What I love about the Keto diet is that cheese isn’t taken from me! Yes! And I can have heavy cream? Yes to ketosis! Now, to the worst part of keto for me. No potatoes. They are my favorite starch! Dang it! Oh well, God made cauliflower. They’re not grits. Only grits are grits. But, it’s a great substitute for a great meal. And mashed cauliflower can be purchased in the frozen food section adding to the ease of preparation!
My Cookies know I love huge, fresh shrimp! I decided to leave the tail on, but feel free to take it off if you’d like. Just make sure you devein them! I like to season every element of my dish. So, sprinkle a little Cajun spices on and toss.
Now, let’s discuss this sauce. It’s heavenly! And completely keto approved! There’s bacon, heavy cream, cheese, and wine! Yes, you can have dry white wine on keto. All of these flavors combine will make you second guess that you’re following a “diet”.
We have to doctor up our “grits” a little bit. I add kerrygold butter, cheese, and Herbes de Provence. A bit of cream cheese can be added too. Salt and pepper to taste and you’ll have a satisfying, low carb, keto friendly meal!
For my birthday, we visited one of my favorite restaurants. It’s a steakhouse, but their wings are incredible! They have the best flavor with nice, crispy skin! They don’t even taste fried in grease or baked. It’s weird. But, then it hit me. “I can get this same texture with an air fryer. I gotta some my Cookies!!” Which brings us here to this post. I’m going to teach you how to make the BEST and CRISPIEST chicken wings in an Air Fryer!
We need flats and drums! Rinse them well. Yes, I will ALWAYS rinse my bird. I don’t care what those folks say. My chicken is getting rinsed! Also, pat it dry well with paper towels.
I keep the spices simple. Don’t want them overly salty. I used my favorite poultry seasoning. Thanks, Chef Paul! And I add a little extra onion and garlic powder.
Put the Orange Box Down!
The key ingredient to achieving extra crispy wings is Baking Powder. Not the stuff in the orange box. That’s baking soda. We need POWDER. It’s all science. The baking powder does two things. It draws out the moisture in the skin making the skin crisp. Don’t worry. It only draws the liquid out of the skin, not the meat itself. Your wings won’t be dry at all! The baking powder also creates tiny air pockets on the skin. And what do air pockets do when you add pressure? It pops! And what pressure will we be adding? A bite! So, when you bite into these wings you’ll get that nice crispy crunch. Bomb right??
Another rule to crispy wings is space. The air needs to circulate around the wing to cook evenly and crisp the skin as much as possible. So, leave a little space between each wing. You may have to cook the wings in batches to insure even cooking.
Not all air fryers are created the same. But, hopefully, they all work well at getting the job done. My Cosori unit has a basket. So, instead of flipping over each wing in the middle of the cooking time, I can just shake the basket. But, if you have to flip then flip, baby!
Did I mention these guys are completely, Keto friendly? Yep! You can enjoy these babies and remain in Ketosis! A win is a win!!
Still on this Keto kick. I’m enjoying creating these keto recipes. The keto diet is actually pretty easy to keep up with. So many variations and substitutes that are as satisfying as the carbs we’re avoiding. Take these Loaded Keto Bell Pepper Nachos for example.
I use these cute little mini bell peppers. It only takes one slice of the knife and they’re the perfect “scooping” size. Feel free to use larger ones and just slice them smaller.
The protein used in this recipe can be whatever you’d like. Turkey, steak, chicken, shrimp, or a vegan option. Same goes for the toppings. Add all of your favorites.
I haven’t forgotten about my Cookies that are on the Keto diet! And these Keto friendly Buffalo Chicken Meatballs are perfect for your game day spread! Especially if you’re looking to cut back on the carbs. And they are a quick fix!
Ground chicken or turkey will work for these meatballs. I bought my chicken already ground. But, you can also use chicken breast and grind it up in the food processor.
Because these are keto friendly, I used almond flour in lieu of regular flour. Pork rinds may also be used instead of the flour. Just make sure you grind them up well.
The mixture will be softer than a regular meatball, so don’t be alarmed. Place them on parchment paper or on a baking rack to help keep their shape.
These meatballs are a great, carb saving alternative to traditional Buffalo wings! Enjoy the flavor of your favorite game day snack all while staying in ketosis!
For the past two date nights, we’ve dined in two different steakhouses. I’ve had the creamed spinach on both occasions and I’m pretty sure I could eat this stuff every single day! It’s so yummy! Spinach, cream cheese…you know what? I don’t even need to go any further. Let’s just hop in. Here’s the tutorial.
I used frozen spinach. Just thaw it and squeeze as much water from it as possible. Use good quality paper towels. We’re making creamed spinach. Not watery spinach. Squeeeeeeeeeze!
This recipe can also be made keto and low carb friendly. Just simply use heavy cream instead of the flour and half and half. The cream will thicken the sauce without the need for a roux. But, you could also use almond flour if you’d like to have a roux.
This is really the perfect side dish for any grilled meat or fish. If you like a little spice, add in some red pepper flakes. And don’t skip that nutmeg!