Keto Quick Start Sneak Peek + Thai Meatball Recipe

I hope everyone had an amazing Christmas!  The month of December was a blink for me, and it was the first year in a while that I didn’t have all of my shopping done by the first week of December.  I blame that on finishing up my NTP training & working on new business start up during the holiday season.  Probably not the best mix, but that’s how it goes sometimes!  It all worked out, though, thanks to lots of list making, meal prep & planning, and a lot of grace.

Keto Quick Start Book Review

Amidst the rest of this, I was excited to be chosen to help promote Diane Sanfilippo’s new book, Keto Quick StartKeto is a super hot topic right now, and one problem I have with that is a large amount of misinformation, strict dogma, and improper food choices I see floating around social media & the web.   Keto can be amazing for some people (and not amazing for others).  It can be an incredibly nourishing and helpful way to eat to get your body burning fat and to reach health goals.  But it might also not work for you the way it worked for your best friend (or that random person you follow on Instagram).  You might need to tweak your macros differently, or (gasp) eat more carbs than what everyone says you should on keto.  This is OK… and this information, along with so much more, is why I love Diane’s book.

Keto is “in”, which is good & bad

Keto, like all new things that come along in the nutrition world, has blown up into the “in” thing.  And with that comes lots of people talking about the right way to do it, how you MUST do XYZ, and of course, how you can eat as much keto dessert as you want as long as you use all the stevia & erythritol.  Then of course there is the need for perfection, endless macro counting and analyzing, and no wiggle room for modification, even if it comes with a sacrifice to how you feel or your health.

Keto Quick Start is here to tell you that it doesn’t have to be like that!  Keto should be filled with nourishing, nutrient dense whole foods.  It should not be only piles of bacon and butter but instead filled with a wide variety of veggies, along with a nice amount of protein and fat.   There IS wiggle room, and perfection is NOT required.

The book guides you through…

  • What keto is and what it means to be in ketosis.
  • The importance of eating fat (and why it is NOT bad for you when you eat the right types)
  • The need for adequate protein in a keto diet.
  • The importance of the carbs you DO eat (and how to get the most nutrient bang for your bite). 

Beyond the basics of nutrition in keto, Diane also dives into how to modify keto to work for your goals (fat loss, athlete, and therapeutic), as well as how to modify keto based on symptoms you might be experiencing to make sure keto is working for your body and not against it (yes this means adding in more carbs when needed!). 

This book is literally FILLED with in depth information on keto and healthy eating.  This may be a quick start to keto, but the information you get is thorough and well researched.  I learned so much from this book!

Tracking, Meal Plans, Recipes & More!

On top of all of this the book provides a 4 week quick start to get you going on keto, beginning with a no macro counting, 2 week intro to let you adjust to the new way of eating without the stress of counting.  I personally LOVE this.  Counting calories and/or macros is one of my least favorite things ever.  It exhausts me.  While I realize it is necessary at certain points (and you WILL count macros at some point in your keto journey), it is great that you don’t have to start keto by being obsessed with numbers, and even after you do count for a  short time, you can transition to less/no counting once you have an idea of what you should be eating.  But when you are counting, the book includes 4 different tracking template options to make tracking super easy!

Keto Quick Start also includes 4 weekly meal plans that take out that extra step of planning for you, and over 100 keto recipes.  I’ve tried many of them already, and they have all been SOOOOO good!  (I’m sharing one below, too so check it out!)

Lots of Keto Recipes!

Even if you aren’t ready to jump into Keto, you are going to love this book for the recipes!  It is filled with whole food, delicious recipes that you can use whether you are doing keto or not!  My family has been loving everything I’ve tried.  I planned a whole week’s worth of meals using just this cookbook.  One favorite recipe was this one for Thai Meatballs.  Both of my teen daughters quickly chose to eat these a second time as leftovers (and neither of them ever like leftovers!).  These meatballs were so good & flavorful!  You can serve them over cauliflower rice or even in a lettuce wrap!  I made both steamed & roasted broccoli on the side (one kid likes steamed, the rest of us like it roasted – it’s called compromise! 🙂  ).  Steamed is pictured here because let’s be honest, it photographs better. 😉

Here’s the recipe from Keto Quick Start.  If you want to pick up a copy of this book for yourself, head on over to Amazon and pre-order your copy It releases January 1!

Thai Meatballs (Keto Quick Start)

Diane Sanfilippo (Keto Quick Start)
Serve with cauliflower rice or in a lettuce wrap
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 4


  • 2 T coconut aminos
  • 1 T red curry paste
  • 2-3 dashes of fish sauce
  • Grated zest of 1 lime
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh cilantro leaves
  • 1/4 cup minced green onions about 1 green onion
  • 1 tsp grated or minced garlic about 2 cloves
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp ginger powder
  • 1 pound ground pork
  • 1 pound ground chicken or turkey preferably dark meat for best flavor

For Garnish

  • Chopped fresh cilantro leaves
  • Sesame seeds
  • Sliced Green Onions

For Serving

  • Cauliflower rice


  • Preheat the oven to 375 F.
  • In a small mixing bowl, combine the coconut aminos, red curry paste, fish sauce, lime zest, cilantro, green onions, garlic, salt, and ginger powder. Stir to mix well.
  • In a mixing bowl, combine the chicken and pork and mix well with your hands. Add the marinade and use your hands to mix it with the meat until well combined. Form the meat mixture into twenty-four meatballs (about 1 1/3 ounces each) and place on a rimmed baking sheet.
  • Bake for 20 minutes, or until cooked through.
  • Remove the meatballs from the oven and garnish with cilantro, sesame seeds, and green onions, if desired. Serve with cauliflower rice.



Disclaimer:  As part of the Keto Quick Start launch team, I was provided with a free copy of the book to share & review.  All opinions here are 100% mine, though.  Recipe is shared from the Keto Quick Start book with permission.

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