Beef and Lamb

Quick-and-Easy Low-carb Phở Bo

Low carb Pho Bo
Low carb Pho Bo

Backpacking around Vietnam with Funnyman in 2010 was one of our best holidays ever! I recall having phở (pronounced “fuh” – not “foo” or “foh”) for the first time in Hanoi – and I was blown away! I happily slurped it down numerous times as we travelled from north-to-south over those 3 weeks! Now, almost 10 years later, and hardcore into my low-carb lifestyle, I wanted to relive those awesome memories so I created a quick 15-minute phở which may not be like granny’s authentic bowl of phở on the Hanoi street corner, but its damn close! I used the (konjac / shirataki) ‘noodles‘ from the UK company Eat Water’s range to make it low-carb friendly. You will love it! Let me know how you get on..

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Carbs 6.9g
(9.7%); Fat 15g (46.6%); Protein 31g (43.7%)
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Peppered Lamb Ribs

Peppered Lamb Ribs

If anyone in the Berkshire area is wondering why they can’t source lamb ribs at The Trose (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-(sugar free)-T – mostly yelling instructions on the sidelines much to his annoyance. He likes them with this creamy mustard-mayo dip (included in the macros), but I love them just as they are…

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Carbs 0g
(0.3%); Fat 84g (76.6%); Protein 57g (23.1%)
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Low-carb Chili con Carne

Keto Chili Con Carne

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. Its a perfect meal to break a fast if you are IF. (The calculated 13g carbs per serving include all the toppings. You could shave off more carbs by eliminating the toppings, or stretching the pot of chili between 4 people.)

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Carbs 13g
(8.5%); Fat 45g (65.7%); Protein 40g (25.8%)
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Thai Steak Salad

Thai Steak Salad
Thai Steak Salad

I woke up particularly well this morning. Mr Higgins* snuggled right up against me the entire night, and I woke up with his little nose breathing small amounts of snot onto my cheek: bliss. It certainly beats one Winter morning last year while still half asleep, in an effort to cover my shoulders with the duvet, my hand slipped and I punched myself in the face. Yeah, I would take a bit of Scottie snot any day.

Off topic, apologies… Having been to Thailand twice in my travels, I think its fair to say how incredible and fresh the flavours are, and there is a strong Asian influence in this salad. It is also 100% keto, fast, simple and satisfying! 

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Carbs 4.7g
(5.4%); Fat 17g (46.5%); Protein 41g (48.1%)
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Keto Lamb Cutlets in Creamy Garlic Thyme Sauce

Keto Creamy Thyme Lamb
Keto Creamy Thyme Lamb

Dreamy grilled lamb cutlets finished in a creamy-garlic-white-wine and thyme sauce. Extraordinarily tasty! No long-winded headnote needed here, what’s not to love?

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Carbs 1.5g
(0.8%); Fat 53g (65.5%); Protein 58g (32.1%)
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South African Biltong.. the way to my heart

South African Biltong

In case it hasn’t been clear (with all my talk of braaing!), I am living in the UK now, but I was born and raised in sunny South Africa. Those that know me will note that this post is way overdue – BILTONG: The way to my heart since I first chewed on it while teething as a baby (how teething is dealt with in South Africa) and my favourite keto snack ever! There are numerous stores around the UK that sell excellent biltong, but nothing beats the satisfaction of making your own. 

You could probably fashion your own biltong maker (box, light, fan) but my trusty one has never let me down. It gets used a lot and has a permanent spot on my kitchen counter. Regarding the spices, go ahead and try several or make your own, but Freddy Hirsch has perfected it! Step-by-step pics below.

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