Low Carb Egg Drop Soup to Soothe the Soul

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Looking for the perfect winter meal to warm you up and make you feel better when you’re sick? This low carb egg drop soup is keto friendly and makes you feel better with tons of wholesome goodness all in one bowl. 

 

We’re a huge egg loving family. From scrambled eggs with bacon in the morning to delectable baked goods made with eggs, we love eggs. So much so that two years ago for my birthday, the kids and my husband got me 2 egg-laying chickens for our backyard. And having chickens has been SO much fun. But also a lot of work. And when winter rolls around, the egg laying slows down and even stops. Right now we’re left with no eggs and that is no bueno for this family. So we depend on the next best thing!

When our two aren’t laying, we pick up a carton or two of the happy egg co. eggs.The happy egg co.takes the consumer confusion out of the egg aisle – their delicious, brown-shelled eggs are produced by free to roam hens raised on family run free range farms. For this brand, raising their hens humanely isn’t simply a marketing tactic or a misleading mantra. The happy egg co. offers both Free Range on Pasture and Organic Free Range on Pasture eggs.

So when I fell sick last week and needed something to soothe me but still stick to my low carb high fat diet, I decided to make my version of egg drop soup. Using the ingredients I had at home, including the happy egg co. eggs, I came up with a recipe that was full of flavor without being too much when you’re sick. 

The happy egg co. eggs have such a wonderful bright, golden yolk, don’t you think? I added a few not-so-typical ingredients to our version. The radish cooked in the broth tasted almost like potatoes and the parsley gave it an earthy flavor. Chives for the onion flavor I love so much and a little pinch of cumin added some smokiness to the bowl. Overall I will be trying this again and again when I need to warm up. It may be my new go-to instead of chicken soup.  

Low Carb Egg Drop Soup
Serves 1
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97 calories
3 g
186 g
5 g
10 g
2 g
310 g
785 g
1 g
0 g
3 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
310g
Servings
1
Amount Per Serving
Calories 97
Calories from Fat 44
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 5g
8%
Saturated Fat 2g
8%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 2g
Cholesterol 186mg
62%
Sodium 785mg
33%
Total Carbohydrates 3g
1%
Dietary Fiber 1g
3%
Sugars 1g
Protein 10g
Vitamin A
15%
Vitamin C
14%
Calcium
7%
Iron
11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 1 cup chicken broth
  2. 1 radish, julienned
  3. 1 teaspoon cumin
  4. 1 happy egg co. egg, whisked
  5. 1 tablespoon fresh parsley
  6. 1 tablespoon fresh chives
  7. salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Heat broth in a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Add radish and cumin and whisk to combine. Let cook 1 minute then add egg and whisk into pan for 30 seconds. Add parsley, chives, and salt and pepper and cook one more minute. Serve and enjoy!
Notes
  1. Serving 1 | 81 cal 2g carbs 5g fat 7g protein
  2. Suggestion: Add 1 tablespoon of butter if you're short on fat macros for the day!
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Chocolate Peanut Butter Pecan Fat Bombs

These Chocolate Peanut Butter Pecan Fat Bombs hit the spot when you’re craving something sweet and help increase your fat macros. Plus they’re super easy to make! 

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I’m hopping back on the LCHF way of eating and have successfully been on plan for the past week. That means I’ve been able to get through a mini vacation up to Palm Springs AND our annual Cookie Christmas celebration + brunch on New Year’s day with my family. Now that I’ve tackled this first week, I know I can keep it going.  As I continue this journey I’ll be sharing over on my other blog, Low Carb San Diego. I’ll include great recipe ideas, tips and tricks, as well as my personal journey. I hope you follow along! 

These Chocolate Peanut Butter Pecan Fat Bombs hit the spot and help me increase my fats (something I always have a problem with). It’s a great treat for the end of the night or for when I know I’m going somewhere with lots of sweet treats. Bringing a fat bomb and one of my favorite low carb bars helps me say no to temptation and press forward. 

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Keto Friendly Pumpkin Donuts

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Keto Friendly Pumpkin Donuts

As the seasons change and winter draws closer, I am still dreaming about pumpkin goodies. I’ve made quite a few delicious foods with pumpkin before and love what a great alternative it is to oils and butter in my recipes (although I’m not one to knock oil or butter!). It just brings a richness to certain dishes and a delicious flavor. Plus it’s full of fiber and vitamins! One thing I’ve missed since changing to a LCHF lifestyle, are the pumpkin muffins, waffles, and donuts I make every year. 

