Keto Fudge

I am trying very hard to stick with a Keto food plan, and it is not so easy as I do love a sweet after dinner. This little recipe is how I have been surviving, and it is very quick to make. But be warned – you will have to lick your fingers because it does melt at body temperature. But it does satisfy! And you will find (should you slip up) that regular sweetness in prepared foods, is way TOO sweet!

Tip: To change it up, leave out the nuts and fruit and add a drop or two of peppermint or orange extract. For rum n’ raisin, just use the raisins and some rum extract. Maple extract is good with the nuts and seeds…experiment with your favourite flavours!

Keto Fudge

Keto Cheddary Bay Biscuits

Here’s another recipe for biscuits (you did download my recent .PDF file of Keto breads, no?). They are fairly quick, and I think you will enjoy them!

Keto Cheddary Bay Biscuits

 

Tip: To make them vegan, substitute the butter with coconut oil, milk with nut milk, and the Parmesan with about 2 tablespoons each cashews and good-tasting nutritional yeast ground fine, with a few drops of lemon juice or a pinch of sour salt. Keep what you don’t use in an air-tight jar for next time!

Keto Sally Lunn Bread

The Joy of Cooking had a wonderful recipe for Quick Sally Lunn that I baked several times every month while my kids were growing up. It was quick and satisfying for those nights we had no dessert, and there were rarely leftovers.

Recently I craved some, so I baked up the following recipe and got four days of good eating out of it (but then, I’m single). You might want to double the recipe if you have a family, or guests coming over.

Tip: To make it vegan, substitute coconut oil for the butter, and use nut milk.

Keto Sally Lunn

A few More Dressings To Try

Hearty Tahini Salad Dressing For Plain Green Salads

1/2 c. good tahini
1/4 c. freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/4 c. water
1 T. maple syrup
1 large clove of garlic, minced

Mix these together and slather over your greens to make your salads more filling.

Greens

Japanese Carrot Ginger Dressing For Chunky Salads

3/4 carrot, finely chopped
1 T. freshly grated ginger
1 T. raw honey
1/4 c. sweet onion, finely chopped
4 T. freshly squeezed orange juice
1 T. freshly squeezed lime juice
1/4 c. water
pink salt to taste
black pepper to taste

Just mix these up and use liberally!

Oil-Free Honey Mustard Vinaigrette

1/4 c. sweet onion, finely chopped
1/4 c. apple cider vinegar, strained
1/4 c. Dijon mustard
1/4 c. raw honey
1/4 c. water
1/2 t. sea or pink salt
1/4 t. freshly ground pepper

I go to The Bulk Barn and get black, red and white peppercorns for my grinder, but I wish they sold the green ones, too. For an amazing touch, throw in a few whole allspice into your grinder. Very nice.

Fruit

Rachel’s Amazing Dressing For Fruit

1 part raw honey
1 part sweet wine (like ice wine or port, but we have used orange brandy)
1 part orange juice or yogurt, as you like
(pinch of cinnamon)

We love this one on fresh fruit, and have been using it for over 30 years. I am not sure exactly what the original recipe called for, but it came from a rather sophisticated children’s cookbook that I found in a museum shop and purchased for my daughter, Rachel. Her grandpa had sent her a cute little book called Wretched Rachel The Rude at the time, so I wanted her next book to be a lot more encouraging. The cookbook was a lovely, well-designed book, and she was thrilled that grown-ups really liked her fruit salad so much; thus the recipe became a family keeper!

A Collection Of Keto Breads

Dunno about you, but I am seriously trying to lose some weight. I was very successful with cutting down my carbs until my physician put me on a medical that made me blow up like a balloon from water retention. I am still struggling to get rid of the poundage I gained, but with the help of the Yazio app and recipes like these, I harbour hope!

First, you can download the collection in .PDF format here. It contains flat breads, cloud bread and a couple of Fat Head recipes. I love the cloud bread, and have had some luck with the almond flour breads. One I made with cinnamon and dried blueberries, and I am so glad they were Keto because I couldn’t eat just one.

Keto Breads

I hope you enjoy this little collections, and if you have any input to share, please do so!

I would also like to post a recipe here that is not mine, and I have not yet tried it, but it looks so helpful…

Maria's Keto Bread

Dips For July Holiday Gatherings

I know it’s been a while, but I have been swamped with community work. Today I hope to make it up to you with two pages of delicious dips I have tweaked and make often.

Best Dips

But also, a Burger Spice Mix for seasoning your burgers quickly.

Light the barbie!
Light the barbie!

For every pound of ground beef, add into a cup:

1/4 c. water
1 t. garlic powder
1 t. onion powder
1 t. parsley
1/2  t. rosemary
1 t. sea salt
1/2 t. black pepper
(1/8 t. Asian mushroom seasoning – natural umami, that wonderful fifth flavour)

Mix this together well, then splash over your beef, and mix with your hands until well incorporated throughout. Pat burgers into rounds and grill. 

I mix this up and keep it in a jar and just use 1-1/2 T. whenever I am making burgers.

Image result for ikea grinder jarIf you want to make your own mushroom seasoning for umami, just put a few different mushrooms onto a cookie sheet and put it in your oven overnight on its lowest setting. The next day when the mushrooms are completely dehydrated, grind them into powder using an electric spice mill. I keep this in an Ikea spice mill (a grinder jar for pepper corns and coarse salt) and use it in everything. The mushrooms’ power to enhance taste is the inspiration for synthetic MSG, but without the headaches, it enhances flavours without changing them. It becomes quite addictive. You can also buy the brown powder at quality Asian grocery stores.

Recette Tek

I know you love cooking or you would not be here, so I will share my very favourite app with you. It is called Recette Tek, is downloadable from Google Play Store, and though free, is not in the least bit annoying with ads. I love it.

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This is how it works.

You see a recipe on a web site that you must have, say on Yummly or Mr. Food, so you go to the bottom of your page and hit ‘Share’. Of the apps that pop up, Recette Tek will be one. Tap on its icon and suddenly you will see a little cartoon chef chopping away while the recipe downloads into your app.

I edit mine a bit, as sometimes there is too much information from blogs, but it usually dumps ingredients into ingredients, and instructions where they belong. Once in a while the blog is too convoluted, so you get the ingredients and have to cut and paste the instructions yourself.

It is so worth it.

If I am tired at the end of the day, but I have thawed out chicken, I just enter ‘chicken’ and the first recipe that looks easy and appealing at that moment wins (because I only enter what looks delish). So it may be chicken gyros, or saucy chicken in a lemon cream with rosemary…but it is going to be good.

It goes without saying that an Instant Pot is a big help to an old single gal like me. I cook for 2-4, but then I have tasty leftovers for the day after, and I freeze up another serving or two for lunches.

My second favourite app is Yazio. It keeps track of your weight and inches, how many calories you have burned (if you have connected a smart watch from Walmart to Google Fit), and you enter in everything you eat and drink. It gives you well-advised helpful hints without the annoyance of it being your mother or girlfriend offering them. It is a wonderfully well designed app and I find it very helpful. It does make it easier to lose weight, or at least tracking the attempt on a daily basis. And you can check your progress as well.

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