Autumn’s New Favorite Salad

And she asks for it almost every day!

 Click here for the  recipe for the Asian salad I posted the other day.  This is so good!


A few comments on the recipe:

Follow the word directions – the gram amounts she listed did not make sense when I tried to measure it.

For the dressing: I did not use that much garlic – way too much for us! When I have been in a hurry, I just use garlic and ginger powder.

I subbed stevia for the Swerve.

I subbed Coconut Aminos for the soy sauce.


I had never bought a Napa cabbage before – it is much sweeter than regular cabbage.  I took off the larger outer leaves and then cut it finely:


You can either put your veggies in the food processor or cut them by hand.  I was in a hurry and just cut up what I had on hand.  Remember we are now in a “low carb” mode, and not strict keto, so peas and carrots can be used. 


These are the items I used for the dressing – again when I am in hurry I just use garlic and ginger powder:


I missed putting the stevia in the last picture:

IMG_0380 But there is no missing the joy that Autumn Joy has when eating this salad!


 Keto Joy!

An American Classic: Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup – Keto Style

As the wind picked up and the snow started coming down like crazy – what else is there for dinner except melted cheese on toasted bread and warm tomato soup for dunking!

We make up several batches of the Flax Bread (Recipe from from The Charlie Foundation – ) and store them in “slices”  in the freezer so they are ready to go anytime Autmun wants to make a sandwich (See “Recipes” tab for exact measurements):




If you have a lot of butter you need to add due to a higher ratio, you can butter both sides of the bread:




Often times Autumn has her grilled cheese “open-face” but sometimes she will put a top on some of them:


The tomato soup is so easy.  It is just tomato sauce and cream – with a few spices if you would like and perhaps a pinch of stevia. It is delicious! 


Grilled cheese has been one of the main meals on Autumn’s diet over the past couple years – probably because it is also one of her siblings favorites as well:

Joe loading up the griddle:


Russell making sure his is toasted to perfection:


Rebekah, Kristen and Promise enjoying each bite:




Joshua letting us know how good his was (Although it looks like he needs another sandwich to sop up that ketchup!):


And Autumn right along with them:


(For any low carb moms or dads out there – I make my grilled cheese/ quesadilla with Joseph’s lavash bread, laughing cow cheeses and I make a lower fat soup recipe for myself with just 1 cup of chicken broth and  one can of tomato sauce – so good – and you can eat it all!)

High-carb, low-carb, High-fat, low-fat  – it’s  “All in the Family,” along side “Keto Joy!”

Taco “Salad”…3 Days Straight..and Counting!

“Autumn, let’s try these,” ….I have been saying for the last 21 months about the Taco recipe on page 83 in Dawn Martenz’ The Keto Cookbook. For some reason Autumn never wanted to, but finally she did…just turning into a “Taco Salad” (see “Recipes” page) instead of tacos…and she has had it everyday for the last 3 days!



It is so basic – lettuce, hamburger, cheese, sour cream and a tad of low carb ketchup.   I felt like, “Dah – why have we never done this before!”  Although, I still think making taco shells out of cheese like Dawn does is a cool idea 🙂

Even after eating this for 3 days straight,  Autumn is saying to me as I am taking this picture, “Mom, please hurry up so I can eat!!!!


Keto Joy!

“Munch-Time” Sandwiches – No bread required!

One of Autumn’s favorite super-quick meals that she has for lunch or dinner are salami “sandwiches.” Hormel has an all natural, nitrate/nitrite-free brand. Now, I know “Natural” does not necessarily mean “perfectly free from anything bad,” but hey, it is a step in the right direction.

So, here you go: Salami, cheese, butter, carrots, lettuce, cream – with chocolate drops if you like, and either coconut or fish oil – oh, and a bit of mustard – it is missing from the picture, but you gotta have a bit o’mustard to with that salami. 🙂

(Click on “Recipes” tab for exact measurements)


First, measure out ratio requirements of all ingredients:IMG_0311


Then, spread the butter unto the salami and put together a sandwich:IMG_0315


Add a glass of milk, which is cream mixed with water, yes she gets the yummy creamy stuff – add a few drops of chocolate – or any other flavor if you like.


For the added fat needed (depending on your keto-ratio) you could add more cream, use some mayonaise or add some nuts.  I am a big proponent of getting in oil at every meal – and Autumn actually prefers oil to mayo  – which is fine by me. Sometimes we do coconut oil, sometimes cod liver – the health benefits are super with either. She just takes the oil right off the spoon before eating. 


And then it’s “Munch-Time” 🙂



Berry Stylin’ with PB & J!


There are probably more carbs in one traditional peanut and jelly sandwich than what are allowed in an entire week on the keto diet –  BUT that doesn’t keep Autumn from enjoying one!  This recipe once again comes from Dawn Martenz’ Keto Cookbook. We just quadruple the recipe and bake it in a pan instead of putting into muffin cups, although when we first started the diet we always used muffin cups – do what works for you!

Here are the ingredients for the bread/muffins:

(Click on “Recipes” tab for exact measurements.)


You can with use either Whole Ground Flaxseed Meal or Golden Flaxseed Meal. 

IMG_0294Measure out all ingredients.







IMG_0306This shows 2 quadruple batches. Put in 35 degree oven and bake for approximately 15 minutes

Once cooled, cut the bread into small squares and weigh the entire amount:IMG_0348Weigh the entire bread amount and then divide by 4 to get weight for 4 individual portions. Measure that individual amount out and place into  a small ziplock bag:



Place all your bags in a container and store them either in the refrigerator or freezer. Whenever you are going to make a sandwich just take a bag out to thaw for a bit before using. 


Ok, so when you are actually ready to make a good old peanut butter and jelly sandwich, here is what we do:

Measure out the peanut butter and butter and mix together:



IMG_0020Then spread it evenly on your bread – although Autumn often licks quite a bit from the spatula before it makes it on to the bread 🙂


Then measure out your fruit. A note here: You can use whatever fruit you like – just check your amounts in the ketocalculator. You will see a picture here of measuring out blueberries. However, she often takes raspberries and stirs them up with a pinch of stevia to make a jelly – see the very first picture at the top of this post.  You can use either fresh or frozen berries.




And its Keto Joy PBJ ala blueberry style…


Or Raspberry style!


Keto-Joy stylin’ all around 🙂