Archive for February 9, 2016

Go Enjoy Yourself!

I hope everyone enjoyed their Super Bowl Sunday! We sure did!!

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Parties and get togethers can seem a bit intimidating when you are trying to change your diet. All the delicious and often not so healthy options and all those people around enjoying them…¬†It can be tough!

 

But here are a couple ideas to keep you social and on track:

 

1. Ask the host what they are planning on serving and what are others bringing. Are they doing the main dish and asking for sides? Has some one offered to bring the veggie tray? Develed Eggs? Fill in the blanks with Keto Friendly foods

 

2. Don’t show up starving! Snack a bit before leaving. It’s better to go to a party with a little something in your tummy.¬†It’s easier to make good choices when you are not¬†diving for the first plate.

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3.¬†Consider soda water. Soda water can really fill the void of not drinking (if that’s what you are going for) or can help slow you down if you are drinking. Fizzy drinks can fill you up, give that sensation of an adult beverage, as well as keep¬†the attention off of your lack of imbibing.

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4. For those who do choose to drink.¬†Diet Tonic and Soda water are¬†not always found at everyone’s bar or party. Bring your own and enough to share. Oh and don’t forget the Uber!¬†Here is a link if you haven’t tried it!

5. Try to avoid hanging out right next to the food table. After you have eaten STEP AWAY from the table. I know I used to hang out right next to the food. It was so easy to grab another bite or see when the deserts were set out. Just try to make over doing it a little harder or at least out of arm’s reach.

 

6. Use a plate. Seriously. This will make it more obvious (to yourself) how much you have eaten. If you are grazing without a plate you will have no idea how many¬†jalape√Īo poppers you have downed. (Yes! Those are usually keto friendly-but share! :))

 

The keto life style and definitely cutting sugar is creeping it’s way to be more mainstream-think how long gluten free has been a thing and now it’s almost everywhere. It’s really becoming common to see many people pass on cake, so likely most, if any, will not even notice unless you bring attention to what you are (or aren’t) eating.

 

Truthfully speaking though, if you are great or even really good most of the time, lets say 90%, then having little treat that you can’t find at home may be worth it. But it all come back to you and your lifestyle choices. If¬†you can have a small brownie or a bite of standard desert and not finish the whole plate (I’m impressed) then¬†have that little taste.

 

 

Also don’t forget, enjoy the party and the people around. Events are even more fun when you are thinking about more than what is on your plate.

Thanks again Bronco’s! We have been waiting for a little while.

Easiest Dinner Ever!

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Well life just got super crazy in our house!  We were just getting into the swing of basketball season, and the craziness of baseball season smacked us upside the head.  Little did we know that baseball started the day after the draft and looks to be 7 days a week between the two boys.

Pile that onto 3 ongoing basketball teams and a move!  My head is spinning.  We are regrouping to some very easy, fast meals that can be prepped ahead and thrown into the oven at go time.

This is something I made on a ski trip on the fly so I pulled it out today. ¬†It doesn’t get much easier than chicken, sauce and cheese!

Green Enchilada Casserole

2 Chickens or 6 Chicken Leg Quarters

1 jar of 505 Roasted Green Chili Sauce

3 cups Monterrey Jack Cheese

Sour Cream

Hot Sauce

Yes!  It is that easy.  I bought the precooked chicken quarters at Costco (Not the best quality, but as well as I could do in a pinch) and just peeled the chicken.  We prefer the fattier dark meat chicken, but you can also use a rotisserie chicken, chicken breasts or boil or roast a couple of chickens.  I was able to get about 5 -6 cups of chicken out of the Costco pack.  I used 4 in my casserole dish and saved the rest for chicken salad.

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Pile the chicken in your dish and cover with about 2 to 3 cups of the green chili sauce and mix throughout the chicken. (I used 1/2 a large jar)  I even mixed it in the baking dish.

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Top with cheese!

 

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That is it.  Now you can either throw it in the oven or cover and refrigerate until you are ready to cook.
I cooked it on 325 degrees for 45 minutes.  You could do 350 degrees for 30 minutes, but I had carpool and needed the time!

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We like to top it with a healthy portion of sour cream, and if you like it spicy, add some hot sauce too.

It goes beautifully with broccoli and Kerrygold.

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There you have it!  A hot great dish in less than an hour!

Enjoy!