That is no tortilla, Keto warriors. That is a cheese wrap. Low carb. Healthy fat. Savory gluten free Keto enchiladas.
Keto Enchilada Ingredients
Chicken breast, cream cheese, canned red enchilada sauce, canned green chilies, red onion, bell pepper, avocado oil, cheddar cheese slices, cilantro, scallions, black olives, salt, pepper, liquid aminos (or coconut animos), garlic, chili powder.
Keto Enchilada Directions
1. Marinate and then sauté the following in 1/4 cup avocado oil: 8 ounce chicken breast sliced into strips, 1 T Liquid or coconut aminos, 1/2 red onion and 1/2 red bell pepper cut into large pieces, 1/2 t minced garlic, salt, pepper, chili powder.
2. Arrange 2 cheddar cheese slices per enchilada onto parchment paper and bake at 400 degrees until bubbly. Don’t overcook, or they will not be pliable.
3. Pull veggie pieces from pan and put in blender with 1 T softened cream cheese, 2 T green chilies. Blend and add back to chicken.
4. Once cheese slices are slightly cooled, add chicken mix on top and roll into cheese wrap. Arrange on plate.
5. Top with warmed red enchilada sauce, black olives, scallions, cilantro.
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As a kid, I used to put black olives on each of my fingers…and thumbs…and walk around with my very creative snack. I wouldn’t touch zucchini, though. Today, I’ve grown more sophisticated, but not much! Before I share the ingredients, take joy in the fact that you can mix and match any low-carb veggies you like. You can leave out anything that makes your inner child wrinkle your nose and pout! That is the beauty of creative cooking…and being an adult! First things first…
What Makes This Keto
1. The Healthy Oils: dump the old oils that are inflammatory (corn, canola, vegetable, soybean), and bring in the healthy keto friendly oils (olive, coconut, avocado, grade-fed butter, ghee, nitrate-free bacon fat).
2. More Healthy Fats: feta cheese, black olives
3. Low-Carb Veggies: onions and peppers do have some natural sugars, and you’ll see people avoiding them, but for me, there is no substitute for the flavor of onions. Just don’t eat 6 of them a day!
4. The Salt: Himalayan Pink salt has micronutrients that table salt does not. And to avoid the Keto Flu, which is a loss of electrolytes (potassium, magnesium, salt), YOU NEED SALT. Especially if you’re doing clean keto, which means ingredients count. Dirty keto means people are concerned only with carb count.
Black Olive Salad Recipe
Cut, shake and stir the following:
5 celery stalks, I can pitted olives, as much or little feta cheese as you like, about 1/4 cup (omit this ingredient to make dairy-free), 1 small red onion, 1 green zucchini, 1/2 green pepper, 1 T fresh cilantro, 1 T balsamic vinegar, 2 T olive oil, 1 T dried chives, salt, pepper, onion powder. That’s it. Chill for a bit so the seasonings get al snug with your veggies, then show your fancy grown-up self at a party with an exquisite chopped salad that took you 10 minutes to make!
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Can you drink, imbibe, partake of a cocktail on the keto diet? Probably one of the more common questions. The answer to all questions is: you can do anything you want. But what are the consequences? Will it throw you out of ketosis? That, like all things, depends on your total carb count, your activity level, and your own unique body and biochemistry. But you know what? It’s cocktail-thirty, so let’s start with a Keto cocktail recipe!
Keto Sangria Recipe
Get out your blender, or make yours on the rocks!
Option #1: Blend 4 oz. red wine with ice, lime squeeze, 2 medium strawberries, 2-4 ounces of coconut milk and Pyure, a Keto friendly sweetener.
Note: The coconut milk I use has water, but it keeps it light and low carb. The brand is called “So Delicious.” I get mine at Costco, but it’s online as well. Pyure is a blend of stevia and erythritol, and it is my favorite sweetener.
Option #2: Use white wine instead. It has slightly fewer carbs than red wine, depending on the brand, but I prefer the taste of red. Also, vary your berry! Hmmm, how about blueberries or raspberries?
Option #3: For fizz, add in unsweetened, carbonated flavored water. I found a combo pack at Costco. The flavors are lemon, grapefruit, and raspberry lime. This does have a few carbs, maybe 2 per can, but you only need a splash to get that fizz that tickles your nose. And it’s cheap! Fifty cents a can. This is the brand.
Alcohol and the Keto Diet
Now, back to the questions about alcohol on keto. For you beer drinkers is, yep, beer is too high in carbs to be a consistent part of a strict keto diet. Wines are lower, but it will cost you 4-5 carbs per 5 ounce glass, depending on the type and brand. And hard alcohol is the lowest at 0 net carbs if it is unflavored, despite being made from fruits and grains, because fermentation and distillation converts that sugar to ethyl alcohol.
So while a vodka cranberry would be out because of the cranberry juice, you can do a lovely Vodka-Hibiscus Tea with a squeeze of lime, as pictured. Here is more info on Hibiscus Tea, which is super high in vitamin C. But beware that alcohol will affect you differently if you are fat adapted on the keto diet, meaning that your body is burning stored fat for fuel as opposed to carbohydrates. It’s a more complicated process than I am qualified to speak on, so for more on the science of alcohol and ketosis as well as a fantastic reference for carb counts on alcohol, I refer you to a source I trust: Ruled.Me
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