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Keto Dinner Recipes: Top 5 Easy To Make Cooking Ideas

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Gone are the days when the word “diet” meant eating less and eating boring foods and the word ‘fat’ meant bad. The popular ketogenic diet, however, negates this idea. It is the complete opposite of the traditional diet. The high-fat, low-carb, moderate-protein ketogenic diet is all about consuming good fatty foods. No more saying no to cheese, no more saying no desserts. Now, who would have thought eating fats can be good let alone beneficial? But, yes, it is true, the high-fat ketogenic diet has many benefits with weight loss on top. The diet is super fun to follow with its exciting meal ideas. From breakfast to lunch to dinner, the keto dieters relish amazing filling foods. 

Let’s talk about keto dinner meals. Keto dinners have to be the most delicious meal of the day. It is because the meal is not just about the basic dinner food. It also includes mouth-watering desserts to satiate your sweet tooth. Yes, you read it right. The diet doesn’t restrict you from savoring all the tempting desserts. You just have to be careful with the items you use to base your meals or desserts. They have to be high in fats and low in carbs. The keto foods, undoubtedly, make the best meals and desserts. There are some people who go basic with their keto meals. But why go basic when you can give your meals a fun spin and make your diet more delicious?

In this article, we are going to share some incredible finger-licking quick and easy keto dinner recipes along with keto desserts. All the recipes are easy to try and take no more than 30-minutes. All these low carb 30-minute meals are a must-try. To save time and to enjoy delicious keto dinner meals, give the following recipes a try. 

Keto Dinner Recipes

It’s interestingly weird how after dusk our cravings are ignited. It is always at night that we long for tasty foods. Precisely, that is why dinner has to be filling while healthy at the same time. This is where keto dinner recipes slide in. They are not only appetizing but also help control cravings and hunger pangs. The keto meals are incredibly satiating and filling, keeping you full until your next meal. The keto dinner is next-level tempting as it is complemented with desserts. There is a lot of variety present in the keto dinner menu which saves your dinner from becoming boring. It includes foods such as low carb ground beef, chicken meatballs, cauliflower rice, shrimps, and whatnot. 

Here are some of our favorite keto-friendly recipes for you to try to spice up your dinner. 

1- Mouthwatering Creamy Tuscan Garlic Chicken

The name alone can make you crave this yummy and easy keto dinner food. The meal is complemented with the amazing garlic sauce. Sun-dried tomatoes and the spinach are the souls of this quick keto dinner meal. It is hard not to try it again after trying it once. The flavors of the creamy Tuscan garlic chicken are unforgettable. Every bite is so rich in taste and so tender that it melts in your mouth. This mouth-watering keto dinner is sure to leave its taste on your tastebuds forever. Let’s take a look at its recipe now.

Ingredients: 

  • Chicken breasts (Boneless skinless): Make thin slices of the chicken as they will cook quickly and evenly. 
  • Salt: To season chicken breasts.
  • Chicken broth: To thin out the consistency of the sauce. 
  • Olive oil: For cooking chicken breasts on a medium-high flame.
  • Parmesan cheese (freshly grated): For the better consistency of the sauce.
  • Spinach (chopped): To garnish the creamy sauce while you take it off the heat. 
  • Heavy cream: To make the mouthwatering base of the keto creamy sauce.
  • Garlic powder: To enhance the flavor of the sauce. 
  • Italian seasoning: To further add to the flavor of the sauce making it rich in taste.
  • Flavorsome sun-dried tomatoes: Sun-dried tomatoes give the ultimate boost to taste, texture, and flavors of the creamy sauce. 

Measurements: 

  • Thinly sliced boneless chicken breasts: One and a half  pounds 
  • Olive oil: 2 tbsps
  • Heavy cream: One cup 
  • Chicken broth: Half cup 
  • Garlic powder: 1tsp
  • Italian seasoning: 1tsp
  • Parmesan cheese: half cup
  • Spinach (chopped): one cup 
  • sun-dried tomatoes: half cup 
  • Salt: to taste

Directions: 

  • To cook chicken, put the large skillet on medium-high heat. Add olive oil and cook chicken breasts for 4-5 minutes on each side. Make sure the chicken turns golden brown with no pink in the center. After it is golden brown, remove the skillet from the stove and transfer the chicken to the plate, and put it aside.
  • To make a cream sauce, add chicken broth, parmesan cheese, Italian seasoning, and garlic powder to the cream. Put the mixture on the stove and whisk it all on medium heat. Keep whisking until it thickens. After the preferred consistency is obtained, add sun-dried tomatoes, spinach into the sauce. Let it simmer until the spinach is completely wilted. 
  • To plate it out, combine the creamy sauce and the finely cooked chicken breasts. Add it to the pan of the sauce and voila it is ready to serve. Serve with pasta, if you like. 

