Month: March 2018

Roundup of fathead sandwiches and things.

I think the fathead dough movement is a game changer. While admittedly, nothing compares to the warmth of a newly-baked white brioche, I honestly would pick my sandwiches any given day– Just think 40 grams vs 6 grams of net carbs no thanks Brioche!

Apart from the luxury of being able to make it during my lunchbreak— (My work is about 10 minutes away–a dream) It is considerably effin cheap compared to buying a bun-less burger.
(Side tracking a little bit— there’s also an In and out and Wendy’s which is walkable near my work- but I chose to really create my own).

I counted the net carbs of typical sandwhiches– it’s about 6 grams net carbs– depending on what I put in between.
I only utilize four ingredients in my sandwhiches. Cheese, Almond flour, flax and an egg. Almond flours are a must in my kitchen. I’d rather hoard them than run out.

Here are some ample sample of what I usually eat on weekdays.

 

 

Mustard, Pickles and hotdogs are an awesome threesome. My bread almost can’t handle the enormous awesomeness of these. I also tend to choose my hotdogs quite well.  Be always wary of the carb count per sausage. I throw in some crimini mushrooms for an added crunch and texture

 

Ah yes a calzone-wannabe. Or let me call this a pizza sandwhich. all the pizza ingredients melted in savory synchronized sandwhich. I don’t like eating big slices of salame so i cut them in strips to accomodate my  sandwhich. Let it sit in the oven for an extra minute to let the cheese and salame melt with the tomato sauce. A mess, but well worth it!

 

 

The classic bacon. Throw anything with bacon and enough is said.

 

 

 

 

Spam with a load of lettuce.  A sneaky and flavorful way of getting your veggies in.

 

 

decadent PB-chocolate muffins with coconut oil

Been a while since I posted an indulgent recipe. No more fluff and long-ass intro that you won’t even appreciate,  lets get right into it!

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Okay on to this tropical dream of a dessert!

Useful tip: Coconut oils has a loooong  shelf life, don’t believe in “the best before” date stamp and HOARD these babies when they go on sale.

Trust me, i grew up in the tropics, my mother made them old school style—freshly grated coconut churned for hours and turned into pure oil.  We never even have to refrigerate them and I never see them SPOIL EVERRRRRRR!

(Granted that you won’t leave it for 3 years out in the heat, but that’s me being conservative)

Alright. This one is a quickie bake.  about 20 minute tops– from   prepping to the whole baking. Makes about 10 muffins,

The sweetener I used was the existing bag of Now Erythritol  that I just wiped out this morning.

I forgot to mention that the co-star of this show was the old fashioned peanut butter that was very subtle and I believe, complemented the chocolate pretty well.

Another tip– be wary of the cocoa powder you use. I Trader Joe’s has a lower carb count. Some are just plain garbage.

 

 

decadent chocolate muffins!

Yield: 10

decadent chocolate muffins!

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup almond flour
  • 1/2 cup Trader Joes cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 3 tbsp of my fave erythritol
  • chopped hazelnuts for added decor

Instructions

  1. Mix, Cocoa, Almond flour and BP in a bowl
  2. In a non-stick pan, stir in coconut oil and peanut butter in low heat
  3. Add Eggs and whisk together
  4. Fold in wet ingredients with dry ingredients
  5. Pour into silicon moulds
  6. Sprinkle hazelnuts
http://misismessyeater.com/2018/03/26/decadent-pb-chocolate-muffins-with-coconut-oil/

Bake at  325 for 11 mins– I made a habit of under-baking them because of my toaster heats up well.

Lately I’ve been baking in my mini toaster.  Its been easier and quicker to clean.

The best part—- my husband who thinks Keto is weird… ate these babies lol!!!

 

 

Printer shopping

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I’m looking for a nice small office printer… It will require daily use and a a scanning function for up to 11 x 17 format. Some of the criteria for purchased is affordability, high print yield and ease to find to get the ink refill.

