Done right, all diets are effective but, to me, what sets the keto diet apart from the rest is that most, if not all of the dishes you’re allowed to eat are tasty. The high-fat requirement is basically my excuse to eat bacon almost everyday.
But, let’s be honest: even bacon gets tiring sometimes, especially if that’s all you eat. Pair it with a few other keto-friendly ingredients, though? And it’s a whole nother ball game.
With that said, I’ve compiled a few easy recipes for ketogenic diet. I think they’re all tasty and simple enough to help you vary your meals and, hopefully, help you stay within keto’s strict macronutrient ratio.
I’ll also divide them into categories — breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks — to make it even easier for you to sort them out. Let’s get right to it!
Easy keto breakfast recipes
Here you’ll see a lot of egg and bacon recipes, smoothies, and even breakfast bars. They’re quick and easy bites that I think are perfect for that early morning rush.
Also, I’ll only be listing a few of my favorite recipes but if you want more, here’s where you can find them.
1. Chorizo omelette
Eggs are one of keto’s staple foods partly because they’re so cheap but I think, perhaps more importantly, because there’s a variety of ways to prepare them. In my opinion, one of the best and easiest ones is the chorizo omelette.
It’s got a bit of spinach, cream, onion, cheddar cheese, and of course, chorizo and eggs. You might want to use a non-stick pan for this dish though. Cooking chorizo can be super messy.
Hey Keto Mama has the full details if you want to try this out.
2. Smoked salmon baked eggs in avocado
To be honest, I really like this dish because it looks fancy. I’m not saying that it doesn’t taste good though (because it absolutely does) but making it makes me feel like I’m some sort of pro chef.
Anyhow, it’s pretty straightforward. Slice the avocado in half, carve out the middle, line it with strips of salmon, fill the hollows with both egg yolk and whites, season with salt and pepper, then bake for about 15-20 minutes. When that’s done, top with chilli flakes and dill to add a little more color and flavor.
Check out Fresh Planet Flavor for more information.
3. Keto waffles
Although it looks like it, this isn’t your typical waffle. It tastes different but, trust me, it’s the good kind of different.
You’re going to need a waffle maker for this though. My sister gave me and my wife this Presto waffle maker for our anniversary about a year ago and it’s been great for us since. It’s what I recommend, too, but any waffle maker you have at home should do just fine.
Also, this recipe comes Mom Secrets and I think it goes great with a side of low-carb berries like strawberries, blackberries, and raspberries.
4. Triple berry smoothie
Speaking of berries, berry smoothies are great for keto! And, like any smoothie, it’s literally all about dumping milk and the rest of the ingredients in a good blender, so it’s perfect for mornings where you’re in a hurry.
Having said that, you’re going to need the same berries you’ll use with keto waffles (strawberries, blackberries, and raspberries). They’re all low carb, delicious, and packed with antioxidants.
Try out this recipe from Sugar-Free Mom.
5. Chocolate mint avocado smoothie
Bulletproof, the people behind this recipe, says this smoothie tastes like girl scout thin mint cookies. I’ve never had that, so I can’t possibly tell you it’s true but what I do know is that it tastes great.
Plus, it’s loaded with fat, has moderate amounts of protein, and only has 2g of net carbs per serving, making it an awesome keto breakfast.
6. No bake chocolate almond protein bars
Honestly, the carb content on this might be a little high for some but it’s nothing a little planning ahead can’t fix. If you have this for breakfast, just make sure to adjust your carbs for lunch and dinner and whatever snacks you have during the rest of the day.
“Wait, so if it requires me to be more careful with food, why even have it?”
Good question. I like to make these protein bars ahead and store them in the fridge. So, whenever I don’t have time to even make a smoothie, I just grab a piece and get my day started. It’s sort of my emergency breakfast meal, if that makes sense.
Head over to Cotter Crunch for the complete recipe.
Easy keto lunch ideas
Because of the way my days are typically scheduled, lunch is almost always the heaviest meal of my day. My meal needs to be hearty and calorie-dense since it’s usually in the afternoon where I absolutely need to ramp up the intensity at work.
If that’s also how your days generally are then these easy recipes for ketogenic diet should help keep you going.
7. Keto meatlovers pizza
First of all, I hope we can all agree that pizza is one of the absolute best dishes the culinary gods have us mortals. And meatlovers?? Oh my goodness it’s like it came straight from heaven.
