Main meals

This category includes main meals, as well as the protein-only (meat/fish) option that form part of a dish. Be sure to check out the SIDE DISHES category to add that much-needed vegetable fibre to complete a well-balanced and nutritious keto supper.

Pork Belly with Keto Gravy & Relish

Keto Pork Belly with Red Onions
Keto Pork Belly with Red Onions

I have been so excited to put up this post in the lead up to Christmas! It’s the perfect option for a lazy, Sunday afternoon roast. Or, if your Christmas party is small this year and you aren’t a fan of turkey (like me), why not do something different? This pork belly recipe will happily feed five people and features a delicious, thick 100% keto-friendly gravy. Do not skip the red onion herb relish, its the ideal acidic, sweet accompaniment that cuts through the fatty pork.

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Carbs 8.8g
(5.8%); Fat 45g (65.9%); Protein 43g (28.3%)
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Low-carb Thai Prawn Curry with Cherry Tomatoes

Keto Prawn Curry
Keto Prawn Curry

Fragrant, spicy, creamy… this prawn curry was made using Thai yellow curry paste and coconut milk. I struggle to find Thai yellow curry paste in the stores here in the UK, so I buy it online. It’s authentic, delicious and affordable. I quickly cooked the prawns before starting the curry (and then added them back in to warm through before serving) because if you simply add the raw prawns directly into the hot curry to cook, you may end up with a bit of an unsightly grey soup and delay the sauce reducing (I learnt this from experience). The sauce is reduced until thick and creamy and then simply poured over konjac pasta. The plump prawns, sweet cherry tomatoes, salty fish sauce, spicy chilies, acidic lime and the fragrant coriander create perfect harmony. I also added a teaspoon of sweetener to finish it off with a little much-needed sweetness. Simply put – you need to eat this!

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Carbs 9.8g
(10.7%); Fat 25g (61.2%); Protein 25g (28.1%)
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Smoked Paprika Chicken & Chorizo Bake

Keto Chicken and Chorizo Bake

This is why you must try my Cauliflower Rice recipe! I added the cooked cauli-rice to the chicken roasting dish halfway through and it absorbs all that glorious paprika flavour. This is a great family dinner that can be enjoyed with a fresh side salad. 

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Carbs 5.7g
(3.5%); Fat 46g (63.3%); Protein 54g (33.2%)
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Low-carb Seafood Bake

Keto Seafood Bake
Keto Seafood Bake

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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Carbs 6.2g
(5.3%); Fat 32g (61.2%); Protein 39g (33.5%)
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Salmon & Avocado Salad with Quick-pickled Onions

Keto Salmon Avocado Salad

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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Carbs 5.1g
(3.7%); Fat 47g (76.9%); Protein 27g (19.4%)
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Low-carb Pork Ribs (that fall off the bone)

Low carb Pork Ribs
Low carb Pork Ribs

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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Carbs 6.3g
(8.3%); Fat 20g (59.1%); Protein 24g (32.6%)
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Low-carb Salami Pizza (using Lo-Dough®)

Low carb Pizza using LoDough
Low carb Pizza using LoDough

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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Carbs 8.1g
(6.8%); Fat 37g (70.6%); Protein 27g (22.7%)
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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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Keto Pesto Pasta – using Konjac (Shirataki) Pasta

Keto Pesto Konjac Shirataki Pasta
Keto Pesto Konjac Shirataki Pasta

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 ‘fettuccine’ (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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Carbs 4.9g
(7.4%); Fat 25g (84.8%); Protein 5.2g (7.8%)
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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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Low-carb Spicy Moroccan Seafood

Keto Moroccan Seafood

This is a fantastically spicy dish which you can almost completely prepare the day before. When ready to eat, you will need only 10-15 minutes in the kitchen to reheat and finish the cooking – giving you plenty more time to spend with your guests. If you happen to have visited Morocco and returned with the mandatory keepsake tagine, now is your time to whip it out and use it to serve the dish. The dish is spicy, so adjust the minced chili to your liking.

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Carbs 9.5g
(17.6%); Fat 5.6g (59.1%); Protein 32g (23.3%)
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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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Keto Bacon & Mushroom Pasta – using Konjac (Shirataki) Pasta

Keto Bacon Mushroom Pasta
Keto Bacon Mushroom Pasta

I love big, bold flavours that slap me right through the face. Craving pasta happens to all of us, but thanks to Eat Water’s ‘fettuccine’, I can make a creamy pasta sauce and enjoy it with their konjac (shirataki) fettuccine. A few nights ago, I used everything I had in the fridge to make this deeply-satisfying dinner.

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Carbs 6.5g
(6%); Fat 26g (78.4%); Protein 13g (15.6%)
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