Bacon Wrapped Stuffed Poblanos

stuffed-poblano

I was surprised this actually worked and was as amazing as it looks. I really liked it and will definitely make again.

This was found on r/ketorecipes by u/rakinoakland

Time: 60 minutes

Effort Level: Medium. Multiple cook steps and you gotta like turn them over and drain off bacon juice.

Amount: 4 peppers

You need this:

  • 8 small skewers. Toothpicks may work depending on how big your peppers are, but you will need something. Even a big skewer and do two on it.
  • 4 poblano peppers
  • 4 oz cream cheese
  • Mozzarella – I bet you can use whatever kind/shape you want. I ended up using fresh mozzarella balls and breaking them up.
  • 1 lb ground beef or steak strips or w/e meat you want to stuff it with.
  • 8 strips of bacon
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp oregano

Do this:

  • Broil the poblanos in the oven for about 2 min and then flip over and broil another 2 min. Set aside on a cutting board with a kitchen towel covering it.
  • Preheat oven to 425F
  • Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the ground beef along with spices, and fully cook through. Drain excess fat from the meat.
  • You can now choose to peal the skin off the poblanos, but if you can’t get it or don’t want to put forth the effort it will be ok. They’re soft and that’s what really matters.
  • Cut a slit down one edge of each poblano. DO NOT CUT THROUGH! You need a pocket silly.
  • Spoon out the seeds
  • Stuff it with some cream cheese, mozzarella, and lots of meat.
  • Wrap the bacon slices around the poblano to hold it closed and skewer through to hold it all in place. Be sure to skewer both the top piece of bacon and to place a second skewer on the bottom piece.
  • Line a sheet pan with aluminum foil, spray with cooking spray, and place your stuffed peppers on it.
  • Bake at 425 for 30-40 minutes until bacon is crisp, flipping the peppers and draining (if needed the excess bacon fat) every 10 minutes. The flipping and draining just ensure crispness all around on the bacon. If you like soggy cooked bacon, by all means don’t flip or drain.
  • ENJOY!

A new bread that’s LOW CARB!

almond-bread

For my first post back, I give you this “Keto” bread. If you’re attempting weight loss, low carb, or keto diet then you need this bread.

Does it taste like normal white/wheat bread? No. It’s made with almond flour….soooo yeah it’s going to have a nutty taste.

Does it feel like bread? YES! It really does. It can be toasted and grilled too!

I found this recipe from a post by hotsoupisonmyeye on r/ketorecipes    https://www.reddit.com/r/ketorecipes/comments/5nc6k9/my_girlfriend_and_i_had_a_craving_for_grilled/

The original bread recipe is here:  http://ketoconnect.net/recipe/best-keto-bread/

Time: 45 minutes

Effort Level: Easy

Amount: 1 loaf

 

You need this:

  • 1.5 cups almond flour
  • 6 large eggs – separated
  • 4 Tbl butter – melted
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp cream of tartar
  • 1 pinch salt

Do this:

  • Preheat oven to 375
  • Separate egg whites from the yolks into a large bowl or kitchen aid mixer. Add cream of tartar to the egg whites and beat until soft to medium peaks are achieved.
  • In a food processor or blender combine the egg yolks, butter, almond flour, baking powder and salt. Mix until combined.
  • I recommend transferring your dough to a large bowl and using a spatula add the egg whites in two batches. Fold the egg whites in, mixing as little as possible to combine. NOTE: Too much mixing will cause the bread to not rise as much. It’s still good but you have little breads like the one in my picture! 
  • Butter a loaf pan and pour in your batter.
  • Bake at 375 for 30 minutes!
  • Enjoy

blt-on-almond-bread

 

Breakfast Tostadas

Breakfast tostadas

This was super delicious. I love having breakfast for dinner. It’s a good way to sneak in a vegetarian meal during your busy weeknights also.

Pintrest idea No. 10072 : http://www.iwashyoudry.com/2016/04/22/huevos-rancheros-breakfast-tostadas-avocado-salsa-verde/

Time: 20 minutes unless you make the beans and guac ahead of time.

