Keto Friendly Taco

Meal Plan: Taco’s, Cheeseburger’s and Chocolate Muffins! Oh My!

This week’s meal plan is quite possibly my favorite meal plan from this whole journey, thus far! I have been so excited for every single meal, and none of them can be categorized as “meh”! I don’t want to give too much away, but we’re talking all your favorites with this week’s meal plan: If you’re on your weight loss journey but have missed cheeseburgers, this week’s meal plan is sure to satisfy that craving! Also guilt free tacos which are completely waistline friendly. You even get a sweet morning treat in the form of a chocolate muffin! You’ll be starting your day with a crustless quiche, which is loaded with flavor!

Are you ready to fall in love with a tortilla?!

While this weeks tacos come with a delicious recipe to make your own high fiber, keto friendly tortilla… it also comes with a lot of work. I would compare it a bit to the process of making homemade bread. If you love some quality time in the kitchen putting the mixer, rolling pin, and griddle to use, then this recipe is right up your alley. That said, if you are like me and you would rather leave the tortilla making to someone else, there is a product that I have absolutely fallen in love with: The 1 carb wholegrain tortilla from Mr. Tortilla. I’m hoping to get a discount code to pass along your way. I’ll be sure to update this, if I can nail that down! I literally dream about adding these to as many meals as possible because they are so delicious.

The 1 carb tortillas are everything you’ve ever dreamed of in the perfect tortilla while on your weight loss journey. Not only are they full of flavor and mega low in carbs (3 grams total carbs/1 gram net carb), they’re also only 15 calories, which means that you could eat 4 of their tortillas to just one of the tortillas in this meal plan. I’m 1000% not offended if you opt to buy the Mr Tortillas instead of making them with the recipe provided! I promise they’re not paying me to say any of this. I just love them enough to pass the scoop on to all my besties who decided to pop in to read this meal plan blog post! The only downfall is having to wait for shipping!

Enough talk… Who’s Hungry?

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All of the meals are intended to feed one person for 6 days. A couple of the recipes will provide a few extra servings for you to either share with a loved one or freeze for a later use.

Grocery items that might be easier to find online:

Nutritional info for this week’s meal plan:

Here’s the nutrition info if you make your own tortillas from the recipe provided:

Here’s the nutrition info if you decided to buy the tortillas online from Mr. Tortilla.

That’s it for today! Happy feasting!


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Meal Plan

Meal plan for week 8: Comfort food!

Who’s hungry!?!? The meal plan for this week is loaded with comfort food. But like, 5 star restaurant comfort food without any guilt, whatsoever. Don’t be scared off by this next sentence: A few of the recipes will require a bit more time to prep. But, I promise, you’ll be so happy that you put in the time and effort to get these dishes prepared. Once they’re ready, you won’t have to think about what you’ll be eating for the next 6 days! The macronutrients are all lined up to provide you with a high protein, low carb approach.

Do you remember, last week, when I brought you and Lillie Biesinger together? Well, we’re hanging out with Lillie, again, this week. We’re making an adaptation of her zucchini lasagna (you won’t even miss the pasta!), and her Weeknight Bolognese (this is the recipe that takes the longest).

But seriously, take advantage of this free meal plan, that is sure to make your waistline shrink while still catering to your tastebuds!

Week 8 meal plan:

Click here to download this weeks meal plan

Serving sizes for this week:

This meal plan and grocery list is intended to feed one person through the whole week. The Weeknight Bolognese and Lasagna are the only recipes that provide a little bit extra to share (the lasagna only provides two extra servings, but the Bolognese might feed the whole fam one night and just you the rest of the week). So if you have extra mouths you are feeding with these same foods, plan accordingly.

Grocery items that might be easier to find online:

Lakanto Monkfruit Sweetener

Bone Broth Powder (There are a bunch of products out there. I find that this one tastes best. Plus, it’s low sodium, which is hard to come by in bone broth!)

4 oz storage containers and 8 oz storage containers.

Meal prep storage containers

Nutritional info for this week’s meal plan:

That’s it for today! Happy feasting!


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Meal Plan

Meal Plan – Week 6: Meet Lillie!

You know when you’ve got this new thing you’ve been doing, and you’re dying to tell your girlfriends all about it? Well, I’ve got one of those things that I’m dying to tell you all about! I’ve been spying, pretty closely, on this food blogger named Lillie Eats and Tells.

This gal, Lillie, has figured out exactly how to eat all the good food while counting macronutrients to lose weight. She has compiled three different cook books, all which divulge the macronutrient content of each of her recipes. She’s got a bunch of free recipes, online. But some of her other amazing goodness only comes in her cookbooks (which you can buy here).

Aside from following her on Instagram, and stalking her blog, I have never communicated with her. She isn’t paying me a dime to promote her products. But, as one of your besties, I feel it is my duty to make sure that you know about her. (Maybe one day she and I will be BFF’s and she’ll repay the shout out. Fingers crossed!)

