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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Avocado, Lemon & Roasted Red Pepper Salad (Keto)

I had a jar of roasted red peppers* in the fridge and used them in this simple, yet delicious avocado salad where the zingy element of the lemon zest and juice steals the show! This will make a lovely side salad option to your protein (chicken, meat or fish). Alternatively, you could add boiled eggs, leftover grilled chicken pieces or even fresh mozzarella to create a more substantial main meal or ‘desk lunch’ option.

*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 5.1g | Fat 21g | Protein 1.9g
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Soft Keto Buns

I cannot begin to explain how excited I am to share this recipe! I played around with dried yeast and managed to create soft bread rolls that are now becoming a regular thing in our home. Through many, many duds.. I realised some important things about dried yeast – most importantly is that if its been sitting on your pantry for many months – you may as well ditch it. I keep my little container of Allinson Dried yeast in the fridge now. You may have thought I have gone bonkers adding baking powder to a recipe already calling for yeast, (and I have tried it with and without), but it does give an additional boost. The smell the yeast brings is totally heavenly and the rolls are soft. More importantly – they taste JUST LIKE BREAD! Please do not try and omit or replace any ingredients – I cannot guarantee any success. I worked hard on these, please follow the instructions exactly. Bacon butties or Burgers, anyone? xxxx
 

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Carbs 6g | Fat 15g | Protein 8.9g
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Chocolate Cupcakes (Keto)

This is a simple, moist chocolate cupcake recipe which I topped with a sharp and creamy ‘frosting’ made with cream cheese, vanilla, cocoa powder and sweetener. Super simple and lovely to put out at your next Keto Afternoon Tea.
 

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Carbs 4.3g | Fat 23g | Protein 7.5g
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Hot-smoked Salmon Omelette (Keto)

This is a rich and filling omelette where I simply combined broken up pieces of hot-smoked salmon, soured cream and the all-important dill. I marked this under the breakfast category, but I think its suitable for any time of the day! Yum!
 

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Carbs 2.9g | Fat 44g | Protein 31g
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Choc-mint Ice Cream (Low Carb)

There is very little I need to say in this headnote, other than I am SO chuffed with the delicious choc-mint ice cream, and that I have a VERY happy husband! I invested in an ice cream maker several years ago, and it truly is the gift that keeps on giving! Homemade ice cream is dead-easy once you have mastered the technical bits, but you only need to get it right once (please follow the tips below) for a game-changing dessert that comes in at only 3.3g carbs per two scoops (100g / 3.5oz total) as pictured. I used 85% Lindt here and a peppermint extract I found on Amazon. Too delicious…
 

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Carbs 3.3g | Fat 32g | Protein 3.2g
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Keto Olive & Tomato Skillet Bread

I am having so much fun playing with dried yeast and keep coming up with delicious ways to make bread that actually TASTES AND SMELLS like bread! I hope you love these slices of olive and tomato bread which I make in a skillet because I needed something round to bake them in. Quick Tip: even though I advise storing your nut flours in the fridge to avoid rancidity, you should have all your ingredients at room temperature before beginning. Remember, dried yeast is not meant to be kept in the pantry: once opened, keep in the fridge. You will love the smell it brings to the ‘bread’ and I go further by adding some baking powder for additional boost!
 

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Carbs 3.8g | Fat 16g | Protein 6.8g
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Faux Truffle Pesto (Keto)

This “faux” truffle pesto is delicious over a juicy rib-eye steak, as pictured, however the steak is not included in the macros as you may want to stir this pesto through courgette or konjac noodles instead. Truffle-infused oil is used for that all-important truffle kick, but truffle can be a powerful flavour, so this batch is suitable for 4 people (at 60g / 2.1oz per serving). Its simply perfect for mushroom lovers and those foodies that have knowledge of the fifth “taste”: umami… because this pesto is packed with it!
 

