First I’d like to say that after a year of having my email overwhelmed with WP notifications and having to sort through a delete more than 500 a day, I turned my email notifications off. Guess what? Didnt like it. Lol I totally felt like I had lost contact with you all! I couldn’t find your posts and quite frankly, it felt lonely. I turned it back on today and seeing the notifications of your posts instantly made me feel like I’d come home.
As Per my new years non-resolutions, still doing the keto diet and loving it. It isn’t only that I’m meeting my goals but that I’m enjoying the creative meal challenges and finding that I can do this in a flavorful way. You guys know how important my cooking is to me. I am also 16lbs down with 4 more to my next goal. I actually bought a pair of workout pants at Under Armour and they were size small!
Oh Crap! Summer Is Coming!
I’m purposefully praying throughout my days, worshipful and expressing gratitude to and for all that He is to me and praying for others. I’m making a conscious effort to not be a “gimme, gimme” person , trusting He knows my needs better than I, but rather petitioning His loving kindest for others.
Love is a verb….
My neighbor, up top, was widowed before Christmas. We barely knew them but I felt so bad for her up there alone with her little dog. She was walking her dog last week as we were leaving and stopped to see if she would let us help with upkeep on her property. She’s older and her husband had been in ill health for some time so their home and yard had fallen to I’ll repair. The yard had grown into a virtual forest with thick brush.
Clay and I tackled the area near her driveway yesterday, cutting away the brush and dozens of small trees and taking out mountains of leaves. She stayed out with us, helping as she could and I think, enjoying the company. When we finished, we were rewarded with big hugs and a new friendship. It felt good to extend care to another, especially to someone who could use some care and warm hugs, to be neighborly and the better parts of ourselves. Though trying to help her, in the end, we were the ones who felt truly blessed. I’m going to take her some cheesecake tomorrow and sit awhile in good company.
Let’s talk food….
A few days ago, I posted that we’d attended a disappointing Keto Cooking Class and how I thought it could’ve been done better. Keto doesn’t have to mean boring or bland, nor does dieting. In fact, I’m against dieting all together. I do however support maintainable lifestyle changes.
I’m thinking a nice dinner of chicken Parmesan with sauteed asparagus and a salad would’ve been nice and a keto chocolate Cheese cake with coffee!
Slice chicken breasts in half horizontally to make think filets. Place between two sheets of plastic wrap and pound lightly.
Whisk egg with a scant amount of cream.
In a separate dish, combine almond meal, parmesan cheese, garlic powder, salt and pepper to taste.
Heat oil in a skillet over medium heat.
Dredge chicken breasts in egg then almond meal mixture then fry to golden brown. Meanwhile, heat marinara sauce.
Trim asparagus. Heat a saute pan over medium heat. Drizzle pan with scant amount of olive oil and add a Tbsp of butter and minced garlic. Add asparagus and saute until tender.
Place chicken filets on a baking pan, top with marinara and mozzarella cheese. Place in the oven under the broiler until cheese is melted. Serve with asparagus .
Keto Chocolate Cheesecake
Low Carb Chocolate Cheesecake Crust:
1 3/4 cup almond flour
3 tbsp Cocoa powder ( I use Keto Cocoa)
3 tbsp I used Xylitol but you can use other sweetener, just taste test for right sweetness
1/3 cup Butter (melted)
1 tsp Vanilla extract
Low Carb Chocolate Cheesecake Filling:
8 oz Unsweetened baking chocolate
24 oz Cream cheese (softened at room temperature)
1 1/4 cup sweetener
I used the above and blended it to powder. If using different sweetener, taste test
1 tsp Vanilla extract
1/4 c heavy cream
In a large bowl, stir together the almond flour, cocoa powder, and erythritol.
In a small bowl, stir together the melted butter and vanilla. Add to the almond flour mixture. Stir well, pressing with the back of a spoon or spatula, until uniform. It should be crumbly, but sticky enough to press together.
Line the bottom of a 9-inch (23 cm) springform pan with parchment paper. Press the no-bake crust into the bottom of the pan. Chill while preparing the filling.
Melt the unsweetened chocolate in the microwave or a double boiler on the stove, stirring occasionally. Be careful not to overheat. Set aside to cool.
Meanwhile, use a hand mixer at medium-low speed to beat together the cream cheese, heavy cream, powdered sweetener and vanilla extract, until fluffy and uniform. Beat in the vanilla.
When the chocolate has cooled to warm but no longer hot, beat into the cream at medium-low speed.
Transfer the filling to the crust and use a spatula to smooth it over. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours, until set.
I whipped extra cream with sweetener to top the cake and dusted with cocoa.
* regular cocoa is fine. If you want a lower net carb option like I did, use Keto Cocoa.