100 Recipe Project

The Second Ten

The second week of the 100 Recipe Project is now complete. It’s the week when I began to wonder why on earth I started this project.

Yet, at the same time, I’m excited to keep trying new recipes.

This week I chose ten recipes by Diane Sanfilippo, who is best known for her book Practical Paleo – the book that taught me the best way to chop an onion – no joke. But, this week, I was moreso focused on recipes from her new book, Keto Quick Start.

Since the book is full of nutritious, whole foods, anyone can enjoy these recipes regardless of whether you are following a ketogenic diet. And, if you are thinking of trying a keto diet, I recommend picking up this book. She does an incredible job of explaining how a ketogenic diet works in a very accessible way.

The Recipes

  • Kale, Bacon & Goat Cheese Frittata
  • Dairy-Free Cashew Queso Dip
  • Spiced Stuffed Eggplant
  • Marinated Onions
  • Crispy Chicken Spinach Alfredo
  • Chicken Wings
  • Glazed Salmon with Seared Bok Choy
  • Chocolate Raspberry Smoothie
  • Thai Meatballs
  • Sparkling Gummies

My favourite was most definitely the Crispy Chicken Spinach Alfredo. It was so delicious and will be coming back on a regular basis.

Some things I learned this week…

  • I like having breakfast made in a batch. I loved having a frittata ready to go in the mornings.
  • The air fryer is my favourite way to make wings. No, this did not come from a recipe, but on Super Bowl Sunday, I made wings in the air fryer (a newer addition to the house), and even if that’s all I ever make in there, I’ll be content.
  • I am not talented at making salmon glaze. The salmon recipe called for de-glazing the frying pan with a mixture that would then reduce and form a glaze for the salmon. My first problem was using a frying pan that didn’t really need de-glazing. The second problem was not watching it closely enough as it reduced, so it started to harden so I could not pour the reduction over the salmon. Instead, I gathered this hard blob onto a spoon and rubbed it against the fillet, which was hot enough to melt some of the glaze. So. Awkward.
  • I need to pay closer attention to recipes. This sounds obvious, but twice this week, I must have skimmed the instructions resulting in mistakes. The first one was not realizing the spinach required for the Crispy Chicken Spinach Alfredo was supposed to be finely chopped. Luckily, my other half who was helping out, noticed my error and remedied it in time. The other mistake was with the bok choy (to go with the salmon). It called for 2 tsp of coconut aminos (a soy replacement), and I reached for the fish sauce that was part of the salmon glaze recipe. I noticed the error after adding the fish sauce, so I just added some coconut aminos as well, and it wasn’t too bad. Oops.
  • I need to watch my budget. I definitely dove into this project looking for recipes that excite me without thinking about the cost of ingredients. And while the ingredients haven’t been too expensive, it just wasn’t a factor in the decision-making. So when picking recipes 21-30, I actually started to think more about the cost. For example, does the recipe call for items I already own or do I have to go out to buy new pantry items or does it require an expensive cut of meat.