Live. Love. Keto.

Welcome to our Complete Keto Dinner!
Lu & I tried out a bunch of recipes for dinner the other night and we HAVE to share them with you bc ahhhhh they’re so good!!!

Let’s start with the Dressing for our salad

Green Goddess Dressing
makes 1 cup. I doubled mine to fill a mason jar.

Ingredients
* 1 cup dairy-free Original Nutpods creamer – I found it at Kroger, but you can purchase it on Amazon HERE
* 1/2 medium avocado *1/4cup of basil, roughly chopped
* 1 lemon, juiced
* 2-3 garlic cloves
* 3 Tbsp avocado oil
* salt and pepper to taste

Instructions
1. Combine all ingredients in a food processor or blender- until smooth and creamy
2. add 1-3 more Tbsp if you want a thinner consistency

That’s it!! Flavor is spot on a match with Annie’s Green Goddess Dressing!

Next up is the Main Course!

Chicken Chile Casserole

Prep time 5-10min, Cook time 40min. This recipe I’m sharing is for 8 servings. It can easily reduced for a smaller crowd
Ingredients
* 3-4 boneless skinless chicken breasts- trimmed. the ones I bought were pretty thick so we cut them in half lengthwise so they were thinner.
* 1 8oz package cream cheese softened
* 1 4oz can chopped green chiles
* 1 cup monterey jack shredded cheese
* 1/2 tsp garlic powder
* 1/4 tsp cumin
* 1/4 tsp each of salt & pepper

Instructions
1. heat oven to 375
2. in a medium bowl- mix the cream cheese and all spices until combined. Stir in the green chiles until evening mixed
3. lay the chicken breasts flat in a baking dish. cover the chicken breasts with the green chile mixture. Then top with the monterey jack cheese.
4. bake for 35-45min
5. serve over sauteed spinach or cauliflower rice ๐Ÿ™‚
*the kids loved this one!!*

How about some dessert?!?!?

Fluff!

Ingredients
* 16oz heavy cream
* 8oz cream cheese- softened
* 1 small box sugar free jello- i’ve made this with strawberry and raspberry so far and both were good

Instructions
1. whip the cream cheese first so it is smooth. (I used an electric beater)
2. add heavy cream and jello powder- whip until it reaches a fluffy texture
Notes: I made it a few hours before dinner and put it in the fridge to kind of thicken. I made it another time right before dinner and it was still good but it’s better sitting in the fridge for a bit. I think you could also add fruit to this- or even do another layer of actual jello. This is seriously good- I get requests for this every day for dessert ๐Ÿ™‚




Another exciting cooking episode with Su and Lu!

Well here we are again, back in the kitchen, one of our favorite places to hang out.  Usually these cooking episodes include fun, laughter, wine and some of our best meals we have put together.  This one is no exception.  We have decided to conquer homemade cauliflower crust pizza.  Su has scoured the internet for recipes and has selected the one she thinks is โ€œitโ€.  So here we go:

As always, we are a team.  The cauliflower is cooking, we are measuring bowls of cheeses, eggs and seasonings.  We have set our sites on 9 crusts โ€“ 3 for tonight and 6 for the freezer.  It is easier than we think to put these together.  We cook each crust and they all have a look of their own which gives them that homemade touch. We add our pizza sauce (tip:  always read the labels as you do not need any extra sugar).  We grate some fresh mozzarella and add the pepperoni.  Into the oven it goes.  There is nothing better than smell of pizza freshly baking in the oven โ€“ yummmmmmmm!  We take it out piping hot and then the real test begins.  We are serving our family: 2 kids, 2 husbands and my dad (Suโ€™s Papa).  Guess what!  It is a hit!  Everyone enjoys it with no complaints!   So we are including the recipe below with a Su and Lu stamp of approval.  We have decided though that we will try two other recipes that we have discovered for Keto friendly pizza crust before we cast our vote for our favorite.  But that is for another weekend.  Stay Tuned!

