Beef and Lamb
Here you will find all the keto beef and lamb recipes on this site (that include either as an ingredient). Both are fantastic sources of protein and fat, so I grouped these two red meats together.
I know summer is still a while away here up north, but this is a great idea for you to bookmark if you are cooking for one and can’t be bothered with an accompanying sauce or cooking up vegetables. After frying the steak to perfection (I hope your perfection is the same as my perfection: medium-rare) and leaving it to rest, I simply deglazed the pan with lemon juice and used the zingy rendered juices from the pan (after cooling a little) and tossed it with wild rocket (arugula). The steak tagliata only requires a generous scattering of salt flakes and finely shaved Parmesan. If you have a microplane, finely grate a little lemon zest into the salad too. Winner winner singleton’s dinner!
When I was young, Cottage Pie was one of the first things I learnt to make. Its dead-easy and the humble flavours make it such a hearty, welcome dinner – you simply can’t go wrong. I added cayenne pepper into the beef to give it some kick, but that is entirely optional (especially if you are cooking for the kids). Top your cooked mince with creamy cauliflower mash and cover the lot in grated cheese before popping in the oven to melt and gratin. Lush! A perfect, guilt-free low-carb cottage pie. Step-by-step pics to help you along…
‘Be still, my heart!‘ This was my reaction when I spotted packaged bone marrow at the Trose. Roasted bone marrow needs only a scattering of sea salt flakes and some micro-herbs to season and garnish. Do not be alarmed that this is such a small meal (one bone per person) as its a sickly-rich little dish: gloriously high-fat and satisfying. I spread it on toasted Quick Keto Chia Bread, which happens to be one of the most popular recipes on the blog. If you don’t have a store that sells handy marrow portions, scoop out the fatty marrow from your bones after making Bone Broth. The macros were calculated on using the full recipe of the Quick Keto Chia Bread (3 slices > 1.5 slices per person, as pictured).
Its very rewarding making your own stock and you should give it a try at least once. If you saw all the nasties hidden in the ‘freshest’, ‘finest’ stocks available in stores you will likely make it more often. Ingredients like barley, sugar and cornflour are pretty common in the stocks you see on the shelves. This recipe uses the M&L Bone Broth recipe as a base. (That recipe takes a few hours to make and overnight to set. The time allocated for this recipe is simply the steps following that.) I will show you how you can make clean, healthy beef stock cubes – yielding as many as 10 portions of good-quality stock from only one batch.
There is a long process to making this glorious bone broth, but the results are worth it. Most of the time is really the pressure cooker doing its thing and the overnight bit is so that the broth can chill so you can easily remove the fat for a more clarified broth. Not only is the broth itself a tasty warm drink (an elixir of life, some say) with numerous health benefits I will leave you to Google, but you can also: Use the bones a second time; use the mince in a meal the next day (although the mince will require plenty of seasoning); use the scooped marrow from the cooked bones and spread it on toasted Quick Keto Chia Bread. Not only that, you can use this exact recipe below as a base to make my Concentrated Beef Stock Cubes. If you haven’t already invested in a pressure cooker, I advise that you do because mine was inexpensive and I get a lot of use from it.
Today is Valentine’s Day. It would also have been my dad’s 70th birthday. I was 18 years old when it happened. We never figured out what killed him – he had the doctors, specialists and pathologists scratching their heads while he was in ICU and my brother and I didn’t have Google back in 1997 to perform our own Dr Google diagnosis to try and challenge them. A bizarre, unidentifiable bacteria attacked his lungs and he was dead within weeks of getting a blocked nose. We all thought it was a bad case of the flu: it wasn’t. He had made a recent business trip to central Africa, but nothing identifiable came up on the pathology results after a battery of tests. It was – and still is – a medical mystery…
Get a little creative with ground beef and savoy cabbage and spend some time making these attractive little parcels. I used the full yield of the Roasted Tomato Sauce recipe for this dish, so be sure to have that prepped and ready before beginning. (You could, alternatively use 500g / 18oz of passata, but I want to encourage you to make your own sauces so you know exactly what has gone into them.) One serving = 2 parcels (as pictured) so this recipe will happily feed a family of 4.
