Simplified Indian Butter Chicken

Indian Butter Chicken

To save time and money, lately, I have been obsessed with the idea of 5 ingredient meals. I am not willing to sacrificing nutrition or flavor.  Simplified Indian Butter Chicken is my latest creation. Curries are because they are packed with flavor and spices have so many health benefits including amazing anti-inflammatory properties. I use my Formula for a Simple Curry when I want to use up random veggies in the fridge and Simplified Butter Chicken when I have nothing at home and need to make a quick run to the store.

Can we all agree salt doesn’t count as one of the five ingredients?

Simplified Indian Butter Chicken

This recipe simplifies a classic dish without sacrificing on flavor!

Course Main Course

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs chicken breast or thighs
  • 1 can tomatoes 14.5 oz
  • 1 tbsp garam masala spice blend
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 3 tbsp butter grass-fed
  • 1/2 cup yogurt full-fat is best

Instructions

  1. If not using crushed tomatoes, blend tomatoes garam masala and salt.
  2. Add tomato mixture and chicken to slow cooker.
  3. Place butter on top of chicken.

  4. Cook on Low for 3-4 hours (chicken thighs may take longer), or until chicken can be shredded.
  5. Remove chicken and shred.
  6. Mix chicken, tomato mixture, and yogurt together.

Recipe Notes

Stove Top Instructions

If your chicken is already cooked, you can prepare the sauce on the stovetop.

  1. Simmer pureed tomatoes, garam masala, and salt.
    2. After the sauce has simmered for about 15 take off the heat and stir in yogurt and butter.
    3. Mix in chicken and serve.

Serving Options

  • serve over rice, cauliflower rice, or roasted veggies.
  • garnish with cilantro

 

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5 Ingredient Low-Carb Paleo Green Chili

When I was a personal health cook, 5 Ingredient Low-Carb Paleo Green Chili was a favorite. I always felt kind of guilty that such an easy dish got so much praise, but they loved it!

5 Ingredient Low-Carb Paleo Green Chili

I love 5 Ingredient Low-Carb Paleo Green Chili because it is so quick and versatile. It is a great meal to utilize random veggies you need to use up, super fast and easy, great leftover, and even makes a great DIY Dehydrated Dinner!

Course Main Course, Soup
Keyword 5 ingredient, backpacking, chili, crockpot, easy, low-carb, paleo, slowcooker

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs ground meat
  • 2 tsp salt 1 teaspoon per lbs of meat
  • 1 jar Green Salsa
  • 1 pound veggies chopped (see note)
  • 1 lime

Instructions

  1. In a large skillet brown meat with salt.

  2. Add meat, salsa, and veggies to a slow cooker.

  3. Cook on LOW about 6 hrs or HIGH for about 4 hours.

  4. Serve with lime.

Recipe Notes

This can also be cooked on the stovetop if short on time 

Note about veggies

  • Almost any combination of about 1 pound works in this recipe.
  • Veggies such as onion, jalapeno, bell pepper, cabbage, zucchini, and cauliflower work great. (most kids happily eat cauliflower rice in stews)
  • If your kids are particular in a picky mood try pureeing salsa and veggies for a smooth texture.
  • I like to keep the veggies raw and serve on top of the chili, like a salad. (A trick I learned from Life-Changing Solmolian Chicken Soup)

Optional Add-Ins 

  • Beans (if not paleo or low-carb)
  • Bone broth

Optional Garnich

  • Lime- technically optional, but it adds so much to this dish!
  • Cilantro
  • Green onions
  • Cheese
  • Sour cream

DIY Dehydrated Dinner Notes

  • If you will dehydrate this meal, do not add extra liquid and cook on the stovetop.
  • After browning the meat, add salsa directly to the pan to simmer off extra liquid.
  • Add vegetables after simmering meat mixture with salsa and only lightly cook.
  • If adding beans, mash them up first to aid in better re-hydrating.

Check out my DIY Dehydrated Dinner post!

DIY Wild Green Powder

DIY Wild Green Powder is the easiest way to add Wild Edible Plants to your diet!

During the last 2 summers, I have been slowly learning about wild edible plants. I decided the easiest way to incorporate them into my diet was DIY Wild Green Powder

Green powder is already part of my daily return so I figured it would be an easy way to preserve and consume daily wild plants

CAUTION Before we go any further, I am NOT a wild plant expert! Please do your own research, and make sure you know the plants you are eating are safe!

Want to Make Your Own DIY Wild Green Powder?

I started to post about my morning foraging sessions and DIY Wild Green Powder on Instagram and people seem to be really interested, so here is how and why I make DIY Wild Green Powder. The best part is, anyone can do this and there are probably more edible wild plants in your backyard than you realize.

Note: Always be mindful to pick wild plants that have not been exposed to fertilizer, pesticide, or other pollutants.

