Low-carb Seafood Bake

Keto Seafood Bake
Keto Seafood Bake

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Carbs 6.2g
(5.3%); Fat 32g (33.5%); Protein 39g (61.2%)
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This recipe is a fantastic example of how versatile my Keto Creamy Cauliflower Mash is! This is a simple, hearty and comforting fish pie (coming in at 6.2g carbs per serving) and an ideal meal for the chilly evenings here in the UK. I have seen many stores sell ready “fish pie” mixes (usually a mix of chopped white fish, chopped salmon and chopped smoked haddock) which is handy, but I added prawns to my version to make it a wee bit fancier. This dish is just too lovely and I can’t wait for you to try it! Great with greens on the side, if desired.

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Keto Creamy Cauliflower Mash

Keto Creamy Cauliflower Mash

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Carbs 4.3g
(15.6%); Fat 7.9g (64.8%); Protein 5.4g (19.9%)
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PLEASE TRY THIS! It’s such just a game-changer. Some may turn their nose up at mashing up cauliflower to mimic The Great Potato, but if you try it like this – you will be converted. I didn’t just stop at using a potato masher, I added full-fat cream cheese and then blitzed the mixture into a creamy, (dreamy) puree. All it needed was a little seasoning and it’s perfect to go with your Sausages and Gravy, to top your Cottage Pie or as a side dish to mop up all those lovely flavours of your low-carb stew. Stay tuned this week to see how I used it..

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Low-carb Buffalo Wings

Keto Buffalo Chicken Wings

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Carbs 6.2g
(4.2%); Fat 41g (64.2%); Protein 46g (31.6%)
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Another way to Funnyman’s heart: CHICKEN WINGS! These are basted in a great keto marinade, similar to the one I made for the Keto Ribs, with the addition of a sprinkling of chili flakes scattered over at the end. Delicious for lazy Saturday afternoons while he watches the rugby. Definitely made to be enjoyed with your hands: Get messy!

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Keto Cloud Bread

Keto Cloud Bread
Keto Cloud Bread

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Carbs 0.7g
(2%); Fat 10g (71.4%); Protein 8.6g (26.6%)
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I want to start by saying I did not invent this ‘bread’, nor the term ‘Cloud Bread’. I have seen this concept referred to as Oopsie bread in places too – and I am sure there is a great story behind it but I am ashamed to say I haven’t even researched what that story is. I was too excited to try it out and post my version. I initially followed a popular recipe that everyone seemed to use, but I tried it and found it left out a couple of essential techniques. Ones that would improve flavour and prevent flopping. (I went to culinary school, so these were glaring omissions to me). Anyhow, after a slightly failed first attempt using said recipe, I made it my mission to improve what I had seen out there drawing from my own experience in the kitchen. My recipe below may not be for everyone, but for the Keto Community around the world, I am sure it will make you very happy! The recipe will make 6, but essentially this means 6 halves (in other words – 3 sandwiches / 3 burgers). If you want more, double the recipe and use a second tray (they can store in the fridge for up to 2/3 days).

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Double-Chocolate Macadamia Cookies

Keto Chocolate Macadamia Cookies
Chocolate Macadamia Cookies

*Do not be alarmed at the total carb count in the macro breakdown, the sugar alcohols in Erythritol (in my preferred sweetener) are not absorbed by the body, and therefore have zero impact. Out of interest, calculating the macros minus the Erythritol, these brownies came in at 5g net carbs per serving – which is a more accurate representation.

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I first tasted dark chocolate-and-macadamia nut cookies on honeymoon in Malaysia more than 10 years ago. This was LBK (life-before-keto) and Funnyman and I were literally eating our way through Kuala Lumpur and Penang (it’s a foodie heaven!) One afternoon, when strolling through one of the enormous department stores* in KL, we found a mainstream cookie kiosk called Famous Amos. Their dark chocolate and macadamia cookies were sublime – and here I am, still thinking of them 10 years later! My version is chewier than I remember theirs being, but just as fab. 

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Keto Grilled Brie Mushrooms with Onion Chutney

Keto Grilled Brie Mushrooms

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Carbs 4.5g
(10.4%); Fat 14g (70.8%); Protein 8.1g (18.8%)
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This lovely small meal can be served either as an appetiser for your next fancy dinner party, or enjoyed as a light meal along with some fresh salad leaves. The red onions are cooked down for a while on a very low heat, and their jammy sweetness balances the oozy Brie just perfectly. The general marrying of the two flavours are worth knowing, even for those that don’t like mushrooms. Some examples include Brie and onion jam keto sandwiches or toppings for grilled steak. And for those that LOVE the idea of a big, black mushroom – do this exact dish as it is written here and top your bunless burger with it – you will never consider a bacon and Cheddar topping again!

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Berry Meringue Baskets

Keto Meringue Basket with Berries
Keto Meringue Basket with Berries

When hosting dinner parties and braais, Funnyman and I don’t make a big deal of our keto journey (unless asked). When hosting, I simply make exact versions of the desserts I serve my guests and serve as normal, making sure we get the keto-friendly versions (this is mainly due to artificial sweeteners which not everyone has a taste for). This past summer, when making little berry meringue baskets for my guests, I whipped up a sugar-free version for the two of us. While my rustic meringue baskets weren’t snow-white like the store-bought versions my guests received, they were still pretty damn tasty and hit the sweet spot. If you prefer to make a mess of this (I mean, to literally make a Berry Mess), simply use the Mini Meringues recipe and mix it all together just before serving… (as opposed to making a pretentious, deconstructed version like I have done here by piping them into baskets…) 

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Salmon & Avocado Salad with Quick-pickled Onions

Keto Salmon Avocado Salad

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Carbs 5.1g
(3.7%); Fat 47g (76.9%); Protein 27g (19.4%)
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This winning low-carb salad boosts a combination of flavours and textures that make every mouthful perfect harmony! Small details like toasting the pumpkin seeds beforehand, quick-pickling the thinly-sliced red onions and using roasted sesame oil makes this salad sensational. I used equal amounts of watercress and pea shoots as I find watercress can be a slightly dominating flavour for this salad.