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Carbs 2.3g | Fat 20g | Protein 2.5g
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Cinnamon Crunch Breakfast ‘Cereal’

Funnyman has been nudging me for months now to try and recreate his favourite cereal from LBK (Life Before Keto). I am not sure if its available in other parts of the world, or indeed if any of you remember it, but it is called CURIOUSLY CINNAMON (the one with the orange box). I got to work using my existing recipe for my crackers and replaced the seeds with shelled hemp seeds. I packed a LOT of ground cinnamon and sweetener into them and then partially baked them so I could cut them into small squares. After the second bake, I dried them out in my amazing Ninja Air Fryer (on the dehydrator setting), and I am thrilled it got the thumbs up from him. This recipe makes approx. four 40g servings (weight after drying out), so that’s his breakfast sorted for a few days! He loves it with unsweetened almond milk. Try it and let me know what you think! xxxx
 

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Carbs 3.7g | Fat 12g | Protein 8.3g
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Keto Eggnog Panna cotta

This panna cotta was inspired by my delicious Christmas eggnog and it makes a lovely, festive dessert for four people. Follow the recipe carefully and be sure to allow them to set in the fridge completely before scattering over cinnamon and tucking in!
 

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Carbs 2.5g | Fat 40g | Protein 4.7g
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Christmas Snow Bombs (Keto)

These are delicious sweet treats to have kicking about in the fridge this festive season if you need a convenient, high fat snack. They must be stored in the fridge to keep their shape, but you will be happy to know that they freeze well too, so you may as well make a double batch! Season’s Greetings, everyone! xxxx
 

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Carbs 1.5g | Fat 14g | Protein 3.6g
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Christmas Trifle

I finally managed to do it – and just in time for Christmas! My trifle consists of sugar-free jelly (which can be found at any store) and a homemade custard (which I thickened with arrowroot powder). The part we love the most, is the “cake” element I used: cubes of my Ginger Blondies recipe which adds the perfect hit of festive flavours. I brushed only a tiny amount of Brandy on the blondies, but Funnyman said he prefers a little more, so that is up to you! Enjoy!
 

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Carbs 5.7g | Fat 37g | Protein 4.2g
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Ginger Blondies!

Inspired by my easy brownie recipe, I decided to make ‘blondies’ by omitting the cocoa powder and instead adding vanilla essence. I wanted to give these lovely treats a ‘festive’ twist, so I also added ground ginger. They are best enjoyed with a lovely cup of tea, and you will notice that they made up the ‘cake’ in my Keto Christmas Trifle as they offer the perfect festive flavour!
 

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Carbs 2.3g | Fat 16g | Protein 4.3g
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Keto Brownie Santa Hats

So simple and oh-so cute, I made little bite-sized “Santa Hats” that would be a lovely dessert option to put out as part of your Keto Christmas dessert spread this festive season. Thankfully, this time of year in the UK, the strawberries are small – but still beautifully sweet – making these an ideal “pop-the-whole-thing-in-your-mouth” option! This recipe uses the incredibly delicious Brownie recipe from my cookbook Keto Kitchen (page 137, uncut and without the ganache layer), so I hope you have your copy! Merry Christmas everyone, its been a tough year! xxxx
 

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Carbs 1.8g | Fat 7.7g | Protein 2.1g
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Keto Eggnog

Creamy, high in fat and tastes like Christmas! This is my lovely eggnog that you can whip up while putting up your tree this year. If you find the fat content too high, you could use less cream and more unsweetened almond milk, but I love it indulgent as shown here. Please pay special attention to temperature control as no one wants to drink scrambled eggs while opening their gifts. This recipe makes two, but bear in mind that they are incredibly rich, so you may even stretch it to three smaller servings. As like all the recipes on this blog, you can use the plug-in facility on the recipe below to increase the servings, which will automatically adjust the recipe’s ingredient yield.
 

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Carbs 5.1g | Fat 80g | Protein 7g
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