Effort Level: Super duper easy

Amount: 8 servings ( You don’t have to make all 8 at once )

 

You need this:

Avocado sauce

  • 2 tomatillos – husked and rinsed
  • 1 jalapeno – sliced
  • 1 avocado – peeled and pit removed
  • 1/2 lime – juiced (~1 Tbl of lime juice)
  • Salt to taste

Bean mix

  • 1 (14.5oz) can of black beans – rinsed and drained
  • 2 Tbl water
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp cumin powder
  • 1/2 lime – juiced
  • pinch of salt

Tostadas

  • 8 corn tostada shells
  • Shredded cheese or delicious mexican cheese
  • 8 eggs
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • Sliced cherry tomatoes (optional) – Didn’t really add anything to the dish other than color on the plate.

Do this:

Avocado sauce

  1. Combine all ingredients in a food processor and pulse until mostly combined.
  2. Set aside or refrigerate up to a week

Bean mix

  1. Combine all ingredients in the food processor and blend until smooth.
  2. Set aside or refrigerate up to 4 days

Tostadas

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Line baking sheet with tinfoil and spray with cooking spray.
  3. Place tostada shells in an even layer on baking sheet
  4. Spread some black bean mixture over each tostada.
  5. Sprinkle on some cheese.
  6. Bake tostadas for about 5 minutes until cheese is fully melted.
  7. Cook eggs to preferred egginess
  8. Top your tostadas with your eggs and avocado mix.
  9. Enjoy

 

 

Oven Roasted Chicken Schawarma

chicken schwarma

This is good. The only caveat is to make sure you don’t overcook the chicken or the meal is extremely dry without sauce.

A Pintrest find. Original link here: http://www.jocooks.com/healthy-eating/oven-roasted-chicken-shawarma/

Prep Time: 25 minutes YOU MUST PREP THE CHICKEN TO MARINATE PRIOR TO COOKING!

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Effort level: Some. You have to remember to prep it in advance

Amount: 3 servings

 

You need:

  • 3 chicken breasts
  • 1 large onion
  • 2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 2 tsp cumin powder
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp salt
  • juice from 2 lemons
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 4 cloves of garlic minced
  • 1 cup of cook basmati rice (optional)

For a garlic sauce (optional but recommended)

  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/3 cup lemon juice
  • 6 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 tsp salt

 

Do this:

  1. In a dish or 1 gallon plastic bag, add all the ingredients except those for sauce. Mix thoroughly
  2. Allow to sit in refrigerator and marinade for at minimum 1 hour. The longer the better
  3. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F
  4. Add everything to a 9×13 baking dish
  5. Bake until chicken is fully cooked through  (30-40 minutes)
  6. During this time make your sauce and rice.
    1. Add sauce ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth. Refrigerate until ready to eat.
    2. Prepare rice according to instructions.
  7. Slice chicken, serve over rice, and top with sauce.
  8. Enjoy!

Chicken Enchilada Casserole

chicken enchilada casserole

This was delicious and all leftovers were eaten (a big compliment to any meal). A great meal for the week day since it can be prepped ahead of time!

A Pintrest find. Original link here: http://www.gimmesomeoven.com/chicken-enchilada-casserole-recipe/

Prep Time: 40 minutes (time to cook chicken)

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Effort level: Some. You have to like open cans and bake some chicken.

Amount: 8-10 servings

 

You need:

  • 3 cups of red enchilada sauce (cans or homemade)
  • 1 packet of soft corn tortillas
  • 1 can black beans – rinsed and drained
  • 1 can whole kernel corn – rinsed and drained
  • 1 bunch of green onion – chopped
  • 4-5 chicken breasts (~1.5-2lbs) – cooked and shredded
  • 1 packet of mexican blend cheese
  • Avocado and cliantro optional for garnish

 

Do this: 

  1. Cook the chicken (bake, grill, slowcook, etc..) and shred it apart.
  2. If you’re making homemade sauce, make it at the same time as the chicken.
  3. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  4. Pour 3/4 cup of sauce into bottom of 9×13 pan.
  5. layer some tortillas
  6. Add half the beans and corn – spread evenly on top of the tortillas
  7. Add half the green onion – spread evenly
  8. Add half the chicken – spread evenly
  9. Add half the cheese – spread evenly
  10. Add half of sauce – spread evenly
  11. Repeat steps 5-10
  12. Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 20 minutes
  13. Uncover and bake for 10 minutes.
  14. Enjoy

chicken enchilada casserole 2

 

 

Baked Ziti

baked ziti

This was SUPER delicious. Will make again…and again.

