Keto Cherry Eton Mess (low carb, gluten free)

Keto Cherry Eton MessLiving on keto can get a little repeptitive at times and it does feel as though everything I eat is super savoury. I have a few sweet treats that I have on a regular basis like sugar-free jelly, double cream, and the peanut and chocolate fat bombs that make, but sometimes you want a proper dessert. Two things happened recently which really sowed the seed of making this dessert; firstly, I saw a recipe for keto meringues and secondly I realised how low-carb cherries are for fruit – 100g cherries is roughly 12g carbs, which is minimal compared to other fruits. Cherries are my absolute favourite fruit too, which is truly serendipitous! Here’s how I made it:

Keto Cherry Eton Mess
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Recipe type: Keto (Low Carb)
Cuisine: Dessert
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Serves: 2
 
A low-sugar dessert made with cherry compote, meringue and double cream.
Ingredients
  • For the MERINGUES
  • 2 egg whites, room temperature
  • 3 tbsp erythritol
  • ¼ tsp vanilla extract
  • ⅛ tsp cream of tartar
  • ⅛ tsp salt
  • For the COMPOTE
  • 100g cherries, pitted, plus two with stalk on for decoration
  • 2tbsp water
  • 2tbsp erythritol
  • 100ml double cream
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 250F and line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Arrange oven racks on second lowest and second highest positions.
  3. In clean glass or metal bowl, combine egg whites, erythritol, vanilla, cream of tartar and salt. Beat on medium high until medium stiff peaks form and mixture becomes somewhat glossy. Do not beat until stiff.
  4. Spoon or pipe mixture into 10 large meringues.
  5. Bake for 18 to 20 minutes at 250F. Then reduce oven temperature to 200F and continue to bake for another 18 to 20 minutes, until crisp and tips are just starting to brown.
  6. Turn off oven and let meringues it inside for 2 hours or longer.
  7. Remove and carefully peel off parchment.
  8. Place your cherries in a blender with 2tbsp water and blend until almost smooth
  9. Pour the blended cherries into a small saucepan with 2tbsp of Truvia and heat on low until the mixture reduces and has an almost jam-like consistency
  10. Place in the fridge to cool
  11. Once your meringues are ready and your compote has cooled, layer them in a sundae glass or bowl by adding one layer of cream, some crumbled meringue and some of the compote.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 Calories: 268 Fat: 24g Saturated fat: 14.9g Carbohydrates: 9.6g Sugar: 5.5g Sodium: 276.5mg Fiber: 9.8g Protein: 4.9g Cholesterol: 70mg

The whole dish has 9.6g carbs which is really reasonable for something so sweet and tasty! If you hadn’t old me, I wouldn’t have known that this was a low sugar dessert and I’m just waiting for someone to come over for dinner so that I can test it on them to see if they notice. Food like this is good for my soul; eating keto isn’t just a diet plan, it’s a way of life and knowing that I can have desserts like this without it needed to be a cheat meal is just brilliant!

Do let me know if you give this a go, or if you have your own variation on it.

 

Keto Cauliflower Cheese (vegetarian, gluten free)

Keto Cauliflower Cheese (vegetarian, gluten free)

Cauliflower is one of those things which seems to feature a LOT in keto recipes; it’s fairly neutral in flavour and is often used as a low-carb dupe for rice, potato and other stuff. However, there’s only so much cauliflower you can eat before becoming really, really bored of it, so I thought I’d try to make it a bit more flavoursome and interesting. I’ve been craving cauliflower cheese lately but couldn’t think past the fact that a white sauce is usually based on a roux, which is obviously made of flour, and none of the flour substitutes we use (like ground almonds) seemed like they would work.

However, after a bit of a brain-wave yesterday, I decided to go a completely different way about it. The result was cheesy, garlicy and unctuous all in the right measures and Husband even commented that is was the nicest cauliflower cheese he’s ever eaten – HIGH PRAISE! Here’s how you make it:

Keto Cauliflower Cheese (vegetarian, gluten free)
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Recipe type: Keto
Cuisine: Baking
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Serves: 5
 
