Lamb saag

Curry !

This is a recipe I found in the fast 800 recipe book which is great as it gives you options if you’re an intermittent faster to add carbs or leave them out . For us it’s always no carbs well not the white or processed ones anyway. This is a handy one pot curry that you can throw in the oven and forget all about it until the wonderful aromas start wafting from the kitchen !

  • Coconut oil
  • Medium onion
  • Diced lamb
  • Medium curry paste such as rogan josh or tikka masala
  • Spinach

Pre heat oven to 180c / gas mark 4

Heat the oil in a flame proof casserole dish and fry the onion until softened

Add the lamb season with salt & pepper and cook for a few minutes until it starts to colour . Stir in the curry paste and warm through with the onion and lamb

Stir in the spinach and add 500 ml of water

Bring to the boil and cover with the lid

Cook in the oven for 1- 1 and a half hours until the lamb is tender and the sauce is thick

I served with a green veg mix I found in Iceland supermarket but cauliflower rice or steamed greens is a great alternative too .

Enjoy 😊

Creamy chicken & bacon cabbage carbonara

Carbonara

Hands up if you love a creamy carbonara . We do but the pasta takes us way over our calories so we don’t end up having it ! Well problem solved I have a keto friendly version that is packed full of flavour that doesn’t leave you with belly ache and swollen tummy from too much pasta …

  • Chicken thighs
  • Butter
  • Bacon lardons
  • Savoy cabbage
  • Garlic
  • Onion
  • Double cream
  • Parmesan
  • Salt & pepper

Heat the butter in a large pan place the chicken in the pan and brown season with salt and black pepper once the chickens are browned thoroughly place on a baking tray in the oven to ensure they are cooked all the way through

In a separate pan steam your cabbage

Back to your pan it should be full of golden butter and the juices from your chicken .Add the onion garlic and bacon lardons and fry off until crisp and golden

In a bowl mix some double cream Parmesan and season with salt & pepper.

Drain your cabbage and add to the pan with the bacon lardons give it a good stir ,pour over the cream mixture and stir again to make sure everything is coated and evenly mixed and warm through

Once it’s warmed serve in a bowl with your chicken from the oven and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and a little bit of black pepper

Bon appetite 😀

Naked lamb burgers !

Burger

Who doesn’t love a burger ? We do in our house and just because we follow a keto diet doesn’t mean we can’t have it , a few simple swaps means we save on a few calories and still get to enjoy food we love without feeling guilty so here instead of a bun I’ve used a portobello mushroom as a base for my burger instead of a bap !

  • Portobello mushroom
  • Butter / olive oil
  • Lamb burger ( butchers shop is the best I find )
  • halloumi
  • Shredded lettuce
  • Vine tomatoes
  • Coleslaw (optional )

So cook your burgers as you would oven grill or bbq

Roast your vine tomatoes in the oven with a drizzle of olive oil

Fry the mushroom In butter and then fry the halloumi

Shred your lettuce

Once the burgers are cooked place them on a piece of kitchen paper to drain.

Place the shredded lettuce and portobello mushroom on your plate load with your burger and halloumi

Place the tomatoes on the plate and a spoonful of coleslaw if using and serve

Enjoy 😊

Chicken casserole

Winner winner !

This is a recipe I found in the joe wicks cooking for family and friends cookbook and use as an alternative to Sunday lunch it’s simple and has bags of flavour ! Joe uses chicken legs I prefer thighs you can use what ever you prefer !

  • Butter
  • Chicken thighs
  • Onion
  • Bacon lardons
  • Garlic cloves ( the more the merrier )
  • Mushrooms
  • Salt & pepper
  • Green beans or peas
  • Double cream

Melt the butter in a large pan over a medium to high heat

Lay the chicken skin side down and allow to brown

When the chicken is a lovely golden brown transfer onto a baking tray and keep warm in an oven , you can never be too careful with chicken so I prefer to make sure they are still cooking whilst preparing the sauce

Your pan should be full of lovely juices from the butter and the chicken

Add the sliced onion , bacon lardons and fry over a medium heat until the onion begins to soften

Add the garlic and the mushrooms and season well with salt and pepper

Lay the chicken skin side down back in the pan on the hob make sure your chicken is cooked all the way through

Add some garden peas or green beans and warm through

Stir in some double cream , and serve !

I don’t usually put anything else with this but you can add more greens if you so wish

Enjoy 😊

Who say’s you can’t have your cake and eat it !

cheesecake

Puddings are a big thing when we’re trying to loose weight or stick to a healthy eating plan. Why should you miss out on treats when your trying to be healthy , that’s what I love about keto there is always an alternative, here is a cheese cake my favourite by the way with a pecan base !

