Lemon & Garlic Chicken

This sauce was so good I nearly licked my plate. Nearly….   4 x chicken breasts, sliced in half paprika, to dust over chicken 1/2 white onion, finely diced 2 rashers bacon, diced 2 x cloves crushed garlic 250g white mushrooms, sliced in half 1 glass white wine 1 cube chicken stock 1/2 cup cream…

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Crunchy Thai Salad with Peanut dressing

January is the time to lose some of the weight you put on in the holidays from too many mince pies! This salad has lots of textures and the dressing is so good and can be used a dipping sauce for chicken or anything really. Ingredients – Salad 1 cup Asian leaf greens or any…

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Fool proof cauliflower pizza crust – no knife and fork needed

I say fool proof because there are quite a few recipes floating around out there for low carb pizza crust, and i have tried most of them. The ingredients are all along the same lines but the quantities differ and I realised that slight variations in amount of cheese for example, can make or break…

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Chicken Roulade

These can be a bit fiddly to make but after the first one you get the hang of it – and they are impressive at a dinner party even though you are using simple, cheap ingredients. Buy the biggest chicken breasts you can find – those little thin ones wont do. Ingredients 2 large chicken…

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Greek Lamb Skewers with fresh Chimichurri

I’m always looking for new things to cook on the braai in summer I used lamb leg for these and it was surprisingly tender – the yoghurt based marinade really helps to keep the meat soft and the flavours are fantastic. These will be great cold too as leftovers   Marinade: 3/4 cup greek yoghurt…

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Grilled corn with chipotle butter and parmesan

Corn on the cob cooked on the braai is one of those simple pleasures in life. It’s really satisfying sitting in the garden and cooking your food outside. We didn’t even bother with plates! It’s summer so the corn is sweet and perfect right now Ingredients: 2 x corn on the cob (or 1 per…

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Caprese Chicken with Cauliflower Cream

Ingredients 4 x chicken breasts, skinless and boneless 250g cherry tomatoes, halved 1 chilli, diced 1 garlic clove, diced 1 shallot, finely chopped buffalo mozzerella, broken into 4 pieces (or use 4 small balls of mozzerella or even grated is ok) 1/2 cup fresh basil, chopped 4 basil leaves for garnish salt and pepper olive…

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Tikka Chicken Kebabs

Chicken breast can sometimes be quite dry and unappetizing. Not these – they were moist and so full of flavour and i only managed to marinade them for an hour so if you can marinade them for longer or overnight they will blow your socks off! Perfect for the braai/bbq Marinade: 3 tbsp double cream…

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Chilli and Basil Beef

Stir fries are great during the week – quick to prepare, healthy but also very tasty. If you want to bulk it up a bit more you could serve it with rice if you like. We had ours with cauliflower rice. Ingredients 300g beef fillet thinly sliced 1 small bunch kale, chopped 2 carrots sliced…

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Creamy Zucchini Noodles

I have listed a spiralizer on my birthday list because I want to be able to make zoodles properly. I use my julienne peeler which does an ok job but doesn’t get nice long twirly noodles – more short and straight ones. So what’s all the fuss about zoodles? Well you see, if you are…

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Baked Eggs with Tomato, Chorizo and Basil

This is one of our favourite breakfasts because you don’t need carbs at all – it is filling and satisfying all on it’s own Ingredients: 4 free range eggs 1 horse shoe chorizo, sliced 1 shallot, finely sliced 1 cup cherry tomatoes, sliced in half 1/2 red pepper, diced 1 clove garlic, finely sliced 1/2…

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My Roast Chicken

Everybody has a recipe for roast chicken. It’s one of those things you generally grow up with and makes you feel comforted. You can’t really do much wrong to a roast chicken, and this is how i like to make it:   1 whole free range chicken 3 rashers bacon 1/2 cup freshly chopped herb…

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Low carb lemon cheesecake with strawberry swirl

I had a craving for dessert over the weekend – and i wanted something rich. This is VERY rich – be warned. But that’s not a bad thing because it means you can’t eat bowls of it – a small portion is all you need and it’s delicious For the cheesecake 3/4 cup softened cream…

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The Ultimate Banting Brunch: Poached eggs on mushrooms with crispy bacon and roast tomatoes

