Course: Main Dish

Ultimate Ribeye with Chimichurri (Keto; Paleo)

I have been very quiet the past few weeks, but I have had the most FABULOUS few weeks so I am #SorryNotSorry. You see, I got a very lucky break a few years ago when a colleague of mine at the Fat Duck had a friend-that-knew-a-guy. He landed me a fab private-cheffing gig cooking for (the dreamy) tennis star Grigor Dimitrov over the Queens & Wimbledon Tournaments: WILD, I know! My first year (2017), I was terrified – but embraced the challenge; the second year, I was just grateful that he enjoyed my cooking so much that he booked me again. By the third year (2019), I truly felt like I was part of his team! The meals I made were not keto but I cannot pass the opportunity to name-drop a little here on my blog! I got to meet and cook for Andre Agassi (Grigor’s consultant coach), Andre’s beautiful wife Steffi (tall, regal, gentle and friendly) and their lovely teenage children. Serena Williams came over for dinner several nights too. The highlight was when Funnyman joined me one afternoon and we threw them an awesome and authentic South African braai (see the awesome pic at the end) which has now become a tradition every year. Anyway, G loved my ribeye-and-chimichurri. Below is the recipe I did for him and his team which I made several times on his request. I hope you love it as much as they did …

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Keto Chicken and Chili Soup

Chicken Chili Soup
Chicken Chili Soup

I originally started the development of this chicken and chili soup to be a chicken version of chili con carne to serve over Cauliflower Rice, Cauliflower Mash or even Konjac ‘rice’. But while cooking it, I simply stopped the dish right there and thought, wow – this is a fantastic soup. This lovely dish yields three servings, but if you choose to cook it for more people, simply use the plug-in on the recipe below and increase the yield amount (which will automatically display new ingredient amounts for you).Its important to mention that you should use skinless, de-boned chicken thighs for this recipe. Do not be tempted to use chicken breasts. Thighs are far more succulent and will hold up well with the amount of cooking without drying out and leaving you miserable.

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Lemon & Thyme Chicken with Glaze (Keto; Paleo)

Chicken with Lemon
Chicken with Lemon

Deliciously zingy and packed with flavour, this is a very simple recipe that requires minimum effort and minimal cleaning up. I fried chicken thighs skin-side down to render and crisp the skin, then cooked them in a lemon, garlic and thyme chicken stock (skin-side up). I then took it one step further, and reduced the strained cooking stock and juices to a thick, full-flavoured glaze which I simply brushed over before serving. Be sure to serve it along some lovely high-fibre vegetables – see the SIDE DISHES on this site for some inspiration…

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Chicken and Veg with Balsamic Drizzle (Keto; Paleo)

Chicken and Veg with Balsamic Drizzle

The great flavour of this chicken and veg dish is enhanced further by the addition of fresh basil and roasted vegetables. I especially love the balsamic mustard reduction which is drizzled over at the end – it brings a sharpness that shapes the whole dish (and a key flavour to the end-result). The whole lot takes only 35 minutes to cook, but this means getting some things going at the same time: I have outlined an efficient order in the method below. Remember, always preheat your oven and prep all your components before you even start cooking – its good practice for any cook. As amazing as this dish is, you may want to save it for a day after intermittent fasting because it still calculates at 12g carbs per serving. Be sure to see all the Poultry dishes on the site.

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Fathead Sausage Rolls (Low carb)

Fathead Smoked Sausage Rolls
Fathead Smoked Sausage Rolls

These are just fabulous! They are low in carbs, high in fat and worth all the effort. I know its #dirtyketo, but this is due to the use of (deliciously addictive) Kielbasa – a smoked Polish sausage which contains a little wheat and soy. But at 7.9g carbs for this giant whopper, I think its worth being a little filthy. For my South African readers, these are what you know as “Russians”, and this would essentially be a “Russian Roll”. I made these using a ‘dough’ influenced from the fathead concept and if you are a low-carber that is still keeping an eyeball on your calories, watch out and perhaps enjoy this after a day of fasting. The Kielbasa was calculated as 120g / 4.2oz per portion and my long monster was double this, so I cut it in half to make two appropriate-sized pieces. Also, the macros do not include the spicy tomato relish but I highly advise that you whip a quick relish up because the sweet acidity it brings to every bite is just lovely!