This was from Pintrest. This post is the longest freaking post to go through to just get the dang recipe. Consider yourself forewarned. Original link here:  http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/baked-ziti/

I modified the recipe slightly and it worked out great. You can choose which to follow. Mine will be what’s listed below.

Time: 45 minutes

Effort Level: Some to Medium (only because you need TWO pots AND a baking dish. For some this may be a lot. lol)  You can make this meal ahead of time and bake it when you’re ready. 

Amount: 8-10 servings

 

You need:

  • 1lb of Italian sausage links – skin removed (I used spicy links you can use mild or w/e you prefer)
  • 1 box of whole wheat penne pasta (13.5oz)
  • 1 (15oz) can tomato sauce
  • 1 (15oz) can whole peeled tomatoes with juice
  • 2 Tbl olive oil
  • 1 onion – diced
  • 3 cloves of garlic – minced
  • 8oz ricotta cheese (I used part skim and it was just fine)
  • 1-2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan
  • 1 egg
  • 1 Tbl Italian seasoning
  • Red pepper flakes (to taste)
  •  Salt and pepper to taste

Do this:

  1. Cook pasta until ALMOST al dente (If the box says 10 minutes do 8-9) and then drain and rinse with cool water.
  2. Heat oil in a large pan and add the garlic. Cook for 30 seconds until fragrant.
  3. Add the onion and saute until softened (~5 minutes)
  4. Add the sausage, crumble while cooking, and cook until fully cooked through.
  5. Add the tomato cans, Italian seasoning, red pepper flakes, salt, and pepper.
  6. Simmer for 20 minutes.
  7. In a bowl off to side, add the egg, ricotta, half the mozzarella, and half the grated Parmesan. Mix together.
  8. In your baking dish mix the pasta and cheese mixture together (Or do it in the bowl if easier)
  9. To the baking dish add 2/3 of the sauce and mix together with the pasta and cheese.
  10. Spread the remaining sauce over top the pasta and sprinkle on the remaining cheese.
  11. Bake in a 375F oven for 20 minutes (If you made this ahead of time you may need to bake for longer)

 

 

Baked Tacos

baked tacos in pan

This is a Pintrest recipe modified. Original link here: http://creolecontessa.com/2016/05/baked-fajita-tacos/

These are delicious. I may play with the recipe next time and make a tomatillo salsa for topping. Quick, simple, makes a lot, and yummy. What else  could you want in a meal? Also, this is a great make-ahead meal that can just be baked when you’re ready.

Time: 30 minutes

Effort level: Low. I mean you have to cut the veggies so there’s some.

Amount: 10 tacos

You need:

  • 1lb ground beef
  • 1 green bell pepper – chopped
  • 1 poblano pepper – chopped
  • 1 onion – chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic – minced
  • 1/2 Tbl Chili powder
  • 1/2 Tbl Creole or similar seasoning
  • 1/2 Tbl Oregano
  • 2 tsp black pepper
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp onion powder
  • Oil (Canola, veggie, olive, etc…)
  • Hard shell taco shells (I used the flat bottom ones for easy assembly)
  • Cheese of choice (We prefer Queso fresco when doing Mexican cuisine)

Do this:

  1. Preheat oven to 375F
  2. Place oil of choice (~1 Tbl) in large skillet and saute the peppers and onion until softened (~10 minutes)
  3. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute
  4. Add the beef and seasoning. Cook until meat is fully cooked through.
  5. Optional step: Drain the meat and veggies 
  6. STOP HERE IF MAKING AHEAD! 
  7. Line a baking pan with your taco shells and stuff with the filling.
  8. Add the cheese and bake in a 375 oven for 10 minutes or until cheese is melted.
  9. Enjoy!

baked tacos