August 1, 2021
Posted: May 24, 2021 4:12 pm
Want to wow the people at your table with a delicious keto meal? What about doing just that– but accomplishing it quickly and easily. As in 30 minutes or less from the time you gather your ingredients until dinner is served. Sounds tasty, doesn’t it? We’ve got you covered. What you are about to read is a compilation of delectable dinners that check every box. Special focus was given to finding kid-friendly, vegetarian, and picky eater-approved options. You don’t even have to share the fact that it’s keto!
For the purposes of this article, we’ll be focusing on dinner. Ideally, this is a time where families can come together at the table and share a meal. Dinners draw the largest crowds and always leave leftovers. If you want us to delve deeper into keto breakfasts, lunches, snacks, desserts, drinks, and even adult beverages, let us know in the comments.
Thanks to an abundance of delicious foods that are keto-approved, there are ample ideas for dinner. One thing’s for sure– meals never get boring– and the options are virtually endless. Diversifying your dinners keeps things interesting for the entire family. Even those in your household that are not keto will love these dishes– without feeling deprived due to a ‘restrictive’ diet or food that tastes bland.
Making a keto dish is only one aspect of what makes a dinner winner. Let’s discuss the two other two criteria. First and foremost, dinner needs to not only pass the taste test but be one of the top scorers. The best dinners are the ones with rave reviews, frequent requests, and excited reactions when told what’s on the menu.
Regardless of who’s cooking, adults lead insanely busy lives. Between working full-time, maintaining the home, raising kids, running errands, attending appointments, and pursuing hobbies….who has time to cook elaborate, multi-course meals?! Save the complicated tutorial with Julia Child for a more leisurely day.
We want dinners that are quick and easy. Nobody wants to toil over a hot stove for hours as soon as they get home from work. Most of us are already drained by the time dinner rolls around, so meals that require minimal effort are ideal. Quick and easy is the mantra for our kitchens! So of course it’s imperative that most of our dinners are not very time-consuming or labor-intensive.
Here’s the roundup of some of our favorite recipes. Bon appetite!
You had us at Instant Pot. Throw everything in and the pot handles the rest– it doesn’t get much simpler than that. However, this recipe requires that the chicken be removed after 20 minutes on high. Once the chicken is shredded, put it back in the Instant Pot and add the spinach and bacon bits. Give it a few good stirs and let sit for a few minutes to thicken. The finished product tastes amazing and looks like something that you would order in a fancy Italian restaurant.
Who doesn’t love nachos? This family-friendly universal crowd-pleaser stays in regular rotation in many kitchens. What’s wonderful about this keto version is that it doesn’t include chips– but you won’t even miss them. Consider it more of a baked casserole. With less than ten minutes of prep time and 15 minutes in the oven, dinner is done in a half-hour! Pulling a casserole dish out of the oven just screams ‘I spent time and effort creating this from scratch!’
Sometimes you just need a good tortilla– or a keto substitute. Almond flour, coconut flour, eggs, and a few other goodies create this Latinx staple. The texture is similar to an actual tortilla, and it has many versatile uses. We like using them as a sandwich wrap or a crust for a homemade pizza.
You can tell just by looking, even before sampling, that certain foods will please your palate. This is one of those meals. One taste tester said that eating this dish [served on her fine china with a generous glass of Chianti!] transported her to a villa overlooking the beach in Italy. Count us in.
Just looking at the beautiful multicolored peppers with their golden stuffing is enough to make your mouth water. It’s the savory taste of spinach artichoke dip complete with several kinds of cheese. Instead of greasy chips, nutritious peppers– filled with a variety of vitamins– complement the filling perfectly. Vegetarians can easily omit the chicken without changing the overall taste.
Steak aficionados will flock to the table for this recipe. The secret is the delectable lemon garlic butter sauce. Such a spectacular sauce should be bottled and ready to serve at all times. Even the kids will have no problem eating their broccoli if they pour some sauce over their veggies.
Frying up some cajun shrimp might just bring the neighbors over for dinner! Gather your guests around the back patio on a sunny spring day where the temperature is just right. Have a cooler with some Zevia sodas for the kids and some low-carb alcoholic drinks or sparkling water for the adults. Set up a volleyball net or start a friendly game of kickball. Make an event out of this meal and take the party outdoors.
Certain moods require a hot cup of soup to soothe the soul. This creamy soup, made with cauliflower rice [you don’t have to share this with the kiddos!] satisfies even the strongest comfort cravings with chicken and cheese. Onion, green chiles, and chili powder give it a little kick, and it’s great with the cilantro garnish.
Mix some of the most frequently used keto staples with bacon crumbles and you have a meal that’s off the charts in terms of the keto factor. To the initiated, avocado and eggs may seem like an odd couple. Trust us when we say it works. Use the leftovers for breakfast and start your day with a power meal filled with protein and healthy fats.
Chock full of intense flavors, this dish incorporates lots of tomatoes, Italian seasoning, and even fennel seeds for a unique and flavorful experience. Using Italian sausage gives a nice taste to the meat and the overall meal feels like authentic Italian cuisine– without all the calories.