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11 Keto Dinner Ideas To Prepare Next

11 Keto Dinner Ideas To Prepare Next

Still not over the keto hype? Neither are we! Here are 11 keto dinner ideas for all the deliciousness and none of the guilt.


5 min read

January 16, 2022

Giving the ketogenic diet a try? You might still have questions related to the diet, so we’ve rounded up a solid collection of keto dinner ideas from California bloggers to ease you in. Having taken the cooking world by storm, this low-carb, high-fat diet can do wonders for your health if practiced correctly. While whipping up healthy dinner ideas with no carbs is practically impossible,  these are the closest you can get to cutting carbs in your meals.

Keto Dinner Ideas To Make This Week

Fast, easy, and carb-free, fried cabbage can be a great side-dish, taco filler, and more.

1. Fried Cabbage

Easy, flavorful, and rich in veggie goodness, this fried cabbage recipe by Downshiftology is a must-try. Suitable to be served either as a side dish or a light dinner idea low in carb, this smoky dish is a winner.

6 pieces bacon, cut into one-inch pieces
1 small onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons mustard
¼ teaspoon smoked paprika
1 head cabbage, sliced and chopped
Salt and pepper to taste

2. Zucchini Lasagna

This zucchini lasagna by Detoxinista allows you to enjoy the rich flavors of lasagna without the pasta. Make this low-carb dinner idea for the family and you’ll have everyone raving about your dish.

3 pounds zucchini 
1 jar marinara sauce, no sugar added
15 ounces ricotta cheese
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 cup fresh basil leaves
Salt to taste
1 egg (optional)

Cuban picadillo is the perfect weeknight meal because it can be made in less than 30 minutes. Photo courtesy of A Cozy Kitchen.

3. Picadillo

This Cuban picadillo by A Cozy Kitchen is the real deal. Combining flavorful ground beef with spices, vegetables, eggs, and raisins, this easy keto dinner idea is about to be your next favorite thing. While picadillo is traditionally served over rice, skip that step to make this dish truly keto.

3 tablespoons neutral oil 
1 sweet potato,  peeled and cubed
½ large yellow onion, peeled and diced
1 green or red bell pepper, diced
6 garlic cloves, peeled and minced
1 ½ pounds ground beef 
1 teaspoon kosher salt (plus more to taste)
1 tablespoon ground cumin
2 teaspoons ground smoked paprika
1 teaspoon ground coriander
2 dried bay leaves
½ cup tomato paste
1 cup beef broth (or water)
¼ cup golden raisins
1 teaspoon red wine vinegar
½ cup green olives
2 large eggs, boiled and diced

4. Keto Skillet Chicken Parmesan

The keto skillet chicken parmesan recipe by Tastes Lovely is just six net carbs. Crispy, cheesy, and ready in 30 minutes, this is the chicken keto dinner idea of your dreams.

2 8-ounce chicken breasts, sliced in half horizontally
1 egg, beaten
⅓ cup pork panko
⅓ cup parmesan cheese, grated
2 tablespoons avocado oil
1 ¼ cups jarred marinara sauce divided
2 9-ounce packages hearts of palm pasta (or zucchini noodles) 
½ shredded mozzarella cheese
Finely chopped basil for garnish
Salt and pepper to taste

Improvisations on favorites like the Philly cheesesteak sandwhich can be a great way to get your feet wet with keto recipes.

5. Philly Cheesesteak Stuffed Peppers

Onions, mushrooms, cheese, and ground beef stuffed into bell peppers—what’s not to like? Low Carb Maven is the mastermind behind this keto dinner idea and we can’t get enough. 

1 pound 85-percent lean ground beef 
4 medium green bell peppers 
8 ounces button mushrooms, sliced
½ cup onions, chopped
1 tablespoon olive oil
8 slices Provolone cheese 
Salt and pepper to taste

6. Melted Cheese Sandwich Wraps

Regular bread is a big no-no in the ketogenic diet. That’s why Just a Taste has bypassed bread in favor of a more low-carb alternative—cheese! Hard to picture what we mean? Follow her instructions and you’ll nail this easy keto dinner idea immediately. P.S. This is a less-than-five-ingredients recipe.

4 slices low-carb cheese such as cheddar or Colby-Jack 
Assorted sandwich fillings of choice (vegetables, protein)

Nutrient-rich keto for the soul.

7. Everyday Chicken Vegetable Soup

Nothing sounds better than a soothing bowl of soup. This nutrient-packed chicken veggie soup by White on Rice Couple is an easy keto dinner idea that’ll satisfy your soup craving the low carb way.

½ pound boneless and skinless chicken breast or thigh meat
1 tablespoon olive oil
½ medium onion, diced
1–2 cloves garlic, minced
2 carrots, diced
1-inch knob of ginger, peeled and smashed
¼ teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon soy sauce (or Worcestershire sauce)
4 cups chicken stock
½ pound  zucchini, diced or sliced into thin half circles
2 cups baby spinach
Salt and pepper to taste

8. Keto Tuscan Salmon

Low Carb Maven blesses us with yet another low-carb dinner idea for the family, combining simple ingredients and sophisticated flavors. Seafood lovers will appreciate this keto Tuscan salmon—we’re obsessed!

2 6-ounce salmon filets
2 slices bacon, diced
1 teaspoon of bacon grease (or olive oil)
1 clove garlic, sliced
1 ounce onion, sliced 
¼ cup vodka 
1 tablespoon tomato paste 
⅓ cup heavy cream 
2 tablespoons water 
1 tablespoon vodka 
10 basil leaves, chiffonade
½ teaspoon lemon zest, grated
Salt and pepper to taste

9. Keto Homemade Chili

Everyone agrees that homemade chili is the best chili. If you want to make a ketofied version of this beloved comfort food, follow Ev’s Eats’ recipe and you have yourself a satisfying dinner idea low in carbs.

1 ¼ pounds lean ground beef
5 cups water
6 ounces can of tomato paste
½ ounce baking chocolate, unsweetened
½ cup chili powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon cumin
¼ teaspoon allspice
¼ teaspoon ground cloves
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar

There is no shortage of keto ideas for any meal, any time of the day.

10. Coconut Flour Pancakes

Sometimes you just want to cheat a little and have something sweet for dinner, and that’s totally okay! These coconut flour pancakes by Detoxinista for example are low in carbs and make for a perfect cheat-day keto dinner idea.

¼ cup coconut flour
3 large eggs
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons sugar-free syrup
1 teaspoon baking powder 
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
⅛ teaspoon fine sea salt

11. Ground Beef and Cabbage Stir Fry

Yet another take on a low-carb cabbage stir fry, this recipe by Savory Tooth is a killer. All you need is 30 minutes to prep and cook and you have yourself an easy keto dinner idea that you can’t help but love.

1 pound ground beef 
9 ounces package raw coleslaw 
2 scallions, thinly sliced 
1 tablespoon ginger, peeled and freshly grated
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon sriracha 
Black sesame seeds (optional)

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