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Colcannon Keto Cauliflower Hash

It’s nearly that time of year again where we don our green apparel, or get pinched as a consequence, and drink and eat our favorite Irish meals. This year I wanted to put together something that is Irish in spirit but low-carb. This cauliflower hash, inspired by the traditional potato colcannon, is delicious for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. We know you’ll like it.

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Easy Instant Pot Beef Stew

I hesitate to call anything Otto’s favorite. He’s only 9 months old and unable to speak for himself, after all. But, he loves this stew. I mean, he devours it. The first time I made it for him about a month ago, I puréed it really well because he was still getting the hang of swallowing solids, and he gobbled it without hesitation. Tonight, I didn’t blend it quite as much. He was just as enthusiastic.

Otto literally leans forward in his high-chair, mouth open, eagerly waiting for the next spoonful. Sometimes he grabs at the spoon and pulls it towards his face. I also let him have a few carrots from my bowl, not blended, to pick up with his fingers tonight. He happily ate them, but also continued to lean forward for more of the purée.

To be clear, Otto does not do this with other foods. So, I think it’s safe to say, this super easy dish is his favorite. Brent and I really like it, too. Like many Instant Pot recipes, all you have to do is put the ingredients in and let the gadget work its magic! We hope you and your family, however young or old, will appreciate its simplicity and delicious flavor as well.

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Mushroom, Asparagus and Bacon Quiche

Breakfast foods are delicious, and there’s no reason to limit them to first thing in the morning or the occasional weekend brunch. For this quiche, we used a tool essential in making a cheesecake—a springform pan. This allowed us to make a bacon crust, which was amazing. We will definitely use this trick again in the future and mix up the ingredients as we go.

One word for the wise, having made this: You might want to line the springform pan with parchment paper before layering in the bacon crust. We did not do that and it turned out OK; but we think it would have been a smoother experience. We had a little leakage onto the baking sheet that we placed underneath the pan, and the quiche did stick somewhat to the bottom of the pan. If we had thought to use the parchment paper, that may have been avoided. It’s not a deal-breaker by any means, but it would have made a positive difference for cleanup. This was so good, even our 9-month-old ate it. Yes, he even ate the mushrooms and asparagus (in fact, Heather claims they were his favorite part). I’m still not sure I believe it.

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Keto-Friendly Chicken Fried Steak

Heather and I are doing a great job eating well to kick off 2018. That means we’ve avoided most fried foods, and definitely avoided ordering in junk food. We feel great, and are fitting into clothes better, and that says a lot considering we’re also sleep training our almost nine (!##@!) month old son. Despite our good habits, we still have the occasional craving.

Chicken fried steak wasn’t a big staple for either of us growing up, but let’s be honest—it sounds amazing. Amazing in that it sounds like it’s too unhealthy to really be something you should eat. We didn’t let that stop us from making a low-carb friendly version. I’ve been strictly keto for the past 2 months, and eventually I’ll write more about my results either here or elsewhere, but for now, here’s a recipe for your keto kitchen. If you want to hear more about what I’ve been doing (and how I’ve lost about 30 pounds) let me know in the comments.

Enough yapping, on to the recipe…

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Quick Spinach and Mushroom Sauté

Do you struggle to get enough vegetables into your day? I have been following a pretty strict ketogenic diet for the past 6 weeks, and vegetable intake has been a struggle. My appetite has been low and I’m feeling great, but I haven’t been hungry for vegetables. That said, the need for mushrooms hit hard and fast this weekend.

In turn, we decided to put together a super easy side dish that would satisfy my craving. The ghee we used is Salted White Truffle from 4th & Hearth. The combination of truffle, spinach, and mushroom makes for an umami explosion you won’t want to miss. This didn’t last in the house long enough for us to serve it as a standard side, but I bet it would go great with just about any protein you choose. Enjoy!
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