Pork Rind Pizza Crust

If you’ve been doing Keto for any amount of time I’m sure you’ve seen or even tried to make pizza with a cauliflower crust, fathead dough, or even with no crust at all. I’ve tried all of these and while I HATED the cauliflower crust, the fathead dough and the crustless were both ok in my book. The fathead is pretty delicious but it’s a pain to make and I still feel like it has a lot of carbs for an average day on Keto which means that pizza was pretty much out the window for me.
Well, I got home late from work last week after they catered pizza in at work and I was dying to have some pizza and starting googling and looking through my cupboards for what I could possibly make a crust out of that would be quick and easy since it was already 11:30pm.
I ended up trying this Pork Rind Crust and it was awesome! It was easy enough for me to make, tasted good, and was actually crispy! All the things I need in a pizza.
If you’re like me and not a huge fan of pork rinds you should still give this a try. The spices really cover up the flavor and you don’t taste the pork rinds at all.

Give this a try and let me know what you think!

Pork Rind Pizza Crust:
0.5 oz Pork Rinds
1/4 cup Parmesan Cheese
1 Egg
1 tsp Garlic Powder
1 tsp oregano

Instructions:

  1. Preheat over to 350.
  2. Toss the pork rinds and Parmesan cheese into a food processor until very fine.
  3. Add the egg and mix until well combined.
  4. Spread out onto a VERY well greased baking sheet.
  5. Bake for 10 minutes or until golden brown.
  6. Remove from oven and top with your favorite keto pizza topping.
  7. Place back in the oven and broil for 3-5 minutes or until the cheese is melted.

I usually remove the crust from the baking sheet and throw it on my pizza pan to get the bottom a little crispier.

This is by far the best keto crust I’ve tried so far!

Homemade Keto Yogurt

Yesterday I was browsing through google looking for something to eat for a snack or breakfast and I feel like I’ve hit the jackpot! When I think of homemade yogurt it doesn’t sound easy but I promise you this recipe is so easy it’d be silly not to try it at least once!
I don’t know if you can really call this a recipe since it has three ingredients and takes about a minute to make but I’m in love with it!
I’ve never been a morning or breakfast person and especially now that I have to be up at 5:30am for work I definitely don’t eat breakfast before I leave the house. I’ve had a hard time finding things that feel like breakfast that I can easily grab to eat on my first break at work but this is it! I made it twice yesterday and I am already planning on buying different syrups to play around with different flavors.
The carbs on this recipe are much lower than anything I’ve found in the store, it tastes delicious, and it’s extra creamy. It feels like you’re cheating even though you’re not!

Creamy Keto Yogurt:

Ingredients:
1/2 cup full fat Sour Cream
1 Tbsp Heavy Whipping Cream
3 pumps or 3 Tbsp any Sugar Free Syrup (We prefer Jordans).

Mix well and chill!

You can eat this immediately but I find that if you let it chill for just 5 or 10 minutes it thickens up a bit and is extra creamy!
I also tried freezing it for more of a sorbet and it was delicious but a little hard to eat. I think it’d be awesome in a Popsicle mold but I don’t currently have any. (i’m gonna have to change that!)
So far I have tried Mango and Pineapple from Jordan’s Skinny Syrups and both were absolutely amazing. Ya’ll know I’m obsessed with these syrups and I’m excited that I keep finding more and more uses for them! If you haven’t tried them yet what are you waiting for?!

Products We Use

Here is a list of products we regularly use, and links to purchase them on Amazon.  There are different brands, but these are the ones that we prefer.

Swerve Granulated Sweetener
Jordans Skinny Syrups (Vanilla, Variety Pack)
IsoPure Zero Carb (Cookies & Cream, Dutch Chocolate)
Premier Protein (Vanilla, Bananas & Creme, Peaches and Creme)
Natures Eats Almond Flour
Bobs Redmill Coconut Flour
Sherpa Himalayan Pink Salt
Garden of Life Coconut Oil
Terrasoul Cacao Butter
Stevia Drops

Keto FAQ

Can I do lazy keto and not track my food or count my macros?

There are plenty of people who do “lazy keto” and don’t track their food or count their macros. Garrett religiously counts and tracks his but I do not. I don’t think this works for everyone and I truly believe that in the beginning for at least the first 30-60 days you should be tracking and counting macros. There are a lot of hidden carbs in things that you wouldn’t think about that could be stalling your weight loss.
It can seem like a lot of extra work but find an app and let it do most of the work for you! We personally use My Fitness Pal on our phones and since you can scan barcodes of items and 99% of the time they are already entered in there it really is pretty quick!

What do you use to track your macros?

My Fitness Pal! It’s the only app I’ve used. I’m sure there are others out there that work just as well or maybe even better but this one works for me!
Make sure you mess around with it and see all of the features it has to make your keto journey easier. We don’t pay for the premium version and I really don’t think that you need to.

