Keto Cornbread

I love cornbread with soup, chili or just warm with butter! My husband and I have been eating a ketoish lifestyle for a while now and love trying out new recipes that take traditional comfort foods and make a healthier version of them. This is one of those “holy cow, that good” recipes.

This recipe takes takes just a few minutes to put together and cooks in about 25 minutes. The ingredients are not stuff you would routinely have in your pantry so you will have to plan ahead the first time around. Trust me, it is worth it!

I got this recipe from Neishalovesit.com/blog. Neisha Salas-Berry is an RN and her husband Ken D. Berry is an MD. They have great information and great recipes.

You will need the following ingredients:

  • 4 tablespoons Pork Panko (you can make your own by crunching up pork rinds or I use Pork Panko found on Amazon)
  • 4 teaspoons coconut flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 tablespoons almond flour
  • 2 eggs at room temperature (this is important, cold eggs harden the butter)
  • 2 ounces cream cheese (softened)
  • 2 ounces butter (softened)

I use an 8″ cast iron pan on 350 degree oven. Grease pan pan liberally with bacon grease. Mix dry ingredients together. In separate bowl mix butter and cream cheese until creamy. Combine all ingredients together, mix well and pour into greased cast iron skillet*. Mixture will be a bit on the thick side. Cook for 25 minutes or until golden brown. Enjoy!!

*I put a lot of bacon grease in the pan and stick it in the oven while I mix the ingredients together. When I pour the mix into the pan, I can hear it sizzle and the bacon grease pushes up the sides of the pan.

Keto Bread

I found this recipe and had many doubts. It was very easy to make using a blender, it was a no knead bread and it bakes in very little time. How could it be that easy and quick and taste good…and be keto friendly?!?

So I made it, still with doubts. Then I baked it and still had doubts. Then I tried it…doubts over! This bread has a great, nutty flavor. It is slightly denser that some breads but once it has grass-fed butter melting on a warm slice, you don’t notice the density. All you notice is the yum!

You will need the following ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup coconut flour
  • 1/3 cup ground flax meal
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt (I use Redmond’s Real Salt)
  • 1/2 cup flavorless oil (I use avocado or refined coconut oil)
  • 1/3 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 tablespoons honey (optional)

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Prepare loaf pan by lining it with parchment paper. Add all wet ingredients into a blender, pulse until combined then add your dry ingredients and mix well. Pour into prepared pan and bake for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean from center. Cool in pan for 10 minutes then move to cooling rack. Store in refrigerator for up to 1 week. Enjoy!!

Chaffels

So Keto is pretty easy once you get the hang of it and find those foods that make it simple to get through the day without too much thought.

But sometimes you want things like a grilled cheese sandwich or a BLT and it is difficult to figure out how to make them without the bread.u

Well, here is the answer!

My son created the most amazing grilled cheese sandwich several years ago. It has salami, cheese slices (I use cheddar or Munster) and dill pickle slices.

I use the waffle iron for the Chaffels and put them in the oven to melt the cheese without compromising the Chaffels.

Here is the recipe for the Chaffels:

1 egg

1/2 cup shredded cheese (I use cheddar)

Put in waffle iron for 3 to 4 minutes.

It is that easy! Eat alone or build into a sandwich.

Enjoy!!

Don’t be Tricked by Marketing and Labels

I have been trying to eat Keto or at least low carb for a few months now and have realized that reading labels is a must!

I was going through the grocery store the other day and my husband texted me asking for some ice cream (we don’t normally have this at our house). I thought that it would be ok if we had some ice cream for a change. I figured that I would get the kind that is made from avocodos so it would be lower in carbs and get him his favorite death by chocolate which obviously would have more carbs.

Notice the total carbs and the price 31.1¢ per ounce.

Boy was I wrong!

Notice the total carbs and the price 8.5¢ per ounce.

Granted, the total fat is 4 grams different but overall, it doesn’t make sense to me.

Moral of the story…

Read the labels or better yet, don’t by foods that have labels.

Keto Cheesecake

Keto Cheesecake

When you want cheesecake, you just want cheesecake!

There are 2 main problems with cheesecake in my opinion.

1- the sugar!

2- there is always leftovers if you only eat one piece and we all know that you cannot let it go to waste…ever! So someone has to eat it and it might as well be you. 😁

I just found what I think is the answer to both of these problems.


I ran across a pod cast called Keto for Normies and they were talking to their guests about Keto cookbooks that are called Breakfast in Five, Lunch in Five, Dinner in Five and Dessert in Five by Vicky Ushakova and Rami Abramov. Vicky and Rami also have a website called Tasteaholics.com.

Everything in the cookbooks are Keto, most are five ingredients or less and five grams of carbs or less. What’s not to love?


So my husband and I are sitting at home on a Sunday afternoon and he says that he would like some cheesecake. Now I have made some killer cheesecakes in the past but they are full of carbs and there is always leftovers for a few days.

I wanted to have a better option so I pulled out my Kindle and downloaded a copy of Dessert in Five. The “Cheesecake for One” recipe was perfect. It was just the perfect amount for my husband and I and it was made with alternative sweeteners so the sugar problem was resolved.


What about the taste? Oh my…it was incredible!!

Creamy and luscious like a cheesecake should be.

Thank you Dessert in Five! I look forward to trying more of your recipes!

Treasure Hunting in the Ozarks

As our children have grown up and moved on, we have tried to have reasons for all of us to stay close and be part of each other’s lives.

It isn’t easy with everyone having so much to do each day just to maintain so my husband came up with a great idea to keep us close.

The Romero Family Treasure Hunt.

Here is how it works…

Each couple hides the “treasure” and gives clues to where the other couples go to find it.

The treasure can be a simple note or something of value. It is up to the hiders of the treasure to decide.

It really isn’t about what the treasure is, it is about the search!!

We take turns, whoever finds the treasure gets to hide it next time.

The last treasure was hidden by our youngest son and daughter-in-law. They did an amazing job!

They hid the first clue in a movie case in our movie closet. So to find the first clue, we didn’t even have to leave the house!!

The first clue was texted to our group text as follows:

The treasure is hidden and ready to be found! Here are some tips:
Take a full day to do the hunt, and start early to enjoy the activity at the end.
You will need a few supplies.
Clear tape
A spade or small digging utensil
Hiking boots
Text us when you start!
Here’s your first clue:
One of the Romero’s favorite authors is from a European place. One of his movies would be a swell hiding place.

Once the puzzle was put together it took us to the first hiding place and the second clue.

This is located a few miles out of our town.

We followed the clues from one place to the next and collected the pieces of the “map” until we arrived at the “x” marks the spot!!

X marks the spot!
The treasure is found!!

And at the end of the treasure hunt, we ended up at an amazing trail head and enjoyed a great hike to end the journey.

We drove a beautiful drive, through some of the most gorgeous places in Arkansas and ended up hiking a great trail and having an amazing day, together, enjoying each other and our family!

What a way to spend a day!!

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!

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.