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Blue Cheese Stuffed Buffalo-Style Meatballs

Blue Cheese Stuffed Buffalo-Style Meatballs

Blue Cheese Stuffed Buffalo-Style Meatballs- A great Alternative to Wings! I know, we all love our buffalo chicken wings, but if you just aren’t in the mood for wings, give these blue cheese buffalo-style meatballs a try! Many of you may have already had buffalo […]

Fathead Baked Brie with Blackberry Mustard

Fathead Baked Brie with Blackberry Mustard

Here is a recipe for baked brie using a fathead crust.  I may have legit eaten half tonight, thank god I had over 1000 calories left for today.  I’m in too much of a food coma to say much else about this delicious creation, so, […]

Lemon Paprika Chicken

Lemon Paprika Chicken

Lemon Paprika Chicken

This is a great tasting low-calorie dinner, this works great if you’re low carb, keto, or paleo! The xanthan gum gives the sauce a very creamy texture: You would think there is in it!  I highly recommend serving this with daikon radish and some broccoli as they complement this dish very well.  Daikon radish makes an excellent potato substitute, with hardly any calories or carbs!

Ingredients:

  • 4 chicken breasts or thighs
  • 2 tbsp paprika
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp dehydrated onion
  • 1 tbsp dried rosemary
  • 1 knorr bouillon cube
  • 1 lemon
  • 1/2 tsp xanthan gum
  • 2 cups water

Coat chicken with half the paprika and all the garlic. Sear in a dutch oven or other oven safe pan.

Once chicken is seared, add knorr, water, rosemary, the dehydrated garlic and the paprika to a bowl and mix to create the a braising liquid.Lemon-Paprika Chicken

Turn the chicken skin side up (if you are leaving the skin on) and fill the pan with the liquid until the meat is covered but leave the skins above the liquid so they don’t get wet, this will allow for crispy skin.

Peel lemon, and place strips around the pan in the liquid to extract the oils from the peel.  Cover your pot and either cook on the stove at the lowest setting or set your oven to 325F and cook until the chicken is cooked through and tender. You want it falling off the bone.  This will usually take 25-30 min depending on the size but you can test one with a fork to see if it pulls off the bone easily.

Remove chicken from liquid and add xanthan gum and lemon juice. Blend with an immersion blender or remove liquid from pot and use a conventional blender: be extremely careful with this. Blending hot liquid is somewhat dangerous, it can explode out of the blender, so I highly recommend the immersion blender instead.

Serve with your favorite keto veggies.  With this dish I braised daikon radish and then sautéed it in some homemade ghee (don’t you worry, recipe coming very soon). Yes, you can definitely use butter.  Also the nutritional data includes the sauce, so you can top with as much sauce as you like!

Starbucks Sous-Vide Egg Bites Recipe

Starbucks Sous-Vide Egg Bites Recipe

A delicious dupe for those Starbucks sous-vide egg bites.

Simple Bleu Cheese Dip

Simple Bleu Cheese Dip

Simple Bleu Cheese Dip I can’t take any credit for this recipe, as my mother-in-law actually introduced me to this recipe.  It is ridiculously easy, but it’s really just a nice way to change up your basic dip.  You can use this on wings, with […]

How Food Addiction is a Real Thing

How Food Addiction is a Real Thing

In this Journey, I have I have just learned an incredible amount of myself.  One of the many things that has really stuck out to me is that I’ve been an addict.  If you replace the classic things alcoholics say about needing a drink you could easily replace it with food. “I’ve had a hard day at work, I want a drink [some comfort food] to calm me down”, “I’ve been super stressed lately, I just need a drink [a bite of something tasty] to calm my nerves”. It really is the same thing, although the addictions ruin lives in completely different ways.

Furthermore, throughout this journey I have had to grieve the impending loss of my relationship with food.  I have had a very unhealthy relationship with food for the better part of the last 26 years.  Ending this relationship with food has also been a similar experience to dealing with grief:  I know, it sounds silly, but hear me out:

  • Denial: “I’m not that fat. I still look acceptable. If I really wanted to get healthy I would at any time”. I also call this my “beer goggles” phase. I have refused to see the situation for what it has truly been. This is why I’ve been obese for the entirety of my adult life. 
  • Anger: “Fuck! Why did I allow myself to get like this?!  I hate myself and the choices I’ve made.”In my case, I have also been almost angry at myself for being so weak to have to resort to surgery. I know this isn’t true, but I know I’m not the only one who’s had that thought. 
  • Bargaining: “Well, maybe if I just really stick to keto this time I won’t need the surgery.” Let’s just ignore the fact that I’ve been trying to lose weight my whole life. Seriously, I was overweight since I was probably in the 1st grade.  I’ve gone through stages where I’ve tried to convince myself I don’t need it this surgery: Truth is, I DO need it and that’s OK. Not everyone will have to resort to surgery, and that’s ok too. In my case, I need surgical intervention.
  • Depression:  Similar to the anger stage, just more sad about it, this one goes without saying.
  • Acceptance: OK, I need to do this. Yes, I have allowed myself to get here, but at least I’m really going to do something about it this time. My current lifestyle has been unsustainable, and is slowly killing me.  I cannot sugarcoatof how obesity WILL kill me.  Fat is not fabulous, and changes must be made before my excessive weight will harm me even more.  However, there also won’t be a next time if I commit myself to my new tool.

See! Each apply perfectly. Please tell me I’m not alone in this?! 

Regardless, thanks to my Instagram family, and all you wonderful people I have been staying away from the Anger and Depression phases, and I’ve been happily in the Acceptance phase, and that’s OK!   Hating yourself is really just a complete waste of time and energy as it accomplishes nothing. Also, seeing everyone progress and transformation have made this process so much easier, and I want to thank each and every one of you for sharing your journey. I really can’t wait to share mine: 3 classes left and then I can go to my surgeon for my referral, I can’t wait!!