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Almond Crescents, Low-Carb & Gluten-free – Kim’s Club

Almond crescents

I love almondy crescent cookies and when I saw a recipe I decided to try to adapt it to low-carb!  Success! 1 net carb each and 93kcal.  Nice year round with a coffee or afternoon tea, but especially welcome at this time of year when everyone else is hoarding their boxes of cookies and chocolates!

For best results weigh your ingredients!

Almond Crescents, Low-Carb & Gluten-free - Kim's Club
Buttery almond crescents with a marzipan flavour....
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Recipe type: cookies
Serves: 30
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Ingredients
  • 175g 6oz butter
  • 150g 5oz. sugar substitute (such as Sukrin, Natvia or Swerve)
  • 1tsp almond extract
  • 150g 5oz ground almonds
  • 100g 3.5oz fine almond flour (Sukrin fat-reduced almond flour)
  • 2tbsp coconut flour
  • 2 eggs yolks
  • 1tbsp egg white
  • 75g 3oz Powdered sugar (icing sugar) substitute such as Natvia, Sukrin, etc. to finish.
Instructions
  1. Mix butter, sugar substitute, almond extract together (easiest done in food processor if you have one), then add egg yolks and the tbsp of egg white. Mix well, then add rest of ingredients EXCEPT for the powdered sugar sub. Wrap dough in clingfilm (saran wrap) and chill for an hr.
  2. Preheat oven to 350F, 180c, GAS MARK 4. Line a baking sheet with baking parchment.
  3. Take walnut size pieces of dough and shape into crescents. Bake until lightly golden for 12-15minutes. Gently coat in the powdered sugar substitute while warm and leave to cool completely.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 Calories: 93 Fat: 8g Carbohydrates: 2g (1net) Fibre: 1g Protein: 3g

 

Low-Carb Coconut muffins (Cornbread style) – Kim’s Club

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As you all I know, I’m from the States originally.  I haven’t met an American yet that doesn’t love their cornbread – it’s not just a southern thing either!  Well I have to say it is something I really miss and have tried to replicate it a few times.  This time I just set out to make a nice coconut muffin I could have for breakfast.  Amazingly, they turned out to be a very good stand-in for corn muffins!  Mine are quite a cornbread yellow because the yolks of my eggs are deep orange.  If your yolks are pale, your muffins will be too.

Now you can change up this recipe by adding shredded cheese and jalapenos – more of a tex-mex corn muffin.  You can reduce or increase the sweetener, or add other flavourings.  Have fun and enjoy!  (Now where did I put that bowl of chilli?)

Low-Carb Coconut muffins (Cornbread style) - Kim's Club
A cornbread type muffin with a mild coconut flavour - a great accompaniment to chili. or just to enjoy with a pat of butter and a good coffee!
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Recipe type: Cakes & Muffins
Serves: 8
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Ingredients
  • 2 Tbsp, Organic Coconut Manna
  • ½ cup, 120g GreekYogurt
  • 3 Eggs
  • 1 tsp(s) Salt
  • 2 tsp(s) Baking Powder
  • 1 tsp(s) Vanilla extract
  • ⅔ cup 62g Coconut Flour
  • ¼ 55g cup powdered Natvia icing sugar style(or sweetener of choice)
  • 2.50 fluid ounce, Almond Milk - Unsweetened
  • 1 tbsp Apple cider vinegar
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 190C, 375F, Gas mark 5.
  2. In a medium bowl warm the coconut manna until very soft. Beat in the yogurt, vanilla and eggs. Add the dry ingredients, mix well and finally add the almond milk to make a thick, soft batter.
  3. Fill muffin cups ⅔ full. (I use a deep silicone muffin tray, you can use any muffin tray but grease well first or use muffin papers. My deep muffin tray - like a popover tray - makes 8 servings, if using smaller you will get more, they will cook faster and the stats will change.)
  4. Bake for 25-30 minutes depending on your oven, until a toothpick comes out clean.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 Calories: 140 Fat: 8g Carbohydrates: 8g (3net) Fibre: 5g Protein: 7g

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Cheesy crab and artichoke dip – Kim’s Club

Cheesy crab and artichoke dip

I wanted to wait til I made this again to get better pics but I felt I would be doing you all a disservice by making you wait – this recipe is that fabulous!  I am purposely being slightly vague about measurements because you are all over the world with different sized containers and honestly, a few ozs either way won’t affect this recipe.  I can’t take credit – my daughter returned from a trip to Washington DC and said this was a popular dish.  She recreated for me!  DO try it – it is dead easy and so delicious.  Take it to a party and everyone will adore you!  Try making my low-carb cheese crackers: http://kimsclub.co.uk/?p=478 or my low-carb tortilla chips: http://kimsclub.co.uk/?p=501 to serve with it.

