To say that the ketogenic diet has been a life-changer for me would be a complete understatement.
It has removed my cravings, given me more energy, allowed me to focus on my work and of course lose weight.
However, it wasn’t always so easy with keto.
Initially, it was tough because I just wasn’t prepared. I never realized I was a person that can’t eat the same thing over and over again like some people.
I just don’t have it in me.
It wasn’t until I started to vary my meals that I started to see the results that I wanted because I was looking forward to eating again.
Even though I’m not as hungry on the keto diet that doesn’t mean I shouldn’t eat. I have to hit my macros!
So this means I need to prepare meals that I look forward to eating and because there are so many keto recipes out there, my options were pretty much endless.
23 Delicious Keto Dinners for You to Enjoy
In this post, I want to share some of my favorite keto dinners.
It’s important to remember that these meals usually create around 4-6 servings meaning that often you can have leftovers for lunch or dinner the next day. Eating keto doesn’t mean you need to be in the kitchen cooking every single night.
Another important note, some of these recipes are going to utilize heavy whipping cream. Sometimes you may not always have heavy whipping cream present in your household and you don’t have enough time to go to the store. If you are willing to make your own heavy whipping cream, give this a try.
Don’t be scared to add a little more to a recipe as well. Some of these recipes are going to be great when you top it off with sour cream or any of these sour cream substitutes.
Image credit to Tasteholics.
I love Asian-inspired food of all types. One of the hardest things about keto, for me, was having to give up rice and Asian noodles.
However, that didn’t mean I had to give up Asian flavors and this dish helps give me the Asian-taste I’m looking for whenever I’m craving it.
I also love the fact that the way you season the chicken gives it some flavor. A lot of diets utilize chicken a lot but it’s usually plain.
Nobody wants plain chicken.
Net Carbs: 4g
View this recipe on Keto Bootstrap: Sesame Chicken.
Spicy Lime Chicken Chorizo Chili
I like chicken.
I like chorizo.
I like chili.
I like spicy.
I like lime.
This recipe is a slam dunk.
View this recipe on Keto Bootstrap: Spicy Lime Chicken Chorizo Chili.
Creamy Chicken Bacon Casserole
Image credit to Food.com.
I feel that no matter what your diet is you need to have a casserole or two in your reserves. With keto, there are a ton of casseroles for you to try so you could probably go a whole month of eating casseroles if you wanted to.
What’s good about a meal like this is that there is no need for sides. Everything is right there for you which is important because you can get all of your macros on a single plate.
Net Carbs: 6.5g
View this recipe on Keto Bootstrap: Creamy Chicken Bacon Casserole.
Crockpot Buffalo Chicken
Buffalo chicken is usually associated with wings but it’s important to keep in mind that buffalo is merely a flavor not a food.
Unless we are talking about actual buffalo then things get weird and confusing because you can eat actual buffalo but the buffalo flavor we are talking about is named after the city of Buffalo in New York.
View this recipe on Keto Bootstrap: Crockpot Buffalo Chicken.
You can check out more keto crockpot recipes here.
Oven Baked Chicken Cordon Bleu
Image credit goes to Warfield Family.
The first time I ever had chicken cordon bleu was from a microwave dinner.
You don’t really appreciate it when it comes in that form.
Then one day my wife made it and wow! Chicken cordon bleu is some quality food. Now I try to have it once a month because it’s a perfect keto dinner. Mix in with a side of roasted cauliflower and I’m good to go.
Net Carbs: 1.8g
View this recipe on Keto Bootstrap: Oven Baked Chicken Cordon Bleu.
Chicken Avocado Casserole
Image credit goes to Caveman Keto.
You thought I was joking about never having enough casseroles in your recipe rolodex didn’t you?
Well I wasn’t!
You need casseroles in your life! Prepare them, stick them in the oven and then go back to watching Stranger Things.
Net Carbs: 6g
View this recipe on Keto Bootstrap: Chicken Avocado Casserole.
People assume on keto you have to give up bread textures and that isn’t true. You just give up bread but that doesn’t mean you can’t create things that act like bread (or crust).
That’s what makes this chicken pizza so delicious. If you love cheese on your pizza then this whole pizza is made with cheese.
Can’t beat that.
View this recipe on Keto Bootstrap: Chicken Pizza.
Broccoli Chicken Zucchini Boats
I wrote an article the other day on keto vegetables and I had this to say about zucchini:
I’ll admit that I didn’t know much about zucchini until my wife introduced me to zucchini boats and wooooooo boy, things changed.
I love zucchini boats!
Stuff them with almost anything you want and you have yourself a nice little dish.
It’s amazing the creative things that people come up with when it comes to food. I would just grab a zucchini and dip it into a bottle of ranch.
My creativity is limited.
View this recipe on Keto Bootstrap: Broccoli Chicken Zucchini Boats.
Stuffed Pork Chops
Image credit to Caveman Keto.
I’m not sure you understanding how life-changing it was when my (now) wife moved in with me.
I was used to a certain style of eating.
If I was going to eat pork chops the were just plain pork chops on a plate.
When she told me she was going to make stuffed pork chops I thought she was joking because pork chops were too small to be stuffed.
Did you know that you can get thick pork chops?
Net Carbs: 1g
View this recipe on Keto Bootstrap: Stuffed Pork Chops.
Thai Pork Salad
Going back to the Asian flair thing, this recipe really offers a unique perspective on salads.
It looks closer to sliced pork with some salad on the side but it’s really a full-fledged salad that has graduated from salad university.
