food, Keto adventures, Recipes, Sunday Supper, Thankful

Rainy days

Today we had 100% chance of rain, and not just for an hour or two like normal Florida storms, no, it was going to rain from 4 am until who knows when. In fact, I think it is still raining as we speak. So both plans to go to Disney and my long run have been postponed. I will run my scheduled 6.2 miles after work tomorrow, and we can go to Disney another day.

Since it was raining, we figured it would be the perfect day to watch movies and relax. We ended up watching “Christopher Robin,” and we all enjoyed it a lot. It was light hearted but emotional all at the same time. Afterwards, we played the Disney version of Monopoly and I am proud to say after a several hour long game, I won!

 

Lastly, we cooked a simple Sunday supper. Pork loin that was cooked low and slow in the sous vide, and a broccoli mash (see recipe for my cauliflower mash but use a head of steamed broccoli instead and parmesan cheese vs. Italian cheese), and my daughter made us arugula salad with radish and mushrooms.

 

Which brings me to my thankful part of this post:

  1. Dinner with my family. As busy as our lives get we almost always try to have dinner together, especially on Sundays.
  2. Rainy days that force you to stay in, and having quality time while doing so. So often we get caught up with our faces stuck in our phones. This weekend has been nice and I’ve been mindful of not being on my phone so much.
  3. The fact that my husband has gotten on board with healthier eating. He was cleaning out his closet tonight and found his “fat jeans” (not that he was ever fat) and I am so proud of how he’s embraced eating healthier and exercising more.
  4. Sleeping in on the weekends. I don’t sleep very well, I never have, so I love that I have the weekends (especially when we’ve got no plans) so catch up on the little bit of sleep I get during the week.
  5. Wine on Sunday evenings to calm me down for Monday morning. LOL. I just had to add that in!!

Have you watched any good movies lately? What’s your favorite board game? Does your family eat together in the evenings when possible?

 

Cheers!

Michelle

 

 

 

food, Recipes

Blue cheese beef meatballs, mushroom gravy and cauliflower mash

This year has started out a little rough for me. While I had talked about Self-love last week on the blog, with intentions of making more time for the things I love AND me in general, I instead continued to battle this wretched cough/cold. This weekend I finally felt better enough to venture out of the house with my daughter, and we got our nails done, ran errands, had lunch with a great friend and did a little shopping. I was a little worn out this afternoon, but was determined to get back to my Sunday supper ritual.

Today’s menu consisted of Blue cheese beef meatballs, mushroom gravy, and cauliflower mash with a side of sautéed asparagus.

Blue Cheese Beef meatballs

One pound of ground beef

1 cup of blue cheese crumbles

1 egg

Salt and pepper to taste (about 1-2 tsps. of salt, 1 tsp pepper

1 tsp of dried oregano

Combine and let chill for an hour. Bring to room temperature while the oven is pre-heating to 350 degrees. Bake for about 30 minutes or until fully cooked.

Cauliflower mash

1 head of fresh cauliflower

1/4 cup of low fat cream cheese

2 tsps. of unsalted butter

1-2 tsps. of salt, 1 tsp of white pepper, 1 tsp of garlic powder

Cup up cauliflower and cook in boiling water until soft.

Combine all ingredients in a food processor or blender and process on high for around 2-3 minutes.

Mushroom gravy

1 tsp of unsalted butter

6-8 portabella mushrooms, chopped

1 garlic clove, minced

1 package of Lipton Onion soup mix

4 cups of unsalted/low sodium beef stock

1/4 cup heavy cream

2 tsps. of corn starch and cold water, mixed well (this is called a slurry, you’ll add it to thicken the gravy)

In a sauce pan melt the butter and add the mushrooms and garlic. Cook until lightly browned. Add in the beef stock, and onion soup mix until combined thoroughly. Add in the heavy cream and the corn starch slurry and bring to a boil. Reduce down, and let simmer for 20 minutes. Puree or leave chunky! Your call!

I rounded the dish out with some simple sautéed asparagus with a little salt, pepper, and a pat of butter.

cauliflower massh

Enjoy!!!

Keto adventures, Recipes

Keto cups

Tonight I made quick and easy turkey, arugula, egg and Gouda cheese cups for dinner. Spray a muffin tin with non stick spray and put the turkey in the tins pushing down the middle. Add arugula and an egg, and sprinkle with Gouda cheese. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Bake at 350 for about 10-12 minutes. Yum!

