Dinner

Cast Iron Pork Chops with Apples and Onions

Cast Iron Pork Chops with Apples and Onions

Last night I whipped up a new dinner recipe with a little inspiration from the reformed jail bird herself, Martha Stewart. (Remember when Martha Stewart was in jail? Those were crazy times...) 

I didn't have a plan for dinner, but I did have pork chops, apples, and onions. When my husband cracked open a can of hard apple cider for me (he knows I love the stuff!), dinner started to come together. I quickly consulted Google for some guidance and landed on Martha's recipe for pork with apples and onions as inspiration. 

This one will be a hit with all your people (kids, our FLF Dudes, etc.) I served it with a big side salad: mixed greens, roasted tomatoes, red onions, goat cheese, balsamic vinaigrette.

Grass-fed Beef Baked Meatballs

This recipe includes the Ethiopian spice blend known as berbere, but you can easily sub the much-easier-to-find garam masala. Along with the raisins, it gives the meatballs a warm sweetness.

The original recipe was easy to modify! I ditched the breadcrumbs and instead added 1 Tbs. of coconut flour for a binding agent to hold the meatballs together. I also reduced the cheese down from 3/4 of a cup because an Italian cheese in Ethiopian meatballs just seemed weird to me:) If you have a dairy allergy, I'm willing to bet money you could leave the cheese out entirely and the recipe would be A-okay.

Carbs Aren't Everything (But This Steak Salad Is)

Carbs aren't everything. 

Woah, woah, woah - hang on. I can explain!

Some of our Fat Loss Foodie Online Tribe members (our coaching clients) are currently eating a lower carb/higher fat diet, because that's what they need to lose fat. When this is the hand you've been dealt, it's easy to look at other people's meals and be envious.

Enter: Food FOMO. Fear of Missing Out.

"It's so unfair. She eats whatever she wants. I look at carbs and gain fat!"

I wanted to make a dinner to show some love to our lower carb clients and make a dinner that was high protein, higher fat, and contained no starchy carbohydrates. There are still some carbohydrates here because all vegetables are carbs. BUT, non-starchy vegetables like kale and tomatoes are still very low-carbohydrate foods.

You guys. This salad was BOMB.

Just because you can't eat a ton of starch does NOT mean your meals have to be miserable. You will need to eat more fats to make up for the reduced carbs in your diet, and you're in luck because FAT IS FLAVOR. You should be *excited* because this means eating good full-fat dressings made from olive oil, and adding toppings like raw nuts or maybe a little bit of good cheese. 

If you're on a lower carb diet for fat loss and you're having FOMO around your starch-eating friends, I hope this gives you a little inspiration for how to bring some happiness back to your meals. 

Note: not everyone can lose fat and keep it off on a lower carb/higher fat diet. Everyone is different, and fat loss nutrition is highly individualized, especially when it comes to carb intake.


Serves 2

INGREDIENTS 

4 cups of kale, massaged for 2-3 minutes in some lemon juice to soften
1 c. roasted grape tomatoes
240 grams of seared New York Strip (about 8 ounces)
1/4 c. raw walnuts, toasted
2 oz. crumbled Gorgonzola
4 Tbs. Balsamic Vinaigrette

DIRECTIONS

Macros: 18 g. carbs, 34 g. protein, 40 g. fat