Weeknight Meals #2

Here’s what we ate last week – feel free to steal for your own meal planning. Shopping list at the bottom!

Saturday – Ribeye steak, salad, and cheesecake

Saturday night was Tom’s 40th Birthday Eve! The last day in his 30’s! We planned to go out for a fantastic (keto-cheating) dinner, but Tom’s work got in the way and required him to stay home and sober. So, on to Plan B: My dad sent Tom a bunch of ribeye steaks and steak burgers from Kansas City Steaks. They’re very nice steaks and super convenient as they come in single serve packaging perfect for those of us who split one steak for dinner. Tom grilled a ribeye and we had a garden salad with parmesan crisps and ranch.

All the Crave Cheesecakes – Keto variety!

For birthday cake, which is mandatory, especially when you’re turning a decade older, we had keto cheesecakes! There is this adorable little shop near us that sells individual cheesecakes and they make keto versions of them! Those cheesecakes range from 2 -8 g of carbs and taste wonderful. If you live in the Cypress, TX area, check out All The Crave Cheesecakes. We haven’t tried them all yet, but my favorites are Wedding Cake and Peanut Butter with Ganache. Making my own keto cheesecake is on my list to do, but, meawhile, these are tasty and definitely cuter than anything I can make.

Sunday – Shrimp and Chopped Salad

On Tom’s actual birthday, we had marinated, grilled shrimp with a pre-packaged coleslaw. We recently decided that we want to have seafood at least once a week. We like seafood, but we kind of forget about it. We’ve floated this initiative before and we always fail at it, but we’re gonna give it another go, so this was third week of seafood night!

One great thing about shrimp is that it’s quick to thaw, quick to marinate, and quick to cook, so it’s great for evenings where you don’t have tons of time. We have this fantastic marinade that we use on absolutely everything (I’ve posted the recipe here) – chicken, beef, shrimp, it’s all fantastic. We make up a pickle jar’s worth so we have it ready anytime we want. We marinaded the shrimp for about 20-30 mins while we made our lunches for the next day, threw it on the grill for a couple mintues, and dinner was done!

We were lazy on the side and bought a chopped salad kit. These are handy little cheats – the bag comes with everything needed and all you have to do it mix it up. You do have to watch what’s in them, so, as always, read the label, and stay away from any that use the word “sweet” in their description. We went for the southwest style chopped salad (southwest is a go-to flavor for us if you haven’t noticed). And, of course, we split an avocado, which was really good in mixed bites with the shrimp.

Monday & Wednesday – Eggplant Parmesan & Meatballs

We got our Italian “carb” fix with eggplant parmesan! I figured out how to fry it up with breading and it’s quick, easy, and tasty. We served it with pizza sauce we made the week prior and a side of store-bought meatballs (look for gluten free to avoid breadcrumbs, but also check the label).

Eggplant parmesan with side of meatballs and half an avocado

Monday night, we fried with it unrefined coconut oil. It was good, but coconutty. If you want to use coconut oil, maybe go for the refined version here since refined coconut oil is flavorless. On Wednesday, when we made the rest of the eggplant up, we fried it in olive oil. The olive oil flavor is more fitting for this dish and what I’ll be using in the future. (I do plan to write a post soon talking about all the various oils and why to choose one oil over another, so stay tuned!)

As a side and for some iron for me, we baked some frozen meatballs in the oven and served them with additional pizza sauce and had a sliced avocado (of course!).

Tuesday & Thursday – Chicken Enchiladas, Again!

You know, when something is easy and tasty and makes 4+ dinners in one effort, it just stays on the menu. So on Sunday, we made chicken enchiladas again. This time, chopped spinach was added to the chicken mix, which provided some additional nutrition without any weird flavors, so it worked out well. I’ve updated this super simple recipe (here) to include the spinach. The other variation we did was to use a green enchilada sauce this time instead of a red one. It was a nice little change up, just check those labels when picking out your store-bought sauce!

For dessert on Tuesday, we got to try out the new Kiss My Keto chocolate! Our order arrived a bit melted (even with the included ice pack), so we through it in the freezer and it hardened right back up. MCT oil and cocoa butter are two of the ingredients in this keto-friendly sweet treat and they have a very low melting temperatures, so definitely keep them refrigerated.

Kiss My Keto Chocolate Bars. Stay in ketosis while eating chocolate. Use my promo code (kellykore) for 10% off!

Our review of the chocolate: I’m happy to say it’s really quite good chocolate! Tom likes it too! It’s nice smooth chocolate with the right amount of sweetness. We like that it’s completely keto-friendly and contains MCT oil for that good fat! We ordered the variety pack and, so far, have tried both the plain chocolate and the pumpkin seed and sea salt. We like both of them. If you want to order some, use my promo code (kellykore) at www.kissmyketo.com. Just make sure to track your order closely so you can rescue it from the front porch or mailbox as soon as it arrives! There was about a three hour delay in the text notification after delivery, so ours sat in our mailbox for longer than I planned.

Shopping List

To make everything above (except the cheesecakes & chocolates), here’s your list:

Meats

  • Ribeye Steak
  • Wild-caught large or jumbo shrimp
  • Gluten-free meatballs
  • Chicken breasts

Vegetables & Fruits

  • Organic Spring Mix
  • Tomatoes
  • Onions
  • Cucumber
  • Green Bell Pepper
  • Southwest Chopped Salad
  • Garlic Cloves
  • Eggplant
  • Avocados
  • Spinach

Dairy

  • Eggs
  • Full Fat Cream Cheese
  • Shredded Mexican cheese blend

Dry Goods & Condiments

  • Low Carb Tortillas
  • Parmesan Crisps (100% parmesan)
  • Grated Parmesan Cheese
  • Almond Flour
  • Tomato Sauce
  • Diced Jalapenos
  • Salsa (check labels for hidden sugar)
  • Enchilada Sauce
  • Ranch Dressing
  • Olive Oil
  • Cooking Spray
  • Soy Sauce
  • Apple Cider Vinegar

Spices

  • Garlic Powder
  • Dry Mustard
  • Ground Cumin
  • Dried Oregano
  • Crushed Red Pepper
  • Dried Basil
  • Onion Powder
  • Salt
  • Bay Leaf

Hope this is helpful! Thanks for reading!

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