The holidays are always full of social events. What would it be without a cheese ball rolled in crunchy walnuts? Usually I make mine with Imperial Cheddar from Canada, some softened blue cheese and a package of Philly. This year, something a little different… did I mention it is Keto friendly, if you dip bacon rinds?
Blue Cheese, Bacon, And Scallion Cheeseball
- 4 pieces bacon, chopped and fried and drained to make bacon bits
- 8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
- 2 scallions (green onions), minced
- 2 Tablespoons parsley, chopped and divided
- 1/4 cup gluten-free blue cheese crumbles (or more, depending on taste)
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 cup chopped unsalted walnuts, raw or lightly toasted
1 In a medium bowl, combine the bacon bits, cream cheese, scallions, 1 tablespoon parsley, blue cheese crumbles, pepper, and salt. Stir together to mix.
2 Using hands or a spatula, form the mixture into a ball. Wrap with plastic wrap or place in an airtight container. Refrigerate for at least two hours.
3 Place the walnuts and reserved tablespoon of parsley in a small bowl. Stir to combine.
4 Unwrap the cheeseball and roll it in the walnut mixture to coat all sides. Press the walnut coating gently to help it stay on if necessary.
5 Store in an air-tight container in the refrigerator.
For 1/10th Of The Cheeseball
Fat (g): 12.9
Carbs (g): 2.2
Fiber (g): 1.3
Protein (g): 7
Net Carbs (g) .9
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Ropa vieja (Spanish for “old clothes”) is one of the national dishes of Cuba, but is also popular in other areas of the Caribbean such as Puerto Rico and Panama. It consists of shredded or pulled stewed beef with vegetables. This was a dish we had in Havana in 2014. The beauty is that it is done in a slow cooker.
You can omit the olives, but trust me on this one. Serve with your favorite rice or use it with fresh tortillas.
Slow Cooker Ropa Vieja (Cuban Beef)
- 3 lbs. beef flank steak (or substitute Mexican arrachera)
- 1 cup beef broth
- 1 (6-oz.) can tomato paste
- 1 (14-oz.) can petite diced tomatoes
- 1.5 tsp. salt
- ¼ tsp. pepper
- 1 tsp. oregano
- 1 tsp. cumin
- ½ tsp. turmeric
- 1 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar
- 1 small white onion diced
- 2 bell peppers, diced ( I used red for contrast)
- 1 cup Spanish olives – green
- 3 whole garlic cloves, peeled
Cooked yellow rice for serving*
Slow Cooker Size:4-quart or larger
- Add the beef broth, tomato paste, diced tomatoes, salt, pepper, oregano, cumin, turmeric and apple cider vinegar to the slow cooker. Stir.
- Add the flank steak and flip it around in the sauce so it gets coated. Add the bell pepper, onion, olives and garlic cloves, mix those items together to combine on top of the meat.
- Cover and cook on low for 9 hours on LOW without opening the lid during the cooking time. Shred the meat with 2 forks right in the slow cooker.
If you have been following me you know that our slow cooker cooks faster for some unknown reason. When I looked up cooking on HIGH (because I was short of time) it suggested 5 hours as the equivalent. Guess what? It was done in a little over 2.5 hours using an arrachera of 1.3 kilos.
LESSON—-dont let it cook while you are away at work unless you know your cooker very well. Keep checking for doneness.
Baby its cold outside (in the North, actually here in Mexico too, trust me on this one…). Great time for a hearty chowder – vegan if you leave out the bacon!
It calls for a whole head of cauliflower, but here we can but 1 lb. packages of florets which simplifies the recipe. I think you’ll really like this one my friends…great start to the New Year!
Creamy cauliflower chowder
Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 30 minutes Yield: 4-5 people
Creamy Cauliflower Chowder is a healthy, easy, comfort food recipe and ready in under 30 minutes. It’s gluten free, low carb and keto friendly.
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1/2 cup diced Onion
- 5 Garlic Cloves (minced)
- 1/2 cup diced Carrots
- 1 Whole Head of Cauliflower (cut into small florets)I bought a one lb. bag of florets
- 1 1/2 cups Vegetable Broth
- 1 teaspoon freshly ground Pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon dried Oregano
- 1/4 cup cream cheese
- Salt to taste
Olive Oil and cooked bacon (4 strips) for topping
In a Dutch oven or soup pot, heat butter and add onions and garlic. Saute for a few minutes until the onions are soft.
Add carrots, cauliflower, vegetable broth, pepper, oregano and salt to the pot. Bring this to a boil, and slow the heat down to a simmer. Cook for 15 minutes or so till the cauliflower is tender.
Switch off the flame and using a blender, blend the soup partly in the soup pot. If you don’t have a hand blender, pour half the soup into a blender and pulse a few tips till creamy.
