This recipe is delicious as well as nutritious. Enjoy these chips with a quick dip in some Ranch Dressing or on their own as a filling snack. Keep an eye on these while they're baking-they can burn very quickly.
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This dish gets its creaminess from the melted mozzarella, sweetness from the sun-dried tomatoes, and spiciness from red pepper flakes. Serve with a side of steamed veggies or over zucchini noodles.
Growing up in the Northeast I’ve had the pleasure of sampling three different styles of clam chowder: Rhode Island (clear broth), New England (creamy broth), and Manhattan (red broth). But for me, there’s nothing like a creamy, peppery clam chowder. Most clam chowders are full of carbs, so instead of potatoes, I’ve added more protein with langostinos, which look and taste like tiny lobsters. If you’re on a budget, you can certainly skip them and just call it clam chowder. And as all New Englanders know, clam chowder is not just for the winter—it’s year-round deliciousness.
If you love sweet juicy red bell peppers, you’ll love this infusion of tender chicken in a creamy red pepper sauce.
It took more than 30 years for me to try lobster and another two before I liked it. It took a trip to Maine for my taste buds to turn, and then I spent a week in Boothbay Harbor eating sweet, buttery Maine lobster for as many meals as I could get it. I haven’t looked back. This creamy dish uses sweet, tender, and affordable lobster-like langostinos. (If your pockets are padded, you can use lobster instead.) This is a beloved regular at our family holiday parties.
Deviled eggs are my favorite keto snack at any time of day, especially when I’ve made a big batch ahead of time. Dill works well with mayonnaise to create an aromatic twist on the classic deviled egg.
This rich, creamy dip is an homage to the first crab dip I ever had. I snagged every keto-friendly veggie stick and cheese slice to consume scoop after scoop of dip. Ever since, crab dip has been a favorite. This dip goes great with Baked Parmesan Chips.
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These crepe-thin pancakes make a wonderful base for your favorite breakfast toppings. Sugar-free maple syrup, Cinnamon Butter, and a touch of whipped cream make these a Saturday morning go-to. If the batter is too runny, try using a cookie cutter or similar device on the griddle to keep the batter in place.
Few things in life make me happy as crab cakes. Usually, crab cakes are breaded or utilize breadcrumbs to hold them together, but this favorite recipe of mine uses Parmesan cheese and coconut flour to bind the meat. Crispy and flavorful, I can't get enough of these and will often double the recipe, freezing some for a lazy night when I don't feel like working hard on dinner. Remember when buying crabmeat that us machine separated, so always check for shells before using.
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Tuna steaks, appropriately named for their meaty flavor and texture, are best cooked rare. This peppery coffee rub adds a deep, smoky flavor to the tuna.
Unsweetened coconut flakes wrap around rich cream cheese for these quick and easy truffles. Extremely simple, these can be frozen and thawed as needed or refrigerated in an airtight container. Experiment by adding spices, like cinnamon, for a twist.
Nothing says tropical paradise like a batch of coconut shrimp. Paired with a tangy aioli, these are just as good as the non-keto version, if not better.
Bread is pretty hard to come by on the keto diet, but not when you get a little creative. This nut-based bread recipe yields a fluffy, thick loaf that's perfect for sandwiches or enjoyed with a thick pat of butter. Don't omit the cooling time or the loaf will fall.
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Almost straight from my childhood, these classic mozzarella sticks are just as good as the real breaded thing. A key ingredient here is the powdered Parmesan cheese. Since it is powdered, it mimics the adhesive qualities of breading, but without the carbs. Shredded Parmesan will not yield the same crispy exterior. When I've had a long day, I like to whip these up right when I come home, and then fry a batch for my favorite weeknight shows. These also freeze well if you prefer to make them in advance.
I was surprised to discover that pork rinds can take on the flavor of whatever they’re coated in—even a cinnamon and sugarlike mix. Crush these up and add some unsweetened almond milk for a bowl of ketogenic breakfast cereal!
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Cilantro and spicy chili come together on these tangy chicken skewers mixed with peppers and onions. Full of flavor from the fresh cilantro, this dish can be made by using the broil setting in your oven or over medium-high heat on the grill. Enjoy with a low-carb tortilla or a scoop of Cauliflower "Rice".
When my legendary chocolate cravings hit, I reach for these peanut buttery cups of high-fat bliss. This recipe seamlessly blends coconut oil with peanut butter powder to create a smooth texture. If I only have regular peanut butter on hand, I just decrease the amount of coconut oil by about 1 tablespoon. My favorite way to eat these is to take small bites and let them slowly melt. De-li-cious.
