Cabbage noodles are an excellent low-carb/keto alternative to wheat and other high-carb grain based noodles.
To make them, run a sharp chefs knife through a green cabbage and stack up a mound of thin noodle-link strips or process large wedges with the small slicer blade of a food processor. These “noodles” can be easily adapted for a variety of recipes.
They are the feature in this Asian inspired ketogenic meal based on pan-fried cabbage noodles and ground beef with hidden liver!
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Nobody needs super fancy, expensive ingredients or drawn out kitchen prep to create wholesome nutrient dense meals on a ketogenic diet. Build day to day meals around a source of protein (which has eyes or comes from a shell), add in low-carb veggies that you enjoy and use fats for fuel. The amount of fat you choose to use will depend on your individual circumstance. Burn the fat on your body or the fat on your plate!
Yes! LIVER! Compared once for ounce, liver is one of the most nutrient dense foods on earth. We are BIG proponents of organ meats and nose to tail eating, so much so, I dedicated an entire section of my Ketogenic Cookbook to offal and odd bit recipes. In some ways, our journey to keto began with the introduction to organ meats. At the time (so many years ago!) we former vegans suffering from malnutrition, a sad story that is so common among the vegan community today. Organ meats were, and continue to be, an important cornerstone of our diet.
Asking your butcher to make a special blend of ground beef with ground liver is an easy way to introduce regular amounts of organ meats into your diet. Begin with 15-25% ground liver combined with 85-75% ground muscle meat. Once you have it prepped, the ground meat can be used in all the same ways as 100% ground beef – Beef and Broccoli Stir-Fry, Meatza with Low-Carb Pie Crust, Burgers with Onion Pan Sauce and more.
Suggested Shopping: Order grass-fed liver here if you lack access to local sources
With a bit of practice and some know-how, you’ll soon be able to make low-carb swaps for all types of foods! Use my All-purpose Keto Bread for day to day bread needs, enjoy your favorite pasta sauce poured over Zoodles, wrap a burrito in a Low-Carb Tortilla, substitute Cauliflower Rice for any rice and serve Creamy Cauliflower Mash instead of the traditional mashed potato.
Recommended: Low-Carb Swap Ideas
You can even make your own sugar-free, gluten-free, and soy-free Keto Soy Sauce! I posted the recipe last week and have been having so much fun exploring it.
More Low-Carb Swap Ideas:
- Keto Flatbreads + 33 Ways to Use Them
- Cheesy Keto Biscuits with Thyme
- Lettuce Wraps with Turmeric Infused Ground Beef
- Tuna Melt Quesadilla
- Tuna Zoodles with Lemon Dill
- Avo Tuna Melt Sandwich
- Ketogenic Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Keto French Toast
- Guide to Keto and Low-Carb Baking
Like many of my whole foods based, from scratch ketogenic recipes, this hidden liver recipe does not call for any super special ingredients or fancy equipment. I’m all about simple, staple recipes!
Cabbage Noodles with Ground Beef | Hidden Liver
- 1 medium green cabbage
- 1 tablespoon grass-fed butter
- 1 inch fresh ginger root minced or 1 teaspoon ginger powder
- 1/2 inch fresh turmeric root minced or 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
- 1 pound ground beef (75% ground beef 25% ground beef liver)
- 3 rablespoons Keto Soy Sauce <-- recipe here
- 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
- 1/4 cup fresh parsley chopped
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 part green onion thinly sliced, optional
- Core the green cabbage, process into thin noodles (use a sharp knife, food processor or spiralizer). Add to a hot frying pan with butter and cook over medium heat for 5 minutes.
- Add the ginger and turmeric roots. Continue cooking for 5 more minutes.
- Add beef and/or liver. Cook for 5 minutes more, stir to brown evenly.
- Add sauce, sesame, parsley and salt. Mix well. Bring liquid to a simmer and cook for a final 5 minutes.
- Serve warm with optional green onion as garnish.