Homemade InstaPot Pear Butter – Dirty KETO Version

We were gifted some pears from a neighbor, so we racked our brains to try and figure out the best way to process them. Google led me to an article that said to put your pairs in boiling water for 15 – 30 seconds, then place in an ice bath. The skins would simply come off with rubbing!

We tried this and….. yeah No. Didn’t work at all. I tried a few says later, hoping the pears just weren’t ripe enough. Still didn’t work. So, we broke out the Pampered Chef Apple Corer. Peeling the pears was a cinch after that!

Ingredients:

  • 12 medium sized pears – peeled, cored and sliced
  • 1 cup allulose
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/8 teaspoon cloves
  • 1/4 cup water

Directions:

  1. Add all ingredients to the instant pot.
  2. Cook on high pressure for 30 minutes.
  3. When done, quick release the pressure. Open lid when safe.
  4. Bring the mixture to a boil, reduce and simmer for 20 minutes.
  5. Using an immersion blender, blend the mixture until smooth.
  6. Simmer the sauce for another 20 minutes or until the mix is thick and when pushed with a spoon the mixture keeps the ripple from the spoon without filling back in.

Enjoy! I served mine on SOLA Bread – with only 4 net carbs, I can occasionally enjoy!

Easiest Keto Meal Ever

I have an announcement. I am in love with this little guy!

Two words ya’ll. FRIED CHEESE. <Drool Emoji>

This is one of my favorite keto meals, and heckin’ delicious!

Fried cheese is SUPER simple too.

  • Open the cheese.
  • Cut the cheese <tehe>
  • Fry the cheese for about 5 min in a deep fryer at 350F.
  • Fry the cheese in an air fryer for 5 min, shake or flip, and cook for another 5.

That’s literally it. Add your favorite toppings! Here I’ve used – L to R – queso, hot sauce, hummus, tomato sauce, lemon juice & zest, and pepper jelly.

queso, hot sauce, hummus, tomato sauce, lemon juice & zest, and pepper jelly

The Best Easy Keto Pizza Crust

I have tried several keto pizza crust recipes, and this on is the best! It is affordable, fast and easy, and super simple to make. If you follow my suggestions, you can make a family sized pizza with one batch!

First, gather your items:

  • Silicon Rolling Mat x2 (I use one like this)
  • Baking Sheet
  • Rolling Pin
  • Two Microwave Safe Bowls
  • Large Spoon (though I prefer to use clean hands)

Then, gather your ingredients:

  • 3 eggs
  • 1 & 1/3 cups Mozzarella cheese
  • 2 tablespoons of cream cheese
  • 1/3 cup coconut flour
  • Sauce
  • Herbs and Spices
  • Pizza Toppings

Step 1: Preheat your oven to 375f. Add 1 & 1/3 cup mozzarella, 2 tablespoons of cream cheese, and spices to your microwave safe bowl, and nuke for about 90 seconds until melted. Use your spoon to mix the melted cheese.

Step 2: In your second bowl, add 1/3 cup coconut flour and 3 eggs, mix.

Step 3: Mix cheesy bowl into the flour bowl. You want to do it this way because otherwise, your egg will cook some and make your pizza hella weird.

Step 4: Add your spices. These are up to you! I usually add an Italian mix (oregano, basil, and thyme, as well as some garlic). But get creative! You can add curry flavors and top your pizza with chicken, lots of garlic and add just cheese as a topping, and much more. (Or don’t, I’m not the flavor police 🙂 ) Mix everything thoroughly. I use clean hands, because the mix is pretty sticky at this point.

Step 5: Place your dough onto a silpat, and smush it out. Place a second silpat over the first one, and roll it out even. Pull the top silpat piece off, place the bottom silpat, with the dough attached, onto your cookie sheet. When the oven is done heating, place the cookie sheet into the oven. Cook for 10 min at 375.

Step 6: Pull your pizza dough out, add your toppings, and put back in the oven for another 7 minutes or so. Depending on your toppings you may need to add time.

Thats it! Crazy easy, and delicious!


Have pizza creation ideas? Share them with me, and I will continue to update this page with your ideas!

Reader Submitted Ideas:

Spicy Meat Lovers – Submitted by Joe M.

