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22 Keto Recipes To Try Out If Quarantine Has You Stumped In The Kitchen

Updated May 18, 2020.

So you’re trying out a ketosis diet? Welcome to your Latinx elevated palette salvation. Given that everyone and their mother (including mine) are swearing by this diet, we asked for their favorite recipes. You can stop scrolling through searching keto recipes for the versions of pandemono, arroz con pollo y tortilla española.

We’ve got you.

1. Chorizo Cauliflower

“Paleo Chorizo Cauliflower by Worthy Pause.” Digital Image. Worthy Pause. 19 April 2018.

Basic rules of keto are:

  1. High protein
  2. High fat
  3. Low carbs

So, instead of using regular arroz, try pan-frying cauliflower rice instead. Sure, you can buy this at almost any grocery store these days, but you can also just blend a head of cauliflower for ~8 seconds and it’s cheaper. 😉

2. Instant Pot Chicken Paella

“rice with chicken and asparagus in a skillet” Digital Image. The Castaway Kitchen. 19 April 2018.

The fam swears by cauliflower rice, what can I say? Here’s the instant pot way to make this, broken down into different waves. Just cook each wave until tender and add the next in:

  • 1 sweet onion
  • 3 slices bacon (sugar free, nightshade free)
  • 3 medium carrots
  • 1 stalk rhubarb (about a cup diced)
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 3lbs boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tbsp (scant) celery salt
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp dried herb blend (compliant Italian seasoning: oregano, thyme, rosemary)
  • 1 tsp turmeric

Now just cook 2 bags frozen cauliflower rice on low for 3 minutes and TADA!

Adapted from The Castaway Kitchen

3. Fathead Nachos

“Fathead Nachos.” Digital Image. Ditch the Carbs. 19 April 2018

You’re making these nachos yourself:

  1. Mix 3/4 cup of shredded/grated cheese and 1/3 cup almond flour/meal in a microwaveable bowl. Add 2 tbsp cream cheese. Microwave on high for 1 minute.
  2. Stir then microwave on high for another 30 seconds. Remove and stir again. Add an egg, salt, and 1 tsp cumin, 1 tsp coriander and pinch of chili powder. Mix.
  3. Place the pastry between 2 pieces of baking parchment/paper and roll into a thin, rectangle. Remove the top baking paper/parchment.
  4. Slide the baking paper/parchment with the Fat Head pastry, on a baking tray (cookie tray) or pizza stone, and bake at 425F for 12-15 minutes, or until browned on the top. Flip the pastry over (onto baking paper/parchment) and brown the other side.
  5. Once cooked, remove from the oven and cut into tortilla chip triangle shapes. Bake again at 425F for 3 – 5 minutes.

While cooking, make some meat sauce using ground beef, a can of diced tomatos, chili powder and tomato paste. You got this.

Adapted from Ditch the Carbs.

4. Low Carb Tacos with Cheese Taco Shells

“Have a low carb taco night with these cheese taco shells made from baked cheddar cheese formed into the shape of a taco! Stuff your low carb taco with ground chorizo and ground beef cooked in Rotel and topped with diced avocado and sour cream.” Digital Image. Homemade Interest. 19 April 2018.

This is the best hack of all time.

  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. On a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a silicone mat place 1/4 cup piles of shredded cheese 2 inches apart (in a circle shape). Press the cheese down lightly so it makes one layer.
  3. Place baking sheet in the oven and bake for 5-7 minutes or until the edges of the cheese are brown.
  4. Let the cheese cool for 2-3 minutes then lift it up and place it over the handle of a spoon or other utensil that is balanced on two cups to make a rigid upright taco shell shape.
  5. Let cheese cool completely then remove.
  6. While you continue to bake your cheese taco shells place the ground beef and ground chorizo in a skillet over medium high heat cooking until it is completely cooked through.
  7. Drain the grease from the meat and then add a can of RO*TEL , cumin, and chili powder.
  8. Simmer for 5 minutes then salt to taste.
  9. Add meat to taco shells and top with your favorite taco toppings.

