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My Go To Keto Meal

Happy Thursday fellow readers! The week has sailed by with only a few bumps along the way. Today I want to talk to you about my go to keto meal.

When you embark on your keto journey there are tons and tons of recipes, recipe blogs, cook books and so much more. In all honesty it can be overwhelming. I spent weeks flipping through books before I ever bought a recipe book. If I am going to invest in a cookbook I want two things: 1) Recipes that I will eat. 2)Recipes that are simple. I love to cook but I don’t have time to spend hours in the kitchen to feed me or my family.

I also don’t see the point of trying to put together a recipe that has an ingredient list a mile long, or ingredients that I have to google to figure out. Keto is supposed to be simple and whole foods, not complicated chaos. So what is my favorite meal? Steak…sweet and simple!

I can easily make a steak topped with some butter and mushrooms, and bacon wrapped asparagus every single night and be content. I can cook the steak different ways to mix it up and I can even saute the asparagus with bacon if I don’t want to wrap it. I can get a great macro base from this meal and I walk away satiated and happy. I have learned how to grill, pan sear, bake and reverse steaks in the past year and they each have a unique flavor depending on the preparation and the cut of meat. I prefer ribeye as it has a near perfect ration of protein to fat, but I usually acquire whatever is on sale. So my favorite meal is simple, east to prepare, and keeps me full. That in my mind is the perfect keto meal.

Now with that being said there are recipes that are more complicated that I enjoy out there, but I try to keep it simple at all cost. I use to need variety and now I’m okay with the same thing day in and day out. I have learned what makes my body happy and I give it what it wants. Just remember you don’t need fancy ingredients and complicated recipes to be Keto, you just need real whole food and some basics. Until Next Time….Keep Ketoing On!

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Monday Madness (publication #4)

Good Morning fellow readers! Welcome to another installment of Monday Madness, and as usual its shaping up to be a crazy one! This Monday seems a little more off to me due to the wonderful time change of the weekend. I enjoy my sleep and even though I got my 7 hours last night I feel like I could use an hour or two more.

First things first I continued on my carnivore experiment last week. Today is day number 39. This Thursday will be 6 weeks since I started. I somehow have managed to not get sick of steak, but have became a chicken hater even more than before. I also tried some breakfast sausage this weekend and it tasted horrible. I am amazed how my palate has changed and how aware I am of the different tastes. My energy levels are still phenomenal and I can feel subtle changes in my body. The scale hasn’t been dropping yet much, but I am not gaining either which I am fine with as my body needs to heal. My unique thing I tried this week was beef heart. Once I got over the idea of what I was eating it actually tasted quite good. It is definitely not something I would eat all the time, but occasionally it may be worth it. As of right now I plan to continue with carnivore at least through the end of the month.

I had planned on doing longer fasts last week, but my body said otherwise. While I still did IF of a minimum of 16 hours each day I did not get any long fasts in. I’m not disappointed in that at all as I was proud I listened to my body and gave it what it needed. I have started to notice the last few days that after I eat my dinner I am a little nauseated. I think this is my bodies way of telling me I’m either eating too much or too late. So this week I want to play around with my second meal and see what I can discover.

I realized this weekend just how much I am missing cooking these days. Carnivore is pretty simple and not much you can do to cook meat. So I may start incorporating more keto veggies for the kids a couple days a week so I can get a little cooking time in. I may also look into some cooking classes just to have the fun and experience.

Other than that my week revolved around work, blogging, my kids, my husband and all the madness that brings together. I did go on a coffee spree last week and tried a few local joints that I had never been too. Less coffee this week for sure and more focus on my body and what it needs. I hope everyone else has a great week and your madness doesn’t get to mad. Until next time Keep Ketoing On!

Meal Prepping

So everything you see in the picture here is what I will be preparing for lunch and dinner this week. Meal prepping has became a very big part of my lifestyle. In order to meet my lifestyle requirements and more importantly my budget requirements I spend about an hour a week planning out meals and my grocery list, and then spend 2-4 hours on Sunday fixing everything that I can in advance. This helps me to be able to reduce the amount of time I spend in the store, and also the time I have to spend after a long day of work cooking.

When I first started meal prepping I only worried about lunch. My husband and I pack our lunch Monday – Thursday each week, and then have a lunch date out on Friday’s. I am a big person on variety and flavor profiles so we generally never have the same thing more than two times in a week. Having variety has been one of the keys to me being able to make the keto lifestyle work for me. Eating the same thing day after day after day simply would not be a good fit for me. In the last couple weeks I have taken on the challenge of dinner meal prep. So I have had to spend a little more time planning.

My first concern was what can I prep that will reheat well, also I wanted a way to reheat via the oven and not the microwave. So I invested in some aluminum trays that are divided so that food can stay separated. Once everything has been prepared and placed in the container, I let it cool completely and then store in the fridge. All I have to do when I get home is preheat the oven to 350 and heat for 20 minutes. All I may need to do while it heats is chop up any fresh veg or make any sauces. Most sauces do not reheat well so I tend to make those fresh the night needed. Let’s face it not everything taste good re-heated so if I want something that falls into that category for the week I will plan to have it on a night I know I will have more time.

Meal prepping can see quite overwhelming when you first start, but once you get the hang of it it makes life a little simpler in the kitchen. It also allows me to better plan out my macros for the week and know what I can and can’t have as far as portions go. I would recommend to just trying it a few days a week until you get the hang of it then you can add more days the more comfortable you get. Keep it simple at first. I recommend the same for making your shopping list. I make a meal plan for each day and then shop based off that. I never thought I would be a meal prepare, but here I am doing it every week and so glad that I do!