Tag: low carb

Meal Prep for Week of 7.14.2019

Happy Monday to you! If you are new to Arthurized Home, you may wonder why I only plan 5 dinners each week. That’s done in order to leave room in the schedule for eating out or having a leftovers night. Throwing away food that’s expired is a huge pet peeve of mine!

The produce is rolling in from Pa Kettle’s and Wanda and Ed’s gardens (thank you!), so we’re eating all the veg this week!

Breakfast:
Almond Flour Biscuits with Tomato – A little bit of mayo is a Southern essential on these tasty sandwiches. We like Sir Kensington’s.
https://www.wholesomeyum.com/recipes/paleo-almond-flour-biscuits-low-carb-gluten-free/

Lunch:
Keto Cobb Salad – Yep, we had this for dinner one night last week. We’re nothing if not predictable.
https://www.ketoconnect.net/keto-salad/

Dinner:

Easy Baked Enchilada Chicken with Green Beans – That name makes it sound like this came out of an Easy Bake oven. Remember those? I couldn’t find a green enchilada sauce that did not have canola oil, so I reduced a mild salsa verde on the stove and used that instead. This chicken bakes up moist, tender and delicious!
https://www.eatingonadime.com/baked-enchilada-chicken/

Low Carb Taco Casserole – New Recipe!
https://www.eatingonadime.com/low-carb-taco-casserole-recipe/

Cauliflower Pizza – A perennial favorite
https://thestonesoup.com/blog/2016/09/27/cauliflower-pizza/

Keto Waffles with Bacon – Breakfast for Dinner is soooo good!
https://www.eatingonadime.com/keto-waffles-recipe/

Tomato and Cheese Pie – New Recipe!

Tomato and Cheese Pie
adapted from The Supermarket Diet Cookbook
Prep: 20 Minutes
Bake: 30 Minutes
Makes: 4 Servings
1 container (15 ounces) ricotta cheese
4 large eggs
1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 tsp. salt, plus additional for sprinkling
1/8 tsp. coarsely ground black pepper, plus additional for sprinkling
1/4 cup milk
1 T. cornstarch – I use arrowroot powder
1 cup packed fresh basil leaves, chopped
1 pound ripe tomatoes (three medium), thinly sliced

1) Preheat oven to 375°F. In a large bowl, with whisk or fork, beat ricotta, eggs, Parmesan, salt and pepper until blended.
2) In cup, with fork, stir milk and cornstarch (arrowroot) until blended; whisk into cheese mixture. Stir in basil. Pour mixture into 9 inch glass or ceramic pie plate. Arrange tomatoes on top, overlapping if necessary. Sprinkle tomatoes with salt and pepper.
3) Bake pie until lightly browned around edge and center is puffed, 30 to 35 minutes.

Keto Snacks:
Mousies! – My grandma referred to these little ham, cream cheese and dill pickle appetizers as “mousies” because they look like little mice when they’re wrapped inside the ham! She certainly wasn’t afraid to be a little wacky; and we loved her for it!
https://kalynskitchen.com/easy-recipe-for-ham-and-dill-pickle/

Not the most photogenic snack, but tasty nonetheless!

Beautiful Carbs for Hubby:
Fresh Cherries *sniff*, Bananas and Watermelon

Treats:
Raspberry Cheesecake Fat Bombs – I’m still loving fresh berries as a treat, but I’m going to keep a batch of these in the freezer. I used one stick of butter, one 8 oz. package of cream cheese, 6 oz. of fresh raspberries and 8 packets of green stuff to make approximately 2.5 batches of this recipe. I refrigerated the mixture until it was firm enough to scoop onto a Silpat using a 1″ cookie scoop. My batch yielded 28 bombs.
https://hungryforinspiration.com/raspberry-cheesecake-fat-bombs/

Have a fantastic week, everyone!

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Deviled Eggs, Three Ways

Much like Peeps marshmallow candy, deviled eggs are polarizing. You either love them or you hate them. We’re in camp Love Them. Deviled eggs that is, not Peeps.

