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Keto Dinners & Recipes

The keto diet is still going well. I’m going to share some keto dinners and recipes that we’ve done lately because honestly the rotation of breakfasts and lunches don’t change all that much! But I am trying to try new things with dinners to get some variety.

Apparently the theme for this post is Alfredo!

Recipe #1

We made this and it was really delicious! I had the leftover chicken thigh and some sauce for lunch the next day and it was even better as a leftover. We used chicken thighs instead chicken breasts and raw minced garlic instead of garlic powder.

Creamy Tuscan Garlic Chicken

Ingredients
  • Chicken Breasts
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • ½ cup chicken broth
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon italian seasoning
  • ½ cup parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup spinach, chopped
  • ½ cup sun dried tomatoes
Instructions
  1. In a large skillet add olive oil and cook the chicken on medium high heat for 3-5 minutes on each side or until brown on each side and cooked until no longer pink in center. Remove chicken and set aside on a plate.
  2. Add the heavy cream, chicken broth, garlic powder, italian seasoning, and parmesan cheese. Whisk over medium high heat until it starts to thicken. Add the spinach and sundried tomatoes and let it simmer until the spinach starts to wilt. Add the chicken back to the pan and serve over pasta if desired.

Recipe #2 

Another chicken recipe. For this one we used boneless, skinless chicken thighs (frozen). The alfredo sauce was REALLY tasty! I liked it a lot. I’ve never made alfredo from scratch before, I’ve always just used a jar. It was so much better than the store bought stuff. I topped it with some fresh parsley. And you totally did not miss not having pasta. The broccoli was great with it. I had the leftover chicken and alfredo sauce the next day for lunch and the sauce flavor was even richer.

Low Carb Chicken and Broccoli Alfredo

Ingredients

  • 1 pound thin sliced chicken breasts
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground pepper
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon avocado oil
  • 16 ounces broccoli
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 cup shredded Parmesan

Instructions

  1. Sprinkle the salt, pepper, paprika, and garlic powder evenly over both sides of the chicken.
  2. Heat a large skillet over medium heat and add the oil.
  3. When oil is hot, add the chicken breasts and cook 5 minutes on each side or until chicken is cooked through.
  4. While chicken is cooking, steam the broccoli on the stove or in the microwave until as tender as you’d like.
  5. Heat a sauce pan over medium heat and add the cream, butter, garlic, salt, and pepper. Whisk constantly until the butter is melted and the mixture comes to a slow simmer.
  6. Remove from the heat and stir in the shredded Parmesan. Whisk until the cheese melts fully and the sauce is smooth.
  7. To serve, divide the broccoli between four plates and top with chicken. Drizzle with sauce.
Nutrition Information:

YIELD: 4  Amount Per Serving: CALORIES: 437 TOTAL FAT: 32g SODIUM: 672mg CARBOHYDRATES: 9g FIBER: 3g SUGAR: 4g PROTEIN: 33g

Recipe #3

Not really a recipe. But still super good and I wanted to share my creation. 🙂 Michael created my vision. Zoodles (three smallish zucchinis) sautéed in oil. Then scallops (frozen from Costco defrosted), seared and seasoned with salt and pepper. Alfredo sauce. This time we used the stuff from the jar because we needed a quick Monday night meal. Definitely not as good as the other two homemade Alfredo sauces but still decent and like I said, good for a quickie meal. Then topped with crumbled bacon! Season with freshly ground pepper. It was really good! And definitely keto.

We were originally going to use shrimp in this recipe but I discovered last minute that we were out of frozen shrimp. So thankfully we had some scallops. I would definitely do this again for a quick workday dinner.

Keto Meals Week 1

Here is the first week in meals. Everything I ate (100%):

Day One

Breakfast – Cheese omelet with sausage on the side. Unsweetened iced tea. Coffee with nutpod creamer.

Lunch  – SkinnyTaste’s Picadillo on salad with avocado

Snacks – Walnuts, Olives stuffed with jalapenos, Cheese

Dinner – Turkey Burger with Smoked Gouda Cheese, Bacon, Mayo. I made a cucumber salad with avocado and Newman’s Own Lite Italian Dressing (low carb and no sugar! Yay!) and a glass of red wine.

