Monday, December 10, 2018

5 Tips for Surviving Christmas on Your Keto Diet

Do you have a love/hate relationship with Christmas?  Most of us do.  I love the decorations and the parties and the music and the food.  I love to bake and spend time with friends and family.  We were created for relationships and Christmas is a great time to catch up with friends and family that we don't see as often as we'd like.  Plus we're really busy so it's easy to just run thru the drive-thru and grab dinner.  

But the food . . .  How do we stay on track with our Keto lifestyle with all this good food?  Here's 5 tips to survive all the Christmas parties.

1.  Eat a bit before you go.

One of the beauties of the Keto lifestyle is the food we eat fills us up and we don't get hungry.  If you aren't as hungry, it's easier to say no to the sugary and high carb delights at the party.  Our fridge usually has either beef taco meat or chicken fajita meat for quick Keto meals or snacks.  Or grab a handful of mixed nuts.  Or a few bites of Broccoli Slaw, which I also keep in the fridge.

2.  Take your own dish.

I have several dips that I make that are very Keto-friendly.  I'll be adding them in the weeks before Christmas so be sure and check back.  Or better yet, join my "What's For Dinner?"  Facebook group.  It's a great place to get tips, recipes and menus.  Meatballs are another great app that you can take.  I'll also be sharing my Keto Cheesecake bites that you can take.

3.  Use the raw veggies as dippers instead of crackers.

Most parties have a veggie tray.  Use the veggies from it for other dips.  Most of the dips at parties are very Keto-friendly.  Made with sour cream, cheese, bacon and other fats.  Or eat them with a fork.  Who says you have to eat a cheeseball with a cracker?  

4.  Enjoy little bites . . . 

Instead of eating a whole slice of that delicious chocolate torte or pie, just eat a bite or two.  Share that brownie with another party goer.  Grab just one chocolate covered pretzel.  

5.  Give yourself some grace . . . 

Be realistic.  How many times have you actually lost weight during Christmas?  Enjoy the time with family and friends.  Enjoy the good food.  Don't be the party pooper that guilts everyone at the party.  Don't make it all about you and your diet.  Moderation here is key.  Just don't overdo it at the party or family get-together.  



Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Bacon Wrapped Pork Tenderloin

Bacon Wrapped Pork Tenderloin

Ingredients:

2 T. olive oil
1 t. Penzey's Garlic, Minced ~or 3 cloves fresh garlic, minced~
Penzey's Forward Seasoning or Smokey Barbecue Rub by Pampered Chef 
2 1 lb. Pork Tenderloins
8 - 10 bacon slices.

Preheat oven to 400 deg.

Soften minced garlic in olive oil for 5 minutes.

Brush pork tenderloins with olive oil infused with the garlic.

Sprinkle liberally with seasoning of choice.

Lay out 4 slices of bacon on cutting board side by side.  Lay one pork tenderloin on bacon.  

Starting at one end, wrap tenderloin with bacon securing with toothpicks.

Place bacon wrapped tenderloin on large bar pan.  Repeat with other tenderloin.

Bake for 20 minutes.  Reduce heat to 300 deg.  Bake for additional 15 minutes.  
Check tenderloin with a meat thermometer.  It should be 135 deg.  Increase the heat to low broil ~450 deg~ and broil for 3 - 5 minutes to crisp up bacon.

Remove from oven.  Cover with foil for 10 minutes.  Internal temp will rise.

Slice and serve. 

Saturday, November 17, 2018

Turkey Stuffing

When my family moved to Arkansas, we discovered a dish called cornbread dressing.  It was not cooked in the turkey and cooked with hard boiled eggs.  My mom was informed that she made yankee stuffing ~which was not a compliment~.  There were few that would try her yankee stuffing, but everyone who tried my mom's turkey that was stuffed commented on how moist it was.  Ironically,  that is one of the reasons that her turkey was moist.  It was stuffed.  Here is her recipe.  Even if you make cornbread ~or southern dressing~ I recommend that you use this recipe to stuff your turkey.  Just throw out the stuffing if you don't like it.  What it does for the turkey as it cooks is worth it.

Mom's Turkey Stuffing:

Ingredients:

6 – 8 slices of dry bread – I toast mine and then put on a cookie sheet and let dry out.
1 box herb stuffing mix
1 lb sausage, browned
½ cup butter 
1 small onion, diced
2 ribs of celery, sliced
1 tsp salt
1 tsp sage
2 tsp poultry seasoning
1 tsp ground pepper
2 cups chicken stock

In large bowl, crumble up dry bread slices.  Add stuffing mix, sausage, salt, sage, poultry seasoning, and pepper.  Melt butter in medium frying pan.  Sauté onion and celery in butter until soft.  Add to bread, stuffing mix and seasonings.  Add 1 ½ cups of chicken stock.  Mix well.  Add additional stock to get desired moistness.  You want it moist, but not mush.  