Net Carbs: 5.2g
View this recipe on Keto Bootstrap: Thai Pork Salad.
Mustard & Thyme Pork Roulade
To be honest with you, if you asked me what a roulade was I still wouldn’t be able to tell you. I just know that it tastes good and when it comes to sticking with keto, that’s all that really matters.
Plus, I really love mustard. I’m obsessed with it.
View this recipe on Keto Bootstrap: Mustard & Thyme Pork Roulade.
Crispy Skin Slow Roasted Pork Shoulder
I like my meat to have a little crunch. If that means it’s charred a bit then so be it.
Char me up!
Net Carbs: 0.2g
View this recipe on Keto Bootstrap: Crispy Skin Slow Roasted Pork Shoulder.
Chicken Fried Pork Chops
If you’ve grown up in the South, like me, then you know about chicken fried whatever.
Chicken fried pork chops aren’t any different and a great side to have with them are cauliflower mashed potatoes.
Load them up with butter and cheese and you have something going for you.
Net Carbs: 0.8g
View this recipe on Keto Bootstrap: Chicken Fried Pork Chops.
Where’s the beef?
Cumin Spiced Beef Wraps
Image credit goes to Peace, Love, and Low Carb.
I’ll readily admit that I’m not big on lettuce wraps but that isn’t because of the flavor. It’s because I suck at putting them together.
I put what is necessary into the wrap and then everything just falls apart.
But it’s some of the best tasting fall apart that I’ve ever had so I keep on returning to them.
I’m sure you understand. Have you ever had something fall apart on you in your life?
Net Carbs: 4g
View this recipe on Keto Bootstrap: Cumin Spiced Beef Wraps.
Avocado Taco Boats
I love tacos.
I love avocado.
I hate being on boats because I get seasick but that’s okay. Two out of three is good enough to enjoy a meal and that’s what happens with these avocado taco boats.
View this recipe on Keto Bootstrap: Avocado Taco Boats.
Ultimate Cheeseburger Loaf
This is one of those meals that will make you question reality.
You go through life knowing what a cheeseburger is then suddenly life gives you a cheeseburger loaf, that tastes exactly like a cheeseburger, but you eat it with a fork.
You start to question a lot of things in your life after that but that’s just how the game goes I suppose.
I really enjoy the burst of mustard you get with this recipe. I think that’s what puts it over the edge and gives it a cheeseburger flair.
Net Carbs: 5.0g
View this recipe at Keto Bootstrap: Ultimate Cheeseburger Loaf.
Image credit goes to Butter Is Not a Carb.
Yes, I’m throwing two cheeseburger recipes at you because you can never have enough cheeseburger in your life, right?
Pizza fanatics might lambast me for even thinking that you can put a cheeseburger in a calzone but it has been done and I have no regrets about it.
Net Carbs: 3g
View this recipe on Keto Bootstrap: Cheeseburger Calzone.
Did you honestly think you could get away from the casseroles? Don’t be so silly!
Casseroles are in your life to stay now!
But seriously, chorizo completely sends this one over the top. The very top. It’s great.
View this recipe on Keto Bootstrap: Chorizo Casserole.
Coffee Infused Ribeye Steak
I hate coffee.
I just don’t like the flavor.
But if you infuse coffee flavor into something then it’s not so bad.
Surprisingly, if you infuse it into a ribeye steak, it tastes really damn good!
Net Carbs: 0.0g
View this recipe on Keto Bootstrap: Coffee Infused Ribeye Steak.
Oven Fried Tilapia
Now we are on to my favorite part of the dinner list. SEAFOOD!
I could eat crab, lobster, shrimp, oysters, clams, and scallops all day every day for the rest of my life.
Seafood is the best and thankfully keto leaves the seafood door wide open for you.
First, we start with an oven fried tilapia.
Yep. Keto is like magic that you need to embrace fully.
Net Carbs: 0.5g
View this recipe on Keto Bootstrap: Oven Fried Tilapia
Stuffed and Wrapped Shrimp
Image credit goes to Caveman Keto.
Don’t get me anywhere near a shrimp cocktail. I’ll eat every single shrimp and save none for you. I am that person.
Wrap shrimp in bacon and stuff it with goodness? That’s some next level awesomeness right there.
Net Carbs: 2g
View this recipe on Keto Bootstrap: Stuffed and Wrapped Shrimp.
Lemon and Thyme Butter Salmon
Salmon is just one of those classic seafood dishes although now that I think about it, it’s weird to call it seafood when salmon is freshwater.
Great, now I’m going to be thinking about this forever.
Net Carbs: 0.1g
View this recipe on Keto Bootstrap: Lemon and Thyme Butter Salmon.
Thai Peanut Shrimp Curry
Asian-flair mixed with seafood?
Call it in. I can’t take it anymore. This is everything that I’ve needed in my life and more.
Net Carbs: 8.9g
View this recipe on Keto Bootstrap Thai Peanut Shrimp Curry.
Keto Is All About Planning
Staying in ketosis really comes down to planning out your meals. You also need to do what you can to stay on top of your macros.
If you need to somehow catch up on your macros, eating a keto fat bomb every once in a while isn’t going to hurt at all.
As you can see, with keto, you aren’t really limited by the awesome things that you can prepare. Many of these things will cause you to have leftovers unless you have a large household, which means you should always have something available to you when you need to eat and hit your macros.
This is what I teach over at Keto Bootstrap. I want to help people get acclimated to the ketogenic diet so that they have a smooth transition from eating randomly, to eating right.