11 Easiest Keto Diet Recipes for Beginners

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If you are just getting started on the keto diet plan, you have arrived at the right place. With these easy keto diet recipes for beginners, you can simply your meal routine and also cut out the chances of cheating on the diet because “you couldn’t find food immediately.”

Promoting a high-fat low-carb diet, the ketogenic diet follows the principle of ‘maintaining ketosis’, a metabolic state that uses fat and protein to produce energy rather than glucose sourced from carbohydrates.

Because most restaurant menu items are rich in carbs, it’s recommended to cook your meals at home. In this list of healthy keto recipes, you can choose from breakfast, lunch, dinner and even dessert options to fulfil your tasty yet nourishing keto cravings.

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And even if you have been on the diet for quite some time now, you will be surprised to see the how simple these keto diet recipes are. It is just going to make your diet plan more enjoyable and easier.

Let’s dig in!

Easy Breakfast Recipes

From busy mornings to relaxing weekend mornings, we got your breakfast options covered! Whether you are rushing out in the morning or waking up late to enjoy a peaceful morning meal, you can start your day with these keto diet foods to make your mornings happy and wholesome.

Bacon Egg Muffins

When you’re busy, sticking to a keto diet might be difficult, but these keto egg muffins are the perfect solution! Make them ahead of time for the week and pop them in the microwave on your way out the door!

  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 20 mins
  • Total Time: 25 mins
  • Servings: 12 muffins

Ingredients:

  • 12 eggs
  • ? cup heavy cream
  • ½ teaspoon dry mustard powder
  • black pepper (for taste)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley or fresh herbs
  • 8 slices bacon cooked and crumbled
  • 3 ½ oz shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 green onions

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F.
  2. In a mixing dish, whisk together the eggs, cream, dry mustard, and pepper. Whisk until everything is fully combined.
  3. Grease a muffin tin properly.
  4. Sprinkle parsley over the cheese, bacon, and onions in the wells. Pour the eggs on top.
  5. Preheat oven to 200°F and bake for 20-25 minutes, or until firm.

Tip: To make it more interesting, you can also add veggies like spinach, bell peppers, mushrooms, or jalapeños.

Spinach and Mushroom Casserole

You may also prepare this breakfast casserole ahead of time and store it in the refrigerator, then reheat it the next morning. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F to reheat. Heat the covered casserole in the oven for 35 minutes, or until heated and bubbling.

  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 45 mins
  • Total Time: 1 hr
  • Servings: 12

Ingredients:

  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 8 ounces mushrooms sliced
  • 12 ounces spinach
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 6 eggs beaten
  • 16 oz. cottage cheese
  • 12 ounces grated cheddar cheese
  • 3 green onions sliced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease a 13″ x 9″ baking dish with 1 tablespoon butter.
  2. In a large skillet or sauté pan, melt 4 tablespoons butter and sauté yellow onions and mushrooms for 3-4 minutes, or until onions are translucent and mushrooms are tender. Sauté for another minute after adding the garlic.
  3. Sauté the spinach, a handful at a time. Allow 5 minutes for the spinach to wilt in the covered skillet.
  4. Allow to cool before draining extra liquid and chopping more finely.
  5. Whisk together eggs, cottage cheese, cheddar cheese, green onions, and salt and pepper in a separate bowl. Combine the cooked spinach and mushroom combination in a mixing bowl.
  6. Combine the ingredients in a mixing bowl and pour into a baking dish.
  7. Bake for 45-50 minutes, or until golden brown on top and done in the centre.

Low-Carb Pancakes

The secret to making excellent low carb pancakes is to use super fine almond flour rather than almond meal. With only 4 net carbs per serving, these Keto Pancakes are a great healthy alternative to conventional pancakes!

They’re also gluten-free thanks to the almond flour and cream cheese.

