It’s probably not surprising that the vast majority of New Year’s resolutions have something to do with food and diet. It could be ditching gluten or minimizing meat. It could be eating more veggies or dialing back the booze. This year, we’re predicting the hot trend will be the high-fat, moderate-protein, super low-carb lifestyle that’s the ketogenic diet.
One thing all these lofty goals have in common? More often than not, they’re abandoned by Valentine’s Day.
But why become a statistic? Maybe, just maybe, you can make this year different. And we want to help! Whether you’re going hardcore keto come January, want to clean up your eats, or simply feel like trying your hand at something new, here are 19 low-carb, high-flavor recipes that will make it easier than you ever thought to commit to your get-healthy goals.
From golden-brown chicken and lightly grilled asparagus to cool avocado chunks and creamy spheres of mozzarella, this produce- and protein-packed dish is the best of both raw and cooked worlds. With every forkful being a flavor explosion, it’s a salad you’ll look forward to digging into come lunchtime.
With carb-free “bread” slices made from mozzarella and Parmesan and grated cheddar in the middle, this grilled cheese isn’t messing around. Don’t worry though; each sandwich also packs in two cups of grated zucchini as part of the bread, so nobody can tell you that you aren’t eating your veggies too.
Being keto and vegan may be an added challenge, but recipes like this prove that it’s far from impossible. Lots of olive oil, nuts, and avocado provide those satisfying healthy fats, and cauliflower is so much better to munch on than leafy greens.
Only five of the 15 minutes it takes to make this salad are put toward actual cooking. Once you sear the shrimp in butter, it’s just a matter of dicing some veggies and mixing up a dressing. Super easy, super fast, super flavorful.
If you’re going keto, prepare to become best friends with cauliflower, since it makes meals like this possible. Standing in for rice and topped with some sauced-up chicken, avocado, and cheese, it lets you be carb-free and still enjoy the whole enchilada.
Spend 30 minutes prepping this dish, and you have your next four lunches ready—talk about a time-saving recipe. Plus, as the salmon and veggies sit in the marinade, they’ll taste better with each passing day (just make sure to use up the fish by that fourth day).
Coated in balsamic vinegar instead of mayo, this Italian-inspired tuna salad holds up great as a take-to-work option. Stuffed into tomatoes, it’s not only a perfect low-carb option, it also scores some serious presentation points.
Was sushi a weekly occurrence during your pre-keto days? There’s no need to take it out of the rotation. Simply take the rice out of your roll and let the salmon, avocado, and cucumber play the leading roles.
Use your new keto lifestyle to up your veggie intake in creative ways, like this recipe. Here, big slices of eggplant replace bread, with classic panini goodies like mozzarella, basil, and tomato tucked inside. Serve with a creamy and easy garlic aioli, and your gourmet lunch is ready.
Think pork chops and apples are more of a dinner dish? This blogger’s meal-prep method shows you how it can be just as suitable as a lunch option. And before you protest that apples aren’t keto-friendly, note that instead of the fruit, it’s chayote squash getting the cinnamon and nutmeg treatment in this recipe. It’s so worth trying!
If your body’s still adjusting to the high-fat lifestyle, your digestion may need a bit of a nudge. Keep your gut health in check with probiotic-rich foods like kimchi. The fermented cabbage can do wonders for your tummy—not to mention, when mixed with a bit of mayo, tuna, and avocado, it makes for a pretty awesome lunch.
How do you contain your cheeseburger fixin’s without the bread? Easy. Go the Jucy Lucy route, and stuff the greens and the cheese inside the beef patty. It tastes great, and, let’s be honest, it’s much more fun to eat this way.
Conventional pizza might be off-limits on the keto diet, but since life without pizza is never an option, here’s an alternative. The crust is made not just with cauliflower, but also with ground beef for some more protein, while the avocado and cheddar toppings are all about healthy fats.
Given the focus on high-fat, moderate-protein meals, a ketogenic eater needs a good egg salad recipe up their sleeve. This one is perfect, since it adds in avocado for extra heart-healthy fatty acids and dill for a boost of fresh flavor.
Ditch the bread and load up on the filling (the best part, anyway) with this chicken Philly cheesesteak-in-a-bowl. You’ve got everything from the meat and the Worcestershire sauce to the provolone and the peppers, so you’d never miss the hoagie roll.
Three words: Cheese. Cream. Rice. Okay, fine, so it’s not exactly rice, it’s riced cauliflower, but once you cook it and coat it with said cheese and cream, we promise you’d never be able to tell the difference.
Pack a thermos with this rich, six-ingredient broccoli soup. The rich coconut milk will make sure your taste buds are happy, and the anti-inflammatory turmeric and ginger will make sure that your immune system is too.
They look almost exactly like regular tortillas, but the wraps for these cheesy wedges are actually made from mostly eggs and coconut flour. Once the quesadillas win you over, feel free to use the tortilla to keto-fy other dishes like soft tacos.
This make-ahead, slow-cooker chili makes up for the lack of beans by including ground sausage alongside the ground beef for a seriously meaty meal. Just be sure to check that your tomato paste doesn’t have any added sugars—those are no-no’s on the keto diet!