Recipes

House Hunting & A Recipe

We are officially on The Hunt. So be prepared for periodic updates on our adventures (with some minor rants here and there 😉 ). I am a hardcore HGTV fan. Love all those shows. House Hunters is my favorite. I love that show. I’ve watched it for years. It’s absurd, but I love it.

So I feel like we are prepared. 🙂 We know what we are looking for and our list isn’t very long. (3 bedrooms, 4 would be nice but that 4th bedroom doesn’t need to be a legal bedroom—it can be an office), fenced yard for Bella and Logan, a great kitchen, a basement or similar space for a play area/gym and a real laundry room. Doesn’t seem hard right?

Problem #1 is that Portland is a super hot market. It has been for years. People from Seattle and California are moving to Portland because they are being priced out of those places (which is why I moved to Portland from Seattle 20 years ago) and the IT business is booming here.

Problem #2 is that Portland didn’t plan well for growth. So the sprawl is moving out to the suburbs: Beaverton/Hillsboro/Gresham/Fairview/Milwaukie. All the new houses are being built in Oregon City/Estacada/Molalla–which if you work downtown means an hour commute. 🙁

Problem #3 is that because the market is so hot, owners are delusional. I see SO MANY HOUSES that are priced at FULL PRICE when they haven’t done a single remodel/upgrade in 30+ years. I’m talking original 1980’s carpet/paint/brass everything/oak everything….hideous. So not only do you have to pay full price for a house with potential, you then have to sink $100K into it to update it.

SIGH.

I know none of this is news to anyone who has been house hunting. It’s probably the norm. I’m just shocked because Michael and I have worked hard for 10 years remodeling and updating our house to sell it at top price. We made conscious, smart choices. We chose neutral colors to paint. We chose beautiful hardwood floors and redid the kitchen because THAT’S the selling point. What are these people thinking that they do nothing at all?!? Anyways….

Now the recipe…

I made this great recipe and I wanted to share it. Even if you aren’t doing a keto diet, it would still be a great recipe to add to your dinner rotation. It was a delicious low carb meal and it was actually really quick and easy to make.

Low Carb Big Mac Bowl

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • ½ cup diced onions
  • 1 cup Shredded cheese
  • 6 cups Cabbage shredded
  • 4 Mini Dill Pickles sliced
  • Special Sauce
  • 1/2 cup Mayonnaise
  • 4 tablespoon Dill pickle relish
  • 2 tablespoon Yellow mustard
  • 1 teaspoon White wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon Paprika
  • 1 teaspoon Onion powder

Instructions

  • In a skillet over medium-high heat brown the ground beef. When almost cooked through add the onions and continue cooking until the ground beef is cooked and the onions are translucent. Drain the grease, salt and pepper the ground beef to taste, and set aside.
  • In the same skillet add a small amount of olive oil and the shredded cabbage. Saute until cabbage is slightly softened. Salt and pepper to taste.
  • Divide the cabbage between 4 bowls, top each with a portion of the ground beef.
  • Sprinkle each with 1/4 cup of shredded cheese and top with pickle slices.
  • Pour the special sauce over the Low Carb Big Mac Bowl and enjoy!

Special Sauce

  • In a small bowl whisk together all of the ingredients and set aside.

Nutrition

Serving: 1bowl | Calories: 581kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 34g | Fat: 44g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 13g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 115mg | Sodium: 1114mg | Potassium: 270mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 4g |

It was super delicious! I used a bag of coleslaw mix and topped it with fresh diced tomatoes.

Will definitely make this again!

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 – Paleo 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 sauté 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!