I hear that a lot. Each time I do, I smile and say, calm down it’s not like that. You can make an incredible variety of super-flavorful meals on the keto-carnivore diet.
You only need to understand it better and learn how to shop, prepare and cook.
I guarantee you right now, every single meal I make is so delicious, I thank myself that I’ve become such a great chef, every time I cook. That’s why I hardly eat out in restaurants anymore.
Restaurant food sucks and is bland in comparison to my creations.
Furthermore, the only food you can really eat out is grilled meats and fish, which greatly limits your food choices, except if you’re in a steak house.
What’s the reason for that, you may be thinking? Surely, if I ditch the carbs, I can eat anything else no matter how it’s cooked.
Sadly, it isn’t so. 99.9% of restaurants cook their food in seed oils. Commonly known as canola, palm, or sunflower oils, which are falsely peddled as heart-healthy by the manufacturers.
PUFA oils oxidize at a low temperature yet are used for high-temperature cooking. Think about deep frying — it can’t get any hotter than that. Your French fries are torched in that toxic mess.
Once oxidized — meaning burnt — and ingested, you’re consuming free radicals which then float around your bloodstream wreaking havoc.
Free radicals are one of the major cancer culprits, and you’re served them daily by the seed oil industry!
Let’s face it, not many of us can afford to eat out in steak houses every day, which is why it’s best to cook at home.
The easy way to shop, prepare, and cook keto
Keeping things simple is, as always, the best way to go. It also saves money. Yet simple doesn’t have to mean bland and boring.
I’m going to give you a detailed breakdown of how I do this, along with a number of dishes and methods to spice and mix things up, without getting complicated.
These basic ingredients are all you need:
Beef, Chicken, Bacon, Pork Chops, Fish, Shrimps, Squid, Oysters, Eggs, Herbs, Spices, Cheese, Heavy Cream, Butter, Garlic, Onions, Chilis, and a small number of veggies, if you like.
I’ve pretty much stopped eating vegetables, with the exception of garlic, onions, and chili.
The fewer vegetables, the less carbs you consume. You avoid lectins and phytons which can and do cause leaky gut. Especially if you eat a lot of them.
If you want to treat yourself, you can add 75% dark chocolate, along with full-fat Greek yogurt, and berries. Both make a wonderful dessert, are protein-rich, high in fat, and the berries provide vitamins as well as powerful antioxidants.
An even better treat is a few glasses of red wine here or there.
I love my wine, I drink it almost daily with my homemade dinners, and wine is also high in antioxidants and low-carb.
Hey, you just don’t want to take all pleasures out of your culinary experience and life, folks! Life is here to enjoy, and not be a bore.
How to cook
The basis for every meal I make is butter, garlic, onions, and red chili. Next, I sauté the meat, so it’s browned on both sides, and then I slow-cook it for about 30 minutes.
I add water, herbs and spices, white wine, salt and pepper, and possibly a tomato here and there. You cook that at a low temperature, and you’ll end up with deliciously soft meat in a rich, spicy, and flavorful sauce.
By adding heavy cream, and a lot of fresh pepper, (without tomatoes) you turn your sauce into a pepper cream delight.
If you add a mix of 3 cheeses to your creamy dish, you’ve got a wonderful cream-cheese flavored meal. That’s just so good, you’ll want to die for it.
You can go Indian by adding chili powder and mint, another smash-hit.
Or go for chili powder and make your meal a chili con carne special.
As you can see, your options are plentiful, by simply adding different spices, cream, and cheese. Get creative and experiment, and you’ll soon be amazed at how many flavors you can create.
These are my main dishes
As noted, I keep my food simple, and rely on my base ingredients for flavor and vital nutrients, plus change it up with a variety of spices.
- Bacon and eggs — always an all-time favorite, for any meal
- Burger patties smothered by cheese with 2 to 3 eggs
- Meatballs in tomato sauce, oven-baked with Mozzarella
- Sautéed chicken legs, breast, pork chop, or steaks
- Shrimps sautéed in white wine, garlic sauce
- Squid sautéed in garlic, onions, and lemon
- Fish sautéed in tons of butter with lemon
- Chicken Stroganoff, with creamy cheese, and mushroom sauce
- 5 Egg cheese and onion omelets
- Organic sausages, sautéed in butter with 3 eggs
- Tuna (canned) with 3 sliced hard-boiled eggs, olive oil, and balsamic vinegar
One thing is for sure, I’m never bored of my food, and it’s always amazingly good.
That sums up my food and cooking choices. I don’t make all of this in one week, more like half, then I rotate and change the menu the next week.
I mostly don’t bother with dessert. At times, however, I feel a craving for something sweet. That’s when I’ll break out a few pieces of dark chocolate, or yogurt with berries.
I found wonderful dark chocolate by Cadburys, which contains raisins and rum. Oh gosh, that’s so good, I have to be careful not to munch the whole thing!
My weekly food costs: I spend no more than $30 on my meat, and another $20 on the remaining ingredients, with the yogurt and chocolate being the most expensive — another reason I limit them.
Simply select your favorite meats, buy 2 to 3 for the week, along with plenty of butter, eggs, and your chosen herbs and spices, and get cooking.
It’s that simple — you’ll never be bored of your homemade keto-carnivore food again.
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