Definitely play around with it, use the recipe builder to make new recipes, save your meals so it’s easy to add them again and you’ll find that after the first two weeks or so it’s much quicker in the beginning!

I absolutely hate tracking my food but I’m just lazy and made it work in the first 6 months or so. 🙂

Do you have to drink a protein shake?

Nope! Garrett drinks IsoPure and has tried several different flavors and has liked them all. He quite often gets the chocolate flavored one and adds it to his coffee in the morning.

I have tried all sorts of protein shakes over the years and have never found one that I could choke down. I lost my first 60 lbs without having a single protein shake so you certainly don’t need to find one that’s keto friendly and that you like. If you do like them you should check out IsoPure though.

After doing keto for 8 months I randomly found Premier Protein and I’m in love with their shakes! I prefer the bananas and crème and the peaches and crème but I do know people who get the caramel and vanilla and add it to espresso shots for their morning coffee. I also love that they are premade and I can just throw one in my purse to have later if I’m going to be out and about. I’m not a breakfast person at all so I’ve been having one every morning on my drive to work. Super convenient and actually tastes good too!

How do I start Keto?

I really wish there was a super easy answer for this but every time someone asks me I have a hard time explaining. There is no right or wrong way to start. Just start counting your macros, eat 20 net carbs or less per day, make sure you’re drinking water, getting salt in to try and avoid/minimize the keto flu, and avoid any “cheats” for at least the first two weeks. It’s really that “simple”. I’ve tried a lot of diets in my life and this one seems the hardest to start but it’s actually been the easiest for me to follow! Don’t be afraid, just jump in, make mistakes, learn from them, and keep going!

Is keto safe long term?

We are not doctors so if you are worried you should consult your physician and go from there. We have spoken with ours and with my two auto-immune diseases this way of eating works well for me. I have NEVER felt better in my life.

Garrett has high blood pressure and this has worked wonders for him as well.

I’d say if you are worried or have concerns do your own research with your doctor and see what you come up with!

What do you eat every day?

This is probably the number one question I am asked when people are interested in starting a keto diet and I have a hard time answering it. We still eat pretty normal things and we don’t eat the same exact things every week.

Breakfast during the week is usually just a protein shake for us because neither of us are morning people so we don’t get up in enough time to make anything.

On the weekend you’ll find us eating eggs, bacon, French toast (YEP! There are some pretty decent low carb breads out there!), scones, egg scrambles with bacon and sausage. All pretty normal things!

Lunch is either leftovers, salads, deli meat with cheese, brats, cheese burgers with no buns, quesadillas, wraps, tuna salad, egg salad, egg and cheese bagels, chicken burgers, taco salads, etc.

Dinner usually consists of a meat, veggie and salad. I can almost always just take a recipe I want to eat and make it keto. In the beginning we ate very “easy” meals but once you get going you’ll quickly figure out how to substitute things to eat what you like just the keto way.

Snacks are some of the same things I eat for lunch along with almonds, pecans, string cheese, mug cakes, brownies, Jell-O whips, celery and peanut butter, and very very rarely some halo top ice cream.
This list is certainly not complete but it’s a good starting point for you. Check out some of the recipes we’ve posted and hopefully it’ll give you some good ideas of what you can make!

Is Keto expensive?

I don’t think so! If you know me at all you know that I’m a pretty good shopper so I have figured out the best places to buy some of the more “expensive” items and some of those things are a splurge for us and we limit how often we buy them. In saying that, our grocery bill has actually gone down since we’ve started this way of eating!

Click HERE for a list of some of the products we buy on Amazon because we’ve found for the quality and price it’s the best option but most of our items we buy from Target and a very select few from Walmart. You could probably get most of everything from any grocery store but I’m partial to Target.  🙂

I think the biggest thing is that we rarely buy anything processed and mostly stay on the outside aisles and we shop sales! Quite often Target will have coupons on their meat and we always stock up when that happens. Very rarely will I pay full price for meat anymore. If you do shop at Target make sure you are using their cartwheel app to save even more! Just last week they had our favorite peanut butter in the app for 25% off so I bought extra to stock up.

Do you have cheat meals and if so how often?

The keto diet is not a diet for us but a way of living. We don’t plan on stopping this journey and in saying that there’s definitely times where we go to events where we can’t eat keto and we don’t stress about it. There is never going to be a time where I tell you that I will never eat French fries or a burger with a bun again.

However, in the beginning we rarely cheated and if we did it was one meal and back on keto. I don’t recommend cheating every weekend. It brings back the cravings and it is harder to get back on track when you are continually throwing yourself out of ketosis.

