Diane’s Keto on a Budget in Salt Lake City

(Diane) #1

I’ve been thinking about starting this thread for awhile. I’m taking advantage of some extra energy and clarity of mind I’m feeling this morning to quit thinking anout it and jump right in. I hope it makes some sense and turns out to be helpful.

I love to eat, I like variety and trying new things (sometimes) and even though my finances have been pretty limited for awhile, I have discovered ways to feel nourished and NOT particularly deprived.

I recently watched a video by KetoConnect about eating ketogenically for $5 a day (purportedly to account for people who need to eat keto with a food stamp budget). I find their videos are really hit or miss for me. This was a miss. I didn’t disagree with their food choices, but I found them (Matt & Megha) to be a little condescending about how easy it is (it does take effort!) and their food lacking in variety or interest. I don’t think they have needed to worry about what they spend for their food (good for them!). I think someone who has actually been at this for awhile can do better! Hopefully, MUCH better.

I plan on putting in some things I’ve learned about shopping for keto friendly groceries in general and some specific to SLC (which may also apply to other places in Utah with the same stores). I also want to provide regular updates with especially fantastic deals I’ve discovered each week (if there are any). I hope others in the area will add any deals they find as well. That would be really fun!

I’m going to start by splitting my information into several posts by topic. Sort of. :smile:

I think I’ll address keto shopping by specific foods, by specific stores and how to efficiently shop the weekly ads. And any other topic that occurs to me (or is suggested) and makes sense.

FYI- This is likely to take several days to get through the topics I have in mind.

Edit: This is likely to take way longer than a few days to get through the topics I want to address. :yum:

Edit: For clarity- I usually try to buy protein and fat first, then veggies.
Then I might buy spices and condiments.
Then if (and as) my budget allows, I buy fruit.
Then snacks.
Then treats (specialty cheeses, macadamia nuts, Keto ice cream, etc.)

I’m worried...n stressed n struggling
(Diane) #2

I’ll start with my tips for shopping for dairy and eggs (I may address cheese in a separate post, it’s that important!).

Butter- I usually buy this at Costco. Keep in mind that butter freezes BEAUTIFULLY, so it makes sense to buy in bulk. It feels extravagant to me to buy both unsalted (for baking) and salted, so I always buy the Kirkland salted (not organic). I haven’t tried Kerry Gold. It seems too expensive for me to buy on a regular basis and I don’t want to risk developing a taste for it.

I know what butter costs at Costco, so I only buy butter elsewhere when I see it for a better price. Remember it’s okay to buy in bulk, it freezes so well. You often see the best prices right before holidays, especially Thanksgiving and Christmas. But it might pay off to watch at Easter, the 4th of July, etc.

Ghee- buy butter and make your own. It’s not that difficult (though I strongly recommend that you don’t leave the kitchen while you make it). It’s too expensive for me otherwise. But it’s so wonderfully rich and yummy. Totally worth it. Similarly, it is easy to go a step further and make your own browned butter. It’s really good on vegetables (broccoli!) and in baked goods (those without chocolate, so the flavor shines through).

It is worth noting that the volume goes down when making ghee or browned butter from butter. You are cooking out some moisture and removing the milk solids (or not, I like leaving them in my browned butter). I think it’s worth it (at least sometimes) for the concentrated flavor. It’s worth noting that ghee and browned butter (with milk solids strained out) might be tolerated by those with milk sensitivity when butter isn’t.

Edit: FYI- Ghee and strained brown butter are also more shelf stable at room tempersture (even in tropical climates).

Eggs- I usually buy these at Costco. They used to have a very good deal on 7 dozen medium eggs. They didn’t have these the last time I shopped there, so I bought their package of 5 dozen large eggs. Still a great deal.

I have seen better deals occasionally at Ream’s, Davis Food & Drug (in West Valley City), Macey’s, Dan’s, or Lucky’s. So, it’s always good to check the ads, especially at Easter time when most stores have great deals.

