It seems like every day; more and more health-conscious folks are waking up to the wonders of the ketogenic diet. After all, we live in a day and age where everything seems to be moving at a breakneck pace, and efficiency is a must-have skill. There’s no more fitting diet for such a time than one which teaches our bodies to be more efficient when they burn fat.
But what with the very precise nutritional balance one needs to attain to properly enjoy the advantages of keto, cooking can be a bit of a hassle. Peruse the average cookbook, and you’re likely to find most of the recipes to be of no use to you, as they would completely throw off your balance.
And for that reason, we’ve gathered here some of our favorite keto-friendly recipes. Ketogenic cooking, approached right, is a fun challenge; and as we’re about to make clear here, there’s tons of seriously tasty keto-friendly meals to be whipped up.
Remember, a low-carb diet hardly means that muffin-lovers can’t get their fix. For this recipe, you’ll need a dozen eggs, half a pound of Italian sausage, a quarter cup of 36% heavy cream, and some optional seasonings.
Preparation’s as simple as can be. First, preheat the oven to about 350°, and brown the sausage until it’s cooked through – and do be sure not to let the fat drain off while it cools.
Next, crack all the eggs into a large bowl. Add the cream, along with any seasonings you’d fancy. Personally, we’d recommend a couple teaspoonfuls of chives, along with a pinch or two of garlic powder and pink Himalayan salt.
Once the seasoning’s added, you can stir the meat into the egg mixture, and then distribute it into a greased muffin tin, and bake for about a half-hour.
It’s as simple as that, and the result is a wonderfully tasty, wonderfully low-carb breakfast.
Ham and cabbage soup
There’s nothing quite like a finely crafted soup, whether you’re looking for a starter to whet everyone’s appetite for your full-course dinner, or just something to warm you up on a chilly day. And soups are also pretty perfect for keto, since most of them tend to be pretty low on carbs.
This one’s one of our favorite – and like so many other soups, it’s really simple to prepare.
Take about a half-cup each of yellow onion and carrots, a pound and a half of ham, and one medium-sized head of cabbage. Chop them up finely and put them in a pot, along with about two tablespoons of coconut oil, and some optional seasonings – garlic, curry, whatever tickles your particular taste buds the most.
Once that’s done, simply leave it to simmer on the stove for about three to six hours, until the cabbage is tender.
Keto meatballs in sauce
Keto meatballs can be a serious main-course wonder when properly prepared. The extra cheese not only makes them uniquely delicious, and not only gives you that extra amount of fat to meet your keto needs, but also holds them together without the need for any flour.
You’ll want to start with a pound of ground beef, a clove of minced garlic, a half-cup of shredded mozzarella, a quarter-cup of grated parmesan, two tablespoons of chopped parsley and one large beaten egg. Combine these in a large bowl, season with salt and pepper, and form into about sixteen meatballs.
Next, heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the meatballs and cook for about ten minutes until they’re golden on all sides, then place on a paper-towel-lined plate.
Then you’ll be starting on the sauce. Add to the same skillet one chopped, medium-sized onion, and cook it for about five minutes until soft. Then add two minced cloves of garlic and cook for about a minute more. Then add a can of crushed tomatoes and a teaspoon of dried oregano, and season with salt and pepper.
Then comes the final preparation – just add the meatballs back into the skillet, cover it, and allow it to simmer for about fifteen minutes more. Then you’re ready to serve this delicious ketogenic main course.