Keto Ground Beef and Spinach Skillet
Well, that’s it. I’ve decided that Keto and I are officially through. Well, at least for the time being.
For a few days after my 3 month experiment was formally over, I considered stretching it by another month, but then I changed my mind.
Not that I was feeling bad or anything. Only, I was fed up. I was starting to get major cravings for meatballs in tomato sauce and carrot salad and roasted bell peppers, and baked sweet potatoes. All good stuff, really, so I felt there was no good reason to deny my body of its right to appease those cravings.
Besides, it’s no secret that I felt like the keto diet wasn’t doing much of anything for me. In 3 full months of strictly adhering to the “rules” and remaining in a constant state of ketosis, I can’t say that I really lost weight, or that I felt better physically or mentally, that I got any stronger, had more energy or even felt more intelligent.
I can’t say that I truly hated it, though. In fact, keto food can be pretty tasty! Like this Ground Beef and Spinach Skillet for instance. I came up with this dish one evening that I was feeling particularly uninspired. All I did was throw a little bit of this and a little bit of that in a skillet. The resulting meal was so outstandingly tasty and so deeply satisfying, I just HAD to recreate it the very next morning. No way I was going to let that one fall into oblivion…
Quite frankly, I think I’ll be enjoying this one on a regular basis, whether I’m on keto or not.
Because hey, there are no rules against eating keto meals even when you’re not technically ON the diet.
For this recipe, I chose to use King Oyster Mushrooms.
Of course, you don’t HAVE to use the same variety; plain old button would do the trick just fine. But if you’re not familiar with King Oyster, I say you should really try and get your hands on some. They can be found quite commonly in most Asian food markets and they are extremely affordable for an “exotic” mushroom. Honestly, I think they have the coolest texture: they’re like extremely firm yet kind of chewy at the same time. Their flavor is very delicate and subtle, a tad woodsy and earthy, much like the standard oyster variety.
They can be consumed raw or cooked and are a breeze to prep. Simply wipe them clean, remove the base and cut them into chunks of the desired size.
To make our skillet, we want to cut them into smallish bite-sized chunks.
Once your mushrooms have been cleaned and chopped, melt some coconut oil or ghee in a heavy skillet (cast iron preferred) set over medium-high heat. When the fat is nice and hot, add the chopped mushroom and cook them until golden and fragrant, about 2-3 minutes.
Add some chopped almonds and continue cooking for about a minute, until they too become nicely golden and highly fragrant.
Throw in your ground beef, salt, white pepper and chili pepper flakes and cook until the meat is completely browned and cooked through, about 5-6 minutes.
Add your kalamata olives (yes, my olives really were that purple!), capers and almond butter and give that a good stir, until well combined.
Finally, toss the chopped spinach right in…
Stir delicately until it’s completely wilted and well distributed, which shouldn’t take much more than one or two minutes.
Transfer to a bowl and serve immediately
Garnish with crispy lardons for bonus keto points, as well as added crunch and flavor!
Keto Ground Beef and Spinach Skillet
- 2 tbsp coconut oil or ghee, or make your own
- 1 king oyster mushroom, chopped
- 2 tbsp raw almonds, chopped
- 150 g grassfed ground beef
- 1/2 tsp chili pepper flakes
- pinch Himalayan salt
- Pinch ground white pepper
- 1/4 cup pitted kalamata olives
- 1 tbsp capers
- 1 tbsp all natural roasted almond butter, or make your own
- 150 g baby spinach leaves, roughly chopped
- Melt the coconut or ghee in a heavy skillet (cast iron preferred) set over medium-high heat. When the fat is nice and hot, add the chopped mushroom and cook until golden and fragrant, about 2-3 minutes.
- Add the chopped almonds and continue cooking for about a minute, then throw in ground beef, salt, white pepper and chili pepper flakes and cook until the meat is completely browned and cooked through, about 5-6 minutes.
- Add olives, capers and almond butter and stir until well combined. Finally, toss the chopped spinach right in and stir delicately until it’s completely wilted and well distributed.
- Transfer to a bowl and serve immediately.
- Garnish with crispy lardons for bonus keto points!
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14 Comments on “Keto Ground Beef and Spinach Skillet”
Really interesting thoughts on the keto diet my friend, I’ve enjoyed reading them.
As for myself, I could never do the keto diet primarily because of the bad breath; I can’t stand having a bad breath and I would feel too self-conscious.
Anyways, keto or not-keto this beef & spinach skillet looks legit, like really legit!
I don’t know that keto breath has been much of an issue for me. I haven’t noticed any difference personally.
All in all, I think I have gained/learned a lot from the experience and will most definitely be giving it another go eventually…
Really? That’s interesting. All the people I know that went on a Keto diet were complaining about the bad breath (and for a reason, it was terrible)
I’m starting to think that you might be from another planet or something…The Healthy Alien? LOL
HA! Now that would explain A LOT of things! 😉
Boy, you are certainly keeping me busy with all the tempting recipes you are posting! I just made the Sweet potato ground beef pie. It was super good so I can’t wait to try this one. You are an inspiration to me and my desire to create. I was in a creative slump (until recently, thank you for getting me out of it) after switching to paleo. My mind was pretty blank. It is now teeming with ideas. Thank you again!
Check your email, Sonia. I sent you a link.
Awww, thank you so much, Beth, I am so happy to hear. Wow, seriously. You just made my day. What you just described would be the exact purpose behind my starting/keeping this blog. Thank YOU my friend, you’re THE BEST! 😀
Hi Sonia! I come to your gorgeous blog by way of the Paleo Magazine Link Party and I’m so happy to be here!
Your photos are incredible and I’m sorry but your recipe should include a warning label:
Warning-The following material may cause excessive drooling and jealousy.
(I’m jealous because we don’t have King Oysters here! 🙁 Wah!
Awww, thank you so much Susie, that is so very kind of you to say. You should see the color of my face right now! You, my dear, are a real gem!
(and bummer about the King Oyster Mushrooms… maybe you should try growing your own, apparently it’s not that hard!)
No weight loss – maybe you’re at your set-point ?
Did you gain any weight?
Didn’t gain, didn’t lose… maybe I am at my set-point indeed! Not sure I’m quite ready to live with that, though… 😉
Your journey through a keto diet has intrigued me immensely – even though I couldn’t adhere to it personally – I could throw down on this beef, mushroom, olive and spinach dish – and I don’t even like beef – I blame your photos -they have me drooling!
Hi Sonia! I just made this dish for my son and I tonight and we both loved it. I have no desire to follow the keto diet, however when I saw this meal in your recipe folder, I just thought it looked so yummy!!! Thanks for another great recipe!!! You sure do keep me excited about being on my paleo journey!!!
So very happy to hear, Karen! How long have you been on board, now? Oh, and I don’t blame you for having no desire to follow the keto diet. I soooo didn’t work for me, not sure I’ll ever even give it another try! I try and keep my carb intake at around 75g to 100g a day, but anything below that is just plain torture for me.
Hi Sonia….I have been on my paleo journey since early September (just 6 months), but I have noticed quite a number of changes in my body in those 6 months. I have had no trouble adjusting to this sort of diet….though I must admit, I am probably only 90% paleo…I do like to eat “regular” food once per week….and I do like to enjoy a somewhat regular glass of wine. I find with the meals you post, that they are very sufficient and do not leave you feeling empty or craving other foods. I’m so glad I found you!!!