Keep it simple (and bonus New England Boiled Dinner recipe).

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The KISS principle typically is Keep It Simple Stupid. Insulting, isn’t it? You aren’t stupid. Hell, the whole point of the Empower Yourself series is to make you more educated!! To hell with “stupid,” we have a new definition:

Ketofy It Simple Substitution

One of the hardest parts of getting started (besides bad breath and having to pee all the time) is WHAT THE HELL DO I EAT NOW?? Let’s see if we can help you. I’m not going to get into swapping out flours and sweeteners in baked goods, breads, desserts, etc, that will come later. This is about basics. Simple stuff. To help you out, I’ll make the list printable so you can keep it tacked up on the fridge or tucked in your purse (or pocket for the men) when you go grocery shopping.

Sweet potatoes
Thickeners in sauces
Pizza (not the fathead or Kedough, that is for another day)
Binders for meatballs and meatloaf
Milk (as in dairy, not nut)


  • Servings: 1000000000
  • Time: simple
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • Spaghetti-type
    • Spaghetti Squash
    • Zoodles (spiralized zucchini)
    • Sliced and blanched cabbage
    • Miracle Noodles (Konjac noodles)
  • Flat noodles
    • Thinly sliced zucchini
    • Thinly sliced eggplant
    • Blanched cabbage leaves


  • Mashed
    • Cauliflower
  • Cubed and Scalloped
    • Rutabega
    • Red radishes
    • Daikon radish (also known as white or winter radish)
    • chayote squash


  • Riced cauliflower


  • eggplant
  • zucchini
  • chayote squash

Sweet potatoes

  • kabocha squash

Thickeners in sauces

  • xanthan gum
  • guar gum
  • glucomannan powder
  • cream cheese
  • parm cheese


  • blanched cabbage leaves
  • lettuce

Breading and meat binders

  • crushed pork rinds
  • parm cheese
  • almond meal

Pizza crust

  • ground meat, an egg, and 1/4 cup shredded cheese

Milk (dairy, not nut)

  • Half heavy cream, half water

See? You are already on your way. One of the regional dishes up here in Hobbitland is New England Boiled Dinner. Corned beef (safe), cabbage (safe), carrots (eh, never liked them anyway so screw that), and potatoes (DANGER! DANGER! DANGER! DANGER! DANGER! DANGER!). I love Boiled Dinner. It’s awesome on a cold winter day, which is pretty much 6 months a year up here :(. As you can guess, using our KISS protocol, I can make it… and now you can too!

Recipe after the jump!!

Keto New England Boiled Dinner

  • Servings: 4
  • Time: 90-120 mins
  • Difficulty: easy
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1 corned beef brisket
1/2lb cubed daikon radish
1/2 medium sized cabbage, cut into wedges
1/2 tbsp peppercorns (optional, see recipe)
Water. A lot of water.

I made this in my Instant Pot because I’m lazy and I love the thing. You can make it in a large pot, it just takes a little longer and a few more steps. Cube the daikon, put in bottom of pot. Place brisket on top. If using pressure cooker, add cabbage now. Pour enough water in to just cover the brisket. Add the spice packet if one was included with the brisket, if not, add peppercorns. If using pot, bring to boil on the stove. Once boiling, add cabbage, cover, and simmer for 2 hours. If using pressure cooker, set timer for the sized brisket per cooker instructions (I used a 4lb brisket and Instant Pot so 60 minutes did it). Cook. Once done, remove brisket to a plate and let rest. Strain out liquid, serve cabbage\daikon as side dish. Slice corned beef across grain. Enjoy.

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