Barefoot & Free

…carb free that is or at least darn close.

It’s been awhile since I’ve done a “Barefoot In The Kitchen” post so I thought I’d shuck these shoes and dive into something creative.  You guys may remember that we’ve been doing keto?  Well,  with summer bringing so many visitors, it’s been challenging.

A few factors come into play.  Do I really want to force my guests to diet with me?  My guests often rave about the meals prepared for them here and arrive with excited anticipation.  Do I wish to disappoint them?  The truth is, there’s been a lot of junk food eating around here and we’ve been doing Keto, dirty at best with breaks of total food debauchery in between.

Imagine my surprise to discover that our current guests as well as the next two groups yet to arrive, have all just began Keto!  Not only was I relieved to be able to get back on track with my diet but also a little bit excited to  show my newly converted  guests that Keto meals can be interesting, versatile and above all, delicious.

Dinner:  Cheesy Waffles with pulled pork and guacamole or cucumber avocado salad.

Clay smoked a pork butt the day before so he pulled it and set it in the oven to warm while I prepared the rest of the dish.

Guacamole:  3 ripe avocados, smashed,  diced red onion, diced roma tomatoes,  finely chopped cilantro, minced garlic, lime juice, salt & pepper.  Note: a diced, roasted jalapeno can be delicious as well.

Cucumber Avacado salad: 

  • 3 Roma tomatoes
  • 1 English cucumber
  • 1/2 medium red onion sliced
  • 2 avocados diced
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil 
  • 2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice (from 1 medium lemon)
  • 1/4 cup 1/2 bunch cilantro, chopped
  • Salt & Pepper

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Cheesy Waffles:

Preheat waffle Iron.  Whisk 2 eggs per 1 cup of cheese of your choice.  I made four large waffles using 5 eggs, 1 1/4 c. cheddar cheese,   1 1/4 c. Mozzarella,  salt & cracked pepper.  Spoon mixture into the center of the hot waffle maker and close. Wait until the indicator light goes off then remove.

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I placed 1/2 a waffle on each plate, topped with pulled pork then guacamole or cucumber avocado salad.

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Dieting, in no way, means you can’t enjoy a wonderful dessert. 

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Strawberry Cheesecake Keto Style 

Crust:

1 1/4 c. Almond flour.                                           1/4 c. Coconut flour                                              1/2 c. Unsweetened Shredded coconut.            1/4 c. Stevia  (or to taste)
5 Tbsp butter, melted                                               1 tsp Vanilla

Preheat oven to 350°                                          Mix dry ingredients then add butter and vanilla, mixing until crumbly.   Press into the bottom of a springform pan.  Place in the oven for 10 – 15 min, until lightly browned.  Remove and cool completely.

Filling:

3 pkg Cream Cheese, room temp                           1/4 – 1/2 c.  Sweetener (to taste)                             1 tsp Vanilla.                                                               1/4 c.  Whipping Cream                                           1/2 c.  Freeze dried Strawberries (or fresh to taste)

Beat  the cream cheese until fluffy.  Add the rest of the ingredients, beating until well incorporated then spread evenly over the prepared crust.  Top with 5 or 6 sliced fresh strawberries, pressing them lightly into the filling.

Top Layer:

1 Pkg Sugar Free Strawberry Jello.                        1 c. Boiling water.                                                     1 c. Ice

Pour boiling water over jello, stirring constantly until completely dissolved.  Add Ice and stir until the jello begins to almost set.  Remove any remaining ice and pour the thick jello, gently over the top of the cake.  Refrigerate until firm.   Top with homemade whipped cream.  (Beat whipping cream with sweetener to taste and splash of vanilla until firm peaks form.)

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What I Like about these recipes are the endless variations limited only by your imagination.  The above waffles take on new dimensions with the addition of various herbs, spices, sausage or bacon.  You may even use strictly mozzarella, add a bit of sweetener and serve with butter and syrup or top with strawberries and whipped cream.

As a savory dish, top with taco meat and salad, make a BLT, a chicken salad sandwich….endless possibilities.   The cheese cake may be topped with any sugar free jello and the filling can be flavored in unlimited ways.  Try lemon juice and top with sugar free lemon jello or mix it up with blueberries.

As always, be creative, have fun and enjoy!

 

49 comments

  1. Hey Laura! You’ve been a pretty awesome friend. I’m just giving you a formal goodbye. I feel like my time had come to get off here and I just wanted to tell you you’re awesome! Thank you!

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    • Awwww….I’m so sad to see you go and know we will all miss the light you bring to this place and the warmth of your community, encouragement, and friendship. And, I support you in your decision to do what is best for you at this time but I will always be looking forward with hope, to see you again.
      Blessing to you and yours, Always.
      Laura

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    • We have mad amounts of visitors right now, all arriving seperately….some over lapping and others giving me only an afternoon to relearn the house, prewash bedding and prepare for the next group! The last group will leave next Sunday, giving me a couple weeks break ( maybe) before our family reunion! Egads! I think I have the Official “Madhouse” going right here! Lol

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      • I can only imagine. But if there’s anyone I know who can handle the madness, it has to be you! Remember to take at least 10-15 minutes of you time a day!!!

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  2. that all looks delicious! one of the nice things about keto is that even non-keto people, like me, are usually satisfied by the choices & meals… you shouldn’t ever worry about feeding it to non-keto peeps!!

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      • You are most welcome Laura 🙂 I hit send too early and figured I’d add this when you replied. Maybe it was the bear growling in my stomach that got me distracted LOL I know you said these guests were starting on the Keto BUT if you didn’t tell your other guests that this was Keto I highly doubt they would know. I bet if you just tossed out a “how do y’all like the recipes? You know I like to experiment” that your guest would never be the wiser 🙂 I mean look at these dishes! Doesn’t look like a diet to me. It looks, and from the ingredients sounds like it would be scrumptious.

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  3. Thanks for the recipes. That cucumber and avocado salad looks delicious! My dad has been visiting me this week and he is doing Keto. He introduced me to Suzanne Ryan’s cookbook Simply Keto. We made several recipes and I was quite impressed.

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      • Yes, absolutely. My dad has had tremendous success with it. His main motivation was to control his blood sugar and in the process he has also lost weight. He’s almost 76 and says he has a lot of energy now.

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  4. Looks delicious Laura… love the sound of the salad… I am getting my weekly round up post ready for tomorrow and will be featuring your post from earlier in the week.. I know how busy you are but a few comments have accumulated in the last few days if you have to respond to them.. thanks so much https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/07/02/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-potluck-history-texas-1919-lost-in-the-storm-2018-by-laura-m-bailey

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  5. We can sure understand the dilemma you faced, and are glad you were presented with a convenient solution. Starting tomorrow we will be taking care of our 15 year old grandson while my son relocates to this area from up North. We have been on a fairly strict Keto for a year now, and our cupboards, freezer and refrigerator are all geared to that diet. I dare you to find a healthy 15 year old active teenage boy that will be satisfied to eat spiral zucchini, spaghetti squash, Palmini in place of pasta, no waffles, no pancakes, no hot pockets, no pizza…well, you get the idea. We are going to do our best, but I sure have a huge feeling many nights we may be putting together 2 meals, and watch him munch down on Pizza, Mac and Cheese, and Ravioli, while we eat something that is not pizza, Mac and Cheese and Ravioli.

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