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Stuffed Jalapeno Popper Casserole

We love appetizers in our house, and one of our favorites is stuffed jalapenos wrapped in bacon!  If it were up to my guys, I’d be making them all the time; but, man are they labor intensive!!  I’ve recently changed up the recipe in order to make it easier and quicker to enjoy!

It’s as simple as five ingredients and the taste is AMAZING! At only 2 carbs per (large) serving, you just can’t beat this recipe!

It's as easy as five ingredients!  Let's not forget the bacon that didn't make it for picture day!

First, you want to preheat your oven to 350 degrees.  I only say this for those of you who always preheat…I, personally, am terrible at remembering and often just add a few extra minutes on to my bake time in order to make up for it. Hey…I’m no professional here.  I guess it’s why I love casseroles so much.

You will want to empty two pounds of mild pork sausage into a large pan and brown completely.  I actually like to overcook it because I feel like the flavor is even better the browner the sausage.

 Crumble the sausage to a small crumble and cook completely.  The more its cooked, the more flavor you will get!

Crumble the sausage to a small crumble and cook completely.  The more its cooked, the more flavor you will get!

While the sausage is cooking, take the time to slice open the jalapenos and take all of the seeds out as well as the white fleshy veins inside.  This will give you the flavor of the jalapeno without the crazy, hot spice. Now…if you like the spice, leave some seeds in, or just slice the jalapenos instead of dicing.  Completely up to your level of heat tolerance.  I can’t handle it and neither can my kids, so we choose to remove the seeds.  

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Once your sausage is completely brown, add in two blocks of cream cheese that has been given time to soften.  Again, I don’t always plan ahead, so on days that I forget to pull the cheese out early, I like to cut up the cream cheese so that it melts a bit easier. 

 Cutting the cream cheese into cubes will help it to easily incorporate into the mixture faster.

Cutting the cream cheese into cubes will help it to easily incorporate into the mixture faster.

Mix the cream cheese into the sausage until it is completely melted.  You can then add in the jalapenos, a cup of cheddar cheese, and some crumbled bacon pieces.  

Let’s talk for a moment about the cheese and bacon.  Listen…like I’ve alluded to before, I am not into complicated recipes.  If you don’t have cheddar cheese, we’ve found that mozzarella also takes yummy…as does Colby Jack cheese.  You can’t go wrong with this recipe and cheese. 

As for the bacon?  Use real bacon bits if you don’t have bacon leftover from another recipe.  I have a husband, three boys and two dogs. We RARELY have bacon leftover so I often use bacon bits.  They taste just as good.

 Ooey, gooey deliciousness ready to be topped with cheese and popped in the oven!

Ooey, gooey deliciousness ready to be topped with cheese and popped in the oven!

Once you have mixed everything together, you’ll notice that it has started to pull away from the pan. At this point, you’ll dump the mixture into a 9x12 baking dish.  Add the remaining cheese to the top of the mixture and pop that delicious concoction in the oven.  You will let it bake until it is nice and bubbly around the edges and the cheese on top is nice and melted.  In my oven it takes about 15 minutes.  Sometimes I’ll go the next step and broil the cheese on top for a minute or two to give it an extra crunch.

 This is obviously more than half a cup of cheese.  You do you.  If you like cheese, pile some more on!

This is obviously more than half a cup of cheese.  You do you.  If you like cheese, pile some more on!

This is a great recipe to bring to a potluck or serve for a get together!  Provide chips/crackers for the non-keto people, or make your own cheese crackers like I sometimes do.  I’m not going to lie though…my family loves to just eat it out of a bowl! 

Want to go the extra step and make the full poppers?  Leave the bacon and the jalapenos out of the mixture.  Add the mixture to half a jalapeno, wrap it in bacon, and then pop them in the oven for about 20-25 minutes.  Still just as yummy!

 Sooooooo yummy!

Sooooooo yummy!

Leave me a reply and let me know what your favorite appetizer is! I’m sure we can find a keto version!! Let me know if you give this one a try!  

Keeping it Keto,

Stephanie

 The original stuffed jalapeño casserole recipe! www.letskeepitketo.com 

The original stuffed jalapeño casserole recipe! www.letskeepitketo.com 

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Easter "Glazed" Ham
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I have spent hours searching the internet for a sugarless option for our Easter Ham!  I was shocked to find that there are very little recipes that don't have sugar, molasses, honey, and other sugary substances used! 

So I did what any food blogger wanna be would do. I made up my own recipe!  

If there is one thing I love with a good ham sandwich (back when I ate sandwiches) its dijon mustard.  There is something about the tangy taste of dijon that I just love, and this made me want to base my "glaze" with that delicious flavor!

