Low-carb Prosciutto ‘Muffins’

Keto Prosciutto Muffins
Keto Prosciutto Muffins

This is just a quick post to show how lovely the Keto Breakfast Muffins are that I posted earlier today. A good spread of unsalted, grass-fed butter and topped with best-quality prosciutto and you have a quick lunch sorted for two people! My Keto Breakfast Muffins recipe (which is used in this recipe idea) makes two muffins, which are then essentially halved. Macros are calculated per one serving being two halves, exactly as pictured. 

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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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Roasted Tomato Sauce (Keto; Paleo)

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 (Keto; Paleo)

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 Chia Bread (Keto; Paleo)

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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Toasted Cheese & Tomato (using Quick Keto Chia Bread)

Keto Toasted Cheese
Keto Toasted Cheese

Another fab (and super-simple) idea using a slice of the Quick Keto Chia Bread: Keto toasted cheese & tomato sarnies! I used regular strong Cheddar cheese and tomato and calculated the macros for your benefit. Of course, its nothing fancy but it will hit the spot. One serving is one open slice, as pictured, but double it up and have two if your daily macros allow it…

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Easy Homemade Mayonnaise (Keto; Paleo)

Keto Mayonnaise
Keto Mayonnaise

It’s very satisfying making your own condiments from scratch, and even better with the knowledge that you know exactly what has gone into it. This is a great, easy homemade mayonnaise recipe – and I have included two ways to pimp your mayo after it has been made. One idea is adding roasted garlic and the other is simply stirring in finely grated lemon zest. Both yield excellent results. Give it a try at least once and once you get the hang of it, play around adding finely chopped herbs, or lime zest. Since we are only making small amounts – with an understandable shelf-life (no preservatives etc.) – we need only a small glass jug and a small whisk. The macros are calculated on a serving being one heaped tablespoon, so the batch will make about 7 such servings. Store covered in the fridge for no longer than 4 days.

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Sweet and Creamy ‘Fat Pots’ (Keto)

Keto Cream Bombs

Super simple little creamy sweet keto fat pots (topped with tart raspberries to cut through the rich creaminess). The recipe makes 4 small pots and can be done in ramekins, but I used little plastic pots which I found on amazon. (Ignore the product description that says they are disposable – I wash and re-use them.) Simply wrap in clingfilm and take these babies to work with you! Be sure to check out other Fat Bomb ideas on the site (some are sweet, other are savoury) or check out the Dessert section for great sweet treats!

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Keto Courgette Cheese Fritters with Spicy Tomato Relish

Keto Courgette Cheese Fritters

These courgette cheese fritters are enhanced by the addition of a spicy tomato relish, which really is the star of the show as it cuts through the richness and adds a spicy, sweet and acidic freshness. These fritters may be a little too rich and too high in protein to be served as a side dish, but they will make a great breakfast or light lunch option at 2.6g carbs per serving. 

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Cashew Nut ‘Cheese’ Sauce (Vegan)

Cashew Nut Cheese Sauce
Cashew Nut Cheese Sauce

Ok, ok … I admit, I am jumping on the Veganuary band-wagon here – BUT only for a day, because….. well, bacon…?!). I did this so that I could share this delicious ‘cheese’ sauce which is so versatile. I call it a ‘cheese’ sauce because the Nutritional Yeast Flakes in it adds a deep umami ‘cheesy’ flavour which is absolutely delicious served over cooked Broccoli. I have created this for my dairy-free readers here on M&L … Happy 2019!

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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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Garlic Pita Bread (using Lo-Dough®)

Keto Pita LoDough
Keto Pita LoDough

I blogged about the fabulous Lo-Dough® product a while ago and the delicious Salami Pizzas Funnyman enjoys. One night I attempted a pita bread – and they turned out fantastic coming in at only 3.9g carbs per entire pita! If you want to make it a more substantial meal, add some good-quality prosciutto after baking – see pic at the end). This post was not sponsored by Lo-Dough®, and I am happy to link to their website and share the love with my UK readers…

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Best-ever Roasted Macadamia Nuts (Keto; Paleo)

Keto Roasted Macadamia Snacks

Just look at those macros – these are the ULTIMATE fat snacks! Macadamias are my favourite nut: they are high in fat and mind-blowingly rich in flavour when roasted. If you can spend 15 minutes once or twice a week to prepare a batch of these, you will have plenty of servings of these super-tasty, satisfying fat snacks. After roasting them, I scattered over a pinch of salt and Swerve® as soon as they came out of the oven, then allowed them to cool completely before storing in a sealed container. The macros are calculated on a portion size of 35g / 1.2oz roasted macadamia nuts – which is ample for a quick snack to get those fat macros higher, or satisfy your desire to crunch on something delicious between meals. They smell like popcorn and taste like heaven!

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