Adapted from HomemadeInterest.com

5. Spaghetti Squash Burrito Bowl

“Spaghetti-Squash-Burrito-Bowls” Digital Image. I Breathe I’m Hungry. 19 April 2018.

Meet nature’s spaghetti if you haven’t already. The fam swears by this one.

  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F and line a cookie sheet with foil OR fill a 9 x 13” glass baking dish with about an inch of water.
  2. Wash the spaghetti squash and then slice off the stem at the top. Cut the squash in half lengthwise and then use a spoon to scrape out the seeds and the darker yellow strands that the seeds are attached to.
  3. Rub a little bit of high heat oil on the inner edges of the squash and then place each half face down on the baking sheet/dish. Roast in the oven for 30-45 minutes. You can test to see if it’s done by scraping the inside with a fork. Strands should come loose as you scrape all the way down to the flesh.
  4. While the squash is roasting, prepare the filling by warming one tablespoon oil in a large pan over medium heat. Sauté a sliced red onion for a few minutes and then add a chopped red pepper and 2 chopped jalepeños. Sprinkle with salt & pepper and cumin and cook to desired softness (6-7 minutes)
  5. When the squash is done cooking, allow it to cool for a few minutes before handling. Turn the oven to broil and then transfer the squash to a surface where you can scrape the inside and begin stuffing.
  6. Scrape about 3/4 of the inside out onto a dish and then layer the filling inside (1/2 can black beans, 1 cup corn, peppers and onion, salsa and cilantro). Top with the spaghetti squash and press down then add another layer of filling. Sprinkle green onion on top and then finish with shredded cheese.
  7. Broil in the oven for about 5 minutes so that the cheese is bubble and golden brown then serve!

Adapted from Making Thyme for Health.

6. Keto Lime Creamsicles

“Keto Lime Creamsicles” Digital Image. Elena’s Pantry. 19 April 2018

As if there wouldn’t be a sweet tooth recipe!? Here’s how:

  1. Blend a can of full fat coconut milk, 1 avocado, 1/2 cup lime juice, 1/4 tsp vanilla stevia, 1/8 teaspoon vanilla powder.
  2. Pour into popsicle molds.
  3. Freeze 4 hours.
  4. Slurp away.

Adapted from Elena’s Pantry.

7. Grain Free Tortillas

“There’s a reason I called these http://meatified.com grain free tortillas foolproof: the dough comes together in a flash. This will be your new favorite recipe for tacos & more!” Digital Image. Meatified. 19 April 2018.

If you haven’t heard of cassava flour yet, best stock up. Make these like your usual tortilla but instead use this:

  • 1 cup cassava flour
  • 3 tbsp cold pork lard
  • dash of sea salt
  • 1/2 cup cold water

Just process it all together, divide the flour into six portions, press and flash fry. Voila!

Adapted from Meatified.com.

8. Chicken Salsa Verde Tacos with Lime Pickled Red Onion

“These Chicken Salsa Verde Tacos from http://meatified.com are totally AIP & allergy friendly, although you’d never guess it. These nightshade free tacos will please a crowd!” Digital Image. Meatified. 19 April 2018.

Alright, got those grain-free tortillas? We’ll make this easy.

  1. First pickle your onions by pressing a 1/2 cup of finely sliced red onion into a jar. Add the juice of 3 limes and let sit while you do the rest (at least 15 minutes).
  2. Then, sizzle up some shredded chicken, green onion salsa verde and chicken broth in a small pot.
  3. Assemble and enjoy.

Adapted from Meatified.com.

