Low Carb Chori Pollo

If you love chorizo and easy recipes then this is for you! 

What you’ll need: 

1 pkg chorizo, casing removed

1 onion, chopped

1/2 stick butter or 2 tblsp coconut oil 

1 rotisserie chicken, deboned and skin removed

1/2 tsp ground coriander seed

3/4 tsp granulated garlic

1/4-1/2 tsp ground cumin

1/2 chipotle powder

Mozzarella cheese or mexican cheese blend of choice

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a sheet pan with non-stick foil, set aside. 

Remove the casing from each chroizo link and cook in large skillet over medium/high heat with butter. Break it up into smaller pieces as it cooks. Stir in onion and cover with lid for a few minutes until onion begins to soften. Remove lid and continue to cook for five more minutes. In a large bowl add deboned rotisserie chicken, shred with either fingers or forks. Season with ground coriander seed, granulated garlic, chipotle powder and mix thoroughly. Spread out on sheet pan in an even layer, add chorizo and onions on top of chicken(and yes the buttery liquid too). Top with cheese and bake for 10 minutes, or until the cheese is melted. 

Serve with homemade guacamole, sour cream, a salad, or low carb tortillas. 

Nutritional Information (according to MyFitnessPal for 1/10th serving)

Calories: 325

Fat: 23g

Carbs: 5g

Fiber: 0.3g

Net Carbs: 4.7g

This is not an overly seasoned recipe, I used less cumin since my folks aren’t huge fans of it. But you can certainly use more if you prefer. As for the cheese, use whatever you like, I keep mozzarella on hand and used that. The time it took me to make this, from prep to baking was a total of 30 minutes. It goes by quickly and helps if you debone and remove the skin from the chicken ahead of time. Dad buys the rotisserie chickens from Sam’s Club on Saturday, that’s when I “process” the chicken and store it for later use. 

Hope you all have a blessed weekend! 

Low Carb Sheet Pan Stir-fry

Let me preface this recipe by saying, this is not an induction friendly recipe. But why label it a low carb recipe? In truth it is a lot lower than if you were pair it with pasta, rice, and crunchy egg rolls. Right?! However, it is better suited for those who are maintaining, or those who can handle higher amount of carbs. I still think, though, any recipe can be altered to fit anyone’s dietary needs, and I will share some induction friendly options for this recipe.

To keep this induction safe, meaning for those who are just starting out on a low carb lifestyle, you will need to skip over the prefabbed Asian vegetable packs with a sauce at the store. I know, it’s easier to just grab something that is already made for you, but trust me a lot of the time those premade packs are full of sugar, msg, and other carb loaded vegetables that you really don’t need when you’re just starting to cut back your carb intake. Instead, opt for frozen broccoli, cauliflower, a little sliced onion, and maybe green bell peppers. This combination of vegetables is a safer option with fewer carbs and with less of a chance of your blood sugar going through the roof. Stay away from most jarred sauces as well, fermented soy sauce is fine, make sure it’s low sodium, and if you want to add a touch of sweetness to your meal use a little Stevia in the Raw. Not much, maybe a teaspoon or until it is to your liking. 

For a while yet you will want to avoid snow peas, carrots, water chestnuts, and copious amounts of Asian sauces. After your induction phase, you may begin to add, slowly, certain vegetable back into your meals. This is when you should pay close attention to what is truly beneficial and what you should stay away from. While most people can enjoy a wide variety of delicious vegetables, when living a low carb lifestyle one must be mindful to not indulge or over indulge in certain vegetables simply because it is deemed healthy. What works for one person does not necessarily mean it will work for you.

I personally cannot eat a lot of tomatoes, carrots, mushrooms, onions, snow peas, corn, or sweet peppers. I can have them on occasion but not often. The vegetables I absolutely avoid are beets and potatoes. I’ve had to learn where to draw the line for myself after recognizing how I feel after consuming those foods. This is of course after years of trial and error with the low carb lifestyle, it wasn’t something I picked up on right away. I don’t know, maybe I’m slow. 😉 Just pay attention to how food is affecting you and adjust your meals accordingly. You’ll feel better and be more successful with your new lifestyle!

Now, for this recipe I must say it was certainly easier to do in the oven than on the stove top. Ok, here’s how not with it I am…I don’t even have a wok! It’s alright, I’m a grown woman, shame me all you want, but normally when I make stir-fry for the family I just use a dutch oven pot. 

Are you still with me? (Listening for crickets…)

I know, I’m just full of all kinds of shock lately…first I use a recipe from a can for my guacamole, and here I am outting myself that I don’t even use a wok when I cook Chinese food…and now I’m baking it in the oven! Before anyone kicks me to the curb, hear me out and give this recipe a try, because it is the ONLY way I am going to make a stir-fry ever again! 


(That’s an extea piece of chicken thigh meat there in my bowl.)

