Best Low Carb Keto Turkey Meatloaf

Best Low Carb Keto Turkey Meatloaf

Delicious and flavorful, keto turkey meatloaf is moist and perfect for a low carb family dinner. Traditional meatloaf in gluten-free form, popular with everyone, on a keto diet or not.

Did you grow up with a family meatloaf? I know some families that ate it once a month or even once a week without fail. Some years ago I started making a turkey meatloaf and absolutely loved it! It was popular with friends and family, and when I started on a keto diet I was determined to make it gluten-free and glorious.

Truly, meatloaf is one of those classic comfort foods. It’s perfect for a winter evening or with a lemony green salad in summer. Moreover, you can bring the family together and enjoy a classic everyone will love, all while sticking to a keto diet.

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Keto Turkey Meatloaf is a delicious low carb family dinner. Gluten-free and super kid-friendly, perfect for a keto diet. #ketodinner #ketorecipes #lowcarbrecipes

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Best low carb substitutions for bread crumbs

If you’ve ever made a meatloaf, you’ll know that most recipes contain bread crumbs. To make a gluten-free and low carb meatloaf I knew I was going to have to find a good replacement for the breadcrumbs. Also, that replacement still had to keep the loaf super moist.

There are quite a few options, such as almond flour and cauliflower rice to name a couple. However, the solution I ended up with as my favorite may not be what you expect.

Pork rinds.

Yes, pork rind crumbs.

Many keto dieters eat pork rinds as a snack so it may or may not surprise you to hear they work well in baking.

Pork rinds in a keto turkey meatloaf.

It’s sort of like when Elizabeth Bennett says, “Shelves in the closet, a happy thought indeed.”

Excuse my Pride and Prejudice reference, but some may be more excited by pork rinds in a meatloaf than others! I admit I find it a very happy thought, indeed, because it works!

How to make pork rind crumbs

First of all, find a good quality pork rind. Some are even flavored and can make the meatloaf even tastier, just be sure they don’t add in something you’re trying to avoid on keto.

Check the ingredients before you buy. That’s sort of a rule I always live by.

There’s a couple of ways you can do this. The simplest, easiest way I’ve found is to put the pork rinds in a gallon zipper bag. Then, take a rolling pin and whack it or roll over the pork rinds. Now, make sure to shake the bag then continue to repeat the process until the rinds are broken down into coarse crumbs.

Lastly, measure out the amount needed, and save the extra in an airtight container.

Alternatively, if you wish to get out a food processor, pork rinds can easily be pulverized to crumbs or even powder. Just pulse it a few times until the desired crumb size is achieved.

Low carb keto turkey meatloaf is a gluten-free family recipe treat. Moist and full of flavor, it's the best kind of comfort food. #ketorecipes #lowcarbdinner

To make Keto Turkey Meatloaf you’ll need: 

Low carb keto turkey meatloaf is a gluten-free family favorite. Comfort food for the keto diet and super kid-friendly low carb recipe. #lowcarbdinner #lowcarbrecipes #ketodinners

How to make a keto turkey meatloaf

To make a low carb turkey meatloaf, begin by getting out a baking sheet then preheat the oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.

Second, melt the butter in a skillet or sauté pan on medium heat and cook the chopped onions, salt, pepper, and thyme. It should take about 10 minutes until the onions are translucent.

Next, add in the garlic, vinegar, BBQ sauce, chicken bone broth, and tomato paste to the onion mixture. Combine it all well then set aside to let it cool.

Now take out a large bowl and mix the turkey, pork rind crumbs, and eggs together. You can use a spatula or generally I just use my hands as it feels like I get everything more evenly combined. A word of warning! Ground turkey just out of the fridge can be super cold so you may want to let it warm up to almost room temp so you don’t freeze your hands. Or not. 😉

Keto turkey meatloaf mix in the bowl #lowcarbrecipes #lowcarbdinners

Then add in the cooled onion mixture so it’s evenly dispersed throughout the meat. Once it’s all completely combined, shape it into a rectangle loaf on an ungreased baking sheet.

Keto turkey meatloaf on pan, ready to bake #ketorecipes #ketodinner

Lastly, before it’s put in the oven, spread the ketchup on top evenly. It will bake for about 50 minutes to one hour, or until the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees.

Serve hot right out of the oven or at room temperature.

You may find some of the fat from the meat leaks out onto the baking dish. There is nothing to worry about when this happens, and it’s expected. Simply cut the meatloaf into slices and transfer it to a serving platter or bakeware dish.

Delicious low carb bite of keto turkey meatloaf #ketorecipes #lowcarbrecipes

Enjoy with family or friends!

 

Best keto comfort foods

Meatloaf, mac and cheese, pizza – these tend to be my comfort foods. What about you and yours? What were your favorite foods growing up you’d love to see with a keto makeover? Maybe it’s Aunt Betty’s famous cheese and broccoli rice casserole or Cousin Fred’s English toffee.

I’m always up for a challenge and trying out new recipes every day. I’d love to hear of your successes (or even non-success stories)! We all learn by trial and error, and it just gets better with each thing you learn. Leave a comment below!

Hopefully, you’ll give this moist and delicious keto turkey meatloaf a go. Add some extra spice if you want to kick it up a notch or leave it as-is for a kid-friendly family dinner recipe. I think you’re going to love it!

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This is the best low carb turkey meatloaf I've tried. It's a super family-friendly recipe everyone will love, keto diet or not. Gluten-free, moist, and delicious, this will soon work it's way onto your low carb meal plan. #ketodinners #lowcarbrecipes

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Now, how about a Keto Dessert?

A Keto Bakewell tart is the perfect low carb dessert addition to any tea or picnic, even for tonight's gluten-free dessert! Sugar-free and delicious, the family will love this keto diet treat. #ketodesserts #lowcarbdessertsketo #lowcarbdesserts

More Tasty Keto Dinner Recipes:

  1. Keto Cheesy Zucchini Lasagna
  2. Keto Jambalaya
  3. Low Carb Thai Coconut Soup
  4. Creamy Keto Italian Sausage Soup
  5. Cauliflower Mac and Cheese Bake

Or maybe you’re more in a fish mood lately? Salmon is always a popular choice around here. Check out these tips for Grilled Salmon.


Printable Recipe

Keto Turkey Meatloaf

A delicious family-friendly, low carb, gluten-free dinner is sure to please even the pickiest eater.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time50 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Gluten-Free, Keto, Ketogenic, Low Carb
Keyword: Keto Turkey Meatloaf, Low Carb Turkey Meatloaf
Servings: 8
Calories: 340kcal
Author: Explorer Momma

Ingredients

  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 tsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tbsp sugar-free BBQ sauce (or sugar-free ketchup)
  • 1/3 cup chicken bone broth
  • 1 tsp tomato purée
  • 2 lbs ground turkey
  • 3/4 cup pork rind crumbs
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 1/3 cup sugar-free ketchup

Instructions

  • Get out a baking sheet and preheat the oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Melt the butter in a skillet or sauté pan on medium heat and cook the onions, salt, pepper, and thyme until translucent, about 10 minutes.
  • Add in the garlic, vinegar, BBQ sauce, chicken bone broth, and tomato paste. Mix well then set aside to let cool.
  • Take a large bowl and mix the turkey, pork rind crumbs, and eggs together. Then add in the cooled onion mixture. Once it's all completely combined, shape it into a rectangle loaf on an ungreased baking sheet.
  • Spread the ketchup on top and bake for 50 minutes to one hour, or until the internal temperature is 165 degrees. Serve hot or at room temperature.

