While being stuck at home is not exactly the most entertaining thing, it does mean that I get full control over what I eat everyday. I’ve decided to take this time to embark on a new journey – the ketogenic diet!
Usually I eat breakfast and lunch at the office, so my options were limited (albeit delicious food). By switching to a high fat, low carb diet, your body switches over to ketosis, where it burns fat for energy instead of carbs. It’s been around three weeks since I’ve started, and I have lost about five pounds. It could very well be water weight at this stage, but my body feels lighter and way less bloated, even through my super hormonal and wild period cycle. Anyways, I thought I would document and share some of my menu during this keto-quarantine lifestyle. A lot of the dishes have been quite easy to put together, and most of it takes very little time by using either a single pan or an air fryer.
Deconstructed Bacon, Egg & Cheese
Scramble some eggs with some mozzarella, green onions and a splash of water (makes it fluffier!), and air fry some bacon until crisp (I go for 7 minutes on 320F). Sprinkle some Parmesan cheese on top and you have a satiating breakfast sandwich without the carbs. Pair with some creamy avocados or a breakfast sausage for a perfectly indulgent brunch party.
Season some descaled salmon with garlic salt, pepper, cayenne, and massage in some olive oil. Pop it in the air fryer with some lemon slices perched on top, and while the machine is cooking away, saute some shrimp with minced garlic, chives, and a spoonful of coconut milk. The garlic and the cayenne cuts away from the fattiness that you might taste. Top with some parsley and voila!
Coconut Cream Chicken & Broccoli
Defrost some chicken thigh and season with salt and pepper. Chop up some garlic and a little bit of onion and fry them on a pan with some olive or avocado oil. When those vegetables are nicely sauteed and fragrant, add the chicken and broccoli and cover with coconut oil (and a splash of heavy cream if you wish). Stir until the sauce thickens and there you have a very short and simple lunch/dinner ready.
Every week I try to experiment with something new that I can adopt to this diet. I’ve also found some great cereal/dessert/snacks that are available online – maybe I’ll share them in a future post!