Loaded Cauli “Faux-tato” Salad

Although summer is taking its sweet time arriving here in the Pacific Northwest this year, that isn’t stopping me from grilling up some tasty meats (like tri tip) and making delicious, high-fat side dishes to go along with them.

I was inspired to make this potato salad style side dish (made with cauliflower instead of potatoes) after having a version of it made by my cousin’s wife at a family birthday party. It was so incredibly delicious, everyone at the party, even the non-Ketonians, LOVED it and asked for seconds.

I made my first version of this while visiting a friend and his family (HI JERRY!) in Oregon and it was received with similar accolades. “We need the recipe!!” is all I’ve heard the last few weeks.

So here it is, finally! I made this dish for 4th of July and it’s still as satisfying as the first one I had months ago. For a tasty variation, try subbing out the sharp cheddar for blue cheese. And of course you can always add more bacon.

Ingredients

1 head cauliflower

1 cup mayonnaise

1 cup sour cream

3 large hard boiled eggs, diced

4 strips thick-cut bacon, cooked and crumbled

4 ounces sharp cheddar, shredded

2 green onions, white and green parts, thinly sliced

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

Directions

The only slightly tricky part of this recipe is cooking the cauliflower “just right”. You want it to be sort of soft, but not mushy.

After you remove the hard core and any leaves, you can try one of these techniques:

  • Dice cauliflower and steam it until fork tender, 1 – 3 minutes
  • Place entire head into pressure cooker and cooking LOW pressure for one minute. Use quick release method and slice and cool. Then cut into cubes. (This is the method I used.)
  • Dice cauliflower and put in a bowl in the microwave with about 1/4 cup of water. Cook on medium-high for 3 -5 minutes at a time, checking each time for doneness. Since microwave ovens vary so greatly, the total time may be 15 – 20 minutes.

Cool cauliflower cubes and then toss all ingredients in a large bowl. Taste and add more salt or pepper if desired.

Yield: 8 servings

Nutrition per serving: 382 calories, 6 g carbs, 2.4 g fiber, 11 g protein, 35 g fat

Olives: The Magical Fruit

Most of us who have been on a ketogenic diet know that fruits are to be avoided, with maybe the exception of those “technically” fruits like avocados and tomatoes. However, olives are also one of those magical fruits that can be worked into a keto lifestyle!

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Olives are an incredibly versatile food that have been cultivated by humans for 1000s of years. We’re all familiar with the typical “green” and “black” olive varieties, but the olive rabbit hole goes deeper than you may think. First of all, green and black olives aren’t really different varieties of olives; they’re just picked at different stages of ripeness. Black olives are picked at the peak of ripeness, so they usually end up being softer with a more mild flavor. Green olives are picked at various degrees of un-ripeness, meaning they will be more dense and bitter. This time difference, as well as the region the olives are from, and the method for curing them, is what gives olives their diverse flavor profile.

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Olives can be cured in different solutions to give them different unique tastes. Many olives are soaked in a solution of lye and water to soften them. This process takes a very short time, but unfortunately also removes most of the nutrients of the fruit. Other olives are cured in a bath of brine water, which can take several months, or air-cured, which causes some wrinkling of the olives but preserves the strong flavor and nutrient profile.

In 1910, a process was discovered in order to can black olives, which previously were different to transport because they would discolor. This involved lye-curing green olives in an oxygenated solution to turn them black, then treating them with ferrous gluconate to preserve the color. If possible, avoid buying canned black olives that have been “stabilized” with this substance – they will be almost completely devoid of nutrients! Look for organic brands of olives, as these will more likely be treated using a brine solution instead of lye, and will be much more nutritious.

All of that to say, olives definitely make for a great keto treat. They can be eaten by themselves as a snack, or used to enhance dishes like salads, dips, casseroles, or even some keto friendly pizza! At a small enough serving size, most olive jars will claim “zero” carbs, but all fruits and veggies have a small amount of digestible carbs: one large olive will be about 0.5 grams of fat to 0.2 grams of carbohydrates. With a little planning, these delicious salty fruits can be easily worked into any keto lifestyle.

Check out Carole’s Olive Taste Test Video for a breakdown of the different flavors of olives from all different parts of the globe!

Keto Meal Idea #22: Shredded Beef Tacos

 

Keto Meal 22

Ingredients

3 romaine lettuce leaves

3 ounces slow cooked shredded beef

1 ounce cheddar cheese, shredded

3 tablespoon sour cream

Hot sauce

Macros: 492.7 calories, 40 g fat, 28.1 g protein, 4.9 g carbs, 1.8 g fiber

Keto Meal Idea #20: Cheddar Quiche, Zucchini, Tomatoes

Keto Meal 20

Ingredients

2 slices Crustless Cheddar Quiche

1 cup diced zucchini

1/2 cup grape tomatoes

1 tablespoon olive oil

Macros: 620 calories, 56.2 g fat, 20.6 g protein, 11.1 g carbs, 2.6 g fiber

 

Keto Meal Idea #57: Sausage, Egg, Cheese Breakfast Sandwich

Keto Meal 57

Ingredients

1 Ultimate Keto Bun

1 tablespoon mayo

2 ounce sausage patty, cooked

1 ounce cheddar cheese

1 egg, scrambled

1/2 cup arugula

Macros: 485.7 calories, 57.1 g fat, 33.6 g protein, 15.5 g carbs, 8.3 g fiber

Keto Meal Idea #58: Avocado, Cheese, Tomato Salad

Keto Meal 58

Ingredients

2 cups romaine lettuce, chopped

1/2 avocado, sliced

1 ounce blue cheese

1 ounce cheddar cheese

1/2 cup grape tomatoes

Macros: 349.3 calories, 28.4 g fat, 15.3 g protein, 11.6 g carbs, 6.9 g fiber

Keto Meal Idea #34: Hamburger, Butter, Zucchini, Macadamia Nuts

Keto Meal 34

Ingredients

1/3 pound hamburger patty

2 tablespoons butter

1/4 medium zucchini (spiralized into zoodles)

1/4 cup grape tomatoes

2 tablespoons olive tapenade

1 tablespoon olive oil

2 ounces macadamia nuts

Macros: 1025 calories, 98.7 g fat, 29.9 g protein, 12.7 g carbs, 5.8 g fat