Keto Chicken and Cauliflower Cheese Bake

Rich with a creamy cheese sauce and crispy bacon. This is a great weeknight meal for families served alongside a simple green salad.

Ingredients
500g Chicken Breast, Skin Removed
bacon: 4 slices – 6″ long
3 cups cauliflower
2 Tab Olive Oil
1 cl Garlic
1 Tab Unsalted Butter
1c grated Cheddar Cheese
1/8 tsp Nutmeg
¾ cup Cream Cheese Spread
¾ cup Chicken Broth

Preheat oven to 180°C (FF). Heat a Tab olive oil in a frying pan over a medium/high heat. Dice chicken, add to pan & cook through until browned all over. Remove from pan and set aside.

Meanwhile, add cauliflower to a pan and cover with water. Bring to boil & simmer a few minutes until just tender. Drain the water and set aside.

Add remaining oil to frying pan & roughly chop bacon. Cook until browned all over, then arrange in an oven dish along with the chicken & cauliflower.

To prepare the sauce: Heat butter in a pan over low/med heat. Mince garlic & add to  pan, sweating until tender. Add cream cheese, stock & nutmeg. Stir well to combine. Bring to a simmer until cream cheese has melted and you have a smooth sauce.
Add half the grated cheese and stir into the sauce until smooth & thick.

Pour sauce over the chicken, bacon & cauliflower and add remaining grated cheese.

Transfer to oven to bake for 20-25 minutes until cooked through, bubbling and golden.

COMMENTS:
– The sauce and bacon result in a Carbonara flavor experience.
– I added 5 large cloves of garlic, Chipotle & Tandoori Masala, changed cheese to Colby and doubled it!
– I seasoned chicken the way I like it, also added curry powder and a little poultry seasoning and paprika.
– Delicious recipe. Next time I will add mushrooms, chopped onion, etc. I give the recipe a chance before I tweak it! Great flavor as is. Highly recommend this one.
– some nice warming mustard in the mix would go down well.
– there is absolutely no seasoning – I added Adobo to the chicken. S/P to the cheese. You have to add flavor to food.
– adding some dry mustard
– This is delicious! A few tweaks! All cheeses (cream & cheddar) were reduced fat version, cheddar cheese I mixed mild & sharp, adding an extra 1/2 cup, added season to meat & cauli,  no bacon, no olive oil, and I used cream of chicken instead of broth!  I also forgot to cook the fresh cauli first but it still came out perfectly! Thank you for this recipe, even my non Keto husband thought it was delicious.
– the bacon made it too salty and not enough sauce – Use low salt bacon?

EASY ONE-PAN SALMON & LEMON PASTA

Make dinner easy on yourself with this scrumptious salmon pasta
Serves 4

1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 lemon, zested, juiced
325g spaghetti, broken in half
1 cup frozen peas
1 punnet dill, sprigs picked
300g hot smoked salmon, skin removed, flaked – try using other fish with smoked paprika
60g baby spinach leaves
30cm non-stick frypan

1. Heat 1T oil in pan over medium heat. Add garlic & lemon zest. Cook for 1 minute til fragrant.

2. Add 3c water & the pasta and bring to boil. Reduce to low heat. Simmer, uncovered, for 10 mins, adding peas in the last 2 minutes –  or until pasta is almost tender and water almost evaporated.

3.  Add lemon juice, dill, salmon, spinach and remaining oil. Toss over low heat for 5 minutes or until heated through. Season with freshly ground black pepper.