So, I'm trying a keto diet. At first I was worried it would severely hinder my cooking with the restrictions, but I think it's actually done the opposite.
And I think my food actually tastes better now. So many people at work are living off salads sadly until they snap and eat a bunch of pizza, meanwhile I'm eating stuffed chicken, bacon, and steak. I have a coworker that was sitting near me the other day at lunch, and asked about what I was eating. (Cheesy Chicken and Broccoli Jambalaya leftovers, in NO way does it look like it's healthy for you) and she knows I'm on a diet since we've been comparing them and are competing to see who loses weight faster.
She looks at my food, then looks at hers (chicken salad, no dressing, with fruit on the side) then looks at me incredulously and says "And you've visibly lost weight eating this stuff too!"
And calls her friends over so everyone oooohs and aaaaaahs over the food and goes on about how they're sick of salad and chicken breast with veggies.
Today I decided to make Shepherd's Pie.
The Shepards pie was easy to make. I just made mashed cauliflower, I'll even use the micro in a pinch and seasoned a lb of the ground pork and beef mix I use with.
- onion powder
I added in some frozen mixed veggies when the meat was about halfway done cooking, I only used about 2oz veggies per 4oz meat because of the carb count though.
I'm sure it would taste good with spinach or cabbage.
Once the meat was done, I just plopped it on top of the mashed cauliflower, and in the pan with the remaining grease I added some beef broth, Worcester sauce, pepper and hwc, and stirred it in with a whisk, taste-testing until I got the taste I want. I like my gravy thicker, so I added a VERY small amount of cornstarch slurry in, not even a tsp worth. And that was for enough gravy for 2 people.
I brought it to a boil while whisking until it was fairly thick, then just dribbled it over the meat, veggies, and cauliflower!
If you want it more classic, you could do all the same steps in a slightly different order, cooked meat and veggies in a casserole dish first, then gravy mixed in, then the veggie mash goes on top like a crust. Some people like to put cheese and butter on the crust. Everything is pretty much cooked at that point, so you can just broil it for a bit.
The shepherd pie is a little more carb heavy.
My lunch serving has a cup of mashed cauliflower, 4oz meat, 2 oz veggies, and a half cup of gravy I think. The veggies and cornstarch are the main culprits, so xantham gum could fix that. And I totaled the carbs at between 14-16 when I tracked it, and around 700kcals. But it's really filling, so if I even eat dinner tonight there will be no problem having a light one.
I was thinking maybe next time I make something like this I'll pack her a lunch too with the nutrients listed. I love how the food looks and TASTES good, and we're not really having to give up things we love.
Just have to get creative sometimes.
We went to weigh in for the contest our office is doing today, beforehand she saw me eating bacon out of a Ziploc for breakfast.
It's pretty funny.