Keto Tea Party: Green Tea Keto-Jito


FRESH TAKE ON TEA TIME

Who says you can’t have cocktails at a Tea Party? What is a Tea Party anyway if not an excuse to relax and enjoy pretty treats with your friends?

This Green Tea Keto-Jito is one of my favorite things to serve when I get together with my girls. And it is SO EASY and technically it does contain tea;)

Keto-Jito

INGREDIENTS

  • 1/4 cup fresh mint leaves

  • 1 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice

  • 2 ounces white rum

  • 3 ounces club soda

  • 3 ounces of chilled brewed green tea

  • 1 teaspoon confectioners’ erythritol

  • 1 cup ice

DIRECTIONS

  1. In a tall glass, muddle the mint using the handle of a wooden spoon.

  2. Stir in the lime juice and erythritol. Mix well.

  3. Add the ice and then pour in the rum, club soda and green tea.

  4. Stir until everything is nice and cold.


Keto Tea Party: Blueberry Lemon Cake Squares


FRESH TAKE ON TEA TIME TREATS

A Tea Party just isn’t a tea party without cakes and this week is all about Tiny Tea Time Treats!

These bite-sized Blueberry Lemon Squares are my take on a traditional tea cake. They can be served warm with a slice of butter on top or prepared early. I like to plan ahead for parties, so I will make these the day before and store them in the fridge. If you want to get really fancy you can divide the batter into a mini bundt cake tin for a decorative finish!

However and whenever you prepare them, these fruity and zesty cakes are the perfect addition to you Keto Tea Party!

Blueberry Lemon Cake Squares

INGREDIENTS

  • Nonstick cooking spray

  • 2 tablespoons butter, cut into

  • 4 pieces, plus more if desired

  • 4 large eggs

  • 4 ounces cream cheese

  • 1/4 cup coconut flour

  • 1/4 cup erythritol

  • 11/2 teaspoons baking powder

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest

  • 1/4 cup blueberries, fresh or frozen

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat the oven to 425°F. Prepare an 8-by-8-inch baking pan with cooking spray.

  2. Put the 4 pieces of butter in the baking pan and place the pan in the oven for 2 to 3 minutes to melt the butter. Remove from the oven before it browns or burns.

  3. In a food processor, combine the eggs, cream cheese, coconut flour, erythritol, baking powder, vanilla, and lemon zest until smooth.

  4. Pour the batter into the baking pan with the melted butter.

  5. Evenly spread the blueberries into the cake batter.

  6. Bake on 425° for 15 minutes, or until a knife comes out clean.

  7. Slice into squares and top with a little bit of butter. Serve warm or sprinkle with confectioners' erythritol and store it in the fridge for up to a week.


Keto Tea Party: Seaweed Square Pile Ups


FRESH TAKE ON TEA PARTY SANDWICHES

Besides the tea, the most memorable and Instagram worthy part of any Tea Party is the Tiny Sandwiches! They sure are cute, but they are definitely not Keto.

For a Keto Tea Party, I like to serve these Seaweed Square Pile ups. They are just as dainty as Cucumber Finger Sandwiches but without the carbs. And in my opinion, they are much more delicious. These little finger foods can be topped with whatever Keto Friendly toppings you like (cucumbers, crab, masago) and eaten just like a tiny taco.

Seaweed Square Pile Ups

INGREDIENTS:

  • 6 seaweed snack squares

  • 4 ounces smoked salmon

  • 1/2 avocado, pitted

  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce or coconut aminos

  • 1 tablespoon Everything Bagel Seasoning

DIRECTIONS:

  1. On a clean surface, lay out the seaweed snack squares in a single layer. Divide the salmon evenly between the seaweed squares.

  2. Using a fork, Mash the avocado and soy sauce/coconut aminos in a small bowl.

  3. Place a scoop of the avocado mash on each square.

  4. Sprinkle the everything bagel seasoning on top.

  5. Fold it up like a taco and enjoy.

You can add anything you like to the top of these squares. Get Creative. I like to think of this as sushi and top it with things like cucumbers and crab.


KETO RECIPE: Taco Trio

Who doesn’t love Taco Tuesday or really tacos any day of the week?! Cheese shells make keto-friendly tacos super fun and easy. It’s super quick to prep all of the ingredients and then my daughter Kaia and I have so much fun constructing our tacos. We both like our tacos a little different so I prep a variety of fillings and toppings for us to choose from.

Sometimes I just make one variety of tacos, but last Taco Tuesday, I made 3 different kinds!

