Srirachoy Is Here!

The time has FINALLY come!!!!! My sauce is finally available!!!!!! It all still feels like a dream! I don’t think it will feel real until im in the kitchen this weekend making up my first giant batch!!! I cannot thank everyone enough for seeing me through this entire process and always having my back! I can’t wait to see where this takes us!

You can purchase a jar on my new website! http://www.Srirachoy.com

If you don’t know about Srirachoy yet, It’s a low carb/keto friendly sauce that I have created! It’s a sweet and spicy combination suitable for meats and veggies! I’ve seen folks use it as a dipping sauce, dressings, etc.  It’s possibilities are only limited to your imagination!

Keto Q&A

Been a while since I’ve done a Q&A, and since I have gained new followers lately, I thought it would be a good idea to do one! So here we go!

Is it possible to do Keto and be vegetarian or vegan?  — Yes! You will just have to adjust certain foods to be able to hit certain macros or get the proper fat intake. You would def need to be ok with sacrificing certain things in order to keep it strict though.  As most veggies are high in carbs, so in my opinion that would be kind of a struggle to stay (at the least) under 30g carb to get into ketosis. You would def need to consume a really high amount of healthy fats to balance out the loss of protein from meats. I don’t know a whole lot about the actual process of vegan keto, but I do know it can be done!

Thoughts on heavy whipping cream in coffee… some say it stalls you; any other suggestions? — HWC is what I use in my coffee every single morning.  Even if I make bullet proof coffee, I will still add a little HWC to it. I have never noticed it to be the cause of me stalling. I do just recommend to make sure you stick to the serving size (1-2tbsp) so you aren’t collecting extra carbs without realizing it!

Do you get days where you weight seems to stay the same? What do you eat or do to keep the scale going down? — YES! My weight is always all over the place. Sometimes it won’t budge no matter what I do, then other times I will bounce the same 5lbs around daily. I find if im eating too much meat, I will stall majorly. In the past I have done Egg Fasts that have helped the stall. But I found that the results weren’t lasting. That could just be me though, as Ive seen others have success with them. If I notice that I cannot seem to break the stall, I will cut meat out for a few days and focus on veggies and leafy greens. That (usually) seems to do the trick!

How much weight have you lost? — Overall, I have lost a total of 45lbs. BUT, I have bounced around inside those 45lbs over the last year and a half. Most being due to some poor choices around holidays and then medication weight gain.

I’ve very recently decided on going keto and got ketosis test strips but I have yet to reach a high level.  Should it be taking this long? — Some people can get into ketosis pretty quickly; others it can take up to a few weeks. When I first started it took me a good 3 weeks before I saw anything on my strips. But I was still losing weight. Nowadays, I can get into ketosis in about 3/4 days. But keep in mind, even seeing a small amount on the strips is good! Ketones are ketones!

Have you tried dairy free along with keto for the PCOS symptoms? if so, did you have any different results? — I have not tried to go dairy free during keto. I honestly don’t think I could actually haha. Keto alone has helped my PCOS symptoms tremendously.  Might be a good experiment for me to try though!

Keto friendly Starbucks drink? — My go to drink at Starbucks is an Americano with heavy whipping cream and sugar free vanilla or sugar free cinnamon dolce syrup. That drink can be made hot or iced or blended.  Other options are unsweetened teas that you can add HWC or syrups to. Basically any plain coffee/americano/tea and just add HWC and a sugar free syrup!

Do you calculate protein vs fat vs carbs? — No, I do not.  When I first started I tried to.  But honestly it was just too overwhelming for me. You def will have better results if you can understand it and stick to it, I just found that that method wasn’t for me.  You can google “Keto Calculator” and its the first one that comes up.  You enter all your info and it will tell you your recommended macros! Hope that helps!

What are you must have keto ingredients? — Definitely cream cheese, cheddar cheese, Kerry Gold butter, coconut oil, heavy whipping cream, kale/spinach and frozen cauliflower. These are my automatic staples when I go grocery shopping! I find I use them in almost all of my cooking.

When starting do you jump right in and stay below 20 carbs or do you follow an Atkins type diet for a couple weeks? — I go straight in. No induction period. If I don’t go all or nothing, then its harder for me to say no to certain foods and I wont stay on track.