Cream Cheese- i usually buy Philadelphia brand cream cheese. It is the only brand I’ve tried that works well in most recipes. The other brands don’t blend or cream well with other ingredients. I’ve wasted food because of poor results.

I regularly buy Philedephia cream cheese at Costco in the big tub (about the same size as their sour cream containers). Smith’s has a fantastic deal that is a better price ($2.99 for a 2 pack with additional $1 off digital coupon) about every 2 to 3 months. You might also find better deals at other stores before holidays like Easter, Thanksgiving or Christmas.

In my experience, cream cheese does NOT freeze well. It changes the texture too much. It does, however, stay fresh much longer than the expiration date would indicate. I’ve used cream cheese up to a month or two after it’s expired with no detectable ill effects. Feel free to judge me, I won’t feel bad since I didn’t have to waste any of my precious cream cheese. Legal disclaimer: That’s my own experience. Ignore the expiration date at your own risk. :smirk:

Sour cream- I often buy this at Costco. I use a lot and I have found it also stays edible long after the expiration date (see all the qualifying statements I made above regarding cream cheese and expiration dates, and proceed at your own risk). I think it also helps to regularly pour off the liquid that seeps out of the sour cream.

I regularly see great deals on ‘store brand’ sour cream at most grocery stores ($1 per 16 or 24 oz). So, that might be a better deal if you don’t use as much or if your budget won’t allow you to fork over more money all at once for the bigger container at Costco. Again, watch for the best sales at holidays.

Heavy whipping cream- I usually buy the 2 quart container of Darigold Heavy Whipping Cream with 40% butterfat at Costco’s (it’s a product that is hard to find elsewhere). It does have added carrageenan. But it’s hard to find any cream without it outside of Whole Foods or Sprouts (and those brands are way too expensive for me, and don’t have as much fat).

I occasionally find a better price (on sale) on the Darigold at Smart Foodservice Warhouse Store (formerly Cash & Carry). There is no membership required. They don’t accept food stamps. I’m not sure about credit cards. Their hours of operation are more limited than most grocery stores since they seem to cater more to businesses like restaurants.

I like that the Darigold container has a screwtop lid that helps preserve the contents better than the smaller containers that you have to peel open the top (like the milk cartons I used to get at school). The 2 quart container is also pretty big and if you don’t use it quickly (or even if you do), I recommend shaking the carton well before dispensing or you end up with a very thick sludge at the bottom. You don’t want to waste any of the yummy goodness.

I do see HWC on sale (as low as $1 for a 1/2 pint) at many grocery stores (store brands as well as other nationally available brands). Again, watch for the best sales around holidays.

Cream does freeze well, but the resulting product is best used in cooking, not coffee.

Yogurt- I don’t eat this very often. It’s hard to find low carb, high fat options. I’ve used Trader Joe’s Nonfat Plain Greek Yogurt in a 16 oz container. It’s the lowest carb I’ve found at 7 grams per cup, although some sources suggest that many of these have been consumed by the bacteria used to make the yogurt, so it may well have fewer carbs in the end product. I hardly ever eat more than 1/2 cup at a time. I make my own “full-fat” version by adding HWC to up the fat and richness. Its very good. It also stays perfectly fine for long after the expiration date (see the legal disclaimer above regarding expiration dates).

I have yet to try making my own yogurt using HWC. I’ve heard it is pretty easy and would probably be more affordable if you eat it often.

Ice Cream- This category is problematic for a budget conscious person. There are no great prices.

Halo Top ice creams- They are available nearly everywhere. They often go on sale (though they are kind of expensive for me). The best everyday price is probably at Walmart. They may not carry as many of the flavors and may sell out of some flavors more often.

Halo Top ice creams also vary widely in how many net carbs are in a portion, so check the labels carefully. I find it hard to keep my carbs down because I want to eat more than one serving- which also makes them les budget friendly for me. They have lots of questionable (less clean) ingredients that some people won’t want to eat.

