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Blackberry, Basil And Spinach Pressed Halloumi KETO LUNCH RECIPES

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This sweet and savory combo is perfect for breakfast or brunch, but could also be part of a light spring lunch. The fresh basil pairs nicely with the other ingredients so it’s not overpowering. Halloumi is a slightly springy cheese that’s great for grilling and super photogenic- great for those Instagram food shots!

Blackberry, Basil and Spinach Pressed Halloumi

This recipe requires minimal prep time; the most intensive part of it is slicing the halloumi cheese. Make sure the slices are the same thickness so that they cook evenly. We recommend a sharp knife, a clean piece of string or unwaxed floss for precision. You can also keep the Panini grill halfway open to prevent the cheese from getting flattened.

Yields 1 serving of Blackberry Basil and Spinach Pressed Halloumi

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THE PREPARATION

  • 4 ounces halloumi cheese
  • 2 teaspoons mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup spinach
  • 4 leaves basil, torn
  • 0.8 ounces cucumber, sliced
  • 6 whole blackberries, sliced into halves

THE EXECUTION

Blackberry, Basil and Spinach Pressed Halloumi KETO LUNCH RECIPES

1. Pre-heat Panini press to medium.

Blackberry, Basil and Spinach Pressed Halloumi

2. Slice the halloumi cheese into equal rectangles.

Blackberry, Basil and Spinach Pressed Halloumi

3. Place the halloumi cheese on Panini press until it begins to brown.

Blackberry, Basil and Spinach Pressed Halloumi

4. Flip both pieces of cheese to brown the other sides.

Blackberry, Basil and Spinach Pressed Halloumi

5. Layer the mayonnaise, spinach, cucumber slices, torn basil, and sliced blackberries on one slice of cheese.

Blackberry, Basil and Spinach Pressed Halloumi

6. Place the other slice of halloumi cheese on top to create a sandwich.

Blackberry, Basil and Spinach Pressed Halloumi

7. Close the grill and press for about 1 minute. Turn off heat to the Panini press.

Blackberry, Basil and Spinach Pressed Halloumi

8. Remove the pressed halloumi from the grill. Top with any remaining berries and serve warm.

Blackberry, Basil and Spinach Pressed Halloumi

This makes a total of 1 serving of Blackberry Basil and Spinach Pressed Halloumi. Each serving comes out to be 434 Calories, 32.3g Fat, 5.7g Net Carbs, and 27.6g Protein.

Baked Crack Chicken Breasts

Baked Crack Chicken Breasts, also referred to as Ranch Chicken with Bacon, is a delicious and creamy dish loaded with cheese and bacon. 


Prep Time10 d
Cook Time20 d
Total Time30 d
Servings: 2 serves
Author: EliasTague

Ingredients

  • 4
    slices thick cut bacon, diced

FOR THE CHICKEN

  • 1  tablespoon  vegetable oi
  • 1  tablespoon butter
  • 4  (1-pound, total) boneless, skinless chicken breasts, pounded to 1/4-inch thickness

Instructions

  • 1.Preheat oven to 400F.
    2.Lightly grease a 9x13 baking dish with cooking spray and set aside.Set a large skillet over medium-high heat and add in diced bacon; cook until crispy.Remove bacon from skillet and set aside. DON'T discard bacon fat.Return skillet to heat and add vegetable oil to the remaining bacon fat.Pound chicken breasts to a 1/4-inch thickness and season with salt, pepper, garlic powder, and paprika.
    Add chicken breasts to the hot oil - you may have to do this in batches if skillet isn't big enough - and cook chicken breasts for 2 to 3 minutes, or until golden brown.
    Flip over the chicken breasts, add butter, and continue to cook for 3 more minutes.Remove chicken breasts from skillet and arrange in previously prepared baking dish. Set aside.
    In a small bowl combine cream cheese, garlic powder, onion powder, dill weed, and chives; mix until thoroughly combined. Taste for seasonings and adjust accordingly. *You can also just stir in 1 tablespoon of store-bought ranch seasoning.
    Top each chicken breast with 2 tablespoons of the cream cheese mixture. Spread to coat the surface of each chicken breast.
    Take half of the bacon and add on top of the cream cheese.Sprinkle shredded cheese over the chicken breasts.Bake, uncovered, for 15 minutes, or until chicken is cooked through and cheese is melted and lightly browned.Remove from oven.Garnish with remaining bacon, fresh parsley, and scallions.Serve.