Keto Spicy McChicken Sandwich

I’ve made a lot of dupe’s but this one here was pretty dadgum awesome. I was actually going to make chicken nuggets tonight but I changed my mind while on my long run today. I tasted very close to a McDonalds McChicken. The only thing was it didn’t come out as spicy as I hoped (add more cajun hot sauce!).

Ingredients:

  • 2 lbs ground chicken
  • 2 eggs
  • Cajun Hot Sauce
  • Salt/Pepper
  • Seasonings of choice (preferably something with some spice)
  • 3 Eggs for egg wash
  • 6 oz. pork rinds
  • 1.5 cups almond flour

Instructions:

Let’s knock out the batter first. In a food processor, add your pork rinds, almond flour and some seasonings. Place on blend until you have a nice powdery pork rind mixture.

In a separate bowl, crack your eggs for your egg wash. Add as much of the cajun hot sauce as you desire. If you don’t want spicy, don’t add any. Mix well.

Onto your chicken patties. In a bowl, add your ground chicken, 2 eggs, salt, pepper and seasonings. Mix well until all combined.

After mixed, use your hand to form 1/4lb chicken patties. Pack them as tight as you can. The mixture will be a bit sticky but they will hold together. Take each patty and drown in your egg wash. Remove from egg and immediately place in your pork rind mixture. Place in a lined (helps with cleaning) air fryer. Repeat this step until you are finished. 2lbs of ground chicken should yield 8 patties.

Air fry your patties for about 15 minutes, flipping halfway. You can cook a little longer if you want to get extra crunch but you risk drying out the chicken.

While your chicken is cooking, get your bread toasted and ready. I make PSMF bread but you can also use your favorite low carb bread. If you want to make PSMF bread, look up Maria Emmerich and search for her recipe.

Butter both sides of the bread and warm it in a pan. Toast until you get it to where you like it.

Mayo both sides of your bread, add your chicken patty, a slice of cheese, sliced tomato, shredded lettuce and cap it with your 2nd slice of bread. Head to the table and enjoy!

Keto Eggplant Parmesean

Sometimes when I have no clue what I’m going to do it turns out the best. I had fresh eggplant in my garden and needed to cook it. So, I got into the Keto lab and started working. There’s nothing in this recipe that I would change. It turned out fantastic! This recipe will be a little different. I didn’t really measure my ingredients but it all worked out. I think it will work out for you as well!

Ingredients:

  • 3 fresh eggplants
  • Rao’s marinara sauce or any other Keto friendly marinara
  • Grated parmesan cheese
  • Mozzarella cheese
  • 4 boneless skinless breasts cut into tenders or pre-cut tenders
  • eggs for battering
  • Seasonings
    • Salt
    • Pepper
    • Italian

Instructions:

The 1st step will be to sweat out the eggplant. This is preventative to remove any bitter taste that may come from the plant. Mine weren’t bitter but I did this step anyway. Wash your eggplant and slice into 1/4″ slices. Salt 1 side and let sit for 30 minutes.

Move onto your chicken. Use this recipe to prepare your chicken: https://justaketoguru.com/2020/08/12/keto-parmesan-chicken-fettuccine/

After sweating out your eggplant for 30 minutes, we will batter them now. Take your eggplant and dip into your egg wash, let drip off, then place in a bowl with the grated parm and coat both sides. Repeat this until all of your eggplant is battered. Place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake at 375 degrees for 20 minutes.

After 20 minutes, remove from the oven. Place a dollop of marinara on each of the eggplant. After adding marinara to all your eggplant, add a pinch of mozzarella to them and put back into the oven for 10 minutes. Remove when the 10 minutes is up.

Plate your eggplant, add your parmesean chicken and enjoy. It’s really easy to make and really yummy!

Keto Philly Steak Zucchini Boats

A couple of weeks ago I posted a recipe very similar to this one, Chicken Bacon Ranch Zucchini Boats. I knew that the boats could be stuffed with so many other things. Tonight, philly steak was the chosen one and it did not disappoint. This one took a bit longer than a normal meal because there were several parts from trimming the steak to finish. You can cut some time off by buying pre-cut philly meat but that takes the fun from it.