Recipe for Cauliflower Pizza Crust
Ingredients:
*1 bag of cauliflower rice (12oz usually is the size)
*1/3 cup of mozzarella cheese
*1 Tbsp parmesan cheese
*1 egg
*1/4 tsp garlic powder
*1/4 tsp oregano
*1/4 tsp calt

Instructions:
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
2. Cook cauliflower rice according to bag instructions- it’s either microwave or easy heat on the stove top.
3. SUPER IMPORTANT STEP!!! place the cauliflower rice on a cutting board and grab a milk bag or tea towel and SQUEEZE as much liquid out of that rice as possible. this is SOOO important because if you don’t, your crust will be soggy
4. In a medium size mixing bowl, combine drained cauliflower rice with mozzarella, parmesan, egg, garlic powder, oregano and salt. Stir until fully combined.
5. Dump the dough out onto a baking sheet or pizza stone *lined with parchment paper* and form into a circle. Make sure it stays about 1/2″ thick- basically no holes ๐Ÿ™‚
6. Bake for 20-25 min or until golden brown. Use the parchment paper to flip the crust over and bake again on the other side for about 5-10min more.
7. Add your fave toppings and cook for 8-12 min or until the cheese is melted and bubbly ORRRRRRR don’t add the toppings and FREEZE!!!
7.5- if you want to freeze your crust ahead of time for later don’t add those toppings- stop here! put it in the freezer just like it is on the parchment paper for 1-2hours. Then wrap in aluminum foil and put back in freezer until you’re ready to eat!! When you’re ready to make the pizza- take the crust out of the freezer, don’t thaw, but immediately go to step 7 and then enjoy ๐Ÿ™‚

Pancake Tuesday!

Itโ€™s the day before Lent, a day that is known by many names.  The official name is Shrove Tuesday, but you may know it as Fat Tuesday or Mardi Gras.  There is another name that is used and it is my personal favorite โ€“ Pancake Day.  Who doesnโ€™t want to participate in Pancake Day!   

Shrove Tuesday was meant to be a reminder that the time of Lent was about to begin.  In history, Christians during Lent gave up rich tasty foods such as eggs, butter, cheese and fat.  (all those on Keto just let out a yelp!)  Shrove Tuesday was the last day to use them and think about it โ€“ can you think of a better way to use them then to make pancakes!!  

So in Su and Lu style, we will be making three different types and weighing in on our findings.ย  We have chosen for our familyโ€™s dining pleasure:ย  a Paleo version (Birch Benders), a Keto version (homemade – recipe below) and for the kiddos – their fav Whataburger Pancake mix.ย  And of course, there was bacon.

We had so much fun in the prep that even Lil joined us.

Now for the review.  The kids devoured the Whataburger ones with mini chocolate chips and warmed โ€œVERMONTโ€ maple syrup (you must understand it is important to Su that only โ€œVERMONTโ€ maple syrup touch her lips).  The Paleo ones were very good.  Fluffy similar to traditional pancakes and make for a great nutritional substitution.  Next time we decided we would add a little more water than what it called for.  NOW for the KETO pancakes.  We both loved them!  They get the Su and Lu stamp of approval!  They are crepe-like and we have even schemed that next time we will make a lemon-ricotta-blueberry sauce to complement.  Since I am eating pretty much Keto this was exciting to make something so easy and delicious.

We are a pair, Su and I.   Always ready for adventure especially in food.  But also in time spent together we also share our hearts.  We emptied our shelves of butter, eggs and milk tonight.  What if we took that a step further.  What if we empty ourselves of the things that are weighing us down โ€“ what might we have room for in our lives?  I am glad for Pancake Day with Su!   

Keto Pancakes Recipe
Ingredients
* 4oz cream cheese- softened
* 4 eggs
*optional: vanilla and/or cinnamon. (we didn’t use either)

Directions
1. Blend all ingredients thoroughly in a blender.
2. Heat the griddle/pan on medium high.
3. add butter to the griddle (we did this with each pancake), pour about 1/4 cup of the batter to cook on one side until golden (this is super important!!! don’t turn too early!!) then flip and cook on the other side for another minute or two.
4. EAT and enjoy!!



Keto King Cake and a Baby We Couldn’t Find…

I’ve always wanted to make a king cake. It’s so rich in history, symbolism- and flavor ๐Ÿ™‚ so when I found a keto recipe on pinterest I decided to give it a shot!!

