Book Review
Taking Out the Carbage (Keto Fettuccine Alfredo)

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This week I had the pleasure of reviewing one of the best low-carb cookbooks, Taking Out The Carbage AKA the Big Book of Bacon written by my friend and fellow blogger DJ Foodie. DJ worked on his book for 2 years and created over 220 fantastic low-carb and primal recipes.

Disclaimer: I was given this book free of charge. I use Amazon Affiliate links but I'm not affiliated with the author of the book. The opinions expressed and photos in this post are my own.

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What You'll Find in The Book

  • 226 low-carb, keto & primal recipes grouped in categories: beverages, breakfast & brunch meals, appetisers & snacks, soups & stews, salads, healthy lunch options, "pasta" meals, main dishes, sides, sauces, spreads and dips, desserts, bakery and even more.
  • Universal measurement system: both metric and imperial units in all recipes. This is a must feature for everyone following a keto diet!
  • Detailed nutrition facts, plus detailed nutrition analysis of each recipe at the end of the book. I find this extremely useful when substituting ingredients as I can see how each of the ingredient contributes to the overall nutrition value per serving.
  • Sample 2-week meal plan that will help you kick-start your diet.
  • Ingredient lists, removable shopping list, guide to low-carb & primal eating, useful kitchen tips and tricks, and even more.
  • All recipes are accompanied by deliciously looking photos and beautiful illustrations.
  • Both printed version (hard cover) and electronic copy are available.

Book Review: Taking Out the Carbage (Keto Fettuccine Alfredo)

What I Like About The Book

Taking Out The Carbage is one of the best cookbooks I own. I think it's a must-have for everyone following a low carb diet. I know what it takes to write a cookbook and I'm not surprised that DJ spent 2 years writing it. DJ's book is beautifully designed with photos for every recipe and illustrations throughout the book. Visually it's simply stunning. DJ's style of writing is fun and makes following his recipes enjoyable.

And it doesn't end there. From detailed nutrition facts, guides, food lists, tips for low-carb sweeteners, to fun facts - this book ticks all the boxes. It's obvious that DJ put an incredible amount of effort in writing this book.

Even if you can't get the printed copy in your country, you can download the electronic copy directly from DJ's website in just a few easy steps.

You can buy Taking Out The Carbage AKA the Big Book of Bacon on DJ's website. The pre-sale price is $29.95 USD (ends Monday 15th August)!

226 Low-Carb, Keto & Primal Recipes

From breakfast to desserts, DJ has you covered. You'll find all-time favourites such as Sweet Thai Chili Wings, Chinese Spare Ribs, Blackened Chicken Tenders, Meat Lover’s Lasagna, Spicy Burger Casserole and Almond Cashew Chicken.

Apart from savoury recipes, you will find some of the best sugar-free treats such as Salted Brown Butter Pecan Pie, Strawberry & Whipped Sour Cream Trifle (with low-carb creme patissiere), Snickerdoodles or Mississippi Mud Pie.

Book Review: Taking Out the Carbage (Keto Fettuccine Alfredo)

Fettuccine Alfredo with Chicken & Broccoli

There so many recipes I wanted to try from DJ's book that I had a hard time picking just one for my review. Finally, I decided to use DJ's All-Purpose Ricotta Crepes (page 476) as the main ingredient in my Fettuccine Alfredo with Chicken & Broccoli, a recipe that is based on his Crepe Fettuccine with Tomatoes, Fresh Mozzarella & Pesto (page 224).

Result? Creamy, dreamy - I loved it! I think that using crepes is a fantastic way to substitute pasta on a low-carb diet. The crepes are basically pure fat and protein. Don't expect them to taste like "regular" pasta, they don't have the same texture but are a perfect carrier for any sauces and gravies!

Here's what DJ says about his All-Purpose Ricotta Crepes:

These crepes are extremely versatile. They’re tougher than your standard soft and svelte French crepe. They can handle a little more thrown at them. They’re also very neutral, from a taste perspective. They’re more a texture or “purpose” than they are a “flavor.” I use them for all kind of things—as a crepe, filled with sugar-free jams, shmears, and berries, but also as a wrap.

It’s not at all uncommon for me to put a slice of turkey into one of these things, then cheese, a slice of tomato, some lettuce, and mustard. Roll it up. Deli wrap! I’ve used them in place of tortillas for enchiladas. You can roll them up really tightly and slice them into noodles too! Toss these with some zucchini strips, sauce, and cheese, and it’s very pasta-like... low-primal style!

