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Homemade Paleo Spicy Mango Chutney

Homemade Paleo Spicy Mango Chutney

Homemade Paleo Spicy Mango Chutney Well, I am pretty sure chutney is already paleo-approved, but if not, here is a recipe for some!  Cody and I have a debate, he says it’s spicy, I say it’s not.  Technically it’s his recipe, so since he says […]

Quick & Easy Crunchy Air Fried Broccoli Crisps

Quick & Easy Crunchy Air Fried Broccoli Crisps

Quick & Easy Crunchy Air Fried Broccoli Crisps I’ve heard about how amazing those little broccoli crisps at Trader Joe’s, but I refuse to buy something I can easily make…so voila.  Here’s a quick and easy recipe for some Quick & Easy Crunchy Air Fried […]

Sizzling Goat Cheese and Sausage Stuffed Mushrooms

Sizzling Goat Cheese and Sausage Stuffed Mushrooms

Sizzling Goat Cheese and Sausage Stuffed Mushrooms

I have seen a lot of keto stuffed mushroom recipes, but usually they consist of cheddar cheese and ground meat.  So instead of the norm, I wanted to give you these Italian inspired stuffed mushrooms.  The goat cheese makes them creamy, and even if you don’t like mushrooms you can just cook these in a cast iron skillet for the same effect.  Serve with whatever side dish you enjoy and you have yourself a delicious meal.

Ingredients:

  • 15 medium-sized white button mushrooms
  • 10 oz goat cheese
  • 1 lb Italian sausage
  • 1 tbsp dried rosemary
  • 1C finely chopped parsley
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 C grated parm
  • 1 1/2 tsp fresh garlic
  • 1 tbsp Italian seasoning
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 3 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 5 Peppadews

First step if to take the Italian sausage and cut a slit into casing (if purchased links), and remove meat.  Crumble in hands a bit to break up the pieces andStuffed Peppers with Sausage and Goat Cheese | Fat to Fit Chick then place into cast iron skillet on high heat until fully cooked.  You may have to continue to break up the sausage in the cast iron skillet using a wooden spoon or this handy meat chopper spatula.  It tends to save a little bit of time and is less of a hassle this way.

While the meat is cooking I suggest you take the time to chop up the parsley and add spices and cheese into a large bowl.  Just wait to add the salt and pepper until later.

Once the meat has fully cooked, add it into large bowl with cheese and spices.  Stir the mixture while the meat is still warm, that way the cheese incorporates into the meat a bit better.  Taste mixture and add salt and pepper as needed, as the Parmesan can already add plenty of saltiness to the mixture.

Thoroughly wash the mushrooms and pop off the stems so you are left with the mushroom caps.  Once dry,  lightly season with salt, pepper, and garlic powder, and begin to stuff mushrooms with mixture.

Once stuffed, dust off with a little sprinkle of Parmesan cheese, place on a baking sheet and  Bake at 400 for approximately 20 minutes.  Then, set your oven to broil for about two to five minutes to get that nice golden cheesy crust.

While the mushrooms are cooking, you can quickly prepare the sweet pepper topping.   Chop up the peppadews and place into a small skillet along with balsamic vinegar, on a medium heat.  Let simmer until vinegar has mostly evaporated, and remove from heat.

Once the mushrooms have cooked, top them off with the peppers, serve and enjoy!

Sizzling Goat Cheese and Sausage Stuffed Mushrooms | Fat to Fit Chick
Sizzling Goat Cheese and Sausage Stuffed Mushrooms

 

Zesty Low Carb Spanish Cauli Rice

Zesty Low Carb Spanish Cauli Rice

Zesty Low Carb Spanish Cauli Rice Here is the accompanying side dish to my favorite Mexican, keto go-to recipe:  No-Tortilla Chicken Chili Verde Enchilada Bake.  It tastes delicious, it’s very easy to make, and it packed with authentic Mexican flavors.  Even if you aren’t keto, this […]

Mozzarella Stuffed Bacon Onion Rings

Mozzarella Stuffed Bacon Onion Rings

Mozzarella Stuffed Bacon Onion Rings Onion rings, who doesn’t like em?  They’re delicious, savory, and can be oh so keto friendly.  This recipe is super easy to make, it only requires three ingredients and is super versatile.  In this recipe I used mozzarella cheese, but […]

Low Carb/Keto Baechu-Kimchi

Low Carb/Keto Baechu-Kimchi

Low Carb/Keto Baechu-Kimchi

This recipe makes A LOT of Kimchi, like, fill a gallon crock up to the top, so we are talking many servings.  The good thing, since Kimchi is fermented, is it only gets better as it ages more, and will keep for months in your fridge. Doing it yourself also insures that all the great probiotics aid in supplying heathy gut flora.  And who doesn’t strive to have healthy gut flora…right?