  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 15 mins
  • Servings: 6 pancakes

Ingredients:

  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 2 oz cream cheese, cubed
  • 2/3 cup almond flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon Sweetleaf – stevia sweetener (or 2 tablespoons regular sugar)
  • butter and syrup (sugar free syrup for low carb option)

Instructions:

  1. In a blender, combine all of the ingredients. To avoid anything getting caught at the bottom, start with eggs, water, and cream cheese.
  2. Scrape down the sides of the blender as needed to make it smooth. Allow 2 minutes for the batter to rest.
  3. Preheat a medium-sized non-stick skillet. Pour 3 to 4 tablespoons of batter per pancake into the skillet.
  4. When small bubbles appear on the surface, flip the pancake and continue to cook until both sides are golden. Continue until all of the pancake batter has been utilised.
  5. Serve the pancakes with butter and maple syrup on top!

Easy Lunch Recipes

It’s not always easy to come up with healthy keto recipes because it’s a high-fat, low-carb diet. So, what can you eat on a keto diet plan if you can’t have fruit, bread, or any other grain?

Simple is the top priority when it comes to keto lunch meals. Choose high-protein, super-filling dishes like a keto burrito bowl or a wonderful bowl of zucchini noodles.

Zucchini Noodles with Garlic-Butter and Parmesan

With this nutritious zucchini noodle recipe, you won’t miss traditional pasta. Zucchini spirals is a popular method to eat healthy. It’s gluten-free and low in carbohydrates. Try zoodles or spiralled zucchini pasta if you’re looking for a quick and easy pasta meal with garlic, butter, and parmesan.

  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 25 mins
  • Servings: 2

Ingredients:

  • 2 medium zucchinis
  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 3 large cloves garlic, minced
  • 3/4 cup (75 g) parmesan cheese
  • salt to taste
  • black pepper to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon (1.25 ml) red chili flakes

Instructions:

  1. Using a vegetable spiralizer or a julienne peeler, cut zucchini into spirals or strands. Remove the noodles and set them aside.
  2. Preheat a large skillet over medium-high heat. After the butter has melted, add the garlic. Cook for 30 seconds, or until garlic is fragrant and transparent. Make sure the garlic doesn’t burn.
  3. Cook until zucchini noodles are soft, about 3-5 minutes. Zucchini noodles cook quickly, so taste a strand while they’re cooking to see how firm or “al-dente” you want them. If you overcook the zucchini noodles, they’ll turn mushy.
  4. Remove the skillet from the heat, sprinkle with parmesan cheese, and season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve heated with chilli flakes.

Avocado Chicken Salad

Avocados, a long-time favourite of low-carb and keto diet recipes, are becoming increasingly popular as people realise that it’s not fat that makes us fat.

It’s simple to prepare an avocado chicken salad without mayo by simply substituting avocado for the mayonnaise. As a result, you’ll have a creamy chicken salad that’s perfect for low-carb and Paleo diets.

  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Total Time: 15 mins
  • Servings: 3

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups poached chicken finely diced (10 oz)
  • 1 medium Hass Avocado, mashed
  • 1/3 cup celery, finely diced (1 large rib)
  • 2 tbsp red onion or scallion, minced
  • 2 tbsp cilantro, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp avocado oil (or your favorite)
  • 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice (or lime juice)
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:

  1. In a medium bowl, combine the celery, onion, and cilantro. Dice the chicken and combine it with the vegetables in a mixing basin.
  2. With a chef’s knife, cut into the avocado until the blade reaches the pit. To split the parts, twist them together. Before attempting to remove the pit, make sure the avocado half is kept steady on a cutting board and the knife is tapped into the pit until it sticks.
  3. Using a spoon, scoop out the avocado flesh and set it in a small bowl. Using a fork, mash until smooth and creamy. Combine the lemon juice and oil in a mixing bowl.
  4. Stir the mashed avocado into the chicken and vegetables to combine. Serve on a low-carb bagel or over lettuce.
  5. Serves 3 people with 3/4-1 cup each.

Egg Roll in a Bowl

A classic egg roll does not contain eggs; rather, the “egg” in the egg roll wrapper gives it its name. However, we add an egg towards the end of this keto diet recipe to give this Egg Roll in the Bowl more taste and protein.

