Fisherman’s Pie

Who can resist a creamy Fisherman’s Pie? In this blog I am going to share with you my low-carb version of a traditional British Fisherman’s Pie. Coming in at only 6 net g carbs per portion.

Traditionally the top crust layer would be mashed potato but for this version I am going to use Celeriac. You will be pleasantly surprised how much the nutty flavour of the celeriac compliments the fish flavours. In a Fisherman’s Pie it is preferable to use fish with bold flavours such as cod, salmon and smoked haddock.

If you have not used celeriac before then you have missed a treat. I love it and often use it as a potato substitute. To prepare it just cut off the bottom and the top so you have a flat surface to work with. Then take your knife along the inside and follow the skin down from top to bottom. As you cut into the shapes required for your recipe, you can cut out the brown root bits. Treat as potatoes, although Celeriac browns pretty quickly so keep in water to prevent this. Celeriac makes an amazing alternative Potato Dauphinois – see my recipe here. Celeriac is not available all year around but is seasonal during the winter months in the UK, so make good use of it whilst it is around.

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Green Thai Pork Curry

There are so many good Green Thai Curry Pastes available in your local supermarkets that maybe you do not need to use this recipe. There is however nothing I find more satisfying than cooking with fresh ingredients. A Green Thai Curry should taste a bit sweet and sour with a creamy coconut feel and hints of Lemon Grass, Ginger and Lime. Of course one advantage of making your own from scratch means that you can adjust spiciness to your own palate. 8 net carbs per portion.

For quickness and convenience I do use lazy purée for the lemon grass and ginger but I have included the equivalent fresh amounts in the recipe below.  You can also make up extra puree and freeze it for future use.

In my recipe below I have used pork loins, however chicken and turkey would be equally as versatile in this dish.

Instead of using noodles, which are packed with carbs I used Courgette Noodles and Beansprouts, which I stir fried quickly before serving.

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Winter Warming Beef Stew

This Winter Warming Beef Stew is just great for those cold winter days when you need a warm up for your insides. 17g net carbs per portion.

When I attended catering college back in the 1970s, Stewing was classified as being cooked in liquid on the stove top, but frankly whatever the difference is between a stew and a casserole I know for sure that a slow or oven cooked pot of beef and root vegetables immersed in a beef stock cannot be called anything other than a Beef Stew.

This meal is a perfect low carb winter warmer making you glow inside and out. I have served mine with mashed Celeriac which I cooked in the same way as I cook mashed potato – although be sure after draining the cooking water you return to heat just to dry out slightly as Celeriac retains more water content than potatoes. Although not pictured here, a nice floret of broccoli would be a perfect accompaniment and brighten the colour on the plate.

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Shepherd’s Pie made with Butternut Squash Mash

A tasty low carb alternative Shepherd’s Pie made with Butternut Squash Mash instead of the traditional creamed potato topping. A winner for all the family.

So we have 2 British pies which are traditionally topped with mashed (creamed) potato. One is a Shepherd’s Pie and the other is a Cottage Pie. The main difference between the 2 is the meat origin. A Shepherd’s Pie uses minced lamb whilst the Cottage Pie uses minced beef.

I’ve today chosen to cook and share the recipe for a low-carb lamb version – Shepherd’s Pie.

I will be replacing the mashed potato with mashed Butternut Squash. You will notice I will regularly use this versatile squash as an alternative to potatoes. 100 gm of cooked Butternut Squash is only 10 net carbs, a typical serving is going to be about 80gm. You could replace this with Daikon Radish and prepare in the same way as the Butternut Squash, however the difference is that the Radish is only 3 net carbs, so if you are restricting carbs to loose weight, this may be your preferred alternative.

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Cauliflower Pizza Base

Using just 6 ingredients from your everyday stores you can enjoy this low carb cauliflower pizza base. There are plenty of low carb alternative pizza base recipes on the internet and I have tried many. I started out with courgettes, but I could never seem to get them dry enough to prevent a soggy base. Then I found cauliflower recipes which revolutionized my  outlook on alternative pizza bases. Net carbs 17 g per 9 inch base.

