Side dishes

While I love meat and fish, I simply adore vegetables and believe the side dishes can often be the star-of-the-show. I am a huge believer in eating plenty of keto-friendly vegetables for that much-needed fibre. Here are some ideas to get you to eat your greens, as well as some breads to mop up stews and sauces…

Mini Rosemary Keto Rolls

Mini Rosemary Keto Rolls
Mini Rosemary Keto Rolls

I need to do more research on the guy that invented Fathead dough, so I can find him and plant a big fat one on him! I use the concept for so many great dishes, but switched around some ingredient ratios until I was happy. Here, I made a batch of mini rosemary-flavoured ‘breadrolls’, yielding between 13 and 14 little rolls. The macros are calculated as one ‘serving’ being 2 mini rolls. You can use any appropriately-sized pan or baking tin, but I thought it would be attractive to bake, then serve (tear-and-share-style) straight from a cast-iron pan (mine was 20cm / 8-in diameter). Enjoy with just about anything and play around with different herbs – but I think I rocked these using rosemary..

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Keto Creamed Spinach

Keto Creamed Spinach

This is my FABULOUS Keto Creamed Spinach recipe – perfect when served with a juicy ribeye nestled alongside it. It serves two people, so double up the ingredients to feed the family (although we all know that a mountain of fresh spinach will wilt down to nothing, but luckily it happens pretty quickly, so simply add the spinach to the pan in two or three batches at a time.) I gently caramelised shallots and garlic for added flavour beforehand and added the raw spinach to the pan – again, cooking slowly and over a low heat with no added moisture (please don’t boil your spinach!). It takes some patience and constant stirring, but the results are crazy-amazing…

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Keto Creamed Leeks

Keto Creamed Leeks
Keto Creamed Leeks

I get so many messages from friends wanting to know what knives I use. When I finished culinary school (now, almost 10 years ago), Funnyman bought me a Robert Welch Cook’s Knife and… I LOVE IT. I use a hundred times a day, I sharpen it with pride and it still lives in its protective box. No one is allowed to touch it, not even Mark – unless he wants me to use it on him. Coming up to Christmas, if you are looking to get a great knife set for your loved one, RW have a set now available – a perfect gift for the foodie in your life. So, to cut a long story short, I thought it would be a great time to showcase what knives I use, especially on this dreamy side dish which is so simple to make and will sit perfectly on the side of your grilled steak, or roast this Christmas.

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Keto Celeriac Dauphinoise

Coming from South Africa, a (mandatory) Potato Bake was the highlight of any braai – especially in my family where my aunty and cousin would get frequent requests to bring one along to family gatherings. (They would add bacon and mushroom soup powder if I can recall correctly.) It is a wonderful memory and one that deserved mention here. Anyway, after moving to the UK, I used to make my own version, which was more of a classic Dauphinoise. After going keto, not being able to tuck into one stung a little, until recently when I discovered how low in carbs celeriac was! (Up until then, I avoided it thinking it was a root vegetable and therefore a no-no). So, I adapted the exact recipe I used to do, but used celeriac instead of potatoes. Fantastic results, and perfect to enjoy alongside the Pork Belly and Keto Gravy I posted on Monday.

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Keto Onion Rings

Keto Onion Rings

Just because you have given up flour doesn’t mean you can’t crumb-and-fry food anymore! I simply combined blitzed lean pork crackling with nutritional yeast flakes (<-my new favourite ingredient) and fried as normal. Absolutely incredible flavours and perfect to have on the side of your bunless burger. Leaner crackling is preferred for this recipe, so I used Mr Porky’s Crispy Pork Strips – which I have seen available at Tesco and Sainsbury’s here in the UK.

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Keto Cauliflower Rice

Keto Cauliflower Rice

This is a nifty way to mimic rice when you are serving a dish that needs all its lovely sauces mopped up. I cooked down onions and garlic to add more flavour before adding and cooking the blitzed cauliflower. It’s high in fibre and filling. You can play around and pimp it using different freshly chopped herbs or flavoured oils, but this recipe below is a good ‘base’, so go wild…

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Keto Coconut-roasted Cauliflower

Keto Coconut Cauliflower

I love the Coconut-roasted Broccoli that Funnyman whips up, but doing the same thing with cauliflower is incredible! At only two-ingredients, this will likely be a favourite in your home as much as it is in ours. Quick, uncomplicated … and simply heavenly. This recipe will serve 3 people as a side veg option on a keto diet, but Funnyman and I scoff the whole lot between the two of us alongside our Peppered Lamb Ribs quite often. He has both dishes waxed, so these are the nights I put my feet up and do nothing but watch him cook for me for a change…

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Keto Baked Creamy Baby Onions with Crackling Crumb

Baked Onions
Baked Onions

I love this dish! I baked baby onions in a thyme-infused cream and topped with a crumb made from blitzed lean pork scratchings and finely grated Parmesan. When I made this dish for us, we ended up eating them on top of our grilled pork chops: Lush! The peeling of the onions is mind-numbingly annoying and a finicky job, but the results are worth it in the end. Be sure to keep the little root end intact to ensure the onions keep their shape, but use a small, sharp paring knife to trim it close enough that the entire onion is edible. (And don’t jab yourself like I did doing that …. #BloodFest2018)

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Keto Creamy Cauliflower Mash

Keto Creamy Cauliflower Mash

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. See my Low-carb Seafood Bake as an example of how versatile it is..

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