Bacon Cheeseburger Bombs

bacon cheeseburger bombs, keto

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December is the WORST time for me to try to start any new eating plan. I am a sucker for all the holiday cakes, cookies, booze…(don’t judge). But alas, here I am starting the Ketogenic Diet this month. I’ve done okay — fallen off the wagon a few times, but I have lost a few pounds… in DECEMBER no less. It’s really the easiest diet plan for me to follow because I don’t get hungry and the sugar cravings are decreasing. (Sugar is my drug of choice.)

The basic premise of the Ketogenic Diet is turn your body into a fat-burning machine instead of a sugar-burning machine. The diet is high fat, moderate protein and really low carb. I’ll let those more knowledgeable about the the science share with you that part though. I want to share some of my new go-to recipes because Keto food is DELICIOUS!

My friend Rachel over at Unbalanced Balance shared this recipe with me for Bacon Cheeseburger Bombs. She said her family eats it almost weekly, and now I know why. It’s fun to make, tastes great and reheats like a champ.

I added one ingredient to Rachel’s recipe: a package of Lipton Onion Soup Mix to my hamburger meat. Then I followed her recipe until the cooking part — I did mine in the oven on 400 degrees for 25 minutes instead of on the grill because it’s cold and I’m not cooking outside. Here is a photo step by step:

bacon cheeseburger bombs, keto

bacon cheeseburger bombs, keto

bacon cheeseburger bombs, keto

bacon cheeseburger bombs, keto

You can get the full recipe over on Rachel’s website.

I’ve started a Pinterest board called Low Carb Life where I’m compiling all the Keto recipes that I like. Please follow me and comment below if you have any Keto recipes for me to try. I’m going full-force on this thing come January 1. Who’s with me???

New Favorite Recipes: Paleo Cooking

I’m not 100% paleo — yet. But I really do feel better eating this way, buy cialis and I have found a number of delicious recipes that I can make on the regular and not get bored. Here are a few of my favorites lately (mostly from Melissa Joulwan from the Well Fed cookbooks):

Gingered Zucchini Soup

Meatballs — Cuban and Bacon-Jalapeno Burgercuban meatballs and pan-fried plantainsPan-Fried Plantains

Loaded Tuna Salad Mason Jars

Red Curry with chicken and carrots (or whatever I have on hand)curryBrussels Sprout HashBrussels Sprout Hash

For snacks, shop sliced carrots with guacamole is my go-to the past few weeks. I found little individual containers of guacamole at Sam’s that are perfect to take to work with my baggie of sliced carrots. I have also discovered that I like sliced whole carrots better than baby carrots. I find them sweeter and more flavorful. Other items I like to keep on hand are eggs, sweet potatoes, avocados and apples.

Here is a link to my Pinterest board where I park many of the gluten-free and paleo recipes that I find.

I still totally fail on occasion — like yesterday when I made a BREAD pudding. But hey, my family was happy.

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Whole30: Weekly Recap

This past week was more like Whole1.5 than Whole30. I will not fret though — something is better than nothing. I am making positive steps toward better food choices. Baking for my daughter’s 7th birthday caused me slip up — it’s hard to keep from tasting the cookie dough and homemade chocolate icing!

But overall, healthful it was a good week. Here are a few of my meals.

Whole30: Work Week Recap

Today is my Whole30 Day 7, obesity and I really like this program (minus my lack of Starbucks). This past work week I ate a lot of leftovers from Day 1, discount Day 2 and Day 3 with a few new additions:Whole30 breakfastMost mornings I ate the leftover fritatta, unhealthy but this morning (since it’s a snow day and didn’t have to rush off to the office), I made bacon and eggs and served it with half a Cara Cara orange.

At work, I took apples and almond butter or carrots and guacamole for a snack. Yesterday, however, I packed a Yumbox full of Whole30 approved treats that I picked up at Little Rock’s new Natural Grocer. Whole30 snacksI had Epic Chicken Bits, dried mango, dried cinnamon apples, sliced green apple, spicy pumpkin seeds and lime flavored La Croix. (I like this whole green vibe too.) Good thing I had these provisions since it was “Donut Thursday” at the office. 😉

Dinners this week were really good! Whole30 steak and potatoesOne night I made this juicy steak topped with garlic and shallots served with zoodles and baked potato wedges. And my dog was so happy to eat the extra fat off my steak. Whole30 burger saladLast night I made burgers seasoned with Magic Mushroom Powder and red bell pepper. I served it on a bed of spinach with a little drizzle of olive oil and balsamic, then topped it with grilled onions. OMG — I’ll do this one again soon!

One thing I had this week that I didn’t like so much was an Epic Pulled Pork Pineapple Bar. It was okay, but I probably won’t buy it again. I really like the Epic Chicken Bits though. EPIC pork barEPIC Chicken BitsI also ate a couple of Whole30 approved Lara bars: Cashew Cookie and Pecan Pie.

I’ve been so busy this week that I’ve neglected to drink enough water. That’s my goal for the coming week — to drink at least 80 oz of water a day.

Tonight Anthony and I are going to our monthly supper club. My sweet friend Micaiah is cooking a gluten-free/paleo-friendly meal just for me and Krecia (who is gluten intolerant). Instead of wine, I’m taking a bottle of sparkling water.

