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!
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.
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!
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!
This low carb marzipan confectionery recipe is not only keto friendly but also gluten free! I was playing around with artificial sweeteners when I was craving marzipan. Especially at this time of year where there’s many holiday favourites around and this is my first holiday season on keto. I have almond flour around and dark chocolate let’s see if I put it together.
It’s actually pretty quick, easy and involves no baking! Just a microwave!
This is a SUPER EASY keto avocado dessert. It’s not only easy to make but there’s only 3 ingredients! Low carb, ketogenic and gluten free. It’s Filipino in origin, my mother made this with sugar many times when I was a kid. I had only known to use avocados as a dessert so when I had them in guacamole, it was completely foreign to me!
What I LOVE about this avocado dessert is that many keto’ers have these ingredients already in their kitchens.
I had been thinking about making heavy cream yogurt using the Instant Pot for quite a while now. I’ve had the Instant Pot DUO60, 7 in 1 for over a year now (and the IP Smart for just under a year), one function that I’ve wanted to use but haven’t is the yogurt function.
Thinking that Heavy Cream has approximately half the number of carbs than homogenized milk based on the USDA nutrition Database Heavy Cream has 6.52g carbs in one fluid cup compared to homogenized milk which has 11.66g carbs per fluid cup. (Though, I’ve since discovered that according to Avalon’s website that their Heavy Cream has 13g carbs-3g fiber=10g net carbs while their homogenized milk has 12g per cup. I’ve emailed to clarify if this was correct and as of this post haven’t heard back yet. Next time, I may be using another cream for this.)
So here’s my thought process, start with Heavy Cream which is lower in carbs to begin with and turn it into yogurt where the bacteria would use some of the milk sugars for food!! AH, HA!! (but there’s the other thing where the fat will remain and will be high in calories!)
I thought it’s perfect on the Ketogenic diet where I’ve restricted myself to 20g of net carbs. (Net carbs is the total carbs minus fiber carbs). I hadn’t had yogurt since starting the diet in July 2015. I was excited to 1) have yogurt again 2) to be able to use another function on the Instant Pot. YIPEEEE!
This low carb creamed spinach side dish is simple and quick. I don’t know why I didn’t think of it sooner! It all started when I popped into the Local Harvest Farm Market and I saw this beautiful bag of organic spinach that was freshly picked.
Seeing the big succulent leaves, I couldn’t resist taking it home with me. I had some low carb pork BBQ ribs leftover from the other day (it was great, it kept me fed for 4 dinners) and the spinach would make a great side dish. I’d seen a fellow ketoer post something about creamed spinach and thought that would be perfect for dinner. I wasn’t sure about a recipe so I had made this flying by the seat of my pants and I loved how it turned out but next time I’d use a lot more spinach!