Because Lu & I are nerds we first used it as a learning experience for the kids ๐Ÿ™‚
Green symbolizes faith, Gold is power and Purple is justice. The cake represents the crown of the three wise men who visited Jesus. and then the plastic baby hidden in the cake represents the baby Jesus.

I made the cake part on Saturday so we could eat it after lunch on Sunday without having to wait forever (stay tuned for the recipe). My fave part was mixing the egg whites and cream of tartar. I had never done that before watching it thicken up was pretty cool ๐Ÿ™‚ The recipe was actually pretty easy to make too!!
I hid the plastic baby in the cake- no strategy or anything, just plopped it in the batter- baked the cake and put it in the fridge for Sunday.

Sunday Lu & I made the frosting and colored sugar- all keto friendly yay!!! The cake turned out pretty cool looking…

Time to cut the cake!!!
First of all I thought I’d hit the baby while slicing the cake, or at least cut close enough that it would stick out or something…I mean it’s not THAT small right?!?!
WRONG!!
We ate half the cake after lunch…. and no baby.

Fast Forward to dessert after dinner time!!!
We had my in-laws over for dinner- 7 slices of cake- with ONE TINY SLIVER of cake left on the plate. we all ate our cake… NO BABY!!!
I can’t make this stuff up…..the baby was in the tiny sliver!!!!!
What are the odds on this stuff?!?!?!

The prize was chocolate coins meant to be for the person who found the baby but since NO ONE did (?!?!?!) we shared them!

Here’s our Recipe for Keto King Cake!

Ingredients
For the Cake:
* 5 large eggs separated
* 1/4 tsp cream of tartar
* 6 Tbsp melted butter
* 1 tsp vanilla
*4 oz cream cheese softened
* 1/4 cup + 2 Tbsp Erythritol
* 2 tsp baking powder
* 1 cup almond flour
* 2 tsp cinnamon
For the Frosting:
* 2 Tbsp butter softened
* 1 oz cream cheese softened
* 2-3 Tbsp heavy whipping cream
* 3 Tbsp confectioners erythritol
* 1/2 tsp vanilla
For the Colored Sugar:
* 6 tsp granular erythritol divided
* 2 drops yellow food coloring
* 2 drops green food coloring
* 1 drop red food coloring
* 1 drop blue food coloring

Instructions
1. Preheat over to 350 degrees F and thoroughly grease a bundt pan
2. separate the eggs into 2 large bowls. Add cream of tartar to the egg whites and beat with an electric mixer until soft peaks form, set aside.
3. add 3 Tbsp of melted butter, vanilla, cream cheese and 2 Tbsp of erythritol to the egg yolks. Mix until combined then add 1 tsp of cinnamon, baking powder and almond flour, mix well.
4. fold the egg whites into the almond flour mixture and mix well
5. in a small bowl combine the remaining 3 Tbsp of melted butter, 1 tsp of cinnamon and 1/4 cup of erythritol.
6. pour 1/2 the batter into the pan, then evenly top with the cinnamon mixture, and then cover with the remaining batter.
7. using a butter knife, make swirls in the cake, keeping the knife vertical to prevent the layers from mixing too much.
8. Hide the baby!!!
9. bake for 30-40 min or until golden on top. cool, remove from pan.
*if you’re making the cake ahead of time like we did- stop here. wrap the cake in saran wrap and put in fridge until you’re ready to eat ๐Ÿ™‚ *
10. while your cake is cooling, make the icing by combining the cream cheese, butter, vanilla, erythritol, and heavy cream in a bowl using a whisk. *I did 3 Tbsp of heavy cream at first but it was still a little thick so I added another Tbsp*
11. To make the colored sugar for decoration, divide 2 tsp of erythritol into 3 separate bowls and mix each bowl with 2 drops of food coloring. for the purple, use 1 drop of blue and 1 of red. *we did 2 of each*
12. once you’ve removed the cake from the pan, top it with frosting and sprinkle with colored sugar ๐Ÿ™‚

Enjoy! Hope you find the baby faster than we did!!!!