Because they’re are a pain in the butt to make, I usually make a large batch of deviled eggs, 8-10 whole eggs at a time. We eat them until we don’t want to see another one for six months or so.

This deviled egg plate belonged to my husband’s great aunt, Ruth.

To make hard boiled eggs:
Bring a large pot of water (mine holds 7 quarts) to a rolling boil. Gently, gently lower 8-10 eggs into the water. Don’t crowd them. Leaving the pot uncovered, lower the heat to a medium simmer. Simmer for 14 minutes and transfer the eggs to an ice bath for five minutes. Peel the eggs.

Once the eggs have cooled enough to handle, slice them in half lengthwise and release the cooked yolk into a mixing bowl.

Classic Deviled Eggs
For 8-10 eggs, mix 1/2 cup (or so) of mayonnaise, a little finely ground salt and white pepper into the cooked egg yolks. Add a teaspoon of honey, or other sweetener to taste. Mix until the filling has a smooth texture. Pipe or spoon into egg halves and lightly sprinkle with paprika and chopped flat leaf Italian parsley (optional).

Classic Deviled Eggs with Bacon
Because bacon makes everything better! Mix bacon crumbles into the classic filling, spoon into whites and sprinkle more crumbled bacon on top.

Guacamole Bacon Deviled Eggs:
Not the prettiest deviled egg, but dang, they’re tasty! Serve these babies immediately so that the avocado doesn’t oxidize. My version is loosely based on this one. Instead of making my own guacamole, I take some help from the store and use pre-made. I like the classic guacamole from Aldi.

For 8-10 eggs, I use 6 – 8 oz. of guac. I substitute Cholula hot sauce for the jalapenos, because I never remember to take my contacts out before chopping jalapenos and things get ugly from there. Mix bacon into the filling, sprinkle more on top.

Bring literal deviled eggs to your next Halloween party with little slivers of red bell pepper for horns. So cute! The horns would work well with any of these variations, with or without other garnishes.

Now, go throw that bacon around like confetti!

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Cooking with Edible Blooms

I’ve recently learned that so many of the blooms in my yard are edible: Dianthus, Impatiens, Scented Geraniums, Dandelions (of course!), Apple Blossoms, Lavender, Cherry Blossoms. The list goes on and on.

Scented geranium

Edible blooms can be used to simply to brighten up a visually uninteresting meal, like these dianthus flowers in Paleo Egg Roll in a Bowl. It’s been said that we eat with our eyes first, which is a good thing. When taste tested, my husband and I decided the dianthus tastes vaguely like grass!

My lavender plant was battered by recent storms, so I purchased organic culinary lavender and dried hibiscus blooms from a natural foods store (Roanoke Co+op, if you’re local) and began experimenting with them.

The butterflies and bees have finally found the herb garden! I love watching them there.

“Experimenting” is probably a poor choice of words to describe what I’m doing. I feel very comfortable eating organically grown blooms from my own yard. I’m certain of what they are, and I know they have been grown in a manner that will not poison me.

Dianthus

Avoid eating:

  • Plants that have been sprayed with pesticides or other chemicals
  • Commercial, non-organic and florist flowers
  • Plants grown near a roadway

No blooms of your own to harvest? You can purchase edible flowers from the produce section of your grocery store or online. Now, let’s get to the recipes!

Hibiscus Tea:
At our last home, we had a hibiscus with blooms the size of platters! I miss that thing. Note to self: Plant some hibiscus! I omitted the sugar in this recipe. The cinnamon and orange would make this a nice, hot tea in winter.
https://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/michael-chiarello/hibiscus-tea-recipe-1945450

If you’re concerned that lavender foods will remind you of soap, start by following recipes exactly as written. Most recipes require 1 tablespoon of lavender, or less. Once you’ve determined your own flavor preferences, you can adjust the recipe if needed.

Lavender Lemonade:
I love that this recipe is infused with culinary lavender, not essential oil. I’m very certain that 1 cup(!) of honey would make this amazing, but I left it out because, keto. I colored my lemonade with one drop each of blue and red plant based food color.
https://www.smallfootprintfamily.com/lavender-lemonade-with-honey-recipe

Keto Lavender Scones with Lemon Glaze:
These little goodies are so tasty, you’ll forget that they are low carb!

