Italian Stir Fry

The ketogenic way of eating is no longer a diet for us but a lifestyle.  There are few ingredients around the house which don’t fit into our way of eating and that makes meal preparation extremely easy for us.  I’m particularly proud of this recipe because it was an experiment.  An experiment that turned out delicious.  All of the ingredients were left over from previous recipes we’ve made or purchased for recipes we never actually made.  This Italian Stir Fry may not be a traditional stir fry and that’s ok.  I called it that because it felt silly to cook it in a Wok.

Italian Stir Fry

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: Moderate
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  • 2 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 Tbsp Red Wine Vinegar
  • 0.5 Tsp Mortons Lite Salt
  • 0.5 Tsp Black Pepper
  • 0.5 Tsp Dried Oregano
  • 0.5 Tsp Dried Basil
  • 1 Tbsp Minced Garlic
  • 1/4 Cup White Onion, Coarsely Chopped
  • 1 Jar (5 Oz) Fire Roasted Red Peppers
  • 8 Oz Sliced Chicken Breast
  • 1 1/2 Oz Sliced Salami
  • 1 Cup Frozen or Fresh Kale, Chopped
  • 0.25 Cup Organic Pizza Sauce (Or Any Other Low Carb Alternative)
  • 3/4 Ricotta Cheese
  • Grated Parmesan Cheese To Taste

Begin this recipe by adding your olive oil, garlic, onion and dry spices (Oregano, Basil, Lite Salt and Pepper) in a medium sized pan, or in this case, a Wok.  Turn your  stove on to a medium to medium low heat.  Allow the garlic and onions time to sautee until soft.  By adding the dry spices now you allow time for their flavor to dissipate in your oil.  Slice your chicken in to small chunks or cubes and add it to the wok once your onions are mostly soft.  Add 1 tbsp of red wine vinegar at this point.  Increase the temperature to medium-high and cover allowing the chicken to cook until no pink is seen.  Slice your salami and roasted red peppers thin and add to your pan.  Add your Kale at this time as well.  Mix well and cover until your greens are cooked.  They should appear wilted but not a slimy green mess.  Take the pan off the heat.  Place the ricotta cheese in spoonful sized dollops around the top of your stir fry, cover, and allow it a few minutes to melt.   You can lightly disturb the cheese with a spoon to work it into the ingredients as well.  Dish 1/4 of the recipe on serving plates and add a drizzle of your pizza sauce and garnish with grated Parmesan Cheese.  This is optional but highly recommended.  Enjoy!

1/4 Recipe:  267 Calories, 18.4 G Fat, 19.7 G Protein, 5.7 G Carbs, 0.6 G Fiber (5.1 G Net Carbs)

Simple Keto Pan Pizza

We’ve explored different keto friendly pizzas here at The Bacon Monologues and each has different qualities that make them appealing.  Keto Snack Pizzas have a thin and light crunch crust thanks to the tortilla crust.  The Almost Real Crust Keto Pizza is a full sized pizza with a nice doughy crust that is a great dinner option.  Both are great options for different occasions.  Sometimes you want a simple and filling option for one person.  That’s where the Simple Keto Pan Pizza comes in to play.  The crust is thick and fluffy like a personal pan pizza.  Check it out!

Simple Keto Pan Pizza

  • Servings: 1
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Crust Ingredients:

  • Two Large Eggs
  • Two Tbsp Grated Parmesan Cheese
  • One Heaping Tbsp Unflavored Psyllium Husk
  • One Tbsp Water
  • Lite Salt to Taste
  • One Tbsp Olive Oil

Toppings:

  • One Serving (1/4 Cup) Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
  • One Serving (1/4 Cup) Low Carb Pizza Sauce (Rao’s Homemade Marinara Sauce is a good choice.)
  • Anything else!  (Mushrooms, Pepperoni, Sausage Etc…)

Start by heating a tablespoon of olive oil in a small skillet to medium high heat.  Using an immersion hand blender mix your eggs, water, parmesan cheese, psyllium husk and salt very well.  You want to lift the immersion blender in and out of the mixture to blend some air into it.  This will help your crust be fluffier.  Remember the more bubbles the better!  It also helps to mix your “dough” in a container with high sides so you don’t make a mess.  Once the mixture is well blended pour it into your preheated skillet and try to spread it around in a nice circle.  This will be a little difficult because the psyllium husk rapidly absorbs the water and will thicken rather quickly.  I use a rubber spatula coated with a little cooking spray to accomplish this.  Cook for roughly 3 minutes each side or until it’s golden brown.

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Now set your oven to broil.  If your skillet is oven safe you can leave your crust in it.  If not transfer your crust to a pizza stone or a pan.  Place your pizza sauce, cheese and toppings on your crust.  Place it in the oven and watch closely.  Within 5 minutes or so your cheese will begin to bubble and you’re done!  Total time for this recipe is 10-12 minutes and it’s delicious!  Enjoy!

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Pasta Substitute – Spaghetti Squash

As a former carb-o-holic I’m always searching for something to replace pasta.  Pasta was one of those comfort foods that I went to as a standard for a quick easy meal.  Nowadays pasta is off the menu but I still crave that meal that I loved for so many years growing up!  I’ve tried Zoodles and they were great but zucchini noodles can be hard to get right sometimes.  I’ve been meaning to try spaghetti squash for some time now but I could never find it in my local grocery store…until now!  Baked spaghetti squash has a slightly nutty flavor to it that is subtle.  It also has a nice firm but not too crunch texture that is pleasing to eat.

