Spaghetti Squash Chicken Popper Casserole 

Whew! What a title!! My dear friend Danielle posted earlier today about a jalapeño popper Casserole using spaghetti squash. It may have been one of the most glorious dish I’ve ever seen! As soon as I saw it I knew it would be in my belly by the end of the day. 


What you will need: 

1 spaghetti squash

4oz cream cheese 

1 egg

Salt/pepper 

Diced chicken  (roughly two cups)

Jalapeños (amount to your liking)

1 cup shredded cheddar 

Start by preheating your oven to 400.  Cut you squash in half, long ways and place cut side down on a greased baking sheet. (I like to use bacon grease on mine, it gives it an UHmazing flavor). Cook your squash for 50 mins! When it’s done scrape out the halves with a fork and add to a baking dish. 

Lower oven temp to 350.  Mix in your cream cheese, egg, salt and pepper, chicken and half of the cheddar into the squash. Stir until creamy. (It helps to beat the egg first before adding it). Top with remaining cheese and jalapeños! Bake for 35 mins; broil for 2 mins at the end. 

It is so hard to describe the flavor of this dish. It’s a combination of Mac and cheese, a pot pie and jalapeño poppers. It just too damn delicious for a description!!!! Just try it! I promise you will love it! ❤️️ 

Keto Shopping Tips

I have quite a few staple items that I buy every single time I go grocery shopping.  Which is every two weeks, with the exception of maybe 1 or 2 times randomly in between for other fresh ingredients that I may need for a recipe. Here is what a typical shopping trip looks like for me:

Produce:  Brussel Sprouts, Asparagus, Kale, Green Beans, Shredded Cabbage, Onions, Mushrooms, Avocados.  ::These enter my cart every trip::

Frozen Produce:  Cauliflower (for caulimash), Broccoli, Corn (if I feel like having the extra carbs).

Cold Section/Dairy:  Heavy Whipping Cream, Eggs (usually x2), Shredded cheese, Sour Cream, Cream Cheese (always x2), Kerry Gold Butter.

Meats:  Ground Beef, Bacon, Pork Chops, Chicken Thighs, Chicken Breast (for boiling and shredding for salad and crack slaw), Kielbasa, Sausage. 

Random Items:  Pickles, Olives, Low Carb Tortillas, Deli Meat (actually from the deli, not the packaged processed stuff), Coconut Oil, Ranch Dressing, Mayo, Taco Seasoning, Chicken Broth, Beef Broth.

I try to keep everything as basic as possible and then just add in other things when needed. I find it easier to create different recipes off of the basics, instead of having completely different recipes and buying ingredients accordingly. Basics save time and most importantly, MONEY!!

Lemon Blueberry Cheesecake

What you will need ❤

For the crust:

  • 1 /2 stick of butter (I used Kerry Gold; used 1/4 of the block)
  • 1/2 Cup Almond Flour
  • 2 tbsp Sweetener of your choosing (I used granular Stevia)

For the Cheesecake:

  • 2 8oz blocks of cream cheese
  • 3/4 cup sweetener
  • 2 Tbsp Torani Sugar Free Vanilla Syrup
  • 2 packets of True Lemon (can be found at walmart near the sweeteners)
  • 2 eggs
  • Blueberries (optional)

You will need cupcake liners if you want to make individual cheesecakes, but it can also be done in a normal pie pan.

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees! 

Begin by melting your butter and mixing your crust ingredients.  Add a TSP amount to each cupcake liner.  Press with your finger or utensil.

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Bake these by themselves for 5 mintues! Set aside to cool and deflate while you mix the filling.

I heated my two blocks of cream cheese in the microwave for 30 sec intervals and mixing in between until it was all soft and shiny. With my electric hand mixer I mixed the cream cheese and sweetener together first to dissolve it better. Then added remaining ingredients minus the blueberries.

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The crust will look like little cookies after they have fallen and had a chance to cool. Fill each cup with 2 TBSP of filling. This is where you will add your blueberries on top if you feel so inclined.  But you should… because it’s delicious and compliments the lemon so perfectly 🙂

Bake at 350 for 25 mins or until the tops start to brown!  Let them cool for 10-15 mins (if you can stand it) while the tops fall slightly and the crust hardens.  It makes it easier to remove the wrapper if they’re cooled.

