KETO BOUNTY BALLS

I was in the mood for some coconut with chocolate, so what better way to combine them into a bounty candy that is actually keto friendly?! This recipe is so easy to prepare, and I have to say I was quite amazed by how this turned out!

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup shredded coconut
  • 2 tbs coconut cream (not milk!)
  • 1/4 cup granulated erythritol
  • 2 tbs coconut oil (softened)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 – 1 cup keto friendly dark chocolate (I used Lily’s)
  • Dash of Himalayan Salt

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. In a large bowl, add all the ingredients (except for the chocolate) and mix until you have a ‘dough’.
  2. Shape the coconut dough into small balls and place them on a plate or baking sheet. Let them rest in the freezer for about an hour (this will make sure the balls are hard, and won’t fall apart once you cover them with chocolate).
  3. Take the balls out of the freezer and melt the chocolate in a double boiler (which is a large pot filled with water and another smaller pot inside filled with the chocolate).
  4. Cover the coconut balls in chocolate and place them onto a baking sheet, when the chocolate is still melted, add some Himalayan salt on top.
  5. Place them in the fridge for about 10 minutes and enjoy!

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!

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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.

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2 INGREDIENT KETO STRAWBERRY JAM CUPS

Looking for some keto friendly Holiday candy? Then you might want to try out these jam cups. The white and red colours already give you that Christmassy feeling, and you’ll only need 2 ingredients!

I used the keto friendly strawberry jam from Good Good and white chocolate chips from Lily’s (my favourite keto chocolate brand).

INGREDIENTS (for 6-8 cups)

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Line a muffin pan with 6-8 silicone or parchment paper muffin liners.
  2. Melt 1/2 cup of white chocolate in a double boiler.
  3. Spread 1 to 1,5 tsp of chocolate in the bottom of each cupcake liner.
  4. Dollop half a teaspoon of jam on top of the chocolate.
  5. Cover each dollop of strawberry jam with more chocolate and smooth out the top.
  6. Refrigerate for 1 hour or until chocolate has hardened.
  7. Remove the jam cups from the liners.

Note:
Depending on how big the cupcake liners are you can get more or less jam cups out of this recipe.

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KETO SHRIMP IN CREAMY TOMATO SAUCE WITH SHIRATAKI FETTUCCINI

Are you missing your pasta on the ketogenic diet? Then I have the perfect keto friendly replacement for you: Shirataki noodles!

Shirataki noodles are made from the Japanese konjac yam (aka Devil’s tongue or elephant yam), which is a fibrous root tuber and are almost zero carbs! Glucomannan is the starch extracted from the kojac yam which is formed into noodles.

Shirataki noodles are typically thin, translucent and gelatinous. Shirataki noodles are also known as miracle noodles. There are different kinds of shirataki noodles such as angel hair, fettuccini, linguini and even in rice form!

The best thing about these noodles is that they are so easy to prepare. They usually come in a bag. All you need to do is rinse them with water and they are ready to eat! They make a perfect fast meal. This shrimp recipe can be made in under 15 minutes!

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INGREDIENTS (2 portions)

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. In a large non sticking pan, melt the butter on medium heat.
  2. Glaze the onion and minced garlic. Stir for one minute.
  3. Add the shrimp and the spices, stir for another minute.
  4. Add the tomato sauce and the heavy cream and let simmer for a couple of minutes.
  5. In the meantime, rinse the shirataki fettuccini with hot water in a strainer. And place them on a plate, add the sauce on top and sprinkle some dried parsley to garnish.
  6. Enjoy!

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KETO CHOCOLATE ICE CREAM

With this recipe you can make your own delicious keto friendly chocolate ice cream with just 5 ingredients!

For this recipe I used an ice cream maker, but if you don’t have one, not to worry. You can still prepare this delicious ice cream.

INGREDIENTS

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. In a large pot, melt the butter on medium heat. When the butter is melted, add 2 cups of heavy cream and the powdered erythritol.
  2. Higher the heat, and bring the mixture to a boil, when it starts to boil, lower down the heat and let simmer for 5 minutes. Stir inbetween.
  3. When the mixture is ready (when it sticks to the back of a spoon), add the cacao powder, mix with a spatula or whisk. Set aside and let it cool down.
  4. When the mixture is cooled down, add the remaining 1 cup of heavy cream. Mix until everything is incorporated and transfer to the ice cream maker. Let it run until the ice cream is formed.
  5. If you don’t have an ice cream maker, transfer the mixture into a container, place in the freezer and stir every 30 minutes, until the ice cream is formed.

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KETO PEANUT BUTTER MOUSSE

Want an easy delicious peanut butter dessert? Than this might be the right fit for you! It’s super easy to prepare, there’s no cooking involved and you will only need 5 ingredients that you probably already have laying around in your pantry.

Don’t like peanuts? You can replace the peanut butter with any other nut butter you prefer.