9. Beef Tacos

“Paleo Mexican Beef Tacos.” Digital Image. Paleo Flourish. 19 April 2018

This recipe is already in our blood, but here it is anyway:

  1. Saute a diced onion in 1 tablespoon of coconut oil until the onions turn translucent.
  2. Add in 1 lb ground beef and sauté until the beef is pretty much cooked. Use a spatula to stir the beef to ensure it doesn’t clump together. Pour out any excess water.
  3. When the beef is pretty much cooked, add in:
    • 1 can diced tomatoes
    • 1 diced bell pepper
    • 1 diced jalapeño
    • 2 cloves minced garlic
    • 1 Tbsp cumin powder
    • 1 Tbsp paprika
    • 1 Tbsp dried oregano
    • 1/4 tsp chili powder
    • salt and pepper to taste
  4. Cook until the tomatoes are soft.
  5. Garnish with cilantro and serve with lettuce wraps or by themselves.

Adapted from Paleo Flourish.

10. Crockpot Paleo Pork Carnitas Recipe

“Crockpot Paleo Pork Carnitas Recipe #paleo https://paleoflourish.com/crockpot-paleo-pork-carnitas-recipe” Digital Image. Paleo Flourish. 19 April 2018.

May lettuce cups always be a part of our lives. Amen.

  1. Mix this together:
    • 2 Tablespoons of olive oil
    • 1 Tablespoon of dried oregano
    • 1 Tablespoon of lime juice
    • 1 Tablespoon of cumin powder
    • 1 Tablespoon of chili powder
    • 1 Tablespoon of paprika
    • 1/4 cup orange juice  (optional)
    • 1 medium onion , chopped
    • 6 cloves of garlic, minced
  2. Place 2 lbs of boneless pork shoulder into a slow cooker, pour the mixture in and rub.
  3. Set the slow cooker to cook for 8 hours on low heat.
  4. When it’s ready, remove the meat and any onions from the slow cooker.
  5. Shred the meat and season with extra salt to taste.
  6. Enjoy with the lettuce wraps, lime wedges, and chopped cilantro.

Adapted from Paleo Flourish.

11. Cuban Picadillo Quesadillas

“picadillo quesadillas” Digital Image. Skinny Taste. 19 April 2018.

If you’re craving quesadillas, get the low-carb tortillas (or make those grain-free cassava flour tortillas) and make these your only carbs today.

Just brown 1.5lb lean ground beef on high heat and season with salt and pepper. Once cooked through, drain the juice from the pan. Then add all of this and simmer for 20 min:

  • 1/2 large chopped onion
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tomato, chopped
  • 1/2 pepper, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp cilantro
  • 4 oz (1/2 can) tomato sauce (I like Goya, check label for Keto)
  • kosher salt
  • fresh ground pepper
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1-2 bay leaf
  • 2 tbsp alcaparrado (capers or green olives would work too)

Cuban picadillo + Mexican quesadilla= drool city.

12. Slow Cooker Chile Verde

“slow cooker chili verde” Digital Image. A Girl Worth Saving. 19 April 2018.

Guys this is so easy. Just add all this to a slow cooker and cook on high for six hours.

  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 1 tbsp dried cilantro
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 3/4 lb Anaheim chilies remove seeds and finely dice
  • 2 jalapenosremove seeds and dice
  • 1 medium oniondiced
  • 6 cloves garlicminced
  • 1 1/2 lbs diced Pork tenderloin

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Adapted from AGirlWorthSaving.net.

13. Tortilla Española

“Paleo Spanish Omelette Recipe #paleo https://paleoflourish.com/paleo-spanish-omelette-recipe” Digital Image. Paleo Flourish. 19 April 2018.

To make this keto-friendly, we have to pull out the papas. :'( No te preocupes, there is cauliflower rice, and this satisfies that craving.

