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On a Keto diet and running out of healthy low carb meal ideas? 

Don’t worry, here is a list of tasty keto recipes for you to try for your lunches or dinners as we’ve previously proposed a compilation of healthy low carb breakfast recipes.  

1. Bacon Cheeseburger Wraps

cheeseburger burrito

Yummy cheeseburgers wrapped in lettuce rather than a bun to create a diet-friendly burger option.

Servings: 4

Ingredients

  • 7 oz. bacon
  • 4 oz. mushrooms, sliced
  • 1½ lbs ground beef
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp pepper
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 iceberg lettuce, leaves separated and washed

Instructions

  • In a large skillet, cook bacon until crispy. Pull pan from heat but keep grease in a pan
  • Remove bacon, but add mushrooms to the pan until tender and brown, 5-7 minutes. Remove pan and set aside.
  • Remove mushrooms, add ground beef, and season with salt and pepper. Sauté beef until browned, 10 minutes.
  • Spoon ground beef into lettuce leaves, sprinkling cheddar cheese and bacon with mushrooms on top.

2. Keto Western Omelet

Keto Western Omelet
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Yummy cheesy eggs—this is a keto take on the classic. The omelet bursts with ham, peppers and onions and is a great alternative for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

Servings: 2

Ingredients

  • 6 eggs
  • 2 tbsp heavy whipping cream or sour cream
  • salt and pepper
  • 3 oz. shredded cheese
  • 2 oz. butter
  • ½ yellow onion, finely chopped
  • ½ green bell pepper, finely chopped
  • 5 oz. smoked deli ham, diced

Instructions

  • In a bowl, mix the eggs (whisked) and sour cream/cream until they are fluffy adding salt and pepper to taste.
  • Add half the shredded cheese and mix well.
  • Melt butter in frying pan on medium heat; sauté diced ham, onions and peppers until cooked down. Add egg mixture and fry until omelet is almost firm.
  • Reduce heat, and sprinkle the cheese on top while folding the omelet.
  • Serve and enjoy!

Tip: Pair with a salad. Also, keep it spicy and add Tabasco or sriracha on the side.

3. Keto Turkey with Cream Cheese Sauce

Keto Cream Cheese
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This meal’s elegance is a rendition of simplicity. Turkey and cheese combined with salty capers bring flavors to the party. Use this as a baste to create several variations.

Servings: 4

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 20 oz. turkey breast
  • 2 cups crème fraîche or heavy whipping cream
  • 7 oz. cream cheese
  • salt and pepper
  • 13 cup small capers
  • 1 tbsp tamari soy sauce

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350F
  • Melt the butter on medium heat with a large frying pan that can be placed in the oven. Season turkey generously and fry until browned.
  • Finish turkeys off in the oven by placing plan into the oven. When cooked through, and has an internal temp of 165F, place on plate and cover with foil.
  • Pour turkey drippings into a small saucepan. Add sour cream or heavy whipping cream and cream cheese. Stir and bring to a boil. Lower the heat and allow to simmer as it thickens. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Adding Japanese tamari to add color and flavor.

4. Keto hamburger patties with creamy tomato sauce and a side of fried cabbage

Keto hamburger

Ingredients

Hamburger Patties

  • 25 oz. ground beef
  • 1 egg
  • 3 oz. crumbled feta cheese
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp ground black pepper
  • 2 oz. fresh parsley, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 16 oz. butter

For The Gravy

  • ¾ cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 oz. fresh parsley, coarsely chopped
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste or ajvar relish
  • salt and pepper

Fried green cabbage

  • 25 oz. shredded green cabbage
  • 4¼ oz. butter
  • salt and pepper
  • Instructions
  • Add all ingredients together for hamburger patties (ground beef, egg, feta cheese, salt, pepper, parsley) into a large bowl. Mix with a wooden spoon or with clean hands. Don’t mix too much as to make hamburger meat mealy. Wet hands will help to shape patties without allowing the meat to stick to your hands.
  • Add butter and oil into a large frying pan and heat to medium-high heat for 10 minutes or until patties are browned. Flip a few times to ensure even cooking throughout.
  • When patties are almost complete, add tomato paste and cream to pan. Stir briefly. Simmer for a few minutes adding salt and pepper to taste.
  • Sprinkle parsley accordingly across the top.

