Food update

Long Weekend

I hope everyone had a good holiday and hopefully a long weekend! If you work retail, my thanks goes out to you. I did that for a long time and I even though I liked the time and a half working on holidays, it was still stressful.

We had a pretty good long weekend. I worked from home Wednesday so it was even longer! And our new bed was delivered! In our old house, the master was so small we couldn’t get a bigger bed but our new master is absurdly huge, so it made sense to finally get the king bed we’ve always wanted. We bought the bed and mattress Veteran’s Day weekend on a great sale.

We love it! It’s so nice and now it’s big enough for Stevie to sleep in the middle. LOL

Thanksgiving was nice. Low key. Slept in. Went to the gym. I stayed on the keto diet until the Thanksgiving dinner and then splurged. It was great to have my favorite carbs (stuffing, mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie) but honestly I felt gross. Stuffed and bloated from carbs!

I made sourdough bread and it turned out ok. It LOOKED perfect. It didn’t rise overnight like I wanted it to. I’m not sure what happened.

Logan had a good Thanksgiving, even though all he ate was a roll and pumpkin pie. LOL


Friday I went to the gym and did a little black Friday shopping in the afternoon and then we went to the community Tree Lighting Ceremony.

It was a quick visit and then we went home because Logan started to throw a tantrum. 3.5 is not a fun age. I tell you. I often wonder where my sweet baby went to. I am told that 4 is much better. I am counting down the days until that happens. We had some rough moments over the weekend with Mr. Defiant Toddler. But overall it was a nice break.

Saturday afternoon Michael and I dropped the little terrorist off at the grandparents house and met some friends at Montinore Vineyards for a wine tasting (and to pick up our long overdue wines!).

I love their wines! And it was so nice to see friends and catch up. Unfortunately it felt rushed. We only had about 90 minutes or so and then we had to go pick up the kiddo.

Sunday I went swimming. We decorated the house with the Christmas decorations (no tree yet). Logan helped me wrap some presents–that was hilarious!!!!!

I am seriously debating getting a fake tree. I have been anti-fake tree for a long time but dammit…I am sick of cleaning up pine needles! I vacuum them up for MONTHS after the holiday. So maybe….it’s time. We’ll see.

Keto Dinner Recipes

Here is another post of some decent and excellent recipes we’ve tried lately! If you have some favorites, please leave a comment with the link!

Recipe #1 РPaleo Beef and Broccoli 

We made this recipe recently and it turned out ok. I am sharing it because I want to make it again with a few minor changes because I think it could be better. The first issue with the recipe: it was WAY too salty. DO NOT add the salt that is in the recipe. it does not need it. Whenever I do a recipe that calls for soy sauce, I never add the salt that the recipe calls for because it doesn’t need it. I don’t know why I didn’t listen to my gut on this one this time. But I followed the recipe and added the salt and it was just too much.

The second issue I had with the recipe was the serving sizes. It said it was 4 servings and it was not. Maybe if you have it with rice (or cauliflower rice to make it keto-friendly) but it was really 3 servings.

So again, I’d make this recipe again but I’d modify it and not add any salt.

Recipe #2 – Garlic Butter Chicken Bites

I had some leftover chicken tenders from the curry soup I made recently and so I looked around for a quick and easy chicken skillet recipe I could do for lunch when I was working from home. I found one on Instagram and so I made this marinade and it turned out SUPER tasty! It was really really good. I didn’t do the zoodles with the recipe, just the chicken. I added it to my salad and then I had some leftover for lunch the next day.

Recipe #3 – Crispy Buffalo Tofu

This was really tasty! I had it for lunch, actually. And I had it with blue cheese dressing as a dip instead of the avocado dip in the recipe. It was pretty good. The next day I reheated the leftovers in the skillet with avocado oil (instead of ghee) and it got a lot crispier the second time around and I liked it even better. I would definitely make this recipe again!

Recipe #4 – Chicken and Goat Cheese Skillet

I made a few alterations to make it keto-friendly. First, I used heavy cream instead of milk per the recipe. I also skipped the rice and pasta, obviously.

Second, I didn’t have plum tomatoes so a used a bunch of grape tomatoes. I also had half a zucchini I threw into the skillet to use up. Overall, I liked the recipe. It was creamy and fresh. I liked using the veggies. It wasn’t high in fat (keto) but it was a low carb recipe and a healthy recipe. Michael liked it a lot. I thought it was a little on the plain side. I think I would make it again and add some more spices, maybe saut√© some onions, too. I’d definitely make it again, though!

Recipe #5 – Naked Fish Tacos

This one was a winner! I really really liked it a lot! I added some raw radishes to the coleslaw mix. I also added some fresh grape tomatoes, black olives and topped everything with cojita cheese. It turned out great! I would definitely make this again and I can see it being in our rotation on a regular basis. You could also make it with chicken or shrimp and it would be good, too, I think.

Happy cooking!