Creamy Garlic Chicken – Keto

For Christmas, the one thing I really wanted was a cast iron skillet. I’ve wanted one for years. Up until a few months ago, we had a glass cooktop stove. I was told you could not use cast iron on a glass cooktop (so not true, by the way). Anyway, we got new appliances and switched to a gas range and oven. Best decision ever! So, since I finally had my gas range, I just had to ask for a cast iron skillet. My mother in-law got me one! I finally got a chance to use it and I made THE BEST creamy garlic chicken recipe. Best part is, it’s totally Keto friendly!

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Creamy Garlic Chicken Recipe

Delicious, Keto friendly, creamy garlic chicken recipe.

Course Main Course
Keyword chicken, keto
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs Chicken
  • 2 TBSP Olive Oil
  • 4 Cloves Garlic
  • 1 Cup Heavy Whipping Cream
  • 1 TBSP Italian Seasoning
  • 1/2 Cup Asiago, Romano, Parmesan Blend shredded
  • 1 Cup Spinach chopped
  • Salt to taste
  • Pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Place your olive oil in your cast iron skillet (or a regular skillet) and allow to fully heat up. 

  2. Place your chicken in the hot skillet and cook about 6-7 minutes on each side (may be longer, depending on how thick your chicken is). Remove from the skillet.

  3. Lower the heat and add the garlic to the skillet. Heat for about 30 seconds. Next add the heavy whipping cream, Italian seasoning, and the Asiago, Romano, Parmesan cheese blend. Add your chopped spinach and stir for about 2 minutes. Add salt and pepper, as needed.

  4. Add the chicken back into the skillet and allow it to simmer together for few minutes before serving.

The nice thing about this recipe is that you can choose the type of chicken you prefer having! I had chicken tenderloins on hand so I used that. Let me tell you, this creamy garlic chicken recipe is the best chicken recipe I’ve ever made. My daughter, who insists she doesn’t like spinach, devoured this dinner! Since we are following the Keto diet, I served this over cauliflower rice for my husband and I.

Creamy Garlic Chicken Keto Macros

When I was figuring out the macros for this recipe, I decided to figure it out for the sauce only. Since I plan on using different types of chicken, I figured that would be easier. I used Carb Manager, my go to app for tracking my macros, to figure this out. As always, be sure to put this recipe in your own tracker with the specific ingredients you use, since different brands have different nutritional information sometimes.

creamy garlic chickenIf you are wondering about the Asiago, Romano, Parmesan blend, I get this at Sam’s Club. It tasted amazing in this recipe. I also like to eat it on salad. If you have a Sam’s Club membership, definitely give it a try. However, if you do not have a membership, I have seen something very similar at our local grocery store.

But I’m Not on the Keto Diet

No worries! If you would like to make this recipe, but not have all the fat and calories in the heavy whipping cream, simply sub in half and half! Next time I make this, I plan on having two skillets going. One for my husband and I, and one for the kids. They aren’t doing the Keto diet with us, and to be completely honest, I never imagined they would eat this yesterday!

Other Must Try Keto Recipes

Since we have been doing the Keto diet for a little over three years now, we have quite a few favorite Keto recipes. Some other must try recipes are:

Creamy Cauliflower Andouille Soup

Chorizo Chicken Soup Recipe

Cheddar Cheese Stuffed Meatloaf Recipe

The Best Slow Cooker Pot Roast

Keto Chocolate Peanut Butter Bites

Enjoy!!

The Best Homemade Valentines

I cannot believe it’s already February. As usual, the year is already flying by. For kids, Valentine’s day is super fun! From the moment they set foot in school, they get to make Valentines for their classmates. If you’re like me, by the time you get all the way through elementary school with the second child, you get a bit bored with the store bought Valentines. These homemade Valentines are super cute and easy to make! Your kids will love giving them to their classmates!

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The Best Homemade Valentines

Your kids will love taking one of these homemade Valentines to school. Especially if it’s the bubble gum Valentine. They would be the hero of the classroom with that Valentine! The teachers may not be as appreciative, but oh well! It’s all about the kids, right?!? So take a look at the list of Valentines below. Show them to your kids (or just pick one you wouldn’t mind putting together) and have a fun, crafty day! And if you’re a little uneasy about the crafty part, take it from me, as someone that is NOT crafty at all, I could easily put any of these Valentines together!

Which Valentine Do You Like Best?

The list below is such a fun list! Everything to put the homemade Valentines together can be purchased in bulk at the store or Amazon. Because I love the idea of someone else doing the shopping for me (and not leaving the house), I will find you the best Amazon deals I can so you can have your supplies delivered right to your doorstep!

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Easy Valentine’s Day Printables

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Very Little Crafting Required!

