Lime & Ginger Cheesecake

If you like cheesecake, you're in the right place. If it wasn't for how much cream cheese these use, and the fact that I am still trying to lose weight, I would probably have them in my house all the time. Lime and ginger is one of my favourite flavour combinations. I use it regularly in sweet and savoury dishes.

At 2.5g carbs each, these cupcakes make a great dessert, or if you have the metabolism of my husband, a quick snack. They don't last long in our fridge.  You could make a large cheesecake out of this but the base would need to be doubled and it won't be as easily removable on a larger scale - the cupcakes are quite fragile.

Rose Panna Cotta

I have this thing about Turkish Delight, one day I will make a low carb version. Until that happens - everything rosewater is a GO. I love panna cotta - it always reminds me of pudding. These desserts definitely have a pudding consistency with a slight sugary crunch. The erythritol crystallises in the fridge and actually makes a weird crunchy "shell". This is one of my favourite desserts and always a crowd pleaser. The best part about this recipe - it's super simple to make.

Low Carb Hot Chocolate

I wish I could take credit for this amazing invention. My friend Kallah Ohr from Kallah Ohr Photography created this amazing hot chocolate (posted with permission of course). The first time we had this it was at her house in Paarl and I was completely blown away by how amazing this tasted. I was sceptical at first because I LOATHE almond milk. It tastes like bitter sadness to me, so when she told me that I wouldn't taste it in here I didn't believe her of course. I ate my words. And I drank a whole lot of this stuff.

This recipe is super easy to tweak. If you want a vegan version, just leave out the cream. If you are into chocolate coffee - add a shot of espresso to this. If you want something spicier, add cinnamon, pumpkin spice, or chilli powder. The possibilities are endless.

At 5g carbs per serving, it's a little high but not bad for the occasional treat. We are about to have a cold front this weekend so all I am thinking about is hot chocolate and my book.

Shimeji Mushrooms aka Keto Crack

The title might seem strange but this stuff is addictive. I was a having a case of the empty fridges and shimeji mushrooms and an eggplant were the only things left. And I will never look back - I could eat this forever. The mushrooms have a really rich, nutty flavour. Personally I think these mushrooms would work brilliantly with seafood because their umami flavour is almost "fishy". The mixture of these mushrooms and eggplant is probably my favourite vegetable combo. 

Meal Suggestions: 

  • pork chops and keto crack
  • steak and keto crack
  • shimeji mushrooms in Thai soup
  • keto crack served over a bunless burger
  • keto crack and pork belly 
  • shimeji mushrooms in a stir fry
  • meatball casserole with shimeji mushrooms 
  • Pecan flour fried chicken pieces with keto crack