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    Quick and Easy Low Carb Veggie Pizza

    When I’m working on home on an icy day like yesterday, I tend to get a little ~creative~ with my lunches. Long gone are those quick 5 minute meals I can heat up at work the next day.  I had a craving for pizza but not craving those carbs or fat grams. Then I noticed the Mission Low Carb tortillas hanging out on the top shelf of my refrigerator. Here’s the product of my mad scientist moment: Quick and Easy Low Carb Veggie Pizza – Serves 1: 1 Mission Low Carb Tortilla 8″ 1 cup arugula 1/3 cup low fat shredded cheese 1-2 tbsp Ragu alfredo sauce 1 tsp italian…

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    Keto Vegan Chia Seed Breakfast Pudding: Peanut Butter Cacao

    If I could go face first into a Halloween bucket of candy, I would. Do I know that’s not healthy? Yes. Do I care? Also, kind of, yes. With that, I created this chia seed breakfast pudding that changed the game. It’s sweet without being too sweet, like a grown-up version of Cocoa Puffs. I try not to be the person who writes a literal novel before the recipe, so here you go! Chelsea Peretti, this brevity is for you. Keto Peanut Butter Cacao Chia Seed Pudding: 1/4 cup chia seeds 1 1/4 cup almond milk 1 1/2 TBSP cacao powder 1/2 TBSP PB2 or peanut butter powder replacement 1…

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    Paleo and Keto Overnight Meat Marinade: Savory Herb

    I meal prep 3-4 times a week with my Instant Pot so I’ve perfected my marinade recipe Most people following a keto and/or paleo diet, myself included, rely heavily on meat to anchor their diets. When you’re cutting down carbs and processed food, but still around people eating standard American diets, you have to make the best of every potluck or buffet situation. A good marinade is a science, a math equation and a little magic. We’ll get to the Savory Herb recipe I posted on Instagram, but let’s talk about the ratios of a good paleo / keto marinade: The Basics 1 cup chopped veggies 1-2 lbs meat of…

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    Keto Quick Start: Keto Chicken Tenders Sneak Peek

    Hello friends! Hopefully by now you’re back in the swing of things at work, you’re ready to tackle your 2019 goals and you’re bright-eyed & ready for whatever this month throws at you. I know I am! I was happy to get back to the office today, see my boss and coworkers whom I haven’t seen since before the holidays and enjoy a good lunch together. But getting back into the work routine means I am SUPER tired this evening. I looked for a quick, healthy dinner and Diane Sanfilippo’s Keto Chicken Tenders recipe hit the spot. The book is available as of yesterday! Buy it here on Amazon, since…

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    Keto Quick Start: Book Review

    Keto Quick Start Launch Team When I found out I was a part of the Keto Quick Start Launch Team I did a tiny dance in my cubicle. I’m super honored to be one of the first people to read this book, especially since I’ve been a long time listener of the Balanced Bites Podcast. At the same time, I was nervous because after my first foray into a ketogenic diet, I was critical of it. It was too easy to fall into a trap of eating nothing but meat and cheese, which seems less like a healthy modern diet but more what a disgruntled trucker named George would eat.…

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    Parlor: Kansas City Restaurant Opening September 2018

    I love food. I know, that’s not unique to most carbon-based beings, but I love everything about trying new food. Double points if it’s cuisine from a place I’ve never visited. Triple points if it’s walkable in downtown KC. In other words, Parlor is my jackpot. Parlor is a new Kansas City Restaurant located in Crossroads. It bills itself as a bar with SEVEN restaurants, a “curated collection of KC’s freshest food offerings. I had the opportunity to check out Parlor with other local social media influencers before the big opening in the coming weeks. Here’s the scoop on Parlor: There’s Sura, Karbon, Yaki Ya, Mother Clucker, Farm to Market, Vildhast, and…

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    Thai Basil Chicken Salad

    We all know how to make chicken salad: chicken, mayonaisse, maybe some relish if you’re feeling Midwestern-crazy. It’s basic, it’s boring and I’m not here for it. Today I’ll share my Thai Basil Chicken Salad recipe with y’all. It’s easy enough that Antoni would share it on Queer Eye and pass it off as “fancy” to some unsuspecting middle-aged dude. Here we go: Ingredient List: 1 chicken breast or 8 oz uncooked chicken 1 bundle of fresh thai basil 2 TBSP mayonaisse 1/2 cup fat free sour cream 1 tsp thai seasoning 1 tsp garlic salt 2 tsp sambal oelek sauce Notes on Ingredients: I prefer to get my seasonings…

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    Mussels and Pasta in Garlic Rosemary Cream Sauce

    Realizing that you have a bag of mussels in your freezer that you should get around to eating is like getting a gift card to a store you don’t really like; you pretty much have to use it, but do you really want to? They weren’t even mine, and yet I was stuck with the world’s most misunderstood seafood. Since my only foray into seafood occurs during Lent, I was confused as to how to use them. I perused Pinterest and found that nearly every meal followed the following formula: Heat liquid > add a cocktail of ingredients to liquid > add mussels > hope for the best. That wasn’t going…

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    Perfect Pork Preparation: Part One

    For what it’s worth, I know way too much about cooking pork. I had a lot of pork growing up due to my dad’s job at a pork processing plant, to the point I refused to eat it in college. Now, my budget-conscious palette has made peace with the other white meat. In my opinion, perfect pork preparation has three parts: A marinade, seasoning and a quality cut of pork. Today I came up with a new pork recipe, with fresh Thai basil and mint leaves: Mint Thai Basil Pork Tenderloin Ingredients: 2 lbs pork tenderloin 12-15 fresh mint leaves 10-12 Thai basil leaves 1 cup sliced mushrooms 1/4 cup…