Low Carb Barbecue Pork Belly Strips

The suns out, the air is warm so let’s get ready for the Summer Barbecue season. This is what I planned when I went shopping with a list of ingredients to prepare and test ready to share with you. But, the good old British weather has other plans, it’s cold and wet again.

Now I have all the ingredients in my fridge, therefore I’m still going to prepare them over the coming weeks and cook them on my indoor griddle plate, second best to the barbecue but similar results and cooking times.

I really enjoy meat cuts that can be marinated in a sauce and then cooked quickly on the grill giving them a moist consistency and extra flavour.

Today I am sharing with you Pork Belly Strips marinated in a homemade barbecue sauce, but you could equally use this method with other pork cuts or chicken breasts or thighs. I have not tried with fish, but would probably wrap fish in foil rather than placing straight on the grill.

I served mine with Butternut squash which I cooked on the griddle (5 minutes each side), green rocket salad and my homemade creamy coleslaw. Continue reading “Low Carb Barbecue Pork Belly Strips”

Low Carb Barbecue Sauce

Summer has arrived and it’s time to BBQ! Time to try out this quick and easy homemade low carb barbecue sauce.

Why buy a Barbecue Sauce when it is just so simple to make and tastes so lovely and fresh? You will also know exactly what is in your sauce, no added sugar making this perfect for a low carb lifestyle. The recipe below makes 500 ml of sauce. Total recipe is only 26 net carbs.

This sauce can be used as a marinade, see my Barbecue Pork Recipe for further instruction.

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Low Carb Salmon Fishcakes

I am pleased to be able to share with you my Low Carb version of Salmon Fishcakes. By using Celeriac instead of potato, these Fishcakes work out at 9 net carbs per portion or 3 net carbs per fishcake. Celeriac is not always available in the UK during the summer, so Butternut Squash would work equally as well, however this would increase the net carbs by 2 per portion; still an excellent low carb tasty meal.

With a high fish content, each portion also contains 37 g of protein. Serve with a lovely fresh green salad, accompanied by Balsamic Vinegar makes a very satisfying main meal or smaller portions would be a perfect starter for entertaining.

Whether you opt for Celeriac or Butternut Squash, you will soon realise that the consistency will be quite different to using white potatoes, because alternative low carb mash does not contain the starch content which helps to stick all the ingredients together.  You will just need to handle with care when moving from board to baking tray.

I have used Thai herbs and spices in this recipe, however you could add Italian herbs or Herbs de Provence or just experiment with your own favourites.

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Traditional Prawn Cocktail

The traditional Prawn Cocktail goes in and out of fashion as an English starter. It was very popular in the 1970s and most restaurants would have a version of this popular starter on their menu. Over the years since the good old Prawn Cocktail has been de-constructed by various chefs and then re-constructed back to its original concept. It seems whatever happens, the Prawn Cocktail remains a firm favourite.

Traditionally a Prawn Cocktail should be served with brown bread and butter, so for those members of your family who are not low-carbing should certainly be offered this option; however homemade prawn cocktail is so yummy that I do not really miss the bread and butter.

You could make this and accompany with a salad for a nice tasty low carb lunch.

Prawns can be fresh or frozen, but you should ensure they are not too small and they are dried out thoroughly so the Marie Rose Sauce is not watered down by prawn juices.

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Low Carb Onion Bhajis

Onion Bhajis are a great snack to put in your lunch box and of course as an accompaniment to a curry meal. Using Soy flour, means my Onion Bhaji recipe gives you a low carb option at only 4 net carbs per bhaji.

You could alter the spices you use to suit your own palette and tastes, these are very mild in flavour and not at all spicy.

TIP: I used a deep frying pan to fry them in; the first batch I made, I over cooked on the outside and undercooked in the middle as the oil was too hot, so you would be better off reducing the temperature and cooking inside before turning up to brown them off.

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