low carb dinners

More Keto Dinners & Recipes

The first two aren’t really recipes. But I wanted to share them because they were really good. 🙂

Dinner #1 – Stuffed Mexican Peppers

Stuffed peppers are fun. I’ve made them a bunch of times and usually do a mixture of meat with rice or quinoa. But it’s not necessary and easy to make it keto-friendly.

Browned ground beef with taco seasoning then stuffed it in peppers. Topped the peppers with cheese and baked it for about 20-25 minutes. Topped with black olives, sour cream and homemade guacamole. Delicious! A little higher in carbs because of the peppers and the taco seasoning, but really good and scratches that itch for Mexican food when you can’t have things like burritos and enchiladas.

 

Dinner #2 – Cobb Salad

We went to  my in-law’s house for a belated birthday dinner and she made a delightful keto salad. She used rotisserie chicken, hard boiled eggs, black olives, bacon, grape tomatoes, avocado and homemade blue cheese dressing (she makes the best dressing). It was so so good!

Dinner #3 – Zucchini Pizzas

I tried these once before and decided to do them again but make them in a slightly different way. This time I pre-baked the zucchini boats before putting the toppings on it. Then I baked it again for about 15 minutes. It worked well that way!

 

Dinner #4 – Keto Egg Roll in a Bowl

Ingredients

  • 1 lb ground pork/beef/chicken
  • 12 ounces cabbage (we used a ready made cole slaw mix)
  • 1/4 cup liquid aminos (or soy sauce)
  • 2 tbsp chicken broth
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 2 tsp Sriracha
  • 1 tbsp Sesame Oil
  • 2 tbsp minced green onion
  • 1 tsp Sesame Seeds

Instructions

  • Heat a large skillet to medium-high heat. Once hot add in the ground pork. Using a spatula break up the chunks of meat and cook all the way through.
  • Add in the liquid aminos, and chicken broth and stir to combine.
  • Add in the minced garlic, ground ginger and sriracha and combine. Allow to cook for 1-2 minutes as the liquid reduces.
  • Add in 12 ounces of cabbage (we buy plain cole slaw mix) and stir to combine coating all the cabbage in the liquid and seasonings. Once the cabbage has wilted to your liking remove from heat. For more crunch combine and immediately remove from heat, for less crunch cook down for 2-3 minutes.
  • Drizzle with sesame oil and garnish with minced scallions and sesame seeds, if desired. Enjoy!
Nutrition
Calories: 310kcal | Carbohydrates: 6.75g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 20.5g | Fiber: 2g
Note: The less cabbage you use, the lower the total and net carbs will be!
I had all the ingredients to make a different recipe and wasn’t feeling it so I looked around and did this one instead. It turned out pretty good and it was super fast!
Whole30 Spanish Chicken And Cauliflower Rice
Servings: 4
Calories: 201
Carbs: 5 net
INGREDIENTS
Chicken
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Italian spice blend
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 3-4 boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil for cooking

Rice

  • 16 oz cauliflower rice
  • 1 1/2 cup chicken stock
  • lemon juice from 1/2 lemon
  • fresh cilantro for garnish
  • marinated tomatoes for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a small bowl mix together the spices for the chicken, then rub half of it on chicken (reserve half for later)
  2. Heat a skillet over medium heat then drizzle with 1-2 tablespoons olive oil and cook chicken until golden brown on each side (about 2-3 minutes on each side- you will finish cooking it later). Then remove and set aside.
  3. Fill skillet with cauliflower rice, stock, lemon juice, and the other half of the spice mix. Stir the cauliflower rice then set chicken thighs over rice, cover with a lid, and cook on medium/low heat for 20 minutes until chicken is cooked through.
Garnish with chopped cilantro and lemon wedges (optional).

I added some Spanish olives and topped it with fresh parsley (we didn’t have fresh cilantro). I liked the recipe a lot. It would be WAY better with real rice, of course, but for a low carb keto recipe it’s pretty great! I would also say use a little less chicken stock. There was a lot leftover in the skillet that didn’t cook off.

Dinner #6 20 Minute Shrimp and Sausage Skillet Paleo Meal 

I used this recipe from PaleoNewbie. It wasn’t necessarily keto–it wasn’t high fat but it was low in carbs, so that was good for me.  (I had some leftover keto cheesecake for dessert so I was good on fat for the day!)

This recipe was absolutely delicious! Super flavorful. And pretty quick. I would definitely make this dinner again.

Two Low Carb Dinners

I wanted to share two recipes with you that we tried last week. Here is the first:

Balsamic Braised Beef Short Ribs:

Balsamic Braised Beef Short Ribs |Paleo
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Serves: 4-6 servings
From: http://www.joyfulhealthyeats.com/balsamic-braised-beef-short-ribs-paleo/
Ingredients
  • 2-3 lbs. of bone-in beef short ribs
  • 1 tablespoon of coconut oil
  • 15 oz. can of tomato sauce
  • ½ cup of balsamic vinegar
  • 4 whole dried dates
  • 6 garlic cloves, smashed
  • Spice Blend:
  • 2 tablespoon of course sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon of dried rosemary
  • 1 tablespoon of dried sage
  • 1 tablespoon of garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon of onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon of paprika
  • 1 teaspoon of black pepper
Instructions
  1. In a small bowl, mix together course sea salt, dried rosemary, dried sage, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, and black pepper.
  2. Pat dry bone-in beef short ribs. Rub spice blend into both sides of the short ribs.
  3. Heat a large skillet to medium high heat. Add coconut oil to pan and sear the short ribs for 2-3 minutes per side or until slightly browned.
  4. Put the short ribs in a slow cooker with a tomato sauce, balsamic vinegar, whole dried dates, and smashed garlic cloves.
  5. Cook for 4-6 hours on low or until beef is tender.
It doesn’t look pretty but it tasted really good! I made some sesame cucumber salads to go with it and the tartness of the salad was the perfect combo with the ribs.

We each had one (they were pretty big beef ribs) and then a few nights later had the leftovers and we both agreed that they were even better reheated as leftovers.

Michael made this dinner, even though crock-pot cooking isn’t something he likes to do, and it was really good! We both want to make it again in the future.

The second “recipe” wasn’t really a recipe but it was “lowish” carb and on the diet plan. I picked up the carrot “noodles” from Trader Joe’s a few weeks ago and we finally tried it.

Here are the stats on the carrot noodles:

8grams of carbs in a serving of carrot noodles. I also bought a jar of low carb spaghetti sauce. I hadn’t tried this brand before and another reader recommended a low carb marinara but it was really expensive when I finally found it! This particular bottle was half the price of the other one so I grabbed a jar to test it out.

A serving of this marinara was 5 grams of carbs. I also loved that it didn’t have a ton of sugar in it like a lot of red sauces have. We had some Trader Joe’s Turkey Meatballs on top with some fresh parmesan and opened a not-so-low-carb bottle of wine to go with dinner:

So how was the dinner? Really good! We both liked it a lot.

The carrots weren’t overpowering in flavor. They were slightly al dente, but I’m so used to eating spaghetti squash instead of real pasta noodles that it didn’t feel weird to me. The sauce? Fantastic! We both LOVED it! It was super spicy. We’d definitely make this dinner again.

I did comment that it needed some garlic bread. 😉