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The Ketogenic (Keto) Diet is super popular right now for promoting health, wellness, and effortless weight loss. This low carb, moderate protein, high fat diet allows you to consume delicious foods that are restricted on many other diets, including bacon, dairy (even cheese!), avocados, mayo, oils, and salad dressings. However, the keto diet does limit carbs including breads, rice, pasta, starchy vegetables, fruits, and more, which can leave you with some serious cravings. These Easy Keto Recipes include keto friendly versions of favorites like pizza, mac and cheese, bread and more, so you can stick to your keto diet for optimum weight loss!
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The Ketogenic Diet
If you’re unfamiliar with the keto diet, here are the basics. The keto diet is a low carb, high fat, whole foods diet that turns your body into a fat-burning machine. Strict adherence to a keto diet promotes weight loss, mental focus, and increased energy and fights diseases and disorders like type 2 diabetes, epilepsy, PCOS, metabolic syndrome, high blood pressure and cholesterol, and autoimmune diseases.
Block out everything you’ve learned about those low fat diets doctors have been promoting for so many years. This diet promotes eating lots of fat, in order to put your body in ketosis, which is a fat burning state. To do this, you need to consume roughly 60-80 percent of your calories from fat. The rest of your calories will come from protein (10-15 percent) and carbohydrates (less than 10 percent). This diet is similar to the paleo and Atkins diets in that it promotes a low carb, whole foods diet, but keto goes a step further by exactly balancing macronutrients (fat, protein, and carbohydrates) for optimal weight loss.
Easy Keto Meals That’ll Make You Forget You’re on a Diet
CREAMY RANCH PORK CHOPS
Following the keto diet is easy when you can enjoy recipes like these tasty pan seared pork chops smothered in a creamy ranch sauce with cream cheese, butter, heavy cream, chicken broth, and homemade ranch seasoning. Increase the flavor even more by substituting bone-in pork chops for boneless.
From 730 Sage Street | Creamy Ranch Pork Chops
“JUST LIKE THE REAL THING” LOW CARB LASAGNA
If you love carbs like I do, you might be missing comfort foods like lasagna. Here’s a low carb version that really is just as good as the real thing with loads of traditional meat, sauce, and cheese, and delicious cheesy homemade “noodles!”
From Peace, Love and Low Carb | Low Carb Lasagna
CAULIFLOWER “MAC + CHEESE”
Mac and cheese is another carb heavy comfort food you might be missing on the keto diet, but luckily, this cauliflower “mac and cheese” tastes cheesy enough to conquer any craving with hardly any carbs.
From Domestically Creative | Cauliflower “Mac + Cheese”
CREAMY CHEESY BEEF TONGUE CASSEROLE
If you don’t normally eat organ meats, the thought of pickled beef tongue may be seriously grossing you out right now, but stick with me here. Pickled beef tongue tastes like a cross between smoked ham and corned beef, but if you just can’t bring yourself to try it – or you know your family won’t eat it – feel free to substitute smoked ham.
This casserole is so amazing because of its creamy, cheesy goodness smothering healthy, hearty meat and vegetables. I don’t know about you, but I still can’t believe consuming loads of yummy cheese – in this case Farmer’s cheese, which is one of my favorites – can actually promote weight loss! I love this diet!
For more keto friendly family dinner ideas, check out these Quick + Easy Keto Casseroles.
From The Healthy Foodie | Creamy Cheesy Beef Tongue Casserole
KETO DINNER ROLLS
These dinner rolls will conquer your biggest bread cravings to help you stay on your diet and in ketosis. This recipe is also perfect for sharing with non-keto friends and family and can be used to make sandwich rolls and pizza crust.
From Cast Iron Keto | Keto Dinner Rolls
GRASS FED CINNAMON BUTTER FAT BOMBS
In case you don’t know, fat bombs are popular in the keto community as a quick and easy way to increase your fat intake to facilitate ketosis and weight loss. These Cinnamon Butter Fat Bombs provide all the health benefits of grass fed butter. Plus, they taste really great with Keto Dinner Rolls.
From While Natural Life | Grass Fed Cinnamon Butter Fat Bombs
SAUSAGE + PEPPERONI PIZZA STUFFED PEPPERS
Cure pizza cravings without the carb heavy crust with this sweet red pepper version. Can’t do without some sort of crust? Try the more traditional keto pizza recipe below.
From Kalyn’s Kitchen | Pizza Stuffed Peppers
CAULIFLOWER CREAMED SPINACH
Hide healthy, low carb veggies in mozzarella, heavy cream, and butter for a side dish you’ll love!
From Living Chirpy | Cauliflower Creamed Spinach
TWICE BAKED CAULIFLOWER WITH BACON
This recipe will make you forget all about potatoes, substituting low carb cauliflower topped with loads of gooey melted cheese and bacon.
From Kalyn’s Kitchen | Twice Baked Cauliflower with Bacon
Turn cheap flank steak into a healthy, hearty meal in about 30 minutes with this low carb beef satay recipe that tastes like the real deal.
From Low Carb Maven | Thai Beef Satay
MINI CHICKEN POT PIES
Chicken pot pie is one of the ultimate comfort food meals you may be missing on your keto diet. This keto friendly mini pot pie recipe has a yummy low-carb crust made with almond and coconut flours and mozzarella cheese, so you don’t have to miss out on your favorite foods anymore!
From Ruled.Me | Mini Chicken Pot Pies
LOW CARB TACOS
If you’ve ever cooked shredded cheese to a crisp, you know how amazingly delicious it gets. That’s why you’ll never miss traditional corn taco shells with this delightfully cheesy keto shell recipe that packs all the satisfying crunch with much more flavor than regular taco shells!
From Home Made Interest | Cheese Taco Shells
A typical high-carb pizza will definitely kick you out of ketosis, so the next time you’re craving the real deal, try this keto version that has a delicious coconut flour crust made with cream cheese! This recipe features pepperoni and cheese toppings, but feel free to add your favorites.
From Kettle + Fire | Keto Pepperoni Pizza
GRILLED CHEESE SANDWICHES
Grilled cheese sandwiches are the perfect easy go-to lunch or dinner, but the usual recipe will definitely weigh you down and take you out of ketosis. Stick with your weight loss goals while kicking those cravings to the curb with this sandwich recipe featuring low carb cauliflower “bread.”
From Kirbie’s Cravings | Cauliflower Grilled Cheese Sandwiches
BEEF AND BROCCOLI
This recipe kicks simple beef and broccoli up a notch with traditional – yet still keto friendly – Asian flavors.
From I Heart Umami | Beef and Broccoli
If you want to lose weight quickly and easily and improve your health in no time, try the keto diet and these Quick + Easy Keto Dinner Recipes sure to turn you into a fat-burning machine!
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