Cauliflower Steaks with Smoked Paprika Butter (Keto)

I love vegetables and never run out of ways to create interesting side dishes to enjoy alongside our meat or fish. Cauliflower is one of my favourite. Here, I simply cooked two ‘steaks’ (intact pieces cut from the centre of a large head) and made a quick, tasty butter using smoked paprika. (Smoked paprika has an intense and important flavour and much better than regular paprika, so I encourage you to make the effort to source it). Scatter over some strong Gouda cheese and allow the whole lot to melt before tucking in. Lush! Be sure to check out all the Side Dish ideas on the site.

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Carbs 4.2g | Fat 27g | Protein 7.5g
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Easy Keto Mug Bread

I often make this recipe in a small, square, microwave-friendly Tupperware, but I realise my readers may not have the same size I do, and its kinda essential. So.. to simplify things, here is a version (I call it easy keto mug bread) created in ramekins (as I assume every home has a few kicking about. If not, use microwave-friendly coffee mugs). This recipe make two ‘breads’ that are then sliced in half, yielding 4 thick slices in total (as pictured) – and I have calculated the macros per mug ‘bread’ / 2 slices. I hope by now you have invested in an inexpensive set of measuring spoons, and remember that they should be level when measuring – not heaped. I added a little sweetener to achieve that sweet ‘bread’ flavour and you would be happy to know that this bread has no ‘eggy’ flavour. I used mustard powder which masks this very well.

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Carbs 3.6g | Fat 32g | Protein 13g
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Chicken Mozzarella Salad with Fennel & Lemon (Keto)

Many readers are looking for packed lunch options. I apologise I don’t have too many of those: I work from home most days, so I am normally nibbling at the dishes I shoot for clients (or indeed for this blog). But, I have heard you! Here, I have breathed a little life into the standard ‘chicken salad’, making it exciting and packed with interesting flavours. I suggest using up leftover grilled chicken for this recipe (or even store-bought cooked chicken pieces will work great) and have offered a few handy tips on how to take to work and quickly assemble in seconds when lunchtime comes around. Enjoy!

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Carbs 3.5g | Fat 37g | Protein 52g
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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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Carbs 6.9g | Fat 36g | Protein 9.1g
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Ultimate Ribeye with Chimichurri (Keto)

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! 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! (The chimichuri is made in a mini food processor. Its unlikely you will use all of it over your ribeye: it yields massive flavour and a little goes a long way. Therefore, the macros have  been calculated that you will only use half, leaving the remaining for use in a salad dressing or over grilled fish. Store covered in the fridge.)

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Carbs 1.5g | Fat 54g | Protein 55g
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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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Carbs 6.9g | Fat 33g | Protein 37g
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Fried Avocado Breakfast (Keto)

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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Carbs 3g | Fat 28g | Protein 9.6g
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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.

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Carbs 3.5g | Fat 18g | Protein 4.4g
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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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Carbs 4g | Fat 13g | Protein 5.2g
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Fried Squid with Coriander & Chili (Keto)

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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Carbs 2.7g | Fat 12g | Protein 17g
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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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Carbs 4.7g | Fat 22g | Protein 7.3g
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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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Carbs 4.6g | Fat 51g | Protein 22g
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Crumbed Mushrooms (Keto)

I just love crumbed ‘shrooms! Here, I made a quick, keto-friendly crumb from lean pork scratchings, nutritional yeast flakes and some coconut flour: SO good. We don’t fry them for very long due to the nature of the ‘crumb’, so you need to please use baby button mushrooms here, or simply halve or quarter regular button mushrooms. Delicious served with my Roast Garlic Aioli, as pictured. (The Roast Garlic Aioli is not included in the macros on this page – but fear not: my aioli comes in at only 0.5g carbs per serving, so get dipping!)

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Carbs 1.4g | Fat 17g | Protein 7.8g
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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 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! NOTE: If you choose not to freeze the mixture as lollies, enjoy these as a simple chocolate mousse served up in six ramekins. Unlike other chocolate mousse recipes, these do not require any ‘setting’ time in the fridge – they can be enjoyed immediately.

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Carbs 4.4g | Fat 41g | Protein 3.1g
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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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Carbs 4.9g | Fat 74g | Protein 13g
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