Butter-fried green cabbage

  • Shred cabbage finely either with a food processor or sharp knife.
  • Add butter to a frying pan and allow to melt on medium heat.
  • Place the pan over medium heat and sauté the cabbage that is pre-shredded for 15 minutes or until wilted and browned on the edges.
  • Stir often and lower heat once browned. Adding salt and pepper to taste.

Tip: Pair the patties with other sautéed veggies. Onions, mushrooms, spinach taste great with this recipe!

5. Grilled white fish with zucchini and kale pesto

grilled white fish

Yummy seared white fish complete with zucchini ribbons and kale pesto!

Ingredients

Kale Pesto

  • 3 oz. kale
  • 3 tbsp lemon juice or lime juice
  • 2 oz. walnuts
  • 1 garlic clove
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp ground black pepper
  • ¾ cup olive oil

Fish and zucchini

  • 2 zucchini
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1½ lbs white fish (thawed at room temperature, if frozen)
  • ¼ tsp ground black pepper

Servings 4

Instructions

  • Start preparing the pesto by chopping kale roughly. Add kale, walnuts, lime and garlic in a blender and purée until smooth. Season with salt and paper. Add oil at the end to make more smooth. Set aside.
  • Rinse zucchini and cut with sharp knife. Put slices in the bowl. Season with salt and pepper to taste and dress with lemon juice and olive oil. Set aside
  • Salt the fish on both sides and let sit for a few minutes. Wipe off extra liquid and brush with oil
  • Grill or fry for a few minutes on each side adding salt and pepper and serve with zucchini and pesto.

Tip: The pesto is an excellent companion with many dishes—red meat, chicken, roasted veggies. Leftover pesto can be stored for 3-4 days in the fridge or up to a month in the freezer.

6. Low Carb Garlic Chicken

garlic chicken

Lemon, parsley and garlic combine to make mouthwatering chicken!

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs chicken drumsticks
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 5 – 10 garlic cloves, sliced
  • 1 lemon, the juice
  • ½ cup fresh parsley, finely chopped
  • 4 tbsp butter
  • Servings 4

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 450F. Put the chicken pieces in a greased pan. Salt and pepper well. Sprinkle the garlic and parsley on the pieces as well and then add lemon juice and oil on top.
  • Bake chicken until golden brown and the garlic has browned. Lower temp a bit at the end. Should take 30-40 minutes.
  • Tip: Explore side dishes. Aioli or salad are good options.

7. Keto Garam Masala

keto garam masala
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Gram Masala is an earthy flavor that spices up many proteins. Silky coconut cream, bell peppers and chicken together will be an excellent choice.

Servings: 4

Ingredients

  • 25 oz. chicken breasts
  • 3 tbsp butter or ghee
  • Salt
  • 1 red bell pepper, finely diced
  • 1¼ cups coconut cream or heavy whipping cream
  • 1 tbsp fresh parsley, finely chopped

Garam masala

  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 – 2 tsp coriander seed, ground
  • 1 tsp ground cardamom (green)
  • 1 tsp turmeric, ground
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp paprika powder
  • 1 tsp chilli powder
  • 1 pinch ground nutmeg

Note: you can purchase pre-prepared Garam Masala in the grocery store. Just make sure it is sugar and additive free.

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400F
  • Mix spice blend for Garam masala
  • Cut chicken breasts lengthwise. Grill in large skillet on medium heat and fry until golden brown.
  • Add half of the Garam masala to the pan and stir through
  • Season with salt, and place chicken including the juices in a baking dish.
  • Finely chop the bell pepper adding that to the small bowl along with coconut cream and rest of the masala mix.
  • Pour over the chicken and bake for 20 minutes
  • Garnish with parsley.

Tip: Lamb or pork is a great option with this as well.

8. Chorizo with creamed green spinach

chorizo creamed cabbage
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Love spicy chorizo? How about it paired with creamy spinach!? This is a tasty, low carb option with lemony gremolata.

