First keto cooking (kooking…) experience
I was pretty astounded when I came into the kitchen that I can’t now touch about 80% of what’s in the cupboard. Literally everything has added sugar and / or other carbs. Which aren’t allowed. What I was allowed (while making dinner) was a stick of celery with stilton in the middle. Nom.
So I decided my first meal would be a simple one: a beef ragu. This will suffice for tomorrow as well, as Mrs Dicky is away. Obviously, there’s no way I can use spaghetti, so I used grated courgette instead. It turns out that one courgette turns into a lot of grated courgette, so I put some in the ragu too.
Ingredients for ragu:
– 400g beef mince (15% fat)
– lots of butter
– 3 onions (found out later they’re not allowed…)
– grated courgette
– grated aubergine (eggplant)
– beef stock
– red pepper diced small
– salt and pepper
– big bunch of spinach
I won’t go into how this fits together; actually if you just put it all in a pan and stir it it will be OK (I used to work in the uni canteen). My idea with the grated / diced veg was to replace the tomatoes, which are too sugary. This actually worked quite well, although there was a lot of unexpected water which came off, so I had to simmer for a while.
The courgette I just fried in butter. It went a bit limp.
So, the outcome: very good taste, not massively sure about the appearance. Possibly worth getting some of the water out of the veg first.
BTW as an idea I toasted some of the aubergine in the toaster to see whether I can use it instead of bread. Actually worked rather well.