Savory and Sweet

I happened upon thisĀ recipeĀ for loaded cauliflower casserole (ahem, it’s hotdish, people) and thought, Woah!Ā  Perfect keto extravaganza!Ā  High fat, low carb- featuring bacon, sour cream, cream cheese, cheddar all tied together with theĀ low carb darling veggie; cauliflower.Ā 20180206_183501.jpgĀ I went back to Whole Foods (the place is growing on me) and found uncured, nitrate free bacon and organic cream cheese.Ā  I also realized that pre-shredded cheese has ishy ingredients that add up as unnecessary carbs. šŸ˜¦Ā  So I bought a big ole brick of sharp cheddar cheese instead.

There were a lot of steps, some of which I consolidated a bit.Ā  I mixed in the sour cream (because my kids have violent reactions against the sight of sour cream, but not the taste), I mixed in everything but a cup of the cheese, which I sprinkled on top.

We all had pretty small portions because this stuff is incredibly rich.Ā  It was savory and delicious.Ā  My oldest son who is a savory person wolfed his down.Ā  My somewhat picky husband gave it two thumbs up.Ā  My two youngest who have tragically unrefined palates acted like I was trying to feed them vomit.

Oh well, can’t win them all.

I also found another solid gold recipe atĀ the ketogenic queen.Ā  This one is definitely sweet and mimics the taste of a frosty chocolate shake.Ā  It’s only three ingredients; full fat coconut milk, stevia (or sweetener of your choice) and cocoa powder.Ā  I bought coconut 20180207_075020.jpg

milk for the very first time to try this recipe.Ā  I found it at Whole Foods for only $.99 a can.

I got home and opened it up to discover a thick putty like material that was a bit horrifying.Ā  I poked around in it to discover the cream had just separated and gone to the top.Ā  I threw the whole thing into the blender to reconstitute it.Ā  I used a cup of coconut milk, two heaping tablespoons cocoa powder, and two teaspoons of my sweetener and put it back in the blender.Ā  It equals out to 50 grams healthy fat, 500 calories of fuel, 9 grams fiber, 14 total carbs and only 5 net grams of carbs.

Guys, this stuff is Ah-MAZ-ing!Ā  The taste has a delicate lightness even though the coconut milk is very rich.Ā  It is like drinking a creamy and indulgent milkshake.Ā  I also noticed a huge rush of energy after drinking mine.Ā  The recipe is definitely a keeper!Ā  It tastes naughty but it is full of fat-torching MCTs, antioxidants and fiber.Ā  Solid gold.

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Keto Mocha Pots de Creme

I came across thisĀ recipeĀ for the ultimate chocolate dessert, or Mocha Pots de Creme.Ā  My first thought was, “YUM!” my second was “I can adapt this easily to make it keto-friendly!”

Chocolate?Ā  Check.Ā  Heavy Cream?Ā  Check.

My version turned out with a strong dark chocolate and coffee flavor.Ā  Which I love.Ā  You could easily add more sweetener and omit the coffee, if desired.

You’ll need:

  • 4 ounces baking (unsweetened) chocolate
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 3-5 tablespoons desired low carb sweetener
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp coffee, either instant or finely ground
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla

First you’ll break up your chocolate in a medium sized glass bowl.Ā  Add your coffee and salt.Ā 20180201_173530.jpg

In a small saucepan combine the heavy cream, egg yolk, sweetener, and vanilla.Ā  Heat on medium, stirring constantly, until it just begins to reach a boil.Ā 20180201_173455.jpg

When it just starts to bubble dump it on top of the chocolate in the glass bowl.Ā 20180201_170933.jpg

Let it sit for about a minute. Then stir.Ā 20180201_173430.jpg

Scoop into glass ramekins or serving dishes of your choice and refrigerate until firm.Ā  Lick the bowl.

Easy-peasy though it looks and tastes fancy-schmancy!

If you divvy it up into 4 servings you are looking at 400 calories (eat it after a light dinner!), 9.5 total carbs or 3.5 net carbs, and 37 grams fat of delicious, keto-friendly numminess!Ā 20180202_081546.jpg

Where’s the fourth serving?Ā  It never made it into a serving dish!