I decided to jump in and start recreating my favorite high carb pumpkin recipes into a lower carb option. I have to say, I’m pretty pleased with the results! While these donuts are a little dense, they have the pumpkin flavor I’ve been craving and pair perfectly with a cup of coffee! I could eat them with or without the frosting. And if you’re not a fan of salty with your sweet, omit the pumpkin seeds on top or chop them smaller!

Keto Friendly Pumpkin Donuts - the perfect LCHF pumpkin treat during the holidays

Keto Friendly Pumpkin Donuts

Serves 8 | Calories: 116 Carbs: 5 Fat: 9  Protein: 5 Fiber: 2

Ingredients

For the donuts:

  • 1 1/2 cup almond flour
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup sugar free granular baking sweetener
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the frosting (not included in nutritional info as portions vary):

  • 1 ounce softened butter
  • 1 ounce softened cream cheese
  • 2 tablespoons pumpkin puree
  • 2 tablespoons heavy whipping cream
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon sugar free maple syrup
  • pumpkin seeds (optional)

Keto Friendly Pumpkin Donuts - making the batter

1. Plug in your donut maker to preheat. Mix together the donut ingredients until well incorporated. Batter will be a little thick.

2. Pour or spoon in batter into each well of the donut maker per your donut maker’s guidelines, don’t overfill!

3. Let bake until slightly golden and done inside.

Keto Friendly Pumpkin Donuts - baked in a donut maker

4. While donuts are baking, whip up the frosting by adding all of the ingredients into a bowl and whisking together until incorporated.

5. When donuts are done, dunk them upside down into the frosting bowl. Place right side up onto a plate and top with pumpkin seeds.

And you’re done! Enjoy.

Keto Friendly Pumpkin Donuts - add frosting and roasted pumpkin seeds

Looking for more great recipe ideas? Check out these Healthy Living recipes here! You can find lighter versions of your favorite dishes and don’t have to feel like you’re missing out on anything. Plus you can find everything you need for a lighter holiday at Sam’s Club! We were able to find all of our ingredients in the baking aisle.

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Keto Friendly Pumpkin Donuts - perfect with a glass of almond milk

How do you lighten up your recipes during the holidays?

Keto Friendly Side Dish: Mashed Cauliflower

Mashed Cauliflower - the perfect keto friendly side dish to any meal!

I haven’t really mentioned it but after chatting about my new LCHF way of eating, I decided to start a blog solely dedicated to the recipes I try, restaurants I enjoy, and our monthly date nights and how I navigate through the food menus while out and about in San Diego. One recipe I’ve become a bit obsessed with on this way of eating is mashed cauliflower. Now you may be thinking why oh why would you want mashed cauliflower when you can have the real thing? Well on this WOE, a starchy potato loses to cauliflower any day! Plus? I can add tons of fats to this dish to help me meet my macros for the day (I struggle with eating enough fat). Real butter. Heavy whipping cream. And a sprinkle of salt and pepper. That’s all it takes to make this deliciously silky, smooth mashed cauliflower dish.

You can find the recipe, and my new blog by heading over to Low Carb San Diego here.

Like what you see? Follow me on my new social channels at @LowCarbSanDiego on Twitter and on Facebook and see what I’m eating, how I’m doing, and how easy it is to follow a LCHF diet!

Keto Friendly Grilling Meals Mashed Cauliflower with Butter
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What do you love to mix in your mashed cauliflower?

Keto Friendly Grilling Meals: Hatch Green Chile Chicken Drumsticks

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Keto Friendly Grilling Meals- Hatch Green Chile Chicken Drumsticks

So it’s been a little over a month since I’ve switched over to a low carb high fat lifestyle (LCHF) and I’m starting to get the hang of things. I’m a bit obsessed with experimenting in the kitchen and love to find great meals that I can tweak. One of my favorite recipes to make over and over again is mashed cauliflower. I don’t know why… maybe it’s the heavy whipping cream and butter? Yeah, it’s definitely the heavy whipping cream and butter!

But I can’t just eat mashed cauliflower for dinner. Or serve it to the family. They might riot.

