New recipe for 15 minute keto pizza

I’ve previously tried the fathead dough recipe, made with cream cheese on Keto and it’s a bit of a faff. I was therefore pleased to see some people have evolved the recipe to a much simpler one so I tried it and tweaked it to make it my own.

Ingredients:

Pizza base:

200g almond flour

2 -3 tablespoons MCT oil

2 eggs

Salt and pepper

1 teaspoon of oregano

1 teaspoon garlic powder

Baking parchment

Toppings:

Mozzarella cheese grated

Parmesan cheese grated

Skinny ketchup or low carb tinned tomatoes crushed

Toppings of choice. I liked anchovies and onion

Method:

1. Mix all the pizza base ingredients together with a wooden spoon until incorporated

2. Spoon the mixture onto a piece of baking parchment lay on a pizza tray or metal baking sheet

3. Place a second piece of parchment on top and press until you have a 1/2 cm thick base

4. Peel off the top papet

5. Bake at 200 degrees c until the edges just start to colour which for me was about 7 minutes

6. Remove from the oven and add your Keri toppings of choice

7. Bake for around 10 minutes at the same temperature

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

Leftover turkey pie recipe

So. It’s Boxing Day or a day or so later abs you’ve made turkey sandwiches. Now what do you do with the rest of the leftover turkey?

I personally love a good pie. Turkey and even the leftover vegetables can be a great pie filling. You can always make short crust but I’m guessing after Christmas you want an easier time.

Ingredients:

4 potatoes (cut into cubes) – these can be leftover roast potatoes

Chunks of turkey (dark and light meat mix the best)

1 onion

1 splash olive oil

Pinch of salt and pepper

Pinch of sage or a fresh leaf chopped

Any leftover stuffing chopped up

Any leftover Christmas vegetables cut up

1 pack frozen puff or short crust pastry

1 egg whisked or 1 tbsp milk to glaze the pastry

Method

  1. Boil potatoes for 10-20 minutes dependant on their size until they are soft (or chop up if leftovers£
  2. Fry onions in olive oil until softened
  3. Add turkey; vegetables and seasoning
  4. Add to a baking tin and cover with pastry
  5. Glaze with egg or milk
  6. Sprinkle with sea salt
  7. Bake for 25 minutes at 200 degree c
  8. Serve

Sprout crisps (leftover Christmas) Keto

This recipe is one I’ve been meaning to try for ages and could be a really good use of your leftover sprouts after Christmas or if you are trying to eat a little better as they are super low carb.

I have bought a large bag of sprouts so thought I’d give it a go in advance

Ingredients:

Sprouts

Salt and pepper

Oil

Cumin

Chill powder

Papriks

Method; Very simply cut off the bottom of the sprout and separate the leaves. Place on a lightly spray oiled baking sheet and sprinkle lightly with the spices and seasonings. Bake for about 10 minutes at 180 degrees c but keep an eye on them as they suddenly crisp up.

Pregnancy in a pandemic

I fell pregnant is November last year, so just before we really knew about the pandemic or anything COVID related. It was a planned pregnancy just after our honeymoon and surpassingly and gratefully I fell pregnant immediately. At my age (39) I expected just like my friends and people my age to take at least six months or struggle. My mother who is sadly deceased I was told later apparently got pregnant just looking at my father which I found out later by a family member. That would have bern good to know!

So pregnancy was thankfully really lovely. Other than the discomfort of being so big I didn’t get any morning sickness and my work took it really well. They have such a good policy they basically allowed me to take a year off with pay which is very unusual. My manager did comment that he’d like me to get a nanny which was a joke but I did recognize the compliment in that too.

After a few months it reached February of this year and we’d already booked to go on holiday. I had sinusitis as part of my pregnancy so I lost all sense of taste and smell for a month and looking back i do wonder if it was COVID 19 especially as we did pop over to Lanzarote for a holiday at the year. When I gave birth I was tested for whether I had COVID 19 but not whether o had the antigens for it. I’m not even sure the antigens lady that long or whether the tests are good enough yet but I did wonder.

On returning from holiday my manger advised me as a pregnancy woman the company policy is that I work from home as the pandemic was just stating. I hadn’t even packed up my desk from holiday as I assumed I was going back into the office which you will soon see never happened.

A few weeks go by working from home which is much harder than people make out. Having 10 Skype or zoom calls a day isn’t fun, I did however therefore recognize the first positive of the pandemic and that is no longer having to commute into the office which was long and expensive. I was slap worrying about doing that heavily pregnant which quickly went away as a concern.

The next advantage I’ll say is that not drinking alcohol whilst pregnancy was hard for me. As someone who went for a drink with her husband after work or with work colleagues. I really missed it. Now no one was socializing so no one was drinking. Selfish win on my behalf it think.

