On a trip to Old Quebec City, I fell off the keto wagon for their famed maple pie. On the way home, we stopped in Stowe, Vermont. You could say I wasn't the most keto-rific spokesperson at that point, and I got the first bowl of pasta I’d eaten in eight months. I oohed and aahed through the whole meal and then spent several weekends coming up with a keto gnocchi recipe to share these savory flavors. I didn’t plan to blab about my walk off the keto plank, but if anyone figures out a keto maple pie, I’ll be first in line.
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Treat yourself to a tapas classic with these goat cheese stuffed peppers, roasted to perfection. The rich, creamy flavor of the goat cheese cuts through the light spice of the pepper and is complemented by the fresh basil. If you are unable to find fresh basil, make this recipe when you have it, as dried basil does not produce the same flavors when used as a substitute.
25 4 5 / 5
Mild but flavorful green chiles blend with a creamy enchilada sauce in this tasty casserole that gets made at least once a month at my house. Sprinkled with strips of low-carb tortillas, this dish also captures the flavor of traditional enchiladas but without the high amount of carbs.
Hanger steak may not be a familiar cut; it's often referred to as the "butcher's steak" or "butcher's cut" since it's so flavorful that butchers often reserve it for themselves. Nowadays you can find hanger steak at most meat markets. If you can't locate it, just ask the butcher, who may have some in the back. Paired with an herbaceous cilantro crema, this steak cooked rare is one that you'll never forget.
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This light but refreshing combination of grilled shrimp and avocado gets its inspiration from traditional dishes served on tropical islands. Remember, shrimp cook quickly and can be overcooked easily. Avocados are also delicate, and should be handled minimally before serving.
Taco salad is one of the easiest recipes to whip up on a busy weeknight. The best part about this recipe is that the taco meat can be doubled and reserved for other dishes, such as the Cheesy Taco Shells. This recipe freezes well, but be sure to thaw completely before reheating.
One lucky morning my husband and I went to breakfast in Portsmouth, Rhode Island, to a cute little diner called Cindy’s Country Cafe. I’m not much of a breakfast person; I closed my eyes and pointed to a menu item, hoping it was something I’d like. Turns out I had picked the harvest omelet, and it was the best omelet I’ve ever had. I attempted to re-create it at home, and this is my version, which I make at least once a week. There’s something magical about the flavor of caramelized onions mixed with sweet, juicy Macintosh apples. That said, feel free to vary this recipe with your favorite keto-friendly ingredients.
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Fresh herbs play off the rich flavor of lamb in this herb-crusted recipe. Best served with simple side dishes like Cauliflower Mash and steamed vegetables, this classic preparation is the perfect way to impress your guests with minimal effort. Do not substitute dried herbs for fresh in this recipe, as the bright flavor of the fresh herbs is what makes this simple dish so delicious.
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A kitchen classic, roasted chicken is great not only for a family meal but also for leftovers-you can slice chicken breast for sandwiches or wraps, and chop up the meat for things like chicken salad. The basic herb blend in this recipe can be changed to whatever rubs you like to use. Jicama, full of fiber, roasts well with the chicken for a texture similar to roasted potatoes.
When you crave something spicy, these stuffed jalapeño poppers are a great go-to snack. Depending on the time of year, jalapeños can carry a mild or medium level of heat. Paired with cream cheese, the heat is tempered but still comes through in a pleasant, tasty way.
A taste of the islands is not far away with this authentic jerk chicken recipe. Traditionally made with sugar, this jerk marinade is keto friendly and can be made in advance or doubled for multiple uses. While most jerk chicken is made over an open flame, the addition of some liquid smoke does that work for you while the chicken roasts in the oven.
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Since trying the various bacons—spicy, chocolate, candied, lavender, among others—made by a wonderful Charlottesville, Virginia, restaurant, I haven’t been able to eat bacon straight up since. This is my all-time favorite recipe for kicking breakfast bacon up a notch.
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Light, fluffy eggs pair with sharp Cheddar cheese and broccoli in this simple breakfast dish. Enjoy this recipe using ramekins for individual servings. They make a great lunch accompanied by a side salad.
As a kid I ate a lot of chicken Florentine but always felt that the chicken overpowered the delicate flavor of the sauce. Here, I’ve used thin pork cutlets, which are happy to let the lemon-caper sauce steal the show.