This is the keto-version of the now-famous chocolate mug cake. Made with stevia instead of sugar and aided by extra egg, this fluffy, delicious chocolate cake will delight you. Top with whipped cream or serve with fresh for an added treat.
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Chocolate and bacon, two of life's most sinful pleasures, come together in this decadent, savory, and sweet recipe. Skewering the bacon allows the chocolate to adhere well to the meat, though it is not necessary. If you work without the skewers, simply cook the bacon flat in a pan, transfer to parchment paper, and brush on the chocolate.
Ice cream is not very keto-friendly, but when made this unique way with coconut milk you get the same creamy consistency without the added sugar. Enjoy this with unsweetened coconut flakes, cocoa nibs, or shaved dark chocolate. You can make vanilla-flavored ice cream by replacing the cocoa powder with 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract.
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Salty, crispy bacon is dipped in buttery, melty chocolate for a sweet and savory treat that’s neither breakfast, dinner, nor dessert—but somehow all three.
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Drumsticks are one of the least expensive meats, next to chicken thighs and pork cutlets. Here the drumsticks are coated in a spicy, sweet chili-lime dressing.
A creamy sauce is tempered with lemon in this simple recipe. It's best served with flavorful vegetables, like asparagus. Adjust the amount of lemon to suit your palate. If you enjoy this sauce, double the ingredients to have extra on hand for topping omelets or eggs at breakfast.
In college, I was not just a ramen girl—I was the ramen girl. I ran a column of ramen recipes on my dorm website and ate ramen just about every day. When a ramen cookbook came out, three people gave it to me for Christmas. I know ramen. I love ramen. I still buy spicy ramen, toss the noodles, and use the seasoning packet to make broth. When I first made this dip, I thought I was just being crazy and projecting like a true ramen addict. But ramen is back and can be enjoyed with fresh veggies or pork rinds. You’ll be amazed by how much flavor is packed into each bite.
An Italian restaurant classic gets the keto treatment in this dish. The unique flavor of the capers and lemon juice pairs well with the chicken and white wine. Traditionally made with chicken breast, this recipe calls for chicken thighs to increase the amount of fat.
There’s nothing like an old-fashioned Italian dinner with the family that consists of ridiculously sized slabs of breaded chicken and a big bowl of pasta. Of course, chicken Parmesan isn’t exactly an authentic Italian dish, but we’ll pretend it is for the sake of our eager taste buds. This recipe is an homage to the original—a perfectly cooked “breaded” breast on top of tender garlicky zoodles with stringy mozzarella cheese and homemade tomato sauce.
Almond flour and Parmesan cheese combine to create the perfect coating for this keto Chicken Parmesan recipe. Topped with sugar-free Pasta Sauce and melted mozzarella, this entree pairs well with sauteed vegetables or Zucchini Noodles. Try this recipe with chicken thighs for added fat content.
Eat in tonight with these delicious Mexican-inspired stuffed bell peppers. Rich with flavor from homemade fajita seasoning, you can adapt these with other vegetables or different meats depending on your mood. Try a dollop of sour cream and a dash of chili powder on top for added presentation value.
A restaurant classic gets the keto makeover with a surprise ingredient for the outer, crispy breading. Pork rinds substitute for bread crumbs to create a crunch that's not only unique but also extra flavorful. Serve with steamed vegetables or Cauliflower Mash for a filling meal.
Traditional crêpes are basically very thin pancakes filled with wonderful ingredients. This recipe borrows the same concept but uses big, juicy chicken breasts pounded into a thin layer to wrap around garlicky ricotta cheese and green leafy spinach.
Say good-bye to the pasta and let the chicken and broccoli soak up the lemony, peppery cream sauce. Feel free to add zucchini noodles.
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If you need a pizza crust that will make everyone in the family happy, try this crispy Cheesy-Crust Pizza made with cheese only. Bound together with an egg, the cheese crisps thoroughly before any toppings are added. If you like a lot of toppings on your pizza, try the Cauliflower Pizza recipe
Sometimes a keto soft taco made with a lettuce shell just won't cut it when you're looking for that outer layer of crunch. When those moments tempt you, reach for this cheesy taco shell recipe and fill it with ground beef, fajita chicken, or eggs at breakfast time. Note that the different cheeses require different cooking times, so stick to the type suggested below or be prepared to increase the cook time.