Notes

Nutrition Facts

Servings 8.0
Amount Per Serving
Calories 340
 
Total Fat 19 g  
Saturated Fat 6 g  
Monounsaturated Fat 4 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 3 g
Trans Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 151 mg  
Sodium 636 mg  
Potassium 322 mg  
Total Carbohydrate 4 g  
Dietary Fiber 3 g  
Sugars 2 g  
Protein 38 g
*Nutrition Facts per MyFitnessPal.com. For most accurate facts, calculate your own with the exact ingredients you use in the recipe.

Nutrition Disclaimer

Please be aware I am not a medical specialist or nutritional professional. On this blog, I share recipes and what works for me. Please do not take anything on this blog as medical advice and always consult with your doctor before starting any diet or exercise program. I use MyFitnessPal.com to calculate nutrition facts as a courtesy to my readers, and I remove erythritol from the final carb count and net carb count because does not affect my own blood glucose levels.
 
 
This is as accurate as possible, but it’s best to independently calculate nutritional information on your own with the specific ingredients you use. I expressly disclaim any and all liability of any kind with respect to any act or omission wholly or in part in reliance on anything contained in this website.

Keto Philly Cheesesteak Casserole

Keto Philly Cheesesteak Casserole

Deliciously creamy keto Philly cheesesteak casserole is packed with flavor and the perfect family weeknight meal. Easy to meal prep beforehand and throw in the oven, this low carb beef recipe always receives rave reviews at our house.

This weekend for Mother’s Day we returned to what’s probably my mother’s favorite restaurant in our home town. We go there almost every year on this special day, and we inevitably get the same things, EVERY YEAR. Creatures of habit we are, and I’ve found when I don’t get my usual, I am disappointed.

I love the predictability of it and the laughter and fun time our family has together. My mother gets the lemon cod, my grandmother, the cod Florentine. Now that I think of it, this year my brother shocked the table and ordered MY favorite instead of his usual Reuben sandwich. So what is my traditional Mother’s Day selection?

This post might give you a hint.

I absolutely love Philly cheesesteak. Actually, I always have even before I started eating keto. However, now I order the Philly cheesesteak sandwich without a bun and a side salad instead of fries.

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Flavorful Keto Philly Cheesesteak Casserole is the perfect weeknight low carb recipe the family will request over and over again. Creamy with beef, green peppers, onions and spices, ideal for a gluten-free diet. #ketodinner #lowcarbmeals

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If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.

J.R.R. Tolkien

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History of the keto Philly cheesesteak casserole

So what started us out making this dish other than my love for the Philly cheesesteak? One day my daughter, as she often does, exclaimed over how much she loved steak. Also, “Daddy cooks it just right!”

Well, we had some strip steaks on hand so decided to cook them up for dinner. She was ecstatic until she was about halfway through her meal. “This is very chewy”, and “What are those small round steaks called?” and “Filet mignon, yes, that’s what I like.”

Thank you so much Butcherbox for introducing my child to really good meat, yet spoiling her for any other steak cuts.

We had several other strip steaks on hand, and so I decided to try my luck with the flavors of Philly cheesesteak. Let’s just say it was a huge hit and one of the most enjoyable meals of my life as a mother.

Husband: This is really good! I like it. You can make this again. (Repeats 5 minutes later)

Girl child: Ahhh, steak! *Sigh* *Smile* Ahhh, cheese! *Sigh* *Smile* Ahhh, creamy sauce! *Sigh* *Smile* Yay.

Boy child: Can I have a banana with my mango?

You can’t win them all! Since then, this recipe has been a winner in my household. I love the fact it’s easy to put together on a Sunday afternoon and then just bake off Monday for an easy dinner.

Keto Philly Cheesesteak Casserole is a fabulous low carb family weeknight meal! Flavorful and gluten-free, a great recipe for a keto diet. #ketorecipes #ketodinner

Why do you call it a casserole?

First of all, this dish is called a casserole because it’s baked in a casserole dish. It’s fabulously delicious and one of the few dishes both my husband and daughter rave over. (My son won’t eat beef so we won’t discuss that right now.) 😉

Instead of a more solid casserole you can cut squares out of, this keto Philly cheesesteak casserole is more of a spoon dipper. It comes out cheesy gooey on top with a creamy gravy that permeates the meat and vegetables. In fact, I almost think it’s better the second day because it gives all the flavors a chance mingle.

So, let’s get to it!

To make a keto Philly cheesesteak casserole you’ll need : 

Excellent low carb recipe for keto Philly cheesesteak casserole. Flavorful, gluten-free, and kid-friendly - this is a weeknight meal-prep hit! #ketodinner #lowcarbdinner

How to make the Keto Philly Cheesesteak Casserole

To begin, get out all the ingredients. Then start with the meat.

What kind of beef cut to use for Philly Cheesesteak?

Well, traditionally a good Philly cheesesteak is made with very thinly sliced ribeye steak. However, you can use strip steak, top sirloin, or even a skirt steak.

To prepare the raw steak, slice it into very thin strips. Yes, I mean as thin as possible, and that’s not always easy. Luckily, I discovered a little trick to help in the process.

Steak slicing tips

Have your butcher slice it thin. OR if the meat is frozen, I’ve found it’s easier to cut with a good sharp cerated knife. It should be just starting to melt but still fairly frozen and hard. Then, simply slice the raw steak in thin strips.

Next, melt a tablespoon of butter in a skillet and salt and pepper the meat. Brown the meat on all sides quickly on medium-high heat just to sear in the juices. Then remove it from the pan and set it aside.

Using the same skillet with the leftover fat and butter, cook the onions and peppers, stirring occasionally. Add another tablespoon of butter if there’s not enough left for the veggies. Now cook them for about five minutes or until the onions almost caramelize and the onions and peppers are soft and cooked through.

Keto Philly Cheesesteak Casserole, onions and peppers

Philly Cheesesteak Sauce

In order to make the sauce that becomes sort of a gravy in the casserole, take out a blender. I love how simple this is. Put the cream cheese, bone broth, parsley, chives, onion powder, garlic powder, salt, and pepper into the blender. Then blend on high speed until the cream cheese is completely incorporated and there are no lumps. Voílà! Easy right?

If you’re not as excited about easy as I am or if you don’t have a blender and want a workout there’s another method. Be sure the cream cheese is room temperature or even on the warmer side. Whisk all the ingredients together in a large bowl. As a result of some hard whisking, you should come up with about the same mixture with no lumps.

