Fresh Tomato Ketchup

Fresh Keto Tomato Ketchup

Fresh, lovely tomato ketchup (as pictured) doesn’t take long at all to make and is packed with the fresh flavour you would come to expect from something made at home with love. Macros are calculated on 60g / 2.1oz serving, so adjust accordingly as you use it. If you choose to have a more ‘cooked’ flavour to your ketchup, cook the finished product for 10-15 minutes in a pan over moderate heat until it thickens and slightly darkens. Allow to cool completely before chilling. Store both versions covered in the fridge for no longer than 4 days.

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Quick Keto Chia Bread

90 second Keto Microwave Chia Bread
90 second Keto Microwave Chia Bread

I have to admit, even in LBK (Life Before Keto) I rarely ate bread. And when I did indulge, I always regretted it afterwards: I felt bloated and miserable and wouldn’t poop for a week (no bacon butty is worth that), so I didn’t miss it much when starting keto. However, being human and all, the craving for a slice of toast with butter-and-Bovril still slaps me through the face every now and again and I am well-chuffed with this alternative, where I used almond flour and ground chia seeds to achieve a lovely ‘bread’ texture and flavour. Give it a try and then pat yourself on the back for being so dedicated…

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Easy Keto Homemade Mayonnaise

Keto Mayonnaise
Keto Mayonnaise

It’s very satisfying making your own condiments from scratch, and even better with the knowledge that you know exactly what has gone into it. This is a great, easy mayonnaise recipe – and I have included two ways to pimp your mayo after it has been made. One idea is adding roasted garlic and the other is simply stirring in finely grated lemon zest. Both yield excellent results. Give it a try at least once and once you get the hang of it, play around adding finely chopped herbs, or lime zest. Since we are only making small amounts – with an understandable shelf-life (no preservatives etc.) – we need only a small glass jug and a small whisk. The macros are calculated on a serving being one heaped tablespoon, so the batch will make about 7 such servings. Store covered in the fridge for no longer than 4 days.

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Creamy, Sweet Keto Fat Pots

Keto Cream Bombs

Super simple little cream ‘fat pots’, which are topped with tart raspberries to cut through the rich creaminess. The recipe makes 4 small pots, and can be done in ramekins, but I used little plastic pots which I found on amazon– (ignore the product description that says they are disposable – I wash and re-use them.) Simply wrap in clingfilm and take these babies to work with you!

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Keto Courgette Cheese Fritters with Spicy Tomato Relish

Keto Courgette Cheese Fritters

The spicy tomato relish really is the star of the show with this dish, as it cuts through the rich, cheesy courgette fritters – it adds a spicy, sweet and acidic freshness which I find is essential. These fritters may be a little too rich and too high in protein to serve as a side dish, but they will make a great breakfast or light lunch option at 2.6g carbs per serving.

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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. Now 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. For those that love Nando’s® (er, who doesn’t?), they sell a killer hot sauce which is my go-to for this recipe (#DirtyKeto) and is available at most supermarkets in the UK. Add a dollop of sour cream, garnish with parsley and tuck into your bowl with a spoon – nothing else needed. If you are cooking for more people, double up the recipe using the plugin feature and increase your cooking time to reduce the sauce. In fact, I suggest you make a double batch anyway because its simply glorious the next day after all those flavours settle in and get to know each other. At 12g carbs per serving, you may want to tuck into this after a fast (if you are IF), or save it as a weekend treat.

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Garlic Pita Bread (using Lo-Dough®)

Keto Pita LoDough
Keto Pita LoDough

I blogged about the fabulous Lo-Dough® product a while ago and the delicious Salami Pizzas Funnyman regularly enjoys. I like to make seafood pizzas for myself (but always devour them before I photograph them). One night I attempted a pita bread – and they turned out fantastic and comes in at 3.9g carbs per entire pita! If you want to make it a more substantial meal, add some good-quality prosciutto after baking – see pic at the end).

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