An almond flour base is accented with a creamy lemon topping in this recipe. The sugar-free gelatin and almond flour crust are what make this recipe keto-friendly. If you have it on hand, dust these bars with lemon zest and mint for added garnish.
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What good is a lettuce cup if it’s not filled with a scoop of tuna salad loaded with crisp, fresh ingredients like celery, onion, and dill? For an extra kick, add a tablespoon of dill pickle relish.
Although it’s not advisable to eat all the onion used here due to the high carb count, there’s nothing wrong with infusing your whole dish with their flavor, and snagging some sweet and sticky caramelized ones at the end.
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This recipe is my ode to Caffe Dolce Vita in Providence, Rhode Island, and their lemon-lavender pancakes with lemon-lavender butter and my lemon-lavender love. It’s like eating the entire region of Napa Valley.
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One of my favorite dinners as a kid was fish sticks dipped in ketchup, while watching cartoons with my cousins. My ode to those TV dinners? These crispy, flaky fish sticks that have evolved into adult-friendly dippables. I like to offer Homemade Champagne Ketchup and/or Lemon-Dill Tartar Sauce on the side.
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Use this savory bone broth in other recipes or sip it when you get a cold. The apple cider vinegar is a must; it helps extract the minerals and nutrients from the bones. If you can find it, try using pink Himalayan salt instead of sea salt. Pink Himalayan salt includes minerals like sulfate, magnesium, calcium, and potassium. Freeze in 1-cup containers until needed.
There’s nothing like a crispy, salty, ooey-gooey mozzarella stick. The secret to making them is that you absolutely must make and freeze them in advance; or they’ll end up a hot, ooey-gooey mess all over the baking sheet instead of in your mouth.
Genoa salami slices, smaller than bologna slices but larger than pepperoni, make great low-carb “crusts” for easy mini pizzas you can make in the oven, microwave, or toaster oven. Even your non-keto pals will enjoy these.
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Mornings are better with meat. Here, onions and scallion are balanced with plenty of cheese. The best part: make this on Sunday and it will last you all week long for quick and easy breakfasts.
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Consider your pizza cravings gone, with this fat-centric pizza where the mozzarella crisps on the bottom and can be cut (and held) like a real pizza. Plus, you’ll still get all that classic pizza flavor you crave.
Tangy and flavorful, these drumsticks are smothered in mustard, shallots, and white wine for a simple preparation. The fresh herbs and cream sauce pair well with a steamed vegetable, like broccoli, topped with butter. In some dishes, shallots can substitute for a combination of garlic and onion. The unique flavor of the shallot is important for this dish, so shallots should be used, if possible.
I didn’t miss oatmeal until it was gone. I hadn’t eaten oatmeal for years before keto, but once it was out of the picture, I was running back to it like an ex-boyfriend I forgot I barely liked. I thought, “A nice hot bowl of oatmeal would be delicious. Wait, who am I? What year is this?” But some keto friends told me about this hack and, when I tried it, I was hooked. It really does achieve a similar texture to oatmeal or cream of wheat.
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This light omelet is simple to make but delightfully complex in flavor. It is elevated with asparagus, spring onions, and fresh herbs. The Havarti cheese adds a slightly sharp and buttery layer of flavor.
Peanut butter and cream cheese come together to create this unique, chewy cookie. Crunchy on the outside but chewy on the inside, these mimic the traditional peanut butter cookie in many ways. The dough will be very sticky, so wet your hands before forming the cookies.
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This casserole is easy to toss together, but it feels like a special occasion. Sweet green beans are high in fiber; here they are tossed in a rich cream cheese Alfredo sauce on top of a savory pork base.
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Nachos, my first love, my last love. While a pork rind can never truly replace a tortilla chip, the more toppings you add, the less you’ll care which vehicle is driving all that delicious cheese into your mouth.
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Sausage and banana peppers are two of my favorite pizza toppings. In this deconstructed version, banana peppers are the boats to float herbes de Provence–spiced sweet sausage down a river of tomato sauce with little mozzarella hats.
Salty bacon, savory sauce, and spicy Mexican chorizo come together for a dinner dance that celebrates every angle of pork, dressed in eggs.
40 2 5 / 5
Pot roast is a weeknight classic at my house and also serves as a hearty comfort food. While potatoes and carrots aren't allowed on the keto diet, I like to substitute other root vegetables like turnips or radishes for a similar texture and equally great flavor. My tried-and-true secret of thickening the gravy with heavy cream instead of flour also yields a uniquely rich take on this family favorite dish.
