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Keto Cauliflower Rice Recipe, So Much Yum!

This keto cauliflower rice recipe is a gluten-free, low-carb alternative to starchy rice grains. It can be altered with the shake of your favorite spice so you can make it your own! Perfect as a side dish, casserole, or bed for a savory mix of meat and veggies. Having a really good blender makes this easy, but there’s also nothing wrong with chopping it all up on a cutting board. Why not buy pre-riced cauliflower? One word: BUDGET. My favorite store Aldi sells a head of fresh cauliflower for under two bucks!

Cauliflower rice garnished with green onions
Cauliflower rice garnished with green onions

Having a really good blender makes this incredibly fast and easy, but there’s also nothing wrong with chopping it all up on a cutting board. This is the blender I’ve had for four years. I use it to pulverize nuts into flour, make incredible keto shakes, and of course, pulverizing cauliflower into lovely rice sized bites in about 3 seconds. This picture shows the remains after I threw about a half a head of cauliflower in, broken into ping-pong ball sized chunks. It also comes with serving size cups to blend directly in. If you haven’t fallen in love with bulletproof or fatty coffee, blending it might be just what you’re missing.

Cauliflower rice shredded in Ninja blender
Cauliflower rice shredded in Ninja blender.
Cauliflower rice ready to cook with celery, onion, spices
Cauliflower rice ready to cook with celery, onion, spices
Keto Cauliflower Rice is fast and easy with a Ninja Blender
Ninja Blender with 2 Single Serving Blending Cups

 Keto Cauliflower Rice Directions

  1. Pulverize 1/2 head of cauliflower. Mix with two stalks of chopped celery and one small chopped onion.
  2. Season with salt, pepper and your choice of spices. I used paprika, red peppers, garlic, cayenne pepper.
  3. Heat 1/4 avocado oil or Kerrygold butter in skillet, add rice mixture, 1 tablespoon liquid or coconut animos, 1/2 cup of bone sipping broth, and stir.
  4. Now it’s just like cooking hashed browns. Pat the mixture into the pan and let it brown. Flip it as best you can to brown on the other side. Once it’s cooked, you can stir it all back up to give it some fluff.
Cauliflower rice cooking with celery, onion, spices
Cauliflower rice cooking like hash browns

 

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Breaking A Weight Loss Plateau

 

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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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Breaking A Stall: Keto Myth vs Fact

 

Is Fasting Legit?

The beef and butter fast. The egg fast. Exogenous ketones you drink, and break the bank to buy. Gimmicks. Quick fixes. Snake oil sales. People are still believing nonsense. But if you are legitimately slowing down on your weight loss, breaking a keto stall may be in order. Now there IS such a thing as a fast in which you consume mostly fat to jumpstart ketosis, but only in combination with a lack of protein and carbs, so the beef, egg deals are bunk, because there’s nothing magical about beef or eggs that can jumpstart your loss, but these concepts are very low carb, which may be the structure you need to get get started on breaking a stall. More on the Fat Fast later.

Keto Spinach Dip
Keto Spinach Dip Full of Healthy Fats!

Keto Is Not A Fad

For now, these goofy myths give the ketogenic way of eating a bad name. But I get it. We are more obese than ever. We’ve tried everything. And we listened when they said to avoid eating fat. What happened when we obeyed? We got fatter. And sicker. Diagnosed with disease younger and younger, because the food industry took the fat and fiber out of food, and replaced it with sugar. Sugar that feeds cancer cells. Sugar that sends us on insulin rages and creates type 2 diabetes in our wee ones, not to mention more and more adults. Sugar that snares us in a dopamine pleasure response addictive cycle of needing more to get that high, a condition we euphemize as having a sweet tooth. But this whole time, there was a way of eating that didn’t require gimmicks or potions or miraculous promises, a way that focused on food in its natural state that could prevent the plethora of food-borne ills our society is facing today, and it was developed by the Mayo Clinic in the 1920s to reduce seizures for people with epilepsy. Turns out that Keto was incredibly effective at fat loss. And the benefits don’t stop there. Keto has been shown to increase energy and mental clarity, improve gut health and reduce pain from inflammation, and for many people, reduce severity of brain conditions including Alzheimer’s, depression, autism spectrum disorders, and more. I’ll have what she’s having! Why? Because ketone bodies are a cleaner burning fuel, if you will, than the energy we get by consuming an over abundance of carbohydrates, and our brains need fat to function properly.