The Flaw with Multivitamin

“I’ve always believed that it’s preferable to get the nutrients we need from whole foods, as they’re found in nature, rather than from isolated, synthetic sources”

 

Like many health-conscious people, I have taken a multivitamin most of my life, but now I am starting to think they are a waste of time. The brilliant Chris Kresser shares my option and I recommend you read his post Throw Away Your Multivitamins and Antioxidants. While there is a time and place for quality supplements, here are the reasons I have stopped taking a multi.

Nutrients work synergistically, so when they are consumed isolated they tend to not work as well or at all.

Many times multivitamins contain synthetic versions of micronutrients that the body does not recognize at all.

Ans to top it off all off,  taking nutrients in values way higher than fo8/*und in foods, can be dangerous.!

Like I said there is a time and place for QUALITY supplements, but I have started consuming a green powder daily along with other whole food supplements, in place of a multivitamin.

I think adding DIY Wild Green Powder to my diet has been good for my overall health, and has really improved my skin!

Why Consume Wild Plants

Wild plants have been consumed by humans since, well, since there were humans. The knowledge of their food and medicinal properties used to be common. Knowledgeable people can still be found, but are less common. Luckily today you can find the information in great books and the internet.

Wild Plants are true superfoods. Because they grow in the wild, undepleted soil, and have to work so hard to survive they contain more nutrients. It is also so fun and relaxing to go pick your own foon in your yard or wild space.

I think is also possible that the probiotics found in solid remain on these wild plants if you do not cook them. It is my (educated) guess that dehydrating Wild Plants will not destroy these organisms.

Another reason to consume wild plants is more superficial but still worth mentioning. When your body has the proper nutrients and is in pretty good health it shows in your skin! High-quality products, like Beautycounter, can make a huge difference in your skin, but can’t make up for the lack of good health. If you want to learn more about why I love Beautycounter check out this post, but a diet high in nutrients is the most impactful thing you can do for your skin.

The Plants I Included

 

Dandelion (roots and leaves)

Yarrow (leaves and flower)

photo credit: wikipedia.org

Fireweed (leaves and flowers)

Wild Strawberries (leaves)

photo credit: wildflower.org

Plantain (leaves)

 

Clover (leaves and flowers)

photo credit wikapedia.org

Like I already said I am NOT an expert. To keep from overwhelming myself I have just tried to learn a couple of new plants a year. I loke sharing what little knowledge I have with my kids, and they seem to enjoy helping out.

My hope is by the time my kids move out, all three of use will have a decent understanding of edible wild plants and how to use them.

Dandelions

Dandelions greens are one of the most studied edible wild plants with many micronutrients and help benefits. They have high levels of vitamins A, C, and K as well as a little calcium and potassium (source). They are also a great source of prebiotic fiber inulin.

For more information check out this great Dr. Axe post.

Dandelion roots are a little trick to pull up because the plant usually breaks right where it meets the root when pulling. It is possible to pull some root up when the soil is moist and you are able to dig slightly down with your fingertips. Chopping the roots into smaller pieces will speed up the dehydration time.

How to Make DIY Wild Green Powder

  1. Pick your wild plants. Please be safe and only pick plants you know are edible and clean.
  2. Wash your wild plants. In a large bowl soak you plants in plenty of water. I add a splash of vinegar. Gently massage them and swish them around. Let them soak for about 10 minutes.
  3. Drain and rinse wild plants.
  4. Place on a dehydrator tray. Make sure the layers are not too thick because this will greatly decrease dehydrated time.
  5. Dehydrate. I dehydrated every batch at a different temperature. As you cook food (plants, veggies, meat) some nutrients are destroyed while others become more bioavailable. I figured if I dehydrated the plants at a range from the lowest setting to the highest setting I might get a more complete range of the nutrients they have to offer, but I have nothing to back this up, but it doesn’t hurt.
  6. In small batches pulverize your dehydrated plants to a powder with either a blender or food processor.
  7. Store in an airtight container.

Because I am making years worth of DIY Wild Green Powder, I store a majority of the powder in the freeze and about a month’s worth in the fridge to help preserve the fragile nutrients.

Things I add to my DIY Wild Green Powder

To round out my Green Powder I add a couple of other things that would otherwise not be in my diet.

 

  • Mushroom Powder
  • Seaweed
  • Spirulina
  • Sea Vegetable

 

Sea Vegetables contain nutrients that many of us are deficient in such as iodine. I’m not great as good about eating them as my kids, so I ordered this sea vegetable blend (already dehydrated), blended them up, and added them to my DIY WIld Green Powder. Technically they are wild, right?

How To Consume DIY Wild Green Powder

Most afternoon, when the afternoon energy drop happens is a great time to take your Green Powder.

DIY Wild Green Powder taste, well healthy.  I usually mix a scoop with just enough water to swallow like a shoot.  I then drink a little kombucha, because I remember reading somewhere the probiotics help your body absorb more nutrients when you take a multivitamin and I love kombucha. 

Sometimes right after I take my green shot, I take desiccated liver tablets and fish oil. The fat helps your body absorb the fat-soluble nutrients found in plants.

To save time you can put a scoop of DIY Wild Green Powder in a small jar with your other supplement.  A tiny piece of Beeswax wrap is a great reusable way to separate the tables and powder.

