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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Keto Cauliflower Rice


During the first days of changing my woe (way of eating), my thoughts were a bit stressed-out thinking, "How the hell am I going to get rid of rice?"

Being 100% Pinay, I grew up eating steamed white rice, decades and decades of my life. Every type of dish in my country has rice tagged along the side or mixed in it. I did a lot of research and discovered Cauliflower Rice. To be honest, at first, I thought it won't be good, because my brainwashed thinking screamed, "There's no absolute replacement for this great tasting white rice, ever!"

Thank goodness it's not true. Cauliflower is the greatest thing for this woe. And, of course, a food processor is the next. HeHe.


Just cut up a head of Cauliflower, put the florets in the food processor, pulse it until it resembles white rice, and it's ready for cooking. I always keep some chopped up in a plastic container in the refrigerator, so I can always get some when I want to have a side of "rice."

Cooking it is very simple. If you want fried rice, just cook it like fried rice. Instead of the white rice, you will use the chopped up Cauliflower Rice.

Fried Rice Procedure:
1. Using a wok, saute minced garlic with olive oil.
2. Add Keto-friendly veggies (green beans, broccoli, etc. just enough to give color or variety).
3. Add Cauliflower Rice (one head of Cauliflower chopped).
4. Add salt, pepper, and low carb soy sauce. Mix it well.
5. Add beaten eggs. Mix it very well, until cooked.


It's very good with everything, especially our famous Silogs!


Of course, it can be just plain Cauliflower Rice that resembles Steamed White Rice.

Steamed Rice Procedure:
1. Get a cup or two of the Cauliflower Rice and place it in a microwave safe bowl or plate.
2. Mix in a teaspoon of fish sauce and fried garlic.
3. Microwave for a minute or two.
4. Sprinkle with parsley.

If you close your eyes, it tastes like steamed rice.


What a great "rice" replacement, without the carbs!


Keto Dish - Binagoongan Express



There are so many Pork dishes in our Filipino menu, and one of my favorites is Binagoongang Baboy or Pork in Shrimp Paste. This version that I'm about to blog is a combination with another favorite dish of mine, Bicol Express. It's a Spicy Pork Dish Stewed in Coconut Milk. This is why I'm calling this Binagoongan Express.

Here are the ingredients:
1/2 kilo or 1 lb pork belly or liempo, boiled
1 small onion chopped
2 bay leaves
2-3 tbsp. shrimp paste
2 jalapenos sliced diagonally (take out the seeds)
3 tbsp olive oil
Stevia (I cooked 4 lbs or 2 kilos of pork and used 2 Stevia packets)
2 tbsp. vinegar
2 chili pepper chopped or crushed pepper (depends on the level of heat you like)
salt and pepper
1 tsp whole pepper corn
1/2 cup water
coconut milk (I used one can for 2 kilos of meat)

Procedure:


1. Boil water in big pot (enough to cover the meat. ) Place pork meat and add bay leaves, salt and whole pepper corn. Bring to a boil and simmer over low heat for at least 40-45 minutes or until pork is tender. Drain and cut into cubes. Set aside.



2. In a separate pot, heat olive oil. Saute onion and garlic until soft and fragrant. Add sliced pork and saute over medium high heat until light brown.



3. Add shrimp paste and stir until combined. Pour in water. Season with vinegar, sugar, salt, and black pepper. Cover and bring to a boil. Adjust seasoning according to taste.



4. After a boil, lower down heat. Take out pork meat and lay it flat on a foil covered cookie sheet. Broil it.


5. While meat is broiling (Be sure to check it all the time. Don't over-broil. You just want it crispy. You can turn it over, too.), bring back medium heat on pot, add jalapenos, coconut milk, and boil.



6. Take out broiled meat. Add it to the liquid mixture.

7. Stir, cover and simmer. Sprinkle with chopped chili pepper, mix well. Turn off heat.


I had a side of Cauliflower Rice with this. It's so good!