I narrowed down my choices to Brother, Epson and HP since they’re the most ubiquitous from where I am.

Hp 7440

This is pretty much my top choice,design and size-wise. There is something about white printers that lure me in, its very clean looking and elegant, very feminine yet doesn’t try too hard, which I adore. It doesn’t look a whole lot complicated to operate and per the reviews on youtube, it can print and scan up to 11 x 17. The price is not bad either,

 

HP 7612  

I like the over-all look, although the color doesn’t appeal to me.  Black just attracts a ton of dust and unwanted residue. Despite its color and size, this ticks all the boxes of  criteria in my head especially since it’s a tad cheaper than my first choice. Although when buying stuff that you requires almost daily use, you really don’t wanna go all in cheap.

 

Epson Workforce WF 7210 

 


This is the second most affordable of all my choices, but for some reason I feel a little iffy with Epson. I guess in my head it’s still the same old ribbon type printer during the first  decade it came out and I’m stuck with an image of a noisy printer. A little unfair that I make reference to an obsolete printer  when it has progressed through the years.

 

Brother MFC-J4320DW 


O brother this far the most affordable one. The ink cartridge’s prices are way way better but I seriously need to sleep these ones before buying any of these four printers.

If you have any suggestions on your home office, it would be well appreciated!

 


 

 

Not food related (video below) this is a post about being grateful .

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A year ago, some absent minded, oblivious person hit us and car was totaled. Cut the long story short, we walked away serious injury-free, though still working on the mental and emotional side up until now.

It was a supposed quick trip to LA to get something for our FJ— (a sweet roadtrip of about 5-6 hours from San Francisco). Ironically the whole purpose of the trip was to take the car accessory back SF, but sadly we left Southern California without our first FJ Cruiser.

The funniest thing was, we were hit at a residential area, of all places, where the assumption of safety is higher.

It taught me a lot of life lessons such as to be more conscious and not rely alone on my husband for everything.

To always be alert even when I’m not the one driving, and not be on the phone all the time.

Also, to not have my emotions  get the best of me. Believe me you, I almost attacked the lady  who hit is but then I had to stop.

… and of course invest on a good dash camera, it is the most essential part and I hate having to use the word “invest” because it is almost  taboo to define something as an investment when we had to shell out about 150 but it sure as hell an amazing “investment” (strong police evidence, ergo, insurance settlement)

Anyhoo, I won’t honestly make this post too emotional, although it sincerely effed my for a time, but it honestly helps to have an amazingly reliable dash  camera.  

 

 

Quick tip: It would also be super if the dash camera you will get has a built in screen– like ours was.

I remember after gathering a presence of mind (whilst) still hanging on the side –as you can see on the insane state of the car- we ended up on the side— I had a little presence of mind to tell my husband to take the dash camera.

This made the police investigation easy—- the lady in the other vehicle did not stop on the stop sign and we had the right of way so… Yeah.

ACTUAL CLIP BELOW-NOT GRAPHIC BUT TRAUMATIC FOR ME… 

When we were extracted from the vehicle, my hubby showed the video from the police and bam we have case!

All thanks to the strong evidence from the camera. Actual car can’t be seen on the frame but you can see how we turned over at the 1″13 mark. The first time I saw the video it still traumatized the heck out of me, but we lived. So yea, get a freakin camera for yourself. The camera also had the speed limit on the video meaning my husband was just driving below the speed limit.

 

Anyhoo those are the takeaways from this life-changing experience– not take things for granted, be aware, and lastly, be very grateful.

As always, I am very grateful for you reading my post.

Have you had any crazy driving experience you want to share? Comment below and let’s talk!

 

Pork belly for days (literally)

I tell you, baking a huge slab of pork belly – probably around 3 lbs is a bitch.