Spaghetti Squash

  • Servings: Varies
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Preheat your oven to 400 to degrees.  Always make sure you wash your squash.  (Hey, that rhymes!)  Can’t be too careful as you don’t know who handled it before you!  Cut it lengthwise down the middle and scrape all of the seeds from inside of your victim.

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Take the two halves and place them in your 13″ x 9″ baking pan cut side down.  Add about one inch of water to the pan.  I attempted to salt and pepper the squash prior to baking it but that ended up being a futile effort.  Yeah I know.  Water.  Duh.

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Is your oven heated yet?  If it is pop those bad boys in there for roughly 45 minutes.  You should be able to very easily pierce the skin on the squash when they’re done.  Once they’re done the fun begins!  With an oven mitt and a sturdy utensil (Kitchen tongs work well!) flip the squash halves over.  With a fork begin to scrape the meat of the squash in long motions from inside the skin.  You should be able to get almost all the material from the skin.

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And that’s it!  Baking spaghetti squash is simple enough to do and it tastes amazing!  We topped ours with our Garlic Basil Marinara Sauce, grated parmesan, salt and pepper and one serving of shredded mozzarella cheese.  Get creative and enjoy!

100 Grams Spaghetti Squash:  31 Calories, 0.6 g Fat, 0.6 g Protein, 5.5 g Net Carbs (7 g Carbs, 1.5 g Fiber)

Lasagna Meatballs

I’ve had a craving for something Italian for the past few days that I couldn’t not get rid of no matter what I ate.  Then it hit me!  Lasagna Meatballs!  I love this recipe.  There is something so satisfying about the tender baked meat balls combined with the flavorful marinara that really hits the spot.  It’s a two step recipe so it takes a little more time to make but it is worth it!  Check it out!

Lasagna Meatballs

  • Servings: 4-8
  • Difficulty: Moderate
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For the meatballs:

  • 1 Pound Sweet or Hot Italian Sausage (We use sweet)
  • 1 Pound Ground Beef
  • 1/3 Cup Almond Flour
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 Tbsp Dried Parsley
  • 1 Tsp Lite Salt
  • 1/4 Tsp Red Pepper Flakes
  • 1/2 Tsp Onion Powder
  • 1/2 Tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1/4 Tsp Dried Oregano
  • 1/4 Cup Grated Parmesan Cheese

Everything else:

  • 2 Cups Garlic Basil Marinara (Follow link for recipe)
  • 1 1/2 Cups Whole Milk Mozzarella Cheese
  • 1 Cup Whole Milk Ricotta Cheese

Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.  To start making the meatballs combine all the ingredients on the meatballs list in a bowl and mix well.  Form the meat into approximately 32 one ounce meatballs.  (They’ll be about 1 1/2 inches in diameter.)  Put the meatballs on a foil (or you can use a silpat) lined baking sheet.  Bake for 15 minutes.

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Once the meatballs are cooked place them in a 13’x9′ casserole baking dish in a single layer.  Pour half of the garlic basil marina over the meatballs.  Spread the ricotta cheese evenly across the top of your meatballs.  Do this one small spoonful at a time so there is enough to cover them evenly.  Then pour the other half of your marinara over the top of the ricotta.  Sprinkle the mozzarella cheese over the top.

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Is your oven still set for 375?  Good.  Place your dish in the oven and continue to bake for another 30 minutes.  Allow to cool for 5 minutes before serving.  Enjoy!

8 Servings of 4 Meatballs:  494 Calories, 39 g Fat, 31 g Protein, 4 g Net Carbs

Recipe originally appeared on http://www.ibreatheimhungry.com

 

 

Bunless Keto Burgers

Life has been hectic around here the last few weeks with soccer, work and summer yard work starting up.  Having little to no time to plan or cook a meal we’ve had to resort to shaking up old pre-keto favorites and making them low carb!

Summer time around this house means cooking on the grill! We have a Char-Griller 5050 Duo Gas-and-Charcoal Grill and it gets a workout every summer! We fired it up for the first time the other day to make Bunless Keto Burgers.  This isn’t exactly rocket science.  It’s just a burger without a bun!

Bunless Keto Burgers

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: Easy
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  • 1 lb 70/30 Ground Beef Divided Into Four 4 Oz Patties
  • Morton Lite Salt and Pepper To Taste
  • Your Favorite Keto Friendly Toppings!  (Picture is 1 Oz Swiss Cheese, 2 Strips of Crisp Bacon, A Few White Onion Slices, Yellow Mustard and Mayonnaise)

Fire that grill up to medium heat and start cooking!  I generally keep the burgers on one side for 4-6 minutes depending on how thick the patty is.  Once the burgers are charred to your taste and heated on the inside to a minimum of 160 degrees (Food poisoning is bad, mmkay?  Check it with a thermometer!) you’re ready to dress your burger how you like!  No bun?  No problem!  All the flavor of our favorite fast summer time meal with none of the carbs.  Enjoy!