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Keto Dinner Recipes

Here is another post of some decent and excellent recipes we’ve tried lately! If you have some favorites, please leave a comment with the link!

Recipe #1 РPaleo Beef and Broccoli 

We made this recipe recently and it turned out ok. I am sharing it because I want to make it again with a few minor changes because I think it could be better. The first issue with the recipe: it was WAY too salty. DO NOT add the salt that is in the recipe. it does not need it. Whenever I do a recipe that calls for soy sauce, I never add the salt that the recipe calls for because it doesn’t need it. I don’t know why I didn’t listen to my gut on this one this time. But I followed the recipe and added the salt and it was just too much.

The second issue I had with the recipe was the serving sizes. It said it was 4 servings and it was not. Maybe if you have it with rice (or cauliflower rice to make it keto-friendly) but it was really 3 servings.

So again, I’d make this recipe again but I’d modify it and not add any salt.

Recipe #2 – Garlic Butter Chicken Bites

I had some leftover chicken tenders from the curry soup I made recently and so I looked around for a quick and easy chicken skillet recipe I could do for lunch when I was working from home. I found one on Instagram and so I made this marinade and it turned out SUPER tasty! It was really really good. I didn’t do the zoodles with the recipe, just the chicken. I added it to my salad and then I had some leftover for lunch the next day.

Recipe #3 – Crispy Buffalo Tofu

This was really tasty! I had it for lunch, actually. And I had it with blue cheese dressing as a dip instead of the avocado dip in the recipe. It was pretty good. The next day I reheated the leftovers in the skillet with avocado oil (instead of ghee) and it got a lot crispier the second time around and I liked it even better. I would definitely make this recipe again!

Recipe #4 – Chicken and Goat Cheese Skillet

I made a few alterations to make it keto-friendly. First, I used heavy cream instead of milk per the recipe. I also skipped the rice and pasta, obviously.

Second, I didn’t have plum tomatoes so a used a bunch of grape tomatoes. I also had half a zucchini I threw into the skillet to use up. Overall, I liked the recipe. It was creamy and fresh. I liked using the veggies. It wasn’t high in fat (keto) but it was a low carb recipe and a healthy recipe. Michael liked it a lot. I thought it was a little on the plain side. I think I would make it again and add some more spices, maybe saut√© some onions, too. I’d definitely make it again, though!

Recipe #5 – Naked Fish Tacos

This one was a winner! I really really liked it a lot! I added some raw radishes to the coleslaw mix. I also added some fresh grape tomatoes, black olives and topped everything with cojita cheese. It turned out great! I would definitely make this again and I can see it being in our rotation on a regular basis. You could also make it with chicken or shrimp and it would be good, too, I think.

Happy cooking!

Keto Reader Questions

Reader Questions

I’ve gotten a lot of questions and comments and I wanted to address some of them here. I also wanted to share a few products I found (Amazon affiliate links) that I’ve liked so far! But first, on to the FAQ:

Cheat Days

One question I get is do I have cheat days? My answer is no. Not so far, anyways. I am planning on having a “cheat day” in a few weeks for Logan’s birthday. We are having pizza and cake. But other than that I am not having cheat days. Since February 1st when I started this diet I have been on the plan. I’ve had a few bites here and there of things that were not “on plan” but no cheat days. I don’t want to get out of ketosis. I don’t know if that one bite of Logan’s banana or a few M&M’s I had in a month and a half were enough to knock me out of ketosis, but I hope not!

I don’t think cheat days are necessarily the right route to take in the initial phases of Keto. I think once you lose the weight, or get to whatever goal you want to get to, making a modified Keto schedule is a good plan. Maybe planning a cheat day or cheat meal is a good thing. Or having a carb cycling schedule….something. That’s something I plan on doing once I get to my goal. We’ll see.

Alcohol

The biggest question/comment I’ve gotten is that people are curious about keto and want to give it a try but they don’t want to give up their weekend glass of wine! I was totally in the same boat. About 8 months ago, I decided on a strict no-alcohol during the week rule and went back to my old “only on the weekend” treat rule. It’s easy for the “creep” to start and before you know it, you have a glass on a Tuesday night without even thinking about it.