You can also add DIY Wild Green Powder to smoothies, shacks, yogurt, whatever!

Start Foraging

Hope this inspires you to add more Edible Wild Plants to your diet!

Have fun with it!

If I can do it, so can you!!

 

Happy foraging!

 

(Low-Carb) Dehydrated Japanese Curry

Dehydrated Japanese Curry

Last year for my Dall Sheep Hunt I made (Low-Carb) Dehydrated Japanese Curry and it was delicious. For a complete list of all the food I packed last year, click here. 

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I made it again this year for an awesome Lady’s Weekend, Courtney from Her Inspired Journey organized. The awesome group of 12 women archers and they graciously let me talk their ear off about backcountry nutrition and DIY Dehydrated meals. When I made it for the ladies I added instant rice, but when I made it for this year’s sheep hunt I made it with cauliflower rice. Click here for a complete list of the mostly Low-Carb food I packed this year.

Japanese Curry in the feild
Photo Credit: Courtney LeVesque

Now that I have made (Low-Carb) Dehydrated Japanese Curry a few times I thought it was time to update the recipe on the blog.

 

(Low-Carb) Dehydrator Japanese Curry Macros

To increase to desired calories and grams of fat of Dehydrated Japanese Curry just add butter, butter powder, avocado oil, and/or “rice”.  MCT oil would also work if butter is not a good option for you.

Per serving

Total Carbs 21g

Fiber 5g

Net Carbs 16g

Protein 35g

Fat 20

Kcals 394 + butter and “rice”

 

1 tablespoon of butter= 100 kcals
⅓ cup Instant Rice= 128 kcals
⅓ head Cauliflower “Rice”=  49 kcals, 5g net carbs

 

You might as well double this recipe when you make it, eat half for dinner tonight, and dehydrate the other half. Cook once, eat twice 🙂

Packaging Your Japanese Curry

These are the mylar bags I used this year.  I think a little zip-lock top is super handy once you have filled the bags with hot water.

I also recommend adding an oxygen absorber in the bag before you seal it (remember to remove it before you add hot water).

As extra insurance, store your packaged Low-Card Dehydrated Meals in the freezer or refrigerator)

For more Dehydrator Recipes click HERE

(Low-Carb) Dehydrated Japanese Curry

Course Main Course
Cuisine Japanese
Keyword backpacking, cauliflower, collagen, curry, dehydrated, dehydrator, keto, low-carb
Servings 3
Calories 394 kcal

Ingredients

  • 3 carrots finely diced
  • 1 lb ground meat of your choice very lean
  • 1/2 onion
  • 8 oz mushrooms
  • 1 tablespoon curry powder
  • 1/4 cup coconut aminos or soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon gelatin optional
  • 10 oz butternut squash frozen
  • Salt to taste optional
  • Dehydrated cauliflower rice or instant rice
  • Butter or butter powder optional

Instructions

  1. Mix gelatin with coconut aminos and set aside
  2. In a large skillet over medium-high heat brown meat, onions, and mushrooms together. Take extra care to break the meat up into small pieces.
  3. Meanwhile in a pan slowly warm up frozen butternut squash, until it is defrosted. Then puree with a stick blender or in a traditional blender.
  4. Once the meat is browned add squash puree, carrots, curry powder, and coconut aminos mixture.
  5. Simmer until the carrots are soft.
  6. Line a dehydrator tray with parchment paper or a silicone mat and evenly spread curry out, no more than a ¼ inch thick.
  7. Dehydrate at 165 °F or the highest setting on your dehydrator, for 12-16 hours, until the food is completely dehydrated.
  8. Once all the food is completely dried, let cool to room temperature.
  9. In 3 mylar bags, equally, divide all the ingredients. A kitchen scale can make this easier.
  10. Add dehydrated cauliflower rice or instant rice to each bag.
  11. Add a desiccant packet.
  12. Try to get all the air out you can and seal bag with iron or hair straightener.

In the Backcountry

  1. When you are ready to eat, add 1 ½ -2 cups of boiling water and let rehydrate for 20 minutes.
  2. Stir in butter if you have not already added butter powder and enjoy!

 

Dehydrated Cauliflower Rice

Servings 3

Ingredients

  • 1 head cauliflower grated

Instructions

  1. Using a cheese grater, grate a head of cauliflower.
  2. Spread over lined dehydrator racks.

  3. Dehydrate at 165 °F or the highest setting on your dehydrator, for 10-12 hours, until the cauliflower is completely dehydrated.

Recipe Notes

You can buy cauliflower already riced, either fresh or frozen.

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High-Fat Keto(ish) Backpacking Food

I was going to wait until after hunting season when I had more time to write this post, but so many people have asked about my High-Fat Keto(ish) Backpacking Food. This will be a quick post and I am sure when I have more time I will polish it up a little, and probably find some embarrassing typos.

Year One of High-Fat Keto(ish) Backpacking Food

Last year on my Delta Sheep Hunt was my first-year High-Fat  Food. Here is the Round-up from last year. It really changed my life. This year I went lower-carb and made some new recipe. I will be adding them to my blog soon. When I get back from my trip I will update this post with my field notes.