  • 3 tubs Cream cheese
  • Pecans
  • 3 teaspoons Xylitol ( sweetener nicer than stevia )
  • 400ml Double cream
  • 2 teaspoons Vanilla extract/ essence
  • Knob of Butter
  • Fruit of your choice to decorate

Crush your pecans either using a rolling pin or a blitzer

Melt the butter just a few seconds in the microwave or in a pan on the hob , careful not to burn it !

Mix the butter in with the pecans and press down in your tin and refrigerate for a good 30 minutes

In your mixing bowl place the cream cheese, xylitol and vanilla extract / essence and give it a good stir .

Add the double cream and whisk , electric whisk is easier but whisking by hand is fine too , you want a thick consistency.

Spoon the mixture on top of the pecan base and use a knife or the back of the spoon to create an even surface

Place back in the fridge for a good few hours

Once you are ready to serve your cheesecake scatter with berries of your choice and enjoy 😊

Homemade coleslaw

Slaw

When I say homemade it is homemade but I cheat on the mayo , so this is a dirty keto version as I don’t make my own mayo , it’s shop bought and contains sugar hence the dirty keto !

  • White cabbage
  • Red onion
  • Carrots
  • Mayonnaise
  • Dijon mustard
  • Garlic salt
  • Black pepper

Grate the carrots , finely slice the onion and shred the cabbage

Add all the ingredient to a mixing bowl season with the garlic salt .

In a separate bowl I mix my mayonnaise and dijon mustard usually Its a good 4 heaped tablespoons and 2 teaspoons of dijon

Then add the mayo to the coleslaw mixture and stir until it’s all coated in the mayo

Season with black pepper and your good to go !

Prawn & monkfish thai curry

Supper

This is super quick and easy no fuss supper that’s bursting with flavour !

  • Olive oil
  • 1 red pepper
  • Spring onions
  • Mange tout
  • Red chilli
  • King prawns
  • Monkfish
  • Red Thai curry paste
  • 1/2 can coconut milk
  • Spinach (optional)

Heat the olive oil in the pan or wok over a high to medium heat , add the monk fish , peppers , spring onions and curry paste .

Stir continuously , pour the coconut milk into the pan and bring to a gentle simmer .

Add the mange tout and continue cooking for another few minutes .

Add the prawns and heat until they turn into the beautiful pink colour or if not using raw king prawns until heated through

Serve with greens or cauliflower rice , I chose spinach tonight but the choice is yours !

Enjoy 😊

Naked fajita’s arrrrriba!!!!

Supper

Fajitas are a huge hit in our house and would normally devour a whole packet of tortilla ….. no going back naked fajitas are the way forward . Just because keto is no carbs doesn’t mean you have to miss out !!

Remember if you like your fajitas with a bit of a kick add some jalapeño, I don’t in a proper wimp

  • Chicken shredded or diced
  • Red pepper
  • Yellow pepper
  • White onion
  • Fajita seasoning
  • Lettuce
  • Grated cheddar cheese
  • Sour cream
  • Olive oil

Fry the chicken in a pan until browned , remove and set to one side.

Fry the peppers & onion until soft

Re add the chicken and cover with the fajita seasoning and fry until all the chicken and peppers are coated and the mix is dissolved .

Shred the lettuce add to a bowl , spoon the chicken peppers and onion into the bowl alongside the lettuce .

Sprinkle with grated cheese and a lovely spoonful of sour cream .

Enjoy 😊

Sunny side up !

Breakfast

This is a super easy and quick breakfast ideal in the week and weekends !

I love spinach and use it almost everyday much to my families horror ….. packed with iron and antioxidants it’s an absolute staple in my fridge and adds colour to any meal insrantly

  • Free range eggs
  • Streaky bacon
  • Mushrooms
  • Spinach
  • Butter
  • Black pepper

Cook the bacon how you like to cook it . I like to fry mine in a pan with either butter or olive oil . Grilling or microwaving is perfectly fine

Fry the mushrooms sliced or whole either is acceptable

Cook your eggs,always sunny side up for me ,the runnier the better 😋

Arrange the spinach on your plate , load the bacon on top , place the egg on the side and sprinkle the mushrooms over the plate

Season with black pepper and enjoy !!!

Who doesn’t love a deli sharing platter

Father’s Day treat

This was a sharing board I created for Father’s Day this year ! All Adam’s favourite meat and cheese on one plate and all on plan ! What’s not to love …. that’s the beauty of keto it’s so flexible

  • Deli meats , Italian & Spanish
  • Gouda cheese wrapped with chorizo
  • mozzarella balls with pesto
  • Blackberries
  • Raspberries
  • Celery
  • Stilton
  • Walnuts
  • Pecans

The key to this is just throw it on a plate well not throw !!! there is no need to be precise the more messy the more rustic it looks