Chimichurri: A Keto-Friendly Brazilian Steak Sauce Chimichurri is a zesty blend of parsley, cilantro and jalapenos that is traditionally used as a steak sauce in Brazil. I first discovered this sauce when I went to a Brazilian steak house, and it’s so tasty! By the […]
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Blissful Bacon Brussels Bake (Brussels Sprouts Au Gratin) If you didn’t know, I just had a recently revalation that Brussels Sprouts can actually be incredibly tasty with this awesome Sweet and Sour Bacon Brussels Sprouts recipe. Today, I bring this incredibly gooey “Blissful Bacon Brussels Bake […]
Creamy Cashew Hummus (Keto & Paleo Friendly)
I think the hardest part about being on a keto diet is not missing out on breads or sweets or even fruit because there are substitutes for those, or you can just have them in small quantities. But the one thing I miss the most is not being able to have beans! I love garbanzo beans, especially hummus, and I crave that so often on keto. Well, lucky for us Cody actually whipped out this incredible recipe for a very near perfect hummus dupe.
It’s really tasty, tastes very authentic, and goes very well with vegetables, especially sugar snap peas. You may not be familiar with all of these ingredients but I encourage you to use them all for very delicious results.
- 1 cup raw cashews
- It is very important that you get raw cashews for this.
- 1⁄4 cup tahini
- 1⁄3 cup lemon juice
- 2 garlic cloves crushed
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- 1 tsp Ras El Hanout seasoning
- You can use curry powder, but I prefer this by far
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tsp parsley finely chopped
- 1 tsp red pepper flakes (optional)
To begin, soak cashews in water for 3-5 hours, or until they are soft.
Drain water and add cashews and lemon juice to a blender. I initially tried to blend this with a food processor, but the results were less than ideal; you have been warned.
Then add tahini, garlic, salt, and Ras El Hanout and continue to blend until a smooth puree is achieved. Adjust seasonings to your desired taste, you may like it to be more acidic or salty, for instance.
Serve in your favorite bowl, garnish with parsley and olive oil, and red pepper if you like it spicy like I do. That’s it. Super easy.
Ras El Hanout
*Ras El Hanout is a Moroccan spice blend. It’s absolutely delicious mixed into hummus whether traditional or this recipe. It’s also fantastic on grilled meat. I often use it to add great flavor to chicken, and if I am in the mood to splurge, on lamb. Most grocery stores that have a decent spice selection will have a pre-mixed blend, and if you are lucky enough to have a middle eastern market near you, they usually have it far cheaper. But if those aren’t an option, you can make it yourself. The great thing is, just like curry powder, there is no definitive “recipe” for it, so you can take a template like the one I am posting and add or remove spices you like or don’t like to create a unique spice blend that fits your palate.
- 2 teaspoons ground cumin
- 2 teaspoons ground ginger
- 2 teaspoons ground turmeric
- 2 teaspoons paprika
- 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon ground coriander
- 1 teaspoon ground allspice
- ½ teaspoon ground cloves
It’s really as simple as getting the spices, and adding them together, if you want to make it even better, get the cumin, coriander, allspice, and cloves whole, and toast them in a dry pan, then grind them along with the other spices, but that is optional.
Crispy Coconut Crusted Chicken (Keto and Paleo Friendly) Didn’t think that crispy chicken was possible on keto? Well good news keto fam, it is totally and completely possible! These crispy, coconut crusted chicken tenders are awesome! They work great whether you’re keto, paleo, or […]
Pollo Asado Tacos with Plantain Tortillas So as my previous post explains, I am doing (Paleo) Whole 30 for a month, so I think it’s safe to say I’m long overdue for a food post. Plantain tortillas are absolutely incredible, two to three tacos should […]
Mixing it Up a Bit: Whole 30 Challenge
It’s been just over two months post op and I am very happy with my weight loss results. I have lost about 53 lbs post op, and about 67 lbs over all! I am absolutely ecstatic with my results, but post-op I am still having some struggles with certain foods, as expected. I haven’t been completely 100% keto because to be honest, I’ve had a hard time adjusting to eating such a large quantity of fats, plus, with my low caloric intake, I can’t properly hit my macros because I need protein. With that said, I have decided to change up my diet and I’m looking into more Paleo options: Macros aren’t really stressed, and you are still eating wholesome fats, just not as much.
But what is Whole 30?
Whole 30 is basically a very pure version of Paleo. You could even consider it a jump start to Paleo. It’s essentially a 30 day challenge to abstain from all sugars, and eat only whole foods. No sugar, coffee/caffeine, artificial sweeteners, dairy (oh lord help me), sulfites, soy, alcohol, legumes, and junk food. By junk food, they specifically state that you can’t recreate paleo-friendly versions of junk food: so goodbye cinnamon rolls, and pankcakes. With that said no sugar substitutes as well, no Splenda, erythritol, or any form of sugar alcohols.
The idea behind this is that this purge of any bad food, or healthy alternatives to bad food allows you to change your relationship with food. I know on keto I live off my keto-friendly dupes, so this will be a challenge for sure. However, even though I’ve had my stomach shrunken, I can without a doubt say that the cravings are still there! I’m hoping this detox of sorts will help curb my cravings.
I can have complex carbs; potatoes, sweet potatoes, bananas, fruit; with the exception of grains. Grains are a giant no-no, FYI corn is considered a grain. According to the Whole 30 Guide, I can have unlimited fruits, fruit juices, and almost type of vegetable. There is a lot of overlap with Whole 30/Keto, and I can have avocados, bacon, meats, and mostly everything else that isn’t on the “No” list. If you are curious, there is a comprehensive guide here.
So what does that mean for the blog and your keto recipes?
So, with that said, you can be Paleo/Whole 30 and Keto, so I’m going to try to incorporate as many meals that are friendly to both lifestyles. However, there will be some exclusively Paleo recipes. I’m not sure if how long I’m going to stay Paleo, so this may only last 30 days. I’m going to give this Whole 30 a go, and I’m going to take it from there. I’ve been doing it for a week, and it’s been fine, although I’m missing dairy something fierce.
Have any of you tried being Paleo or done the Whole 30 Challenge? Let me know in the comments! I’d love to hear about your experiences.