  Sunday’s are bitter sweet. I love it because the world moves at a slower pace and you are happy to lie in bed a little longer and then of course – brunch. Sadly it does mean that Monday is coming…but alas – this brunch can make all thoughts of Monday disappear. Serves 2: 4…

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Keto Coffee Nut Fat bombs

Coffee Nut Keto Fat Bombs

  Fat Bomb is usually a generic term for any snack that is as close to 100% fat as you can get it. They are great for post workout or if you are having a sugar craving. Obviously do not eat these when you are eating carbs! And don’t eat more than 1 or 2…

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Almond crackers and Cheese crisps

Just because you do low carb doesn’t mean you can’t have snacks…. These are good for both banting and paleo diets and literally take 20 minutes to make BOTH. Cheese Crisps: 1 cup cheddar cheese, grated on large grate 1 cup parmasan cheese, finely grated 1 tsp paprika 1 large jalapeno, sliced (deseeded if you…

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Cheesy stuffed Mexican Burgers on Sweet potato rosti

Yum…that’s all i can say about this one really. So so delicious. Did not miss out on the roll at all but then again I’m quite used to having bunless burgers now. As for stuffing the burgers with a cheesy pocket of amazingness – i saw it on the food channel – Guy’s big bite….

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#SlowSundays – Dessert – Chocolate and Cherry Chia Pudding

Chia puddings are the best. And good for you too. If you think this is not a decadent dessert your wrong it really is while being healthy at the same time. These need time to set in the fridge so it’s best if you make them in the morning or even the night before. Ingredients…

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#SlowSundays – Main Course – Beef and Red Wine Stew

This is an adaptation from Julia Child’s Beef Bourguignon. I just don’t want to call it that as I feel way too pretentious doing so:) You need time on your hands, hence why it’s the perfect slow sunday meal Ingredients 600g stewing beef half a bottle of pinotage or other red wine you like 2…

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Crispy Salmon with Lemon butter and Cauli Mash

  I like my salmon to have a nice crust on the outside and be pink and juicy in the middle.  This is why I like to pan cook it rather than bake it. For the salmon 2 x salmon fillets 1 teaspoon ground cumin 1 teaspoon celery salt 1 teaspoon fennel seeds, ground up…

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Camembert and Kale stuffed Mushrooms on a bed of pesto Zoodles

I got myself a Julienne veggie slicer so now I can make zoodles (zucchini noodles) which is a great sub for pasta. The mushrooms were the most tasty stuffed mushrooms I have ever had if i do say so myself. The kale stood up for itself against the chilli and garlic and the camembert when…

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Overnight Strawberry, Coconut and Chia pots

It’s awesome waking up and having bfast ready to go. You can do so many variations on this with flavours and fruit. Ingredients 2 x jam jars/mason jars 6 strawberries per pot. Stalk removed and sliced 1/2 tin coconut milk 1/2 cup double cream plain yoghurt 4 tbsp chia seeds 2 teaspoons coconut sugar 1/2…

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Breakfast Frittata with Duck egg

This girl that I work with, Jackie, has her own chickens and ducks. Jackie is a passionate foodie like myself but has taken it one step further by growing her own veggies and now rearing her own chickens. She also has her own Umami seasoning. Now, I never buy battery farmed eggs anymore but i…

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Spicy Tuna Bites

Smaller than fish cakes….plus no flour or breadcrumbs. These are fantastic cold too – i might even prefer them like that. Great for lunch boxes at work. Makes about 8 small fish bites 2 tins tuna chunks in water 1 small onion – VERY finely diced 1 red chilli, seeds removed and finely sliced 1/4…

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Cabbage Chips

I know your thinking EEUWW! But these are really good trust me – I’m not a cabbage lover. The lemon juice and olive oil turns them into something special. Ingredients: 2 baby savoy cabbages, leaves removed juice of 1 lemon 3 tbsp olive oil salt and pepper Preheat oven to 180. Mix your olive oil,…

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Roasted Butternut Wedges with Pumpkin seeds

It’s not that easy coming up with new side dishes when you doing low-carb most of the time. I love butternut when it is roasted. It gets beautifully caramelized when you leave it in for long enough and you don’t even need anything with it. I like to add it to salads like this as…

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Pork tenderloin stuffed with spinach, feta, bacon & almonds. Served with a red wine sauce

I haven’t blogged in ages. It’s not that I haven’t had any time although i have been quite busy. I’m just going through a weird patch where i can’t find inspiration. Normally, as soon as i think “what should i make for dinner” i have about a million idea’s and i go onto pinterest to…

