You can’t go wrong with a great Homemade Pesto which offers massive flavours. Here, I cooked down some spinach for a lovely buttery texture, then simply stirred the cooked spinach and pesto into my Basic Keto Gnocchi. Yum! If this may seem like a rich, filling meal for two people, serve it to four as a light meal or side dish and halve the macros accordingly. If, however, you prefer a nut-free gnocchi, my favourite version is the Fried Keto Gnocchi (Nut-free), which – if you decide to use instead – will come in even lower in carbs!
This is a great way to flavour my Fried Keto Gnocchi (Nut-free) recipe. Its simply fresh thyme leaves and finely grated lemon zest scattered over. These two ingredients complement each other beautifully so you could tuck in as is, or serve it alongside chicken or fish. The macros for this recipe are based on it serving two people, but it could be stretched to serve 4 as a light meal or small side dish (the gnocchi itself is very rich). The time indicated does not include the making of the gnocchi, but most of that recipe can be made ahead of time. Enjoy!
Oh my… these flavours! I used smoked bacon lardons because they are chunkier (and fattier) than simply dicing up thin bacon rashers yourself. They also render so much glorious fat and flavour when frying up, and this is key to this dish. The tomatoes add lovely sweet acidity. If you can manage 9.9g carbs per serving, this will sufficiently feed 2 people. But it is very rich and filling, so you could divide this into 4 smaller servings and halve the macros accordingly. I used my almond-flour gnocchi for this recipe, but I think the nut-free version version of my gnocchi is much lighter and may sit better (it will also come in lower in carbs). Either way, enjoy this lovely combination to enjoy over whichever version you prefer. Enjoy!
This was my second attempt at gnocchi where I didn’t want the ‘heaviness / density’ of almond flour like my other posted version, and I am delighted with the little pillows of cheesy softness of these! This is the basic, undressed recipe – so serve it with your favourite sauce (like this simple, lovely Lemon & Thyme version). Be sure not to miss out on any recipes by signing up to my monthly e-mailer where I send you a little reminder of all the recipes I posted that month. The macros are calculated that this recipe serves 2, but they can be quite rich so you could stretch it to serve 4 as a side dish and halve the macros accordingly. Enjoy!
This is a basic, undressed ‘gnocchi’ recipe loosely based on the fathead dough concept. It looks a little rustic, but it does the job! It will need to be served with a sauce and some great ideas include Smoked Bacon & Tomato or Spinach and Pesto. The gnocchi itself is incredibly filling, so this recipe could serves 2 people as a main meal, or you could serve it as 4 lighter meals / side dishes then halve the macros accordingly. If you prefer lighter, ‘pillowy’ gnocchi pieces, you may like my nut-free version – Fried Keto Gnocchi (that version is only 1.2g carbs per serving) where I don’t feature almond flour and fry the little delicate pieces after cooking. Try both versions and stick to your favourite using your favourite sauces.
This delicious creamy pasta may be a little ‘dirty keto’ in that it uses several, convenient store-bought foods, but OH MY, does it deliver on flavour! I guess all us ‘low-carbers’ live a little dirty every now and then. I added hot sauce to this ‘pasta’ sauce for extra kick and simply stirred it through my favourite brand of shirataki / konjac ‘fettucine‘. Please do not omit the parsley and lemon zest garnish at the end as they are essential fresh flavours that bring the whole dish together.
This is an indulgent, creamy drink to sip on during the festive season! With hints of ginger and nutmeg, the predominant flavours are coconut and cinnamon – and they work beautifully together. I even added a little cocoa powder which offer some colour as well as a tiny nod to chocolate. I enhanced it with a little collagen powder to increase the protein, but that is entirely optional. Use as much natural sweetener as you need, but one tablespoon of my favourite one worked perfectly for me. Merry Christmas! PS: No judgement here if you decide to ‘optimise’ this drink with a tot of Brandy!