Though tortilla chips are nowhere to be found on the keto diet, you can still enjoy nachos with the crunchy, salty flavor of pork rinds. Serving as the base for just about any type of nacho you can think of, this basic cheese recipe can be built on with your keto favorites. For a spicy kick, try pickled jalapeños.
If you need a pizza crust that will make everyone in the family happy, try this crispy Cheesy-Crust Pizza made with cheese only. Bound together with an egg, the cheese crisps thoroughly before any toppings are added. If you like a lot of toppings on your pizza, try the Cauliflower Pizza recipe.
The way to any Italian-American’s heart is through a plate of inauthentic but totally delicious chicken Parmesan. Bake a batch of these crowd-pleasers as hors d’oeuvres and win over all your guests. Or serve for dinner with Rhode Island Red Marinara Sauce and zucchini noodles.
A healthy, quick, and easy way to start your day, baked eggs in avocado halves offer endless ways to experiment. Try them with a variety of cheeses, toppings, and seasoning like chopped onion and chives, or cayenne pepper and hot sauce.
When you're craving a crunchy snack, these cheese crackers will surprise you with their crisp texture and rich flavor. While Cheddar is used in this recipe, other semi-hard cheeses, like Parmesan, work equally well. Enjoy these with a light dip or your favorite toppings.
Salmon is a perennial favorite at most dinner tables, but some people (like my significant other) can't get past the specific flavor of salmon. For those folks (and my live-in taste tester), try this recipe, which is bursting with spices and accompanied by my favorite side dish, garlicky green beans. Allow the salmon to marinate in the rub overnight for the best flavor.
Is there anything that cauliflower can't replicate? It would seem not, based on the versatility of this incredible vegetable. Enjoy these cauliflower tortillas with your favorite fajita meat or pulled pork. They also serve as a great wrap for breakfast scrambles to eat on the go.
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You can do almost anything with cauliflower on the keto diet. It's capable of substituting for pasta, rice, and pizza crust. In this recipe, cauliflower is paired with cheese as a binder to create a well-textured crust for a basic pizza.
Mashed potatoes are a staple food missed frequently by many on the keto diet. Fear not, for the magic of cauliflower strikes again in this delicious Cauliflower Mash recipe, which provides a perfect way to sneak vegetables into your diet while enjoying something that feels indulgent. Add bacon bits, chives, and Cheddar cheese on top to recreate a loaded baked potato.
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Cauliflower is an extremely versatile vegetable, especially on the keto diet. It can take on many forms and flavors, which makes it the perfect carbohydrate substitute. In this recipe, cauliflower pairs with a rich, creamy cheese sauce that will curb any pasta craving. This recipe was one of the first that I tested when starting keto, and it is an incredibly easy way to develop a love for the lifestyle. My friends beg for this dish when they come over for dinner-it's that good!
In addition to being a great pasta substitute, cauliflower is excellent as "rice," as well. You may not even be able to tell the difference in a stir-fry or when it is served with a flaky piece of fish. Fresh cauliflower is key for this recipe, so save the bagged cauliflower for other recipes.
Perfect for a party or a quick midday snack, these Caprese Salad Bites are full of flavor and simple to make. The bright burst of flavor from the tomato pairs perfectly with the creamy mozzarella and fresh basil. Drizzled with olive oil, these little skewers get a zing from balsamic vinegar and a simple seasoning of salt and pepper for a well-rounded bite.
Although cauliflower is keto-friendly, I admit it’s not the tastiest vegetable around. But when combined with intense flavors in this breakfast dish—think Cajun seasoning and pastrami scrambled with fresh eggs— I’m a huge fan.
Crispy chicken skin tops these flavorful thighs that cook in a garlic, onion, thyme, and tarragon base. Definitely lip-smacking and finger-licking good.
Adding butter and oil to your coffee may seem a little far-fetched at first, but this recipe—blended so the oils combine with the coffee—delivers a smooth, delicious taste. It’s sure to be your new favorite way to start the day. Since this recipe relies on so few ingredients, using high-quality butter is of the utmost importance for the final result. If you do not use medium-chain triglyceride (MCT) oil, you can substitute coconut oil.
This is the perfect snack when you are craving the flavor of buffalo wings but don't want to deal with the hassle of making them. Cauliflower is an amazing, incredibly versatile vegetable that is able to take on many flavors. Try this recipe with other marinades and sauces, like fajita mix and sour cream.
