Keto Asian Stir-Fry

Keto Asian Stir-Fry

This stir-fry is a classic in our family! We’ve made it for years. For our non-keto family members we add some spaghettini noodles towards the end but for those on a keto diet this is already a hardy dish, especially if you choose to add zucchini noodles!

It’s simple to prepare ahead of time for lunches or a later dinner.

Serves: ~3-4

Ingredients:

  • 1 tbsp + 1/2 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 large chicken breasts, butterflied and chopped into chunks (~400g)
  • 1/2 a large yellow or red pepper, julienned
  • 1/2 a large green pepper, julienned
  • 1 large carrot (or ~6 baby carrots) cut into thin strips
  • 1/4 of a large white onion
  • 2 cloves crushed garlic
  • 1/2 tbsp + 1/2 tsp ginger, more as needed
  • Pepper & salt to taste
  • 3-4 tbsp of soy sauce
  • 1/4 tsp chili pepper flakes
  • 1/4 tsp xanthan gum
  • 1 cup bean sprouts
  • Optional: Add Zucchini noodles when you add the bean sprouts for an additional texture in the dish.

Directions:

  1. Heat a large frying pan over medium heat.
  2. Add 1 tbsp of sesame oil and the olive oil.
  3. Add the ginger and your chicken.
  4. Partially cook your chicken then remove it from the pan and set-aside in a bowl.
  5. Add your vegetables and a 1/2 tsp of ginger and sauté, covered until just tender.
  6. Once the vegetables are tender, add your garlic.
  7. Add your chicken back to the pan and cook through.
  8. Once the chicken is cooked, reduce the heat and add your soy sauce, xanthan gum, chili pepper flakes. and bean sprouts.
  9. Stir often and continue to Sauté until the bean sprouts are wilted.
  10. Remove from the heat and serve! Enjoy!

Nutrition: 12g of fat | 5.5g of carbs | 29g of protein & 2g of fibre

Easy Keto Feta Cheese Burgers

Easy Keto Feta Cheese Burgers

IMG_1176IMG_1180Guys..I’m going to be real honest here. I pretty much lived off these burgers and basically ate the entire batch in a day. So..be warned. They are GOOD. Top them with some avocado and tomato and it would be epic! (P.S pictures were not ideal, I wasn’t planning on writing a recipe so I’d already cut into them when the photos were taken so please don’t let that deter you!!)

Ingredients:

-1lb Ground Beef

-1 egg

-85g Feta Cheese

-1/2 tsp salt

-1/4 tsp pepper

-1/2-1 tbsp parsley

-1/4 tsp garlic powder

-1/4 tsp onion powder

-1 tbsp butter

-Additional Butter for frying

Directions:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl. Use your hands to mash everything together.
  2. Form 5 burger patties and set aside. IMG_1176
  3. Heat a large frying pan to medium heat, melt a tbsp or more of butter and place the burgers in the pan(you can repeat steps if using a smaller pan).
  4. Cook COVERED for 4min on the first side then flip, turn heat to low and cook for another 4-8min or until burgers are cooked through on the second side. (It’s best to cook them low and slow after flipping if you have time!)
  5. Remove from pan and serve hot with avocado slices and tomato(bruschetta topping in my previous recipe would be a great addition as well!!) Enjoy!IMG_1180

Each burger (1/5 of recipe) is roughly 18F/0.7C/22.7P 

Movie Theatre Inspired-Bun-less California Burger

Movie Theatre Inspired-Bun-less California Burger

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I had this burger the other night at the strangest place…the movie theatre! YUP. I ate a delicious burger while watching the newest 50 Shades release. We were in the VIP section where they take your order, have heated seats and chairs that are basically lazy-boys. I don’t think I can ever go back to regular movie theatres guys..

BUT that’s beside the point. This burger was delicious! It had goat cheese, avocado and a bruschetta topping. The kitchen staff were wonderful in accommodating my bun-less request and the burger came out looking beautiful!

After eating it, I was positive I would have to re-make it at home considering how delicious it was and it really is a nice light alternative from eating foods heavy in cream and cheese.

