As a busy wife and mother, I appreciate a good crock pot recipe. Crock pot cooking is low-maintenance cooking, and it helps make meal prepping a breeze. This recipe should last for one week for one person. It is also perfect for throwing together a family meal before church or work and returning home to its heavenly aroma. At 2 grams net carbs, one ox tail can sit perfectly on a bed of riced cauliflower, beside some collard greens, with some cornless cornbread! The creamy broth has a comforting texture and rich flavor!
3.75 pounds ox tails
1/2 tsp pink Himalayan sea salt
3/4 tsp onion powder
1/8 tsp garlic powder
2 tsp Italian seasoning
A sprinkle of cayenne
2 cups beef broth
8 oz cream cheese
Rinse ox tails and place them in the crock pot.
Sprinkle all seasonings evenly across the top of the ox tails.
Pour the beef broth into the crock pot.
Cut the cream cheese into 1-inch cubes and place in the crock pot. The cream cheese will melt during the cooking.
Set the crock pot to low. Cooking time will vary, but it took 6 hours for my ox tails to be fall-off-the-bone ready.
Before serving, remove the ox tails from the crock pot, leaving the broth and cream cheese behind. Use a hand blender to quickly blend the cream cheese and other seasonings into the broth. Return the ox tails to the crock pot. ENJOY!!
I love breakfast casserole, because it is easy and quick to make. Also, there are so many flavor combinations to try! I have a vegetarian living in my house, so I made a simple casserole today with no meat, using my basic recipe. I always incorporate cream cheese because of the creamy fluff factor it adds to the dish. The key is to allow the cream cheese to soften so that it can quickly be mixed with the eggs. I usually set my cream cheese out overnight. This casserole is so comforting, which is why I couldn’t celebrate the New Year without it!
Additions to this basic recipe are limitless! I love bacon and broccoli, or bacon and baby spinach, and just… bacon! I also love to add spinach, diced artichoke (from a can), and sour cream for a spinach artichoke dip flavor. Other cheeses can be baked into it as well, but I wouldn’t use more than eight ounces. For example, four ounces of mozzarella cheese with 4 ounces of pepper jack cheese would be delicious! My mood for this casserole was Italian, so I simply added Italian seasonings, garlic powder, and onion powder. I’ll probably grate some parmesan for the topping when I reheat it in the morning!
8 oz softened cream cheese
8 oz sharp cheddar cheese, freshly shredded
1 tbsp pink Himalayan sea salt
In a large bowl, mix eggs and cream cheese, until cheese appears to be evenly separated and distributed throughout the mixture. ( A whisk has always worked well for this step.)
Add other ingredients and mix well with a mixing spoon or spatula.
Grease a 9 x 13 glass baking dish.
Pour mixture into baking dish.
Place in the oven at 350 degrees for approximately 30 minutes.
I was so happy to receive a question on this subject, because the Daniel Fast is a very important and beautiful part of Christian tradition. The fast is based off of a story in the book of Daniel, wherein King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon besieged Judah. Some captives were brought from Judah to Babylon so that they could serve in the royal palace. King Nebuchadnezzar placed his chief of staff, Ashpenaz, in charge of making sure the captives were trained and fed certain foods, in order to make them suitable for service in the palace. Daniel was one of the captives, but he didn’t want to eat the meat and wine. He presented a ten-day challenge to the attendant, who agreed to his terms for him and his three friends. 12 “Please test us for ten days on a diet of vegetables and water,” Daniel said. 13 “At the end of the ten days, see how we look compared to the other young men who are eating the king’s food. Then make your decision in light of what you see.” 14 The attendant agreed to Daniel’s suggestion and tested them for ten days. 15. At the end of the ten days, Daniel and his three friends looked healthier and better nourished than the young men who had been eating the food assigned by the king.
The Daniel Fast usually lasts for 21 days. It allows the following foods: fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, grains, legumes, juices, non-dairy beverages, and water.
The Daniel Fast does NOT allow the following foods: meats, eggs, dairy products, and caffeine, which are huge parts of the standardized KETO lifestyle. However, the beauty of KETO is that it is NOT a cookie-cutter way of eating. KETO can be vegan and decaffeinated! We simply have to remember the basic rule of KETO: high fat, low carb, moderate protein.
As we compare the Daniel Fast with the KETO way of eating, we find many similarites. The following foods are permissible in both:
BERRIES: Though the Daniel Fast permits all fruits, we know that many fruits are high on the glycemic index. Consuming them will spike our insulin and hinder ketosis. Blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, and blackberries can be consumed within reason. I’ve always limited berry consumption to 1/4 cup per day.
