Here’s a simple truth about the Keto lifestyle that I missed when I transitioned the first time around. Keto is much easier to do if you take a look at your regular menu and find out which of the foods you already enjoy are Keto-friendly to begin with.
(And also do not fall for the stupid notion that all fruits and vegetables are forbidden till the end of time and you’re cursed to live off of bacon forevermore. But that’s for another blog).
For me, that was primarily seafood.
(Yes, there were more dishes I enjoyed that were quite Keto-friendly, or required very little work to be adapted – but seafood was the big one).
Because even the simplest seafood dishes satisfy me. And emotional satisfaction is a big thing when you eat – you might get full, but if you’re not enjoying what you’re eating, you might still want to continue. That’s why we snack after all: chips and popcorn might not make us full, but the emotional satisfaction we get when we snack on them is well worth it.
How to fix that? Figure out which meals satisfy you enough so that you don’t feel the need to snack again after.
Or figure out which snacks are not only Keto-friendly but nutritionally sound overall, so that eating them actually fills you up better than a family-sized pack of chips did before you had to cut them out.
These salmon and cream cheese roll-ups were it for me.
See, cream cheese and lox has always been my favorite type of sandwich. Everyone’s always surprised when I say that because I tend to warn people about being a picky eater and they always assume that seafood is the first thing on the chopping block. But no. Even as a kid, when I barely ate anything, smoked salmon was my jam.
Bagels? What bagels. I enjoyed cream cheese and lox on regular ol’ toasted white bread perfectly fine.
That said, I definitely had no idea how to bake Keto bread when I got into Keto. I didn’t learn how to bake it for… well, frankly far too long, because I was stupidly scared of trying.
But I didn’t want to cut the cream cheese and salmon duo from my menu. So I took the next step – Googled up what else I could do with this combo.
What I love the most about these roll-ups is their versatility: they’re an appetizer/party finger-food, a snack, a whole meal rolled into one. And yes, I’ve had these rolls as a main dish for my lunch and it worked perfectly fine. It’s fish and cheese, it’s nutritious, fatty, and filling. Of course it worked.
And they take, like, 10 minutes to make. If that’s not an incentive for you to try – I don’t know what is.
Salmon & Cream Cheese Roll-Ups
- A mixing bowl
- 1/2 lb smoked salmon
- 2/3 cups of cream cheese (+/-)
- 2 tbsp sour cream
- 8-10 sprigs of arugula
- 1/2 tbsp finely chopped fresh dill (optional)
- 1/2 tbsp finely chopped tarragon (optional)
- Cut your smoked salmon into 8-10 pieces
- Add the cream cheese, sour cream, and, optionally, dill and tarragon, to a mixing bowl. Mix together until everything is combined.
- Spread the cream cheese mix onto one end of each salmon piece. Top the cream cheese with a sprig of arugula and roll up.