Saturday, January 25, 2020

Homemade gnocchi: Traditional and Keto

We've been craving gnocchi lately, so today I made two kinds: the traditional potato-based version, and a Keto version that is surprisingly good.

I've been making the Marcella Hazan gnocchi recipe for years. In her cookbook, she says that adding an egg to the mixture is optional, but I find it necessary to impart that extra layer of  flavor. Her son Guliano has a blog that includes her gnocchi recipe: you'll find it HERE.

And here's a link to the Keto version from the I Breathe I'm Hungry blog

Be sure to follow the directions exactly for best results!

Here are the Keto Gnocchi, cooked up and ready to eat. They were delicious!

Incredible Double Rainbow Capture

It's been so rainy here in NJ lately, and today was more of the same. Despite the gloomy weather, I braved the elements for a quick grocery store run, and was rewarded with the most spectacular, full end-to-end double rainbow I've ever seen.  The colors were so rich and bright--I have never experienced anything like it.  Clusters of people were gathering in the parking lot gazing up at the sky, marveling to one another about it.  A man I passed on the way back to my car smiled at me, pointed to the rainbow, and said, "Isn't it beautiful? Let's make a wish!"  It was such a sweet and unexpected moment, so of course, I stopped for a few seconds. Standing there with a stranger, making a wish--a totally random moment but one I will never forget.

Sunday, January 19, 2020

Best Keto Recipe Blogs

Last August, after consulting with both my primary care doctor and my endocrinologist, I decided to give the keto way of eating a try.  Please note, I did not say "diet", because although weight loss was certainly something I was seeking, I was more concerned with cutting out sugar and improving my overall health.

I'll cut to the chase: it was one of the best decisions I ever made.  I feel much better, have more energy, my thyroid replacement dosage bumped down for the first time in 20 years of taking it, and I did end up losing quite a bit of weight without much effort (although regular exercise was part of the "getting healthy" process).

But I'm not writing this post to extol the benefits of keto, or even explain how it works, because there are plenty of other sites that already do a much better job of that.  And don't start with me about keto being "dangerous" doctors signed off on it, and I'm doing great. If you aren't on board with it, let's agree to disagree.

The purpose of this post is share what I've learned over the past 5 months, in regards to the best sites for finding easy, delicious, keto-friendly recipes. Here are my favorite go-to sites:

Keto Karma by Suzanne Ryan, author of Simply Keto
Suzanne's site is my go-to for a wide variety of recipes for every meal: breakfast, lunch, dinner, side dishes, appetizers, snacks, etc. I'm the only one in my family eating the keto way, yet they love the Suzanne's recipes just as much as I do.  Her Keto Chili is on permanent rotation on our dinner menu, and when I made her Twice-Baked Cauliflower casserole for Christmas dinner so that I could pass on the traditional Sweet Potato Casserole, the cauliflower was a big hit with everyone, and the sweet potatoes were barely touched. 

All Day I Dream About Food - by Carolyn Ketchum, author of The Ultimate Guide to Keto Baking
There is no one better at revamping decadent favorites into keto-friendly versions than Carolyn. She knows her stuff when it comes to baking, and then some. I ended up buying a few more of her cookbooks, just based on how well all of her baked items turn out. Her recipe for caramel sauce is outstanding (as are the Salted Caramel Butter Bars you can make with it). I also recommend her Lemon Bars--my youngest liked them better than the traditional, sugar-laden version.

I Breathe I'm Hungry by Mellissa Sevigny, author of Keto For Life

Another great site for all-purpose recipes that are so good, I promise, you will not miss the carbs or sugar. The "fathead dough" Gnocchi are a little tricky, but if you follow the recipe instructions exactly, you will be rewarded with the best keto pasta you've ever had. founded by Craig Clark
This is a great site for beginners. In addition to recipes, they have a great deal of helpful information for those looking to get started with keto, including tips, FAQs, a suggested eating plan, a Keto calculator, and more.

I thought cutting back on carbs would make me feel deprived, or that it wouldn't be sustainable, but these 4 websites made it easy.  If you're looking to give keto a try, do check out these sites...and good luck!

*Full disclosure: the book links are affiliate links to Amazon. 

Sunday, January 5, 2020

Little Luna's Big Day

Tomorrow is a big day for my little Luna. She's getting spayed and microchipped, as required by the animal rescue group that we adopted her from. I know it's the right thing to do, but it's scary to think of her undergoing surgery and being in pain.  Giving her lots of extra cuddles and love tonight.