A Very Tasty Ground Beef Casserole

A very tasty ground beef casserole that is also healthy, #keto and #lowcarb. One of my best ground beef recipes, it’s perfect for a weeknight #dinner.
Whenever I’m not sure what to make for dinner, I make this easy and healthy ground beef casserole.

It is keto and low carb, low calorie too if that’s a concern for you. Most importantly, it’s delicious!

INGREDIENTS
  • Olive oil spray for pan
  • 2 lb. extra lean ground beef (93% lean)
  • 1 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 4 oz reduced fat cream cheese, cubed
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar, divided
  • 2 tablespoons chopped parsley for garnish
A Very Tasty #Ground #Beef #Casserole
You can make this recipe here

Is it a healthy recipe?
I believe it is. Some experts advise us to limit red meat. But fresh unprocessed meat is very nutritious and I believe it does have a place in a healthy diet, in moderation. Especially when accompanied by vegetables.

As for the cheese, unless you have a specific issue that requires you to limit saturated fat, current research says that full-fat dairy is not harmful and might even be beneficial.

Why are you using low-fat ingredients?
I used to always buy lean ground beef (85% lean). But recently I’ve started experimenting with using extra lean ground beef (93% lean).

In many ground beef recipes, including this ground beef casserole, I end up draining the fat anyway. So it actually makes sense to use leaner ground beef.

Over the years of eating a low carb diet, I have also slowly realized that there IS such a thing as too much fat. I believe that one can’t overeat in abandon (both fat and calories) and expect not to gain weight, even on a low carb or a ketogenic diet.

So you’ll see that in this recipe, I use extra lean beef, reduced-fat cream cheese and a relatively small amount of shredded cheddar, with excellent, tasty and creamy results. However, if you wish, by all means, use higher fat ingredients!

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