Breyer’s CarbSmart ice cream is available in Vanilla, Chocolate and Peanut Butter flavors. I’ve seen the vanilla at several stores (Target & Walmart, I think). I have yet to actually see chocolate or peanut butter in a local store, but I haven’t been looking. Those may just sell more quickly. It’s about 5-7 net carbs per serving (depending on the flavor). Carbsmart also makes some ice cream bars. I haven’t looked at them or for them in local stores. I assume they would go on sale when there is a sale on the other Breyer’s products.

Breyer’s ice creams also have questionable (less “clean”) ingredients that some people won’t feel good about. I’m not adverse to trying some as a treat. Especially the ice cream bars since they are naturally portion controlled.

Rebel Creamery- I really enjoy this ice cream. The flavors aren’t overly sweet or strong, but they are complex. Rebel is available locally at Harmon’s in Vanilla, Chocolate, Mint Chip & Peanut Butter Fudge. My favorite is either Mint Chip or Peanut Butter Fudge, depending on the day. It is expensive but goes on sale occasionally for $1 off (or so). Their ice creams have so few net carbs that I’ve been known to take a whole pint to the movies as a treat. So, definitely not budget friendly, I keep it as an occasional indulgence. Interestingly, I have noticed that my ketone levels actually go up the morning after I’ve eaten a whole pint as a dinner substitute.

Rebel has also put out some new flavors (Cookie Dough, Butter Pecan, Strawberry and Coffee Chip) which I haven’t tried. I haven’t seen them at any of the Harmon’s where I shop, but I haven’t really been checking recently.

Homemade ice cream is your best best, but is also problematic. It requires a fairly significant outlay in equipment, cookbooks (if baking is science, ice cream making is rocket science; I wouldn’t recommend winging it) and specialty ingredients. Once you’re up and running you’re gonna get the best product for the least investment on an ongoing basis.

I’ll edit to add more info if I see any glaring omissions in this post.


I think it would be helpful if you put a little more thought into this, Diane. :wink:

(Diane) #4

Yeah, this project is going to take awhile. I thought this would be one of the briefest categories.


Bless you for doing this. I think it’s a great idea!

(Diane) #6

My pleasure! Literally.

(Carl Keller) #7

I agree. I will be referring people on a budget to this thread.


Sometimes making your own ingredients can save money too… you can make butter in a mason jar just by putting your heavy cream in and shaking it for 20 mins or less. You can do it with a stand mixer too but most people on a budget don’t have one (me, lol, lost it in my divorce). I will do that when I get a really good sale on organic cream. Doesn’t last as long but, in my home it will be eaten up before it goes bad. Tastes amazing.

Also, if you have a food processor you can make your own almond flour with raw almonds. It’s a little more coarse, but it still works. That way if you just need a cup or so you don’t have to shell out $15 a bag (the going rate in my town)


Oh and for those of us that can’t do Costco type bulk buying, Amazon is a good option. I just got twelve cans of wild planet albacore tuna for $29.99 on Amazon when the cheapest I can get it in the stores around here would have been $3.99 a can (so $47.88 for 12).

(Diane) #10

So… onto cheese. I think I’ll structure this section a bit differently.

I regularly buy most of my cheese at Costco, Winco, Smith’s, Harmon’s, Trader Joe’s and the Gossner’s outlet store up in Cache Valley.


Costco- I have been buying their mozzarella (shredded), Mexican blend (shredded), the big container of crumbled feta (alternatively, the sheep’s milk feta is really lovely, if more expensive- but they don’t always carry it), parmesan (shredded), the big block (3 or 5 lbs?) of Kirkland sharp cheddar (I really prefer the Tillamook sharp cheddar- but the Kirkland brand is good enough that I can’t justify the extra expense right now), the big bag of 50 Tillamoos cheese snacks (medium cheddar, 3/4 oz individual portions and so much cheaper than the little bags you can buy at Walmart), pepper jack (sliced) and string cheese (not my favorite brand, but just barely acceptable). I also like their “party platters” which offer a variety of pre-sliced cheeses. Not really a great deal and when I buy one, I feel forced to over-eat the cheese before it starts to get moldy and goes to waste (food wasting… NOT budget friendly).