Breakfast

Fatty-Coffee with Protein

Calories: About 500

I kept it really basic this year if you want more variety here are 4 more powdered Keto Coffee Recipes.

Basic Protein Keto Coffee

Calories 455 kcal

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup Keto Creamer
  • 3 scoops collagen protein powder
  • 1 dash cinnamon optional
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 2 teaspoons instant coffee omit if adding to real coffee

Recipe Notes

Fat 24g  Pro 27g  Net Carbs 8g

Lunch

Meat and Cheese

Calories: About 400

Last year I packed Keto Lunch Baggies, this year I just did meat an cheese.

Each bag contains

Snacks

Calories: About 1,000

Dinner

Calories: About 900

This year I DIY Dehydrated my own Keto Dinner, I made:

  • Green Chili
  • Japanese Curry
  • Thai Peanut Shrimp
  • “Corned” Beef and Cabbage

I will get you the recipes as soon as I can! But in the meantime here are all my low-carb dehydrated recipes.

Basically, they are all one-pot meat and veggie meals that I added fat to. I either added powder or just through a packet of oil in the bag before I sealed it.

Here is a list of all the fats I added.

Others

Sports Beans

Just in case I need a little sugar and caffeine to get me up that next hill.

Mini Snickers

Because who doesn’t want a little treat

Hot Sause & Salt

I am bringing hot sauce packets and extra salt to add to any meal I feel like:)

Hope that helps! I will update it when I can!

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Low-Carb Collagen Coffee “Peanut” Butter Cups

Lately, I have found myself eating too many Justin’s Peanut Butter Cups, and each time I eat one I think, this is a little too sweet. After I eat all those carbs, I don’t feel great either. Luckily for me, I already developed a recipe for KETO PEANUT BUTTER MCT CUPS for Wilderness Athlete. I took the recipe and changed a few things around to make Low-Carb Collagen Coffee “Peanut” Butter Cups

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Put some  Crunch in Your Peanut Butter Cups

I was inspired to put chopped coffee beans in these treats, by the chocolate covered espresso beans you sometimes get at coffee huts. Who doesn’t love coffee?! Who doesn’t love a little crunch?! The caffeine from the coffee will also give you a little energy boost and help you burn fat.

When to Eat Low-Carb Collagen Coffee Peanut Butter Cups

These are a great snack any time of the day (if you aren’t very sensitive to caffeine). No seriously, but I am super excited to bring them sheep hunting this year. Low-Carb Collagen Coffee “Peanut” Butter Cups are basically a fat bomb, and the calorie to oz ratio is awesome! Check out Why Go Keto for Sheep Hunting or High-Fat Keto (ish) Backpacking Food Round-Up if you are interested in how to get over 3,000 kcal to weigh about 1 pound! Long story short, I cut a ton of weight and felt amazing!

MCT or Collagen

My original recipe uses Wilderness Athlete Wild C8 powder, which I love. This recipe uses collagen protein powder. Use either one! Your choice!

Sun vs. Peanut butter

Peanut butter is not paleo, but nothing tastes quite like it. Sun butter (made from sunflower seeds) is delicious and in my opinion a million times better than almond butter. But use the seed/nut/peanut butter of your choice!

Double Boiler

This is a double boiler. It is a very simple technique that gently heats food. If you have never used one go here, for more information.

The Wonderful Macros of Low-Carb Collagen Coffee Peanut Butter Cups (per cup)

These nutrional valuse are based calculated from Lindt 90% Cocoa Chocolate and Peanut Butter

Total Carbs 4.5g

Fiber 2.5 g

Net Carbs 2 g

Fat 12.5 g

Kcals 152

 

Low-Carb Collagen Coffee "Peanut" Butter Cups

Keyword chocolate, coffee, collagen, keto, low-carb, MCT, peanut butter, treat
Servings 8

Ingredients

  • 3 oz 90% dark chocolate
  • 1 oz cocoa butter or more chocolate
  • 3 tablespoons sun or peanut butter
  • 3 tablespoons collagen protein powder
  • 2 tablespoons coffee beans whole or roughly chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • Pinch of salt
  • stevia to taste*

Instructions

Pinterest worthy Instructions

  1. In a double boiler, gently melt the chocolate cocoa butter in a small pan.

  2. While that is melting mix sun/peanut butter and collagen powder.
  3. Once the chocolate mixture is completely melted, mix vanilla and stevia (optional).
  4. Scoop about 1 tablespoon of the chocolate mixture into each of the 8 large baking cup liners – no need for a muffin tin.
  5. Form ⅛ of the peanut butter mixture into a small disk and press down into the chocolate mixture. Repeat 7 more times until each chocolate cup has a peanut butter center.
  6. Sprinkle 1/8 of the coffee beans in each cup.
  7. Divide the rest of the chocolate mixture evenly among the baking cups, completely covering the peanut butter centers.
  8. Sprinkle with salt
  9. Let cool at room temperature or in the fridge.
  10. Store in an airtight container.

