KETO PESTO CHICKEN

I’m a big fan of easy simple recipes, and this is one of them. With only 6 ingredients, you can prepare this delicious dish with minimum effort or cooking skills!

INGREDIENTS (4 portions)

  • 4 chicken filets
  • 1 cup of cream cheese
  • 5 tsp pesto
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 F.
  2. Start by cutting the chicken filets in half, but not completely so you can still close them once you fill them up. Set aside.
  3. In a medium size bowl, add the cream cheese and pesto. Mix until smooth.
  4. Take the chicken filets and season with salt and pepper on both sides.
  5. Fill up the chicken filets with the cream cheese and pesto mixture and close them.
  6. Place the stuffed chicken filets in a large oven dish and add the shredded mozzarella cheese on top.
  7. Bake in the oven for 40 minutes.
  8. Enjoy!

For my Dutch keto fam:

KETO SWEDISH MEATBALLS

If you’ve been to Ikea, then you probably have had their Swedish meatballs. At least, that’s where I had them for the first time, and I loved them. So I made a keto friendly version of them. Absolutely delicious!

INGREDIENTS (2-3 portions)

For the meatballs:

For the sauce:

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Start by seasoning the ground meat and roll into small balls.
  2. In a large pan or skillet, melt the butter and fry the meatballs until they are golden brown on medium to high heat. Then take them out of the pan and put them on a plate.
  3. Add the cut onion and minced garlic to the same pan you just fried the meatballs in and add the bone broth, let simmer on high heat for a few minutes.
  4. Lower the heat and add the heavy cream, salt, pepper and nutmeg.
  5. Let simmer until the sauce thickens. If you’d like a more thicker consistency, you can add 1 tsp of lupin flour.
  6. Add in the meatballs to the sauce and let simmer for another 2-3 minutes.
  7. Serve with mashed cauliflower.

RECOMMENDED COOKING TOOLS

Cast Iron Skillet

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KETO MASHED SAVOY CABBAGE WITH SAUSAGE

This recipe takes me back to my childhood. It’s something we ate in our family during the winter and it just tastes so delicious.

Savoy cabbage is a winter vegetable and one of several cabbage varieties. It is thought to originate from England and the Netherlands. It’s packed with nutrients such as vitamin C which is beneficial for the immune system. It’s also a low carb vegetable: only 3g net carbs per 100 grams.

The original recipe is made with mashed potatoes, so I replaced them with keto friendly mashed cauliflower. Traditionally it’s eaten with sausage but you can also combine it with fish like salmon or cod.

INGREDIENTS (2 -3 portions)

  • 1/2 savoy cabbage
  • 1/2 cauliflower head
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 4 tbs butter
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tbs sour cream
  • salt and pepper
  • 4 sausages

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Start by cutting the cauliflower head into florets and cook in a steamer or boiling water until soft.
  2. Cut the savoy cabbage and rinse with water.
  3. Melt 2 tbs of butter in a large pot on medium heat. Add the savoy cabbage, water, salt and pepper. Stir and let it cook for 15-20 minutes on medium-low heat.
  4. In the meantime, prepare the mashed cauliflower: in a medium sized pot melt 2 tbs of butter on medium heat and add the minced garlic. Stir, add the cauliflower and lower the heat.
  5. Mix the cauliflower with a stick blender or a food processor. (you can also use a potato masher) and add the sour cream, salt and peper.
  6. Mix the mashed cauliflower with the prepared savoy cabbage with a spoon and stir until everything is blended.
  7. Prepare the sausages in a pan on medium heat and place them on a plate. Add the mashed savoy cabbage and enjoy!

RECOMMENDED COOKING TOOLS

Cooking pot

Stand mixer

Masher

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KETO LASAGNA STUFFED BELL PEPPERS

If you liked the stuffed bell peppers recipe I posted in the past, you’re in for a treat with this one! These are just amazing!

Instead of stuffing the bellpeppers with just the seasoned ground beef, like I did before, I actually cooked the ground beef with tomatosauce first and then stuffed the bellpepers. Then I added a layer of cream cheese and added some mozarella cheese on top (just like I do with the keto lasagna) which makes them nice and moist. Absolutely delish!

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 large bell peppers
  • 17 oz. ground beef
  • 1 onion, cut in small pieces
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 tbs butter
  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Italian seasoning to taste
  • 4-6 tbs cream cheese
  • 1 cup grated mozzarella cheese
  • Fresh or dried parsley to garnish

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Cut the bell peppers in half and take out the seeds.
  2. Prepare the ground beef: in a large pot, melt the butter on medium heat and sauté the onion and garlic. When the onion starts to glaze, add the ground beef. Break up the meat as is cooks, and add the tomato sauce, salt and pepper and Italian seasoning.
  3. When the meat is ready, preheat the oven to 400 F and line out a baking sheet with parchment paper or silicone baking sheet.
  4. Stuff the bell pepper with the meat and top them off with the cream cheese. Sprinkle some mozzarella on top and bake them in the oven for around 20 minutes, until the tops start to brown.
  5. Garnish with some fresh or dried parsley.
  6. Enjoy!

RECOMMENDED COOKING TOOLS

Silicone baking sheets

Dutch Oven

Wooden Spoon

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KETO EGG FILLED MEATBALLS

Have you ever had ‘bird’s nests’ ? That what my grandma used to name them. She would make these for me as a kid, and I loved them. She taught me how to prepare them, but I made some adjustments so they stay keto friendly. Like switching out the flour with parmesan cheese. 