These classic wings are perfect for football Sundays or weekend gatherings. Baked instead of fried, these wings also save time and the expense of oil. For a smoky flavor, cook the chicken for the same amount of time on the grill over medium heat.
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For buffalo chicken lovers, this is like a Super Bowl party in a tuxedo.
If Sundays at your house are reserved for football like they are at mine, this dip is sure to be a touchdown hit for the whole crowd. Packed with cheesy goodness and spicy chicken, this recipe will have you scraping the edges to get every last bite. I like to tone the heat up with some heavy-handed shakes of hot sauce-my favorite is Tabasco Chipotle Pepper Sauce for a light smoky flavor.
Buffalo wings are the love of my life, but I’ll take a time-out from our one-way relationship and indulge in a more snackable dish like these spicy, buttery cauliflower bites, which can be shared (unlike me with my wings).
Without a tortilla, breakfast burritos are really just scrambled eggs with some taco spices, right? Wrong! Making keto taco “shells” is easy peasy, and their cheesy crunch goes perfect with eggs. The avocado adds luscious flavor and velvety texture to this dish. You won’t even miss the sour cream.
For a quick snack or a party dish you can serve with fancy little toothpicks, these slightly spicy buffalo balls, packed with rich blue cheese, are just the ticket.
If you’ve ever felt magnetically pulled to a high-end Chinese buffet, invariably the pot of gold was the black pepper chicken. It might be breaded or it might be grilled, but here we’re going with baked.
Bacon can be its own meal when sprinkled with this savory and spicy dust before baking in the oven. It’s also the perfect snack when you’re on the go.
A Southern classic, biscuits and gravy get the keto treatment in this adapted recipe. With the addition of cheese and sour cream, these biscuits develop a fluffy texture that is sure to rival your grandmother's recipe. The thick, creamy sausage gravy is the perfect companion to these delectable biscuits.
Though typically made with noodles, this beef stroganoff recipe uses cabbage to achieve a similar texture with a minimal amount of carbohydrates. Cabbage is also high in nutrients like vitamin C, which keeps your immune system healthy. Store a portion of this dish in the freezer for a quick weeknight meal.
Fajitas are a Mexican favorite and are very keto friendly when you remove the carb-laden tortillas they're usually served with. The serrano pepper adds spice, which can be tempered by omitting it. Pair with low-carb tortillas and sour cream for an authentic flavor.
Straight from your favorite Chinese takeout kitchen, this beef and broccoli dish eliminates hidden carbs like cornstarch and sugar for a tasty meal. Try this with Cauliflower "Rice" or tossed with Zucchini Noodles.
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Nothing says backyard barbecue like a plate of ribs. Skip the hassle of hauling out the grill with this oven preparation. Covered in your favorite sugar-free barbecue sauce or served with just the rub, these ribs pair well with Cauliflower Mac and Cheese or cabbage slaw.
Flatbread is a lot like pizza crust except lighter and airier. This coconut flour-based flatbread is bubbly and crisp, perfect for the contrasting addition of barbecue sauce, onions, and goat cheese. If you have grilled chicken or other cooked meat on hand, add it to this dish for an extra dose of protein.
Bangers and mash is a traditional English meal that can become keto-friendly in a snap by substituting Cauliflower Mash for the usual mashed potatoes. Use any type of sausage you prefer, but traditional Italian varieties tend to taste best.
Spaghetti is a staple of every family's weeknight meals. Enjoy this classic on keto by replacing the traditional noodles with spaghetti squash, which looks just like noodles when it's cooked. Topped with gobs of cheese and a hefty serving of sugar-free pasta sauce, this is a treat everyone will enjoy.
These Parmesan chips complement the flavors of just about anything savory you want to put on them or dip them in. They go especially well with the Creamy Crab Dip.
Maybe you associate rich butter with shellfish like lobster and crab, but there’s no better pair than fresh cod and butter.
Sausage and sage are a perfect marriage of savory and seasoning. When paired with haddock, they create a complex surf and turf that sends “Do you love me?” notes in class. Hint: They always check “Yes!”
If you're having company, these quick but satisfying breakfast cups are sure to please and will be fast on cleanup. They also serve as a great weekday breakfast-just pop the pan in the oven and grab one before you head out the door. Add a dash of hot sauce for a nice kick.
Every kids favorite meal gets a keto twist with a non-bread "breading" made from some surprising ingredients. Instead of bread crumbs, crushed pork rinds and Parmesan cheese create a crust that is both crunchy and crisp. Dip in Ranch Dressing or Sugar-Free Ketchup for a real childhood treat.
