Lamb stuffed aubergines

Jam packed with flavour.

Mine made enough for four portions

Two aubergines

500g minced lamb

Clove of garlic – sliced thinly

Chopped parsley 2 tablespoons or thereabouts

Red onion diced

Teaspoon Ras el hanout

Teaspoon Turmeric

Teaspoon paprika

Two tablespoons of Pine nuts or low cal seeds

Olive oil

Cheese – your choice

Chopped mint

Firstly heat some oil in a pan and add the garlic and onion.

Meanwhile take the aubergines, cut in half length ways and drizzle with olive oil and salt and pepper. Place in a hot oven for approx 30 minutes.

Back to the pan of onions. Now add the meat and cook until brown. Then add all the spices.

stir to ensure everything is mixed well and cook for a further 5 minutes. Now add nuts and chopped parsley (I used a mix of pine nuts and pumpkin and sunflower seeds but use whichever you enjoy – just check on carb content: see below).

Then stir it all around and mix well.

Meanwhile take the aubergines out of the oven and allow to cook for a few moments.

Then scoop the flesh from the skins and put the flesh in with your meat, putting the skins back on the baking tray. Stir around the flesh until all is combined and well mixed then fill the empty skin with the meat mixture and top with grated cheese – as much as you fancy.

Place in a hot oven for a further 10 minutes or until the cheese is nice and brown and then serve with chopped mint over the top.

Braised steak

Serves 4

4 pieces of braising steak

Red onion – diced

500ml beef stock

Butter

Bay leaves x2

Melt a little butter in a pan and sear the meat until browned on each side. Remove meat from pan and add onions and bay leaves; cook until soft. When the onions are soft place the meat back in the pan and add stock and seasoning, bring to the boil then remove from the heat.

Transfer this to a slow cooker and leave to cook slowly all day. If you don’t have a slow cooker place in a covered casserole dish and place in a low heat oven for at least 4 hours.

I served with blue cheese cauliflower mash and button hole Kale, but equally good with any vegetables of your choice.

Enjoy

Cottage Pie with an Indian Twist

Serves x4

You will need:

700g minced (lamb or beef)

1 diced white onion

1 small red chilli – diced finely

1 sliced leek

2 diced carrots

2 diced celery sticks

2 cloves of crushed garlic

Some puréed ginger

Spinach – approx 250g (enough to top sauce)

Glug of olive oil

2 large tomatoes diced

1 tsp turmeric

1tbsp coriander

1tbsp cumin

300ml Chicken stock

1 large cauliflower head

Knob of butter

Double Cream

Grated cheese for topping

Salt & Pepper

Preheat oven to 180.

Put the carrots, onion, celery, leek, chilli and garlic in a pan with the olive oil and cook until soft.

Once the vegetables are soft, add the meat and continue cooking. Once meat has browned, then add in tomatoes, ginger and stir around.

At this point, remove all leaves and core from cauliflower, stick the cauliflower in a steamer and steam until soft. Leave to one side with lid off to allow the steam to fully evaporate.

Now add the dry spices. Stir around and cook for a further 5 minutes. It should smell great around now. Add the stock, cover and leave to gently cook and bubble away for approx an hour. The sauce should reduce and thicken in this time, remove lid and cook for a further 20 minutes.

Sounds quite excessive cooking time, but this really allows the sauce to reduce and thicken to a great consistency – no one wants a sloppy cottage pie. Place sauce in an oven proof dish.

You should now have a lovely rich sauce. Top with spinach.

Now to concentrate on cauliflower mash. Put the cauliflower in a large dish with some butter and cream, salt and pepper and mash until it is the consistency that you are looking for. Add more butter and cream if needed.

Now add this smooth mash to your sauce and top with grated cheese of your choice.

Now place the cottage pie in the top part of the oven on approx 180 for 30 minutes and then remove, leave to rest for 5 minutes and serve – enjoy

Spicy Sausage Sauce

Ideal as a pasta/zucchini noodle sauce

Serves x4

1 tsp of sweet paprika

1 tsp of dried thyme

1/2 tsp of chipotle chilli flakes (or normal chilli flakes – use a teaspoon if you like very spicy foods).

Approx x5 sausages – skin removed

1 large red onion – diced

2 cloves of garlic – finely chopped

125ml of dry white wine

1 tin of chopped tomatoes

Salt & Pepper

Olive oil

Firstly, put a glug of olive oil in a pan and then add the paprika, chilli flakes and thyme.

