Dinner pic – chicken skewers edition

Had lunch at a sushi place. Living a ketogenic lifestyle means you’re probably not ordering regular sushi. So I opted for chicken skewers, soup, a salad, and one avocado hand roll which did have some rice but really hit the spot.

I’m still figuring out how to eat out (especially difficult cultural cuisines) and keep keto.

Zoodles

Spaghetti dinner tonight was done with a mix of NuPasta konjac noodles and zoodles. That’s zucchini spirals which I cook a little to soften and then use them just like regular noodles. They’re great as a noodle substitute; in Italian or Asian dishes.

Two Christmases ago I received a spiralizer and use it a few times a month. Zucchini is the main thing I put through it but have also done other veg.

You can get handheld spiralizers, attachments for food processors and stand mixers, or table top ones. I have the latter and it looks like this:

Some grocery stores also sell spiralized veg pre-packaged. Though pricy, it’s useful and convenient. Do you spiral?

Fat head dough

Fat head dough is the name given to dough typically made with cheese and low-carb flour such as finely-ground almond meal or coconut flour. It can be a strange concept to wrap your brain around until you try it yourself. But I am here to tell you it works. And tastes amazing. The resulting dough is indeed low carb, and also very rich and tasty. You don’t need a lot of it to satisfy.

The term ‘fat head’ comes from the movie of the same name. It came out ten years ago and is a documentary which tries to challenge popular opinion and nutrition paradigms regarding the standard North-American diet.

Fat head dough is a popular recipe for many following a ketogenic lifesyle. I make it for myself when our family enjoys a pizza night and my four year old has proclaimed she likes it better than the ‘real’ pizza. How’s that for an endorsement?!

The basic recipe I use is adapted from the site Ditch the Carbs and makes a good size pizza which I cut into six slices. I top it will low-sugar tomato sauce, pepperoni and/or salami, mushrooms, peppers, olives, or whatever I have for pizza that particular day. Since there is so much cheese inside the crust itself, I often just sprinkle some Parmesan cheese on top or leave the top cheeseless.

Fat head dough can also be used for other savory dishes, and even for sweet baking. I have made fat head cinnamon rolls previously and recently made cinnamon cream cheese babka which was divine. It disappeared from my house within 24hrs of being made. It was so good! The recipe is from Keto Diet Channel and I can’t wait to make it again. I will note that the amount of butter the original recipe calls for is way too much. When I make it next I will cut the butter down quite a bit when mixing the cinnamon butter mixture. I also didn’t have any walnuts at home when I made it so I’m looking forward to adding those to my next attempt.

I also just found out a few restaurants locally are starting to offer fat head dough options. One location of Boston Pizza so far, and Pannizzaa. Haven’t tried but looking forward to having more options when out and about.

Do you like fat head dough? Have you made it or have a favorite method?

Dinner pic – egg roll in a bowl edition

Egg roll in a bowl.

No recipe per se. Sautéed mushrooms and onions with garlic, ginger, toasted sesame oil, soy sauce, and added ground pork and a bag of shredded veg with broccoli and cabbage (it’s marketed as a type of ‘coleslaw mix’). Added in Konjac rice, and topped with peanuts, green onion, and hot sauce. It was perfection.

This is the konjac rice product. It costs more than regular rice but I pick it up when on sale (usually online). I like it better than the NuPasta konjac long noodles.

Dinner pic – chicken soup edition

Made turkey soup with homemade bone broth. In addition to turkey, I added a little carrot, a good amount of turnip, garlic, thyme, and savory.

Making your own broth is easy. I had a turkey back and thighs from a local grocery butcher. They cost about $7 total and made the broth plus provided meat. I just covered the pieces in water and simmered for a few hours in a slow cooker. Then I separated the meat/bones from the liquid, strained it, and popped it in the fridge.

When I took it out to make the soup, the cold broth was gelatinous with collagen and fat. In the soup pot it went with the other ingredients and it was so good! It would have been great (and more nutritious) with spinach or kale.

I did add turnips because I like them! They have about 3-4 carbs per 1/2 cup cubbed pieces. They contain lots of vitamin C, are a source of fiber, and contain potassium, manganese, calcium, and vitamin B6.

I come by my love of soup honestly as it was a staple in my family for generations. Nothing like a good hot bowl of soup on a cold winter day.