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Low carb Thai Green Chicken Curry

Low carb Thai Green Curry Chicken
Low carb Thai Green Curry Chicken

Two simple ingredients (Thai Green Curry Paste and coconut milk) makes for a fantastic dish. This low carb Thai green chicken curry uses only chicken and baby chestnut mushrooms and is served over the fabulous konjac (shirataki) ‘rice‘. I use the Eat Water range, which is available online – or at Holland & Barrett (who often have penny-sales). Enjoy this lovely, quick curry with freshly chopped coriander sprinkled over..

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Creamy Baked Salmon with Spinach & Tomatoes (Keto)

Salmon Baked in Cream

Funnyman tasted this salmon with spinach bake and said “babes, you don’t get older – you just get better!” Ha! I am my own worst critic and often make and remake dishes plenty of times before I write up the recipe and post them. This lovely dish has such simple, readily-available ingredients. The salmon is quickly fried skin-side down, then baked in a warm cream containing spinach and cherry tomatoes. It would be lovely served over Cauliflower Rice, Cauliflower Mash or any konjac/shirataki noodles that take your fancy (my favourite one is Eat Water’s ‘fettuccine’). I kept the skin on the salmon (which helps hold the fish together) but it softens when baking and you will likely skip it when dishing up. The acidity of the lemon squeezed over at the end is essential, so don’t forget about it.

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Steak Tagliata (Keto)

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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Coconut Milk Poached Salmon (Keto; Paleo)

Keto Salmon Coconut Milk
Keto Salmon Coconut Milk

I just love konjac / shirataki noodles and clean out the shelves at Holland & Barret when they have a penny sale! I have tried many brands, but UK company Eat Water has got them spot on (this post is not sponsored, none of the posts on M&L are). In this recipe, I poached salmon in coconut milk which was infused with lemongrass, chili and ginger, then served it over warm ‘fettuccine‘ and added toasted desiccated coconut for additional texture and flavour. Its a lovely, light dish which happens to be very filling – all this at only 7.7g carbs per serving: perfect!

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Spicy Low-carb Cottage Pie

Keto Low carb Cottage Pie
Keto Low carb Cottage Pie

When I was young, Cottage Pie was one of the first things I learnt to make. Its dead-easy and the humble flavours make it such a hearty, welcome dinner – you simply can’t go wrong. I added cayenne pepper into the beef to give it some kick, but that is entirely optional (especially if you are cooking for the kids). Top your cooked mince with creamy cauliflower mash and cover the lot in grated cheese before popping in the oven to melt and gratin. Lush! A perfect, guilt-free low-carb cottage pie. Step-by-step pics to help you along…

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Spicy Low-carb Zuppa Toscana

Spicy Low carb Zuppa Toscana
Spicy Low carb Zuppa Toscana

This is a rich, deeply-flavoured family chicken dish. Funnyman and I love spicy food so I added a whopping half tablespoon of ground cayenne pepper which added a satisfying ‘kick’, but you can omit it if you are cooking this for kids, or reduce the amount for the those who don’t like spicy food. This creamy chicken dish can be enjoyed over Cauliflower Mash, Cauliflower Rice or shirataki / konjac noodles… It’s absolutely delicious!

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Fathead Dough Pizza Base

Fathead Pizza
Fathead Pizza

This recipe shows you step-by-step how to make a flop-proof Fathead dough pizza base. * I have not included any toppings in the macro-calculations, because we all have our favourite ones. (Funnyman loves pepperoni or spicy salami, and I love seafood with fresh mozzarella.) These pizza bases are big and very filling, so the macros are based on 1/2 pizza base, so please adjust accordingly if you plan to devour a whole one (no judgement here). Also, as mentioned plenty throughout the site, please invest in a kitchen scale if you do not already have one: this recipe (and all the others on M&L) are carefully developed using a scale: this ensures success with the end-product and helps with keeping an eyeball on your macros.

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Cod in Dill Cream Sauce (Keto)

Keto Cod in Dill Cream

This dish was inspired by a staff meal I enjoyed while working at the Duck several years ago. (Imagine having the chefs of a 3-Michelin star restaurant cooking your lunch every day?) It is one of my favourite dishes to make using cod and I can’t stress enough how delicious it is. You simply have to try it for yourself. Each cod portion is approx 120g / 4.2oz and is poached in an enormous amount of cream. The stars of the show are the jammy onions hidden under the cod and the generous amount of freshly chopped dill scattered over after baking. Double up the recipe to make this for your family, and enjoy alongside some high-fibre vegetables.

