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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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Keto Sample Menu Looks Like This…

Questions that dominate ketogenic forums for beginners: Do you have a sample keto menu? What do meals look like? What do you eat? Newbies are rifling through contradictory info, dire warnings, food police who holler that keto is not 21 carbs/day, it’s only 20 (grrr!), fear, desperation, doctors who are unfamiliar with it, family members who’ve heard erroneous horror stories, and through it all, they are possibly experiencing the whole reason they ended up looking into the ketogenic way of eating in the first place … HOPE. Hope after years of failed attempts to keep weight off after successfully losing it. Read here why long-term calorie restriction does not work.

Keto Electrolyte Go-To Box

The first picture is chicken fajitas with full-fat sour cream and low sugar salsa. What makes it qualify as a keto meal? No gluten and therefore no tortilla. Low Sugar. The proper fats. Nothing highly processed, meaning not loaded with preservatives or concocted in a factory.

Keto Fajitas

 

The second picture is a box of fat bombs and electrolyte replacements, because you must regularly replace them or you will get the dreaded Keto Flu, a nauseating, dizzying, headachy, fatigued state as your body goes through the switch of changing its energy source. When you eat lots of carbs, your energy source comes from those carbs in the form of glycogen. Eat more carbs than your body can burn, and even if those carbs come from healthy sources, the excess is stored as body fat. When you eat keto, your ingest very few carbs (but note all the veggies in the picture above). Your body is designed to find an alternate source of energy, and that is stored fat! Yay…that is why you hear incredible weight loss stories.

Keto Cream Cheese Fat Bomb Drizzled with Dark Chocolate
Keto Cream Cheese Fat Bomb Drizzled with Dark Chocolate

The third picture is ground beef, veggies, and marinara. What makes it a good addition to any sample keto menu? The beef is grass-fed which means cows are eating the proper food, not corn, and the result is meat that has the proper ratio of omega 3s and 6s. If your budget is tight, then buy the leanest cuts of meat you can afford, and add healthy fats back in when you cook it. Preservatives and hormones are stored in an animal’s fat, so you can improve your health by avoiding those. You will hear the term Clean Keto, which means you consider more than the macro ratios of fats to proteins to carbs; you consider the source and quality of those macronutrients as well. This meal also has very low sugar, gluten, and was coked with healthy fats that are not inflammatory.

Keto Sample Menu: Chicken with Black Olives Rao's Marinara
Simple Keto Chicken with Black Olives & Rao’s Marinara

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What I Eat (2-Day Keto Samples)

What does a weekend of ketogenic eating look like for me? Many people are unsure how to start and find relief seeing keto samples like this simple strawberry cheesecake keto shake, aka real food! I generally start my day with bulletproof coffee. Early afternoon, I have two scrambled eggs, celery with cream cheese. A bit of dark chocolate. I drink hibiscus tea throughout the day with lime, which is full of antioxidants. Then this amazing Strawberry Cheesecake Shake for dinner.

Keto strawberry cheesecake shake
Keto Strawberry Cheesecake Shake

Keto Strawberry Cheesecake Shake

3 medium strawberries. 1 cup crushed ice. 1 cup So Delicious Brand coconut milk (it’s partly water and low carb). 1 tablespoon softened cream cheese. 1/4 cup full-fat whipping cream. 1/2 tablespoon Pyure. 1/2 teaspoon real vanilla. Dash of salt. Blender time! >>> about 4 Net Carbs | 21g Fat | 2g Protein | 250 Calories <<<

For dinner, something like this: 3 ounces of ground turkey with Rao’s Marinara, a popular Keto favorite because it is so low in net carbs, and cheddar cheese. Simple. Fast. Keto.

Next day, I start again with bulletproof coffee and around noon have my first meal. Holy smokes, this is good: 2 eggs, 2 ounces ground turkey sauteed in Kerrygold with celery and red onion. Topped with sour cream, salsa, chives. Side of roasted pecans with milled flaxseed, avocado, grape tomatoes. Himalayan pink salt. Freshly ground pepper.

Keto Samples, eggs with roasted avocado
Keto Samples, eggs with roasted avocado

Dinner might be another shake. Choose your flavor, from cinnamon to vanilla to chocolate to blueberry. And the nutritional bonus of shakes or smoothies is that it’s a cinch to add spinach leaves or 1/4 an avocado without changing the taste. Check out these keto samples that are simple and delicious and have no obscure ingredients!  4-Step Chicken Fajitas, or Indian-Flavored Sloppy Joe’s, or Fathead Dough Keto Pizza. Experiment. Eat breakfast foods for dinner and dinner foods for breakfast. Keto on, warriors!

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