Spring Saturdays, Farmers Markets, and Bison Burgers

Happy Saturday Everyone!

I feel like once Spring hits my weekends are always jam packed with activities. While I love these crazy weekends it was nice to take some time for myself last weekend and spend an hour in my happy place, the Farmers Market.

I am not quite sure I can fully explain how excited I get to go to these markets. The people are amazing and so knowledgeable about the products they are selling. The inventive and entrepreneurial nature of the market is infectious and it really sparks my creativity.

While I could have happily dwelled near the succulents for the majority of the day the real prize I brought home was the bison meat. I have tried bison before but I have never tried to make it myself and I may never go back. The meat is so lean and its flavor alone is unbeatable but with a few key additives the burger went from a 10 to a 20.

As this was my last meal on my Keto diet I knew I couldn’t have bread so I assumed I would use lettuce wraps. Honesty, after making the burgers and smelling them for ten minutes I forgot about buns or bun replacements entirely and just ate them with sprouts, tomatoes, avocado, and a little bit of hot sauce. THEY. WERE. SO. GOOD.

Keto, on the other hand, I am happy to be over. This diet just was not for me. While I loved the energy boost I received, that was not reason enough for me to carry on with it. Unlike Whole30 and Paleo I couldn’t get excited about the meals I was making and there are a lot of ways to unintentionally cheat. I can see this diet’s short term benefits but for me that is where it ends.

So while parting from this particular month will not be such sweet sorrow, missing out on this insane burger would be.

Greek Inspired Bison Burgers

These burgers were so amazing. Great with lettuce wraps, burger buns, or on their own. Get creative with your topping as well! Sprouts, avocado, and tomato encouraged!

  • Prep Time: 10m
  • Cook Time: 10m
  • Total Time: 20m
  • Serves: 2
  • Yield: 8 small burger patties
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Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground bison
  • 1/2 cup feta cheese
  • 1/2 cup cooked spinach (frozen works well)
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Heat grill or grill pan to medium high heat and prepare for use accordingly
  2. Cook spinach or defrost frozen spinach and make sure to get out as much liquid as possible
  3. Add all of the ingredients into a medium sized bowl and combine. Make sure to not over-mix so you still have big cheesy bites
  4. Form into patties of desired size (mine were slightly smaller than my palm)
  5. Add patties to the grill for 5-6 minutes per side
  6. Enjoy!

Let me know what you think when you try these or other ways to incorporate bison into your diet!

-Katie

“Is Butter a Carb?” A Keto Day In The Life

What a week this has been. It is one of those “is it Friday yet?” when it is only Monday at noon kind of weeks. Thank goodness for meal prep. I know I sound like a broken record when I say that but seriously on weeks when I am so drained I get home and eye full bottles of wine lovingly, I would rather not have to think about what to make for dinner.

That being said this weeks experiments were a mixed bag. I will definitely make all of them again but maybe not in the same way. The clear winner of the week was the sweet potato noodles with spinach and a creamy cashew sauce. When it is rainy and yucky out this meal tastes like comfort food that you can still feel fine throwing a swim suit on if the sun comes out after you finish eating. I took the brilliant people at Pinch of Yum’s advice and added some crumbled bacon on top…do it you will absolutely regret nothing.

Along with the amazing sweet potato noodles this week I made some zucchini chicken enchilada’s turned into Mexican lasagna because I could not get my zucchini slices thin enough and some chia pudding. Both of these will be on the blog after maybe one or two test runs but they definitely kept me full as I alternated the lasagna with the sweet potatoes for lunches and dinners.

In addition to the food you eat while doing Keto I believe exercise is essential. Even with my total stress week I had so much more energy than normal going into my evenings. It has been great feeling like it will be no problem to workout.

Have you noticed you have more energy during these low carb/high fat diets? Let me know if you try noodles and keep an eye out for new Keto recipes to come!

-Katie

Meal Prep and Chill

Happy Sunday!

I hope the Sunday Scaries haven’t hit too hard yet. I have a Sunday ritual that I love and rainy days only aid in my desire to maintain the schedule. I sleep in, brunch of some sort, grocery shop, and then binge watch my guilty pleasures on Netflix while I make my meals for the week. This weekend is especially fun because I am making three recipes I have never made before. I am making Cauliflower Falafel, Creamy Spinach and Cashew Sweet Potato Noodles, and Zucchini Wrapped Chicken Enchiladas. Once I have taste tested I will let you know how they are but the smells in my kitchen right now are ridiculously AMAZING.

I have finished my first week of the Keto diet. This diet is High (healthy) fat/Low carb. The first few days suck. I had heard this before but experiencing it myself was interesting. I was so tired and a little grumpy. Suddenly, on day four it is like you kick into gear. I was feeling more upbeat and motivated and I had a lot of energy. I did not need as much or any caffeine during the day. The only downside for me after the awesome energy boost you get is the fact that I seem to be somewhat lactose intolerant. I haven’t had dairy for a few months with these other diet choices and apparently it was one of the foods that contributed to me never feeling my best. One aspect of this diet I enjoy is the fact that you can consume alcohol without feeling like you are cheating or having to make up for it in some way later. I had the option for red wine on Paleo but going into summer it is nice to have a wider variety of options within a diet. I also assumed, because of the meat heavy, leaning of this diet that I would be so tired at 2pm but that has not been the case. The foods you consume during Keto give you long lasting energy. I haven’t even felt the need to snack.

If you have any recipes you love that are Keto friendly let me know! Look out for reviews of this weeks meal prep mid-week.

-Katie