I apologize for the lack of pictures this week, y’all! It has been a crazy week! This week I share with you some delightful recipes, along with what I packed to eat when I had to go out of town for a conference. I also discovered a soup appetizer I could actually have- woohoo!
Mini Mozzarella Stuffed Italian Meatloaves with mashed cauliflower and green beans
Review: 4/5. This meatloaf was good- but I have other cheesy meatloaf recipes I prefer, so I probably won’t make this again. I really enjoyed it though! My boyfriend did as well- he is a much bigger mozzarella fan than I am. Don’t get me wrong, I like mozzarella, but I prefer a good sharp cheddar. I served this alongside canned green beans- I just emptied a can into a sauce pan with salt, pepper, garlic powder, and a chicken bouillon cube. For the mashed cauliflower, I microwaved cauliflower until it was tender, then blended it together with 2 tbsp butter, 1oz sharp cheddar cheese, and 1 tsp minced garlic. I added a splash of heavy cream to make it easier to blend, too.
Modifications: I used reduced-sugar ketchup for dipping instead of using the pasta sauce, because I am strange and can’t have meatloaf without ketchup.
My Macros: 545 calories | 9g net carbs | 29g protein | 40g fat
Feta-brined chicken with asparagus and roasted daikon radish
Review: 5/5. This is amazing. The feta-brined chicken was fabulous and I will use this recipe over and over again- in fact, I may cook it on Easter. After I took the chicken out the pan, I threw the asparagus in and grilled it, and seasoned it with a squeeze of lemon juice, salt, and pepper. This was my first time trying radishes and I loved them (although my boyfriend was not a big fan)- I tossed them in olive oil, salt, and pepper, and roasted them in the oven. So yummy.
Modifications: I only used 2 chicken breasts, rather than a whole roast chicken, so I halved the brine. I poked holes in the chicken breasts with a fork and brined for about 5 hours before cooking. I also only panfried them, since the breasts were relatively thin.
My macros: 470 calories | 8g net carbs | 35g protein | 35g fat
I had to go out of town to a conference on this day, so I packed a lunch and ordered wings for dinner when I got home (my favorite lazy meal).
In my lunch bag, I packed string cheese, mini pepperonis, pistachios, and a Quest bar. Meat + cheese + nuts are honestly an ideal packed lunch combination- you can also throw pickles and olives in there for some variety!
Chicken with Bacon and Mustard Sauce over steamed broccoli with pepperjack cauliflower
Review: 5/5. This was really tasty, and incredibly easy! It I may use this again for a quick weeknight meal. The cooking time was just enough time for me to throw together the side dishes. While the chicken was cooking, I steamed cauliflower in the microwave until very tender. Then I mashed it with a potato masher until it was in small pieces, then added in 2oz cream cheese and 2.5oz leftover pepperjack cheese, stirred it all together, microwaved it a little longer, then stirred it again. Then, I just steamed some plain broccoli. Super yummy.
Modifications: I thought the sauce may end up a little thin on the chicken, so I only used 1 cup of broth, and still ended up using xanthan gum to thicken.
My macros: 445 calories | 9g net carbs | 46g protein | 26g fat
Review: 3.5/5. I wouldn’t call this bad by any means, it was good, but it isn’t something I would make the same way again. I did use a different brand of powdered ranch, and I think that it may have not been as strong of a flavoring as the normal Hidden Valley that I use. It just didn’t seem to taste very flavorful to me- mostly like chicken and cream cheese. Of course, that’s still pretty tasty, but I was looking for something a little more zesty. I think using a flavored cream cheese like the blog post suggests would be an awesome idea- I may try that in the future, because the ease of this recipe was REALLY nice.
My Macros: 418 calories | 6g net carbs | 33g protein | 28g fat
Carrabba’s 6oz sirloin with asparagus and 1 cup of Mama Mandola’s Sicilian Spicy Chicken soup (without noodles) and a side of spicy Sicilian butter
Review: 4/5. Pretty good- and there are a lot more menu items that I can try. I will probably not order this particular combination again; the steak was good, but not great, and the asparagus was nothing special (I got maybe 5 spears and they weren’t even trimmed properly). However, the soup was so good. It was so nice to be able to order a soup without noodles; it was tasty and comforting! I will likely go back and try some of their other dishes; they seem to have a ton of low carb options for an Italian restaurant.
My macros: 553 calories | 12g net carbs | 44g protein | 33g fat