Showing posts with label Recipes: Diabetic. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Recipes: Diabetic. Show all posts

Jun 18, 2019

Healthy No-Noodle Goulash - Keto, Low Carb, LCHF, Gluten Free Recipe

Keto Goulash, Low carb, LCHF, Gluten Free Recipe
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When I was a kid, my mom loved to serve her family something she called "noodle roni:" a simple dish made of margarine (back when science told us it was healthier than real butter! Ugh!), macaroni noodles, and tomato juice. (I posted the recipe years ago; you can see it here.) It was a frugal meal, perfect for tight times. But to my mom's kids (including me!), who had no clue about household budgeting, noodle roni was simply a favorite. It was what we wanted when we were fighting a cold. It was comfort food. And years later, when I married and had kids, noodle roni became one of their favorites, too.

Then, near the end of 2017, after about a decade of feeling ill yet not getting real help from any doctor, I found a new M.D. who finally gave me some answers. "You're diabetic," he said. "I can put you on insulin and blood sugar lowering meds, or you can go on a keto diet." Keto? Or Needles? That was an easy choice! And it's a choice I've never regretted. While others I know are following the American Diabetes Association way of eating and progressively becoming more ill, my body is healing. Within months of starting keto, my blood sugar was normal (my last A1C was better than my doctor's), my autoimmune disease went into remission, my cholesterol and blood pressure normalized, and I lost 45 lbs. (Learn more about reducing blood sugar through a therapeutic keto diet here.)

But let's be honest: Going keto means giving up certain foods. It helps to know those foods are slowly killing you (!), but still, I missed noodle roni. Doing a little research online, I discovered most people don't call the dish noodle roni - they call it "goulash." Turns out, the dish is based on Hungarian stew and Americans have tweaked it into a tomato and noodle dish. I could have made the meal just by omitting the noodles: tomato juice, butter, and ground beef are all keto. But I didn't think it would be very filling. After a lot of time spent browsing Pinterest, I decided cabbage would make a good substitute for the noodles, rounding out the dish nicely.


My husband and I now actually think this healthy goulash is better than Mom's noodle roni. (Sorry, Mom!) My picky eater kids love it, too. So whether you want comfort food, or food to make you feel better when you're getting sick, or a frugal meal to fit into a tight budget, I hope you'll enjoy this healthy goulash, too!


https://sites.google.com/site/proverbs31womanprintables/healthy-no-noodle-goulashHealthy, No-Noodle Goulash Recipe

2 lbs. ground beef
1 medium yellow onion, diced
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 (15 oz.) can tomato sauce
1 (25 oz.) can diced tomatoes
1 1/2 tablespoons coconut aminos (or soy sauce, if not strict keto)
2 tablespoons dried oregano
2 teaspoons dried basil
1 tablespoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon ground pepper
1 cabbage, cored and sliced into thin strips

1. Place a large pot of medium-high heat and add the ground beef, breaking it into small pieces with a large spoon or fork.

2. When the beef is no longer pink, pour in the onion and garlic and sautée until tender.

3. Stir in the tomato sauce, tomatoes, coconut aminos, oregano, basil, salt, and pepper. Bring to a boil over medium heat.

4.  A handful at a time, add the cabbage, stirring well after each addition. Reduce heat to medium-low and cook, stirring once in a while (to prevent scorching), until cabbage is tender.


Nutritional Information: It's always smart to calculate your own nutritional information using the exact products you cook with. However, the approximate nutrition per serving for this dish is, according to LoseIt!: Calories 448,  Fat 23.2g, Carbohydrates 12.8 g, Fiber 2g, Protein 35.3g 







Apr 12, 2019

69 Keto Easter Recipes

Low Carb, LCHF, Keto Easter Recipes
For many people, sticking to a healthy diet is most difficult during holidays. We Americans tend toward indulgence; we think, "Oh, I need to treat myself once in a while!" We also associate so many traditions and warm thoughts with special-occasion food. And while some people may be able to cheat on their diet come Easter, many of us who use keto therapeutically cannot. And that's okay - because keto food is delicious! And as I like to remind myself whenever I'm a little tempted to stray into carby things:

"No food is worth being ill for." 

