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Smoked Buffalo Chicken Keto Dip

Smoked Buffalo Chicken Keto Dip

Smoked Buffalo Chicken Keto Dip

Hi everyone! I’m back with our first recipe of 2018! I have made Smoked Buffalo Chicken Keto Dip many times before, and it has been a huge hit at potlucks, parties, and game days.  To save time you can even cook the chicken ahead of time or use canned or rotisserie chicken.  However, smoked chicken is best as it’s easy to make.  Just smolder some wood chips in your grill, put your meat in and let it sit for a few hours.   I love grilling large batches of chicken at a time, because you can store it for a few days in the fridge and can add it into any recipe for a great protein fix.

Wood chips are dirt cheap at most grocery stores.  Typically you’re going to want to use  Hickory for chicken and pork and mesquite for beef.   Apple wood chips for smoking chicken is also delicious, but at the end of the day, use what you like best.  While using a smoker is ideal, your grill will work just fine, more on that for a later post.  Would anyone like a tutorial on how to smoke chicken on a grill?  Let me know in the comments if that sounds like something you’d be interested in!

Smoked Buffalo Chicken Keto Dip | Fat to Fit Chick

Ingredients:

  • 8 oz smoked chicken breast*
  • 4 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 8 oz shredded mozzarella
  • 1/4 C Frank’s RedHot Sauce
  • 1 tbsp Kerrygold Butter
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
    • However I add much more
  • Salt and pepper to Taste

*Note: you can use grilled chicken breast, baked chicken breast, on even chicken thighs, especially if you need to improve on fat macros.  I like breast for this as there is plenty of fat from the cheese and breast meat is closer in flavor to wings.  Just a personal preference, but trust me, you can’t go wrong with this recipe.

Preheat oven to 350F

Dice chicken into 1/2 inch pieces.

Shred mozzarella, and add 2/3rds of it to the cream cheese and chicken and mix until combined.

 

Melt butter and mix with Frank’s to create the buffalo sauce buffalo sauce.

1/4 C of Frank’s is a good starting point, I added more but I love everything spicy.

Add salt, pepper, garlic powder and cayenne pepper to season accordingly.  Combine seasonings with chicken and sauce.

Put mixture into oven safe baking dish, cover with remaining mozzarella, and bake until bubbly and cheese is browned.

 

 

 

 

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Keto Tailgate Recipes: Queso Fundido

Keto Tailgate Recipes: Queso Fundido

Keto Tailgate Recipes: Queso Fundido

So with the launch of football season, I’m going to start a weekly Keto Tailgate Recipe edition. These recipes are going to be featured appetizers and meals that go great for game day.  I’m going to try to make everything BBQ friendly so whether you’re at home or tailgating, you can have the perfect keto meal.  Here is an amazing dip to kick things off.
Keto Tailgate Recipes: Queso Fundido | Fat to fit Chick

If you are in search of a quintessential keto recipe, I think we may have the solution for you.  Cody and I always joke about the goopy, cheesy recipes that us keto-ers live for, and this is definitely one of those recipes.  It’s loaded with chorizo, chili peppers and cheese.  It’s sinful, addicting, and what?!  You can lose weight by eating this? Thank you keto, thank you.  I really enjoyed eating this with crudities, especially sliced radish. For those of you who love pork rinds, I bet that would be an amazing combination.   It honestly, even tastes good by itself.  If you were to throw like 12 eggs into this you could make it into a breakfast casserole.  So, many delicious keto options.  Just one recipe, that’s so simple and easy to make.

Without further ado,  I present to you: Keto Tail Gate Recipes: Queso Fundido

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 lb chorizo
    • *Don’t like Chorizo?  This will go well with any ground meat, see my note below.
  • 4 oz cheddar cheese
  • 4 oz mozarella cheese
  • 4 oz cream cheese
  • 1 hatch chili, or 2 jalapenos

  • 1/2  large bell pepper

I personally didn’t add any salt because with the chorizo and cheese was salty enough.  Just a heads up.

 

In a large cast iron skillet, fry the chorizo until almost cooked through.

While the chorizo is cooking, dice your peppers, then add to your chorizo.

Once Chorizo is cooked through, drain excess fat if needed, and transfer to a mixing bowl.  I recommend you use a stainless steel or glass mixing bowl, just because I have had issues with the chorizo staining my plastic ones.

Add your cheeses and mix until ingredients have combined.  Make sure to thoroughly mix in the cream cheese.

