By now you know me well enough that I shop at Costco, which means I always buy bulk. Chorizo (Argentinian sausage) is raw when purchased. It must be cooked! Leftover sausages can be easily frozen, which was the case here. Finding that I had all of the ingredients, this recipe went together quickly. Enjoy!
Add oil to a large pot on medium heat. Cook onions for 5-7 minutes, until they begin to become translucent. Add salt, garlic and chorizo, and cook for another 3-4 minutes. Add the mushrooms and bell peppers. Season with dried basil, oregano, parsley and chili flakes.
In a separate pan on medium heat, cook the ground beef. Once cooked through, add to the pot with everything else. Add passata, balsamic crema, water, and combine well. Cover with lid and lower heat to medium-low, and let simmer for 30-40 minutes.
Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add fresh spaghetti noodles, and cook for 2 minutes before draining, reserving a little of the pasta water. Add sauce to the pot, combine well, and serve with fresh basil.
These really do not have to be labelled as KETO, they are just plain great for everyone, especially kids. I served them with a dollop of sour cream. You could also add guacamole as a garnish. My zucchini were medium size, hence I ended up with 4 halves. If you are using larger zucchini, you could get along with ONE half and a salad alongside.
*In lieu of the cumin, chili powder and salt, I used my homemade taco seasoning.
Keto Taco Zucchini Boats
4 Zucchini depending on how many people…
1-pound Ground beef
½ cup Bell Peppers mixed Red & Yellow, finely diced
1 tablespoon Chili Powder
2 teaspoons Cumin
1/2 teaspoon Salt
¼ cup Water
8 ounces Cheddar cheese shredded
1/2 cup Salsa
Preheat oven to 400°F
Prepare your zucchini by trimming off the stem end. To do this I just gently round the end of the zucchini with a knife, removing the stem. Then cut each zucchini in half lengthwise. Use a measuring spoon (teaspoon)or melon ball scoop, to hollow out the zucchini forming a boat.
Place the zucchini boats in a greased baking dish and sprinkle a small amount of salt over them.
In a skillet over medium high heat brown the ground beef.
Add bell peppers, chili powder, cumin, salt, and ¼ cup of water to the ground beef. Continue to cook until vegetables are softened and water has been absorbed.
Once the beef mixture is ready fill each zucchini boat with the beef and vegetable mixture.
Top the zucchini boats with cheddar cheese.
Bake for 20 minutes or until zucchini has softened and cheese is melted.
Pour salsa over boats before serving. Optional sour cream and guacamole?
Quite a while back I had posted a KETO lasagna recipe using zucchini zoodles. Now that we are Keto Conscious I have given myself a little more leeway with what we eat. But…this recipe is really still Keto but assembled in a little different manner, for those who do not own a spiralizer! It was great with a few different ingredients.
Oven Ready in 9 x 13 pan
3 large zucchinis
1 teaspoon olive oil
1-pound ground beef
1/2 cup onion finely chopped
2 teaspoons garlic minced
24-ounce jar marinara or Bolognese sauce
16 ounces ricotta cheese
1 cup chopped spinach
1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
salt and pepper to taste
fresh basil garnish
Trim both ends off the zucchini.
Use a mandolin to cut the zucchini into 1/8-inch slices. Sprinkle salt over the zucchini slices, then lay them out on a layer of paper towels to drain. Let sit for at least 10 minutes.
Pat the tops of the zucchini slices with paper towels until dry.
While the zucchini is resting, prepare the sauce. Heat the olive oil in a large pan over medium heat.
Add the ground beef and season with salt and pepper to taste.
Cook for 5-6 minutes, breaking the meat up with a spatula, until beef is browned and cooked through.
Add the onion and cook for another 3-4 minutes or until softened. Add the garlic and cook for 30 seconds.
Add the marinara sauce and bring to a simmer; cook for 5 minutes.
Place the ricotta cheese, chopped spinach, Italian seasoning, egg, parmesan cheese, salt and pepper in a bowl. Mix until well combined.
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Coat a 2- or 3-quart baking dish with cooking spray.
Place 1/4 of the sauce in the bottom of the dish. Add 1/3 of the zucchini slices on top. Spread 1/3 of the ricotta mixture over the zucchini then top with 1/3 of the mozzarella cheese. Repeat the layers, ending with the mozzarella cheese.
Cover and bake for 30 minutes. Uncover and bake for an additional 20 minutes. Sprinkle with parsley, then let stand for 5-7 minutes. Cut into slices, then serve.
Some unknown person is always tinkering with my recipes? This time I made that someone (?) write down what he did. It was incredible and very moist! What can I say??? This was supposed our takeout and movie night vicariously with friends, during COVID-19, but we stayed in and he cooked. With these garlicky green beans the meal was awesome.
