I had a meaningful conversation Saturday with my neighbor about out health and family members health. I told her we've been doing this thing called keto and she said her doctor recommended a ketogenic diet for her as well.
Low carb and a keto diet are similar but I believe the keto diet has helped us get fast results and feel better then any "diet" before. It's all about increase healthy fats to flush out bad fat and decreasing carbs to make your body use fat as your fuel tank. The protein intake doesn't even change that much from a standard diet. Just remember...increase healthy fats and decrease carbohydrates.
Being that we were just talking about this way of eating and I had a yummy soup in the crock pot I told her I'd send some over so she could taste why this doesn't feel like a diet at all. The food is rich and hearty. A little goes a long way.
Here is my recipe.
Jake wanted soup so we made soup.
He ate olives and helped with the potatoes. He insisted the potatoes keep their skin.
7 cups of water (Bring to Boil)
2 cups of yellow potatoes
1.5 cups of Meat (we used smoked/pulled pork)
1 cup of baby carrots
1/2 cup pinto beans
1/2 cup of yellow split peas
1/2 cup of green split peas
1/4 cup of barley
1/2 cup of quinoa
1/4 cup of tiny alphabet pasta
1 tbls of dried/chopped mushrooms
1 tbls of dried chopped onions
2 tbls Pampered Chef: Sweet Basil Rub
Salt and Pepper to taste
Add meat, carrots, beans, & peas to boiling water and turn down to simmer for 2 hours.
Add seasoning, pasta, mushrooms, onions, quinoa, & potatoes and cook until potatoes are soft, approx 30 mins.
Add water if needed. Salt and Pepper to taste
Yesterday I simmered Chili all day for our church VBS family night...when I got in line to get some, it was ALL gone, barely a scrap around the bottom. I was asked by a handful for the recipe !
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2 pounds of ground beef, chicken or turkey
2 packages of chili seasoning
1 large can (approx 28 oz) Tomato Sauce
1 large can (approx 28 oz) Diced Tomatoes
2 cans (15 oz) of Black Beans
1/2 Onion diced
1 can (15 oz) Fiesta or Mexican Corn
Green Bell Pepper Halved & diced
brown meat, drain & caramelize diced onions & bell pepper
put meat, onions 7 bell peppers in your chili pot (make sure it's big)
add Tomato sauce, Diced Tomatoes, Black Beans, Corn into pot
Mix in your chili seasoning.
Bring to a fast simmer or slow boil.
Cook for 15 - 20 minutes and serve hot
this is my favorite!
start the night before, brown meat and drain
put meat, raw onion and bell peppers into crock pot
add all other ingredients and give it a stir
simmer on low for a minimum of 15 hours stirring occasionally
add heat with seasoning, I love red pepper flakes
shred your favorite cheese for a side topping,
also lovely with chives/scallions and sour cream
1 can of black beans can be substituted for 1 can of dark red kidney beans
recipe can be halved, starting with 1 lb of meat, use smaller cans or 1 can,
1 pack of seasoning & 1/4 onion and bell pepper.
hey, this is how I make it, experiment and come up with your own if you wish,
cooking should be fun!
the key is fresh meat and vegies!
I'm thinking of adding zucchini next time...how about you?
what will you add?
the only side I want is Mexican Corn Bread
grab a box of Jiffy Corn Bread Mix or your favorite
add 1/2 a can of fiesta corn or 1/2 the corn you put in the chili
now invite your friends and chow down!
photo courtesy of RealSimple
I love to cook but only if the meals are healthy, easy, and yummy. .