But I was wanting to lose the Prozac Weight, and so I went back to my old rule. (And not seeing any weight loss, see previous post about my struggles.) When I decided to try Keto, I was reluctant to COMPLETELY give up my weekend wine. I mean, in my mind I was going back on the super restrictive (aka MISERABLE) low carb diet, and I did NOT want to give up my Friday glass of wine on top of that.

Thankfully, I found out I didn’t have to. Like everything–it just means moderation. And make sure you are choosing a SMART adult beverage. So since starting keto, I’ve restricted my intake to weekends and keeping it to one or two glasses tops (which was my norm before anyways) and I stick with Pinot Noir or a sparkling white or Pinot Blanc. I tend to like super dry/crisp/not sweet wines anyway, so that works for me!

I do kinda miss beer a little bit, but oh well!

Websites

What websites do I use for recipes? I use Instagram a lot of the time. I find recipes on there and then I will use these websites:

Diet Doctor

Cast Iron Keto

Low Carb Yum

Nom Nom Paleo

 

Snacks

Another question I’ve gotten from people are what to have for easy snacks, especially on-the-go snacks or snacks that are easy to take for work, etc. Here are a few of my favorites so far:

Cello Parmesan Whisps – We buy these at Costco. They are an easy and tasty “chip” substitute and low in carbs.

LonoLife Grass-Fed Bone Broth – I’ve tried a few different brands and so far this is by far my favorite! I really like it! It actually tastes really good. One packet is 50 calories, no carbs, 10g of protein. If you buy it on Amazon and do the subscribe and save option, it’s cheaper.

Quest Bars – I’m not a huge fan of processed bars but I tried a few different flavors of the Quest bars and they were actually ok. The good news is that they were under 200 calories for the whole bar and usually around 4 or 5 net carbs. I tend to split the bar in half and have half of it as a snack.

Atkins Bars – Like the Quest Bars, the Atkins Bars are low in net carbs and high in fiber and quick and easy treats/snacks. Depending on which flavor you get, they taste ok. I got the chocolate mint wafer ones and all I could taste was the chemical/fake sugar flavor. But the caramel chewy one was really delicious. So experiment and see which ones you like.

Nuts – I buy these at Trader Joes. They are the best priced. I buy the roasted/salted sunflower seeds, macadamia nuts and the raw walnuts. Those are my go-to nuts for snacks. I usually eat 1/2 a serving of whatever the package says with some cheese as my snack.

Cheese – Cheese sticks are a great snack (and paired with nuts are great!). It’s nice to have some variety, too. So Michael gets the Babybel rounds at Costco and then I buy different flavored cheese sticks at the grocery store (currently going through a habanero phase).

Plain Greek Yogurt with Berries and Flaxseed – I use the Fage Full Fat and add some frozen raspberries and 1 Tablespoon of ground flaxseed. It’s delicious, high in fat and high in fiber! This snack is great pre-workout because it’s a little bit higher in carbs than my other snacks.

Keto Bark – Holy crap is this delicious!!! I gave it a try and got it on Amazon in a two pack. It is so good! Individually wrapped, which is nice. 120 calories, 10g of Fat, 2g of net carbs…the perfect snack or dessert if you are watching carbs. And it actually tastes SO good!

Other Finds

Liquid Stevia– I wanted to give this a try because the regular Stevia packets has some carbs in it but this liquid version doesn’t have any carbs in it. Plus I thought it would be easier to use liquid stevia in cooking some keto recipes I’ve found that I want to try.

Primal Kitchen Collagen Fuel Vanilla Coconut – I got this to try in my coffee. I was interested in seeing if it was a good alternative to putting stevia in my coffee. I liked that it was in individual packets so I could take it to work easily. It mixed well, but I did notice that some of it did settle to the bottom of my coffee cup so that last sip was a little gross in texture.

The flavor was really nice. I tasted mostly vanilla, not so much the coconut. I made my coffee with the collagen packet and some heavy cream.

If you have any other tips or questions, please leave a comment! Thanks!