I’ve struggled with my weight for most of my life. I’ve always been big boned but after my first surgery, it seemed like the weight just came overnight. Of course, it didn’t, but it sure felt that way. I dieted off and on for years, but for one reason or another, I always went right back to the unhealthy way of life. I never tried the Keto diet, but I did do South Beach several times. Of course, I never actually made it past Phase 1, but always managed to lose at least 5 pounds in the first two weeks. So, I knew low carb worked for me.
I decided in February that it was time to get healthy. I wanted to do it one step at a time so I decided the first thing I was going to do was quit smoking. It was a tossup between that and losing weight, but my logic told me I would be replacing cigarettes with food and, while not healthy, actually worked for me. I didn’t go crazy and binge on everything, but I did nibble on things when I had nicotine cravings. I only used patches for the first week, just to get me through the worst part. The rest was pure willpower and carbohydrates. That last part was regrettable, but I’m making up for it now!
When May rolled around I realized I wasn’t craving cigarettes like I had been. Yes, once in a while I’ll catch a whiff of someone smoking and miss it. But then that smell turns my stomach and I remember that I smelled like that once. Gross! Not to mention all of the money I was blowing and the numerous health risks. I remind myself that I’m saving money, not stinking, and I don’t cough anymore either! So, it was time to tackle the other big health issue in my life – my weight.
My brother told me about his success with the Ketogenic Diet and so I decided to look into it. It seemed a lot like other low carb diets with one exception – on Keto, you’re encouraged to eat fats, lots and lots of healthy fats. The science behind it seems legit so I decided I was going to jump on the keto bandwagon and give it my all. I have nothing to lose except the excess weight!
After purging my shelves and fridge of anything, not keto friendly I headed to the grocery store. I stocked up on some of the suggested things (coconut oil, coconut flour, almond flour, butter, fatty cuts of meat, leafy greens, and lots of eggs.) I ended up buying some other stuff online and I’ll tell you about that later. Right now I want to tell you about my very first keto meal (not counting the omelet I had for lunch).
My Keto Stuffed Chicken Recipe
I had a lot of chicken breast in the freezer and since I’m only cooking keto recipes for one, I took one chicken breast out to thaw. I wanted to use as many healthy fats in the recipe as possible so I went with bacon, mozzarella cheese, and diced ham. I am a fan of stuffed meats so I decided I was going to stuff the chicken with the cheese and ham and then wrap it in bacon. Kind of like a chicken cordon bleu.
I fried up some bacon and saved the drippings. Pounded out the chicken so it was thin enough to roll, spread mozzarella on it, then added the ham. I rolled it up and put it in the oven (425 F). I let it bake for about 25 minutes and took it out, let it sit for 10 minutes, then cut it in half.
I wasn’t overly hungry so I decided I would eat half for lunch and the other half for dinner. When it came time for dinner I added 2 tablespoons of the bacon grease to a pan, tossed in about a cup of kale, and let it wilt. I used that as a bed for the other half of my stuffed chicken breast. I sprinkled some bacon pieces over the kale and just a tiny bit of lemon juice.
This meal, my first true Keto Diet meal, is the reason I’m sticking with this way of eating. Not only was I full well into the next day, but it was one of the best dishes I’ve ever cooked. I didn’t feel like I was on a diet, I actually had to double check that it was actually keto friendly! If you’re struggling with keto recipes or feeling under satisfied, give this recipe a try.
- 1 chicken breast
- 1/2 cup of full-fat mozzarella cheese
- 1/3 cup of diced ham
- 3 strips of bacon, cooked
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon pepper
- Preheat the oven to 425 F
- Pound or roll out the chicken breast so it's about 1/4" thick. Sprinkles with salt and pepper
- Spread the cheese over the chicken breast and top with the diced ham
- Roll the chicken breast up tightly, like a jelly roll. Secure with baking twine or toothpicks
- Bake for 25 minutes, or until the chicken is done
To wilt kale, heat 2 tablespoons of bacon grease in a large frying pan.
Rinse the kale good to get rid of any dirt and grit.
Tear the leaves off of the stem (keep it if you'd like to use it later) and put the leaves in the pan.
Cook over medium-high heat, constantly stirring.
The kale will wilt and reduce in size.
Nutrition InformationYield 1 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 762Total Fat 44gSaturated Fat 21gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 19gCholesterol 253mgSodium 3919mgCarbohydrates 5gFiber 1gSugar 2gProtein 84g