Recipes to make (and tips for how to eat) if you're on the ketogenic diet

Recipes to make (and tips for how to eat) if you're on the ketogenic diet

This week I'm writing about something with which I have become very familiar: the ketogenic diet.

If you’re like, “Huh?” you are where I was three months ago, before my husband, Phil, embarked on the weight-loss regimen. The keto diet is a high-fat, low-carb eating plan in which the goal is to get your body into a state of ketosis, when it begins to burn fat because it doesn’t have carbohydrates to burn. 

It can be tricky to stick to the diet properly. But if, like my husband, you do, the results can be dramatic: He has lost 30 pounds since he began and feels great. 

Peachy Chicken with Garlic Asparagus is low-carb and tasty and perfect for summer

Peachy Chicken with Garlic Asparagus is low-carb and tasty and perfect for summer

For the past three months, my husband Phil has been on the ketogenic diet. It's a low-carb, high-fat diet that is heavy on the meats and cheese and nuts and low on fruit and all manner of my sweet baby starchy carbs.

I am not quite ready to embrace Phil's very low carb ways, but I have been using his keto habit as an excuse to eat less carbs at home. This is an example of a meal I've cooked in our house during these keto times. And you know what? It's pretty dang good. 

He can eat everything here except for the sauce, which has too much sugar because of the peaches and preserves. And I get the benefit of a low-carb meal during bathing suit season. Everybody wins!

Make eggs work for you at dinnertime with this Goat Cheese and Avocado Shakshuka

Make eggs work for you at dinnertime with this Goat Cheese and Avocado Shakshuka

Eggs are an underutilized dinner ingredient. Aside from fried rice and a breakfast-for-dinner situation, I rarely use eggs in my cooking past the hour of 4 p.m. It makes no sense. Eggs are a great source of protein, able to be cooked in myriad ways, and can tie lots of dishes together.

In shakshuka, a homey dish popular in Middle Eastern cuisine, eggs are actually the star. Well, eggs and the tomato-y sauce in which they are poached. It’s a dish that is magical in its simplicity, warm and comforting straight from the oven, and able to serve as the base for a flurry of fresh toppings.

This Chicken, Apple and Sweet Potato Salad is the hearty salad of my dreams

This Chicken, Apple and Sweet Potato Salad is the hearty salad of my dreams

To know me is to know someone whose devotion to bread is unwavering. I adore the squishy carb, unable to resist its vapid, delicious charms.

I also love fitting into my pants, and sometimes a girl just has to pull back a little bit, you feel me? This month, I'm trying to be low-carb whenever possible, mostly during the week so I can still indulge on the weekends when I'm leaving the brewery with an insatiable craving for french fries. 

My current inspiration is my husband, who has been on the ketogenic diet for the past couple months and has lost almost 30 pounds. The results are impressive! And with good reason: You can barely eat any carbs, not even the ones found in fruit, instead relying on a lot of (healthy) fats like avocado and cheese and olives to fill you up. 

Chicken sausage and mashed cauliflower are a perfect pair in this dish

Chicken sausage and mashed cauliflower are a perfect pair in this dish

Raise your hand if you like eating meat but don’t love preparing it in your own kitchen.

It’s the raw meat factor, for sure, but it’s also that it can be easy to undercook or overcook, and hard to think of innovative ways to serve our favorite kinds. I have cooked chicken breast every way imaginable, and have lately been searching for another protein to work into the rotation.

I set out to create a less sinful version of Bangers and Mash, a traditional British dish of sausages and mashed potatoes, using chicken sausages, which were calling to me from the refrigerated aisle during a recent Sunday grocery run.