So whether you choose keto to treat an autoimmune disorder (as I do), diabetes (also as I do), Parkinson's, heart disease, cancer...or simply because you feel so much better eating this way, let me offer up a few recipes to help you get through the Easter season without feeling deprived. I've even included links for creme-filled and peanut butter eggs!

For more tips on getting through social occasions and the holidays while eating keto, click here.

Bunny dip, courtesy of That's Low Carb?!
Appetizers

Low Carb Bunny Dip (serve with celery, slices of cucumber or zucchini; pork rinds; small chunks of cooked bacon; or the sour cream crackers, below.)

Keto Sour Cream & Chives Crackers

Keto Deviled Eggs with Avocado

Best Ever Deviled Eggs

Jalapeno Bacon Bombs

Edible Marbled Easter Eggs

Bacon Wrapped Avocado




Main Dishes

Low Carb Ham with Maple Glaze 

Rosemary & Mustard Baked Ham 

Pressure Cooker Ham

Rack of Lamb with Macadamia, Garlic, & Parsley Crust

Herb Crusted Rack of Lamb

Bread

Low Carb Hot Cross Buns

Hot Cross Buns II
Cauliflower "Fauxtato" Salad, courtesy of Ruled.me.

Low-Carb Greek Tsoureki

Keto Easter Bubble Buns

Keto Bread Rolls

Keto Pull-Apart Rolls

Garlic Parmesan Knots

Low Carb Easter Pull-Apart Bread

Keto Cheddar Cheese Straws
Brussels Sprouts with Creamy Parmesean Sauce.


Other Sides

Skillet Brussels Sprouts with Parmesan Sauce

Cheesy Brussels Sprouts Bake 

Low Carb Green Bean Casserole

Low Carb Green Bean Casserole II 

Green Beans with Onions & Bacon

Creamy Good Cauliflower Mac and Cheese.
Cheesy Cauliflower Mash

Instant Pot Deviled Egg Salad

Low Carb Scalloped "Potatoes"

Turnip Fauxtato Salad

Radish Fauxtato Salad 

Cauliflower Fauxtato Salad

Cauliflower Au Gratin 

Bacon Cauliflower Salad (omit sugar or sub keto-friendly sweetener)
Asparagus with Hollandaise Sauce, courtesy of Low Carb Maven.

Cauliflower Mac & Cheese 

Creamy Broccoli & Cauliflower Rice

Low Carb Asparagus with Hollandaise Sauce 

Bacon Wrapped Asparagus

Crispy Asparagus Fries

Creamed Spinach


Desserts and Treats

Sugar-Free Marshmallows  

Sugar-Free Peeps

Keto Peanut Butter Eggs  (If the shape doesn't matter to you, this Reese's like recipe is even easier.)

Low Carb Creme Filled Chocolate Eggs 
Creme filled eggs, courtesy All Day I Dream About Food.


Buttercream Eggs

Almond Joy Easter Eggs

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Eggs

Keto Pound Cake

Low Carb Strawberry Shortcake Cake

Keto Individual Strawberry Shortcakes 

Low Carb Strawberry Trifle

Low Carb Strawberry Mousse Tartlettes
Individual strawberry shortcakes, courtesy of Ruled.me.

Keto Strawberry Pie

Low Carb Strawberry Lemonade Pie

Low Carb Strawberry-Topped Cheesecake

Chocolate Strawberry Low Carb Cheesecake

Keto Strawberry Rhubarb Pie

Low Carb Carrot Cake Bites 

Keto Carrot Cake 

Low Carb Carrot Cake

Keto Carrot Cake Cheesecake
Sugar Free Jello, courtesy of Maria Mind, Body, Health.