We aren’t perfect people…  Just two normal people so sometimes the cheat meals get out of hand so we’ll set a goal and commit to not having a single cheat meal for a month or so. This always works to getting us back on track and we’ve both been successful with losing weight even if it does get slightly out of hand.

Hopefully this post has answered some questions for you and feel free to comment if you have any more and we’ll do our best to answer them!

–Ashley

Flourless Chocolate Peanut Butter Mug Cake

This flourless chocolate peanut butter mug cake is like magic! If you are looking for a quick, easy, and delicious keto snack this should do the trick!

This takes less than 5 minutes to prepare and comes in at 3.8 carbs so perfect for a late night snack!

Ingredients:

  1. 2 Tbsp Unsweetened Cocoa Powder (We use this)
  2. 2 Tbsp Swerve (Erthritol)
  3. ¼ Tsp Baking Powder
  4. 1 large Egg
  5. 1 Tbsp Heavy Cream
  6. 3 pumps Sugar Free Vanilla Syrup (We use this)
  7. ½ Tbsp Butter
  8. 1 Tbsp Smuckers Natural Creamy Peanut Butter

Instructions

  1. In a small bowl combine the cocoa powder, swerve, and baking powder mixing well.
  2. In a separate mixing bowl combine the egg, heavy cream, and vanilla syrup and stir until well mixed.
  3. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and whisk whisk whisk until well combined.
  4. Melt the butter in a mug.
  5. Pour the batter into the mug and microwave for 80 seconds.
  6. Melt the peanut butter in the microwave and drizzle over the cake.
  7. Enjoy!

(ps. I’ve also topped it with 1 tbsp heavy cream mixed with one pump of sugar free vanilla syrup and it was absolutely amazing!)

Snickerdoodle Dessert Egg Bake

(4 servings)

Ingredients:

2 ounces Cream Cheese
4 Eggs
2 tbsp Swerve*
1 pump Sugar Free Vanilla Syrup
1 tsp Cinnamon

  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Grease a 8×8 pan.
  3. Combine all of the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
  4. Pour into your prepared pan.
  5. Bake for 15-20 minutes until edges are slightly brown and the middle is set.
  6. Let pan rest for 5 minutes and then cut into 4 equal squares.
  7. Top with whipped cream and enjoy!**if you do not have Sugar Free Vanilla Syrup do 3 tbsp Swerve and 1 tsp Vanilla Extract.

Keto Egg Pasta

In all honesty, Garrett does 90% of the cooking in our house. I really was once a really good cook but he’s better and now that I don’t do it he’s MUCH better than I am. Usually I browse Pinterest or Instagram and find recipes, change them a bit to our liking, and he makes them. I’m much more of a clean the kitchen kind of girl… Doing the dishes is like a stress reliever to me! Lol

Anyways, yesterday I was DYING for pasta and I can’t believe it but I had never heard of a keto pasta so when I found a couple of recipes I decided that’s what we were having for dinner. Unfortunately the ones that I found took 4 hours to dry in the fridge so I was going to have to make it before Garrett got home from work if we were going to have it for dinner.

I cleaned the kitchen and was determined that I was going to nail this and surprise him with keto pasta.

Fast forward 30 minutes later and I’ve destroyed my clean kitchen and made this most ridiculous looking “pasta” ever and I was positive it was not going to taste good. I didn’t even end up making the second serving because the first was such a hot mess.

Garrett got home from work and I showed him our dinner and he found a different recipe that you didn’t have to wait to let it dry and it is SO easy to make that even I could have done it!

I’m telling you guys, you should have this for dinner TONIGHT and let it satisfy all your pasta cravings. I’m so sad that it took us this long to make this because this is going to be a weekly staple for us now.

Plus, after we ate dinner I decided that the recipe didn’t have a very distinct flavor and that I could turn this batter into a sweet bread type dessert and it didn’t disappoint!  The recipe for that is here!

(2 servings)

Ingredients:

2 ounces Cream Cheese
4 Eggs
½  tsp Garlic Powder
½  tsp Salt
½ tsp Pepper

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Grease a 9×13 pan.
  2. Combine all of the ingredients into blender and blend into smooth.
  3. Pour into prepared pan and bake for 15-20 minutes until set.
  4. Let pasta rest for 5 minutes.
  5. Remove from pan and cut into thin slices.
  6. Toss with any prepared pasta sauce, butter, whatever your little keto heart desires and enjoy!

Keto Blueberry Scone

My favorite thing on the weekends is to sit at my dining room table and have coffee and breakfast with Garrett. Since starting the Keto journey that usually involves eggs and bacon and maybe some pancakes. I’ll never get tired of pancakes but i’m definitely getting tired of bacon and eggs! 🙂

Today I really wanted a nice cup of coffee and a snack of some sort but I wasn’t wanting chocolate and most keto desserts or snacks I’ve found includes that.