VEGETABLES: All of the cruciferous and low-carb vegetables that we enjoy are allowed during the Daniel Fast. Asparagus, brussel sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower, celery, greens, cabbage, squash… ENJOY. Furthermore, we can prepare these vegetables with many of the healthy unprocessed oils we love, in order to meet our daily fat macros.
FATS: Healthy, unprocessed fat sources are allowed with the Daniel Fast and with KETO, such as coconut oil, olive oil, grapeseed oil, almond butter, macadamia nut butter and peanut butter. Keep in mind that your nut butters should be simply nuts and salt. You can easily make your own in a food processor.
NUTS/SEEDS: All nuts and seeds are permitted, but be mindful of your carb count. Opt for high-fat nuts, like macadamia nuts and pecans.
FLOUR: Since nuts and seeds are allowed with the Daniel Fast, almond flour, coconut flour, flaxseed meal, hazelnut flour, macadamia nut flour and others are permitted. Avoid whole wheat flour. It is high-carb and causes inflammatory issues, including digestive discomforts for many individuals.
SEASONINGS/SWEETENERS: Pink Himalayan sea salt is allowed during the Daniel Fast, as well as many herbs and spices. Sweeteners are not allowed, however, I would probably personally lean towards breaking tradition and incorporating organic liquid stevia leaf extract for certain foods.
PROTEIN SOURCES: No meat or fish allowed? That’s ok! Remember that KETO is about moderate protein, and there are many non-meat sources of protein available! The hardest part about incorporating some of these sources will be monitoring your macros for carbs. Some vegan protein sources include: chia seeds, almonds, peanut butter, peas, pumpkin seeds, spinach, and artichokes. Soy is permitted with the Daniel Fast, but we know that soy products are directly linked to malfunction of the thyroid glands. I would personally avoid soy products.
A Word About Bullet Proof Coffee: Caffeine is not permitted with the Daniel Fast. Most of us enjoy coffee daily with KETO. Going without it means CAFFEINE WITHDRAWAL.I suggest a gradual transition. Our best case would be to start a week prior to the starting date of the Daniel Fast. Gradually incorporate decaffeinated coffee in your bullet-proof coffee, and use coconut oil instead of butter. MCT oil is still fine.
What Would a Day of Keto Daniel Fasting Look Like?
Hmmm… I would probably start my day with a quart-sized mason jar of lemon water. I would make myself a smoothie, using peanut butter or almond butter, almond milk, mct oil, lots of dark greens, and some berries. I would prepare roasted cauliflower, broccoli, or cabbage steaks, using avocado oil and lots of herbs for satisfying flavor. I might attempt to make a pancake with almond flour, macadamia butter, cinnamon and nutmeg. I would bake flax seed crackers and whip up a savory nut butter with Italian herbs to spread on them for a snack. I would have a huge salad with lots of vegetables, and I’d make a light salad dressing with oil, vinegar, and herbs. I would create a riced cauliflower stuffing for some bell peppers.
These are just a few yummy suggestions, but there are plenty of recipe ideas available on Pinterest, YouTube, and other sites that can be modified to meet our KETO needs.
Remember that fasting is sacred. It’s personal and intimate. Use your God-given intuition and be wise. Take this opportunity to enjoy as much quiet time with God as possible, because people may not understand and support what you are doing. You’re not worshiping them; you are worshiping God, and He has great things to say to you and show you through this experience. Also, be mindful that foods are typically not grown from a fully-nourished ground, so still take your vitamins and supplements while staying well-hydrated with distilled or spring water.
This tastes just like a delicious creamy loaded baked potato. Be sure to not rice the cauliflower too finely for this recipe. I find that a bit of texture adds to its comparability to a baked potato. At only 4-5 g net carbs, this is an excellent side dish to a steak or salmon. This recipe helps to meet the complicated needs of my family. It’s keto, naturally gluten-free, and I can easily prepare some without bacon for my vegetarian child! Enjoy!
Macros Per Serving (recipe makes 4 servings)
6 g total carbs
2 g fiber
28 g fat
12 g protein
1 small head cauliflower, riced
2 tbs unsalted butter
4 oz cream cheese, softened
2 tbs sour cream
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp onion powder
pink Himalayan sea salt to taste
2 tsp finely dices chives
3/4 cup grated sharp cheddar cheese
4 strips bacon, cooked and chopped
In an ungreased, non-stick saute pan, on medium heat, saute cauliflower for 5 -10 minutes to dry it out, stirring frequently.