Keto Carrot Cake Ice Cream 

Low Carb Easter Egg Nest Cookies

Keto Banana Cream Pie

Low Carb Lemon Cream Pie

Keto Lemon Meringue Pie

Low Carb Lemon Cheesecake

Low Carb Berry Cheesecake

Healthy Sugar-Free Jello


Related Posts:
https://proverbsthirtyonewoman.blogspot.com/2017/04/how-i-reversed-my-diabetes.html
https://proverbsthirtyonewoman.blogspot.com/2018/10/surviving-holidays-while-eating-keto-or.html

https://proverbsthirtyonewoman.blogspot.com/2017/09/50-low-carb-and-keto-thanksgiving.html

https://proverbsthirtyonewoman.blogspot.com/2018/11/89-low-carb-keto-christmas-recipes.html


Jan 9, 2019

Simple Low (or No) Sugar Homemade Hot Chocolate (Hot Cocoa)

Keto Hot Cocoa
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Long ago, I learned that made-from-scratch hot chocolate was far and away better than store bought hot cocoa mixes. First, there's the taste. In my opinion, store bought mixes often taste chemically...and I guess they should, because they contain a lot of dubious ingredients. For example, here's the ingredient list for classic Swiss Miss Cocoa Mix:

"Modified whey, cocoa (processed with alkali), nonfat milk, maltodextrin, hodrogonated coconut oil, calcium carbonate, less than 2% off: salt, dipotassium phosphate, carrageenan, mono- and diglycerides, acesulfame potassium, sucralose, artificial flavors."
Did you know manyof those ingredients are things nutritionists say we should avoid?

I also get peeved because the container boasts "no added sugar," when in fact maltodextrin acts like sugar. Oh, and by the way, sucralose is an artificial sweetener linked to spiked blood sugar, weight gain, and increased appetite. I could go on. (For example, while coconut oil is good for you, any fat that's hydrogenated is highly processed. The Harvard School of Public Health website says such fats make our immune system to go into hyper-drive, causing inflammation that's linked to heart disease, diabetes, and just about every chronic illness.)

Which leads me to reason #2 from-scratch cocoa mix is better: The ingredients are simple and clean.

The third reason I love from-scratch hot chocolate is that it's more frugal. I'm always looking for ways to save money on our grocery bill!



And the fourth reason is that homemade hot cocoa is really just as quick to whip up as store-bought mixes.

In 2016, I posted my favorite from-scratch hot cocoa mix recipe, but since then, things have changed. Namely, I was diagnosed with diabetes. Naturally, this altered my eating habits (I went from a low sugar whole foods diet to a low carb, no sugar whole foods diet called keto; you can read about how keto has benefited me here). This also meant my kids were at higher risk of developing diabetes. That 2016 recipe isn't bad, exactly, but it is higher in carbs than I prefer. For example, it uses milk, which is naturally high in sugar. (My new recipe uses heavy cream, which not only makes for a creamier hot chocolate, but naturally reduces the sugar in the drink.)


This new recipe suits both me and my kids. It has fewer ingredients and is lower in carbs and calories, too!


https://sites.google.com/site/proverbs31womanprintables/simple-healthy-homemade-hot-chocolate-hot-cocoaSimple, Healthy Hot Chocolate Recipe (Keto Approved!)

1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder (I love this stuff, but I use this for the kids)
6 oz. boiling water
1/4 cup non-carrageenan heavy cream
sweetener*

*For my children, I use cane sugar because it is GMO-free. For myself, I add monk fruit (this is exactly what I use), which is a natural sweetener that doesn't spike blood sugar. You could use any sweetener you like, of course, though I do not recommend artificial sweeteners, which are of questionable health.

1. Place the cocoa powder in a mug and add the water.

2. Stir in the heavy cream. Add sweetener, to taste. I use a scant 1 tablespoon of sugar for my kids, and 2 - 3 drops of monk fruit for myself.

HINT: Want a more intense chocolate flavor? Add 1/8 teaspoon of instant coffee granules to your cocoa! 

If desired, top with healthy marshmallows or homemade whipping cream. 

I have yet to see any pre-made whipped cream that's healthy. Instead, pour a little heavy cream in the bowl of an electric mixer and whip it until peaks stand up in the cream when you remove the beater. Add sweetener to taste.

For those who eat sugar, these organic marshmallows are a healthier option. Better yet, make your own without sugar at all. 







Approximate nutrition without whipping cream or marshmallows, according to LoseIt. (Depending upon products used, your version may vary.) Without Sugar: Calories: 210; Fat: 20.5 g; Protein: 1g.; Carbs: 3 g. With 1 tablespoon sugar: Calories: 225; Fat: 20.5 g; Protein: 1 g.; Carbs: 7 g.