Servings: 4

Ingredients

> Fried chorizo

  • 25 oz. chorizo, or another high-quality sausage
  • 2 tbsp butter, for frying

> Creamed green cabbage

  • 25 oz. green cabbage
  • 2 oz. butter
  • 1¼ cups heavy whipping cream
  • salt and pepper
  • ½ cup fresh parsley, finely chopped
  • ½ lemon, the zest

Instructions

  • Fry the chorizo in the butter in a pan on medium heat. Keeping warm.
  • Shred the cabbage using a food processor or sharp knife.
  • Sauté cabbage with butter in the same skillet. Stir occasionally until cabbage is browned on edges.
  • Add cream until it boils. Reduce the heat and simmer while cream reduces. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Add lemon and parsley before serving with the fried chorizo.
  • Tip: The chorizo also pairs well with a green salad. You can substitute pastrami, smoked turkey, or cold cuts for chorizo as well to make it a little different.

Baked Eggs

YUMMO! Beef and Eggs together to make an awesome dish!

Serving 1

Ingredients

  • 3 oz. ground beef or ground lamb or ground pork
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 oz. shredded cheese

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400F
  • Put cooked beef into a small dish to be baked. Make two holes with a spoon and crack eggs into the holes.
  • Sprinkle cheese on top
  • Bake in oven approx. 15 minutes
  • Allow cooling

Tip: Multiply the recipe for the whole family. Great for hamburger meat leftovers.

9. Cloud Bread

cloud-bread

I don’t know if you like to have soup at lunch with a big veggie sandwich, but that’s my preferred menu. Cloud bread is all you need to make it through to the evening with a happier tummy.

This is a fantastic bread recipe that doesn’t contain carbs and is rich in protein. Bread is probably the lightest possible meal option for lunchtime. You can have that staple sandwich minus the white flour, which you usually get in regular bread. Moreover, this is a grain-free and gluten-free recipe.

It sounds unbelievable but it’s true that there’s not even a teaspoon of flour used in this bread.

Attracted….…aren’t you?

To make Cloud Bread, you’ll need the following ingredients:

  • Eggs -2 (separated)
  • Neufchatel Cheese – 2 ounces (1/3 less fat cream cheese)
  • Cream of tartar – 1/8 teaspoon

Method:

  • Preheat your oven to 300 degrees F
  • Line parchment paper on a cookie sheet and spray it with cooking oil
  • Place egg yolks in one bowl and whites in another bowl
  • Combine cream cheese and yolks, beat them well using a fork
  • Mix the cream of tartar in the egg whites
  • Using a hand beater or electric beater, beat the whites on high until peaks form
  • Fold in the yolk mixture into the beaten whites. Don’t mix too roughly, keep your hand movements slow
  • Don’t over mix otherwise you’ll get a dense bread not a cloud-like fluffy bread
  • Carefully spoon the mixture onto the cookie sheet
  • Make rounds about the same size as of sandwich bread rolls
  • Bake it until golden brown (ideally 30 minutes)
  • After baking, cool the bread on a wire rack and store them in a plastic bag or Tupperware
  • Refrigerate them overnight
  • There’ll be a pleasant surprise waiting for you the next morning. The soft and fluffy pillows will transform into buns
  • You can have these buns in any way you like. Such as, stuff them with turkey or veggies to make a delicious sandwich. You may also make burgers with them. I love to make avocado, egg salad sandwiches.

Here’s the recipe for the salad: 

10. Avocado Egg Salad

avocado egg salad

There’s only one gram of carbs in two eggs, so, it’s not surprising why eggs feature so regularly in low carb recipes. To make the salad perfect for dieters, switch the mayo with the creamy, delicious avocado. Replacing mayo with avocados is an excellent strategy if you want to consume good fat.

Quick tip- Avocados are among the healthiest types of fat that we can consume with 71% monounsaturated fat.

You can make this avocado egg salad in a jiffy because all the ingredients might already be there in your kitchen!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Eggs (hard boiled) – 6
  • Ripe Avocados – 1 ½ 
  • Fresh Lemon Juice- 1 ½ tablespoon
  • Salt, pepper and paprika – to taste
  • Lettuce or Kale
  • Cloud Bread – to make a sandwich

Method:

  • Hard boil your eggs
  • When eggs are completely cool, chop them up
  • Mash the avocados
  • Add the creamy avocados mix to the chopped eggs
  • Add seasoning of your choice (salt, pepper, and a pinch of paprika)
  • Add the lemon juice to get that mandatory hint of tartness
  • This salad is great if you want to eat it straight out of the bowl. Believe me; it’s hard to resist not eating it this way.
  • However, if you want to make an avocado egg sandwich using the cloud bread, here’s how’d you do it.
  • Line the bread with lettuce both on the top and bottom side. Spoon a generous amount of the salad on the lettuce and join the two sliced to make a sandwich. And, your yummy sandwich is ready.
  • Why line the bread with lettuce?
  • It’s an essential step because if you spoon the salad directly on the bread, it’ll turn soggy and you won’t like the taste at all.
  • Make this delicious egg and avocado salad with cloud bread for lunch and tackle the rest of the day energetically.

