Keto Pesto Pasta (using Konjac noodles)

Keto Pesto Pasta Mud and Love
Keto Pesto Pasta Mud and Love

I have blogged about konjac / shirataki noodles before – they are the bomb! Made out of the konjac root, the company Eat Water in the UK has (over time) perfected a noodle-looking food that is so low in carbs, I can fool myself into thinking I am enjoying a good pasta. They are high in fibre, very filling and even look like the real thing. Available in ‘rice’, ‘noodles’, ‘penne’ and ‘fettucine’ (my favourite), they are indeed a godsend for those on keto / low-carb diets. I love big, bold flavours that slap me right through the face, and you simply cannot go wrong with an excellent homemade Basil Pesto. My pesto recipe is unbeatable and I highly encourage you to whip up a batch at home – you will never eat store-bought again. By all means, add a lovely portion of grilled chicken to it, just include it in your macros.

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Basil Pesto

Keto Basil Pesto Mud and Love
Keto Basil Pesto Mud and Love

Homemade pesto doesn’t last very long in our home due to its versatility, dynamite flavour and the ease of which it can be thrown together. Spend two extra minutes toasting the pine kernels and lightly frying the rawness out of the chopped garlic and you will be good to go. Fresh homemade pesto is superior to anything you will buy in the store – nothing beats it. This recipes makes a small tub, approximately 4 servings. 

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Blueberry Chia Keto Breakfast Pots

Keto Chia Blueberry Porridge Mud and Love
Keto Chia Blueberry Porridge Mud and Love

These delightful little breakfast pots are a godsend for those who need a keto grab-and-go breakfast. Five minutes of prep the night before is all it takes for a low-carb, high-fibre breakfast that ticks all the boxes. I suggest you double or triple the batch (using the handy plugin below which will ensure your chia/milk ratio is preserved) to make it last for several busy weekday mornings. Come Saturday, you can take the time to prepare a bacon and egg fry-up. Oh, how we love keto!

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Stir-fried Greens with Bacon

Keto Cabbage Bacon Mud and Love

Everything tastes awesome with bacon (and this is why we love keto). This side dish of stir-fried greens is sensational! A large portion of this could easily stand as a meal on its own, but it would be better for your macros if this recipe was made for two as a side dish and served alongside a nice portion of protein, such as pork chops. TOP TIP: Use only the sliced white parts of leeks as the green ends are bitter.

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Spicy Rosemary Roasted Nuts

Nuts are an ideal keto snack as they are high in fat and fibre. However, the amount you snack on should be monitored as nuts are also high in calories (yes – in the bigger picture calories DO still count), but more importantly, some nuts contain a higher carb count than others (which can throw you out of ketosis if you continuously keep munching on them sub-consciously. This happens easily with tasty snacks). It’s all about control and picking the right nuts. These roasted nuts are moreish with a lovely hint of rosemary and heat from the cayenne pepper which you can adjust according to your preference. I mix in a very small pinch of sweetener as soon as it comes out of the oven, but this is entirely optional. Since you are roasting and seasoning the nuts yourself, purchase unroasted, unsalted whole nuts for this recipe.

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Roasted Coconut Broccoli

A super-simple two-ingredient dish that ticks all the boxes as the perfect keto side dish. We have this at least two or three times a week to accompany our chicken, fish or braai (BBQ) meat – and we love it to the point of craving it. The stems soften and melt in your mouth, while the florets caramelise and crisp up – and the coconutty flavour is just heavenly…

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Best ever Keto Brownies

Best Keto Brownies Mud and Love
Best Keto Brownies Mud and Love

Bribing Funnyman with my brownies is a nifty way to get him to do stuff around the house. I learnt this in wife-training school. He loves these keto brownies. (At 0.5g carbs per brownie, who wouldn’t?) They are the perfect size to hit the sweet spot and they make great fat bombs. I don’t have a sweet tooth at all, so making a batch of these along with a batch of Keto Blueberry Lollies for him once a week is my way of showing him how much I appreciate him going on this Keto journey with me. The brownies store well in the fridge (although they would disappear in a day if I did that), so I freeze them individually after cooling and slicing. We always have double cream in the house, so he often reheats them slightly after they have defrosted (2-3 hours in the fridge to defrost) and then he pours a little cream over them. Happy Husband = Happy Wifey…

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Keto Blueberry Lollies

Keto Blueberry Ice Lollies Mud and Love
Keto Blueberry Ice Lollies Mud and Love

Funnyman wasn’t entirely convinced when I broached the subject of doing keto with me a few months ago. He has a massive sweet tooth and the thought of giving up his after-dinner treats didn’t sit well with him. A client of mine in the US suggested I try Swerve® as a sugar replacement in my cooking and baking and I was delighted to find it had no strange after-taste. When Funnyman tried my lollies, it gave him the push to do keto with me. Of course, I had to become a lolly-making machine because he happily enjoys one of these almost every night. He is down almost 10kg (22lb) now and counting…

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Keto Chili con Carne

Keto Chili Con Carne Mud and Love
Keto Chili Con Carne Mud and Love

A comforting bowl of goodness. Funnyman gets giddy with excitement when I whip up a pot of my chili. After we switched to a Keto Lifestyle, I adjusted my recipe to exclude the red kidney beans, but the overall flavour and heartiness has not been compromised, and he loves it just the same. I made this dish often in LBK (Life Before Keto), and even then we ate it with a spoon straight out of our bowls, sans tortillas, rice or any accompanying carbs, so this wasn’t a major adjustment for us. This recipe yields 3 servings, so if it’s just you and your loved one, there should be enough the next day for whoever gets to the fridge and Calls It first. If you are cooking for more people, use the facility on the recipe plugin to double it up.

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