Over the course of the last 2 months, I have gained back 10lbs. I lost my job, thus losing out on my 10mile a day walking benefit. I moved 1008 miles, moved in with my parents, and found a less favorable job market awaiting. Depression has slapped me pretty hard in the face, back, and neck. I am finding motivation hard these days. I pretend to be fine, but the stress is really getting to me. I have always been a stress eater. I don’t want to fall back into that old pattern and gain all of the weight back.
Preheat the oven to 450.
Butterfly 4 chicken breasts.
Lay out 5-6 strips of bacon(per chicken breast) slightly overlapped on a baking sheet with aluminum foil.
Place the chicken breast open on the bacon.
Lay down a layer of spinach and mozzarella cheese.
Close the chicken then wrap the chicken in the bacon.
If needed, secure with toothpicks.
This part is going to sound crazy, but bake for about an hour. This will infuse the chicken with the bacon fat and get the bacon completely crispy. Don’t worry, the chicken will not dry out thanks to the fat from the bacon.
This is another that I didn’t get a picture of before it all got eaten.
Side note: thick cut bacon will not work for this recipe. It will never cook all of the way through, and it will make it hard to close the bacon around the chicken.
Today while I was thumbing through my pictures on my phone, I ran across a picture I took post Ovarian Cystectomy 3 weeks after I started this journey. It’s an underwear picture to show my mom how much iodine they used, so I won’t burn your eyes with it.
After seeing this, I decided to take another in the same position similar outfit(nightgown and undies), and check my progress. I was astounded at the difference. It was very encouraging. So tonight I made sure to cook one of my favorite keto meals(if I haven’t already, I will post the recipe for this bacon wrapped stuffed chicken breast).
I had been beginning to lose my motivation. Depression has kicked in due to losing my postal job because of a fibroid/endometriosis flare up. As I have covered in my post about mental illness, I have always been an emotional eater.
I have found a lot of support from my parents and my husband. They have all adapted to eat a more keto friendly diet to keep from tempting me with junk foods.
Hearing friends who haven’t seen me in over a year tell me how fantastic I look doesn’t hurt either, but the progress picture side by side have definitely inspired me to stick to it. I am rocking this lifestyle, and I will kick this depression.
Here’s what you need:
2lbs of ground chicken
A tube of garlic paste
Preheat the oven to 450.
Put the ground chicken in a bowl and mix with garlic paste parsley and basil flakes. Add salt, pepper, and onion powder.
Take the chicken mixture and fashion it around the mozzarella balls into a round shape.
Bake in the oven for 25-30 mins or until the meatballs start to turn brown.
Add to a low carb sauce and serve with either zucchini noodles or spaghetti squash.
Y’all know I love my seafood.
Here’s what you need:
2 lbs of shrimp(bigger the better right?)
1cup of feta cheese
1/2 cup of real bacon chips
1 small yellow onion
Preheat the oven to 450
Lay foil down on a cookie sheet and oil with olive oil.
Peel and thaw shrimp and take off the tails.
Drizzle with olive oil and add salt and Cajun season sparingly.
Add feta and bacon to each shrimp. I sprinkled it on top.
Bake in the oven for 10-20 depending on the size of shrimp you chose.
I cooked this last night, but forgot to get pictures. You can eat this with or without a side depending on your macro needs. I would pair it with green bean, but not required. You could cook the green beans the same way, but cook them for 45 minutes instead of 15-20.
For this you will need:
2lbs ground beef
2lbs of cheddar cheese
Cream of tartar
First things first preheat the oven to 450.
Put the cauliflower tots in the bottom of a greased casserole dish and bacon on a cookie sheet.
Cook both 15-20 minutes or until cooked. I like my tots crispy for this so I cooked them a little longer.
Next brown the ground beef in a skillet with the onions and garlic. For extra flavor you can add the bacon grease to the ground beef concoction or wait and only use it in the sauce.
Next take the butter(1stick) and melt it into the skillet. Add a tablespoon of cream of tartar and 1/5 cup heavy cream then add ranch packet, mustard and ketchup until desired flavor is achieved.(I used 1/4-1/2 cup of each)
Mix the meat into the sauce the. Layer half of the meat on top of the tots. Cover that later thinly with cheese. Top with pickles(optional) and later another layer of meat. Then crumble the bacon. Top with cheese and pop in the oven until cheese is browned.
It’s been a while since I wrote a blog post, but I have been busy with my new job. Don’t have a lot of time to write today, so a picture will have to do. Need keto inspiration?