Hands-onOverall

Nutritional values (per serving)

6.5 grams 1.8 grams 45 grams 45.6 grams 25.7 grams 628 calories
Total Carbs8.4grams
Fiber1.8grams
Net Carbs6.5grams
Protein45grams
Fat45.6grams
of which Saturated25.7grams
Calories628kcal
Magnesium66mg (17% RDA)
Potassium777mg (39% EMR)

Macronutrient ratio: Calories from carbs (4%), protein (29%), fat (67%)

Ingredients (makes 6 servings)

Crepe fettuccine:
  • 1 cup ricotta cheese (240 g/ 8.5 oz)
  • 8 large eggs
  • pinch salt
  • butter or ghee for greasing
Chicken & broccoli:
  • 600 g chicken breasts, sliced, skinless and boneless (1.3 lb)
  • 1 medium broccoli, cut into florets (400 g/ 14.1 oz)
  • 1 tbsp ghee
  • pinch salt (I like pink Himalayan)
Alfredo sauce:
  • 1/4 cup butter (58 g/ 2 oz)
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream (240 ml/ 8 fl oz)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2 cups grated Parmesan cheese (135 g/ 4.8 oz)
  • 1/4 tsp white or black pepper
  • 1 tsp dried Italian herbs
  • pinch salt

Instructions

  1. Prepare the crepes. Add the ricotta, eggs, and salt into a blender. Process end until smooth. Set aside. Book Review: Taking Out the Carbage (Keto Fettuccine Alfredo)
  2. Heat a lightly buttered crepe or nonstick sauté pan over medium-low heat. Book Review: Taking Out the Carbage (Keto Fettuccine Alfredo)
  3. Depending on the size of the pan, add just short of 1/4 cup (60 mL) of batter to the pan and spread it evenly. If necessary, pick up the pan and deliberately tilt it in a variety of directions, directing the flow of the batter around the base of the pan until it completely covers the base of the pan, like a very thin pancake. Once the edges start to brown and curl, loosen the crepe with a spatula and flip it to brown the other side. Repeat this process, placing each completed crepe on a paper towel. Book Review: Taking Out the Carbage (Keto Fettuccine Alfredo)
  4. Stack the crepes into little stacks of 4 or 5; then roll them into fairly tight little logs. Slice each crepe every 1/2 inch (1 cm) for something approximating a fettuccine noodle. You could double that for something like a pappardelle, or go much thinner for a linguini or even an angel hair. Once cut, pick the noodles up and “fluff” them, so that they are a nice little pile of noodles. Set aside. Book Review: Taking Out the Carbage (Keto Fettuccine Alfredo)
  5. Meanwhile, cook the chicken. Slice it into thin strips and season with salt. Grease a large pan with a tablespoon of ghee and heat over a medium-high heat. Once hot, add the sliced chicken in a single layer and cook until opaque and lightly browned from all sides. Steam the broccoli or boil in hot salted water briefly for 3-5 minutes, until crisp-tender (I used a microwave and cooked it for 3 minutes). Book Review: Taking Out the Carbage (Keto Fettuccine Alfredo)
  6. Work in batches if needed - do not overfill the pan. Once cooked, transfer into a bowl and set aside. Place the butter in the pan where you cooked the chicken and add minced garlic. Cook until fragrant and pour in the cream. Book Review: Taking Out the Carbage (Keto Fettuccine Alfredo)
  7. Add the pepper, salt, Italian herbs and stir until combined. Book Review: Taking Out the Carbage (Keto Fettuccine Alfredo)
  8. Add grated Parmesan cheese and mix util creamy. Book Review: Taking Out the Carbage (Keto Fettuccine Alfredo)
  9. Add the steamed broccoli florets, cooked chicken and cook for 30-60 seconds just to heat through. Take off the heat and set aside. Book Review: Taking Out the Carbage (Keto Fettuccine Alfredo)
  10. Serve with the sliced crepe fettuccine. To store, let it cool down and keep refrigerated for up to 3 days (meat with broccoli separately from the crepe fettuccine). Book Review: Taking Out the Carbage (Keto Fettuccine Alfredo)

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What can be substituted for the ricotta,  my husband is lactose intolerant and that is one of his worst.
Thanks Map

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Hi Mary Ann, I don't think I have a good substitute for that - you could try cream cheese although that is still dairy. Or make these crepes instead - they are dairy-free: Essential Keto Crepes

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Oh My!  I cannot wait to try this!  Fettucinni Alfredo is one of my absolute favorite dishes, whether it is by itself, or with chicken or shrimp.  Thank you for giving me a way to have my pasta without the carbs!