Go ahead and open her story in a new tab so that you, too, can go and stalk her work after you finish reading this post! She is also on Facebook and Instagram.

I have already dabbled in some of her recipes, but this week, I’m going to work in some of these recipes from her website and cook book into my meal plan. These are three of my favorites, and I hope you enjoy them too.

New Additions

  • Cottage Cheese Chicken Salad
  • Zucchini Lasagna (I’m most excited about this one!)

Meal Plan – Week 6

Download this weeks meal plan by following this link

Grocery items that might be easier to find online:

Nutritional info for this week’s meal plan:

That’s all for today! Happy feasting!


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Meal Plan – Week 6

Meal Plan

Meal Plan #5: Some Delicious Meals are in Your Future!

You guys, I just want to eat really delicious food. That’s all! Now that the indulgence meal is becoming a regular part of my weight loss journey, I need to ensure that the meals the rest of the week are just as exciting! The meal plan for week 5 came together as a labor of love as I pulled some of my favorite recipes, and made all of the macronutrient and calorie numbers align just right. I definitely don’t want to obsess over the numbers as I’m working through this process, so these meal plans become really important. I spend a handful of hours on one day to get the numbers to align with the mouth watering food, spend a handful of hours the next day to do all of my food prep. Then the rest of the week, I can think about everything but what I’m going to eat. I’m working to make this as seamless as possible for myself, and for you if you’re also working on shedding your own “last fifteen pounds”.

The macronutrient and calorie targets for this week are the same as last week. Please remember, if you do more exercise than 5 days a week for about 45 minutes, you will likely need to be consuming a few hundred calories more than I have listed in this meal plan (yes, even to lose weight). If you exercise less than 3 days a week, you might need to decrease the quantity of food from what is in this meal plan. Just note that women generally should be consuming more than 1200 calories per day, even in weight loss mode.

Meal Plan

This meal plan will contain another muffin recipe, which I’ve worked to significantly improve from last week’s muffin recipe. You’ll also get to enjoy some garlic chicken zoodles, a loaded veggie soup, and a cheeseburger casserole! On the plan, the recipe listed for the muffins, veggie soup, and cheeseburger casserole make enough to last you the whole week. For the other meals on the plan, you’ll have to multiply everything by 6 days in your meal prepping.

Grocery List

This grocery list and recipes on the meal plan only account for one person for the week. If you have others with whom you’ll be sharing with, you’ll need to factor that in and increase the meal plan accordingly.

*A couple notes:

  • The recipe for the Loaded Veggie Soup calls for 1- 28 oz can of low sodium diced tomatoes. This was accidentally left off of the grocery list. So don’t forget to pick that up too!
  • Brussel sprouts were accidentally added to the grocery list. You do not need to buy them, this week. They are not included in the meal plan. If you are like me, and did buy them, then just add a cup or two of them to your veggie soup. Or find a different occasion to make Brussel sprouts.

These items might be easier to find or less expensive online:

Monkfruit Sweetener

Bone broth powder

This is the lowest priced cassava flour (But this one gives you more for your money).

Almond flour

Avocado oil

Regular sized cupcake pan

Nutritional info for this week’s meal plan:

You might notice that the saturated fat, sodium, and cholesterol are actually pretty high up there for this plan. If that makes you uncomfortable, then exchange some of the animal fat (egg yolk, butter, heavy whipping cream) for an unsaturated fat (avocado oil, nuts, seeds, etc.). Cashew milk can be used in place of the heavy whipping cream in the cheeseburger casserole. I make that exact substitution all the time, and it works great. Be sure to look for no sodium or low sodium on the grocery items you’ll be picking up!

That’s it for today! Happy feasting!


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My First Indulgence Meal

We made it! Here we are, at the end of week three. And you know what that means!?!? Indulgence meal!!!

I was texting Adam (my hubby) earlier in the day, yesterday, telling him of the places we would be stopping to pick up food for date night/indulgence meal night. His response, “I’m not sure which you are more excited for. Date night with me, or Crumbl and Cava!” (Don’t worry, I told him that date night with him outranked the indulgent food that I was really really excited to eat)! I don’t blame the guy for wondering though… My upcoming indulgence meal has occupied a dominant amount of my thoughts in the last few days. And the outcome was just as fantastic as the anticipation! (But don’t worry, the evening out with him was even better!)

Cava and Crumbl. I know I’ve already talked about Crumbl (multiple times) in these posts. But do you know about Cava? Holy Moly! Think Mediterranean food with a Chipotle-esque concept. (Walk through the line, pick which ingredients you want to walk away with). They have about 80 stores throughout 13 different states in the US. We figured out, last night, that we’ve already spent around $250 on Cava since our Highlands Ranch location opened this last spring (maybe that’s not something I should fess up to?).

