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! ❤️️ 

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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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.

Strawberry Pound Cake 

 Strawberry cream cheese pound cake with strawberry cream cheese icing, to be exact!!! Go ahead and say it.. OH EM GEE!

I am sad to say that I cannot take credit for this amazing pound cake recipe.  The recipe was shown to me by a friend last year and I wrote it down and stuck it in my notebook. So also sadly, I cannot give credit where credit is due.  But whoever you are out in the universe who created this recipe, you are a pound cake princess and we love you for this!

Ok, but what I can take credit for is the strawberry mistake! I have a bottle of wine to blame for this one.  But honestly can I really be mad at it? No. I cannot. Because it made me believe that baking would be a good idea after consuming said entire bottle of wine. So to you wine, I thank thee for giving me the courage to bake while intoxicated and to also grab the wrong bottle of extract!

What you will need: 

1 1/4 almond flour

3/4 cup granular sweetener

1 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp salt

4 eggs

3 1/2 oz cream cheese

4 tbsp softened butter

1 tsp vanilla

And this is where it all took a turn for the best haha instead of grabbing the vanilla, I grabbed the strawberry extract. After I added it in I thought it strange that the vanilla was clear. Only to check the bottle and see what I did. Meh, let’s go with it.

Directions: 

Cream together the eggs and sweetener in your stand mixer.  Soften your cream cheese and butter together in the microwave for about 30 seconds together; stir and then add to mixture. Turn mixer to med/high to whip it all up! Add in your remaining ingredients and let blend for a good five mins while scraping the sides.

Poor into a well buttered baking dish or loaf pan and bake at 350 for 40 mins.  Let cool completely before slicing!

Strawberry Cream Cheese Icing: 

3 tbsp cream cheese

2 tbsp sweetener

2 drops vanilla extract

2 drops strawberry extract

1 tbsp heavy whipping cream

Soften cream cheese in microwave for 30 seconds. Add sweetener, vanilla, strawberry and cream and whip by hand for about 3 mins until thick and glossy. Set in fridge for ten mins to chill.

Slice your cake and spread on some icing and pretend that you’re eating a funfetti cupcake. Actually, you don’t need to pretend, because that’s exactly what it tastes like!!!! 💕<
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Spinach Alfredo Fat Head Pizza

  
Ok, ever since I made my first fat head pizza crust I have been dreaming of all the types of pizza I can make now, and an Alfredo pizza was at the top of the list! This seriously is the most delicious thing I have made since being on keto. Not even joking. Because I do not joke about pizza. Especially pizza this damn good! And super easy I might add…. 

Fat head crust:  (not my recipe)

1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella 

2 tbsp cream cheese (cubed)

3/4 cup almond flour 

1 egg 

  • Melt both cheeses together in the microwave for 1 min. Stir and will probably have to go another 30 secs. Add in almond flour and egg and stir really well. Can put back in micro for another 20-30 secs if you need to. I usually have to. Then spread onto parchment paper on you baking sheet with wet hands making the crust however thick you would like. Bake at 425 for 8 mins. Take out and pop any bubbles. Then put back in for another 5 mins; set aside when done. 

Alfredo Sauce: 

1 cup heavy whipping cream 

1 cup shredded Parmesan cheese (the real kind, not the grated shaker kind) 

1 tbsp butter

  • In a small sauce pan on medium heat, met the cheese with the cream stirring almost constantly until it starts to thicken. Add salt and pepper to taste and then reduce heat to low and allow it to thicken some more. 

Toppings:

In a separate pan cook a handful of sliced mushrooms with 1 tsp minced garlic with 1 tbsp butter. Once cooked, add in a handful of spinach and allow to wilt. 

Top pizza crust with the Alfredo sauce. It was thick enough for me to use all of it without it running over the crust. Add your spinach and mushroom mixture. I then topped with some canned white meat chicken and then sprinkled more mozzarella cheese over the top. Bake at 425 for 8-10 mins! Let cool for a few mins before slicing so the sauce stays in place! Enjoy! And then thank me in your prayers because you are going to love me after you try this haha 

A Low Carb Keto Sauce??

Hey guys!!!! Some of you may already know about my Kickstarter project! But if you don’t, allow me to fill you in! I have been doing keto for a few years now and I have created this sauce that is WOAH awesome.  It has become extremely popular around the instagram community and I am doing everything I can to get it into production! My kickstarter campaign has had such an amazing support and backing so far and I am SO close to reaching my goal! If you are a low carber or keto follower, then please take a moment to check out my project and be apart of the backing and start up of what is going to become an amazing company! I am working on two more sauces already and I cannot wait to share them all with you!!!!

Feel free to look me up on instagram at @lazy_keto

Srirachoy Bacon Wrapped Shrimp


Ever want to just wrap something in bacon? … Ok, other than yourself?

Start by preheating your oven to 400 degrees! Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil for easy clean up! Thaw frozen precooked medium sized shrimp and dry with a paper towel. I don’t know exactly how many pieces of bacon I ended up using, but cut the pieces in half! They will be the perfect size to wrap your shrimp! You can secure them with a toothpick if you need to, but as long as they are seam side down, you will be fine! I left the tails on my shrimp just because I think it looks nicer for presentation and gives a little extra to hold on to. Then with a pastry brush (or spoon) cover each little bundle of love with a generous amount of Srirachoy sauce! Bake on 400 for 30 mins! (Or until the bacon is as crispy as you like). Enjoy!

What you will need:

  • Medium sized frozen shrimp
  • Bacon
  • Srirachoy sauce

Curious about what Srirachoy is? Well then you should check out my Kickstarter project and seal your fate in obtaining a jar!