Ingredients: Yields 8 zucchini boats

  • 2-3 large ribeye steaks
  • 1 block softened full fat cream cheese
  • 1/2 white onion
  • 1 cup mushrooms
  • 2 jumbo jalapeno
  • 8 slices provolone cheese
  • 4 large zucchini (find them as straight as possible)
  • 1 tbsp salted grass fed butter
  • 1 tbsp avocado oil
  • Salt/pepper/garlic powder to taste

Instructions:

Start by slicing your fresh ribeye steak very thin. The thinner the better. Make sure you cut against the grain so your meat isn’t chewy. Set to the side.

On a cutting board, slice the ends of your zucchini and split down the middle. Do your best to cut as straight as possible. Using a spoon, remove the insides leaving about 1/4″ of the meat.

Spray your zucchini boats with avocado oil and place them in the air fryer or oven for 10 minutes. We just need to soften them up a bit prior to stuffing.

On a cutting board, slice up 1/2 of an onion and your peppers. Open your pre-sliced mushrooms and wash, set to the side.

In a frying pan, add 1 tbsp butter and 1 tbsp of avocado oil. On med-high, throw in your onions only at this point. Start sweating them down. Let them cook for about 15 minutes, casually stirring.

After 15 minutes of sweating them down, toss in the peppers and mushrooms and continue on med heat for another 10 minutes or so while you are cooking your beef.

In an alternate pan, add your beef, 2 tbsp of avocado oil, salt, pepper and garlic powder and cook for just a few minutes on med-high, just to a slight pink color. We will be adding the veggies and airfrying so the meat will continue to cook.

Once your steak is cooked, drain the juice off and add it to the veggies. Combine.

Add your cubed softened cream cheese and turn your heat back on to med-high. Stir this really well until all of the cream cheese is melted and combined with the meat/veggies. This shouldn’t take more than 4 or 5 minutes.

Now that we have everything cooked, it’s time to start stuffing the boats. Using tongs or a spoon, divide your mixture into your 8 boats. You may have to use your hand a bit to get them formed into the boat and not overflowing the sides. Once stuffed, place your boats into the air fryer/oven and cook on 400 degrees for about 10 minutes.

After 10 minutes, pull them out and put a slice of provolone cheese on each of the boats. I cut my slice in half to make it go end to end. Place back into the air fryer/oven for about 2 minutes, or until the cheese is nicely melted.

And that’s it! Now remove these bad boys and enjoy!

Easy Keto Ice Cream

Craving something sweet? Maybe something cold? Well if you have 5 minutes, then you can whip up this quick keto ice cream in a jiffy. It doesn’t have the traditional ice cream texture but it has a great taste!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/3 cup Keto approved sweetener
  • 2 tbs vanilla
  • 1 cup diced strawberries (optional)

Instructions:

In a large mixing bowl, add your cream, vanilla and sweetener. With an emulsifier or whisk, beat the cream until stiff peaks form (roughly 3-4 minutes).

Once whipped stiff, add your diced strawberries and mix in. I chose to use my whisk instead of folding them in. I didn’t care if the diced strawberries got chopped up or not. I wanted them turned into bits!

Get you a Mason jar or small bowl and portion out into 3 servings. Place in the fridge for 3 hours and enjoy! You should eat on the same day. If you leave in the freezer longer than 3 hours, it becomes very hard. You would have to leave it out for a bit to softened if you do freeze longer.

Keto Zucchini Boats – Chicken Bacon Ranch

Wow, this turned out to be a crowd pleaser. Super simple, super fresh and super clean keto. There are so many options you can do with a zucchini boat. Tonight, I decided to try a chicken/bacon/ranch version. Hope you enjoy!

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 boneless skinless chicken breast
  • 3/4 cup shredded natural cheese, your choice
  • 1/2 cup crumbled bacon
  • Ranch seasoning
  • 3 large, fairly straight zucchini

Instructions:

Get your chicken cooking so you can work on your stuffing and boats while it cooks. I prefer to cook mine in the air fryer. I air fry my breasts at 400 degrees for 13 minutes, flipping at the halfway point. Spray with avocado oil and use a seasoning of your choice.

While your chicken is cooking, cut the 2 ends of your zucchini off and slice down the middle. Do the best you can to cut as straight as you can. That’s why it’s important to select nice and straight zucchini.

Using a spoon, scoop out the insides. Be careful not to go too deep and don’t go all the way to the end. You want to create a nice pocket down the center.