  • Breakfast Tacos

  • Traditional Tacos

  • Cheeseburger Tacos

The breakfast and cheeseburger taco recipes are featured in my second cookbook, The Big Book of Keto. The cheese shells are the same kind of idea as the cheese chips I often make for cheese chips and quac, but with a bigger piles of cheese.

Cheese Taco Shells

You will Need:

  • 1/3 cup of blended Mexican Cheese for Each Taco Shell you want to make.

  • Silicone Baking Sheet or Parchment Paper

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with a silicone baking mat or parchment paper.

  2. Add 1/3-cup mounds of shredded cheese to the pan, leaving plenty of space between them. Bake until the edges are brown and the middle of each has fully melted, about 7 minutes.

  3. Set the pan a the cooking rack. Quickly, Bend the shells into a taco shape. I like to use the edge or a storage container lined with parchment paper. You can get creative with what you want to bend them over. As they cool, they will harden.

Breakfast Taco Filling

You will Need:

  • 1 tablespoon butter or ghee

  • 4 large eggs

  • Shredded Rotisserie Chicken or Chopped Bacon, optional

  • 2 tablespoons heavy whipping cream

  • Salt

  • Freshly ground black pepper

  • Dash of hot sauce

  • 1 avocado, cubed

  • 1 tablespoon chopped cilantro

Directions:

  1. In a skillet, heat the butter over medium heat.

  2. Whisk in the eggs and heavy cream, and season with salt, pepper, and a little hot sauce.

  3. Scramble the eggs.

  4. Fill the cheese shells with the scrambled eggs, bacon or chicken, and top with the avocado and cilantro.


Traditional Taco Filling

You will Need:

  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1/2 pound ground beef

  • 1/4 onion, diced

  • Salt

  • Freshly ground black pepper

  • 1/4 cup shredded cheese

  • 1/4 cup shredded lettuce

  • Hot sauce

  • 6 Halved Grape Tomatoes

Directions:

  1. In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the ground beef and onion, and season with salt and pepper. Cook for 6 minutes, stirring regularly, until fully cooked.

  2. Construct you tacos! Take a fully cooled taco shell and go crazy. In traditional Tacos, I like lettuce, cheese, and halved grape tomatoes and hot sauce.


Cheeseburger Taco Filling

You will Need:

  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1/2 pound ground beef

  • 1/4 onion, diced

  • Salt

  • Freshly ground black pepper

  • 1/4 cup shredded cheese

  • 1/4 cup shredded lettuce

  • 1 tablespoon avocado oil mayonnaise, I like Primal Kitchen.

  • 1 tablespoon yellow mustard

  • 1/4 cup pickle slices

Directions:

  1. In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the ground beef and onion, and season with salt and pepper. Cook for 6 minutes, stirring regularly, until fully cooked.

  2. Construct you tacos! Take a fully cooled taco shell and go crazy. For the Cheeseburger Tacos, Stuff the cheese shells with the beef, shredded lettuce, mayonnaise, mustard, and pickle slices.

Get these recipes and 200 more in The Big Book of Keto, now available on Amazon!

KETO RECIPE: Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies


Life is just better with cookies isn’t it?! Here’s my favorite recipe for puffy, chewy chocolate chip cookies. You can use any keto-friendly chocolate chip or chunks of super dark chocolate. You can also add nuts if you would like, chopped macadamia nuts are my favorite!

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INGREDIENTS

·      ¼ cup unsalted butter

·      1 ¼ cups almond flour

·      ¼ tsp salt

·      ¼ cup erythritol

·      ¼ tsp cream of tartar

·      1 large eff

·      1 tsp vanilla extract

·      ¼ cup of sugar-free chocolate chips

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DIRECTIONS

1.     Preheat oven to 350

2.     Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or silicone baking mat and set aside.

3.     In a saucepan or in the microwave, melt the butter. Place in a room-temperature container and let it set in the refrigerator for 10 minutes to cool down.

4.     In a large bowl, combine the almond flour, salt, erythritol, and cream of tartar. Stir to combine.

5.     In a small bowl, combine the egg, vanilla, and cooled butter. Whisk together.

6.     Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and combine everything together with a large spoon or rubber scraper, then fold in the chocolate chips.

7.     Scoop out 2 to 3” mounds of cookie dough and place on the prepared baking sheet. I like to flatten mine a bit.

8.     Bake the cookies for 10 to 12 minutes before transferring them to a cooling rack for an additional 15 minutes.

9.     These will make puffy chocolate chip cookies with a chewy center. I absolutely love them cold, so I generally store in the refrigerator.

