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Back to Basics: Favorite Recipes, Part I

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 (here), Lunch, 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!

Breakfast: We usually fast for breakfast, but not every day.  Sometimes we need a meal.

Magic Coffee

This is my version of BulletProof Coffee.  You want coffee mixed with a fat of your choice.  I also like mine with sweetener and sometimes forgo the the fat.  Regardless, I always include a little mushroom powder and trace minerals.  You can have this on ice or hot, but I do recommend not using butter or MCT oil if you’re doing iced coffee as it clumps and becomes unappealing in my experience.  You can use whatever coffee you prefer, but when it comes to liquids it should be organic because it is quickly absorbed and you don’t want toxic stuff absorbing (that wouldn’t be a great start to the day!).

Directions:

Put half of your coffee in your cup (or mug) along with the remainder of the ingredients.  Mix everything with a tiny mixer or spoon until nicely mixed.  Then add the rest of the coffee with a final gentle mix.  If you fill the cup too full it can easily spill out of the cup with a vigorous mixing, just FYI.

Ingredients:

  • Organic Coffee…I like the Organic Mexican Rose coffee beans from Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf
  • 2 droppers of Trace Minerals from Dr. Berg
  • 1/2 tsp of 10 Mushroom Blend by Four Sigmatic
  • Truvia in hot coffee (dessolved better in warm liquids) or Torani in iced coffee
  • Optional fats:
    • Heavy whipping cream
    • Butter
    • MCT oil
    • Coconut oil

Tip: You will want to add fats to your morning coffee when fasting if you’re new to Keto, new to intermittent fasting, or are in maintenance (which happens once you reach your goal).  I’m trying to cut back on fat consumption, so I usually skip the optional fats now.

Avocado Egg in a Hole

This simple breakfast is delicious and has what you need to get a great start to the day.  It’s pretty basic and goes well with other foods you may want to add, like veggies, bacon, more bacon, etc.

Directions:

Cut the avocado in half and remove the pit.  Remove the skin off of the fruit, placing the fruit pit hole down, and slice horizontally.  This will create  pieces of avocado with a hole in the middle.  If the hole isn’t large enough to cook an egg, you may want to cut the hole wider, but that’s up to you.

Put a skillet on the stove (about medium heat should be fine) and melt the butter.  When the butter is melted, place your avocados in the skillet and crack an egg into each avocado hole.  You’re basically making a fried egg with avocado, but this is cuter and more fun!  Use whatever seasonings and/or cheese you would like and let the egg finish cooking to the fried done-ness that you prefer.

Ingredients:

  • Butter
  • Avocado
  • Fresh eggs
  • Salt, pepper and any other seasoning you like
  • Optional cheese: like fresh parmasean or shredded cheddar
  • Optional herbs: basil, parsley or dill

Enjoy your breakfast!  It’s got good protein, fats, salt and potassium to get you through your day.  This is a great meal to make for others who aren’t following Keto, too!

Denny’s Build Your Own Grand Slam

This is my absolute favorite breakfast to eat out…and I don’t care the time of day!  I love breakfast for dinner.  And Denny’s is delicious, easy and not too crazy expensive.

Order a Build Your Own Grand Slam from any Denny’s restaurant with the following:

  • Scrambled eggs with cheese (it’s two eggs)
  • Zucchini & summer squash or broccoli ( like broccoli but my husband likes the zucchini & squash…and who am I to complain, it’s veggies, right?)
  • Bacon (you get 2 pieces and it’s not too shabby)
  • Avocado (they usually charge extra for this but it’s worth it)

We often change this up.  My husband likes to add sausage.  Sometimes I get a double order of cheese eggs…I don’t eat it all in the meal, but I save it with whatever else I didn’t eat for another meal later.

Click here to read Part II which includes Lunch 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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