Giving up carbs doesn’t mean you have to give up the comforting carb-o-licious foods you enjoy like pizza, pretzels, and even cake. Sam Dillard of HeyKetoMama.com does it again with her latest cookbook Keto Comfort Foods (also check out I Love My Instant Pot Keto Diet Recipe Book and I Love My Air Fryer Keto Diet Recipe Book). You’ll find 100 delicious low-carb, keto-friendly Casseroles, Soups, Stews and Chilis, Pizzas, Rice and Pastas, Classic Comfort Dishes, Sides, as well as Baked Goods and Desserts. Noteworthy recipes include:
Spinach Artichoke Chicken Casserole
Chicken Pot Pie Casserole
Chicken and Dumpling Soup
5-Minute Skillet Pizza
Meat Lover’s Calzone
Chicken Fried Rice
Biscuits and Gravy
Pickle-Brined Crispy Chicken
Cheddar Bacon Biscuits
Soft Baked Pretzels
Each recipe is easy to follow and is complete with nutritional statistics (including net carbs) so that you can easily stay within your daily macros. Below is a delicious and easy Ham and Cheese Pockets recipe courtesy of the author that are just 6 net carbs! Say it now, Hot Pockets...
HAM AND CHEESE POCKETS
"This recipe is a low-carb twist on a childhood favorite frozen convenience meal. While it requires a little more prep time, it’s definitely worth it. These Ham and Cheese Pockets are great for kids because they’re handheld and full of cheese, and they have a crispy crust and warm, gooey center!" ~ Sam Dillard
Prep time 10 minutes | Cook time 20 minutes | Serves 4
1½ cups shredded mozzarella
2 ounces cream cheese, softened
1 cup finely ground blanched almond flour
1 tablespoon coconut flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon apple cider vinegar
1 large egg
4 ounces cooked ham, chopped into cubes
4 ounces sharp Cheddar, shredded
4 teaspoons Dijon mustard
¼ teaspoon poppy seeds
Preheat the oven to 400°F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
In a large microwave-safe bowl, add mozzarella, cream cheese, almond flour, and coconut flour. Microwave for 45 seconds, then stir. Microwave for an additional 15 seconds and stir until a smooth ball forms.
Add baking soda, vinegar, and egg. Stir until combined and a soft ball forms. Separate the dough into four pieces and flatten into 4" × 6" rectangles. Wet your hands with a bit of water to prevent the dough from sticking to your hands as you work, repeating as needed.
On one half of each piece of dough, place 1 ounce ham and 1 ounce Cheddar. Fold the other half of the dough over and press to seal it closed.
Brush 1 teaspoon mustard over each pocket and sprinkle with poppy seeds and place onto prepared baking sheet.
Bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown. Let cool for 10 minutes before serving.
Calories: 543 | Fat: 39g | Protein: 33g | Sodium: 1,373mg | Fiber: 4g | Carbohydrates: 10g | Net Carbohydrates: 6g | Sugar: 3g
Change Up the Fillings
You can switch up the filling for these pockets however you or your family would like. This cheesy dough can be used with your favorite chopped-up fillings, such as taco meat, turkey, and Cheddar, or even pepperoni! It also makes a great mini calzone—brush the outside with garlic butter and sprinkle with Parmesan before you cook it.
Excerpted from Keto Comfort Foods by Sam Dillard. Copyright © 2019 by Simon & Schuster, Inc. Photography by James Stefiuk. Used with permission of the publisher, Adams Media, an imprint of Simon & Schuster. All rights reserved.