Keto Mini Soda Bread Loaf

Keto Mini Soda Bread Loaf
Keto Mini Soda Bread Loaf

I play around a lot with bread, and this was my latest 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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Mixed Berry Coconut Crumble

Keto Mixed Berry Crumble
Keto Mixed Berry Crumble

A lovely, keto-friendly warm dessert to enjoy alongside pouring cream or my Keto Coconut Ice Cream. The sharp, tart berries shine alongside the coconutty flavour of the crunchy crumble. If you have 6 ramekins, you may be better off baking these in them (as opposed to one pie dish), which makes for easier serving. If you choose to do this, place all the ramekins onto a tray when baking to ensure safe removal from the oven. #SafetyFirst

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Posh Keto Breakfast

Posh Keto Salmon Breakfast
Posh Keto Salmon Breakfast

I would choose salmon over bacon any day! This bowl of goodness was inspired by a colleague (at my part-time gig at the Duck) who whipped this up one day after a few of the chefs missed staff lunch. I looked longingly at their bowls and realised this was the ultimate keto breakfast. The meal is filling and its likely to keep you satisfied well into the day. I used soft goat’s cheese, but if the idea of eating such a strong cheese in the morning makes you want to throw something at me, use full-fat cream cheese instead. (I made a note of those macros at the end.

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Pork Shank with Mustard Keto Gravy

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 (IF).

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Poached Eggs on Spinach

Keto Poached Eggs on Spinach
Keto Poached Eggs on Spinach

A quick and easy breakfast idea to get some fibre and added nutrients into your morning meal. Baby spinach leaves –  when cooked well – are buttery and amazing, and I could have it with just about anything. Since many of my readers want more egg and/or breakfast ideas, I think this is a great option to post to make your brekkie a little more interesting..

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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. Enjoy!

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Roasted Tomato Sauce

Roasted Tomato Sauce
Roasted Tomato Sauce

This is a great homemade sauce to use as a pizza base or to smother your meatballs over courgetti. (See my Low-carb Cabbage and Mince Rolls where I used the full batch.) The recipe yields a 500g / 17.6oz batch which will sufficiently feed 4 people as a ‘pasta’ sauce. (The macros have been calculated that one person’s serving will be approximately 125g / 4.4oz.) If you don’t need to use it all, you can freeze the remaining in handy batches. Don’t forget to stir in some dried oregano for an authentic Italian flavour.

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Fresh Tomato Ketchup

Fresh Keto Tomato Ketchup

Fresh, lovely tomato ketchup (as pictured) doesn’t take long at all to make and is packed with the fresh flavour you would come to expect from something made at home with love. Macros are calculated on 60g / 2.1oz serving, so adjust accordingly as you use it. If you choose to have a more ‘cooked’ flavour to your ketchup, cook the finished product for 10-15 minutes in a pan over moderate heat until it thickens and slightly darkens. Allow to cool completely before chilling. Store both versions covered in the fridge for no longer than 4 days.

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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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