How I felt & how I did- Felt good! Wasn’t hungry! Like not at all! Didn’t feel tired or run down, either. I even worked out. My macros were great! I was pretty close on all the macros, not perfect, but that’s ok. The important part was I got to 20 net carbs. Yay me!

Day Two

Breakfast – 2 scrambled eggs (with heavy cream), with sausage and red peppers topped with cheese and sour cream and hot sauce. Coffee with heavy cream and nutpod creamer. Unsweetened iced tea.

Lunch – Antipasto Salad. Green salad with Italian dressing. Salami, prosciutto, fresh mozzarella, cucumber, Greek peperoncinos and olives.

Dinner – This was the first challenge–going out to a restaurant. I could have changed our start date so that we began the Keto diet after our dinner plans with friends, but I wanted to be able to make this work even going out. We met our friends at Hopworks (basically a beer and pizza place but it’s kid friendly). I got a Cobb Salad (salad with blue cheese dressing, blue cheese crumbles, tomatoes, bacon, avocado, hard boiled egg). It came with a breadstick, which I did not eat but wanted to!

I did have a glass of wine but just one.

Overall, my second day was good. I was MUCH closer to my macro goals (67% out of 70% of fat, 23% out of 25% on protein) but today I was at 27 net carbs for the day, so over. Looking over my day I discovered that my highest carb count was the avocado–ironically–but that’s ok because it’s the good carbs. (I mean HOW is the avocado higher in carbs than my WINE?!?!)

But I worked out today, so maybe the few extra carbs were a good thing?

Day Three

Breakfast – Omelet with cheese and bacon and hot sauce. Unsweetened iced tea and coffee with heavy cream and Stevia. Still not quite the same as my coffee creamer. WAHHHHH!!!! 🙁

Lunch – I got home from swimming feeling the first effects of the coming Keto-flu (I think). I was weak and shaky and felt like my muscles didn’t work. I had steamed broccoli with Goddess Dressing and some pork rinds (which are kinda weird but good if you are craving chips). Then I had a “wrap”–two slices of turkey and salami and a slice of prosciutto wrapped around a hunk of fresh mozzarella with mayo and mustard.

Snacks – Today I had a mug of bone broth. It was good! Warm and filling. I also had a piece of cheese and, some nuts and some olives.

Dinner – Michael made pastrami on the traeger grill! It was a week long process, too! But it was cool to have homemade pastrami for dinner and we have a ton for lunches for the week. Dinner was pastrami in a low carb wrap with mayo and lettuce. It was really good!

Day Four

Breakfast – Scrambled eggs (with heavy cream) with red peppers and sausage topped with some shredded cheese. Unsweetened iced tea. I had coffee with heavy cream and Stevia when I got to work.

Lunch – Pastrami in a low carb wrap! These wraps are really great! Not only are they actually tasty but they are low in calories and low in carbs. They are only 5 net carbs. So I made a wrap with mayo, mustard, pastrami, some lettuce and cheese. Bone broth.

Snacks – I made ranch dip from scratch (Hidden Valley packet with Tillamook full fat sour cream) and had raw broccoli and cucumber. Then later I had mixed salted nuts and a piece of cheese.

Dinner – Zoodles with pesto and meatballs. Some mozzarella on the side.

Day Five

Breakfast – Cheese omelet with hot sauce. Unsweetened iced tea. Coffee with heavy cream and stevia.

Lunch – Pastrami (no wrap), avocado, mozzarella, Newman’s Own Lite Italian dressing.

Snacks – Mixed salted nuts (only 1 ounce this time), cheese in the morning. In the afternoon I had homemade ranch dip with cucumbers and broccoli.

Dinner – Pork chop with herbed butter sauce and shaved brussels sprouts.

My Take Away From Week One

  • It is actually a lot harder to get fat in your diet than you think.
  • I’m going to miss my Kombucha. 🙁
  • I have a lot more thoughts and working on a post for next week!