Breakfast Avocado & Berry Smoothies

I don’t believe in juicing (my reasoning: why on earth would you discard all that lovely fibre only to be left with high sugar juice??) – BUT, I do love a good smoothie! Smoothies are made in a blender (as opposed to a juicer) and retain all the lovely, glorious fibre of the ingredients used. Here, I blended high-fat, high-fibre avocado and added fresh raspberries to bring a sharp sweetness. This combo benefits with some additional sweetener (I used the fabulous Swerve®) and then some ice cold water to get the consistency just right. To make these an ultimate breakfast, I added MCT oil and collagen powder. Excellent.. tasty.. filling and so, so healthy. This recipe makes two large smoothies – and it takes less than 5 minutes to make. Enjoy!

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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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Cauliflower, Bacon & Cheddar Soup (Low-carb)

I realise we are currently enjoying summer here in the UK, but a warm meal can still be enjoyed all year round, so why should soup be an different? This simple soup is made using cauliflower, a good-quality chicken stock and Cheddar, then garnished with plenty of crispy bacon, more cheese and fresh parsley. I advise you please source the strongest Cheddar for maximum flavour punch.

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Fried Avocado Breakfast (Keto; Paleo)

Avocado is a great, high-in-healthy-fats ingredient to enjoy on keto. I love my avocado fresh, simply sprinkled with salt and (both white and black) pepper, then simply finished with a generous squeeze of lemon. However, here I chose to shake things up a bit: I dusted avocado slices in seasoned coconut flour and shallow-fried the pieces until golden on the outside. The flavour of cooked avocado is very different to raw avocado and not everyone has a taste for it, but its lovely and makes for a unique breakfast experience. Macros for this breakfast or light lunch option includes the poached egg served on top. (For steps to making the perfect poached egg, see the Keto Salmon Eggs Benedict recipe on this site.)

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Broccoli and Brown Butter Mash (Keto)

OK, this is probably not my greatest picture, but the flavour of this broccoli mash makes up for what you see as a bowl of bright green mush! I simply mashed up cooked broccoli and folded through glorious ‘browned’ butter before seasoning and serving. Browned butter (called Beurre Noisette in French culinary terms) is basically butter (grass-fed only for us, obvs) that has been melted down and kept on the heat until the milk solids separate and start to gently brown, flavouring the butter. The butter is then strained through cheesecloth or food-grade muslin, discarding the milk solids. You are left with a deeply-flavoured, beautifully nutty melted (and very versatile) butter that will blow your mind! If you choose to always have a batch of little set browned butter cubes on hand, I have a Beurre Noisette recipe on the site which is portioned after setting and can be used in numerous ways. FUN FACT: Julia Childs once said “… if you don’t like broccoli, add more butter.” <- Love that!

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Soft Keto Dinner Rolls

I have developed many bread recipes over my journey, but these little guys are The Bomb! They are also my current new favourite! They are soft, stable, full of flavour, and the recipe could not be simpler (if you use the right ingredients – see the step-by-step pics below). As a lunch or snack option, Funnyman halves one and melts cheese over the two halves with a little pesto (or a slice of tomato) and simply adds a pinch of Sea Salt Flakes or cracked Pink Himalayan Salt… Or….. my personal preference, serve it up as a side dish to mop up all the sauce from the rich, moist dishes you are creating. YUM! They store well in the fridge (wrapped or sealed) for a few days – and can then be simply unwrapped and popped in the microwave for a few seconds to ‘bring back to life’. The macros are shown as one soft dinner roll = one serving.

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Fried Squid with Coriander & Chili (Keto; Paleo)

A fresh, light tapas or appetiser for two people, I pimped my coconut-dusted, fried squid to make this satisfying dish. The macros were calculated that this recipe would serve two as a light meal, but you can use the handy plug-in below to increase the amount of ingredients and have this as a main with a lovely salad on the side (just be sure to manually adjust the macros accordingly)..