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Keto Recipe: Bacon-Strawberry Spinach Salad

This Bacon Strawberry Spinach Salad is one of my favorite spring salads right now. The strawberries this season are incredible, and they pair beautifully with salty crispy bacon. (Strawberries are keto-approved as long as you don’t go crazy) I like to add avocado chunks to this salad, but you can add feta or goat cheese or even cheddar. 

This Recipe is featured in my cookbook, The Big Book of Keto.

Photo by Helene Dujardin

Photo by Helene Dujardin

INGREDIENTS

  • 6 bacon slices

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice

  • 4 cups spinach

  • 2 strawberries, sliced

  • 1 avocado, pitted, peeled, and diced

  • Salt

  • Freshly ground black pepper

DIRECTIONS

1. Cook the Bacon on both sides until crispy in a large skillet over medium-high heat, about 8 minutes. Transfer to a paper towel–lined plate to drain and cool, then crumble it.

2. Whisk together the olive oil and lemon juice in a small bowl.

3. Toss salad ingredients in a large bowl. Add salt and pepper.

4. Stir in the olive oil and lemon juice dressing. Serve


TOTAL FAT: 34G; PROTEIN: 12G; TOTAL CARBS: 10G; FIBER: 6G; NET CARBS: 4G

KETO RECIPE: Chicken Caprese

We finally got some warm spring weather here in LA and it is making me crave all things Mediterranean. I love the fresh flavor combinations, melted cheese, and use of greens in light Italian cuisine.

This Keto Chicken Caprese Recipe is from my cookbook, The Big Book of Keto. I like to eat this dish al fresco with sparkling water or even some Keto Friendly wine.

Helene Dujardin

Helene Dujardin

Keto Chicken Caprese

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 chicken breasts

  • 1 tablespoon Italian Seasoning (The Big Book of Keto pg. 246)

  • Salt

  • Freshly ground black pepper

  • 4 (1/2-inch-thick) slices Roma tomato

  • 4 (1-ounce) slices mozzarella cheese

  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F.

  2. Dry the chicken dry with a paper towel and season both sides with salt, pepper, and Italian seasoning.

  3. Place the chicken breasts in a baking dish and top each breast with 2 tomato slices and then 2 slices of mozzarella.

  4. Bake for 30 to 40 minutes, or until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165°F and the juices run clear.

  5. Garnish with the basil and serve.

Variation: For more flavor, You can add 2 tablespoons of pesto to this recipe. Slather the pesto on both chicken breasts before topping with the tomato, cheese, and basil. You can also plate the Caprese on a bed of arugula to cut the fat in the cheese with a bit of freshness.

MACROS

CALORIES: 367; TOTAL FAT: 23G; PROTEIN: 36G; TOTAL CARBS: 3G; FIBER: 0G; NET CARBS: 3G

KETO RECIPE: Salmon Burgers with Chive Aioli and Greens

I love salmon. I cook Keto Meals with it multiple times a week. It is a great way to get some protein and healthy fats. I also love that salmon fills me up with out making me feel like I ate too much.

Keto Salmon Burgers are one of my favorites, but I’ve found that I like making them at home better than ordering them out at a restaurant. This way, I can add extra seasoning and things like Chive Aioli to keep the burger from being too bland or dry.

This Delish Salmon Burger Recipe comes from my cookbook, The Big Book of Keto. At first glance, it looks like a lot of ingredients, but I promise it’s actually really simple. Most everything just goes into one big bowl and you mix it with your hands.

Helene Dujardin

Helene Dujardin

Salmon Burgers with Chive Aioli and Greens

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1/4 cup pork rinds

  • 12 ounces ground salmon*

  • 1 bunch scallions, sliced,

  • green parts only

  • 1 tablespoon capers

  • 1 tablespoon prepared horseradish

  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard

  • Salt

  • Freshly ground black pepper

  • 1 tablespoon cooking oil or ghee

  • 6 ounces mixed greens

  • 1 tablespoon MCT oil, divided

  • 2 tablespoons avocado

  • oil mayonnaise

  • Chopped fresh chives, for garnish

DIRECTIONS:

  1. In a food processor, pulse the pork rinds until they are a crumble-y consistency.

  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the salmon, scallions, capers, horseradish, Dijon, and pork rinds. Season with salt and pepper.

  3. Mix with your hands and create two 1-inch-thick burgers. Transfer the burgers to a plate and refrigerate for 10 minutes.