A flourless caulflower cheese, perfect for a low carb, high fat diet.
Ingredients
  • A head of cauliflower
  • 200ml double cream
  • 100g cream cheese
  • 250g mature cheddar cheese
  • 2 tsps garlic powder
  • 20g grated parmesan
Instructions
  1. Cut the cauliflower into florets and par-boil for 10-15 minutes, until it just starts to go soft (there is nothing worse then HARD cauliflower in cauli cheese, if you ask me!)
  2. In a separate bowl, place the double cream, cream cheese, 200g of the cheddar (keeping some back for sprinking on top before baking) and garlic powder and microwave on high for 1 minute, or until melted together. Stir to combine fully.
  3. Drain the cauliflower and allow to cool for a minute (this will allow more moisture to evaporate away and stop you from ending up with a watery sauce at the end)
  4. Place the cauliflower in an even layer in a 9"x9" Pyrex dish and pour the cheese mixture over evenly
  5. Sprinkle the remaining cheddar and the parmesan over the top
  6. Bake at 180° for 25 minutes and the finish under a hot grill for a minute or two to get a really browned-off finish
Nutrition Information
Serving size:  Calories: 432 Fat: 38.2g Saturated fat: 24g Carbohydrates: 5.8g Sugar: 2.5g Sodium: 58mg Fiber: 1.5g Protein: 16.7

Be aware before you eat this; it’s pretty high calorie thanks to the cream and all of the cheese, but it’s well worth it and fits a keto diet pretty perfectly. We ate ours with slow cooked lamb and veg, but this would also be amazing with pork chops. Obviously if you wanted it to be lower calorie, you could eat a smaller portion but it’s very moreish so that’s easier said than done!

Let me know if you give this a go – it’s definitely going to be a regular side-dish to our meals.

Keto Snacks – Cheese, Jalapeno and Pancetta Crisps

Keto cheese, pancetta and jalapeno crispsSomething I’ve found since I started eating keto is that I seem to do better with a “little and often” approach, rather than trying to plan three main meals a day. Combine this with the fact that I often get hungry in the evenings AND I crave snacky, crunchy food, I’m often on an “AVOID CRISPS/TOAST/CHIPS!” wavelength when finding something to eat.

Sometimes, though, the simplest snacks are the tastiest and getting creative with what’s in the fridge can really help. Last night, I was having a major Jones for something salty and crunchy and as much as a 25g portion of peanuts is nice, the carb levels are too high to properly indulge.

This snack satisfies the need for something salty, spicy, flavourful and with a definite CRUNCH which makes it absolutely perfect for me and it couldn’t be simpler to make:

Keto Snacks - Cheese, Jalapeno and Bacon Crisps
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Cuisine: Snacks
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Serves: 12
 
Ingredients
  • 30g grated parmesan
  • 50g grated cheddar
  • 85g cubed pancetta
  • 12 slices of pickled jalapeno
Instructions
  1. Preheat an oven to 200°C
  2. Line a baking sheet with greaseproof paper
  3. Sprinkle a 50 pence sized circle of parmesan onto the tray in dots (I usually make 12 at a time)
  4. Place a little pinch of grated cheddar on top of the parmesan
  5. Place a few cubes of prosciutto on top of the cheddar and top with a jalapeno slice
  6. Bake in the over for 15-20 minutes until the cheese is golden and crispy around the edges
  7. Take out of the oven and allow to cool slightly before placing on a plate - ENJOY!
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 crisp Calories: 45 Fat: 3.5 Saturated fat: 2.3 Carbohydrates: 0.2 Sugar: 0 Sodium: 146.8mg Fiber: 0 Protein: 3.1

I can’t even tell you how tasty these were so I’m hoping the photo does a good job of showing you! They’re 45 calories PER crisps, so really not a low calorie snack (especially as they’re so moreish and one definitely won’t be enough) but at less than half a gram of carbs per crisp, they’re pretty much the perfect keto snack! My husband commented that they’d also be good dipped in salsa but I have no idea how carby salsa would be so don’t take my word for it!

Let me know if you try these or come up with any variations of what to top them with.

 

Fat Bombs – Keto Peanut Butter Chocolate Squares

Keto Peanut Butter Chocolate Fat BombsMost days, I have no problems meeting my macros and by the end of the day, I’ve had all the fat I need. However, there are some days when I’ve got some calories left (I’m currently calories counting because I’ve still got at least 2.5st to lose) but I need to meet my fat macros efficiently and that is when something like these peanut and chocolate fat bombs would be a really good option. Husband obviously consumes far more calories than me in a day because he’s trying to gain muscle and there are days when he really struggles to eat enough, especially when he’s feeling sick of eggs or meat and these would also be useful for those times. If I’m honest, I just have a sweet tooth and having something ket-friendly on hand is what stops me from eating Nutella straight from the jar! These are NOT a low-calorie option, however.

