Quick and Dirty Steak Salad

Ok folks I have to apologize in advance.  Since I started this blog my goal has been to post a recipe a day so that the people following along could have a simple guide to meal planning.  Well today has been hectic with activities and I haven’t had any time to cook anything!  (For your reference.)  This is something I made a few days ago and I put it on the back shelf because it was similar to another recipe I had posted.  The difference here is the prep time.  No time to cook up steak for a salad?  Well the answer to your problems is here…  Steak Ums!  Yes I know this isn’t exactly rocket science but it’s a fast meat to cook when you’re in a pinch and you want a hot salad topping.  I made this salad Greek-ish and you can too.

Quick and Dirty Steak Salad

  • Servings: 1
  • Difficulty: Easy
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  • One Serving Romain Lettuce
  • 3 Servings Steak Ums (Or however much fits in your macros.)
  • Salt and Pepper to Taste
  • 1 Tbsp Butter
  • 1 Oz Feta Cheese Crumbles
  • A Few Black Olives
  • Pepperoncini (If you like a little spice…)
  • One Serving Ranch Dressing

What I like about cooking steak ums is you can throw them in a skillet (I’m in love with T Fal and their thermo spot professional cookware.  It’s relatively inexpensive and everything is evenly cooked!  T-fal Professional Thermo-Spot Fry Pan) with 1 tbsp of butter over medium high heat and they’re cooked in about 5 minutes.  I sometimes put a little malt vinegar on the steak as it’s cooking.  It gives it a nice mellow flavor.  Salt and pepper the meat to taste.  Place the meat over your lettuce, add your feta cheese, olives, dressing and pepperocini to the top and you’ve got a quick and easy steak salad.  Enjoy!

Almost Real Crust Keto Pizza

Anyone on keto knows what a struggle it is to find a pizza replacement.  I’ve tried so many and none of them have come close to this one.  The original recipe has appeared on other sites.  I modified it slightly to my own tastes so I’m sharing my favorite keto pizza with you!  This one has that feel of a real slice of pizza.  You can pick it up and the crust crunches in your mouth.  Overall it’s very satisfiying!

Almost Real Crust Keto Pizza

  • Servings: 3-6
  • Difficulty: Moderate
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The Crust:

The Toppings:

  • 1 Cup Mozzarella Cheese
  • 1/2 Garlic Basil Marina Sauce (See Recipe Here)
  • 16 slices Pepperoni
  • Sprinkled Oregano (optional)

To make the crust, first preheat your oven to 400 degrees F.  Then take your two cups mozzarella cheese and place them in a microwave safe bowl.  Microwave the cheese on medium high until it is soft and smooshy.  Be careful not to microwave the cheese too long as you don’t want the edges to brown.  This takes generally just a minute or two.

Once the mozzarella cheese is all melted add your cream cheese and egg to the mozzarella in the bowl and mix it up well.  Then add your psyllium husk powder, almond flour, salt and pepper.  Mix well again.  Once it’s cool enough to touch you will want to work your “dough” into a ball.  If you have a pizza pan this is a great time to smear a little olive oil all over it and then place your dough ball in the middle.  Start working the edges out with your finger tips until you’ve made a pizza crust.  Place your pizza crust in the oven and bake for 10 minutes.  Take your crust out after the initial 10 minute bake, flip over and bake for another 3-4 minutes.  If you’ve followed along well to this point you should have this.

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Now you get to add the toppings.  First start with your 1/2 cup Garlic Basil Marinara and then your 1 Cup Mozzarella and Pepperoni Slices.  (You can put whatever keto friendly toppings you’d like on it!)  Bake again for another 3-5 minutes or until the cheese is all melted.  I hope you enjoy this pizza!  I know I do!  (P.S.  I’m going to get one of these and pretend like I’m in classic pizza shop!)

1/6th Pie:   311 Calories, 24 g Fat, 20 g Protein, 2.3 g Net Carbs

Parmesan Chicken and Zucchini Noodles with Garlic Basil Marinara

When I started keto I missed pasta.  A lot.  As a self professed pasta-a-holic it was a dramatic change for me to give it up.  Now if you’ve been following along the daily recipe yesterday was important!  Yesterdays Garlic Basil Marinara will be used in today’s recipe – Parmesan Chicken and Zucchini Noodles.  For todays recipe you’ll need a veggie spiralizer. (You can order one here.  Paderno World Cuisine Spiral Vegetable Slicer) Zucchini noodles (aka, “Zoodles”) are a wonderful spaghetti substitute.  They provide that particular mouth feel that only spaghetti has with the wonderful flavor of being a vegetable!  When you top them with chicken and sauce you make a great keto chicken parmesan!  This recipe makes two servings.

