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More Keto Dinners & Recipes

The first two aren’t really recipes. But I wanted to share them because they were really good. 🙂

Dinner #1 – Stuffed Mexican Peppers

Stuffed peppers are fun. I’ve made them a bunch of times and usually do a mixture of meat with rice or quinoa. But it’s not necessary and easy to make it keto-friendly.

Browned ground beef with taco seasoning then stuffed it in peppers. Topped the peppers with cheese and baked it for about 20-25 minutes. Topped with black olives, sour cream and homemade guacamole. Delicious! A little higher in carbs because of the peppers and the taco seasoning, but really good and scratches that itch for Mexican food when you can’t have things like burritos and enchiladas.

 

Dinner #2 – Cobb Salad

We went to  my in-law’s house for a belated birthday dinner and she made a delightful keto salad. She used rotisserie chicken, hard boiled eggs, black olives, bacon, grape tomatoes, avocado and homemade blue cheese dressing (she makes the best dressing). It was so so good!

Dinner #3 – Zucchini Pizzas

I tried these once before and decided to do them again but make them in a slightly different way. This time I pre-baked the zucchini boats before putting the toppings on it. Then I baked it again for about 15 minutes. It worked well that way!

 

Dinner #4 – Keto Egg Roll in a Bowl

Ingredients

  • 1 lb ground pork/beef/chicken
  • 12 ounces cabbage (we used a ready made cole slaw mix)
  • 1/4 cup liquid aminos (or soy sauce)
  • 2 tbsp chicken broth
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 2 tsp Sriracha
  • 1 tbsp Sesame Oil
  • 2 tbsp minced green onion
  • 1 tsp Sesame Seeds

Instructions

  • Heat a large skillet to medium-high heat. Once hot add in the ground pork. Using a spatula break up the chunks of meat and cook all the way through.
  • Add in the liquid aminos, and chicken broth and stir to combine.
  • Add in the minced garlic, ground ginger and sriracha and combine. Allow to cook for 1-2 minutes as the liquid reduces.
  • Add in 12 ounces of cabbage (we buy plain cole slaw mix) and stir to combine coating all the cabbage in the liquid and seasonings. Once the cabbage has wilted to your liking remove from heat. For more crunch combine and immediately remove from heat, for less crunch cook down for 2-3 minutes.
  • Drizzle with sesame oil and garnish with minced scallions and sesame seeds, if desired. Enjoy!
Nutrition
Calories: 310kcal | Carbohydrates: 6.75g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 20.5g | Fiber: 2g
Note: The less cabbage you use, the lower the total and net carbs will be!
I had all the ingredients to make a different recipe and wasn’t feeling it so I looked around and did this one instead. It turned out pretty good and it was super fast!
Whole30 Spanish Chicken And Cauliflower Rice
Servings: 4
Calories: 201
Carbs: 5 net
INGREDIENTS
Chicken
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Italian spice blend
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 3-4 boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil for cooking

Rice

  • 16 oz cauliflower rice
  • 1 1/2 cup chicken stock
  • lemon juice from 1/2 lemon
  • fresh cilantro for garnish
  • marinated tomatoes for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a small bowl mix together the spices for the chicken, then rub half of it on chicken (reserve half for later)
  2. Heat a skillet over medium heat then drizzle with 1-2 tablespoons olive oil and cook chicken until golden brown on each side (about 2-3 minutes on each side- you will finish cooking it later). Then remove and set aside.
  3. Fill skillet with cauliflower rice, stock, lemon juice, and the other half of the spice mix. Stir the cauliflower rice then set chicken thighs over rice, cover with a lid, and cook on medium/low heat for 20 minutes until chicken is cooked through.
Garnish with chopped cilantro and lemon wedges (optional).

I added some Spanish olives and topped it with fresh parsley (we didn’t have fresh cilantro). I liked the recipe a lot. It would be WAY better with real rice, of course, but for a low carb keto recipe it’s pretty great! I would also say use a little less chicken stock. There was a lot leftover in the skillet that didn’t cook off.

Dinner #6 20 Minute Shrimp and Sausage Skillet Paleo Meal 

I used this recipe from PaleoNewbie. It wasn’t necessarily keto–it wasn’t high fat but it was low in carbs, so that was good for me.  (I had some leftover keto cheesecake for dessert so I was good on fat for the day!)

This recipe was absolutely delicious! Super flavorful. And pretty quick. I would definitely make this dinner again.

