Chicken kebabs (keto friendly)

I think I got my love of kebabs from holidays in Spain and Greece. As a child they were probably also a novelty food as they came on a stick and were relatively plain. For kids it’s a great way of getting them to eat vegetables but for adults you can spice them or marinade them anyway you wish. This is most basic recipe as I’m on keto the moment but feel to add piri piri spices or hot sauce or whatever you like.

Ingredients:

Chicken cut into chunks

Similar sized vegetable chunks. Peppers; onions and mushrooms work well but try any you fancy

Wood skewers (soak in water for at least an hour before cooking)

Olive oil

Salt and pepper

Method:

1. Alternate chicken and vegetable chunks and push them onto the damp skewer until full. Don’t crowd too much so heat can reach all parts of the chicken

2. Coat in a little olive oil and season

3. Grill on a medium heat (you can do on a bbq also) until brown and cooked through

4. Season and serve

Simple keto breakfast cheesy omelette

So I’m trying to keep my breakfasts simple and relatively unfussy. I tend to have a couple of sausages or an omelette. For lunch or dinner I’ll add some veggies like onion or spinach but in the morning it’s a simple tasty cheese affair.

Ingredients:

2 eggs and 1 egg yolk

Salt and pepoer

Block of cheddar cheese

Dried Parmesan

Method:

1. Put some olive oil in a pan to warm through on a medium heat

2. In a Pyrex jug beat the eggs lightly. Do not add seasoning at this stage or any dairy

3. Pour the eggs into the pan. I use a small frying pan to get a denser omelette

4. When set lightly on the bottom sprinkle the cheddar (about 20g grated) and some Parmesan

5. Add salt and pepper

6. Serve

Modern Mrs Beeton additional content

If you’d like to read some more from The Modern Mrs Beeton I’ve started publishing my blogs in part form, just as the original Isabella Beeton did.


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Keto: Bacon; cheese, jalapeño burgers

Tonight’s keto recipe isn’t so much a recipe but an assembly of ingredients. I love a good burger. Myself and my husband have burger rankings across the world of our favorites in both the UK and other countries including Carl’s Jr.; Five guys to White Castle. That’s how much I love a good burger. You will notice there’s no gourmet burger places on my list. There is nothing worse than a burger that’s been made “fancy” by a brioche bun and burnt onions.

So my burger recipe for tonight I’m looking for simplicity and minimal carbs. I’m also doing the same burger for my husband so he can have a bun and chips with it.

Ingredients:

Burgers (check the ingredients for added sugar if buying prepared)

Cheese slices

Jalapeños (check they aren’t in a sauce)

Smoked bacon ideally streaky

Sugar free/carb free ketchup

For the husband: burger bun and chips (mustard; burger sauce and mayonnaise)

Method:

1. Grill the burgers and burger not to save fat but to get the best chargrill effect and therefore flavour

2. Just before the burgers are done add the cheese slices to melt them a little

3. Serve up with zero carb ketchup

4. For my husband’s I served on a bun with chips and the sauces

Cauliflower rice (trying the shop bought one)

When I did Keto previously things like cauliflower rice were starting to become popular but you had to make them yourself. I was really pleased to see ready made versions so had to try them.

I read a few packets and definitely saw they were all equal. Some were mixed with stuff so it increased the carb count so be careful on what you buy.

I tried this brand and followed the instructions to dry fry in a pan for 2-3 minutes. I served with grilled chicken: sprouts and spinach.

I’d highly recommend this brand. The texture is very similar to rice and fried is lovely. Next time I’d add more salt and pepper.

My keto shopping list

As per my blog yesterday I’ve set out on January keto diet which is something I do annually. I’d bought all the usual staples like meat; cheese and eggs but then browning YouTube I was shocked at how popular this diet has become and how much information there is now out there. I’ve picked up some recipes I now want to try including the new bullet coffee so I’ll be sharing these on the blog as I go.

As I was filling my shopping basket for a good online weekly shop I thought I’d share what I’ve put in from a keto perspective and some of the items I’ve ordered online too.

Shopping list:

Sausages

Eggs

Block cheddar cheese

Cream

Green tea

Pork scratchings

Frozen spinach

Frozen broccoli

Chicken breasts

Burgers

Frozen cod

Coffee

Mixed nuts

Whole chicken

Bacon

Olives

Additional online items:

Keto urine testing strips

Mct oil (never tried)

Zero carb tomato ketchup

Zero carb butterscotch syrup

Liquid stevia

I’d really appreciate some of your thoughts on these items and whether there are some items I really should try out.

