July Recipe Review




Almost three months of marriage down, and three new recipes in the books! This month we cooked a lot more at home than we usually do. It's great for the budget, and because I also need the practice. Christopher doesn't get home until after 7 or later each night, which is great because I usually like to eat later anyways. I'm practicing my wife skills and aiming to have dinner done when he walks through the door each evening...at least most nights of the week. We definitely eat out a lot more on the weekends, but have been cooking at home most of the four nights he works each week.

This month we tried three new Pinterest recipes: Low Carb Crab Cakes, Caprese Stuffed Portobellos, and Keto Egg Roll in a Boll. Christopher was really the cooker of the crab cakes, and they were so delicious I asked him to make them again this week! We used this recipe as a guide for our mixture. One cup of crab really wasn't going to do it for us, so we used the canned crab I talked about last month instead. This is a whole pound of crab meat, and I don't know about you, but I like a lot of crab cakes! We also skipped the coconut flour/oil totally, and just added another egg to the mixture to make the whole thing lower in carbs. These delicious crab cakes  topped with Braswell's remoulade sauce from the grocery store. I love using Braswell's products because they're made here in town!

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I made these caprese stuffed portobellos last Tuesday, followed the directions to a T, and loved them! We ate them with turkey meatballs in a garlicky pasta sauce that really completed our Italian themed dish. This will be another make again meal.

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The Keto Egg Roll in a Bowl was an adventure. If you're not familiar with the Keto Diet, it's basically super low carb and really high fat. I was first introduced to it during my brother's battle with epilepsy a few years ago as an alternative to medication. For him, following the diet strictly and eating less than 15 {if not fewer} carbohydrates a day in addition to high levels of fat intake, kept his seizures at bay. He's now seizure free for 2+ years!

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The Keto Diet can also be helpful if you're familiar with the Atkins diet, but have experienced a plateau. When I saw this recipe, I thought the flavors would hit those late night Chinese cravings on the head while being a lot healthier. Unfortunately, a mistake I made caused this to be a miss that I'm willing to try again. While working through the recipe {by the way, just purchase a bag of pre-shredded cabbage to make this a lot easier!}, I used mistakenly used coconut oil instead of sesame or basically any other type of oil. As much as I've tried, I just don't love coconut oil, and the amount in this dish really over powered us. Overall the idea of the dish was delicious, and I'm planning on trying it again with a different oil soon. It really did taste just like an egg roll sans wrapper, all coconut aside!

What new recipes should we attempt in August?