11. Thai Pork Skewers

thai-pork-skewers

Who doesn’t like skewers? It’s a fact that no dinner table could ever be complete without a dish of mouthwatering skewers. You can easily make them fat-free with grilling.

I’ve made this Thai inspired skewers recipe protein-rich and low carb with pork. You can choose another type of meat as per your preference.

What you’d need?

  • Pork Loin – 4 lbs (cut the pork loin into 1 ½ inch pieces or the standard skewer meat size)
  • Natural almond or peanut butter – 1 heaped tablespoon
  • Fresh lime juice – ¼ cup
  • Soy Sauce – ¼ cup (low sodium variety)
  • Sriracha – 1 tablespoon
  • Fish Sauce – 1 ½ tablespoon
  • Sesame oil – 2 tablespoon
  • Avocado oil – 5 tablespoon
  • Thai red chili sauce – ¼ cup
  • (You may use ready-made chili sauce or prepare it at home. Jarred variety has a higher sugar content, so, it’s better to make it yourself to avoid excessive sugar intake)

Homemade Thai Red Chili Sauce Recipe

Ingredients:

  • Fresh Thai chilies (trim their stems) – 1 to 1 ½ cups
  • Fresh garlic – 2 cloves
  • Organic sugar – 1 tablespoon
  • Rice Vinegar – 1/3 cup

Method:

  • For a spicier sauce, keep the chilies intact. For a milder sauce cut them lengthwise and remove the seeds. I like to is cut and deseed half of the chilies and keep the remaining intact to get an authentic Thai sauce
  • Chop all the ingredients using a food processor
  • Process until everything is chopped finely
  • Take out the mixture in a glass container
  • Cover the container with plastic wrap
  • You may use this sauce right away or leave it on the kitchen counter for about a week to develop and intensify the flavors. However, don’t forget to refrigerate it after that.

The Skewers Recipe

  • Soak the skewers in water
  • Using a large bowl, combine all the ingredients to prepare the marinade
  • Add the pork cubes to the marinade, cover and refrigerate for at least 4 or up to 8 hours. It is better that you refrigerate the pork overnight
  • The next day, preheat the grill or a heat a grill pan on high flame for about 10 minutes. You want the pan to be super hot
  • Meanwhile, skewer the pork chunks
  • Place the skewers on the grill and let them cook for five minutes
  • After five minutes, flip them over and continue grilling them for 5 minutes more
  • Cooking time depends upon the thickness of the cubes
  • How do you serve the Thai Pork Skewers? With Fried Rice of course!
  • But, what I am going to tell you aren’t your standard fried rice. These are a lot healthier and tastier than regular fried rice.

12. Cauliflower Fried Rice

Cauliflower Fried Rice

Cauliflower is such a versatile recipe indeed. You can make pizza crusts or delicious cauliflower sticks. And, have you tried mashed cauliflower yet? Try it once, and I guarantee you’ll never want to have mashed potatoes again.

Cauliflower is a nutritious vegetable, and the best part is that it’s a low carb option.

The world of low carb recipes would be incomplete without cauliflower.

Are you still stuck at how we’re going to make fried rice with cauliflower?

Let me ask you, why can’t we?

It’s a better alternative to the starchy rice. Besides, it’s so easy and quick to make that you’ll always want to have cauliflower rice with every recipe that calls for rice add-ons.