Cooking time: 

  • Prep time: 10 minutes
  • Cook time: 15 minutes
  • Savings: 6

Nutritional facts (per serving):

  • Calories: 368
  • Carbohydrates: 
  • Fat: 25g
  • Carbohydrates: 7g
  • Protein: 30g
  • Fiber: 1g

2- Keto Shrimp And Cauliflower Grits With Arugula

This luscious combination of three keto foods is our personal favorite. It is a top-quality keto diner meal and tastes like it is straight from a restaurant. It is ready in less than 30 minutes. This makes this shrimp and cauliflower grits keto dinner a convenient meal for people with busy schedules. The recipe for this quick keto dinner is as follows.

Ingredients: 

  1. For spicy shrimps:
    • Shrimp (peeled): 1 pound 
    • Paprika: 1 tbsp
    • Garlic powder: 2 tsp 
    • Cayenne pepper: ½ tsp 
    • Olive oil (extra-virgin): 1 tbsp
    • Salt and black pepper ( freshly ground): to taste
  2. For garlic arugula: 
    • Olive oil (extra-virgin): 1 tbsp
    • Garlic (thinly sliced): 3 cloves 
    • Arugula: 4 cups 
    • Salt and black pepper ( freshly ground): to taste
  3. For cauliflower grits: 
    • Butter (unsalted): 1 tbsp
    • Cauliflower (riced): 4 cups
    • Whole milk: 1 cup 
    • Goat cheese (crumbled): ½ cup
    • Salt and black pepper (freshly ground): to taste

Directions: 

  1. To make the spicy shrimps:
    • Start off with putting the shrimps in a large plastic bag (zip-top). Take a small bowl, and add paprika powder, garlic powder, and cayenne pepper. Combine them all well. Transfer the mixture into the bag containing shrimps. Toss it well until the shrimps are coated well with the spices. Refrigerate until you make the cauliflower grits. 
  2. To make the cauliflower grits: 
    • Take a medium-size pot and melt butter in it over medium heat. Put the cauliflower rice in it and cook for about 2-3 minutes. 
    • Add half of the milk in the cauliflower and stir it occasionally. Bring it to simmer. Cook for about 6 to 8 minutes, until the cauliflower absorbs the milk. 
    • Add the rest of the milk and cook until the mixture turns creamy and thick. Takes about 10 minutes. Then, add the goat cheese, salt, and pepper to season it. Keep the grits warm.
  3. To make the garlic arugula:
    • Take a large-sized skillet and heat olive oil in it over medium heat. Saute for one minute after adding garlic. Saute for three more minutes after adding arugula. Make sure it’s wilted. Takes about 3-4 minutes. Lastly, add salt and pepper and remove it from the stove. 
  4. To serve: 
    • Add the olive oil in the same skillet and heat it over medium heat. Then add the shrimp and cook until it’s fully cooked for 4-5 minutes. Sprinkle some salt and pepper. 
    • To serve, dish out the grits in 4 plates. Add a quarter of both shrimp and arugula on top of the grits. Serve warm. 

Cooking time:

  • Prep time: 5-10 minutes 
  • Cook time: 20-25 minutes
  • Servings: 4

Nutritional facts:

  • Nutritional info per serving of spicy shrimp:
    • Calories: 122 
    • Fat: 5g 
    • Carbs: 3g 
    • Protein: 16g
  • Nutritional info per serving of the cauliflower grits:
    • Calories: 151 
    • Fat: 10g
    • Carbs: 9g 
    • Protein: 8g
  • Nutritional info per serving of garlic arugula:
    • Calories: 35 
    • Protein: 0g
    • Carbs: 1g 
    • Fat: 3g

3- Keto Baked Eggs And Zoodles With Avocados

Keto baked eggs and zoodles is one of the very light and fluffy keto dinner meals. It is super easy to make and takes no effort. The fat content of the ingredients used is high which makes it a perfect ketogenic meal. Moreover, not only is it delicious but also quite presentable that you can’t help but appreciate it. Here’s the recipe for this easy to make baked eggs and zoodles. 

