Tomato Sauce with Bacon

My Tomato Sauce Recipe with added Bacon can be added to low-carb pasta, Zoodles or cauliflower rice to make a lovely hot or cold healthy lunch.

The recipe below is only 9g net carbs, perfect for a satisfying lunch or supper. Sprinkle a little grated Parmesan over just before serving. To make it even healthier serve with a lovely crispy green salad.

If you prefer a smooth sauce then just blitz in a food processor. You could omit the bacon as a vegetarian option or just to give you a nice healthy tomato sauce. Add a little Worcestershire Sauce for a further punch.

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Chicken, Chorizo and Cauliflower Cheese

Yesterday I had Cauliflower Cheese served as a side with my roast dinner which got me thinking about a low carb cauliflower cheese dinner recipe to share with you.

I am therefore pleased to say that I successfully made a very tasty dish which would be suitable for lunch or dinner and perfect for a low carb diet with 10 net carbs per portion.

Cooked chicken formed the base of my dish; but I felt I wanted to spice it up slightly so I added Chorizo which worked very well. You could use whatever cooked meat you choose, for example ham would work well. Just be aware that the nutrients below are worked out on the recipe published.

You will see from the photos that I added broccoli for colour and a change of flavour. Broccoli is a great low carb vegetable to use as part of a low carb diet.

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Pesto Chicken and Avocado Salad

Chicken and Avocado simply mixed with Pesto flavoured mayonnaise served with green salad leaves or spinach makes a satisfying lunch to eat in or take to work. Total net carbs per portion is 2 g.

I have used chicken thighs in my recipe as I find they are tastier and cheaper than breast meat, however you can easily replace with breasts if this is your preference without changing the net carbs.

Avocado is so good for you as they are a great source of vitamins including C, E and K and other nutrients including potassium, beta-carotene and Omega-3. They are very low in sugar content and high in fibre which is ideal for making you feel full for longer.

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Fresh Vegetables in a Creamy Cheese Sauce

Today I have used a selection of fresh low carb seasonal vegetables in a cheese sauce. Very quick, easy and only 6 net carbs per portion.

Wow, we are having a rather wonderful summer here in the UK (for a change); the last place I want to be is the kitchen! But last night we had a storm and today it is a little cooler, so I have cooked up a recipe to share with you.

This recipe has fresh, easy cook, full of flavour vegetables and ham (optional) in a creamy cheese sauce. Perfect for serving with a low carb pasta or Courgette Zoodles.

The vegetables can be adjusted to your own taste or stock, but I would definitely recommend using a start base as celery as the flavour lifts the ingredients.

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Low Carb Minty Burgers

Continuing with the barbecue theme, today I bring you a Minty Lamb Burger Recipe. Another easy to make homemade recipe for your barbecue grill. 

Only 5g net carbs per portion

I have added cumin as well as mint to the recipe as I think cumin compliments lamb; however you can really add whatever herbs and spices suit your own palate. 

After cooking on the grill, I served with a minty yoghurt. This is simply Plain Greek yoghurt mixed with mint sauce (for convenience) and seasoned with salt and pepper as required. On the plate I added grilled butternut squash and fresh rocket salad.

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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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Tomato, Bacon and Mushroom Soup

My Tomato, Bacon and Mushroom Soup is a perfect nutrient packed dish for anytime of the day. I was thinking, why shouldn’t we eat soup for breakfast?  Well we eat Smoothies don’t we? So why not soup?

Using three traditional ingredients from a full English breakfast I made this creamed soup, and yes it worked. The taste is reminiscent of baked bean juice, but much more fulfilling and meaty. Eating soup for breakfast did feel strange but I often make a smoothie, the definition according to Dictionary.com is a thick beverage of fruit puréed in a blender with ice and milk, yoghurt or juice; so why not a thick beverage of vegetables?

Only 7 net carbs per portion, a perfect start to the day.

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Vegetable Soup

A more appropriate name for my vegetable soup should be, “clear the fridge Monday Vegetable soup”, because when I make vegetable soup I rarely shop for ingredients with the intention of actually making a vegetable soup. Instead, when I know there are some vegetables that could do with using shortly then I will make a soup. Recipe below has 11 net carbs.

I have included below a recipe for the soup I have made today along with a nutrient list. Obviously if you swop ingredients about then the nutrients will change. Butternut squash is one of my favourite soup ingredients as it helps to thicken the soup if you purée it; however squashes and root vegetables do tend to be higher in carbs, so just be aware of this should you vary the recipe with your own fridge clear up.

Root vegetables and squashes should be placed in the oven first for 10 minutes before adding the softer vegetables and any leafy vegetables should only be added to the saucepan. If you prefer not to roast the vegetables first then you can cook everything together in a saucepan until tender.

You can throw in the Sunday roast leftovers when combining all the ingredients in the saucepan. If you have leftover meat, this would help increase the protein content. 100ml of double cream would increase the fat content by 2gms as well as making the soup creamy.

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