Tag: keto dinner ideas

Sausage and Fennel Tray Bake

This is such a beautiful, tasty one-tray dish where trimmed, quartered and roasted, fragrant fennel bulbs are enjoyed alongside simple store-bought porkies (gluten-free please, if you can!). I simply have nothing more to add in this intro, other than to encourage you to enjoy this delicious dinner option which is only 2.9g carbs per serving xxx
 

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Carbs 2.9g | Fat 30g | Protein 20g
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Konjac Noodles with ‘Faux’ Truffle Pesto

A delicious, massively-flavoured keto ‘pasta’ dish where my homemade ‘faux’ truffle pesto is spooned through shirataki (konjac) noodles. This recipe serves 4, but if you choose to serve less people, simply adjust the ingredients using the plugin facility on the recipe below. Approximately 60g / 2.1oz of pesto is used per serving, if that helps.
 

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Carbs 2.9g | Fat 36g | Protein 3.4g
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Chicken with Spiced Red Pepper Cream (Keto)

I am either in my kitchen developing recipes (which I have thoroughly planned and thought through), OR I am fluttering about finding ways to use up leftover goods in my fridge and pantry before the Next Big Shop. The latter scenario is often my favourite because I am experimenting – and these playful, more relaxed nights can result in deliciously interesting creations! This recipe is an example of one of those nights. I had a half-jar of char-grilled roasted peppers* in the fridge, roast chicken pieces from the night before and some Ras el Hanout in the pantry which I had been meaning to play around with some more. This creamy, fragrant and dead-easy chicken ‘sauce’ can be served over your favourite ‘base’, like cauliflower rice, courgetti or shirataki (konjac) ‘fettucine’. Enjoy! xxx

*For those in other parts of the world, red peppers are also called red bell peppers or capsicum. The char-grilled / roasted kind are sold in all stores, usually in the anti-pasti section. They have been charred, then peeled before being stored in brine, usually in glass jars. They have a lovely smoky flavour.
 

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Carbs 5.5g | Fat 52g | Protein 25g
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‘Boerewors’ Meatballs (Keto)

In case you didn’t already know, ‘Boerewors’ is a beloved South African sausage that boasts a very unique flavour (coriander seeds and a hint of allspice). I actually have a Boerewors recipe on this site if you are up for the challenge of making your own sausages, but if you aren’t (and long for the flavour … hello fellow South Africans living abroad!) or simply curious to know what all the fuss is about, I have made an easy version for you to sample – in the form of MEATBALLS! And, to keep things slightly authentic, the tomato sauce I have served them in very loosely mimics a ‘smoor’ – the traditional lightly-spiced tomato sauce that often accompanies our beloved ‘Boerie Rolls’. I recommend you serve this dish with Creamy Cauliflower Rice – I have included the macro-breakdown for the inclusion of that as well below the recipe. Geniet!
 

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Carbs 6.1g | Fat 29g | Protein 27g
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Sausage and Creamy Turmeric Spinach Bake (Low carb)

This was an accidental creation of mine which I then had to recreate for this blog! Dynamite flavours come from the turmeric cream sauce which bake away in cooked spinach and pork sausages. I labelled this low carb and not keto as many sausages aren’t entirely keto-friendly. They often contain potato starch, gluten and several other things we try and steer clear from. However, I would be lying if I said I don’t indulge in delicious porkies once in a while – but when I do, I always opt for Tesco’s Finest Sausages which are 97% pork and come in at only 1.5g per two sausages: not bad. If you like the idea of this recipe, be sure to also check out my Sausage and Cauliflower Bake on this site – its equally lush! 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 3.9g | Fat 50g | Protein 18g
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Lightly-spiced Keto Pork Ribs

This is a simple and tasty way to prepare pork ribs if you are steering clear of store-bought marinades which often contain sugar. A spice mix is rubbed onto the meat before it’s very tightly wrapped and slow-cooked to perfection. I finish it off with a very good quality drizzle olive oil and sea salt flakes before tucking in! (Note: You could use a rack of ribs, but at the time of making this dish, I could only find pork ribs that had already been cut, as pictured.)
 

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Carbs 1.3g | Fat 85g | Protein 57g
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Spinach and Pesto Keto Gnocchi

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.
 

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Carbs 6.3g | Fat 81g | Protein 29g
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Bacon & Tomato Keto Gnocchi

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.
 

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Carbs 9.9g | Fat 84g | Protein 46g
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Keto Gnocchi

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.
 

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Carbs 5.6g | Fat 58g | Protein 27g
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Creamy Crab & Spinach ‘Pasta’ with Lemon and Parsley

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.
 

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Carbs 6.3g | Fat 22g | Protein 16g
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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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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 a tennis star 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 highlight was when Funnyman joined me one afternoon and we threw them an awesome and authentic South African braai which has now become a tradition every year. Anyway, the team loved my ribeye and chimichurri, so I have included the recipe below which I did for them several times on his request. I hope you love it as much as they did! (The chimichurri 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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Chicken and Veg with Balsamic Drizzle (Keto)

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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Carbs 12g | Fat 39g | Protein 53g
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Coconut Milk Poached Salmon (Keto)

Keto Salmon Coconut Milk
Keto Salmon Coconut Milk

I just love konjac / shirataki noodles and clean out the shelves at Holland & Barret when they have a penny sale! (I have tried many brands, but here in the UK, Eat Water has got them spot on.) In this recipe, I poached salmon in coconut milk which was infused with lemongrass, chili and ginger, then served it over warm ‘fettuccine‘ and added toasted desiccated coconut for additional texture and flavour. Its a lovely, light dish which happens to be very filling – all this at only 7.7g carbs per serving: perfect!
 

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Carbs 7.7g | Fat 60g | Protein 30g
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Spicy Low-carb Cottage Pie

Keto Low carb Cottage Pie
Keto Low carb Cottage Pie

When I was young, Cottage Pie was one of the first things I learnt to make. Its dead-easy and the humble flavours make it such a hearty, welcome dinner – you simply can’t go wrong. I added cayenne pepper into the beef to give it some kick, but that is entirely optional (especially if you are cooking for the kids). Top your cooked mince with creamy cauliflower mash and cover the lot in grated cheese before popping in the oven to melt and gratin. Lush! A perfect, guilt-free low-carb cottage pie. Step-by-step pics to help you along…
 

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Carbs 11g | Fat 34g | Protein 36g
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