Now, TECHNICALLY I'm not sure you can call this a glaze as it has NO sugar and therefore doesn't crystalize at all.  I would guess it would be better suited to be called a marinade? A roasting sauce?  Who knows...I'm no chef remember...I just do what tastes good.

Here's what I did.

I found this beautiful 9.89 pound ham at Aldi.  If you don't shop there, look at these prices!!  This $11 ham lasted three meals for my family of five!  I even took the last of the leftovers to work today for lunch!

One thing to keep in mind!  Always buy bone in meat!  Not only does the meat taste better, but you can use the ham bone to make green beans!  Mmmm...just like granny used to make!

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I like to line my pan with aluminum foil to keep the mess down a bit.  Just makes for an easier cleanup.  Also, make sure you spray down the aluminum with cooking spray to reduce the chance of the ham sticking to the foil.  I like to cook my ham raw meat down (you'll see what I mean down below), so that the meat stays nice and tender.

Easy Keto Easter Ham Recipe

Lay your ham face down on the tray.  The darker markings from where the ham was smoked will be on top.  

Take a sharp chopping knife and score a diamond hatch pattern across the top of the ham.  I like to go about as deep as the knife, so maybe an inch or so.  Not only will this make the ham look nice after its baked, but it will also create pockets for the marinade to ooze into once the ham is almost done roasting.

Once you have done this, you will cover the ham and tray with foil and place in a 325 degree preheated oven for as long as the package on the ham tells you to.  In my case, an almost 10 pound ham took just a bit over 2 hours.

Easy Keto Easter Ham Recipe

Once your ham is about half way done cooking, you'll want to start preparing your marinade.  I'm telling you guys, this is fool proof!  You can't go wrong with this recipe!

As I mentioned before, I'm a huge fan of dijon flavors, so I wanted that to be the main flavor on my ham.  If you want more herbs, add some in there!  You can really put on there whatever you want!

For my marinade, I used about 7 Tbs of Kerrygold butter, 2 Tbs of Dijon Mustard, 1/2 tsp of Pink Himalayan Salt (if you Keto peeps aren't using this, I encourage you to start), and a tsp of garlic powder.

I combined everything in a pot on the stove until it was nice and runny.  Add a bit more dijon mustard if you want it a little thicker.  Also make sure you have a brush on hand to apply the marinade.

Easy Easter Keto Ham Recipe Ingredients

Once your glaze is ready (and the ham is about half way through the cooking time), remove your ham from the oven.  Remove the foil and apply your marinade liberally to your ham.

It's going to run down the sides and pool at the bottom.  Don't panic!  It's ok!!  All of those beautiful flavors are going to seep into every crevice of that ham and it will be delicious! I promise!  If you want more of the marinade on top, pretend you're an artist and paint that ham like you're Picasso!

Doesn't it smell divine?

Easy Keto Easter Ham Recipe

Pop that baby back into the oven (UNCOVERED this time) and let it finish out the cooking time.  

Once it's done cooking, pull it out of the oven, dip the brush and do some more painting.  Once you've got the perfect creation, let it sit for a few minutes to cool a bit before you try and slice it.

The easiest way to slice it is to use an electric knife, but if you don't have one, no fear!  This ham came out so tender, I could cut it with a butter knife if I wanted to!

I'd post some more pictures, but my family had that ham tore up before I could get any good shots!

If you try this recipe out, please be sure to leave a comment with how much you liked it!

Keeping it Keto,

Stephanie

Easy Keto Easter Ham Recipe
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Dijon "Glazed" Ham
Here's a great Keto and sugar free way to give your holiday ham, great flavor without the sugar!
Ingredients
  • 8-10 lbs Smoked Ham
  • 7 Tbs Grassfed Butter
  • 2 Tbs Dijon Mustard
  • 1/2 tsp Pink Himalayan Salt
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder
Instructions
Take ham out of plastic wrap. Cut into the ham a diamond hatch pattern about as deep as the knife you're using. Cover ham in tin foil and bake according to package directions. Once ham is about half way through the cooking process, remove tin foil and coat in the "glaze".To make the glaze, melt the butter, dijon mustard and seasonings on the stove top.Cover the ham with the glaze, making sure to let it ooze into every cut you made prior to baking.Leaving the tin foil off, put the ham back in the oven and let it finish out its time uncovered.Remove from oven and let cool a few minutes before slicing.
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Keto Donuts
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I had so much fun the other night experimenting with recipes!  This time I made some Keto Donuts so that my bestie and I didn’t feel left out when everyone else was gorging themselves on a certain high sugar donut chain!

