I wanted to address the fact that it is a real thing to feel intimidated by making a major life change. It’s one thing to decide to “go on a diet” which in our minds is a time limited thing. But, making a permanent lifestyle change is hard enough. But, then you have to relearn how to shop and cook.
The purpose of this blog is to help others feel a little less intimidated by learning how to live low-carb. It is my hope that through my blog my readers are learning how to cook and shop low-carb.
I would not be honest if I didn’t admit, that in the early days, even with years of experience in healthcare and even teaching people how to eat to control diabetes, I found myself stalling and looking more closely at a product; only to discover “hidden” carbs. It is very likely you will do the same at some point.
Just remember, marketing is allowed to deceive us, so don’t beat yourself up, if something you thought was keto-friendly turns out not to be. This is a process of learning new habits, and if you put too much pressure on yourself for making very normal mistakes during this process, it can become so overwhelming that you set yourself up for failure.
You WANT to succeed, I WANT you to succeed to. I would put the entire world on a low-carb eating plan if it were up to me. Why? Because I have seen with my own eyes, how much benefit myself, and friends and family have gotten from making this important change. That being said, do we all do exactly the same thing in regards to how to do low-carb? NOPE! people are individuals, one-size fits nobody. So, if you want to tweak my recipes because you can’t do dairy, or you don’t like something, or have an allergy to consider. My recipes are just guidelines of what works for me and my family. Change away! (It is nice if you share your successes here, so others can try your versions also *wink).
The best way to be successful, is to have go-to recipes for nights you don’t want to cook something complicated, or a treat to keep from raiding the Ben&Jerry’s or Snickers aisles at the supermarket. There is a reason this blog is carb junkie on keto! I have to have low-carb solutions for when my sweet tooth kicks in, or I just want a piece of toast with butter, or…….
For those of you, who have a favorite recipe, that you would like me to work on to find you a lower carb solution-especially, now we are heading into the holiday season. Please let me know. You can add your request to the comments below. Or email your recipe (please include if you have any other restrictions, such as nut allergies, or dairy intolerances) to me at Darla@DarandInnovations.com
I love a challenge and will do my best to do justice to your favorite recipes.
Today’s recipe is a simple one. Here, I have made it on the stovetop. But, this is one of those recipes I use with left over chicken, and just throw it in my instant pot. So, it really is a low stress meal.
- 4 cup chicken bone broth you can use chicken broth if you don't have bone broth
- 2 cup water
- 1/4 cup real lime juice or the juice of one lime
- 2 cloves minced garlic
- 1 Tbsp chili powder
- 1 Tbsp cumin
- 1/4 cup chopped cilantro if you are not a fan of cilantro you can substitute fresh basil
- 1/2 large yellow onion finely chopped
- 1/2 green pepper finely chopped
- 10 oz diced tomatoes with mild chilis
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1/4 cup butter or ghee
- 1 lb chicken thighs cubed
- 1/4 cup shredded cheese (I used Iberico)
You can simply add all the ingredients to your slow cooker or instant pot. This is a great recipe to do this with. If making on the stove top, melt butter in a skillet then brown the chicken with the onions, garlic, green pepper, and cilantro, until chicken is cooked through.
Add in spices and the can of diced tomatoes and mild chilis (you can add a hotter chili if you like more kick) and simmer for about 5 mins.
Transfer filling into soup pot add in water, bone broth, and lime juice. I like to bring a boil then simmer for 20-30 mins. Add salt and pepper to taste. You can increase the kick in this soup a couple of ways. Use a hotter chili pepper, or you can increase the cumin and black pepper, or both.
Top each bowl with shredded cheese.
Macros are per bowl based on 6 servings.
total fat 22.3 g
net carbs 2.1 g
protein 26.9 g
sugar fibers/alcohols 0 g