After they were cooled I stored them in a container and kept them in the fridge over night. They were so good while they were warm, but having it the next morning while the fridge made them firm was even better.  The carb content I calculated came out to 2g each. I hope you all enjoy this recipe!

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Ricotta Cheesecake 


For when you need cake and cheesecake at the same time 👌🏼

What you will need:

15oz container ricotta cheese

2 eggs

3 tbsp sweetener (granular or powdered)

1 tbsp vanilla extract

1 packet sugar free cheesecake pudding mix

Directions:

Mix all ingredients in stand mixer until thick and fluffy! Spread into a small baking dish that has been sprayed with cooking spray! Bake at 300 for 60 mins or until brown and set. Mine took an additional 10 mins! Let cool in the dish for 15 mins and then refrigerate for an hour. Flip cake onto a plate and refrigerate for another hour. By all means, you may enjoy this still warm, it’s delicious that way as well, and has sort of a bread pudding texture. But after it was completely chilled it had a nice firm cake texture. Enjoy!

I also made this little snippet video on my Instagram 💕

Egg Fast Round 1

I have been bouncing between the same 5 pounds for about 3 months now.  I lose them, then they come back.  I lose them again, and then they come back.  I’ve been in stalls before but never ones that have been this annoying.  At first it didn’t really bother me because I was sort of at the “im comfortable at this weight stage” and was just kind of maintaining.  Which is fine, I was totally cool with that.  Especially since I was going to the gym every morning before work.  So it wasn’t a big deal.  I was able to cheat a little and splurge on some low carb junk food; which I honestly really need to stop.  But either way, I decided to try an egg fast! and to my surprise, it was not near as bad as I thought it was going to be.  So here is what I ate and here are my results!

Day 1: 156lbs

  • Breakfast: 2 cream cheese pancakes, 1 deviled egg, bullet proof coffee.
  • Lunch: 1 cream cheese pancake, 2 deviled eggs.
  • Dinner: scrambled eggs with cheddar cheese and 1 tbsp cream cheese.

Day 2: 154lbs (2.6lbs lost)

  • Breakfast: 1 cream cheese pancake with 1 tbsp cream cheese w/ cinnamon, vanilla and sweetener mixed in. 2 deviled eggs and bullet proof coffee.
  • Lunch: 2 deviled eggs, 1 cream cheese pancake, 1 tbsp cream cheese and bullet proof coffee.
  • Dinner: 2 sliced and fried boiled eggs, with mayo, mustard and 1 string cheese.
  • Dessert: 1 tbsp cream cheese, 1 tbsp cocoa powder (dark, unsweetened), 2 tbsp sweetener, pinch of cinnamon and a drop of strawberry extract.

Day 3: 153lbs (1lbs lost)

  • Breakfast: 1 hard boiled egg, green tea latte from starbucks (do as I say, not as i do lol)
  • Lunch: 2 hard boiled eggs, 2 mini pickles, 1 tbsp mayo, 1 string cheese and bullet proof coffee. *peed on a ketostix and i’m in super ketosis* AND NO I WASN’T DEHYDRATED, just to make that clear.
  • Dinner: fat head crust pigs in a blanket (desperately needed a normal dinner at this point).

Day 4: 153.2lbs (0.2lbs gained)

  • Breakfast: 2 scrambled egg with mozzarella cheese and hot sauce.
  • Lunch: Salad (was craving veggies like WOAH by this point).
  • Dinner: 1 fried egg, mozzarella and cream cheese flat bread.

Day 5: 154.6lbs (just got my period)

  • Breakfast: bullet proof coffee
  • Second Breakfast: 1 hard boiled egg, 1 tbsp cream cheese.
  • Lunch: 1 hard boiled egg, 2 mini pickles, 1 string cheese.
  • Dinner: 3 cream cheese pancakes.