Busy Person’s Instructions

  1. In a double boiler gently melt chocolate, cocoa butter, sun/peanut butter.
  2. Once the mixture is melted mix all the remaining ingredients, taking extra care to mix completely.
  3. Evenly divide mixture into 8 paper baking cups.
  4. Let cool at room temperature or in the fridge.
  5. Store in an airtight container.

Recipe Notes

  • *I personally like very dark chocolate and prefer it not to be very sweet, so I do not add any stevia.
  • Place the baking cups on a small sheet pan before filling them to make moving them around easier.
  • Cooling at room temperature takes a lot longer but produces a shinier treat. Cooling in the fridge may cause your chocolate to “bloom” or become a little cloudy, this does not affect the flavor.
  • Cocoa butter contains antioxidants and increases the melting temperature of the Peanut Butter Cups.

Low-Carb Collagen Coffee-crunch peanut butter cup

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Dehydrated Low-Carb Shrimp Scampi with Zoodles

Dehydrated Low-Carb Shrimp Scampi with Zoodles

Ready for another Backpacking Dinner recipe? Here is Dehydrated Low-Carb Shrimp Scampi with Zoodles. This is one of the simplest recipes for a dehydrated dinner but there’s no sacrifice on flavor!

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Low-Carb Backpacking Food

If you follow me on Instagram or my blog, you might know I am a HUGE fan of Low-Carb, High-Veg meals. This is especially true when I am in the backcountry. Last year on my Delta Dall Sheep hunt I packed High-Fat food and it changed my life! Which sounds a bit dramatic, but I was able to get over 3,000 kcals to weigh about 1 pound!

Here is the complete round-up of all the food I brought on my Dall Sheep Hunt

Dehydrated Low-Carb Shrimp Scampi with Zoodles

Why You Should Make Dehydrated Low-Carb Shrimp Scampi with Zoodles

Dehydrated Low-Carb Shrimp Scampi is yummy enough you don’t really need another reason to make it, but here are 5 reasons anyway. (These are the same 5 reason I gave on my last post, Dehydrated Berbere Chicken Soup, but it is I take every chance I get to get up on my soapbox!)

  1. Low-Carb High-Fat food contains more calories per ounce = lighter backpack
  2. When your body is prepared for low-carb performance, it can do more, while feeling better (for more information read Why Go Keto For Sheep Hunting)
  3. I have found when I eat more veggies in the backcountry, I feel better and don’t experience as many food cravings, all those micronutrients do the body good!
  4. When you make your own dehydrated meals, you know what is in them. Most companies use artificial additives and preservatives, you don’t have to.
  5. Dehydrated Low-Carb Shrimp Scampi with Zoodles tastes great!

Another reason I love Dehydrated Low-Carb Shrimp Scampi is the Zoodles! Zoodles, impressively, rehydrated in the field. Because they are raw when they go into the dehydrator when you add hot water, they have a pleasant texture and aren’t too mushy. This will not be the last recipe I make with zoodles.

Zoodles

Zoodles are a healthy alternative to noodles in the backcountry or at home. If you have never made them before I recommend you check out this post from Downshiftology. If you are as big of a fan of them as I am, I recommend you check out my recipes for Advieh Zoodles (Persian Inspired) or Healthy Pizza Zoodles for Meal Prep.

This recipe is for one serving, but you can easily make more than one batch at a time.

Macros for Dehydrated Low-Carb Shrimp Scampi with Zoodles

To increase to desired calories and grams of fat in your Dehydrated Low-Carb Shrimp Scampi with Zoodles just add butter or butter powderMCT oil would also work if butter is not a good option for you.

Total Carbs 9g

Fiber 3g

Net Carbs 6g

Protein 59g

Fat 1g + butter

Kcals 285 + butter

 

1 tablespoon of butter= 100 kcals

 

Packaging DIY Dehydrated Meals

Below are the exact Mylar Bags I have.

These are the mylar bags I will buy next time. The ones I have worked great, but I have been inspired by Heather’s Choice, I think a little zip-lock top is super handy once you have filled the bags with hot water.

I also recommend adding an oxygen absorber in the bag before you seal it (remember to remove it before you add hot water).

As extra insurance, store your packaged Low-Card Dehydrated Meals in the freezer or refrigerator)

Dehydrated Low-Carb Shrimp Scampi with Zoodles

Dehydrated Low-Carb Shrimp Scampi with Zoodles is one of the easiest and yummiest Low-Carb meals you can make for the backcountry!