Assemble the casserole

First, take out an 8″ x 8″ casserole dish and grease it with butter or coconut oil. Second, layer in the meat and then the veggies on top of it.

Meat, veggies, layered, Keto Philly Cheesesteak Casserole

Third, evenly pour the sauce over the veggies and meat in the casserole dish. Now top it all off with 9 slices of provolone cheese. 

Provolone layer, Philly Cheesesteak Casserole

Then bake it at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 30 minutes. Take it out of the oven and let it sit another 15 minutes before serving. 

Mmmmm!! Enjoy!

Spoon of delicious keto Philly cheesesteak casserole. Perfect to meal prep for weeknight family low carb dinners. #lowcarbdinner #ketorecipes

 

Beef Dinner Recipes

What are your favorite beef dinner recipes? Do you prefer casseroles, meat with gravy, or grilled? I personally love it all and find it’s good to mix things up every now and then. Now, I’m really hoping my son pulls an about-face and starts to love meat as much as I do soon!

I hope you try out this keto Philly cheesesteak casserole recipe and it becomes as popular in your house as ours!

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Delicious Keto Philly Cheesesteak Casserole is a great option to add to your meal prep list for a quick weeknight low carb family meal. Comforting flavors and great protein, your family will love this gluten-free dish. #ketodinner #ketorecipes

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Want another low carb family-friendly dinner option?

Awesome keto cauliflower mac and cheese bake. Keto, low carb, and gluten free it's sure to please everyone! #lowcarbdinner #ketodinner #macandcheese #explorermomma

More awesome keto main dish recipes:

  1. Cheesy Low Carb Zucchini Lasagna
  2. Keto Jambalaya
  3. Creamy Keto Italian Sausage Soup
  4. Low Carb Thai Coconut Soup

This casserole is always good with a side salad and a keto dressing like Keto Thousand Island Dressing.


Printable Recipe

Keto Philly Cheesesteak Casserole

Inspired by all the flavors we love in Philly Cheesesteak: steak, green peppers, onions, provolone cheese, and spices. Keto creamy goodness with hearty beef.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Gluten-Free, Keto, Low Carb
Keyword: Keto Philly Cheesesteak Casserole, Low Carb Philly Cheesesteak Casserole
Servings: 6
Calories: 428kcal
Author: Explorer Momma

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 2 lbs beef steak (sirloin or strip)
  • 1/2 cup sliced green bell pepper
  • 1/4 cup sliced onion
  • 1/2 cup beef bone broth
  • 8 oz cream cheese
  • 1 tbsp dried parsley
  • 1 tsp dried chives
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt (more or less to taste)
  • 1/2 tsp pepper (more or less to taste)
  • 9 slices provolone cheese
  • 3 tbsp fresh chopped green onion

Instructions

  • Slice the raw steak in thin strips. Melt a tablespoon of butter in a skillet and salt and pepper the meat. Then brown the meat on all sides for about a minute on medium-high heat. Remove from pan.
  • Using the same skillet, cook the onions and peppers, stirring occasionally for about five minutes or until the onions almost caramelize and the vegetables are soft and cooked through.
  • Take an 8" x 8" casserole dish and grease it with butter or coconut oil. Layer the meat and then the veggies on top.
  • Place the bone broth, cream cheese, parsley, chives, onion powder, garlic powder, salt, and pepper in a blender. Blend on high speed until the cream cheese is completely incorporated and there are no lumps.
  • Pour the sauce over the veggies and meat in the casserole dish evenly. Top with 9 slices of provolone cheese.
  • Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 30 minutes.

Notes

Nutrition Facts

Servings 6.0
Amount Per Serving
Calories 428
 
Total Fat 24 g  
Saturated Fat 14 g  
Monounsaturated Fat 2 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0 g
Trans Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 153 mg  
Sodium 823 mg  
Potassium 597 mg  
Total Carbohydrate 3 g  
Dietary Fiber 1 g  
Sugars 2 g  
Protein 45 g
*Nutrition Facts per MyFitnessPal.com. For most accurate facts, calculate your own with the exact ingredients you use in the recipe.

Nutrition Disclaimer

Please be aware I am not a medical specialist or nutritional professional. On this blog, I share recipes and what works for me. Please do not take anything on this blog as medical advice and always consult with your doctor before starting any diet or exercise program. I use MyFitnessPal.com to calculate nutrition facts as a courtesy to my readers, and I remove erythritol from the final carb count and net carb count because does not affect my own blood glucose levels.
 
 
This is as accurate as possible, but it’s best to independently calculate nutritional information on your own with the specific ingredients you use. I expressly disclaim any and all liability of any kind with respect to any act or omission wholly or in part in reliance on anything contained in this website.

Georgian Food: Eggplant With Walnuts

Georgian Food: Eggplant With Walnuts

Fabulous flavors come together with fenugreek, garlic, and walnuts in this naturally low carb, gluten-free traditional Georgian dish. Out of all Georgian food, Georgian eggplant with walnuts, or badrijani nigvzit, is a definitely a staple at any Georgian dinner party!

My husband just got back from visiting family for Orthodox Easter in Georgia (the country not the state). Georgians take great pride in hospitality and welcoming guests into their homes and do a fabulous job of it. Much emphasis is placed on the Georgian supra, or dinner party, where plates of traditional foods are stacked one on top of the other.

Georgians give toasts to God, peace, the guests, the children, Georgia, your country, and many others. While I love the Georgian cheese bread (khachapuri), desserts, and meats, one of my favorite keto-friendly side dishes is badrijani nigvzit.

Georgian eggplant with walnuts. I love Georgian food!

Okay, I admit when I first tried it, I was not used to eggplant. Actually, I had to work up my courage to taste and then enjoy it. To an American palate, it’s not a regular dish but once you do the flavors are oh so good! There’s a reason it’s on a plate at nearly every Georgian table on special occasions.

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Georgian eggplant with walnuts is a fabulous keto side dish that's a staple for any Georgian dinner. Low carb and gluten-free, full of flavor! #ketosides #georgianrecipes

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When I was alone, I lived on eggplant, the stove top cook’s strongest ally…. 

Laurie Colwin

Alone in the Kitchen with an Eggplant

What Georgian food will you find at a traditional dinner supra?

Like I said, my husband just returned from Georgia, and after Easter Georgian households celebrate and tend to eat a lot! They take great joy when friends, neighbors, and family come over to share a meal. The food and wine are traditional, abundant, and accompanied by music and laughter!

Georgian supra table with low carb Georgian eggplant with walnuts #georgiansupra

Before Orthodox Easter, or აღდგომა aghdgoma, religious Georgians fast from animal products, eat little, and are almost vegan for a time. Therefore, when it’s time to say, “Christ is risen!” a celebration and feast for days begin. 

Plate upon plates are stacked on top of each other, filled with amazing dishes. Guests are encouraged to eat and drink as much as possible and have a good time. Guitars are brought out for singing and dance.