2 pounds of ground beef and pork
3 strips of bacon for topping the meatloaf
¼ cup of tomato pesto for topping the meat loaf
3/4 cup of crushed pork rinds
½ medium white onion, finely diced
3 garlic cloves, finely diced
2 Tbsp fresh sage, finely chopped
2 Tbsp fresh basil leaves, chopped
1 tsp rosemary, chopped
1 tsp thyme
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
1 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon coarse black pepper
1 – 6 oz. can tomato paste
2 teaspoons white vinegar
1 tablespoon BBQ sauce (I use Weber hickory)
1 tablespoon liquid smoke
Lightly spray a 5 x 9-inch loaf pan with oil and line with parchment.
Add 1 Tbsp butter and 1 Tbsp of water to a small fry pan, add in the onion and garlic and caramelize over low heat. When caramelized, add in the herbs. Set aside.
Place the meat in large bowl. Set aside.
Mix the sauce ingredients well and then stir in the caramelized onion mix and the crushed pork rinds.
Pour mixture over the meat and blend well using your fingers.
Put into loaf pan and pat down.
Cut bacon into short pieces and place on top, then add the tomato pesto over the loaf.
Bake at 350 degrees F, covering lightly with foil after 45 minutes. Meat thermometer should register 165 degrees F. (about 1 hr. to 1 hr. 15 min).
When meat is done, juices will be clear. Drain any fat and let sit about 10 minutes before slicing.
The following recipe includes making your meatballs from scratch and I was tempted as none of the stores, including Costco, have been stocking frozen meatballs for several months! Fortunately, my fav grocery store here, Superama, a Walmart subsidiary finally got some in and I bought several packages for the freezer.
So…I skipped the homemade meatballs and just prepared the sauce while heating the meatballs in the oven. It is now a KISS recipe! For those new to my blog…KISS = Keep It Simple Stupid! Hope you will enjoy it served with a great yellow rice.
Hoisin Asian Meatballs
1-pound ground beef
1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
1/2 cup Panko*
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1 large egg
2 cloves garlic, minced
3 green onions, thinly sliced, plus more for garnish
Sesame seeds, for garnish
1/4 cup hoisin sauce
2 tablespoons rice vinegar
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1/2 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat; set aside.
In a large bowl, combine ground beef, sesame oil, Panko, ginger, egg, garlic and green onion. Using a wooden spoon or clean hands, stir until well combined. Roll the mixture into 1 1/4-to-11/2-inch meatballs, forming about 18-20 meatballs.
Place meatballs onto prepared baking sheet and bake for 12 minutes, or until all sides are browned and meatballs are cooked through.
To make the hoisin sauce, whisk together hoisin sauce, rice vinegar, soy sauce, sesame oil, garlic and ginger in a small bowl.
Serve meatballs immediately with hoisin sauce, garnished with green onion and sesame seeds.
Once a year, we seem to be able to find spaghetti squash in Yucatan. This was it! If you have never baked a spaghetti squash it is so simple. When it is done baking you take a large fork and shred it et voila – spaghetti! The simple version is to bake it and the add your favorite spaghetti sauces (commercial or homemade) and lots of Parmesan cheese,
This version is a little more time consuming but well worth it. Take a look –
The original recipe called for the filling to be baked inside the upturned squash. It was very difficult to shred the squash with the filling in it and thus I adapted the version and filled the shredded squash, mixing the filling into it.
Stuffed Spaghetti Squash
Cut the spaghetti squash in half horizontally and remove the seeds. Put squash cut sides down in a baking dish with a half inch or so of water. Drizzle with a little olive oil. Cover with foil and bake in 350-degree oven for 35 to 45 minutes. Test with a fork for tenderness.
While it is baking, prepare the stuffing as shown below.
1 medium spaghetti squash
1 lb. Ground beef
5 cloves of garlic crushed
1 large cooking onion
Salt and pepper
Seasoning to suit your taste
¼ cup Parmesan cheese
2 heaping tablespoons of salsa (optional)
1 tablespoon olive oil
Heat oil in pan. (I like to use my wok) Throw in the garlic and sauté for about 30 seconds. Throw in the onion and continue to sauté until tender.
Add ground beef and brown thoroughly. Season with salt and pepper.
Add other seasoning such as Italian as you wish*
Mix in the cheese. Mix in the salsa.
Keep warm until the squash is tender.
Turn the squash over on a plate leaving on the outer shell, shred with a fork being careful not to break the shell.Fill with the ‘stuffing”.
Sooo…my spouse bought this Paderno spiralizer a year ago..new toy…lol. We have only used it a handful of times. Since we started our low carb diet we are now using it more. We love lasagna, but low carb means no pasta or breads. Et voila, with Pinterest I discovered this recipe. We have served it to our guests and they loved it too! It tastes wonderful!!! Don’t tell anyone it is low carb… shown here with a green salad with radish sprouts.