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword backpacking, collagen, dehydrated, dehydrator, easy, gluten-free, grain-free, healthy, high-fat, keto, low-carb, zoodles
Servings 1

Ingredients

  • 2 teaspoons water
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon gelatin grass-fed
  • 10 oz raw shrimp shelled and deveined
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/2 t salt
  • 1 t dried parsley
  • Pinch of cayenne
  • avocado oil
  • 1 zucchini or yellow squash spiralized
  • butter or butter powder

Instructions

  1. To bloom gelatin, mix water, lemon juice, and grass-fed gelatin in a small bowl. Let sit until gelatin has absorbed all the liquid and become firm.
  2. In a skillet, cook shrimp and garlic with the gelatin mixture, salt, cayenne, and just enough oil to keep food from sticking to the pan.
  3. As soon as the shrimp is opaque, remove from heat.
  4. Once shrimp is cooled enough to handle, cut shrimp into ¼ inch pieces.
  5. Stir in zoodles and parsley

  6. Spread scampi on dehydrator trays and dehydrate 165℉ or the highest setting on your dehydrator, for 12-16 hours, until the food is completely dehydrated.

  7. Once all the food is completely dried, let cool to room temperature.
  8. Add all ingredients to mylar bag.

  9. Add a desiccant packet.
  10. Try to get all the air out you can and seal bag with iron or hair straightener.

In the Backcountry

  1. When you are ready to eat, add 1 ½ -2 cups of boiling water and let rehydrate for 20 minutes.
  2. Stir in the butter if you have not already added butter powder and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

  • When the shrimp rehydrates it is a little chewy. I like this texture because no one likes eating mush, but if it bothers you, you can always cut the shrimp in tiny pieces and make sure you give it plenty of time to rehydrate.
  • If using butter powder, you can add the powder directly to the mylar bags before you seal them at home.

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Low-Carb Dehydrated Berbere Chicken Soup

Low-Carb Dehydrated Berbere Chicken Soup

Low-Carb Dehydrated Berbere Chicken Soup is based on Somalian Inspired Chicken Soup, one of my most popular recipes. I tried to keep down the number of ingredients for simplicity.

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“Berbere is a chile and spice blend used to season many Ethiopian dishes.”  Epicurious.com

5 Reasons Low-Carb Dehydrated Berebere Chicken Soup is Great:

  1. Low-Carb High-Fat food contains more calories per ounce = lighter backpack
  2. When your body is prepared for low-carb performance, it can do more, while feeling better (for more information read Why Go Keto For Sheep Hunting)
  3. I have found when I eat more veggies in the backcountry, I feel better and don’t experience as many food cravings, all those micronutrients do the body good!
  4. When you make your own dehydrated meals, you know what is in them. Most companies use artificial additives and preservatives, you don’t have to.
  5. Low-Carb Dehydrated Berbere Chicken Soup tastes great!

Low-Carb Dehydrated Berbere Chicken Soup on drying rack

For more High-Fat DIY Dehydrated Meals check out this post.

 

If you have any questions or need help becoming fat adapted, click here to contact me.

 

Macros for Low-Carb Berbere Chicken Soup

Total Carbs 28g

Fiber 9g

Net Carbs 18g

Protein 49g

Fat 5g

Total Kcals 376

 

How to Add Calories and Fat to You Low-Carb Dehydrated Meal

To increase to desired calories and grams of fat in your Low-Carb Dehydrated Berbere Chicken Soup just add butter or butter powderMCT oil would also work if butter is not a good option for you.

1 tablespoon of butter= 100 kcals

 

Packaging DIY Dehydrated Meals

Below are the exact Mylar Bags I have.

These are the mylar bags I will buy next time. The ones I have worked great, but I have been inspired by Heather’s Choice, I think a little zip-lock top is super handy once you have filled the bags with hot water.

I also recommend adding an oxygen absorber in the bag before you seal it (remember to remove it before you add hot water).

As extra insurance, store your packaged Low-Card Dehydrated Meals in the freezer or refrigerator)

 

Happy Eating!

Low-Carb Dehydrator Berbere Chicken Soup

This DIY Low-Carb Dehydrated Berbere Chicken Soup recipe is based on Somalian Inspired Chicken Soup. It is super healthy, yummy, and lightweight.

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword backpacking, cabbage, chicken soup, dehydrated, dehydrator, high-fat, keto, low-carb
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Dehydrate Time 12 hours
Total Time 12 hours 30 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 376 kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon grass-fed gelatin
  • 1 Lime  juiced
  • 1/2 onion
  • 1 teaspoons salt
  • Avocado oil for cooking
  • 2 teaspoons Berbere seasoning
  • 4 clove garlic minced
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 20 oz cooked chicken shredded
  • 1 red bell pepper diced
  • 1 jalapeno finely diced, or to taste
  • 1 can green chili
  • Cilantro Stems from 1 bunch, chopped
  • 2 carrots thinnly sliced
  • 1 head Napa cabbage shredded
  • Butter or butter powder

Instructions

At Home

  1. To bloom gelatin, mix with lime juice in a small bowl and set aside.

  2. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, brown onions with salt and enough oil to keep from sticking.
  3. Add berbere and garlic to the pan and continuously stir until you can smell the spices and garlic.
  4. Turn heat down to medium.
  5. Stir in tomato paste. Keep stirring until the tomato pastes is a little darker in color.
  6. Add chicken, bell pepper, jalapeno, cilantro stems, green chilis, carrots, and bloomed gelatin.