This post is less like a burger recipe and more like a topping recipe, lol. But it was so good I had to share. I bought the burgers frozen (I used these) but you can make your own fresh, maybe even use some greek spices and stuff them with goat cheese…hmmm future recipe idea I think!

Anyways, here’s how to put together this delicious burger:

Serves: 1

Ingredients:

-Beef Burger Patty (Homemade, store-bought, your choice!)

-1-1 1/2oz thick slice of fresh goat cheese

-1/2 a small avocado(about 40-50g) sliced thinly

-Brushetta Topping:

  • 1/2 a roma tomato chopped into small pieces
  • 1 tbsp(7-10g) grated fresh parmesan
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 2 tsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 tsp basil
  • 1/8 tsp garlic powder
  • salt/pepper to taste
  • Optional: Green or red onion

-Romaine Lettuce

Directions:

  1. Mix all bruschetta ingredients together in a small bowl and refrigerate for at least 1/2 an hour to blend flavours.IMG_0288
  2. Cook burger to your desired liking.
  3. Place small pieces of romaine on a place to create a bed for the burger.
  4. Immediately top the burger with the goat cheese, avocado slices and then the bruschetta.
  5. Consume with a fork and knife. Simple as that!

Enjoy!

Nutrition for the toppings (add to whichever burger you choose to use): 18F/3C(NET)/9P & 4g fibre

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Egg White Pizza

Egg White Pizza

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Such a simple but delicious low-carb meal! You can easily customize this recipe with whatever toppings you like, here’s my favourite version!

Serves 1

Ingredients:

-1 cup liquid egg whites

-1/4 tsp basil

-1/4 tsp oregano

-pepper

-dash of salt

-15g low-fat cheddar or marble cheese –>shredded

-27g green pepper chopped and steamed for about 1:00min with a little water covered in the microwave (pour off excess water afterwards!)

-50g tomato sliced thinly

-1 tbsp chopped whole or pizza style green olives (15g)

-90mL (just under 1/3 cup) pizza sauce or pasta tomato sauce (I used Unico pizza sauce) (cover and heat in the microwave for 30sec. before topping eggs)

-additional basil/oregano for topping

-Pam cooking spray

 

Directions: Spray a medium-sized frying pan with pam. Heat over medium-low. Pour in the egg whites and add spices. Cook until egg just starts turning white, sprinkle your toppings over the eggs. Continue to cook over low enough heat as not to brown the egg too much while cooking it almost through. Then carefully flip the eggs like a huge pancake and cook on the other side just until set! Take off the heat and top with your warm pizza or marinara sauce and a few extra spices. Slice with a pizza cutter and dig in! You may not be able to hold this like a regular pizza but it will definitely still taste delicious!

Nutrition: 6g fat, 13g carbs, 34g protein & 5g fibre

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Healthy Spicy Jambalaya!

Healthy Spicy Jambalaya!

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If you’ve ever had good Jambalaya then you know how amazing it can be! I mean what is better than shrimp, sausage and chicken all in one bowl? Uh..nothing. These are 3 of my favourite things so when I went out for dinner the other night I knew what I was ordering! Plus I love everything spicy..so that was just the cherry on top of the cake. After devouring my delicious meal, I knew I had to try and re-create this awesome dish at home..because well, let’s just say the restaurant version could not exactly be considered “healthy”. So I went to work in the kitchen and created this little masterpiece! And although it took a little more work, it was totally worth it and turned out better than I had expected! I hope you enjoy this dinner for one as much as I did!

Ingredients:

-1/2 tbsp olive oil

-5 Jumbo shrimp, cooked, peeled, deveined and thawed

-1 cooked sweet italian turkey sausage or spicy italian turkey sausage sliced (I used the maple leaf sweet italian brand)

-1.5 ounces of barbecue or blacked chicken chopped into bite sized pieces (or you could sub regular plain chicken!)