 

I love experimenting with recipes, and it seems the more I experiment, the more I learn about baking with Keto friendly ingredients!  Some recipes call for SOOOO many eggs and I feel like that is all you taste.  Not with these puppies!  They were light, fluffy and tasted like a donut!  A healthy donut, but still a donut!!

 

Before you start, grease up your donut or muffin tin (hint below if you just have a muffin tin), and preheat your oven to 350 degrees

 Keto Donut ingredients

Keto Donut ingredients

You start out by mixing your wet ingredients: sour cream, heavy whipping cream, eggs, and vanilla extract.  Mix it well so that the eggs are nice and fluffy.

 Sour cream, heavy whipping cream, eggs, and vanilla extract

Sour cream, heavy whipping cream, eggs, and vanilla extract

Again, mix super well (but don’t over mix or your donuts will be dense).  You want the eggs to fluff up a bit.

Slowly add the dry ingredients of coconut flour, baking soda, all spice, stevia, and a pinch of salt. Mix until well combined.  Mixture should be about the consistency of brownie batter.

 Slowly add dry ingredients and stir until well combined.

Slowly add dry ingredients and stir until well combined.

Once well combined, spray your donut pan well (or you can use melted butter) making sure the dough won’t stick.  If you don’t have a donut pan, you can use a large muffin tin and put some baking paper in the cup to make a “hole” in your donut.  You will spoon enough batter into the pan to fill the tray up 3/4 of the way.  This will get you 10-12 donuts.  If you want bigger donuts, fill them almost to the top and you’ll get about 6-7 donuts.  Just make sure you watch the time they’re in the oven.

 Fill tray to about 3/4 full

Fill tray to about 3/4 full

You will bake the donuts for about 10-15 minutes.  Mine were perfect after 12 minutes.  If you plan on fry finishing the donuts (highly suggest this if you are doing the cinnamon/”sugar” topping), it’s better for them to be slightly under done.  If you prefer a cake donut, bake until a toothpick comes out clear.

 They should come out slightly brown and cooked all the way through.

They should come out slightly brown and cooked all the way through.

The tops will be a bit lighter than the bottoms, but if you plan on fry finishing, they will look evenly brown after that step.

If you prefer a cake donut, you can stop here, melt some Lilly's Chocolate Baking Chips with a tablespoon of butter in the microwave, and spread over the top.  But, if you want something that melts in your mouth like a real donut, I highly suggest the fry finish donut!!

Fry Finishing
Grab yourself a frying pan and fill about half way with coconut oil (it was about 3/4 cups for me, but eyeball it based on your size pan). Heat up the coconut oil and pan fry each donut for a minute or two on each side.  Make sure to not make the oil TOO hot or they’ll burn within 30 seconds.  You want a light to medium golden crunch on the outside of your donuts.

 

 Pan fry a minute or two on each side. Don’t overcook or they will burn.

Pan fry a minute or two on each side. Don’t overcook or they will burn.

Once fried, I put them on a plate with a paper towel.  Before they’re totally cooled, toss them with the sweetener/cinnamon mixture to get a nice coating.

They’re best eaten while warm!  I can’t wait for you guys to try this and report back on how they taste!!

Keep it Keto,

Steph

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Snack Time Overload
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Where are my fellow snackers?  

One of the hardest parts of adapting to Keto was realizing that I didn't have to prepare so much food that I would be snacking all.day.long.   The beautiful part of Keto is that you no longer have to make sure you always have snacks at the ready due to your body metabolizing what you eat so fast you can't keep up!!

I have news for you!  You are NOT hungry...you are BORED.

How easy is this to say?  But why is it SOOOO hard to find the difference?  Whether you graze all day or engulf all the food at night (that would be me), snacking has always been what has kept me from being successful on almost every diet I've tried.

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I have found that keeping myself busy has been the best way to keep myself from feeling like I HAVE to snack at night.  I love to crochet.  I love to watch TV.  I love to scroll Social Media.  I've found that I can even love working out (that NEVER would have come out of my mouth six months ago...LOL).  I don't love laundry or cleaning very much, but tackling that one chore I've been putting off has been great with keeping my hands and mind busy at night.

I'm not hungry.

By following the Keto lifestyle, I've been able to keep my hunger at bay AND lose weight.  I never, ever thought this would be possible.  How do I do this?  I live within my macros! By keeping my dietary fat high, it keeps me full enough that I'm no longer hungry in between meals.  Yes, there are times where I just need something sweet at the end of the day or for a special occasion, but there are plenty of low carb and Keto friendly options!

What is your favorite way to tackle the snack monster when it hits?  Do you have trouble determining whether or not your hungry or bored?

Let's Keep it Keto,

Steph