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!
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.
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!
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!
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!