Once you have scooped out the insides, spray with a bit of oil and season with salt and pepper. Place in the oven, or another airfryer if you have 2 like me, and cook for 10 minutes at 400 degrees. We just want to softened them up a bit.

Now, your chicken should be done. Let your chicken rest for no less than 5 minutes. Once rested, slice your breast longway, then chop into small pieces. I only needed 1 and 1/2 breast to fill 6 boats.

Add your sliced chicken to a mixing bowl, add your bacon and cheese and top with ranch seasoning. I didn’t measure, I just poured what I thought would be good. Mix well. Hit it again with some more ranch seasoning.

Now, time to get to filling up your boats. Get your spoon and put some of the CBR into the boat. Pack it in real good and make sure it’s not over-flowing. Continue until all of your boats are filled.

Place your boats into the air fryer or oven and cook at 400 degrees for about 10-15 minutes. You’ll know when they are ready when you see the cheese nice and brown and the bacon looking crispy. Remove, plate and enjoy!

Keto Jalapeno Popper Stuffed Pork Chops

This was plum ridiculous. It’s bursting with flavor and super easy to make. If you like jalapeno poppers and pork chops, you get the best of both worlds here. You are going to want to save this one and make it STAT!

Ingredients:

  • 1 block softened full fat cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup bacon crumbles
  • 4 or 5 fresh jalapenos
  • Seasonings of choice
  • 6 center cut pork loin chops

Instructions:

Begin by preparing the stuffing. In a large mixing bowl, add the cream cheese, bacon and jalapenos. Mix well until combined.

Now it’s time to prepare your pork chops. Begin by slicing a pocket on each one of the chops. Be careful not to cut all the way to the bottom and not too far on the sides. This way, all the stuffing will stay inside.

Using a spoon, pack each one of the pork chops with filling. Start with 1 spoonful in each and then keep adding until you are out of stuffing. You may have to use your thumb to pack it on in there! Use a toothpick across the top to close as best as you can.

Hit wach pork chop with some avocado spray and season to your liking. Don’t be afraid to season here!

Place your chops into the air fryer or oven, standing up. This will ensure all of your stuffing will stay inside during the cooking process. Air fry/bake at 400 degrees for about 17 minutes or you hit a minimum temp of 145 degrees. Remove and rest a few minutes.

Plate and enjoy!

Keto White Bread

Missing bread? You don’t have to miss it any more. This bread is super simple to make. It’s perfect for a burger, sandwich or on the side! The hardest part about this bread is waiting for the bread to cool down to slice it up!

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/4 cups of almond flour
  • 12 egg whites (I just buy the egg whites only at the store)
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 tbsp powdered erythritol – you can pick some up here on Amazon –> https://amzn.to/3zxJ5ei
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp cream of tartar
  • 6 tbsp melted grass fed butter
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 scoop unflavored whey protein powder – I got mine here on Amazon –> https://amzn.to/35fPmxm

Instructions:

1st, we must place our mixing bowl and whisk into the freezer while we prep. We want to ensure they are nice and cold to help when we whip the egg whites.

Add all of your dry ingredients, not including the cream of tartar, into a large mixing bowl. Whisk until all combined.

Now that our dry ingredients are combined, go get your ice cold mixing bowl and whisk from the freezer. Add your 12 egg whites and cream of tartar. Work fast, we don’t want the temperature to drop. Whisk on high until very stiff peaks form. This can take anywhere from 5-7 minutes.

When you have nice stiff peaks, we will move back to the dry ingredients. Add your melted butter and egg yolk and mix until well combined.

Begin folding in your egg white whip into the dry bowl. You only want to add 1/2 of the egg whites at a time. Once you have the 1st half folded in, go ahead and add the remaining whites to the dry. Keep folding until it’s nice and consistent.

Now we are ready to put into the bread pan. I choose to line the bottom with parchment paper but I don’t think it’s really needed. At a minimum, spray your pan with avocado oil. Pour the mixture into the bread pan. It may seem like it’s not going to fit, but it will. You may need to work it around a bit but get it all in there.

In a preheated 325 degree oven, place your bread on the bottom rack and bake for 40 minutes. You can place a pan under if you’re worried about it overflowing into the oven. After 40 minutes, pull out and cover in foil. Place back into the oven for 50 minutes covered. Pull out when the 50 minutes are up and allow the bread to completely cool before slicing.