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Choosing the Right Homemade Valentine

Aren’t these cute?!? All of these can be put together pretty quickly and even small children can help! Young children can help put the Hershey Kisses in little bags. While older children are quite capable of doing most of the crafting involved with these Valentines! One recommendation, for the bouncy ball Valentine or the gum ball Valentine, tie the bags tightly. Your child’s teacher will thank you!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Banana Bundt Cake Recipe

Banana bread or banana muffins are things I make almost weekly. As I’ve said before, I think my kids leave bananas to get ripe just so I will have to make it. They know I hate to waste things. One thing I like to do is read a bunch of different recipes, read the comments and then start coming up with my own recipe by combining some of the ideas from like six or seven other recipes and comments. Sometimes it works out OK and sometimes it doesn’t. Today was one of those days that it worked out perfectly! This banana bundt cake recipe is amazing.

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Banana Bundt Cake Recipe

Delicious recipe for a must try banana bundt cake! 

Course Breakfast, Dessert
Keyword banana, banana bread, bundt cake
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Cool 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 Cup Butter softened
  • 2 Cups White Sugar
  • 5 Large Eggs room temp.
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 6 TBSP Milk
  • 5 Small Ripe Bananas 4 if they aren't all small
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon
  • 2 tsp Baking Soda
  • 2 Cups Gluten Free Flour

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 300° and grease your bundt pan and set aside.

  2. Using your stand mixer (or hand mixer), cream together the sugar and butter. Add the eggs, one by one. Mix until thoroughly incorporated. 

  3. Next add the vanilla extract, milk, ripe bananas, cinnamon and baking soda. Mix until thoroughly incorporated. 

  4. Add the gluten free flour to the mixing bowl and mix it by hand. You want to to be completely mixed together, but don't over mix.

  5. Pour your batter into the greased bundt pan and place in the oven for 65 minutes. You will notice the top browning a bit. That's OK! It tastes amazing! When it is done baking, allow it to cool in the pan before transferring it to your cake stand or a plate.

Recipe Notes

If you prefer to use regular flour over gluten free flour, then use it! The measurements are the same!

In this recipe, as I do with pretty much ALL recipes requiring flour, I used gluten free flourbanana bundt cake. If you would prefer to make banana bundt cake recipe with regular flour, then by all means, do so! Not only is banana bundt cake recipe super moist, but the hint of cinnamon is perfect. And, believe me, that’s coming from someone that truly hates cinnamon.

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I can’t tell you how good my house smelled when this banana bundt cake was baking! The kids were dying to cut into it as I was pulling it out of the oven. Now I chose not to top this banana bundt cake with anything, but you could totally do so, if you wanted. You could go simple with powered sugar or you could make a cream cheese frosting glaze. Whatever you choose to do, this will be a banana bread recipe that you will want to make over and over again!

Other Banana Bread Recipes to Try

Like I’ve said, I’ve made a lot of banana bread/muffin recipes before. A few you must try are:

Oatmeal Banana Cinnamon Crunch Bread

Cranberry Banana Muffins Recipe

Banana Mini Muffins with Chocolate Chips

Banana Muffins with Chocolate and Peanut Butter

Gluten Free Strawberry Banana Bread

What is your favorite way to make banana bread? Also, another question…do you put butter on your banana bread? My husband does that. To me it’s gross, but he loves it and has gotten one of my kids liking it that way too. To each their own, I suppose!


Going Back to College

20 years ago, I set foot into my first college classroom. I absolutely loved it. With a high school campus that now has three high schools and an athletic building that the students travel between them all, the size of college was nothing to me. When I graduated with my Bachelors degree, the plan was to go immediately back and get my masters. However, being pregnant with my second child (and sick EVERY single day, all day long), chasing a two year around, and having a husband that traveled for work, life just got in the way. Finally, 20 years later, I am going back to college to get that masters. Only it will be for a totally different degree than what I planned back then!

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I graduated in 2004 from Eastern Michigan University with my Bachelors of Science degree and a teaching certificate for the state of Michigan. Unfortunately, at that time, there was a surplus of teachers. When applying for jobs, my application ended up being one of 3000 for ONE position. It was nuts. If I was willing to relocate, I could get a job in another state that recognized my Michigan teaching certificate. However, relocating was not an option. I did some long term sub jobs and then decided to go back to college to get my Masters.

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The Decision to Go Back to College

For the last 15 years, I have been a stay at home mom. It was important to my husband and I that I be home with the kids. Both of us grew up with our mother home…it’s what we knew, so we sacrificed and made it work. Now, fast forward 15 years. I have a son just starting high school and a daughter just starting middle school. In three and a half years, my son will be in college and three years after that, my daughter will be in college…and then what? What do I do?

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Call it a mid-life crisis or whatever you want, but I have been really freaking out about the thought of my kids going back to college and me not having held a job in YEARS. How is that resume going to look? What jobs would I even be qualified for? I can’t tell you how many times I texted my husband, in freak out mode, about not being able to get a job in the future. Then one day I mentioned something about going back to college and the rest they say, is history!