Chia is very in high fibre and I often use the ground kind in my recipes. However, whole chia seeds are just as fantastic. They need more love though as they are pretty flavourless. Here, I experimented a little and made breakfast pots based on the same ingredients one would use to make a Bulletproof Coffee! The coffee flavour is subtle, but you can increase this if your coffee maker makes espressos (or you can boost it using instant coffee granules). Playing around until you are happy is the goal with this one – so have some fun! I sprinkled mine with some ground cinnamon which is optional, but it does add another flavour dimension which is lovely, so I would recommend it…
There is no need for a long-winded intro here, these muffins are not only high in fibre (thank you, ground flax), but they are also super tasty! Funnyman loves them any time of the day so I freeze a batch when I bake them. If he isn’t enjoying them as a sweet breakfast option, he enjoys them as an after-dinner treat: He slices them in half, heats them a little in the microwave, then drizzles some double cream over: just lovely …
Roast Beef with a beautifully creamy mustard dressing: it looks like your Sundays are sorted! I love my chef’s knife (and sharpen my baby daily), BUT in cases like this, I dig out my electric carving knife. I am not entirely sure why: maybe because it makes me feel like I am living in the 80’s but it is a little more accurate and will ensure that everyone gets a decent, even-sized slice (or two or three) of the good stuff… Check out the Side Dish ideas to serve alongside.
My Celeriac Dauphinoise is currently the most visited recipe on the blog so I wanted to try this low carb root vegetable in other ways. Mashed in the same way I do my creamy Cauliflower-mash recipe, this beautiful side dish is extra special because it boasts a unique flavour in addition to a beautifully creamy mouthfeel: simply perfect to mop up all those lovely keto sauces. It’s coming close to Christmas, so be sure to check out some keto-friendly ideas here that you could create for your spread and use some of the Side Veg ideas to complement your dinner. More importantly: remember that there may be “traditions”, but there are no “rules” >>>> Do whatever you want to at Christmas! (I grew up in South Africa and we had a BBQ – pardon me, a BRAAI – every year on Christmas Day and our ‘dessert’ was a juicy watermelon that would float in the pool while us kids swam around it.) JUST ENJOY THE TIME WITH YOUR LOVED ONES and forget about how “perfect” your turkey should be! :)
This is a lovely, simple idea to jazz up cauliflower. Be sure to trim the florets very small for maximum flavour, as we fry them in butter (yum) before finishing in the oven.
It took a lot of trial and error to eventually get to the point where I could confidently share my recipe for these lovely Yorkshire puds. Arrowroot powder is essential for this recipe to work (believe me, I tried everything) … and then with just the right amount of extra-fine almond flour (its important that its the super-finely ground kind), one of these will finish your Sunday Roast perfectly. My first few batches had an ‘eggy’ flavour, so I added garlic powder and mustard powder to the mix (a twist which worked beautifully in my Keto Chia Bread) – and they do an excellent job of ‘masking’ the eggy flavour without overpowering the puds with a garlic or mustard flavour. Enjoy this with your favourite Sunday Keto Roast – see some ideas here >> where several include a 100% keto gravy to enjoy over the puds!)
This dish was one of my ‘accidents’ that turned out simply perfect! Its a tasty mushroom side dish where medium-large sized mushrooms are flash-fried for caramelisation, then baked in a thick cream infused with garlic and bay leaves. I made this dish twice, once with fresh bay leaves and once with dried bay leaves and found that dried bay leaves offer a much better flavour, so don’t kill yourself trying to source the fresh kind because dried bay leaves pack a better flavour punch. If you choose not to have this as a creamy side vegetables dish, it will make a lovely topping for steak or pork chops. You will notice at the end of the recipe, I suggest finishing the dish with a small squeeze of fresh lemon juice, but this is optional. (However, if you choose to do so, I don’t recommend adding the lemon beforehand as the sauce may curdle when baking. Please do it afterwards.) Enjoy!
Good ol’ chicken! Who doesn’t love it? (And even more so on keto where you can enjoy that crispy, heavenly skin completely guilt-free!) Here, I took the humble drumstick up a notch and cooked them with toasted sesame oil and sesame seeds – before drizzling a little more sesame oil over and garnishing with fresh chili and coriander (< that’s ‘cilantro’ for my US readers). Toasted sesame oil delivers MASSIVE flavour and I love it! I buy mine from the Trose, but not all of them stock it, so you can find the exact one I use online here.