This weekend I was doing my grocery run sans kids (yay!) with coffee in hand (double yay!) and I headed down the marinade and sauces aisle. It’s one of my favorite aisles to peruse for help for dinner. Not only are there plenty of lower carb/sugar options, but they help make tasty meals in little to no time. This time around I found a delicious green chile marinade in Stubbs Anytime Sauces. Paired with the Foster Farms drumsticks I picked up on sale, I was ready for grilling!

Keto Friendly Grilling Meals - foil wrapped asparagus Keto Friendly Grilling Meals Mashed Cauliflower with Butter

One thing I love about grilling, even in November, is that I can prepare just about anything on the grill. What’s not to love about a full meal being cooked outside while I don’t have to dirty up the kitchen? Less dishes in my sink. With the help of some foil, I was able to cook up the asparagus and the cauliflower right on the grill along side the drumsticks as they cooked. 

And? It’s perfect for tailgating meals too. When we head out to watch our team play on the field when they’re here in town we love enjoying a meal on the grill before heading into the stadium. Or when we’re hosting family over to watch the game on TV. Grilling makes it easier for us to host our family and enjoy time with them while they’re visiting with us. 

Keto Friendly Grilling Meals BBQ Hatch Green Chile Chicken Drumsticks

Hatch Green Chile Chicken Drumsticks

  • 1 jar Stubb’s Anytime Sauces in Green Chile
  • 1 package (24oz) Foster Farms Fresh & Natural Chicken Drumsticks
  • Olive Oil

Place the drumsticks in a 9×13 baking dish. Pour Stubbs Anytime Sauces over chicken. Cover dish with saran wrap or lid and marinate for 4-24 hours.

Preheat grill. Grab a paper towel and blot with olive oil. Rub on grates to prevent meat from sticking.

Once grill is heated, add drumsticks to the grill. Barbecue for 30-35 minutes or until completely cooked.

Let rest for 5 minutes and serve with veggies.

Serves 8 | Nutritional Info: 123 calories, 2 Net Carbs, 2g Carbs, 5g Fat, 16g Protein, 0g Fiber

Keto Friendly Grilling Meals Hatch Green Chile Chicken Drumsticks, Mashed Cauliflower, Asparagus

What’s your favorite thing to grill on the barbecue?

Looking to make grill time easier? Check out Stubbs anytime sauces at Vons! I found mine in the BBQ Sauce and Vinegar aisle.

When you’re in the store, check for an Instant Redeemable Coupon that can be found in-store on the Foster Farms chicken packaging for a discount on Stubbs BBQ sauce so you can save instantly. The coupons expire on 12/31/15.

Stubbs Anytime Sauces at Vons

Giving Up The Scale?

Giving Up The Scale

I don’t like being told I’m wrong. Or that my way of thinking is wrong. Now I’m totally open to different ideas and viewpoints but when I share how I view things and am told I’m making excuses it just rubs me the wrong way. But that doesn’t mean after I get pissy and mad I don’t think about it. Wonder why it is making me mad and what I need to do to change that.

Today someone suggested that we put away our scales. Now I haven’t been very open about the fact that I’m following a LCHF lifestyle (started after I got the go-ahead after my Gallbladder surgery). But I’ve been trying to follow this way of eating for the past 4+ weeks. I’ve had bumps along the way but so far am feeling better and am enjoying the new energy I’ve found while cutting carbs and sugars and increasing my fat intake.

The one thing that really keeps me motivated and on track is stepping on my scale every Monday and seeing where I’m at. Now the scale sometimes shows a loss, but more often than not it’s just stayed right where it was the previous week. And you know what? I’m stoked about that! I didn’t go up and that’s all that matters.

Now this morning I did step on the scale and I saw a higher number. I had just switched scales because the one I was previously using finally bit the dust so I factored that into why I was up. And you know what? I wasn’t bothered by it. I had checked in, mentally noted my weight, and moved on with my morning. Simple and easy.

So when I was asked to put away my scale for the month it panicked me a bit. How else would I get that validation that I was staying the course? Sure I have been tracking my food through My Fitness Pal, and of course I’d still be checking in with my friends online to see how everyone was doing, and there’s always the fact that I’m starting to feel better in my clothes. But I want that validation gosh darn it! I almost want to compare it to getting a treat as a child, a reward. I did good at something and want to get my results.

