New to keto and need some amazing recipe ideas to kickstart the new ketogenic diet? We put together 40 of the best recipes to try out for low carb eats. When we started the keto diet around here, it was really difficult at first to find things to eat. Making them seemed to be the only option, but even then, it proved to be challenging. Definitely different than most diets, going keto means you really have to know and understand just how low carb you need to be. High in fat and protein, low in sugar and carbohydrates, these recipe ideas will have you wanting for nothing. From easy and quick desserts to satisfy your sweets craving to crunchy snacks, cheesy rich casseroles and last minute lunches, you are sure to find some new favorites here.
What is the keto diet is, anyway?
The keto diet is one where you try to eat very low amounts of carbohydrates, with a high amount of fat. The macronutrient ratio in a ketogenic diet ranges from:
60-75% of calories from fat (or even more),
15-30% of calories from protein
The keto diet is very low carb, very high in fat, which then allows your body to produce ketones as a source of energy instead of using glucose like it normally would, Instead of burning glucose, your body adapts and converts fats to ketones to use as an energy source. It’s referred to as a few different names – the ketogenic diet, LCHF low carb high fat, low carb diet, and of course keto. In order for this to work, however, you need to avoid sugars, fruits, breads, pasta and even vegetables that contain lots of carbohydrates. You can even get too many carbs by eating too much zucchini, and bananas are not allowed. So, I suggest that you take some time to educate yourself on the keto diet before you start cooking up these awesome foods.
Need some info for keto for beginners?
Again, you will need to educate yourself on keto so you know you are in ketosis, otherwise eating 70% or more fat in your foods is probably not the best of plans. When I started the keto diet, I learned that there would be a several day period where your body is adapting, and that ketosis does not start until you do. You may be tired and irritable during the beginning, then things get easier. To assure you are eating the right proportion of nutrients when you start keto, I suggest using a keto calculator. We like this one from keto buddy diet app. You input your height and weight, activity level and gender, then get a calcualted recommendation for your macros. This site also sells access to a diet app for keto, which I’ve tried and like. By no means do you have to spend money on this to have success on the ketogenic diet, though.
I was really worried about knowing when I was in ketosis, so I purchased a blood testing meter from Amazon. Not cheap, but if you really want to know what is going on, I highly recommend it, at least in the beginning. The machine itself is not too expensive, but if you used the test strips every day, it could get pricey. I found this to be well worth the expense for a keto diet beginner, though.
This list of keto recipes is a good place to start when you are trying to eliminate most carbs from your diet so you can burn fat as a fuel source instead of glucose. We have you covered for most meals here, and if you need more, we put together some other lists of great keto recipes for you, from keto desserts to keto fat bombs to keto snacks and keto breakfasts.
Good luck with your keto diet, once you get the hang of it, you may never turn back. My energy levels and ability to concentrate were so greatly improved after only one week, that I knew I was going to figure out how to make it work for me on a long term basis.
Think you had to go without Mexican food because you started the keto diet? Think again. Keep the ketones low while satisfying your craving for Mexican sdishes with this low carb chicken casserole.
Think breakfast will never be the same on the ketogenic diet because you can’t have quick meals, much less your favorite McDonalds Egg McMuffin? With this cool breakfast idea, you get both. Try this keto mcmuffin egg and sausage breakfast sandwich for an awesome way to start your morning. Cheese goodness which includes avocado. Yum!
When I started the keto diet, I was really worried how I would survive without bread. Bagels, biscuits, pancakes, rolls and baked goods pretty much summed up my morning meals. Was I ever excited to find out I could make bagels at home with this delicious keto bagel recipe. Low in carbs, high in taste, these are one of my favorite breakfast ideas. I cover mine in butter or avocado to make it even yummier.
Making meals for the keto diet can be pretty simple, not nearly as complicated as I thought. This one pot keto skillet meal is a perfect example. Veggies, shrimp, cheese and few carbs, all cooked in your cast iron skillet in minutes. I love this for a quick keto lunch idea or easy dinner for one.
Did you really think you had to go without your favorite desserts on the keto diet? Well, I did, but then I searched Pinterest for my favorites. Turns out you can not only make chocolate mug cakes and some keto basics, but you can also make lemon bars. Be careful with these, though. Apparently even non keto diet people like to eat them up. Mine disappeared. I highly recommend you keep these out of sight 🙂 Low cab and easy to make, this quick keto dessert is my favorite late night snack.
Keto brownies? You bet. When I first started the ketogenic diet, the one thing I knew I could not give up was chocolate. Super worried about where and how I would be getting my chocolate fix when I went keto, I researched all the best chocolate keto recipes before I even started. These brownies were already at the top of my list, but when I made several chocolate dessert options, these took the cake, literally. Chocolate avocado brownies, who knew this combo could be so good? Loaded with healthy fats and low in carbs, these brownies must be hidden from both the keto and even the non keto folks at all times or they will disappear!
Looking for some low carb breakfast options for keto dieting? Think cauliflower instead of potato. Full of flavor and with super low carbohydrates, these keto hash browns are the perfect addition to your bacon and eggs with cheese. A keto recipe to serve with breakfast, lunch or dinner.
When I first started keto cooking, I ended up spending hours in the kitchen, and even then, at times, I often found myself with few foods I could eat. Soon, I realized I needed to prep more foods ahead, ie think meal prep for the week, but the keto friendly version. I found this chicken bacon caesar and knew it would be perfect to try for making ahead. Before I even I tried it, I knew it was a keeper. The cheesy smells coming from the oven when it bakes? Oh my!
Low carb creamed spinach is possible! This revised version of a traditional creamed spinach recipe will leave you feeling super satisfied, just without unnecessary carbohydrates. Get your keto veggies here!