Low Calorie Recipes

November Keto Part 1

I was super disappointed about quitting the Mediterranean diet. I mean, I had planned on doing some kind of keto-Mediterranean-low carb-carb cycling type schedule but it was clear I need to just hunker down and get back at it.

At the very least, keto kept me from GAINING weight… (This is an interesting article about keto.)

I sat down and worked out a meal schedule for the next three months or so. A lot of it is tried and true recipes we’ve done before on keto, some are new. Some are “simple” dinners that are just easy to do. Like burgers (no bun) with a veggie. Not much different than what we usually do.

I wanted to share some of the recipes. It wasn’t 100%, sometimes I switched days depending on what my mood was, or what I got at the grocery store. But this is basically what we did:

Low Carb Big Mac in a Bowl: One of my favorite keto recipes! It’s really good!

Cowboy Butter Chicken with Zoodles: It was just ok. It had some good spicy flavor but the chicken itself was rather boring and we both though it needed some crumbled goat cheese or something on top.

Chicken and Broccoli Casserole with Cream Cheese and Mozzarella : SUPER delicious! Definitely put it under the broiler at the end! We will make this recipe again. And it would be easy to do variations–like make it Greek or Mexican.

Coconut Curry Chicken: Really good! I liked this curry recipe a lot. It was simple, easy, and pretty quick. I put it on top of Trader Joe’s cauliflower “mashed potatoes”. Delicious!

Keto Asian Beef Salad: This was delicious! We both really liked the recipe. When I make it again, I will use less sesame oil in the dressing mixture because the flavor was a bit overpowering. I’d probably do 1/2 sesame oil and 1/2 olive oil. I also added some sriracha to the dressing and it was great!

Creamy Spinach Artichoke Chicken: delicious! Super super good. Michael said it was the best recipe I’ve ever made.

A lot of the recipes I tried this month were delicious and I’d definitely make them again.

Dinner Party

Saturday we had a little dinner party. My aunt and uncle and cousin came over to see our new place. Michael smoked a chicken on the Traeger. I made a cheese plate. I got some really good stuff! A tomato and basil goat cheese and an apple and walnut smoked cheddar. Both were really delicious.

To go with the chicken, I made a roasted veggie dish. I found a recipe for Tahini Roasted Broccoli and it sounded so delicious I had to try it.

Instead of broccoli I used carrots and butternut squash. I was just feeling more of a “Fall” veggie. It turned out really good. I would definitely make it again but I probably wouldn’t use the butternut squash. It got a little mushy. I’d probably do carrots, sweet potatoes and broccoli next time.

Ingredients:
  • 2 tablespoons tahini, well stirred
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice, plus more to serve
  • large cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Several grinds black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 cups broccoli, cut into 1 1/2-inch florets
Directions:
  1. Preheat oven to 450° F.
  2. Place all of the ingredients except for the broccoli in a large bowl and whisk to combine. Add broccoli and toss well to thoroughly coat. Scatter on a sheet pan and bake for 10 minutes. Serve hot for best flavor, squeezing a little extra lemon juice on top.

Anna brought a salad and it was fantastic! So delicious! I would make this for a party in a heartbeat: Honey Dijon Mustard and Poppy Seed Coleslaw with Cranberries and Toasted Almonds

The chicken turned out great, as usual. It’s always really good on the Traeger, much more juicy and flavorful than plain ol’ chicken.

I’m happy with how everything turned out!

It was nice to have them over to catch up and show them our place. We are slowly getting things finished up. We spent the whole weekend working on the office, storage, organizing and then organizing the half bath storage. Michael installed shelves in one of the office closets and I got everything organized (and labeled!). It felt good to check something off the list and it looks really nice.