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Low carb lasagna and change is good!

So I have lots of friends doing keto and low carb right now. That’s an excellent thing since it means lots of support and also they send me lots of recipes. As many of you know, I am also a pampered chef consultant and a friend of mine wanted to a virtual party because she, like me, loves Pampered Chef. Being a consultant and doing keto puts me in touch with lots of friends who have common interests and I love that. I have fallen in love with being a consultant and it’s a natural fit like I would never have imagined. Over the past year I have absolutely amazed myself with my ability to push past limits I had set for myself. I feel like I have stepped into this place where God wanted me to be and it’s all happening. It’s a wonderful thing and it has strengthened my faith twofold. I never thought my oldest could get accepted to an excellent high school Magnet engineering program and I’d not melt down and cry because he’s growing up. I never thought I could handle the THOUGHT of that transition.

And yet…I have.

I never thought my quiet, meek child would so bravely approach horse back riding like she has.

And yet…she has. She’s growing more confident with each lesson. Taking life on like a boss!

I never thought I could lose almost 60 pounds but it has happened. And I’m not done yet, peeps!!

I never thought I could go back to work full time and my family be ok. Somehow we have all thrived. I just thought it would be too much. It’s not. It’s exactly what I was supposed to do. I have found this wonderful community of support and positivity at the school where I work. When I say work I mean sub almost everyday. I am praying for a day when it becomes a real full time gig. I don’t know what to do with myself when I’m not there. My kids have thrived. My older two catch the bus to the school where I work and my two younger kiddos go to school. I never thought they’d love riding the bus but they do. I never thought we could leave our old school and feel at home and so much a part of a new school. And yet it is has happened. That my child who was “the problem kid” in class could excel and be so happy, just as he is.

And yet…he has. He has blossomed. Amazing what a little change can do! Even change we are so scared of and think it will never be ok. Never be the same. And no, they are not the same…they are different in a whole new, wonderful way! Change is good!!

My younger two babies are content and happy and feel at home. I never thought our family would be the same if Big Daddy did not work at Farm Bureau, and yet we are even better. He’s happier and his insurance business is thriving.

Thriving. That word. We have gone beyond surviving . Our family is THRIVING! My marriage is thriving.

We have walked through the fire, we have endured controversy and come out stronger. God has made a way when I saw absolutely no way. It’s amazing and wonderful and thrilling what he has done. No, life is still not perfect but somehow we are here and BETTER THAN EVER!! We have a wonderful support through our family and friends. They have held us up through prayer, through encouragement and little ways and big ways. The people I work with, the people he works with, the principals of our schools, the teachers at both schools, the people where we go to church. So. Much. Support. Literally a village. Our families have held us up and never faltered.

We have such wonderful people all around us!

What I thought would be a horrible time has turned out to be this beautiful time where things did not fall apart. No. They came together in a whole new beautiful way that I could never imagined. I say all of this to remind you that you are capable of so much more than you think. The people around you are behind you so much more than you know. If they are not, find new people. When things are falling apart, that is just a chance for God to help you rebuild in a whole new way. He can. He will. I’m getting somewhere with all of this, my friends. I just needed to take a minute to say things you think will never work, when your worst fear is realized, it can be ok. It can be better than ok. Trust, pray, believe.

How does this all tie into a low carb lasagna recipe, you might ask? Oh well let me tell you. When my friend, Michelle, sent me this recipe for low carb lasagna, I thought, I’ll try it but ain’t no way this is better than my mama’s lasagna. That recipe is here. It’s the best. I thought I’ll make this to stay in my macros dang it, but I know I’ll still want real lasagna, I’ll know it’s not the same. But wait. As with life, I was amazed. No lack. This lasagna is amazing. It’s so tasty. It’s full of flavor. I’m not lying y’all. It’s so good!!! I made my mama’s lasagna right alongside this low carb version for my family and I was not even tempted!! So take that for what it’s worth. Just like life can surprise you and something you think will be the end, only marks the beginning of something new…a low carb/keto lasagna CAN be satisfying and delicious. Just my two cents. And I had several taste testers (a teacher I work with and two of Big Daddy’s coworkers at Reeves, Coon, and Funderburg all liked it too!!)

