Keto Chili

Enjoy this recipe that I created for www.ketologic.com.

PER SERVING: CALORIES 371 | FAT 31G | CARBOHYDRATES 10G | FIBER 2G | NET CARBOHYDRATES 8G | PROTEIN 13G

While many, if not most, recipes are difficult to alter to a ketogenic version, I have found that concocting (and even finding) a legitimate keto-friendly chili to be especially challenging. More often than not, the protein gets a little out of control in its ratio to fat, and the net carbs are also unusually high in most chili recipes. However, I have devised one here that fits into (or very close to) the ideal macronutrient range. This chili is easy enough to prepare for a beginner cook to prepare, and the flavor of the finished product is superb.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 1 green pepper, diced
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • ½ pound ground hot (or mild) Italian sausage
  • 1 tablespoon Kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne
  • 1 (14.5oz) can diced tomatoes
  • 1 (6oz) can tomato paste

PREPARATION:

  1. In a large soup pot, heat the olive oil at medium-high heat. Add the onion and green pepper, and stir for about 3-4 minutes until it begins to soften. Add the ground beef and ground Italian sausage. Stir continuously until meat is browned.
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients and stir together until thoroughly combined. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for about 40 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Serve and garnish with cheddar cheese and sour cream if desired.
  • Yield: 8

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Brandon McDearis is the owner of Your Way Cuisine, http://www.yourwaycuisine.com, a personal chef and nutrition consulting business. He is also a professional wanderer that spends much of his year trotting the globe and working in places such as Alaska, Australia, and Antarctica.

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Keto Green Egg Omelet

Enjoy this recipe that I created for www.ketologic.com.

PER SERVING: CALORIES 721 | FAT 61G | CARBOHYDRATES 5G | FIBER 1.5G | NET CARBOHYDRATES 2.5G | PROTEIN 38G

This recipe is a different take on the classic omelet. Instead of sautéing the greens, blend them with the eggs to get a green consistency throughout. The texture of the omelet is slightly different, but in a good way. Plus, the nutrients in the vegetables hold up better when cooked this way, as they are not destroyed by the direct heat of the pan. Prepare this at any time of the day to get a healthy serving of greens. The recipe makes one large serving, but it can easily be split into two.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 4 eggs
  • ½ cup chopped kale, stems removed
  • ½ cup spinach
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 slices bacon, already cooked and diced
  • 2 tablespoons feta or goat cheese

PREPARATION:

  1. In a blender, combine eggs, kale, spinach, salt, pepper and garlic powder; blend until smooth.
  2. In an omelet pan, heat the oil and butter at medium heat. Once the oil/butter are hot, add the egg and leafy green vegetable mixture, along with the chopped bacon. Cook the eggs as you would with scrambled eggs until it begins to set. Flip omelet to cook through on the other side. Sprinkle the cheese over the top and fold the omelet in half.
  • Yield: 1

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Keto Strawberry Banana Smoothie

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PER SERVING: CALORIES 400 | FAT 31G | CARBOHYDRATES 15G | FIBER 2G | NET CARBOHYDRATES 13G | PROTEIN 16G

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1/2 banana
  • 1 cup frozen strawberries
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup unflavored, unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 scoop vanilla whey protein powder
  • 1/2 cup ice

PREPARATION:

  1. Put all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
  2. Thin the smoothie with more almond milk or water. Add more ice to thicken if needed.
  • Yield: 1

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Taco Salad

Enjoy this recipe from www.ketologic.com.

PER SERVING: CALORIES 731 | FAT 67G | CARBOHYDRATES 14G | FIBER 5G | NET CARBOHYDRATES 9G | PROTEIN 18G

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 tablespoon Kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne
  • 5 oz package of mixed greens or romaine lettuce
  • 8 cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 2 green onions, sliced thinly
  • 2 avocados, diced
  • ½ cup canned jalapenos
  • dash hot sauce
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup salsa, such as Pace Picante Sauce
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar or Monterey Jack cheese
  • 1 cup olive oil
  • ½ -1 cup vinegar, such as balsamic, apple cider or white wine vinegar

PREPARATION:

  1. Brown the ground beef in a skillet at medium-high heat. Stir in the salt, pepper, and the rest of the spices. Reduce heat to low, cover and cook for about 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  2. Prep the vegetables and assemble the salad. The recipe makes about 8 servings. There are no rules for how to plate your salad, but you can spoon one-eighth of the taco meat onto a plate first, followed by the cheese, hot sauce, mixed greens and toppings. Finish by drizzling each salad with 2 tablespoons of the olive oil and 1-2 tablespoons of the vinegar. You can also use your favorite low-carb salad dressing.
  • Yield: 8

