As I outlined last week, I started a Keto diet at the beginning of the week. This week has definitely been a success in my opinion. Currently I’m down just a little over six pounds and I didn’t really have much of a problem with the Keto Flu. As I stated before, we are using the Well Fed Weeknights cookbooks to provide recipes, which is not strictly keto since it’s a paleo cookbook. Adjustments are generally made to make sure that the recipes fit within the requirements of keto so I didn’t go over my budgeted amount of carbs everyday. We had planned to use the following recipes this week:
- Old School Italian Meat Sauce
- Pina Colada Chicken
- Keto Taco Casserole from Delish
- Thyme Braised Shortribs with Jicama Homefries
- Cincinnati Chili with Zucchini Noodles
- Crispy Chicken with Roasted Cauliflower
- Shrimp Scampi with Spaghetti Squash
We did not do the Cincinnati Chili because our absolute favorite pizza place ended up opening for the first time since the Pandemic started and if there’s anything worth breaking a diet for, it’s pizza that you have longed almost two months for. We did pizza on Tuesday, but I didn’t feel too bad about it since we were so early in the diet. Otherwise, I haven’t had any problems on this diet with eating things I shouldn’t.
The first recipe we made was the Old School Italian Meat Sauce, but with less meat. The recipe calls for pork chops, Italian sausage, and meatballs. We cut out the pork chops and went ahead with the Italian sausage and homemade meatballs. One of the best things that this cookbook series does is meatballs. They have a whole section at the front for patties, meatballs, and bangers and I seriously can’t wait to try them all. This recipe was absolutely wonderful and went so well with zucchini noodles. The only change we will be making in the future is cutting down the amount of balsamic vinegar that is in the recipe. Half way through eating dinner it made me queasy and it was all I could focus on and since we aren’t really huge fans of vinegar anyway we aren’t going to miss it.
Everything we made was great and there were only a few things that needed adjusting, such as the amount of cayenne pepper in the Pina Colada chicken was way too spicy for my family. My favorite one by far though was the shrimp scampi. Everything about it was restaurant quality and it was so delicious. We served it with roasted spaghetti squash that I then sauteed with a little bit of bacon and parmesan cheese and it was heavenly. That might end up being a meal I keep even long after I quit the keto diet (I have been advised by a doctor not to go more than four months at a stretch on the keto diet so we are being cautious).
My husband started out with every intention of adhering to the keto diet with me, but I didn’t pressure him to stick to it and therefore he didn’t. He did eat a bit better than he usually would, and I think the Taco Casserole and the Pina Colada Chicken were tied for his favorites. I was sincerely skeptical about a taco casserole that has eggs in it, but it was absolutely worth making and went really well the next day over greens with a bit of salsa and sour cream. The crispy chicken recipe is actually supposed to be crispy chicken livers but we used chicken breast because I’m a wuss who doesn’t really care for liver. That turned out awesome as well and we are planning on using leftover chicken for salads this week.
Overall this week went well. Rarely ever did I feel hungry when I shouldn’t have. I kept myself in range for calories and carbs for all but pizza day, and I even managed to satisfy my sweets craving with a keto frostie recipe and some keto shortbread cookies. I considered making a keto chocolate cake recipe that I found on chocolate covered katie, but in the end I figured I would save that for another week. I ordered some test strips for ketones and those should be here tomorrow, and I’m looking forward to week number two of new recipes.