Cook this for approx 3-5 minutes. Now add the sausage meat by crumbling it into the pan and add the diced onion, chopped garlic and cook for a further 10 minutes until the onions and garlic are soft – breaking the sausage meat up with the back of a wooden spoon.

After 10 minutes add the wine, tinned chopped tomatoes and season – now leave to bubble away on a low heat for a further 30 to 40 minutes, the sauce should thicken and become a beautiful rich colour.

I served a low carb pasta equivalent (actually 0 carbs) called pure noodles, these were a little like linguine and actually quite good, but you can serve it however you like.

I topped the pasta sauce with a large serving of grated pecorino, but Parmesan works just as well.

Massive Meatballs filled with Cheese

12 Huge meatballs served with a cauliflower mash and rich gravy.

You will need

750g pork and beef mince

1 large onion – diced

2 sprigs of rosemary – finely chopped

Splash of Worcestershire sauce

Splash of water

Hard Cheese of your choice cut into 12 small ish cubes (I used vintage Red Leicester)

*1 slice of low carb bread – made into breadcrumbs (I blitz in a blender).

Salt & Pepper

Gravy:

Small diced red onion

Knob of butter

Sprig of rosemary – finely chopped

500 ml Beef stock

200 ml Red wine

2 tsp English mustard

Malt vinegar – splash

Tablespoon of arrowroot mixed with tablespoon of cold water to make a paste

Seasoning

Firstly add some olive oil to a pan and add the diced onion, chopped rosemary, splash of Worcestershire sauce and water. Leave to soften for about 20 minutes (medium heat).

Once the onions have softened, remove from heat to a large bowl. Now add the mincemeat, breadcrumbs and some seasoning; then using your hands mix up the meatball mixture.

Once combined make into 12 balls. Then dice your cheese into cubes.

Now make a small hole in each meatball and add the cheese, making sure that each meatball is completely sealed with the meat mixture.

Place on a tray and cover with cling film and place in the fridge until needed later.

Now to the gravy….. melt butter in a pan with small diced onion and chopped rosemary, cook until soft. Now add the stock, wine, mustard, vinegar and seasoning. Simmer for approx 30 minutes. Now add arrowroot mix and stir (or cornflour if you’re not doing low carb – same quantities).

Now take your meatballs out of the fridge and drizzle with some olive oil. Place them in a really hot oven (around 220/240) for approx 15 minutes or until a lovely golden brown. Remove from the oven and pour the gravy over the meatballs and place back in the oven for 5/10 minutes, then serve.

Serve with cauliflower mash and some seasonal greens.

*I have also blitzed up some pork scratchings if I don’t have low carb bread (one small packet).

Sausage meat stuffing

Low carb sausage meat stuffing, perfect for chicken or turkey.

You will need

A packet of sausage meat – check carb content as they vary massively. Look for a high meat content as these are generally lower in carbs, or use a pkt sausages, skins removed).

Small onion, diced very small

Small stick of celery, diced very small

Knob of butter (soft)

Salt & pepper

Parsley – chopped including stalks (handful)

One beaten egg

2 small slices of keto (low carb) bread – old if possible; this needs to be made into crumbs either by hand or in a blender.

Place everything in one bowl and combine (I use my hands) until all the ingredients are completely combined evenly.

Now use to either stuff your bird of choice or roll into balls and make stuffing balls.

Place in a hot oven for approx 30 minutes – balls or cook your bird (stuffed with stuffing) as usual.

Persian Kofte

Not quite sure what the correct term for this recipe should be. Like a massive Kofte with hard boiled eggs and amazing spices – it was really delicious !

You will need:

500g lamb mince (or beef if you prefer)

Tsp cinnamon

Tsp cumin

Tsp turmeric

Tsp black onion seeds

Tsp coriander

2 cloves garlic – chopped

Handful of parsley – chopped

Handful of chives (or spring onions) chopped

100g pecan nuts – chopped

Salt & Pepper

6 eggs (2 beaten for meat mix – remainder to be hard boiled and shelled).

Place all the ingredients in a bowl (apart from the 4 hard boiled eggs – you can use 3 hard boiled eggs if you feel 4 is too much).

Mix well combining everything. Now place half the mix in a loaf tin and top with the hard boiled eggs.

Now cover the eggs with the remaining meat mix. Compacting it tightly around the eggs until it is all sealed.

I then covered and placed in the fridge for 2 hours. When ready to cook, preheat the oven to 180 and cook for 45 minutes or until golden brown on top.

Serve with whatever you fancy; we had it with Tabbouleh (recipe right here on my blog).