Creamy Garlic Broccoli with Tomato Relish (Keto)

I love cream-baked broccoli: its a simple dish which I throw together quite often. In this version, however, I enhanced the creamy mixture with sour cream and full-fat cream cheese and served the end-result with one of my favourite new homemade condiments: a quick relish made from finely chopped tomato and garlic. This dish is very rich and indulgent and will suitably serve 4 as a side veg option. THIS RECIPE IS ACCOMPANIED WITH A VIDEO. (Scroll down to see it, and be sure to watch the blooper reel Funnyman slips in at the end!)
 

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Carbs 4.9g | Fat 33g | Protein 5g
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Spicy Paprika Macadamia Nuts

Next to biltong and droewors, NUTS are probably the most popular go-to snack in our house. They just tick all the boxes as a perfect keto snack: high in fat, fibre and protein. We try and steer clear of the store-bought roasted nuts for several reasons: many mixed nuts packets (while convenient) usually include peanuts and almost always feature vegetable oil – two things which should be avoided on keto. However… in the spirit of being honest and transparent, I would be lying if I said we didn’t always have a packet kicking about. Anyway, honesty aside… during COVID-19 lock down, I found a packet of halved macadamia nuts in the pantry and got to work straight away when Funnyman said he was craving something spicy as a snack. These did not last long in our house – they were delicious!
 

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Carbs 2.3g | Fat 25g | Protein 3g
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BBQ Ribs in Tamari & Skinny® Maple Syrup (Low carb)

My butcher hooked me up with a whopping kilogram of pork ribs, so I got to work creating a delicious glaze to brush over the ribs while we braaied one day on lock down. I used tamari (gluten-free soy sauce) and delicious The Skinny Food Co Sugar-free Maple Syrup along with other few bits. This will sufficiently feed 4 hungry people at your next BBQ – but I especially want you to try my version of pre-cooking the ribs ahead of going onto the grill. I wrap them in a completely air-tight parcel of foil, so they literally steam in their own juices for 3 hours. They fall off the bone. Heaven.
 

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Carbs 1.9g | Fat 56g | Protein 41g
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Ultimate Skinny Beer Bread (Low carb)

When I was younger, I was always asked to bring along a loaf of one of my “legendary” Beer Breads to friends and family BBQs. The flavour was indescribable and deserved its popularity, I even used to joke with everyone that I would leave the recipe in my last will and testament for loved ones. Anyway, after going keto in 2018, I often thought about that bread and hoped one day I would attempt a low carb version. Then, one day recently, Funnyman was searching online for low carb beers as he was longing to sip a cold one outside in the sun during lock down. He ordered a case of SkinnyBrands® Lager – and I immediately got to work! One bottle (330ml / 11.2 fl.oz) comes in at only 3g carbs per serving! As far as I know, SkinnnyBrands® is a UK company, so for my readers from other parts of the world, try this recipe using the lowest carb beer you can get your paws on – and stick to the amounts indicated. After a little research, Michelob Ultra comes in very low, so that may be a good option?

We love this with the thick layer of butter and some scattered sea salt flakes. I actually sliced the loaf and froze the pieces, so we always enjoy a slice at our little BBQs-for-two during lock down. (One serving = 1 thick slice, approx. 77g / 2.7oz)
 

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Carbs 7.5g | Fat 26g | Protein 12g
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Avocado Cheesecake Lollies (Keto)

I churn out a lot of keto lollies for Funnyman. A LOT. While I don’t have a sweet tooth (I never have, even life before keto), but Funnyman loves his after dinner treats, so I try and keep things interesting for him by switching things up and changing the flavours of the lollies I make (in addition to the other sweet treats) I make for him! Here, I added cream cheese to the mixture – and it changed the texture in a beautiful way! Without telling him, I added avocado to sneak in some fibre and additional goodness and healthy fats… and this was how my Avocado Cheesecake Lollies were born! Hand on heart, these are now his favourite lollies. And just in case you were wondering – the flavour of avocado does not come through at all: just creamy, indulgent sweetness.
 

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Carbs 2.6g | Fat 30g | Protein 3.5g
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Cod with Brown Butter and Capers (Keto)

This is a very simple fish dinner that requires only a little effort. Skinless cod fillets are very gently baked in the oven while butter is browned and infused with garlic on the stove top. After straining, I warm the butter through with little capers (which add great bursts of salty flavour) then pour it over the fish along with a generous squeeze of lemon. The night we enjoyed this, we had it with Fresh Tomato and Garlic relish which was an excellent accompaniment and highly recommended. I have not included the macros for this condiment because it is optional. However, it was sensational and I highly recommend you include it. Enjoy!
 

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Carbs 0g | Fat 13g | Protein 22g
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Fried Mozzarella Bites (Keto)

Be prepared to see far more things coated in this lovely batter I developed! Wow, it’s gorgeous – and I am pleased as punch to share it here on Fats of Life. (Be sure to check out my Keto Battered Cod recipe too!) Regarding deep-frying… well, this can been a little challenging because we should steer clear of heating any oils (even olive oil) to frying temperatures. However, ghee works beautifully. Ghee is essentially a clarified butter and is relatively inexpensive. Since most of the milk solids are removed in a clarified butter, its a great option to deep-fry food in recipes like this. These are delicatelycrunchy-on-the-outside and gooey-on-the-inside, and simply put: mozzarella heaven! I advise you create them in small batches as they need to be eaten immediately. Enjoy!
 