-1/4 of a large green pepper sliced thinly

-1/4 of large onion sliced thinly

-1/8-1/4 tsp  garlic powder

-1/4-1/2 tsp paprika

-1/8 tsp thyme

-1 tsp fresh oregano(could sub 1/4-1/2 tsp dried)

-salt/pepper to taste

-1/4 tsp chili pepper flakes(or to taste)

-sprinkle of cayenne pepper(More or less based on how spicy you want it)

(All amount of spices can be changed to fit your own taste!)

-1/4 cup brown rice uncooked=1/3 cup cooked (cook as directed, I cooked it with just a dash of salt)

-1/4 cup prego pasta sauce or another tomato/marinara sauce

-Optional: Grated or dry parmesan cheese and additional oregano for topping.

Directions: Cook your rice. Heat a pan over medium-low heat. Add olive oil and rotate pan to coat it. Add your garlic powder. Once hot, toss in onions to cook for a minute or two, using a little water and a lid to help steam them.(make sure not to burn them!) Then add peppers, stir for a bit until cooked to your liking, then add meats and all other seasonings expect fresh oregano (if using dry then just add it now). Next add your rice and sauce. Stir it all a bit more to combine everything and warm the entire dish. Now add your oregano and pour your Jambalaya into a bowl. Top with optional (but recommended!) parmesan cheese, additional fresh oregano and  dig in. Enjoy!

Nutrition Facts(using homemade BBQ chicken): 387calories 14g fat, 38g carbs, 29g protein, 5g fibre

Spicy Sauteed Cabbage & Red Onion "Noodles"

Spicy Sauteed Cabbage & Red Onion "Noodles"

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Hey all! This is a super simple recipe…it makes a great side dish to any dinner. Cabbage has always been one of my fav green veggies to cook and this dish also makes a great meal if you throw in some chopped spicy turkey sausage! The cabbage act as noodles so all you low-carber’s(yes I just made that word up..) out there, this one’s for you!

Serves 1

Ingredients:

-1 cup thinly sliced cabbage(like noodles)

-1/3 cup chopped red onion

-1/2 tbsp olive oil

-1/4 tsp garlic powder

-1/2 tsp paprika(or less to taste)

-1/4 tsp chili powder(again more or less to taste)

-1/8 tsp cayenne pepper

-1/8 tsp cinnamon

-Salt/Pepper to taste

 

Directions: In a small frying pan, heat olive oil over medium-low heat. Once hot, add the onions/cabbage. Add your spices and cook, stirring often for 7-8 minutes or until the cabbage has started to become soft. Serve! Simple as that.

Nutrition Facts: 103 calories, 7g fat, 10g carbs, 1g protein, 3g fibre

60% of daily Vitamin C requirements.

 

 

 

 

Simple Lemon Garlic Tilapia

Simple Lemon Garlic Tilapia

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This recipe is easy to prepare, high in protein and very low in fat. It’s perfect with a side of your favourite vegetable and rice. I really enjoyed this as a quick lunch and I will definitely be making it on multiple occasions!

Serves  1:

Ingredients:

  • 1 tilapia filet
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1-2 tsp fresh lemon juice (or as much as you’d like)
  • 1 small clove of garlic crushed
  • salt/pepper
  • Fresh Parsley(could sub dried if you don’t have any but fresh makes it taste amazing!)

Directions:
Preheat your oven to 375*. Grab a small baking tray(optional) and a piece of tinfoil. Place your filet on the tinfoil and using a brush or your fingers, spread olive oil over both sides of the filet. Next, squeeze your lemon juice over the filet and season both sides with salt & pepper. Lastly sprinkle fresh parsley over top and wrap up the filet in the tinfoil. Place in the oven for 12-15min. (Until the fish is white and flaky). Serve!

