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Black Olive Zucchini Salad Keto Recipe

As a kid, I used to put black olives on each of my fingers…and thumbs…and walk around with my very creative snack. I wouldn’t touch zucchini, though. Today, I’ve grown more sophisticated, but not much! Before I share the ingredients, take joy in the fact that you can mix and match any low-carb veggies you like. You can leave out anything that makes your inner child wrinkle your nose and pout! That is the beauty of creative cooking…and being an adult! First things first…

Black Olive Zucchini Salad with Feta Cheese
Black Olive Zucchini Salad with Feta Cheese

What Makes This Keto

1. The Healthy Oils: dump the old oils that are inflammatory (corn, canola, vegetable, soybean), and bring in the healthy keto friendly oils (olive, coconut, avocado, grade-fed butter, ghee, nitrate-free bacon fat).

2. More Healthy Fats: feta cheese, black olives

3. Low-Carb Veggies: onions and peppers do have some natural sugars, and you’ll see people avoiding them, but for me, there is no substitute for the flavor of onions. Just don’t eat 6 of them a day!

4. The Salt: Himalayan Pink salt has micronutrients that table salt does not. And to avoid the Keto Flu, which is a loss of electrolytes (potassium, magnesium, salt), YOU NEED SALT. Especially if you’re doing clean keto, which means ingredients count. Dirty keto means people are concerned only with carb count.

Black Olive Salad Recipe

Cut, shake and stir the following:

5 celery stalks, I can pitted olives, as much or little feta cheese as you like, about 1/4 cup (omit this ingredient to make dairy-free), 1 small red onion, 1 green zucchini, 1/2 green pepper, 1 T fresh cilantro, 1 T balsamic vinegar, 2 T olive oil, 1 T dried chives, salt, pepper, onion powder. That’s it. Chill for a bit so the seasonings get al snug with your veggies, then show your fancy grown-up self at a party with an exquisite chopped salad that took you 10 minutes to make!

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Recipe Keto Meatballs

How to Make Low Carb Keto Meatballs

Making low carb keto meatballs without a starchy binder can be a challenge. Making keto meatballs with turkey instead of beef is even harder because of its lower fat content. But I find I like the less dense, less gamy flavor of turkey over beef. To each their own. The binder I use will work, whether you want to use beef, turkey, pork of any combination of those three. And Rao’s Marinara for dipping takes this over the top. It is a keto standard for being a very low-carb red sauce. Be sure to read labels! Rao’s Marinara is 4 net carbs for 1/2 cup while other sauces can be as high as 12-14 net carbs.

Keto Turkey Meatballs with Rao's Marinara
Keto Turkey Meatballs with Rao’s Marinara

Keto Meatball Ingredients & Instructions

Ground turkey (or beef or pork or a combo), egg, crushed nuts (almonds, walnuts, pecans), Kerrygold butter (if you’re using turkey), salt and pepper, Italian seasoning, garlic, chopped onions, freshly grated parmesan cheese, avocado oil for frying, Rao’s Marinara.

  1. Use a food processor or blender to crush nuts. 1/4 cup is plenty. I used half almonds and half pecans.
  2. In a mixing bowl, combine one (1) pound of ground meat, one (1) egg, the crushed nuts, 1 ounce of melted Kerrygold butter if you’re using a very lean meat, 1/2 t Italian seasoning, salt and pepper to taste, 1 t minced garlic, 1 T parmesan, and 2 T chopped onions (optional)
  3. Shape your meatballs smaller than a ping-pong ball if you’d like to cook on stove. That is my preferred method during the hot summer months because it’s faster than the oven.
  4. Cook on medium high heat in avocado oil. Cover for 5 minutes and then flip meatballs over, cooking until they are nicely browned.

Serving Suggestions for Keto Meatballs

Making any meal pleasing to the eye is part of the fun, and it adds flavor. So chop scallions to top your meatballs. Or saute peppers and spinach serve them on a bed of vitamin-rich vegetables. Extra parmesan is never a bad idea. Heat up low-carb Rao’s marinara for dipping. And make sure you leave yourself room for dessert. How about a Keto shake. If you already have a great blender, then you can whip up some Keto ice cream in barely a minute!  This is the blender I have had for over four years…the single serving cups allow you to blend directly in them so you’re not having to wash the larger container.

Keto strawberry cheesecake shake
Keto Strawberry Cheesecake Shake

Bon appetite!

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Read Labels! Make Homemade Keto Ranch

Homemade Keto Ranch with Vegetables
Homemade Keto Ranch with fresh veggies

Summer means crisp fresh veggies, so how about some homemade keto ranch dressing for dipping? As much as I can, I aim for clean keto, meaning I consider more than macronutrients. I consider the ingredients as well. With regard to salad dressings from the store, that means oils. It’s tricky to find one NOT made with soybean or canola oils, both of which are inflammatory, and inflammation is the root of a plethora of aches and pains and health problems in general. So I set out to buy herbs to make my own ranch, and thought I would grab a small jar of mayo. I’ve seen a true avocado oil mayo at Costco, but alas, I was at Wallymart. Hark, look what I found! Screen Shot 2018-05-24 at 7.18.14 PM

But wait just a second. Let’s not be too quick with the harkness. Instead, it’s: Oh, no, look what I found! Canola and soybean oils in plain site in the ingredient list. Inflammatory oils. And corn starch, too. So Hellmanns’s markets it as Avocado Oil Mayo, charges you more, and still puts crap in it. So poo on Hellman’s, I’m making homemade keto ranch dressing.

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Homemade Keto Ranch Ingredients:  1/2 cup of sour cream, 1 tablespoon of heavy whipping cream, and a pinch of all the rest of this stuff, in order of largest to smallest pinch: onion powder, dill weed, chives, himalayan pink salt, pepper, lemon juice and pickle juice. Just look at that lusciousness! I didn’t even need the mayo. And before the keto police bash me with their keto baton for the picture with carrots and tomatos, it’s a measly TWO baby carrots for less than one net carb and THREE measly grape tomatoes. Not advocating giant piles of carrots here. 🙂

Homemade Ranch Dressing
Homemade Keto Ranch Dressing

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