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Jalapeno Poppers

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PER SERVING: CALORIES 147 | FAT 13G | CARBOHYDRATES 2.6G | FIBER .6G | NET CARBOHYDRATES 2G | PROTEIN 5G

This is a very basic recipe for jalapeno poppers. Feel free to get creative by adding or substituting different types of cheeses, or anything else you may desire. You won’t go wrong flavor-wise adding a bit of sharp cheddar to this recipe, and the increase in protein is not significant enough to dramatically affect the keto-friendly macronutrient yield of this recipe.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 24 toothpicks
  • 12 jalapenos, halved and seeded
  • 8 ounces cream cheese
  • 8 slices bacon

PREPARATION:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Soak toothpicks in a bowl of water for a few minutes to prevent burning.
  3. Spoon cream cheese into each jalapeno, pressing it in evenly.
  4. Cut bacon into thirds, and wrap around each stuffed jalapeno; secure each with a soaked toothpick and place on a baking sheet.
  5. Bake for about 20 minutes until bacon is crispy and jalapenos are soft.
  • Yield: 8

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Brandon McDearis is the owner of Your Way Cuisine, http://www.yourwaycuisine.com, a personal chef and nutrition consulting business. He is also a professional wanderer that spends much of his year trotting the globe and working in places such as Alaska, Australia, and Antarctica.

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Miso Noodle Soup

These days, miso is not as unfamiliar to most Americans as it was even a decade ago. With the increased popularity of sushi bars and authentic Japanese and Chinese eateries around the country, miso soup is more than recognizable to most patrons. While the fermented soybean paste is somewhat high in sodium, and some of its health claims have been recently exaggerated and contradicted, studies have shown that miso can aid digestion, strengthen the immune system and even lower cholesterol. It is also a complete protein containing all nine essential amino acids, making it a nice addition to a vegetarian diet.

This month’s recipe takes the traditional miso soup and adds some sustenance by enhancing it with vegetables and buckwheat (soba) noodles. Both the veggies and the noodles add a sufficient amount of protein and fiber, making the soup filling enough to be a complete meal.  The final product yields a light, but satisfying dish that offers a significant amount of vitamins and nutrients, along with a healthy amount of antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Enriching this soup with additional vegetables of the cook’s choice is never discouraged. I also recommend the addition of hot chili for those who enjoy a kick.

The recipe serves 6–8. It makes about 4 quarts.

Ingredients:

  • 4 ounces buckwheat (soba) noodles
  • 2 Tbsp. coconut or olive oil
  • 2 leeks (white part only), split, rinsed, and sliced
  • 1/4 cup miso paste
  • 1 medium bunch Swiss chard
  • 4 medium carrots, peeled and diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup edamame (fresh or frozen)
  • 1 block extra-firm tofu, cubed
  • 2 scallions, finely sliced

Directions:

  1. Prep all vegetables accordingly. Remove the stalks and stems from the Swiss chard and coarsely chop; set leaves aside. Meanwhile, bring a pot of water to a boil and cook buckwheat noodles according to package directions (about 3 minutes or until tender). Strain noodles through a colander and run under cold water; set aside.
  2. Set another large pot on the stove over medium heat. Add oil and heat for 1 minute. Add leeks, chard, carrots and garlic to the pot. Stir/cook often for about 5-8 minutes, until vegetables begin to soften.
  3. Add 2 ½ quarts water to the pot. Increase heat and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low, whisk in miso paste and allow to simmer for about 10 minutes until vegetables are tender.
  4. Add edamame and chard leaves. Simmer until chard leaves are wilted and edamame is cooked through, about another 2 minutes.
  5. Divide buckwheat noodles into bowls for serving. Ladle miso/vegetable soup over top. Garnish with tofu and scallions and serve.

Nutrition Facts:

Calories: 141 / Fat: 3g  / Carbohydrates: 20g / Fiber: 4g / Protein: 9g

Brandon McDearis is the owner of Your Way Cuisine, www.yourwaycuisine.com, a personal chef and nutrition consulting business. He is also a professional wanderer that spends much of his year trotting the globe and working in places such as Alaska, Australia, and Antarctica.

