Sunday, April 09, 2017

My Favourite Keto Recipes

For those of you that don't already know myself and my housemate have recently been experimenting with a Keto diet. In simple terms a Ketogenic or Keto Diet is a high-fat, adequate-protein, low-carbohydrate diet that forces the body to burn fats rather than carbohydrates. Whilst this is good I just want to point out that it does work  and I'm sure my housemate won't mind me saying that she has seen real results however as I am naturally slightly smaller I personally haven't seen as much of a difference but then I haven't been as strict with the diet. I recommend it as it forces you to put a lot more fruit and veg into your diet but I would take it with a pinch of salt. I know some people who do it really strictly and measure out portions which if that's something you want to do go ahead but in my case its more cutting out main carbs like pasta and bread and replacing those with veg. I still have granola for breakfast but aim to cut carbs out of the rest of my day. In doing so me and my housemate have had to be a lot more creative with our cooking so today I thought I'd share with you a couple of our new favourite Keto recipes! 

Recipe 1: Carbless-Fajitas (For One)
This recipe is so delicious and makes the most juicy flavoursome chicken I have ever tried. I love it and its so easy and very minimal washing up because it's all baked in one dish. 

Ingredients: 
1 Chicken Breast
Fajita Seasoning (I use the Old El Paso Fajita Sachets)
1 Pepper 
1 Small Onion
1 Avocado
Sour Cream
Grated Cheddar Cheese or Mozzerella Cheese

Method:
1. Place the chicken breast in a heat proof dish (I use a mini lasagne dish)
2. Sprinkle fajita seasoning over the chicken breast to taste 
3. Lay your sliced pepper, onion and avocado over the top of the chicken breast making sure it is pread out evenly
4. Spread some sour cream over the top to taste and then sprinkle cheese on top
5. Bake at about 180 degrees for 35-45 minutes or until the chicken is cooked

Recipe 2: Broccoli & Veg Carbless Quiche
This one is a take on a recipe I found online and makes a sort of cheesey veg quiche. It's nice and light and works great with a side salad. 

This recipe works in cups measurements however it doesn't have to be exact for example we used some broccoli and mixed veg in ours to mix it up a bit. You can also remove the ham if you want this to be vegetarian. 

Ingredients:
4-6 cups broccoli 
1-2 cups diced ham
1 cup grated cheese
8-10 eggs, well beaten (This depends on how big your dish is, we only used 6 eggs and that was plenty for 4 portions)

Instructions:
1. Heat oven to 190C. 
2. Boil and cook the broccoli then let it drain, Dice the ham while the broccoli drains.
3. Layer broccoli, ham, and Mozzarella in casserole dish. 
4. Season with fresh-ground black pepper and pour beaten egg over. 
5. Bake 35-45 minutes, or until all the mixture is set 

Recipe 3: A take on Courgetti Carbonara 
Ingredients:
Courgetti (1 Courgette's worth)
Mushrooms
Onion
Spinach
Cream Cheese (We use cream cheese with garlic which is delicious)
A splash of milk
Cheese on top

Method:
1. Fry the mushrooms, onion, spinach and courgetti in a frying pan
2. In a seperate pan heat the cream cheese and milk then combine the 2 pans
3. Sprinkle the additional cheese on top

*BONUS NON KETO RECIPE*

Recipe 4: Oaty Bake 

This one isn't actually a Keto recipe but it is still very healthy if your looking for a dessert replacement. 

Ingredients:
80g Porridge Oats 
2 tbsp Sweetner
2 Small Eggs
180g of Natural Yoghurt
A handful of raspberries 

Method:
1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees
2. Mix the porridge, sweetner, egg, yoghurt and raspberries in a bowl
3. Transfer the mixture ti a small over proof dish and bake for 35 minutes 
4. Serve with natural yogurt and fruit

So that's just a couple of keto recipes you can try out, Most of these recipes have been found on pinterest so if you want to follow my keto recipe board the link is here


Until next time ...

Meg x