The best thing about these is that they only have 5 ingredients and are SUPER easy to make. Here’s what you need and how you make them:

Keto Peanut Butter Chocolate Fat Bombs
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Cuisine: Sweets
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A sweet, high-fat peanut butter and chocolate treat
Ingredients
  • 200g creamed coconut
  • 90g dark (85% or higher) chocolate
  • 3 tablespoons erythritol
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 300g peanut butter (we use Whole Earth because it's made with sustainable palm oil)
Instructions
  1. Line a square pan (roughly 9x9) with grease-proof paper
  2. Place the creamed coconut in a saucepan and melt over a low heat until it's more liquid than solid (if you'v ever melted creamed coconut, you'll know exactly what I mean by this!)
  3. Add the peanut butter, erythritol and vanilla extract to the pan and combine until smooth
  4. Melt the chocolate in the microwave in 30 second bursts until totally melted
  5. Pour half of the peanut/coconut mixture to the lined pan
  6. Add the chocolate to the remaining peanut mixture and combine completely
  7. Pour the chocolate mixture on top of the peanut mixture in the pan
  8. Freeze for about 20 minutes
  9. Lift out of the pan and cut into 25 pieces (obviously, if you cut it smaller it will be fewer calories per square)
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 square Calories: 158 Fat: 13.5g Saturated fat: 1.7g Carbohydrates: 3.3g Sugar: 1.7 Sodium: 48.4mg Fiber: 2.6g Protein: 4g

Yes, you read that right, 158 calories per small square! As I said, they aren’t low-cal, but they ARE delicious and really useful for followers of keto. I’d be really surprised if you could manage more than one of these because they are SO rich, but Husband and I both agreed that they’d actually be really nice eaten as a mini-dessert with some heavy cream or a cup of strong, black coffee.

As ever, I’d love to know what you think of these if you make them for yourself so do come back and leave me a comment.

Whole Earth Peanut Butter (affiliate link)

Keto Texas BBQ Pizza (gluten free)

Keto Texas BBQ Pizza (gluten free)One thing that I thought I’d probably only get to enjoy on cheat days was pizza. Sure, meat and cheese are keto staples. Dough? Not so much! However, leave it to the clever people of the internet to find a way to make a pizza base without using ANY grain whatsoever. I found the basis of this recipe on Pinterest and decided that we needed to use it to make our favourite pizza – Texas BBQ.

At first, I was really skeptical of making a pizza base out of cheese, after all, using baked cheese as a basis for a topping of cheese just sounded ridiculous! However, and I cannot overstate this enough – THIS DOUGH IS AMAZING!

Keto Texas BBQ Pizza BASEHusband and I both commented that if we were fed this without knowing that is was essentially a fake dough, neither of us would have known, we’d have just thought it was a really thin-based home-made pizza. Combined with the Texas BBQ toppings, it was a revelation! Here’s how we made it:

Keto Texas BBQ Pizza (gluten free)
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Cuisine: Low Carb
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A keto version of one of our favourite pizzas!
Ingredients
  • For the BASE
  • 190g grated mozzarella
  • 70g ground almonds
  • 2tbsp cream cheese
  • 1 egg
  • Pizza seasoning
  • Greaseproof paper and a baking tray
  • For the TOPPING
  • 100g grated mozzarella and cheddar mix
  • 3 rashers of streaky bacon
  • ¼ of a red onion, diced
  • Half a green bell pepper, sliced
  • Barbecue sauce of choice
  • Shredded chicken (roughly 1 small breast, roasted, was enough)
Instructions
  1. Line your banking tray with greaseproof paper
  2. Place the mozzarella and cream cheese and microwave in one minute increments until completely melted together
  3. Stir the almond flour, followed by the egg, into the melted cheese mixture
  4. Place the mixture in the middle of the greaseproof-lined tray and spread outwards with the back of a large spoon - the mixture will be very stretchy but will flatten out it you work it for a few seconds.
  5. Sprinkle pizza seasoning over your dough and poke it all over with a fork - this will stop it from bubbling up too much
  6. Bake at 220C for 12 minutes, checking half way through and poking any bubbled areas with a fork
  7. While your dough is baking, prep your toppings and fry off your streaky bacon
  8. Once the bacon is cooked, cut it into 1cm squares
  9. Take the dough out of the oven and spread with approx. 2tbsps of barbecue sauce
  10. Sprinkle the cheese over the top of the sauce, leaving a 1cm border around the edge of the dough
  11. Place the rest of the toppings evenly over the top of the pizza
  12. Bake for a further 5 minutes, or until cheese is fully melted
Nutrition Information
Serving size: ¼ Calories: 435 Fat: 33.7 Saturated fat: 11.5 Carbohydrates: 9.5 Sugar: 4.9 Sodium: 428.4mg Fiber: 2.5 Protein: 24.3