  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 15 mins
  • Servings: 4

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb (16 ounces) ground pork or beef
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 14 ounces shredded cabbage or coleslaw mix
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 whole egg
  • 2 teaspoons sriracha
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons sliced green onions

Instructions:

  1. Brown the pork or beef in a large skillet until it is no longer pink. If the meat is extremely wet, drain it. Sauté for 30 seconds after adding the garlic. Sauté the cabbage/coleslaw, soy sauce, and ginger until desired softness is achieved. If you need additional liquid to saute the coleslaw, add a splash of water.
  2. In the centre of the skillet, make a well and crack the egg into it. Over low heat, scramble until done.
  3. Stir in the sriracha sauce. Drizzle sesame oil over the top and top with green onions. If desired, season with more soy sauce and sriracha.

Easy Dinner Recipes

After an exhausting work day or a fun day out, you are finally home and ready to crash on the bed. Before that, you need both a tummy-filling and heart-filling dinner to complete you day. Instead of ordering out, opt to cook and eat healthy and yummy keto diet recipes.

Keto Mac & Cheese

If you’re on a keto diet, you’re well aware that traditional mac & cheese contains plenty of no-nos. Without losing flavour, this version eliminates all of the troublemakers (obv, PASTA). Although the pork rind topping is completely optional, we think it provides a nice crunch. This recipe takes a while but worth it!

  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Cook Time: 1 hr
  • Total Time: 1 hr 20 mins
  • Servings: 8

Ingredients:

FOR THE MAC & CHEESE

  • Butter, for baking dish 2
  • medium heads cauliflower, cut into florets
  • 2 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
  • Kosher salt
  • 1 c. heavy cream
  • 6 oz. cream cheese, cubed
  • 4 c. shredded cheddar
  • 2 c. shredded mozzarella
  • 1 tbsp. hot sauce (optional)
  • Freshly ground black pepper

FOR THE TOPPING

  • 4 oz. pork rinds, crushed
  • 1/4 c. freshly grated Parmesan
  • 1 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tbsp. freshly chopped parsley, for garnish

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F and grease a 9″ x 13″ baking dish. Toss cauliflower with 2 tablespoons oil in a large mixing basin and season with salt. Spread cauliflower on two large baking sheets and roast for 40 minutes, or until soft and gently brown.
  2. Meanwhile, heat cream in a large pot over medium heat. Bring to a simmer, then reduce to a low heat and mix in the cheeses until they are melted. Remove from the heat, season with salt and pepper and fold in the roasted cauliflower, if using. If necessary, season with extra salt and pepper.
  3. Place the mixture in the baking dish that has been prepared. Stir together the pork rinds, Parmesan, and oil in a medium mixing basin. Spread the mixture evenly over the cauliflower and cheese.
  4. Bake for 15 minutes, or until brown. To toast the topping even more, put the oven to broil for about 2 minutes.
  5. Before serving, garnish with parsley.

Keto Meatballs

Without using any flour, enough cheese keeps these soft meatballs together flawlessly. This is the perfect weeknight dinner for everyone because it is so easy to cook.

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If the absence of breadcrumbs makes it difficult to form them, wet your hands slightly to help keep them from sticking to your fingers.

  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Cook Time: 30 mins
  • Total Time: 50 mins
  • Servings: 4

Ingredients:

FOR THE MEATBALLS

  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 c. shredded mozzarella
  • 1/4 c. freshly grated Parmesan, plus more for serving
  • 2 tbsp. freshly chopped parsley
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil

FOR THE SAUCE

  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 (28-oz.) can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 tsp. dried oregano
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper

Instructions:

  1. Combine the meat, garlic, mozzarella, Parmesan, parsley, egg, salt, and pepper in a large mixing basin. Make 16 meatballs out of the mixture.
  2. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Cook for 10 mins by rotating regularly, until the meatballs are golden brown on all sides. Remove from skillet and place on a plate lined with paper towels.
  3. Add the onion to the same skillet and sauté for 5 minutes, or until tender. Cook for another minute, or until garlic is aromatic. Season with salt and pepper after adding the tomatoes and oregano.
  4. Return the meatballs to the skillet, cover, and cook for 15 minutes, or until the sauce has thickened. Before serving, sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.

Cobb Egg Salad

As is, egg salad is delicious. When you add bacon, blue cheese, avocado, and tomatoes to the mix, you’ve got a quick meal that’ll have you day dreaming for days. The red wine vinegar–yogurt dressing is delicious and may also be used in a traditional Cobb salad.

