16 Keto Recipes For Beginners & Getting Past The Cravings

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keto recipes for beginners and cravingsGet Past the Cravings With These 16 Great Keto Starter Recipes

You can take your favorite recipes and turned them “keto.” Below are a few recipes to show you how easy it is. It might be an excellent idea to buy a keto cookbook for your kitchen.

Two of the most important keto recipes are the simple cauliflower rice and “zoodles.” They couldn’t be easier to prepare. People can get frustrated on the keto diet when they crave pasta and rice. These two recipes definitely satisfy those cravings; they taste just like the real thing. The zoodles can be used for any pasta dish.


Omelet Muffins

Make plenty of these ahead of time. They’ll go fast.


1 tbsp. butter

10 eggs

Salt and pepper to taste

½ cup diced ham

¼ cup drained spinach

¼ cup diced onion

¼ cup chopped red bell pepper

¼ cup shredded Pepper Jack cheese


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Coat a muffin pan with non-stick spray.

Whisk the eggs, then stir in the remaining ingredients.

Fill the muffin pan with the mixture

Bake for 25 minutes.

Nutritional Facts: Calories 155; carb. 2 g; fat 10 g; protein 12.5 g.


Breakfast Casserole

This is a delicious casserole everyone can enjoy. It will leave you satisfied until lunch.


10 eggs

¼ cup whipping cream

1 cup ricotta cheese

1 diced onion

Salt and pepper to taste

1 package thawed frozen spinach

1 cup sliced mushrooms

1 lb. crumbled sausage meat


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Whisk the eggs, whipping cream, ricotta cheese and onion well

Season with salt and pepper.

Add the spinach, mushrooms, and crumbled sausage.

Bake for 30 minutes.


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Keto Pancakes

Serve these pancakes with butter and sugar-free syrup or with berries.


1 ¼ cup almond flour

2 tbsp. honey

Dash of salt

1 tsp. baking powder

1 tsp. cinnamon

6 beaten eggs

¼ cup plain Greek yogurt

3 tbsp. melted butter

1 tsp. lemon extract


Stir the flour, baking powder, and cinnamon in a bowl.

Combine the eggs, honey, yogurt, lemon extract and butter in another bowl.

Slowly stir the egg mixture into the flour mixture.

Use two tablespoons of batter and drop on a hot griddle.

Cook for 4 minutes, then flip and cook for another 2 minutes.

Continue until all batter has been used.

Nutritional Information: 413 calories; 34 g fat; 18.4 g carbohydrates; 16.3 g protein.


Apple Red Cabbage

Cabbage is a great vegetable to have on keto. This red cabbage side dish is yummy.


8 slices of bacon, cut into pieces

1 large diced onion

1 peeled and sliced apple

2 cup chicken broth

3 tbsp. red cider vinegar

2 tbsp. coconut palm sugar or sugar substitute, such as Splenda

1 tsp. ground cloves

½ tsp. allspice

½ tsp. nutmeg

Salt and pepper to taste

1 shredded red cabbage


Fry the bacon in a skillet until crispy.

Add the onion and saute for 5-6 minutes.

Stir in the broth, sugar, vinegar, spices, salt and pepper.

Add the cabbage and cook on low for 45 minutes.

Nutrition Facts:  160 calories; 7.8 g fat; 16 g carbohydrates; 4 g protein.


Cinnamon Granola

buckwheat groats with milk

Store-bought granola usually has a high sugar content. Try this instead.


1 cup chopped walnuts

½ cup shredded coconuts

¼ cup sliced almonds

2 tbsp. sunflower seeds

½ tsp. cinnamon

1 tbsp. coconut palm sugar

1 tbsp. melted butter


Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

Combine the walnuts, shredded coconut, sliced almonds, and sunflower seeds.

Add cinnamon and coconut palm sugar and stir into the nut mixture.

Spread the mixture in a single layer on a baking sheet.

Drizzle with the melted butter.

Bake for 20 minutes.

Nutrition Facts: 180 calories; 19 g fat; 4.1 g carbohydrates; 4 g protein.


Herbed Omelet with Smoked Salmon

You can enjoy this omelet anytime, but a breakfast of protein and fatty acids gets the day started right.