Traditional Italian meatballs are a beauty to behold. Their texture is hard to replicate without the use of bread crumbs, but a mixture of almond flour and Parmesan cheese stands in quite nicely. Combined with sugar-free Pasta Sauce and heaps of mozzarella cheese, this dish pairs perfectly with a plate of Zucchini Noodles or is just as delicious on its own.
These Cheddar chips will satisfy any chip cravings you have, but they work especially well with Mexican dips like salsa and guacamole.
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Anyone can wrap scallops in bacon, but why not go bigger? The smoky bacon provides a savory saltiness to this light white fish, while a delicate lemon cream sauce balances it all out.
Wrapping pork tenderloin in more pork may seem redundant but you'll realize quickly after this dish starts baking what an impact the bacon wrap has on the overall flavor. In addition to the added flavor, the bacon helps keep the pork moist on the inside. Serve this with your favorite steamed vegetables and Cauliflower Mash.
Gooey mozzarella cheese is encased in bacon, a keto staple, in this favorite snack recipe. In Sneaky Keto Classics, you'll find a recipe for a more traditional style of mozzarella sticks, but since everything is better with bacon, why not give these a try? Crunchy on the outside but melty on the inside, these are a crowd pleaser as well as an indulgent late-night snack.
These chicken breasts get a healthy dose of spice from the chopped jalapeño, while the cream cheese mellows the heat. Serve with a side of Cauliflower Mac and Cheese.
This sumptuous breakfast is my personal go-to for a lazy Saturday morning when I'm craving something out of the ordinary. Asparagus wrapped in bacon accompanies runny fried eggs to create a unique combination in this dish. I like to enjoy it with a dollop of sour cream or creme fraiche for additional fat.
My mom, who hates onions but loves onion dip made from the blue box, would take the packet of dried onions and crush it through a strainer until there wasn’t a lick of onion string left in the dip. In her honor, I’ve created the exact opposite kind of dip, deeply flavored by sweet caramelized onions.
Salty bacon and creamy ranch dressing are the perfect complements to grilled chicken. In this recipe, bacon is the star. After all, everything is better with bacon.
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You know what they say: Everything is better with bacon. That saying is even more true when bacon is served with Ranch Dressing. Topped with ranch, bacon, and cheese, these chicken breasts are moist and tender, and prefect for an easy weeknight meal. Serve with a lighter side dish, like steamed vegetables.
Although I love a good crushed pork rind in Mini Mozzarella Sticks, did you know that bacon is basically the duct tape of keto? You can wrap anything with it, including mozzarella sticks. These are best served with blue cheese or ranch dressing.
Watch out: This guacamole packs a punch, and not just because of the bacon. The subtle but spicy flavor from the serrano peppers is sure to tickle taste buds and delight spice lovers. If you don't want a spicy guacamole, simply omit the serrano and enjoy it without.
A simple egg scramble inside a bacon cup is topped with cheese in this savory, compact meal made in a cupcake pan. I enjoy using this basic recipe and adding different cheeses or toppings, like mozzarella and basil or onion and Cheddar. Feel free to experiment to find your favorite way to enjoy these sunny breakfast cups.
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A meaty twist on a classic party dish, these deviled eggs topped with bacon are an easy snack to whip up on a weekend. Prepared for you or for visiting friends, this recipe works for keto and non-keto dieters alike. Add a dash of cayenne for a spicy kick.
Bacon and leeks pair brilliantly, as you get a mild onion flavor from the leek when it’s roasted with salty, crispy bacon.
Possibly one of the simplest dinner recipes for keto diet is an avocado chicken burger. Packed with healthy fats, avocado is the ultimate addition to any protein-based meal. Top these burgers with alfalfa sprouts and goat cheese or a slice of Swiss-however you serve them, they're a palate pleaser.
This thicker, heartier keto version of pancakes will fill you up quickly, and they take sugar-free maple syrup very well. The baking soda and sparkling water allow the almond flour to puff up, creating a less dense and more palatable cake. Add a pat of Cinnamon Butter or your favorite berries for a tasty, fibrous breakfast.
For a quick, less-complicated bread recipe, try this almond butter-based one. With only five ingredients, it's very simple to whip up in a pinch. This recipe can be finicky, so if it needs more than the recommended time in the oven to set, don't panic. At such a low oven temperature it's possible to have fluctuations in cooking time.