What Should I Get my Masters for?

When I was going to get my Masters after I finished my Bachelors degree, I was going to get a Masters in early childhood education. Having my teaching certificate, it just made sense to do that. Now, at this point in my life, I don’t plan on teaching in a classroom. So I started thinking about the things I was interested in and would love to do. Only ONE thing stood out. Librarian. Library’s are my happy place. To be honest, working in a library has always been a dream of mine. So Masters in Library Science it is!

So Now What?

I have figured out what I want to do, but how do I go about it? Currently, I am researching various online programs and requesting information. I’m not quite sure which online program I am going to go with just yet, but one thing I do know is that a lot of the programs require GRE test scores. So I picked up a few books, school supplies (love school supplies!!) and I will start studying and getting my brain trained to do math again. That should be fun!

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After doing a Google search, and talking with friends, the above two books were recommended the most as THE books to get to prepare for the GRE test.

I’m excited about the future and what it may bring. Of course I am nervous. I will be doing this degree online. We have one University near me that offers the program. I’m not quite sure if I will be going with that program, or another recommended program. However, I have plenty of time to decide that.

Wish me luck!


Creamy Cauliflower Andouille Soup

One of my favorite soups ever is baked potato soup. However, it’s not Keto friendly and it’s not gluten free. So I don’t eat it anymore. Or so I thought! This weekend, I made a Keto soup that tasted VERY similar to baked potato soup. I’ve said before that the Keto Chorizo Chicken Soup Recipe was my favorite Keto soup. Now, I’m not so sure! This creamy cauliflower andouille soup is Keto approved AND it tastes very much like my old favorite potato soup recipe! Total win-win!

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Creamy Cauliflower Andouille Soup

Super delicious recipe for a creamy cauliflower andouille soup that tastes very similar to baked potato soup!

Course Main Course, Soup
Keyword cauliflower, keto
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 8 People
Calories 301 kcal

Ingredients

  • 13.5 Ounce Andouille Smoked Sausage
  • 4 Slices Thick Cut Bacon chopped
  • 1 Medium Head of Cauliflower cut into pieces
  • 1 Small Onion chopped
  • 6 Cups Chicken Broth
  • 2 Cups Water
  • 1 1/2 Cup Baby Leaf Spinach
  • 1 Cup Heavy Whipping Cream
  • Salt, Pepper, Red Pepper Flakes to taste

Instructions

  1. Slice the andouille sausage into halves. Place in a frying pan and cook (or heat up, if fully cooked) until done. Remove from pan. 

  2. Add the chopped bacon in the pan. Fry until it is just about done and then add the onion and finish frying the bacon.

  3. Cut the head of cauliflower into small and large pieces. Place in a large stock pot with the cooked sausage, bacon, and onions. 

  4. Next add the chicken broth and water to the stock pot. Bring to a boil. Once boiling, lower the temperature and cover. Simmer for about 10-12 minutes. 

  5. Add the baby spinach to the pot and simmer for about another 2 minutes or so. Next add the heavy whipping cream, salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes. Stir well to completely mix. Simmer for about another 2 minutes.

  6. Serve with a little shredded cheddar cheese on top (or don't...it's good without it)!!

Recipe Notes

*Macros are NOT calculated with the shredded cheddar cheese. 

You guys!!!! I cannot tell you  how good this soup is! It smelled amazing while I was cooking it. Not once did I ever think that it would remind me of baked potato soup, but it totally does! If you’re thinking, “eww…cooked cauliflower smells so gross. I don’t think I can eat this”….stop thinking that! It is so good!

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Creamy Cauliflower Andouille Soup Tips

I will definitely be making this soup again. Next time I plan on doing the following things:

  • Adding MORE spinach
  • Changing up the type of meat in the soup
  • Adding a little bit of garlic powder

Tips aside, the soup, as is, was so good and tasted great reheated the next day. Be aware that it will separate some in the fridge. Simply stir and it will be just fine!

Keto Macros

As always, be sure to figure out your macros with the specific ingredients that you use. I’m sure there are different brands of andouille sausage at the store. The nutritional information may not be the same for them both. With the ingredients I used, these are the macros:

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If you like this Keto recipe, you need to try a few others I have:

Keto Chicken Cordon Bleu Recipe

Keto Creamed Spinach Recipe

Cheddar Cheese Stuffed Meatloaf

Cheesy Jalapeno Stuffed Chicken

Spicy Sausage Egg Muffins

If you have any questions about the Keto diet, please don’t hesitate to ask. What I would hate for you to do is listen to all that nonsense and inaccurate information that Jillian Michaels is spewing about Keto. She has no clue what she is talking about.

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