How to Keto Holiday Meal Plan Update
Do you have your Keto Holiday Meal Plan ready? I can hardly believe it Christmas Day is less than a week away and I need to have a Keto Holiday Meal Plan in place!
This year I am using the Keto Holiday Cookbook for my Keto recipes. If you are not familiar with this cookbook, it is a valuable resource for planning your keto meals. You can get your copy of this cookbook here.
My Keto Holiday Meal Plan looks like this:
Ham, Turkey or Roast Beef, Garlic Mashed Cauliflower, or Mashed Turnips
Classic Stuffing with Gravy ( as a thickener I use arrowroot powder or tapioca starch), green beans with butter and garden salad or coleslaw. Dessert to follow, eggnog pudding or pumpkin pie, keto friendly of course!
Now this sounds like a lot of food, and I haven’t quite narrowed it down yet, but this is a good start to the plan.
I have lots of questions about Cauliflower Mash and after about a year I have refined my recipe and I am sharing it here.
Recipe for Garlic Cauliflower Mash
500 grams frozen cauliflower
4 cloves of peeled garlic
1 tablespoon cream
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons cream cheese
3 tablespoons of mozzarella or parmesan cheese
Preheat over to 400 degrees F
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and place the cauliflower and garlic on the sheet. Roast in the oven for 40 – 50 minutes until tender.
When done remove from oven and put directly in the blender. Add cream, butter, and cream cheese. Blend or pulse until it begins to look choppy and then becomes smooth. Add cheese, salt and pepper to taste and blend until desired consistency is reached. Serve.
**I find that the cream cheese and cheese in this recipe really make the consistency very close to whipped potatoes!
Meal Planning should I use it?
Have you ever struggled with meal planning for suppers? Have you ever wondered if you can make keto meals and stay in your grocery budget? You definitely can make keto meals and stay in your budget! You will save time and money planning your meals for 2 weeks or more at a time. Using this simple meal plan system, you will know every day what you are making and you will already have the ingredients on hand. You will not need to go to the store for anything!
In my home we follow a keto meal plan, but the tips I am going to share with you here can be used for any style of eating plan you follow. Now lets get on with the tips!
#1 Check your Freezer
Take inventory of your freezer to see what you already have and if you have any meats or vegetables to use for meals. If you do add them to your list of meals.
#2 Favourite Meals List
Make a list of your family’s favourite meals and 1 – 2 new recipes to try. Don’t forget to include recipes to use what is in your freezer!
#3 Make Grocery List
With your recipes in hand, go through each recipe and make a list of ingredients that you need for the recipe that you do not have on hand.
#4 Shopping Day
Once you have your grocery list made, decide on your shopping day. Before shopping day, check your ads for sale items that you need. I generally buy my meats on sale or clearance. This is one way I save dollars on my grocery budget!
#5 Use your Calculator
I always run my calculator on the day I shop so I know how much I am spending. I usually shop for 2 weeks of meals and I save $50 for the second week to buy any perishables that we need. (milk, bread or produce).
#6 No Shopping for Groceries
Once you have done your shopping, avoid going to the store or have a No Spend Challenge until the next time you will meal plan and grocery shop again. This is super important, because every time you go into the store you buy something you do not need! This is a big challenge and discipline to not spend money for things that are not part of your plan, but it is super important to stick to it; if you want your plan to be successful! Don’t forget to get your meal planning sheets, recipe list and tips right here.
**I usually do a 2-week meal plan; and I have 2 different sets of meal plans. I actually have 4 weeks of meals. Then I just rotate the 2-week plans. I also plan 3-5 meals that are crockpot freezer meals. I use these on days when I am working in the evening.
**Don’t forget your freezer bags for the freezer meals. I mark the bags with meal, date and cooking instructions.
**My family likes to know what’s for supper, so I post my menu in the kitchen.
**I find that following the keto diet it is super important to meal plan to stay on track and eat the proper foods. It also saves time and money to have your meals already planned for the 2 weeks.
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