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Green Chef’s New Keto Meal Plan


I was so excited when I got the opportunity to try out three dishes from Green Chef’s new Keto subscription meal plan (they also offer omnivore, carnivore, gluten-free, vegan, paleo, and vegetarian plans). Healthier versions of some of my favorite dishes, made with quality organic ingredients, and requiring only about 30 minutes of prep and cooking time all together?

Thai Basil Fried Quinoa with Ground Chicken

Between the chicken, veggies, and quinoa, this Thai basil fried quinoa dish is the perfect one bowl meal that you can scoop into a container and take to work. No additional chopping, sautéing, or assembly of any sort required. For me, the best approach to meal prep is a hybrid one. I like to have chopped fresh vegetables and roasted ones ready to go to be thrown together with prepped proteins like pulled chicken and roasted chickpeas.  

Fish Tacos with Mint Mango Salsa & Avocado Crema

Remember my muse for the week, the mint I found at the farmer’s market which I mentioned in my previous post? Well, here is another dish it inspired. Was drawn to the idea of a very simple mint mango salsa, cool mixed with sweet with the savory avocado crema to balance it out. As for fried fish tacos, I have always wanted to create a healthier version to treat myself when I’m craving the fish tacos from Tacombi in NYC.  

Thai basil chia chicken meatballs

This Thai basil chia chicken meatballs recipe combines two of my meal prep ideals—(1) use of interesting flavors to keep me hooked on a dish during the week; and (2) super easy and quick to make (less than ten steps (including cutting up the basil and garlic) and prepped and cooked in under an hour). Two thoughts about this one:

  • I really like chia seeds as a sub for bread crumbs: Been meaning to experiment with chia seeds as a substitute for bread crumbs as an ingredient “binder” for a while since they add more nutritionally to a dish,

Cilantro Shrimp Tacos with Spicy Slaw

I am obsessed with tacos—hard shell, soft shell, chicken, veggie, whatever— but seafood, especially shrimp tacos , are my favorite. Still hankering for my all time favorite which I had in Austin two weeks ago—the Baja Shrimp at Torchy’s Tacos (hand-battered fried shrimp with slaw, jalapenos, queso fresco, and chipotle sauce—so darn good). Since there is not a Torchy’s in New York City (probably for the better…), I devised this super easy healthier spin on the Baja.

Moroccan Cinnamon Chicken and Harissa Spiced Carrots

I make no secret of my passion for fiery hot ethnic food, but I am also a fan of dishes where the heat is more subtle, with warm spices supplying the main flavor. Both the Moroccan cinnamon chicken and the harissa spiced carrots fall into the latter category. The combination of cinnamon, cardamom, and turmeric provides an earthy sweetness to the chicken, while the smokiness of the harissa, with a touch of maple,