All of these cheeses are generally good deals (and often a better quality of cheese) compared to the regular prices at grocery stores. Also, all of these (or almost all) will eventually show up in the monthly (maybe?) coupon books which will save you even more.

All of these cheeses can be portioned out and frozen for future use to prevent spoilage (read wastage). Okay, I haven’t ever tried freezing string cheese, so I don’t know if that would work. Packaging hard cheeses (not shredded) with a vacuum sealer helps prevent freezer burn and allows for longer storage. Sliced cheeses may come out of the freezer a little more fragile (crumbly?) than they were before.

FYI- I’ve found that if you use the food processor method to make fathead dough (versus the method where you melt the mozzarella and cream cheese together first), you can use any (hard) cheese or cheese blend you like (maybe not parmesan or Asiago). So, if the Mexican blend has a coupon which saves me money, that’s what I buy instead of mozzarella.

Winco- they have excellent, everyday prices on smaller packages of cheese. This means a smaller initial purchase price. They also have some smaller packages of specialty cheeses (Kerrigold cheddar, Old Croc, etc) which means you might be able to treat yourself every once in awhile without totally breaking the bank. In fact, I bought a package of Old Croc Jalepeno Bacon cheese slices last night which caught my eye.

They also carry some large packages of cubed cheese in a variety of flavors. I’m gonna buy a bag of the pepper jack cubes someday soon and try out a method of making my own baked cheese snacks I saw on the internet (making my own would be much more budget friendly than buying them).

Smith’s- I occasionally buy the Boar’s head Smoked Gouda from their deli. It’s a dollar cheaper per pound than anywhere else I’ve seen it. I like that I can buy just 1/4 lb (well THEORETICALLY) as a treat to take to the movie. Which is good, because if I buy a pound, I would eat the whole pound… in one night (which has never, EVER happened… honest!). Also, I am sensitive to some ingredient or food additive in this particular cheese. I have gained 2 - 5 lbs of water weight overnight after eating it. I still buy some occasionally because I’m not sure I want to live in a world where I can’t ever eat it again.

They also regularly have very good specials on their Kroger brand of cheeses. I like that I can buy small packages for a good deal that I don’t have to repackage myself before freezing.

Harmon’s- okay, I’m gonna have to fess up here. The specialty cheese section at Harmon’s is NOT budget friendly. They do, however carry three really wonderful cheeses that I buy every once in a great while.

I buy the locally produced (here in Salt Lake County- purportedly by very happy goats) Drake Family Farms flavored goat cheeses (mostly the Garlic & Onion Chèvre and Feta). Though I may get the decadent Apricot & Honey Chèvre (definitely not low carb) for my birthday, now that I’m thinking about it. It would make a great savory, sweet dessert.

Harmon’s also carries the locally produced (Uintah) Beehive cheeses. I like their Promontory cheese (named after Promontory Point where the Central Pacific and Union Pacific railroads finally met and were joined into the first transcontinental railroad in 1869). It is an aged cheese that is rich and the texture reminds me strongly of a good parmesan cheese.

I also like their award winning Barely Buzzed (the rind is rubbed with coffee grinds), Apple Walnut Smoked, Red Butte Hatch Chile, Seahive, Fully Loaded (fortified with rye whiskey and infused with hints of cinnamon, anise, and honey), and (when it’s available) Rosemary cheeses. The Rosemary I tried had those wonderful flaky, salty bits you find in good parmesan cheese. I think I also found one of their cheeses rubbed with lavendar once (but I might be confused).

Okay, it might sound like I buy these Beehive cheeses often, but I really don’t. I used to buy them when I was better off financially. Now, I stay strictly away from the specialty cheese section of the deli and only get pulled into its orbit when I’m looking for a treat.

Harmon’s also carries a beautiful brand of triple cream Brie, Saint Angel. Love it. Hardly ever have it, but only because it breaks the bank.

I do regularly buy Reser’s string cheese at Harmon’s (maybe only 1 or 2 a week). It is SOoo… much better than any other string cheese. But a bit pricey at about ~ 50 cents apiece.

