Baked Parmesan Brussel Sprouts

Confession. I was not a big Brussel sprout fan until I tried them this way. After all, you can’t go wrong with cheese and bacon right? If you are a skeptic, you gotta give this recipe a try.

Ingredients
2 lbs Brussel Sprouts
3/4 cup mozzarella (more or less to your liking)
1/2 cup parmesan
1 tsp Pink Himalayan Salt and Herb Blend
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/4 pepper
6-8 pieces of bacon cooked and crumbled
1-2 tbsp Avocado oil

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Directions
Heat a pot of water on the stovetop. Prep the Brussel sprouts by washing and cutting the ends off.

Place Brussel sprouts in the pot of boiling water and boil until tender. Midway through boiling Brussel sprouts, preheat oven on 375 degrees.

When Brussel sprouts become tender (about 10 minutes), remove from stove top and drain.

Place Brussel sprouts on a baking sheet and smash each sprout with a spoon or meat tenderizer press.

Sprinkle with avocado oil and your favorite seasonings. Top with mozzarella, parmesan, and bacon, then roast until cheese is melted (about 15 minutes.)

Serve as a side or enjoy as the main dish.

 

 

Try out these other delicious brussel sprout recipes!
Brussel Sprouts Augratin

Brussel Sprouts with Bacon

Brussel Sprouts Casserole

Everything But the Bagel Seasoning

Create your own Everything But the Bagel Seasoning with this easy recipe. Change it up however you like. All you have to do is mix the ingredients and store it in a sealed jar. Voila, save yourself some money with buying the spice pre-mixed and create your own. This stuff lasts a while and is so easy and versatile. Put everything but the bagel seasoning on Low Carb Bagels, Keto Baked Avocado Eggs, Low Carb Everything Crackers.

Ingredients:
2 tbsp poppy seeds
1 tbsp white sesame seeds
1 1/2 tbsp dried minced garlic
1 1/2 tbsp dried minced onion
1 tsp Mrs. Dash garlic and herb
2 tbsp sea salt

Directions:
Mix all spices in a bowl and pour into a glass storage container or sealed jar. Enjoy on any recipe you wanna make extra delicious!

Low Carb Bagels

These low carb bagels are so easy to make and only take 5 ingredients. Fathead dough is one of our favorite things to make and eat. We have used it making keto pizza before and the entire family gobbles it up. Using almond flour fathead dough isn’t just for pizza anymore! You can get so creative with the dough and use it in multiple recipes including Fathead Dough CalzonesParmesan Garlic Breadsticks, Fathead Rolls.

You are sure to love these 24 Fathhead Dough Recipes too! Now, we can eat keto bagels without the guilt or the carbs. Do be aware, if you are using fathead dough often in your keto life it might cause a stall. This fathead dough recipe can be made with coconut flour as well. We suggest starting with the basics with keto and getting creative with recipes once you have it down pat.

Ingredients
Yields 6 Bagels
1 cup almond flour

1.5 tsp baking powder

2 cups mozzarella (use block- not fresh as there is too much moisture)

1 large egg

dash of pink Himalayan salt

2 oz full-fat cream cheese- cubed

Optional: Everything but the Bagel Seasoning or desired toppings

 
Directions
1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

2. Add the mozzarella and cream cheese to a microwave safe bowl and microwave on high for 30 seconds. Stir to combine using a fork and then microwave for another 30 seconds until fully melted.

3. Add in the almond flour, egg, baking powder, and salt and combine using the fork. Then knead the dough with your hands or a spatula until you reach the desired texture and consistency. The dough should be evenly mixed with no separation. If it is difficult to bind together, place back in the microwave for 15 seconds or so to heat the dough.

4. Divide the dough into 6 balls of the same size. Roll the balls into a log then press the ends together to make a bagel shape. Repeat with the remaining dough. If using Everything but the bagel seasoning, rub the bagel with a bit of water so the seasoning will stick. Sprinkle seasoning over the bagels and gently press into the dough.

5. Roll each ball out into a thin log using your hands and form a circle onto the parchment paper. Repeat with the remaining dough.

6. Lightly brush the top of each bagel with some water to help the seasoning stick better. Sprinkle on desired seasoning and press down lightly with your fingers.

7. Bake for 10-12 minutes until golden brown. Watching closely so they don’t burn.
Check out the steps below

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There likely won’t be any left but if there are, these will keep in the fridge for a few days or you can freeze them. We use these awesome glass spill-proof containers for storage.

