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Back to Basics: Favorite Recipes, Part II

Getting your body into ketosis is easy.  You don’t need any special diet supplements or drinks or anything crazy.  You don’t need to pay for classes to learn about keto.  What you need is access to free resources and food.  It’s that simple.  The resources help you learn more about the specifics of what to eat and when.  The food is what you need to get your body into a healthy, fat burning machine.

There are tons of Keto recipes online, in cookbooks and shared among friends.  And yet, it is still so hard to find a great recipe that actually tastes good!  It shouldn’t be that hard, but it is.  If I’ve learned anything about cooking Keto over the past year, it’s that difficult recipes are rarely worth the effort.  Complicated recipes are time consuming, require a lot of (sometimes) usual ingredients, are difficult to follow properly…and, after all of this, the taste doesn’t reflect the efforts and resources.

If you’re looking for a few great recipes, you’ve come to the right place!  Here are a few recipes that my family and I all love, are easy to make, are keto-friendly to help you stay with your macros, and above all, taste great!

FYI: This blog got really long.  So I’m splitting it up by Breakfast, Lunch (here), Dinner, and Snacks & Desserts.  I apologize for any inconvenience this may cause, but I think it’ll be worth it because I have some great recipes and information which include eating out!

Lunch:

Leftover Salad

I’m a fan of using what I have as leftovers to make new meals.  I don’t like to waste, but I don’t always like to eat the same meal day after day.  So, the idea is to take leftovers and turn them into something else that’s edible.

For dinners I like to make meat and vegetables which leave me with many leftovers, especially meat.  Salads are forgiving and I have yet to find a meat that doesn’t work in the salad the next day.

Directions:

Put lettuce of choice on  a plate or in a big bowl (I love mixed greens, but any will do).  Then add all ingredients and top with some dressing and something crunchy.  You don’t have to have dressing or something crunchy, but that’s how I like it.  That’s it.  So simple.

Ingredient Suggestions to Make 1 Big Leftover Salad:

  • Lettuce or Mixed greens (3+ cups give or take)
  • 1-2 tbsp shredded cheese of choice
  • 1 tbsp salted, roasted seeds (like pumpkin or sunflower
  • 1 tsp hemp hearts
  • 1/2 tsp nutritional yeast
  • 3-4 berries (optional)
  • 4-5 Whisps (optional, but they add more crunch)
  • 1 tbsp homemade bacon bits (optional)
  • Some leftover meat…I’ve tried shredded pork, chicken and beef, and strips of steak
  • 0-2 tbsp low carb dressing ( I like the Chunky Blue Cheese yogurt dressing from Bolthouse Farms and ACV dressing from Bragg’s) 

This Leftover Salad is easy to make, doesn’t take much time and helps you from wasting valuable food.  It tastes great and is healthy.  No one will ever know in your lunch room that your gourmet salad is leftovers put together that morning!

This filling salad is something I eat several times a week.  I also send my husband to work with this meal and he enjoys it with coworkers wondering how this is a “diet” salad with cheese and meat and dressing and crunchy bits.  LOL

Note: Practically everything in this salad is optional.  It’s a very flexible meal and you can add what you have in the house, including cucumbers, celery, a tiny bit of carrots (but they’re high carb, so be careful), pieces of high fat nuts, and even sugar free bbq sauce and ranch to make a bbq salad like they serve at Lucille’s BBQ restaurant.  It’s an easy way to get your veggies in.  I cannot recommend this more.

Chicken Wings (and Bacon) w/ Ranch

There’s a local restaurant called Bravo Burger that has the most delicious chicken wings (sans sauce…too spicy), bacon and ranch dip ever.  To be honest, I think the chicken is keto-friendly, the bacon is marginal because I’m pretty sure it’s cured in sugar, and the amazing ranch has got to have sugar in it because it is way too good. 

Not only is this meal not totally keto-friendly, but it’s somewhat expensive.  We get 1 order of chicken wings (8), 2 orders of bacon (8) and an extra ranch (2) to split between my husband and I.  I discovered dipping that thick, crispy bacon in the ranch…WHOA!  

This has inspired me to create this meal at home for much less.  It really doesn’t even require that much effort either.  Plus, it’s keto-friendly and we can eat way more…and possibly have leftovers for another day.

