Weeknight Meals #1

So, I thought my first post on our weeknight meals would look perfectly planned out and like we’ve totally got our life together. Well, that didn’t happen. It was a short work week, so we thought we could just wing it for those four “short” days. While we were able to keep everything keto-friendly, it’s much easier to get something cooked up ahead of time. But, I wanted to post this week’s meals to demonstrate what thrown together keto meals could look like.

Monday’s Meals (Memorial Day)

Chicken enchiladas, always served with a side of avocado.

Lunch was leftover chicken enchiladas. This dish makes eight enchiladas, so it lasts us four meals. The key to the recipe is to use low carb tortillas. The recipe is super easy and, now that I’m thinking about, I’ll probably make them again this weekend. Enchiladas are great on this diet because they are comfort food (for us anyway) and totally legal. If you aren’t going to make your own enchilada sauce, use caution with which one you purchase. They tend to have flour in them as a thickener.

For Monday night’s dinner, we grilled a New York strip and dipped it in garlic butter. We don’t usually dip our meats in butter, but since we’d been spoiled by a dear friend on Sunday with grilled lobster dipped in butter, I thought it would be good with steak too. And it was just divine and super easy.

We served our steak with a side of asparagus. The asparagus was simple to make. Just chop the super fiberous bottoms off, then put them on a little cookie tray (n foil for easy clean-up) and drizzle some olive oil and sprinkle with salt.

Oops

Dessert (yes, dessert) was leftover blackberry cobbler with coconut cream fruit dip. I’m still perfecting the recipe (I’m not familiar with backing with coconut flour and burnt this one), so once I get the baking times and temperatures right, I’ll share. Fortunately, it was still edible, just not publishable.

Tuesday Dinner

On Tuesday nights, we have a 7pm yoga class, which means dinner is late and has to be quick. The original plan was to have tostadas, but I failed to take any ground beef out of the freezer, so we quickly changed to “let’s grill something”. We pulled some salmon out of the freezer and it thawed while we were sweating it out at heated yoga. When we got home, we tossed it in some marinade and let it soak for about 15-20 mins, then threw it on the grill. We had extra asparagus from Monday night, so we cooked that up the same way and, of couse, cut up an avocado. Dessert was a handful of flavorful sweet raspberries.

Wednesday Dinner

I still didn’t remember to pull that ground beef out, so we had huevos rancheros. Eggs are a great keto-friendly meal and are so quick and easy to prepare. We fried up two low carb tortillas and topped them two fried eggs each sprinkled with shredded Mexican cheese. Add some salsa, sour cream, AND an avocado with a side of jalapeno sausage and you have a delicious keto meal.

Thursday Dinner

Thursday is our other yoga night, so same scenario – late dinner night. I finally remembered to pull something out of the freezer – an old container of posole with two dinner servings in it. Posole is a Mexican soup made with pork shoulder and spices. When you finish the soup, you add a bunch of hominy. Hominy = carbs.

When we got home from yoga, we were both starving. We popped some frozen chicken wings in the oven, made some guacamole to eat with chicharrones (pork rinds), and heated up the soup. Once I saw the soup, I realized how many carbs were in it and decided against eating it. Tom, never one to waste leftovers, diligently ate his soup (and took mine for lunch today). Not our most balanced meal of the week, but oh well.

Friday Dinner

Fathead Pizza Dough

That brings us to right now! I’m writing this post as I wait for Cooper’s cookies to finish baking. Once they are done, we’ll be making fathead pizza. It’s the first time I’ve tried to make a keto pizza crust, so we’ll see how this goes. Keto bread is a strange thing – I’ve made “rolls” which are better described as cheese biscuits. The main ingredients in fathead “bread” recipes are mozzarella and cream cheese. Add an egg and some almond flour and bake. If you know anything about baking tradional bread, this is a super weird recipe, but it is absolutely delicious. Think Red Lobster Cheddar Biscuits! Fathead Pizza Crust

We are topping our pizza with homemade pizza sauce, mozzarella, pepperoni, green bell peppers, onion, and black olives. Nom.

Shopping List

If you want to copy this week’s dinner, here’s what to add to your shopping lists:

Meats/Seafood

  • 2 Chicken breasts
  • New York Strip steak
  • Salmon Filet – try to get Wild Alaskan salmon rather than the common, cheaper farmed Atlantic salmon.
  • Pepperoni
  • Chicken Wings – premade Buffalo sauce wings. Check the label for sugar!
  • Jalapeno Sausage – check the label!

Produce

  • Avocados
  • Asparagus
  • Garlic
  • Raspberries
  • Limes (for squeezing on avocado)
  • Green bell pepper
  • Yellow onion

Condiments/Canned Goods

  • 2 16 oz jar red salsa – check label!
  • Red enchilada – check label!
  • 15 oz tomato sauce – check label!
  • 4 oz sliced black olives
  • 4 oz diced jalapenos

Dairy

  • 2 8oz Cream Cheese
  • sour cream
  • butter
  • eggs
  • Mexican shredded cheese
  • Mozzarella

Staples

  • Salt
  • Olive oil
  • Almond Flour
  • Oregano
  • Basil
  • Garlic Powder
  • Onion Powder
  • Bay Leaves

Other

  • Chicharrones
  • Low Carb Tortillas (4g carbs)
  • Parchment paper

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