3 Easy Ketogenic Diet Ideas!

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.

Seafood 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!

Air Fryer: Cheesy Stuffed Baby Bell Peppers

I recently purchased an air fryer after months of consideration – and I love it! The cooking time for pretty much anything is cut significantly without sacrificing the taste. The ingredients are below:

  • 5-6 Mini Bell Peppers, cut in half and membranes/seeds removed
  • 1 cup of Ricotta cheese (I used skim)
  • 2-3 strips of bacon
  • 1/2 cup of Shredded pepper jack or cheddar cheese (half for filling and half for topper)
  • cilantro for garnish
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Baking: Egg-free Cinnamon Sugar Scones

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After a wave of exams and a long weekend to celebrate, I am finally back with a baking recipe! I woke up on Saturday morning determined to be super productive, so I started my day by baking some scones. This recipe is very very simple and quick, and doesn’t require eggs either (I just happened to have run out of eggs, too. This is what midterms do to you.)

All you need is:

2.5 cups all-purpose flour

1 tablespoon baking powder

1 teaspoon salt

8 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened and cut into chunks

1/4 cup granulated sugar (1/3 cup if you prefer a sweeter taste)

3/4 cup milk (I used almond milk, which works perfectly)

Cinnamon sugar (if you don’t have it then you can make your own by mixing some ground cinnamon and granulated sugar in a 1:2 proportion.)

The instructions are really simple:

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Brunch: Eggs & Greens with Roasted Butternut Squash

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Hello March! The weather is still quite chilly for my taste, but the sun is shining and I don’t have to wear my down jacket outside anymore! Everyone seems to be busy with midterms, but for some reason a lot of my exams and papers are due later than everyone else… so this weekend I had some time on my hands. What better way to spend that time than putting together a nice brunch plate for myself before heading to church: it’s got the greens, and it’s got the eggs, a perfect healthy brunch for one.

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Peanut Butter Apple & Banana Bread

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It’s almost halfway through the semester and I still feel like I haven’t gotten used to schoolwork.

ANYWAY! Fall is here, and my baking spirit is kindled once again. With the coming of this season there is so much to enjoy – foliage, pumpkin, apple picking, nice and breezy weather, allergies, midterms (wait…)

On a late night whim, I decided to put my oven to use and whipped up a nice loaf of bread. It may look like banana bread, but it comes with a twist of crunchy peanut and a burst of apple flavor perfect for the fall.

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Simple Lunches: Healthy Turkey Pasta

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On most days, I don’t dare walk into Trader Joe’s after seeing how long the lines there can get. But I do know that once I get in, I inevitably splurge on some grocery items. Along with my usual granola and yogurt (and some delicious cookie butter), I decided to get some ingredients for an easy, single-serving pasta lunch.

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Turkey and Veggie Egg Scramble

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When my phone told me this morning that it was 6 degrees F’, I was like, “Nope, not going outside today.” This weather is keeping me stuck inside the kitchen, so I thought I would share with you what I threw together for a simple lunch for one! With so many free pizza lunches and cookies lately, maybe this was a good time to make myself a healthy, protein-packed meal.

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