  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 5 mins
  • Total Time: 20 mins
  • Servings: 6

Ingredients:

  • 3 tbsp. mayonnaise
  • 3 tbsp. Greek yogurt
  • 2 tbsp. red wine vinegar
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 8 hard-boiled eggs, cut into eight pieces, plus more for garnish
  • 8 strips bacon, cooked and crumbled, plus more for garnish
  • 1 avocado, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 c. crumbled blue cheese, plus more for garnish
  • 1/2 c. cherry tomatoes, halved, plus more for garnish
  • 2 tbsp. freshly chopped chives

Instructions:

  1. Combine mayonnaise, yogurt, and red wine vinegar in a small mixing dish.  Add salt & pepper to taste.
  2. Gently combine eggs, bacon, avocado, blue cheese, and cherry tomatoes in a large serving bowl. Fold in the mayonnaise dressing gradually, using only enough to lightly coat the ingredients, then season with salt and pepper.
  3. Garnish with chives and other toppings if desired.

Easy Dessert Recipes

Keto desserts are easy to make and delicious, with only a few ingredients. They’re great for any occasion.

In the low carb world, sweets and snacks are hard to come by unless you prepare them yourself. Thankfully, there are low carb bloggers out there who take care of all of the baking science for us, so we can enjoy some delicious low carb treats!

Chocolate Chip Cookies

These are absolutely fuss-free.  Everything can be thrown into the mixing bowl and it will turn out perfectly every time. These Keto Chocolate Chip Cookies are simple to make and kid-friendly. Make them whenever you’re craving a chocolate chip cookie…without the guilt!

  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 12 mins
  • Total Time: 22 mins
  • Servings: 21

Ingredients:

  • ¾ cup Softened butter or coconut oil
  • ? cup Granular Sweetener
  • 2 Eggs
  • ·2 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 3 cups almond flour
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ 9 ounce sugar free Chocolate Chips

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. In a stand mixer (or a large mixing bowl with a hand mixer), add softened butter (or coconut oil) and swerve sweetener.
  3. Mix in 2 eggs and the vanilla extract until everything is well mixed.
  4. In a medium mixing bowl, combine almond flour, baking soda, and salt. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and stir until incorporated.
  5. The Chocolate Chips should be folded in at this point.
  6. Scoop 18-21 cookies onto a baking sheet that has been lined (you may need 2 depending on how big your sheets are). Flatten them out little by pressing down on the top.
  7. 10-12 minutes in the oven
  8. Allow 30 minutes for cooling on the cookie sheets. In an airtight container, these will keep soft and delicious for at least 4 days.

Low-carb Blueberry Crisp

This Low Carb Blueberry Crisp is incredibly tasty and simple to prepare. You can devour them in no less than 30 mins.

Anyone’s mouth waters when blueberries are sweetened, topped with a buttery and nutty topping, baked, and then smothered in heavy cream!

  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 20 mins
  • Total Time: 25 mins
  • Servings: 2

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup Blueberries fresh or frozen
  • ¼ cup Pecan halves
  • ? cup Almond Meal/flour
  • 2 tbsp Butter
  • 2 tbsp Granular Sweetener divided
  • 1 tbsp Ground flax
  • ½ tsp Cinnamon
  • ½ tsp Vanilla extract
  • ¼ tsp Kosher salt
  • 2 tbsp heavy cream

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. 12 cup blueberries and 12 tbsp swerve sweetener in 2 1 cup ramekins To blend, stir everything together.
  3. Pecans, almond flour, butter, 1 tablespoon swerve sweetener, ground flax, cinnamon, vanilla, and kosher salt go into a food processor. Pulse until all of the ingredients are well blended.

4.      On top of the blueberries, spread the mixture. Place the ramekins on a baking sheet and bake for 15-20 minutes in the centre of the oven, or until the topping is golden brown. 1 tbsp heavy cream sprinkled on top of each serving.

To Conclude

When you have decided to follow a keto diet plan, make sure you not only eat tasty stuff but also some healthy keto recipes once in a while, without giving up the factor of taste.

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These were some easy-to-do and interesting keto diet recipes for beginners, ones that you can cook yourself! From nutritious breakfast options to mouth-watering desserts, we have given you all.

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