  4. Heat a skillet or grill pan on medium heat. Add the cooking oil, and once it is simmering, add the burgers.

  5. Cook on each side for 4 to 5 minutes, flipping once.

  6. Divide the greens between two plates and toss with the MCT oil. Season with salt and pepper.

  7. Place the cooked burgers on top of the greens and top them with the mayonnaise and a sprinkle of chives.

MACROS:

CALORIES: 471; TOTAL FAT: 31G; PROTEIN: 38G; TOTAL CARBS: 10G; FIBER: 2G; NET CARBS: 8G

KETO RECIPE: Cocoa Crunch Cereal

Sometimes, there is no better comfort food than a bowl of cereal. It takes me back to after school snacks. I’d get home from middle school, eat a bowl of cereal and veg. out for a little while before starting my homework. Every now and then, especially when the grass starts growing in the spring, I get the hankering for some cereal.

This recipe uses almonds and sunflower seeds for crunch, and cocoa nibs and coconut for a rich flavor. I love pouring unsweetened Macadamia milk over the top and reliving my younger days.

This recipe below is from THE BIG BOOK OF KETO which is available now on Amazon!

Helene Dujardin

Helene Dujardin

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 Slivered Almonds

  • 2 Tablespoons Coconut, shredded or flakes

  • 2 Tablespoons Chia Seeds

  • 2 Tablespoons Cocoa Nibs

  • 2 Tablespoons Sunflower Seeds

  • Unsweetened Non-dairy milk, for serving (I use Macadamia Milk)

Directions:

  1. In a small bowl, combine Coconut, Chia Seeds, Almonds, Cocoa Nibs, and Sunflower Seeds

  2. Divide between two bowls

  3. Pour in Non-Dairy Milk and Serve

Macros per serving, for Cereal only

CALORIES: 325; TOTAL FAT: 27; PROTEIN: 10G; TOTAL CARBS: 17G; FIBER: 12G; NET CARBS: 5G

All Things Keto Pancakes

When I say that I have made Keto Pancakes 1 million times, I’m only slightly exaggerating. My daughter loves this recipe and after heeding her request for these pancakes countless times, I think its safe to say we are now experts on Keto Pancakes. We even make this recipe on Christmas Morning and decorate them like reindeers.

It all started with one Recipe, Cream Cheese and Coconut Flour Pancakes. I started experimenting with Keto Pancakes back in the beginning of 2017 and I liked this recipe so much I included it in my first cookbook, The Easy 5-Ingredient Ketogenic Diet Cookbook.

This cream cheese and coconut flour recipe makes soft and fluffy pancakes that taste and feel almost exactly like the real thing. I top them with Vital Farms grass fed butter and sugar-free maple syrup. They have 18g of protein in each serving and only 8g of net carbs, meaning you can fit these pancakes nicely into your macros with out having to worry.

After solidifying this basic recipe, I started to play with different variations. I made a Pancake Cake that can be baked in the oven instead of on the griddle. I added cinnamon and vanilla extract, chocolate chips (KNOW Foods has some great low-carb ones), and different Sugar Free Syrups from Choc Zero. They have more flavors of sugar free syrups than you could even imagine, everything from Maple Pecan to Peppermint.

I even tried out Bulletproof Hot Chocolate in this Chocolate Pancake Recipe and I have to say, It was delicious!



photo:  @keto_alice
photo:  @keto_alice


For my second book, The Big Book of Keto, I settled on a Pumpkin Pancakes Recipe. To this day, It is still my favorite way to enjoy Keto Pancakes. There is something so warm and comforting about the taste of Pumpkin. I love adding Choc Zero’s Caramel Syrup to this recipe. (Is your mouth watering yet? I know mine is!)

Also included in The Big Book of Keto is this Blueberry-Lemon Cake.

This recipe is kind of a twist on my Pancake Cake recipe from my first book but with lemon zest and blueberries. I LOVE blueberries and If you are a big lemon lover you can add even more zest! You can even make mini cakes! Perfect for dessert, breakfast or brunch!

Photo: Helene DuJardin

Photo: Helene DuJardin

This Keto Pancake batter can also make waffles. One of the things I love about waffles, besides their perfect butter holding ability, is that you can keep left overs. Pancakes don’t reheat well, but waffles do. You can even freeze them and then reheat them in the toaster. If you are really in the mood to get crazy, try making a grilled cheese sandwich with left over keto waffles. I promise you won’t regret it.

Have you become a Keto Pancake expert too? How do you like to enjoy your Keto Pancakes? Let Me Know! Post a picture of your favorite way to eat Keto Pancakes on Instagram and Tag me @ketointhecity_ ! Use the hashtag #myketopancakes !

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