My Top 4 Recipes That Got Me Through 30 Days of 30 Recipes

By: Calley Kohlhagen

It is true - I have become a lazy chef. I am not going to make excuses - but I am - because that’s how life is sometimes. Our life gets a little derailed and it’s time to correct it and get back on track. For those of you unaware - my ENTIRE summer (and still on-going) has been dedicated to redoing my kitchen. Not an easy feat, and of course has taken a lot longer than expected when you’re doing it yourself, working full time, writing a blog, having a social life.. the list of excuses can go on and on. But this month I decided to challenge myself to use my new kitchen! What better way than trying 30 new recipes within 30 days?

Here are my top 4 recipes you need to try!

Jalapeno Popper Chicken (wrapped in bacon)

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My boyfriend and I are doing a weightloss challenge among a group of friends. He has opted to take on the Keto diet. I have therefore found a lot of recipes that are Keto-friendly, this being one of them - but still VERY good!

Ingredients:

  • Chicken tenderized/flattened out

  • Cream Cheese

  • Shredded Cheese

  • Jalapenos

  • Bacon

Instructions:

  • Prepare the “innards” as I call it - cream cheese, shredded cheese and chopped jalapenos into a bowl.

  • Once chicken is tenderized and flattened, scoop the cream cheese mixture into the middle of the chicken.

  • Roll it up first then skewer it with wooden dowels or toothpicks to hold it together.

  • Wrap the bacon around the outside first, then lift up the bottom slightly to tuck the ends under.

  • Bake at 350 until chicken and bacon is cooked. Ours took approximately 35 min, but depending on chicken thickness/size it can vary.

Pro tip: line your pan with tin foil for a faster cleanup with bacon!


Chicken Enchilada Soup (crock pot)

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Now you might be sensing a Mexican-theme, but my taste buds just love spice and the flavors. This one was super simple and I actually made it on a night that I was so busy running home from work and off to change + play volleyball. I put it in the crock pot on low for 4.5 hours and my chicken was cooked. Easy meal!

Ingredients:

  • Chicken (1.5 pounds or more)

  • 1 can of beans (your choice, I chose black beans)

  • 1 can of corn

  • Chicken broth

  • Garlic cloves

  • Spices: chili powder, paprika, cayenne, salt, pepper, onion powder, and any other spices that tickle your fancy

Instructions:

Besides straining the beans and corn, that’s about it! Throw it all into a crock pot on low and wait until the chicken is cooked to shred it. And DONE!

Pro Tip: Chicken breast getting weird for you? aka you had a not so pleasant texture or bite - try chicken legs. Bone-in or boneless are great. It is a super tender meat that is also very juicy and is really hard to dry out.


Keto Chicken Enchilada Bowls

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Need your enchilada fix while trying to do low-carb? Here’s your solution! Again, Keto-friendly but full of flavor. Recipe from Hey Keto Mama - her photos do a little better than mine. Definitely something I need to work on :)

Ingredients:

  • Chicken

  • Enchilada sauce (we did red)

  • Onion

  • Green chiles

  • Veggie Rice (ie: cauliflower rice, broccoli rice, sweet potato rice, etc)

  • Avocado or Guacamole

  • Sour cream

  • Jalapenos

  • Shredded cheese

Instructions can be found at Hey Keto Mama’s Keto Chicken Enchilada Bowl Recipe.

Pro tip: buy your veggie rice in the frozen food section. There is a variety of veggies that are “riced” to choose from. We went with broccoli but you can easily take carbs out of your meal with this veggie option.


Keto Brownies

I would be lying if I said I didn’t have a sweet tooth and love love love love love chocolate :)

So I HAD to try this recipe. The first time I tried it and followed the directions, it turned out amazing. Then I tried it again and went rouge - and didn’t turn out as good. So learn from my love of brownies and follow the recipe! Lauren Badi’s Keto Brownies can be found here.

Ingredients:

  • Almond Flour

  • Baking Powder

  • Eggs

  • Vanilla

  • Butter

  • Cream cheese

  • Unsweetened chocolate chips (we used dark chocolate ones)

  • Stevia or some other sugar replacement

Instructions:

Lauren Abadi’s Keto Brownies

Pro tip: Have you heard of the app Yummly before? It’s also a website too - but I truly like the handiness of the app on my phone. Essentially, you can look up an ingredient (ie brownie or even “keto brownie”) and it will search blogs for you. How amazing?! Seriously, check it out. Simple way to see a variety of recipes and specific to what you want.


Feeling inspired to go home and try some new recipes? It has been a definite struggle but now that my “30 days” is officially “over” - I’m finding that this was just a spark to a passion for yummy food that has always been there. I can’t wait to discover even more new recipes and of course - share them with anyone willing to try. Stay hungry people!

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