Thursday, January 27, 2022

Mexican Keto week!!!

Soooooo you guys... weeeeeelllll basically, something that I've discovered about myself I basically have to live a low carb lifestyle pretty much FOR LIFE!!! Like as a life style cuz as soon as I don't I gain a TON of weight!! I mean yeah we all take a day off here and there...buuuuut  you know NOT MONTHS!!! AHAHAAA!!!! So i've done low carb for years now and there are all kinds of low carb diets but I think keto seems the least like a DIET, diet to me!!!!

Sooooooo I give myself these KETO CHALLENGES...Liiiiiiike can I make a Keto Dish that that doesn't taste any different than NOT KETO???? I acomplished Lasagna---AND now NOT WITH ZOODLE NOODLES!!! It's not anything weird or plant based or pea protien or some random weird veggie...I came up with the most BRILLIANT noodle idea-and for a LOW FEE, i'll give you the recipe!!! Juuuuuuuuust kidding--- if you ask, I'll hook you up just cuz i'm AWESOME like that!!! ;)
Sooooooo after acomplishing the lasagna, I started craving red ENCHILADAS!!! Annnnnnnd this brought me TWO CHALLENGES!!! 1. Learning how to make homemade- NOT FROM THE CAN, authentic Mexican enchilada sauce. 2. Keto Enchiladas-THAT TASTE BOMB.COM!!!!
(Weeeeeellllll DUH...I'm Mary soooooo OF COURSE I DID!!!;)
My first strategy was talking to pretty much EVERY MEXICAN I know about how they make their enchilada sauce!!! Pretty much half of Roswell, NM was involved in helping me accomplish this goal!!!
Soooooo originally i bought a paste of pepper puree...

that was unseasoned and it was basically like YOU make it, they had just already finished the boiling and pureeing part of the peppers for you...I thought this was still pretty homemade, BUUUUUUUT when I talked to Anali, she said, and I'm NOT quoting her buuuuuuut,  basically thats cheating and it will taste BETTER if i boil and puree the peppers myself...ugh...
Okaaaaaaay I just want to clarify that back in the day, my mother and I made homemade tamales and it was soooooo long ago there wasn't internet access and I guess I didn't really have any Mexican friends to ask and we liiiiiiike missed the part about pureeing the peppers in the blender and she made me like squeeze them through a cheesecloth and hands were stained red for like WEEKS and it was sooooooo hard and such a big mess!!! The tamales were REALLY good buuuuuuuut I was just like okaaaaaaaay this is just waaaaaaaay TO MUCH WORK!!!! So i was pretty traumatized about using peppers like that for anything!!! LOL 
they work Mom, THEY WORK!!!! 

Weeeeeeeeeelllll I thought the first batch of red sauce came out PRETTY was a little salty...I added chicken boullion and then salt WITHOUT first tasting it...always taste it people before adding was STILL REALLY good and better than just about any enchilada sauce i've had...annnnnnnd I DID IT...I MADE MY KETO ENCHILADAS!!!!
Look at these delicious, but still low carb,  BEAUTIES!!!
Soooooo i decided I was going to make the green chili enchilada sauce COMPLETELY FRESH!!! 
Sooooooooo I once again talked to a TON of friends and read a TON or authentic recipes annnnnnnd went shopping at good city...I really did NOT know what all I was buying buuuuuuuut IF it was a green pepper I bought some annnnnnnnd some tomatillos-which i found out are green tomatos

I roasted them all in the oven then deseeded them and threw em in the blender...

NOW I did two or three things different from all the recipes...
1. instead of one clove of garlic, i used liiiiiike know what...I'm Italian and it gives amaaaaaaaaZing flavor
2. most people did not cook it for very long and maybe it's not really traditional buuuuuut since I was using tomatillos which are tomatos...I slow cooked it for several hours like we do with our pasta sauce...tomatoes are acidic and when you cook it for hours like that it cooks out the it just seems like sauces taste better when you slow cook them...
3.annnnnd THEN since i'm keto anyways...I thought what would it hurt if I threw in a stick of butter...I couldn't hurt the flavor riiiiight????

plus I added in all the traditional seasonings like cumin and chicken boulion...

Yes i'm wear green BECAUSE i'm making GREEN enchilada sauce!!!

then i wrapped them in my SECRET keto wrapper I made up!!! ;)

I know this is gonna sound conceited buuuuut REALLY, I feel like HONEST is more accurate...because they were LITERALLY some of THE BEST ENCHILADAS I'VE EVERRRR had in my life!!!! Buuuuuuuuuuut they're NOT THE BEST, the best I've ever had were made by a lady named Sister Mini from one of the churches in California...those are SERIOUSLY THE BEST ONES I'VE EVERRRR HAD IT MY LIFE!!!!
Buuuuuuuuuuuut I was PRETTY PLEASED WITH THEM!!!
I've been eating them for a week and have NOT yet gotten sick of them which is a pretty big miracle!!! My sister has been eating the non-keto ones i made her and she isn't tired of them YET...she said she may need a little break buuuuuuut she really likes them AND THATS A HUGE DEAL FOR MY SISTER TO STILL WANT THEM AFTER A WEEK!!! She gets tired of stuff PRETTY QUICKLEY!!!
Then on Tuesday, I JUST HAD TO TRY MY RED ENCHILADA SAUCE FROM the dried red peppers instead of the paste and WOWWWWWWW!!!! I can really taste the difference and will always make it like this or maybe completely fresh ones next time like I did with the green peppers!!!

I made these ones for my sister out of corn tortillas and I just filled them with cheese cuz I didn't have any meat on hand and she really like them and said that this read sauce for sure came out even better than the first time!!! Annnnnnnd liiiiiiike, MY SISTER DOES NOT JUST SAY STUFF TO BE NICE...she would NOT EVEN TOUCH my MExican rice!!!! AHAHAHAHAHAAA!!!

If a Mexican everrrr trys my enchiladas and then asks me for my enchilada sauce recipe...Ill liiiiiike literally NEVERRRR SHUT UP ABOUT IT...liiiiiiike NEVERRRRRR!!!! BEWARE: You will read about it!!!