Dinner pic: chili toppings edition

I made a big pot of chili and served with sour cream, and this buffet of toppings or mix-ins. There’s shredded cheese, lemon slices for squeezing or adding to water, pickled jalapenos, green onion, broccoli coleslaw bagged mix, and avocado. Take a bowl of chili and top, or mix in, whatever you’d like!

Pancakes: made ketogenic-friendly

Do you need a pancake recipe that’s ketogenic-friendly? Lazy weekend mornings call for a bigger breakfast. And breakfast-for-dinner is a common thing at our house. Plus Pancake Day (or Shrove Tuesday) is coming up. Whatever your need for pancakes I’ve got you covered with this gluten-free recipe.

This particular recipe uses a mixture of almond flour and coconut flour. Unlike some keto pancakes there’s no cream cheese or anything to make these too rich. Nor do these taste too eggy.

It comes together and cook like regular pancakes. I will caution they can be more delicate (less sturdy) than ones made with white wheat flour. But they have always turned out well for me as long as I’m careful when flipping them in the pan. I also use a seasoned cast iron skillet or other non-stick pan which helps.

Essentially you just mix the ingredients together and fry them up like regular pancakes.

Ingredients:

1/2 cup almond flour

2 Tbs coconut flour

1/2 tsp baking powder

2 TBS sweetener (I used Truvia)

1/4 cup milk (of choice)

3 eggs

You can also add a dash of cinnamon or vanilla to the batter, or add berries, dark chocolate, shredded coconut, or nuts.

This recipe makes about 10 pancakes. That will change depending on how big you make them. I find smaller ones turn out better for this recipe.

Im usually frying pancakes while cooking other food and fending off hungry kids. So, unfortunately, my pancakes usually don’t end up looking uniform or pretty. But I assure you they taste good.

Top these with butter, a keto-friendly jam or syrup, blueberries, or a fried runny egg.

Product review: FlatOut flatbread

This pizza is on a “crust” made out of a pre-packaged flatbread. I didn’t want to put together any fat head dough. After a long work week I just didn’t want more work and really craved pizza!

I added some tomato paste, Italian meats, green olives, and cheese.

This is the base. FlatOut protein up carb down flatbread. The one I found was salt and pepper flavored but honestly I couldn’t taste much seasoning. It crisped up nicely and held the toppings.

Each whole flatbread contains just 1g sugar, and 9-10 net carbs (depending if you count sugar alcohols). Now, the sugar alcohol in the ingredient list is maltitol which many consider a no-no. Personally I haven’t experienced trouble with it in small quantities. In this product it’s about half-way down the ingredient list.

So it’s a personal choice but I like these flatbreads or wraps for their conscience and ease-of-use. There is also s decent amount of iron in these. Good for when you want a quick wrap, quesadilla, or pizza like I did tonight.

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?