Here’s how you can keep your no-carbs diet in check and yet eat delicious food with these fuss-free keto recipes that we’ve picked from five countries. Text and photographs by Ruchira Hoon
Bacon-Wrapped Cream Cheese & Jalapeño Poppers, from USA:
Serves 4 | Net carbs 2 gms | Prep time 20 mins | Cook time 20 mins
12 jalapeño peppers, about 3–4 inches long
1 cup cream cheese, softened
1 cup cheddar
½ tsp onion powder
½ tsp salt
½ tsp pepper
12 slices of bacon (do not use thick cut)
1. Preheat the oven to 200°C.
2. Line a sheet pan with foil, and coat it with cooking spray.
3. In a medium-sized bowl, mix the cream cheese, cheddar, onion powder, salt, and pepper.
4. Fill each jalapeño half with the cheese mixture.
5. Cut the slices of bacon in half, crosswise. Then, wrap each jalapeño half in a slice of bacon, using a toothpick to secure it.
6. Arrange the peppers on the baking sheet, and bake for 20–25 minutes, until the bacon is crispy and browned. Serve immediately.
Laksa Bowl, from Malaysia:
Serves 4 | Net carbs 8 gms | Prep time 25 mins | Cook time 20 mins
400 gms chicken thigh, cubed
2 tbsps coconut oil
92 gms laksa paste
400 ml coconut cream
200 gms prawns, cooked and shelled
200 gms bean sprouts
½ cup chicken stock
3 tbsps fish sauce
3 tbsps lime juice
5 drops stevia
2 limes, cut into wedges
4 zucchinis, spiralled into noodles
Red chilli (optional)
¼ bunch of spring onion, sliced
1. In a large, deep frying pan or wok, melt the coconut oil over medium-high heat. Add the diced chicken thigh and cook until it’s seared on all sides, and just starting to brown. Set aside.
2. In the same pan, cook the laksa paste for 2–3 minutes, until it’s fragrant.
3. Add the coconut cream, chicken stock, fish sauce, lime juice, and stevia, and stir to combine. Bring to a boil, stirring continuously. As it heats, the laksa paste will continue
to dissolve evenly.
4. Turn the heat down to a simmer and add the chicken back to the pan. Simmer for 10–12 minutes, until the chicken is cooked through.
5. Add the prawns, and bean shoots, and stir, coating them with the sauce.
6. Once heated through, serve immediately with zucchini noodles and lime wedges, and optionally, coriander, chilli, and spring onion
German Sausage & Broccoli Bake, from Germany:
Serves 4 | Net carbs 6 gms | Prep time 20 mins | Cook time 10 mins
4 cups broccoli florets, blanched
3 German sausages
½ cup cream cheese
2 tbsps mayonnaise
50 gms cheddar
½ cup mozzarella
½ tsp garlic powder
Salt and pepper, to taste
1. Preheat the oven to 180°C.
2. Cut the sausages into thick circles, and cook them on a pan until seared (4 minutes). Then, remove them from the heat, and keep aside.
3. In the meantime, make the sauce by combining the rest of the ingredients, other than the mozzarella.
4. Add the blanched broccoli and seared sausages to the sauce, and transfer the mixture into a baking dish.
5. Sprinkle with mozzarella and bake until golden on top.
Chocolate Pudding, from Belgium:
Serves 6 | Net carbs 2.5 gms | Prep time 5 mins | Cook time 2 hrs
1 can full-fat coconut milk
50 gms of 100 per cent dark chocolate finely chopped
½ tsp vanilla
Stevia, to taste
1. Heat the cream until it’s warmed through.
2. Add the chocolate, vanilla, and stevia, and mix well.
3. Chill for two hours.
4. Serve with the whipped cream and orange zest.
Basil Chicken in Lettuce Cups, from Thailand:
Serves 4 | Net carbs 5 gms | Prep time 10 mins | Cook time 20 mins
2 tsps coconut oil
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1 onion, minced
250 gms chicken, minced
½ tsp salt
2 bird’s-eye chillies
2 tsps fish sauce
2 tsps soy sauce or coconut aminos
¼ cup fresh basil leaves, chopped
¼ tsp pepper
A pinch of stevia
8 large iceberg lettuce leaves, rinsed and dried
1. Heat a pan on medium heat. Add the oil, garlic, and onion, and cook for about a minute, until fragrant.
2. Add the chicken, sprinkle with salt, and stir-fry until almost cooked through (5-7 mins).
3. Add the chillies, fish sauce, stevia, and soy sauce, and cook until fully cooked through.
4. Then, add the chopped basil and toss to combine.
5. Remove from the heat and sprinkle with pepper.
6. Spoon into the lettuce leaves and serve.
These keto recipes are addictive to the T, you will see!