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Whole30: Day 3 Recap

I made it past the 3-day hump! (That’s a thing, asthma right?) Anyway, about it I’m feeling really good about my progress with Whole30. For Day 3, viagra here I made up some things to get me through the work week. IMG_3545I started the day with a turkey-leek-potato-mushroom frittata that I can eat for breakfast all week. I purposely put mushrooms in it to keep my husband and kids out of it. (I’m sneaky like that.)Whole30 frittataIt turned out perfect. The turkey is left over from Day 1’s meal. IMG_3551 Mid-morning snack was a green apple sprinkled with pumpkin pie spice and some almond butter. For lunch, we ate out with some visiting family. I tried to go good, but did eat a few corn chips. I ordered chicken tortilla soup minus the cheese. Restaurants will be my undoing, so I need to stay clear of them for the remainder of my 30 days. paleo mayoI made my own paleo mayo for the first time. It turned out pretty good. I think the olive oil that I used was too heavy. I’ll try a different oil next time. But it was super easy using a mason jar and an immersion blender.Jilz Gluten Free CrackerzFor dinner I had leftovers from Day 2, then made up a couple of tuna salad jars for lunches today and tomorrow. Whole30 tuna salad jarThe tuna salad jar has chopped apple, chopped red bell pepper, tuna with a little of my paleo mayo, raw pumpkin seeds, and lettuce.

So today is Day 4. I had my frittata this morning for breakfast, then some baby carrots and guacamole for mid-morning snack. I’m ready to dig into my tuna salad jar here pretty soon. Oh yeah — I’m down 1 1/2 pounds already! (I know — not supposed to weigh on Whole30, but give me this one thing, okay? I’m not drinking Starbucks for goodness sakes!)Canyon Chicken Chili

Whole30: Day 2 Recap

Here’s a look at my Whole30 Day 2 menu:

Whole30 breakfastBreakfast: Two fried eggs, hepatitis bacon and orange slices. Whole30 lunchLunch: Baked chicken over lettuce with a drizzle homemade balsamic dressing (just balsamic vinegar and olive oil), try avocado slices and leftover mashed sweet potatoes (sweet potatoes, caramelized onions, coconut milk and ghee). I sprinkled “Magic Mushroom Powder” over the top.magic mushroom powderMagic Mushroom Powder is my new go-to seasoning. I got the recipe from Nom Nom Paleo blog. I made a big batch of it and put it in a Mason jar by the stove. Snack was once again green apple slices with almond butter and a sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice. apple and almond butterDinner was a home run with all the Valleys! I made Cauliflower Chicken Chowder from The Healthy Foodie blog. This is a keeper recipe — Whole30 or not. The photo doesn’t do it justice. cauliflower chicken chowderI sipped on lemon-lime infused water and a couple of lime flavored LaCroix sparkling water. No need to drink boring water. I still miss my Starbucks though.

Whole30: Day 1 Recap

Yesterday was my first day of Whole30. It probably wasn’t a good idea to start the same day as two birthday parties, gonorrhea but somehow I survived. The hardest part for me was missing my sugary morning latte. I tried drinking my coffee black, but couldn’t stomach it, so I switched to hot tea.

Here is a recap of my day:Whole30 breakfastBreakfast: two fried eggs with avocado and roasted red bell pepper and hot tea. Whole30 sweet potatoes and turkey pattiesEarly lunch: turkey patties and mashed sweet potatoes w/ caramelized onions (made with coconut milk)

Lunch was served at the first birthday party of the day. Luckily there was a tray of sliced fruit that I snacked on. After the party, I went to Whole Foods to buy these Epic chicken bites. I snacked on them in the car. VERY GOOD. I will keep these in my purse for emergencies. EPIC chicken bitesDinner was a bit of an experiment. SUCCESS! I will definitely make this tuna stack again. It was tuna, red bell pepper, avocado and green apple. I also added a small dollop of Dijon after the photo was taken. Delicious and beautiful! tuna stackDessert was green apple slices with fresh almond butter (from Whole Foods — no added salt or sugar) and a sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice. It reminded me of apple pie.

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Birthday party #2 was at a pizza place, so even though I wasn’t hungry, I ordered a spinach salad so not to be tempted by the pizza. The spinach salad had walnuts, bacon and dried cranberries. I drizzled it with just a little bit of balsamic vinaigrette.

Before bed, I had a cup of hot dandelion tea. Dandelion tea is supposed to help with digestion. Lord knows with all the fiber I ate today, I can use some digestion help.

I count Day 1 as a success! Just 29 more days to go!!!
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Jumping feet first into Paleo

Several of my friends are doing the Whole30 thing, misbirth so I decided to do it too. I have always had a problem with sugar, web so this 30 day strict Paleo plan could be the answer to finally ending this love/hate relationship with sweets.

I found a few delicious recipes to get me started this weekend:steak

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sausage

I mean — who needs pasta when you can eat this???

So I know the key to success will be planning my meals in advance and grocery shopping for only those ingredients. I am a sucker for any sweets in the house, glands so I just have to keep them out.

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Have you done Whole30? What tips do you have for me? Please send me any yummy recipes you find too. I have my eye on the Nom Nom Paleo book, so look for more Whole30 recipes on my blog soon.