It’s also a fun time to prepare food with the family! Generally, the women bake sweet and savory breads, prepare salads, and make sure there are enough different kinds of meat and side dishes. There’s wine, coffee, and dessert, and people can sit at the table all day.

What about it? Shall we make one of those side dishes?

To make Georgian food: eggplant with walnuts you’ll need : 

Georgian foods: eggplant with walnuts is a staple for any Georgian dinner. Fenugreek, garlic, and walnuts make this a delicious low carb side dish. #lowcarbrecipes #georgianrecipes

How to select an eggplant

When I first started to make this dish when I returned to the United States, I bought normal bulb eggplant. Unfortunately, the finished recipe did not taste or look like I remembered. The problem with the big eggplant is that it is slightly more bitter and eggplanty, and not the right size for folding like the eggplant used in Georgia.

I looked around at local grocery stores and finally found what I was looking for. In Georgia, they use a long thin eggplant. Therefore, the closest I have found to the same variety is called a Chinese eggplant in most stores.

Two Chinese eggplants on a pan

I’ve found it most often at my local Sprout’s farmer’s market, and you may also have more luck at smaller natural produce or farmer’s market-type locations.

I’m even planning to grow it this year in my garden!

How to make fried Georgian eggplant with walnuts

To begin, gather all the ingredients and supplies together. Second, slice the Chinese eggplants lengthwise to about 1/3 of an inch thick. I like to use a mandolin slicer for this process but a regular knife works if you prefer.

Slicing the Chinese eggplant

Now we’re going to let the eggplant “weep” and get as much of the bitter flavor out as we can. Lay the eggplant out on towels and salt it liberally. Next, leave it there untouched for about half an hour and turn it over and salt the other side. Then let it sit another half hour or so.

The eggplant should “weep”, and the bitter liquid seeps out. Now rinse off the liquid and salt and pat them dry.

Next, get out a skillet or frying pan, and heat the oil over medium heat. Now fry the eggplant slices in batches for about 2 minutes on each side. When they’ve slightly browned, remove them to a dish and cover.

How to make the filling

Next, for the filling, take out a food processor (or pestle and mortar) and place in it all the rest of the ingredients: the walnuts, water, garlic, coriander, vinegar, salt, pepper, and fenugreek (or Georgian utskho suneli and kviteli qvaveli if you have it).

Process it all on high for forty seconds or so then unplug and spoon down the sides with a spatula. Continue to process it on high until everything’s thoroughly combined in a rough paste.

Tip: Refrigerate the filling for 2 hours or overnight, as the flavors need time to set and blend together. If the garlic tastes a little strong, the next day it shouldn’t (so says the garlic-lover).

Georgian foods: eggplant with walnuts, garlic, and fenugreek. A fabulous low carb traditional side dish. #ketosides #georgianfoods

Allergy tip: Can I tell you a little secret? Most of the time I actually substitute blanched almonds in this dish instead of walnuts. Why? Well, I love walnuts, but another in the household has a severe allergy to walnuts but not almonds. If you need to work with an allergy, try other nuts or even seeds that aren’t a problem.

How to fill the eggplant

First, take one strip of the eggplant and spread about a tablespoon of filling on half of it. Second, fold the strip in half evenly like a book with the filling in the middle.

Georgian eggplant with walnuts on a plate, badrijani nigvzit #georgianfoods #lowcarbsides

Lastly, arrange them on a plate or serving platter and garnish with some chopped cilantro and pomegranate seeds if they’re in season! The Georgian foods look an array of colors during the summer.

Lately, I’ve not been able to get pomegranates but love that little tang the seeds bring and aesthetically for the beautiful color! Soon, soon my pretties!

Bite of Georgian foods: eggplant with walnuts #georgianfood

Georgian food and traditional recipes

Over the next few months, I’ll be featuring different traditional Georgian recipes. Some are already gluten-free and low carb like this staple side dish, Georgian eggplant with walnuts. Others, like khinkali, or meat dumplings are not, but I’ll share recipes for the traditional way to make them and a gluten-free option!

So if you’ve been to Georgia or just like to try another culture’s classic dishes, I hope you follow along on my Georgian food journey. Until next time! Nakh vam dis!

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Georgian eggplant with walnuts, badrijani nigvzit. A fabulous low carb, gluten-free Georgian food. A keto side dish with garlic, walnuts, and spices. #georgianfood #lowcarbsides

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Want to learn more about the country of Georgia?

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  3. How to Make Traditional Georgian Bread
  4. Top 10 Things to do in Batumi, Georgia with kids!
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Printable Recipe

Georgian Eggplant with Walnuts

Fabulous flavors come together with fenugreek, garlic, and walnuts in this naturally low carb traditional Georgian dish. One of my favorite Georgian foods, Georgian eggplant with walnuts, or badrijani nigvzit, is a staple at any Georgian dinner party.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine: Georgian, Gluten-Free, Keto, Low Carb
Keyword: Badrijani, Georgian, Georgian Eggplant with Walnuts
Servings: 18
Calories: 78kcal
Author: Explorer Momma

Ingredients

  • 3 medium-sized Chinese eggplant
  • 1 cup walnuts
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 tsp white wine vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp ground fenugreek (Georgian utskhro suneli)
  • 1 tsp ground corriander
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup water
  • cilantro to garnish
  • pomegranate seeds to garnish

Instructions

  • Slice the Chinese eggplant lengthwise to about 1/3 of an inch thick. Use a mandolin slicer or regular knife.
  • Lay the eggplant out on towels and salt it liberally. Leave it for half an hour and turn it over and salt the other side. It should "weep" and the bitter liquid seeps out. Rinse and pat dry.
  • Heat the oil over medium heat and fry the eggplant slices in batches about 2 minutes on each side. Remove to a dish and cover.
  • For the filling, take out a food processor (or pestle and mortar) and place in it all the rest of the ingredients except the cilantro and pomegranate seeds for garnish. Process on high for forty seconds or so then unplug and push down the sides with a spatula. Continue to process on high until thoroughly combined in a rough paste.
  • Refrigerate the filling for 2 hours or overnight, as the flavors need time to set and blend together. 
  • Take one strip of the eggplant at a time and fill each with about a tablespoon of filling, folding the strip evenly like a book with the filling in the middle.
  • Garnish with roughly chopped cilantro and pomegranate seeds. Serve at room temperature.

Notes

Nutrition Facts

Servings 18.0
Amount Per Serving
Calories: 78
 
Total Fat 7 g  
Saturated Fat 1 g  
Monounsaturated Fat 3 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 3 g
Trans Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 0 mg  
Sodium 33 mg  
Potassium 158 mg  
Total Carbohydrate 4 g  
Dietary Fiber 2 g  
Sugars 2 g  
Protein 1 g
*Nutrition Facts per MyFitnessPal.com. For most accurate facts, calculate your own with the exact ingredients you use in the recipe.