Sunday, November 16, 2014

My Birthday 2014



It was a totally different celebration for me this year. I felt lazy, so I didn't do anything except write letters and goof around with my planner. It was relaxing. My hubby and I "planned" to do a lot of stuff, but imagining it made me all exhausted. HeHe. I wanted a quiet weekend and ended up doing nothing. Meaning, no trips to any tourist attraction place. That might sound boring, but it was great for me. I mean, I love my planner and snail mail time, seriously. Paper crafters would agree to this:




Of course, we did go out for brunch. I didn't want to cook for my birthday. Lazy, remember? We drove to Black Bear Diner (BBD) and ordered my favorite Joe's Hobo Omelette, added extra crispy bacon strips on the side, veggies, and avocado. The toast got donated to my hubby. HeHeHe. He's such a sweetie! He got himself a plate of bacon, eggs, and a big waffle. His order was complimentary since I printed out the birthday coupon emailed to me by BBD. I love BBD! Joe's Hobo Omellete was perfect for me.



I'm very happy that my Ketogenic Way of Eating (WOE) allows me to eat better choices of food. I'm so lucky that my husband supports me in my WOE. Last Friday marked the second month of my WOE, and my results motivate me to continue, for the rest of my life. Yes, it is my WOE forever.


After brunch at BBD, we had a wonderful siesta at home. I wrote more letters, finished reading my library books, and napped. The best way to celebrate a birthday! HaHaHa. When I woke up, my stomach grumbled. Yes, I felt hungry again, but it was dinner time. So, my hubby drove me to one of my favorite steak house places, Spencer's Steaks and Chops inside Doubletree San Jose. Their James Bond Martini was my favorite cocktail. I had it shaken with Grey Goose and Green Olives. Perfect!


I have always loved their food, the quiet ambiance, and good service. It's not as rowdy and expensive as Alexander's. I love the simplicity. My hubby and I shared the Fried Calamari and Prawn Cocktail for appetizers. We both ordered their Kansas City Strip Loin. Their 1600 Degree Steaks were cooked perfectly. No steak sauce needed! We ordered Brussels Sprouts with Bacon, Sauteed Mushrooms and Onions, and Mac-N-Cheese. Obviously, he got the Mac-N-Cheese for himself. HeHeHe. Very scrumptious dinner!


I had to treat myself with a little bit of Keto Cheat for my birthday. So, I had a spoonful of the Chocolate Praline Cake with Whipped Cream and Fresh Strawberries. My blood glucose reading didn't spike high. Yay!


My hubby gave me wonderful presents, too. He spoils me. I wish it's easy to find out what he wants for his birthday as well. It's difficult. I'm too easy. HaHaHa.



My birthday was simply awesome. The weekend isn't over yet.

How is your weekend going?


Monday, November 3, 2014

Keto Pizza - Coconut Flour Crust



This is the fourth type of pizza crust that I have discovered for this Ketogenic WOE (way of eating). I got the recipe from this web page. I have to admit that I like it better than the Cauliflower crust for the simple reason of making it easy. I didn't need any cheese cloth and no burning my hands in the process. HeHe. (I can't live a day without complaining, seriously.)

So, here are the ingredients (I used it all):
3 eggs
1 cup coconut milk
1/2 cup coconut flour
2 tsp. onion powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. oregano
1 clove minced garlic
Your choice of toppings

Procedure:
1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Line a pizza pan with parchment paper, then grease with olive oil (I actually greased both top and bottom of the paper for easy flipping--you'll get to this later).


2. In a medium bowl, beat the eggs. Add in the milk and mix well.
3. Add in the remaining ingredients and mix all the ingredients together, then spread the dough onto the pan.
4. The crust will be very thin in consistency – not to the point of pancake batter, but still thin. It will be spreadable, but not runny.


