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.
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!
I wanted to make Instant Pot Low Carb Pork Ribs but realized the ribs I had were in the freezer! 🙁 Now I normally wouldn’t fret over a frozen protein to use in the Instant Pot but well…these ribs were frozen solid flat and there was no way it would fit! Funny thing was that I had to pop into the grocery store to pick something up when I saw these pork side ribs on special. $5.03/kg seemed like pretty okay price. I used to diligently track local food prices and I should dig up that info and update it. Being on the ketogenic diet, I (think) I consume more proteins now than I did before. (I didn’t track what I ate before keto and I think that I am eating more protein but I can’t really confirm that.) So it’s more important to track sales and cook with what is on special or stock up for later. That being said, this package of pork side ribs lasted me for 4 meals so $2.17 per meal doesn’t seem so bad!
I’ve been a big fan of pasta puttanesca which characteristically has anchovies, olives, tomatoes, capers along with garlic, olive oil but of course there are variations of it. Many of the elements are known for having flavours that can be classified as “umami” or 5th taste profile. It’s picked up by the glutamate receptors and yes, MSG is part of that classification. There is no glutamate added but anchovies, olives, tomatoes, parmesan cheese have glutamates that occur naturally. This is my take on the puttaneseca with ingredients that I usually have kicking around the house. It’s also very quick and easy to make and also inexpensive when stocking up on sardines when on sale. I was super excited to have find this keto friendly, low carb Black Bean Pasta by Explore Asian at Costco so I could once again have one of my fave meals! At 23g carbs and 14g fiber is a net 9g, which can be high if you’re limited to 20g net carbs a day. High in protein 49g but low in calories at 463. My overall carbs are usually low so this dish works well for me.