  • Tomato Sauce
  • Mozzarella Cheese
  • Pepperoni – lots!
  • Precooked Italian Sausage
  • Sliced Jalapeno
  • Fresh Parmesan

Margarita Pesto Pizza – Submitted by Brenna S.

  • Fresh Pesto
  • Sliced Tomatoes
  • Sliced Mozzarella
  • Fresh Basil
  • Bonus! Drizzle a thick Balsamic on after cooking

Shakshuka Pizza – Submitted by Jacob S.

  • Spicy Tomato Sauce
  • Cumin
  • Onions
  • Chili Peppers
  • Sausage
  • Feta Cheese
  • Dippy Egg (create a few wells, gently crack a few eggs onto the pizza, season with salt and pepper. Cook 7-10 minutes)
  • Parsley

Fun Guy Pizza – Submitted by Andi

  • Pizza Sauce
  • Mushrooms
  • Sausage
  • Onions
  • Cheese

Ravioli Pizza – Submitted by Becky K.

  • White Sauce (be sure to check the carb count on your chosen white sauce)
  • Italian Sausage
  • Ricotta

Keto Cream Cheese Stuffed French Toast

Mmmmmm

The other day I made Keto Cream Cheese Stuffed French Toast. It was amazing!

Ingredients:

  • 2 slices Low carb bread (I use Sola Bread)
  • 1 Egg
  • Cinnamon
  • 4 tbsp Cream Cheese
  • 1/4 cup Berries
  • Sugar Free Syrup
  1. Dip your bread into egg like normal for french toast, both sides, add cinnamon to your liking.
  2. While french toast is cooking, toss some berries into a pan. Let them cook down. Add some cream cheese, let it mix together. Taste it with a clean spoon. Should be amazing, but if you need a little sweeter, add more berries. Note: Remember, berries have sugar, so the more berries, the less keto your meal is! I used about 1/4 cup berries, and 4 tbsp cream cheese.
  3. Layer your french toast, then cream cheese, then french toast. Cover with sugar free syrup.
  4. Grab a knife and fork and shovel the meal into your mouth. It’s okay, I won’t judge.
Est.Net CarbsFatProtein
Stuffed French Toast11.333.522.4

How to Make Lemon Extract

When life hands you lemons, add vodka and make lemon extract!


Lemon extract is SUPER simple! All you need is a clean container, lemon zest, and vodka. For extraction, be sure to use at least 35%, or 70 proof alcohol. I usually go the the liquor store and buy the cheapest vodka.

Cheapest vodka my local store had at time of purchase.

Hubs was awesome and “volunteered” to zest the lemons for me. Lemon extract only calls for 2-3 lemons on zest per 1/2 cup of vodka. I added the zest to a mason jar, and poured in my vodka. My little mason jar is holding 1 cup of vodka, and zest from 5 lemons.

Lemon extract takes about 4-8 weeks, be sure to store in a dark place, and shake daily!

How to Make Homemade Sauerkraut

Today included several projects, but one was homegrown, homemade sauerkraut! We planted the cabbage a few months ago, and considering it is our first year growing cabbage, it has done surprisingly well.

We freshly harvested the cabbage today, and rinsed the leaves. I pulled them apart and made sure to clean thoroughly between each leaf.  After cleaning the leaves, I stacked them and julienned the leaves (cut in long strips).

After cutting the cabbage, I put into a large bowl. You will want to then sprinkle in 1.5 tsp of  salt onto your cabbage. Then gently caress your cabbage leaves until the water (or brine) begins to leave the cabbage. 

My cabbage took about 10 minutes of caressing to expel a good amount of water. You will then put your cabbage into a mason jar, and let it ferment! It’s only going to take a few days for your sauerkraut to ferment and become delicious, but longer is okay! You want to keep your cabbage submerged to prevent it from spoiling. You can purchase a weight to place inside of your mason jar, however, I place a plastic bag into the mason jar, and fill it with water. This acts as a reusable weight that doesn’t require additional storage! Once the cabbage looks like sauerkraut, remove the bag, remove any funk on top, put a lid on, and stick in your fridge to enjoy with grilled bratwurst!

NOTE: I clean the plastic bag and reuse it many times!

Be sure to “burp” your fermenting items, and if your container is close to full, I recommend placing a cloth underneath of it for quick clean up in case of any spillage.

There you have it! I will be sure to update in a few days with my yummy sauerkraut!