If you’ve followed the blog for a while, you know that I precook most of my meals for the week using what I call 5-day recipes. These are recipes that yield a significant volume of food and can last for the entire week. The idea is that you only chose to follow the diet once a week, when you plan your meals and cook your food. It is also more economical to cook in bulk than to make many individual meals. These meals generally turn out to be some sort of casserole so that is simple to prepare. The Kitchen Sink Keto Casserole is my latest addition to our weekly lunch rotations and I’ve got to say, this is by far my favorite! It combines all of my favorite things, pork, chicken, cheese and veggies!
Here’s the finished casserole! You can almost smell its yumminess through the computer screen!!
The thighs should look like this. All we’re going to do is chop them up into cubes.
After they are chopped up, throw them in a large pan like my wok and cook away! This is a massive amount of meat so you really do need a large pan. You could also cook them in batches or cook the meat in the oven as done on the chicken thighs and spinach recipe.
The key to this recipe is multitasking. If you do all of the work in parallel it can go quite quickly. At this point we have the bacon in the oven, the chicken is cooking, and now we’re going to cook the sausage.
Now if you’ve read any of my other casserole recipes, you know that I’m a big fan of the “big bowl”. It makes it much easier to cook these large meals if you get catering or professional size equipment. You can mix all of the ingredients with easy and not struggle to fit everything. So, that’s a long way of saying, throw the sausage in the bowl! Make sure to squeeze the grease out of the sausage before transfer. Also, we’re going to saute the vegetable in the same grease!
Finally, throw it in a gigantic casserole dish. At this point you can optionally sprinkle some paprika on the top.
- Serves: 12
- Serving size: 290g
- Calories: 598
- Fat: 40
- Carbohydrates: 5
- Fiber: 1
- Protein: 52
- 12 Chicken Thighs (3 packs of 4 or 72 ounces)
- 1 Small Onion
- 4 Celery Stalks
- 24 Oz Jimmy Dean Sausage
- 16 Oz Sliced Mushrooms
- 16 Oz Frozen Cauliflower
- 7 Slices Bacon
- 8 Oz Cheddar Cheese, shredded
- 16 Oz Cream Cheese
- Paprika to taste (Optional)
- Cook the bacon in the oven at 400 degrees for 15-20 minutes until crisp
- While the bacon is cooking, prep the rest of the meal
- Chop the chicken thighs into cubes
- Cook in a large pan until the juices run clear and the inside is no longer pink, if your pan is small, you might need to do it in batches
- Brown the sausage
- When the sausage is done, transfer to a large bowl leaving the grease in the pan
- Chop the onion and celery
- Add the onion, celery and mushrooms to the sausage grease and cook until translucent
- Microwave the frozen cauliflower and then cut the florets up
- As you finish the various ingredients, add to the large bowl
- When the chicken is done, drain and add to the bowl
- When the bacon is done, crumble and add to the bowl
- Add the cream cheese and mix
- Add the cheese and mix
- Spread in a large pan and top with paprika if desired
- Cook at 350 degrees for 30 minutes covered in foil
- Then cook for an additional 10 minutes uncovered
|Tovolo 7.5 Quart Mixing Bowl
Most of my large 5day recipes and casseroles are all mixed together before being baked. You really need a giant bowl to hold all the ingredients and this one fits the bill!
|Lodge 12-inch Cast Iron Skillet
The only pan you really need. Once properly seasoned, this pan can cook anything you can imagine! Lasts forever and never wears out.
|4.8 Quart Casserole Dish
Great for cooking those gigantic, week long casseroles! I call them 5day meals on the website. Normal casserole dishes are 10×13 but this one is gigantic and can easily be divided into ten portions.