Cheesy Cauliflower Rice

Ingredients:

4 cups riced cauliflower

1 tablespoon butter

1/2 teaspoon garlic salt

4 tablespoons cream cheese

1/4 cup heavy whipping cream

2 cups cheddar cheese, shredded (or any cheese blend of your choice)

1/2 teaspoon salt

Pepper to taste

Melt butter in a skillet, add riced cauliflower and cook on medium low until heated through, about 7 minutes. Add garlic salt, salt, pepper, cream cheese and whipping cream. Remove from heat and top with shredded cheese. Let sit for cheese to melt. Once cheese is somewhat melted, stir to combine. Serve

This is one of the very best recipes I have found since living the Keto lifestyle. It is cheesy and yummy, a comfort food for Keto for sure! It is easy to make and doesn’t take a lot of time. This makes a great side dish and kids and guests won’t even know that it is Keto. I hope you enjoy it as much as we did!

Practically Country Blog Promise

When I first started this blog, I wasn’t really sure about what I was going to write about. I thought about a few things but wasn’t sure which topic to focus on.

Things that I know… I love to cook, I love gardening and growing things (including kids and grandkids) and I am having very good results on Keto (I’m down 25 pounds since February 2019)!

The one thing that I absolutely knew from the start of this blog and I will stand true to it as long as I have this blog, What I Post Will Be Tried And True! I will not post anything that I have not tried myself! I try a lot of recipes and failed at a lot of recipes. I will continue to try new recipes and I promise that I will only post recipes that are good. I will never post something just to fill a blog post. That is the promise I make to you!

Eating Keto While Traveling

I travel a lot with my work, so when I first started Keto I would sometimes have a hard time figuring out or finding what to eat while on the road.There are a couple of options to help with this.

#1 – Pack a lunch. I keep a bag of pecans with me most all of the time. But you can also use a small cooler or lunch bag to pack cheese sticks, olives, sardines, boiled eggs, avocados, etc. I have a baggy with napkins and forks in the cooler, just in case.  I pack it in the morning before leaving and put bottles of water in it as well.  

#2 – Find good meal choices at restaurants.  There are a lot of great choices once you train your brain how to find them.  Chipotle is one of the very best options I have found so far.  I skip the beans and rice and ask for extra lettuce, then top with meat of choice, cheese and the other toppings of choice and finish it off with guacamole.  Yummy!!  Other options for eating out is grilled chicken from KFC, steak and veggies from just about anywhere or buffets like Western Sizzlin so there are plenty of choices.  When all else fails, you can get a salad from almost anywhere just top it with olives and avacados when available.  

The main thing is to think outside the box.  There are times when it seems like there aren’t any options and in very small towns, that may be true.  In that case I just get a cup of coffee with half and half to curb my appetite until a better option comes along.  Coffee is the greatest thing to help with uncontrolled appetite.  

This is how I manage to travel and stay on Keto.  The longer you do it, the easier it gets.  

Keto Friendly Chile Rellenos Casserole

I love Chile Rellenos! I mean, I really love Chile Rellenos!

When first starting the Keto lifestyle, it is a little difficult figuring out what to eat. There are plenty of delicious options but finding them in the beginning can be challenging. This casserole is one of my favorites to make and to eat. It is so tasty that even when my kids that are not living Keto come over and eat the leftovers, they are surprised that it is Keto friendly and so yummy. It has the satisfying taste of a Chile Relleno without the carbs. The best of both worlds and it is super easy to make.

Ingredients:

1/2 lb ground beef, 1/4 onion, 2-cans diced green chilies (4 to 7 oz), 1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese, 2 eggs, 3/4 cups milk, 1 tsp cumin, 1/2 tsp salt, 1/2 pepper.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Cook the ground beef and onions together until beef is done, drain. Add, cumin, salt and pepper and mix well. In greased 9×9 baking dish, spread 1 1/2 cans of green chilies evenly. Cover chilies with hamburger mixture then top with cheese. Spread remaining chilies evenly over cheese. Mix milk and eggs together (mix very well) and pour over entire dish. Bake for 35 minutes, let set for 10 minutes then serve.

Enjoy!

Keto Friendly Cheeseburger Casserole

While living the Keto lifestyle, my husband and I haven’t had a difficult time finding foods that we like and are Keto friendly. There are times when we kinda crave some of our old favorites that are not so Keto friendly. What to do?…

This recipe is for those times when you just want a cheeseburger. I know it is a casserole and not a dripping down your hands burger, but give it a chance and you just might be surprised at how similar the taste is.

Ingredients:

1 lb ground beef, 6 slices of bacon, garlic, onion, salt, pepper, 1/4 cup pickle relish, 1/2 cup mayonnaise, 3 eggs, 1 cup cheddar cheese and 1/2 cup half and half.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cook bacon until crisp and set aside. Cook ground beef, onion, garlic, salt and pepper together until beef is done, drain. Crumble bacon into beef mixture and add pickle relish. Stir and pour mixture into a greased 2 1/2 Quart dish. Combine eggs, half and half and mayo (make sure to mix very well). Sprinkle cheese over beef mixture followed by egg mixture and bake for 35 minutes.

That’s it! Cheeseburger Casserole for the entire family to enjoy.

Simply Keto

I first heard of the Keto Diet from a Podiatrist I met at work. He had been struggling to find an answer to his dad’s uncontrolled diabetes. He said that he was desperate for a solution and had not found anything that helped. He had built an apartment on to his home so his dad could live close enough for him to monitor exactly what he consumed and still couldn’t control the disease. Then he found Keto.

Keto was the only thing that helped his dad and he began the Keto lifestyle himself to show support to his dad. He found that he had more energy and just felt better even though he didn’t suffer from diabetes himself.

When I listened to him talk about this “Keto” thing, I was intrigued. It took me a while to commit but now I am enjoying the Keto lifestyle myself along with my husband, and my goal is to make it as simple as possible so anyone can do it.

This is the Simply Keto way of life:

#1 Low to no carbs. I eat 20 grams or less daily. This sounds harder than it is. If you do Keto correctly, you dont miss the carbs. I was a bread and pasta lover. I haven’t missed it at all. I mean I eat steak, pecans, avocados. What am I really missing.

#2 High fat. This for me is the key to Keto. Eating a high amount of fat keeps you from being hungry and keeps you on track with your new Keto lifestyle. A couple of handfuls of pecans throughout the day and heavy whipping cream or grass-fed butter in my coffee and I’m set. No hunger pains.

#3 Drink plenty of water and keep it simple. Seriously, that’s it. People fail because they over complicate things. Do yourself a favor and keep it simple.

That’s the basics…so dont complicate it! Just keep it Simply Keto.