Try this exciting Kefta recipe to bring Moroccan inspired flavor to your table, simply! This Whole30 Friendly, gluten free, paleo, low-fat, healthy recipe is ready in about 30 minutes and is so simple to make.
What is kefta? Keft, kofta, kafta, depending on the region it comes from, is essentially seasoned ground meat. The savory, richly seasoned met is often shaped into a patty, or formed into a brochette (cigar-type shape), and sometimes wrapped around a skewer for a kebab. Sometimes the meat has bulgur, eggs, or rice added. With this quick and simple version we are keeping it simple, gluten free, and Whole30/Paleo/ low-carb friendly with just meat, Mesa de Vida Whole30 Approved North African inspired cooking sauce, and lots of fresh herbs.
Our healthy cooking sauce brings Moroccan inspiration to the ground meat and even adds a boost of nutrition! Our flavor base is made with concentrated vegetables, fruit, spices and herbs, ready to add delicious flavor to your meals – simply. The cooking sauce is also very low in sodium, so you can add salt to your own tastes. Our blends are so packed with flavor you’ll likely find you can use a lot less salt, while still achieving big flavor.
Kefta are delicious on their own, but I’ve created a simple and incredibly flavorful cauliflower salad to serve them with. The cauliflower is roasted with a dollop of the same North African cooking sauce, which brings so much flavor, easily! You don’t have to break out a cabinet full of expensive spices, or know how to combine them to achieve great Moroccan flavor – you just get to pour on and enjoy!
The flavorful, golden, tender and caramelized cauliflower is then tossed with a beautiful simple vinaigrette, lots of fresh herbs, and crunchy toasted cashews. This salad is fantastic warm, but the leftovers are just as good served cold the next day.
Other ways to serve kefta is on top of cooked couscous, chickpeas, or rice, (add a dollop of our cooking sauce to the simmering water to add great flavor), on toasted flatbread with a salad of cucumber, onion and tomato, or form the meat around a skewer and cook them on a hot grill during the summer, and serve with grilled vegetables.
If you’re looking for healthy meals for meal-prepping in advance, this is a great option. While you’re making the recipe for dinner, double it and make twice as much. Then, freeze the kefta patties to use another night.
If you’d like to make the kefta with a delicious gravy to pour over the meat, try braising them with a bit more of our cooking sauce. To serve you can drizzle the meat with hummus, or in our case a Paleo-friendly tahini drizzle made with tahini, fresh garlic, fresh lemon juice, and a bit of olive oil.
This is a satisfying, exciting meal that is simple enough for a quick weeknight dinner, but also a wonderful, gluten-free, Paleo, low-carb, healthy dish to make for a casual dinner party or potluck so everyone can enjoy.
I hope I’ve convinced you to try making Moroccan inspired kefta with Mesa de Vida North African inspired healthy cooking sauce – if you do we’d love to see the dish at your table of life! Share your photo on social media, tag us and use the hashtags #MakeItWithMesadeVida and #MesadeVida! We have a monthly winner chosen from those who share!
*If you like this recipe, you’ll love our not-so-basic-basic global gourmet meatloaf recipe, too!
Moroccan Kefta Recipe with Spiced Roasted Cauliflower Salad | Paleo | Whole30
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