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. Sauté two diced bell peppers and 1 diced onion with 3 Tbsp olive oil. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Parboil 1/2 head cauliflower florets – boil for 2 minutes and drain immediately.
  3. Mix this in a bowl:
    • sautéd vegetables
    • 8 medium eggs, whisked
    • 1/4 cup coconut cream
    • 4 Tablespoons parsley, chopped
    • Salt and pepper, to taste
  4. Pour the mixture into a greased 9-inch by 9-inch (23-cm by 23-cm) square baking dish.
  5. Make sure the spread the vegetables (especially the cauliflower) out carefully.
  6. Bake for 20 minutes until the eggs are soft but set.

Adapted from Paleo Flourish

14. Paleo Tamales

“Paleo Tamales” Digital Image. Paleo Cupboard. 19 April 2018.

Sad news: masa isn’t the most keto-friendly (beware of the carbs). Make your tamales como siempre but instead swap out your masa dough with this:

  • 4 cups almond flour
  • 1 tsp. sea salt
  • 4 Tbsp. cold lard/bacon fat
  • 1/4 cup beef or chicken broth

Just mix it all together in a bowl and set aside for ten minutes before beginning to form your tamales.

Adapted from Paleo Cupboard.

15. Low-Carb Tortilla Chips

“Low Carb Tortilla Chips (Keto, Gluten-free)” Digital Image. Wholesome Yum. 19 April 2018.
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together:
    • 2 cups almond flour
    • 1/2 tsp chili powder
    • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
    • 1/2 tsp cumin
    • 1/4 tsp paprika
    • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  3. Add an egg and mix using a hand mixer, until a crumbly dough forms.
  4. In a small bowl, microwave 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella until it’s melted and easy to stir. (Alternatively, you can melt it using a double broiler on the stove.) Add to the dough mixture and knead/squeeze with your hands until well incorporated. If it stops incorporating before it’s fully mixed, you can reheat it for 15-20 seconds again before kneading more.
  5. Place the dough between two large pieces of parchment paper. Use a rolling pin to roll out very thin, about 1/16″ thick.
  6. Cut the dough into triangles and arranged on the parchment lined baking sheet. Bake for 8-12 minutes, until golden and firm. The chips may release some sizzling oil on the top – just pat dry with a paper towel. They will crisp up as they cool.

Adapted from Wholesome Yum.

16. Low Carb Lasagna Stuffed Peppers

“Low Carb Lasagna Stuffed Peppers – 7 Ingredients (Gluten-free) – This easy, gluten-free, low carb stuffed peppers recipe is like a cheesy ground beef lasagna packed into sweet bell peppers. The low carb lasagna ever!” Digital Image. Wholesome Yum. 19 April 2018.
  1. Preheat oven to 375 F. Line a baking sheet.
  2. Chop off the tops and scoop out the innards of 6 bell peppers. Hack: thinly slice off a bit of the bottom so it stands up straight.
  3. Make a meat suace by heating 1.5lb ground beef & 4 cloves garlic minced on medium-high heat. Stir in marinara sauce and 1 tbsp Italian seasoning
  4. Layer 1-2 Tbsp each of meat sauce, ricotta cheese, and shredded mozzarella cheese.
  5. Bake for 30 minutes with a aluminum foil tent over the peppers. Remove foil and bake 10 more minutes to brown the cheese.
  6. EAT.

Adapted from Wholesome Yum.

17. Jalapeño Poppers

“Jalepeño Poppers Recipe.” Digital Image. Dr. Axe. 19 April 2018

What’s low-carb, high fat and wrapped in bacon? 😛

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Line a baking sheet.
  2. In a medium-sized bowl add and mix:
    • ½-1 cup goat feta
    • ½-1 cup shredded goat cheese
    • ½ teaspoon cumin
    • ½ teaspoon chili powder
    • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
    • ½ teaspoon oregano
    • salt and pepper to taste
  3. Using your hands, fill each halved jalapeño with the cheese mixture.
  4. Wrap jalapeño with turkey bacon and place on baking sheet.
  5. Bake for 20 minutes.

Adapted from Dr. Axe.

