Getting started on the Keto diet doesn’t have to be stressful. While this diet plan is restrictive and focuses on cutting down carbs, it doesn’t mean you have to miss out on good meals.
So, add delicious dishes made with lean proteins and baked meals to your diet plan. Stick to simple dishes which are nutritious but low in carbs. The idea is to make your body enter ketosis to accelerate weight loss. Follow these easy-to-cook dishes and make your diet journey satisfying and effective:
Scrambled eggs with vegetables: If you have to rush out for work and have hardly any time to whip up a sumptuous breakfast, scramble the eggs and mix some veggies or meat left over from last night’s dinner.
Use chicken scraps: If you are just starting out on a Keto diet, try casserole recipes. These are comfort food and perfect when the weather outside is cold. Simply throw in the chicken scraps to make a warm low-carb soup or salad.
Keto Corned Beef with cabbage: To make this dish, you place onion, celery, pickling spices with the corned beef in a large pot. Add water, season with pepper and salt, and wait for this to boil. You can then allow it to simmer and cook for 3 hours. In another bowl, you may whisk Dijon mustard, apple cider vinegar, pepper, and salt. In a third bowl, mix capers, mayo, parsley, and caper brine. Simply add cabbage and carrots and let this broth cook for another hour until the cabbage is cooked. You can then remove the veggies and meat from the pot and season the corned beef with salt and pepper.
Mac & Cheese: Who said you cannot have your favorite Mac and Cheese when on a Keto diet? This dish, of course, has some necessary tweaks but the flavor remains intact. You can opt for roasting the cauliflower for the water to drain out and then caramelize this to make the Mac tastier. Add crumbled bacon to up the protein content. This meal can be stored easily in a container for about 5 days. Simply reheat it to make the topping crisp.
Fried Chicken: Being on a Keto diet doesn’t mean you have to give up on fried foods altogether. However, here you simply do away with the flour and use pork rinds instead with Parmesan. Opt for almond flour which makes for perfectly crispy chicken pieces. To make this, preheat the oven to about 400 degrees, pat dry the chicken, and season it with salt and pepper. Whisk cream and eggs in a second bowl, and pork rinds, garlic powder, almond flour, paprika, and Parmesan in a third bowl. Now, you simply have to dip every chicken piece in the mix followed by the flour mix before placing it on a baking sheet.
Keto meatballs: Meatballs are a huge favorite and can make for a delicious Keto dinner. Use ground beef to prepare the meatballs preferably, but other ground meats will also work, like pork or turkey. You need to mix beef, mozzarella, garlic, Parmesan, eggs, salt, pepper, and parsley into a bowl. Heat oil in a skillet and cook these meatballs until golden. Then add onions that must be cooked for about 5 minutes followed by garlic, oregano, tomatoes, salt, and pepper. Now, bring back the meatballs into the skillet, simmer until sauce thickens, and garnish with Parmesan.
Try any of these recipes and enjoy the experience of being on a Keto diet. You are guaranteed to lose weight without feeling deprived.
Amna Sheikh is a medical doctor with a Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS), Bachelors in Economics and Statistics. She is also a medical writer working as a freelancer for 10+ years and she is specialized in medical, health, and pharmaceutical writing, regulatory writing & clinical research. All her work is supported by a strong academic and professional experience.