Tag: low carb

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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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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Salmon & Cream Cheese Domes (Keto)

Salmon Cream Cheese

Need a pretty-looking appetiser in a hurry? These little domes are simply made using seasoned cream cheese wrapped in smoked salmon. To achieve the cute ‘dome’ shape, I shaped them using clingfilm-lined mini pudding (dariole) moulds, then tipped them out upside down before serving, making them an ideal ‘make-ahead’ appetiser. Try these with slices of toasted Quick Chia Keto Bread (not included in macros) for a lovely, fresh appetiser for four people.
 

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Carbs 1.2g | Fat 14g | Protein 15g
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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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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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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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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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‘Turkish Delight’ White Chocolate Mousse (Keto)

Keto Low carb Turkish Delight Mousse
Keto Low carb Turkish Delight Mousse

Something for upcoming Valentine’s Day… This easy, low-carb white chocolate mousse was made using only a few ingredients, with a distinct ‘Turkish Delight’ flavour coming from the necessary addition of rose water. Its a lovely, fragrant dessert that is so pretty to look at – and even better to tuck into! I added a little pink food colouring, but that is entirely optional. Each serving is approx 135g / 4.8oz, which is very generous, and only 2.8g carbs per serving, – you can get away with it! You can choose to simply divide the mixture between 4 dessert bowls, or you can pipe them in like I did. It was only afterwards I realised it resembles a pink rose (well, at a stretch), so I encourage you to put in the little extra effort. Important technique tip: Allow the melted cocoa butter buttons to cool sufficiently before adding to the cream to avoid a grainy mousse. Also, be careful not to over-whip the cream, nobody wants rose water butter…
 

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Carbs 2.8g | Fat 72g | Protein 1.9g
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Low-carb Peri-Peri Chicken Livers

Low carb Peri Peri Chicken Livers
Low carb Peri Peri Chicken Livers

Aaah, chicken livers… you either love ‘em or hate ‘em. I must admit though, I dated two blokes in my life that wouldn’t touch them – until they tried mine. I don’t want to blow smoke up my own ass, but the one was completely converted, and I am married to the other one who puts in formal requests for me to make this dish. I think it’s the texture of the livers that bother people, so I get them browned first, then remove them from the pan, only to add them later after the sauce has thickened and reduced so they can gently cook through. This prevents them over-cooking and ‘crumbling’. They are also a fantastic source of iron.

For those that love Nando’s® (er, who doesn’t?), they sell a killer hot sauce which is my go-to for this recipe (#DirtyKeto) and is available at most supermarkets in the UK. Add a dollop of sour cream, garnish with parsley and tuck into your bowl with a spoon – nothing else needed. If you are cooking for more people, double up the recipe using the plugin feature and increase your cooking time to reduce the sauce. In fact, I suggest you make a double batch anyway because its simply glorious the next day after all those flavours settle in and get to know each other. At 12g carbs per serving, you may want to tuck into this after a fast or save it as a weekend treat.
 

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Carbs 12g | Fat 33g | Protein 24g
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Coconut Flour Wraps (Egg-free)

Coconut Flour Wraps

The process of making these delicious coconut flour wraps may seem a little daunting, but once you get the hang of it you will smash them out with ease as often as you need. This recipe will yield 5 wraps and the macros are calculated per wrap, excluding any fillings. Happy wrapping!
 

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Carbs 9.5g | Fat 11g | Protein 3.6g
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Beurre Noisette (Brown Butter)

Browned Butter
Browned Butter

Let’s take butter up a notch in flavour! Try this recipe at least once – I promise you will not regret it. Deep, rich, nutty flavours that remind me of caramel, a block or two of browned butter can be used to cook eggs, add to your baking, or melt and pour over cooked vegetables, like I did on my Brown-buttered Brussels Sprouts. And more good news: since you are essentially removing the milk solids from the butter (when you strain it through the muslin / cheesecloth), so this browned butter is even lower in carbs than regular butter (in fact, its zero carbs). If you love it (and I know you will), make a larger batch next time.
 

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Carbs 0g | Fat 9.8g | Protein 0g
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Quick and Easy Low-carb Phở Bo

Low carb Pho Bo
Low carb Pho Bo

Backpacking around Vietnam with Funnyman in 2010 was one of our best holidays ever! I recall having pho bo (pronounced “fuh” – not “foo” or “foh”) for the first time in Hanoi – and I was blown away! I happily slurped it down numerous times as we travelled from north-to-south over those 3 weeks! Now, many years later and hardcore into my low-carb lifestyle, I wanted to relive those awesome memories. I created a quick 15-minute low carb pho bo using the (konjac / shirataki) ‘noodles‘ from the UK company Eat Water’s range to make it low-carb friendly. I LOVE THIS.
 

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Carbs 6.9g | Fat 15g | Protein 31g
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Low-carb Seafood Bake

Keto Seafood Bake
Keto Seafood Bake

This recipe is a fantastic example of how versatile my Keto Creamy Cauliflower Mash is! This is a simple, hearty and comforting fish pie (coming in at 6.2g carbs per serving) and an ideal meal for the chilly evenings here in the UK. I have seen many stores sell ready “fish pie” mixes (usually a mix of chopped white fish, chopped salmon and chopped smoked haddock) which is handy, but I added prawns to my version to make it a wee bit fancier. This dish is just too lovely and I can’t wait for you to try it! Great with greens on the side, if desired.
 

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Carbs 6.2g | Fat 32g | Protein 39g
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Keto Raspberry Rose Water Lollies

Keto Rosewater Raspberry Lollies
Keto Rosewater Raspberry Lollies

Funnyman loves his after-dinner treats so much (my Blueberry Lollies and Keto Brownies are his favourite), but I am getting bored churning them out since we started keto a few months ago, so I am now on a mission to shake things up and experiment with different flavours. These lollies were made using raspberries and rose water and I added a drop or two of pink food colouring to make them pretty! Fragrant and creamy with little tart raspberry bits throughout, you should definitely give these a try!
 

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Carbs 4.1g | Fat 13g | Protein 6.9g
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