minced beef kabobs
One of the staples of a carnivore diet is red meat. Obviously that is an acceptable food on the keto diet as well. But prior to opening up my diet to the keto way of life, I was pretty strict carnivore for 3 months. Well let me tell you...while I normally enjoy red meat (ground beef, steaks of all kinds, etc...), it got really boring really quickly! Nutritionally, red meat was extremely helpful for my inflammation and I really did feel my best eating that for most of my meals. So with that, I really needed to come up with some variety for myself. This recipe was born from that!
Normally I would have put lots of fresh herbs in this mix as I love them, but my fridge is pretty full of all meat so I went with dried herbs. You certainly can use fresh ones instead - just double the quantities from the recipe. I will say that the dried herbs did their job though - this was super flavorful. This recipe really was a kitchen sink one -- I basically used what I had which I love doing. I don't need to go out and buy special ingredients that I then have to figure out how to use up for future meals. I am not calling these kabobs by a special name (Labanese, Middle Eastern, etc...) because it really was based on a plethora of readily available stuff in my fridge and spice cabinet. The same with the sauce that I paired with it!
For my non-ketovore, I paired this with some brown rice and fresh tomatoes along with the sauce that I concocted and he was super happy. For myself, I made some quick cilantro lime cauliflower rice. I call it quick because you can buy it straight from your grocery freezer aisle and you just follow the instructions on the bag for a quick side! Love this day and age where you can find all these low carb options with very little work. I would much rather focus on the star of the dish (the protein) than all the accompaniments!
Just to add some random thoughts before I get to the recipe itself. I am in the process of re-vamping my kitchen. As I have shown you guys before, I am pretty organized as far as my kitchen goes but having lived with my kitchen for over a year now, I am super frustrated because everything is super HIGH. Now, I wouldn't consider myself super short because I am 5'6" and for an Indian woman, that is considered fairly tall. Considering my mom is barely 5' if she is wearing platforms, I have always been happy with my height. HOWEVER, if your ceilings are 10 feet high and your kitchen cabinets reach 9 of those feet, you basically can only access the first shelf. It's fine. Everything is fine. Everything will be fine. (Deep breathing in progress).
We are installing some roll out shelves in the bottom cabinets so that I can access all the space because my cabinets are not only tall on top they are all super duper DEEP. I'm hoping that this added space will allow me to store all the kitchen equipment that I use daily in easily reachable areas. I will of course let you see what it all ends up looking like. Most importantly, I will let you know if the functionality improves!
Okay, enough of that. Here is the main attraction!
This recipe couldn't be much simpler. It's all about seasoning the meat - as you dump all the spices and onion in it and mixed it all up thoroughly with your best kitchen tool - your hands! After that, you just form the eat on on your air fryer skewers (or wooden ones that have been soaked for an hour). You put them in the fridgerator for an hour or so to let them firm up and then air fry them or put them in the oven. Simple simple! What you are left with? This!
So so so good! Also, a very nice change of pace from the plethora of grilled burger patties and sautéed ground beef and steak that I have constantly been eating! It's nice to eat well seasoned meat with some middle eastern flavors while maintaining the keto lifestyle.
Minced Beef Kabobs
2 lbs ground beef
1 small onion, grated
1 Tsp dried parsley (or 2 heaping Tsp fresh)
3 garlic cloves, grated or minced
1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp oregano
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp five spice powder
In a mixing bowl, place the beef and all the ingredients together. Using clean hands, mix everything until it is well combined.
Form the meat into oblong kebabs about 1 inch in thickness around your air fryer skewers or on wooden skewers that have been pre soaked for an hour. You can make them as long as you want to - I went only halfway the length of the skewers with the top of the kabobs at the very edge of the tops. I was able to complete get 6 skewers.
Put the formed skewers on a quarter sheet tray and put them in the fridge for at least an hour to firm up and all the flavors to get into the meat.
Once ready, preheat your air fryer at 400F for 5 minutes. Then add the skewers to the basket so that they are not touching. Air fry for 7 to 10 minutes (or more depending on the thickness of your beef around the skewers) at 400F, flipping halfway with tongs. If you don't have an air fryer, put them in a preheated oven on the same sheet tray for 15 to 17 minutes depending on your oven and the thickness of your meat. Make sure that they are cooked throughly with a meat thermometer. They should be nice and browned.
Serve over brown rice or cauliflower rice and drizzle with my cilantro serrano lime sauce to add some spiciness or to add some coolness, drizzle on some creamy mint sauce (see description below). I added some fresh diced tomatoes for freshness and color.
Doesn't that look delicious?? To add some of the cooling mint sauce on top (as pictured above) just mix up some unflavored greek yogurt (1/2 cup) with some mint chutney (2 Tbsp) and some fresh lime (2 Tbsp). I always have mint chutney on hand in my fridge for Indian cooking but I have included a link above in case you don't have any. If you have some fresh mint on hand, you can certainly chop it up and add that to the yogurt and lime as well!
Enjoy a little something different and keep keto'ing!