Nov 23, 2018

89 Low Carb & Keto Christmas Recipes


Keto Recipes for Christmas the Holidays
When I learned I was diabetic, it was right around the holidays. My doctor gave me an ultimatum: "Start eating keto, or I'll put you on insulin." I chose keto (and am so thankful to my doc for telling me about it, especially now that my A1C is normal!). But I confess the idea of the holidays without all my favorite Thanksgiving and Christmas foods was depressing...until I learned I didn't have to feel deprived while eating low carb. I can make keto-friendly versions of all my favorite holiday foods - and they taste fantastic!

Last year, I wrote a post on keto Thanksgiving foods, so this year it seemed only natural to focus on low carb Christmas food. You'll notice I haven't included the main star of the show: Whatever meat your Christmas table usually features. That's because meat is (duh) low carb, so unless you're used to meat covered in honey or some other form of sugar, you probably don't need a special recipe for it.

Instead, I've focused on all the other fattening stuff we tend to eat around Christmastime - whether it's gingerbread cookies leading up to the big day, high sugar egg nog on Christmas Eve, sugary cinnamon rolls for Christmas breakfast, fattening mashed potatoes for Christmas dinner, or Christmas dessert. Enjoy!

Christmas Treats
Cutout Cookies by Maria Mind, Body, Health.


Low Carb Gingerbread Cookies
Low Carb Gingerbread Men
Maria Emmerich's Gingerbread Cookies
Keto-Friendly Cookie Sprinkles
Low Carb Cutout Cookies
Chewy Ginger Cookies
Peppermint Ginger Cookies
Low Carb Snowball Cookies
Keto Chocolate "Salami"
Keto Gingersnaps
Eggnog Scones
Gingerbread Fat Bombs
Low Carb "Sugar" Cookie Bars 
Cranberry Ginger Butter Cookies 
Eggnog Cheesecake Bars
Low Carb Chocolate Orange Spritz Cookies
Peppermint Fudge
Keto Christmas Rum Balls
No-Bake Coconut Clusters
Keto Jam Thumbprint Cookies
No-Sugared Pecans
Low Carb Pavola with Lemon Curd & Berries
Keto Pavola
Low Carb Holiday Berry Pavola


Christmas Drinks

Keto Hot Chocolate
Cinnamon Hot Chocolate
Mint Hot Chocolate 
Keto-Friendly Marshmallows
Keto Egg Nog
Low Carb Egg Nog
Egg-less Nog (sub keto-friendly sweetener for maple syrup)
Gingerbread Latte


Christmas Breakfast Recipes

Cauliflower Mash from The Healthy Foodie.
Fathead Cinnamon Rolls 
Low Carb Cinnamon Roll Cake
Low Carb Eggs Benedict 
Keto Crepes
Low Carb Gingerbread Muffins
Fathead Danish
Keto Pumpkin Pancakes
Western Omelet Casserole 
Bacon, Egg, and Spinach Breakfast Casserole
Southwest Egg Bake
Low Carb Cinnamon Donuts 
Savory Breakfast Cookies

Christmas Dinner

Asparagus and Keto Hollandaise Sauce
Low Carb Scalloped "Potatoes"
Cauliflower Mash
"Better Than Potatoes" Cauli-mash
Keto Mashed Cauliflower and Gravy 
The Ultimate Keto Gravy 
Keto Giblet Gravy 
Low Carb Chicken (or Turkey) Gravy
Paleo (and Low Carb) Gravy
Low Carb Cranberry Sauce 
Keto "Sweet Potato" Casserole
Keto Creamed Spinach 
Low Carb Broccoli Salad 
Skillet Brussels Sprouts with Parmesan Sauce 
Low Carb Garlic Parmesan Bread 
Low Carb Dinner Rolls 
Skillet Green Beans 
Low Carb Green Bean Casserole
Keto Green Bean Casserole
Keto Green Bean Casserole II
Mushroom, Bacon, and Cauliflower Stuffing
Cauliflower Stuffing
Asparagus ith Hollandaise Sauce by Low Carb Maven.
Low Carb Cauliflower Rice Stuffing (omit carrot)Low Carb Sausage and Cheddar Stuffing 