Keto Meals Week 1

Here is the first week in meals. Everything I ate (100%):

Day One

Breakfast – Cheese omelet with sausage on the side. Unsweetened iced tea. Coffee with nutpod creamer.

Lunch  – SkinnyTaste’s Picadillo on salad with avocado

Snacks – Walnuts, Olives stuffed with jalapenos, Cheese

Dinner – Turkey Burger with Smoked Gouda Cheese, Bacon, Mayo. I made a cucumber salad with avocado and Newman’s Own Lite Italian Dressing (low carb and no sugar! Yay!) and a glass of red wine.

How I felt & how I did- Felt good! Wasn’t hungry! Like not at all! Didn’t feel tired or run down, either. I even worked out. My macros were great! I was pretty close on all the macros, not perfect, but that’s ok. The important part was I got to 20 net carbs. Yay me!

Day Two

Breakfast – 2 scrambled eggs (with heavy cream), with sausage and red peppers topped with cheese and sour cream and hot sauce. Coffee with heavy cream and nutpod creamer. Unsweetened iced tea.

Lunch – Antipasto Salad. Green salad with Italian dressing. Salami, prosciutto, fresh mozzarella, cucumber, Greek peperoncinos and olives.

Dinner – This was the first challenge–going out to a restaurant. I could have changed our start date so that we began the Keto diet after our dinner plans with friends, but I wanted to be able to make this work even going out. We met our friends at Hopworks (basically a beer and pizza place but it’s kid friendly). I got a Cobb Salad (salad with blue cheese dressing, blue cheese crumbles, tomatoes, bacon, avocado, hard boiled egg). It came with a breadstick, which I did not eat but wanted to!

I did have a glass of wine but just one.

Overall, my second day was good. I was MUCH closer to my macro goals (67% out of 70% of fat, 23% out of 25% on protein) but today I was at 27 net carbs for the day, so over. Looking over my day I discovered that my highest carb count was the avocado–ironically–but that’s ok because it’s the good carbs. (I mean HOW is the avocado higher in carbs than my WINE?!?!)

But I worked out today, so maybe the few extra carbs were a good thing?

Day Three

Breakfast – Omelet with cheese and bacon and hot sauce. Unsweetened iced tea and coffee with heavy cream and Stevia. Still not quite the same as my coffee creamer. WAHHHHH!!!! 🙁

Lunch – I got home from swimming feeling the first effects of the coming Keto-flu (I think). I was weak and shaky and felt like my muscles didn’t work. I had steamed broccoli with Goddess Dressing and some pork rinds (which are kinda weird but good if you are craving chips). Then I had a “wrap”–two slices of turkey and salami and a slice of prosciutto wrapped around a hunk of fresh mozzarella with mayo and mustard.

Snacks – Today I had a mug of bone broth. It was good! Warm and filling. I also had a piece of cheese and, some nuts and some olives.

Dinner – Michael made pastrami on the traeger grill! It was a week long process, too! But it was cool to have homemade pastrami for dinner and we have a ton for lunches for the week. Dinner was pastrami in a low carb wrap with mayo and lettuce. It was really good!

Day Four

Breakfast – Scrambled eggs (with heavy cream) with red peppers and sausage topped with some shredded cheese. Unsweetened iced tea. I had coffee with heavy cream and Stevia when I got to work.

Lunch – Pastrami in a low carb wrap! These wraps are really great! Not only are they actually tasty but they are low in calories and low in carbs. They are only 5 net carbs. So I made a wrap with mayo, mustard, pastrami, some lettuce and cheese. Bone broth.

Snacks – I made ranch dip from scratch (Hidden Valley packet with Tillamook full fat sour cream) and had raw broccoli and cucumber. Then later I had mixed salted nuts and a piece of cheese.

Dinner – Zoodles with pesto and meatballs. Some mozzarella on the side.

Day Five

Breakfast – Cheese omelet with hot sauce. Unsweetened iced tea. Coffee with heavy cream and stevia.

Lunch – Pastrami (no wrap), avocado, mozzarella, Newman’s Own Lite Italian dressing.

Snacks – Mixed salted nuts (only 1 ounce this time), cheese in the morning. In the afternoon I had homemade ranch dip with cucumbers and broccoli.

Dinner – Pork chop with herbed butter sauce and shaved brussels sprouts.

My Take Away From Week One

  • It is actually a lot harder to get fat in your diet than you think.
  • I’m going to miss my Kombucha. 🙁
  • I have a lot more thoughts and working on a post for next week!