Moroccan Kefta

This is an easy, flavorful dish that is popular street food in Morocco.  Served with spicy harissa, it is a unique dish that can be served with almost any side.  You can also form the meat around skewers for a kebab-type option.

  • 1/2 lb grass fed ground beef
  • 1/2 lb ground lamb
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1 small onion, quartered
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 8 pitted green olives
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro or parsley
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • Harissa,  for serving (check label)

Place beef, lamb and lemon juice in a large bowl. Combine (don’t over mix). Marinate in the refrigerator for 30 min to 1 hour.

Place onion, garlic and olives in a food processor and pulse until coarsely chopped. Add to the marinated meat along with parsley, salt and pepper. Gently combine until evenly incorporated.

Oven option: Preheat broiler with rack at upper third of oven. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with parchment and set a wire rack on it.Using about 3 tablespoons of the meat mixture for each, form 12 thin patties, about 1/4 inch thick. Place on the wire rack. Broil the patties until brown and cooked through, about 8 to 10 minutes.

Grill option:  preheat grill and heat to high.  Grill patties about 3-4 min per side.  

Serve with harissa, if desired.  This is the brand I use. https://amzn.to/3r5k85l 

Advanced Plan bread rounds

This is great to use for sandwiches or grass fed burgers. It it easy to make and loaded with nutrition. It is also called “cloud bread” in many keto circles. .

  • 3 Tablespoons organic ricotta cheese (you can also use cream cheese but it needs to be room temp and whipped before starting)
  • ⅛ teaspoon sea salt
  • ⅛ teaspoon garlic powder
  • dash Italian seasoning (or any other seasonings you desire)
  • 3 large free range eggs, separated
  • ¼ teaspoon cream of tartar

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.
  • Add ricotta cheese, salt, spices and garlic to a bowl and stir to combine. 
  • Add egg yolks in the bowl Stir egg yolks into ricotta mixture and set bowl aside
  • Place the egg whites in a separate clean bowl. Add cream of tartar and beat at high speed until peaks form, usually about 5 minutes.
  • Gently fold egg whites into ricotta mixture, being careful not to stir too much as the egg whites will deflate
  • Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or use silpats.
  • Scoop about ¼ cup of batter for a total of 6 rounds on each baking sheet.
  • Bake for about 30 minutes or until top is browned.

Chickpea, Avocado & Feta Salad – Cooking Video

This is an easy, healthy, protein and healthy fat packed recipe. It can be used as a main dish or as a side.

Ingredients:

2 cups chickpeas (cooked, drained and rinsed) or canned

1/2 cucumber, diced

4 stalks green onion, chopped or 1/4 cup red onion, chopped

1/4 cup fresh parsley or 1 tablespoon dried parsley

1 lime, juiced

1/4 cup organic feta cheese, crumbled

1 avocado, diced

1 1/2 tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Sea Salt and Black Pepper to taste

Directions:

Combine all ingredients together in a mixing bowl. If you are making it ahead, don’t add the avocado until ready to serve.