Nutrition Disclaimer

Please be aware I am not a medical specialist or nutritional professional. On this blog, I share recipes and what works for me. Please do not take anything on this blog as medical advice and always consult with your doctor before starting any diet or exercise program. I use MyFitnessPal.com to calculate nutrition facts as a courtesy to my readers, and I remove erythritol from the final carb count and net carb count because does not affect my own blood glucose levels.
 
 
This is as accurate as possible, but it’s best to independently calculate nutritional information on your own with the specific ingredients you use. I expressly disclaim any and all liability of any kind with respect to any act or omission wholly or in part in reliance on anything contained in this website.

Low Carb Keto Pesto Pinwheels

Low Carb Keto Pesto Pinwheels

Full of summer flavors, keto pesto pinwheels are the perfect low carb appetizer or game time snack. Basil, garlic, and sundried tomato in a guilt-free, gluten-free swirl!

Not too long ago my daughter was watching a baking competition show on TV, and the challenge was palmiers. Now, palmiers are a form of puff pastry, layers and layers of butter folded in the dough to create incredible layers. They are rolled in the shape of a palm, elephant ear, or simply round like a cinnamon roll and sliced to bake.

On the show, they were filling them with all sorts of amazing flavors. However, my mind immediately went to, “Wouldn’t those be amazing with basil pesto and sun-dried tomato?”

Thus, this is where our keto pesto pinwheels began. While I haven’t tried to make a gluten-free puff pastry, I know I love a good fathead dough. Fathead dough is made of mozzarella cheese, cream cheese, and almond flour among a few other ingredients.

To me, it seemed the perfect choice for a tasty appetizer for a family gathering or even game day. Can I tell you something? I was right. They are pretty fabulous!

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Delicious low carb keto pesto pinwheels are the perfect choice for a snack or appetizers at your next party or family holiday gathering. #ketoappetizer #ketosnacks

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Cooking and baking is both physical and mental therapy.

Mary Berry

British food writer

Keto pesto pinwheels: more fillings

There are so many options when it comes to creating a filling for an amazing dough!

First, do you choose sweet or savory? Second for me is okay, what all do I have around the house?

These baked treats make a fabulous snack or appetizer, or even lunch! What are your favorite fillings? Do you go Greek and fill it with feta, spinach, and garlic? Maybe a traditional salami and provolone? You could even make it a pizza roll with tomato sauce, pepperoni, and mozzarella!

It’s a fun way to get the kids involved in cooking because believe me, they will have opinions.

What?! Kids have strong opinions? Imagine that. Mine are strongly against spinach unless we call it dinosaur slime. And then it’s okay. Mmmm, tasty!

Today, however, I think we’ll stick with pesto and sundried tomatoes. It’s a classic combination and one it’s hard to go wrong with.

If you’d like to try your hand at making a super-simple, yet amazingly flavorful basil pesto, find my recipe here.

Flavorful parmesan, basil, garlic, and sun-dried tomatoes flavor these keto pesto pinwheels. Perfect for a low carb appetizer or gluten-free game day snack. #ketoappetizer #ketorecipes

 

To make easy keto pesto pinwheels you’ll need : 

Delicious parmesan, basil, garlic, and sun-dried tomatoes flavor these keto pesto pinwheels. Perfect for a low carb appetizer or gluten-free game day snack. #ketoappetizer #glutenfreeappetizer

Why kids should bake

These pinwheels are really not too difficult to make although they may look it at first glance. Like I said, enlist some kids to help out because they absolutely love the hands-on aspect of this bake. Baking is great for kids because they have to make a plan, follow directions, and in the end create something delicious for everyone!

Now, in the rare case the directions are not followed, they learn something from it, am I right? My daughter loves to go through the entire baking process and share her creations with the family. It’s a sense of accomplishment that I think leads to a greater work ethic in the future. But enough of my soapbox. On to the baking!

How to make keto pesto pinwheels

First off gather your ingredients and kitchen items. Second, put the mozzarella and cream cheese in a large microwave-safe bowl and melt it for 1-2 minutes. It should be just melted but not so much that it’s nearing the crisp and harden stage.

Third, add in the almond flour, powdered parmesan cheese, and baking powder, and use a mixer to combine it all into a dough.  Make sure you have a really large bowl to do this so small pieces don’t get spat out all around the room! Also, depending on the mozzarella you use, it can stick around the beaters.

Never fear, if the mixture does wind itself around the beaters too much just stop the machine, pull off the mozzarella mixture that’s causing the problem. Et voílà! Continue.

Next, keep mixing and add the eggs in one at a time. Then, form the mixture into a dough and place it between two pieces of parchment paper. If it is too sticky to handle, refrigerate it for 15 minutes. Another thing I like to do is spray the parchment paper with coconut or olive oil to prevent sticking.

Keto pesto pinwheels dough in a rectangle shape

Now, roll out the dough to make a large rectangle about 1/4 of an inch thick.

How to fill the dough

I like to use a pastry brush to brush the pesto over the dough or you could easily use a spoon if you don’t have the pastry brush.

Brushing the pesto on the fathead dough

Over the pesto, evenly sprinkle the chopped sundried tomatoes.

Keto pesto pinwheel dough with pesto and sun-dried tomatoes

Then use the parchment paper as a guide to help roll up the dough from the narrow end until it becomes a log. This is where you can get creative with your rolling too. You could roll it the long way from both sides inward to create the traditional elephant ears.

Rolling the keto pesto pinwheels

However you decide to roll it, try not to touch it too much because the warmer it gets, the more difficult it becomes to work with. Once rolled, carefully wrap in plastic wrap (cling film) and place in the freezer for about an hour. 

Why chill it? One, it needs to harden to be easier to slice. Two, when it’s chilled beforehand it holds its shape better when baked.

Slice and bake the pesto pinwheels

Next, unwrap the log and slice it into 1/2 inch slices. Place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or silicone baking mats. There should be about 20 pinwheels if you’ve rolled from the short end.

Keto pesto pinwheels, cut to bake

Put the pan (you may need to use 2 pans) in the oven and bake for 20-25 minutes at 350 degrees Fahrenheit or until beautifully golden and the edges begin to brown. Be sure to let them cool for at least 15 minutes on the pan before you move them to cool completely on cooling racks.

They should have a gentle crunch and be full of flavor!

Tip: When re-heating use the oven or even warm them on a skillet on the stove. If you put them in the microwave they soften and lose the crunch. 

Bite out of a keto pesto pinwheel #ketorecipes #lowcarbappetizer

 

Best keto appetizers

It’s always a good idea to bring a snack or appetizer to family parties or any gathering that involves food. Personally, I want to be sure there’s something I can eat, but I also want something I think everyone else will enjoy too!

These keto pesto pinwheels definitely fit the bill. You may need to set a few aside for yourself because once your friends taste them they won’t last long! Give them a try with pesto and sun-dried tomatoes or let me know if you try another filling you love.