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Hello! Just wondering how many carbs were in the crepes? I made the crepes again to use as tortillas and need to count the net carbs! Xx

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Sure! Just about 0.9 g net carbs per crepe 😊

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DJ's recipes are amazing. I follow him on Face Book and have enjoyed every recipe I've made by him.

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I don't miss anything, i love eating keto!I don't even miss pasta , and I'm Italian! I must say, if coffee was excluded, I would be in trouble!

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I miss pasta and cereal since doing low carb. I so love the crispy sweetness of cereal and the soft, creamy goodness of pasta.

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I'm fairly new to the Keto WOE but I'm inspired to try new things when I see recipes like the one above! It's printed and in my to-do notebook 😊

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I've been trying to rack my brains as to which food I miss since starting a Keto lifestyle but I can't think of anything. The food is really delicious and satisfying, so it doesn't leave you wanting 😊 I love my new lifestyle 😊

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I've been eating Keto/LCHF, not especially successfully, for 8months. I think there is enormous variety in the types of food permissible but personally struggle with the fact that if I want a quick 'treat' to say, have with a coffee on the weekend, I have to start from scratch and make it. Kind of elongates the time required to have a coffee! Probably also a good thing: means I usually don't bother. I am a big fan of Keto mug cakes as an occasional sweet indulgence and think one of these topped with a bob of whipped cream is amazing. They are incredibly quick and easy to make which is a huge bonus.

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Since starting the Keto challenge I have eaten foods I never would of thought about eating and getting healthy in the same sentence.
I have the main Keto cookbooks and love them, even got my partner into eating foods he also was told not to eat by people who think they know about what's good and bad.
Keto has educated me and my partner into a healthy lifestyle and taking steps to avoid the middle age downfalls 😊 keep it up Keto we love you .

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I've finally reached the point in my new Keto life where I don't miss any particular food! YAY 😊 Because of all the amazing recipes that you all have created,I've been introduced to my kitchen,thank you, and I'm stomach pain free! However, I do miss being able to go into a restaurant and not have to analyze the menu.

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Looks great. Will definitely try this recipe!

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Such a thorough review! Thank you! I will admit I miss macaroni and  cheese. We tried it with cauliflower one night and it just wasn't the same! I've also noticed I get a HUGE sweet tooth that I never used to have before starting keto.

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I miss pasta so much. I used to eat noodles at least 4 times a week, and zucchini noodles just aint the same 😞 But this receipe looks amazing, can't wait to try it!

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mmm I don't really miss anything in particular actually. Wish I was more disciplined because this really is a better way to eat. If it HAD to me something -- maybe rice because its absorbs a lot of gravy/sauce and nothing else does that.

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I love your site it is really informative can't wait to see your cook book having it all worked out for you can make it so much easier.

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Having started out on a Paleo diet journey a few years ago and now moving on to the keto side of the fence, I have to say that the recipes available are absolutely fantastic. So glad to now be on board.

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Love cookbooks that are keto friendly ... thanks for the opportunity to win.  gonna love the chicken alfredo for sure

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I really miss pasta, it's essential for a quick and easy dinner, at least it used to be. And I hate Miracle Noodles, just not the same! This looks yummy!

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such wonderful recipes! I'm definitely going to try this one!

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What I miss most since I've been eating low carb?  Sangria!

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Since I started eating low-carb I miss the most my baking, bought a breadmaker two months before starting on lchf and I'd love to use it again! Miss bread and focaccia. Sugar kind of went away naturally and I don't mind too much...the carbs are still work in progress but lovin' the way I feel and that keeps me going 😊 Plus this blog is awesome and I am really thankful for all the resources I can find here!

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I miss Crunchy Things! Like granola and hard bread. I don't miss upset the stomach and being desperately hungry several times per day.
Thanks for the chance to win this book!

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I miss eating fruit and crunchy foods or snacks.

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I would love to have that book and I will try the Chicken Alfredo. Looks so good!

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