Tag: ketogenic

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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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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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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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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Chicken and Veg with Balsamic Drizzle (Keto; Paleo)

Chicken and Veg with Balsamic Drizzle

The great flavour of this chicken and veg dish is enhanced further by the addition of fresh basil and roasted vegetables. I especially love the balsamic mustard reduction which is drizzled over at the end – it brings a sharpness that shapes the whole dish (and a key flavour to the end-result). 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 below. Remember, always preheat your oven and prep all your components before you even start cooking – its good practice for any cook. As amazing as this dish is, you may want to save it for a day after intermittent fasting because it still calculates at 12g carbs per serving. Be sure to see all the Poultry dishes on the site.

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Shakshuka

Low carb Shakshuka
Low carb Shakshuka

I know, I know …. how flipping cute is this breakfast? I bought several mini cast-iron pans (13cm / 5-in diameter) just so that I can make this breakfast for house guests. My version of Shakshuka is super simple: the cooked tomatoes are spiced with ground cumin, cayenne and smoked paprika, then an egg is cracked into the centre and baked to perfection. To finish, I used smoked sea salt flakes to season. TIP: These would be great served with my Keto Breakfast Muffins. Enjoy your brunch!

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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 ‘fettuccine’). 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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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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Mini Rosemary Keto Rolls

Mini Rosemary Keto Rolls
Mini Rosemary Keto Rolls

I need to do more research on the guy that invented Fathead dough, so I can find him and plant a big fat one on him! I love it and use the concept for so many great dishes, but switched around some ingredient ratios until I was happy. Here, I made a batch of mini rosemary-flavoured ‘breadrolls’, yielding between 13 and 14 little rolls. The macros are calculated as one ‘serving’ being 2 mini keto rolls. You can use any appropriately-sized pan or baking tin, but I thought it would be attractive to bake, then serve (tear-and-share-style) straight from a cast-iron pan (mine was 20cm / 8-in diameter). Enjoy with just about anything and play around with different herbs – but I think I rocked these using rosemary..

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Spring Onion Scramblies (Keto)

Spring Onion Scramblies

Some inspiration may be needed after a while of wolfing down eggs on keto. I can hardly call this a ‘recipe’, as its merely an idea to make your scrambled eggs a little interesting (and I took the liberty of calculating the macros for you). I made this for myself one night when Funnyman was away and I was in no mood to cook. The stir-fried spring onions bring a lovely sweetness to the scrambled eggs: they are flash-fried until bright green and partially caramelised before the eggs are added. This is a great way to pimp your scramblies…! (And fab served on a slice of toasted Quick Keto Chia Bread or Keto Breakfast Muffins*) Be sure to also check out all the other Breakfast ideas on the site.

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Mini Keto Soda Bread Loaf

Keto Mini Soda Bread Loaf
Keto Mini Soda Bread Loaf

I play around a lot with bread, and this was another attempt. The texture is great and you should give it a try. 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 you shape (which is fairly small) will slice into approximately 8 mini slices, but the dense texture makes each slice 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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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 recently (at my part-time gig at the Fat 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.) Be sure to check out other Breakfast ideas on the site..

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Pork Shank with Mustard Keto Gravy (Keto; Paleo)

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.

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Poached Eggs on Spinach (Keto)

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 poached eggs on spinach is a great option to post to make your morning meal a little more interesting. (Be sure to also check out other Breakfast ideas on the site…)

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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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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 another step at the end if you wish to have a zingy version (simply finely grate in some lemon zest). 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 generously-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. Squeezing all the moisture from the grated courgettes is essential, and I used a piece of inexpensive muslin / cheesecloth to do this and I highly advise you do too. Be sure to check out the other Breakfast ideas on the site.

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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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Keto Creamed Spinach

Keto Creamed Spinach

This is a FABULOUS Keto Creamed Spinach recipe – perfect when served with a juicy ribeye nestled alongside it. It serves two people, so double up the ingredients to feed the family (although we all know that a mountain of fresh spinach will wilt down to nothing, but luckily it happens pretty quickly, so simply add the spinach to the pan in two or three batches at a time.) I gently caramelised shallots and garlic for added flavour beforehand and added the raw spinach to the pan – again, cooking slowly and over a low heat with no added moisture (please don’t boil your spinach!). It takes some patience and constant stirring, but the results are crazy-amazing…

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Keto Creamed Leeks

Keto Creamed Leeks
Keto Creamed Leeks

I get so many messages from friends and readers wanting to know what knives I use. When I finished culinary school many years ago, Funnyman bought me a Robert Welch Cook’s Knife and… I LOVE IT! I use a hundred times a day, I sharpen it with pride and it still lives in its protective box. No one is allowed to touch it, not even Funnyman (unless he wants me to use it on him). If you are looking to get a great knife set for your loved one, RW now have a set available – a perfect gift for the foodie in your life. To cut a long story short, I thought it would be a great time to showcase what knives I use, especially on this dreamy side dish which will sit perfectly on the side of your rib eye…

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