Keto diets require plenty of protein and delicious low-carb veggies, which can be difficult to balance. With these quick, delicious keto recipes you’ll stay on track without compromising flavor!
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1. Pesto Chicken
This recipe is ideal for quick and easy meals on those busy nights when time is of the essence. Not only is it healthy and flavorful, but you can serve it over pasta or low-carb noodles; but for an added dose of color try serving with a large green salad as well.
This delicious keto dish is an easy and tasty way to add fresh basil and parmesan cheese while meeting your daily protein goals! Prepare it in 20 minutes – making this meal ideal for weeknight dinner.
Start off by preheating your oven to 400 degrees, seasoning each chicken breast with salt and pepper before placing on a baking sheet and topping with pesto sauce.
Make or purchase your own pesto for this recipe, making sure it fits within Keto guidelines since most contain parmesan cheese and pine nuts. If dairy or nuts are off limits for you, add garlic cloves or even chopped shallots instead to spice up the dish!
Once the pesto has been added, top with mozzarella cheese and bake until your chicken reaches 165F. For a more complete meal, add some steamed vegetables such as broccoli florets or zucchini slices under the cheese layer for added depth of flavor.
2. Creamy Ham and Broccoli Soup
This delicious soup features tender pieces of ham and broccoli florets swimming in a velvety broth enriched by real cheddar cheese – making it keto-friendly and ideal for cold winter days!
Melt butter over medium heat in a large dutch oven or stock pot, and add ham. Cook until it turns brown all over, reserving any drippings from this step for later use. Saute onion, garlic, carrots celery salt pepper until softened and fragrant (10-15 minutes).
Add chicken stock, heavy cream and chopped ham and simmer over medium-low heat until all is thoroughly heated – approximately 15-20 minutes.
To thicken soup, gradually incorporate shredded cheddar cheese until no clumping occurs; otherwise the cheese could seize up and curdle in an overheated soup. For thicker soup, puree batches using an immersion blender.
Make this tasty keto recipe dairy-free simply by replacing butter with ghee or bacon fat as your fat of choice – either will work just fine! Leftovers may be stored covered for up to 7 days in the fridge before being heated in the microwave when necessary. If desired, serve in bowls and garnish with reserved bacon pieces and additional shredded cheese as desired for serving. Leftovers can be stored covered for 7 days and will reheat well! If using dairy substitutes such as ghee or bacon fat instead, keep that butter swap for 7 days in your refrigerator and microwave reheave as soon as possible for easy keto meal planning! If dairy free options exist then just swap out butter with either ghee or bacon fat instead.
3. Green Keto Blueberry Avocado Shake
Keto smoothie recipes offer one of the quickest and easiest ways to enjoy a nutritious meal on-the-go. They’re fast, convenient, and kid friendly – this berry avocado smoothie is creamy, refreshing and absolutely delectable! Packed with antioxidants and low in carbs for your keto diet breakfast needs – add in your favorite low carb protein powder to make it extra filling and satisfying!
Traditional smoothies contain high-sugar fruits that can cause your blood sugar to skyrocket, leading to cravings shortly after indulging. But this drink contains low-carb vegetables and avocado for a hearty and filling meal, along with matcha green tea’s antioxidants and catechins which support fat-burning capabilities.
This recipe is dairy-free, vegan, gluten-free and contains no added sugars. To sweeten it further add unsweetened whipped cream or slices of strawberries; or thicken with 1/4 cup of ripe avocado flesh. Alternatively, for something similar to chocolate cheesecake try using cream cheese in place of milk as well as adding 1 tablespoon of almond milk as dairy replacement if that suits.
4. Nut and Coconut Granola
For those on low carb diets looking for an energy boost this is the ideal breakfast. Free from both gluten and dairy, this grain-free granola features deliciously crunchy nuts and seeds! With monk fruit and erythritol sweeteners offering very low glycemic index readings (non-raising blood sugars) plus coconuts and nuts containing medium chain triglycerides (MCTs), easy digestion means this dish will have you going strong all morning long!