Anyway, Cava has these “greens and grains” bowls that have come to be something I can’t live without. I have probably thought about this food, almost daily since I first tried it! Without fail, I always choose the “super greens” (kale, brussels sprouts, chicory, and broccoli), a mix of brown rice and black lentils, 2 scoops of tziki sauce, 1 scoop of hummus, double servings of chicken (to make the bowl last for two meals, it really is a ton of food!), cucumbers, tomato and cucumber salsa, tomato and onion, (yes, they do have a variety of options that include tomatoes and cucumbers), kalamata olives, a yogurt dill sauce and almost the most important addition: the pita crisps on top.

Cava, Indulgence meal
How it started

Cava
How it’s going

While enjoying this delicious spread, Adam asked, “If this is such a healthy meal, what makes it indulgent?” I told him, if I were going to be picking up food from there on a day that wasn’t a planned indulgence day, the bowl would be much more simple. It would only include the veggies, chicken, maybe a half serving of black lentils (because I absolutely love those!), and only 1 scoop of the tzatziki sauce. Since it was a planned indulgence meal, I wanted all of the goodness, especially the pita crisps up top. The good news is that it is absolutely a place where I can still order a dish, with modifications, to help me in the process of weight loss.

So Cava was the first round of the indulgence meal. Since we are heavily laden in a COVID world, and Cava isn’t one of the local restaurants which have been approved for indoor dining, Adam and I enjoyed a moonlit meal from the car in the parking lot (talk about romantic!). But hey, when the oldest child is geared up to be the babysitter, you take full opportunity to spend even a few minutes away, right!?

Before picking up Cava, we picked up our online order of Crumbl. I did this to ensure this meal could all happen within the designated hour long time frame. Since this is me we’re talking about, I couldn’t miss out on an opportunity for a few tastes of one other item which has been screaming at me from the beginning of this adventure. I had a pan of cinnamon rolls all prepared for when we came home with the cookies.

Cookie
Is this Heaven? No, it’s Crumbl!

Don’t worry! Binge eater Amy stayed locked up nice and tight, last night. I did allow myself to eat a little more of the Cava bowl than I typically do, leaving just enough of the protein, veggies, grains, and one scoop of sauce to be an appropriate mini meal for another day. With the cookies, we cut them up into 6 pieces. I took 1 corner of each of those cookie flavors. As I bit into each individual flavor, I made the decision in that first bite if it would be worth it to eat the whole piece, or leave the rest on my plate. There were only two flavors that I really wanted to eat the whole thing: The Biscoff cookie (Holy smokes! This one is going down as a favorite Crumbl cookie flavor!), and the chocolate chip cookie. The other flavors were just kind of “meh”, so I intentionally chose to not finish them. I also picked out the smallest cinnamon roll in the pan. Because I was on the brink of having too much food, I even left some of that on my plate!

Cinnamon Roll
cookie

Now, this is probably the most important part of this whole post. Since I’ve had three solid weeks of eating non processed, no added sugar, no simple carbs, etc. It was within 20 minutes of eating my Cava bowl that the bloating and gassy tummy set in (TMI? Reminder: I promised full transparency). Sure it was healthy food, but the combination of pita crisps, extra sauces and grains put my digestive system in overdrive. Although I didn’t eat until I was sick, I was able to observe that the types of food I allowed myself in quantities larger than usual aren’t the types or quantities of foods we function best on. It’s way more work, and way harder on the body, when we consume these types of indulgent foods. We just might not realize it when our body is so used to constantly working as hard as it is to digest the excess less strategic foods.

Don’t get me wrong, the indulgent meal actually does more for us than just giving us a break from the boring weight loss food. It helps to reset our hunger hormones. It gives us a psychological break from the rigidity of following rules, it acts as a reward for going a certain period of time with sticking to your plan. It teaches you to respect the rules of weight loss. Lastly, it helps you to recognize the progress you make in the way that the non-strategic foods make you feel.

If you want some science backed reasons in favor the indulgence meals read these two articles: https://legionathletics.com/science-backed-reasons-why-you-should-have-cheat-meals/ and https://greatist.com/health/cheat-days-explained#physical-effects.

Overall, I am giving this indulgent meal experience a 10 out of 10! It served all the right purposes. I felt like I kept myself reigned in, and it provided a much needed date night with the hubs! Coming back from the indulgent meal feels hard! I already had to stop myself after eating about 1/8 of a leftover cinnamon roll. There’s a special kind of challenge in allowing myself to be liberal in my food intake one meal, and then reigning it all in back to a strictly strategic mindset the next. I can do this! I’ll just be giving myself a million little pep talks to not eat even one more taste of the remaining cinnamon rolls and cookies left on the counter! I’ve got this!

That’s a wrap! Talk to you soon!

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