Low-Carb Chilli Beef Skillet with Pumpkin & Kale

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Skillet throw-togethers are one of my favourite ways to eat low-carb style. This Chili Beef Skillet with pumpkin and kale is one of the easiest keto dinners you can make and it’s perfect for the whole family.

I had to laugh, I served it to Mr B and all I heard for 20 minutes was ‘oh wow,’ ummmmm,’ lip smacking noises! Anyone would think I’d never make him tasty food before! It think it’s safe to say this low-carb one-pot is a winner!

Delicately spiced and not to hot, but if you’re a chili lover, feel free to load on the heat.

Did you know grass fed beef is one of the most nutritionally dense keto-friendly foods you can eat? I hope this becomes a family favourite you make time and time again.

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Hands-on Overall

Nutritional values (per serving)

Net carbs8.9 grams
Protein24.1 grams
Fat38.6 grams
Calories490 kcal

Calories from carbs 7%, protein 20%, fat 73%

Total carbs11.7 gramsFiber2.8 gramsSugars4.6 gramsSaturated fat14.8 gramsSodium530 mg(23% RDA)Magnesium56 mg(14% RDA)Potassium759 mg(38% EMR)

Ingredients (makes 4 servings)

  • 1 tbsp ghee or butter (15 ml)
  • 500 g ground beef (1.1 lb)
  • 3 medium spring onions, chopped (45 g/ 1.6 oz)
  • 1/2 medium red pepper, sliced (60 g/ 2.1 oz)
  • 1/2 medium yellow pepper, sliced (60 g/ 2.1 oz)
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 small chile peppers (10 g/ 0.3 oz)
  • 2 tbsp grated ginger (12 g/ 0.4 oz)
  • 1 tbsp chopped lemongrass (5 g/ 0.2 oz)
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 1/2 cups diced pumpkin (175 g/ 6.2 oz)
  • 1 tbsp ghee or butter (15 ml)
  • 2 cups shredded kale (100 g/ 3.5 oz)
  • 1/2 cup sugar snap peas, split (30 g/ 1.1 oz)
  • 1 tbsp toasted sesame oil (15 ml)
  • 1 tsp chili oil or extra virgin olive oil (15 ml)
  • 1 tbsp fresh lime juice (15 ml)
  • 1 tsp fish sauce
  • 1 tbsp coconut aminos (15 ml)
  • salt and pepper, to taste
To Serve
  • 3 tbsp chopped fresh coriander (12 g/ 0.4 oz)
  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds (9 g/ 0.3 oz)
  • Optional: few lime wedges

Instructions

  1. Grease a skillet with ghee. Once hot, place the beef in the skillet and fry on a medium heat for 5 - 6 minutes until brown and the juices evaporate.
    Low-Carb Chilli Beef Skillet with Pumpkin & Kale
  2. Add the peppers, spring onions, chili, garlic, ginger, lemongrass and paprika. Stir fry for a further 2 - 3 minutes. Place to one side.
    Low-Carb Chilli Beef Skillet with Pumpkin & Kale
  3. Add the butter to the empty skillet and sauté the pumpkin for 4 - 6 minutes until el dente.
    Low-Carb Chilli Beef Skillet with Pumpkin & Kale
  4. Add the beef mixture back to the pan. Add about 5 tablespoons of water, and the kale and sugar snap peas. Cook for 2 - 3 minutes until the kale wilts. (Option to add a lid to steam it slightly.)
  5. Remove from the heat and stir through the lime, toasted sesame oil, olive or chili oil, coconut aminos, fish sauce, salt and pepper to taste. Top with fresh coriander, sesame seeds and optional lime.
    Low-Carb Chilli Beef Skillet with Pumpkin & Kale
  6. Tastes best when served fresh. To store, let it cool down and refrigerate for up to 4 days, or freeze for up to 3 months. Low-Carb Chilli Beef Skillet with Pumpkin & Kale

Ingredient nutritional breakdown (per serving)

Net carbsProteinFatCalories
Ghee
0 g0 g3.8 g34 kcal
Beef, minced (ground), raw, grass-fed
0 g21.5 g25 g318 kcal
Spring onion, scallion, green onion, fresh
0.5 g0.2 g0 g4 kcal
Onion, brown (yellow), raw
0.9 g0.1 g0 g5 kcal
Peppers, red bell, fresh
0.6 g0.1 g0 g5 kcal
Peppers, yellow bell, fresh
0.6 g0.1 g0 g5 kcal
Garlic, fresh
0.5 g0.1 g0 g2 kcal
Peppers, chile (chili), fresh
0.2 g0 g0 g1 kcal
Ginger root, fresh
0.5 g0.1 g0 g2 kcal
Lemongrass, fresh
0.3 g0 g0 g1 kcal
Paprika, spices
0.1 g0.1 g0.1 g2 kcal
Pumpkin, fresh
2.6 g0.4 g0 g11 kcal
Ghee
0 g0 g3.8 g34 kcal
Kale, curly, fresh
0.9 g0.5 g0.1 g7 kcal
Peas, sugar snap, fresh
0.4 g0.2 g0 g3 kcal
Sesame oil
0 g0 g3.4 g30 kcal
Olive oil, extra virgin
0 g0 g1.1 g10 kcal
Lime juice, fresh
0.2 g0 g0 g1 kcal
Fish sauce
0.1 g0.1 g0 g1 kcal
Coconut aminos (substitute to soy sauce)
0.3 g0 g0 g1 kcal
Salt, sea salt
0 g0 g0 g0 kcal
Pepper, black, spices
0.1 g0 g0 g0 kcal
Coriander (cilantro), fresh
0 g0.1 g0 g1 kcal
Sesame seeds
0.3 g0.4 g1.1 g13 kcal
Total per serving
8.9 g24.1 g38.6 g490 kcal
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Food is one of life’s most powerful medicines. I’m a true testament that once you find the right approach for you, you can overcome poor health through the healing power of food.

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