Ingredients: 

  • Zucchini (spiralized into noodles): 3 
  • Olive oil (extra-virgin): 2 tbsps
  • Salt (Kosher), and black pepper (freshly ground): to taste 
  • Eggs: 4 large 
  • Red-pepper flakes: to garnish
  • Fresh basil: to garnish
  • Avocados (thinly sliced and halved): 2 

Directions: 

  • Take a baking sheet and grease it with a nonstick spray while preheating the oven to  350°F.
  • Pour the zucchini noodles into a large bowl and combine it with olive oil. Sprinkle some salt and pepper over it. Season it well. Then, divide the noodles into 4 equal portions. Transfer them to the baking sheet. Give each position a nest-like shape. 
  • Crack eggs into the center of each portion. Bake for about 9-11 minutes, until the eggs are finely baked and set. Sprinkle some salt and pepper and garnish them basil and red pepper flakes.
  • Serve with finely cut avocado slices.  

Cooking time:

  • Prep time: 15 minutes
  • Cook time: 10 minutes
  • Servings: 2

Nutritional facts:

  • Calories: 633 
  • Fat: 53g 
  • Carbs: 27g 
  • Protein: 20g 
  • Sugars: 9g 

4- Keto Chicken Meatballs And Cauliflower Rice With Creamy Coconut Sauce

This is the meal you need on days when you are craving a heavy meal. When eating light doesn’t seem appealing. The days when you long for creamy fatty food. To satiate your cravings, keto chicken meatballs complemented with creamy sauce come to your rescue. The tenderness of the juicy meatballs is so tempting that you keep wanting more. Tender meatballs served with creamy sauce have to be one of the most delicious yet healthy keto dinner meals. It is a must-have keto dinner, with a recipe as follows.

Ingredients: 

  1. For meatballs:
    • Nonstick spray
    • Olive oil (extra-virgin): 1 tbsp
    • Red onion: half
    • Garlic (minced): 2 cloves
    • Chicken (ground): one pound
    • Fresh parsley (chopped): ¼ cup 
    • Dijon mustard: 1 tbsp
    • Salt (kosher): 1 tbsp
    • Black pepper (freshly ground): half teaspoon 
  2. For the coconut-herb sauce:
    • Coconut milk: One 14-ounce can
    • Fresh parsley (chopped and divided): 1¼ cups 
    • Scallions (roughly chopped): 4
    • Garlic (peeled and smashed): 1 clove
    • Lemon (for zest and juice): 1
    • Salt (kosher), and black pepper (freshly ground): to taste
    • Red pepper flakes: for garnishing 
  3. For cauliflower:
    • Head cauliflower: 1
    • Olive oil: 1 to 2 tbsps
    • Salt and black pepper(freshly ground ): to taste

Directions: 

  1. To make the meatballs: 
    • Take aluminum foil and line the baking sheet with it. Spray it with nonstick spray while the oven is set to preheat (375°F). 
    • Heat the olive oil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the red onion and saute for 4-5 minutes, until tender. Add the garlic and saute for one minute, until fragrant. 
    • Pour the sauteed garlic and onion mixture into a bowl and let it cool. Add parsley, mustard, and chicken into the mixture. Add salt and pepper to taste. Make 2 small balls from the mixture and place them onto the baking sheet. 
    • Bake the meatballs for about 17-20 minutes, until the meatballs are fully cooked and firm. 
  2. To make the coconut-herb sauce: 
    • Combine parsley, lemon zest, garlic, coconut milk, lemon juice, and scallions into the bowl of a food processor and pulse until smooth. Sprinkle some salt and pepper to spice it up.
  3. To make cauliflower:
    • Take cauliflower and cut it into fine florets. Chop the tender part of the stem while discarding the leafy and tough parts. 
    • Transfer the cauliflower into the food processor in batches, and pulse it until it takes the form of rice. Pulse it for about 45secs to one minute. Repeat the same with other batches. 
    • You can serve it as it is or you could also refrigerate it for later use for about 5 days. To serve it cold and uncooked, mix it 2 tbsps of the olive oil, and salt and pepper to taste. To serve warm and cooked, saute it 1 tbsp of the olive oil for 3-4 minutes. season with kosher salt and freshly ground pepper. 
  4. To serve:
    • Garnish the meatballs with the remaining parsley and red pepper flakes. Put them on top of cauliflower rice and serve with the luscious coconut sauce.