18. Crucial step: follow @ketokouplenyc to get their pandebono recipe!

@ketokouplenyc / Instagram

They’re the inspo we all need to know that si se puede.

Caption: “Tonight’s Dinner: Shirataki “Rice”, marinated chicken and keto “pan de bono”! ??? Seasoned the rice with Goya sazon to give it an authentic yellow color and Latino flavor and it was delicious! The “pan de bono” is our own recipe based on traditional Colombian preparation– it includes only keto friendly ingredients! Be sure to keep an eye on our page– we’ll be releasing a recipe video soon ??”

19. Almond Flour Bread Cubano

@ketokouplenyc / Instagram

The bread is crucial. You can do the rest.

  1. Preheat oven to 375 F
  2. Beat in 1/4 tsp cream of tartar with 6 large egg whites until soft peaks are formed.
  3. In a food processer combine:
    • 1/3 of mixture
    • 4 Tbsp melted butter
    • 1.5 cup almond flour
    • 3 tsp baking powder
    • 1 pinch salt
  4. Add remaining  2/3 of egg mixture and gently process. DON’T OVERMIX.
  5. Pour into a buttered bread pan and bake for 30 minutes

Caption: “First Almond Flour Bread/ Almond Flour Crouton Success!! ?? Used this recipe on KetoConnect ( https://www.ketoconnect.net/recipe/best-keto-bread/ )Forgot the butter for this attempt, but it still turned out pretty good. We’re excited about being able to include a bread substitute into our daily regiment.”

Adapted from KetoConnect.net

20. Low Carb Tortilla Pizzas

@ketokouplenyc / Instagram

Because cauliflower crust is just too extra to make (trust).

Caption: “Woo lawd ? Yesterday we truly finessed two precious lil keto pizzas. The first was Jons— a little sauce, mozzarella, fresh basil and chicken breast. The second was mine— a little sauce, gouda, sausage, basil, and swiss chard. #keto #latinoketo”

And then another comment: “**ALL ON LOW CARB WRAPS OF COURSE**”

21. Chicken & Egg Salad Burritos

@ketokouplenyc / Instagram

This couple is goals. ATTN: Goya Sazon is keto-friendly!

Caption: “#missionwraps new, lower carb wraps are a godsend! They kill our craving for carbs while only being 4 TOTAL NET CARBS!!! They’re perfect for our chicken ‘n’ egg salad lunch wraps– shredded chicken, boiled eggs (chopped), onion, paprika, Goya Sazon, black pepper, brown mustard and a neat little chiffonade of some spring greens ? It’ll make your tummy haaaaappy ??”

We leave you with these amazing platters of food from real live people as your inspo.

@ketokouplenyc / Instagram

If I can eat that much avocado per meal, I’m here for it.

Caption: “Another finessed #latinoketo meal ? #miraclerice “chicken fried rice” seasoned with @goyafoods sazon, chicken seasoned with adobo and cilantro, fresh aguacate AND authentic Chilena pebre made by the mystical hands of Mama Leyton herself ???”

MLS Players Test Positive As Teams Travel To Florida To Start Tournament

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MLS Players Test Positive As Teams Travel To Florida To Start Tournament

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The numbers are startling. The number of COVID-19 infections in the U.S. is skyrocketing and breaking records for the number of infections almost daily. One of the hardest-hit states in Florida and the MLS is determined to bring their season back using Florida as their meeting ground.

MLS athletes and staff members are testing positive for COVID-19 after arriving in Florida.

Major League Soccer is one of the first sports to attempt to restart its season. Fans were excited about the decision to restart the sport and MLS officials set their sights on the Walt Disney World Resort. Teams were flown down to Orlando to create a bubble to restart the sport as safely as possible.

Florida is experiencing one of the most severe spikes in cases in the country and the MLS is not immune to the spread.

Florida recently reported more than 10,000 cases July 1, a record for the state, and within 1,000 infections from the nation’s record set in New York. Orange County, which is home to Orlando and Walt Disney World Resort, is facing one of the most devastating outbreaks in the state.

