Meal Prep Madness: June!

Like the Meal Prep Madness for May, this post is also quite long overdue, and as much as I try not to make an excuse, it’s quite difficult to keep up with my target posting dates sometimes. At least I do my best to keep up with my promises, LOL.

Last June, I had a semi-Keto experimental moment. Semi, meaning I didn’t really go full-on low-carb or no-carb on most of these meals, although I try to keep up with the high-fat premise and greens throughout the week. Aside from the recipes mentioned below, I’ve also cooked some simple dishes like Keto meatballs, buttered shrimps, bacon chips (for snacking) and other things here and there that are also Keto but didn’t feel like posting anymore because they’re no-brainer recipes. I’ve instead decided to share with you the 3 things which are shareable, although they’re also very easy to whip up.

I know I didn’t delve much into more complex Keto meals but for the most part, this diet is quite interesting because it looks quite sinful and yet it’s supposed to healthy, in their description. To be fair, I did feel quite filled whenever I ate my meals, but there also came a time when I was a bit overwhelmed with the amount of dairy and meat I was eating and I had a small breakout while doing this experiment. Might be that my body was also not used to the diet hence it is reacting, but definitely to put on my observations list.

Here’s my three things from the Keto experiment:

 

 

Broccoli Cheddar Soup

(I first got to try this recipe a few months back when I wanted to experiment with some easy and time-saver Keto recipes. It’s extremely easy and quick to make and it is definitely filling, and I find this good to pair with some grilled meats as well. You just have to be a bit careful about how “greasy” it might feel. Just half a bowl of this is enough for me, and I always find myself unable to finish the whole batch I make.)

Red onions, chopped
Garlic, minced
Chicken cube/chicken stock, equivalent to 1 cup
Broccoli, medium-sized head and steams chopped
Cooking cream/sour cream, 1 cup
Cheddar cheese and/or any melting cheese you might want, at least a handful

  • In a pan, saute in light oil the minced garlic and chopped onions until it softens and becomes translucent
  • Once done, add the broccoli stems first into the pan and saute as well until it softens a bit
  • Depending on what you’re using, add liquid chicken stock or a cup of water to melt the chicken cube
  • Add a dollop or two of cooking cream or sour cream
  • Before you season, taste the mixture first as store-bought stocks tend to be salty already and keep in mind that you’re also going to add some cheese; adjust with pepper as needed
  • Add half of the broccoli flowers into the soup and be careful on overcooking it
  • Add a handful of cheddar or cheese of your choice to the soup and lightly stir until the cheese melts
  • Add the other half of broccoli flowers and more cheese if needed
  • Taste and season as needed

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Cauliflower Mac & Cheese

(I honestly shouldn’t have been too surprised about how good this would turn out, and yet I was. It actually tasted just like a traditional mac and cheese would, and I didn’t think I missed the pasta at all. The real surprise to this dish is the sour cream which kept the mixture really moist and creamy no matter how many times I must’ve reheated it. This really tided over my craving for the OG Mac & cheese.)

Cauliflower, chopped to bite-sized pieces
Sour cream, 1 cup
Butter, at least 2 tbsp
Cheddar, handful of shredded
Chili powder and black pepper, to taste
Crispy bacon bits, to top

  • Chop the cauliflower florets into bite-sized pieces and boil in salted water for at least 5 minutes till it softens; drain and set aside
  • In a pan, melt some butter and whisk in the sour cream and shredded handful of cheddar then mix; season with chili and pepper as needed; be careful not to burn the mixture or make it too thick
  • In a separate pan, render some pieces of bacon in its own fat then set aside and chop into crispy bits
  • While the cheese mixture is still warm, toss the boiled cauliflower florets until it is incorporated and fully covered; you may add more black pepper and chili on top
  • In a pyrex or baking pan, spread out your mixture-covered cauliflowers evenly and add more shredded cheese and/or bacon bits as you wish
  • Pop in the oven for less than 10 minutes to melt the cheese and fully cook the mixture

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Bacon-wrapped Chicken with Sour Cream Filling

(Like the first two recipes, I don’t think anyone should be a stinking genius to get this one right. It’s a very fool-proof recipe and it’s surprisingly delicious. Not that any dish with bacon in it sounds questionable to me even, it’s just that I’m not usually a fan of meat/dairy-heavy dishes, but this one was such a winner.)

Sour cream, 2 tbsp
Mayonnaise, 2 tbsp
Shredded cheddar, half to a handful
Uncooked bacon strips, smoked or reduced salt (so as long as it isn’t glazed)
Chicken breasts fillet, butterflied

  • In a pan, melt the sour cream and mayonnaise mixture and season with salt, pepper and chili as needed; as an option, you can also add sauteed spinach into the mixture
  • Cut your chicken breasts into butterfly flaps to have a pocket for the sour cream filling and lightly season the breast with pepper and chili
  • Fill the chicken breasts with enough mixture, then seal it by wrapping it around with the uncooked bacon; you can also use some toothpicks to hold the flaps together while cooking
  • Bake for at least 10-15 minutes until the bacon is crisp, and the chicken is cooked all the way through

I know there are still a lot of Keto recipes I need to try to fully form my opinion about the diet, hence why I started out first on the easiest and quickest recipes I could follow. As I’ve mentioned, there’s no doubt about it being filling but I still find myself a bit cautious on the dairy and meat. I’m not closing my doors about it though till I’ve actually tried it longer than a week or a month and fully immersing myself into it.

If you’re into this diet and you have your own favorite recipes, do share them with me because I’d love to try it again at some point this year but with something that others have enjoyed too.