Low Carb Lasagna with Meatza Layer (adapted from Low Carb Yum)

stuff you need ~

Meatza layer

2 pounds lean ground beef

1/2 cup Grated Parmesan cheese

1 teaspoon onion powder

1 teaspoon garlic powder

1 teaspoon chili powder, more or less depending on preference

Himalayan pink salt and cracked black pepper to taste

3-4 teaspoons Italian seasoning *

1 egg yolk, beaten

Lasagna~

Meatza layer

10 ounces fresh spinach

1 cup ricotta

1 jar Rao’s marinara sauce (Walmart)**

2 egg yolks, beaten

2 cups grated mozzarella cheese

1/2 cup Grated Parmesan cheese

1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

1/4 teaspoon onion powder

A few turns of cracked black pepper

1 tablespoon olive oil

What to do with the stuff~

Ok. First off you will need parchment paper. So if you do not have any, get some. This recipe was a little extra, I’m not gonna lie and I have revised it some to make it less complicated but the parchment paper is important.

First off, make this meatza layer. It’s the foundation of this whole operation.

Preheat oven to 450.

Line 2 9 x 13 inch baking dish with parchment paper. One for meatza layer and one for actual lasagna.

In a large mixing bowl…add all the meatza ingredients. Ground meat, beaten egg yolk….

Mix it together real good

Press into your parchment paper lined baking dish.

Bake at 450 for 10-15 minutes or until done. Drain.

Now to make lasagna …

In other parchment paper lined baking dish, spread a little marinara sauce on the bottom (which is on top of parchment paper…to be clear)

While meatza layer is cooking, go on and sauté your spinach. Warm olive oil over medium heat and then sauté your spinach in it until wilted. Sprinkle in the onion and garlic powder, add a little black pepper.

When meatza layer is cooked, you can slice the meatza layer to fit nicely in the bottom of this pan.

Now, spread some marinara sauce all over top of the meatza layer. Sprinkle with some of the Parmesan.

Top this layer with the spinach.

Add the ricotta and 2 beaten egg yolks to a bowl and blend together. Now spread that ricotta cheese egg mixture all over this spinach. Top with half of the mozzarella.

More marinara, more Parmesan.

Now finish this with the rest of the mozzarella. Sprinkle it all over. Load it down.

Bake at 400 for 15 minutes or until the cheese is all melted and irresistible looking. Like you cannot handle how good it looks. And why yes, that is an old school Pampered Chef stoneware baker. I inherited it from my mother in law (shout out to Deb!) I use that thing more than I ever imagined, just as I use all my Pampered Chef. I guess that’s why I became a consultant! And guess what? It’s been a blessed business and I give God all the glory!! He continues to bless my path every time I ask Him to come in and do His thing. Just saying. But I digress..back to the lasagna!

Only 3 grams of carbs and it is perfection. Noodles? I don’t need no stinking noodles!! It’s a dish I will crave and make over and over again. I can eat this and stay in my macros? It’s keto and I love it!! Hope y’all enjoy it! Thanks Michelle for sharing this recipe with me! And keto peeps, I have started a Cajun Keto Mama Facebook page if you’d like to join me on there! This is a journey, not a destination y’all. Remember that and be patient with your body. Just keep at it!! Drop me a comment and let me know if you need anything!!

*original recipe called for all sorts of spices and I just did Italian seasoning. The spices were basically all the spices in Italian seasoning.

**you can use any marinara but Rao’s is fantastic and low carb. Just a thought

***cotton field pics photo creds go to my precious friend, Natalie, with Soul Rebels Photography. She’s an amazing friend and photographer who also works at The Razzberry Restorative Salon, owned by two of my good friends, Jessica and Whitney. That’s where I get my hair did. And my soul restored. More of my people.