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Cajun Cauliflower Bake (Keto)

I never run out of ideas for making interesting side dishes to enjoy alongside meat or fish. I LOVE vegetables and believe its where you can get really creative. (It’s also where most of your daily allocated carbs should be coming from: high fibre, nutritious vegetables that are packed with goodness.) Here, I coated cauliflower florets in a spicy Cajun spice mix and roasted them until done. To add additional flavour and a creamy mouthfeel, I drizzled over a mix of double cream and sour cream before cooking for a few more minutes. This Cajun cauliflower side dish is so packed with flavour and spice, I advise it’s served alongside simple roasted chicken thighs or pork chops.

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Pesto-stuffed Squid Tubes (Keto)

I posted an amazing Stuffed Squid tubes recipe a little while ago (it’s a fantastic recipe and I encourage you to try it). But, as a variation here, I used some of my Keto Basil Pesto and I combined it with cream cheese and finely chopped sun-dried tomatoes for the stuffing: TOO delicious! I often refer to my pesto, but it deserves the punt: its SO fresh, clean and full of flavour. Enjoy this dish as an appetiser between two people (as macros are calculated), or use the plug-in below to increase the yield to serve more.

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Chocolate Mousse Lollies (Low carb)

Creamy and chocolatey, these lollies were made with whipped cream, giving a light, airy texture which makes me rethink how I have been making all the other lollies up until now. A simple addition of confectioner’s sweetener and melted 85% Lindt®, and you have a dreamy after-dinner treat. I marked this low carb and not strictly keto, due to the presence of soy in the Lindt®. As we know, soy is an inflammatory food and should be avoided on the keto lifestyle. However, if you are simply living the ‘if it fits your macros’ lifestyle, these lollies will be a great addition to your summer creations. The lolly moulds I use are 100ml / 3.4 fl. oz capacity, but there is so much air whipped into the mixture, you will only use about 70g of mixture to fill each mould. This was how the macros were calculated. I also added a few drops of chocolate essence which really lifts the flavour to another level – you will love it!

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Broccoli and Bacon Cheese Bakes (Keto)

I posted a recipe of Cream-baked Broccoli a little while ago (it’s a lush recipe: rich, filling and full-flavoured, please try it). However, I wanted to take the concept up a notch and add crispy bacon and Cheddar. Can we all take a moment to high-five the keto way-of-life: what other “diets” can encourage adding bacon and cheese?… Anyway, I created this recipe in 4 individual little stoneware pots (because its SO cute) but you can make this same recipe in an appropriately-sized dish if you choose to – as long as the end-result serves 4 people in even-sized portions as that is how the macros were calculated..

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Coconut-dusted Fried Squid (Keto; Paleo)

Who doesn’t love fried calamari? I used the easily-available squid tubes (available frozen in most supermarkets) to create lovely, full-flavoured fried squid. Tossed lightly in coconut flour, you get all the deliciousness without the gluten, carbs or guilt. This is a lovely, light appetiser for two and this was how the macros were calculated. If you choose to have this as a main meal, or wish to scale up to serve more, use the handy plug-in on the recipe below to help you along (if you choose to do this, please cook the squid in batches to avoid over-crowding the pan).

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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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Yogurt Cream with Raspberries & Ground Flax (Keto)

Yogurt with Raspberries and Ground Flax
Yogurt with Raspberries and Ground Flax

These are great little yogurt pots, made using a combination of full-fat Greek yogurt and whipped double cream (sweetened with a little confectioner’s Swerve). I mashed fresh raspberries to stir through for some lovely natural sweet tartness, and I couldn’t resist adding ground (milled) flaxseed for added goodness and fibre. I LOVE the combination of plain yogurt and ground flax – it reminds me of the milk I slurped up as a child after finished a bowl of All-bran flakes. It adds a lovely ‘bran’ flavour to these yogurt cream pots and I am sure you will love it as much as I do. It will make for a great high-fat breakfast, but I marked this under dessert category too because… well, why not?

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Lamb Chops with Rosemary Butter (Keto)

I am quite vocal about how lamb is my favourite meat, I love it! Here, my butcher hooked me up with fantastic cutlets and we simply cooked them on the braai (BBQ). Lamb and rosemary go so well together, so I made a quick flavoured butter beforehand to melt on top and #PimpMyChops. And, since its the Bank Holiday weekend coming up here in the UK, why not enjoy these with my Tear-and-Share Keto Garlic Bread and a lovely salad on the side.

