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bacon & cheese keto muffins

we are having unseasonably cold weather in new zealand… so much for a strong start to spring!  im making the most of staying inside by creating these delicious bites.

you cant get a much better match than cheese and bacon … made for each other – both flavours in these muffins are strong and satisfying.

so easy to make, all ingredients go in a bowl and come together using a hand mixer or food processer.  then 15mins later they are ready to eat! whhaaaaatttt!!!

get into it… they are a favourite in my house, even for those who are not keto!

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fish ‘n’ chips with homemade tartare sauce & spicy greens (keto!)

i had a craving for good ole fashioned fish and chips, but with my low carb diet, those traditional potato chips and the fish batter just werent going to fly.  dammit!!!

but it didnt turn out to be much of a sacrifice…  i adapted, and produced this stunner of a dish.

it blew away the cravings…. and the family didnt even miss the original!

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baked monkfish, with garlic & bacon brussel sprouts, red cabbage and toasted almonds

delicious!!!

the savoury and rich notes of the garlic and bacon veges are a perfect compliment to the tender and meaty fish baked in brown butter & lemon slices.

texture comes from the cabbage and brussel sprouts which are only lightly tossed on the heat like a stir fry, and the toastiness of the almonds is the final icing on the cake bringing it all together.

such a quick and easy dish to prepare, but max flavour!

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mexican chicken thighs, with chipotle slaw, avocado & fresh coriander

mexican is a favourite in our house… this dish is bursting with flavour and any heat from the chipotle or mexican seasoning is tamed by the avocado (cheese & sour cream – optional)…

this recipe is a great weeknight option – its nutritious, full of vege, good fats and protein… and the best part – from start to finish, its only a 20 minute ordeal.

part of the efficiency is due to the use of two pre-prepared ingredients (slaw and seasoning)….  now i am not usually a huge supporter of this option BUT these are ones i trust because they dont have any ingredients i dont know… and thats always a good sign!

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banana bread (gf, rsf)

this is delicious! i tried to have a small portion as a treat now and again, but that was blown out the window.

unless you are ok with this being made and gone on the same day, only the very self controlled should consider baking this dish.

its gluten free yes, but its better than the versions that include flour.  serve with melted butter, its an absolute banger.

while my current diet strictly doesnt allow bananas, the only carbs in this is from the banana so approx 4g of carb per slice… thats ok in moderation i reckon.

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roasted broccoli, fennel & aged cheddar soup with pork fillet, hazelnuts & kale chips

not much beats a hot satisfying soup on a cool wintry evening.  best consumed in front of a roaring fire (ours is a gas fire… does that count?)

this one is deliciously rich, with an added tastiness that comes from the aged cheddar. the kale chips creme fraiche and hazelnuts cut through the decadence of the soup providing a beautifully balanced meal.

cut the pork out of it if you want – this just appeases my husband and the inevitable question “wheres the meat?” haha.  with that said, the pork is awesome with this soup.

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pork, chilli, ginger & lime stirfry with lime mayonnaise

my biggest issue with stirfrys is that there is no variety of flavour – everything is covered in the same sauce. so i decided to tackle the problem……….. and matched this stirfry with a creamy lime zest mayo.

and boy, it all came together with perfection.

this is an awesome recipe, flavour packed and nutritious.

now cause i am low carb, i didnt serve it with rice.  but that would be a perfect addition.

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pan fried monkfish with garlic roasted broccoli and fennel, kale chips and a beurre blanc sauce

this is a frickin knock out.  fear of empty plate kicked in after the first bite.

the beurre blanc elevates this to next level awesome.  dont be put off by the name of the sauce – it sounds fancy, BUT follow the below directions and its easy – you cant stuff it up.

while the sauce is creamy and indulgent, its paired with the fresh broccoli, roasted fennel and kale so it doesnt get sickly or too much.  its all just a match made in …. heaven.

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roast cauliflower & blue cheese soup, with crispy bacon, crispy kale & toasted hazelnuts

yes, soup can be a little boring.  this one is NOT.   pure decadence – the creaminess of the soup balances perfectly with the saltiness of the bacon, freshness of the kale and creme fraiche, and earthiness of the nuts.

i didnt serve any bread with this – its filling enough.  i used the crispy bacon as “dipping sticks” and it was gorgeous.  but if you do want the soup to go further, definitely serve with bread on the side.

i recommend taking your time roasting the cauliflower with a low temperature oven – it extracts more depth of flavour – but if you are in a rush, drive the oven up to 180deg… just know that a little flavour will be lost in the process.

indulge!

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