Parmesan Chicken and Zucchini Noodles with Garlic Basil Marinara

  • Servings: 2
  • Difficulty: Moderate
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  • 6 Oz Chicken Breast Tenderloins
  • 2 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 3 Tsp Grated Parmesan Cheese
  • 2 Medium Zucchini
  • Garlic Basil Marinara
  • Salt and Pepper To Taste
  • 1/2 Cup Shredded Mozzarella Cheese

To prepare the chicken place your chicken breasts in a skillet with 1 tbsp of olive oil.  Salt and pepper them now.  Cook on medium high heat until almost cooked through.  Sprinkle your Parmesan cheese evenly on the chicken breasts.  Turn the heat up slightly to the low end of high and flip the chicken over to sear the cheese.  Flip back over when chicken is completely cooked.

Zoodles are finicky to make.  There are several tricks I’ve learned that will help you the first time.  Cook them too long and they’re mush.  Don’t cook them long enough and the flavor is…off.  First you’ll want to wash your zucchini thoroughly and cut both ends off where the stem and flower were connected.  Load the spiralizer according to your particular brands directions.  This Paderno Spiral Vegetable Slicer is fairly simple to use. Spike the zuke on the handle where are the little plastic needles are and the other end centers on the hollow metal circle. This cores the zuke while you’re spinning it. I also find that while spiralizing you need to cut the zoodles off every couple turns or you can end up with some very long noodles making them difficult to cook and eat!

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From there I salt the noodles very heavily.  I mean heavy.  If you were to taste them your tongue would shrivel up from all the salt kind of heavy.  The reason for this is you want the salt to draw moisture out of your zucchini so that the cooked product retains some snap and doesn’t turn to mush.  I then place the bowl of salted noodles in the fridge for half an hour or so.  When you take them out strain them through a colander.  There will be copious amounts of water.  To cook them I use a nice wok. (T-fal Wok)  This allows me to toss the noodles so they cook evenly.  I add one tablespoon of olive oil to the wok and heat to medium high.  Place the noodles in the wok, salt and pepper them to taste and cover as best you can with a lid.  This will steam the vegetables a little bit first.  (You could also microwave them for a few minutes first.  It accomplishes the same goal.)  Then you have to drain them again.  By this point even more water will have cooked out of them.  I then turn the heat up.  Not all the way but somewhere in the neighborhood of high.  The noodles will be finished when you feel they are soft but have just a little bit of crunch left to them.

From there you split the zoodles in two on two plates, place your chicken on top, cover with a serving of marinara and 1/4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese.  You can sprinkle extra grated parmesan cheese on top if you like!  All in all it’s a little bit of work but it satisfies that craving!  Enjoy!

Garlic Basil Marinara Sauce

Pre-keto spaghetti was a staple in my diet.  I could load up on bowl after bowl of the stuff.  Something about the tender pasta mixed with a rich marinara sauce got my blood moving!  Well, not literally, but you could say my affections were strong for the stuff.  Post-keto I found that many prepackaged marinara sauces had added sugars.  Seriously?!  High fructose corn syrup?!  I sought out recipe after recipe trying to find a sauce I would enjoy.  After experimenting with some different combinations I finally came up with one I love.  Garlic Basil Marinara.  This sauce is great on zoodles (Get a Paderno Spiral Vegetable Slicer! It’s amazing!  More to come on this…), keto pizza or as a dipping sauce for cauliflower breadsticks.

Garlic Basil Marinara Sauce

  • Servings: 6-8
  • Difficulty: Easy
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  • 28 Oz can Peeled Whole Tomatoes
  • 2 Tsp Garlic powder
  • 1 Tsp Onion Powder
  • 2 Tsp Dried Basil
  • 1 1/2 Tsp Dried Oregano
  • 1 Tsp Dried Parsley
  • 1 Tsp Salt
  • 1/4 Tsp Black Pepper
  • 3 Tbsp Red Wine Vinegar
  • 1/4 Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Puree your tomatoes in a blender until consistency is liquid.  (Ninja blenders work great!) Add the remaining ingredients and blend it a little more until evenly mixed.  Heat the sauce over medium heat until hot.  Serve however you’d like!

Serving Size 1/2 Cup, 84 Calories, 7 g Fat, 1 g Protein, 3.5 Net Carbohydrates

Whipped Chocolate Pudding, aka, “Fluff”

If you miss the sweets on keto you’re not alone.  There are many meals where I wish I had something nice and tasty for dessert!  This recipe is simple to make and truly decadent tasting!  I present to you my whipped chocolate pudding!  It’s creamy, it’s fluffy and you’ll want to eat it all.  This is an EXCELLENT fat bomb recipe.

  • Servings: 4-8
  • Difficulty: Easy
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This recipe is incredibly easy.  First you empty 2 cups of heavy whipping cream into a large bowl.  Then you add 2 drops EZ-Sweetz Liquid Sweetener and your pudding mix.  Mix thoroughly with a blender.  A lower speed on your blender will result in more of a pudding like texture.  I like mine whipped at high speed until it stiffens up.  This makes the texture like a dense mousse.  Refrigerate for 30 minutes and you’ll be in chocolate heaven!  You can serve with a serving of Reddi Whip topping on top if you don’t care about 1 extra carb!  Enjoy!

8 Servings, 212 Cal, 20 g Fat, 3 g Carbohydrates, 0 g Protein