I know a lot of pregnant women won’t agree with me on this one and I think it comes to personality typing. Also, as I’ve said my mother is deceased so i don’t have an immediate bond to facilitate but what I really enjoyed about social distancing and isolating whilst pregnant is the distancing itself. To be specific I went to all girls school until I was 18 and don’t enjoy groups of women together as a result. I have close female friends but they are very similar to me, Therefore, not having to attend pregnancy groups and getting to learn it all online was a complete personality joy for me. I know this wouldn’t suit everyone so I guess I was lucky I didn’t need the emotional support.

Continuing on the social distancing topic I found other benefits such as not feeling left out that I couldn’t attend the annual spa day (hot tubs abs pregnancy don’t mix) or feel sad not being able to eat olives or seafood S no one was eating out.

Then let’s talk about family. I’m not a hugger. I don’t like people commenting on my appearance or feeling the need to touch my pregnant stomach. All avoided thanks to the pandemic.

I could go on about all the benefits I enjoyed but to be honest I think it just suited my personality and the fact I’m very self sufficient. This doesn’t give enough credit to my husband by the way locked up with me but thankfully he is very similar to me. We enjoyed having the time to prepare the nursery and being digitally savvy had no issue sourcing everything online (except paint it that’s a different story).

I’m summary although the pandemic was horrific and shocking to a lot of families including mine I think it’s important to recognise that although I didn’t get my baby shower there are more important things in life abs relatively I was incredibly lucky to be so protected at such an important time.

PS My birth story was quite different and sleeping in a mask on under staffed shared ward of screaming babies was a different matter but I’ll cover that in a separate blog.

Trying Slimming World’s Chilli Chicken balls

So Slimming World isn’t really an area I know well or have ever really tried out. After I’ve released some of my favourite Keto recipes when I use that diet primarily to prep intensely for my holidays, I’ve been asked if I could test some of the Slimming World recipes for use throughout the rest of the year. Seeming like a very sensible idea and some of them look amazing I thought I would start with one that looked the most interesting and that was ‘Sticky Chicken Balls.’ The recipe is all over internet but I was recommended the following from Slimming Eats.

Recipe:

  • 455g (1lb) of extra lean chicken mince (ground chicken) or can use turkey
  • 30g (1/2 cup) of panko bread crumbs – 5.5 syns
  • 1 egg
  • 2 spring onions, sliced
  • 1 tbs of chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 tsp of freshly grated ginger
  • pinch of salt and black pepper

www.slimmingeats.com/blog/sweet-chilli-chicken-meatballs-oven-or-actifry

INGREDIENTS FOR THE MEATBALLS

  • Circa 500g of extra lean chicken mince (ground chicken) or can use turkey. I used turkey as it’s much easier to find.
  • 30g (1/2 cup) of panko bread crumbs

(If you can’t find it you can get it at https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B004SH0GPU/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=melmosparkly-21&camp=1634&creative=6738&linkCode=as2&creativeASIN=B004SH0GPU&linkId=58a5ce53a9cafaa8d86fb1961364d939)

  • 1 egg
  • 2 spring onions, sliced
  • 1 tbs of chopped fresh cilantro (or Coriander in the UK!)
  • 1 tsp of freshly grated ginger
  • pinch of salt and black pepper

 

FOR THE SAUCE

  • 3 tbs of sweet chilli sauce (Aldi make a good one)
  • 1 tbs of light soy sauce
  • 3 tbs of water

TO GARNISH

  • chopped spring onions

INSTRUCTIONS

I used the standard oven method.

  • Preheat oven to 200c/400f
  • Add the ingredients for the meatballs to a bowl, and mix until ingredients are just combined.
  • Form into 12 equal size meatballs
  • Place on a baking tray lined with parchment paper
  • Spray over the top with cooking oil spray
  • Bake for 15 minutes, until they look lightly browned and firm
  • Whisk together sauce ingredients, add this to a frying pan with the meatballs and heat over medium heat until coated and sticky and meatballs are cooked through
  • Sprinkle with chopped spring onions

 

My Turkey was quite lean so I used a little less Panko breadcrumbs than they advise in the recipe. I also added a dash of chilli sauce to the balls before cooking which was nice as it gave them some moisture and extra chill flavour.

 

Overall they were tasty but a bit dry more me which makes sense as it’s a lean recipe. I think I’ll move onto the sticky chicken Slimming World recipe next as that seems to be really popular on ‘Youtube’ and looks like a bit more moist. If you have any recommended recipes from Slimming World I should try please do send me or any advice on how to enrich the recipe you’ve come across I’d be really grateful.