6/19/2017 Keto Restart (entry 1)

Sheesh. What a year it has been already. Without dwelling all over again, I was in a car accident in April. And ever since then my diet has suffered. It’s not that I gave up, I just became complacent. At the beginning of my week I jumped right back in the cold water. No toe dipping for this chick. It’s all or nothing. Always.

Restart Weight: 165.8

What I ate:  Monday – Eggs with butter and cream cheese, chicken broth, half a pork chop, asparagus with parm cheese and half an avocado with onion and tomato.  Tuesday – A pepperoni Real Good Pizza with an egg on top, a Hardees lettuce wrapped burger with a side of orange and yellow peppers. Wednesday – A salami, cheese and olive snack pack, baked chicken breasts.

The transition back has actually been easy. Just like riding a bike. And its where my heart is anyway. So lets do this!!!!! I’m not really going to announce this yet on my other platforms as i’m getting my bearings back, as to not disappoint.  But I will be keeping track here and doing daily entries!

Til Tomorrow!

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!! 

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!! 

Bacon Wrapped Poppers

No fancy shmancy stuff here tonight kids. Just bacon wrapped goodness! 

I cut off the tops of the jalapeños and with a small paring knife I hollowed out the inside and removed the seeds. This can be done easily by running your knife around the inside and cutting through the membrane down to the bottom! 


After I mixed together whipped cream cheese and finely shredded cheddar cheese! 


I transferred the mixture into a ziplock bag and snipped the the corner. Then filled all of the jalapeños! 



Now, you could totally wrap each one with a half a piece of bacon; that would work just fine.  But why would you only want to use half a piece of bacon!!?! That’s just crazy talk! You go ahead and wrap those precious babies with an entire piece of delicious bacon. 


You can secure them with toothpicks, but it’s not really necessary. Unless you’re going to be a loser and only use half a piece of bacon. 

Bake at 350 for 15-20 mins, depending on how done you like your bacon. 

I also made a little dipping sauce by mixing sugar free raspeberry jelly with some sweetener and a little water. Heat and stir til well combined! 

Enjoy! 

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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