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Stuffed Squid (Keto)

I love squid! Grilled, crumbed, fried, stuffed.. if it’s on a menu, its in my mouth! Remember, I grew up in South Africa, so we pretty much had excellently-prepared calamari at ANY restaurant 365 days a year. I live in the UK now, so I sadly have to settle on what we all have access to: frozen squid tubes at Tesco. I know, I know… it’s not ideal, they are smaller and not what I am accustomed to, but THIS recipe is fantastic and will make a lovely tapas / appetiser for two (and that is how the macros were calculated). If you choose to enjoy this recipe by yourself (or if you choose to increase the recipe amounts to serve more), simply use the plug-in below and adjust your macros accordingly. Enjoy…

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Keto Cauliflower Cheese

Sunday roasts aren’t what they used to be, are they? We now skip the roast potatoes, the Yorkshire puds and we pass on the gravy. This is why I worked on a keto cauliflower cheese as a delicious side dish to your roast meat. This recipe is not only cleaner, tastier and lighter, but it’s 100% KETO and I bet it will knock the kids’ socks off. The flavour is rich and satisfying and I love scattering over smoked sea salt flakes before serving for additional flavour and texture. The macros were calculated that this recipe will feed 6 people, if served as equal-sized servings.

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Tear-and-share Garlic Bread (Keto)

Just in time for summer! This is a fantastic keto garlic bread roughly based on the fathead dough concept. This recipe will yield 12 slices and the macros have been calculated on one serving being 2 slices (because who eats only one slice of garlic bread at a braai?) – so this will sufficiently feed 6 people. I used equal amounts of (recently discovered) extra-fine almond flour and regular almond flour to achieve the texture I wanted. NOTE: I have not developed this recipe using only regular almond flour, but I anticipate a much stickier mixture which will be impossible to work with – so I encourage you to invest in a bag of the extra-fine flour which I have so far only seen available at amazon). Perhaps Holland & Barrett will stock it in the future if we all kick up enough of a fuss. Sealed well, almond flour will last a long time, and you will love this keto garlic bread so much, its best you have a bag on hand this summer. Be sure to also check out all the other Bread recipes on this site..

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High-Fibre Chocolate Muffins (Keto)

Keto High-fibre Chocolate Muffins
Keto High-fibre Chocolate Muffins

Who doesn’t love (and long for) Chocolate Muffins? Here, I made the most deliciously moist keto-friendly chocolate muffins and snuck in some extra necessary fibre in the form of seeds which add a lovely, subtle texture. No long-winded headnote needed here, these chocolate muffins are lovely – and they freeze well too.

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‘Rustic’ Pesto & Cheddar Fathead Rolls (Keto)

The Ham & Gruyere Rolls recipe that I posted a few weeks ago was so well-received (please try it), I decided to shake things up a bit and use a similar concept with fresh homemade Basil Pesto and grated Cheddar. There was one very significant change to the dough recipe (which is loosely based on the “fathead” concept): I experimented with extra-fine almond flour instead of regular almond flour. Some adjustments had to be made to the remaining ingredients, but the texture was exactly what I was after and the BONUS factor was that the raw ‘dough’ was SO much easier to work with! If you choose to follow this recipe, please use extra-fine almond flour – I cannot guarantee successful results if you don’t. I titled them “rustic” because while they do puff and rise, they lop to the side and look exactly like something that is made at home with love (that’s how we all cook, right?) Regarding the basil pesto, I really don’t want to blow smoke up my own… but my fresh, homemade basil pesto is simple unbeatable. It takes a few minutes to make and is SO worth the effort..

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Cream-baked Broccoli (Keto)

Keto Cream-baked Broccoli
Keto Cream-baked Broccoli

Its difficult to communicate to readers how yummy something is. Sometimes I just shut down from lack of descriptive words (and I hope that my telling you this will inspire you to try it). Here, I simply baked par-cooked broccoli in seasoned double cream and the result was… well, incredible. I have no other words… this cream-baked broccoli will hopefully blow your hair back as much as it did mine. Be sure to also check out all the Side Dishes on M&L..

