Savory Keto Cheesecake with Spinach, Bacon and Caramelized Onion

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My good friend, Franziska Spritzler, also known as the Low-Carb Dietitian, has spent several months working on a new book and it's now available to buy on Amazon! For those who don't know Franziska, she is an expert in low-carb diets and has been helping people lose weight and manage diabetes.

Savory Keto Cheesecake with Spinach, Bacon and Caramelized Onion

When I got my copy a couple of months ago, I couldn't wait to read through it. I've known Franziska for a while so I didn't expect anything less than a great book for everyone who is interested in low-carb living. It's suitable for both beginners and those who have tried low-carb eating and are looking for further guidance.

Those of you who follow my blog know that Franziska and I share a very similar approach to low-carb eating. It's mildly ketogenic and focused on a balanced diet based on whole foods. We both maintain a healthy weight with 30-50 grams of daily net carbs, moderate protein and healthy fats, especially heart healthy monounsaturated fats and omega 3 fatty acids.

What You'll Find in The Book

  • The science behind low-carb eating, metabolic syndrome, weight management, diabetes and polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)
  • 3 low-carb eating plans with 7-day sample menus, all include vegetarian options for those who don't eat meat. A quiz to determine which diet plan fits you best.
  • 40 low-carb, whole foods recipes
  • Controversies in carbohydrate restriction including counting carbs and fiber, effects of foods like caffeine, low-carb sweeteners and more
  • Guide to supplements recommended on a low-carb diet
  • The role of exercise for weight loss and health
  • FAQs (weight stalling, dairy products, low-carb diets and perimenopause & menopause, etc.)

You can buy The Low Carb Dietitian's Guide to Health and Beauty by Franziska Spritzler, RD, CDE on Amazon.

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What I Like About The Book

The book is a comprehensive guide to low-carb eating with the emphasis on whole foods. Franziska shows not just one but several ways to follow a low-carb diet. For this purpose, the book includes 3 weekly diet plans that are easy to follow and offer nutritious meals for every day!

  • 7-Day Low-Carbohydrate Diet Plan. A regular low carb, moderate protein and high fat diet plan with 30-50 g net carbs per day. Also includes vegetarian options.
  • 7-Day High-Fiber, Moderate SFA, Low-Carbohydrate Diet Plan. This diet plan is great for those who experience very high cholesterol levels on a low-carb, ketogenic diet (about 25-30% of people experience this issue). You can read more about this approach and why very high cholesterol levels should not be overlooked on Franziska's blog: Lipid Changes on a Very-Low-Carbohydrate Ketogenic Diet and here: Update: Recent NMR Results, Cardiovascular Disease Risk, and What I Eat
  • 7-Day Intermittent Fasting Low-Carbohydrate Diet Plan with Weekly Treat Meal. You can try intermittent fasting by simply skipping a meal - in this book it's breakfast. This diet plan also includes vegetarian options and allows you to add a "cheat meal" you would usually avoid. Some people include cheat meals to help them stick with the diet in the long term and some even claim that cheat days helped them break through a weight loss plateau. If you want to avoid high-carb foods, there are always healthy low-carb options to choose from.

I really like that Franziska included 3 different low-carb diet plans. Studies show that people always benefit from a certain level of carb restriction. Some people do great on a paleo diet with more carbs while others may have to reduce their carb intake more. However, keep in mind that your carb intake is not the only goal you should focus on. As you will read in Franziska's book, proteins, fats and micronutrients are as important as your carb intake. This book does a great job guiding you through the foods to eat and avoid on a healthy low-carb diet and will help you find the right approach for you. After all, no diet plan fits all.

Who Is This Book For

Franziska's book is great for those who follow a diet with 30-50 g net carbs like I do (mildly ketogenic). As a result, not all recipes in this book are suitable for a very low-carb diet. As I've already mentioned in several posts, you don't necessarily have to follow a very low-carb diet if your aim is to lose weight. If you, however, follow a ketogenic diet to manage diseases like epilepsy or cancer, you may need to follow a very low-carb or even a "zero-carb" approach. You can read about counting carbs and my approach in these posts: Total Carbs or Net Carbs: What Really Counts? and How Many Carbs per Day on a Low-Carb Ketogenic Diet?

The weekly diet plans provided in the book are used to illustrate what a low-carb diet plan looks like and will help you find what works best for you. If you feel that you need personalised advice, Franziska also offers professional nutrition services and can create a diet plan that is best suited for you.

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40 Delicious Low-carb Recipes Included

Franziska's book includes 40 delicious, easy to make, low-carb recipes. I have to admit that the recipe section was one of the first chapters I checked. When I found the Savory Spinach Cheesecake, I knew I had to try it. I was happy that Franziska kindly allowed me to also share the recipe on my blog. I've added some caramelised onion and crisped up Pancetta slices on top, both of which are listed as "optional." From now on, I think it's best if I just let the recipe speak for itself :-)

Disclaimer: I purchased this book and I'm not affiliated with the author of the book. The opinions expressed and photos in this post are my own.