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Prosciutto is a delightful alternative to bacon—lighter in flavor and better for wrapping chicken. Here, the crispy, salty pork completes the dish.
Chunky blue cheese and spicy buffalo sauce throw a victory party in your mouth when they come together in this refreshing salad.
A true Southern classic, pulled pork is one of the easiest dishes to prepare in a slow cooker while you're at work. Served with a light cabbage slaw, this recipe can be eaten as is or with homemade Barbecue Sauce. Enjoy this delicious pork and slaw with a fork or pair with a low-carb bun for a treat. If you do not have a slow cooker, cook the pork in a Dutch oven in a 200°F oven for the same amount of time.
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On a cold day, there’s nothing I love more than a bowl of curry. What’s even better are the leftovers; you’ll wake up to an even spicier version the next day, and the next, and the next. Serve with zucchini noodles or a side of steamed veggies.
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Delicious on their own or paired Cinnamon Butter, these scones make for a great quick breakfast that will satisfy your morning baked-goods cravings. The addition of berries gives these scones an added nutrient boost. If raspberries are not in season, use any other berry you like.
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Mozzarella and red peppers make this dish slightly sweet but still high enough in fat for our ketogenic purposes.
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This recipe for roasted cod with bok choy is a personal favorite. Quick to make with the aluminum-foil steaming method, this dish will impress with little effort. Bok choy is available year-round, but its peak season is winter. If you're making this dish during other times of the year, substitute a more seasonal vegetable, like broccoli or broccoli raab.
These oven-roasted pesto poppers caramelize in the oven as they bake, bringing out the natural sweetness of the peppers, balanced with a savory goat cheese and herb blend.
Garlic-infused olive oil should be a staple in any kitchen. It certainly is in mine. It comes in handy in recipes like this where the garlic acts as more of a side than a seasoning. After roasting in the oven, the garlic cloves turn into little pillows of creamy, garlicky lusciousness. You can eat them bite by bite, or make a Roasted Garlic Cream to add to the green bean mixture.
Juicy tomatoes, sweet and spicy whiskey-caramelized onions, and refreshing goat cheese combine for this delectable dish. Enjoy on a summer evening with fresh-picked tomatoes from your garden or your local farmers’ market.
After a long day out fishing, nothing tastes better than a simply roasted trout and some fresh vegetables. Even if the catch came from the supermarket, trout is an incredibly delicious fish and cooks very easily with this recipe's foil method. Paired with fresh dill and fennel, the fish is impressive in flavor and presentation.
Succulent and flavorful pork medallions are seasoned with fresh rosemary and balsamic vinegar in this recipe. The herbaceous rosemary cuts through the usually thick flavor of the balsamic vinegar for a perfect pairing. Serve with Cauliflower Mash or steamed asparagus for a complete meal.
You don’t need fancy equipment or ingredients to make a good quiche. The combination of rosemary and ham is a match made in heaven. This quiche is large enough to serve a whole family on the cheap.
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A Scotch egg is a boiled egg encased in a layer of sausage flavored with sage and fennel. In the United Kingdom, Scotch eggs are as common as Buffalo wings at an American bar or a bagged pickle at the gas station. Unfortunately, the closest I’ve gotten to a Scotch egg here is the Rose & Crown at Epcot Center. Scotch eggs can be fried or baked; to make your life simple, here’s the baked version.
Spicy soups seem most appropriate on chilly winter days, and this light, creamy soup has just enough spice to draw you inside and keep you there.
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This spicy, meaty sauce can be served over just about anything, but it’s especially captivating over lightly sautéed zucchini noodles.
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Sweet and spicy sausage is married with earthy, fragrant sage in this meatloaf, which is topped with a tart orange zest.
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Easy to make and enjoy today or save for later and reheat, scotch eggs are a versatile and compact breakfast. The type of breakfast sausage you choose will largely determine how the final meal will taste. Be aware that the thickness of the sausage patties around the eggs can alter the cooking time.
40 2 4.5 / 5
These eggs are a complete keto luxury. You get a pancake-like batch of scrambled eggs topped with some of your favorite sugar-free maple syrup. I sometimes even eat these for dessert.
