keto recipe

December Keto

I got a new protein powder, that actually tastes really good! I got the Orgain Keto protein powder. It has collagen, MCT oil in it and no net carbs. I mix it up in a blender with water and some frozen blueberries. One scoop is 90 calories.

Speaking of MCT Oil…On days I don’t do protein shakes (you don’t want TOO much MCT oil in one day or your tummy will not be happy!) I put one scoop in my coffee. I switched to the powdered MCT Oil because the oil was just kinda gross. It didn’t mix well, it made my throat itchy and I didn’t like the texture. But the powder mixes really well in coffee. This is the brand I use: MCT Oil Powder.

White Lazy Lasagna – Delicious! Would definitely make it again. It falls apart when you dish it up, hence, no picture. 🙂 The only thing we’d change next time would be to do half ground turkey and half italian sausage. Michael also added red pepper flakes and Italian Seasoning, which was a good call. (I also read the recipe wrong and only used 1/2 of the jar of the alfredo sauce. But honestly, I think it was better with less liquid, so FYI.)

I kinda went off the planned schedule for December. Except for the week of Christmas when I fell off the wagon (boo!) I was mostly on the diet for the month of December but we basically did our usually rotation of easy keto dinners. There was just a lot going on with the holidays and it was harder than we thought to try new recipes. Which was fine.

As far as progress, the Christmas week undid some of my progress, which is a bummer. Not that I went crazy. I was mostly on plan except for dessert on Christmas Eve (we got a lot of Christmas cookies that week from our new neighbors and they were really hard for me to resist!) and then Christmas Day and the day after Christmas I just ate whatever I wanted. I haven’t weighed myself. I just wanted to wait to get back to my normal eating habits before getting too upset with whatever I saw on the scale (i.e. Christmas Cookie Damage).

For Christmas, Michael usually gives me a big bag of chocolate M&Ms in my stocking. This year he got me some fancy new Keto chocolates from Costco and some assorted almonds. So that’s nice! My brother also got me a package of ChocZero Keto Bark !

My goal was to lose some weight before our trip to Hawaii in January. I don’t think I’m going to quite make that goal but I am going to keep trying!

Winter is Coming

It’s starting to feel like winter! It’s been 32 degrees in the morning with lots of ice on cars. It’s time to bring out the winter coats. Stevie has found his favorite spot in the new house:

…on the heater!

There’s also a small vent near the floor under the kitchen sink and he’ll sit right in front of that, too. Which is super convenient for us when we are trying to do dishes. 😉

I’m not sure if I mentioned it, but because our house is a little weird, we had to do a special situation for AC and heat. The first half of the house is the original 1920’s with vents like the above picture. So the main floor was “AC ready” but because the upstairs was a converted attic, there were no ducts up there. So when we got AC installed in our house this summer we had to do it in two parts. We got traditional AC for the main floor, then we had to get those Mitsubishi ductless units for our bedroom and for Logan’s bedroom.

Because it’s been so cold lately we finally got to use the heat portion of the ductless units and they are AMAZING! So quiet. Super efficient. It doesn’t take much to warm up the room and you can set it up to maintain a certain temperature (instead of just having it run all the time). It will be interesting to see HOW efficient they are on energy. Since we have solar panels on our new house, I am hoping the combination of the panels and the ductless units will save us a ton of money on heating and cooling in the house. Even though we have to spend a lot of money to do two separate systems.

Anyways, this weekend we had the Halloween Party and then Sunday was kind of a chill morning, hanging out with my parents and Logan was playing with his Halloween toys:

After my parents left to head home to Seattle, I went swimming, had a late lunch and then prepped dinner. I decided to make this keto beef stroganoff.

INGREDIENTS

  • 4 cups beef stock
  • 10 ounces cremini mushrooms, thinly sliced
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 ½ pounds sirloin steak, thinly sliced (I get my grass-fed meat here)
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons beef bouillon
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 ½ teaspoons onion powder (I use this brand of seasonings)
  • 1 ½ teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Heat the slow cooker on the high setting. To the slow cooker, add the beef stock and mushrooms and cover.
  2. Heat the butter in a large sautĂŠ pan, over medium heat. Add the onions and garlic to the pan and sautĂŠ until the onion is translucent and the garlic is fragrant. Add them to the slow cooker.
  3. Sprinkle the sirloin with salt, add it to the pan and sear on both sides, about 2 minutes.
  4. Add the steak, heavy cream, sour cream, beef bouillon, Dijon, parsley, onion powder, garlic powder, and oregano to the slow cooker. Cover and cook on high for 6 hours.

It was pretty easy to make and I love having a crockpot meal! So easy. The only change I did was I added the heavy cream and sour cream one hour before it was going to be done. I didn’t thinking putting it in the crockpot for the whole time would be good–it might curdle or something.

I also used fresh garlic from a friend’s garden! It was so good!

Dinner was really flavorful! I liked it a lot. The sauce was a little thin. Then I realized that it was a SOUP! Duh. I might use less broth next time I make it, though.

I wasn’t sure what to use as a base — I had cauliflower “Rice”, low carb noodles, zoodles, and in the end we used a chickpea pasta rotini instead. Not low carb, but it was really tasty.

Right now I’m not really doing keto. I’m doing more of a low carb/carb cycling program. I saw the above graphic on instagram and I liked the diet suggestion. I might do something like what it suggests, where I do a month of keto, month of low carb, month of something else. Maybe Mediterranean Diet, maybe Paleo or Slow Carb. I just feel like my body adjusts to whatever diet I try REALLY FAST and then it stops working. So maybe doing something like this will be better to switch things up.