I listed servings for 8 – which is greedy because this is a very rich dish.  (Perfect LCHF)  We made it for a party of 10 and it served that many fine.

For help in buying for those of you in the UK – here is a link to may shop:  http://kimsclub.co.uk/?page_id=853

Cheesy crab and artichoke dip - Kim's Club
Creamy, chunky, cheesy, bubbly artichoke and crab dip.
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Recipe type: Appetiser/party food
Serves: 8
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Ingredients
  • 1 pkg of cream cheese (I use Lactofree but any good creamy cheese such as Philadelphia will do)
  • 1 container of fresh white crabmeat (about a cup)
  • 1 container of artichoke hearts, drained (I use grilled artichokes in olive oil but it isn't necessary - just buy the best you can get) about a cup
  • Fresh grated cheddar cheese (about a cup)
  • Fresh lemon juice
  • Season to taste - if you can get Old Bay seasoning ½tsp is very good. Otherwise salt, pepper and a bit of paprika.
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400F, 200C, Gas mark 6. Finely chop the artichoke hearts and mix into the cream cheese along with the crab. Add half the cheddar, a squeeze of lemon and mix well. Season to taste and put into a small oven-proof baking dish. Sprinkle remaining cheddar on top. Bake for 15-20 minutes until bubbly and turing golden. ....and YUM!
Notes
This recipe is very rich - I put 8 servings, but it will probably serve more. We made this for a family party of 10, (with other nibbles) and were fine.
Nutrition Information
Serving size:  Calories: 240 Fat: 19 Carbohydrates: 4 (1.5 net) Fibre: 2.5g Protein: 13

 

PS – If you need a little help getting started, here is a link to my LCHF weight loss plan – only 1£!  http://kimsclub.co.uk/?page_id=914

 

Enjoy!  Sending love and gratitude – Kim

IBS friendly gluten-free guest recipe-Butternut Squash Pie

Recently I was contacted by a new blogger on the block, Carly.  Carly has started a blog to help sufferers of IBS which certainly seems to be a growing problem.  I would go so far as to say it is one of the plagues of modern times!  Why?  Well, there are different theories but gluten seems to be a main culprit, along with over processed ‘foods’ as well as dairy.  Carly has sent in a special recipe which (warning) is high in carbs from natural sugars and brown rice (rice is the best tolerated of all the grains). However, this is quite a healthy and delicious approach depending on your personal tolerances.

If IBS is plaguing you or someone you know, and carbs are not an issue, why not have a look at Carly’s website:  http://mywellbeingjournal.com/

Some delicious stuff!

Superfood Recipes: Low sugar, gluten-free butternut squash pie!
Full of healthy fats from the nuts & seeds, and packed with vitamins A, C, K and E from the butternut squash (if you choose to use this over sweet potato), as well as being incredibly low-sugar, dairy-free AND gluten-free there really is everything right about this recipe! Give it a try and impress your guests with this homemade delight!
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Cuisine: If you don’t think you’re getting enough superfoods in your diet, then this recipe will definitely see they’re all accounted for… and then some!
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 8
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Ingredients
  • For the base:
  • 100g cashew nuts, chopped
  • 40g sesame seeds
  • 2 tbsp chia seeds
  • 2 tbsp flaxseeds
  • 40g pumpkin/sunflower seeds
  • 60g cooked brown rice
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 60g quinoa flakes (optional)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • 3 tbsp coconut oil
  • For the topping:
  • 600g butternut squash or sweet potato, baked and cooled
  • 1 tbsp almond/coconut milk
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 190oC and grease and line a 20cm springform cake tin.
  2. Mix all the base ingredients in a food processor for around 15 seconds.
  3. Once the base dough is thick but not too sticky, press firmly into the prepared tin, making sure to create a thick dense crust around the edges.
  4. Bake for 15 minutes in the middle of the oven until the pie crust turns a lovely golden brown.
  5. For the topping, combine all the topping ingredients in a food processor for around 1 minute until completely smooth and no lumps.
  6. Spoon the topping over the base and pop the pie back into the oven for 35 minutes to cook the topping into the base.
  7. Serve warm or cold – but always leave to cool as the pie crust needs to set. Otherwise it goes way too crumbly and falls apart upon cutting!
  8. Enjoy!
Nutrition Information
Serving size:  Calories: 210 Fat: 5g Carbohydrates: 50g Sugar: 10g Fibre: 4g

