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Living Low-Carb: Souvlaki wraps

There are a few foods I’ve grown to love (and by that I mean “obsess over”) on keto (it seems like I started this forever ago… it’s only been a week and a half!). Those are cream cheese and eggs. Cream cheese has changed my life. Okay, that’s a little dramatic, but you get the point. I love cream cheese. It makes everything better. Anyway, today at the market I picked up another game changer- romaine lettuce! I normally have spinach salads, so I’ve never felt the need to pick up any type of lettuce, but today I went for it. The guy managing the stand only charged me half price (I don’t know what I did to deserve that) so that was nice too. Anyway, it’s like keto bread. I don’t know why it didn’t occur to me to stuff those babies before. Today I made ham and cheese “sandwiches” and for dinner I made these bad boys:

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Not the prettiest meal I’ve ever made, but that’s alright. I heavily overestimated the pork- the souvlaki skewers looked like they were half the size they normally are, so I thought two would be a good amount, but I was wrong. Not the biggest deal, but there was too much pork to fit inside the lettuce leafs. Under the pork is a tomato/cream cheese/spinach mix. These were DELICIOUS. Messy, but delicious. The lettuce surprisingly didn’t break or fall apart when I was eating, but I would like to find a way to make them stand up better. I might try iceberg lettuce next time. 

Anyway, this came out to about 600-ish calories and about 7 net carbs. That’s pretty high for my tastes, so this will definitely not be an “all the time” meal, but I woke up late and skipped breakfast today. I just used my last tomato and don’t plan on buying any more, so if I do make this in the future I’ll probably use half the pork and no tomato, making it much more keto-friendly. 

 

In other news, I finally got a LONG overdue haircut/color at the salon today. I went to the dentist yesterday since I haven’t been in a WHILE and I’ve been on this self-improvement kick. I was expecting to need several fillings, but he said I only needed one (thank god and Greece)! AND he didn’t even charge me for the first appointment. I had budgeted a LOT more for my teeth than I will be spending, so I used some of that money to take care of my hair. 

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I feel like a new woman!! I’m going back at the beginning of May to get it re-dyed (I’m really feeling medium-dark brown this time), but I’m surprised at how much I like this color. After dealing with whatever my hair has been doing for the past month, I think anything would be an improvement and a blessing. I’m also really happy with the cut- I’m trying to grow it out, so I only wanted a trim, but just that little bit has made it look ten times better and a million times less raggedy. I really love it, and I’m so happy getting it professionally done was in my budget. I’ve been trying to live pretty frugally since I am moving into my first house in August and it is completely unfurnished, so it was also really nice to be able to splurge a little bit. I haven’t really bought anything for myself other than food and toiletries in weeks. Spending money was actually a pleasant change. 

That’s all for now. I’m planning on a big grocery shopping trip at the end of this month to buy some baking materials, so I’ll be trying my hand at healthy baking here in a few weeks. Until next time!

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Saturday Special: Under the Sea

I did it! I finally tipped my toes into the world of seafood. I LOVE seafood. Living in Mississippi, catfish is basically a vital part of my life. Anyway, I’ve never cooked seafood before. I walk by the seafood every time I go to the market, but I’ve always been too nervous to buy any fish before today. Last night I looked up the Greek word for Salmon (σολομός) so I had NO excuses. I passed a few stalls with salmon before I gathered up the courage to walk up to one. Today was an expensive day at the market, since I bought fish and chicken. I was looking for a yoga mat (I’ve started doing yoga pretty consistently about four days a week! Fingers crossed that this stays a habit) but there was not one to be found (at least as far as I could tell). 

My meal tonight was about 5 euro. Not too bad. For some reason I’m still scared of the oven. I feel pretty confident cooking things on the stove but anything involving the oven freaks me out. I think it’s getting better as I just suck it up and do it. I think it’s just because I can’t actively see how cooked the food is. 

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I used this recipe. I have a new favorite “filler” food that I put in almost everything: sautéed spinach and tomatoes. It’s so easy, quick and super delicious. A few nights this week I made a meal out of it by adding bell peppers,broccoli and soy sauce. The salmon I bought had bones in it, so it ended up being a bunch of small pieces of salmon pushed together to look like one larger piece (luckily those tomatoes on top hide my handiwork). No bones made it to the final product, though, and it wasn’t overcooked, so no harm done. I’m really happy with this first attempt at fish. Seriously, go me. Actually being able to see how my cooking has improved since I started making a concentrated effort to learn is so satisfying. 

In other news, happy spring! The weather in Thessaloniki is miles better than it was just a week ago. It’s absolutely beautiful. Here’s proof:Image

 

Unfortunately, I forgot that warm weather meant bugs. I left my balcony door open ONE night and I am covered in bites. I definitely did not miss this. Oh well, it is a trade I am willing to make for the absolutely perfect weather we have been having. Beach weather is nigh approaching, and I cannot wait. 

Queen of the Kitchen

I love cooking. I by far prefer to cook my own meals than go out. Not to mention the pure satisfaction I get from winning the near battle I have every night in my kitchen to make one small meal. I have started limiting myself to eating out only two days per week, so I’ve been cooking a lot recently. Last night I made probably my favorite meal to date: Image

 

This rice is from the stuffed bell pepper recipe I made a few weeks back. I added soy sauce this time and I remembered the feta cheese. Everything was perfect about this meal. Honestly, no complaints. I’ve also started switching my nightly diet coke for a glass of green tea. I’ve been making a concentrated effort to eat really clean recently (another reason why I prefer cooking to eating out. gyros… I don’t even want to talk about them). I can definitely tell the difference from when I was eating out most nights.

This morning I made Cassey Ho from Blogilates’ recipe for banana pancakes. Super healthy (website says under 250 cals), although I quickly changed that by adding Merenda (Greek Nutella). No picture because they were DEFINITELY the ugliest pancakes ever made, although they did get better with each pancake. As always, I’m going for taste more than appearance. They were delicious, and that’s all I care about.