 

But back to breaking a stall on keto. If you follow the macronutrient ratio recommendation (macros) of 70% fat, 25% protein, 5% net carbs, you WILL naturally get into a state of burning stored fat for energy, called nutritional ketosis. And it doesn’t take weeks to get there. Depending on your activity level and your own unique body chemistry, you could be in ketosis in a few days. And if you go off plan, you can get back into ketosis pretty easily because your body prefers this cleaner burning fuel. But it IS unrealistic to expect the rapid rate of fat loss to continue month after month that is so common early on with keto. I see people on forums upset because they lost only 12 pounds their 3rd month in. Are you kidding? That is still amazing. And that is not a stall. But if you are sticking to plan and do not see results either in inches or pounds after a couple weeks, there are fasting methods that can break a stall.

Intermittent Fasting Can Break A Keto Stall

Intermittent fasting. Also known as IF. Also known as time-restricted eating, in which we eat all our macros in a short window, and fast the rest of the time. IF should not be done until you are fat-adapted, meaning your body has become accustomed to using stored fat for energy. IF works this way: when your body senses an intermittent lapse in calories, it surmises that you must be out of food and needing to go hunt and gather yourself some grub. It’s how cavemen survived. The body knew we needed energy to chase down the next wooly mammoth, so it found a built-in energy source in stored fat that it could convert to fuel. It allowed our ancestors, on empty bellies but fueled by fat stores, to run down the beast and drag it home for dinner. And they feasted. In a relatively short window. Then ran out of food, fasted and hunted again. So the intermittent fast mimics this scenario and seeks our stored fat for energy. It’s why people on Keto experience a reduction in appetite and hunger, because our bodies use stored fat to keep us going when we are not shoving endless sugar down the piehole pipes. For more detailed info on why IF has so many health benefits, read this.

Beginning fasters find success with intermittent fasting in ratios of 16:8, fasting for 16 hours (for example from 8pm till noon the next day), then consuming all their macros in the time restricted window of noon to 8. So 16 hours fasting and 8 hours eating. A 16-hour fast can be as simple as skipping breakfast. As people get better at Keto, maybe they go to an 18:6 ratio, eating all their macros in a 6-hour window. Experienced folks do 24-hour fasts or more. The health benefits can be extraordinary.

Another type of fast is a fat fast, in which you restrict calories to about 1200 a day and 90% of those come from fat. It is to be done for a few days only, because otherwise, the body would sense long-term calorie restriction (not an intermittent lapse in calories) and surmise that slow starvation was in play and turn to muscle instead of fat. NOT the goal, ever. For a thorough explanation of the fat fast, I send you to a source I trust. Ruled.me.

Try A Fatty Spinach Dip For A Fat Fast

I am giving this a go. This is a spinach type dip, 1/4 cup in each bowl. Spinach, turkey, cream cheese, kerrygold butter, sour cream, wee bit of asiago. Macros for each bowl are 110 calories / 8 g protein / 8 g fat / 1 net carb. If I do about 3 of these meals throughout the day along with a couple others that are lower in protein, plus bulletproof coffee, I believe I am on the right path. Still experimenting. On day 2. Feeling pretty clear-headed and not hungry. Had foggy brain all last week.

Keto has saved my bacon. I no longer sleep entire weekends away in a fatigued depression fog. I take only one anti-depressant med instead of four. I want people to know about Keto’s amazing healing properties through food, not some quick fix nonsense that people sell in a bottle. Research. Read. Ask questions. And Keto on, warriors!