The Perfect Bacon

Being on a keto diet almost demands bacon at least once a week. I love bacon, but have always hated cooking it…until now!

This may be a trick you already know, but so many people that come over for breakfast are amazed with how I cook bacon that I thought it was worth a post.

How to cook the perfect bacon

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees and place parchment paper in pan. Tin foil will cause sticking and nothing at all is just a nightmare to clean, so parchment is a must! Lay out bacon so it slightly overlaps on the fat side. I like fatty bacon so usually this doesn’t matter for me, but if you have lean bacon, make sure to overlap the fat and not the meaty part.

Once over is heated to 400, pop it in for 15 minutes. After 15 minutes, take it out and flip it. The bacon will have shrunk so you no longer have to overlap. Put it back in the over for 10-15 minutes depending on how crispy you like your bacon. For me it’s 10 minutes while I cook my eggs.

And that is all folks. No mess, no splatters and perfectly straight and crispy bacon every single time!!

Keto Kiss Coffee

When I decided to cut sugar out of my diet, my biggest concern was “how was I going to drink my coffee?” Cutting coffee out was NOT an option and as much as I tried, I could not drink it black. My initial search for sugar free coffee was essentially how I ended up switching to a keto diet.

The reason I call this recipe Keto Kiss Coffee (if you can call it a recipe it is so easy) is because it is simple….KISS = keep it simple stupid.

I don’t know if you have ever searched keto coffee or bullet coffee, but they tell you to add all of these crazy ingredients and oils that are hard to find and crazy expensive. You don’t need to buy all of these fad products to be successful on a keto diet. Just keep it simple!

KETO KISS COFFEE

– 1 tsp butter (I prefer salted)

– 1 tbsp heavy cream or half and half

– Any coffee that you love

– Cinnamon

– Stevia (optional)

Put in butter, cream and coffee in blender. Blend until you get a nice foam. Top with cinnamon and stevia if you need a little sweetness. You can also add a bit of vanilla, nutmeg or cocoa powder. Whatever you have in your pantry! Almond extract is also very nice!

Experiment with different tastes to find the perfect coffee for you with simple products you have on hand.

Simple. Delicious.

One Year, Keto and 30 Pounds

I have taken a year off from Friendly Food accidentally and I have missed my friends here! I realize my last post was a week shy of a year ago and I cannot believe how much had changed!

In July 2018, I switched to a keto diet, focusing on high fat meats and greens mostly (and cheese of course…I cannot live without cheese) With hours and hours of research under my belt, I was able to come up with super simple meal plans every week and eat like a Queen without even missing grains and sugars. My husband never even complained!

I have seen a lot of people switch to keto for weight loss and I have to say, it really does work. I lost 30 pounds in my first 3-4 months and I was pleasantly surprised. I didn’t switch to keto to lose weight but for stabilizing my anxiety and focus (which keto absolutely helped me) but the weight loss was a great side effect.

I have slowly started adding in high fibre carbs back into my diet like sweet potatoes and black beans in moderation, but I am not sure yet if they are giving me desired results and may cut them out again. Figuring out the best diet for you is a process and everyone is totally different.

To me, simplicity is key. Keto is a popular (fad) diet and of course corporate will take advantage of that. You can eat a successful diet without all those hyped up ingredients, so remember that you don’t have to buy expensive products to see results, no matter what you read.

So long story short, I am back to my recipes on Friendly Food now that Spring is finally here! If any of my friends and followers are eating keto and have good recipes, please share!

How to a $1.99 bag of perogies taste like a gourmet meal!

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I love perogies, but I cannot see myself ever making homemade ones. They take up an entire day, and actually cost quite a bit of money once you do the math. No, I am more of a “buy a bag of perogies for $1.99 and figure out how to make them amazing” kind of person!

I have had so many compliments from this recipe that most people actually think they are homemade…..hahahaha! It almost feels like I am insulting the good people that take the initiative to make them from scratch!

So I am going to share my secret to taking a bag of $1.99 perogies and turning them into  a “gourmet” meal your family will request on a regular basis!

How to make cheap Perogies taste gourmet!

  • Bag of cheap, frozen perogies
  • 1 tsp oil
  • 1 onion
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 tbsp cumin
  • 1 tbsp parsley
  • 1 cup water
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Super easy…..super cheap! I bought everything I need (except for spices and butter because I already had that) plus the sour cream and salad for only $8.00. This will feed four and that is $2.00 a person for an amazing, “gourmet” meal!

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Instructions

  • Caramelize onions until translucent, fragrant and brown to your liking in oil. Remove from pan.
  • Add frozen perogies to pan and sprinkle with spices.
  • Add butter and water and let simmer, stirring often.
  • The water, butter and spices with start to create an incredible smooth, silky sauce as it cooks down. Once there is a small amount of liquid in the bottom of the pan, turn the heat off. If you let them go too long, they will dry out.
  • Top with caramelized onions and serve with sour cream and salad!
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Enter a Caramelized onions…smells so good!
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Perogies before cooking down
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Sauce thickening and looking amazing!
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Gourmet Perogies for $2.00 a plate!

