Well, it’s been a little over a week now that we’ve been experimenting with low-carb, Keto-friendly foods, and we’ve found a few things that we really like. And a few that need more experimentation to figure out how to improve on the recipes that we’ve found. One of the best parts about this family experiment is that my girls are more interested in cooking (and I am too, I must admit!) so we’ve been having fun trying new recipes almost every day.
This Keto-friendly chicken alfredo pizza is one of the first recipes we found and we decided to try it right away. It actually tastes as good as it looks! We found this recipe over at All Day I Dream about Food (which almost made me pass it by, because one of my biggest annoyances about cooking is that I have to spend so much time thinking about FOOD . . . which really makes me cranky!), but Carolyn offers up this pretty quick and easy recipe for pizza crust and homemade alfredo sauce that really is worth taking the time to make. But it really doesn’t actually take that much time!
Since we already had some chicken breasts cooked, just waiting to be put into a new, yummy supper dish, and we also had all of the other ingredients, too, it was a lot of fun trying it out for the first time. And we all loved it! So we decided to make it again on the weekend instead of ordering pizza takeout which we often do on Friday nights. Even our Dad like it, but then he’s pretty easy to get along with . . . although he definitely is more opinionated about food than I am!
We had a couple of pieces left over (we’ve discovered that keto-friendly foods seem to fill you up much faster than the other high carb foods we are used to eating), and they were even good warmed up the next day for lunch. The alfredo sauce is super easy to make, and if you pop on over to Carolyn’s blog you will find an alternative recipe for Magic Mozzarella Pizza Crust which is the one we used. It was perfect with the alfredo sauce and chicken!
We are just getting started on this journey, but here’s what I have observed so far: I never feel hungry. I realize I am hungry occasionally, but I never actually “feel” hungry. That’s really no big deal for me, because I have had really bad eating habits for quite some time. If I don’t “feel” hungry, I don’t eat (usually because I’m too busy doing something else that I don’t want to stop long enough to eat . . . much less take the time to cook!), so I would wait, and wait, and wait, until I was REALLY hungry, and then I would eat stupid stuff. Not necessarily “bad” stuff, just not very thoughtful or intentional stuff. Then I would feel rather sluggish and lethargic, and wonder why I felt so miserable. And then the cycle would start all over again. It was not a very productive cycle to be on every day of the week!
One other thing that I’ve discovered is that all of the recipes I’ve come across are super easy, with very few ingredients, most of which are regular ol’ food that we already have on hand, or can keep on hand if we just buy more of it. Like eggs, cream, cheese, cottage cheese, and butter. I did buy some almond flour and coconut flour, as well as almond oil, and shredded mozzarella cheese and shredded parmesan cheese which we don’t typically keep on hand, but it’s all stuff we like so it worked out great. Most of the recipes we’ve tried are pretty quick, too, even the 3 minute microwave bread / muffins that I’m experimenting with.
So far the only challenges I’ve experienced are a rather yucky taste in my mouth which I address by drinking a lot more water (which is a good thing!) and really dry skin on my ankles and feet. That’s kind of weird, so I’m not sure if that has anything to do with the low-carb diet, but it hasn’t been quite this bad before. So I just keep putting lotion on the dry skin and hope it goes away soon. That’s it! No special meal prep (I just make the low carb stuff and everyone eats it. Then if they want mashed potatoes and gravy or whatever, I make that as well); I don’t have to think about food all day long just to make sure I’m remembering to feed my family, and I really, seriously never feel hungry.
I have a lot more energy which was my original goal. I have no idea if I’ve lost any weight or not because we don’t have a working scale – and I don’t know what I weighed before I started. I will probably get around to checking that out next week after the girls go back to school. Right now I’m pretty busy trying to get everything done for back-to-school, but when I check to see if I’ve lost weight, I’ll let you know.
If you are considering trying the keto / low-carb eating program, I would encourage you to learn all you can, check with your doctor, and let me know if you find any great recipes. I’ll be experimenting with new recipes for the next few weeks and would love to hear your ideas. Hope you are having a good summer, and that you are joyfully anticipating the upcoming change of seasons. I know I am!
If you would like to try this recipe for keto-friendly Chicken Alfredo Pizza, be sure to visit Carolyn at All Day I Dream about Food. You will find the complete recipe with ingredients and a instructions, as well as a link to her amazing Magic Mozzarella Dough Pizza Crust.
ALL IMAGES IN THIS POST ARE FROM ALL DAY I DREAM ABOUT FOOD. NONE OF THESE IMAGES BELONG TO VINTAGE MAMA’S COTTAGE, BUT ARE ONLY USED HERE TO DIRECT THE READER BACK TO THE ORIGINAL BLOG POST. PLEASE VISIT CAROLYN AT ALL DAY I DREAM ABOUT FOOD FOR THE COMPLETE RECIPE FOR THIS KETO-FRIENDLY CHICKEN ALFREDO PIZZA.