New Year diet. Recipe 1: Keto friendly pizza

It’s New Year which means I really need to shift a little weight and dry out my liver. A very low carb Keto or Atkins diet really works for me so I’m going to spend January sharing some old recipes and trying a load of new ones. I hope you enjoy. Please share with me any recipes you have.

One of the recipes I found whilst doing this is Keto pizza:

The copy cat base is the standard fat head dough that’s really popular on the internet. Effectively you melt in a microwaveable bowl some grated cheddar cheese and cream cheese (Philadelphia)until soft and you can mix together. You then add almond or soy flour with a pinch of salt and pepper. You can also add some bread yeast if you want more rise.

Mix into dough and use a spatula as it can get really sticky. Oil a baking sheet (baking parchment is also really helpful as it’s very sticky dough) and press the dough on it. Bake for about 10 minutes at 200 degrees c.

In the meantime make up some fresh toppings by mixing some canned fresh tomatoes with a pinch of sweetener and whatever spices you like. You can also make it a bit sweeter by adding a dash of sugar free tomato ketchup. I love a bit of oregano so I always add a bit of that to the dough and sprinkle after.I simmer this on a low heat for about 10 minutes so it thickens up.

Once the dough is ready coat in tomato sauce and add whatever cheeses you like. I love a mix of mozzarella and Parmesan. This time i added some chopped veggies what I had left which were some peppers; mushrooms and a little red onion.

Bake for another 10 minutes until golden brown.

This is my sugar free ketchup if you are interested:
The Skinny Sauce Co. Tomato Ketchup Sauce Zero Calorie, Sugar Free, 425ml

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Sauce

Copying Disney snacks – Dolewhip (Christmas holiday kids activity)

This is a recipe I tried in the summer as we were majorly missing our Disney parks fix for the year. I did however think it would a fun one to do with kids over the Christmas break to eat/drink with a Disney movie or a vlog of one of the parks. It contains fruit at least to cut through lots of the rich Christmas food.

Ingredients:

2 cups of frozen pineapple (you can buy the tinned stuff; drain and freeze)

1/4 cup milk

1/2 teaspoon salt

2 teaspoons sugar

1 teaspoon lemon or a dash

Method:

1. Allow the pineapple to defrost a little (20 minutes)

2. Blend everything togetger

We had some straws leftover from our last visit to really make you feel at Disney home.

Jalapeño bottle tops (copycat recipe)

I first had these in the states at a Hooters. We had spent the day in the Florida heat and stopped for an ice cold beer and some wings. I noticed these on the menu and thought we’d try them. They were ridiculously good. If you want a new year snack I’d highly recommend. Serve with sour cream or even ranch dressing.

Ingredients:

Fresh mini jalapeño peppers

100ml buttermilk or 2 eggs beaten if you can’t get hold of it

Bowl of flour with a teaspoon of garlic salt: salt, pepper, paprika and onion powcer

Method:

1. Slice your peppers into 1/2cm slices

2. Drench the slices in the buttermilk or eggs

3. Drop the slices into the flour and spices mixture

4. Fry until golden brown in a shallow pan with some cooking oil

Easy but dirty Mac and cheese

I have always loved the American classic Mac and cheese. I tend to buy the box stuff and make up but this thanksgiving I decided to try a slightly more complex version. It’s still super easy and tasty though.

Ingredients:

Pasta (macaroni classic but use what you have)

Flour tablespoon and splash of milk 100ml

50g butter

Cheddar 200g grated (don’t buy the pre-grated stuff as it’s covered in flour). Keep a little aside to sprinkle on top

50ml evaporated milk

Salt and pepper

Method:

1. Cool your pasta as normal in salted boiling water until just cooked

2. Heat your oven to 200 degrees c

3. To a saucepan add the butter and melt. Add a little flour and constantly stirring cook out the flour for a few minutes. Add a little milk at a time to make a roux sauce. Add the rest of the milk

4. Season with salt and pepper

5. Add the cheese and evaporated milk and simmer for about 3 minutes

6. Drain the pasta and put in an oven dish. Pour the sauce over the pasta

7. Sprinkle with some leftover grated cheese and season

8. Cook for 15 minutes until cheese has browned but check constantly