Grain Free Beef Spaghetti Pesto:
This spaghetti pesto recipe is from my friend Megan Kelly. She has an incredible site Renewing All Things – Biblically Based Health, Nutrition and Lifestyle specializing in neurobiology, healing, and mental health. I know you will enjoy this grain free beef spaghetti pesto!!
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Grain Free Beef Spaghetti Pesto
Yield 4 Servings
1 lb. of grass-fed beef
1 spaghetti squash
2 cups of packed fresh basil
1 garlic clove, minced
¼ cup of pine nuts
½ cup of extra virgin olive oil
Pink salt to taste
½ cup of finely grated grass-fed cheese
½ lemon, juiced
Step #1: Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Bake spaghetti squash for 60 minutes, or until a paring knife pierces easily through skin with little resistance. Let cool for 10 minutes.
Step #2: Cut the squash in half, lengthwise and remove seeds.
Step #3: Use a fork to scrape the squash to get long, spaghetti-like strands.
Step #4: Make pesto by blending the basil, garlic, pine nuts, olive oil, lemon, and cheese together.
Step #5: Cook meat in butter or coconut oil and season with salt and pepper.
Step #6: Toss meat, squash, and pesto, top with more cheese
Step 7: You can combine all in a baking pan and top with more cheese and bake for 20 minutes to make more of a cheesy casserole.
***Nutritional info does not include optional ingredients.***
***The nutrition info for this recipe is based on the linked ingredients above**
Serving Size 1.5 cups
Amount Per Serving
% Daily Value
Total Fat 55 g
Total Carbohydrates 18 g
Dietary Fiber 4 g
Sugars 7 g
Protein 27 g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Gluten free and full of powerful detoxifying ingredients.
Not much to say except this one is tasty. It is important to get 100% grass fed beef and raw grass fed cheese to reap the numerous health benefits. Non organic/grain fed meat and pasteurized dairy are highly inflammatory and damaging to the body.
The meat and dairy from wild game and naturally grass-fed animals contains an incredible array of nutrients. The newest super-nutrient found in these animal products is Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA). CLA boosts metabolism, burns fat, builds muscle, and fights cancer. Give me some of that action.
“CLA also helps to upregulate the tumor suppressing gene PTPRG. Michael Pariza is the famed scientist who discovered CLA. He says, “few anti-carcinogens, and certainly no other known fatty acids, are as effective as CLA in inhibiting carcinogenesis.” A diet with as little as 0.5% CLA has been shown to reduce tumor growth by over 50%.”
Metabolism boosting beef, antioxidant rich vegetables, and detoxifying herbs make this meal one to hold onto. It is also wonderful with some sauteed mushrooms and onions as well!
Dr Jockers Comments:
I absolutely love the taste of a good pesto! This is a fantastic meal for those who enjoy the Italian flavor. I grew up eating spaghetti every week and it was something I missed when I went grain-free. Now, I can enjoy fantastic recipes like this that satisfy my desire for some comfort food and continue to reap the health benefits that come with a grain-free lifestyle.
Spaghetti squash is relatively low-carbohydrate so it fits into the ketogenic healing diet. Adding in the grass-fed beef and a nutrient dense pesto makes a terrific combination. The pesto is loaded with healthy fats and antioxidants. If you are following the auto-immune diet simply leave out the cheese and if you are on the low-sulfur diet than leave out the garlic as well.
This is typically a great meal for anyone trying to lose weight, improve their energy and immune systems and fight back against chronic disease.
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