The best thing about the keto diet is that if you just focus on cutting out carbs, incorporating a variety of meats and non-starchy vegetables, and swap in high-fat dairy for low-fat dairy, you’ll be on the road to keto success. (And yes, you can even have most nuts!) To prove it, we rounded up 10 keto-friendly recipes that you may not have even realized worked with the trendy diet. Keep reading and you’ll be able to plan out your meals for the next week or so.
Tacos are not keto-friendly (because of the tortillas). Lettuce wraps, though? They are approved! Swap out the carbs for lettuce, and you’ve got a sure-to-please dinner for any night of the week. Note: Pine nuts should be enjoyed in moderation but the three tablespoons in this recipe are totally fine.
2. 6-Hour Chili
Don’t be put off by the name of this comforting dish: That six hours refers to the amount of time it simmers in the slow cooker. This is the ideal keto meal for busy week nights—brown the beef, add the rest of the ingredients, and the meal cooks itself while you’re at work.
The keto diet is heavily weighted in fats and meat. So bacon-wrapped beef tenderloin is a win no matter how you slice it. Plus, this dish looks far more complicated than it actually is. Make it for a special dinner party with friends or, ahem, Valentine’s Day. Hint, hint!
This recipe features three key keto ingredients—eggs, cheese, and greens. Try it once and you just may find yourself getting out of bed on time so that you can make this. Tip: If you don’t already have a nonstick skillet, now would be the time to invest in one. It’s what Jacques Pepin, French culinary master, uses when he makes eggs!
You’ve probably had zoodles (“noodles” made out of zucchini) to replace pasta in your keto journey. But have you had zoodles in lasagna form? This cheesy recipe is meatless, although you can certainly add crumbled cooked Italian sausage to make it even more substantial for these cold winter nights.
While tabbouleh is usually made with bulgur, we’ve replaced the carbs with riced cauliflower, which has a very similar texture. Go heavy on the cucumbers, tomatoes, and mint, and this will be your new favorite side dish or even weekday lunch to eat at your desk.
More zoodles! We put two zucchini recipes on this list to prove a point: They’re so versatile and a really great go-to for keto dieters. This time, the zoodles act as a base for pesto-y shrimp. The almonds that coat the shrimp? Well, they’ll keep you from missing breadcrumbs.
When we say simple here, we really mean simple. This soup comes together with just a few ingredients and an immersion blender. Pack it for lunch or eat it out of a mug while you cozy up on the couch.
Salmon is basically the most perfect food for any diet (as long as you eat fish). It’s an excellent source of high-quality protein, vitamins, omega-3 fatty acids, and more. This recipe calls for one large fillet, which gets baked in the oven, slowly, at 250°F—resulting in the juiciest, flakiest bites you’ll ever have. Just make cauliflower rice instead of the New Potatoes that the recipe suggests.
Another perfectly fast weeknight meal, this Mexican-inspired sheet pan dinner is both easy to prep and clean up. It’ll just need 40 minutes in the oven, which should give you plenty of time to finish all those post-work chores you’ve been putting off. Again, skip the potatoes in order to make this recipe keto-friendly.