It’s been a crazy busy week here! The deck stairs had to be replaced, my A/C went out (just as it finally got warm here in Tennessee of course!), I’ve been working on a new low carb protein cake recipe – and yes, baking with no air conditioning was silly! lol 😛
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I’m back to my DAILY workouts, even if it’s just quick strength training or 15 Tricep Dips while the coffee is brewing. I got new walking shoes that are SO lightweight & comfortable for town walks with Slim, and Northside sent me a replacement pair of my favorite Northside Burke II summer hikers. Yay!
I love those for creek wading, and wet summer hikes to and around waterfalls. 🙂
Anyway, here are some of the meals I’ve been eating lately, and some of the new low carb foods I’ve found and tried…
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Now that the weather is getting nicer, I’ve been choosing restaurants with an outdoor patio anytime I can. This meal was from a favorite little local spot – a Greek/Italian place, no less!
They have a beautiful 12oz Delmonico Ribeye on the menu though, with roasted broccoli & cauliflower, and fresh crisp side salads.
It’s HUGE so this always makes two meals for me.:)
I’m trying to remember what Aaron had that night, because he eats keto too but he doesn’t eat beef or pork. I think the same except grilled chicken instead of steak, smothered in mushrooms & swiss if I remember right.
Speaking of Aaron, he did NOT like the Cashew Crunch Flax Crackers I got in two of the March Keto Boxes. I love them! Which is funny, because he has liked every other brand/flavor of Flax crackers I’ve gotten – and I have NOT, lol.
Which means: I didn’t have to share those two full bags of them. 🙂
They’ve lasted me awhile because the Cashew Crunch Flax Crackers are 4 net carbs for a 28 gram serving, so I only eat them in moderation.
They were delicious with Pecan Pie Almond Butter on them. 🙂
It’s only 1 net carbs per TBSP.
For the most part, Aaron and I eat very much alike and have similar taste preferences (beef, pork and Cashew Crunch Flax Crackers aside!) which makes things easy.
Sometimes he’ll pick up something new for us to try, and most recently it was this Earthly Choice Coffee Flour. You can click on the picture to see the nutrition label.
It’s 2 net carbs for a 2 TBSP serving, so a little higher than my Almond Flour which is 3 net carbs for 4 TBSP (1/4 cup), but not by much – 1 net carb difference.
Anyway, I tested it out with one of my favorite low carb recipes for Low Carb Muffins made with nut butter. Besides turning out a little darker than usual, and having a very slight coffee flavor (which I love!), the coffee flour worked beautiful in the recipe!
Another great keto restaurant meal Aaron and I had on a recent date was this blackened atlantic salmon at O’Charley’s – which is consistently delicious!
I had a side caesar salad with no croutons, grilled asparagus and loaded broccoli with my salmon. That was enough for two meals too. 🙂
If you haven’t tried “Loaded Broccoli” yet… you should!
Another fun find from Aaron: Green Giant Italian Cheese Riced Cauliflower.
And it has the same carb count as the regular, plain cauliflower rice. 🙂
They cheesy cauliflower rice was DELICIOUS!
We cooked it with Pili Nuts, which added a nice buttery-soft crunch, and ate it over a bed of fresh baby spinach.
Fast, easy 10 minute low carb meal – that is also vegetarian friendly. 🙂
The Hunter Gatherer Pili Nuts are the only brand I eat, by the way. They were the original and first company to bring Pili Nuts to market in the United States, and they are still wild harvesting their Pili Nuts from nutrient rich volcanic soil in the Philippines.
The founder of the company is super cool, and took the time to reach out to me on the phone about trying his line of Pili Nut products.
He’s an adventurous nature lover too, with a strong focus on health & nutrition. 🙂
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They’re great for a snack, and the original flavor (shown above) are zero net carbs, but I really LOVE cooking with them! 🙂
Here’s another 10 or 15 minute healthy low carb meal with Pili Nuts…
Grilled chicken & Pili Nuts cooked in butter, over a bed of fresh baby spinach with avocado slices on the side. Perfect!;)
When I have fresh baby spinach in the house, I tend to eat it with almost every meal.
One of my favorite quick & easy keto meals is fried eggs on baby spinach – this time with a little cheese sprinkled on top.
I cook the eggs over-medium in a full TBSP of real butter, then drizzle what’s left of the melted butter over my spinach – then top it with the eggs.
When I’m not in the mood for eggs, tuna salad is a great option too!
My tuna salad is simple: mayo, mustard & dill relish. That’s it. 😉
When I’m eating alone, which is most common, I tend to keep it really simple like the fried eggs or tuna salad over spinach.
Or my recent kick: pan fried pork chops! 🙂
I have never been able to cook pork right – until I figured out these breakfast chops. Now I’m hooked!
I just fry them on HIGH in a non stick skillet, in a full TBSP of real butter. I flip them and brown them on both sides, and they are perfectly done and tender – juicy with crispy fat. Yum!!!
I usually get them in a pack of four chops, about 4 ounces per chop, and I can eat two at a time usually – sometimes three.
