Keto recipes and helpful cooking hacks
You can have your cake and actually not feel guilty eating it! I get it-food is something we all get a bit emotional about. Take the lemon poppy seed cake my mom used to make every year for my birthday. After switching to eating sugar free and low carb, I thought I’d never taste that burst of flavor in my mouth again! Guess what-I’ve cracked the code and now you can make and enjoy your very own delicious and sugar free, lemon poppy seed cake. My mouth just watered. Here’s How: Mix dry ingredients: 1 1/2 cups almond flour 1/2 cup coconut flour 3/4 cup granulated monk fruit (I like Lankato) 2 tsp baking powder 1/4 tsp Xanthum gum (I like Bob’s Mill) In separate bowl, mix wet ingredients: 1/2 cup softened butter 3 large eggs 3 TBS lemon juice 1/2 tsp vanilla Add to mix: zest of 1 lemon 3 TBS fresh poppy seeds (that’s the secret) Spoon mix (it will be dense) into prepped bundt cake. I like to spray mine with Carrington Farms Ghee Cooking Spray. Place...Read More
I’m gonna let you in on a little secret of mine…potlucks bring out my competitive streak. There, I said it. I wanna win. I want my dish to be the first one emptied and the last one raved about. I want to look around the people and see them moaning with delight about whatever it is I added to the mix. I want them to ask me for the recipe. Why? Because I love making people happy-especially with food. My intuitive self tells me I’m not the only one who feels that way, so here’s a genuine crowd pleaser that’s super easy to prepare with local, fresh ingredients you probably already grow yourself, and that’s sure to be a winner at any pot luck dinner worth going to. Put it in a glass dish bish and then watch yourself win your next potluck competition. I made you something! Add your email and get my free guided relaxation audio download + monthly recipes, tips and the inside scoop on my healthy lifestyle offerings. Success! Now check your email to confirm your newsletter...Read More
Not only is roasting your own chicken tasty af, it’s also easy on the family budget. If you’ve never done this before, it’s really not that involved-I was super surprised how easy and fast the whole process was my first roast around. The best part about roasting your own chicken is that you get to make your own chicken stock or bone broth, which is like your kitchen elixir-the secret sauce for every other awesome-sauce you make during the week. Now, there are oodles of ways to roast chicken and I’m certainly not an expert. I just think I’m a pretty good cook. And maybe that’s exactly what the unlisted ingredient is here: confidence. Confidence in the kitchen will make the love burst through in your flavors, plus confidence just puts everyone else at ease, amiright? Here’s my go-to method for fast, simple, and lip smacking chicken the whole family loves. Ingredients: One whole chicken, gizzards optional. This recipe does not include gizzard instructions yet-that’s a future post because I’m still experimenting. And yes, I like to eat the gizzards. Buy the...Read More
Every time I experience the bone chill of a winter cold snap I crave hot things like mugs of buttery coffee to wrap my hands around. Fuzzy blankets to drape over my shoulders and spicy things to slowly slurp. Here’s a recipe that reminds of me adventuring to a tiny little family owned restaurant in Saint Paul on blustery midwestern evenings to eat Thai food with my parents. My dad, bless his soul, almost always went for the soup which was a bit beyond my mild spicy tolerance. Not anymore, my taste buds have evolved. He’d be so proud. This soup is best prepared over two days if you plan on roasting your own chicken. I find the flavor really pops when I let the chicken completely cool before adding to the soup. Pro tip: Make your own chicken stock to use in the recipe for added depth and flavor. This soup can be adjusted to meet your flavor preferences. Want it with more kick? Add some lemon grass. Want it a bit more mild? Back off on some of...Read More
Kids are so tuned into our moods-so when we get cranky we gotta do something ’bout that. Start by being realistic. Keep your self care practices short and simple, like this breath practice. Choose a spot that isn’t covered in legos, burp cloths, or animal hair. Whatever-let’s be real. Set timer for 5 minutes to take off any irritable edges of “one more thing to do”. The point is to do it and get it done. Like the dishes, yo. Get as comfortable as your stiff nursing, baby wearing shoulders and tight IT band will allow. Become aware of YOUR body, not the ones attached to, or crawling all over you. Use your supermom listening skills like when you check in on your napping baby. Focus on your inhales and exhales, not the baby’s. Just keep your attention on your breath. Your Breath, not Sore Breasts. Anything and everything you observe about your breath counts, and there is no right or wrong way. Try not to induce panic at this point. Say to yourself: my breathing is deep enough and good enough. Say to yourself: I’ve...Read More
Under a lot of stress? If you’re a mom, then the answer is YES. Nothing ages you faster than having kids. And then add on layers of chronic stress and lack of shut eye and you’re pretty much doomed. You’ve got two choices; skip the self care of just get ‘er done. So pull up your mom jeans and get a grip with 3 easy things to help you chill better than Netflix and a bottle of wine. Follow your breath for as long as you can. Back of your mind, multitasking momma bear that you are, now you also are in a constant state of observing your breath. Obvi- you won’t always be aware. That’s the practice. Keep bringing yourself back to your breathing again and again. Take some time each and every day to do what YOU love. Even if it ends up being only for five to ten minutes your mind, body and soul need time to restore and this helps create an overall sense of balance. This is about you cultivating a sense of vibrancy from the inside. Move...Read More
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