Cast Iron Keto Lasagna

We absolutely love our Lodge Cast Iron Skillet. The meals are easy to prep and cook all in one. We might have gone a little overboard with the cheese but that is never a bad thing! You can choose to omit the zucchini for a thicker mixture. Either way, this deep dish cast iron keto lasagna will have you drooling!

Ingredients
1.5- 2 lbs grass-fed beef
1 jar marinara sauce with no added sugars- Raos is a good brand
1-2 zucchini thinly sliced lengthwise- use a vegetable peeler or mandolin for slicing
2 tsp minced garlic
1/4 cup onion
1 1/2 cups mozzarella cheese
1/2 cup shredded parmesan
2-3 tsp Pink Himalayan Salt and Herb Blend
pepper to taste

 

Directions

  1. In a large skillet, brown the beef (adding in seasoning, garlic, and onions while cooking) on the stovetop and drain. Place in a bowl, add low carb marinara to beef and stir.
  2. While beef is browning prep zucchini slices and grated cheese and set aside.
  3. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  4. Place cast iron skillet on another burner on low-medium heat. Use about half of the prepared meat mixture creating your first thick layer, then top with mozzarella cheese.
  5. Next, make a layer of zucchini criss-crossing the pieces. Then cover with meat mixture and top with shredded mozzarella.
  6. Repeat step 4, leaving enough meat to cover the last layer of zucchini, then cover with the last of mozzarella and parmesan cheese.
  7. Place the prepared lasagna in the oven for 25 minutes on 375. It should come to a nice sizzling bake. Add an additional 3-5 minutes on broil to brown the top.
  8. Remove from oven with caution, cut, and enjoy.

 

 

 

Check out these amazing Keto/Low Carb Cast Iron Meals
Keto Spinach Dip with Pull-Apart Rolls

Keto Pizza Skillet

23 Keto Skillet Recipes

Low-Carb Bacon Mushroom Chicken

 

 

Cooking with cast iron is one of our favorite things to do. Looking for a Keto Cast Iron Skillet Cookbook.
Check these out!
Keto Cast Iron Cooking

Maggies Keto Cookbook e-book

 

 

 

Keto Crock-Pot Chuck Roast

 

If you are bored with eating chicken and looking to change it up, try out this low carb keto chuck roast recipe. This is by far the best chuck roast I have ever eaten, so full of flavor!
Toss all ingredients into the crockpot and cook on high for 4 hours then reduce heat to low for an additional 2 hours or until roast becomes tender.

 

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Ingredients
chuck roast
bundle of cilantro
celery
1/2 large onion
1 small bag radishes quartered
3/4 cup baby carrots
1 16.2oz Kettle and Fire Bone Broth (click for 10% off)

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Optional spices:
oregano
parsley
basil
turmeric
pepper
pink Himalayan salt and herb blend

 

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Check out these delicious Crock-Pot Keto Meals

10 Keto Friendly Slow Cooker Recipes

31 Keto Crockpot Freezer Meals

Keto Crockpot Crustless Pizza

Crockpot Cheesy Chicken Cauliflower

Low Carb Casserole and Keto Slow Cooker Meals

 

 

Keto Spaghetti Squash Mac-n-Cheese

Keto Spaghetti Squash Mac-n-Cheese

Ingredients
1 large Spaghetti Squash, halved

Sauce Mixture

1 1/2 cup shredded cheddar
1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
3 tbsp grass-fed butter
2 tbsp cream cheese
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
1/4 cup blanched almond flour
couple dashes of pink Himalayan salt and pepper to taste

Breaded topping (mash both together until finely ground):

1/4 cup pork rinds
1/4 cup almond flour
* add more if you want a bigger crunch

Directions: 

1. Cut Spaghetti squash in half, scrape out seeds

2. Place spaghetti squash face down in a large baking dish, fill about halfway with water.

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3. Place in oven at 375 for 45 minutes or so.
4. Remove from oven, shred with a fork while hot (use caution).
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5. On the stovetop prepare the sauce mixture by combining liquid ingredients first then adding in dry ingredients to prevent sticking. Cook in a medium-sized pot on low-medium heat until it reaches a boil and is mixed well.

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6. As sauce is heating and squash has cooled some, scoop out the spaghetti squash in a large mixing bowl, leaving the shell casing in the glass baking dish.