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Quick and Easy – Seared Salmon with special dry rub seasoning

This dry rub is a real winner for fish – it brings out the flavours and takes your taste-buds on holiday Dry rub: 1 teaspoon ground cumin 1 teaspoon celery salt 1 teaspoon fennel seeds, ground up 1 teaspoon mustard powder 1 teaspoon dried thyme 1 teaspoon chilli powder Mix that all together and rub…

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Coconut & Almond crumbed Chicken with Cauliflower & Corn fritters

Chicken Schnitzel is one of my favourite things to order out in a restaurant. I know it seems boring but i just love it when it’s done right. Sadly it isnt low carb because they havent caught on to using coconut and almond flour instead…but the world will get there…eventually! Ingredients: 2 x skinless, boneless…

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Roasted Butternut stuffed with Blue cheese and Mushrooms

This is a great vegetarian dinner, perfect for meat free mondays. Or as a side dish! You can get creative with the filling of course! Ingredients: 1 whole butternut squash, cut in half and seeds removed, and part of the top scooped out to create a larger cavity (see pic) Leave skin on half a…

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Bacon wrapped cheesy jalapenos!

The name says it all – these are very more-ish so be careful as they do have a little kick to them! Ingredients: (makes 8 halves) 4 large jalapeno chillies, sliced in half and seeds and membrane removed. Leave the stalk 4 tablespoons cream cheese 1/4 cup grated mozzerella cheese 4 slices back bacon –…

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Zesty Tomato & Basil Soup with Parmasan

We are in knysna for the week-end keeping my mom company after her hip replacement and some other bad news. So this entails board games and staying indoors mostly. But with a sunset like this…who needs to leave the house??? I have never made tomato soup but i enjoy eating it so when mom requested…

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Soul warming food – Braised Beef shortribs with Cauliflower puree

Brrr it’s getting crazy cold here. Snow on the mountains – very early this year. Global warming? Perhaps. This is the sorta food i like to cook on Sundays when you have all the time in the world. Play some music, pour some wine and just take your time. Ingredients: About 8 beef short ribs…

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Awesome Chicken Salad with Salsa and a Yoghurt dressing

Salads don’t have to be boring. This salad feels more like a treat than a chore and is filling and nutritious Ingredients for 2 big plates of salad 6 rashers back bacon 2 chicken breasts cut into strips, or a pack of mini fillets 1 teaspoon paprika a mix of lettuce leaves (i like butter…

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Lemon and Coconut Chia Seed Pudding

Chia seeds are the latest superfood to take the world by storm. These little seeds pack a major punch in nutrients like omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, calcium, fiber and pro. I have been seeing a lot of these chia seed pudding recipes and mostly i just thought how well they photograph! So i went and…

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Chicken and Kale Balti with cauli rice

This is a nice mild curry with lots of flavour. I had kale in the fridge that I needed to use so i added it and it worked wonderfully. The kale really holds its texture and flavour against the rest of the dish. Ingredients: (serves 3) 2 large chicken breasts cut into bite sized pieces…

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Low – Carb Salmon Sushi

I have been dying to make low carb sushi, because I adore sushi but with all that rice it just isn’t something you can have too often. These were delicious and make for the perfect canapes or lunch! Ingredients 2 x nori sheets (1 sheet makes about 6 little rolls) 80g smoked salmon 12 carrot…

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Mel’s Moussaka

I haven’t blogged this week! It’s because it’s month end and the cooking is dire to say the least. Well it doesn’t taste dire but it certainly isn’t anything to blog home about. There are some dishes though that are very tasty and wallet friendly for the end of the month. I use aubergine and…

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Chicken Arrabbiata

Comfort food at it’s best, leaving you warm and fuzzy on the inside Spicy, zingy tomato stew strewn with fresh basil and topped off with succulent grilled chicken and some creamy cauliflower mash on the side….need i say more? Serves 2 Ingredients 2 large chicken breasts (you need 1 per person so if there are…

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Seriously amazeballs Kung Pao Chicken

This is one of those meals that makes you feel like you got take – away’s – except it’s healthy and you made it yourself:) Serves 2 Ingredients 2 large chicken breasts, cut into bite size chunks half a punnet mushrooms, sliced (about a handful) half a red onion, cut into rings and then halve…

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