Ok, so! I obviously did not stick to the plan 100% and I def had some factors against me, including starting my period. I would NOT recommend doing this if you are nearing or on your period. The sweets cravings had me wanting to rob a day care for their milk and snacks. But overall, I feel like it was a success. During the week I felt amazing, and I never once thought about being hungry.  I would literally have to watch the clock and remind myself to eat because the eggs kept me full and satisfied.  I was absolutely no where as bad as I always imagined it would be, although I did have a gag moment at lunch on day 3! but I still love eggs! I do recommend having an “egg fast buddy” to do this with you. It helped SO much having someone doing it at the same time as me so we could talk about what we were eating, diff recipes we were finding and sharing our results and struggles. I am going to be doing egg fast round 2 this coming week; life has been super crazy these last two weeks and my eating habits have been far from perfect due to stress and lack of time to properly plan my meals. So, im really excited to give this another go and stick to it completely this time. I’ll let you know how it goes!!

Fat dogs in a blanket

 
Leave it to me to run out of an ingredient.. When I just went to the store yesterday.  Hi, my name is lazy keto.  Have we met? … Well in good lazy fashion I decided to try coconut flour instead of the normal almond flour that Fat Head pizza crust calls for.  Which is what this is made from!! Go ahead.. Say it; shut up! This turned out to be a beautiful success. Even better than I had anticipated them being because I didn’t know how plyable the fat head crust would be when wrapping the hot dogs.  I do need to mention though that I did have a small amount of almond flour, but the rest was coconut.  It was meant to be! 

What you will need

1 1/2 cup mozzarella 

1/4  cup almond flour 

1/4 cup and 1 tsp coconut flour 

1 egg 

2 tbsp cream cheese, cubed. 

Make the Fat Head dough like you normally would. (Melt the cream cheese and mozzarella together in the microwave for 1 min. Stir well and then heat for another 30 secs.  Stir in egg and flours really well, mixing rapidly. Heat again for 20 seconds and stir again. Spread dough onto a baking sheet with parchment paper with wet hands [you will need to keep rewetting your hands]. Dock the dough with a fork (poke holes) and bake at 425 for 5-8 mins while popping any holes that appear). 

Now! Flaten dough with your fork and then bake for additional 3 mins. Take out and cool for a few mins before cutting the dough. I used a pizza cutter and it worked perfectly. Cut the triangle shaped just like the crescent dough comes for normal pigs in a blanket. Wrap the hot dogs and bake for 10 mins! 

  
I mean, am I dreaming right now? … Please don’t wake me up! Guys these are incredible. Seriously was exactly like eating normal dough. I am so glad I attempted it with coconut flour! 

Getting Started

Lately I have been getting asked to share some tips about getting started with Keto.  Sometimes its hard to pinpoint exactly what has worked for me, since it has been a lot of trial and error.  I think though that I have come far enough to be able to point you in the right direction! I hope these tips help!