What I like most about this recipe though is that each slice only packs 4g of carbs while having nearly 17g of fat! That’s insanely keto! Also, the toppings are flexible. I personally like mine with pepperoni, ham, bacon, and a bit of sausage but you can totally experiment.
Ditch the Carbs has the full recipe. Go check it out!
8. Low-carb chilli
The secret to making keto-friendly chillies is to take out the beans and use beef broth and grass-fed beef. That is, of course, according to Perfect Keto — this recipe’s maker. And, you know what? It actually just as good, if not better than the classic chilli recipe.
It’s loaded with fats (22.5g) and protein (34.4g) while only having a little over 5g of net carbs. It’s hearty, it’s delicious, and most of all, it’s easy.
9. Keto white chicken chilli
Here’s another chilli recipe that’s perfect for the ketogenic diet. It also saves me a lot of time because it makes for an amazing freezer meal as well.
I just prepare the ingredients in advance and put them in the freezer. When I want to have this for lunch, it’s just a matter of thawing them, dumping them in my Crock Pot slow cooker, and going on with my everyday routine until it’s ready.
Like the previous chilli, this doesn’t have any beans in it and instead of beef, it uses shredded chicken.
Check out Hey Keto Mama for the full recipe.
10. Egg roll bowls
Delish calls this an “egg roll bowl” but really, it doesn’t have any eggs in it. It’s more of a stir-fry, really.
No matter the nomenclature, however, this dish is filling, healthy, keto-friendly, and fun but easy to cook. Also, the contrast of colors from the ground pork, carrots, and cabbage also make it look really pretty for those of you who like posting your food on Instagram.
It’s like you’re a pro-chef all of a sudden when it’s actually a very simple dish.
11. Shrimp avocado salad with tomatoes and feta
This one’s exactly what it sounds like — a salad made with avocado, tomatoes, feta cheese, and shrimp. The recipe requires other ingredients for both its aesthetics and flavor, of course, but those 4 are the main ones.
Savory Tooth has all the details you need to prepare this dish.
12. Low-carb sandwich lunchbox
Multiple layers of cold cuts wrapped around mayo, peppers, lettuce, and olives?
Keto or not, that sounds like a delicious lunch to me! And, although the picture uses apples and grapes, I think this recipe can be made even more keto-friendly with a side of avocados and berries instead.
If you want to try this out, Family Fresh Meals has the full instructions.
13. Shrimp with cauliflower “grits” and arugula
This dish requires you to make 3 things:
- Spicy shrimp
- Cauliflower grits, and
- Garlic arugula
This might seem intimidating for you beginner cooks at first but, trust me, it’s really not that hard, especially since PureWow does a great job detailing everything you need to do. Plus, after going through all the steps, you’ll feel accomplished which, to me, also makes the eating part better.
Moving on, I like my dinner lighter than my lunch. It’s because after working and hitting the gym, I just want to relax and spend quality time with my wife and dogs, and I don’t need a lot of calories to do that.
Moreover, I’ve already eaten a bunch of calories during the day, so I actually need my dinners to have less calories if I wanted to maintain or lose weight.
On that note, below are some of my go-to keto recipes. Depending on how many calories and macros I need, I just portion them appropriately.
14. Keto broccoli salad
First of all, this salad has both bacon and cheese. That’s enough for me to like it. But apart from that, I love that the simplicity of the dressing doesn’t take anything away from the flavor.
The recipe yields 4 servings as well which makes it a great make-ahead meal for at least the next 3-4 days.
You can find the full instructions at Delish.
15. Keto bacon sushi
Here’s another recipe I learned from Delish. They classify this as a keto snack but, for me, it’s an ideal light dinner.
Plus, it’s basically just bacon wrapped around slices of cucumber, carrots, avocados, and cream cheese. It’s essentially fail-proof.
16. Zucchini pasta with chicken and pistachios
SPOILER ALERT! The next 3 recipes are going to need zucchini noodles, or otherwise known as zoodles. It’s basically just zucchini that’s cut to make it look like green spaghetti.
You can use your knife and julienne the vegetable if that’s what you want but since the theme of this article is easy recipes, I highly recommend using a spiralizer instead. I use Paderno World’s spiralizer because it was the best one I could find on Amazon but any brand should work just fine.
Having said that, this zucchini pasta with chicken and pistachios recipe is easy to do but you also need to be comfortable using your knife and pan. Don’t worry though because Happy Body Formula has all the details you need to get it done.