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7. Add sauce mixture to spaghetti squash, mix until well combined.

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8. Place spaghetti squash mixture back in the shell casing in the glass baking dish, filling both halves equally.
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9. Prepare the keto breaded topping by mashing in a bowl.

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10. Place breaded topping evenly on top of your prepared spaghetti squash mac-n-cheese.

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11. Place spaghetti squash back in the oven for an additional 15 minutes or until mixture starts to boil. Add an additional 5 minutes on broil to crisp the keto breading. Watch carefully so it doesn’t burn.

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12. Remove from oven, sprinkle with pink Himalayan salt and enjoy.

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This is a delicious replacement for the carb-loaded mac-n-cheese we used to eat as a family. We ate it as a side with dinner, allowing for the carb count. Check out the Spaghetti Squash Nutrition label if you are wanting to be more accurate with carb count. The way I see it, we are eating something lower in carbs and real food as compared to the box of shelled imitation macaroni. I will take that as a win any day.

Check out some other delicious low-carb/keto recipes using spaghetti squash.
101 Best Keto Spaghetti Squash Recipes

Low Carb Spaghetti Squash Carbonara

Keto Mac-n_Cheese Skillet

Top 10 Cheesy Low-Carb Spaghetti Squash Recipes

 

Keto Broccoli Salad

If you are looking for a great keto side dish you can throw together for those summer cookouts, look no further. This recipe could not be easier and will be a great addition to any summer bar-b-que. It is light, full fat, and delectable.

Ingredients:

2 Heads of raw broccoli florets- washed and chopped
1 cup bacon crumbled (I used 8-10 pieces)
1 cup cheese- cheddar pairs well
1/2 cup sunflower seeds
1.5 tbsp Braggs Apple Cider Vinegar
1/4 cup onion
3/4 cup Avocado Mayo
1.5 tbsp keto sweetener (we love Lakanto) use KetoFam20 for 20% off your order through this link- http://www.lakanto.com?aff=86
1-2 tbsp Hemp seeds
a couple dashes of Pink Himalayan salt

 

Directions

This recipe is so simple to make. Mix all ingredients together, eat immediately or chill and enjoy.

Looking for other ideas to take to that summer bar-b-que? Check out these great options below.
72 Best Summer Salad Recipes

25 Low Carb Summer Recipes

Low Maintenance Summer Keto Recipes

Keto Friendly Summer Recipes

Blueberry Keto Pancakes

One thing that happens often at our house, is our kids saying “Mommy, we should make keto _______________________ (fill in the blank of their favorite carb option meal). We had ultimately given up the tasty, pastry-like breakfast foods that we loved but were loaded with sugar. Gradually we have found great replacements that are so much better for us and taste just like the real deal.

The last time I heard that mommy statement, it had me digging for something different than eggs and bacon for breakfast. The kiddos said we should make keto pancakes and so it was, we went on the hunt to find a good recipe. We previously had purchased Paleo pancakes and the kids ate them, but to me, they were very eggy tasting and I would rather go without. I kept searching and tried a few recipes but this is one that I settled on until I come across something better.

These are still not as good as our keto maple bacon waffle but they are quicker to make and will do in a pinch.

INGREDIENTS
1/2 c. almond flour
4 oz. full fat cream cheese, softened
large eggs
1 tsp vanilla
Butter, for frying and serving

Optional Ingredients:
1 tsp.
 lemon zest

Keto Syrup (a must try!):
Lakanto Maple Flavored Syrup (sweetened with monk fruit) – use KetoFam20 for 20% off your order.

 

DIRECTIONS
  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together almond flour, cream cheese, eggs, and lemon zest until smooth.
  2. In a nonstick skillet over medium heat, melt 1 tablespoon butter. Pour in about 3 tablespoons batter and cook until golden, 2 minutes. Flip and cook 2 minutes more. Transfer to a plate and continue with the rest of the batter.
  3. Serve topped with butter.

Recipe adapted from:
Keto pancakes

Check out another low carb pancake recipe we tried you may like.

 

Keto Chocolate Chip Mug Cake

In our house, we love some chocolate chip treats. We were so excited to find a quick, easy, keto chocolate alternative to the sugar-laden chocolate chip cookies we used to indulge in.