  7. Over low heat simmer for about 15 minutes or until most of the liquid in the bottom of the pan is gone.
  8. Off heat stir in cabbage.

  9. Spread the mixture on dehydrator trays, about ¼ inch thick.
  10. Dehydrate at 165℉ or the highest setting on your dehydrator, for 12-16 hours, until the food is completely dehydrated.
  11. Once all the food is completely dried, let cool to room temperature.
  12. In 4 mylar bags, equally, divide all the ingredients.
  13. Add a desiccant packet.
  14. Try to get all the air out you can.
  15. Seal bag with iron or hair straightener.

In the Backcountry

  1. When you are ready to eat, add 1 ½ -2 cups of boiling water and let rehydrate for 20 minutes.
  2. Stir in the butter and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

  • Use canned chicken to save time.
  • If using butter powder, you can add the powder directly to the mylar bags before you seal them at home.
  • You can buy berbere seasoning, here is my favorite. Most other brands contain salt.  If you buy a blend containing salt, you will need to adjust the amount of salt you add to the soup. 
  • Here is a recipe if you would like to make your own.  Berbere is delicious so be prepared; you will want to use it in other recipes.

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Low-Carb Cherry Lime Coconut Chia Crunch Snacks

Low-Carb Cherry-Lime Coconut Chia Crunch Snacks

Whether you are in the wilderness or the urban jungle it is nice to have a yummy Low-Carb, Keto-Friendly snack you can count on. Low-Carb Cherry Lime Coconut Chia Crunch Snacks are here for you. Full of nutrients, but not carbs, these satisfying snacks will give you the energy you need for your day.

While I love my Triple Cocoa Coconut Fat Bombs, it is great to have some variety in your life. Truth be told it was hard for me not to make another recipe with chocolate in it, but these tangy snacks are amazing.

Macros of 1 Low-Carb Cherry Lime Coconut Chia Crunch Snack

Carbs 4g

Fiber 2g

Net Carbs 2g

Fat 5g

Pro 1g

Cals 65

While macros are important, they are only part of the story.

The Ingredients That Make Low-Carb Cherry Lime Coconut Chia Crunch Snacks Special

Low-Carb Cherry-Lime Coconut Chia Crunch Snacks

Coconut

Coconut is an amazing food, not only is it a great source of healthy fats, it’s yummy and slightly sweet without too many carbs. These Coconut Chai Crunch Snacks were inspired by the wildly popular Heather’s Choice Packaroons (little dehydrated coconut cookies). Coconut helps fuel and nourish your body, and thousands of people have used Packaroons to fuel their adventures. But if you are fat adapted you may enjoy this lower carb option.

Chia Seeds

I first became aware of Chia Seeds when I read Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Super Athletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen by Christopher McDougall. The Tarahumara Native Mexican tribe has been using chia seeds to fuel their epic runs for a really long time and more recently these tiny seeds have become super popular in the U.S. as a superfood.

https://visual.ly/community/infographic/health/everything-you-need-know-about-chia-seeds

 

Cherries

Cherries are a relatively low carb fruit packed with micronutrient and anti-oxidants. They are also delicious.

Lime Zest and Juice

Citrus makes everything better. A squeeze of lime juice brightens up dishes like curries. Whenever I use the juice of lime or lemon, I try to also add the zest which also contains a ton of flavor. I use this micro grader to zest citrus or finely grate ginger and garlic.

Cardamom

Cardamom, like most spices, contains phytochemicals with amazing health benefits. Most spices are powerful antioxidants as well as great sources for micronutrients. Here is an article by Dr. Axe if you would like to learn more about Cardamom and its health benefits. Health aside, it also tastes great and pairs well with lime and coconut.

Sea or Himalayan Salt

High-Quality salts contain electrolytes and trace minerals important for every day healthy. Ketosis and physical activity increase the bodies need for both. Salt also brings out flavors and in general makes things yummier (is that even a word?).

Equipment

To shape the Low-Carb Cherry Lime Coconut Chia Crunch Snacks I used a #40 scoop and a circle cutter. These tools give you the most uniform appearance but are not necessary. You can use a spoon and your fingers to shape your snacks. I do love scoops and use them in many of my recipes. For more kitchen essentials I use all the time check out my Amazon Store.

 

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Low-Carb Cherry-Lime Coconut Chia Crunch Snacks

Full of nutrients, and not carbs, these satisfying crunchy coconut chia seed snacks will give you the energy you need for your day.

Course Snack
Keyword chia, coconut milk, dehydrated, dehydrator, keto, low-carb, snack
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 16 hours
Total Time 16 hours 10 minutes
Servings 14
Calories 65 kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 cup cherries
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 lime zest and juice
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon cardamom
  • ½ teaspoon salt high quality
  • 1 cup dried shredded coconut
  • cup chia seeds

Instructions

  1. With a blender, blend cherries and water together, until you only see small pieces of cherries. If you are using frozen cherries it helps to let them thaw before blending.
  2. In a mixing bowl add cherry mixture and stir in lime juice and zest, vanilla, cardamom, and salt.
  3. Next, add coconut and chia seeds.
  4. Once all the liquid is absorbed, scoop 2 tablespoons of the mixture on to dehydrator rack and flatten down to no more than ½ inch thick. If you scoop and flatten within a round cookie cutter, your circles will be more uniform.
  5. Repeat until all the mixture is on the drying rack.
  6. Dehydrate at 125 ℉ for 12-16 hours, or until completely dried out.
  7. Store in an air-tight container.