Ingredients: 

  • Cauliflower – 1 large head
  • Toasted sesame oil – 2 tablespoons
  • White onion – 1 (small size, diced)
  • Frozen peas – ½ cup (thawed)
  • Peeled and diced carrots – 2 (medium size)
  • Garlic – 2 cloves (minced)
  • Light soy sauce – 2 to 3 tablespoons
  • Eggs – 2 (whisked)
  • Green Onions – 2 tablespoons (chopped)
  • Salt and pepper – to taste

Method:

  • Chop the cauliflower into tiny florets
  • Place the cauliflower florets in a food processor and pulse until these resemble small grains of rice
  • Make scrambled eggs like you usually do and keep them in a separate bowl
  • Take a large skillet and add onion, garlic, carrots, and peas with sesame oil and seasoning
  • You may also use a wok to sauté the veggies instead of the skillet. Let the veggies cook slightly or until the onion turns transparent
  • Add the cauliflower, eggs and soy sauce
  • Cook until the cauliflower gets tender and take it out
  • Sprinkle green onions on the top

13. Spaghetti Squash With Mushrooms And Gruyere Cheese

spaghetti gruyere cheese

In the family of squishes, spaghetti squash is different because after cooking, you can easily scrape out the innards and get spaghetti-like long strands. It’s an easy and delicious pasta alternative that you can always rely on in your low carb recipes.

This recipe has all the right ingredients that make a dish truly low carb. It’s got mushrooms, Gruyere cheese, and spaghetti squash. All of these options are low carb so there aren’t any compromises made on the nutritional side. Besides, it’s utterly delicious, so you’ll find yourself in a win-win situation with this dish on your dinner table.

Here’s all that you need:

  • Spaghetti Squash – 1 medium size
  • Extra virgin olive oil – 2 tablespoons
  • Button mushrooms – 2 cups (chopped)
  • Garlic – 2 cloves (minced)
  • Flat leaf parsley – a handful (chopped)
  • Gruyere cheese – ½ cup (shaved and grated)
  • Salt and pepper – to taste

Method

  • Slice the squash in half and cut lengthwise
  • Scoop the seeds out
  • Put the spaghetti squash (flesh side down) in a microwave-safe platter and microwave for around 8 to 10 minutes
  • Meanwhile, take a large pan and add the olive oil and garlic. Cook over high heat for about two minutes
  • Add the mushrooms and cook for another seven minutes. When the mushrooms turn dark and tender, turn off the stove
  • Check if the squash is soft otherwise microwave for 1 to 2 more minutes
  • When done, let the squash cool down a bit
  • After five minutes or so, start scraping out the flesh (you can do it using a fork). Immediately you’ll notice that the strands take the shape of spaghetti
  • Now that our spaghetti is ready and mushrooms are soft, turn the heat back on and mix the spaghetti into the mushroom mix on medium heat
  • It’s time to add the grated Gruyere cheese. Wait until it melts fully and turn off the heat. 
  • Immediately take out the spaghetti mushroom mix into a bowl or plate and sprinkle shaved Gruyere cheese and parsley on top
  • Let’s get to the fun part now!

14. Low Carb Cannoli Bites

ricotta-bowl-spoon-dessert

Trust me; you’ll fall in love with this fantastic recipe for sure. It’s a keeper all the way and one of my personal favorites because it’s got the perfectly portioned crunch.

The addition of cheese gives this dessert the necessary creaminess and calcium.

Ingredients for the cannoli cups:

  • Almond flour – 2 cups
  • Sugar – 1/3 cup
  • Cinnamon – ½ teaspoon
  • Dark cocoa powder – ½ teaspoon
  • Butter – ¼ cup (softened)
  • Egg – 1 large
  • Ingredients for the cannoli filling:
  • Ricotta cheese – 1 15 oz container
  • Sugar – 1/3 cup
  • Chocolate chips – 2 tablespoons (for topping)
  • Almond extract – ½ teaspoon
  • Vanilla extract – ½ teaspoon

Method:

  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F
  • Take a mini muffin pan, spray it with nonstick cooking spray
  • Combine all the ingredients for the cannoli cups
  • Press the mixture into the muffin slots in a cup-like shape
  • Bake them for at least fifteen minutes
  • Allow them to cool
  • Using a mixer, combine the ingredients for the cannoli filling. Keep mixing until these turn light and fluffy
  • Refrigerate the mixture
  • When the cups are completely cold, spoon the cannoli filling into the cups
  • Use chocolate chips for topping

So, you see that low carb diet doesn’t necessarily have to be boring at all.

You can make many more dishes other than steaks and salads. All that it needs to make an inspiring, nutritious meal is a little bit of innovativeness, tweaking of recipes, and wisely selected ingredients.

What do you think of these recipes? Have you tried any of them? Feel free to comment in the section below! 

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  1. All of these meals look so good, especially the masala! I’m always on the lookout for new recipes, so I’ll be saving this to Pinterest for later! 🙂

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