I modified this recipe as follows:
Keto Lavender Scones
1 1/4 C Almond Flour
1/3 C Coconut Flour
8 packets Whole Earth sweetener
1/4 tsp Salt
1/2 tsp Baking Powder
1 Tbsp Dried Culinary Lavender
1/4 C Almond Milk
1/4 C Heavy Whipping Cream
2 Tbsp Butter, softened
1 tsp Vanilla
1 Egg
In a mixing bowl, blend the dry ingredients together. Mix the wet ingredients in a separate bowl. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix well. On a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a Silpat™, form the dough into an 8″ round. Slice into 8 wedges. Bake at 350º for 18 minutes.

You can stop right there and serve these with fresh butter, or for extra credit, make them even more gorgeous and delicious with this glaze!

Keto Lemon Glaze:
2 packets Whole Earth sweetener
4 Tbsp coconut oil, melted
4 Tbsp canned, unsweetened coconut milk cream (not the milk), at room temperature
2 tsp. freshly squeezed lemon juice
Optional Garnish – lemon zest and culinary lavender
Whisk sweetener, oil, coconut cream and lemon juice together until smooth and glaze the scones. While the glaze is still wet, garnish with a light sprinkle of lemon zest and lavender, if desired. Refrigerate to harden the glaze. The scones will keep in the refrigerator for a few days, or in the freezer for a month, if they last that long!

Scones with butter. Gotta serve ’em on legit English ironstone!
Serve these glazed beauties on Grandma’s china, with a proper cup of tea.

What do you think? Do you cook with flowers? Is this something you would try?

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Meal Prep for Week of 6.9.2019

Welcome to another week of clean eating! We’re trying out loads of new recipes this week and we’ve already found a couple of keepers! Noatmeal is a nice change to our usual egg-based breakfasts and fun to come up with new topping combinations. Strawberry/Peanut Butter is my favorite combination so far.

I’ll let the pictures of the Chicken Pot Pie and Philly Cheesesteak Skillet speak for themselves.

Here’s this week’s menu:

Breakfast:
Noatmeal – Toppings: Strawberries, Walnuts, Unsweetened Coconut, Lily’s Chocolate Chips, Peanut Butter
https://www.healthysweeteats.com/my-favorite-noatmeal-aka-low-carb-oat-free-porridge-the-basic-recipe-and-6-variations/?cn-reloaded=1

I mixed up double batches in sandwich bags. Because these have flax seed meal in them, they need to be stored in the fridge. When I empty a bag each morning, I fold it up and put it back into the storage bag; that way we’re not using as many plastic bags from week to week.

Lunch:
Hubs has requested stuffed peppers this week.
https://www.dietdoctor.com/recipes/stuffed-peppers-with-ground-beef-and-cheese

Dinner:

Slow Cooker Bacon Cheeseburger Pie – New Recipe!
https://alldayidreamaboutfood.com/keto-slow-cooker-bacon-cheeseburger-pie/

Low Carb Chicken Pot Pie – New Recipe! One word: Delicious.
https://asweetlife.org/low-carb-chicken-pot-pie-with-cheesy-biscuit-crust/

Keto Philly Cheese Steak Skillet – New Recipe, and this one is so good! It comes together quickly too. Hubby rated this one a 10/10!
https://www.eatingonadime.com/philly-cheese-steak-skillet-dinner/

Mexican Cauliflower Rice Skillet Dinner – New Recipe!
https://alldayidreamaboutfood.com/low-carb-mexican-cauliflower-rice/

Keto Cobb Salad – New Recipe!
https://www.ketoconnect.net/keto-salad/

Keto Snacks:
Celery sticks with either pimento cheese or peanut butter, green pepper strips, cucumber slices, boiled eggs
Beautiful Carb Snacks: Bananas, Oranges, Red Grapes, Tiny but Mighty Popcorn

