KETO RECIPE: Moon Cheese Crunch Pork Chops


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Cheese is life, everyone knows that and one of my favorite ways to eat cheese is those crispy little nuggets of goodness called Moon Cheese! It’s just cheese, just crispy! I first discovered Moon Cheese a couple years ago at Starbucks. I was super excited to find a snack option there that was keto-friendly, delicious, and contains high quality protein. I often use my Starbucks Rewards to buy myself more Moon Cheese!

My Keto Snack Box: Moon Cheese, seaweed, pepperoni and macadamia nuts.

My Keto Snack Box: Moon Cheese, seaweed, pepperoni and macadamia nuts.

I like to keep bags of Moon Cheese in my office and my car. You don’t need to refrigerate it, so it’s perfect for traveling or when you’re on the go. I often bring it to my daughter’s volleyball tournaments because the keto-friendly options at those are super limited.

The flavors range from 0g-1g of carbs per serving which is awesome. Nothing weird is added to these. Cheddar, Gouda and Pepper Jack are the flavors I have tried, but when I went to their website they also have Mozzarella and Sriracha which sounds amazing!

Besides just snacking on them you can also use Moon Cheese in creative ways in the kitchen. They make awesome replacements for croutons on a salad or crackers with soup. You can also grind them up and use like you would a breadcrumb either in meatballs or as a crunchy breading on chicken, pork or fish. In my recipe for Moon Cheese Crunch Pork Chops the ground up Moon Cheese adds an awesome texture and flavor to the pork chops. Also depending on what flavor Moon Cheese you use you can play with different flavor combinations. For the recipe below I used Pepper Jack, but I’m definitely going to try it with other varieties as well.

MOON CHEESE CRUNCH PORK CHOPS

INGREDIENTS

  • 4 boneless pork chops

  • 1 bag of Moon Cheese, any flavor you like, I used Pepper Jack

  • 1/2 cup of avocado mayo

  • 1 tsp of parsley

  • 1 tsp of basil

  • 1/2 tsp of garlic powder

  • 1/2 tsp of onion powder

  • Pink salt & pepper

 
The pork chops before placing in the oven

The pork chops before placing in the oven

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees

  2. Pat the pork chops dry with paper towels

  3. Mix together the mayo and seasonings

  4. Place the Moon Cheese in the food processor and pulse until they are a breadcrumb consistency

  5. Slather the mayo mixture all over the top and bottom of the pork chops

  6. Spoon a generous serving of the ground up Moon Cheese onto the top of the mayo covered pork chops

  7. Place in oven and bake for about 25 minutes depending on the thickness of your pork chops they may take a bit longer

Moon Cheese Crunch Pork Chops with a side salad with Moon Cheese

Moon Cheese Crunch Pork Chops with a side salad with Moon Cheese

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Moon Cheese is available at Publix, Whole Foods, Target, Starbucks and more. To find Moon Cheese near you use their Store Locator.

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NUSH! KETO FRIENDLY SNACK CAKES!

I'm always excited to find new keto friendly options for sweet treats, so I couldn't wait to try these Nush snack cakes. They come in 6 flavors and vary from 2 net carbs per cake to 4 net carbs. My personal favorites are Blueberry and Carrot Spice Cake, which is no surprise because those are my favorite flavors in everything! All the flavors though are great and I love the moist texture of the cakes. 

 

I had actually tried one flavor of Nush awhile back because it came in one of the keto snack boxes, but I was pleasantly surprised that they totally changed the texture of them and now I am completely hooked! The best part for me is that they are the perfect single serving and they provide a fun palette to get creative with what you top them with. They can be a fun dessert where everyone decorates their own or a perfect breakfast on the go! 

 

You can purchase the cakes by individual flavor or you can buy a variety pack! My discount code below will get you 10% off your first purchase! CLICK HERE.

DISCOUNT CODE: KETOINTHECITY

Get creative with toppings!

Get creative with toppings!

Carrot Spice Cake topped with Choc Zero Caramel syrup and chopped pecans

Carrot Spice Cake topped with Choc Zero Caramel syrup and chopped pecans

Blueberry Cake topped with Sunshine Raspberries and Blueberries

Blueberry Cake topped with Sunshine Raspberries and Blueberries

All 6 flavors!

All 6 flavors!

VITAL FARMS MAKES BUTTER NOW!

Lucky Ladies Free To Forage!

I have been OBSESSED with Vital Farm Eggs for a long time now! I was pulled in initially by their ADORABLE packaging and then the fact that their eggs are Pasture-Raised sealed the deal! 

They have 3 different kinds of Pasture-Raised eggs, but the black package are the ones most commonly found in stores right now. I have also purchased the tan package at Whole Foods, but have never seen the cream package! Hopefully soon I will. 

All of them have the cutest sayings on them! 

  • Happy Hens
  • Made With Fresh Air and Sunshine
  • Freedom To Forage Outdoors Year Round
  • Girls On Grass
  • Lucky Ladies Free To Forage Under Open Skies & Sunshine

Happy hens make better eggs! Their orange yolks are so incredible. If you've never tried these eggs you absolutely HAVE TO! It makes a huge difference what kind of eggs you are buying. 

Now the team from Vital Farms is making packaged hard-boiled eggs and butter too! I love buying convenience packs of hard boiled eggs to make deviled eggs. Starting with these eggs means it takes literally 2 minutes to throw together amazing deviled eggs and I love any time-saving solution because mom life is hard and BUSY!

Now let's talk about BUTTER! 