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Carbs 5.5g | Fat 24g | Protein 12g
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Celeriac Parmesan Chips (Keto)

I have been meaning to share my celeriac chip recipe for a while now, but I wanted to give it some more kick in terms of spice. I partially cook my celeriac batons for 3-4 minutes in boiling water then I allow them to drain off completely. My fat (I used lard) is infused with garlic powder and paprika and I finish the batons in the oven (scattering over finely grated Parmesan in the last 5 minutes for additional flavour). This recipe is suitable for 4 as a side dish, but you can adjust the recipe (using the plugin on the recipe below) if you wish to make a smaller or larger batch.
 

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Carbs 3.1g | Fat 7.8g | Protein 3g
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Ultimate Cauliflower Bake with Tomatoes & Basil

Who doesn’t love a classic cauliflower bake? I have a delicious, easy recipe in my book (coming out this summer!), but I am all for ‘pimping’ the classics! My whole life revolves around food and flavour – and I think I ticked all the boxes with my latest version of a cauli-bake. The creamy mixture is infused with basil and I added Parmesan (for extra richness and flavour) as well as tomatoes which add the most delicious sweetness. This dish came about by accident one night – but all the best ones do here at casa de Palmer… Enjoy!
 

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Carbs 9.6g | Fat 46g | Protein 7g
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Battered Cod (Keto)

A little while ago I created a keto batter because Funnyman and I were craving deep-fried STUFF while in lock-down. I made gorgeous little Fried Mozzarella Bites, and I was so chuffed with my creation of keto ‘batter’ that I just wanted to use it everywhere! First stop of course: FISH! Oh, I do miss my fish and chips. In fact, if I was offered a “last meal” on death row, I think my local pub’s (massively-keto-UNfriendly) fish and chips would be it! However, I have been doing keto for more than 2 years now and really don’t miss the carb-laden food at all… I feel TOO GOOD, don’t you? Anyway, can you imagine my delight when these beauties came out so fabulous? The batter is delicately crispy and so ‘light’, you will love it. THIS RECIPE IS ACCOMPANIED WITH A VIDEO. (Scroll down to see it, and be sure to watch the blooper reel Funnyman slips in at the end!)
 

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Carbs 5.3g | Fat 7.5g | Protein 22g
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Tartare Sauce (Keto)

This is a simple and beautiful ‘clean keto’ tartare sauce to enjoy with your fish (like I did with my keto-friendly Battered Cod recipe). I used my own Mayonnaise recipe here (and this was how the macros and allergens were calculated), however, if you can source a good mayonnaise (not made with vegetable oil), you are halfway there! For those readers in the UK, I do love the Hunter & Gather brand – their mayo is delicious and 100% clean keto. (But, like most of you, I am hoping their prices come down soon). In the interim, it doesn’t hurt to support those small businesses that are trying to improve our health, so give them a try – you won’t be disappointed.
 

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Carbs 0.6g | Fat 26g | Protein 0.9g
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Chocolate Brownie Cake (Low carb)

I created this brownie cake because Funnyman loves my brownies and I quite like chocolate mousse. The texture is rich and dense – and the “mousse ganache” layer (used to ice the cake too) is pure decadence. I suggest you use the best quality 85% dark chocolate you can afford – and be sure to enjoy this cake at room temperature.
 

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Carbs 4.9g | Fat 45g | Protein 10g
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Fresh Tomato and Garlic Relish (Keto)

This is currently my favourite condiment and you will notice I have been serving / adding it to so many dishes lately! There are only three key things to bear in mind: 1- use the ripest, organic tomatoes you can find; 2- use a garlic press to crush the garlic (the garlic will be eaten raw so you need it minced well for best flavour and texture; 3- use a great quality olive oil. I also season it with sea salt flakes which add little perfect bursts of flavour and crunch. This could not be simpler and can be used to serve with any grilled meat, added to salads – or simply stirred into warm, cooked vegetables.
 

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Carbs 1.2g | Fat 3.3g | Protein 0.5g
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South African ‘Droe Wors’ (Keto)

South Africa really nails it when it comes to offering us the Most Delicious Moreish Keto Snacks Ever and I could write a thousand words on how much I love biltong and droewors! If you have never tried either, please do so (and ‘jerky’ or other cured sausages just don’t count: sorry – its just not the same thing). I often make my own biltong, but was recently inspired by my friend Leigh Ann who used my South African ‘Boerewors‘ recipe to create her own droe wors (translation: South African dried sausage) in a biltong maker (not available in USA), so I decided it was time I did the same (obviously not using the pork). Thank you Leigh Ann – you inspired me to do something I should have done ages ago! And now with COVID-19 lock down – I will be doing this every week. Not only is my version clean because I know exactly what has gone into it, but there is something super-special about whipping out a cool gadget (a sausage stuffer) and making your own delicious keto snacks. Macros indicate a 30g (1.06oz) serving, which is approximately one-third of the long dried beef stick.
 

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Carbs 1g | Fat 12g | Protein 12g
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Pepperoni Pizza Rollups (Low carb)

I am still having fun with my own version of the fathead dough concept and have been playing around with it for years. Here, I used my fathead pizza base recipe to create little pinwheel rollups, but not before laying out pepperoni slices and some grated cheddar (I also added baking powder so they could puff up). They are rather rustic-looking, but that has never bothered me, they are delicious! Simply pull apart and enjoy the indulgence! The macros are calculated that this recipe will serve two as a main (as pictured), but I think it will also make a great lighter meal option for 4 people, as it can be quite rich and heavy. Funnyman loves this drizzled with hot sauce, but I love it as is! *I labelled this low carb and not strictly keto because pepperoni is a processed meat which is advised only to be enjoyed occasionally.
 

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Carbs 9.5g | Fat 84g | Protein 50g
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