Once it’s cooled, slice and enjoy. You can eat it cool or heat it up in a pan with a bit of butter and toast it. Enjoy!

Keto Buffalo Chicken Dip Tacos

Now hear me out…. this was incredibly good. Just had an itch for buffalo chicken dip and tacos, so, I just combined them both. You won’t believe how smooth and creamy this is. And if you cook the chicken just right, it’s nice and spicy as well. You got to make this one!

Ingredients: (Yields 6 tacos)

  • 1/2 block softened full fat cream cheese
  • 1 cup grated natural cheese
  • 1/2 cup buffalo dip
  • 3 thin chicken breasts
  • 6 low carb tortillas (I order from these people, they are the best): https://www.facebook.com/thesalsatexan

Instructions:

Start by seasoning up your chicken and getting it cooked in the air fryer. Don’t be shy to season your chicken well. Cook in the air fryer at 400 degrees for about 12-14 minutes (or 165 degrees internal).

While the chicken is cooking, get your softened cream cheese and cut into blocks. Add your 1 cup of cheese. We will wait on the chicken at this point.

Once your chicken is cooked, let it rest for 5 minutes. Slice your chicken up in small chunks and add to your bowl. Now add your buffalo sauce and mix well.

Get your low carb tortillas and put a good spoonful on each of them. Fold over and crisp up in a frying pan on med-high heat. Flip, and crisp up the other side.

Plate and enjoy. Add guacamole, sour cream, salsa… however you like to dress up your tacos! Hope you enjoy

Keto sausage, Squash/zucchini Air Fried Goodness

When naming this dish is harder than cooking it…. you know you got a good one! We are blessed with a beautiful garden that blesses our table. This squash and zucchini literally was picked this morning. You get to throw all of these ingredients into 1 air fryer and out pops magic. This was so fresh and wonderful, you’re going to want to enjoy. Did I mention how super clean keto this meal is?

Ingredients: (serves 4)

  • 4 squash/zucchini, whatever combination you like
  • 1/2 sweet onion
  • 4 strips of bacon
  • 1 link of sausage of choice (we chose brisket sausage)
  • Seasoning of choice
  • Salt/pepper to taste

Instructions:

We will start by prepping our squash or zucchini. For this meal, I feel it’s best to cut into large chunks. You choose how to slice based on your preference.

Next, slice your onion, your bacon and your link sausage

Pull out your air fryer basket. Layer the bottom with your squash and zucchini. Lightly spray with either olive oil or avocado oil. Then, season the vegetables with your choice of seasoning. Don’t be shy, put it on there! Give it a good shake, and hit it again. Finish off with some salt and pepper to taste.

Next, throw in the slices bacon, then the link sausage and top it off with your sliced onion.

Once you got it all in, set your air fryer to 400 degrees and air fry for about 20 minutes. You should stop the fryer every 7 minutes or so and shake it up. You’ll know it’s ready when your sausage has crisped and your veggies are just a bit al dente.

No need to wait for it to cool. Plate and enjoy. Top with cheese, sour cream, salsa…. or just leave it plain! Possibilities are endless. Enjoy your super clean keto meal!

Keto Buffalo Parmesean Cauliflower Bites

The nice thing about growing cauliflower in your garden is that you can have cauli on demand! Tonight I just decided that I wanted to kick them up a notch. So why not some buffalo parm cauli bites!! These were very tasty and very simple to make.

Ingredients:

  • 1 head cauliflower
  • 2tbs grass fed butter
  • 1 cup Buffalo sauce off choice
  • Grated parmesean to taste
  • Garlic powder to taste
  • Salt/pepper to taste

Instructions:

Wash your head off cauliflower and cut into desired dippin size.

In a large bowl, add your sauce, melted butter and garlic powder. Stir well until combined. Throw in your cut cauliflower and stir until all your pieces are coated well.

Dump your cauli bites into your air fryer. Add your salt, pepper and sprinkle with grated parmesean at this time.

Air fry at 400 degrees for about 15 minutes, or until you’re satisfied with the tenderness. Pair with any protein or eat alone. Also, add your favorite keto dippin sauce! I chose sour cream and guacamole and this was a great combo. Enjoy!