Christmas Desserts


Low Carb Yule Log
Low Carb Christmas Pudding
Gingerbread Cake Roll 
Gingerbread Cake Roll II 
Frosted Low Carb Gingerbread Loaf
Low Carb Fruit Cake
Keto Gingerbread Cake 
Cranberry Cobbler
Peppermint Cheesecake Bars (omit candy cane and use a naturally derived red food coloring)
Slow Cooker Low Carb Gingerbread
Chocolate Peppermint Crunch Cake
Low Carb Cranberry Walnut Loaves
Gingerbread Cheesecake
Ginger Spice Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting 
Cranberry Cheesecake  
Gingerbread Keto Ice Cream 
Keto Pumpkin Pie
Keto Pecan Glazed Pumpkin Pie
Low Carb Chocolate Pumpkin Pie
Keto Pecan Pie
Low Carb Peanut Butter Pie
Pecan Pie from All Day I Dream About Food.


Related Posts:
https://proverbsthirtyonewoman.blogspot.com/2018/10/surviving-holidays-while-eating-keto-or.html

https://proverbsthirtyonewoman.blogspot.com/2017/09/50-low-carb-and-keto-thanksgiving.html


Oct 24, 2018

Surviving the Holidays While Eating Keto or Low Carb

Keto Christmas Thanksgiving
The modern holiday season is largely about months of eating sugary, fattening food, from mashed potatoes and stuffing to cookies, eggnog, and pie. As if this weren't difficult enough for those watching their health, our society tends to frown upon those who don't indulge. More than once, I've been pressed - sometimes not nicely - to eat food that would literally make me sick. "Lighten up! Moderation in everything!" is today's motto.

If you're eating keto or low carb simply to lose weight, you may not be as strict as I am about holiday eating. Maybe it's easier for me to stick to keto because as a diabetic, I know traditional holiday food will spike my blood sugar, making me feel almost immediately ill. But the truth is, cheating hurts every keto-eater. You've worked hard to improve your heart health, reduce inflammation in your body, get your body burning fat, and just generally make yourself feel better. When you cheat, you set all that back and allow carb cravings to grab a foot hold. Not worth it. No way, no how.
So how does one navigate food during the holiday season? Here's what works for me.

Surviving Holiday Dinners

I started the keto lifestyle right after Thanksgiving 2017. I was worried about surviving Christmas dinner...but it actually wasn't all that hard. The first thing I did was focus on the traditional star of the show: meat. This was the main part of my Christmas meal. (If your family expects honey ham during the holidays, try serving a small amount of meat, like a turkey breast, as an additional offering. If you aren't cooking Christmas dinner yourself, bring the turkey breast to "help the hostess.")

Sadly, most Thanksgiving and Christmas sides are unhealthy and definitely not keto. If you're the host (and assuming most people present are carbavores), serve a few keto sides that everyone can enjoy. If you're a guest, bring at least one side that's keto. Do remember, however, that even keto holiday sides have carbs; don't make the mistake I made my first keto Christmas: I whipped up 3 keto sides (mashed cauliflower, stuffing, and green beans), but still managed to spike my blood sugar because I simply ate too much of each.

Don't forget to bring a low carb dessert for everyone. Unless you sweeten the dish with Stevia (which many people taste as bitter), nobody will know it's keto. Need ideas? Check out my Keto Holiday Recipes board on Pinterest,




Surviving Holiday Parties

Personally, I find getting through holiday parties more difficult than surviving family dinners. Whereas most families are happy if you contribute food to a big meal, you won't always have the opportunity to bring food to a holiday party. Still, if you're given the opportunity, do bring keto food. There's no need to tell anyone it's keto unless you want to; keto food is so delicious, most people will never suspect they are eating "diet" food. Good choices include deviled eggs, dips with pork rinds, cheese balls, meatballs, veggie trays with keto Ranch dressing, strawberries with whipped cream, and jalapeno poppers.

If you're unable to bring food to a party, seek out keto-friendly offerings, even if it means dissecting your food a bit. For example, you might eat from a cheese or nut tray, or just the meat from a cracker tray. Sometimes you'll need to pick off what's not keto. For example, if there are breaded chicken tenders, peel off the coating. Eat slowly, and always have something uneaten in your hand so people are less likely to offer you unhealthy treats.

