Posts tagged Keto Recipes
Recipe: Keto Salmon Romesco
Keto Salmon Romesco | Freckled Italian

I'm so excited to be sharing a recipe from my new book with you today! I asked you guys to choose between two recipes on my Instagram Stories about a week ago and this Salmon Romesco was the winner. 

I tried really hard to come up with recipes that didn't feel diet-y or super hardcore ketogenic, so you could feel good about making them even if high-fat, low-carb eating isn't your thing. This salmon with romesco sauce is super easy to make and incredibly delicious--you can even make extra sauce and freeze it for later and serve it with pretty much anything you want. I hope you love it as much as I do. 

Salmon Romesco from The Big 15 Ketogenic Diet Cookbook


  • 1/4 cup almonds
  • 4 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 1 tomato
  • 4 6-ounce salmon fillets
  • 2 red bell peppers
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 1 tablespoon ground cayenne pepper
  • Salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Preheat the oven to 375.
  2. On a large baking sheet, spread out the almonds and add the garlic and tomato. Roast for 10 minutes or until the almonds are fragrant and just starting to brown. Remove the almonds and continue roasting the garlic and tomato for 15-20 minutes more, until the garlic is browned and the tomato has softened.
  3. While the almonds, garlic, and tomato roast, on a separate baking sheet bake the salmon for 30-35 minutes, or until the flesh is opaque and flakes easily with a fork.
  4. Meanwhile, roast the red peppers for 3-5 minutes over an open flame or on a hot (medium-high) grill until the skins are blackened. Cover with plastic wrap and let sweat until cool enough to handle. Peel off the blackened skin and remove the seeds.
  5. In a food processor, combine the almonds, garlic, tomato, bell peppers, olive oil, vinegar, paprika, cayenne, and some salt and pepper. Puree until smooth. Serve over the salmon and enjoy immediately.

Let me know if you make this dish! I love seeing your photos on Instagram, so make sure to tag me @mflynnpete and use #big15keto. Don't forget to preorder your copy for 149 more keto recipes--the book goes on sale officially December 5!

Photo by Linda Schneider for The Big 15 Ketogenic Diet Cookbook.

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Recipe: Keto Taco Shells
Keto Taco Shells | Freckled Italian

I love making shredded chicken in my slow cooker with a little salsa, but I can only do lettuce wraps for tacos so many times before I start to really miss having an actual tortilla to pick up and eat like a real taco. These low-carb taco shells are incredibly easy to make and so delicious, you might not believe that they only require one ingredient. Seriously, one. That's right--the only thing that stands between you and a keto-friendly taco is a little handful of shredded cheese. Let's get cooking.

Keto Taco Shells | Freckled Italian

Ingredients (makes 4 taco shells):  

  • About 6 ounces of shredded cheese (I like to use cheddar)

For the filling and toppings, follow this recipe for my crock-pot chicken tacos.


  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Separate the cheese into sections of about 1.5 ounces.
  2. Line a baking sheet with a silicone baking mat (affiliate link) and make small circular piles of cheese--usually I can only do two at a time so they have enough room (they will spread out a bit in the oven). Pat the cheese down so each pile is in one even layer. Bake for 8-10 minutes, or until the edges begin to brown. Allow to cool slightly (just a couple minutes).
  3. Lay a wooden spoon or spatula over two overturned glasses and carefully transfer the baked cheese circle so that it lays over the handle, allowing it to cool into the shape of a taco shell. (You can also leave them flat and use them as a tostada.)
  4. Fill with your choice of protein and top with chopped lettuce, avocado, salsa, sour cream, or whatever else you like on your tacos. Taco shells will keep for a few days in the fridge, but they do best freshly made, while they're still a little warm.
Keto Taco Shells | Freckled Italian
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Recipe: Egg Roll in a Bowl (Paleo, Keto)
Egg Roll in a Bowl | Freckled Italian

Since Rob and I adopted a more ketogenic diet, this has become one of my favorite recipes. I love it because I always have most of the ingredients in my pantry already (soy sauce or coconut aminos, sesame oil, and some chili garlic sauce), so all I have to do is grab a pound of ground pork and some slaw mix at the grocery store.

This "egg roll in a bowl" has all my favorite Asian flavors and satisfies that Chinese takeout craving, but you can stick to a Paleo and/or keto diet (and save some money!) by making it yourself without adding a ton of junk. I've also heard it referred to as "crack slaw" in the keto community, but I think egg roll in a bowl is a bit more fun to say.

The first few times I made this, I tried it with ground beef and regular shredded cabbage, and it just wasn't as good. I like it better with red cabbage, some carrots, and ground pork instead of beef--the pork gets nice and crispy and adds a nice flavor to the dish. But if you like beef, you can stick with that; and you could even do ground chicken if you'd prefer.


  • 1 pound of ground pork
  • 2-3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • About 10 ounces of shredded cabbage and carrots (I use a bag of the shredded red and green cabbage with carrots from Trader Joe's)
  • 1-2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • About 1/4 cup of soy sauce or coconut aminos
  • 1 teaspoon of crushed red pepper (optional, plus more or less depending on your heat preference)
  • 1-2 teaspoons of chili garlic sauce
  • About 2 teaspoons of rice vinegar
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Sliced green onions for garnish and some Sriracha for topping


  1. In a large pan, heat the sesame oil and add ground pork, breaking it up with a wooden spoon. Cook over medium-high heat until the pork begins to brown and get crispy around the edges. Add the garlic and give it a stir.
  2. Add about half of the soy sauce and the crushed red pepper. Season with salt (be conservative with the salt since you're using soy sauce) and pepper and stir well to combine. Continue to cook until the pork is completely browned.
  3. Add the cabbage and carrot mixture to the pan and reduce heat to medium. Toss to combine and add the remaining soy sauce. Add the chili garlic sauce and cook for 4-5 minutes or until the cabbage begins to wilt.
  4. Add the rice vinegar and give everything a good stir. Serve hot, topped with green onions and a drizzle of Sriracha, if desired.
Egg Roll in a Bowl | Freckled Italian
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