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Easy Chocolate Brownies, Low-Carb & Gluten Free – Kim’s Club

I had bought some very good 100% chocolate to experiment with and saw that there was an easy brownie recipe on the wrapper.  It was no problem adapting it for low-carb so I gave it a go.  Pretty nice results so I shall share it with you!

I used Willie’s Cacao 100% Javan dark chocolate on my first batch, and a sugar-free dark chocolate sweetened with stevia on my second batch.  They were both good, the sweetened bar batch was a bit less intense, so a matter of choice really.  The stats are for the 100% Willie’s.  Do you love that name!?

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Easy Chocolate Brownies, Low-Carb & Gluten Free - Kim's Club
A very dark, rich brownie. Easy, peasy!
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 36
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Ingredients
  • 180g/6.5oz chopped dark chocolate, preferably sugar-free ** see notes
  • 90g/3oz salted butter
  • 180g/6.5oz sugar substitute such as Swerve, Natvia, Truvia or Sukrin: boost with Stevia drops
  • 4 eggs
  • (You may also add walnuts if you wish, my stats are without)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 325F, 170C, Gas Mark 3. Prepare a 24cm/9in square pan by greasing and lining with baking parchment.
  2. Melt the chocolate and butter together and set aside to cool a bit.
  3. Whisk eggs and sugar substitute until light and creamy.
  4. Fold in chocolate mixture.
  5. Spoon into pan and bake approx. 20m or until a toothpick inserted in centre comes out with some crumbs but not clean (don't overcook). It will look brown on the edges and a bit puffed but will sink.
  6. Cool completely. Cut into 36 squares (six on each side)
Notes
**(Cavalier or Torras which are sweetened with Stevia, Chocoperfection, Bakers or Hershey's baking - I used Willie's Cacao 100% Javan) You could also use Lindt high percentage dark chocolate but stats will vary...
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 Calories: 56 Fat: 6g Carbohydrates: 1g Protein: 1g

 

Light Chocolate Mousse Pie – Easy! Low-Carb – Kim’s Club

I was going to try for an `”Impossible” chocolate pie after the success of my coconut custard pie.  So that is NOT what I ended up with.  However, I did end up with a light, chocolatey, mousse-like pie, that I think is worthy of throwing out there for you all.  So here – try it!

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Light Chocolate Mousee Pie - Low-Carb
Easy chocolate custard pie - rich and delicious and only 250kcal per large slice.
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 6
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Ingredients
  • 3.5oz/100g dark chocolate, sugar free - melted. (You can use Torras or Cavalier Stevia sweetened, or Chocoperfection OR unsweetened chocolate but you would need to increase sweetener)
  • ½ cup/50g, Ground Almonds (almond flour)
  • 2 heaped Tbsp (20gm), Coconut Flour
  • 3tbsp/30g Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
  • ½cup/100g Swerve, Natvia, Truvia or Sukrin (or sweetener of choice to taste) Paleo use maple syrup or honey to taste - stats will change.
  • 2 cups/450ml, Unsweetened Almond Milk
  • 4 medium, Eggs
  • 2tbsp/28g butter, softened
  • 1 tbsp, Vanilla Extract
  • ¼ tsp, Salt
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to Gas Mark 3, 160C, 325F. Grease an 8inch pie pan.
  2. Warm the almond milk with the butter, add the melted chocolate and blend well. Add the rest of the ingredients and blend on high until very smooth. Pour into prepared pan and bake for about 1hr or until knife comes clean. Pie will puff up a bit and then sink. Fan assisted oven may require shorter time, my oven took 1hr 10m so keep an eye on it.
  3. Chill very well before serving.
Nutrition Information
Serving size:  Calories: 250 Fat: 14g Carbohydrates: 2g Fibre: 4g Protein: 4g