  1. Get rid of non compliant food in your house:  This is the biggest factor that I cannot stress enough; and I know a lot of you are sitting there thinking, “well I can’t do that, I have kids, a husband; that’s a lot of money in food to waste, etc”.. Notice that I did not say throw away.  I gave away so much food when I first started.  I HAD to get it out of my house if I was to succeed.  Now, if you have children, or a spouse who does not want to join you in your lifestyle change, create yourself a separate cabinet for either yourself, or where you will keep all the non-keto foods for everyone else.  If you are constantly looking at what you can’t have, its going to make it that much harder.
  2. Tracking:  Instead of using an app when I first started, I kept a notebook and wrote everything down.  Every single little thing that went into my body.  I was so diligent about it, it was borderline crazy haha but I am so glad that I was because I learned SO much.  I am not against using apps to help you track, but I have found that they aren’t as accurate, and anytime I ever used an app completely, I didn’t see any results.  They are definitely good tools to aid you, but writing it all down yourself is so much more beneficial.
  3. Basic is better:  I actually chuckled as a typed that one… hehe… ok!  When starting out! BASIC. BASIC. BASIC.  I will say it again. BASIC.  You following along?  Stick to basics.  If you dive right in trying to make fancy shit, you are going to overwhelm yourself.  Eggs, coconut oil, bacon, cheese, heavy whipping cream, veggies, bacon, sausage, avocado, bacon, MCT oil, bacon… did I mention bacon? … I used to carry bacon in my purse  at all times. No lie. It would keep me so full with only 2-3 pieces. So, I would have normally, eggs (any style) with cheese or cream cheese for breakfast, and a piece of bacon or two.  Lunch would be pepperoni with cheese, or meat roll ups with cream cheese, hard boiled eggs, etc.  Then dinner would be a meat and veggie.  That was it.  No sugar free treats or something fancy.  Give yourself enough time to get adapted and break the cycle of carb and sugar addiction.  You can do it, I promise you.
  4. Make Lists:  If you think you can go to the grocery store and just randomly pick out what you’re going to eat on keto, you are sadly mistaken (until you get used to what you need to buy).  I can’t tell you how many times I left the grocery store in tears because I was so stressed and saying “I can’t eat ANYTHING!!!!” … LIES.  Total lies.  There is SO much you can eat, its unreal.  Enough so that you never have to feel like you are missing out on something.  Trust me.  So make sure that you plan your shopping trips and write out everything you want to buy, plus the meals you are going to make with them (in case there is two meals that you can make with one item, such as a big pack of ground beef.)  When I make my lists, I write all the items down on one side, and on the other I will write what meals im going to make.  Then I can go back and write amounts.  Its a time and money saver.
  5. Bring food with you:  DO NOT be afraid to bring food with you while running errands, going to work, or even going to a friends house.  This lifestyle change is about YOU and your success depends on YOU.  Plus the look on someones face when you pull a full meal out of your purse is just priceless.
  6. Monitor your ketones:   Sure, optimally a digital ketone tracker is ideal, but they’re expensive, and even more, the strips are hella expensive.  But would I still like to have one?  yeah of course haha It doesn’t get more accurate than blood testing.  BUT, I am a tried and true supporter of ketostix.  I have used them from day one and still use them now.  It gave me a “control” area to where I wanted my body to stay.  Of course getting to that deep red color on the spectrum was a goal, but they would also let me see how different foods were effecting my levels. So go on, go pee on a stick. FOR SCIENCE.
  7. Fats are Friends:  Don’t fear the fats! This is the time where you take everything you have ever learned about food and kick it to the curb.  Keto is going to reteach your brain how to PROPERLY fuel your body.  There is a HUGE difference between fats. The good ones and the bad ones.  There are so many good resources online about what fats are good for you. I could sit here and list them for you, but seriously that would take up too much of our time haha so just search Pinterest for healthy fats.
  8. Water:  Drink as much water as you possibly can.  During the starting phase you need to keep yourself hydrated and your kidneys flushed.  You are going to be losing a lot of salt, so you need to also make sure to add salt to what you’re eating as well. Which leads to our next point…
  9. Keto Flu: The keto flu doesn’t happen to everyone, but at some point you will feel some of the symptoms. Such as headache, feeling light headed, loss of sleep, stomach ache… but seriously, do not be discouraged if you start feeling like crap.  Take it as something GOOD at that you are making progress.  Detoxing your body from carbs and sugar is just like detoxing from a drug.  I see so many people give up because they can’t make it past the flu, but PLEASE, stick it out and I promise you, you will feel better than you have ever felt before.  One way I fought the keto flu was drinking pickle juice.  Whenever I would feel crappy, I would take a few sips of pickle juice and it would feel better almost instantly.  If you aren’t a fan of pickles, then just eat or drink something really salty.  Like chicken broth or something, with butter and salt.
  10. Be patient:  As we have all heard or read, you didn’t gain the weight over night, so you aren’t going to lose the weight over night.  It can take some people up to 3-4 weeks to get their bodies into ketosis.  Some can do it within days.  Me, it took me a good solid 2 weeks before I REALLY saw results.  Which I was totally ok with.  Everyone bodies are different, so please please please do not get discouraged if you don’t lose ten pounds your first week; and if you DO, don’t get discouraged when you don’t lose ten pounds your second week.  The first initial weight is water weight, so you need to give yourself enough time to get rid of that before you will start burning fat.  Just trust the process, stick to nutritional Keto and let your body do the work!

Thank you for asking me to write this post, guys! I really enjoyed it.  I love being able to help you all! Of course I have to say that I AM NOT A DOCTOR lol These tips are from all the research I have done and implemented into my keto lifestyle and what has worked for me. Always make sure to ask your doctor if you have existing ailments before starting keto.  I spoke with my general PCP and my gyno before starting.  Keto has been a savior in my life, and I hope it can be the same for you.