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Tuesday, December 13, 2016


  • 2 lbs ground beef
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 3/4 cup G Hughes Smokehouse Sugar Free Hickory BBQ Sauce
  • 1 1/2 T Worchestershire sauce
  • 1 1/2 T vinegar
  • 2 T liquid smoke
  • 1 T chili powder
  • 1 T smoked paprika
  • 1 T cumin
  • 2 cups water
  • 5 slices bacon, cooked and diced
  • 1 - 1 1/2 T minced garlic
  • Pinch Roasted Red Pepper flakes to taste
Cooking Directions
  1. In a skillet, cook the bacon and onion until done.
  2. Drain and set aside.
  3. In a soup pot, brown the ground beef.
  4. Drain.
  5. Add the remaining ingredients, including the bacon and onion mixture and simmer for several hours.
  6. You can also cook it all together and then dump it in the crock pot so it simmers until you're ready to eat.
Serves 6.

Holly's Note:
The Doctor loves chili and as I was wanting to make it, but not sure how it would work with Keto, I read through the recipe and realized that it would take very little to make it Keto appropriate. 

First thing was to eliminate the brown sugar. I planned to replace it with Stevia, but the sugar wasn't missed at all. I also replaced the tomato sauce and ketchup with our favorite G Hughes Smokehouse Sugar Free Hickory BBQ Sauce. It's amazing. Here in Idaho, I can only get it at Albertsons, but it is also available at Amazon.

Other than those changes/additions, the recipe is unchanged from my original. Obviously I don't serve this over Rice Pilaf like I used to. The only time I do that is if we are having other people over for dinner. The Doctor usually has this with a salad.

Friday, December 9, 2016

Egg Scramble...Keto

One of the easiest meals we do for Keto is an Egg Scramble. Seriously, it takes 5 minutes.

  • 4 eggs
  • 2 t skim milk
  • 1/4 cup shredded colby jack cheese
  • 2 T real bacon pieces
  • 3 slices bacon, cooked
Cooking Directions
  1. Whisk together the eggs and milk.
  2. Pour into a hot skillet.
  3. Add cheese and bacon pieces.
  4. Season with salt and pepper and scramble until done.
  5. Serve with bacon or sausage or any kind of breakfast meat.
Serves 1

Holly's Note:
I cook the bacon in my George Foreman Grill at the same time I'm scrambling the eggs. 

Obviously this serving size is just for The Doctor and fits his daily macros. Adjust it however you want to fit yours. If you use sausage links instead of bacon, the nutrition info changes.

For me? I just add an extra egg and slice of bacon to his and take my portion out before he eats his.

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Ketogenic Diet

My husband has been following a Ketogenic diet since May. He has lost 95 lbs and is on track to lose 100 lbs by New Years. In an effort to help him, we have been experimenting with Keto recipes and ways of cooking and I will be sharing some of those recipes and ideas here on the cooking blog.

Keto is, in a nutshell, simply avoiding a high carbohydrate (sugar) intake and provides the body with energy from fats and protein. It encourages the body to burn stored fat to make up for not eating as many calories.

May 1 to Dec 5, 2016
Progress Pics
To find out our more or follow The Doctor's journey check out Shrinking Dr. B. There, he shares his journey with Keto and weight loss and you can find helpful videos, progress pictures and inspiration there.

More to come. Stay tuned...