See M&L Side Dishes for some ideas, but I will lean heavily towards advising it over my Keto Cauliflower Mash to mop up all that glorious sauce. Step-by-step pics to help you along…

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Ronald’s Lamb & Tomato Stew

Low Carb Lamb Stew
Low Carb Lamb Stew

Today is Valentine’s Day. It would also have been my dad’s 70th birthday. I was 18 years old when it happened. We never figured out what killed him – he had the doctors, specialists and pathologists scratching their heads while he was in ICU and my brother and I didn’t have Google back in 1997 to perform our own Dr Google diagnosis to try and challenge them. A bizarre, unidentifiable bacteria attacked his lungs and he was dead within weeks of getting a blocked nose. We all thought it was a bad case of the flu: it wasn’t. He had made a recent business trip to central Africa, but nothing identifiable came up on the pathology results after a battery of tests. It was – and still is – a medical mystery…

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Low-carb Chicken, Lemon and Oregano Bake

Low carb Chicken Oregano Bake
Low carb Chicken Oregano Bake

I LOVE fresh oregano, but struggle to find it here in the UK. When I spot it in the Trose, I grab a packet and make this dish! Its key to the overall flavour. If you have the same struggle I do, I advise you wait until fresh oregano can be sourced, as dried oregano may alter the flavour I worked so hard to perfect. The other predominant element is the lemony flavour throughout the dish. Its a fresh and essential part of the dish. The tomatoes and roasted red onions bring a sweetness in every mouthful, and the whole lot bakes in a pre-cooked (non-cauliflower-tasting) cauliflower rice. A fantastic dish to break a fast or to enjoy at dinner if your macros allow for 12g carbs in one sitting. Its a rich and tasty dinner, and all the flavours just work. Step-by-step pics to help you along …

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Low-carb Cabbage and Mince Rolls

Keto Cabbage Mince Rolls
Keto Cabbage Mince Rolls

Get a little creative with ground beef and savoy cabbage and spend some time making these attractive little parcels. I used the full yield of the Roasted Tomato Sauce recipe for this dish, so be sure to have that prepped and ready before beginning. (You could, alternatively use 500g / 18oz of passata, but I want to encourage you to make your own sauces so you know exactly what has gone into them.) One serving = 2 parcels (as pictured) so this recipe will happily feed a family of 4.

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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: it’s a low-carb soup (only 10g carbs per hearty bowl), but the small amount 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. However, if you are flexible to give this a go on your low-carb journey, you will love the homely, hearty flavours. Do make the effort to source smoked paprika, as it adds the additional necessary flavour punch. If its not substantial enough as a main meal, serve this low-carb and cabbage soup with a slice or two of my Quick Chia Keto Bread.

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Pork Shank with Mustard Keto Gravy (Keto; Paleo)

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.

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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. 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.

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Slow-cooked Lamb Shoulder with Roasted Cherry Tomatoes

Keto Roasted Lamb Shoulder
Keto Lamb Shoulder

Lamb is my absolute favourite meat! Funnyman makes the best lamb ribs, but when we are feeling fancy or entertaining guests on a lazy, winter Sunday afternoon, I love to whip up a slow-cooked lamb shoulder. The best part of this recipe isn’t the lovely roasted tomatoes that are served alongside it (which perfectly cut through the fat with their plump sweetness), but the deeply-rich, thick 100% keto-friendly gravy that I make with the juices and cooked down onions. Check out the M&L Side Dishes section for some ideas for additional accompaniments this Christmas…

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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, why not try 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 fattiness of the pork. I enjoyed this with my Keto Celeriac Dauphinoise – both of which are my very popular recipes on the blog.

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Quick-and-Easy Low-carb Phở Bo

Low carb Pho Bo
Low carb Pho Bo

Backpacking around Vietnam with Funnyman in 2010 was one of our best holidays ever! I recall having pho bo (pronounced “fuh” – not “foo” or “foh”) for the first time in Hanoi – and I was blown away! I happily slurped it down numerous times as we travelled from north-to-south over those 3 weeks! Now, many years later and hardcore into my low-carb lifestyle, I wanted to relive those awesome memories. I created a quick 15-minute low carb pho bo using the (konjac / shirataki) ‘noodles‘ from the UK company Eat Water’s range to make it low-carb friendly. I LOVE THIS.