This deliciously crunchy and sweet granola features large clusters of walnuts, pecans, almonds and pepitas complemented with dried fruits and coconut flakes for an irresistibly crunchy yet sweet treat that pairs nicely with yogurt or milk for breakfast or as an afternoon snack – plus it is vegan- and gluten-free!
Start by preheating your oven to 185 F and collecting and measuring out all your ingredients. Combine cashews, almonds, mixed seeds, coconut flakes and some salt in one mixing bowl before pouring melted coconut oil mixed with monk fruit extract and vanilla extract into another small bowl and pour this over your granola mix before stirring well to coat evenly before spreading out on a baking tray and baking for 40 minutes.
5. Sous Vide Egg Bites
These keto breakfast egg bites will quickly become your new go-to breakfast solution! Packed with protein, fats and flavorful components – plus super simple to make and reheat quickly – they’re the perfect keto snack. All it takes is a silicone egg bites mold and some additional ingredients – I prefer adding cooked crumbled bacon and chopped bell pepper for my bites!
This copycat Starbucks recipe is easy and affordable to make at home, without needing expensive sous vide equipment. Start with a silicone egg bites mold, spray each cavity with nonstick cooking spray and choose your fillings – I like using cooked, crumbled bacon and chopped bell pepper as my fillings but you could use other vegetables or even make vegetarian egg bites by eliminating bacon altogether!
Once your egg mixture has been mixed, pour into each cavity of an egg bites mold, leaving some extra space at the top for expansion during cooking. Place these molds into your Instant Pot on a metal trivet and cook for 7 to 10 minutes before taking out.
Egg bites make the ideal Keto meal on-the-go for breakfast, lunch, or dinner! With their convenient form factor and high protein and fat content – whether in form of low-carb bread or sugar-free jam – pair these egg bites with any low-carb bread for extra protein and fat boosting or serve them alongside homemade sausage balls for even more savoriness!
6. Keto Cereal
Keto cereal recipes make breakfast on the keto diet exciting while including nutritious ingredients that promote overall wellbeing. Look for cereals with low carb counts and multiple essential nutrients – like muscle-building protein, brain-nourishing fiber and heart-friendly fats – such as muscle building proteins, brain-supportive fiber and heart healthy fats.
On the keto diet, fruit including low-carb berries is allowed as long as your daily carbohydrate consumption does not surpass 25 grams. This recipe for keto granola takes advantage of this fact to create a tasty breakfast or snack containing those low-carb foods like almonds as part of an irresistibly crunchy and tasty cereal treat!
Berry fruits provide essential vitamin C to support immunity. This keto diet-compliant recipe also incorporates other nutrient-rich foods like almonds and coconut oil that provide extra nourishing power.
Lean proteins are key to any keto diet, but be wary of starchy vegetables which can quickly fill your carb quota. Instead, opt for nonstarchy options like kale and broccoli in this salad dish, plus add grilled chicken for flavor and additional heart-healthy fats.
7. Low-Carb Pizza Casserole
The keto diet is a high-fat way of eating that can help you shed fat quickly, without giving up comfort food favorites like pizza. This delicious keto casserole features all the flavors of pizza with creamy fat head dough’s delicious cheese crust reconstructed as an easy weeknight dinner option!
If desired, swap out mozzarella for feta. This dish works well when added to other kinds of meat like beef and pork as well as various vegetables like sauteed mushrooms or spinach for extra flavor!
Alternatively, try out these delicious air fryer steak bites – they’re ready in just 20 minutes with all sorts of tasty flavor!
These healthy keto recipes feature simple and delicious ingredients that are easily available. No matter where you are on your journey to ketosis, these easy-to-find dishes will help keep you on the path towards reaching your goal weight and lifestyle goals. Get more healthy keto recipe inspiration by downloading the Fit to Serve Group App – with over 100 keto recipes plus macro tracker and customizable meal plans all under one roof, it can provide all the help needed.