Put in a 350F oven and bake until the cheese is bubbly and the top is golden brown.  If you are going to BBQ this,  I reccomend prepping everything beforehand, and then finish. it off over indirect heat.  You could also cook everything directly over the BBQ, but for simplicity sake I would prep as much as you can beforehand.

 

*If you aren’t a huge fan of chorizo, you can use any kind of ground meat really.  Personally I would go with beef or pork, but to each their own.  Chorizo has all the flavors you already need, but if you are using another kind of meat, I would jazz it up by adding some cayenne, cumin, pepper and chili powder.  Don’t forget salt and pepper!

 

Keto Tailgate Recipes: Queso Fundido
That is pure deliciousness right there.

 

 


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I’ve lost 100 lbs with the Gastric Sleeve!

I’ve lost 100 lbs with the Gastric Sleeve!

I’ve lost 100 lbs with the Gastric Sleeve!

Hello fam! I am beyond ecstatic to report that I have officially lost 100 lbs!

100 lbs weight loss gastric sleeve | Fat to Fit Chick
100 lbs weight loss gastric sleeve!  I am more than half way through my journey!

From my all time highest weight of 322, I weighed in this morning at 221.6.   Wow!  This has been a rollercoaster of a journey but here we are.  I still have about 50-70 lbs to go, so I’m not celebrating too early.  But, I will say that it has been incredibly nice to see the scale move.  These holiday months have been rather hard on me, if I’m being completely honest.  The sleeve’s restriction hasn’t been as efficient either.  Although I haven’t really been eating clean, so it’s no wonder my progress has been extremely slow.  I kind of put myself in a mindset that I should just be happy to not gain any weight over the holidays. Was that the best choice?  Probably not, but for me, it worked and it helped me still feel in control of myself.   However, this last week, I saw the scale starting to creep down so I am starting to keep myself accountable and get back on track.

As I have probably mentioned before, you still have to work when you have any kind of weight loss surgery, especially the gastric sleeve, or you will not lose weight.  When I was enrolled in my pre surgery class, I could not even possibly fathom how.  No matter how many times I was told that “surgery is just a tool”, I really couldn’t grasp how weight wouldn’t just melt off.  I would think to myself “my stomach is 1/3 of what it used to be, I logically cannot eat as much as before, this is impossible”.  Then, after the post-op honeymoon phase ended, it finally clicked:  I used to overeat before, and I can do it again now.

Everyone’s definition of overeating is different, so I’m going to be blunt here.  Pre op, I would eat beyond the point of feeling full.  I would be so uncomfortably full, overly satiated, but I would keep eating.  Years of this is what allowed my  stomach to continuously stretch a little at a time until I allowed myself to be morbidly obese due to my eating.  If you aren’t on top of your diet, if you simply have the will to overeat, you can.   Even post weight loss surgery.  And you will be surprised at just how much you can eat, and how you can cheat the surgery if you wish to.

Food addiction is real, and it’s a compulsive disorder to many.  Not everyone will understand the literal addiction that can formwith food.  I really never have faced any sort of addiction other than food.  I’m not a drinker, I don’t do drugs, but the similarities of food addiction to any other vices are so mirrored.  It has almost become my mission in life to just educate people on how losing weight isn’t always as simple as putting the fork down.  A little compassion and understanding goes a long way.  It’s important for us to realize the complexities of food addiction, and how it should be taken more seriously.  Anyways, that is the end of my rant.

 

100 lb weight loss weight loss with the gastric sleeve | Fat to Fit Chick

On that note…

I know, the blog has been so stale these last 3 months!  I recently started a new job as a hairstylist, as many of you may already have heard.   With the holidays rolling in I have been so busy, so I have taken a hiatus on recipes until the new years.  I’m not going to give too much away yet, but there is another surgery coming up very soon.  I’m talking within the next couple weeks.

Does anyone have any ideas?  Stay tuned!!

If I don’t update before the new year I just wanted to thank each and everyone one of you for your support.  By following my journey, my blog, and enjoying my recipes.  Your comments and support make me so happy. I love being able to give back to this community and to interact with everyone on their journey.

Whether you follow me on here, on Instagram, or on Facebook.  I just wanted to wish you and your family a happy holiday season, and happy new years.  I thought 2017 was going to be the best year ever, but 2018 is going to bring some incredible changes, and I can’t wait to continue to share my journey with all of you. <3

Weight loss blog through the gastric sleeve | Fat to Fit Chick


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