Switch the flame back on and add a cup of water or broth along with the cream cheese. Simmer for 5-10 minutes and switch off the flame. Feel free to thin the soup further if you like with some more broth or milk. Top with olive oil and bacon and serve hot.
Its not too late to do your Nw Years Eve shopping is it? Your guests would love these coconut curry mussels with fresh baguettes for dipping into the sauce. If you need a veggie dish, go for the steamed broccoli…
STEAMED MUSSELS IN A COCONUT CURRY BROTH
- 2.5 pounds mussels (I prefer Prince Edward Island mussels)
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 sweet onion, diced
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 2 tablespoons red curry paste
- 1 (14-ounce) can full-fat coconut milk (lite version is fine too – just won’t be as rich)
- 1/4 cup low-sodium chicken (or seafood) stock
- 2 green onions, sliced
baguettes or bread for serving (or fries!)
Keep the mussels refrigerated until you’re ready to use. Once ready, place them in a large bowl of ice cold water. Scrub the outsides of the mussels and remove the string (or “beard”) by using a towel or paper towel to pull it out. Discard any mussels that have opened already. Keep the mussels in the ice water.
Better still, buy the frozen ones which are already cleaned..just add them in where required in the recipe.
Heat a large skillet or wok over medium heat and add the butter and olive oil. Once it’s melted, stir in the onions, garlic, salt and pepper. Stir and cook for 5 minutes, until slightly softened. Stir in the curry paste and continue to stir until it’s distributed throughout the entire pan of onions. Cook for 5 more minutes. Stir in the coconut milk and stock, stirring until it’s smooth. Bring the mixture to a simmer, stirring continuously. Reduce the heat to medium low. Add the mussels and toss. Cover the skillet and cook just until the mussels open, about 5 to 6 minutes. Garnish with the sliced green onions. Stir the mussels well so the broth makes it into the shells. Serve immediately with baguettes or thin fries.
Leftover ham from Christmas dinner? No ham? Buy some… this recipe really was good on crackers, etc. Try it Mikey…you’ll like it! (Who remembers that phrase?) Ignore the Keto reference, it really tastes good!
EASY DEVILED HAM SALAD – LOW CARB & KETO
Author: Mellissa Sevigny Yield: 5 servings
For the salad:
2 cups chopped cooked ham
1/4 cup chopped dill pickles
3 Tbsp chopped fresh parsley
2 Tbsp chopped onion
1/2 tsp minced fresh garlic
For the dressing:
1/2 cup sugar free mayonnaise (you decide, I used Hellamns Organic…)
1 tsp Dijon mustard
2 tsp Sriracha (or other chili sauce)
1 tsp fresh lime juice
To make the salad:
Combine the salad ingredients into a food processor or magic bullet and pulse until a coarse, crumbly mixture is formed – don’t over blend into mush.
To make the dressing:
Combine the dressing ingredients in a medium bowl and whisk until smooth.
Spoon the ham mixture into the dressing mixture and mix until the dressing is fully incorporated into the salad.
Serve chilled on low carb crackers, celery, romaine, or another low carb base of your choice! It was great with bacon rinds!
Serving Size: 1/2 cup Calories: 268 Fat: 24g Carbohydrates: 2g Protein: 13g
Ok…its a little chilly out there, depending on where you live. Actually it’s chilly in Mexico where the temperature last night dropped to 13 C. Forget Christmas…LOL. It’s chicken soup time! Dig in (to the soup, NOT the snowbanks).
Turmeric and ginger are excellent additions healthwise BTW.
- 8 bone-in chicken thighs , skin removed
- 12 cups cold water
- 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
- 1 cup chopped fresh cilantro stems or fresh parsley stems
- 2 shallots , quartered
- 2 carrots , coarsely chopped
- 2 large cloves garlic , smashed
- 1 piece (1 inch) fresh turmeric (unpeeled), thinly sliced
- 1 piece (1/2 inch) fresh ginger (unpeeled), thinly sliced
- 1/2 teaspoon salt (approx.)
- 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves or fresh parsley leaves
- OPTIONAL – 1 liter of Campbell’s Chicken Broth
In Dutch oven or large heavy-bottomed saucepan, combine chicken, water and vinegar; cover and refrigerate for 1 hour. Bring to boil over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat to medium; simmer for 30 minutes, skimming and discarding froth.
Stir in cilantro stems, shallots, carrots, garlic, turmeric and ginger; partially cover and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 30 to 40 minutes.
Remove from heat; using tongs, transfer chicken to cutting board.
Using 2 forks, shred into bite-size pieces; sprinkle with salt.
Strain broth through fine-mesh sieve into separate large saucepan; discard solids.
I prefer my soups chunky, so I used my immersion blender to chop up some of the veggies before I added the chicken back to the pot. At this point I also added the liter of chicken broth.