Being keto introduced me to the world of grass fed butter, like many of you I'm sure! I was amazing how much better it was than the butter I had been eating before. Standard butter now tastes like wax to me- gross! But now let's talk about pasture raised AND grass fed butter aka the holy grail of butter! 

At its simplest, pasture raised can be thought of a a welfare standard – how the cows are raised, and where they eat  – , whereas grass fed refers solely too what they eat and their diet.

Just like you want happy hens making your eggs, you want happy cows making your butter! It's as simple as that! The Vital Farms butter may not be as easy to find because it is newer, but they have a store locator you can check out! 

Once you get your Vital Farms eggs and butter here are some recipes to try out! 

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HERBY BUTTER

INGREDIENTS

  • 8 oz of butter, I use Vital Farms Salted Pasture Raised and Grass Fed

  • ¼ tsp of garlic, minced

  • ¼ cup of herbs, your choice I use equal parts parsley, fresh dill, and chives

    • Rosemary, thyme and sage are also a great combination

  • ¼ tsp of pepper

  • 1 tsp of lemon juice

DIRECTIONS

  1. Mix all ingredients in a food processor or in a mixer with paddle attachment.

  2. Mix thoroughly, but don’t whip.

 

PAIRING

The herb butter with the Butter And Herb Pork Chops on page 116 of my cookbook, The Easy 5-Ingredient Ketogenic Diet Cookbook, would be amazing! 

The Whole Family!

The Whole Family!


CRABBY EGGS USING VITAL FARMS PASTURE RAISED HARD BOILED EGGS

 

I love deviled eggs, always have and always will. The most time consuming part of making deviled eggs is making the hard boiled eggs and peeling the shells off, I hate that part! My solution is using the Vital Farms Pasture Raised Hard Boiled Eggs! Super convenient, especially when you only want to make a small serving of deviled eggs, like I often do for my daughter and I.

 

If you are making deviled eggs for a crowd then I love using regular Vital Farms eggs and placing a dozen in my Instant Pot with one cup of water and cooking for 7 minutes. They turn out perfect and the steam in the pressure cooker makes the shells practically fall off. Here are full instructions

 

Now back to the Crabby Eggs! I made an omelette topped with crab awhile back and ever since I have been thinking about adding it to deviled eggs and today was the day! I used the egg base I always use and then added Sriracha, wild caught crab meat, and parsley. I also cut the eggs differently than the typically horizontal deviled egg just to be a little fancy. 

If you're wondering why the Vital Farms pack comes with 6 eggs and you only see 5 on the plate... this "chef" always tastes tests first ;) 

INGREDIENTS

  • 6 Vital Farms Pasture Raised Hard Boiled Eggs 
  • 1/4 cup of avocado oil mayo
  • 2 tbsp of sour cream (or you could use cream cheese)
  • 4 oz of crab meat (I used Trader Joe's Frozen Wild Caught Crab Meat, thawed)
  • 1 tablespoon of ground mustard or dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp of Sriracha
  • 1 tsp of paprika
  • 1 tsp of parsley, chopped (or you could use green onions)
  • Pink salt and pepper

DIRECTIONS

  1. Slice off the top third of the hard boiled egg, using your knife scrape out the yolk into a bowl being careful to keep the egg white in tact. Slice a sliver of egg white off the bottom of the egg to create a flat surface to stand the egg up. 
  2. Mix the yolk with the mayo, sour cream, mustard, sriracha, salt and pepper. Once smooth add 2 oz of crab meat broken up into small pieces. 
  3. Spoon the mixture into the egg white or fill a zipper bag, cut off a corner and pipe the mixture into the egg white. 
  4. Add additional 2 oz of crab meat on top of the filled eggs, garnish with parsley and paprika. 
Crabby Eggs with Vital Farms by Keto In The City
Crabby Eggs with Vital Farms by Keto In The City
Crabby Eggs with Vital Farms by Keto In The City

DEVILED EGGS

You can find more deviled eggs recipes on pages 79 and 80 of my cookbook, The Easy 5-Ingredient Ketogenic Diet Cookbook. I feature BLT Deviled Eggs, Bacon Jalapeno Deviled Eggs and Bacon Avocado Deviled Eggs. 


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The box retails for $49.99 but always has a value over $200. Way over $200 if you ask me! They put so much in there! If you sign up now you can still get your own Spring Editor’s Box before it sells out!

 

Use coupon code KITC for $10 off your first box at fabfitfun.com

 

The Spring Editor's Box from FabFitFun!

The Spring Editor's Box from FabFitFun!


Here is a list of all the amazing goodies that were in my Spring Editor’s Box box:

  • Kate Somerville ExfoliKate Treatment
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I'm so excited about all of the products! I am a total bath girl so the the Spongelle French Lavender Buffer and Grace & Stella Bath Bombs are perfect for me. I will sit and soak while I use the Briogeo Deep Conditioning Mask, which when you have hair as blonde as mine, deep conditioning is always needed!

 

I sleep in an insanely bright bedroom, with only sheer panels on my huge patio doors, so the Free People mask is going to save my life on those weekend mornings when I actually can sleep in. Then I can wake up to the cutest mug ever, created by one of the cutest people ever, Ayesha Curry! Look how adorable it is, I love it! It also happens to be my favorite color :D

 

The FabFitFun team definitely read my mind with the Tarte eyeshadow palette because shimmery neutrals are always my favorite. I'm excited to experiment with them. And finally the Summer & Rose Striped Tote is coming with me on every beach and pool trip this summer! Super cute and nautical and is lined inside for wet swimsuits and whatnot! Genius! 

 

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