Above all, whenever possible, eat before you attend the party; it's so much easier to resist when you aren't hungry! I find it really helps to get in some fatty food before attending any event where I have no control over the food.Fat kills cravings and helps you feel full and satisfied.

I also recommend avoiding alcohol. Yes, some alcohol is low carb, but unless you have the nutritional information right in front of you, you might be surprised how many carbs are in that glass of wine. (Carb counts vary widely between brands!) Besides, alcohol reduces your will-power to stay away from carby "munchies."

Surviving Holiday Gifts

This holiday season, somebody is almost certain to give you a plate of cookies or fudge or some other sweet treat. What to do? My advice is to thank them kindly and sincerely, then move on with the conversation. I'd then dispose of the food or give it away to someone the gift-giver doesn't know. This allows the gift giver to know you appreciate their kindness in thinking of you, while also ensuring you don't hurt their feelings.




Surviving Nay-Sayers

You've probably already run into people who insist keto is unhealthy. (Yawn.) But it may prove especially difficult to navigate naysayers during the holidays. Hopefully, keto won't become the topic of conversation; politely declining non-keto food is usually sufficient - no explanations needed. If strangers or acquaintances push further, it's usually helpful to say, "My doctor has me on a weird diet." (I've yet to meet someone who questions this.) Or sometimes: "Unfortunately, those foods make me feel sick."

It can be trickier with people who know you well, since they often feel free to tell you what they really think...and sometimes people who are anti-keto are really strident. Arguing at the dinner table is, I'm sure, not on your holiday wish list, so consider now how you'll handle such situations.

My suggestion is to simply say, "I don't want to spoil everyone's Thanksgiving (or Christmas), so I don't wish to argue with you. But maybe after Thanksgiving, I can give you some information about why I eat this way." (This post may help with that.)

Staying Your Focus

Aside from keeping the reasons you eat keto at the forefront of your mind, the best way to survive the holiday food glut is to remember what the holidays are actually about. Thanksgiving isn't about rolling out the door because you're too full to walk. It's about being thankful for your blessings. Christmas isn't about eating sweets all day. It's about celebrating our Savor's birth. Similarly, Hanukkah is really about faith and family, not food.

Other good things to focus on are spending time with family, and any non-food traditions your family may have. (Don't have any good family traditions? Now's a great time to start some!)

Friends, you've got this. You know keto is good for you and that you'll regret it if you fall off the wagon. You also know you've never regretted not eating a food. (Right??) Keto on!
https://proverbsthirtyonewoman.blogspot.com/2017/09/50-low-carb-and-keto-thanksgiving.html

https://proverbsthirtyonewoman.blogspot.com/2018/10/surviving-holidays-while-eating-keto-or.html



Aug 22, 2018

Keto Sloppy Joes Recipe (Low Carb, Paleo, Diabetic, Gluten Free)

Low carb, Paleo, Diabetic, Gluten Free Sloppy Joes
Every mom needs a good, homemade sloppy Joe recipe. The canned stuff is inferior in both flavor and nutrition (not to mention it's full of questionable ingredients), but homemade sloppy Joes are a quick and easy meal. Back in 2012, I posted my recipe for crock pot sloppy Joes, but when I went keto in order to reverse my diabetes, I had to modify that recipe. So without further ado, here's how I make sloppy Joes that are low carb, keto, Paleo, and gluten-free.

 https://sites.google.com/site/proverbs31womanprintables/home/keto-sloppy-joe-recipe-1Keto Sloppy Joe Recipe


about 1 1/2 lbs. ground beef (I use 80% lean)
2 - 3 celery stalks, sliced thin
1 green bell pepper, chopped
1 small yellow onion, chopped
1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1/3 cup low or no sugar ketchup
keto buns (optional)*


1. Brown the ground beef in a large skillet.

2. Add the celery, bell pepper, and onion and saute until the veggies are tender.

3. Add the red pepper flakes, Worcestershire sauce, and ketchup, stirring well to combine. Warm for a minute or two.

Serve on keto buns, if desired. (*Tthe Internet is full of recipes for keto-friendly bread and hamburger buns; here is one I have tried and liked.) I prefer to eat these sloppy Joes without any bread. For my carbavore kids, I serve with regular hamburger buns.