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Chicken Kale Caesar

Here is another keto/paleo recipe that I developed for ketologic.com. Check out their website if you are interested in a Ketogenic diet. I don’t normally push supplements, but their new line of products have received rave reviews from customers. The products are very clean with natural fillers, they digest well, and people love the variety of flavors. I also have to say that working for this recent startup has been a pleasure on my end. Everyone that I have worked with over the past year has been polite, punctual and professional. Ketologic is a company that I am proud to have worked with, and I have no hesitation recommending their products to anyone that is interested in going keto.

PER SERVING: CALORIES 208 | FAT 16G | CARBOHYDRATES 8G | FIBER 1G | NET CARBOHYDRATES 7G | PROTEIN 8G

This Caesar dressing mixed with kale, rather than the classic romaine lettuce puts a unique twist on this salad that yields a high density of nutrients that are often hard to find in a ketogenic diet. This recipe is prepared with chicken breasts, but they can easily be replaced with chicken thighs in order to increase the fat and decrease the protein.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 chicken breasts
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons Kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 bunch kale, washed chopped with ribs removed (about 4 cups)
  • CEASAR DRESSING:
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2 anchovies
  • juice from 1 lemon
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider
  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons parsley
  • pinch salt and pepper
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 1-2 tablespoons water

PREPARATION:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Toss chicken in the olive oil, salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Bake on a sheet pan for about 30 minutes until an internal temperature of 165 degrees is reached. Let the chicken cool down, and dice it up or cut it into strips. While the chicken is cooling, prep the kale and put into a salad bowl.
  2. In a food processor, put all of the ingredients except for the olive oil. Turn the processor on and pour the olive oil through the top in a steady stream. Once the dressing is emulsified, add 1 or 2 tablespoons of water if it is too thin and pulse the food processor a couple of times until desired consistency is reached.
  3. Toss the dressing and the chicken with the kale. It can be served immediately or held in the refrigerator for a couple of hours.
  • Yield: 8 Servings

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Ketogenic Parmesan-Encrusted Halibut

I have been in charge of recipe development for the recent launch of ketologic.com. Here is a great keto recipe for Parmesan encrusted halibut.

PER 6 SERVING: CALORIES 330 | FAT 30G | CARBOHYDRATES 2G | FIBER 0G | NET CARBOHYDRATES 2G | PROTEIN 13G

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1-2 pounds halibut (about 6 filets)
  • 1 stick butter, softened
  • 3 tablespoons grated Parmesan
  • 1 tablespoon panko bread crumbs
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley

Note: It is always preferential to use grass-fed dairy products, as well as Himalayan salt.

PREPARATION:

  1. Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees. Then, mix together all ingredients except for the halibut (this can be done by hand or in a mixer).
  2. Pat halibut dry with a paper towel and lay each piece onto a sprayed/greased baking sheet. Divide the Parmesan butter into the number of pieces of fish that you have and flatten it out so that it covers the top of the fish.
  3. Cook the fish for about 10-12 minutes (rotate the pan halfway through). It should be almost done. Turn the broiler on high for about 2-3 minutes until the top is golden brown. The fish should be flaky when tested with a fork.
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Rigatoni with Pesto and Roasted Vegetables

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Today, in our country, very few people eat the right amount of vegetables each day. Even for the most health-conscious person, eating the recommended minimum of 3-4 cups a day can be a great challenge. That challenge can become even more perplexing for those in the category of vegetable hater.

In my opinion, the best way to cook vegetables is by roasting them. It has often been my secret (and only) weapon in swaying those that are passionately dedicated to vegetable abstinence. When vegetables are roasted, they become crisp and caramelized with their sweetness concentrated. People who have often been repulsed by certain vegetables their whole life can find themselves not only tolerating them, but also truly enjoying them for the first time.

This month’s recipe covers all the bases. It’s light, filling, easy to prepare, nutritious, and delicious. The recipe can go a long way, feeding numerous people at multiple meal times. To move this dish down a couple of notches on the glycemic index, simply cut back on the pasta. I find that a little goes a long way. The big pieces of pasta can be a nice filler to a large serving of roasted vegetables, rather than being the calorie-dense focus of the dish.

Ingredients:

  • 1 red onion, diced large
  • 1 small eggplant, diced large
  • 1 large zucchini, diced large
  • 1 yellow squash, diced large
  • 1 red pepper, diced large
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 pound whole wheat Rigatoni
  • 1 cup pesto
  • 2 cups spinach or arugula

Pesto

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of fresh basil leaves, packed
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan-Reggiano or Romano cheese
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/3 cup pine nuts
  • 3 medium sized garlic cloves, minced
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Pesto Preparation:

  1. Combine the basil in with the pine nuts and pulse a few times in a food processor.
  2. Add the garlic and pulse a few more times.
  3. Slowly add the olive oil in a constant stream while the food processor is on. Stop to scrape down the sides of the food processor with a rubber spatula. Add the grated cheese and pulse again until blended. Add a pinch of salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste.

