Pork

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. Its a low-carb soup (only 10g carbs per hearty bowl)… but the small amount amounts 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. BUT …if you are not so strict and you are happy to give this a go on your low-carb / dirty keto journey, you will love the homely, hearty flavours the Kielbasa brings, along with the glorious flavour of smoked paprika. (Plus, its fun to be filthy once in a while….) If its not substantial enough as a main meal, serve it up with a slice or two of the Quick Chia Keto Bread.

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Pork Shank with Mustard Keto Gravy

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. The 11g carbs per serving includes only the pork and gravy on this recipe, so while this may seem quite hefty to you, why not save this Sunday roast to break your fast if you are intermittent fasting (IF).

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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 (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. I enjoyed this with my Keto Celeriac Dauphinoise – both of which are my most popular recipes on the blog!

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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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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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Stir-fried Greens with Bacon

Keto Cabbage Bacon Stir Fry

Everything tastes awesome with bacon (and this is why we love keto). This side dish of stir-fried greens is sensational! A large portion of this could easily stand as a meal on its own, but it would be better for your macros if this recipe was made for two as a side dish and served alongside a nice portion of protein, such as pork chops. TIP: use only the sliced white parts of leeks as the green ends are bitter.

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Keto Breakfast Bacon & Egg ‘Muffins’

Keto Breakfast Bacon muffins
Keto Breakfast Bacon muffins

These little zero carb ‘muffins’ are something of a mini-frittata. They are very rich, so one batch could last you a couple of mornings (they store well in the fridge). Pop them in the microwave for a quick keto-friendly breakfast. Do change up the filling – mushroom, peppers and different cheese all work well. If you can’t be bothered with cleaning the muffin tin (eggs are notorious for sticking), use cupcake cases. One serving = 2 muffins.

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