Return chicken to broth; stir in cilantro leaves. Season with salt to taste.
Makes 4 to 6 servings.
Per each of 6 servings:
Sodium 493 mg
Sugars 0 g
Protein 30 g
Total fat 5 g
Potassium 611 mg
Cholesterol 155 mg
Saturated fat 1 g
Total carbohydrate 0.0
No photo for this one as it is all blended together in a jar and then refrigerated. Great for using during the upcoming holidays…
Easy Cranberry Chutney
(Adapted from a recipe in Yumana’s Table by Yumana Devi)
Makes about 3 cups, and doubles easily if you’re serving a crowd.
1 (12-ounce) bag of cranberries
2 large apples
2 large oranges or limes
1 cup pure maple syrup (I used ½ cup)
- Zest the oranges.
- Wash and drain the cranberries and put them in a pot. (My 3 quart pot is the perfect size.)
- Peel, core, and chop the apples, and add them to the pot.
- Juice the oranges. Add the juice and the orange zest to the pot.
- Add the maple syrup.
- Bring the chutney to a boil over medium-high heat.
- Reduce heat to medium. Cook, uncovered, for about 30 – 45 minutes, until the cranberries have popped, the apples have cooked down, and the chutney has thickened a bit. Stir it occasionally while it’s cooking.
- Cool and transfer to a bowl; cover and refrigerate until ready to serve OR put it in an airtight jar, ready for use. Would be great over cream cheese as an appetizer or with roast beef…not just turkey!
If you like leeks and also salmon, this recipe is for you. It is pretty straightforward to make. In place of the fresh salmon, I chose to use smoked salmon pieces. The flavour was great…
Creamy Leek & Salmon Soup
Author: Rachael Bryant / Meatified
Prep time 5 mins Cook time 25 mins Total time30 mins
Serves: 4 large servings
- 2 tbsp. avocado oil
- 2 leeks, washed, trimmed and sliced into crescents
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 6 cups seafood OR chicken broth
- 2 tsp dried thyme leaves
- 1 lb. salmon, in bite size pieces (thawed frozen salmon works really well here) OR smoked pieces
- 1¾ cup coconut milk
- Salt & pepper to taste (omit pepper for AIP)
- Heat the avocado oil in a large saucepan or Dutch oven at a low-medium heat.
- Add the chopped leeks and garlic and cook until slightly softened.
- Pour in the stock and add the thyme. Simmer for about 15 minutes and season to taste with salt and pepper.
- Add the salmon and the coconut milk to the pan. Bring back up to a gentle simmer and cook until the fish is opaque and tender.
Nutrition for 1 serving – Calories 241, Carbs 33 g., Fat 12.8 g., Protein 29.1 g
Do NOT be afraid to try these Keto recipes. Yes, they are low in carbs, medium in fat and high in protein BUT they really do taste great! Keto likes things like cream cheese, oil, whipping cream, cheddar and Parmesan cheeses. There are very little pasta or grain foods in Keto, which aids in trying to shed some pounds. Most spices are allowed.
Once you try this recipe you will LOVE it!
Keto Parmesan Garlic Pork Chops
1.5 lb. center cut boneless pork chops
½ medium onion, sliced
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 tablespoons of olive oil
1 cup heavy whipping cream
1 oz. cream cheese
⅓ cup chicken broth
⅓ cup parmesan cheese
½ cup cheddar cheese
1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
½ teaspoon pepper
salt to taste
Brown pork chops, onion, and garlic cloves in 2 tablespoons olive oil in a large skillet on medium/high (approx. 3-5 minutes each side).
Remove pork chops from skillet.
Add the rest of the ingredients, and cook on medium until sauce thickens. Make sure to use a whisk and stir continuously.
Add pork chops back to sauce mixture and simmer on low for 5 minutes or until done.
Serve with cauliflower rice or broccoli (the latter is a little high in carbs)
Nutritional Information based on MyFitnessPal app (6 servings) – 529 calories,
36.5 g fat, 48.9g protein, 2.7g carbs – .2g fiber = 2.5g Net Carbs
Ok…tired of my Keto recipes. Get ready for Christmas with this festive infused vodka! Makes a perfect hostess gift….do it NOW!
1 16 oz. glass bottles with toppers (mine have corks)
1 bag fresh cranberries (I counted 150 berries…LOL).
2 limes, peeled with as little pith as possible
2 tbsp sugar
Using a knife, pierce each cranberry so the vodka can seep into the berries. (I took each one and pierced it with an icepick using a cutting board underneath). Alternately fill each bottle with the cranberries and the lime peels. When bottle is full of berries, add sugar. Pour vodka into the bottle until full. Allow to sit and mature for 2 weeks to a month. Be sure to shake the bottles every couple of days to help the flavors meld.