Trader Joe’s. Again, the cheeses here are not super cheap. They do offer choices of some really wonderful European cheeses that might be harder to find and you’ll find them more reasonably priced than you’re gonna find anywhere else.

I like their cave aged blue cheese (used for making my homemade blue cheese dressing) and 1000 day Gouda (again, that wonderful, dense, parmesan like texture). It’s hard to go wrong if you explore a bit.

I also buy their sliced provolone (good!) and smoked Gouda, which is perfectly good (if not as yummy as the Boar’s head), hits the spot and has the added benefit of NOT triggering a binge (or subsequent bloat).

I’m going to include the Trader Joe’s brand of baked cheese snacks here. They might be considered a cracker or a type of chip, but since the only ingredient is cheese, I think it’s appropriate to squeeze them in here. They come in small packages that are portion control friendly. These are intensely flavored (and salty) and I prefer them to the original Moon Cheese snacks (I haven’t tried the other flavors). I get these occasionally as a treat ($2.69)

And that leads us to…

Gossner’s Outlet (Logan)- I have a lot of family up in Cache Valley who hook me up when they come down to SLC.

The guy who founded Gossner’s was Swiss. So, not surprisingly, they make an excellent Swiss cheese, especially their aged Swiss. I find that because I grew up eating it, I’m pretty picky about my Swiss cheeses.

I also buy their fresh cheddar (and smoked cheddar) cheese curds. I have to be careful because curds have more whey in them and are a bit carby.

They have good deals on all kinds of end cuts (like mozzarella, Monterey Jack, etc.) and interesting flavors of cheese spreads (Swiss, cheddar & bacon) that don’t have a lot of weird ingredients added. If they have a lot of a particular cheese, they mark them down even further. You can find some really good deals.

(Diane) #11

My dad grew up on a dairy farm and we often had a milk cow when I was growing up. I had a lot of brothers and teenage boys can drink a lot of milk. My dad also said it gave them something useful to do! We made our own butter then.

I’m not sure of the economics of it now. How much butter do you get from a quart of cream?

(Diane) #12

March 8, 2019

These are the best deals I’ve found so far this week in SLC-

Winco- Boneless pork sirloin roasts @ $0.98 / lb. Most of the packages were about $6 (more or less). One these will feed me for a week. Easy to cook in a slow cooker or instant pot. Very lean, in my experience, so feel free to add extra fat.

Edit: I went back to get another roast and they were sold out. Another location might still have more.

Lucky’s- Frozen tilapia filets @ $0.98 / lb. Comes in 10 lb boxes. Don’t know the quality as I haven’t purchased these yet, but I’m going to try them as it’s such a mild flavored fish. Edit: I didn’t end up buying the tilapia, it didn’t look like what was shown in the ad. It wasn’t filets, it was a box of whole, cleaned fish (with skin).

Frozen shrimp (raw- peeled & deveined, no size stated in the ad) @ $2.98 / lb. Comes in a 10 lb box. I’d want to check to see the size of the shrimp. Plus, once I buy the tilapia, I’m not gonna have room in the freezer for shrimp.

Fresh boneless, skinless chicken breasts @ $0.98 / lb sold in 10 lb “family sized” packages.

Split chicken breasts (bone in, skin on, usually frozen) @ $0.98 / lb. I think these are always available at this price. Package size varies widely. I usually buy about 4 - 6 lbs. I love to cook them in my InstantPot. Makes good bone broth.

Smith’s- Fresh blueberries (not organic) @ $0.99 / pint (about 6 oz).

Sprouts- Zucchini or yellow squash @ $0.98 / lb.

Santa Cruz Organic Peanut Butters @ $4.99 / 16 oz jar. I love their creamy, dark roasted peanut butter. This is the only store where I’ve found this peanut butter locally and is $1.50 of the everyday price (and even $6.49 is much cheaper than you’d have to pay to order it online).

Rancho Markets- I found lemons for 2 lbs / $1. And oranges 4 lbs / $1 ( I use the rinds in my herbal tea sometimes. I got 2 medium oranges for $0.20).