I really enjoyed making this recipe together with my little helper. He loves public speaking much more than his momma. 🙂

 

Keto Chocolate Chip Mug Cake

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Ingredients:
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1 tbsp cream cheese
1 tbsp grass-fed butter

3 tbsp Super fine blanched Almond Flour
1.5 tbsp Keto sweetener (we used Lakanto Monk Fruit Classic-  Get 20% off using KetoFam code)
pinch of pink Himalayan salt
1/4 tsp vanilla
1 egg yolk
2 tbsp Lily’s stevia-sweetened chocolate chips

Directions:
1. Combine together butter and cream cheese and melt for 20-30 seconds in the microwave in a microwave/oven safe bowl. Remove and stir.
2. Add all other ingredients and stir together adding chocolate chips last.
3. Cover mug with oil, pour ingredients in, smooth and level out the top.
4. Place in the microwave for 1 minute or in the oven for app 10 minutes. Remove, let cool, and enjoy. Especially delicious with a hot cup of coffee.

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Keto Cake Recipes:
Keto-Chocolate Chip Mug Cake

Keto Lava Cake

Keto Chocolate Cake Mug

Keto Birthday Cake

 

Keto Travel Essentials

Being prepared on the go will help you to stay on track with your keto lifestyle. It is when we are caught unprepared and off guard that we tend to make decisions based on hunger rather than rational food choices when we are satisfied. Cheat meals can turn into cheat days, which will totally wreck your goals of staying in ketosis and feeling well unless you have pure therapeutic ketones in your back pocket.

Hotels
If you are staying in a hotel, try to opt for one with kitchen access (fridge, stove, etc) that way you can prepare meals a bit throughout the stay and you can reheat keto meals you purchased while out at a restaurant.

Flying or Driving
Whether you are flying or driving, pre-pack some keto friendly snacks to have on hand so you don’t make impulse decisions. If you are able to prep some quick grab items that will last a few hours without the fridge, do so.

We have made this Keto Snack List of items that you can prep and take on the run or you can grab to take out the door with little to no prep. Nowadays even gas stations are getting wise to the low carb/keto life. When in a pinch, you can find some of these by just stopping at your quick stop gas station.

Keto Snack List

Low Carb Veggies:

  • Broccoli
  • Cauliflower
  • Cucumber
  • Celery and squeeze packs of nut butter
  • Olives
  • Pickles
  • Kale Chips
  • Seaweed snacks
  • Yellow tomatoes
  • Bell peppers (red, green, yellow)
  • Zucchini chips


    Dairy:

  • Cheese- check the label for added fillers
  • Cheddar cheese cubes
  • Laughing cow cheese spread (full-fat version)
  • String cheese: full-fat version without added fillers

    Fruit:
  • Avocado
  • Strawberries
  • Blueberries
  • Raspberries
  • Blackberries
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    Nuts/Seeds and Nut Butter: (be careful not to overdo it!)

  • Macadamia nuts
  • Almonds
  • Pecans
  • Brazil nuts
  • Almond butter
  • Coconut almond butter
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    Seeds:

  • Pumpkin
  • Hemp seeds
  • Sunflower seeds

    Meats:

  • Salami
  • Pepperoni sticks
  • Beef sticks
  • Sardines
  • Eggs
  • Proscuitto and cheese
  • Bacon
  • Pickles wrapped in Boars Head lunch meat and full-fat cream cheese

    Miscellaneous:
  • Whisps
  • Pork Rinds and single packs of Wholly Guacamole
  • Stevia-sweetened dark chocolate
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  • MCT oil packets– add to coffee to keep you full during travel time or utilize for cooking on the stove
  • Sweetener packets- Monk Fruit and Stevia
  • Cocoa beans

    Drinks
  • Iced Black Coffee with heavy whipping cream
  • Keto Coffee with our on-the-go packet of Kreme
  • LaCroix or sparkling water – be sure to check ingredients, some have artificial sweeteners
  • Bai Bubbly or Bai drinks
  • Zevia
  • Unsweetened tea
  • Lemon water

    This is meant to be a quick snack guide to help you along on your keto journey. Life is meant to be lived and enjoyed, if you see an opportunity during your travels to try something new that you have never had- take it. Even if it means sliding a little off course, you can always jump right back on. Keto is becoming a lifestyle change for many, so restaurants and other places are becoming wise to meeting the need. Lots of places have some wonderful keto options for you, it just might take a little extra effort to find them. We hope this helps take out some of the guess-work.

    🌄Safe and happy travels! 🏖️