Add butter and cream cheese, stirring constantly until melted and well incorporated.
Turn off the heat. Add sour cream, garlic powder, onion powder, and salt. Mix together.
Place cauliflower in a greased glass baking dish (6 x 6).
Sprinkle chives on top of cauliflower.
Sprinkle cheese on top.
Sprinkle bacon on top.
Bake uncovered for at least 10 minutes, or until cheese is melted to your own preference.
Using a paper towel, grease a 12-count muffin pan with olive oil
Rinse and cut one medium cauliflower and place in a microwaveable container. Heat for 5 minutes. *do not add water
Place pepper jack cheese by the finger-ful into each muffin tin. Evenly divide the entire cup between the 12 tins.
Add 1/4 cup cooked cauliflower to each muffin tin.
Top the cauliflower with the sharp cheddar cheese, evenly dividing the cheese as you did with the pepper jack cheese.
Bake for 20 minutes.
2 g Total Carbs
1 g Fiber
6 g Fat
5 g Protein
I absolutely love the flavor of pepper jack cheese, so I didn’t feel that this recipe needed any seasoning. Add your own style of flavors to make your taste buds happy! It is easy and fast to make after a long day’s work. At only one net carb, you can feast on two or three, if you choose!
This is also an excellent finger food option for a gathering of family or friends! Enjoy!
Detoxing from a lifestyle of high-sugar and processed carbs is NOT EASY. Here are just a few helpful tips for establishing your keto way of eating.
1. If you bite it, write it.
Before you begin your journey with any new way of eating, you should first take time to note how you’re currently eating. This simple task may seem arduous at first, but changing habits begins with fully recognizing your current habits.
You may find that you consume a lot of foods without even thinking. I’ve heard this term, “mindless eating,” and I think it accurately describes how we don’t take responsibility for our actions regarding the foods we eat. Write down the time of day, and be as exact as possible regarding the size of your meal or snack. Even something as minor as a few chips from a co-worker or a spoonful of peanut butter at midnight can tell you a lot about your habits, cravings, and nutritional needs.
After you’ve done this for a week. Add an app, such as My Fitness Pal or Carb Manager, to your phone. Log your dietary choices and see how they add up. Here is a link to https://www.myfitnesspal.com/ which you can save to your desktop for easy access at your computer, as well.
2. Question your hunger.
Before you eat, ask yourself if you’re truly
hungry. I like to tell people that
breakfast is not a meal. It’s an
action. Breaking your fast doesn’t have
to be done when you awaken. If you’re
not hungry, don’t eat. When you start to
feel a little hungry, make sure it’s not a trigger from stress. Also, make sure you’re not actually thirsty. You could be feeling some kind of social
pressure, as well. You don’t have to eat
ice cream with your spouse or friend at 7:30 pm, just because he or she is
consuming it. Let your spouse or friend
enjoy their dessert, and continue to have fun conversations that don’t surround
food. If you’re not hungry, you shouldn’t
eat it. Smile and say something like, “That
does look delicious, but I’m good for the night. Please enjoy it.”
3. Brush your teeth after each meal.
This action will help you to avoid overeating. When you know that you’re satisfied, stop
eating and clean your mouth. If tooth
brushing seems difficult, keep mouthwash in your briefcase or purse and rinse
after eating. That cookie won’t taste as
good on top toothpaste.
4. Recognize your support system.
Be careful to share your goals with people who will
celebrate with you and encourage you in your journey. Spend time with people who respect your
choices, even if they aren’t on the journey with you. These people may have to adjust to who you
are becoming, but they love you enough to make the adjustments for your
benefit. Show these people humility and
gratefulness, and be sure to give them the same support in their endeavors as they
are giving you. Offer your listening
ear, encouraging words, prayers, and assistance whenever you have the
5. Reward yourself.
Food is fuel, not a reward. Find non-food ways to reward yourself. For example, you might want to set up a box or jar for your skinny clothing fund. Add $10-$50 every week that you stick to your plan. Add $1 for every pound lost and treat yourself to a movie. Plan for a LARGER reward, like a cruise or tickets to see your favorite performer or artist. Plan a spa day with some people from your support system. If you feel that you MUST reward yourself with food, make sure your reward is a healthy indulgence, which is truly rewarding. There are many great resources for delicious and decadent desserts that are high-fat and sugar-free. Reward yourself one time each week or every two weeks.