What’s for dinner? Keto is an amazing way to cut carbs and sugars out of your diet, and replace them with healthy fats and proteins. And the best part is, it doesn't have to cut in on your dinner options. With just a few substitutions, you can still enjoy all fun family meals you’re used to, and might even learn some new favorites!
1. Creamy Tuscan Chicken
This is a great one if you’re looking for something simple that’s still on the exotic side. We love a single pot meal, and this is one that packs a lot of flavor, along with healthy, delicious vegetables. You can serve over zucchini noodles or even cauliflower rice, or on its own for a filling and delicious Italian dinner.
- 1 ½ lbs boneless skinless chicken breasts, sliced thin
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 cup heavy cream
- ½ chicken broth
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp Italian seasoning
- ½ parmesan cheese
- 1 cup spinach
- 1 cup sundried tomato
- Chop spinach and make sure the chicken is well thawed and sliced thin.
- In a large skillet, add olive oil. Cook the meat on medium-high for 3-5 minutes. Flip, and cook the other side. The chicken should be brown on both side, and no trace of pink in the center.
- Set chicken aside.
- Add heavy cream to the remaining grease in the skillet. Add chicken broth, garlic powder, seasoning, and cheese. Whisk over medium-high heat until sauce thickens
- Add in spinach and sundried tomatoes. Simmer until the spinach starts to wilt.
- Add chicken and coat with sauce
If you’re serving with low carb pasta, you may want to double the sauce, as the pasta tends to absorb it really well.
2. Loaded Cauliflower
One of the great things about keto is that you can enjoy all the delicious cheeses and even meat like bacon, while still eating healthy! This recipe is the perfect alternative to your loaded mashed potatoes, and a great choice if you’re switching to keto and experience cravings.
- 1 lb cauliflower florets
- 4 ounces sour cream
- 1 cup grated cheddar
- 2 slices of bacon, cooked and crumbled
- 2 tbsp chives
- 3 tbsp butter
- ¼ tsp garlic powder
- Salt and pepper
- Cook bacon and set it aside, Dab with a kitchen towel to get the grease off.
- Cut cauliflower into florets and add them to a microwave safe bowl.
- Add 2 tablespoons of water, and cover with plastic wrap.
- Microwave around 8 minutes, depending on your microwave. Drain, and set aside.
- Add cauliflower to a food processor. Add in butter, garlic powder, and sour cream. Process till it looks and feels like mash.
- Put the mash in a bowl and add half the chives, and half the cheddar cheese. Mix and season to taste.
- Top with the rest of the chives and cheese. Crumble the bacon for on top.
3. Garlic Butter Steak
Whoever invented the phrase “too much garlic” was a fool! This steak is unbelievably simple to make when paired with your favorite veg, and the garlic butter goes with anything but is especially delicious with this skirt steak done just right.
- 6 medium cloves garlic
- Kosher salt to taste
- 1½ lb steak trimmed and cut into 4 pieces
- Pepper to taste
- 2 tbs olive oil
- 2 oz unsalted butter
- 1 tbs chopped parsley
- Peel the garlic and smash them by hand. Sprinkle garlic with the salt and mince
- Season the steak with salt and pepper
- Heat the oil in a heavy skillet over medium-high heat until simmering
- Add the steak and brown well
- Transfer the steak to a plate, and let it rest
- In another skillet, melt the butter over low heat. Add garlic and cook, until lightly golden.
- Keep swirling to avoid burning the garlic. Should be about 4 minutes cook time.
- Salt lightly to taste
- Slice the steak and spoon the garlic butter
- Add parsley to taste
4. Greek Yogurt Chicken Salad Stuffed Peppers
Keto is all about the proteins and healthy fats, but sometimes, even those of us most dedicated to healthy eating sometimes forget to eat their veggies. This greek yogurt chicken salad makes amazing stuffed peppers, and is perfect for keto-friendly sandwiches too!
- ⅔ cup greek yogurt
- 2 tablespoons seasoned rice vinegar
- ⅓ cup chopped fresh parsley
- 4 stalks celery
- 1 pint cherry tomatoes
- 3 bell peppers, halved and cored
- 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
- Salt and pepper
- The meat of 1 rotisserie chicken, cubed
- ½ cucumber
- Whisk together in a medium bowl, greek yogurt, mustard, rice vinegar, salt, pepper, and parsley
- Add in chicken, celery, and most of the scallions, tomatoes, and cucumbers, chopped. You’ll need enough to garnish.
- Stuff bell peppers with chicken salad
- Garnish with the rest of your chopped vegetables
5. Baked Eggs and Zoodles With Avocado
The keto diet means finding creative ways to get a pasta fix when you need it. Pasta is great for quick, one-pot meals, but not so good for your health. This recipe uses zucchini noodles instead of traditional pasta, so you miss out on all those carbs and still get the satisfying, delicious experience of a filling pasta dish.
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 3 large eggs
- 3 zucchini, spiralized into noodles
- 2 avocados, halved and sliced thin
- Red pepper flakes
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Lightly grease a baking sheet with butter or nonstick spray
- Toss zucchini noodles and olive oil. Season with salt and pepper
- Divide into 4 portions . and set onto the baking sheet as a nest.
- Crack an egg into the center of the zoodle nest.
- Sprinkle red pepper flakes and bake 10 minutes, or till eggs have set.
- Slice avocado halves in thin slices to serve with your zucchini
Keeping to the Keto diet doesn’t have to be a challenge. It can be a fun way to introduce new foods that your family will love. And with only a few substitutions, you can enjoy most of your favorite recipes and even pick up new tricks in the kitchen that are sure to please the dinner crowd!