Pork belly for days (literally)

Ingredients

  • Rice wine vinegar
  • Coconut Aminos
  • 3-4 lb pork belly
  • 3 cups Rock or coarse salt
  • 2 eggs

Instructions

  1. Day 1- Or the night before: Soak meat in aminos and vinegar with skin down for 8 hours, leaving it in the fridge Purpose of this is to take out the bad smell and nasty taste of the pork skin.
  2. Day 2- Start in the morning because this fucking takes forever- or at least give yourself about 4 hours in the kitchen for this
  3. Preheat oven at 375
  4. Combine 3 cups of salt and egg, this will hold together the meat as it bakes.
  5. Place meat in foil and cover with salt + egg mixture at the top
  6. Bake for an hour
  7. Broil for another 15 mins until skin is crispy
  8. Enjoy
http://misismessyeater.com/2018/03/15/pork-belly-for-days-literally/
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Keto Chicken Arroz Caldo

Ahhh—- One reason to miss rice in keto is this. This brings me back to my childhood when my mom would prepare this soupy, congee, very risotto-y and filling.

This is a Filipino breakfast /  afternoon snack which has Chinese and Spanish origins— Literally means “rice broth” in Spanish— the recipe actually resembles Congee, an East Asian/ Chinese rice porridge.

The recipe is relatively easy to prepare, typically garnished with hard boiled eggs and scallions and fried tofu cake.
What gives it a distinct taste is the ginger  sauteed with Chicken as the first procedure— This I think makes it more flavorful, and a real bang for your nutritional buck .

I replaced the rice with cauliflower rice as expected.
Just when I thought I gave up on Cauli already… I had this and my love for Cauliflower has returned.

Keto Chicken Arroz Caldo

Keto  Chicken Arroz Caldo

it's not aesthetically pleasing, this wasn't photo-ready but man it was good.

Ingredients

  • 1-2 cups Trade Joe's Cauliflower rice
  • ½ lbs chicken sliced thinly (I use thighs for maximum flavor)
  • 1-2 cups chicken broth
  • 2 tbsp fish sauce
  • Black Pepper
  • 2 tbsp ginger, julienned, Add more or less, depending your preference
  • 1 tsp garlic
  • 2 tbsp Ghee for sauteing
  • garnish (optional)
  • 1 cup scallions (green onions), minced

Instructions

  1. In a non-stick skillet (medium high heat), pour in ghee
  2. Sautee the Chicken with ginger until meat turns golden brown
  3. Add Garlic + Black pepper
  4. Add Cauliflower rice
  5. Add Fish Sauce
  6. Pour in broth
  7. Adjust the heat of the stove to medium high
  8. Bring to a boil and until the soup reduces and cauliflower softens a bit
  9. Add more broth if you want a more soupy congee or adjust accordingly.
http://misismessyeater.com/2018/03/15/keto-chicken-arroz-caldo/

In the Philippines, this is typically served with hardboiled eggs, and sometimes even ground pork rinds— How fitting for Keto!

Give this one ago and let me know how it turns out for you!

 

daylight savingstime + alcohol = horrendous combination

My body hasn’t had any alcohol in a while. Me and my sister in law are partners in crime used to finish a bottle of vino in one sitting a while back, but circumstances currently made it a little tough to get together and I miss her like heck.

This weekend, she’s on my side of the bay area and that’s an automatic sister time–doing what we love the most— alcohol and chismis!

I chose liquor and a sugar free cocktail , and the combination, coupled with an adjustment of an hour for daylight saving was terrible- I surmise being in keto has made my previous life un-normal.

I noticed my body’s reaction as soon as I went home to sleep—my palpitations were out of control, i really had trouble sleeping, I literally felt my eyes are stinging because my body was screaming for sleep but for some reason I can’t. This has never happened before.

Before I knew it, I was shocked to see that it was also 4am. Then again we lost an hour of sleep because of the daylight savings but still, that experience was really bizarre.

I don’t know its either the alcohol, or the staying out until the wee hours that messed me up, but when you have this cleaner, healthier lifestyle there is no room for binges. I’m glad despite the huge array of tempting “normal” food options, I had cheese, salad and avo egg roll. Foods that are considerably easier for keto. Plus the time with my sister in law is so worth it