There is a lot of chatter about whether or not is possible for this bubble idea to work.

“So far, most guys have been sticking to their rooms, playing video games, FIFA and 2K. We’ve had the opportunity share meals together, which was nice because I haven’t eaten in a group in a long time,” San Jose defender Tommy Thompson told Tampa Bay Times. “It felt great to be back on the field. When we all got on that bus together and started to train with contact, it felt really good.”

Fans are questioning if this idea is going to work.

Some players have told the press that they do feel safe in the bubble as the teams practice and prepare for the MLS is Back Tournament.

“Everyone is wearing masks, some guys are wearing gloves, and I feel safe 100 percent,” Dallas midfielder Tanner Tessmann told Tampa Bay Times. “They separated us on the buses and on the plane. We are staying one to a room in the hotel. So, I feel really safe. They have good procedures in place, so everything should go smoothly.”

The MLS is Back Tournament is set to begin July 8, considering everything goes according to plan. The rest of the teams are expected to arrive this week with the first game between Inter Miami and Orlando City.

READ: The U.S. Women’s Soccer Team Is Calling For A Repeal Of Its Kneeling Policy During The National Anthem

Man Posts Plea For People To Social Distance After Falling Ill Of COVID-19 And Died The Next Day

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Man Posts Plea For People To Social Distance After Falling Ill Of COVID-19 And Died The Next Day

Tommy Macias / Facebook

The world is still in the midst of a deadly viral pandemic. COVID-19 is not going away on its own and there are things that people can do to slow the spread. One of the most effective tools is wearing a mask followed up by social distancing. One man thought he could ease up and contracted the virus. Here is his warning.

A man known as Tommy Macias died one day after warning people about the dangers of COVID-19.

Credit: Tommy Macias / Facebook

Macias died the next day after posting this message on Facebook warning his friends and family about the dangers of COVID-19. According to the man’s post, he attended a party and contracted the virus there. Health experts have warned against gathering with friends and family right now. Parties have become some of the most infectious sites leading to the current outbreaks across the country.

Macias’s Facebook post touches on a point that drives home the importance of wearing face masks. After being exposed, he then exposed his entire family because he ignored health regulations.

The man’s death from COVID-19 has created a fear among his friends.

“Don’t take advantage of the unknown, don’t expect things to be fine. Take this shit seriously,” @flawlessbikerzcordova wrote on Instagram. “I had been diligent about wearing my mask but from time to time loosen up around the crew and friends. Not anymore!”

The U.S. is seeing a spike in cases across several states and cases are increasing in 35 states. The U.S. has seen record infection numbers in recent days and that trend is mirrored in Calfornia where the sudden reopening of the economy led to a runaway outbreak in the state.

Macias is now one of the more than 127,000 Americans who have died from COVID-19.

According to NBC News, the Riverside County Office of Vital Records confirmed that Macias did die from COVID-19. According to Macias’s brother-in-law, Macias was diligent about wearing his mask and following health regulations. However, when California Governor Gavin Newsom signaled rapid reopening within weeks in June, Macias felt safe letting down his guard.

“He was quarantining because he was overweight and had diabetes,” Lopez told NBC News in explaining how careful Macias has been.

Macias’s death is a warning to Americans.

As the quarantining drags on due to reopening reversals, fatigue is setting in with Americans about self-isolation. With a holiday weekend underway, Macias’s message is a warning call to Americans as social distancing is forgotten and people argue over masks.

Health experts continue to stress the importance of wearing face masks when out in public and to stay away from indoor gatherings with friends, like parties. It might be uncomfortable and you might not like it but it is what we need to do to get back this virus.

Please stay safe, smart, and follow health guidelines this 4th of July weekend.

READ: #TheWorldReopenedAnd Is Highlighting All The Ways We Are Failing In Our Response To COVID-19