We actually doubled up and made two pizzas and had half a pizza each, which was by NO means a low calorie meal, and it gave up almost a full days worth of carbs in one meal, HOWEVER, it was still fewer carbs for half a huge pizza than it would be for one slice of one from a takeaway, which I call a win. This was such a tasty dupe for a meal we enjoy as a family and it’s just another thing that we don’t ave to completely sacrifice in order to eat a keto diet.

A small note about barbecue sauces – here in the UK, it still seems to be really tricky to find low sugar versions of anything. I know there’s a sugar free brand of barbecue sauce that’s popular in the States which can be bought via Amazon, but at £25-ish a bottle, it’s just not worth paying that. I tend to spend almost double the time food shopping when I’m devising a recipe because I’ll read every single label before I buy things, so the best thing I can advise you to do is to just find the barbecue sauce with the lowest carb value in the shops you already go to.

Hunting in specialist shops is just going to make your life more difficult, make cooking this way less sustainable and could ultimately just be off-putting. This Bart’s one was 23.3g carbs per 100g, which would be pretty high on any other day, but given the fact that we only used a couple of tablespoons as a base, it didn’t work out too badly.  Also, do be aware that many sauces aren’t gluten-free so if you’re using this recipe on that basis, make sure you check first.

This dough can also be used as a basis for a bunch of other things such as quiche, or even baked and chopped up like nachos which would really serve to satiate a craving if you’re missing crisps or nachos and need a snack.

What’s your favourite pizza topping? Let me know if you recreate this as I’d love to know what you thought!

How to be Successful at Keto

successfulI’ve been eating a keto diet for about eight weeks now, so it might seem a little bit rich for me to be preaching to you about how to be successful at this as it’s still early days, relatively speaking. However, when I went keto I went HARD keto, going from eating what I wanted every day to limiting myself to less than 20g of carbs straight away so my learning curve was steep to say the least. I’m not claiming to have all the answers or a world of experience, but there are a few things I wish I’d known before starting keto that would have made life a lot easier. Here’s a few things that I think would really help anyone planning to start a ketogenic diet and to be really committed to it:

Clear Your Cupboards

It’s a fact that the vast majority of Western diets are heavily geared towards being based on some sort of carb. Before I went keto, EVERY SINGLE MEAL would have had some sort of bread, potato, rice or pasta with it, which means that when I started my cupboards were packed with bags of pasta, bags of rice, various bread products and frozen potatoes in every form. None of this was of any use to me anymore, so aside from the things that I kept for my daughters I got rid of everything. Clearing the way like this was not only a symbolic binning of my old lifestyle but also a way to allow me to see my eating habits for what they SHOULD be. Where I’d once stored unhealthy carbs, now I stored things which were carb free and on-plan.

Plan Your Meals

When I say “plan”, I mean really PLAN. Research keto recipes, have an idea of meals you can eat and what you need to buy to make sure you aren’t left hungry when you get home. Standing in a supermarket with an empty trolley and no idea of what you want to buy is a massive pain in the bum and makes eating keto harder than it should be. Write a list of meals and snacks, break them down by ingredients and be prepared when you get to the shops.

Have Keto Snacks to Hand

This is kind of an extension to the point above, but being hungry and discovering there’s nothing keto friendly in the house is so annoying, especially on days when you’ve exercised and you’ve got that REAL hunger going (Tell me I’m not the only one who wants to eat my weight in food on deadlift days?!). All of the suggestions in my keto snack post are great, and there are LOADS of suggestions around the internet of things you can snack on which are low carb.

Use MyFitnessPal

You may prefer a different app for calorie and macro counting, but for me MyFitnessPal is an absolute essential. As well as allowing you to track your macros religiously, it allows you to enter recipes to calculate the carb count, keep track of your weight, your exercise and even how much water you’ve drunk (I don’t really use this feature but I’m sure it’s handy if you’re someone who forgets to hydrate). It’s been indispensable for me since I started counting carbs and I think I’d be totally lost without it.

