Egg and Pumpkin Seed Mini Meal

Simply mix all the ingredients together and spoon into a small bowl. Grab a teaspoon and savour every bite.


  • 1 extra-large egg, hard-boiled, chopped (I prefer to boil the eggs until almost hard-boiled, but not quite. Done this way, the yolks will have a richer colour and they won’t be powdery.)
  • 1 tablespoon pumpkin seeds, preferably toasted
  • 1 – 2 white button mushrooms, chopped
  • 2 red or green salad onions, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil or avocado oil
  • 1 teaspoon wholegrain mustard
  • salt to taste
  • ground black pepper to taste


  1. Lightly mix all the ingredients together.
  2. Spoon into a small bowl and enjoy.


  • Toast pumpkin seeds in a hot dry frying pan, shaking or stirring often. The seeds burn quickly, so watch them! When I buy pumpkin seeds, I toast the whole lot and keep them in an air-tight container.
  • To beef things up a bit, I add 4 or 5 slices of moist, fatty biltong.
  • Planning a picnic? This mini meal makes the ideal banting picnic fare. To save time, you can prepare it the day before. Pack individual portions into small sealable containers and store in the fridge until you’re ready to set off.
  • This mini meal makes the perfect low carb lunchbox food.

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Dalene’s No-bake Mini Lime Cheesecakes

Make my super-easy low carb high fat (LCHF) no-bake cheesecakes in no time! Imagine a rich, creamy, deliciously tangy citrus filling. On a toasted almond and butter crust with just a hint of cinnamon.

I developed this recipe for those of us who are following the low carb lifestyle, but who need the occasional treat. The cheesecakes are very small, but are utterly indulgent and will satisfy all those cravings. Perfect portion control!

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Dalene’s No-bake Crunchy Chocolate Granola

Crunchy granola without baking? Absolutely! The magic ingredient used to make this no-bake low carb granola is…. yes, a frying pan.

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Hot Shot Chocolate with Berries

Everyone needs a treat now and then. Even us low carbers do. As long as the portions are small and the treats only happen occasionally!

I have created a combo treat using two of my all-time favourite foods: beautiful berries and divine dark chocolate.

The hot chocolate, served in individual mini portions in small glasses or espresso cups, is made with a 90% cocoa dark chocolate as it contains the least amount of sugar. I like to serve a small glass of chocolate together with a portion of fresh berries on a pretty plate.

You can drink the hot chocolate, or you can eat it with a tiny spoon. You can use it as a berry dip, or you can pour it over the berries. You can even enjoy it cold. Just pour it into small glasses or cups and leave it in the fridge. After a while it will become quite thick. Arrange berries on top. Do whatever you want with it, but savour every drop.


  • ½ cup cream
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon Xylitol
  • 2 blocks (20 g) 90% cocoa dark chocolate (I love Lindt)
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla essence
  • fresh berries such as raspberries, strawberries, blueberries, blackberries and youngberries to serve


  1. In a small saucepan, heat the cream, butter, cocoa powder, Xylitol and chocolate over low heat. Stir constantly (this is very important to prevent the chocolate from burning) until the chocolate has melted and a smooth sauce has formed. The sauce should not reach boiling point.
  2. Remove from the heat and stir in the vanilla.
  3. Divide between 4 heat-resistant small glasses such as shot or liqueur glasses, or use small espresso cups. Serve immediately with the fresh berries.

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Spanish Scrambled Eggs with Chorizo and Thyme

These moreish Spanish scrambled eggs with spicy chorizo sausage and bits of thyme make such a filling low carb healthy fat dish. Any time of day.

My recipe is just enough for one person.

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Gem Squash with Greek Mince Filling

Gem squash halves have their own built-in bowls, making them such wonderful organic containers for all kinds of fillings.

I have decided to make a Greek-style filling for the gem squash, using beef or lamb mince, grated baby marrows (courgettes / zucchini) and Feta cheese. The mince filling is richly seasoned with garlic, paprika, coriander, cinnamon and rosemary. These Greek gems make a super-satisfying main or light meal.

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Low Carb Irish Coffee

This is how I make my Low Carb Irish Coffee.

Pour 1 tablespoon of whiskey into a heatproof glass. Add ¾ cup of strong black hot coffee. I drink mine unsweetened but you can add a sweetener such as Xylitol or Erythritol to taste. Top with a thick layer of softly whipped fresh cream. Sprinkle with unsweetened cocoa powder.

You can also do the non-alcoholic version. Just black coffee, no whiskey, topped with whipped cream and a sprinkle of unsweetened cocoa powder. Call it Low Carb Coffee!


Dalene’s Low Carb Chocolate Cake

What more can I say? Moist, dark and so very delicious. Exactly like a chocolate cake should be. After many tests, I am finally happy with this low carb chocolate cake.

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Smoked Snoek (Smoked Fish) Pâté

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South Africans just love their snoek. Mostly we braai it over the coals. But we also enjoy this oily fish hot smoked − it makes an excellent pâté. Smoked snoek pâté is delicious, served with low carb seed crackers or banting bread.

You can replace the smoked snoek in this recipe with any hot-smoked (in other words fully cooked) fish, such as smoked angelfish or smoked mackerel.

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Mini Pots and Pans

Yes, they look like they belong in a doll’s house. So cute, yet so very practical at the same time.

When you’re cooking low carb for one person only, these mini pots and pans are must haves. 

They are all non-stick. The pots are 11/12 cm in diameter and the pan is 13/14 cm. Perfect sizes for singles.


Broccoli and Cheddar Bread for One

Here’s another very quick and easy recipe to add to your list. Hopefully it will help to keep the low carb lifestyle exciting, especially on those days when you are looking for something new to enjoy. It is also an excellent way of getting the kids to eat their greens! And it makes a great, super-quick single pizza base, too.

If you are are eating dairy-free, just leave out the cheese. I promise, it will still taste very good. In fact, I often make it for myself, just with the broccoli.

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Thai Green Veg Crust-free Quiche

You simply have to try this very moreish dairy-free, crust-free low carb quiche with its mild Thai taste. No fancy ingredients required! I developed this easy recipe with coconut cream, eggs, fresh ginger, curry powder and loads of green veggies. The final touch is the pretty pattern of red onion rings on top.

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Crunchy Salad with Tahini Dressing

My tahini dressing satisfies all seven tastes that we can detect: bitter, sweet, sour, salty, umami (savoury), oleogustus (fat) and a seventh one, too: kokumi (richness). And it does not end at seven. There are always more taste sensations to discover. They just need to be agreed on and named by the taste scientists!

This versatile dressing is dairy-free, sugar-free, gluten-free and of course low carb.

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Beef, Cheddar and Chive Mini Meatballs


Only three ingredients are needed to make these magnificent mini meatballs! If you have beef mince, grated Cheddar and chopped chives, you can get rolling right now. Oh yes, and there’s another vital ingredient: you’ll need a non-stick frying pan, as the cheese is bound to stick if using an ordinary pan.

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