Spinach Balls 

It seems that every yummy recipe calls for bread crumbs.  So I had the idea to make some out of almond flour while simultaneously using up a bag of spinach before it passed it prime.  The result was quite glorious…. 

What you will need for the “Bread Crumbs” — 

2/3 cup almond flour 

2 tbsp melted butter (I used Kerry Gold) 

*mix both together until crumb like texture; bake at 350 for 20 mins – stir; bake for additional 10 mins.  Set aside to cool and “dry” out. 

What you will need for the Spinach Balls — 

6 cups fresh spinach leaves 

3 eggs 

1/2 cup shredded cheese (I’m sure any would be delicious; I chose to use a white Italian blend)

1 tsp garlic powder 

1 tsp seasoning of choice (I used McCormick Montreal Steak seasoning) 

1/2 tsp salt 

& the bread crumb mixture 

*I heated a pan with half a cup of water and wilted down all of the spinach; drained on a paper towel. **make sure to squeeze any remaining water from the spinach before adding it to the other ingredients. I made the rook mistake with half of it before I realized my mistake** 

Combine all ingredients together until mixed completely; use a spoon or cookie scoop to form balls.  Bake at 180 for 20 mins; then raise heat to 350 and bake an additional 15 mins. **baking at the low temp first will help dry them out without burning them** 

These turned out way better than I had anticipated! I mixed up a little dipping sauce too with some sour cream, lemon juice and Montreal seasoning! Enjoy!! 

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!

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!! 

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!

 

Chocolate Cream Cheese Cake Bars 

These started out as an idea for cookies. Then as I mixed things, my idea turned to brownies. Then after baking, they were cake like haha oh the glory of testing new recipes! But! They are delicious nonetheless. 

What you will need: 

1 8oz block cream cheese

2 eggs 

1/4 tsp baking powder 

2 tbsp vanilla extract 

1/2 cup almond flour 

1 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder 

1 tsp cinnamon 

1/2 cup granular sweetener 

Espresso powder for topping 


Start by combining the cream cheese, sweetener, baking powder and eggs with your hand mixer. 


Mmmmhmmmmm… 


Add the cocoa powder, cinnamon, vanilla, mix; then add the almond flour and mix until thick! 


Poor the mixture into a greased baking dish! 

Bake at 350 for 25 mins; let cool and refrigerate for an hour or more (let it get completely cold and firm). 

Cut into squares and enjoy!! 

2.4g carbs • 1.1g sugar • 0.7g fiber • 4.6g protein 

Makes 9 bars, serving size is 1 bar. 

Low Carb Alfredo Sauce

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If you follow my Instagram then you already know how much I love Alfredo sauce.  Plus, it’s ridiculously easy to make without using flour or additional thickeners!

I typically use 1-2 cups of Heavy Whipping Cream, depending on how many people i’m feeding.  1 Cup is usually enough for Matt and myself.  I start off with 2 tbsp of butter in a small sauce pan, melt that until it starts to simmer a little.  Then I add the cream. Turn the heat to medium high and continue to whisk so it doesn’t burn on the bottom. Make sure not to turn your back on it either, it will bubble over in a heart beat! Let that cook and bubble for roughly five minutes and then reduce the heat to a low medium. At this point add your Parmesan cheese.  I have made this a number of ways, and using shredded or shaved parm always turns out the best.  In a pinch I have used the grated kind, you know, the kind you sprinkle over pasta haha.  Don’t get me wrong, it works, but the flavor just isn’t the same.  So use the real cheese, guys! trust me. Add ya some garlic powder; about a small tsp, salt and a generous amount of black pepper.  Let that simmer now for a good ten mins. But still keeping an eye on it and whisking every few mins.  Then reduce to lowest heat and let stand for 5 mins. By this point is should be nice and thick; enough so that it will coat the back of a spoon. Pair with chicken or veggies and enjoy!! I could seriously just eat it straight out of the pan…. which has happened on occasion… it’s THAT good!!!

 

Ingredients:

Heavy whipping cream

butter

garlic powder

salt and pepper

Parmesan cheese

Keto Health Benefits

If you’re new to Keto, just finding out about it or have been living a Ketogenic lifestyle for a while now, you already know about the amazing health benefits Keto has to offer.  I’ve been wanting to make this post for a while now, but kept retaining and gaining info so now i’m just bursting at the seams!

First and foremost, PCOS. It has been a nightmare in my life since I was 11 years old.  At age 14 I was “officially” diagnosed, but even then without a name.  They just told me that I had cysts on my ovaries and would most likely end up with ovarian cancer (since my mother had it) and of course would never have children.  They’re solution was to put me on Birth Control.  Which I will forever regret, and have been against birth control ever since.  I am convinced that the BC only furthered my complications that I was already experiencing.  While on the BC I didn’t have one single period for an entire year. Which was then followed by additional medication to make me HAVE a period.  At age 17 they wanted to give me a hysterectomy, which we of course said NO WAY and I went to find a new doctor.  So fast forward a few years; having horrible periods, missing time out of school, abnormal paps, etc.  Went all through my twenties only have 2-3 periods per year. Since being on Keto I am approaching a full year of normal, monthly periods.  I still have not been able to conceive (naturally and medically) but we haven’t lost hope.  With the help of Keto, I really believe that we will have the family that we desire.

Last year my father was diagnosed with a form of Muscular Dystrophy.  He was so progressed that walking was hard for him, and he couldn’t even hold a cup in one hand. It broke my heart seeing him lose so much of his mobility.  So! Research began.  I put him on a strict Keto diet and over the next two month, he regained ALL of his mobility, as if it has never happened.  He and my mother now live an 80/20 lifestyle, and while some of his symptoms have returned, he is still a thousand times better than he was prior to Keto. It was seriously remarkable to watch him get better and better.

Before starting Keto I made appointments with both my family doctor and my gyno. Had blood work panels done and such to be able to compare later on. Both of my doctors were all for me starting a Ketogenic lifestyle. My first blood work results were horrible. I was on the verge of diabetes.  I honestly was not surprised. But at my last screening at the beginning of this year, all of my levels are perfectly normal and diabetes is no longer a threat.

So many things in my life have changed because of Keto.  My skin has cleared up, my PCOS symptoms are completely gone.  Not just having normal periods now; no more weird hair growth. I don’t lose hair anymore, and i’m finally starting to lose my “inner tube” body shape. I also have a gluten intolerance, so cutting out ALL of that stuff has obviously made a difference as well.

If you’ve been considering starting a Low Carb or Ketogenic lifestlye, do it. Do it TODAY. You can potentially get your self off diabetic medication, high blood pressure medication, etc. The list goes on and on. It will truly be the best decision you’ve ever made for yourself.