Nutrition Facts per filet: 140 calories, 0g carbs, 5g fat, 20g protein

 

 

Paleo Sunny Avocado-Egg Lettuce Wraps

Paleo Sunny Avocado-Egg Lettuce Wraps

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Brighten up any cloudy morning with a beautiful breakfast of sunny-side up eggs over fresh avocado lettuce wraps. These little wraps will keep you full for hours with a large serving of healthy fats, fibre and protein. This recipe is also paleo and vegetarian friendly! This perfect breakfast can’t get any better…

Serves 1:

Ingredients:
-2 large romaine leaves
-2 thick slices of a large tomato chopped (1/2 a small tomato)
-1/2 a large avocado sliced thinly
-1-2 tbsp finely chopped red onion
-1 whole chopped green onion
-1 pinch of garlic powder/onion powder
-1 pinch of chili pepper flakes(optional for added spice)
-salt/pepper to taste
-2 large eggs + extra salt/pepper to taste

Directions: Place the 2 romaine leaves on a large plate and sprinkle tomato, avocado, red onion, green onion, garlic/onion powder and red chili pepper flakes on top. Meanwhile, preheat a frying pan over low-medium heat sprayed with a little olive oil cooking spray. Cook 2 eggs until just set(middle still runny) by cooking gently on each side for about 1-2minutes. (while cooking sprinkle well with salt and pepper).
Take off the hot eggs and top each romaine leaf with one each. Grab a fork and knife & break the yolks of each egg letting the beautiful yolk spill over your lettuce wraps! Enjoy!

I’ve always loved the fact that egg yolks create their own delicious sauce!

Nutrition Facts: 290 calories, 20.5g fat, 8g carbs, 16g protein, 5g fibre
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Healthy Taco Salad

Healthy Taco Salad

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Honestly I am not sure why I didn’t post this recipe sooner! I eat this almost weekly and it’s one of my favourite simple meals! It’s so filling and delicious, I don’t feel like I am missing out at all when I eat this awesome dinner. It’s better than TACOS. I’d never thought I would say that but yes I prefer this salad to regular tacos! It’s also high protein and lower in carbs. If you love mexican food and tacos as much as I do then you are sure to love this dish… Take me to the recipe!

Spicy Sweet Potato Fries & My Current Workout Split/Eating Habits

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Hey guys! Sorry for the lack of posts lately! I have been slacking off a bit with my blog due to the fact that I am trying to get my own eating habits and workouts in check. I think I’ve finally got it figured out! So..I have been trying to gain weight for a while but I have a hard time putting it on(high metabolism!). So lately I have started to count calories again for a bit just to make sure I am getting enough each day because it’s very important to me to not under eat! I have also stopped almost any form of cardio. The only cardio I am doing is 20 minutes of steady running on the treadmill (5.0-5.5mph) one day a week. It’s working really well! I love weight training so this works well for me. My current 5 day split + cardio is:

  • Monday – Chest + Back + Abs + TVA(Planks for 1:30, 1 min, 50sec, 30sec with a small rest in-between each)
  • Tuesday – Biceps + Triceps + Shoulders + Calfs
  • Wednesday – Quadriceps + Hamstrings + TVA(Planks for 1:30, 1 min, 50sec, 30sec with a small rest in-between each)
  • Thursday – Chest + Back + Abs + Calfs
  • Friday – OFF
  • Saturday – Biceps + Triceps + Shoulders + TVA(Planks for 1:30, 1 min, 50sec, 30sec with a small rest in-between each)
  • Sunday – 20 min run(Treadmill)
My schedule seems a little weird because I have friday off then I workout saturday but that’s just because Friday always seems to be my busiest night haha. Anyways so my diet has changed, I take in about 1700-1750 calories a day at the moment but I am planning on increasing it as I increase the weight I am lifting. But so far it’s working since in a week I have measured myself multiple times on an empty stomach and I’ve gained about 0.7 pounds. That’s pretty good for a week. I am getting stronger too I have noticed. My new workouts are a lot more demanding and last anywhere from 30min-1 hour. Although I still recommend my past workouts (10-20min) for anyone! They really are great! But I am more focussed on putting on muscle mass at the moment so I am trying to steer away from my old more cardio based workouts for now. So overall I am just trying to eat more, lift more and worry less about every little detail. I feel much happier with where I am at!
P.S: ALL MY WORKOUTS ARE STILL DONE AT HOME. No gym for me 😉
Ready for my next post? I will be discussing “IIFYM” and my personal views on it as well as my current macros and a more in-depth view of my diet. Stay posted!
~Sam~