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Thai Prawn Curry with Cherry Tomatoes (Keto; Paleo)

Keto Prawn Curry
Keto Prawn Curry

Fragrant, spicy, creamy… this low-carb Thai prawn curry was made using Thai yellow curry paste and coconut milk. I struggle to find Thai yellow curry paste in the stores here in the UK, so I buy it online. It’s authentic, delicious and affordable. I quickly cooked the prawns before starting the curry (and then added them back in to warm through before serving) – this prevents an unsightly grey soup and delays the sauce reducing (I learnt this from experience). The sauce is reduced until thick and creamy and then simply poured over konjac pasta. The plump prawns, sweet cherry tomatoes, salty fish sauce, spicy chilies, acidic lime and the fragrant coriander create perfect harmony. I also added a teaspoon of sweetener to finish it off with some much-needed sweetness. Simply put – you need to eat this!

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Smoked Paprika Chicken & Chorizo Bake (Low-carb)

Keto Chicken and Chorizo Bake

This is why you must try my Cauliflower Rice recipe! I added the cooked cauli-rice to the chicken roasting dish halfway through and it absorbs all that glorious smoked paprika flavour. This is chicken & chorizo bake is a great family dinner that can be enjoyed with a fresh side salad. This chicken and chorizo bake uses the Mud and Love Cauliflower Rice recipe, which you will notice only serves 4. You should therefore make 1 and 1/2 times that cauli-rice recipe to yield enough for 6 people (and this is also how the macros were calculated.)

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Low-carb Seafood Bake

Keto Seafood Bake
Keto Seafood Bake

This recipe is a fantastic example of how versatile my Keto Creamy Cauliflower Mash is! This is a simple, hearty and comforting fish pie (coming in at 6.2g carbs per serving) and an ideal meal for the chilly evenings here in the UK. I have seen many stores sell ready “fish pie” mixes (usually a mix of chopped white fish, chopped salmon and chopped smoked haddock) which is handy, but I added prawns to my version to make it a wee bit fancier. This dish is just too lovely and I can’t wait for you to try it! Great with greens on the side, if desired.

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Low-carb Buffalo Wings

Keto Buffalo Chicken Wings

Another way to Funnyman’s heart: CHICKEN WINGS! These are basted in a great keto marinade, similar to the one I made for the Keto Ribs, with the addition of a sprinkling of chili flakes scattered over at the end. Delicious for lazy Saturday afternoons while he watches the rugby. Definitely made to be enjoyed with your hands: Get messy! NOTE: The use of tamari (gluten-free soy sauce) in this recipe makes it not strictly keto.

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Salmon & Avocado Salad with Quick-pickled Onions

Keto Salmon Avocado Salad

This sensational salmon & avocado salad boosts a combination of flavours and textures that make every mouthful perfect harmony! Small details like toasting the pumpkin seeds beforehand, quick-pickling the thinly-sliced red onions and using toasted sesame oil makes this salad sensational. I used equal amounts of watercress and pea shoots as I find watercress can be a slightly dominating flavour for this salad. If, however, you love the idea of smoked salmon, check out my Best-ever Smoked Salmon Salad on this site.

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Low-carb Pork Ribs

Low carb Pork Ribs
Low carb Pork Ribs

You will not prepare your ribs any other way after trying this method! These ones literally fall off the bone. I 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: it’s rich, tasty and packed with flavour. The recipe calls for 1 rack of low-carb pork ribs between two people – an ideal Saturday night treat for you and your loved one. Note: The use of tamari (gluten-free soy sauce) in this recipe makes this dish not strictly keto.

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Low-carb Pizza (using Lo-Dough®)

Low carb Pizza using LoDough
Low carb Pizza using LoDough

Funnyman enjoys my Cauliflower Pizza and Fathead Pizza but in mid-2018 I stumbled upon a UK company called Lo-Dough® that launched a great product. We use them as wraps and quick pizza bases. At 2.2g carbs per piece and high in fibre, they were a good buy. Give them a try and let me know what you think. 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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