Today I wanted to share a few of my favorite Keto meals for you. If you’re not sure exactly what keto is, it’s a high fat, low carb diet to help regulate your sugar levels and help you manage your weight. Some people completely change their lifestyle around this diet but my husband and I do it a few times a year as a “reset” so-to-speak. When we came back from vacation a little over a month ago we started our diet back up because, like we always do on vacations. we ate TERRIBLY. Junky foods and WAY too many sweets.
When most people think of keto they think it’s nothing but bacon and cheese burgers but that’s not how we do it. We go more veggie heavy than meat heavy.
We mainly do eggs and spinach every morning with an occasional side of bacon. Lunches are mainly salads or turkey/ham wraps on low carb tortillas and then dinner dishes vary depending on what we are in the mood for. With this diet we tend to get full and our meal portions get smaller and smaller.
I didn’t think about writing this post until the very end of our cycle and I wish I could have taken photos of all our recipes but here are just a few of our favorites. Next go-round I’ll be sure to document everything better.
Being on Keto doesn’t mean you have to eat in every meal. While some restaurants are harder to eat at, the grilled chicken nugget meal, side salad, and diet lemonade from Chick-Fil-A is by far my favorite meal when eating out. I don’t know what the actual carb count is for this meal (I’m sure the marinade of the chicken has to have carbs) but I never feel bad eating this one. At other places we tend to just get a protein and 1 veggie side, like broccoli or a side salad. One time I had to eat at Wendy’s with my family so I just had a Jr. bacon cheeseburger (no bun) with a side salad. Sometimes you just have to think outside the box a bit if you’re stuck eating somewhere that doesn’t offer low carb.
A meat and cheese charcuterie board is always on the menu at our house. You can read more about this platter in THIS BLOG POST.
Italian Beef is a family favorite in this house and I make it all the time! It’s just a boneless chuck roast, a jar of pepperoncinis, beef bouillon cubes or beef broth, and a packet of dry french onion soup mix. I brown the meat on both sides, add the other ingredients and cook on medium for a few hours. It’s so tender that it just falls apart…and that heat kick is to die for.
I usually cook this with mac & cheese and mashed potatoes but when we’re on keto I pair it with green beans and mashed cauliflower.
Taco night is our favorite night at home so instead of putting our fixings on tortillas, we load it on greens. This dish is nice and filling and we can spread the chicken or beef to last us a few days.
If you have any keto recipes that you love, I would love to hear them. Feel free to list them in the comments below so we can try them on our next round.