Week 1 Keto Meal Ideas For The Lazy Chef

bacon and cheddar jalapeno popper boats - keto dinner recipies week 1

I like a lot of people this year am turning to the Keto Diet in hopes to achieve great weight loss in the New Year. I have gone through this path before with great success, but uh.. life happens. This time around I am struggling with what to eat, I am not a good cook so do I live solely off of protein shakes and meal replacement bars, or do I try? As you probably guessed I decided to try and learn how to cook Keto, and I am so glad I did! I have found some easy recipes that anyone can do! (Trust me if I can, you can) Below are some great easy recipes to kick start your diet into keto. I started the day with a full stack of large keto pancakes! By lunch I decided to test my oven skills with some bacon wrapped jalapeno poppers and for dinner I made a delicious cheeseburger casserole mmmm…

low carb almond flour pancakes with butter and bacon - keto breakfast ideas
Photo Credit: Sasha Pierce

Make Low Carb Keto Almond Flour Pancakes in 5 Minutes or Less

During the week I hate waking up early, therefore I am always in a rush and never have time to cook. These almond flour pancakes not only are perfect for the keto diet, they only have six ingredients, and they are perfect for lazy night owls with sleep deprivation who can’t wake up on time like myself! (And everyone else of course)

 

 

Ingredients:

  1. 1/2 cup Almond Flour
  2. 1tsp Vanilla
  3. 2 Eggs
  4. 1oz Cream Cheese
  5. Butter
  6. 1tsp Erythritol Sweetener

Directions:

  1. In your blender/mixer mix the flour, vanilla, eggs, cream cheese, and erythritol till nice and smooth. I like to blend the ingredients in my magic bullet because its quick and easy to clean.
  2. Heat the burner on medium with butter, once ready pour the batter mixture in the pan and let it fry for two minutes. When ready flip the pancakes and let fry for another 30-60 seconds.

Once your three pancakes are ready, plate and top off with some butter and sugar free maple syrup. I like to have mine with a side of bacon, also Keto friendly. I mean what other diet allows you to eat pancakes, eggs, cheese and bacon? These pancakes work well with cinnamon and other flavors as well, I just choose vanilla for this instance. You can also make them without Almond flour, but the first time I did this the pancakes didn’t rise very high so they were too thin for me.

Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers – Low Carb Keto Lunch Ideas

bacon wrapped jalapeno poppers - low carb keto lunch ideas
Photo Credit: Sasha Pierce

Lunch is probably the toughest meal of the day for me. I hate protein shakes, ill drink them if I have to but I would prefer something with sustenance. If I am at work I will go to Sweet Tomato’s with the guys, a healthy on the go salad bar in downtown Phoenix, Arizona. But on the weekend, its jalapeno popper time! I love me some jalapeno poppers mmmm. And these jalapeno poppers wrapped in bacon only require 3 ingredients bacon, jalapenos, and cream cheese!

 

 

 

Ingredients:

  1. 4pcs Jalapeno Peppers
  2. 2oz Cream cheese
  3. 4pcs bacon

Now what I love about this recipe is the fact that jalapeno poppers are so quick and easy to make. It doesn’t require a laundry list of grocery’s and a few hours to prepare. I like to interchange the ingredients with sweet peppers, or onion and chive cream cheese every now and then!

Directions:

  1. Line a baking pan with some aluminum foil and preheat the oven to 400º degrees F (200 degrees C).
  2. Slice jalapeno’s in half and de-seed them
  3. Fill jalapeno’s with Cream Cheese layer
  4. Slice bacon in half making 8pcs
  5. Wrap jalapeno’s with bacon and place on the cooking sheet
  6. Cook for 25-30 min (until bacon is fully cooked)

That’s it, once the bacon is fully cooked you’re ready to eat!

Nutrition Facts:

Serving Size: 8pcs

Calories: 400

Carbs: 7g

Protein: 12g

Easy 4 Ingredient Low Carb Cheese burger Casserole – Keto Dinner Ideas

low carb keto dinners - week 1 - cheeseburger cassorole
Cheeseburger Casserole by Sasha Pierce

Finally as we wrap up a day in the life, daily keto meal plan ideas I made a simple Cheeseburger Casserole. What is a Cheeseburger Casserole, a cheeseburger without a bun, served in a dish. You can add whatever spices and veggies you like to this dish, but I am one of those rare people that prefer my cheeseburgers naked without any condiments. (OMG that’s crazy right! I know)

Ingredients:

  1. 1pkg Hamburger
  2. 5 slices Sargento Cheddar Cheese
  3. 1tsp of garlic salt
  4. A pinch of salt
  5. 1 slice butter

Directions:

  1. Heat a frying pan on medium with butter and cook the hamburger meat till brown on all sides and cooked all the way through, this typically takes between 10-15minutes.
  2. While frying stir in your salt, garlic, veggies and spices to taste.
  3. About a minute or two before the hamburger is complete, layer your cheese around the pan and mix in the melted cheese.
  4. Finally spoon and serve

Nutrition Facts:

Serving Size: 1 Serving

Total Servings: 6

Calories: 500

Carbs: 6g

Protein: 40g

The hardest meal of the day is ready just that fast, can you believe it? Now it is up to you to decide what to do with all that time you just saved not cooking some elaborate cuisine tonight for the family, while feeling accomplished for staying true to the Keto Diet. Be sure to tune in for more great keto recipes by subscribing to the Edgy Reporter and liking below.

Don’t do Keto they said, it doesn’t work they said…

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Keto aka the Ketogenic Diet is one of the most controversial diets on the market today, but does it work?

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I will say that the Keto diet like most diets does come with risks, and you should consult your physician before starting any diet. So what is Keto? Keto is essentially a high fat, high protein low carb diet. By increasing your fat and protein intake and decreasing your carb intake your body alters the way energy is used throughout the body and starts to convert fat into energy.

When I first heard about Keto, I thought to myself it is just another fad diet, they are pushing in the media. However once I started Keto my whole world changed!

Week 1:

Day one of starting Keto was by far the worst, my whole world is carbs…I love pizza, pasta, soda and all the other junk food that caused my body to become over weight in the first place! As soon as I skipped my good morning soda the cravings and headaches started to take place. Although the eggs and bacon I had for breakfast (yes bacon!) were filling, my mind kept telling me to cave in and cheat with a nice sugary beverage. But once you make it through the first few days of cravings you quickly notice that your body and your mind start to change.

Unlike most fad diets that take weeks to see results of any kind, Keto’s results can be seen early on if you are paying attention. My cravings for soda and chocolate began to subside and by the end of the first week I had dropped 7lbs on the scale WITH OUT EXERCISE! That for me alone was a sign that I was on the right track, I had tried counting calories, exercise and countless diets with no results. So for me after 7 days on Keto those results were pretty amazing and enough motivation to continue…It’s what happened next that really surprised me.

Week 2-4:

shutterstock_541208512As the weeks continued the weight melted off, I was down almost 30lbs by the end of week 4 without exercise. That said I started to notice benefits to Keto that for me were way more gratifying than the number on the scale. I craved water, I was never hungry, not only did I suppress my cravings for sugary treats I conquered my constant need to eat in general. My body was hydrated and full of good sources of protein so I would stay fuller longer and I would only eat because I told myself I had to, not because I craved it.

My body became regular because the nutrients in my body were in surplus and my mind was clear. I like many other people have struggled with ADHD, and struggled with my doctor to find the right medication to help. What Keto did for my mind is what really sold me on adopting a Keto lifestyle. By the end of week 4 my mind was sharp, the brain fog that had cause me to slack off in many areas of my life had subsided.

Month 2-3

shutterstock_539919946By the end of the third month I could focus, my mind was clear, I could think straight without struggling to process the information I was able to stop taking my ADHD medication completely! Anyone who takes those types of medications knows how expensive they are so I was happy to say good-bye to the extra cost. I became so full of energy that I was able to wake up earlier, get to work on time, focus more and actually find time to go the gym after work without feeling too tired or lethargic.

When I started this process I wasn’t a believer, I weighed 230lbs and was just looking for any way to find a better tomorrow. After three months on Keto I lost 70lbs and had a whole new outlook on the way I chose to live my life. Keto is not for everyone, it can be hard on the kidneys they say and is not suitable for many medical conditions so its best to consult your physician before starting the Keto diet. That said Keto helped me loose the weight and become a better person and I still continue to use what I learned from Keto to this day.

What did my daily diet look like?

Breakfast:

Coffee along with Scrambled Eggs & Bacon, or some sort of omelet

Lunch:

Diet soda with a hefty chicken salad, or a protein shake

Snack:

Zucchini chips, or some form of nuts

Dinner:

Some form of meat (Steak, Chicken, Lamb, Pork etc) and asparagus/veggies

A diet where I don’t  have to count calories, and eat bacon and steak…Yes please!!!