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Flavorful keto pesto pinwheels are a delicious low carb appetizer or gluten-free snack to take to any party or event. You can't go wrong with a fathead dough, basil, garlic, parmesan, and sundried tomatoes! #ketoappetizer #ketorecipes

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Make your own easy keto pesto!

Delicious and super simple keto pesto adds a punch of flavor to any low carb meal. Garlic, basil, and parmesan, you can't go wrong! Use up the garden basil and keep the family happy all year. #ketorecipes #lowcarbsauce

Printable Recipe

Keto Pesto Pinwheels

Full of summer flavors, keto pesto pinwheels are the perfect appetizer or game time snack! Basil, garlic, and sundried tomato in a gluten-free swirl.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Chill time1 hr
Total Time30 mins
Course: Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine: American, Gluten-Free, Italian, Keto, Low Carb
Keyword: keto pesto pinwheels, low carb pesto pinwheels
Servings: 20
Calories: 84kcal
Author: Explorer Momma

Ingredients

  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese (full fat works best)
  • 3 oz cream cheese
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 1/2 cups finely ground almond flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup powdered parmesan cheese

Fillings:

  • 1 cup pesto
  • 1/2 cup chopped sun-dried tomatoes

Instructions

  • Melt the mozzarella and cream cheese for 1-2 minutes in a microwave safe bowl.
  • Add in the almond flour, powdered parmesan cheese, and baking powder and mix to combine into a dough. Continue mixing and add the eggs in one at a time.
  • Form the mixture into a dough and place it between two pieces of parchment paper. If it is too sticky to handle, refrigerate it for 15 minutes. Optional: spray the parchment paper with coconut or olive oil to prevent sticking.
  • Roll out the dough in a large rectangle about 1/4 of an inch thick. Use a pastry brush to brush the pesto over the dough. Over that, evenly sprinkle the chopped sundried tomatoes.
  • Use the parchment paper to help roll up the dough from the narrow end until it becomes a log. Wrap in plastic wrap (cling film) and place in the freezer for an hour.
  • Slice the log into 1/2 inch slices and place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or silicone baking mats. There should be about 20 pinwheels.
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes at 350 degrees Fahrenheit or until golden and the edges begin to brown. Let them cool for at least 15 minutes on the pan and then completely on cooling racks. They should have a gentle crunch.

Notes

Nutrition Facts

Servings 20.0
Amount Per Serving: 1
Calories 84
 
Total Fat 7 g  
Saturated Fat 2 g  
Monounsaturated Fat 1 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0 g
Trans Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 28 mg  
Sodium 145 mg  
Potassium 62 mg  
Total Carbohydrate 2 g  
Dietary Fiber 0 g  
Sugars 1 g  
Protein 6 g
*Nutrition Facts per MyFitnessPal.com. For most accurate facts, calculate your own with the exact ingredients you use in the recipe.

Nutrition Disclaimer

Please be aware I am not a medical specialist or nutritional professional. On this blog, I share recipes and what works for me. Please do not take anything on this blog as medical advice and always consult with your doctor before starting any diet or exercise program. I use MyFitnessPal.com to calculate nutrition facts as a courtesy to my readers, and I remove erythritol from the final carb count and net carb count because does not affect my own blood glucose levels.
 
 
This is as accurate as possible, but it’s best to independently calculate nutritional information on your own with the specific ingredients you use. I expressly disclaim any and all liability of any kind with respect to any act or omission wholly or in part in reliance on anything contained in this website.

The Best Easy Low Carb Keto Pesto

The Best Easy Low Carb Keto Pesto

Quick and easy keto pesto is bursting with flavor! Gluten-free pesto is perfect on your favorite low carb bread or in any recipe that calls for an Italian sauce. Packed with garlic and basil, it’s kid-approved and delicious!

When was the first time you tried pesto? To be honest I can’t actually remember as I was a picky child. However, I know I was in college when I truly fell in love with it.

Pasta with pesto became very popular around my shared house, and I was so excited to get my aunt’s old food processor she was about to sell at a garage sale. Can I tell you a secret? Those older machines are sometimes the best. That same food processor she used for many years is still in my cabinet and runs well!

I’m not going to tell you exactly how many years it’s been for me since I received it in college, but it’s been quite a few!

In spite of the fact my diet is primarily keto and low carb, I still adore pesto! The powerful strength of the garlic and basil is just as fabulous as it was back then. I just dropped the pasta and use it on different dishes.

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Simple and classic keto pesto is a delicious sauce for any low carb Italian dish. Gluten-free and packed with garlic and basil, every member of the family will love this fabulous dinner accompaniment. #lowcarbrecipes #ketopesto

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“Pesto madam.”
“Yes, Floote, that! Brilliant. Full of garlic.” To illustrate her point, she took another mouthful before continuing. “Seems they put garlic in positively everything here. Absolutely fantastic.”

Gail Carriger

Author, Blameless

Pesto origins

Imagine yourself in a terracotta roof-tiled house on the side of a hill in 16th century Genoa. It’s a summer sun-filled day in northern Italy, and the air is filled with the scent of basil. The garden is full, and the basil sways in the breeze filling the air with that magnificent aroma.

It’s time to make a new sauce. Pesto!

Pesto is said to originate in Genoa in the 16th century. It’s a simple sauce, but with a punch of flavors that blend together just right. Traditionally, it’s made with basil, garlic, parmesan cheese, pine nuts, and olive oil.

Back then they wouldn’t have had a food processor but used the indispensable mortar and pestle. Like this one here:

Therefore, for a truly authentic pesto it’s nice to go back to original methods. It’s not that much more difficult to grind a pesto sauce in the mortar and pestle. There are chefs like Mario Batali who claim it’s the best or even the ONLY way to make a true pesto.

Don’t worry, if you use a food processor like I do most of the time, I won’t tell anyone.

A jar of keto pest with a white plate of garlic, peppers, and spinach #ketorecipes #pesto

To make easy keto pesto you’ll need : 

Quick and easy keto pesto is packed with flavor and the perfect sauce to spice up a low carb meal. Gluten-free and sugar-free but full of garlic and basil, this will become a summer staple in your house. #ketopesto #ketorecipes

How to make a quick keto pesto

This recipe is so simple and easy it hardly takes any time at all.

First, take out all the materials and ingredients. Plug in the food processor or brandish your pestle (the rounded stone tool to grind the pesto), and it’s time to begin.

Second, throw all the ingredients but the basil, salt, and pepper into a food processor. Process on high for 30-40 seconds or until everything is evenly combined.

Alternatively, grind it in the mortar with the pestle until combined.

Next, add in the basil, salt, and pepper and continue to pulse and process (or grind) until the mixture reaches the desired consistency. To be perfectly honest, it depends on the person. Do you like to have small chunks of nut or parmesan in your pesto or would you prefer it perfectly smooth?

I like it with very small pieces and not completely puréed. However, it’s your pesto! It’s completely up to you.

When the machine is off, use a spatula to push down any large pieces on the sides. Process it another 20 seconds or until you’ve reached the perfect pesto.