What you’ll need:

2 pounds chicken, cut into 1-inch pieces

2 pounds of frozen vegetables, I used Members Mark Asian Stir Fry Mix from Sam’s Club, with sauce pack

1/4 cup low sodium soy sauce

1/2 cup Robert Rothschild Farm Roasted Pineapple and Habanero Glaze & Finishing Sauce, optional

Directions: 

Heat oven to 425*F, line sheet pan with non-stick foil(shiny side down, dull side up). Set aside

Begin by chopping up chicken so that the pieces are roughly 1-inch in size. Add to a large bowl with defrosted vegetables, sauce pack, soy sauce, and Robert Rothschild sauce. (This is why this is not an induction friendly meal, but it is optional to use.) Stir to combine and pour contents out onto lined pan. Bake uncovered for 25-30 minutes. Serve immediately. 

Nutritional Information: 1/6 serving(according to MyFitnessPal)

Calories: 327

Fat: 1.7g

Carbs: 33.7g

Fiber: 3.3g

Net Carbs: 30.4g

See, this is why I say this particular recipe is not safe for anyone just starting out with a low carb lifestyle, and it is certainly not recommended for those with diabetes. I used Robert Rothschild Farm sauce because for one it is absolutely amazing!! It rarely ever gets used in our house unless I make a stir-fry(which isn’t often) and two it’s a hold over jar from Christmas Eve when we made a mass batch of pork eggrolls. Yeah, not winning any brownie points, am I? 😕 If you choose to forego the sauce, but you still want to add heat, add in some diced jalapeno or habanero, a teaspoon of crushed red pepper flakes, or a teaspoon of cayenne pepper. 

Well, all I can say is, if you’ve been good all day and had less than 10g net carbs then splurging a bit with this meal isn’t going to set you back too much. That’s why it’s not a good idea to eat this particular meal too often. Once every few months is fine, but not every week. In fact, keep it for special occasions such as birthdays, anniversaries, or family get togethers. This way you won’t feel guilty in indulging because hello, birthdays, anniversaries, and get togethers are when carbs, calories, and fat don’t count! 😉

So tuck this recipe away for special occasions and enjoy the time you’ll save in making this amazing meal! Oh, and if you’re wondering where you can find the Robert Rothschild Farm Roasted Pineapple and Habanero Glaze & Finishing Sauce(say that fives fast), click the picture below. You can also find it at Walmart and Sam’s Club(check online first to see if it you can find it locally). 


Hope you all have a blessed weekend!!

Sheet Pan Steak & Vegetables


To start the week off I decided to treat the guys (dad, G, and JJ) to a low carb manly feast! Depending on what cut of steak you use will determine the outcome of this meal. So keep in mind, the leaner the meat the chewier it will be and a likelier chance you will need to marinade. You can use anything you like, but keep in mind that if you are living a low carb life to keep your marinades sugar free. Aside from the one listed below, I also like using peanut oil with fresh lemon juice, lemon zest, and italian seasoning which is great with chicken. 

What you’ll need:

2-2 1/2 pounds flank or flat iron steak

1/2 c peanut oil, or any vegetable oil of your choice, divided

4 tblsp Worcestershire sauce, divided

4 tsp zesty cajun seasoning (optional), divided

4 tsp grill seasoning of your choice, preferrably one without sugar or msg, divided

1 pound frozen broccoli, thawed

1 pound frozen cauliflower, thawed

1 medium onion, sliced

2 garlic cloves, minced

Directions:

Marinade your steak for up to an hour or overnight in 1/4 cup oil, 2 tsps Worcestershire sauce, 2 tsps each of cajun seasoning and steak seasoning. Keep covered in the fridge if marinading overnight and keep covered on the counter top if marinading for an hour. 

Set oven to 425*F. Line a large half size sheet pan with non-stick foil(shiny side down, dull side up). Set aside. 

In a large bowl add thawed broccoli, cauliflower, sliced onion, minced garlic, 1/4 cup of remaining oil, Worcestershire sauce, and remaining seasonings. Give it a good stir to coat everything and pour out onto the foil lined sheet pan. Flatten out into a single layer and bake for 20-25 minutes. 

Place a metal cooling wrack(aka metal wire rack) over the sheet pan of cooked vegetables. Carefully place the marinated steak on top. Bake for an additional 15 minutes or until an internal thermometer reads between 125*F — 140*F. Depending on how done you like your steak. Remove from oven and let rest for 10 minutes before serving. 

Nutritional Information: 1/6th serving(according to MyFitnessPal)

Calories: 520

Fat: 33g

Carbs: 11.3g

Fiber: 4.4g

Net Carbs: 6.9g

There you have it! A meal under 10g net carbs, filling, and better for you. Any seasoning can be used, change it to keep things interesting! 

Both G and JJ were in food heaven. My dad being a purist prefers his steak to have that grill flavor, but for all the effort that was put into the meal he was thankful and surprised that it tasted as good as it did. There was plenty of steak between the three of them leftover to have for breakfast the next morning with their eggs, which is always a nice treat! 
Since this was such a hit with them it’s going to be filed away as a keeper, with a special request that I also do steak fajitas sometime soon. The leftover vegetables are great to have on wraps with chicken or can be used in another meal! Nothing goes to waste around here. 

Hope you all enjoy and have a blessed weekend!!