Sorry I’ve been absent lately. Life just gets in the way sometimes and blogging from my phone is a pain. Hope y’all are doing well. Share with me your favorite low carb recipe!

Cheers!

Michelle

Keto adventures, Recipes

Four weeks of Keto-recap!

We’ve been doing the Keto diet for 4 weeks now. While I’ve wanted to cheat with soft pretzels at Disney and chips with my work lunch’s, I’m proud to say I’ve refrained from it all!

I am down 4.5 lbs and my hubby is down 13+ lbs!! I still have five lbs to go and happy with the slow and steady loss.

Our weekend was quiet and today was another glorious day in the sun at our neighborhood pool!

Dinner was baked wings and cauliflower mash.

How was your weekend?

Cheers!

Michelle

Keto adventures, Recipes

Spicy braised spinach and shrimp

It doesn’t get much easier than this, y’all. Here’s what you need:

✔️ 1 bag of baby spinach. (Enough to fill a large mixing bowl. It shrinks down by a third).

✔️ 1 lb of shrimp. I get the deveined and peeled once because heck, it’s easier.

✔️ 3 pieces of bacon: cube it and render off the fat. Drain on a paper towel and dispose of the grease in the pan. Don’t wipe out the pan, though! Save that yummy goodness.

✔️ half of a white onion-diced finely

✔️ 2 cloves of garlic-minced

✔️ red pepper flakes, salt and pepper to taste.

✔️ teaspoon of coconut oil

Once you’ve rendered the bacon, set it aside. In the pan you cooked the bacon add the coconut oil and sauté the onions, garlic and red pepper flakes. Once soft, add in the shrimp and cook for about two minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Add in the spinach, and gently fold in to the pan. It will shrink down pretty quickly. I like mine with a bite so I only cook it until slightly wilted.

This whole meal took a total of 10-15 minutes and was a big hit!!

What’s on your plate tonight?

Cheers!

Michelle

Keto adventures, Recipes

Keto Crispy chicken!

Tonight’s Keto meal was baked crispy chicken coated with egg wash, spicy pork rinds and almond flour. Bake at 425 degrees for about 35-40 minutes. Let rest 10 minutes and serve with your favorite Keto friendly veggie. We had a few spears of asparagus with bacon.

Yum! What’s on your plate?? Comment below!!! Cheers!!!

Michelle

Keto adventures, Recipes

Pork chop Keto meal

Tonight I made a simple pan seared pork chop, cooked with just a pat of unsalted butter in a cast iron skillet. I seasoned it with some Cuban seasoning I got from a place called, “The Spice house” in St. Petersburg, FL.

I paired it with cheesy cauliflower purée. Boil half of a head of cauliflower until soft and save about 1/4 cup of the cooking liquid. Add a large tablespoon of cream cheese, 1/2 cup of mozzarella cheese and salt and pepper to your food processor (blender will work fine as well), and then add the cooked cauliflower on top. Blitz on high until smooth. Add a little of the saved liquid if needed to thin out the purée.

The avocado crema was simply 1 avocado, 1/4 cup of sour cream, juice of one lime, salt, pepper and cayenne with just a drizzle of olive oil.

Voila!

I’ve been having a blast coming up with new Keto friendly recipes, and hope you are enjoying them! What’s your favorite low carb dish?

Cheers!

Michelle

Recipes

Keto Meatballs

Tonight’s easy Keto meal. Meatballs with sautéed spinach. Meatballs: 1 lb of ground meat, 2 diced baby portobello mushrooms, 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, 1 egg, salt and pepper to taste. Gently Work mixture together and form in to balls. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes. Top with a slice of fresh mozzarella and return to oven for a few minutes to melt. Sautéed spinach: slice three slices of bacon and cook until done. Drain the grease on a paper towel and wipe out (but don’t rinse!) the pan. Add one pat of unsalted butter, minced clove of garlic and red pepper flakes to the pan you cooked the bacon in. Place a heaping mound of spinach in the pan as it shrinks down. Add in your bacon and season with salt and pepper. Voila!! Cheers! We have bad storms here but I managed a 25 minute cardio workout while the meatballs were cooking! Gotta get it done while you can!

How was your day? Share your workout/dinner below!!!

Cheers!

Michelle