Veggie bbq pulled pork

Weeks 9-10: Keto Vegetarian

Weeks 9-10 –
Weight lost: 3.2 pounds (Total: -20.6 pounds)
% Body weight lost: 1.33% (Total: -7.98%)
Inches lost (waist): 0.25″ (Total: -3.75″)
Inches lost (neck): 0.25″ (Total: -1.0″)
Sleep quality: 92% (+2% from last week)

The plateau has been broken! Hoorah! Finally.

Not much new around here! I’ve been struggling a bit keeping hydrated as winter kicks in. I’m drinking a ton of water (60 oz a day absolute minimum, 80+ most days) and that’s hurting my electrolyte levels, leading to foot cramps at night. I can’t figure out my body’s middle ground. I have my annual doc checkup in a month or so, and I plan to have her check my electrolytes and get some advice.

Other than that, I’ve been a bit lazy with cooking (more like busy, but it makes my meals pretty boring). I did try a couple new products including the Morningstar Farms veggie pulled pork, which I really liked with Keto Connect’s BBQ sauce. I subbed white pepper for black pepper and used too much, so mine was too spicy, but it was still good.

Here’s the photographic evidence!

 

This is my lazy lunch go-to: some form of sandwich making vessel (Keto Connect low carb bagel, in this case), scrambled egg with cheese, and a Morningstar Farms veggie sausage patty.

 

This is the new Morningstar Farms veggie pulled pork, with Keto Connect BBQ sauce and plain green beans. I RAN OUT OF KERRYGOLD. The horror. This is the laziest meal ever. I couldn’t even be bothered to put it on mug bread.

 

Yep, another fathead pizza. Easy breezy beautiful. And green beans. Still out of Kerrygold.

 

3-minute mug biscuits have saved me this week. This looks boring but there is secretly some sugar free maple syrup between the biscuit and the scrambled egg and cheese, which made it quite delightful actually.

 

A new find at Costco – Hannah’s Cheesy Cauliflower Dip! I know, this meal looks weird, but it tastes so good! Mug biscuit, Rao’s tomato basil marinara, salted macadamia nuts, and some Flackers.

 

I made more meatball subs! The 3-meatball version from last week was too much food for one meal, so I did 2-meatball versions (same fathead dough recipe). These were perfect! Raos marinara and Gardien veggie meatballs inside.

 

 

 

A Twist on Baked Beans

It’s grilling season! What’s the one thing you always find at a summertime cookout? Baked beans.

I just tried baked beans for the first time this summer. I know – all these years, you’d think they’d have been one of my favorite foods – so sweet and smoky. But no. I thought they looked weird. Strange color. Mushy. So I never tried them. But when I finally did (since this is the Year of Trying New Foods), whaddya know – I loved ’em. Doggone it.

So last night when I dug through my produce drawers in the fridge to see what had to be used up, imagine my glee when I found a couple corn on the cob! (Corns on the cob? Corn on the cobs? Whatever!) I’ll take any excuse these days to throw veggies on the grill.

What goes great with grilled corn on the cob? A grilled veggie burger or veggie dog, of course! (I went veggie burger, to have an excuse to try out a new jar of pickles I got at the Lockport Farmers’ Market – a spicy dill pickle). And… baked beans!

I was feeling creative as I dug through the pantry, so instead of whipping up traditional baked beans, I went with a new twist on an old favorite: BBQ baked lentils.

These took a little while to prepare, as the lentils take a half hour to cook, and then the baking process takes another hour – but really, I only spent 5 minutes or so actually tending to the prep. The rest of the time was unattended cook time. So, they’re easy! If you plan ahead just a bit to fit them into your schedule, they’re well worth the wait.

Lentils are a great source of plant-based protein (third highest behind soybeans and hemp). When not going with the traditional cookout meal, I could see having these lentils on top of a salad or in a wrap (hmmm that may have to be my lunch today!) They’d even be good mixed with some brown rice and a side of greens for a complete protein and some vitamin C to help with the absorption of all that good iron in the lentils.

Behold: a typical summertime meal!

bbq baked lentils

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