If you’re anything like me you need something exciting to eat on the weekend, otherwise you feel somewhat cheated out of life. For these occasions it’s handy to have a recipe up your sleeve that’s still wholesome despite being a delicious little treat. Paleo recipes are great for just that: paleo is short to paleolithic and refers to an eating lifestyle mimicking way back when humans consumed simple foods which they hunted and gathered from the wild. This banana bread recipe is Paleo friendly, meaning it avoids using any processed, grain-based carbs or sugar and therefore is full of yummy stuff that will leave your sweet tooth satisfied and your belly un-bloated. Hoorah!
Keto pizza has been doing the rounds of the blogging & recipe world for a good while now, so this is certainly no new invention. The results of every pizza I’ve seen look spectacularly good and exactly like the real deal, but with no carbs! Some sort of powerful witchcraft, right? Wrong! The secret ingredient is cauliflower.
Ever since discovering keto bread it’s become quite a regular in our dinner/snack repertoire. Why? Well, it’s unbelievably easy to make for starters with just 4 main ingredients. But it’s also a very tasty way to get the illusion of stodge into your meal without actually consuming loads of bloaty carbs. I’ve been experimenting with different flavours and cheese & tomato has become a winner. This recipe makes 6 faux bread buns which are great for making sandwiches or even better… burgers!
Cheese & Tomato Keto Bread
- 2 cups / 2 large packets of ground almonds
- 4 large eggs
- 5 tbsp unsalted butter, melted
- 2 tbsp red pesto
- 1.5 tsp rosemary
- 2 tsp baking powder
- Strong cheddar, for grating
- Makes 6 buns
Preheat your oven to 180c. Melt the butter and beat the eggs in a separate bowl. In your main bowl, add the almond flour, baking powder, rosemary and red pesto. Mix until you have a breadcrumb consistency.
Now add the wet ingredients and whisk until well mixed. Grease your moulds/tray and spoon in the mixture and cover with a grated layer of strong mature cheddar. Using strong cheddar means you get an awful lot of flavour from using less.
I really recommend using silicone moulds for this recipe: in shallow metal trays the bread can go a bit flat. Anyway, into the oven for 10-12 minutes…
Adding cheese on top helps give the keto bread a convincing bread crust. Inside they’re soft and dense, similar to white bread.
I cut them open and shoved in a big, fat ground steak burger!
The lack of carbs in keto bread makes it a great way to sneak out some of the guilt from a meal. The addition of red pesto & cheese gives these buns an indulgent & tangy flavour. I enjoyed these keto burger babies with some fruity cous cous & salad: the perfect Summer dinner!
Here’s a little something to keep up your sleeve after an indulgent weekend; something that will trick your taste buds into thinking there’s a party in your mouth despite just 3g carbs and well under 100 calories per serving. Comforting the Monday blues never looked so saintly!
Now, the humble cauliflower isn’t known for its delicious flavour… or any flavour really. But given that an entire cauliflower contains a pathetic 153 calories (that’s 39 calories per serving), you can really afford to add in some extra bits!
Skinny Cauliflower Mash
- 1 large cauliflower
- 1 white onion, finely diced
- 25g mature cheddar (the stronger the flavour the less you need to use)
- 3 cloves of garlic, minced
- Large knob of real butter
- Salt & pepper
- Optional: a drizzle of cream.
Boil the cauliflower for 10-12 minutes. You need to make it soft for a smooth mash, whilst not completely annihilating that fibery goodness.
Whilst it’s boiling cook the onions and garlic in a little butter & pepper until soft and finely grate your cheese. When ready, drain the cauliflower and return to the pot with the onions & garlic. Season, add another knob of butter and mash. To get a more even texture you can then food process for a few seconds. Finally you can add the cream and cheese. Cream is optional for extra health points, but it does add a richer texture to the dish.
Crack some pepper on top with a sprinkling of fresh thyme and you’re ready!
Looks good huh? The great thing about cauliflower is that it really does look very similar to the real thing so your eye is fooled! The texture is undoubtedly less creamy and luxurious than mashed potato, but with the garlic, onion & hint of cheese it tastes just as rich. A very tasty alternative to mashed potato with half the calories and less than one quarter of the carbs, hoorah!
I like burgers.
- 500g steak mince
- 1 minced garlic
- 2 tbsp wholegrain mustard
- 1 large egg
- 1/2 tsp cumin
- 1/2 tsp jerk seasoning
- 2 tbsp fresh thyme, finely chopped
Add more awesome…
Easy peasy lemon squeezy. In other news, I have fallen in love with French’s mustard all over again. It’s just so. Damn. Delicious.
Something else delicious? Sliced aubergines salted and fried up in butter.
Happy eating 🙂