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“Impossible” Coconut Custard Pie – Low Carb and Paleo – Kim’s Club

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First of all – how do you like my plate??  I painted it myself!  It’s the only thing I’ve ever done in those pottery painting places that I really liked!  Those were the days when my daughter was young and on a rainy holiday it was one of the few indoor pastimes we both enjoyed.  I love these napkins too – a dear English friend gave them to me thinking they looked retro Americana, (as you know I’m American but live in the UK) – and they do!  I love them!

Anyway, another friend of mine posted a high carb, bake mix based “Impossible” coconut pie on FB.  It looked so good I just had to have a go at making it without grains, dairy or sugar.  Here is the result.  Although the “impossible” bit, the self-forming crust ended up on the top, rather than the bottom of this custardy pie, it came out absolutely yummy and SO easy.  My husband loved it too – AND as a bonus, it is actually pretty low in calories for a pie.  No messing about with 1/10 or 1/8 portions.  Let’s be real.  In MY world a piece of pie is 1/6 of the pie!  And that is what I have calculated here.  Well under 200 kcal a slice (183) and 1 net carb.  Enjoy!

"Impossible" Coconut Custard Pie - Low Carb and Paleo - Kim's Club
Coconut custard pie - very quick and easy!
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 6
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Ingredients
  • 1 cup/70g (in a recipe), Desiccated Coconut
  • ½ cup/50g, Ground Almonds (almond flour)
  • 1 heaped Tbs (10gm), Coconut Flour
  • ½cup/100g Swerve, Natvia, Truvia or Sukrin (or sweetener of choice to taste) Paleo use maple syrup or honey to taste - stats will change.
  • 2 cups/450ml, Unsweetened Almond Milk
  • 4 medium, Eggs
  • 1 tsp, Vanilla Extract
  • ¼ tsp, Salt
  • Nutmeg
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to Gas Mark3, 160C, 325F. Grease an 8inch pie pan.
  2. Add all ingredients to a blender and blend on high until thoroughly combined. Pour into pan, sprinkle surface with nutmeg and bake for approximately 50m-1hr or until the edges are slightly puffed and golden and a knife inserted in center comes clean. (Fan assisted ovens may be quicker - check at 40-45m).
  3. Cool completely and serve. Store in fridge.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: ⅙th Calories: 183 Fat: 16g Carbohydrates: 3g (1net) Fibre: 2g Protein: 7g

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Teriyaki glazed cod – Kim’s Club

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This is a lovely, low-calorie meal – yet highly satisfying!  Fresh cod is nice and meaty, yet tender and flaky.  It’s mild flavour lends itself to marinades if you are in the mood for a big flavour punch!

Teriyaki glazed cod - Kim's Club
Cod with a teriyaki style marinade and glaze.
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Cuisine: Asian inspired
Recipe type: Fish
Serves: 2
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Ingredients
  • 2 fresh cod fillets (about 150g each)
  • Marinade:
  • ¼ cup of either: soy sauce, coconut aminos or liquid soy aminos. (Stats are for coconut aminos)*
  • 2 tsp arrowroot powder
  • ½ cup of water
  • 2 drops Lemongrass drops (I use these from Ocado: Holy Lama Lemongrass Extract Spice Drops 5ml) OR 1 tsp of lemongrass paste
  • 3 drops of liquid Stevia OR your choice of sweetener - sweeten to taste.
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat oven to moderate temp - Mix all the marinade ingredients together in a shallow baking dish. Add the cod and turn once to coat. Bake for about 20minutes or until flesh is opaque and flakes with a fork.
  2. Remove cod to a warm place and transfer the marinade to saucepan. Simmer on low, stirring constantly until mixture thickens slightly. Plate up, pour over the sauce and serve.
  3. In the pic I have served it over shirataki rice (slim rice) with some chopped, cooked red pepper and a side of spinach souffle and green beans.
Notes
Coconut aminos can be ordered through Amazon, they are higher in carbs than soy sauce or soy aminos but good if you are avoiding wheat and soy.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 fillet Calories: 93 Carbohydrates: 7g Protein: 13g