I got the idea that I wanted a blueberry scone. We have them at work and every single time someone orders one and I heat it up for them I have to talk myself out of getting one for break. I did some searching and found a keto option and asked Garrett to grab some blueberries on his way home.  (and heavy whipping cream because I was really going to go all out with my coffee today!)

We quickly whipped up these scones and while I’ve never made a scone in my life I thought they would be much harder than they were! I’m certainly not a baker so I was pretty happy with how easy they were and how they turned out!
We had these with Americanos with half water/half steamed heavy whipping cream and it was the perfect cold weather afternoon snack.
I think they’ll also be perfect to grab when running out the door for those early morning shifts! I hope you guys like them just as much as we did!

Keto Blueberry Scone

Ingredients:
1 cup Almond Flour
1/4 cup Coconut Flour
3 Tbsp Erythritol
1/2 tsp Baking Powder
1/4 Cup Almond Milk
2 Tbsp Melted Coconut Oil
1 Tbsp Sugar Free Vanilla Syrup*
1 large Egg
1/2 cup Fresh Blueberries

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a mixing bowl combine the dry ingredients and set aside.
  3. In a separate bowl combine the wet ingredients and whisk together until the liquid falls through the whisk like water.
  4. Fold in the dry ingredients until a dough forms.
  5. Add in the blueberries and mix.
  6. Place the dough on the baking sheet and form a rectangle about one inch thick.
  7. Cut into 8 equal sized wedges and move each piece apart from each other.
  8. Bake for 18-25 minutes until golden brown.
  9. Enjoy!

*you can sub 1 tsp vanilla extract for the sugar free vanilla syrup if you do not have any.

Keto Broccoli Cheddar Soup

Soup is legitly one of my absolute favorite meals to eat and much to my dismay Garrett is not a huge fan. Usually if I want soup I have to somewhat surprise him with it made and ready to go when he walks in the door. I have figured out that if I make something else with it so that it’s more of a side he’ll go along with it.

So when the weather has been steadily -10 or more for the last week you know I HAD to have some soup. I’ve been craving it so I told Garrett we were having it and that was that! 🙂

This soup doesn’t taste “keto” to me which are my favorite recipes! There’s definitely meals out there that are ok substitutes for someone on keto to help with cravings but this is a recipe that stands on it’s own and doesn’t make you feel like you’re on some kind of special diet.
It’s also quick and easy and I usually have all of the ingredients on hand at any given time.

The Bacon Cheddar Biscuits are also a perfect side to go along with it!

Ok, I won’t make you wait any longer!

Keto Broccoli Cheddar Soup

Ingredients:

2 cup Frozen Broccoli, chopped
10 oz Sharp Cheddar Cheese, shredded
4 Tbsp Butter
1 tsp xanthum gum
1/2 cup Onion, chopped
1/2 Celery, chopped
1 clove Garlic, minced
3 cup Chicken Broth (not stock, it has more carbs)
1 cup Half & Half
1 tsp Salt
1 tsp Pepper

  1. Add butter, garlic, onion, celery, salt, and pepper to a sauce pan and cook until veggies are translucent.
  2. Add broccoli and cook for 2 minutes or until it turns bright green.
  3. Add chicken brother and half & half and bring to a boil.
  4. Turn down to a simmer and add the cheese in slowly, stirring as you go.
  5. Once incorporated add xantham gum and stir until soup thickens.
  6. Enjoy!

Cheddar Bacon Biscuits

I’m a bit late with this recipe but life has been a bit crazy as work.
For Thanksgiving I wanted some sort of bread to go along with our meal but it wasn’t worth it for me to cheat with “real” bread.
I found a recipe that looked pretty good and then just changed it for our preference and I’m addicted to these things! Even the non-keto people at our dinner loved them and I had so many rolls left over because no one wanted them.
These do have bacon in them but I left the bacon out for Thanksgiving as one of our friends doesn’t eat pork. They are good with or without the bacon but i definitely prefer them with it added in! If you don’t want the bacon you just leave it out. No other substitutions need to be made to make up for it.

Cheddar Bacon Biscuits
Ingredients:

4 oz cream cheese, softened
1 large egg
1 1/2 cup sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 tsp Italian seasoning
1/4 tsp onion powder
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1 1/4 cup almond flour
1/4 cup half & half
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup real bacon pieces

  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Beat cream cheese and egg together until well combined.
  3. Add cheese, garlic, and seasonings and mix using a rubber spatula.
  4. Mix in almond flour, half & half, and water.
  5. Fold in bacon.
  6. Divide batter into 12 equal sized servings (each is just less than 1/4 cup) in a well greased muffin pan.
  7. Bake for 20 minutes.
  8. Cool on a wire rack.
  9. Enjoy!

If you try these out please let me know what you think of them!