Treats:
Key Lime Cheesecake Fat Bombs – The lemon version was delicious, so I’m trying lime flavored bombs next.
https://www.eatwell101.com/lemon-cheesecake-keto-fat-bombs-recipe

Velvety No Bake Keto Brownie Bites – New Recipe! Scroll about halfway down the page to find the recipe. I added a few tablespoons of milled flax seed, so maybe mine aren’t as velvety as the recipe indicates. They’re still tasty, though! I used a 1″ cookie scoop and got 5 fat bombs from a single recipe. The picture below is a triple batch.
https://hungryforinspiration.com/keto-brownie-bites/

I hope you have a great week!

Seriously, this Keto Philly Cheesesteak Skillet is amazing!

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Real Food Meal Prep for Week of 5.19.2019

This week’s menu has several recipes with the flavors of restaurant meals, plus the added benefit of knowing (and controlling) what’s in our food.

Breakfast:
Keto Sausage, Egg and Cheese Biscuits – Prep these on Sunday and you won’t need the drive-thru for breakfast. These are nutrient dense and very filling.
https://www.wholesomeyum.com/recipes/paleo-almond-flour-biscuits-low-carb-gluten-free/
I baked the sausage patties in the oven and used this genius method for the eggs. While slicing the biscuits with a bread knife, use a sawing motion without applying pressure. Let the knife do the work, so the biscuits don’t crumble.

Lunch:
Paleo Egg Roll in a Bowl – Edible dianthus is entirely optional, but it’s pretty!
https://ancestral-nutrition.com/paleo-egg-roll-bowl/

Dinner:
Cheeseburger Salad – I know this sounds weird, but we eat warm meat over lettuce and call it taco salad, right? This is the same idea, just with the flavors of a cheeseburger. And guess what? We like it!
https://www.facebook.com/cleanfoodcrush/posts/2369352406632167

Low Carb General Tso’s Chicken – New Recipe!
https://www.noshtastic.com/low-carb-general-tsos-chicken/
UPDATE: This is a tasty Asian inspired meal, but it ain’t General Tso’s! We’ll certainly make it again, but sadly, this did not scratch the itch.

Lemony Avocado and Tomato Tuna Salad – So refreshing! I subbed in cucumber because my avocado wasn’t ripe, and used tuna packed in olive oil, omitting the 2 T. of olive oil in the recipe.
https://cleanfoodcrush.com/eat-clean-lemony-avocado-tuna-salad/

Best Ever Broccoli Salad
https://thestonesoup.com/blog/2018/11/20/best-ever-broccoli-salad/

Sukuma Wiki – So good! I double the collard greens in this dish.
https://thedomesticman.com/2013/07/02/sukuma-wiki-kenyan-braised-collard-greens-and-ground-beef/

Keto Snacks: Celery and Peanut Butter, Walnuts, Almonds, Cucumber Slices, Pimento Cheese, Boiled Eggs

Bacon Guacamole Deviled Eggs – Take some help from the grocery store and use a clean pre-made guacamole. Serve these right away.
https://laurenrabadi.com/2019/05/05/bacon-guacamole-deviled-eggs/

All the delicious carbs for Hubby: Bananas, Oranges, Watermelon, Tiny but Mighty Popcorn

Treat:
Peppermint Fat Bombs – I made a double batch using 1 tsp. of peppermint extract and 1 tsp. of honey for the sweetener. Divided by 30, the honey adds less than 1 gram of carbs per fat bomb. Adjust to your tastes.
https://www.ditchthecarbs.com/peppermint-fat-bombs/

Happy Monday! Have a great week!

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Real Food Meal Prep for Week of 5.12.2019

We’re up to our eyeballs in home and garden projects this week, so we’re keeping meal prep easy. I’m commiting to keto for two months and I’ll reassess after that. I’m still not comfortable with copious amounts of dairy and sweeteners ending in “itol”, so I’ve decided to go light on the dairy and use maple syrup sparingly as long as I can achieve and maintain ketosis. Fingers crossed for no keto flu!