If love perogies I encourage you to try this recipe out! Please let me know what you think!

7 Affordable Mothers Day ideas for Mom’s who love to cook

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Do you have a “Foodie Mommy”? The kind of Mom that spent three days cooking an unbelievable Holiday dinner or who always made a birthday cake that the kids talked about for months after your party?

I have been thinking a lot about what to get my “Foodie Mommy” for this upcoming Mothers Day and after doing some (by some, I mean a lot) of research, I have decided that it is hard to buy for these food loving, always cooking, seem to have every gadget on earth parents that taught us our way around the kitchen!

If you have a “Foodie Mommy” like I do and you have been looking for some great ideas for them, check out this list of unique, affordable and genius gifts that they are sure to love!

1. Professional Chef Coat

 

 

 

 

 

My Mom likes to have a lot of dinner parties and sometimes even caters events and parties for friends and family. She will look fantastic in this professional chef coat! It could be the perfect gift (especially at only $20.95) and comes in black or white.

2. Chop It Like It’s Hot Tea Towel

 

 

 

 

 

Does your Mom have a great sense of humor? If so, these tea towels might just be perfect! Not only are they stylish and would match any kitchen decor, but they are absolutely hilarious…and only $14.00!

3. 1000 Food To Eat Before You Die by Mimi Sheraton

 

 

 

 

 

I am not trying to insinuate that your Mom is old and about         to die. I am just saying that every true Foodie has a list of foods that they MUST try eventually. Why not help Mom along by giving her a book that lets her explore her options. This book is a great gift for only $14.79 that may just change her life!

4. 11 Piece Apron Set

 

 

 

 

If you like to cook, chances are you may already have a collection of aprons. But if you are like me, I will go without one if I don’t have an apron that matches my outfit! Mom will love this set because it comes with 11 quality aprons in every color of the rainbow, and the entire set is only $29.99!

 

5.  Bavarian Edge Kitchen Knife Sharpener

 

 

 

 

 

Almost every Foodie has a set of knives that they cannot live without! If your Mom loves to cook, then it is almost guaranteed that she already has a set of good knives. But does she have a way to keep them performing at their best? Does she have a Knife Sharpener? Because if she doesn’t, this is a great gift for only $14.96.

6. Fresh Organic Infused Olive Oil

 

 

 

 

 

If you love to cook, you love olive oil, that is almost a sure thing! This beautifully packaged gift set comes with 4 small bottles of real, fresh herb infused bottles of olive oil. This my friends is my choice for the “Foodie Mommie” in my life this upcoming Mothers Day. Also, if any of my friends or family is readying this, I would love it as a gift 🙂 It is only $27.50 with free shipping!

7. Copper Stainless Steel Salt and Pepper Grinders

 

 

 

 

 

Classy, functional and high quality! These beautiful grinders come on a wooden stand, perfect for putting on display on the dinner table. They do not come filled (FYI), so add some pretty sea salts and colorful peppercorns to a gift basket and you have an amazing gift! These grinders and wooden stand are only $26.99.

 

I hope you were able to find some inspiration, if not the perfect gift for your Mom who loves to cook! If you have any other great ideas, send it to me in the comments and I will add to the list!

Happy Mothers Day to all of you out there!

Grilled Chicken and Corn Chowder

Even thought it is technically April, Mother Nature just refuses to let it be Spring. I am watching tiny snowflakes dance around my yard as I write this and this kind of weather makes me want soup!

So naturally, I go through my cupboards and fridge to see what I have to make soup. Do you ever do this? Just make up recipes based on what you have on hand? I do all the time, actually that probably makes up over 80% of my recipes. They don’t always turn out amazing, but it usually gives me a base to work with and improve on every time.

This recipe hit the bulls eye on the first try! It is perfect comfort food for cold days, but has a taste of freshness to hint to warmer days coming and fresh veggies right out of the garden. It is also cheap….and that is right up my alley. You don’t need to spend a fortune to eat good and tasty food!

Grilled Chicken and Corn Chowder

After gathering the ingredients and grilling the corn, peppers and chicken, it is all easy peasy from there! Melt the butter in a pot and sautee the onions and garlic until fragrant and translucent. Add the broth and potatoes and simmer until they are tender. Puree 1/4 of the potatoes and liquid (or more if you like thicker soup). Return puree to pot and add corn, peppers and chicken. Let the flavors mesh together by simmering for 20-30 minutes (your house will smell amazing by the way)! Add milk, cumin, chili peppers and salt and pepper. Simmer another 15 minutes to heat and you are done!

Serve with a nice crisp salad and buns and you have the perfect dinner for a cozy night in watching movies!