(Brian MacDermott) #13

We always freeze our string cheese so the kids don’t eat it all in one day. It keeps very well and it thaws pretty quickly.

(Diane) #14

Excellent. Thanks!


It’s a little more than half the volume, so if I do 1 cup of cream I get about 1/2 butter. Plus it’s a nice workout :laughing:. If you get a good enough deal on the cream it’s a little cheaper. Especially around my part of town here north of Charlotte, the kerrygold is like $5.99 for 2 sticks but I can often find the organic heavy cream BOGO for what ends up being about $2.00-$2.50 a cup

(Diane) #16

Onto… nuts (nut butters) and seeds.

I usually buy nuts, nut butters and seeds at Costco, Winco, Trader Joe’s and Sprouts.

Just a note: I don’t generally buy the higher carb nuts (such as) cashews, pistachios or other nuts which aren’t mentioned below.

Costco- I usually purchase raw almonds, pecans, walnuts and macadamia nuts (they have the best price by FAR for the macadamia nuts, when they have them in stock). The Kirkland brand of organic peanut butter is also pretty good. I don’t buy their almond butter, if I recall correctly, it has added sugar or other ingredients I wasn’t wild about.

Winco- They generally have the best prices on raw pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds. They have a pretty good price for macadamia nuts (they are smaller than those I’ve purchased at Costco) and you don’t have to buy in bulk, just a very small amount if that’s all you can afford or need. I also like their delux nut mix, it’s usually around $6 / lb (give or take) and their smoked almonds. The prices do change a bit from week to week.

Trader Joe’s- I buy their roasted pumpkin seeds (which I don’t think I’ve seen at Winco), hazelnuts and Sun Butter (sunflower seed butter). I haven’t purchased almond or peanut butter at TJ’s, I think I must not have liked the ingredients.

Sprouts- I buy my favorite peanut butter, Santa Cruz Dark Roasted Creamy Peanut Butter (it’s not cheap, it IS really wonderful). It’s the only store locally that carries it. It also goes on sale every 2 to 3 months or so. They also regularly have sales on their bulk nuts (especially the walnuts for some reason). So, I watch for sales and might buy some if the prices are better than I regularly see at Costco and Winco.

I don’t seem to have found a great source for almond butter. I did order some from Amazon once.

Because I’m familiar with the excellent prices at my regular stores, I recognize a really good deal when it pops up elsewhere. The best sales on nuts are gonna happen around Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Nuts freeze well and thaw out quickly. Actually, because of their high fat content, and if you buy in bulk to save money, the best place to store your nuts is in the freezer. It will prevent them from going rancid and going to waste.

(Diane) #17

Spices/ Seasonings

I buy spices at Costco, Winco, Walmart, Trader Joe’s, and Sprouts.

Costco- I’ve found that they have the best price on peppercorns and pink Himalayan salt (I buy the ground, not the crystals or chunks). I also like their granulated garlic and dehydrated onions. Check around, they might have good prices on something you use that I don’t.

Winco- I buy their taco seasoning in the bulk bins. I think it’s a bit spicier than the stuff you can get in the packets, it’s cheaper and it’s the lowest carb I’ve found that you can buy. Again, look around, they have lots of options in the bulk bins.

Walmart- I buy their onion and garlic powders. They are $1 per container. I might buy their garlic salt, paprika, cayenne pepper, or red pepper flakes. Again, look around.

Trader Joe’s- I love their Everthing but the Bagel seasoning. I just bought their Chile Lime seasoning and a can of smoked paprika to try.

Sprouts- I buy the Simply Organic Smoked Paprika. It’s really good.

Edit: Amazon- a good source for specialty spices

Ethnic stores (Asian, Indian, Mediterranean/ Middle Eastern (Greek, Egyptian), Hispanic, etc). There are a lot of these smaller ethnic grocery stores in my area of SLC. You can find really good prices for whole spices and bulk spices. They tend to go through stock quickly, so you’ll find fresher, better quality spices.

