Tag: keto

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. 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!

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Carbs 9.9g | Fat 84g | Protein 46g
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Our Low Carb Feast in the East

I have just returned from a magnificent holiday! Funnyman and I cruised on the ‘Diamond Princess’, a beautiful ship that sailed in the East over Christmas, docking in Japan, Taiwan and Hong Kong. If any of you know what cruise holidays are like, you know about those endless buffets where everything under the sun is presented three times a day in a large dining room. In addition, there are food stations scattered throughout the ship where burgers, tacos, hot dogs and pizzas are there for the taking: freshly made to order – and all included in the cost of the cruise. Its a food lover’s dream and its pretty good quality.

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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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Soft Keto Dinner Rolls

I have developed many keto 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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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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Carbs 0g | Fat 49g | Protein 41g
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Tear-and-share Garlic Bread (Keto)

Just in time for summer! This is a fantastic keto garlic bread roughly based on the fathead dough concept. This recipe will yield 12 slices and the macros have been calculated on one serving being 2 slices (because who eats only one slice of garlic bread at a braai?) – so this will sufficiently feed 6 people. I used equal amounts of (recently discovered) extra-fine almond flour and regular almond flour to achieve the texture I wanted. NOTE: I have not developed this recipe using only regular almond flour, but I anticipate a much stickier mixture which will be impossible to work with – so I encourage you to invest in a bag of the extra-fine flour which I have so far only seen available at amazon). Perhaps Holland & Barrett will stock it in the future if we all kick up enough of a fuss. Sealed well, almond flour will last a long time, and you will love this keto garlic bread so much, its best you have a bag on hand this summer. Be sure to also check out all the other Bread recipes on this site.

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Carbs 3.1g | Fat 27g | Protein 12g
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Chicken Mayo Sarmies (using Keto Seed Loaf)

Chicken Mayo Seed Loaf

There is debate over whether its sarnies or sarmies. I don’t know about you, but I grew up in South Africa – and we called it sarmies-with-an-m. Any which way you say it, this is just a quick idea to showcase the Fats of Life Keto Seed Loaf where I made mini chicken mayo sandwiches for a quick meal. I simply tossed cooked chicken pieces in my Homemade Mayonnaise and enjoyed it with deliciously sweet tomato slices and avocado. Clean eating all the way! (Top tip: if any seeds fall off the crust of the loaf, scatter them over your sandwich for extra crunch and texture.) The macros include the whole lot (two slices, as pictured): not too bad for a lovely lunch using all of your efforts.

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Carbs 6g | Fat 57g | Protein 43g
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Balsamic-roasted Asparagus with Parmesan

Balsamic Roasted Asparagus

A quick and easy alternative technique to cooking up asparagus. I love the Buttered Asparagus with Parmesan recipe, but this is also a great way to add a bit of sweet acidity to this fabulous vegetable. Try both the buttered asparagus and this balsamic-roasted asparagus recipe and let me know in the comments below which one you prefer…

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Carbs 3.5g | Fat 14g | Protein 7.7g
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Shakshuka

Low carb Shakshuka
Low carb Shakshuka

I know, I know …. how flipping cute is this breakfast? I bought several mini cast-iron pans (13cm / 5-in diameter) just so that I can make this breakfast for house guests. My version of Shakshuka is super simple: the cooked tomatoes are spiced with ground cumin, cayenne and smoked paprika, then an egg is cracked into the centre and baked to perfection. To finish, I used smoked sea salt flakes to season. TIP: These would be great served with my Keto Breakfast Muffins. Enjoy your brunch!

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Carbs 7.9g | Fat 13g | Protein 9.4g
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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 love hearing that because I am my own worst critic and often make and remake dishes plenty of times before I write up the recipe and post them here on Fats of Life. 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. 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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Carbs 2.1g | Fat 61g | Protein 27g
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Keto Salmon Eggs Benedict

Keto Eggs Benedict with Salmon
Keto Eggs Benedict with Salmon

This is a mighty big breakfast where each serving is exactly as pictured: two halves of the toasted Keto Breakfast Muffins recipe, topped with smoked salmon and two perfectly poached eggs, then the whole lot is smothered in Keto Hollandaise Sauce. A ‘keto salmon eggs benedict’, I called it. As the pic shows, its a generous meal (at only 3g carbs!) and good enough any time of the day, so tuck in!

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Carbs 3g | Fat 63g | Protein 48g
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Keto Hollandaise Sauce

Keto Hollandaise
Keto Hollandaise

A beautifully-rich keto Hollandaise (with just the right amount of acidity) is so much easier to make than you think. Here is a quick example to whip up and enjoy over eggs Benedict. Or, in the case of one of my recipes here on Fats of Life where I created an Eggs Benedict using smoked salmon instead (far posher)…

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Carbs 0g | Fat 27g | Protein 3.4g
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One-pan Eggs in Spinach (Keto)

Baked Keto Eggs in Spinach

A quick, nutritious breakfast-for-two that you can take to the table as is and tuck into with your loved one. It would go very well with a slice or two of toasted Quick Keto Chia Bread and dash of hot sauce drizzled over if you are brave that early in the day…

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Carbs 0g | Fat 16g | Protein 18g
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Buttered Asparagus with Parmesan (Keto)

Keto Buttered Asparagus

OK, let’s be honest here.. everything tastes better with butter and this is merely an idea with some cheffy techniques added to help you prepare perfect buttered asparagus (and macros calculated to help you along). If you are okay with your urine smelling funky for a day, try this super-simple recipe. And if you don’t suffer from bizarre-smelling urine after eating asparagus, consider yourself a very small percentage of the population. (I will leave you to Google what I am on about, if you don’t already know.) Enjoy this lovely, easy side dish – and be sure to also check out the Brown-buttered Brussels Sprouts on the site #EatYourGreens!!

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Carbs 1.8g | Fat 11g | Protein 5.1g
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Spicy Low-carb Zuppa Toscana

Spicy Low carb Zuppa Toscana
Spicy Low carb Zuppa Toscana

This is a rich, deeply-flavoured family chicken dish. Funnyman and I love spicy food so I added a whopping half tablespoon of ground cayenne pepper which added a satisfying ‘kick’, but you can omit it if you are cooking this for kids, or reduce the amount for the those who don’t like spicy food. This creamy chicken dish can be enjoyed over Cauliflower Mash, Cauliflower Rice or shirataki / konjac noodles… It’s absolutely delicious!

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Carbs 4.9g | Fat 58g | Protein 52g
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