Directions:

Put all chicken wings into a big bowl and add seasonings to your liking.  Mix with hands or a large, strong spoon to get an even coating on all chicken pieces.  This can be done 30 minutes ahead or longer.  Even allowing an overnight marinade is great!  Bake bacon on a sheet pan at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes or until crispy.  Add as many wings to the basket of your preheated air fryer as possible.  You’ll want to cook this for 10 minutes, carefully remove the basket to flip wings around and cook for an additional 10 minutes or until done.

While the bacon and wings are cooking make your own homemade dipping sauce.  I like ranch but blue cheese, another low carb sauce or even plain will work.  I prefer to mix my ranch mix, salt and pepper in with sour cream, then refrigerate as long as possible (at least 20 minutes).

When the bacon is done, take it from the oven and let sit aside on a paper towel to remove some of the bacon grease.  I have zero problem eating bacon grease, but I hate when it drips on me when I’m eating.  Annoying!  Just let it drain off a little and you’ll be good to go.  When the chicken wings are done, remove them from the air fryer and put in a big bowl.  You’ll want to salt them one last time.  Remember, we need extra salt in our keto diets because our body do not retain salt like they once did.  Salt is vital to our survival…so don’t be afraid to salt your food.

Put some wings, bacon and cold ranch on your plate and enjoy!  This also goes well with vegetables, like cucumbers, mini peppers and even raw broccoli.

Ingredients:

  • Chicken wings
  • Bacon
  • Pink Himalayan sea salt (some for the marinade, some for the chicken when it’s done cooking)
  • Cracked pepper
  • Garlic and onion powder (optional, but go light because it’s higher in carbs than you’d think)
  • Smoked paprika
  • Cayenne powder or chili powder (optional but adds light heat…or high heat if you’d like)

Note: This recipe for the chicken wings is very forgiving and can take just about any spice you feel like.  I’ve also tried just salt and pepper, and an Italian seasoning version with thyme and rosemary.  In addition to plain bacon, you have to try adding freshly cracked pepper and Herbs de Provence…it is delicious!

Which Wich Sandwich Bowl

My husband has really gotten into this Keto life.  He’s really become quite mindful of what he’s eating and has a great idea about what’s keto-friendly and what he should avoid.  One day he tells me about this new lunch he loves at his old favorite sandwich shop, Which Wich.

This is a pretty good fast food restaurant and it usually isn’t too expensive, plus you can customize your order.  But, did you know that you turn any sandwich into a salad there?  And this is when I was introduced to the Wicked Sandwich Salad with spinach, mushrooms, pickles, cucumbers, double meat and cheese, bacon, avocado, olives and either ranch or mayonnaise.  It’s about $17 each but it’s 2 really good sized meals for me and there’s so much meat, cheese, and other goodies that you really don’t feel like you’re eating a salad.  It’s delicious and I recommend giving it a serious go.

Another great thing about Which Wich is that you can order from a phone app and pick it up at a scheduled time.  That means you don’t have to wait in line to order or wait for them to make it.

Saves time.  Tastes good.  Is filling.  Is a decent price when eaten as two good sized meals.  Check it out the next time you’re looking for a good meal and there is a Which Wich near you.

I have yet to try other sandwich salads here because when I find what I love I don’t really like trying new things unless I frequent the establishment often, which I don’t.  I think I probably go once a month.

What a treat!

Click here to read Part I (breakfast ideas) or Part III (dinner ideas)!

There are so many great recipes.  I’ve given you a few ideas and hope you find this helpful.  If you’ve got any questions or suggestions, please share in the comments section below.

I hope you enjoy these recipes and meal ideas.  There are more, but I wanted to give you three for each category so I didn’t overwhelm you.  You’ll probably notice that none of it is some crazy bread alternative…that’s on purpose.  Keto Bread isn’t bread, so don’t waste your time.  The only one that has worked for us is the Cheesy Bread/Keto Bagel Loaf.

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I always recommend having a support group of fellow Keto’ers to help you.  You can even check out my group Beck Does Keto…And, So Can You! on Facebook.  We all share a lot of helpful information, encouraging messages and recipes!

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