I got the $13 ketone body test strips, and today at lunchtime, I tested. “Trace”. Really. I was not impressed. I’ve been working hard at this, I’ve been good …haven’t I ? Maybe there’s a best time to test , like first thing in the morning? I tried again when I got home from work and the results were better- I’d moved to moderate. Nothing close to purple, but almost not so tan anymore. Still, I was expecting purple, I really was.
I had yet another salad for lunch, and I was just about ready to stomp all over some lettuce heads in the produce department as I walked by. ( I work at a grocery store) It was a lovely dream. As I was just about to leave work and drive home, I began dreading the idea of another night of grilled chicken strips and a few green beans. Then I remembered almond flour. At only 3 grams of net carb per 1/4 cup, it would make the perfect ‘crust’ for a quiche. I love quiche anytime, but it really sounded good for dinner tonight. Here’s how it goes, and the carb count, estimated with a good deal of accuracy…
- 2 cups spinach
- 2 tblsp butter- clarify in microwave, to saute the spinach. 2 more tblsp. for the almond flour crust.
- 6 lg eggs
- 1/2 C almond flour
- 1/3 C Mexican or other grated cheese
- 5 strips bacon
- 1/3 C whipped cream cheese
- 1/4 C frozen or fresh mushroom, 1/4 C bell pepper. (optional on both, I just like the flavor)
*onion powder to taste, along with salt/seasoning to taste
Prepare quiche crust with 1/2 cup of almond flour and butter. soften the butter slightly at room temp., or zap for 12 seconds in the microwave. Use a fork or pasty cutter to cut the butter in to the almond flour, and mash this thinly into the pie pan. I do not bring the almond flour up onto the sides of the pan, because I don’t want to add that extra carb or 3 to my meal, but you certainly can do this if you wish.
Into a preheated 375 f oven, allow that crust to brown, empty, for about 7-8 minutes, just to toast slightly.
Start by beating just your eggs: then fold in the cheese, spices, spinach, extra veggies, microwaved and chopped bacon, ( or real bacon bits) and cream cheese. Pour into your prepared ‘crust’. Cook about 30-35 minutes at 375. If you add a lot of veggies, try cooling the oven to 350 instead and go a little longer so the center cooks before the top overbrowns.
carbs in WHOLE quiche crust- 6. Cut the quiche into 6 pieces, and 1 piece has 1 g carbohydrate per serving. Now, spinach has 1 gram per serving. All of the cheese combined has about 3. My best guess is that the entire quiche has 12 grams of carbs, so 2-3 grams per piece, depending on how much and which veggies you added in addition to the spinach.