INGREDIENTS

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Add the heavy whipping cream to a medium sized bowl. Mix it with a handmixer until you have stiff peaks. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, add the cream cheese, the peanut butter, powdered erythritol and vanilla extract. Mix everything smooth with a handmixer.
  3. Add the whipped cream little by little to the peanut butter mixture until everything is blended together.
  4. Transfer to a small glass with a spoon or use a piping bag.
  5. Optional; top is off with some keto friendly chocolate.
  6. Enjoy!

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KETO ENDIVES WITH HAM AND CAULIFLOWER SAUCE

Endive is a typical vegetable from Belgium that is not very well known abroad. It’s a leafy vegetable that is high in folate, vitamin A and K, and is high in fiber. It tastes a bit bitter, but when you cook it in a recipe like this one, it’s delicious!

In the traditional recipe, béchamel sauce is used, but I replaced it with a cauliflower sauce that tastes just as good, if not better!

INGREDIENTS (6 endives)

  • 6 endives
  • 1 tbs butter
  • 2 cup of water
  • salt, pepper and nutmeg to taste

For the cauliflower sauce

  • 1 onion
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 tbs of butter
  • Half a cauliflower head, cut in florets
  • 1 cup bone broth/ beef stock
  • Salt, pepper and nutmeg to taste

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Start by preparing the endives. Remove the outer leaves and cut off the bottom and cut out the hearts.
  2. In a pan, melt 1 tbs of butter on medium heat. Add the endives to the pan, season with salt, pepper and nutmeg. Fry both sides for 2 minutes and add the water.
  3. Lower the heat and let the endives cook for 40-45 minutes until they are done.
  4. Prepare the sauce: in a medium sized pot, melt 1 tbs of butter on medium heat, add the cut onion and minced garlic. When the onion starts to glaze, add the cauliflower florets and the bone broth. Add salt, pepper and nutmeg to taste. Lower the heat and let simmer until the cauliflower is soft.
  5. When the cauliflower is soft, add some juice from the pan with the endives (about 4 tbs) and mix everything together with a blender until you have a creamy consistency. Add the grated cheese and mix. Set aside.
  6. Preheat the oven at 400 F.
  7. When the endives are done (they are done when you can poke trough them with a fork), roll them up in a slice of ham and place them in a baking dish. Cover them with the cauliflower sauce.
  8. Sprinkle some cheese on top and bake in the oven for 25 minutes. To get a crust on the top, use the grill modus for 5 minutes.
  9. Enjoy!

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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 BISCOFF COOKIES

‘Sinterklaas’ (the Santa of Belgium and The Netherlands) is coming to town. And with that come the traditional ‘speculoos’ cookies, better known as biscoff cookies.

This year will be the first year our daughter realises this holiday and I want her to enjoy this cozy holiday and the days towards it. So I prepared these traditional cookies in a keto version and I have to say, they turned out pretty delicious and crunchy! I’m not a big fan of cinnamon, but this I can savour!

The batter for these cookies is pretty easy to prepare. You can use cookie cutters to cut out the shapes, or a wooden mould (which is the one I used). The wooden mould is a bit more challenging to get the cookies out easily. So if you don’t have too much patience, I would suggest to just use cookie cutters.

With the same dough you can also make the traditional ‘pepernoten’. Where you shape little balls out of the dough, and bake them like the cookies.

INGREDIENTS

*If you don’t have Speculoos spice mix you can make your own using the following spices:
– 1/4 tsp black pepper, finely ground
– 1/8 tsp ground ginger
– 1/3 tsp nutmeg
– 1 tsp cinnamon
– 1/2 tsp cardamom

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Preheat the oven at 375 F / 190 C.
  2. Line out a baking tray with parchment paper.
  3. In a large bowl, add the almond flour, speculoos mix, sea salt, stevia and erythritol. Mix everything together with a spatula.
  4. Add the egg and the butter and mix with the spatula, and latter knead it with your hands, until you have a nice sticky cookie dough.
  5. Place the dough in the fridge for 30- 40 minutes, so it can harden a little and it’s easier to cut out the cookie figures.
  6. Cut out the cookies in the way you prefer: with cookies cutters or wooden mould (underneath this post is a picture of the wooden mould usage) . If you use cookie cutters, dust a flat surface with some almond flour and roll out the dough into a thin layer. Then cut out the cookies.
  7. Place the cookies on a baking sheet and bake for 15-20 minutes until they are golden brown.
  8. Take them out of the oven and let them cool off so they can harden.
  9. Enjoy!

Tip for crunchy cookies: The thinner the cookies, the crunchier they will be once you bake them.

To use the wooden mould:
– Dust the mould with almond flour and push some in the ridges of the mould.
– Cover the mould with the dough and press.
– Place a knife on the surface of the mould and cut off the excess dough with a zig zag movement.
– Carefully loosen the edgdes of the dough from the mould and place onto the baking sheet.

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