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Chicken tenders in cajun mama keto gravy

I love chicken. I love gravy. I mean I was raised Avoyelles parish style (my parents are both from Marksville, Bluetown and Broulliette to be exact) and loving gravy is just part of my genetic makeup. I think. Maybe it’s not that scientific, but I love of gravy is deeply engrained in me. So now that I have adopted the ketogenic woe, the rice is not on the list of items I choose to eat, I have found a way to make sure I can still have me some gravy. Yay!! Happy cajun girl over here! This is the tastiest, lip smacking, plum larapin’ gravy I think I’ve ever had. My dad says plum larapin when he likes something he is eating so I figured I’d toss that in there. Ha!! Love my daddy. And I love this gravy. This chicken in the gravy is over the top! I serve it over creamed spinach but it would go great with steamed broccoli with a little butter or even a salad. But me, I prefer to eat it over a nice bed of creamed spinach, which I suppose sort of acts like rice for me. All the same…a vehicle for getting that gravy into my mouth!!! I sort of concocted this recipe one night when I had chicken tenders and I wanted something creamy that fit within my macros. Now, if you are strict keto, you might take umbrage with this as a keto recipe, but it’s lazy keto, which is perfect for me. Ok. So this is an easy recipe and comes together fast! Make sure to make enough to have it for lunch the next day…you’ll want it again. Trust me.

Chicken tenders in cajun mama keto gravy

Stuff you need~

Package of chicken tenders

2 tablespoons Real butter

Himalayan pink salt and cracked black pepper

1 cup Heavy whipping cream

2 teaspoons Chicken bouillon base

What to do with the stuff~

Melt butter in a sauté pan. I use my pampered chef grill pan and it works perfectly for this. Salt and pepper the chicken tenders on both sides. Add seasoned chicken tenders to the melted butter in the hot skillet. Cook on both sides until nicely browned and no longer pink inside. Remove the chicken from the pan. Stir in the heavy cream. Let this come to a simmer over medium heat. Whisk in bouillon base. You can add more to taste if desired. I add just enough to give my gravy that good chicken-y flavor. Once you have the gravy like you want it, add the chicken tenders back in. The “gravy” will thicken up the longer it simmers and the tenders will get more…tender. All in all, a perfect combination of tender tenders and chicken-y gravy. 🤣 I crack myself up! Make up some creamed spinach and you are good to go! Even the carb eaters in my house love this dish! Because it’s delish!

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Twice baked cauliflower casserole

Now, one of my former favorite side dishes to make has always been my “special potatoes”. Love, love, love their cheesy, creamy deliciousness and I used to crave them but now that I am following the ketogenic diet, I choose not to eat potatoes. This way of eating is my choice and I am certainly better for it. So I had seen mashed cauliflower recipes and this and that but none of them really caught my eye. Far as I am concerned, I may as well just do without boiling cauliflower to make it like potatoes. I’ll eat my favorite creamed spinach or some asparagus with my meat and keep on rolling. I get why people do it and certainly does give you some options for sides, but it is not something I have to have. BUT Big Daddy had bought some cauliflower a few days ago and he took some ribs out to smoke this weekend and I needed to come up with a side. I made deviled eggs (a keto no brainer and I even made enough to have for lunch tomorrow!! I had saved this twice baked baked cauliflower casserole a few weeks ago annnddd I had cauliflower so today was our lucky to try it!! So glad I did! It is fantastic! It is creamy and cheesy and the texture is just right! The only thing I think I might try next time is to beat it until it is creamy with my mixer. I mashed it as the original recipe from Kayln’s Kitchen had called for this time just to see how it was and all in all the texture was fine. We had a friend come over to eat supper and he thought it was fantastic. Big Daddy was so excited about it (the man will literally eat a boot if it is smothered in gravy and not complain but he genuinely enjoyed this!!). It is definitely a good side option if you are following keto WOE or living the low carb life!

Twice Baked cauliflower casserole

Stuff you need~

One head cauliflower

1/2 cup sour cream

4 ounces cream cheese, cubed

Green onions

6 slices of bacon, cooked until crispy and then crumbled

1 cup shredded cheddar

What to do with the stuff~

Cut the cauliflower into smaller pieces. Remove the core/stem. Boil in salted water until fork tender.

Drain well and then mash with a potato masher. The original recipe said to leave some chunks in it.

Now, add all ingredients except the shredded cheddar to the mashed cauliflower. I added some Himalayan pink salt and cracked black pepper and some Tony’s to it.

