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Thursday, 16 November 2017

Keto Lunch - Chicken Chickpea Slaw & Kale



*Carbs 11.1g *Fat 23.4g *Protein 18.8g *Cal 349

One of the often-heard complaints about the ketosis diet is that people suffer constipation because of the lack of fibre.  This lunch addresses that with chickpeas, kale and cabbage, and is super-tasty and filling into the bargain. My raw kale is prepped in a special way and is gorgeous just as it is, or you can crisp it up in the pan with some coconut oil and spices, and if I do this I throw some linseeds or fennel seeds in just for the hell of it.  Here's the lowdown:

Tasty Soft Raw Kale

  1. A bowlful of Kale
  2. The juice of half a lemon
  3. Tablespoon of Olive Oil
  4. Teaspoon Maldon Salt

Wash your Kale thoroughly and drain and dry it...I usually kind of rub it in a fresh tea towel!  Then put it in your bowl and add everything on the list. Work it all together with your hands, squeezing the leaves and making sure they're all coated in the oily lemon salty mixture.  Then just leave it in the fridge for a while, maybe two or three hours, and then take it out and give it another go with the hand massage.  This breaks down the fibres of the leaves a bit, as does the acidity of the lemon juice, giving a nice, soft vegetable which you can use in salads without having to cook it first.

The slaw is a great low carb staple.  I omit carrots, as being a root vegetable they can be sweet with sugars and therefore high in carbohydrate.  I just chop half a white cabbage into fineish strips, and add to a bowl which has a tablespoon or two of Hellmans Mayo. (On a ketosis diet fats are unlimited, so it doesn't matter how much you use)  Sometimes I add some herbs to taste...chives in the summer are lovely.  A squeeze of lemon or lime balances out the creamy mayo, and you can get creative and add sunflower, linseed, or sesame seeds too.  Toasted fennel seeds give an interesting twist, and half a clove of garlic grated into the mayo takes it to another level.

Whilst I'm finding my feet on the keto diet I am bulking out my meals with chicken and I've even eaten some stewing steak after many years of being mainly vegetarian.  I imagine that once I'm used to balancing the macro nutrients I will be able to get my protein from pulses and tofu and cheese.  Instead of eating a whole chicken breast, here I combined it with around a quarter of a tin of chickpeas for fibre and just cos I love them.

Enjoy! And don't forget to hit me up with some more meal ideas! x

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