Low-carb Cabbage and Mince Rolls

Keto Cabbage Mince Rolls
Keto Cabbage Mince Rolls

Get a little creative with ground beef and savoy cabbage and spend some time making these attractive little parcels. I used the full yield of the Roasted Tomato Sauce recipe for this dish, so be sure to have that prepped and ready before beginning. (You could, alternatively use 500g / 18oz of passata, but I want to encourage you to make your own sauces so you know exactly what has gone into them.) One serving = 2 parcels (as pictured) so this recipe will happily feed a family of 4.

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Low-carb Sausage and Cabbage Soup

Low Carb Sausage and Cabbage Soup

You wouldn’t think that such simple ingredients could create a soup that would pack such a punch like this one can – and its all thanks to the Poles who brought us delicious Kielbasa (a smoked sausage found in the deli meat aisle; for my South African readers, these are what we have come to know and love as ‘Russians’.) This recipe is a great example of what we refer to as Dirty Keto: it’s a low-carb soup (only 10g carbs per hearty bowl), but the small amount of wheat and soy found in the sausages are considered highly frowned upon with the keto police. And they are correct: wheat is inflammatory and the Kielbasa itself is a processed meat. However, if you are flexible to give this a go on your low-carb journey, you will love the homely, hearty flavours.

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Pork Shank with Mustard Keto Gravy (Keto; Paleo)

Pork Shank with Keto Mustard Gravy
Pork Shank with Keto Mustard Gravy

This recipe uses a beautiful, fresh (not cured) shank which you can get from your local butcher. (Be sure to ask him to score the fat for you.) I slow-cooked it in a casserole (covered with a well-fitting lid) in the oven, along with onions, garlic and stock. Afterwards, I made a gravy from the cooked down onions and juices, and cranked the heat up in the oven to puff that skin up for that all-glorious crackling. A 1kg /2.2lb / 35oz shank will sufficiently feed 4 people and should be enjoyed with my Keto Creamy Cauliflower Mash, so that the accompanying mustard gravy – which really makes the dish sing – can be mopped up. Be sure to check out the Side Dishes option on the site and choose your favourite one to enjoy alongside it.

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Low-carb Peri-Peri Chicken Livers

Low carb Peri Peri Chicken Livers
Low carb Peri Peri Chicken Livers

Aaah, chicken livers… you either love ‘em or hate ‘em. I must admit though, I dated two blokes in my life that wouldn’t touch them – until they tried mine. I don’t want to blow smoke up my own ass, but the one was completely converted, and I am married to the other one who puts in formal requests for me to make this dish. I think it’s the texture of the livers that bother people, so I get them browned first, then remove them from the pan, only to add them later after the sauce has thickened and reduced so they can gently cook through. This prevents them over-cooking and ‘crumbling’. They are also a fantastic source of iron.

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Slow-cooked Lamb Shoulder with Roasted Cherry Tomatoes

Keto Roasted Lamb Shoulder
Keto Lamb Shoulder

Lamb is my absolute favourite meat! Funnyman makes the best lamb ribs, but when we are feeling fancy or entertaining guests on a lazy, winter Sunday afternoon, I love to whip up a slow-cooked lamb shoulder. The best part of this recipe isn’t the lovely roasted tomatoes that are served alongside it (which perfectly cut through the fat with their plump sweetness), but the deeply-rich, thick 100% keto-friendly gravy that I make with the juices and cooked down onions. Check out the M&L Side Dishes section for some ideas for additional accompaniments this Christmas…

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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, why not try 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 fattiness of the pork. I enjoyed this with my Keto Celeriac Dauphinoise – both of which are my very popular recipes on the blog.

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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 pho bo (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, many years later and hardcore into my low-carb lifestyle, I wanted to relive those awesome memories. I created a quick 15-minute low carb pho bo using the (konjac / shirataki) ‘noodles‘ from the UK company Eat Water’s range to make it low-carb friendly. I LOVE THIS.

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Thai Prawn Curry with Cherry Tomatoes (Keto; Paleo)

Keto Prawn Curry
Keto Prawn Curry

Fragrant, spicy, creamy… this low-carb Thai 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) – this prevents an unsightly grey soup and delays 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 some much-needed sweetness. Simply put – you need to eat this!

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Smoked Paprika Chicken & Chorizo Bake (Low-carb)

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 smoked paprika flavour. This is chicken & chorizo bake is a great family dinner that can be enjoyed with a fresh side salad. This chicken and chorizo bake uses the Mud and Love Cauliflower Rice recipe, which you will notice only serves 4. You should therefore make 1 and 1/2 times that cauli-rice recipe to yield enough for 6 people (and this is also how the macros were calculated.)

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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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Low-carb Buffalo Wings

Keto Buffalo Chicken Wings

Another way to Funnyman’s heart: CHICKEN WINGS! These are basted in a great keto marinade, similar to the one I made for the Keto Ribs, with the addition of a sprinkling of chili flakes scattered over at the end. Delicious for lazy Saturday afternoons while he watches the rugby. Definitely made to be enjoyed with your hands: Get messy! NOTE: The use of tamari (gluten-free soy sauce) in this recipe makes it not strictly keto.

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Salmon & Avocado Salad with Quick-pickled Onions

Keto Salmon Avocado Salad

This sensational salmon & avocado 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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Low-carb Pork Ribs

Low carb Pork Ribs
Low carb Pork Ribs

You will not prepare your ribs any other way after trying this method! These ones literally fall off the bone. I 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: it’s rich, tasty and packed with flavour. The recipe calls for 1 rack of low-carb pork ribs between two people – an ideal Saturday night treat for you and your loved one. Note: The use of tamari (gluten-free soy sauce) in this recipe makes this dish not strictly keto.

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Low-carb Pizza (using Lo-Dough)

Low carb Pizza using LoDough
Low carb Pizza using LoDough

Funnyman enjoys my Cauliflower Pizza and Fathead Pizza but in mid-2018 I stumbled upon a UK company called Lo-Dough that launched a great product. We use them as wraps and quick pizza bases. At 2.2g carbs per piece and high in fibre, they were a good buy. Give them a try and let me know what you think. 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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Peppered Lamb Ribs (Keto; Paleo)

Peppered Lamb Ribs

If anyone in the Berkshire area is wondering why they can’t source lamb ribs at The Trose (over the season when they stock it), its because Funnyman and I empty the shelves on every visit and stock up our chest freezer. It is our favourite item on the braai and we enjoy it many nights (even in winter, when we bring our festivities indoors and cook them on our electric grill. Funnyman is the one who cooks them, while I sit back and sip my G-and-(sugar-free)-T) 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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