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Low-carb Chocolate Mug Cakes

Chocolate Mug Cakes
Chocolate Mug Cakes

Dreamy, chocolate mug cakes that take just a few minutes to throw together. It took several trials to achieve this great texture, and they are best eaten warm with a dollop of extra cream. The recipe makes two, so you can tuck into them with your loved one as a dessert or a sweet breakfast.

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Courgettes Baked in Cream (Keto)

Keto Courgettes baked in Cream

Double cream is amazing, but when it’s baked in the oven – well, it will change your life! I know that’s a very ambitious statement to make, but you need to trust me on this one (and I think it’s the reason that my Keto Celeriac Dauphinoise is still the most popular recipe on M&L). The flavour of baked cream completely changes into a deep, rich full-flavoured smack of heaven! Here, I chose to do courgettes baked in cream and I was not disappointed. Be sure to finish the dish with plenty of seasoning (I love using smoked sea salt flakes).

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Chicken Liver Parfait (Keto)

Keto Chicken Liver Parfait
Keto Chicken Liver Parfait

While liver PATE is lovely, liver PARFAIT is different and something truly special. A pate is simply blitzed cooked ingredients, but a parfait includes butter and eggs in a raw, tempered mixture which is blitzed and passed through a fine mesh sieve to achieve a smooth and creamy (dreamy) mixture before baking at a low temperature, Baine-Marie-style. Believe me, it’s well worth the extra love and effort! This recipe fills 4 ramekins, and I calculated the macros that each ramekin can be shared and enjoyed between two people. If you aren’t hosting a dinner-party-for-eight, simply freeze the remaining ramekins like I did. I spread this creamy parfait on my Keto Chia Seed Crackers* (as pictured).

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Chia & Mixed Seed Crackers (Keto)

Keto Chia Seed Crackers
Keto Chia Seed Crackers

These fantastically crispy, mixed seed crackers can be used to scoop up your favourite dip or salsa. Follow the recipe below to yield 10 even-sized slices, because at only 2.4g carbs per serving (one serving = 2 large crackers), you can now do so completely guilt-free! Don’t omit the salt (as I did in my first trial) because its a necessary addition. Be sure to also cook both sides to achieve maximum crunch and colour. A batch of these lasted several days in a sealed Tupperware and I happily spread my Keto Chicken Liver Parfait on them. Be sure to sign up to the monthly e-newsletter to ensure you never miss a recipe. Enjoy!

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Chicken Mayo Sarmies (using Keto Seed Loaf)

Chicken Mayo Seed Loaf

There is debate over whether its sarnies or sarmies. I don’t know about you, but I grew up in South Africa – and we called it sarmies-with-an-m. Any which way you say it, this is just a quick idea to showcase the M&L Keto Seed Loaf where I made mini chicken mayo sandwiches for a quick meal. I simply tossed cooked chicken pieces in my Homemade Mayonnaise and enjoyed it with deliciously sweet tomato slices and avocado. Clean eating all the way! (Top tip: if any seeds fall off the crust of the loaf, scatter them over your sandwich for extra crunch and texture.) The macros include the whole lot (two slices, as pictured): not too bad for a lovely lunch using all of your efforts.

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Cream-baked Eggs (Keto)

Keto Cream-baked Eggs

If you are doing an egg-fast, or need some inspiration to jazz up eggs, may I remind you about the very simple, classic dish of cream-baked eggs, also known as oeufs en cocotte. My recipe below is uncomplicated and packed with flavour (it’s my current addiction when I don’t feel like cooking or if Funnyman is travelling!) Ramekins are essential for this specific recipe, but if you choose to use a wider, shallower dish, you may need to shave some time off the cooking. Its 30 minutes in the oven for the whites to set and for the double cream to bake to a heavenly flavour, but it’s well worth waiting for. I seasoned the cream with smoked salt flakes and garnished the finished dish with some some chives (to make it cute).

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