Since I took over the cooking back in January, due to My Cowboy’s health, I’ve been on a mission to find things that we both like, that fit our dietary restrictions and requirements, and are quick and easy to make.
I previously wrote about my efforts HERE and HERE, with links to some of the recipes I’ve tried, and I’m slowly getting better at it, and our meals keep getting healthier. I’ve also come up with a schedule I can live with as far as planning and grocery shopping, so that has taken some of the stress out of it for me.
I thought I’d start you out today with some of My Cowboy’s comments and reviews about our new eating plan.
The comment he uses most often is: “This shit better be good.”
But here are a few others he’s used:
“I think yer tryin’ to sneak a casserole on me.” (He doesn’t like casserole because he thinks you’ll be trying to sneak in something he normally wouldn’t eat!)
“I think I taste Bisquick.” (I don’t even own any Bisquick — haha!)
“The only problem I see with this is, you put corn and beans together. I’m gonna hafta be careful when I fart.”
“Everything’s better with caramel sauce.”
“Bacon does not belong IN something. Bacon needs to just be bacon.”
“I think I see spinach.”
“So am I to assume that those red things are capers?” (Bahaha!)
“Cabbage? Hmm . . . I may have to rethink my plans for tomorrow morning.”
“I think we can agree that bratwurst is better served to the barn cats.”
And still, I cook for him . . .
After mostly trying to eat healthier these past few months, we both lost 5 pounds, and we both agree that we don’t miss eating out at all. However, My Cowboy said he doesn’t really look or feel any better, so he wanted to step up our game.
He’s been doing lots of research on foods he should eat or not eat based on all his various serious medical conditions: bad heart, bad lungs, bad kidneys, severe degenerative arthritis, to name a few. I’m sure you realize that you can find conflicting information on nearly everything: eggs are bad/eggs are good, salt is the enemy/you need more salt, eat potatoes/don’t eat potatoes, etc., so it’s all very confusing.
My Cowboy’s kidney doctor told him he did not have to give up drinking Coke, but don’t eat peanuts or tomato sauces; his heart doctor told him he needed to eat more salt; he was diagnosed with CHF and told to go on a low-sodium diet; his potassium was too high, so he was supposed to give up potatoes and bananas; he started having leg cramps, so was told to eat more potassium — how on earth are you ever supposed to do the right thing???
So we started eating lots of Keto meals . . . but we weren’t doing a full-out strict Keto diet. We both like the food, but again, we didn’t notice much in the way of changes, and my doctor daughter says that doing Keto long-term is not good for My Cowboy, anyway, so if he’s not losing weight on it, it’s not worth it.
So we’re re-directing again . . . we’re still doing lots of Keto meals, but we’re not gonna worry if we eat rice or grains now and then — he’s gone back to having oatmeal for breakfast occasionally, but he’s cut way back on drinking Coke. We’ve cut out most sugar and white flour, and I found a few Keto dessert recipes we like that we will stick with.
One more important note: I’m adamantly against artificial sweeteners of any kind. I gave them up back in 1999, and have never looked back. I won’t let My Cowboy have them, either. So when a recipe calls for sugar or an artificial sweetener, I either leave it out, or use just a teaspoon or tablespoon of real sugar in place of the sweetener they call for.
So here are some of the recipes we’ve tried . . .
I’m starting off with my new favorite web site: eatwell 101
Every single thing on this site looks absolutely delicious (and healthy). They even have a dedicated Keto section, and other sections based on specific diet plans as well (Paleo, vegan, etc.). Here are a few of my favorite recipes so far, and I keep trying more new ones every week (I have yet to try one that we don’t like):
Grilled Garlic Mushroom Skewers
Our grill is tiny, so I used their alternate suggestion, and just made these in my cast-iron skillet. Still scrumptious.
Baked Tuscan Chicken Casserole
So good I can’t even describe it. It was equal to something served in a fine restaurant, and that’s saying a lot if I cooked it and it came out that good! I hope to try this one again. Plus, it made enough for 2 meals, so it saved me having to cook another night.
Here’s another site My Cowboy found: PerfectKeto.com — I haven’t yet tried anything from here, but I have plans to.
Then my sister, who recently started doing a full-out Keto plan, got me this cookbook:
In the short time I’ve had it, I can truthfully say I’ve never had a cookbook I used more recipes from. They’re all fast and super easy — 5 ingredients! What’s not to love? Some of them are no-cook/no-bake, and most of them make just enough for 2 people, which works fantastic for us. And they fit our no sugar/no flour plan to a T.
A couple of my favorites from this book are the Mississippi Pot Roast, and the Frosty Chocolate Shake (which is just like a Wendy’s Frosty — soooo yummy!)
I also made these a couple times — Pete’s Stuffed Jalapeños — I’m pretty sure they qualify as Keto.
We eat salads a lot for lunch, smoothies for breakfast, and I got My Cowboy to try chia pudding, and he was OK with it, so I’ll be making more different flavors of chia pudding that we can eat for breakfast. That way he doesn’t have to eat oatmeal every day.
So . . . if you’re looking for more meal-planning ideas and good healthy recipes, check these things out. You can get lost on those two web sites for a good long while. I think I’m gonna be sticking with those two sites for most of our meals for the foreseeable future. I see so many more recipes I want to try!