Vegetables

This category is similar to the SIDE DISHES category, except that it only lists the recipes that contain no meat at all. Note: It is not a vegan category because dairy and egg still feature, and in many cases Parmesan. (If chicken stock shows up in any of the recipes below, simply replace it with vegetable stock.)

Balsamic-roasted Asparagus with Parmesan

Balsamic Roasted Asparagus

A quick and easy alternative technique to cooking up asparagus. I love the Buttered Asparagus with Parmesan recipe, but this is also a great way to add a bit of sweet acidity to this fabulous vegetable. Try both the buttered asparagus and this balsamic-roasted asparagus recipe and let me know in the comments below which one you prefer…

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Buttered Asparagus with Parmesan (Keto)

Keto Buttered Asparagus

OK, let’s be honest here.. everything tastes better with butter and this is merely an idea with some cheffy techniques added to help you prepare perfect buttered asparagus (and macros calculated to help you along). If you are okay with your urine smelling funky for a day, try this super-simple recipe. And if you don’t suffer from bizarre-smelling urine after eating asparagus, consider yourself a very small percentage of the population. (I will leave you to Google what I am on about, if you don’t already know.) Enjoy this lovely, easy side dish – and be sure to also check out the Brown-buttered Brussels Sprouts on the site #EatYourGreens!!

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Keto Creamed Spinach

Keto Creamed Spinach

This is my FABULOUS Keto Creamed Spinach recipe – perfect when served with a juicy ribeye nestled alongside it. It serves two people, so double up the ingredients to feed the family (although we all know that a mountain of fresh spinach will wilt down to nothing, but luckily it happens pretty quickly, so simply add the spinach to the pan in two or three batches at a time.) I gently caramelised shallots and garlic for added flavour beforehand and added the raw spinach to the pan – again, cooking slowly and over a low heat with no added moisture (please don’t boil your spinach!). It takes some patience and constant stirring, but the results are crazy-amazing…

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Keto Creamed Leeks

Keto Creamed Leeks
Keto Creamed Leeks

I get so many messages from friends wanting to know what knives I use. When I finished culinary school many years ago, Funnyman bought me a Robert Welch Cook’s Knife and… I LOVE IT! I use a hundred times a day, I sharpen it with pride and it still lives in its protective box. No one is allowed to touch it, not even Funnyman (unless he wants me to use it on him). If you are looking to get a great knife set for your loved one, RW have a set now available – a perfect gift for the foodie in your life. To cut a long story short, I thought it would be a great time to showcase what knives I use, especially on this dreamy side dish which will sit perfectly on the side of your rib eye…

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Cauliflower Rice (Keto; Paleo)

Keto Cauliflower Rice

This is a nifty way to mimic rice when you are serving a dish that needs all its lovely sauces mopped up. I cooked down onions and garlic to add more flavour before adding and cooking the blitzed cauliflower. It’s high in fibre and filling. You can play around and pimp it using different freshly chopped herbs or flavoured oils, but this recipe below is a good ‘base’, so go wild. Be sure to also check out my Creamy Keto Cauliflower Mash.

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Coconut-roasted Cauliflower (Keto; Paleo)

Keto Coconut Cauliflower

I love the Coconut-roasted Broccoli that Funnyman whips up, but doing the same thing with cauliflower is incredible! At only two-ingredients, this will likely be a favourite in your home as much as it is in ours. Quick, uncomplicated … and simply heavenly. This recipe will serve 3 people as a side veg option on a keto diet, but Funnyman and I scoff the whole lot between the two of us alongside our Peppered Lamb Ribs quite often. He has both dishes waxed, so these are the nights I put my feet up and do nothing but watch him cook for me for a change…

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Creamy Cauliflower Mash (Keto)

Keto Creamy Cauliflower Mash

Cauli-mash is such just a game-changer. Some may turn their nose up at mashing up cauliflower to mimic The Great Potato, but if you try it like this – you will be converted. I didn’t just stop at using a potato masher, I added full-fat cream cheese and then blitzed the mixture into a creamy, (dreamy) puree. All it needed was a little seasoning and it’s perfect as a side dish to mop up all those lovely flavours of your dish. You could also use it like I did to top my Low-carb Seafood Bake and Spicy Low-carb Cottage Pie.

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Grilled Brie Mushrooms with Onion Chutney (Keto)

Keto Grilled Brie Mushrooms

This lovely small meal of grilled brie mushrooms can be served either as an appetiser for your next fancy dinner party, or enjoyed as a light meal along with some fresh salad leaves. The red onions are cooked down for a while on a very low heat, and their jammy sweetness balances the oozy Brie just perfectly. The general marrying of the two flavours are worth knowing, even for those that don’t like mushrooms. Some examples include Brie and onion jam keto sandwiches or toppings for grilled steak. And for those that LOVE the idea of a big, black mushroom – do this exact dish as it is written here and top your bun-less burger with it – you will never consider a bacon and Cheddar topping again!

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Roasted Brussels Sprouts (Keto)

Keto Roasted Brussels Sprouts
Keto Roasted Brussels Sprouts

I wasn’t always a fan of Brussels sprouts. I remember as a kid, I used to hide them under my napkin just so that I could be excused from the dinner table. What was I thinking? I LOVE them now! If you are not a fan of Brussels sprouts, you have probably been preparing them wrong. I sometimes finely slice them and fry them with grass-fed butter and bacon bits, or roast them until crispy (like I have done here) and serve covered with grated Parmesan. If you love Brussels sprouts as much as I do, please check out the Brown-buttered Brussels Sprouts recipe. Both are an excellent side dish to your protein to complete a healthy keto meal.

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Roasted Coconut Broccoli (Keto; Paleo)

Keto Coconut Broccoli

A super-simple two-ingredient dish of coconut roasted broccoli that ticks all the boxes as the perfect keto side dish. We have this at least two or three times a week to accompany our chicken, fish or braai (BBQ) meat – and we love it to the point of craving it. The stems soften and melt in your mouth, while the florets caramelise and crisp up – and the coconutty flavour is just heavenly. 

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Charred Padrón Peppers (Keto; Paleo)

Keto Padron Peppers
Keto Padron Peppers

The first time I had padrón peppers was in Barafina in Soho, London. Funnyman and I were drowning our sorrows, I cannot recall exactly but I suspect it was something financial. The irony was that we sat in this restaurant for about 4 hours and ordered three-quarters of the tapas menu items throughout the evening, washed down with plenty of wine (life before keto). Whatever was bothering us that night was soon forgotten (along with our financial common sense) – but the padrón peppers were memorable. Eaten whole, this is a risky little appetiser as some are hot and some are not. They are simply the perfect appetiser for someone who likes to live on the edge and I was delighted when I saw they are now readily available at the supermarket. I have made this several times and never encountered a spicy one, so perhaps not that risky after all..?

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Crispy Kale (Keto; Paleo)

Keto Crispy Kale
Keto Crispy Kale

Poor kale has had a bad rep. It can be bitter and, well, let’s be honest – it’s kale. But once you try it prepared this way, it will convert you. Crunchy and partially charred, crispy kale is a fabulous side-dish. Carefully measure the olive oil that you add on the kale and mix/coat it well using your hands in a large bowl ensuring each leaf is evenly coated before spreading out and roasting in the oven. A sprinkling of Pink Himalayan Salt, grated Parmesan or finely grated lemon zest are all great ways to finish it – but I love it with salt. Happy crunching on this crispy kale!

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Keto Courgette and Brie Soup

Keto Courgette and Brie Soup
Keto Courgette and Brie Soup

Inspiration for this courgette and brie soup 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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