Course: Main Dish

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 flavours of this chicken and veg dish are enhanced by the addition of fresh basil and roasted vegetables. I especially love the balsamic mustard drizzled over at the end, offering a  sharpness to bring it all together. You may want to save this after a day of fasting, because even thought its jam-packed with fibre, it sits at 12g carbs per serving. 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 to follow. Remember, always preheat your oven and prep all your components before you even start cooking: its good practice for any cook. 

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Fathead Sausage Rolls

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. I admit they are a little … um … rustic-looking, but they are FAB! 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. 

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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 ‘fettucine’). 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. 

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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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