15 6 5 / 5
If you crave Chinese takeout as much as I do, whip up these quick and delicious sesame chicken thighs instead of reaching for your phone. The deep, nutty flavor of sesame oil tempers the sweetness of the maple syrup in this sweet and savory dish. I like to serve these with a steamed and buttered vegetable like broccoli and Cauliflower "Rice" for a filling meal. Add optional sesame seeds for a presentation to rival your local takeout joint.
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Nutty sesame pairs with bright ginger in this Asian-inspired salmon recipe served with Cauliflower Mash. Leftovers of this great weekday meal can be reheated easily for lunch the next day. If you want to enjoy these "mashed potatoes" with another meal, double the amount of ingredients and save half for later-they freeze well.
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Chinese food may seem like a world away while eating on the keto diet, but not with this modified stir-fry. Pair this with Cauliflower "Rice" or enjoy on its own. It is equally good both ways. The bamboo shoots provide a nice texture alongside the shrimp and broccoli for a filling meal.
30 2 5 / 5
Shrimp scampi is a pasta classic that gets a twist in this "keto-fied" recipe by substituting zucchini noodles for the pasta. A spiralizer, used to create the zucchini noodles for this dish, is a versatile tool to invest in for your kitchen arsenal that is extremely useful on the keto diet. If you have a mandolin, you can also achieve the unique "zoodles" cut with that.
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One of the best shrimp recipes when you want to introduce shrimp to someone who never tried it before. But also for yourself. This recipe will give the shrimp different flavors than the traditional recipes.
Chicken is complemented by a light coconut and lemongrass infusion, which is married to kale in the end.
Throw a few ingredients in your slow cooker in the morning, and come home to a fully cooked meal. When you’re done with this chicken, use the bones for Lemon-Rosemary Bone Broth and get several more meals out of it.
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These thick-cut pork chops are coated in a dry ranch rub, then slow-cooked to juicy perfection. They’re wonderful when served with a salad or wilted greens and garlic.
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Sushi cravings while on the keto diet are a real challenge. While sashimi is still fair game, getting the experience of a sushi roll without rice is often difficult at most restaurants. Make your own with this simple recipe that has all the flavors of your favorite sushi. Serve with pickled ginger and low-carb soy sauce.
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Pork rinds have this amazing ability to take on the flavor of whatever you spice them with, making these a crave-worthy sour cream and onion “chip.” You can usually get pork skin from a butcher or at your local international market; otherwise you can purchase “pork rind pellets” online.
Why miss spaghetti on a low-carb diet when it still exists inside a delicious and nutritious vegetable? This recipe is full of Italian flavor from the fresh parsley, basil, and oregano. Sure to please the whole family with its hearty flavor, this meal will turn into a staple recipe in no time.
Pulled pork is so easy to make, especially if you have a slow cooker (and you should). Serve this slightly spicy dish with lime wedges and let your palate take a magic carpet ride to Austin, Texas—pulled pork dreamland.
At about 3.5net carbs per cup, green beans are not the keto-friendliest of all veggies. But paired with a rich blend of savory ghee and red pepper flakes, you can definitely enjoy this occasional carb "splurge."
A now-closed restaurant in Providence, Rhode Island, was the only place I willingly ordered eggs Benedict since starting my keto lifestyle. Not because I don’t like eggs Benedict, but I felt it would just not be the same without an English muffin or a fresh buttery biscuit. That all changed when I was served a plate full of pulled pork Eggs Benedict. Even without the bread, it was still filling and wonderful. But breakfast should be easy, and traditional hollandaise sauce is not. So to make this a quick and easy keto breakfast, I use a delicious microwave hollandaise sauce on top of poached eggs and leftover pulled pork from the previous night’s dinner. The combination of savory pulled pork and rich hollandaise sauce is sure to satisfy all morning.
Salmon doesn’t have to be boring. In this dish, shallots and sun-dried tomatoes are enveloped in a creamy ricotta cheese mixture, sandwiched between two nutrient-packed salmon fillets.
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A favorite of many, spinach and artichoke dip is the perfect thing to scoop up with some pork rinds for a tasty snack. Although this dip is traditionally made with mozzarella and Parmesan, this recipe includes the rich, nutty flavor of Gruyere for added cheesiness.
