Simple Moroccan Keto Meatballs (+ Curry Recipe)
Recipe by Molly Devine, RD
This recipe has such an amazing combination of flavors, you’ll come back to it time and time again. It’s already keto-friendly, but you can increase the fat content even more by making the meatballs with lamb instead of beef.
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- 1 pound grass-fed ground beef
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon Garam Masala spice blend
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1½ cups chopped cilantro leaves, divided
- 3 tablespoons coconut oil, divided
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 2-inch piece (2 tablespoons) fresh ginger, peeled and minced
- 13.5-ounce can coconut milk (full-fat)
- 1 tablespoon red curry paste
- 4 cups cauliflower, finely riced (processed from fresh florets)
- Juice and zest of 2 limes, divided
- Kosher salt and ground pepper, to taste
- Place ground meat, cinnamon, Garam Masala, garlic powder, olive oil, 1/2 cup chopped cilantro, and 1/4 teaspoon salt in a large bowl. Combine well with a fork or your hands. Roll into 12 meatballs, about 1.5 inches in diameter.
- Heat 1 tablespoon coconut oil in a cast iron skillet over medium-high heat. Add meatballs and brown on all sides, about 4-5 minutes. Remove meatballs from skillet and keep warm.
- Reduce heat to medium-low and deglaze skillet, scraping browned bits of meat from the bottom. Add ginger and garlic and sauté 1-2 minutes. Add coconut milk, curry paste, juice and zest of 1 lime, whisking to combine well.
- Bring to a simmer and return meatballs to skillet. Reduce heat to low, cover, and cook until meatballs are cooked through and flavors develop, about 20 minutes. Season to taste.
- While meatballs cook, prepare "couscous." Using a food processor, pulse fresh cauliflower florets until finely minced, while being careful to not over-process and make mushy.
- Heat remaining 2 tablespoons coconut oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Sauté riced cauliflower, stirring frequently, but making sure not to overcook, about 4-5 minutes. Remove from heat and toss with remaining zest and lime juice, 1/2 teaspoon salt, ground pepper, and remaining cilantro.
- To serve, top 1 cup of cauliflower "couscous" with 3 meatballs and ⅓ cup of the coconut curry sauce.
- Prep Time: 15 minutes
- Cook Time: 30 minutes
- Yield: 4