17. Baked eggs and zoodles with avocado
Here’s another chance to use that cool spiralizer. Also, what I like about this recipe is that it’s much, much easier than the previous one (#13).
Just shape your seasoned zoodles into some sort of nest, crack an egg in the middle, and put them in the oven. Garnish with red pepper flakes and basil, serve with sliced avocados on the side, and voila — dinner is ready!
You can thank PureWow for this easy dinner by the way.
18. Keto alfredo zoodles
Last on our dinner list of easy recipes for ketogenic diet, this recipe needs very little time and effort to make. In fact, with a spiralizer and a blender, this can be done in as little as 10-15 minutes.
It’s light, it’s tasty, but more importantly, it’s got very little net carbs at just 11.4g. What a way to end the night, if I may say so myself.
Head over to Brit+Co for the full recipe.
19. Chicken bacon ranch casserole
The way I see it, casseroles make for great meal preps. You make a huge batch, take whatever you need for your meal, and store everything back in the fridge.
Having said that, Wholesum Yum has a great low-carb chicken bacon ranch casserole recipe that makes for a great keto dinner.
If you shop at Amazon, I recommend using Primal Kitchen’s ranch dressing. It’s advertised specifically for keto and uses avocado oil. But, if you prefer going to the groceries, that’s absolutely fine. Just make sure to take a good look at the label and make sure the macros are keto-friendly.
No sweat keto snacks for weight loss
While breakfast, lunch, and dinner are considered the 3 main meals, I believe snacks are just as important. I see them as quick little sources of energy that help keep me going throughout the day. They also help keep the cravings at bay.
Below are just a few of my favorite ones but if you want more, you could always check out my list of the best keto snacks for weight loss.
Avocados are great keto snacks as is but if you want that bit of razzle dazzle, turning them into guacamole is, in my opinion, one of the best ways to do it.
Just squeeze a bit of lime juice, season with salt, pepper, and a few other spices, a dollop of sour cream, and you’ve got yourself a simple but satisfying snack.
My Keto Kitchen, in my opinion, has one of the best recipes out there so you might as well check it out for yourself.
21. Keto chocolate sauce
No Bun Please has an amazing 2-ingredient chocolate sauce. All you need are chocolate bars/chips and heavy cream. Before you go rushing to the grocery store, however, try to find chocolate that’s unsweetened and at least 70% cocoa to make sure it’s keto-friendly.
Now, it wouldn’t be a snack if it’s just chocolate, right? Well, maybe it can be but to make it even more nutritious, I recommend using the chocolate sauce as a dip.
What I like to do is chop up either carrots, celery, keto crackers, or even bacon and dip them in the sauce for added flavor.
22. Celery with cream cheese or peanut butter
I don’t really have a recipe for this but that’s because it’s so simple, it doesn’t really need one. Just chop up some celery sticks and smear peanut butter or cream cheese on top.
This is actually quite the common snack in the keto community. So, if you’re new to this, I highly recommend you give this a try.
23. Quick keto chocolate mousse
After some time on keto, sweet cravings tend to be minimal but for some people such as myself, they never really disappear.
France C posted her recipe for keto chocolate mousse on Allrecipes and ever since I found it, it’s helped me get through times when those diabolic cravings hit. It’s sweet, it’s simple, can easily be done in 10 minutes, and best of all, it doesn’t knock me out of ketosis.
24. No bake keto coconut bars
Speaking of easy recipes for ketogenic diet, these no bake coconut bars couldn’t get any easier. All you need are 5 ingredients — dessicated coconut, coconut cream, sugar free syrup, coconut oil, and unsweetened chocolate that, again, is at least 70% cocoa — and you’re pretty much set.
The equipment you’ll need — a blender, a baking pan, a microwave, and a fridge — are probably already in your kitchen, too.
Visit London Free Londoner to get the full recipe instructions.
25. Hard boiled eggs
…and last but not the least, plain old hard boiled eggs.
There’s nothing fancy about it but it’s got what you need for those quick bites you take during the day — superb protein content, excellent source of fats, and light on the carbs and calories.
It’s perhaps the most simple keto snack that you can make for yourself but it’s also one that’s effective.
If you still need a guide to make these, Delicious Meets Healthy has amazing instructions on how to make the perfect hard boiled eggs.
And now that you’ve got 25 easy keto recipes under your belt, I think it’s time you get to cooking. Choose from any of the recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks and you pretty much have your entire day set.
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