Why You Should Taste Test Your Recipes

Do you always taste your cooking? Of course you do, and you should! Especially, if you are sharing said recipes for the public to try! Always taste test your recipes!!

This morning I tried a recipe for “Best Low Carb Chocolate Cookies” that were anything but! Now, in all fairness, we could have used different products, I slightly altered the recipe, and maybe she didn’t taste the end product to make sure they were palatable.

My results-looked better than they tasted

I did taste them however, and they were horrible! Even frosted, or iced, I don’t think these cookies were salvageable. I felt like it was an expensive waste of precious ingredients and I have to wonder if she even bothered to taste them herself.

Another admission is that this was my first time to try Swerve sweetener, I always use Pyure brand stevia for my baking. The internet is full of great recipes using Swerve, so I thought it must be all the rage. Maybe the amount called for just was too little.

The result was like eating chocolate flavored sand.

I found the recipe on Pinterest by Ditch the Carbs and from the get go, I thought 2 cups of almond flour would be excessive, so I only used one cup. I had read the reviews and many people were complaining they were too dry.

The results were skewed because the recommended time for cooking was too long, and the first 7 cookies burned, I tasted them anyway and they tasted like a dry popcorn fart.

The dough was plentiful, so I added 1/2 cup of coconut flour, mixed it in very well and cooked 7 more. (I also added a few Lilies chocolate chips to add some sweetness because they were so bitter.) The result? Like eating chocolate flavored sand!

So, at this point, I had dough with 1C almond flour and 1/2C coconut flour, still not the recommended 2C almond flour!

To the last bit of dough left I added 1 T more butter and there was no improvement at all. Dry, bitter, tasteless. I was so bummed. I kept them thinking that maybe I could use them as a crumbly topping for Keto pudding or ice cream. Ten it wouldn’t be a total loss.

Please, people, taste your recipes!! All I’m saying is, had I made them with the originally called for 2 Cups of almond flour, they would have been even drier!! I will go back to the drawing board with these, once I get over wasting so many expensive ingredients.

Check out the recipe for yourself, and let me know how they worked out for you. One other note here: I used Hershey’s unsweetened cocoa, Kerrygold butter, and Swerve granulated sweetener.

Next time I might try with the 2 cups of almond flour but add an extra egg, or some nut butter (or both), and definitely more sweetener! I’ll keep you posted! For the original recipe, click on the link here.

Suitable Sides for Keto Dinners

Most nights we have a meat already prepared as well as a salad, but what makes a suitable side for a Keto Dinner?

Any non-starchy veggie would work, so I usually scour Pinterest until I come up with a recipe that will work for the veggie I happen to have on hand, which in this case is zucchini!

We all probably get tired of broccoli, and besides, it’s already in my salad, so I would like a change, please. 🙂 Enter zucchini noodles mac and cheese! I found this recipe through Kirbie’s Cravings on Pinterest and I’m betting it’s a winner winner chicken dinner!

I will link to the recipe below, but first, I wanted to talk about some other sides we have had in the past. How about seasoned and buttered Brussels Sprouts? Even better with bacon!

I tend to want sweet potatoes…a lot, yet they aren’t actually low carb (still good for you) so they are a sometimes cheat. Just one cup of sweet potatoes has 27g of carbs!!! However, the nutrition they provide just can’t be beat. So, I eat them from time to time.

Another great choice is asparagus, which is also good wrapped in bacon, lol! See a trend here? 🙂 I have done a post on the best low carb veggies here, so just grab any one off the list, add some butter, spices, and of course, bacon when appropriate!

Broccoli salad with bacon

Be like me and scour Pinterest Keto boards for more inspiration. Here is the recipe for the zucchini mac and cheese-just click the image!

Creamy zucchini noodles in a mac and cheese sauce
Provided by Kirbie’s Cravings

Of course, there have been nights all we did was add some slices of salted avocado to our plates along with our meat and a salad of some sort. Most nights, however, the avocado is already in my salad. (my salads are more like a meal) 🙂

What are your favorite side dishes? Do you like quick and easy, or do you tend to go all out and be a true chef in the kitchen? I’d love to hear your thoughts, ideas, or share a recipe!

Easy Keto Cream Cheese Pancakes

Easy cream cheese pancakes are a great alternative to eggs every day on a keto diet.

Pancakes are possible even on Keto

Do you ever get tired of eggs? People on the Keto diet eat a lot of eggs, but what if I told you that combining one egg with an ounce of cream cheese and a splash of vanilla could create the tasty pancakes like the ones pictured above, almost as fast as cooking up an omelet? Would you believe me?

Well sisters and brothers, believe it! I decided yesterday I couldn’t face one more egg muffin this week, and longed for something more filling and delicious. I needed a change. Well, change is what I got and it was so satisfying, quick and easy, I’ll be having these at least once a week!

Now don’t get me wrong, these weren’t big, thick, fluffy pancakes of olden days, but they were pancakes that tasted delicious and broke me out of the old egg-for-breakfast routine, which was good enough for me! Can you imagine?

My keto cream cheese pancakes with sugar-free syrup

The recipe is just what I mentioned above, mixed in a bullet or Ninja, cooked in Kerrygold butter in a nice, hot, frying pan and voila! Top with sugar-free syrup and you have a delicious, keto breakfast that satisfies those cravings for something resembling bread, yet stays low-carb.