(Diane) #18

Here’s a different tack that didn’t occur to me when I started this thread. How does someone find recipes which are successful so you don’t end up wasting your ingredients when you get an inedible result?

I’ve found several excellent recipe developers on the internet that are trustworthy. I find that if the recipe measures ingredients by weight, they tend to be better recipes. This is particularly true for baking! If you don’t already have one, a good digital scale on amazon is a must have. This one is really good and is inexpensive. I’ve had mine for a couple of years now.

CarrieBrown.com has a lot of good recipes which are free on her website. She sells some wonderful cookbooks (I would recommend the physical copies, I don’t like the kindle versions I bought). Some of her recipes on the website might predate her conversion to a keto diet, so pay attention when you’re reading the recipes. I believe that they are all at least low-carb.

I also recommend checking out Carrie Brown on the Ketovangelist Kitchen podcast with Brian Williams (Episodes 1 - 99). The later episodes don’t include Carrie and I lost interest. My favorite episode was #26, a primer on how and when to use specific low carb thickeners. Episodes 40 & 41 are good for those who want to make excellent homemade, ketogenic ice creams.

I also like Maria Emmerich, some of her recipes get overly complicated for me, but they are really good. I find it easier to find her recipes using a google search than searching on her website. Search “Maria Emmerich ***** recipe”, inserting your food of choice.

Leanne Vogel has great recipes. She has a cookbook (I think she’s now in the process of writing a second). She also has free recipes on her website: healthfulpursuit.com. She has lots of recipes which have been modified to accommodate different dietary restrictions (dairy free, egg free, vegan, etc.). I’m not sure if all her recipes are Keto compliant.

Urvashi Pitre runs the food blog twosleevers.com. She has written several keto cookbooks. I can’t recommend them enough. If you have an InstantPot type pressure cooker, start with the InstantPot cookbook first. Not all her recipes on the blog are low carb or Keto. So, again, pay attention.

Kristy Sullivan has a YouTube channel Cooking Keto with Kristie and several cookbooks. Her YouTube videos start out really rough, and you have to write down the recipes as you go, but I’ve had a lot of success with them. She has also written a couple of cookbooks now. She breaks all my rules (doesn’t measure by weight) but her Miracle Biscuit recipe was my first successful attempt at a keto baked good.

I have used recipes from the KetoConnect.net website. I have had poor luck with any of their baked goods, but I like some of their other recipes. They also have a cookbook Keto Made Easy which some people have really liked.

The DietDoctor.com website has a lot of great, free recipes. They do offer a monthly subscription to their website, but you don’t need to sign up to get access to their free content which includes the recipes. Their Keto bread recipe is probably their most famous.

This article purports to direct you to some of the best Keto food blogs. https://www.everydayhealth.com/ketogenic-diet/living-with/blogs-keep-you-motivated-when-all-you-want-carb-fest/

I haven’t checked all of these out yet, but you might have some fun exploring. I would just keep in mind that it is easier to get good results replicating a recipe when it lists the ingredient measurements by weight (especially for baking).

These are just some ideas which occur to me this morning. I may add to this post later on. :yum:

Good luck!

Other YouTube recipe developers (or food bloggers) I enjoy include: Headbanger’s Kitchen, Papa G’s Low Carb Recipes, Dot2Trot’s Low Carb Kitchen, Highfalutin’ Low Carb, The Keto Chef, and Hungry Elephant.

Edit: I’ve just started exploring the recipes on the ketodietapp.com. So far, I like their healthy low carb ketchup recipe. https://ketodietapp.com/Blog/category/Recipes

Keto recipes

How wonderful that you make your own ghee. I just made some today - have been doing so for a long time. The sweet aroma that fills the kitchen comforts my soul. :sun_with_face: :last_quarter_moon_with_face::sparkles:

(Running from stupidity) #20


The only time I haven’t switched Brian off is when he was on someone else’s podcast as a guest and was being a real person, not a podcast host. Needless to say, that was very frustrating, seeing what he could be like when he wasn’t playing a role.