E ecco! Delizioso!

Spoon dips into a jar of basil keto pesto sauce. #ketorecipes #italianketo

The versatility of the keto pesto recipe

Do you know why I love pesto so much? Well, number one it’s flavor is out of this world! Yes, I have a thing for garlic and basil.

Secondly, the recipe is so incredibly versatile! It’s so easy to switch out certain ingredients based on what you have on hand or to make it fit with a certain diet. I even switch it up to avoid different allergens.

For example. The child has a nut allergy to pine nuts, cashews, and walnuts, but she’s okay with almonds. Instead of the traditional Italian pine nuts, I replace them with almonds.

Boom. Crisis averted, and we still get to enjoy those amazing flavors.

Another example: Eek! It’s spring, and I’m out of all my frozen pesto I stored up using all the basil from the garden last year! Basil is super expensive to buy in larger quantities or I only have a little on-hand. While the flavor will be slightly different you can always substitute in spinach for the missing basil.

Third example: I’m out of olive oil or prefer avocado oil on my keto diet. Simple. Substitute avocado oil.

Hint: Don’t avoid or skimp on the garlic. Its flavor is pretty awesome, and hey, you’ll ward off vampires.

Lovely silver spoon of green keto pesto #ketorecipes #lowcarbrecipes

Pesto is such a great standard. It’s so simple to make and always tastes good.

Tamra Davis

Director

Okay, you’ve sold me. But why call it KETO pesto?

There you’ve caught me. This is a pretty classic, traditional pesto recipe with optional changes here or there.

BUT it’s such a flavorful sauce, and it fits perfectly into the keto parameters. It’s low carb, high fat, and gluten-free. Did I mention it’s delicious?!

Therefore, to recognize the fact these traditional ingredients and sauce are an AMAZING addition to your keto library of recipes, I’ve titled this one Easy Keto Pesto. And it’s just that.

I hope you enjoy it on zoodles, your favorite keto bread, a white pesto zucchini lasagna (does that not sound like a fabulous summer garden recipe?!), or in my keto pesto pinwheels, a fabulous keto appetizer coming soon!

Buona fortuna, mangia, e sii felice!

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Delicious and super simple keto pesto adds a punch of flavor to any low carb meal. Garlic, basil, and parmesan, you can't go wrong! Use up the garden basil and keep the family happy all year. #ketorecipes #lowcarbsauce

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Do you have a Keto Garden?

What to plant in your keto vegetable garden

Want more flavorful keto recipes?

  1. Low Carb Thai Coconut Soup
  2. Chiles Rellenos Keto Breakfast Casserole
  3. Creamy Keto Italian Sausage Soup
  4. Keto Zucchini Lasagna

Or for a fabulous appetizer or snack for the big game, try this fabulous Cheesy Pickle Dip with keto friendly crudité, so good!

Printable Recipe

Keto Pesto

Easy bright and flavorful keto pesto will have your tastebuds singing of summer! The classic Italian flavors of basil and garlic in the perfect low carb summer sauce.
Prep Time5 mins
Total Time5 mins
Course: Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: American, Italian, Keto, Low Carb
Keyword: Basil Pesto, Easy Pesto, Keto Pesto, Low Carb Pesto
Servings: 14
Calories: 134kcal
Author: Explorer Momma

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup slivered almonds (or pine nuts, walnuts, or preferred nut)
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 3/4 cup olive oil (or avocado oil)
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 1/2 cups basil
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper

Instructions

  • Place all ingredients but the basil, salt, and pepper in a food processor. Process on high for 30-40 seconds or until everything is evenly combined.
  • Add in the basil, salt, and pepper and continue to pulse and process until the mixture reaches the desired consistency. When the machine is off, use a spatula to push down any large pieces on the sides. Process another 20 seconds or until mixed well.

Notes

Nutrition Facts

Servings 14.0
Amount Per Serving: 2 tablespoons
Calories 134
 
Total Fat 14 g  
Saturated Fat 2 g  
Monounsaturated Fat 8 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1 g
Trans Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 4 mg  
Sodium 146 mg  
Potassium 28 mg  
Total Carbohydrate 1 g  
Dietary Fiber 0 g  
Sugars 0 g  
Protein 2 g
*Nutrition Facts per MyFitnessPal.com. For most accurate facts, calculate your own with the exact ingredients you use in the recipe.

Nutrition Disclaimer

Please be aware I am not a medical specialist or nutritional professional. On this blog, I share recipes and what works for me. Please do not take anything on this blog as medical advice and always consult with your doctor before starting any diet or exercise program. I use MyFitnessPal.com to calculate nutrition facts as a courtesy to my readers, and I remove erythritol from the final carb count and net carb count because does not affect my own blood glucose levels.
 
 
This is as accurate as possible, but it’s best to independently calculate nutritional information on your own with the specific ingredients you use. I expressly disclaim any and all liability of any kind with respect to any act or omission wholly or in part in reliance on anything contained in this website.

Low Carb Keto Thai Coconut Soup

Low Carb Keto Thai Coconut Soup

Creamy Keto Thai coconut soup is a delicate blend of amazing flavors: shrimp, ginger, lime, coconut milk, lemongrass, with the red curry spice on top. Delicious, dairy-free, gluten-free, and low carb, this refreshing recipe is perfect for a Lenten meal, spring, or anytime!

Lately, I’ve seen a lot of blog posts on Pinterest with gorgeous pictures and tales of experiences in Thailand. They all seem to scream, “Come! Come visit Thailand, Land of Smiles!”

So, of course, my heart says, “Yes, please let’s go! I want to see these fantastic places and experience the food and culture!”

My brain says, “Unfortunately, now is now a good time to take off to Thailand, but why not make some Thai food?”

Why not indeed?

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Keto low carb Thai coconut soup is a delicate blend of delicious flavors. This dairy-free, gluten-free, and delicious soup is perfectly refreshing for spring, lent, or any time! #ketosoup #lowcarbsoup

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Thai food ain’t about simplicity. It’s about the juggling of disparate elements to create a harmonious finish. Like a complex musical chord it’s got to have a smooth surface but it doesn’t matter what’s happening underneath. Simplicity isn’t the dictum here, at all. Some westerners think it’s a jumble of flavors, but to a Thai that’s important, it’s the complexity they delight in.

David Thompson

Chef

Keto Thai coconut soup beginnings

With a few substitutions here and there, it’s very easy to eat delicious Thai food that’s low carb at the same time.

My first experiences with Thai food were definitely memorable. I was a sophomore or junior in college, and a group of friends decided to check out a fairly new local Thai restaurant. In the middle of Texas.

I loved and still love trying new flavors and experiencing other cultures and was super-excited to give Thai food a go. Unfortunately, my Texas Thai food experience was not a pleasant one. In fact, it made me sick for the next two days.

Regrettably, this disaster of a meal put my love of Thai food on hold for a number of years. Do you have a similar food memory you can’t shake? For years afterward, the smell of spicy coconut milk took me back to that experience, and not in a good way.

