Category Archives: Cheeses

Pesto Chicken Casserole with Feta Cheese and Olives…..

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Serves 4

Ingredients

  • 1½ lbs chicken thighs or chicken breasts
  • 3½ oz. red pesto or green pesto
  • 123 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 8 tablespoons pitted olives
  • ½ lb feta cheese, diced
  • 1 garlic clove, finely chopped
  • salt and pepper
  • butter, for frying

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C).
  2. Cut the chicken thighs or filets into pieces. Season with salt and pepper and fry in butter until golden brown.
  3. Mix pesto and heavy cream in a bowl.
  4. Place the fried chicken pieces in a baking dish together with olives, feta cheese and garlic. Add the pesto.
  5. Bake in oven for 20-30 minutes, until the dish turns bubbly and light brown around the edges.

1008 Calories per serving, 3g Carbs

https://www.dietdoctor.com/recipes/pesto-chicken-casserole-with-feta-cheese-and-olives

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FATHEAD PASTRY…Options..

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On my wanderings around the www I found Fathead Pastry which is high in calories and cream cheese ( http://shecallsmehobbit.com)

Fat Head Pastry (the original)

  • 170g / 6oz / 1 3/4cups pre-shredded/grated mozzarellaor Edam/mild
  • 85g / 3oz / 3/4cup almond meal/flour
  • 2 tbsp cream cheese (full fat)
  • 1 egg
  • pinch salt to taste
  • 1 tsp onion flakes

Now I have to say this is delicious but I found an alternative from someone who is not a lover of cream cheese and  as rightly pointed out if you are prone to any digestive inflammation of any kind then cream cheese isn’t helpful….so the alternative I found removes the cream cheese ad replaces it with fat (butter to be exact)…because you need something to give the pastry the elasticity. The removal of the cream cheese also makes it less gooey apparently so I’m going to try that tonight and see how it goes.

Fat Head Pastry (the modified version)

  • 1.5 cups (145g) low moisture, part skim mozzarella cheese
  • 4 tbsp almond flour
  • 3 tbsp coconut flour
  • 4 tbsp butter melted
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup or equivalent sweetener
  • 1 egg

Mix all the dry ingredients in a bowl, then add one well-beaten egg. Stir until well combined. Set aside.

In a separate bowl, melt your mozzarella and fat(s)in the microwave on 30-40% (depending on power) for 2 minutes, stirring and blending after 1 minute.

Immediately add the dry ingredients to this and fold it over and over to incorporate as much of the cheese with the others.

Nuke it for 10 seconds on high, then fold\kneed it until you have a uniform color with no obvious ‘cheesy’ spots.

Repeat the nuke if you if it starts getting hard to work the cheese.

Once you have it uniform, roll it into a ball, then nuke one more time for 10 seconds on high.

Place it between two sheets of parchment or silicon baking mats.

Press down with your hand to flatten it out as much as you can, then using a rolling pin to roll out the dough.

 

 

 

Yogurt into cheese…another go

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I tried out making a variation of the Labneh with the low fat cheese….same process ..make the yogurt (or buy it if making it is not your thing) and then into some cheesecloth and let it strain for 24 hours or there about.

Verdict…I like it!! It’s got a quite tart taste but last night I had it in my baked spuds..now this does two things…

1) It gives you cheesey mayonnaise

2) It means you don’t have to use butter in your spuds because the mayo cheese mix gives you that creamy mixy thingy (that’s techno speak Smile with tongue out)

I mixed in with a bit of sweet chilli sauce and I have to say it was delicious.

I have to remind myself it’s all about taste….the better things taste the less you miss fat….I’m serious!!! Make something bland and you sit there hating a “diet”…make something that has loads of taste and it stops being a change of your diet and is just something that tastes really nice.

It’s all about changing your mind set…play games with your own mind.

As I said this is not a “diet” it’s about changing your whole diet…it’s not about depriving yourself its about eating healthily. Yes it removes fat from your diet but my body doesn’t need fat in the diet anymore than the minimum …it’s got enough of it’s own.