Are you on birth control? Do they help your PCOS symptoms? — I am not on birth control and am personally very against it. I was diagnosed with PCOS when I was 14 years old and then they put me on birth control when I was 15 thinking that it would regulate my periods. Well, it did not. It caused me to not have one single period for over a year. They finally took me off of it and then I had to go on medication to MAKE me have a period. Ever since then my periods were worse than they were before the BC and just continued to get worse and more screwed up. I strongly believe that BC added to my complications of PCOS. I will NEVER again put it in my body under any circumstances. Keto is the only thing that has ever effected my PCOS in a positive way. I have normal monthly periods now and I dont experience thinning/hair loss anymore.

How often do you splurge on SF sweets? (Starbucks, bars, etc) and does it effect your weight loss? — I treat myself to Starbucks once a week. As far as other sugar free treats, like bars or candy, that is a rare occasion but I do keep them on hand for cravings sake or if I know that im going to be out for a while and will need a snack. Def not something I would want to eat every single day. Too much keto “junk food” def effects my weight loss and makes me bloat.

I have a close friend with PCOS and I want to suggest the keto diet to her but im not that familiar with PCOS.  Should I recommend it to her or mind my own business?– I would def suggest it to her! Especially since she is a close friend and will know you are coming from a caring place and not just some random person trying to tell you to do something that might take offense. You can tell her that you follow some people online that deal with PCOS and have found a way to combat the symptoms. I would start with that and see if she is interested! If she is, then direct her to where she can find out more info, or if she isn’t interested then I would nicely just explain that you care about her and are trying to be helpful and think this is something that might benefit her. If she still refuses the help then you can just tell her she is a big dum dum lol…. JK DONT DO THAT. But rather just print out some pamphlets and start leaving them around her house; you know, the adult thing to do =P

Spinach & Onion Omelet 

Well, it’s more like a .. crepe pancake? I just don’t know what else to call it.. 😏 

Ok! Put some Kerry Gold salted butter in a pan with some chopped red onions on medium heat and let them cook until they start to brown. 

Tear up a few leaves of spinach and spread them evenly over the onions. 

Beat 2-3 eggs and add them over top of the onions and spinach.  Let that cook around 5 mins or until brown … or when the egg on top is just barely cooked.  That’s when it’s time to flip! Then let that cook for like about another minute.  Vwala!! 

Hello

I’ve noticed that I’ve gained some new followers to my blog lately.  So, hi 🙂 Welcome to my emotional garbage can… and recipe site. If you haven’t gone back and read any previous blogs, I’ll sum that up for you. I write about things I go through with being bipolar; then I’ll write about random things sometimes. Just whatever needs letting out. 

I go through spurts when I don’t hardly write at all. Then others when I write every other day. 

I post my favorite recipes here that I deem worthy of being posted. I create a lot of other small things here and there, but not all are spectacular enough to be shared. You know what I mean? .. so yeah. Good recipes only. 

So, I hope you enjoy your choice to follow my blog. 

Talk to you later. 

Roasted Cauliflower Soup

I’ll be the first one to tell you how much I hate cauliflower. Like.. HATE it. It’s probably the only vegetable that I don’t like. But! Put cauliflower into mashed form? Love it. So, I was a little skeptical about making a recipe for soup using cauliflower, but in the end I def surprised myself! 

What you will need: 

1 head fresh cauliflower 

2/3 cup heavy whipping cream 

2lb carton of chicken broth (may substitute veggie stock if making it vegetarian. But then you probably wouldn’t use the hwc would you. Well whatever you just do what you want, sweetheart.)

2 cups chopped mushrooms 

1/2 cup chopped red onions 

4oz cream cheese 

1 tsp garlic powder 

Salt/pepper to taste 

Olive oil and paprika 

(Cheese if you are feelin fancy) 

Start by roasting your cauliflower on 425 for 30 mins. I cut the cauli away from the stalk and liberally covered them in olive oil and then sprinkled them lightly with paprika. Trust me on the paprika; it was amazing. 


After they’re done roasting add them to your blender along with the 2/3 cup HWC and 2/3 cup chicken broth (reserve the rest for the soup).  After all that is combined go ahead and add your garlic powder and cream cheese to the blender as well so the CC can melt in with no lumps. Blend until well combined.  Let that mixture sit and thicken as you sautéed your mushrooms and onions in a large pot. Once those are cooked down add the rest of the chicken broth to your pot and add the cauliflower mixture. 

At this point you could add in any additional cheese to the soup to melt and add flavor. I opted not to and just added a little shredded parm cheese to the finished soup. 

Let the soup simmer on low for 10-15 mins! Serve and enjoy!!!! 


