Best Ever Keto Brownies

Best Keto Brownies
Best Keto Brownies

Bribing Funnyman with my brownies is a nifty way to get him to do stuff around the house. I learnt this in wife-training school. He loves these keto brownies. (At 0.5g carbs per brownie, who wouldn’t?) They are the perfect size to hit the sweet spot and they make great fat bombs. I don’t have a sweet tooth at all, so making a batch of these along with a batch of Keto Blueberry Lollies for him once a week is my way of showing him how much I appreciate him going on this Keto journey with me. The brownies store well in the fridge (although they would disappear in a day if I did that), so I freeze them individually after cooling and slicing. We always have double cream in the house, so he often reheats them slightly after they have defrosted (2-3 hours in the fridge to defrost) and then he pours a little cream over them. Happy Husband = Happy Wifey…

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Keto Blueberry Lollies

Keto Blueberry Ice Lollies
Keto Blueberry Ice Lollies

Funnyman wasn’t entirely convinced when I broached the subject of doing keto with me a few months ago. He has a massive sweet tooth and the thought of giving up his after-dinner treats didn’t sit well with him. A client of mine in the US suggested I try Swerve® as a sugar replacement in my cooking and baking and I was delighted to find it had no strange after-taste. Now, I will only use Erythritol. When Funnyman tried my lollies, it gave him the push to do keto with me. Of course, I had to become a lolly-making machine because he happily enjoys one of these almost every night. He is down almost 10kg (22lb) now and counting…

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Keto Chili con Carne

Keto Chili Con Carne
Keto Chili Con Carne

A comforting bowl of goodness. Funnyman gets giddy with excitement when I whip up a pot of my chili. After we switched to a Keto Lifestyle, I adjusted my recipe to exclude the red kidney beans, but the overall flavour and heartiness has not been compromised, and he loves it just the same. I made this dish often in LBK (Life Before Keto), and even then we ate it with a spoon straight out of our bowls, sans tortillas, rice or any accompanying carbs, so this wasn’t a major adjustment for us. This recipe yields 3 servings, so if it’s just you and your loved one, there should be enough the next day for whoever gets to the fridge and Calls It first. If you are cooking for more people, use the facility on the recipe plugin to double it up.

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Spicy Moroccan Seafood

This is a fantastically spicy dish which you can almost completely prepare the day before. When ready to eat, you will need only 10-15 minutes in the kitchen to reheat and finish the cooking – giving you plenty more time to spend with your guests. If you happen to have a tagine, now is your time to whip it out and use it to serve the dish. The dish is spicy, so adjust the minced chili to your liking. I have included step-by-step pics below …. 

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Side Greens with Buttermilk Dressing and Crackling Crumb

While I simply love meat, a lot of my attention is focussed on the accompanying side dishes. Think further than frozen broccoli (gag), because there is a multitude of things you could do with veg and salads on the side making them interesting and fun. Here is one that is packed with flavour and can be served warm or as a side salad at your next braai…

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Crunchy 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 may convert you into a fan. Crunchy and partially charred, it’s a fab side-dish. Keep it low-cal by measuring 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. I have given some suggestions at the end how you can pimp it too. 

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Leek, Bacon & Mushroom Pasta

I have blogged about shirataki noodles before – they are the bomb! Made out of the konjac root, the company Eat Water has (over time) perfected a noodle-looking food that is so low in carbs and calories, I can fool myself into thinking I am enjoying a good pasta. They are high in fibre, very filling and even look like the real thing. Available in ‘rice’, ‘noodles’, ‘penne’ and ‘fettucine’ (my favourite), they are indeed a god-send for those on keto / low-carb / LCHF diets.

I love big, bold flavours that slap me right through the face. Craving a ‘pasta’ few nights ago, I used everything I had in the fridge to make this deeply-satisfying dinner – which happens to be less than 8g carbs per serving.

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Biltong… the way to my heart

Those that know me will note that this post is way overdue. Biltong: The way to my heart since I first chewed on it while teething as a baby (how teething is dealt with in South Africa). My life changed a few years ago when my friends Danni and Phil showed me step-by-step all that I needed to make it at home – I was so happy and excited at the simplicity of it, especially since I live in England now. (Having said that, there are numerous South African shops around UK selling excellent biltong and droewors.

Biltong is referred to as beef jerky everywhere else in the world, but nothing compares to the the authentic flavour of proper South African biltong – that spice mix packed with all-important coriander seeds. Biltong can be a lean, high-protein treat and an ideal snack option, (but sshhhhh… I like it fatty!) That is entirely up to you and the cut of meat you buy. Depending on the amount of time you hang it for, you can enjoy it moist or dry. (I like it moist.)

I have only ever used one type of shop-bought biltong maker, and it was a SUNBEAM. You could probably fashion your own one (box, light, fan) but my trusty one has never let me down. It gets used a lot and has a permanent spot on my kitchen counter. Regarding the spices, go ahead and try several. Again, you could make your own, but why would you when Freddy Hirsch has perfected it? And the best part… I can make a few non-spiced pieces for the pooches, of course. See my step-by-step pics when you continue reading..

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