keto dinner

Sleepy and a Recipe

I’ve been back to work for a few days now. The first day was ROUGH. I was absolutely, bone-tired exhausted. I forgot just how much surgery takes it out of you. It takes awhile to feel back to normal. I’m not quite there yet. I definitely needed a nap on Monday and wished I’d taken one on my lunch break! But I got to work and blinked and somehow it was 12:30 and I’d missed my morning break and it was already lunch time.

Thankfully I work from home on Wednesdays, so I was able to sleep in a bit before getting to work. I love my Wednesdays! I’m supposed to be clear to start doing cardio in a few days. Part of me misses it and is it ready to get back to it. And part of me really wants to just sleep. LOL. We’ll see how I feel in a few days!

In other news, I’ve finished a few books but not enough to do a book update. Soon! I’ve been watching a lot of TV on my time off for my surgery. I finally got caught up on some shows that I had fallen behind on (I never have time for TV). I am currently working my way through season 3 of Outlander. If you’ve never seen the show, it’s actually really good. I love historical period books/shows so it’s right up my alley. I read the first few books in the series but then quit. But I do love the TV show.

I wanted to share a recipe that I sort of created that was really good. I adapted it from two different recipes but based it on this recipe Zucchini Pasta with Chicken & Pistachios. I made some adjustments to make it keto-friendly.

Ingredients:

  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • minced garlic (I used 3 medium sized cloves)
  • minced mint leaves (about 7 leaves)
  • 1/4 cup chopped pistachios
  • Boneless, skinless chicken (I used chicken thighs)
  • Zoodles (We used 3 small zucchinis to make the zoodles)
  • Salt and pepper
  • Chopped green onion for garnish

Make the zoodles (We used our Kitchenaid Mixer attachment, which is AMAZING, for making zoodles). Set aside. Chop the chicken into small, bite size pieces. Cook the chicken in a skillet with ghee, salt and pepper. Then in another skillet, cook the zoodles in olive oil. Season with salt and pepper.

For the sauce, melt the butter in a small sauce pan, add the garlic. Add the heavy cream, stirring constantly. Add the mint and lemon juice. Stir constantly. Then mix the chicken, sauce and zoodles all together in one skillet.

Divide into pasta bowls, top with chopped pistachios and green onion as garnish.

It turned out really well! I liked it a lot and would definitely make this recipe again. I like the flavor and texture combos. I think next time I would use salted pistachios (I only had unsalted). I loved the sauce. The mint was a really nice, unusual flavor. It all worked really well!

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!