Course: Light Meals

Steak Tagliata

Beef Tagliata

I know summer is still a while away here up north, but this is a great idea for you to bookmark if you are cooking for one and can’t be bothered with an accompanying sauce or cooking up vegetables. After frying the steak to perfection (I hope your perfection is the same as my perfection: medium-rare) and leaving it to rest, I simply deglazed the pan with lemon juice and used the zingy rendered juices from the pan (after cooling a little) and tossed it with wild rocket (arugula). The steak tagliata only requires a generous scattering of salt flakes and finely shaved Parmesan. If you have a microplane, finely grate a little lemon zest into the salad too. Winner winner singleton’s dinner! 

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Ham & Gruyere Rolls (using Fathead Dough)

Fathead Ham and Gruyere Rolls

I did an Instagram snapshot of me tucking into my recipe trial of these Ham & Gruyere Rolls (using Fathead Dough) last week. It was so well-received, I simply had to post the perfected recipe earlier than scheduled. Oh, how we love the Fathead Dough base! Here I used it (somewhat altered) to create deli ham and (powerfully-flavoured) Gruyere cheese rolls… and the results are simply amazing. One roll is very rich and filling and comes in at only 3.8g carbs per roll! Some struggle with perfecting the Fathead dough technique, but I have added step-by-step pics below to help you along…

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Roasted Bone Marrow on Keto Chia Toast

Roasted Bone Marrow on Keto Toast
Roasted Bone Marrow

Be still, my heart!‘ This was my reaction when I spotted packaged bone marrow at the Trose. Roasted bone marrow needs only a scattering of sea salt flakes and some micro-herbs to season and garnish. Do not be alarmed that this is such a small meal (one bone per person) as its a sickly-rich little dish: gloriously high-fat and satisfying. I spread it on toasted Quick Keto Chia Bread, which happens to be one of the most popular recipes on the blog. If you don’t have a store that sells handy marrow portions, scoop out the fatty marrow from your bones after making Bone Broth. The macros were calculated on using the full recipe of the Quick Keto Chia Bread (3 slices > 1.5 slices per person, as pictured). 

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Bone Broth: Elixir of Life

Beefy Bone Broth
Keto Beefy Bone Broth

There is a long process to making this glorious bone broth, but the results are worth it. Most of the time is really the pressure cooker doing its thing and the overnight bit is so that the broth can chill so you can easily remove the fat for a more clarified broth. Not only is the broth itself a tasty warm drink (an elixir of life, some say) with numerous health benefits I will leave you to Google, but you can also: Use the bones a second time; use the mince in a meal the next day (although the mince will require plenty of seasoning); use the scooped marrow from the cooked bones and spread it on toasted Quick Keto Chia Bread. Not only that, you can use this exact recipe below as a base to make my Concentrated Beef Stock Cubes. If you haven’t already invested in a pressure cooker, I advise that you do because mine was inexpensive and I get a lot of use from it.

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Olive & Sun-dried Tomato Low-carb Bread

Olive and Sundried Tomato Bread
Olive and Sundried Tomato Bread

I am never running out of ideas to mimic a loaf of the good stuff. Each slice of this bread – made using almond flour and psyllium husk powder – comes in at 7g carbs (one slice is approx. 60g / 2.1oz). A bit of a hefty price to pay for such a small slice, but a great recipe to try anyway on your low-carb journey. Use the best quality, strongest-tasting black olives you can find and don’t omit the sun-dried tomatoes – they add a lovely sharpness with every bite. Serve a slice of this olive & sun-dried tomato low-carb bread with a thick layer of grass-fed butter and a crack of Pink Himalayan salt. Be sure to also check the other Keto Breads I have on the website..

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Mini Keto Soda Bread Loaf

Keto Mini Soda Bread Loaf
Keto Mini Soda Bread Loaf

I play around a lot with bread, and this was another attempt. The texture is great and you should give it a try at least once. Baked using bicarbonate of soda (baking soda), eggs, and a combination of almond and coconut flours, this bread took a few attempts to get me to this point. Since ingredients are pricey (and I want you to succeed first time) I encourage you to follow the recipe closely. The loaf (which you will notice is fairly small) will slice into approximately 8 mini slices, but the dense texture will make these rather filling. The macros are calculated per two slices of (35g / 1.2oz) each, so adjust accordingly. Enjoy topped with cream cheese or goat’s cheese and smoked salmon for a posh afternoon tea option, like I did here.

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Keto Breakfast Muffins

Keto Breakfast Muffins
Keto Breakfast Muffins

These are quite similar to my Quick Keto Chia Bread recipe I posted last week, except I made these in ramekins which create perfect little muffin shapes (which I then sliced in half). This recipe will make 2 muffins and yield 4 slices, as pictured. The macros have been calculated per 1 serving (1 muffin cut into 2 slices). They can also be toasted by simply frying in a little olive oil. Top with a poached egg or butter and good-quality prosciutto, like I did on my Low-carb Prosciutto Muffins or (if you are very ambitious) make a super-posh Keto Salmon Eggs Benedict. Enjoy!

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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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