Breakfast:
Almond Flour Pancakes with Chocolate Chips – I left out the stevia, but added one tsp. each of vanilla and maple syrup. The maple syrup adds about .5 g of carbs to each pancake. These would be amazing with homemade whipped cream and fresh strawberries on top. I’d also like to try mixing cocoa powder into the batter for a double chocolate variation. Maybe next time? These freeze well with a piece of parchment paper between them.
https://joyfilledeats.com/almond-flour-pancakes/


We used Lily’s chocolate chips in the pancakes and the mocha ice bombs.

Lunch:
Cauliflower Pizza – I’ve been substituting milled flaxseed for the psyllium husks and it works great.
https://thestonesoup.com/blog/2016/09/27/cauliflower-pizza/

My husband made our version of Mellow Mushroom’s Mighty Meaty Pizza
on a cauliflower crust. It was fantastic!

Dinner:
Garlic Butter Turkey Meatballs with Lemon Zucchini Noodles – New Recipe!
https://www.eatwell101.com/garlic-butter-meatballs-with-lemon-zucchini-noodles

Grilled Chicken Skewers with Homemade Tzatziki and Greek Salad
https://cleanfoodcrush.com/grilled-chicken-skewers-homemade-tzatziki/
https://www.spendwithpennies.com/greek-salad/

Keto Stuffed Bell Peppers – Make a double batch of the filling, freeze half, and you have a quick and easy dinner just minutes away.
https://www.dietdoctor.com/recipes/stuffed-peppers-with-ground-beef-and-cheese

Breakfast for Dinner – Skinny Buns Egg Sandwiches – New Recipe!
https://cleanfoodcrush.com/clean-eating-skinny-bun-egg-sandwich/

Chicken Bacon Skillet – Hubs can eat the carrots.
https://cleanfoodcrush.com/chicken-bacon-skillet/

Low Carb Snacks:
Boiled Eggs, Almonds, Celery and Pimento Cheese, Cucumbers, Cheese Cubes
I usually make a 1/2 batch of the pimento cheese.
https://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/2011/09/sauced-pimento-cheese-recipe.html

Fruit for hubby: Bananas, Apples, Watermelon

Treat:
Mocha Ice Bombs – New Recipe!
My ice bombs are based off of the linked recipe, ’cause I can’t metric! Makes approximately 18, one inch bombs.
8 oz. softened, full fat cream cheese
1 tsp. maple syrup
3 T. cocoa powder
2 1/2 T. strong coffee, chilled
Chocolate coating:
1/2 c. Lily’s chocolate chips
1 T. coconut oil
Using a hand mixer, mix the above ingredients until smooth. Freeze in the mixing bowl for 10-15 minutes or until firm enough to scoop. Scoop the bombs onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper, using a 1″ cookie scoop. Freeze the ice bombs for 20-30 minutes or until they release from the parchment easily. While the ice bombs are still in the freezer, melt the chocolate chips and coconut oil in a double boiler. Working quickly, drop the ice bombs one by one into the melted chocolate and transfer them back to the paper lined cookie sheet. Freeze until the chocolate is set. Store in an air-tight container in the freezer. These are about 3.5 grams of net carbs each with the chocolate coating. Let these sit at room temperature for a few minutes before serving.
https://www.ditchthecarbs.com/mocha-ice-bombs/

Have a great week, everyone! I’m off to enjoy some pancakes.

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Real Food Meal Prep for Week of 4.28.2019

Like most people, I’ve got enough stress and chaos going on in my life right now. Nothing I can’t handle, however. I’ve had a couple high blood pressure readings lately so I went to the doctor to get that checked out. Wouldn’t you know it, at the check-up my blood pressure was fine. The doctor wants me to keep an eye on it and also suggested that I try a ketogenic diet. So, I’m pinning keto recipes like crazy and dipping my toes into extremely low carb for the next few weeks before testing out full-blown keto. (Ain’t nobody got time for the keto flu!) I’m not entirely sold on this idea.

