Crispy Chicken Thigh Recipe

Ever since I was a kid I absolutely loved friend chicken. Something about the crisp with the chicken was just amazing. Fast forward to adulthood where I’ve learned how fried food can be the worst for you 🙂

So, here’s a recipe for Crispy Baked Chicken Thighs, no breading included. This recipe is super easy and is ketogenic and low carb friendly! Bonus, my kids loved them & my husband even took cold leftovers to work and enjoyed them!


  • 10 Chicken Thighs, skin on & bone-in
  • 4 TB Olive Oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Garlic Powder
  • 21 Seasoning Salute, Trader Joe’s (Italian Seasoning Optional)
  • Cayenne Pepper, optional (not shown in video)

Preheat Oven to 400 degrees F. Pat the chicken dry with paper towels, and on a lined cooking tray coat them with olive oil, skin side up. Season with salt, pepper, garlic powder, & additional seasonings. Place in oven for about 60 minutes, longer if you like the skin very crispy and the chicken more well done.

Serve with sautéed veggies, mashed cauliflower, zucchini noodles, and more! Use whatever you have in the house and enjoy a simple and easy dinner night at home.

Shrimp Scampi & Pasta | Keto-Friendly

Yes! You can STILL have pasta dishes when eating low carb, you just need to get creative. See below for details of ingredients, recipe, & macros. This recipe doesn’t have perfect macros but is extremely low carb and can be worked into your ketogenic lifestyle.

1lb Shrimp, deveined
4 TB Butter
1/2 lemon
1/2 C white wine
2 Handfuls of Squash or Zucchini Noodles
Salt, Pepper, Crushed Red Pepper, Chopped Garlic, Chopped Parsley
Grated Parmesan Cheese

+Melt butter in a pan, add garlic. Add lemon juice, white wine & crushed red pepper.

+Add Shrimp and cook until pink. Season with Salt & Pepper. Add noodles! Add parsley.

+Plate and add grated parm.

MACROS | Fat 32g, Protein 66g, Net Carbs 6g

Julie & Julia Didn’t Have Any Kids

Julie-Julia-Meryl-streep-Amy-Adams-google.-comAbout two weeks ago my husband and I sat down to watch Julie & Julia. This is the movie based on a true story of an aspiring writer who challenges herself to finish every recipe in the Julia Child cook book, Mastering the Art of French Cooking. While doing so she keeps a blog to journal her experience. Then, we also see Julia Child in France. We see her fall in love with cooking and we see her master the skills she later shared.

After watching the movie I became inspired. Being a “wanna be foodie” I thought “I need to get this book that taught american women how to cook.” So after ordering the book on barnes & noble and waiting the 36 hours it took to ship, I had my book. I immediately started reading and browsing through techniques and recipes. After a good hour of reading in between diaper changes, making lunch, making bottles, being a human tissue, building a railway, and being the warden who placed each little inmate into their cell..I mean crib, I realized something.

Julie and Julia didn’t have any kids!

Of course Julie was able to accomplish her goal without a five month old demanding her attention. Julia did seem to want children, but never had any. ( I don’t know the exact reasons). Julia did however have plenty of time as a housewife with no children to attend cooking school and master her skills at home.

I love my children with every thing I have inside of me, I just hope they know that I can love them with chicken nuggets and spaghettios. Maybe one day I can put on my apron and cook like Julia or my new favorite Chef Novelli, for now I’ll just enjoy watching my son scarf down the cereal he wanted as dinner and the pancakes I’m able to make about every other Saturday.

[update 4.15.16: pancakes have yet to happen every other Saturday]