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Tony Starlight cooks Chicken Alfredo Cauliflower Casserole with Marti Mendenhall: Episode 9 of Marti's Music Kitchen

By MARTI MENDENHALL // Icon Tony Starlight cooks with Marti Mendenhall and talks about his Ketogenic Diet.

Today, we have the Amazing entertainer and northwest musical legend, Mr. Tony Starlight. He is the owner of stunningly beautiful Tony Starlight Showroom which features extremely popular parody dinner shows of famous stars like Frank Sinatra and Neil Diamond, and themed shows like “AM Seventies Gold” and “The Eighties Experience.”

“I started on this diet because some people… said it decreased their anxiety. So, you know, when you run your own business, there’s a ton of anxiety… I said, “I could do with a little less anxiety,” and I started in on the diet. The weight loss is that wonderful side-benefit!”

This iconic comedian has been on the Ketogenic Diet since June and credits this way of eating to bringing out his younger – more handsome self. On the menu is a Ketogenic friendly Chicken Alfredo Cauliflower Casserole. What are the health benefits of this way of eating? And has it changed the way he approaches his high-energy comedy shows? Come with me into this funny man’s kitchen – and let’s find out!

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Chicken Alfredo Cauliflower Casserole
1 head of cauliflower
2 medium crowns of broccoli
4 strips of bacon

3/4 lbs. boneless, skinless chicken breast
2 T extra virgin olive oil
1 t salt
1 t black pepper
1 t Italian seasoning

3 T butter
2 T olive oil
6-10 cloves minced garlic
1 T ground black pepper
8 oz heavy whipping cream
8 oz sour cream
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
3/4 cups shredded Italian cheese, Parmesan, Romano, etc.

Cut broccoli and cauliflower into bite sized pieces, put into a deep pot and set aside.

Dice bacon into tiny bits and set aside.

Put olive oil in skillet. Dice chicken into bite sized pieces and sauté on medium heat. Add salt, pepper and seasoning after chicken is halfway cooked. Cook chicken thoroughly, but not too much. Drain fat and set aside.

Clean out skillet and melt butter over medium head. Add olive oil, garlic and black pepper. Sauté for about 1 minute. Add whipping cream and sour cream. Once mixture is warm, add cheese and begin to slowly melt. Don’t let the mixture bubble. Let it melt gently over the next five minutes, stirring slowly.

Toss chicken and bacon into the deep pot along with the broccoli and the cauliflower. Dump hot cheese sauce over the top and mix thoroughly. Dump mixture into casserole dish. Sprinkle top with Italian seasoning. Put into 350º oven and bake for 45 minutes or so. If desired, cover the top with mozzarella cheese and broil for about 3 to 5 minutes to create a crunchy cheese crust on top. Watch closely! Don’t burn!

Do the dishes. Make some almond flour keto garlic toast.

Keto Garlic Toast
1 1/2 T butter
1 egg
2 T almond flour
1 T coconut flour
1/2 t baking powder
1/2 t garlic salt
1/4 t Italian seasoning
pinch salt
4 garlic cloves, minced
More butter 
Parmesan cheese

Melt butter in a coffee mug, preferably a uniform cylinder. Whisk egg, almond flour, coconut flour, baking powder, garlic, seasoning and salt until fairly smooth. About a minute of whisking. Put mixture back into the mug you melted the butter in. Swirl around and pat the mug until the mixture sits uniformly getting rid of all the air pockets.

Microwave for 90 seconds. Dump loaf out onto cutting board. Slice into four pieces. Spread butter on top, put a little bit of minced garlic on the butter, sprinkle Parmesan cheese on top of that. Broil until golden brown. Careful! Don’t burn!



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