Mix well and then transfer to a 9 x 13 baking dish. I used a slightly smaller dish and it was fine. Bake at 350 for about 20 minutes. Sprinkle the shredded cheddar all over the casserole and some more crumbled bacon if you did not eat the extra like I did (😏 🥓) then return to the oven until cheese is melted. Enjoy without the guilt! Yum!!

Here are a few pictures my friend Natalie, who is a mom boss who runs Soul Rebels Photography took for us earlier this month. These pictures make me happy on so many levels. Check out more of her work at http://www.soulrebelsphotography.com. She is so very talented and a wonderful person to work with! My family is changing everyday and my kids are growing up so fast, but for a moment she captured us in that moment in a cotton field just before the sun went down. It was a magical evening and the pictures turned out so well.

Cajun Mama Goes Keto…Jalapeno popper chicken!

Hey my friends!! I am coming straight at you today with a bomb chicken recipe that will make your taste buds tingle! You might have read in my previous post that I have been following the ketogenic diet and I am feeling amazing! Better than I have in a long while! The ketogenic diet basically is a high fat, moderaten protein, low carb way of eating and I love it! I am not a doctor nor a nutritionist and I don’t claim to be an expert on health, but this way of eating has done wonders for me and I am currently into finding new recipes that fit in with my lifestyle. I’m not selling anything, but I am promoting the idea that foods can improve our mindset and enhance our lifestyle. So take that with a grain of salt and just know that many of the recipes I blog about these days will likely have a low carb twist to them. I am still Cajun Mama, just a little lighter (well 40 pounds plus some lighter if anyone is keeping track lol!!) This chicken recipe will make you forget that it is low carb. It is so very tasty. It’s got a hint of spice and is just so cheesy that it will become a new favorite comfort food. Trust me!! I found it on Facebook and here is the original link. It’s from Aunt Bee’s Kitchen. She says it is her most popular post and I totally get why!! Hope y’all make it and enjoy! Let me know if you do! This chicken is proof that change can be good!

Jalapeño Popper chicken

Stuff you need~

6 chicken breasts (I used 3 big breasts and cut them in half then pounded them a little flatter. Worked perfectly!)

Salt and pepper

5 slices of bacon, chopped up

1/4 cup diced onions

8 ounce package cream cheese

1/4 cup sliced jalapenos (the kind in the jar, like what you use for nachos)

1 cup shredded cheddar

1/2 cup mayonnaise (full fat if you are doing keto)

1/2 cup Kraft grated Parmesan (the kind you grew up shaking into your spaghetti or at least I did! My kids call it shaky cheese. Lol!)

4 tablespoons butter, the real stuff please

2 ounces pork rinds, crushed

1/4 Kraft grated Parmesan

What to do with the stuff~

Preheat oven to 350. Place chicken busoms in a baking dish and sprinkle with Himilayan pink salt (my favorite go to nowadays) and cracked black pepper. Bake in oven for 30-40 minutes or until cooked.

Fry the bacon pieces in a big ole skillet until crispy. Drain on a paper towel and set aside. Sauté your onions in the bacon grease until tender. Set aside.

In a bowl, combine cream cheese, onions, bacon, cheddar, jalapeños, and mayo.

When chicken is cooked, spread the cream cheese mixture all over the top of the cooked chicken. Return to oven for 15 minutes or so, just until the cheese is all bubbly and melty perfection.

While the chicken and cream cheese mixture are baking together in harmony, crush your pork skins, melt the butter and stir together. Throw in the grated Parm. When the cream cheese is all melty and bubbly, sprinkle the pork skin/butter/Parm mixture all over the top of the cream cheese. Hold your horses. You can devour it soon!!

Broil on high for about 3-4 minutes or until the pork skin butter Parm layer is browned just right. You will know. And it will be so right.

And there you have a keto lover’s dream!! It will break that mealtime monotony! If you love the fact that Cajun mama is shaking stuff up a bit and posting Keto/Low Carb recipes…Drop me a line In the comments please! Please be nice and if you are not a fan, it is ok to keep that to yourself. Thanks for all of your support during this exciting time!!