Cooking time:

  • Prep time: 25 minutes
  • Cook time: 20 minutes
  • Servings: 4

Nutritional facts:

  • Nutritional info per serving of meatballs:
    • Calories: 205
    • Fat: 13g 
    • Carbs: 3g 
    • Protein: 20g
  • Nutritional info per serving of creamy sauce: 
    • Calories: 206
    • Fat: 25g
    • Carbs: 14g 
    • Protein: 6g 
  • Nutritional serving per serving of the cauliflower:
    • Calories: 53 
    • Fat: 4g
    • Carbs: 5g 
    • Protein: 2g 

Keto Desserts:

Who said you can’t enjoy desserts and sweets while on the diet? The popular ketogenic diet lets you enjoy desserts, such as keto chocolate cake, low carb cheesecake, and keto tiramisu. The diet takes good care of your sweet tooth keeping it satiated with its amazing keto-friendly desserts and healthy keto sweets. This perk alone is reason enough to love this diet. Probably why the ketogenic diet is widely-known and dieter’s favorite diet. You can satiate your craving for sweets with low carb desserts. The keto diet desserts do not have sugar in them and are gluten-free. To make up for the sweetness, healthy keto-friendly substitutes are used such as stevia. Here’s the recipe of the most sought-after keto chocolate cake for you to relish every time you crave it.

Keto Chocolate Cake With Layers 

The keto chocolate cake is no different than the high carb desserts in taste. In fact, it’s better as it is not only delicious but also healthy. The quality and texture of this gluten-free and sugar-free cake will make you forget the high carb desserts. It is deliciously fudgy and rich in taste. To further ignite the flavor, keto chocolate cake is complemented with creamy cheese sauce. The chocolate cheese frosting makes this cake a perfect keto dessert. Here’s how you can make this luscious low carb delight.

Ingredients: 
  1. For the cake:
    • Cooking spray
    • Almond flour: one and a half cups
    • Cocoa powder (unsweetened): 2/3 cup
    • Coconut flour: 3/4 cup
    • Flaxseed meal: 1/4 cup
    • Baking powder: two teaspoons
    • Baking soda: two teaspoons
    • Salt (kosher): one teaspoon
    • Butter (softened): 1/2 cup (one stick)
    • keto-friendly granulated sugar  (Swerve): 3/4 cup
    • Eggs: 4 large 
    • Pure vanilla extract: one teaspoon
    • Almond milk: 1 cup
    • Strong brewed coffee: 1/3 cup
  2. For the creamy cheese frosting:
    • Cream cheese (softened): 2 (8-oz.) blocks 
    • Butter (softened): 1/2 cup (1 stick) 
    • Keto-friendly sugar (powdered): 3/4 cup
    • Cocoa powder (unsweetened): 1/2 cup
    • Coconut flour: 1/2 cup
    • Instant coffee powder: 1/4 teaspoon 
    • Heavy cream: 3/4 cup
    • Salt (kosher): a pinch 
Directions: 
  • To bake the cake:
    • Preheat the oven to 350°. Line two 8” pans with parchment paper and spray cooking spray to grease it. Mix all the dry ingredients in a large bowl. Whisk together coconut flour, almond flour, baking powder, baking soda, cocoa powder, flaxseed meal, and salt. 
    • Take another bowl, and beat and Swerve and butter in it using a hand mixer. Beat until fluffy and light. Add eggs one at a time. Add vanilla extract. Transfer the dry ingredients into the batter, and mix to combine. Then gradually stir in coffee and milk. 
    • Divide the batter into two portions and transfer each portion to prepared pans. Bake for 28 minutes (do a toothpick test to see if it’s perfectly baked). 
  • To make the chocolate roasting:
  • Beat butter and cream cheese together until creamy and smooth. Add cocoa powder, Swerve, instant coffee, and coconut flour. Beat them well to remove all the lumps. Add cream and a pinch of kosher salt and beat them well into the mixture. 
  • Take a cake stand or serving platter, place one cake layer over it. Spread a thick creamy layer of buttercream frosting on top. Repeat with all the remaining layers of the cake. Finish by frosting the sides. 
  • Refrigerate it or serve it warm.

Try all these recipes to bring a flavorsome change to your dinner. All of them are easy to make with their effortless recipes. The ingredients used are also easily available. The recipes are truly convenient and fun. To give your tastebuds a luscious treat, try out any one of these in your next dinner. Don’t forget to pair it with our scrummy keto chocolate cake.

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