Creamy low carb Thai shrimp soup is dairy-free, gluten-free, keto, and an amazing blend of flavors with a punch of red curry. #ketosoup #lowcarbsoup

The beautiful flavors in Thai cooking

Today, I love Thai food! It is truly an art of flavor blending and layering and a delight to the senses. When prepared well.

Which is why I now do my research on any Thai restaurant I plan to visit and often make my own versions of my favorites. It is fairly easy to modify recipes slightly to make them Keto or low carb and still retain the fabulous flavors.

I was once told, in Thai cooking, there are four flavors: sour, sweet, creamy and salty. The spice, or heat, is over those four flavors. The secret and magic of the perfect dish is the correct balance of flavors where each sits just right to make it practically divine.

A westerner may see a list of the ingredients and skeptically think, “Wow! That’s certainly a melting pot of ingredients!”

When in fact, the lemongrass, ginger, lime, coconut milk, red curry, and all the others are precisely planned out. The balance must be there for a true Thai dish. It’s a different mix newer to my palate, and it’s very enjoyable!

Keto Thai coconut soup is art in color and flavor. The perfect blend of flavors in a delicious low carb meal. #ketosoup #lowcarbdinner

 

To make this low carb Thai coconut soup you’ll need : 

Keto Low Carb Thai Coconut Soup is full of flavors while still gluten-free and dairy-free. Shrimp, ginger, lime, red curry, perfectly refreshing for spring. #ketosoup #lowcarbdinner

How to make keto Thai coconut soup

First, take out a large soup pot or dutch oven and melt the coconut oil over medium-high heat. You can also use avocado oil instead if you don’t have coconut oil.

Second, add the shrimp and stir it occasionally for 2-3 minutes until it turns pink. Sprinkle on salt to taste and then remove it to a bowl. Set it aside for now.

Then, back to the pot, add the onion, bell pepper, garlic, and zucchini. Stir it all occasionally until the vegetables become tender (4-5 minutes).

A note on the zucchini

I prefer to slice the zucchini and cut the rounds into fourths for my soup. However, you can cut them any size you want or even use a spiralizer to create noodles for your meal. I’ve done both and admit it’s just easier for me to slice instead of spiralize!

Next, add in the ginger and lemongrass and cook another minute. Instead of actual lemongrass I often use 5 drops of quality lemongrass essential oil. If you do choose to use lemongrass essential oil, add it at the end instead of at this point. It cuts down on the carbs and is easy to keep in the cabinet!

Now, whisk in the curry paste, coconut milk, stock, and pepper. Slowly, bring it all to a boil and then reduce the heat and simmer until the soup thickens slightly. This can be for about 10 minutes or longer to allow the flavors to combine. I often like the soup the second day better because the flavors have more time to blend.

Lastly, stir in the shrimp, lime juice, and cilantro (and lemongrass oil if using). Season it with salt and pepper to taste.

Serve it up in bowls and to make it pretty, garnish with fresh lime wedges and cilantro.

A bite of low carb Thai soup with shrimp. #ketodinner #lowcarbsoup

 

I landed in 1980 in Bangkok, and I stopped to eat ten times between the airport and the hotel. It was all lemongrass and ginger and chilies.

Jean-Georges Vongerichten

Chef

What’s your favorite international cuisine?

Spices, flavors, herbs, textures. I love my food. It’s even better when you taste the fabulous dishes from around the world. Indian, Thai, Chinese, Mexican, Cajun, yum!

Wouldn’t it be fabulous to travel from country to country to try their regional specialties? Oh yes, that would be delightful! However, I’m going to whip up some in my own kitchen. Then the smells, tastes, and textures will transport me easily on a world tour from own home.

Currently, I’m off to eat a bowl of keto Thai coconut soup. For now at least. 🙂 Enjoy!

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Keto Thai Coconut Soup is a delicate low carb blend of shrimp, ginger, lime, coconut milk, red curry and more. It's the perfect Lenten, spring, or anytime meal as it's dairy-free and gluten-free too. #lowcarbdinner #ketosoup

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Need something sweet for dessert?

Try a Butter and Jam Keto Thumbprint Cookie!

Delicious, easy butter and jam keto thumbprint cookies are the perfect low carb snack! Super kid-friendly and perfect for Easter, Christmas, Fourth of July, you name it! Gluten-free cookies with a strawberry tang. #ketorecipes #lowcarbcookies

More low carb soups:

  1. Keto Taco Soup
  2. Creamy Keto Italian Sausage Soup
  3. Low Carb Green Chili Chicken Chowder
  4. Keto Jambalaya (can be made as a soup)
  5. Low Carb Chicken Mushroom Soup


Printable Recipe

Keto Thai Coconut Soup

Fresh, spicy, and flavorful! Low carb Thai coconut soup is the perfect mix of coconut, lime, shrimp, cilantro, and red curry deliciousness! It's dairy-free, gluten-free and fabulous.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Main Course, Soup
Cuisine: Gluten-Free, Keto, Low Carb, Thai
Keyword: Keto Thai soup, Low Carb Thai soup, Thai coconut soup
Servings: 6
Calories: 359kcal
Author: Explorer Momma

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp coconut oil (or avocado oil)
  • 1 lb peeled medium shrimp
  • 1 diced red bell pepper
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 2 chopped zucchini (small) (or make as zoodles)
  • 1 stalk lemongrass (finely chopped) (or 5 drops lemongrass essential oil)
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • 1 tsp finely chopped ginger
  • salt to taste
  • 2 tbsp red curry paste (or red curry powder)
  • 2 13 oz cans unsweetened coconut milk
  • 4 cups chicken bone broth (or vegetable stock)
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 2 tbsp fresh cilantro (more to garnish)

Instructions

  • In a large soup pot or dutch oven, melt the coconut oil over a medium-high heat. Add the shrimp, stirring occasionally for 2-3 minutes until pink. Salt to taste then remove to a bowl.
  • To the pot, add the onion, bell pepper, garlic, and zucchini. Stir occasionally until tender (4-5 minutes). Add in the ginger and lemongrass and cook another minute.
  • Whisk in the curry paste and then the coconut milk, stock, and pepper. Bring it all to a boil then reduce heat and simmer until the soup thickens slightly (about 10 minutes).
  • Stir in the shrimp, lime juice, and cilantro and season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve in bowls and garnish with fresh lime wedges and cilantro.

Notes

Nutrition Facts

Servings 6.0
Amount Per Serving
Calories 359
 
Total Fat 26 g  
Saturated Fat 22 g  
Monounsaturated Fat 0 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0 g
Trans Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 116 mg  
Sodium 474 mg  
Potassium 381 mg  
Total Carbohydrate 6 g  
Dietary Fiber 1 g  
Sugars 4 g  
Protein 26 g
*Nutrition Facts per MyFitnessPal.com. For most accurate facts, calculate your own with the exact ingredients you use in the recipe.

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