Keto Lasagna with Zucchini Noodles Author Vicky | Tasteaholics.com
Prep Time 15 minutes Cook Time 30 minutes Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 4 Calories 544 kcal
16 oz. ground beef
1 cup Rao’s marinara sauce* (see below)
1 zucchini large
10 oz. ricotta cheese
4 oz. mozzarella cheese shredded
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Peel zucchini into strips and leave out the seedy core. Salt and let sit for 15 minutes and blot with paper towels.
Brown ground beef in pan and add marinara. Season well with salt and pepper.
Layer into a small casserole dish: meat, zucchini, ricotta, meat, zucchini, ricotta, mozzarella.
Cover with foil and bake for 30 minutes. Broil uncovered for 2-3 minutes to brown the top.
Rao’s Marinara Sauce (Pinterest recipe)
Makes 7 cups
Four 28-ounce cans whole tomatoes (I used four cans of Kirkland tomatoes)
1/2 cup olive oil
6 tablespoons minced onion
4 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
12 leaves fresh basil, torn (optional)
Pinch of dried oregano
Remove tomatoes from can and place in a large bowl, reserving juices. Crush tomatoes using your hands; remove and discard the hard core from stem end, and any skin and tough membrane; set aside. OR…just use as is if using Kirkland brand…
Place oil in a large, nonreactive saucepan over medium-low heat. Add onion, and cook until soft and just beginning to brown, about 3 minutes. Stir in garlic, and cook until softened, about 30 seconds. Stir in tomatoes and reserved juices; season with salt. Increase heat and bring to a boil. Immediately reduce heat to low and simmer until slightly thickened, about 1 hour.
Stir in basil, if using, oregano, and season with pepper; continue cooking 1 minute more. Remove from heat and serve.
Amount Per Serving
Calories 544 Calories from Fat 369
Total Fat 41g 63%
Saturated Fat 18g 90%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 139mg 46%
Sodium 487mg 20%
Potassium 530mg 15%
Total Carbohydrates 6g 2%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Protein 34g 68%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Until recently, soft shell tacos were very hard to find here. Yeah, we could have used tortillas which are everywhere!!! It seems lots of people are on low carb diets these days and I was able to find this GREAT recipe on Pinterest. Who needs a crust? The result was awesome, so much so that we couldn’t believe we ate the WHOLE thing at one sitting.
FYI…. you will notice in the recipe Taco Seasoning. It’s quite simple to make and cheaper. I have included the recipe I use for taco seasoning at the end of the Pie recipe…
Low Carb Crustless Taco Pie
1 pound ground beef
1 packet taco seasoning (see recipe below)
3 green onions thinly sliced
1/4 cup salsa (I like La Costena brand with added chipotle)
1 cup Mexican blend cheese finely shredded, quantity divided
4 large eggs
2/3 cup heavy cream
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
OPTIONAL – a layer of refried beans on the bottom of the pie shell!
Preheat oven to 350º Fahrenheit. Prepare a 9″ pie pan by greasing with butter or spraying with coconut oil.
Heat a large skillet over medium high heat. If your ground beef is low in fat or if your skillet is not well seasoned, you may want to spray the pan with coconut oil to prevent sticking. When skillet is hot, add ground beef, breaking up into small pieces with a spoon or spatula. Cook, stirring occasionally until browned. Drain beef and add taco seasoning and cook according to package instructions. Set aside and allow to cool while continuing with the next step.
In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs and heavy cream. Stir in the green onions, salsa, 3/4 cup of the cheese, and the salt.
Stir prepared taco meat into the egg mixture. Pour this mixture into the prepared pie pan. Sprinkle remaining cheese on top.
Bake pie in preheated oven for 35-45 minutes or until the top is brown and the pie is set. Allow to cool for 5 minutes before serving.
Serve with your favorite taco toppings such as salsa, sour cream, guacamole, sliced green onions, or whatever else you like! Maybe add a few sliced radishes…
Who does not like shepherd’s pie? There are several variations out there. Sometimes it is called Cottage Pie. This one was a snap! The only tricky part was the roux, melting the butter and adding the flour. Make your life easier and use instant potatoes!
Easy Shepherd’s Pie Recipe
1 1/2 lb. Ground Beef
4 cups Mashed Potatoes
1 tbsp Oil
1 tsp Minced Garlic
1 Onion, diced
1 tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
1 cup Milk
2 tbsp Butter
2 tbsp Flour
12 oz. Frozen Peas and Carrots, thawed (Use a can of mixed peas and carrots)
Salt and Pepper to taste
Grated Parmesan cheese
Preheat oven to 375.
Heat oil in a skillet over medium heat and add ground beef, onion and garlic.
Cook until browned and drain.
In another skillet or pan, melt putter and add flour.
Cook roux for 2 minutes.
Whisk in Worcestershire and milk.
Cook for 1 minute to thicken.
Combine beef mixture, gravy and thawed vegetables.
Place in baking dish.
Top with mashed potatoes and place in oven for 20-30 minutes until heated through. In the last few minutes sprinkle the cheese on the potatoes.