5. Bake for 15 – 20 minutes, or until brown (I would definitely increase the time to at least 25-30 minutes to make my crust crunchy--next time). Remove it from the oven and immediately ‘flip’ it over. Be very careful doing this. I tried flipping the crust I made on top of a clear counter. Be sure to have the exact same size of the pizza pan or cookie sheet you are using.


6. Let it cool for a few minutes.



7. Add toppings and pop it bake into the oven and continue to bake until the cheese bubbles. (Remember to cook your meats prior to starting your crust.) I used pizza sauce, shredded mozzarella, shredded cheddar, Italian sausage, salami, ham, pepperoni, black olives, white mushrooms, and green bell peppers.

I love using Coconut Flour, but I'm leaning towards Almond Flour more when it comes to Keto Pizza. However, Coconut Flour is way cheaper than Almond Flour. So, I guess, it depends on what your budget is. I knew that it's cooked when I saw the cheddar melted towards the edge of the crust (around 20-25 minutes).


I hope you enjoyed that one as much as I did. Happy Monday!


Friday, October 31, 2014

Keto Pizza - Cauliflower Crust



Research led me to my discovery of different pizza crusts. The Cauliflower Crust is one of them. I came across it through this web page, and thought it doesn't hurt to try it at home.

However, I have to remind you that this crust is very flimsy. Perhaps, I needed to bake it more or to add another egg to bind it together effectively, but I only followed the ingredients where I got from. It still tasted okay; different, but it will do as an alternative.

Here's what I prepared:
4 cups raw cauliflower, chopped
1 large egg
1 tsp salt
1 tsp dried oregano
1/3 cup shredded cheese (recommended soft goat cheese)

Here's what I did:
1. Preheat oven at 400*F, then work on crust.
2. I chopped one head of cauliflower in my food processor.


3. Boiled water (an inch high in a deep pot).
4. Placed chopped cauliflower in the water and cooked it around 4-5 minutes.
5. I drained it. Use a very fine mesh strainer.
6. Transferred drained cauliflower in a cheese cloth. (Be careful. It is very hot.)
7. Squeezed out all the water as much as possible. (It's very hot! Don't burn yourself. Let it cool down if you can't handle it.)
8. After squeezing out the excess water (yes, there's a lot of water), I mix in the eggs, salt, dried oregano, and shredded cheese (I used Parmesan in this recipe because it's all I have in my refrigerator, but you could use any cheese, especially soft goat cheese.) Mix it well together.


9. It will not look like an exact pizza dough, but it will hold together. Spread it out on a pizza tray or a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.


10. Bake it for 35-40 minutes. It should look golden brown.
11. Load the toppings. Remember, meat should be cooked, because you only need to pop back the pizza in the oven to melt the cheese.
12. Bake again for 10 minutes.
13. Serve.


I had leftovers and discovered that pizza is always better eaten cold. Enjoy!


Happy Halloween 2014!



It's that time of year when I get to be a kid again. Well, I try. So, I became Lalaa (that's the spelling on the costume bag), a teletubby. According to Wiki, the correct spelling of the name is Laa-Laa. She's the third teletubby, a sunflower yellow color, and a girly-girl good singer. Teehee! It was a fun costume!

My office always conducts a Halloween Costume Contest. I am not a hardcore participant. I only join it just to have fun for the day. Of course, it's always great to mingle with other departments and co-workers. We get paid to walk around, parade our costumes, and chit-chat. Who wouldn't like that?

Here are some of my co-workers I encountered earlier:






1st Prize = Princess Leia and Charlie Chip-R2D2
2nd Prize = Starcraft Cyborg
3rd Prize = Queen of Hearts

It was a fun rainy day!

How about you, what did you dress-up with? How's your Halloween trick-or-treaters? So far, we had around 72 kids who asked for a treat (including one infant). It's a low count, maybe because of the rain. Well, we got tons of leftover candies. Hmm, not a bad thing, huh? BUT, I don't eat candy! Sheesh!


Still, be safe!