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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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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Mark’s Famous Pepper Chicken

Mar's Famous Keto Pepper Chicken
Mar's Famous Keto Pepper Chicken

Bless his socks. This is without fail what Funnyman makes me when I need a night off from cooking and he isn’t treating me with his Lamb Ribs (…that man loves his black pepper!) He has perfected it over the years and has implemented little tricks that I shared with him (like the importance of a meat thermometer probe), so I simply love it! There isn’t much to it, its roast thicken thighs covered in (it’s body weight of) freshly ground black pepper prior to cooking. A quick fry on the stove-top skin-side down to render and crisp the fat, then finished in the oven, skin-side up. The accompanying sauce is a mix of mayo and Sriracha and I have included it in the macros because that’s how we enjoy it. If you prefer a ‘stricter’ keto dip, simply stir in homemade chili paste into your homemade mayo.

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Keto Courgette and Brie Soup

Keto Courgette and Brie Soup
Keto Courgette and Brie Soup

Inspiration for this recipe came from my darling friend, Little Debbie Bryson who makes something similar at her sop-en-dop* birthday party every winter in Cape Town. Since moving to UK, I have sadly missed so many of them. This is for you LDB, I know it doesn’t compare to yours – but I slurped my version up with a longing lump in my throat. The recipe makes two hearty bowls, filling enough as a main meal, but you could make it stretch to 4 servings and enjoy it as a late-afternoon light meal (cup-of-soup) and halve the macros accordingly..

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Cauliflower-crust Pepperoni Pizza

Keto Cauliflower Base Pizza
Keto Cauliflower Base Pizza

I know Mud and Love is coming late to the cauliflower-pizza party, but its only because I wanted to try it myself and develop a recipe that I know is tasty and that works! Follow my version below and your gut will thank you: it’s not only high in fibre, but with the addition of tasty, keto-friendly toppings, you could fool yourself and your family that you are having The Real Thing. I won’t lie, it’s too fragile to be eaten like a conventional pizza, but the effort will be worth it. (1 pizza = 2 servings, and it comes in at 11g carbs per serving (including toppings).

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Keto Creamy Pesto-stuffed Chicken Breasts

Keto Creamy Pesto-stuffed Chicken Breasts
Keto Creamy Pesto-stuffed Chicken Breasts

I have made this dish so many times and it just keeps getting better. It’s not easy doing something remarkable with chicken breasts: they can be somewhat underwhelming and can easily dry out. These are juicy, moist and bursting with flavour. I love the idea of smoked paprika and coated the breasts in it when I grilled both sides before stuffing and finishing in the oven. The stuffing was simply two ingredients that when combined are simply out of this world (one being my Homemade Basil Pesto which you really must try). Enjoy this simple, mid-week meal – it may become your new breast friend… see what I did there?

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Low-carb Sausage and Cauliflower Bake

This recipe doesn’t require a long-winded headnote because it is so fabulous! It’s SO simple, tasty, moreish and filling – and I bet your kids will even love it. This recipe yields 3 servings, and would go well with a lovely, fresh green salad. Each hearty serving comes in at only 6.6g carbs. You could double the recipe to serve 6 (using the handy plug-in below) – and use a larger casserole. Be sure to use Gruyere cheese, as I am not sure Cheddar or any other cheese would pack the same punch.

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