When you’re ready to start a new way of eating, there is an unexpected challenge – knowing what to cook. I remember spending hours on the Internet looking for recipes and then trying them out. There were a lot of disappointments in the process when the meals didn’t turn out the way they should. Some of them, however, were so good they became a daily (or weekly) staple. Here’s my twelve favourites:
1. Avocado eggs
This quick recipe comes from my favourite low carb website. Very easy to make, tastes fantastic. It is best to make those right before you eat them, as the avocado starts changing colour soon and it doesn’t look as appealing a few hours later.
Find the recipe here: Avocado eggs with bacon sails
2. Flaxseed bread
This recipe was a revelation. Bread is one of the hardest foods to give up for many people. I’ve tried various low-carb bread recipes and most of them were very dense, dry and hard to swallow. This one is amazing – light, fluffy, has a great taste, perfect for sandwiches. I always make more than I need and freeze the rest. For some reason, it tastes even better defrosted than it does fresh. Once out of the freezer – you can keep it in the refrigerator for a couple of days.
Recipe here: Low-carb flaxseed bread
3. Salmon goodness
Can’t even say it’s a “recipe”. You put four ingredients together and eat them! I created this one at lunchtime one day, and haven’t looked back since – quick, healthy and super simple. For those of you who are wondering – it’s avocado, smoked salmon, boiled egg and tomato.
4. Bearnaise sauce
Bearnaise and Hollandaise sauces are considered a “staple” in a low-carb high-fat or keto communities. Making a Bearnaise sauce for the first time can feel intimidating, it’s a complicated process. But then I found this recipe, which made it so simple, that it took only two attempts before I mastered making my own Bearnaise. It is a bomb if you’re counting fat or calories, but it tastes divine with lamb chops or steak!
Recipe: Easy Bearnaise sauce
5. Low-carb pizza (from the creator of Fat Head movie)
You don’t have to say goodbye to pizza when you start a low-carb diet. We experimented with a couple of recipes, but this one turned out to be the best. One of the great things about pizza – you can make a different creation every time, the base is always the same, but with the toppings – the sky is your limit. We tried pepperoni, olives, peppers, chorizo, mushrooms, chicken, buffalo mozzarella, ham, chillies – every time it turns out fantastic!
Recipe: Fat Head Pizza
6. Oopsie bread
Oopsie bread was another discovery from DietDoctor website. Light and fluffy; work well as burger buns and sandwich bread. Can be frozen and quickly defrosted. Helps to stay on track when you’re in a hurry and need something quick.
Recipe: Oppsie bread
7. Mini egg quiches
This one is a novel way to cook eggs – in the muffin tin! A versatile and easy recipe – you can add any meats, vegetables or cheeses you like. They cook in 20 minutes and stay fresh in the fridge for a few days. Make sure to not over-cook it; they can become a little dry on the outside.
Recipe: Mini egg quiches
8. Cauliflower Soup
I like this soup because of how quick and easy it is to make, and it tastes delicious – creamy, smooth and full of flavour. 2 cauliflower heads make enough soup for two days (and then some). I blend it in a blender with just enough water to make it a creamy consistency and pour the rest of the liquid away. Adding all the water back, as the recipe suggests, would make the soup very runny.
I can’t find the link for the original recipe anymore, so I will post it here for now:
1 onion, chopped
3 cloves of garlic (or more, if you like it), chopped
a little bit of olive oil
2 big cauliflower heads, chopped
2 tbsp butter
½ cup double cream
2 stock cubes
Bacon pieces or lardons
Fry the onion and garlic in the olive oil until it’s softened.
Transfer it to a pot and add cauliflower florets, stock cubes and just enough water to cover it.
Boil it until really soft, turn it off and cool down for 10-15 minutes.
Fry bacon pieces or lardons while you wait.
Scoop some cauliflower into a blender, add some water it was boiling in and blend it until smooth. Only add enough water to allow the blender to work. Pour everything it into a new pot, add butter, cream, spices. You can adjust the amount of all these to your own taste.
Bring it back to boil, add finely grated parmesan (as much or as little as you want).
Garnish with fried bacon and pesto.
9. French chicken casserole
This full-flavoured goodness became our favourite after I made a few adjustments. I reduced the mushrooms to about ¼ of what the recipe asked and added a head of broccoli. The picture above is before making those changes, so there’s no broccoli there yet. Some Polish smoked sausage goes very well in this soup too. I would recommend using chicken thighs instead of breast for extra flavour.
Recipe: French chicken casserole
10. Vita’s mayo marinated chicken pieces and turkey drumsticks
This is my own recipe for delicious chicken legs, drumsticks and wings. Very easy to make and can be tweaked to your taste or customised in any way you want. Warning: requires at least 24hrs of marinating, so it’s not a “last minute” meal.
Turkey drumsticks are a traditional meal for special occasions in our family. There is something primal and medieval about holding that giant drumstick in your hand! They look insane when you put them on the plate (if you have a plate that’s big enough). It’s our absolute favourite every time we make it!
11. Cheese crisps
Yep, you don’t have to give up crisps when you give up processed carbohydrates. These babies take only 15 minutes to make; you have a choice of flavours, you can make them extra crispy or a little gooey and even turn them into bowls or taco shells! We tried various cheeses, parmesan works great, cheddar is second best. Undercooked crisps will be a little gooey in the middle, overcooked ones will taste a little bitter. You can add any herbs and spices you like before cooking. Warning – grapes in the photo are for decoration purposes only, they’re not low-carb in any way.
Recipe: Cheese Crisps
12. Butter chicken with cauliflower rice
Another one of our favourites is a curry dish cooked in a slow cooker and served with cauliflower rice. Perfect for cold winter nights when in need of something hearty and warm. WARNING: the recipe includes 2tbsp of brown sugar. If you are on a low-carb diet, exclude this ingredient. I promise – your meal will taste just as good! You can find recipes for cauliflower rice online. I like to buy pre-made cauliflower rice and then stir-fry it with a little bit of salt and turmeric.
Recipe: Slow cooker butter chicken
Good luck and good health!