Add a slice or two of bacon or your favorite low carb protein of choice and there you have it! Try them out yourself and tell me what you think!

Recipe:

1 egg

1oz cream cheese

1 tsp vanilla extract

Method:

Mix ingredients in a bullet or Ninja cup blender, pour batter in a hot, buttered frying pan, cook like any other pancakes. Top with butter and sugar-free syrup and enjoy! Makes about 3 medium sized pancakes.

(Revising nutrition info)

Miss Cornbread? Try These Keto Muffins

They even look like cornbread muffins

It’s been awhile back, a few weeks ago I believe, that I tried these Keto muffins I found on this site here.

BASIC ALMOND FLOUR MUFFINS 
6 ounces almond flour (1 1/2 cups) 
1 teaspoon baking powder 
1/8 teaspoon salt  
2 tablespoons butter, melted 
1 cup granular Splenda or equivalent liquid Splenda 
1 teaspoon vanilla 
2 tablespoons heavy cream 
3 tablespoons water 
2 eggs 

Put the almond flour, baking powder, salt and granular Splenda, if using, in a medium mixing bowl. In a small bowl, melt the butter in the microwave. Add the liquid Splenda, if using, the vanilla, cream and water to the butter. Add the liquid mixture and the eggs to the dry ingredients in the bowl. Mix well with a spoon. If the batter seems too stiff, stir in another tablespoon of water.

Spoon the batter into six paper-lined muffin cups. Bake at 350º 15-20 minutes, until the tops are golden brown. Remove from the pan and cool at least 5 minutes on a rack before serving. Serve warm or at room temperature. Store in the refrigerator. 

Makes 6 muffins 
Can be frozen

With granular Splenda: 
Per Serving: 258 Calories; 22g Fat; 8g Protein; 10.5g Carbohydrate; 3.5g Dietary Fiber; 7g Net Carbs

With liquid Splenda: 
Per Serving: 242 Calories; 22g Fat; 8g Protein; 6.5g Carbohydrate; 3.5g Dietary Fiber; 3g Net Carbs

VARIATIONS:

Maple Nut Muffins – Add 1 1/2 teaspoons maple flavoring and 1/4 cup chopped pecans 
Orange Muffins – Add 1 teaspoon orange extract and 1 tablespoons grated orange zest 
Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins – Add 1 teaspoon lemon extract, lemon zest and 1 teaspoon poppy seeds 
Banana Walnut Muffins – Add 1 teaspoon banana flavoring and 1/4 cup chopped walnuts 
Apple-Cinnamon Muffins – Add 2 packets sugar free cider mix, reduce the sweetener to 1/2 cup and add 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon 
Blueberry Muffins – Add a handful of fresh blueberries 
Cinnamon Muffins – Add 1 teaspoon cinnamon

Full disclosure, I copied her recipe to share with you guys here in case some of you don’t use Pinterest. The photo is my own from the time I made them, they were so delicious! Once made, I stored them in the fridge, then when I wanted one, I placed them in the toaster oven on the toast setting and when ready, I used cream cheese instead of butter…heavenly!

Another note, I use silicone muffin liners like these and they pop right out with easy cleanup!

Silicone muffin linersh

Try them with your next stew or whatever you usually pair cornbread with. Makes every Keto meal better when you can have a piece of bread, right?!!

I’m Nuts for the New KetoDietQuizApp Game

What you see when you open the app


Hey everyone, and good morning! I have great news for fans of the Keto Diet Basic app or users like me. There’s a new game in town and they are calling it the Keto Diet Quiz App-It’s a fun way to learn about low-carb eating and it’s in a game form.

What you see when you open the original app

The advantages are that it is 100% free, there are no subscriptions, no ads, and no sign-ups. You simply download the app like any other, and start playing the game. It is to test your knowledge on keto and low carb living, while also providing you with helpful resources within the game.

The app is available on IOS and Android by going to either the Google play store or the App Store for iPhone, iPad users. Users of the Keto Diet App can find the buttons in the latest blog and download them right from the page!

I already installed mine on my phone today and learned a thing or two myself! Like which nuts have the least/most carbs, you may be surprised at the answers. Turns out that pistachios and cashew nuts are highest in carbs!

Almonds are lowest in net carbs and highest of all nuts in protein (6g per serving).

What about seeds? Chia seeds have 1.4g of NET carbs, meaning once you remove the fiber grams from the total carb count, 9.9g from 11.3g respectively, you end up with 1.4 net carbs.

They also lower blood sugar and improve satiety, are ant-inflammatory, and provide a good source of calcium. Of all nuts and seeds, chia seeds contain the highest levels of fiber. See how much you can learn with this game?

That is just the tip of the iceberg, there are thousands of questions with various categories and levels of difficulty. Take the quizzes, take notes, share with your friends and compare your answers and your new knowledge.

Combined with the Keto Diet App, this new Quiz app will have you an expert in no time, or simply make it more fun to learn how to live low carb and love it! Try it out today and let me know what you think!

The developer is Martina Slajerova who created the original Keto Diet app.