Whatever is leftover, I eat cold out of the fridge. 🙂
I’ve also been enjoying that big bag of zero carb frozen sausage I found recently.
I heat it in the microwave by the directions, then pan fry it on each side for a minute or so too.
It’s (surprisingly!) the best sausage I’ve ever eaten. 🙂
While I’m on a pork kick… 🙂
These are days Aaron and I are NOT cooking together, obviously -lol.
Low Carb Pancakes & Bacon! ♥
These are Apple Pie Pancakes using my Nut Butter Recipe. Delicious!
Of course when I’m cooking for one, I end up with a lot of leftovers…
Which made for a great “breakfast taco” the next day. 😉
Speaking of leftovers, I had some leftover steamed spinach. I decided to make cheese chips one night to enjoy while watching a movie – and added the leftover spinach to them.
That turned out great!
You have to squeeze all the water out of the spinach of course, then just add it to your little piles of shredded cheese – and bake it on parchment paper at 400 degrees until crispy.
I haven’t had much low carb fast food lately, but I did have birthday coupons saved up for free Sonic Drive-In cheeseburgers – so I picked up two of those one day.
I just ditched the buns and made them into a “burger stack.” 🙂
I like to keep easy low carb snacks on hand, which is great when I’m working long hours or have a schedule full of deadlines – which has been the case for the last month or so! 😛
Pecans are a favorite because they are very high fat and low carb, and I love the Laughing Cow creamy swiss wedges to dip them in.
The creamy swiss is also great on quick turkey or chicken roll-ups. 🙂
On the topic of long work days, I’ve been enjoying a BPC-style hot coffee keto shake to get me through long afternoon stretches.
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I love the Vanilla Keto Shake Mix in a large tumbler with 24oz of hot coffee and 2 TBSP of salted butter. I just hit it with the mixer for a second and it’s a meal in a mug – and only 1 net carb! 🙂
I eat my favorite “low carb cereal” almost daily, of course.
It’s usually: 1/2 cup pecan pieces, 1/4 cup Daisy brand 4% cottage cheese, 4 small strawberries and 18 grams of blueberries.
That comes to 5 net carbs and 85% healthy fat – perfect LCHF macros!
Sometimes I get a little “wild” with it and add cinnamon – or in this case I drizzled it with ChocZero sugar free white chocolate and turned it into a healthy dessert. 🙂
I keep strawberries and blueberries in the freezer year-round, and usually have some variation of my usual low carb staples: pecans, berries, cream cheese, etc.
If you don’t like cottage cheese, this is a great variation:
Cream cheese, peanut butter or almond butter, strawberries & blueberries.
If you ask me it tastes like peanut butter pie, or PB&J pie. 🙂
The cream cheese I use is Philadelphia 5 Simple Ingredients, which is half a carb per ounce instead of 2 carbs per ounce like most cream cheese.
That means I can enjoy cream cheese even more! ♥
Another favorite cream cheese plate, when I’m in the mood for something sweet: cream cheese, peanut butter or almond butter, topped with sugar free chocolate syrup. 🙂 YUM!
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Remember the Cashew Crunch Flax Crackers? 🙂
I got all the little crumbs & bits out of the bottom of one of the bags and sprinkled those over my cream cheese, almond butter & berries one day. Just to add a little crunch! That was delicious…
I think I shared this hamburger steak & zucchini meal with you in my last post, which happened when I was trying to make zucchini fries:
I had that twice last week. 🙂
I’ve also had my favorite low carb delivery twice this month…
It’s a half pound char-grilled hamburger steak with roasted mixed vegetables.
I never get tired of this meal. I think I could eat hamburger steaks every day. 🙂
Especially if they’re spinach burgers!
I’ve made at least four batches of Low Carb Muffins this month, because they amazingly delicious of course – but also because they’re easy, and it means I have something quick & easy to grab when I’m hungry.;)
These are the new super comfortable, lightweight walking shoes I got for our fast-paced town walks. I picked these because they go great with leggings too, just being honest. 🙂 But they had GREAT comfort reviews.
I got them on sale at Fabletics and I think they sold out.
Speaking of, I just ordered more of their High-Waisted Shorts…
I got 3 pair last year which are still in like-new shape, even though I’ve worn them A LOT. I’m impressed with how well they’ve held up!! 🙂
They’re like compression shorts, and high-waisted, so they’re like the Spanx version of shorts. They make me look way slimmer AND way more shapely than I really am.;)
We were discussing that on Facebook here:
I’m still snowed under with work right now, but I did get my air conditioning fixed at least – thankfully! I’m SO anxious to get out for my next hike, and break in my new pair of (replacement) Northside summer hikers. 😉
In the meantime, it’s more easy low carb meals while I power through some extra work this weekend…
I made a quick dash to the store earlier and stocked up on staples: eggs, pecans, cream cheese, water, tuna, frozen berries, coffee and bacon.
Dang, I just realized I forgot peanut butter! 🙄
Today I mostly ate that chocolate protein cake I baked last night.
Aaron LOVED it.
Stay tuned for the recipe! It’s super easy with very basic ingredients…
How are things going with you this week?
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