Besides Keto, what other diet allows you to eat sweetened pastries made with whole cream cheese and not gain weight? This is crazy. The only time that I have gained a bit of my lost weight back is when I completely dumped the program and binged on food from Mexican restaurants all week. (To be honest, I only did that once and then felt so bloated and awful that I happily jumped back on the Keto wagon as soon as the house guests were gone.)
I have been on NO other diet where I could eat sweet fruit Pavlovas. Of course, only berries are recommended fruits on a Keto plan. But those work for me. Berries are a visual treat and they taste great so I do not feel deprived at all.
I read somewhere that tea parties are comprised of choosing your best tea set, selecting the perfect flowers, setting a beautiful table, performing the ritual of steeping a lovely blend and spending hours dedicated to this elegant ceremony. It would, it seems, make one slow down and cherish each and every moment of the activity.
Guess what? I LOVE a tea party, but I don’t spend hours dedicated to it. OK, maybe I do, but in a really fun, creative cooking and decorating way. So, here is the run down on what is sure to make your tea party a success.
I LOVE just about any tomato dish with pasta in it. This ziti has no pasta in it, so it was a surprise to me that it is just as delicious with only meat, cheese and veggies. And it is, like any ziti, easy to whip up, perfect for a Keto meal.
My mom used to make lasagna with cottage cheese rather than ricotta. I still like that down-home taste of Mama’s cooking so that is what my recipe calls for. If you like ricotta better, use that instead.
It’s lunch time and I have very little groceries in the house. My car has been in the shop all week so the pantry is paltry and the refrigerator is fairing little better. Taking stock, I see that there is one kind of sad, small zucchini. Better cook that today or else. I also have a bit of marinara sauce that I need to use before it goes bad. Let’s see…no mozzarella, but I do have a small block of Havarti cheese. The meat drawer yields a couple slices of deli sandwich ham. Throw in a couple cherry tomatoes, some diced black olives and I say that will make a great zucchini pizza! OK, pizza with no crust, but still…
Bagels on Keto? YES! One of the reasons that I presumed that Keto may not be for me was that I LOVE chips, crackers and bread. Well, it turns out that after three weeks on the diet, I actually do not miss carbs like I thought that I would. There are plenty of recipes in books, magazines and the bazillions of internet blogs on the subject that would keep anyone satisfied for a long time without even any repeats of dishes.
On the morning after Thanksgiving, I served my guests a simple, but pretty little breakfast. I do mean “little” since most of us were still full from dinner the evening before! So, I opted for a small slice of spinach cheese frittata topped with sliced avocado and grated cheese, a couple small links of sausage and a breakfast parfait. The parfait is what the leftovers are made of.
To assemble the parfait, I used a small spoon to scoop out some of the sugar free pumpkin pie filling. Can you believe it? There were groans from a few guests over my discarding of that little bit of pie crust. I don’t like pie crust anyway, LOL, only pie fillings. Sweet tooth? You bet! Anyway, my house – my rules. 😅
On top of the spicy pumpkin puree, I added a dollop of plain Greek yogurt sweetened with a little vanilla extract and liquid Stevia. A little dash of sugar free cranberry chutney, a drizzle of sugar free honey substitute and a sprinkle of chopped, nuts finished the creation. And it was soooo GOOD even without the pie crust.
Another reason for me to fall for autumn is…..(drum roll please)…. cranberries! Little packets of them are in the markets now! Get them while you can because, I don’t know about your neck of the woods, but they disappear around here FAST after they hit the market shelves. Every autumn I stock up on a couple of bags of the berries. Both the raw berries and the cooked chutney freeze well so you can have this delicious topping all year round.
When people ask me if I use apricots, apple or raisins in my cranberry chutney, my answer is always “Yes!!” Yes to all off it. I like a huge burst of flavor in my chutney.
Forget the yucky can of gelatinous goo that is commonly known as cranberry sauce. It is so easy and fast to make your own sauce. Once you do that, I guarantee that you will never go back to the substandard stuff. Ooooh… (wince)… “guarantee” is such a strong word, but, yep. I guarantee it! Simple sauces can be found all over the internet, so go for it. You won’t be sorry. If you want a recipe for a fabulous chutney, read on.
Cranberry chutney is a taste bonanza of sweet, tangy and spicy. It generally contains fruit such as apples, apricots and /or raisins plus vinegar. I did quite a few experiments to come up with my own favorite recipe. I like it so much that I double the recipe so that I can have chutney in many other dishes as well as a condiment at Thanksgiving.