Know Your Carbs

As I mentioned above, keto has been a learning curve and never more so than when I’m thinking about meals. There have been loads of times that I’ve cooked and eaten something only to discover that it had a MUCH higher carb count than I realised. Add your meals to your app BEFORE you eat them if you aren’t sure and really acquaint yourself with every nutritional information section on food packaging because there are hidden carbs in SO many things!

BONUS REMINDER:

Remember Calories

Not everyone who eats keto counts calories but if you’re trying to lose weight then you probably are. A couple of times, I’ve eaten a variation on something I often eat and found myself completely scuppered by the difference in calories. For instance, I often eat prawns in a seafood sauce that I make from mayo and low sugar ketchup and this comes in at around 200 calories. Last week, I was rushing around and grabbed a pre-made pot of crayfish tails in dill mayo, thinking it would be much of a muchness with what I already eat, gave the carbs a cursory look and forgot the calories. To my shock, this pot contained almost SEVEN HUNDRED calories and basically left me nothing for the rest of the day! All I’m saying is, pay attention to ALL of the macros!!

Three Ingredient Keto Chocolate Pudding

three ingredient keto chocolate puddingWhen you eat a keto diet, it’s really common to feel get totally sick of only eating savoury foods. There are, of course, a few sweet things that you can have (like the 10-cal jellies I mentioned in this post) but largely low carb means sugar free and therefore not very sweet! Sometimes, I just need something sweet to shove into my face but I need to be able to do this without taking masses of extra calories and without going totally off plan, which forces me to be a little more inventive with what I eat. Necessity (and a sweet tooth) being the mother of invention, and all that. This is what led me to try making a low-carb, keto-friendly chocolate pudding, using the stuff I had in the house. Here’s what I used:

ingredients keto chocolate pudding

It does’t even warrant a full recipe! All you need to do is measure 100g of Greek yogurt (I use the full fat one because it’s lower in carbs and FAT ISN’T BAD! Also, make sure you get PROPER Greek yogurt because there are loads of ‘fake’ ones which don’t really have the added benefits that proper Greek yogurt has. Fage is a good brand if you can find it), 5g of cocoa powder (usually a heaped teaspoon but you can weigh it if you want to be super accurate) and 1 tbsp of erythritol. Give it a really good mix up, making sure you don’t have any lumps of powder hiding anywhere and then bung it back in the fridge for ten minutes. If you eat it right away the erythritol can be a little bit grainy, but leaving it for a little while helps it to sort of melt in. Obviously, you could use liquid or powdered sweetener if you have it in the house.

And you know what? It was really decent! Obviously it’s not going to be like a proper chocolate pudding, but it’s a damn decent substitute which satisfied my hankering and allowed me to stay on plan. In terms of nutrition, here’s the final count:

5.4g carbs, 6.1g fat and 10,1 grams of protein for just 119 calories! An excellent balance of macros and a tasty way to get some additional fat and protein. I find Greek yogurt really filling and I had this for brunch with a handful of peanuts, which left me feeling satisfied until dinner. If you’re also dairy-free, you could try making this with the coconut yogurt substitutes I’ve seen (although I can’t vouch for the carb count in those as I’ve never had them). Let me know if you give this a try or if you have any of your own variations.

7 Handy (Portable) Keto Snacks

Something that I’ve noticed about keto is that the snacking can be quite tricky, purely because most traditional “snacks” are high in carbs. This means that when it comes to snacking, you often struggle to find something off the peg, so keeping a stash of things around that you can easily snack on is a good idea. I’m not saying that any of these are the BEST choices you could make in terms of nutrition, but they’re a convenient, grab-able option when you need it. Here’s a few of the things that I keep around as a snack when I’m feeling peckish or need to increase my fat/protein intake.

Biltong

Biltong

Biltong is an amazing snack when you’re eating keto because it’s literally dried meat with very little else added (be careful, some brands DO add sugar during the curing process and jerky, or BBQ flavoured varieties, are usually MUCH higher in carbs). We tend to buy ours in bulk of 1kg at a time and then weigh it out into 50g portions in ziplock bags. This is a great thing to grab on busy mornings when you haven’t got time to cook and a 50g portion will give you 2.5g carbs, 2.5g fat and 27,5g protein in around 145 calories (depending on the brand. We tend to opt for The Biltong Man)

Peanuts

Peanuts are full of good fats and are a great substitute if you’re a fan of crisps. I do like to snack on things which hve “crunch”, so these are perfect for me. Some people advocate unsalted nuts, but I like to have salted ones as I don’t add a lot of salt to the rest of my food. Be careful though, they’re high in calories, so I tend to measure mine into 25g or 50g portion before eating. A 25g serving of peanuts will give you approximately 1.1g carbs, 6.6g protein, 13.6g fat ans 158 calories.

