Cooking Bacon on a (not so) Lazy Sunday

Yes, we have bacon for breakfast and second breakfast, elevensies…supper…! Our rule is to cook multiple packages of no sugar added bacon and keep it in the fridge for meals and snacks. Great plan right?

This morning Coach Loli cooked up some yummy oink with her fur baby helper (don’t mind the morning hair and PJs).

Mr. Coach had some with eggs and spinach. The spinach and eggs were of course, cooked in the bacon grease.
Bacon Eggs Spinach

Pork Chops Made Simple

This was such a simple and delicious meal. Quality chops, bacon grease, salt, pepper, and a hot skillet. The cabbage we dressed with apple cider vinegar and EVOO. At the end of a long day this simple meal completely satisfies.

It’s not the number of ingredients that will make your meal.  Remember to always cook honestly with wholesome, simple, quality ingredients. Your most modest meal will come out heavenly.

Why Buy Chai?

Why Buy Chai?

Why Buy Chai?

Yes, you can buy chai in tea bags, order it in coffee houses, and even get it in powdered form. At our house though, make our own. It's simple, delicious, and wonderful with coconut milk! Oh, and making it yourself allows you to experiment with flavor profiles and discover what you like best. Sometimes I like it a wee bit more peppery while others I like the punch of the ginger. Since I make it every week I get lots of opportunities to play with it. I've included the basic recipe. I'd love to know how yours comes out!

Ingredients

  • 1 gallon filtered water
  • 3 tea balls filled with quality black tea
  • 14 allspice berries
  • 9-10 cardamom pods cracked
  • 1 Tablespoon whole cloves
  • 1/2 inch raw peeled ginger
  • 1/4 cinnamon stick
  • 1 teaspoon black peppercorns
  • 1/4 nutmeg nut

Instructions

Add all the ingredients to the pot and bring to a boil. You can wrap all your spices in cheese cloth or strain them out after the tea is finished brewing. I prefer the strain after method; I pour our cooled tea through a fine mesh strainer and discard the used up spices.

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Did Someone Say Pork Belly?

Oh my, pork belly is the way to go if you’re eating keto. It’s so easy and you can get really creative with it. I like mine baked with good old salt and pepper. It keeps in the fridge and can be eaten as a part of a meal or a snack and you can cook your eggs in the drippings after you warm it up. Its magic in my book!

Here’s a pic of the rind crisped up and served with cauliflower.Pork Rinds Over Cauliflower

Pork Rinds Over Cauliflower

Here’s some leftover pork belly, cubed, pan fried, and served over cabbage.Pork Belly Over Cabbage

Pork Belly Over Cabbage

Do You Kombucha?

Our first experience with kombucha wasn’t a bad one. We just found the store bought stuff to be too sweet. I hunted around and found out how to make it. I was also fortunate enough to have been given scoby so I didn’t have to make that.

Now we make our own kombucha. I almost always have a jar fermenting on the counter.  I make a blend of black and green tea. I’m not a huge fan of green tea but I’ve been slowly decreasing the black tea and increasing the green thereby getting the benefits of green tea without having to drink JUST green tea. I really like the versatility of making my own but more importantly, I like reaping the benefits of this fermented food.

Do you kombucha? Do you have a favorite? Have you ever made your own?

Three Days Tired

Man, three days of FanX was awesome and exhausting.FanX Challenge Booth Group

FanX Challenge Booth GroupHowever, being on the road is starting to wear on me.  I miss cooking in my kitchen and eating home cooked meals.  Staying on plan while traveling is a bit challenging but we’re all up for it!

This morning’s breakfast was (N)Oatmeal with copious amounts of healthy fat.  This is not only tasty but also extraordinarily satisfying.  Makes a 2 meal day a snap!
noatmeal ingredients

Noatmeal ingredients

Dinner was salami and olives!  Seriously, Salami and Olives.  If I was home, I’d have drizzled some nice Olive Oil over everything and maybe even dress things up with some herbs.

Kitchen Challenges

As I’m sure you’ve figured out Coach Loli is getting her nerd batteries charged at FanX.  She and her daughter rented an Airbnb condo so they could stay on track with their nutrition.

Upon arrival they learned there was one tiny cookie sheet, no mixing bowls, and dismal lighting.  None of that stopped them from making delicious keto friendly foods in a kitchen devoid of most of the tools Coach Loli has at home.  A quick stop at a discount store and viola, baking pan deep enough to make some leg quarters.

They tasted great and hit the spot after a long day in the challenge booth and doing photo ops.

Here are the girls trying to fly the TARDIS.

Jeff Goldblum, anyone?

Tim Curry!

As long as we’re here, we should have a pank-off!

Have your fun!  Just remember that there’s ALWAYS a way to stay on track!

Dinner Was Good!

You might have figured out I’m traveling. My daughter and I rented an Airbnb so we’d have a kitchen. Yes, eating out is convenient but can be costly and the goal is to stay keto! We grabbed a chicken at the market, sauteed part of it in some nice ghee and had it with salad. Saved money and stayed keto. Go us!

Are Those Noodles???

Is Coach Loli eating noodles? I think those ARE noodles! Yep, they are noodles but they are keto friendly Konjac noodles with lamb meatballs. You see, we saw a recipe for ground turkey meatballs and kind of don’t see the point of such a lean meat when you can get lamb and all it’s yummy fattiness! Our version is absolutely delicious.  You should try it!

Check out the recipe here.

If you’re curious about Konjac, you can read a bit about it in this wiki article.  These noodles are made from Konjac root and are loaded with prebiotic fiber.  Sauce them up properly and you can have an occasional pasta-esque treat with literally zero guilt!

The Coach and The Turkey Leg

Remember when I said I love Disneyland and that I sometimes indulge with a turkey leg? I shared this beast with my hubby along with a pickle and a keto coffee. Those turkey legs are good but they aren’t quite fatty enough. Thank goodness for powdered MCT oil since I don’t do dairy. Hubs had heavy cream in his coffee so you’ve got fat choices on the go.