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Keto Beef Stroganoff

 

Who doesn’t miss comfort foods when you are trying to lose weight? I know I do!!! Thankfully you do NOT have to miss out on KETO. I LOVE Beef Stroganoff, and the wheels just started turning to make a keto friendly version of this delicious comfort food. I mean what more do you want? Eat delicious, satisfying meals to burn massive amounts of fat! Yes please! You will love this meal. Before you know it, you won’t be missing the noddles! My biggest fear starting KETO was breads and pasta. I can tell you 6 weeks in, I do not miss it at all! Steam up a head of cauliflower, which is packed with vitamins and fibre, scoop on the Beef Stroganoff, and dig in. It may not be the most photogenic dish on the planet, but it is oh SO YUMMY! Only 4g carbs per serving. Win win!!!

The one thing that was stumping me from converting all my favorite culinary creations to KETO friendly was finding a way to thicken sauces without adding a crazy amount of carbs. I knew I needed a KETO alternative to cream of mushroom or cream of chicken soups which are a main ingredient to many of my favorite dishes. I have since learned that making a cream sauce using a thickener like cornstarch or zanthan gum opened a whole new world of KETO meals for me. 

I know you are wondering how on earth cornstarch could be KETO friendly. Know that there are about 7g of carbs in a tablespoon of cornstarch, and you can use half the amount you would have used flour to thicken a sauce. Xanthan gum is made from vegetable fibers that absorb liquids to thicken a sauce, and have 6-9g of carbs per tablespoon depending on the brand. I did order xanthan gum to try it out, and it is safe to say I will be using cornstarch from now on because it is more cost effective, and thickens just as well. 

Keto Beef Stroganoff  

Wondering how you will be able to give up your favorite comfort foods to lose weight? Well you don’t on the KETO diet! You get to eat very satisfying and delicious meals while converting your body to burn its own fat! AND you will have more energy, sleep better, think clearly, and not get gnarly cranky on a low calorie diet that only reduces your metabolism. KETO actually raises your metabolism too! So many health benefits, so now all you have to do is learn to cook KETO meals. If you love Beef Stroganoff, you will love this recipe. You won’t miss the noodles either. Steam up a head of cauliflower, dish up some sauce, and dig in! So yummy!

2 T butter

1/2 diced onion

2 T or 2 cloves minced garlic

1 lb ground beef

1 c beef stock, or bullion 

1 package sliced mushrooms

4 oz cream cheese (optional to lighten it up)

1 c heavy whipping cream

2 tsp pink Himalayan salt, or to taste

2 tsp cornstarch or xanthan gum

1 c sour cream

1 head cauliflower, cleaned and steamed

1) In a sauté pan, melt the butter on medium heat. Add the onion and garlic to sauté.

2) Add the ground beef to brown with the onion and garlic. Cook through.   

3) Add the beef stock and mushrooms. Cover until the mushrooms are cooked through. Stir intermittently.

4) Add the cream cheese (optional and you can leave out for a lighter dish), heaven whipping cream, and salt to season. Stir until evenly combined. Taste at this point to make sure the seasoning is on point. If the sauce is not rich enough, add more beef bullion or more salt. I personally like adding more bullion.

5) If using cornstarch, add to 1/4 c water to make a slurry before adding to the sauce; stir until thickened. If you are using xanthan gum, just sprinkle on top and stir in. Reduce the heat to low, and simmer until desired thickness. If the sauce if not thick enough, add more cornstarch or xantham gum in the same manner.

6) Serve on top of the steamed cauliflower, and enjoy! 

NOTE: TO freeze this dish, follow the directions but omit all dairy which does not freeze well; once thawed, add the dairy to your dish.

 

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Keto Recipes

Mexican Keto Beef Rice Bowl

 

One of the food items I was so worried to give up starting Keto was rice. Finding a rice substitute didn’t cross my mind until weeks later. Hallelujah for cauliflower rice! This Mexican Keto Rice Bowl hit the spot and was so delicious. A guilt-free and healthy keto meal. Start with a perfectly marinated steak, lime-cilnatro keto “rice,” pico de gallo, spinach, lettuce, jack cheese, and guacamole! Ole Keto!

I got the idea when my husband went to go get himself a burrito, and a burrito bowl came to mind. I was surprised I had not thought to create a keto burrito bowl before. A lovely marinated steak on the grill, with fresh pico & guac, shredded jack cheese on a bed of spinach and lettuce sounded beyond perfection. The only thing I had to do was whip it up. I always make extra to cook once and feast many times!

Try the Keto Tortilla Chips too! Ridiculously goood. 

Mexican Keto Steak

This marinade is so fast and delicious that the flavor it adds to steak for a Mexican dish makes it better than restaurant dishes in the comfort in your own home. Perfect for a low carb high fat Keto diet. Pair with Keto Cauliflower Cilantro-Lime “Rice,” spinach, lettuce, Pico de Gallo, shredded jack cheese, and Guacamole. Ole Keto! 

4 lbs steak, portioned into 3-5 oz servings

1/2 red onion

2 T minced garlic

2 T chili powder

1/4 Olive Oil

 

2 T cumin

1 tsp oregano

1 T pink Himalayan salt

I lime, juiced

1/4 ACV (apple cider vinegar)

 

1) Set your steak out as you make the marinade to bring up to room temperature.
2) Add the remaining ingredients to a blender, and blend until smooth. Add water one tablespoon at a time if needed.  
3) Place the steak in a bowl or zip lock bag. Pour in the marinade, and set for at least 30 minutes.
4) To grill: heat the grill to 450 to 500 degrees F. Grill 2-3 minutes per side, up to 4 minutes for a thicker steak. 

On the stove: heat a skillet to med-high heat. Add 1 T olive oil and 1 T butter, and sear both sides of the steak 2-4 minutes per side, depending on thickness and desired wellness. 
5) Take the steak off the heat, and let rest for 5-10 minutes before slicing. FOr a Beef Burrito Bowl, cut the steak into bite size cubes.  Enjoy!

Keto Cauliflower Cilnatro-Lime “Rice”

With less than 4 g of carbs per serving, and no rise time, this delicious pizza crust is so fast, easy, and satisfying. Top with your favorite keto approved sauce and toppings. Bake once, and use for multiple keto meals. Add a large leafy greens salad, and you have a balanced healthy keto meal with no guilt. Half the recipe for a smaller pizza.

4 c grated cauliflower

1 lime, juiced 

 

2 T butter

2 T chopped cilantro

 

1) Grate the cauliflower. To grate the cauliflower quickly and easily, use a food processor with a grating attachment.

2) Heat a pan on the stove on medium heat.

3) Melt the butter, add the cauliflower, and the lime juice. Saute on medium heat, and cover to steam for 5 min. Stir and steam until the preferred texture is reached.

4) Season with pink Himalayan salt to taste. 

5) Serve immediately. Store in an air tight container in the fridge, or freeze for future meals.