Hartleys 10 Cal Jelly Pots

I discovered these by chance after being absolutely desperate for something sweet to eat. You often find with keto that you get a bit overwhelmed by the amount of savoury stuff you eat, so these jellies were like an oasis of happiness for me! They’re ready-made and in sealed pots which don’t need to be refrigerated so make the perfect thing to keep in your bag, car or desk and have less than 10 calories per pot (depending on flavour, usually between 7 and 10). They have an average of 1.8g of carbs with zero fat and protein and are a really refreshing way to have something sweet.

Cheese Strings

Okay, so cheese strings are probably not the most sophisticated way to eat cheese but the way they’re portioned make them an ideal keto snack. Each 20g stick usually has 4.5g of fat and 4.6g of protein depending on the variety you go for, with less than half a gram of carbs per stick, and they can be kept in a lunchbox or work fridge really easily.

Fat Bombs

These are a snack to make when you’ve got some spare time and come in a million different varieties, depending on your preferences. A lot of them are based on coconut oil and peanut butter, but I’ve also seem some lemon ones which look fantastic that I’m fully intending to make. They’re great because they keep your fat macros on target and contain MCTs which are great at keeping you in ketosis, plus you can make them in batches and portion out as and when you need them.

Peperami

Again, not exactly a sophisticated snack but definitely a convenient one. Each salami stick contains 130 calories, 0.6g carbs, 11g fat and 6g protein, which makes it a pretty tidy keto snack, in terms of your macros. Just don’t kiss anyone directly after eating it!

Pork Scratchings

There are SO many different varieties of pork scratching, some with more fat (and which feel “wetter” than others) but they’re all pretty good in terms of keeping your fat macros on target. We tend to opt for Awfully Posh Anglesey Sea Salt Crackling – each 40g bag contains just 0.2g carbs, 20g fat, 18.6g protein and 254 calories.

 

Keto Recipes – Low Carb Chilli

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One of the things I’ve missed since going keto is a warming bowl of chilli, but with a bit of experimentation I’ve managed to combine two of my loves – keto and slow cooking! Obviously it’s sans-beans because they’re all just too high in carbs but with the celery and tomatoes, it didn’t really feel like it was lacking too much. This recipe serves 8 people, can be frozen for eating at a later date, and one portion is 10.7g carbs, 11.2g fat, 35.4g protein and just 288 calories, making it the perfect keto dinner.

We served ours with Bare Naked “rice”, a konjac-based rice substitute which comes in a sachet and can be microwaved just like normal rice, except a serving is just 0.1g carbs and only ten calories!

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Low Carb Chilli
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Cuisine: Slow Cooker
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A low-carb, slow-cooker chilli
Ingredients
  • 900g lean beef mince
  • 2 x 400g tins chopped tomatoes
  • 100g tomato puree
  • 2 sticks of celery, finely diced
  • 2 red bell peppers, finely diced
  • 1 onion, finely diced
  • 2 tbsp cumin
  • 2 tbsp mild chilli powder
  • 1 tbsp paprika
  • 2 tsps tabasco
  • dash of olive oil
Instructions
  1. Brown the mince in a frying pan with a tiny dash of olive oil
  2. Drain the mince and add it to the slow cooker
  3. Add the onion, pepper and celery to the pan and fry until onion starts to go translucent before adding to the slow cooker
  4. Add the chopped tomatoes and tomato paste
  5. Fill one of the tomato tins with water and add to the slow cooker
  6. Add the spices and give it all a really good stir
  7. Cook on low for 6-8 hours
  8. Serve with konjac rice, sour cream, avocados and grated cheese
Nutrition Information
Calories: 288 Fat: 11.2g Saturated fat: 2.3g Unsaturated fat: 0.5g Trans fat: 0 Carbohydrates: 10.7g Sugar: 7.4g Sodium: 94mg Fiber: 3.3g Protein: 35.4g Cholesterol: 67.5mg

Next time I would also perhaps add some chopped pickled jalapenos to give it a bit more bite, but it was still really tasty exactly as it was. Let me know if you give this a go, or if you have your own variation of this dish that we could try!