Classic Dishes You Should Master

Here’s my personal list of classic dishes—popular in the U.S.—that I think you  need to know how to cook. With time, it’s fairly easy to tweak traditional recipes to your tastes and dietary needs.

BREAKFAST 

Blueberry Muffins
Buttermilk Pancakes
Crispy Waffles
Eggs Benedict
French Toast
Soft-Scrambled Eggs & Oven-Baked Bacon

QUICK BREADS

Buttermilk Biscuits Two Ways
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Raspberry-Chocolate Smoothie (keto)

When in ketosis, I like to have a high fat, low protein smoothie for breakfast because I’m not much of an “eggs in the morning” kind of person and prefer to get my protein needs met at lunch and dinner. I tried this with plain liquid stevia, but decided that chocolate liquid stevia bumped the flavor up in a nice … Read more

Blender Caesar Dressing (no raw egg yolks)

I love umami-packed Caesar dressing and use it not just on salads, but drizzled on sliced tomatoes, avocados, warm green beans, quartered roasted Brussels sprouts, slices of cold roast chicken, cooked prawns…well, you get the idea. Homemade is easy, utterly delicious, and much more tasty than bottled brands.

Blender Caesar Dressing
Yield: 1-1/2 cups, 8 servings. 2-tablespoon serving =68 calories,

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Middle Eastern Spiced Chicken with Eggplant

This dish is aromatic and delicious, but it has a lot of steps. It’s easier—for me, at least—to prep the chicken, cauliflower-rice, and vegetables on Day 1, followed by browning the chicken, roasting the vegetables, and cooking the dish on Day 2.

Need to lower the carbs? Skip the cauliflower-rice and save 4.5g of carbs per serving. Vegetarian? Swap canned … Read more

Braised Red Cabbage (low carb)

Even with all the low carb hacks I made, this is still fairly high in carbs (that dang cabbage!), so it’s better for maintenance level, rather than when actively working on losing weight…or one could just have a tiny portion?

Braised Red Cabbage (low carb)
Yield: 6 cups // 1 cup = 80 calories, 10g net carbs

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Turbo Keto Diet Soup

This is based on a recipe from the I Breathe I’m Hungry blog, and is a great vegetable soup in its own right, but as a meal replacement, it’s inspired.

You can use this as a replacement for lunch or dinner (or both)—it’s filled with all sorts of good-for-you nutrients. You can also do a 5-day version of this soup … Read more