant Pot?! (Instant Pot didn’t pay me to say that nor do I receive compensation in any way. The opinions are exclusively mine on this amazing kitchen tool. Sometimes I even think it’s magic!)
While the holidays are just past the horizon, some may still have some turkey frozen.
I’d made a turkey stock the day after Christmas and after one run, it looked like there was enough goodness to run it again with more water, fresh herbs and salt. It worked and worked well. While the second run wasn’t as good as the first, it was still great! Broth/stock is always wonderful to have on hand for soups or just to drink especially when you need that electrolyte boost when you’re on keto. Each batch made just over 3 liters.
For this stock, I didn’t anticipate to blog about this but after discovering that a second run was a great success here it is! My apologizes for the absence of photos from the first run.
These low carb stuffed pork chops with spinach are delicious if I do say so myself. I’ll read or hear that being on the ketogenic diet can be expensive and it can be. I always look out for sales, specials and stock up. I was out and about when I came across these 1″ (2.5cm) thick sliced pork chops at Lepp Farm Market that were discounted. SCORE!!! They’re local too, which is fabulous! (Note: packaging was from a month ago but I made these a while ago, they haven’t been out THAT long. The pic was taken on Dec.3rd). Many stores discount for many reasons: perhaps they have an overstock; a few days have elapsed since it was packed or just because to name a few. When I find specials like these most often I’ll put them in the freezer to enjoy another day. These came out to be $15.38 or $3.84 each for a local product. On this particular day I had a hankering for pork chops. Sure I could have just pan fried them but I wanted something a little more decadent. After I had stuffed the pork chops, I could only fit 3 chops in my frying pan nicely so I ended up freezing one for another day. (which turned out great when I was fending dinner just for myself)
Keep a lookout for specials out there! You never know what you may find!
For the last several years, rather than have a long list of New Years Resolutions (that I don’t tend to get to them all) I have a Motivational Word for the Year. I discovered it when I was paper crafting and I’ve found that it works well for me. Usually for the first few months, I’ll focus activities whether in life/work/everyday and it seems to guide me. Then life gets busy moving into spring/summer in different ways and I kind of forget about it. Or do I? What I’ve found that the word will tend to resonate and perhaps on a subconscious level the things I do are still guided by my motivational word for the year. Then at years end, I recall the word again (as I seek a new one) and look back.
First a recap of 2015:
This spinach side dish recipe was originally created to be used as stuffing. It’s wonderful for stuffed pork chops! But it’s great on it’s own as a savoury snack or a delectable side dish that’s low carb, keto friendly and gluten free. It has cheese, cured pork, pine nuts, spinach and butter to bring all that yummy-ness together!