Sticking to a keto and low-carb diet can be challenging. But not anymore! We have some tasty recipes that will let you stick to your goals but still indulge in scrumptious meals all year long. So many recipes are reliant on carbs and foods that will squash your diet. But these recipes have found creative and delectable alternatives to keep you satisfied and healthy, no matter your cravings.
Keto bread made with cauliflower
Wanting to follow your keto diet but fighting cravings for homemade bread? With this recipe for keto bread made with cauliflower, you can stay on track with your diet and indulge in a slice of freshly baked bread. The secret here is almond flour and psyllium husk. They are two essential ingredients in a satisfying low-carb bread recipe. Neither causes spikes in blood sugar levels like traditional white flour does. These ingredients also give this keto bread its hearty taste and texture. Better yet, the dough for this bread is made in one bowl, making for easy prep and clean-up.
Chicken Alfredo spaghetti squash
If you weren’t hungry before reading this recipe for chicken Alfredo spaghettti squash, from The Gunny Sack, you soon will be. Starchy carb-laden pasta has been brilliantly swapped out for low-carb (and healthy) spaghetti squash. The yellow squash roasts up quickly in the oven, and then long tender strands of delectable pasta-like squash are scooped out and added to your favorite recipes. The squash flavor is mild, so it does a wonderful job of taking on the flavor of any sauce added to it. If you are craving luscious, rich and creamy comfort food, give this recipe a try.
Asian Szechuan beef lettuce wraps
This recipe for Asian Szechuan beef lettuce wraps, from The Lemon Bowl, will fill every craving you’ve been having, but it will allow you to stick to your diet goals. The ground sirloin is sautéed with a tangy and spicy (or not, if you so choose) homemade Szechuan sauce made with soy sauce, hoisin and rice vinegar. All this goodness is cozily wrapped up in fresh, crisp lettuce. The cool lettuce is a fantastic contrast to the hot savory Szechuan beef, and all of this makes for a really satisfying, low-carb and keto-friendly dinner.
Keto pecan pie
Living a keto lifestyle doesn’t mean you have to go without. Thanks to the use of coconut oil, milk and flour, this recipe for keto pecan pie leaves behind the typical processed sugar, corn syrup and white flour of the traditional recipe and instead adds in the deep nutty flavor of browned butter, along with loads of toasty pecans, leaving you in dessert heaven.
Breakfast stuffed peppers
Looking for a fun and creative low-carb breakfast? Look no further, because this recipe for breakfast stuffed peppers,from The Recipe Rebel, is not only high in protein, but it’s also keto-friendly. As an added bonus, it is really simple, yet beautiful in presentation, making it perfect for serving for a brunch or get-together. The colorful pepper halves are filled with eggs and any mix-ins of your choice, topped with cheese and baked. Make as many or as few as you’d like. Get creative, and add spicy chorizo, feta cheese or olives. This is a versatile dish that the whole family can enjoy making — and eating — while sticking to a low-carb diet.
Keto fried chicken
Crispy crunchy fried chicken is possible, even on a keto diet. In this recipe for keto fried chicken, from The Wicked Noodle, the traditional flour breading is replaced with whey protein isolate. Another common substitution is crushed pork rinds. Plan ahead, because before the frying begins, the chicken is first brined in pickle juice for 8–24 hours. Brining the chicken helps to keep it moist and adds tons of tangy pickle flavor to the chicken. Mix the beaten egg, mayo, Dijon, salt and pepper, and then add in your whey protein isolate (or crushed pork rinds, if you prefer) and get to frying.
This is a perfectly quick and easy midweek meal that will make it easy to stick to your low-carb keto lifestyle even when things get hectic. This recipe for 3 ingredient pesto chicken, from Your Homebased Mom, has just three ingredients: chicken, pesto and mozzarella. It can’t get easier than that! The pesto can be one you have made in advance and frozen, or a store-bought jar works just as well, too. Simply layer the chicken in a baking dish with the pesto, sprinkle with fresh mozzarella, and bake. The pesto helps to keep the chicken moist, tender and full of flavor. Serve alongside veggies, cauliflower rice, spaghetti squash or anything else your heart desires.
Banana raspberry oatmeal muffins
Muffins that are keto-friendly and outrageously healthy? Our prayers have been answered. This recipe for banana raspberry oatmeal muffins, from Yummiest Food, has just four simple ingredients, and it takes only one bowl to prepare. Fresh bananas, eggs, rolled oats and raspberries are all mixed together and baked in the oven until golden brown. These low-carb muffins have protein, fiber, vitamins and nutrients, and absolutely no butter, oil or sugar is added. Enjoy them for breakfast, brunch and snacks, or pack them in your kids’ lunches.