Makes 1 cup

Note: Spinach and arugula both work well either in addition to, or in place of, the basil. It is also a great way to slip some extra nutrients into your pesto. Just make sure to adjust the rest of the ingredients depending on how much you add.

Vegetable Preparation:

  1. If preparing pesto from scratch using the above recipe, do so ahead of time to cut down on total prep time. It can be done up to 3 days in advance.
  2. Preheat oven to 425-degrees
  3. Take the first 11 ingredients (down to the black pepper) and toss thoroughly in a bowl. Spray a large sheet pan or other baking sheet with non-stick spray. Spread vegetables out evenly on the pan, use two pans if necessary.
  4. Put into the 425-degree oven and roast for about 10-15 minutes.
  5. Stir, rotate pan and continue cooking for another 10-15 minutes until golden brown (Note: Cooking times vary depending on the oven and the size of the vegetables. It is important to watch closely).
  6. Meanwhile, boil pasta according to package directions. Strain, and return to the pot (off the heat) with a little bit of olive oil to prevent sticking.
  7. Stir in pesto, spinach/arugula, and roasted vegetables. Season with salt and pepper if needed and garnish with Parmesan cheese and herbs such as chopped parsley or basil.

The recipe serves 12.

Nutrition Facts:

Calories: 253 / Fat: 9g / Saturated Fat: 2g / Carbohydrates: 36g / Fiber: 6g / Protein: 7g

Brandon McDearis is the owner of Your Way Cuisine, www.yourwaycuisine.com, a personal chef and nutrition consulting business. He is also a professional wanderer that spends much of his year trotting the globe and working in places such as Alaska, Australia, and Antarctica.

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Ratatouille

Ratatouille

This month’s recipe may sound familiar, yet many people do not know what ratatouille is other than a French culinary term, and a popular children’s movie. Ratatouille is really nothing more than a stewed vegetable dish that originated in the Provencal region of France. It has been regarded as a go-to summer meal throughout the Mediterranean coast. Traditionally, ratatouille is prepared by sautéing each item separately before being layered in a dish and baked. However, recipes have evolved so that it can be prepared faster and easier with less cooking time that in turn retains more of the nutrients in some of the vegetables. This recipe is an excellent side dish with any meal. It is also ideal to have in the fridge as a leftover to be mixed in with pasta, quinoa or soup. It can even make for a nice topper or garnish for your favorite protein dish.

The recipe makes about 8 servings.

Ingredients:

  • 2-4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large yellow onion, medium-large diced
  • 1 eggplant, medium-large dice
  • 1-2 red bell peppers, medium-large diced
  • 1-2 zucchini, medium-large dice
  • 1-2 yellow squash, medium-large diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • ¼ cup white wine
  • 1 (28oz) can of diced or crushed tomatoes
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon thinly sliced basil
  • 1 tablespoon chopped parsley

Preparation:

  1. Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a large pot at medium-high heat and add the onion. Cook for about 2 minutes, stirring constantly.
  2. Add eggplant and bell peppers and continue cooking for another 3-4 minutes until vegetables begin to soften.
  3. Add zucchini, squash and garlic and more olive oil at this point, if needed. Continue stirring and cooking for another 2 minutes.
  4. Add thyme, salt, pepper and tomato paste and stir together thoroughly.
  5. Add white wine and stir until most of the liquid is evaporated, about 1-2 minutes.
  6. Add canned tomatoes and the bay leaf, then reduce heat to medium-low. Let simmer for about 10 minutes. The vegetables should be soft, but not mushy.
  7. Turn off the heat or set to very low and add the balsamic, basil and parsley. Stir together.

This can be served immediately, but letting it sit for longer allows the flavors to develop more intensely. Remove (or just avoid eating) the bay leaf.

Nutrition Facts:

Calories: 136 / Fat: 8g / Saturated Fat: 1g / Carbohydrates: 13g / Fiber: 4g / Protein: 3g

Brandon McDearis is the owner of Your Way Cuisine, www.yourwaycuisine.com, a personal chef and nutrition consulting business. He is also a professional wanderer that spends much of his year trotting the globe and working in places such as Alaska, Australia, and Antarctica. 

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