Recipe Notes

  • While each Coconut Chai Crunch Snacks only has 2g net carbs per serving, to decrease the carbs you can omit the cherries. Honestly, these are great plain, with just the coconut, chia seeds, salt, and water.
  • Plain Coconut Chia Crunch Snacks only have about 1.5 grams net carbs.
  • If you do not have a dehydrator you can make these in the oven. Form the snacks on silicon lines baking sheets and place in the oven on ovens lower temperature.
  • When dehydrating in an oven it is important to keep a closer eye on the food because there is a chance to burn the food, this happened slowly, however. If you do use your oven you may need to flip the snacks over part way through the dehydration prosses.

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low-carb cherry lime coconut chia snacks

Dairy-Free Low-Carb Cauliflower Pizza Crust

I know there are a million recipes for Low-Carb Cauliflower Pizza Crust out there, but I wanted one that was dairy free. Stay with me, I love cheese as much as the next person, but no one feels great after eating a ton of cheese. So here is a recipe for Dairy-Free Low-Carb Cauliflower Pizza Crust. I’ll save the cheese for a topping, where it can get nice and carnalized.

Cauliflower rice for pizza

Tip: Use a cheese grater or by cauliflower already riced if you don’t have a stand mixer or just don’t feel like getting it out that day.

Dairy-Free Low-Carb Cauliflower Pizza Crust 

This Dairy-Free Low-Carb Cauliflower Pizza Crust is yummy, low-carb, and contains cauliflower! Win, win, win! I am still trying to popularize #lowcarbhighveg and this pizza crust will definitely help me.  Cauliflower is an amazing vegetable that is both great for you and mild enough in taste it can be added to almost every meal. In fact, it’s one of the 3 superfoods you can add to almost any meal.

https://draxe.com/cauliflower/

Why Make One Pizza, When You Can Make 2

The recipe makes 2 12-inch Dairy-Free Low-Carb Cauliflower Pizza Crusts, because if you are going through the effort to make one pizza, you might as well make two. This makes great leftovers and often tastes better the next day. Making 2 pizzas also allows you to use different toppings, satisfying the whole family. My favorite toppings are pepperoni and olives, or bacon and pineapple (when I’m not keto), but the sky is the limit!

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Low-Carb Pizza Toppings

What you put on your Dairy-free low-carb cauliflower pizza is totally up to you, but here are some ideas to get your creative juices flowing. Tag me on Instagram so I can see what toppings you use!

  • Arugula*
  • Bacon
  • Broccoli
  • Cheese
  • Chicken
  • Chorizo
  • Fresh herbs*
  • Green peppers
  • Gyro Meat
  • Ham
  • Hamburger
  • Mushrooms
  • Olives
  • Onions
  • Pepperoncini
  • Pepperoni
  • Pesto
  • Pineapple
  • Prosciutto
  • Pulled pork
  • Roasted garlic
  • Salami
  • Sardines (don’t knock it till you try it)
  • Sausage
  • Shrimp
  • Spinach*
  • Steak

*Adding something green to any meal, after it is done the cooking, is a great way to aff freshness and nutrition

low-carb keto cauliflower pizza

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Dairy-Free Low-Carb Cauliflower Pizza Crust

A delicious, low-carb way to have your pizza, and eat your veggies too.

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword almond flour, cauliflower, coconut flour, grain-free, keto, low-carb, paleo, pizza, veggies
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 head cauliflower grated, or 1 1/2 lbs cauliflower rice
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 cups almond flour
  • 1/3 cup coconut flour
  • 1/4 cup olive oil or avocado oil
  • 2 teaspoon salt

Instructions

  1. Mix all ingredients together. A potato masher or your hands are the best tools for this.
  2. Form 2, 12-inch Pizzas on pizza pans (rubbed with oil) or sheet pans lined with silicone mats or parchment paper. The crusts should be about a ¼ inch thick.
  3. Bake at 400℉ for 12-15 minutes, until the crust is slightly golden.
  4. Top with your favorite toppings.
  5. Return to oven until the toppings are warm or cheese is melted. This cooking time will vary depending on the toppings you choose.

Recipe Notes

1-2 Tablespoons of tomato paste make a great sauce without making your pizza soggy. The paste will need to be spread very thinly but will give you the tomato flavor without all the extra moisture.

If you let the pizza cool down some, the crust will hold together better. As Alton Brown says, your patience will be rewarded.

After the pizza has cooled slightly, carefully move to a wire cooling rack with a spatula to prevent the bottom of the crust from becoming soggy.

Give this cauliflower pizza crust a try and let me know what you think!

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cauliflowe pizza crust

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