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 large Napa cabbage heads
  • 1/2 to 2 cups gochugaru
    • Depending on how spicy you like it (gochugaru is essential here to make the Kimchi. it’s really the only must have.)
  • 1 medium daikon or korean radish (about 8 inches long)
  • 2 Tbsp Glutenous rice flour
    • You can skip this, but it really helps the process
    • The carbs from this are very little, so I wouldn’t be concerned
  • 1/4 C fish sauce
  • 8 green onions
  • 2 Tbsp minced garlic
  • 2 Tbsp minced ginger
  • 2 cups non-chlorinated water
  • Up to 1/2 cup of sea salt (don’t use iodized salt, it leaves a metallic flavor)
  • 1 glass or ceramic crock

First thing we need to do is prep our vegetables. Take the Napa cabbage and cut a slit down the middle of the core, and with your thumbs, press into the slit and tear the cabbage in half.  With your halves, do the same thing again, cutting a slit down the middle and tearing up again.  From here, you have 2 options: you can either do a traditional kimchi, and sprinkle salt between each layer, or do what I did and do a lazy kimchi, and chop them into bite size pieces. This is called Mak Kimchi, or easy kimchi, as it doesn’t require the painstaking process of salting between every layer of your quarters.  It also allows for quick application of your pepper mixture later, and makes it easier to eat.

Prepping the Cabbage

The next part is the time-consuming part.  It’s easy, but it takes time.

Once you have your cabbage chopped,  salt it to remove the abundance of liquid in cabbage.   Personally, since this was such a large batch, I did this directly in my kitchen sink.  Take your cabbage, put a layer of it down, and sprinkle lightly with salt.  Continue doing this layer by layer until you are all your cabbage is salted.  At this point, give it a quick toss to make sure the salt is distributed evenly and then let it sit for 30 mins.  After 30 mins, take a piece of the fibrous rib part and bend it, it should not snap immediately, but bend to about 90 degrees then snap.  If it doesn’t bend, mix the cabbage and wait another 15 minutes.

It’s important to check it every 15 minutes because its critical that you don’t over salt. I cannot give an exact time frame for this because there are too many variables that can speed up or slow down this process. I put up to 1/2 C of salt, but that doesn’t mean you are going to use it all.  Just make sure its well coated.

In the Mean Time…

While the cabbage is… salting (is that a thing?), take your water and bring it to a boil.  Add the rice flour, and let it

cook until it creates a thick slurry, about 5 minutes. Add in your fish sauce and red pepper and mix thoroughly to create a paste.  Set it aside to cool.

Peel your radish, slice into 1/4 inch slices, then cut slices into strips.  Cut your green onions lengthwise and then into two-inch pieces.  Once your pepper paste is cool, mix into the vegetables and add garlic and ginger.  If you have glass or metal mixing bowls use these.

Once your cabbage is where it needs to be, thoroughly rinse it to remove any remaining salt on the surface, tasting pieces to desired saltiness.

I recommend going just above your desired level of saltiness.  Juices will continue to leach out, and the batch ferments your taste buds will react differently to acidic/salty flavors.   Most importantly make sure it is thoroughly rinsed.

Now comes fun part, mixing the batch.

If you have a very large mixing bowl, you can do this in one batch.  If not,  take half of your cabbage, and half of your vegetable mix and toss well, put into your crock, and repeat.

You will want to store this in a pantry, or cool dark place for two to four days, allowing the lacto bacteria to create lactic acid.  This creates an environment that is not hospitable to the bad bacteria that will make you sick.

From there you can transfer your crock to the fridge, and it will last pretty much indefinitely.   However,  after about two months, the cabbage tends to get a bit soft.

Low Carb/ Keto Baechu-Kimchi | Fat to Fit Chick
Low Carb/ Keto Baechu-Kimchi

The final product!