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    Rhubarb Crisp – the keto version

    Today is my husband’s birthday and we’re having a small, socially distanced family dinner. Just 5 guests, big picnic table, no hugs, stay outside. Minimal risk. Kinda sucks, but at least we’re together. To make up for the Covid-19 suckiness, we are going to have amazing food! Mike chose seafood, so we have large scallops and shrimp for grilling on skewers, local lake trout marinated in soy sauce and lemon juice and garlic, also grilled to perfection, fresh Ontario asparagus, rice for the carb eaters, and as a birthday dessert – rhubarb crisp! Rhubarb, actually a vegetable (think stem, like celery), is the first “fruit” of the temperate northern summer.…

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    Focaccia Bread

    Silly me! I posted on Instagram this morning about my bread recipe with a link to this blog, but then realized that my focaccia bread recipe wasn’t actually there – just the incredibly high fibre version called Keto Magic Flax Bread. So here’s the regular bread… This morning, I added 1/2 tsp cinnamon and about 3/4 cups chopped pecans to make a “sweet” version of my bread. Less ideal for soups and stews, but very satisfying as a breakfast bread. I love my silicon mat for baking this bread. So simple. But parchment paper will work too. Use your biggest baking sheet and spread it out evenly. *Amazon links included…

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    Keto Cheesecake

    I don’t usually care much for keto baking. I firmly believe that continuing to rely on sweet-tasting foods while trying to maintain a ketogenic diet is defeating the purpose. There’s solid evidence now that consuming diet beverages (artificially sweetened soda pops, etc.) can stimulate an insulin response in the body similar to that produced by sugar. Small amounts of insulin are also released before any sugar enters the bloodstream. This response is known as cephalic phase insulin release. It is triggered by the sight, smell, and taste of food, as well as chewing and swallowing. That’s our body just being its usual wise self. The problem results when there’s actually…

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    Liver – tips and hacks for adding the ultimate Superfood to your diet

    I’m lucky. I like liver. Always have. It was part of the weekly rotation of foods in my home growing up. Mostly because it was an inexpensive meal, but also because we all liked it. Mom loved cooking it because it took only minutes to fry up. Her version was dredged in seasoned flour. Then dropped into a hot oiled cast iron frying pan. A couple of minutes on each side, then onto the plate. That was it. No onions, no sauces or gravy. Served with mashed potatoes and a frozen vegetable. Simple work-night supper.. Growing up, we lived one short block from a small neighbourhood grocery store, the kind…

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    Keto Crackers – the best!

    So, as I’ve said before, I love crunch… I’ve been a cracker and hard cookie girl all my life. I don’t care much for soft or filled cookies, and certainly not cakes with icing. I like a hard, not-too-sweet cookie, or preferably a savoury and crunchy cracker. Think digestives, arrowroots, shortbreads, gingersnaps. Or Stone Wheat Thins or Triscuits… That crunch generally comes from baked grains. So it’s a bit of a rare commodity on a grain-free diet. And I miss it. Crunchy raw veggies just don’t fit the same flavour and mouthfeel profile. Either do nuts, especially the healthier raw or soaked ones… So when this recipe idea passed through…

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    A tale of two muffins…

    “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…” (Sorry Charles Dickens 😂) Somebody’s garden had produced a bumper crop of torpedo-sized zucchinis and they had ended up on the staff table at work. So I brought one home. And researched keto zucchini muffins. What I ended up with was two recipes. One was a sweet zucchini muffin with cinnamon, cloves and ginger, plus pecans for texture. The other was a savoury muffin with oregano and cheese. Both use coconut flour, which reduces the overall caloric content in comparison to an almond flour muffin. I have tasted them both when warm and fresh. I like the cheesy…

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    When you are really missing bread on a keto diet…

    Following a low carb diet or a keto diet is usually great, but there are days when you just can’t face another egg, or when you want the comfort of that bread texture, or when you don’t feel well enough to manage heavy foods and comfort food is the go-to. This recipe is for those days. It’s bread, kinda… It’s got the texture of bread or biscuits or muffins or even not-very sweet cake. I’m not promising that it’s a carbon copy, but it’s close. And it’s only about 3 minutes away from your plate and your belly, a good thing if you are in a rush or not feeling…

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    Keto Crack-ola

    There are certain things that make sticking to a ketogenic diet easier. As much as I love meat, eggs, healthy fats and vegetables, there are times when I can’t face another egg, and I just want something that at least resembles a grain product, like bread, cookies or cereal. And sometimes, you just need something a bit sweet. Or something crunchy. That’s where this granola comes in. It’s sweet, thanks to non-nutritive natural sweeteners. It’s crunchy, thanks to the long baking time. It can be eaten dry, like a cookie substitute. It can be a cereal, swamped in almond milk, cream, yogurt or kefir. The basis of the cereal is…

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    Magic Keto Flax Bread

    My new best friend in the effort to keep chemo constipation at bay… This is a modification of a low carb focaccia-style bread that I have been making for several years, usually using other low carb seed and nut meals, such as almond meal, pecan meal, or ground chia seeds. But when the rubber hits the road, flax and psyllium are the best sources of both soluble and insoluble fibres for bulking stools and attracting and holding onto water in the large bowel. I am currently on Day 3 of Cycle 3 of my Taxel/Carbo protocol. On the previous cycles, this has been a time of 3 or more days…