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Homemade Keto Coconut Ice Cream

Keto Coconut ice cream
Keto Coconut ice cream

If you are ambitious enough to own an ice-cream maker (I invested in this one), this Keto Coconut Ice cream should definitely be your first attempt. I toasted the desiccated coconut to add to the mixture before churning to make it even more coconutty. Get churning!

*Do not be alarmed at the carb count in the macro breakdown, the sugar alcohols in Erythritol (in my preferred sweetener) are not absorbed by the body, and therefore have zero impact. Out of interest, calculating the macros minus the Erythritol, 2 scoops came in at 5g net carbs per serving – which is a more accurate representation.

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Creamy Keto Coconut Popsicles

Creamy Coconut Popsicles

I told you I was a lolly-making machine! My Homemade Keto Coconut Ice cream was so popular with Funnyman, I used the leftover mixture to make lollies. For your benefit in the recipe below, I adjusted it to make 6 lollies (using (100ml / 3.4 fl. oz moulds) – and you needn’t churn anything – just mix and freeze. If you like the idea of keto lollies, do check out my Rosewater Raspberry Lollies and Blueberry Lollies, all of which make Funnyman giddy with excitement when he notices a fresh batch in the freezer… 🙂 

*Do not be alarmed at the carb count in the macro breakdown, the sugar alcohols in Erythritol (in my preferred sweetener) are not absorbed by the body, and therefore have zero impact. Out of interest, calculating the macros minus the Erythritol, each lolly came in at 5g net carbs per serving – which is a more accurate representation.

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Low-carb Pork Ribs (that fall off the bone)

Low carb Pork Ribs
Low carb Pork Ribs

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Carbs 6.3g
(8.3%); Fat 20g (59.1%); Protein 24g (32.6%)
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You won’t prepare your ribs any other way after trying this method! We slow-cooked the rack in an air-tight parcel of foil at a relatively low oven temperature. Since all the store-bought marinade and bastes are packed with sugar, I developed my own. This is my low-carb marinade (the use of store-bought reduced-sugar ketchup in this recipe makes this dish not strictly keto.), it’s rich and packed with flavour. The recipe calls for 1 rack of ribs between two people – an ideal Saturday night treat for you and your loved one.

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Low-carb Salami Pizza (using Lo-Dough®)

Low carb Pizza using LoDough
Low carb Pizza using LoDough

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Carbs 8.1g
(6.8%); Fat 37g (70.6%); Protein 27g (22.7%)
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Funnyman enjoys my Cauliflower Pizza, but a few months ago I stumbled upon a UK company called Lo-Dough® that launched (what I like to refer to as) a game-changing product! My curiosity piqued, and I ordered a few online. Now, we are hooked and purchase them monthly in batches. We use them as wraps and pizza bases (they are 2.2g carbs per piece – and happen to be very high in fibre. Funnyman likes his pizzas topped with salami or pepperoni, as shown below (and enjoys it with lashings of Tabasco and fresh avo). This post was not sponsored (none of the posts on M&L are sponsored), and I am happy to link to their website and share the love with my UK readers…

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Keto Butter Coffee (Bulletproof Coffee)

Bulletproof Coffee
Bulletproof Coffee

I am one of those lucky ladies whose hubby brings me coffee in bed every morning, so I had to ask him how he prepares it, so I could share it here. Also known as Caveman coffee or Bulletproof coffee, this is Funnyman’s version of my morning buttered cuppa. One of these in the morning and I rarely eat breakfast because I am full and satisfied for many hours (and energised to-the-max, ready to hit the gym.) It is commonly made in a blender, but we are busy people and can’t be bothered: invest in a mini whisk and you will save yourself plenty of money and time because the most important thing is that the fats are emulsified in the hot coffee. The macros are based on using black coffee. If you choose to add a dash of double cream (whch is amazing), just include it in your macros. Useful side-note: be careful of adding too much MCT Oil. As wonderful as the stuff is, it sometimes has the habit of going right through you. Much like a bullet…

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Mini Meringue Bites

Mini Meringues
Mini Meringues

*Do not be alarmed at the carb count in the macro breakdown, the sugar alcohols in Erythritol (in my preferred sweetener) are not absorbed by the body, and therefore have zero impact.

I made a batch of these to use in a Keto Blueberry Mess I was playing around with one day. They are so delightful and the perfect sweet treat to pop in your mouth when you walk passed them. (They lasted about half a day in my house with Funnyman’s sweet tooth!)Add to whipped cream and blueberries and you have yourself a tasty mess.. 

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Keto Raspberry Rosewater Lollies

Keto Rosewater Raspberry Lollies
Keto Rosewater Raspberry Lollies

Funnyman loves his after-dinner treats so much (my Blueberry Lollies and Keto Brownies are his favourite), but I am getting bored churning them out since we started keto a few months ago, so I am now on a mission to shake things up and experiment with different flavours. These lollies were made using raspberries and rosewater and I added a drop or two of pink food colouring to make them pretty! Fragrant and creamy with little tart raspberry bits throughout, you should definitely give these a try! 

*Do not be alarmed at the carb count in the macro breakdown, the sugar alcohols in Erythritol (in my preferred sweetener) are not absorbed by the body, and therefore have zero impact. 

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