Crock Pot Version:

1. Place all the ingredients in the crockpot. Add 1/4 cup of water.  Stir to combine.

2. Cook on low for 4 to 6 hours.







Makes about 6 servings. Estimated nutrition, according to LoseIt: 254 calories; 21 g. protein; 7.6 g. carbs; .61 g. fiber; 13.6 g. fat. (Bear in mind that your nutrition information may vary depending upon the catsup you use. If you choose to eat bread along with the filling, you'll have to add that to your carb count, also.)





Jul 10, 2018

Low Carb and Keto Pizza Options

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 Whenever people hear I'm on a keto diet, first they are amazed at my results (blood sugar normalized after previously needing insulin, blood pressure and cholesterol normalized, hidradenitis supporativa in remission, regained energy, and 45 lbs. lost effortlessly!). But then most people say something like, "Wow, I could never eat like that. I need my [insert carby food here]." I think this shows just how addicted to carbs (which are reduced to sugar in the body) many people are. Still, I always let them know that you can almost always find a keto version of whatever carby food you think you can't live without (which I recommend they save as a treat, rather than eating daily). For many people, this food is pizza.

Turns out, there are a lot of ways to eat pizza without a fattening crust. (Cause with keto, we aren't worried about all that cheese, unless someone has an intolerance to it - in which case they can use dairy subs.) Here are just a few you can choose from.
Fat Head Pizza by Fat Head.
Many people consider this the Holy Grail of low carb/keto pizzas. It is pretty dang good, in my opinion. You can also omit the egg and have a decent crust, also (which is good for people like me who are allergic or intolerant to eggs).


On Pinterest, you'll find a lot of variations for this type of pizza, but this basic recipe is a great start. This stuff is so popular, you can even buy a version in the frozen section of many grocery stores!

Ultimate Cheese Crust Pizza by Cut the Wheat.
Cheese crust pizza is a quick and easy favorite at my house. I often simply scatter shredded mozzarella onto a parchment paper lined baking sheet, pop it into the oven until it's just beginning to turn golden, add pizza sauce and toppings, and return to the oven until a little more golden. I can never seem to get a crispy crust, but it sure is delish! Here's a skillet version to try, too.

Pork Rind Pizza by Hey Keto Mama.
I don't like eating pork rinds by themselves. (Yuck!) But I have learned that you can turn pork rinds into some pretty amazing dishes. (My favorite keto pancakes are made with pork rinds!) I haven't yet tried making a pizza crust from them, but folks tell me it's pretty amazing.

Cauliflower Pepperoni Pizza Casserole by Closet Cooking.
Sometimes you don't need a crust at all, as with this tasty pizza casserole. When I make this,  I like to add more meat - like sausage - to make it a heartier meal for my growing kids.

Zucchini Pizza Boats by Cooking Classy.
Using a low carb veggie as the crust is another way to go. Zucchini is a popular choice, as is Portabella mushrooms.







Or you can shred the zucchini and make a more bread-like pizza crust. Here's a similar recipe using spinach.
Cauliflower Pizza Crust by Eat a Great Deal.
No low carb pizza collection would be complete without at least one cauliflower crust pizza. You can also buy cauliflower crust pizzas in the frozen section of many grocery stores, but they often have questionable ingredients and are too high carb for true keto-ers.

Spinach Tomato Meatza by Low Carb Yum.
Meatza is a popular low carb choice. Basically, instead of a crust, you use meat (usually ground beef or ground beef and sausage), then put pizza toppings on it to make a sort of casserole.



When I don't have a lot of time to make dinner, I throw pizza into my Instant Pot. I double this recipe for my family of four. Sometimes I also make this recipe in the oven: Layer the ingredients in a casserole dish - using cooked beef - and bake at 350 degrees until heated through and bubbly.

For a quick pizza fix, using deli meat as a crust works well. Just add the toppings of your choice.

Pizza in a Bowl by My Montana Kitchen.
An even quicker and easier way to tame your pizza craving is to put all the toppings you love in a bowl, then heat it in the microwave or oven.


There are almost too many low carb pizza choices! You just have to find which ones you like best. Happy sampling!