Chicken thighs are a great cut of meat to enjoy on the keto diet, especially when stuffed with delicious ingredients. This recipe highlights the combination of bacon and spinach for a rich, hearty meal. Served with a light salad and a citrusy vinaigrette, this is a great meal to make for dinner and save for lunch the next day.
While freshly steamed mussels are higher in carbohydrate than many other shell sh, nothing beats the taste. Paired with fresh thyme and a heaping serving of garlic, these flavorful morsels are perfect for an appetizer or a main course. Serve with toasted Coconut Almond Flour Bread or a crunchy vegetable medley, like celery and bell peppers.
This "ketofied" cobb salad is perfect for lunches and dinners... healthy but filling! This recipe is for one person, but you can double it for two.
While teriyaki sauce traditionally does contain sugar, our keto-friendly version uses a sugar-free substitute that is still highly comparable and tastes almost the same on a protein like salmon, which absorbs flavors very well. Topped with a spicy aioli, this flaky fish dish is served with buttered asparagus for a classic-style dinner. If you enjoy an added crunch, toss some slivered almonds in with the asparagus right before serving.
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This spice mix adds color and pep to your plate. It goes great over everything, but it especially turns boring eggs into a wow dish. Everyone will want in on your “secret recipe.”
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Inspired by a traditional Swiss fondue, this chicken cordon bleu is singing from the Alps about its savory three-cheese blend with a dash of nutmeg, enveloping salty ham, which is, in turn, hugging a dash of tangy Dijon mustard.
Cinnamon is a natural sweetener, so when you’re missing cereal, look no further than this crunchy alternative to sugary breakfast bowls. All you need is ½ cup with unsweetened almond milk. The fiber-rich coconut will fill you up all morning.
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If you're missing fries with that burger and shake, don't despair-try this recipe for tofu fries with a crispy-on-the-outside and moist-on-the-inside texture. Paired with Sugar-Free Ketchup or garlic aioli, its hard to tell these from the real deal. Make sure to remove as much moisture as possible before frying for the crispiest texture.
This Havarti-slathered pork dish flavored with Tuscan herbs is juicy, delicious, and hard to share.
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While waffles may be hard to replace on the keto diet in terms of crunchiness, they are easy to match when it comes to flavor. This recipe yields a light, flavorful batter that can be adapted to your needs. For a thicker batter, use fewer egg whites.
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It’s no secret that pork chops are the Harry Potter of the protein world (the Potter that still lived under the stairs, not the Potter that defeated Voldemort—that would be Maine lobster). But what I love about pork chops is that they’re cheap, and with the right ketogenic “breading” you can take the flavor anywhere you want. Thick-cut pork chops work best because they stay juicy through the cooking process, but even with thin-cut chops you won’t care about juiciness because you’ll be enjoying so much more of the delicious coating. Serve this over zoodles for a great meal.
Sometimes it’s the simplest ingredients that make a dish. Here, a bitter mix of arugula is complemented by fresh lemon juice and olive oil. It’s full of great fats for ketogenic energy, with a modest amount of protein for a macro balance.
Nothing warms you up on a cold night like a warm bowl of chili. If beef chili just isn't your thing, this white chicken chili is sure to hit the spot. Green chiles are tempered with Cheddar cheese and sour cream but overall , this is a very mild chili. Add a jalapeño or serrano pepper to heighten the heat.
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In certain pasta dishes, cauliflower (amazing though it is) just isn't an option. Enter zucchini-the wonder vegetable that can be sliced and spiraled into a variety of pasta shapes to replicate your favorite meals. This lasagna recipe is extra cheesy and should cool and set longer than regular lasagna so it achieves the same texture.
Meatloaf is a staple food that many people grew up with, but that was a different breed of meatloaf entirely. Although meatloaf is usually bulked up with oats or bread crumbs, this recipe relies on zucchini and added fat from bacon to achieve the same texture. Serve a slice of this meatloaf with some Cauliflower Mash for a hearty and heartwarming meal.
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Sometimes you just want pizza. For a quick snack, nothing could be easier than these Zucchini Mini Pizzas. Sprinkled with mozarella cheese and topped with pepperoni, these tasty treats will have you thinking about making another batch before you're even done with the first.
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These light, easy-to-make zucchini muffins are handy to have for a quick breakfast. They are excellent paired with Cinnamon Butter and a cup of Buttered Coffee (see our Buttered Coffee Recipe). Refrigerate in an airtight container to preserve the quality.
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