Monkey Butt Bagel, Anyone? It’s Keto!



You’ve heard of monkey bread, right? With regular old wheat flour and a pile of sugar and general insulin-spiking ingredients? Well, I accidentally made monkey-butt bagels, but despite the look, they ARE keto, and they taste like paradise. Keto bagels that taste like bread! I cannot take one iota of credit for the recipe. That is here: Low Carb Bagel. I do, however, take accidental credit for the shape. I simply did not make the dough strand long enough before creating my ring, but for a first attempt, not too shabby. Oh, and I shaped a few as regular rolls as well. Easy peasy, but your hands will get sticky and doughy.


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For the topping on half, I roasted sesame seeds and milled flax seed in my beloved Kerrygold butter. Not sure how they will taste once they have cooled, but wow! And the texture is decent! These ingredients are similar to the Fathead pizza dough that I keep hearing about but have not tried. Look out, tomato sauce and black olives…I am coming for you!


OMG, Parmesan Chicken & Cauli Rice!

No actual rice was used in creating this ketogenic meal. It’s parmesan chicken with keto cauli rice! I put half  a head raw cauliflower in my ninja to shred that baby. Then sauteed it in avocado oil with 2 baby carrots (uh-oh, the Keto police may come after me for the two tiny carrots), broccoli, scallions, and mushrooms that I’d cooked in Kerrygold. I stir in raw spinach at the very end so that it doesn’t get overcooked and slimy. Seasoned with salt, pepper, red pepper flakes, italian herb, parsley, or whatever you like…experiment!

Keto Cauli RIce Ready to Saute
Keto Cauli RIce Ready to Saute
Prepping keto parmesan chicken
Prepping keto parmesan chicken

Meanwhile, I had chicken medallions that were coated in a bit of coconut milk, egg and butter, topped with parmesan and herbs baking at 400 degrees. As the chicken heated and that buttery juice ran off, I drained some of it into the cauli rice while it was still cooking, then left the lid off so it wasn’t too wet. It’s pictured here on the plate as meat and a side, but when I ate it, I topped the cauli rice with the chicken and it was a power explosion of flavor, fat, and so much fun to create!

Note About Cauli Rice

Ninja Blender with 2 Single Serving Blending Cups
Ninja Blender with 2 Single Serving Blending Cups

Unless you are super skilled with chopping, a decent blender or food processor goes a long way in making this convenient. This is the Ninja Blender I’ve had for several years…to see how it works, check out this 90-second keto ice cream post.

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Meatballs N Marinara

Buy-bye white flour pasta! Who needs it with all those veggies and Rao’s Marinara which is low carb and a melody in your mouth, 4 net carbs compared to some sauces I’ve seen that have 14 net carbs per the same 1/2 cup serving.  Since I was new at this cooking thing and had never made a meatball in my life, I bought pre-made pork meatballs but then dumped them in a bowl, added the same amount of ground turkey, plus a tad more parmesan, italian seasoning, salt n pepper, then reshaped and baked. I also recently discovered parchment paper. I could kiss that stuff! Those are the meatballs you see in the pic. But I’ve made them since without the pre-made meatballs, because I bet there was starch in them. They hold together just fine without a binding agent, but I did use eggs.

I cook and season the peppers and onions in Kerrygold and set aside. Then steam the broccoli, celery, a smidgeon of baby carrots because they are heavy on sugar, along with salt and basil and stir into pepper medley with sauce and meatballs. Then comes the topping of fresh spinach and shredded parmesan.

You’ll never miss the spaghetti!

Dairy-Free Option: Skip the eggs and parmesan. and butter. Bake them instead of frying so they hold together better. Fat can serve well to bind them. A grass-fed beef would be ideal. But one trick to keto is that if you can’t afford the more expensive options for meat, then buy the leanest cuts you can afford, and add back your own healthy oils, which are coconut, avocado, olive oils, ghee, nitrate free bacon. I haven’t tried it, but some use bacon as a binder.

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Ketogenic Eating For Health!