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Keto Taco

The Scenario:

If any of you are gym rats then you might already have heard about the Ketogenic Diet, it is pretty similar to the Paleo Diet, except more hardcore. The Atkins Diet from a few years ago was based off of the medical version of it. The idea is basically that you trick your body into thinking that you are starving so that it starts converting all of your body fat into energy instead of stuff that you have eaten. You do that by eating a lot of protein, even more fat and the absolute bare minimum of carbohydrates, which your body prefers to use for energy and will use instead of the fat… making you even more fat if you screw up the balance.

Anyway, here is a handy recipe for all of you Ketogenic diet lovers and health nuts.

What You Need:

A stovetop

A skillet/frying pan

A big spoon

A sharp knife

A chopping board

A grater

Ingredients To Serve 4:

18 ounces of ground beef, the fattier the better.

A block of cheddar cheese

An onion

An iceberg lettuce

Chilli Powder



Optional extras:

Hot sauce, always. You know what, just assume that hot sauce is always an optional extra, with any meal.

Sour cream​

How To Do It:

1. Chop up your onion as fine as you can and grate your cheese. Separately.

2. Put the skillet on the heat at about three-quarters of the way to full and drop in a dab of oil.

3. Once the skillet is hot, throw in your beef and your onions.

4. When the beef turns a pale brown, add a tablespoon of Chilli Powder, sprinkled over the top. Do the same with a pinch of thyme.

I know there is a lot of debate within the Ketogenic Diet community about what herbs and spices contain carbohydrates and which ones don’t. The important thing to remember is that unless you are gulping down the whole container of chilli powder and taking shots of thyme there is so little of it actually going into the food that it won’t have any effect whatsoever. If you do decide to do shots of thyme, please put it on YouTube, that would be hillarious.

5. Keep it moving around.

6. Grate as much of the cheese as you think you are going to be able to manage and peel off whole leaves of the lettuce, they are going to be your tacos.

7. Put your ground beef into the lettuce and top it off with grated cheese. Repeat until you run out of beef.

8. Eat them all and question what sort of world you live in where they can’t invent some sort of carbohydrate free beer to go with your carbohydrate free tacos.

As long as you didn’t buy “lean” ground beef this meal should be almost completely carbohydrate free. Which means you won’t accidentally knock yourself out of fat-processing mode and end up gaining a stone in a week. Because the lettuce is made mainly out of water, it shouldn’t matter that your ground beef is a little on the dry side. Obviously, if you were switching it out for real tacos then you would need a whole different recipe.

G D Penman writes books. He lives in Scotland with his partner and children, some of whom are human. In those few precious moments that he isn’t parenting or writing he likes to watch cartoons, play video games, read more books than are entirely feasible and continues on his quest to eat the flesh of every living species. He has worked in just about every job you can have in a restaurant and now he is here to yell at you for using a microwave when there is a perfectly good oven right there.

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