To vary the taste, I do add other vegetables to my cauliflower, cheese and egg mixture. Often I include vegetables which I want to use up. My favourites are carrot and leeks, so the recipe below will include these, but I’m sure once you’ve made this a couple of times you will experiment with what suits you. The main thing is that the cauliflower is great at making the base firmer so it is key to the ingredient list.

These bases are ideal to eat cold and once topped with tomato pizza topping and your chosen meat and vegetables make a fabulous lunch box meal.

TIP: The base should be cooked on a non-stick commodity such as a silicone baking mat or baking parchment paper.

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Easy Moussaka Recipe

This easy to follow Moussaka recipe is ideal when looking to add variety to your low carb diet. Perfect for dinner and only 17 net carbs per portion.

Traditionally a Greek Moussaka is made with Aubergines, Minced Lamb, Potatoes and a Bechamel Sauce.  In this low carb version I have replaced the potatoes with butternut squash and the bechamel sauce with Greek yoghurt.

Moussaka is made by layering the vegetables with a lightly spiced lamb sauce and then baking it to integrate the delicious flavours and permeate them throughout the dish.

TIPS:

This simple recipe does involve several stages in the preparation so be prepared to allow time for this. This will include how to stabilise your yoghurt to prevent it curdling when cooking.

Check out the recipe below.

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Low-Carb Lasagne Recipe

This Low Carb Alternative Lasagne Recipe is sure to satisfy your taste buds. The marriage of a fresh Bolognese tomato sauce, creamy cheese sauce and fresh pasta is my idea of a heavenly dinner. With the alternative pasta recipe included there are only 17.5 g net carbs per portion.

There are many alternative ways to make the cheese sauce and the use of different commodities to replace the pasta sheets between the  meat and sauce. I have used cooked leeks, aubergines and red cabbage to make my layers and the results were fully edible, but still not a patch on an original pasta lasagne. That is until I found the following recipe for an alternative to lasagne sheets from peaceloveandlowcarb.com. What a fabulous find, it really is as good as the real thing.

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Low Carb Chicken in Thai Coconut Sauce

A mild light creamy coconut and peanut sauce with a Thai influence. 9 net carbs per portion.

The recipe below uses chicken breast but other meats which you could use may include chicken thighs, pork loin and turkey.

If you want to spice the chilli heat up then  you need to adjust the red chilli in the marinade to suit your own palate.

TIP: This has also proved a perfect dish for entertaining. You can serve with egg noodles to your guests not observing low carbs and for those who are, you can use a low carb alternative such as fettuccini made with Organic Edamame and mung bean (NC 5g pp).

Cook all the noodles / pasta before your guests arrive and refresh in cold water, then heat them up just prior to serving.  The chicken dish will hold well in a warming dish or oven so you do not have to be attending to any last minute cooking once your guests arrive.

See recipe below

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Low Carb Cornish Pasty

Cornish pasties are obviously from Cornwall, England. Traditionally made with meat, potato and vegetable mixture enveloped by pastry. Yes pastry – I had not considered these for my low-carb blog until I found a recipe for Fat Head Pastry. Original recipe I used can be found here: https://www.ditchthecarbs.com/fat-head-sausage-rolls/

Wow if I can make a low-carb pastry then maybe I could include Cornish Pasties. My version below is only 9 net carbs per portion.

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Beef Bolognese Sauce

Welcome to my recipe for Classic Beef Bolognese Sauce. This sauce is perfect served with Courgette (Zucchini) noodles – Zoodles, to make a low-carb meal however it is also yummy with spaghetti making it into a classic spaghetti Bolognese, (but not low-carb).  You could also use this sauce in my low-carb Lasagne so make up a batch and store half for a meal later in the week or freeze it for another day. 12.5 net carbs per portion.

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