My mom will tell you that I was fairly obsessed with grades when I was younger. And when I stopped being obsessed (::cough, cough:: college ::cough, cough::) my grades dropped. Sure I was also super busy with a full time job and was planning my wedding, but if I had just stuck with caring about my grades I may have done a lot better by the time I graduated. I would just remind myself that I got there. I graduated. But honestly? I now sort of regret it.

When someone tells me to put away the scale and I try to explain that I have a (what I consider) healthy relationship with mine and they disagree and refer to it as a crutch, I don’t react well. I know that weight fluctuates and I know that certain things are factored in when weighing in; it isn’t distracting me from eating healthy. It’s helping me stay on track. Just like how my pants are starting to get loose. There are many different ways to calculate weight loss success. And I just like using a lot of them!

But because I had such a reaction to the request to put away the scale, I really wanted to know why I felt that way. I mean I took a well intentioned suggestion and automatically decided it wasn’t for me. Sure I might try it for a few weeks, but a month? Nah. But why not a month? And why did I feel so bullied when I said as much? Why was the fact that I was being told that the scale was a crutch bugging me?

I still can’t come up with an answer. But that doesn’t mean I won’t continue to think about it. And maybe with this month away from the scale I’ll find out why. Maybe I can move past looking at the numbers and shift my focus on the health aspects of weight loss instead. I can find other numbers to focus on.

I’ll be heading to a bio screening next week so I’ll have numbers to give me a baseline of how I do over the next few weeks. It already takes a lot of willpower not to give into the sugar addiction so putting the scale in the closet might prove to be hard. But I plan on accepting the challenge and stepping away from the scale. Until December 1st that is…

Do you rely on a scale? Or do you prefer another method to track weight loss success?

Fall Favorites: Pot Pie + Brussel Sprouts with Bacon

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Fall Favorites Pot Pie + Brussell Sprouts with Bacon

I have a confession to make. I never had brussel sprouts until two years ago when I had them at a restaurant event. One of their specialty sides was their fried brussel sprouts with pancetta. And oh my word were they good! That’s when I started making brussel sprouts at home. And I’ve finally perfected the recipe. I don’t know why but eating them just feels comforting. Savory, tasty, good.

The best part? They pair perfectly with all of our favorite fall meals. Including our favorite pot pies from Marie Callendar’s. They go with just about every variety too. So when my husband wants to enjoy a delicious turkey pot pie but I want chicken, we can still enjoy the same side dish with our meal. I always keep a bag of brussel sprouts in the fridge and pot pies in the freezer for that last minute comfort food meal.

Fall Favorites Pot Pie + Brussell Sprouts with Bacon dinner

The best part about keeping a well stocked freezer – with plenty of Marie Callendar’s pot pies – around this time of year are the guests we have stopped by unexpectedly around the holidays. I already know that both my mom and my brother are making their way out here in a two months so instead of planning then when everything will be crazy, I plan now and grab a few extra when we’re at Walmart.

Marie Callendar's Pot Pies at Walmart

You can find Marie Callendar’s pot pies in the Dinner aisle of the freezer section. They’re super easy to spot next to the other Marie Callendar’s meals in the freezer.

Oh, and a little bonus tip: you can use pre-cooked bacon in this recipe OR regular bacon. Whatever floats your boat. Also? Pancetta is a welcomed substitution as well. Yum! This meal takes a total of 20 minutes to take and that’s more than welcomed around the holidays so we can spend more time with our family instead of in the kitchen.

Fall Favorites Pot Pie + Brussell Sprouts with Bacon side dish

Brussel Sprouts with Bacon

  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 4-6 pieces bacon, diced
  • 1 pound brussel sprouts, sliced
  • drizzle of olive oil

Grab a large skillet and heat on medium high. Add butter and cook until it is browned and smells nutty.

Add onions and garlic. Cook until translucent. Add bacon. Reduce heat to medium and toss in brussel sprouts. Drizzle with olive oil. Let saute for about 15 minutes or until brussel sprouts become golden brown.

Serve and enjoy!

Fall Favorites- Pot Pie + Brussell Sprouts with Bacon 30 minute meal

What’s your go-to comfort meal to have on hand in case guests come over during the holidays?

 



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