The week before last, the election had me spooked; I may or may not have broken Ketosis again to drink an entire bottle of wine, eat pizza, and cry.
With that being said, I’m not going to allow politics to dictate my personal goals, and last week I had my lovely Fiance create the meal plan; he never actually sent it to me, I kept having to ask him what we were doing, but it was nice to take the week off and just do the grocery shopping instead of the planning!
This week, we are on target, and Thanksgiving is coming; technically we’re going to treat Thanksgiving as a Cheat Day, but due to leftovers, I’m trying to keep most of our meal keto-friendly so we can enjoy Thanksgiving over and over again in the week to come. 🙂
That done, let me show you the cooking I’ve done today in preparation!
You are looking at several hours worth of food preparation for the week.
- 1 recipe low-carb Cranberry Sauce (run through a food mill to make it smooth)
- 2 Flats of Chicken Tenders, spiced and fried in coconut oil (6 strips per bag, 1 bag per lunch for Fiance)
- 2 Recipes Worth of Sausage Biscuits; one recipes worth shaped as biscuits for a quick, on-the-go lunch, the other shaped as nuggets, enough for 5 individual dinners, portioned into three bags for quick, freezable ‘Convenience Food’
- 3 Baguettes to leave out to dry to make keto-friendly stuffing for thanksgiving!
And with that being said, here’s our Thanksgiving Plan, divided into Keto and Non-Keto sections:
- Turkey; probably loosely based off of this recipe
- Stuffing; per my mom’s general directions, involves bacon/mushrooms/onions/celery, using the keto loaves pictures above!
- Gravy; more or less ad-libbed like the stuffing, probably involves turkey-leavings, butter, cream, maybe some guar gum and extra chicken stock?
- Deviled Eggs; probably with mayo, mustard, and a little sweet relish. More or less keto friendly, the relish has some carbs but not that many, and not much is used.
- Cranberry Sauce
- Steamed Broccoli
- Mulled Wine
- Pumpkin Pie
- Lemon Cloud Pie
For the non-keto stuff, we’re doing:
- Mashed Potatoes; easily replaced by cauliflower mash, but we haven’t had the Real Deal in a long time now.
- RJ’s Cornbread Stuffing, involving a pan of cornbread with hard boiled eggs and some other things; I think this could be made keto with a Keto Cornbread Recipe, but RJ would like to stick to traditional here.
- Dinner Rolls; frozen to bake fresh, NOT keto! I could go to the hassle of doing Keto-friendly dinner rolls, but… eh.
- Pecan Pie; made straight from the Karo Syrup bottle, per RJ’s preferences. There are TONS of keto-friendly Pecan Pie recipes I could use, but he really wanted regular, so we’re doing regular!
The rest of the week is Business As Usual, with some of our steady stand-bys, and for tonight’s meal, something new!
- Jalapeno Popper Stuffed Chicken
- Cauliflower Mash
- Chicken Tenders
- Fried Shrimp
- Keto-adapted Spicy Cabbage Salad (Goi Bap Cai)
- Sausage Nuggets
- Steamed Broccoli