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!
These mini skewers are like someone said, “let’s take all the best keto items and grill them on a skewer!” Bacon? “Yes please!” Prawns? “Yes please!” Avocado? “Oh, stop it, now you are just showing off!” A little finicky to make, but totes worth it in the end. A fun, tasty appetiser at your next braai (BBQ)…
If anyone in the Berkshire area is wondering why they can’t source lamb ribs at Waitrose (over summer when they stock it), its because Funnyman and I empty the shelves on every visit and stock up our chest freezer to last the winter. It must be our favourite item on the braai and we enjoy it many nights. Funnyman is the one who cooks them, while I sit back and sip my G-and-sugarfree-T (mostly yelling instructions on the sidelines, to his annoyance). He likes them with this creamy mustard-mayo dip (included in the macros), but I love them just as they are…
I wasn’t always a fan of Brussels sprouts. I remember as a kid, I used to hide them under my napkin just so that I could be excused from the dinner table. What was I thinking? I LOVE them now! If you are not a fan of Brussels sprouts, you have probably been preparing them wrong. I sometimes finely slice them and fry them with grass-fed butter and bacon bits, or grill them crispy (like I have done here) and serve covered with grated Parmesan. They are an excellent side dish to your protein to complete a healthy keto meal.
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.
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 recipe makes a small tub, approximately 4 servings.
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!
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. TIP: Use only the sliced white parts of leeks as the green ends are bitter.
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.
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…