Spoon into the neck and body cavity of the turkey ~make sure you remove the giblets first, lol~ Secure the neck cavity with skin flap and use skewers to secure body cavity.  Bake turkey as directed for a stuffed turkey.  

I recommend baking in a bag with breast side down for the moistest turkey.  Put stuffing that doesn’t fit in the turkey in a baking dish.  Bake it for 30 – 40 minutes covered in a 350 degree oven.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Broccoli Coleslaw - Keto

Broccoli Coleslaw - Keto


This is one of my Keto Hacks.  I keep this for when I need a bit of a crunch.

Ingredients:

1 14 oz bag broccoli slaw
1 c mayonnaise - I use avocado oil mayo.  
2 T. heavy cream
1 t. mustard
1 t. garlic salt
1 t. celery seed
1 t. black pepper

Mix together the mayo, cream, mustard, garlic salt, celery seed and pepper.  Pour over broccoli slaw and mix.  Refrigerate.

Monday, November 12, 2018

Classic Beef Tacos

Classic Beef Tacos


This is a staple in our house.  This is very Keto-friendly.  Instead of taco shells, put over lettuce for a taco salad.  Having taco meat in the fridge is one of my Keto Hacks.  When we need a quick meal, just heat it up and add your favorite toppings.

Ingredients:

2 lbs ground beef
2/3 cup water
Taco shells
Shredded Colby-Jack cheese
Sour Cream
Salsa

Brown ground beef in large skillet over med-high heat.  Drain.  Reduce heat to medium and add taco and fajita seasonings and water.  Simmer for 10 minutes.  Heat taco shells according to package directions.  Serve with sour cream, cheese and salsa.  

Tips:

I make my taco meat in the microwave in my Tupperwave Stack Cooker by Tupperware.  With the colander, in the 3 quart casserole, I brown the ground beef.  Cook on high for 4 minutes.  Stir/crumble with Mix'n Chop by Pampered Chef.  Cook additional 2 minutes.  Stir/crumble.  Cook additional 2 minutes if needed.  Put ground beef in 1 3/4 quart casserole and add seasonings and water.  Cook on high for 2 minutes.  

Friday, June 30, 2017

Beginning July 1, 2017, It will be Harder to Kill a Child in Tennessee.

You heard right.  In what has been referred to as one of the strongest pro-life bills in the country, Tennessee’s new bill that details the steps needed to kill a human child takes effect on Saturday, July 1, 2017

Senate Bill 1180 was signed on May 11, 2017 by Gov. Bill Haslam.  

You can read the bill here

Doubt me?  

Here are a couple of definitions per SB 1180.


"Abortion" means the use of any instrument, medicine, drug, or any other substance or device with intent to terminate the pregnancy of a woman known to be pregnant with intent other than to increase the probability of a live birth, to preserve the life or health of the child after live birth, or to remove a dead fetus. 

"Pregnant" means the human female reproductive condition, of having a living unborn child within her body throughout the entire embryonic and fetal stages of the unborn child from fertilization to full gestation and childbirth. 

"Unborn child" means an individual living member of the species, homo sapiens, throughout the entire embryonic and fetal stages of the unborn child from fertilization to full gestation and childbirth. 

"Viable" and "viability" mean that stage of fetal development when the unborn child is capable of sustained survival outside of the womb, with or without medical assistance.

So according to SB 1180, an unborn child refers to a living member of the homo sapiens species ~human~ from beginning ~fertilization~ to birth.  

That would be a human child.  So the question remains.  Is a human child a person or property?  Does the answer to that question depend on the location of the child?  Does it depend on the skin pigmentation of the child?  Does it depend on the gender of the child?  Does it depend on the health of the child?


The new law states that “No person shall purposely perform or induce, or attempt to perform or induce, an abortion upon a pregnant woman when the unborn child is viable.”  What follows in the bill are details of how one deems whether the unborn child is viable.    A doctor must assess viability starting at 20 weeks and if the baby is past 24 weeks, the child is protected from being killed.

What does this mean in plain English?  That it is perfectly legal to kill a human child in Tennessee as long as this human child is younger than 20 weeks of gestational age.  A doctor can decide to kill a child until he/she is 24 weeks if the doctor deems that the child is not viable.  After 24 weeks, it is illegal to kill the child unless the mother’s life is in danger ~and who gets to decide this?  The same doctor who is going to kill the child?~  Which makes the whole law null and void.  But, alas, that is an article for another time.

This bill is named The Tennessee Infants Protection Act.  It doesn’t sound like its very effective protection for babies before 20 weeks to me.  

How about you?

Anyone else find it ironic that this law goes into effect just a mere 4 days before our country celebrates it's independence?  


"WE hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness"

Without Life, there is no Liberty or Pursuit of Happiness.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

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