Since I’ve begun eating Keto, I have tried coming up with new and fun meal ideas. Let’s face it. Pasta is the bomb.com. Bread, alright. Tortillas, can’t stop-won’t stop. (I’ll provide a link for some amazing keto-friendly tortillas later). However, when it comes to weight loss, these things tend to hold us back from seeing results. It can be difficult to make the transition to low-carb. It can also cause you to relapse if your food isn’t keeping you interested.
If this is something you’re just starting out, good luck! They say it takes two weeks to develop a habit. When it comes to cutting out grains and doughy goodness, I’ve found it takes a bit longer. Keto isn’t a fad diet. It’s not a trend. It is simply a lifestyle choice. What works for one might not work for the next; trial and error. Now, I rarely even crave the things I’ve cut out. I have the occasional cheat meal, yes. Since I’ve gotten the hang of it, I can honestly say it’s the easiest and most effective way for me to stay healthy and consistent.
- Spaghetti Squash – 1 whole squash
- Heavy Cream – ½ cup
- Butter – 6 tbsp
- Skim Milk – 2/3 cup
- Shredded Parmesan – 1 cup
- Shrimp (Medium 41/60) – 12 oz
- Minced Garlic – 1 tbsp or 2 cloves
Seasonings: Salt, pepper, granulated garlic, onion powder, Italian seasoning, crushed red pepper flakes, EVOO.
Directions: Preheat oven to 450°. Cut Squash in half length-wise. Lay face up on baking sheet, drizzle on some EVOO, dust on salt & pepper, and bake for 45-50 minutes. Let cool about 10 minutes before using a fork to shread. In one skillet, drizzle with EVOO and cook shrimp (peeled, tail-off) over medium heat until they are a bright coral/pink color, zero transparency. Approx 3-4 minutes. (Season shrimp while cooking: Pinch of salt, pepper, Italian seasoning, and minced garlic.). In separate pan, melt butter over medium heat. Add in milk & cream, stir until combined. Reduce heat to low, add in parmesan and stir until completely melted. You may need to add in a little more milk if it becomes too thick. Season with 1 tsp of each: salt, pepper, granulated garlic, onion powder, and crushed red pepper. Plating: Measure out 5oz spaghetti squash per dish, add in shrimp, spoon on sauce. Voilà!
Each serving includes: 5 oz spaghetti squash | 12 – 13 cooked shrimp | 1/4 – 1/3 cup sauce. Makes 4 total servings as pictured.
Low-carb tortillas. Yes, this is a real thing and they are REALLY freakin amazing! Sold at Wal-Mart or can be ordered online. https://www.amazon.com/Banderita-Counter-Whole-Wheat-Wraps/dp/B0756PN4JH