INGREDIENTS (3 SERVINGS)

  • 3 eggs
  • 1,5 kg / 53 oz. ground beef
  • Salt and Black Pepper to taste
  • Beef seasoning (1 tsp paprika powder , 1tsp onion powder, 1 tsp garlic powder, 1 tsp tumeric powder)
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 2 cups tomato sauce
  • Tomato sauce seasoning (black pepper, sea salt, Italian seasoning, dried parsley)
  • 2 tbs butter
  • 1 onion , cut in small pieces
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Boil the eggs in hot water for 5 minutes.
  2. In the meantime season the the beef with the beef seasoning, salt and pepper.
  3. When the eggs are done, peel them and set aside. Preheat the oven at 190 C/ 375 F.
  4. Take 1/3 of the seasoned ground beef , shape it into a ball and flatten it out by pressing it onto a flat surface. Lift up the flattened ground beef and wrap the egg with the beef. Shape it until the egg is fully covered. (see video for details).
  5. Roll the balls into the parmesan cheese on a plate so the surface is covered.
  6. In a large pan, melt some butter over medium to high heat, and cook the meatballs until the outside starts to brown.
  7. Place the meatballs in a baking dish, and bake in the oven for 20 minutes.
  8. In the meantime, prepare the tomato sauce: in a medium large pot, melt the butter and add the onion and garlic. Add the tomato sauce and seasoning, let simmer until the meatballs are done.
  9. Carefully cut the meatballs in half and serve with the tomato sauce and your favourite vegetables.
  10. Enjoy!


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KETO LASAGNA

This lasagna is one of my favourites! I shared a lasagna recipe before a while back, but I made some adjustments and this one tastes even better.

It was by accident really. Before, I used ricotta cheese in between the layers, but I forgot to bring it when I did groceries. I still had some cream cheese and heavy cream in the fridge and used that. It turned out to taste pretty amazing!

RECIPE FOR 8 PORTIONS

INGREDIENTS

For the noodles
  • 3 cups grated mozzarella cheese
  • 1 1/2 cup almond flour
  • 1 tsp baking power
  • 1 egg

For the meat layer

  • 1 Tbs of ghee (or your favourite fat to use)
  • 1 onion, cut into small pieces
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 35 oz. ground meat
  • 1 1/2 cup tomato sauce
  • Salt and pepper
  • Italian spices

For the cheese layers

  • 3 cups grated mozzarella cheese
  • 14 oz. cream cheese
  • 6 Tbs heavy cream

INSTRUCTIONS

Start by making the noodles:

  1. Place the mozzarella cheese in a bowl, and melt it in the microwave for one minute. Stir and add it to the microwave again for a couple of seconds if not fully melted.
  2. When the mozzarella is melted, add the almond flour, baking powder and egg, and knead into a ball, until everything is incorporated and you have a nice ‘dough’.
  3. Transfer the dough onto a parchment paper onto a baking tray. Roll out the dough and shape into a rectangle, with a thickness of around 2 inches . Bake in the oven for 20 minutes at 370 F.
  4. Set cheese noodles aside to let cool. While noodles are cooling, prepare your meat sauce.
  5. In a In a large skillet, add ghee, onion, garlic and ground meat. Season with salt, pepper and Italian seasoning. Cook on medium heat until meat is browned. Drain excess fat from pan. 
  6. Add in tomato sauce. Reduce to low heat and cook at a simmer for about 3 minutes. 

Assembling Lasagna

  1. Evenly slice your cheese dough into thirds.
  2. Add a thin layer of meat sauce to the bottom of an 8 x 4 inch loaf pan. Add some shredded mozzarella and place a noodle layer on top.
  3. Add some cream cheese on top of the noodle layer and evenly pour 2 tbs of heavy cream on top.
  4. Repeat with meat sauce, mozzarella, noodle, cream cheese and heavy cream.
  5. Top with remaining meat sauce. Sprinkle on remaining mozzarella.
  6. Bake lasagna in the middle of your oven at 350F for about 20 minutes. If you wish to get some color on the top cheese layer, set your oven to a low broil (after the 20 min bake) and let the cheese bubble and blister for about 2 minutes.
  7. Let lasagna cool slightly before slicing and serving. If desired, sprinkle on some finely chopped fresh basil, oregano and parsley and freshly grated parmesan cheese before serving. 

Enjoy!

KETO BACON MEATLOAF

Meatloaf is one of my favourite dishes. The bacon wrapped around it makes is so flavourful and delicious! And it’s easy to prepare: you just mix everything up, place it in the oven, and voilà. Dinner is served!

Ingredients

  • 500 grams of ground meat (pork or beef)
  • 1 onion
  • 2 pieces of garlic
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon of black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon of Italian Seasoning
  • 1 cup of grated cheese
  • 8 slices of bacon

Instructions

Preheat the oven on 175 °C (or 347 °F).

Put 500 grams of ground meat, 1 fine chopped onion, 2 minced pieces of garlic, 1 egg, 1/2 tsp of salt, 1/2 tsp of black pepper and 1 tbs of Italian seasoning in a bowl and mix everything together.

Add 1 cup of cheese to the mixture and mix until everything is blended.

Make a loaf out of the ground meat mixture and wrap the bacon around the loaf.

Put the loaf in a baking dish and place it in the oven. Let it cook for 60 minutes.

Serve with vegetables.

Enjoy!