Main meals

This category includes main meals, as well as the protein (meat/chicken/fish) options that form part of a dish. Be sure to check out the SIDE DISHES category to add that much-needed vegetable fibre to complete a well-balanced and nutritious keto supper.

Roast Beef with Creamy Hot Mustard Sauce

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.

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Sesame Chicken (Low carb)

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.

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Ribeye with Creamy Blue Cheese & Red Onion Relish (Keto)

What a treat! Funnyman and I love blue cheese on ribeye, and with the addition of sweet jammy red onions, every mouthful is flavour-balanced just beautifully. I like ‘creamy’ blue Stilton as the mouthfeel is lovely – but if you can’t source it, try making a sauce instead by melting regular blue cheese in a small pan with a dash of double cream. These macros are based on using two large ribeyes (220g / 7.8oz whoppers), and truth be told – I couldn’t finish mine. It’s very rich. Funnyman, however, wolfed his portion down happily. Maybe this is one for the boys…!

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Sea Bass with Chili-lime Butter (Keto)

Fish, glorious fish! I am a huge fan of all seafood and am trying to include more fish in my diet. A well-cooked piece of fish needs nothing more than a little salt and acidity (like lemon juice) to make a satisfying, healthy dinner (along with some high fibre, keto-friendly vegetables of course). These sea bass fillets have a lovely crispy skin and melt-in-the-mouth flesh, but you can use any fish that you like. I had some fun playing around with a flavoured butter to accompany my fish, so I combined softened butter with chili powder, lime juice and salt, before setting in the fridge and slicing cute discs to melt over. (You could also use cayenne pepper and you can adjust the amount to your liking) Be sure to check out Side Dish ideas on the site to serve alongside the fish for the perfect keto dinner.

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Asparagus & Four-Cheese Quiche (Keto)

Deliciously rich and packed with flavour, this quiche is an excellent option for a light lunch or dinner if served with a lovely green salad alongside. I couldn’t have packed more rich cheese into it if I wanted to, and I know you will love it! Top tip: Don’t leave the asparagus whole like I did in the pic, cut them into smaller batons to make sure every slice gets a bit of the good stuff. Failing to do so will make slicing the quiche a little tricky. I would also advise that you allow the quiche to cool completely before slicing and serving. Its delicious warm but like any quiche, it cuts better when cooled (you can always heat the slices afterwards if you like your quiche warm). If you choose to make a ‘crustless’ quiche, leave out the entire almond flour base and simply cook the rest of the recipe in a greased, lined tart dish as the recipe indicates. Out of interest, I calculated those macros if you chose to do that and each slice of a crustless version comes in at 1.3g carbs; 24g fat; 8.8g protein. However, the base adds a lovely texture so its up to you. Now you know..

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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 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! 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, so I have included the recipe below which I did for his team 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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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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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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Lemon & Thyme Chicken with Glaze (Keto; Paleo)

Chicken with Lemon
Chicken with Lemon

Deliciously zingy and packed with flavour, this is a very simple recipe that requires minimum effort and minimal cleaning up. I fried chicken thighs skin-side down to render and crisp the skin, then cooked them in a lemon, garlic and thyme chicken stock (skin-side up). I then took it one step further, and reduced the strained cooking stock and juices to a thick, full-flavoured glaze which I simply brushed over before serving. Be sure to serve it along some lovely high-fibre vegetables – see the SIDE DISHES on this site for some inspiration…

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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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Fathead Sausage Rolls (Low carb)

Fathead Smoked Sausage Rolls
Fathead Smoked Sausage Rolls

These are just fabulous! They are low in carbs, high in fat and worth all the effort. I know its #dirtyketo, but this is due to the use of (deliciously addictive) Kielbasa – a smoked Polish sausage which contains a little wheat and soy, and is a processed meat. But at 7.9g carbs for this giant whopper, I think its worth being a little filthy. For my South African readers, these are what you know as “Russians”, and this would essentially be a “Russian Roll”. I made these using a ‘dough’ influenced from the fathead concept and if you are a low-carber that is still keeping an eyeball on your calories, watch out and perhaps enjoy this after a day of fasting. The Kielbasa was calculated as 120g / 4.2oz per portion and my long monster was double this, so I cut it in half to make two appropriate-sized pieces. Also, the macros do not include the spicy tomato relish but I highly advise that you whip a quick relish up because the sweet acidity it brings to every bite is just lovely!

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Low carb Thai Green Chicken Curry

Low carb Thai Green Curry Chicken
Low carb Thai Green Curry Chicken

Two simple ingredients (Thai Green Curry Paste and coconut milk) makes for a fantastic dish. This low carb Thai green chicken curry uses only chicken and baby chestnut mushrooms and is served over the fabulous konjac (shirataki) ‘rice‘. I use the Eat Water range, which is available online – or at Holland & Barrett (who often have penny-sales). Enjoy this lovely, quick curry with freshly chopped coriander sprinkled over..

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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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Steak Tagliata (Keto)

Beef Tagliata

I know summer is still a while away here up north, but this is a great idea for you to bookmark if you are cooking for one and can’t be bothered with an accompanying sauce or cooking up vegetables. After frying the steak to perfection (I hope your perfection is the same as my perfection: medium-rare) and leaving it to rest, I simply deglazed the pan with lemon juice and used the zingy rendered juices from the pan (after cooling a little) and tossed it with wild rocket (arugula). The steak tagliata only requires a generous scattering of salt flakes and finely shaved Parmesan. If you have a microplane, finely grate a little lemon zest into the salad too. Winner winner singleton’s dinner!

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