Basically Keto is low carb (less than 20 grams of carbs a day), but high fat. If you are familiar with paleo, I feel that it is pretty similar to that, except you can eat cheese. And I love cheese!
For me this meant cutting out basically all the treat and sugar goodies I eat. It wasn’t isn’t easy, but with the results I’ve seen, it is totally worth it. On day 8 I had already lost 10 lbs! It has slowed down a little bit since then, but I’m still super happy with my results and am going to stick with it strictly for a full 30 days. We’ll see what happens after that, I really love my cookies, but I can do anything for 30 days (even not eating any cookies, while developing dozens of cookie recipes for my upcoming cookbook)!
After her initial Keto Kickstart post, Melissa started posting 7 day menu plans every weekend complete with recipes, shopping list, and all your nutrition facts. You can also easily swap out a dish for another one that has a similar carb count, because all the information you need is right there. Melissa has made it soooo easy!
I saw a recipe for Sundried Tomato Feta Meatballs on Melissa’s Week 1 menu plan, which inspired this recipe for Spinach Cheddar Meatballs. Who doesn’t love ooey gooey cheese? And in a meatball? Yum! Full of oozing cheese and bits of spinach they make a great entrée for dinner, or even an appetizer. The spinach helps to lighten it up a bit to keep it from being too rich and the egg holds it all together. These meatballs are packed with flavor, and they are good for you too. I ate mine on top of some spaghetti squash, but you can eat them just by themselves too!
- 1/2 lb lean ground beef
- 1 cup of spinach, thawed and drained (about 1/2-3/4 c. after you squeeze all the extra water out)
- 4 oz cheddar cheese, cut into small cubes (or about 1 c. shredded)
- 1 egg
- salt, to taste (1/2 – 3/4 tsp)
- pepper, to taste (1/4-1/2 tsp or more if you like)
- 1 tsp. savory
- 1 tsp. parsley
- One serving of 3 meatballs has: 275 Calories, 1.25 g carbs, and 19 g fat (calculated on My Fitness Pal)
- Inspired by Sundried Tomato Feta Meatballs on I Breathe… I’m Hungry…
- You could alternatively pan fry your meatballs until they are cooked through.
- Some cheese may ooze out of the meatballs, you can trim it off, or eat it. Either way.
- I’d definitely use lean ground beef, so that you don’t have super greasy cheese all over.