I LOVED this soup. Truly, loved it. It reminded me of a creamy potato soup. It was nice and thick and filling! Just what I’ve been wanting this winter. 10/10 would recommend 🙂 

Zucchini Gratin

I’m pretty sure that you could make anything with Gratin at the end of it and it would be a masterpiece.  Matt was eating some Au Gratin potatoes the other day and I was quite jealous. So this is when I decided to TAKE BACK MY LIFE AND GRATIN SOME DAMN ZUCCHINIS….

What you will need:

2 med/large zucchini

1.5 cups heavy whipping cream

2 tbsp butter

1/2 cup shredded parm cheese

1/2 cup shredded white cheddar

1 tsp garlic powder

1 cup crushed plain pork rinds

Preheat your oven to 400

Start by adding your butter and cream to a medium size pot!img_2496

Let that simmer and cook down.  Once it starts to bubble you can add your cheeses and garlic powder and let it simmer until its thick enough to coat the back of your spatula or spoon. In the meantime, cut up your zucchini into thin slices.

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I put mine into my baking dish as I went to see how much I would need. I initially thought that I would need 3-4 zucchini, but I ended up only needing 2.

After that I added my zucchini to the pot with the sauce to cook them a little bit before heading to the oven! I let them cook on medium heat for 8 mins!

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After that add your mixture to your baking dish and top with your crushed pork rinds and a little bit extra cheese if you like.  Sadly I forgot to take a pic of that step, as I was apparently very anxious to get this into the oven.

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I baked this on the bottom rack for 25 mins! Make sure to watch it as oven temps and times vary; just bake until the top is brown and the mixture is nice and bubbly!

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And as you pull this out of the oven I promise you that Angels will sing ❤

Enjoy!

Enlightened Ice Cream Review

I honestly have no idea how I got selected to receive a giant box filled with ice cream, but I ain’t even mad about it.  When I opened this box I had no idea what to expect inside. I had briefly read about the new flavors, but since none of my local stores carry the pints, I shielded myself from such envy.

img_1275 I was so excited to see such a variety of flavors. I immediately cracked open the Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough… and then read that I needed to let it soften.. pfft… so I stuck it into the microwave for 15 secs haha worked like a charm.  My goodness! It was delicious! I got about a quarter through the pint when I realized I could taste the Erythritol. I saw it was one of the ingredients, but felt it would be ok since I can’t usually taste it in cold products since it’s fitting with the cooling effect of Erythritol.  But for the average person, this is no concern.  I’m just super sensitive to it for some reason, and in certain products it will give me migraines; but nonetheless it did not keep me from enjoying every last bite! .. and with no migraine! So, A+ guys.

The next flavor we tried was the Caramel Oatmeal Cookie Crunch. Oh yasss babes. This one was UHmazing. My fiance and I were literally fighting over spoonfuls of it.

The Triple Chocolate was very tasty at first, a very strong chocolately-fudgey flavor, but the Erythritol was pretty strong on this one.  Enough so that my fiance could also taste it. I didn’t venture too much further into that one.

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Next up was the Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip. Just a good ol’ straight forward yummy ice cream.  Not mind blowing, but not bad. A tasty enjoyable experience for the peanut butter lover.

The Sea Salt Caramel was one that was emptied first. That one was most enjoyed by my fiance.  He says that one was his favorite out of the bunch. I enjoyed it as well, save for the Erythritol flavor after a few bites. But the caramel swirls were the very best part.

Mint Chip is just stupid delicious. Any kind of mint chip ice cream has been my favorite since I was young. This one was super creamy but not overpowering as the Halo Top mint chip is, in my opinion. A big thumbs up on this one.

And last but certainly not least… My favorite one! the Frozen Hot Chocolate ❤ ❤ ❤ oh myyyyy.  This one guys, incredible. Chocolate ice cream with chocolate chips snuggled around creamy marshmallow swirl. I was in heaven. To my delight, I also didn’t notice any Erythritol flavor whatsoever. I even had to read the ingredients a couple times to make sure I didn’t miss it. I don’t know how they disguised it in that one, but good job guys. By far my favorite of the bunch!

img_1425 Yeah. That happened. I wasn’t letting any of that one go to waste!

So the verdict! – If you want an indulgent ice cream, these are def for you. How do they compare against Halo Top?  Honestly, I can’t pick one over the other. They both have certain qualities on their own. Halo Top has a more light and refreshing texture/flavor.  While the Enlightened flavors are more decadent.  Halo Top does though offer a lower carb count, if that is important to your lifestyle. But the carb count on the Enlightened pints are just as reasonable if eaten by the serving size. Which is actually pretty damn accurate.  Due to the richness of the flavors, the serving size is exactly how much you will find yourself wanting.  Overall, def a good product and im so happy I got to try it!