Hands-on Overall

Nutritional values (per serving, 1 slice)

Net carbs6.4 grams
Protein25.5 grams
Fat28.4 grams
Calories388 kcal

Calories from carbs 7%, protein 27%, fat 66%

Total carbs8.4 gramsFiber2 gramsSugars3.2 gramsSaturated fat15.5 gramsSodium1,091 mg(47% RDA)Magnesium72 mg(18% RDA)Potassium478 mg(24% EMR)

Ingredients (makes 6 servings)

  • 6 large eggs
  • 4 slices bacon, preferably organic (120 g/ 4.2 oz)
  • 450 g oz ricotta cheese (16 oz)
  • 1 medium white onion, diced (110 g/ 3.9 oz)
  • 240 g feta cheese (8 oz)
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 350 g frozen chopped spinach, thawed (12 oz)
  • Optional: crisped up bacon slices and caramelised onion rings on top

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 190 °C/ 375 °F (fan assisted), or 210 °C/ 410 °F (conventional). Place ricotta cheese in a large bowl. Add 5 of the eggs. Crumble in the feta cheese. Add 1/2 tsp salt. Savory Keto Cheesecake with Spinach, Bacon and Caramelized Onion
  2. Mix with an electric mixer until smooth. Savory Keto Cheesecake with Spinach, Bacon and Caramelized Onion
  3. In a large skillet, fry the bacon until brown and crispy. Remove bacon to paper towel. Savory Keto Cheesecake with Spinach, Bacon and Caramelized Onion
  4. Place onion in a skillet with fat from the bacon. Cook until lightly brown completely soft. Cut the bacon into small pieces and add to cooked onion. Savory Keto Cheesecake with Spinach, Bacon and Caramelized Onion
  5. Squeeze as much moisture out of the spinach as possible and add to the bacon. Savory Keto Cheesecake with Spinach, Bacon and Caramelized Onion
  6. Add the and onion. Savory Keto Cheesecake with Spinach, Bacon and Caramelized Onion
  7. Add the remaining raw egg and 6 tbsp of the ricotta-feta mixture. Mix ingredients until well combined. Savory Keto Cheesecake with Spinach, Bacon and Caramelized Onion
  8. Line the bottom and sides of an 8-inch springform pan with parchment paper or wax paper. Pour half of the ricotta-feta mixture into the springform pan. Gently spoon the spinach-bacon mixture over the ricotta-feta mixture. (Note: I used a silicon baking pan instead. It helps to prevent sticking but I would still recommend using a parchment paper or a wax paper. It will be easier when you need to remove the cheesecake from the pan.) Savory Keto Cheesecake with Spinach, Bacon and Caramelized Onion
  9. Pour the remaining ricotta-feta mixture into the pan. Savory Keto Cheesecake with Spinach, Bacon and Caramelized Onion
  10. Bake for bout one hour, until golden brown but centre still jiggles. Let cool for at least 1 hour before serving or refrigerating. Can be served warm or cold. Optionally, add crisped up bacon slices and caramelised onion rings on top. Savory Keto Cheesecake with Spinach, Bacon and Caramelized Onion

Ingredient nutritional breakdown (per serving, 1 slice)

Net carbsProteinFatCalories
Eggs, free-range or organic
0.4 g6.3 g4.8 g72 kcal
Bacon, streaky (high fat content), organic
0 g2.7 g5 g56 kcal
Ricotta cheese
2.3 g8.4 g9.7 g131 kcal
Onion, white, fresh
1.4 g0.2 g0 g7 kcal
Feta cheese
1.6 g5.7 g8.5 g106 kcal
Salt, pink Himalayan rock salt
0 g0 g0 g0 kcal
Spinach, frozen
0.8 g2.1 g0.3 g17 kcal
Total per serving, 1 slice
6.4 g25.5 g28.4 g388 kcal
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I changed the way I ate in 2011, when I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s, an autoimmune disease that affects the thyroid. I had no energy, and I found it more and more difficult to maintain a healthy weight.

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Hello! Thank you sooo much for all the great recipes! Can i sub the bacon for something since i am a vegetarian?? Any suggestions?

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Hi Anika, I think mushrooms may work well in this recipe - I'd say about 1 1/2-2 cups, sautéed on a bit of ghee 😊

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This looks so good, i got to try it,  my kids will love it!
Are the cheese (Ricotta and Feta) need to be at full fat or reduce fat? Thanks.

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Hi Ziva, I always use full-fat 😊

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I LOVE this recipe! I found it extremely comforting. Love the crisped up bacon on top, it was a hit in my house!

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Glad you liked it Amber! 😊

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This is a great book! Love the diet plans they are so easy to follow. The recipes are super easy and delicious. Haven't tried this one though 😊

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I agree, it's a great book!

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