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Low-Carb Biscuits/Scones – Kim’s Club

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So yesterday I was fiddling around with the idea of making a low-carb bagel!  Ha!  This is NOT a bagel!  BUT what happened was the best biscuit/scone thingy I have had yet!  So excited, I ate two!  (Quite high in fibre – I recommend you stick to one at a time)  This has such good flavour and crumb, I think I will revamp my cinnamon rolls and cheese rolls with this recipe.  If you are Paleo, then feel free to eliminate the peanut flour and switch the yogurt with coconut cream or plain coconut yogurt.  It won’t have such a ‘wheaty’ taste though.

Low-Carb Biscuits/Scones - Kim's Club
Tender crumb with a crisper shell. Delicious as sweet scones or savoury biscuits!
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Serves: 8
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Ingredients
  • 20gm/2tbsp coconut flour
  • 1 tsp peanut flour (OPTIONAL! It helps give a 'wheaty' taste)
  • 15gm/2 tbsp psyllium husk
  • 125gm/1½cups ground almonds
  • 1tbsp dry grated parmesan (canned is fine, and yup - even for sweet scones!) Increase to 2tbsp for savoury
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking Soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1tsp vinegar (apple cider or wine vinegar)
  • 25gm/1oz olive oil for savoury, melted butter or coconut oil for sweet scones
  • 100gms/1/2 cup full-fat greek yogurt (I use Total or lactose free Turkish yogurt)
  • 1 egg
  • 50ml/2oz. unsweetened almond milk
  • 10 drops Stevia (for sweet scones, or to taste with favourite sweetener)
  • Note:(for savoury biscuits)1/2 tsp garlic granules
Instructions
  1. preheat oven to 180c, gas Mark 4
  2. Mix dry ingredients together, in a separate bowl mix the wet and then add to dry. Mix well with electric mixer and let sit for a couple of minutes. Mixture will thicken. Divide into 8 biscuit shaped mounds on baking parchment.
  3. Bake for 25 minutes or until golden brown and cooked through. Serve warm, or split and toast when cool. Can be reheated. Will keep in airtight container a couple of days or in the fridge for about a week.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 Calories: 153 Fat: 13g Carbohydrates: 4g (1 net) Fibre: 3g Protein: 6g

 

Extra Porky Pork Loin Roast – Kim’s Club

This is a succulent, flavourful, easy way to roast pork.  Using pork rinds in the crust gives it extra ‘porkiness’ and a lovely crunch.  Roasting with the rind off ensures good crackling!

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Extra Porky Pork Loin Roast - Kim's Club
A lovely, tender pork roast with a crunchy topping and crackling
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Recipe type: Roast- Main meal
Serves: 4
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Ingredients
  • Pork Loin, rind on -800g/1lb12oz
  • Pork rinds -40g, about a cup
  • Grated Parmesan- 1tbsp
  • Ground Almonds or Almond flour -1tbsp
  • Mixed Herbs -1tsp
  • Black pepper - freshly ground to taste (a few good grinds)
  • Dijon Mustard -2 heaped tbsp
  • Salt
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to gas Mark 3, 160C, 325F.
  2. With a sharp knife, trim the rind from the roast leaving a layer of fat over the roast. Score the skin well with knife, rub with salt and set in roasting dish.
  3. Smear the fat of the roast with mustard. In a blender, bullet, or just with a baggy and hammer, crush the rinds with parmesan and ground almonds, add the herbs and pepper and mix well. Pat this mixture over the mustard.
  4. Cook at this low temperature for 2 hrs, then turn the heat up to Gas mark 7, 220C, 425F and cook for a further 45min or until thermometer shows 150-160F/65-74C.
  5. Let the roast rest for 15 minutes before carving.
  6. If crackling has not puffed up (mine never does), whack the oven up a notch, place on a shallow tray and roast on top shelf for another 5-10 minutes while the roast is resting.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: ¼ Calories: 462 Fat: 28 Carbohydrates: 1 (Net 0) Fibre: 1 Protein: 48

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