So, do you guys remember me telling you how I was in the midst of a diet competition with my husband? The winner gets a big fancy vacation?
Well. The competition ended on December 31 and I’m happy to announce that I kicked his trash. Hard.
How’d I do it? Oh, you know. Bacon. And cheese. And burgers.
I’ve been following a ketogenic diet, which basically means that I’m not eating carbs and I’m really sad and cry all day while baking cookies for my family. It’s pitiful, but man it works. I lost fourteen pounds over the month of December. Yes. I lost weight over Christmas. I win.
Anyway, I’ve been having fun coming up with some low carb recipes and I thought I’d share a favorite with you. This salad is good whether you eat carbs or not. Like, for serious good. The homemade low carb salad dressing is OUTRAGEOUS and I really want to dip french fries in it. *sigh*
Don’t freak out…I’m not planning on turning this into a low carb blog! There will be more low carb and keto friendly recipes mixed in amongst the usual carb fest, but only when it’s food that even carb lovers will enjoy!
Okay, friends, here’s the recipe! Hope you enjoy it as much as we do!
I obviously love food. I mean, it’s my job. Which means that I really struggle with sticking to a keto/low carb diet. I tend to cheat on the weekends, but get so discouraged because getting into ketosis takes a few days. Well, since mid-July 2015, I’ve been taking a supplement called Keto//OS. I didn’t want to mention it here until I was certain that it worked and that I could really recommend it to people with no reservations. I’m happy to say that I LOVE THIS SUPPLEMENT.
If I have a cheat day, the next morning I drink my Keto//OS (it’s a powder that you mix in water). Your body will show ketones if you test your urine within 60 minutes, but that’s just from what you’ve drank in the supplement. I drink one serving for breakfast and one serving for lunch. By that night my body is actually producing it’s own ketones and I’m in full blown ketosis. That’s just 12 hours on the diet and I’m in ketosis. It’s a miracle, if you ask me. It also helps keep you from experiencing keto flu, which is a total bonus.
I am currently only taking the supplement after cheating. I don’t take it every single day when I’m following a low carb diet. I do take it daily if I’m off diet for a week or more, though. It helps with brain fog, better sleep, and pretty much eliminates joint pain. I love this stuff!
You can get more information and purchase it HERE. You can also email me for more information! karly(at)bunsinmyoven(dot)com.
For the salad:
1 1/2 to 2 cups mixed greens
1/4 cup cheddar cheese
dill pickle slices, as desired
4 slices cooked and crumbled bacon
For the burger:
6 ounces ground beef
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup mayo
2 tablespoons mustard
2 teaspoons ketchup
2 teaspoons vinegar (more to taste)
1 teaspoon fresh chopped dill
Add the greens, cheese, pickles, and bacon to a large bowl. Toss to mix.
Sprinkle the seasonings over the ground beef and shape into the form of a hamburger patty.
Cook in a medium skillet over medium heat for 5 minutes per side or until cooked to your liking.
Chop the burger into bite sized pieces and add to the salad.
To make the dressing, add all ingredients to a small bowl and whisk to combine.
Drizzle the dressing over the salad.