2 tbsp. butter

2 beaten eggs

1 tsp. tarragon

1 tsp. thyme

Salt and pepper to taste

1 tbsp. butter

2 tbsp. chopped onions

4 very thin tomato slices

2 smoked salmon sliced

1 tsp. capers 


Whisk the eggs and add the tarragon, thyme, salt, and pepper.

Melt the butter in a skillet and add the beaten eggs and chopped onions.

Cook for 3-4 minutes, until the eggs begin to set.

Transfer the omelet to a plate and top with the tomato and salmon slices. Sprinkle with capers.

Nutrition Facts: Calories: 239; fat 15 g; carbohydrates 4 g; protein 22 g. 


Cheeseburger Salad

This is your favorite cheeseburger without the bun.


1 lb. ground beef

Salt and pepper to taste

3 cups chopped lettuce

1 small diced onion

1 sliced tomato

¼ cup shredded cheddar cheese

4 tbsp. oil and vinegar dressing


Fry the ground beef in a skillet for 4 minutes.

Add the onion and cook for another 5 minutes.

Place the beef and onions in a bowl and add the remaining ingredients, except the dressing.

Coat with the salad dressing.

Nutrition Facts: Calories 290; Fat 14 g; Carbohydrates 6; Protein 25 g.


Cauliflower Rice

This very simple recipe is for basic rice. You can dress it up with vegetables, spices, or stir fry it. Use this anytime you need rice as a side dish or in a recipe.


1 cauliflower head


Chop the cauliflower into florets.

Place the florets in a food processor and pulse until you have a rice-like consistency.

Cook the rice in a pan of salted water for 5 minutes.

Nutritional Facts: Calories 21; Carbohydrates 5; Fat 0; Protein 0



These zoodles made from zucchini taste like noodles. A spiralizer is the easiest way to create zoodles, but you can also use a mandolin. Zoodles get soggy very easily, so do not cook for more than 1 minute. Season with butter or shredded cheese.


1 zucchini


Use a spiralizer to create pasta strands.

Bring a pot of salted water to boil and cook the zoodles for 1 minute.


Bacon-Wrapped Chicken

A very decadent and delicious way to enjoy chicken.


2 lbs. boneless and skinless chicken breast

2 cups chopped spinach

1 cup sliced mushrooms

1 cup cream cheese

½ cup cottage cheese

Salt and pepper to taste

12 slices bacon


Preheat the oven to 375 degrees

Combine the spinach, mushroom, cream cheese and cottage cheese in a bowl.

Season the mixture with salt and pepper.

Use a mallet to flatten the chicken pieces to a 1/2 -inch thickness.

Use a sharp knife to cut pockets in one end.

Spoon the mixture into the pockets.

Wrap two bacon slices around each chicken piece.

Brown the wrapped chicken in a skillet 5 minutes each side.

Place the chicken pieces in a baking dish.

Bake the chicken for 45 minutes. The bacon should be crispy and the chicken done.

Nutrition Facts: Calories 390; Fat 22 g; Carbs 3.9 g; Protein 41 g.


 Cobb Salad

This salad is very high in protein. Enjoy.

Ingredients for Dressing:

1 tbsp. olive oil

1 tbsp. white vinegar

1 tsp. Dijon mustard

2 tbsp. diced onion

Salt and pepper to taste

Ingredients for Cobb Salad:

¾ cup cubed cooked chicken

½ cup diced tomatoes

½ cup blue cheese

2 tablespoons blue cheese

1 sliced hard-boiled egg

2 cups chopped greens

1 sliced avocado

4 cooked and sliced bacon slices


Arrange the greens on a plate

Arrange rows of chicken, diced tomatoes, blue cheese, egg slices, avocado slices and bacon pieces on top of the greens.

Combine all dressing ingredients.

Drizzle the dressing over the salad.

Nutrition facts: Calories 295; Fat 11 g; Carbs 4 g; Protein 22 g.


Slow Cooker Pot Roast

This pot roast is prepared without potatoes or carrots. If you add them, adjust the carbs accordingly.