Lamb is my absolute favourite meat! As previously posted, Funnyman makes the best ribs, but when we are feeling fancy or entertaining guests on a lazy, winter Sunday afternoon, I love to whip up a slow-cooked lamb shoulder. The best part of this recipe isn’t the lovely roasted tomatoes that are served alongside it (which perfectly cut through the fat with its plump sweetness), but the deeply-rich, thick 100% keto-friendly gravy that I make with the juices and cooked down onions. Check out the M&L Side Dishes section for some ideas for additional accompaniments this Christmas…
Backpacking around Vietnam with Funnyman in 2010 was one of our best holidays ever! I recall having pho bo (pronounced “fuh” – not “foo” or “foh”) for the first time in Hanoi – and I was blown away! I happily slurped it down numerous times as we travelled from north-to-south over those 3 weeks! Now, many years later and hardcore into my low-carb lifestyle, I wanted to relive those awesome memories. I created a quick 15-minute low carb pho bo using the (konjac / shirataki) ‘noodles‘ from the UK company Eat Water’s range to make it low-carb friendly. I LOVE THIS.
If anyone in the Berkshire area is wondering why they can’t source lamb ribs at The Trose (over the season when they stock it), its because Funnyman and I empty the shelves on every visit and stock up our chest freezer. It is our favourite item on the braai and we enjoy it many nights (even in winter, when we bring our festivities indoors and cook them on our electric grill. Funnyman is the one who cooks them, while I sit back and sip my G-and-(sugar-free)-T) yelling instructions on the sidelines much to his annoyance. He likes them with this creamy mustard-mayo dip (included in the macros), but I love them just as they are…
A comforting bowl of goodness. Funnyman gets giddy with excitement when I whip up a pot of my chili. After we switched to a Keto Lifestyle, I adjusted my recipe to exclude the red kidney beans, but the overall flavour and heartiness has not been compromised, and he loves it just the same. I made this dish often in LBK (Life Before Keto), and even then we ate it with a spoon straight out of our bowls, sans tortillas, rice or any accompanying carbs, so this wasn’t a major adjustment for us. This recipe yields 3 servings, so if it’s just you and your loved one, there should be enough the next day for whoever gets to the fridge and Calls It first.
I woke up particularly well this morning. Mr Higgins snuggled right up against me the entire night, and I woke up with his little nose breathing small amounts of snot onto my cheek: bliss. It certainly beats one Winter morning last year while still half asleep, in an effort to cover my shoulders with the duvet, my hand slipped and I punched myself in the face. Yeah, I would take a bit of Scottish Terrier snot any day.
Off topic, apologies… Having been to Thailand twice in my travels, I think its fair to say how incredible and fresh the flavours are, and there is a strong Asian influence in this steak salad. It is also 100% keto, fast, simple and satisfying!
Dreamy grilled lamb cutlets finished in a creamy-garlic-white-wine and thyme sauce. Extraordinarily tasty! No long-winded headnote needed here, what’s not to love?
In case it hasn’t been clear (with all my talk of braaing!), I am living in the UK now, but I was born and raised in sunny South Africa. Those that know me will note that this post is way overdue – BILTONG: The way to my heart since I first chewed on it while teething as a baby (how teething is dealt with in South Africa) and my favourite keto snack ever! There are numerous stores around the UK that sell excellent biltong, but nothing beats the satisfaction of making your own homemade biltong.
You could probably fashion your own biltong maker (box, light, fan) but my trusty one has never let me down. It gets used a lot and has a permanent spot on my kitchen counter. Regarding the spices, go ahead and try several or make your own, but Freddy Hirsch has perfected it! Step-by-step pics below.