My hesitation with keto is:
1) All that fat. Blah. I like my veggies and fruit.
2) All that dairy. Dairy and I don’t get along. Right now we use cheese, sour cream, and cream cheese as a condiment and unsweetened coconut milk for most everything else. I really don’t want to increase my dairy intake.
(First world problems, I know.)
3) I don’t mind using stevia as a sweetener; in fact I’m trying to grow the plant this year. But nearly every keto treat contains sugar alcohols, which gives me pause. I prefer a teaspoon of local, raw honey or organic maple syrup over a teaspoon of erythritol.
4) Mr. Arthurized Home is not joining me in this keto adventure, so I’ll fix different breakfasts and snacks for him like I did before he went gluten free. Again, with the first world problems.
5) What should I eat before and during running? I usually eat a piece of toast with peanut butter before a short run and eat a Larabar or Honey Stinger waffle during long runs. I have no idea how to fuel on keto. Some say you can’t do keto and strenuous exercise, others say it’s amazing for endurance sports.

The jury is still out on this decision. That said, here is this week’s menu:

Breakfast: Breakfast Egg Muffins with Ham – New Recipe
https://www.foodfaithfitness.com/breakfast-egg-muffins-with-ham/

I used spinach, roasted red pepper strips and mozzarella in my egg muffins.
They’re delicious!

Almond Flour Biscuits with Keto Chia Jam – New Recipes – I made the jam to go with a coconut chia pudding. I added a smidge of stevia sweetener and it’s very good. So good that I nixed the pudding and found a low carb biscuit recipe to go with the jam.
https://www.gnom-gnom.com/paleo-keto-chia-jam/
I used ghee in the biscuits and they were buttery and filling. They are not sweet at all, and could go savory with the addition of a little garlic powder and cheddar cheese. Maybe some crispy, minced bacon?
https://www.wholesomeyum.com/recipes/paleo-almond-flour-biscuits-low-carb-gluten-free/

Lunch: Broccoli Cheese Soup – New Recipe – To decrease the dairy I’m subbing canned coconut milk in for the heavy cream. I’m not sure this will work, but I’ll give it a whirl!
https://www.wholesomeyum.com/recipes/broccoli-cheese-soup-low-carb-gluten-free/
Garden Side Salad with Dill Dressing – This dressing recipe is an old standby and normally we substitute honey for the sugar. This week we left the sweetener out all together. It’s tasty without it.
https://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/layered-salad/

Dinner:
Southwestern Squash Casserole – My sister-in-law made this for Easter and we’ve gone slightly crazy for it. We substitute a gluten-free flour blend (not low carb) for the all-purpose flour. We also use 1/8 tsp of cayenne and leave out the jalapeno.
https://12tomatoes.com/southwestern-squash-casserole/

Breakfast for Dinner – Almond Flour Pancakes – New Recipe
https://joyfilledeats.com/almond-flour-pancakes/

Cauliflower Crust Pizza – So good! Add some Italian herbs and a little more parmesan to the crust if you don’t love the slight cauliflower flavor.
https://thestonesoup.com/blog/2016/09/27/cauliflower-pizza/

Turkey Meatball Zoodle Soup – New Recipe
https://www.paleorunningmomma.com/paleo-turkey-meatball-zoodle-soup-whole30/

Chicken Salad on Baby Spinach – We’ll add grapes for my husband, omit them for my salad.
https://cleanfoodcrush.com/quick-easy-chicken-salad-recipe/

Snacks: Hard-boiled eggs, Celery, Cucumber and Green bell peppers, organic guacamole from Aldi
Pimento Cheese – Every good Southerner should have a favorite pimento cheese recipe and this is mine. I use Sir Kensington’s mayonnaise and finely grate the cheddar.
https://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/2011/09/sauced-pimento-cheese-recipe.html
Additional snacks for my hubby – Banana, Watermelon, Pineapple and Apples
*sniff* I love you, fresh fruit.

Treat:
Chocolate and Peanut Butter Keto Cookies – New Recipe
https://thesoccermomblog.com/keto-no-bake-cookies/

Let’s have another look at that biscuit, shall we?

Have a great week, everyone!

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