2 lb. chuck roast

Salt and pepper to taste

1 tbsp. olive oil

2 minced garlic cloves

1 chopped onion

2 ½ cup beef broth

½ cup dry red wine


Season the roast with salt and pepper.

Salt and pepper the roast.

Heat the olive oil in a skillet and brown the roast on all sides.

Place the roast and remaining ingredients in the slow cooker.

Stir the ingredients to combine.

Cook on low for 6 hours.

Nutrition facts: Calories 242; Fat 12 g; Carbs 9.8 g; Protein 21g.


Spinach and Sausage Soup

This soup is loaded with flavor while remaining very low in carbs.


1 lb. spicy crumbled Italian sausage

1 tbsp. olive oil

1 chopped onion

2 sliced carrots

1 minced garlic clove

2 tbsp. red wine vinegar

½ tsp. oregano

Dash of hot sauce

4 cups chicken broth

½ cup whipping cream

2 cups baby spinach

Salt and pepper to taste


Heat the olive oil in a skillet and saute the crumbled sausage for 5 minutes, until it is no longer pink.

Transfer the sausage to a plate and drain on a paper towel.

Saute the onion, garlic, and carrot in the same pan.

Deglaze the pan with the red wine vinegar.

Add the chicken stock, whipping cream, oregano and hot sauce and stir well. Season with salt and pepper.

Simmer the soup for 5 minutes.

Transfer the sausage back into the pan and stir in the spinach.

Cook for 1 minute to allow the spinach to wilt.

Nutrition facts: Calories 137; Fat 7.8 g; Carbs 2 g; Protein 11g.


Tandoori Chicken

Tandoori chicken is all about the spice marinade. Serve it with some cauliflower rice.


2 lbs. chicken thighs

Ingredients for Marinade:

1 cup plain yogurt

2 tsp. lemon juice

Salt and pepper to taste

2 tbsp. olive oil

2 minced garlic cloves

1 tsp. chili powder

1 tsp. grated fresh ginger

1 tsp. garam masala

½ tsp. cumin


With a sharp knife, cut several slits into the chicken thighs.

Season the chicken with salt and pepper and drizzle with the lemon juice.

Combine the remaining ingredients in a large bowl.

Place the chicken in the bowl and coat thoroughly.

Refrigerate up to 24 hours. The longer you marinate, the more flavor is absorbed.

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and layer the chicken on top.

Bake for about 45 – 50 minutes, until the skin is nice and crispy.

Nutrition facts: Calories 145; Fat 5.8 g; Carbs 2.3 g; Protein 17g.


Curried Lamb

Filled with exotic spices, this curry dish is perfect with keto rice.


2 lbs. lamb meat

1 tbsp. olive oil

1 diced onion

3 minced garlic cloves

½ tsp. grated ginger

½ to. turmeric

½ tsp. curry powder

½ tsp. garam masala

2 cups beef stock

1 cup plain Greek yogurt

1 tsp. lemon juice


Cut the lamb meat into small pieces

Sauté the onion in the olive oil for 5 minutes, then add the garlic, ginger, turmeric, curry powder and garam masala. Stir for another 5 minutes.

Add the meat and brown it for 10 minutes.

Pour in the beef stock and simmer for 40 minutes.

Remove from heat and stir in the yogurt and lemon juice.

Nutrition Facts: Calories 329; Fat 17 g; Carbs 9.1 g; Protein 36 g.


Cheddar Biscuits

These tasty biscuits are great anytime. They freeze well, so keep them handy.


2 cups almond flour

1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

1 cup coconut oil

1 cup cream cheese

3 eggs

2 tsp. baking powder

1 tsp. baking soda

Dash of salt


Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

Cover a baking sheet with aluminum foil.

Place the flour and the cheese in a food processor and pulse to a grainy consistency.

Add the baking powder and baking soda.

Heat the cream cheese and coconut oil in a small pan and warm until they melt. Stir to a creamy smoothness.

Whisk the eggs and add the salt.

Stir the flour mixture into the egg mixture and stir until a dough forms.

Use a tablespoon to drop the dough onto the baking sheet.

Bake for 25 minutes.

Allow the biscuits to cool for slicing.

Nutrition Facts: Calories 106; Fat 11.1 g; Carbs 2 g; Protein 3.9 g.


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