Restaurant Review: Bella Vita Cucina

Had a work dinner earlier this week. It’s great when other people pick restaurants because it’s a good reminder of how almost every restaurant will accommodate keto if you ask them to and that it isn’t always necessary to look up menu’s before hand.

We had a smaller menu at Bella Vita Cucina because the group was large, but I found an appetizer and entree that worked. I started with a caprese salad, always a great keto option, and got the veal scallopini with mushroom cream sauce which I asked them not flour. Don’t be afraid to ask for changes, you’re paying for the meal and the worst that can happen is they say no and you pick something else to eat. The veggies on the side came with carrots so I left them on the plate. I added parm cheese over everything, for a little extra fat.

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I would definitely eat here again while keto-ing, as I’m sure their full menu has more options to choose from.

Restaurant Review: P&M Kouzzina

On Friday night date night Dave and I try to go to different places every week. We’d been to P&M Kouzzina’s BK (before Keto) and knew that at the very least they’d have steak for us to get. We were pretty surprised at how many options the restaurant had for us.

For a starter we had grilled calamari and for mains Dave got bacon wrapped steak with shrimp, broccoli, mushrooms and caesar salad and I got chicken diavolo with a side of turnip fries. In the year that we’ve been eating at restaurants while doing keto we’ve gotten pretty good at asking for nutritional information and substituting when necessary. Don’t be afraid to ask for something else, kitchens are usually really accommodating!

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Meal Plan/Grocery Haul April 10 – 16 2016

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Sunday: Cauliflower Soup
Monday: Caprese Salad and Fish
Tuesday: Tacos
Wednesday: FDN
Thursday: Work Supper
Friday: Date Night!
Saturday: Chicken Caesar Salad

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Haul:
Veggies/fruit/nuts: broccoli, strawberries, lettuce, avocado, basil, almonds, basa fillets, tomatoes.
Meat/cheese: hot salami, medium ground beef, hot pot lamb, bacon, caramelized cheddar, bocconcini balls, cheddar cheese, chicken breast.
Misc: heavy cream, asiago and spinach dip, pork rinds, peanut butter, garlic powder.

KCKO!

Meal Plan/Grocery Haul April 3-9 2016

Glad to be back making grocery plans this week after not being able to last week. Kept it relatively easy, cause keto doesn’t need to be difficult!
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Sunday: “Spaghetti” with meat sauce
Monday: Chili
Tuesday: Chicken wings
Wednesday: (FDN) Meatballs with “spaghetti”
Thursday: Cauliflower soup
Friday: Date night!
Saturday: Hot pot

Wednesday is Family Dinner Night at our place and Friday’s we have date night, where we go to a new restaurant in our town and eat keto.

And, of course, our grocery haul!
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This week we got:
Veggies/fruit/nuts: broccoli (frozen), strawberries, green pepper, onion, garlic.
Meat/cheese: hot salami, medium ground beef, prosciutto, chicken wings, mild Italian sausages, hot pot lamb and beef, bacon.
Misc: Diet Pepsi, eggs, Jello, heavy cream, pasta sauce, chicken stock.

Chili is already in the fridge for tomorrow morning, already can’t wait to eat this week’s meals!