The ketogenic diet is a diet low in carbohydrates, high in fat and moderate in protein. The objective is for the body to use fat as fuel rather than glucose.
The benefits are endless ranging from weight loss, not having any more cravings and hunger pangs to loads of energy, mental clarity and improved health.
There are various versions of a ketogenic diet. But its main characteristic is that it is low carb and high fat. It is not unlike the Atkins diet and also have some commonalities with the Paleo diet. Although the Paleo diet tends to allow foods that are considered too high carb for keto and unlike the ketogenic program does not allow dairy.
When we follow a ketogenic diet, we burn fat rather than glucose. When you mostly eat carbs, as we have been told to do over the last 40 years, we burn glucose.
If you think about it, our bodies only ever store one day's worth of glucose. Whatever remains is converted and stored as fat. So when we become fat adapted, we cut out the glucose conversion and use fat only. This is a much cleaner energy.
To make a major lifestyle change like this, you are probably looking for some ketogenic diet recipes, meal plans and tips. Here we look at some recipes, look at where to find them and have a look at some ketogenic recipe books and programs.
You will also be amazed at how good low carb high fat food tastes. When we add fat back into our food, a whole new world opens up. Once you get the hang of these recipes, you will not see a low carb diet as a hardship, but rather as a joy.
If you want to jump in, but are not sure where to start, then why not visit our Start Here page for guidance. If recipes are what you are looking for, then enjoy these recipes that are a staple for every keto cook.
Essential Ketogenic Diet Recipes
Here are some of the essential recipes that you can fall back onto when you are not sure what to prepare:
If anyone has ever been on a low-carb diet, they know that bacon and eggs have no carbs. It may not sound like the best thing for you, but for the purposes of the ketogenic diet, they are the perfect food. Here is a recipe that mixes up bacon and eggs and makes it a more interesting, fun and flavorful.
- 1 tablespoon of butter
- 6 to 8 slices of bacon
- 1/2 a cup of chopped broccoli or cauliflower
- 1/2 a cup finely chopped celery
- 1/2 a small chopped white onion
- 4 eggs
- 1/2 a cup of shredded cheese
This recipe is ample for 4 people.
- Slice the bacon into strips
- Melt the butter in a large pan
- Add the veggies and bacon
- Stir and sauté the bacon and veggies in butter for twenty minutes. The bacon should be crispy on the edges and the veggies should be well cooked
- Quarter the mixture in four parts in the pan
- Put one egg (break it) over each of the four parts. Keep the portions in the pan until the eggs are almost (but not quite) done
- When the eggs look almost done, sprinkle some cheese over them and serve.
Eggs are very much your friend on the ketogenic diet and you will find that you use them in many recipes. It is a great idea to find someone with a hen house where you can buy them fresh. If you can't do that, buy free range eggs and try to find eggs that are not grain fed.
Frittatas are an absolute staple in my repertoire of ketogenic diet recipes. They are easy to make and I can use any available ingredients to make a feast in 20 minutes. This pizza frittata is one of my favorites.
- 12 slices of pepperoni
- 2 eggs
- 2 chopped sundried tomatoes
- 1/3 cup of sliced green and red bell pepper
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 1 to 2 slices of cheese
- 1/3 teaspoon of dried oregano
- A few basil leaves
This recipe makes 1 serving.
- Warm a non-stick pan over medium heat
- Add the pepperoni slices and brown on both sides
- Add the sundried tomatoes
- Beat the eggs and pour into the pan making sure the eggs cover the pepperoni and sundried tomatoes
- Before the eggs set, add the peppers
- Scatter some basil leaves, salt and pepper and oregano on top
- When the eggs are set, serve and enjoy
You can use any ingredients to make these frittatas. Sometimes I add cheese at the end and grill it in the oven. Other times I fry onion, peppers or low carb veggies. I love olives and capers, so I may add them.
Like the recipe? Then watch it being prepared here...
These muffins are another very versatile dish. These are great for breakfast or for a packed lunch. Generally they also freeze well. I often prepare a batch of these on weekends, which means I always have a healthy meal or snack available when I am rushing out the door.
- 2 teaspoons or oregano
- 12 ounces of zucchini, finely chopped
- Six eggs (farm fresh are best)
- 1 teaspoon of baking powder
- 3/4 cup of coconut flour
- Pinch of salt
- Pinch of pepper
- 1/2 cup of butter
- 1 cup of grated sharp cheddar cheese
- Turn oven on to 375°F
- Grease a 12 unit muffin pan with butter
- Mix all ingredients together
- Pour equal amounts of the mixture for each muffin in pan
- Sprinkle a little bit of the cheddar on the top of the muffins
- Bake for 20 minutes or until the tops turn golden brown
- Let sit for 15 minutes and serve
This recipe makes 6 breakfast or lunch servings or 12 snacks.
Like with frittatas, you can use almost any available ingredients for these muffins. You can pepperoni, ham or bacon as extra protein. You can also add any low carb veggies like peppers, spinach or broccoli. I also make these without the flour or with nut flowers.
These may all appear to be breakfast recipes, but I make them any time of the day. Egg recipes are some of the simplest and easiest recipes on your keto program. They are also one of the best sources of both fat and protein and has no carbs. Stock up on eggs and you will always have a good egg recipe to fall back onto.
No Calories and Macros?
I don't share calories per portion, because I don't really believe in calories. When you truly follow a LCHF diet, you learn to stop eating when you are satiated. This is way more important than counting calories.
I also don't share net carbs or fat levels as these will change depending on the exact ingredients. If however you want to know the calories, carbohydrates, fat and protein of any recipe, then you can calculate it here at MyFitnessPal.
Where to Find the Best Ketogenic Diet Recipes
The ketogenic diet has come a long way. When you search Google, you can find any recipe you want. There are also plenty of delicious recipes on the site, right here. Above you saw my essential ketogenic diet recipes which is my crucial fall back when I don't know what to cook. You should collect a few like these for yourself.
Personally, I like to collect recipes from all over the net. I will be sharing the best of the best here. Check back regularly so that you don't miss out on fabulous recipes and meal ideas.
When you decide which recipes are best for you, keep the following in mind:
Are You New to Keto or an Advanced Ketoer
When you start out, you probably need some simple recipes and maybe also recipes that breaks down the fat, carb and protein content for you. If you have been following a low carb diet for some time, you are probably more confident and happier to experiment.
Are You a Savvy Cook or a Novice
If you are a savvy cook, you are probably only looking for ideas. Enjoy our recipes and let us know if we can help you in anyway. Also please send us suggestions and recommendations if you think we can improve our recipes in any way. Also have fun on Google. Just search what you want to make and develop the recipes into a master piece that works for you.
If you are more of a novice cook or are worried that you will make mistakes then both the Keto in Five eCookbooks that we share below and the Ketosis Cookbook with 90 day meal plans could be a great fit for you.
How Much Time Do You Have
Since I started Keto, I spent more time in the kitchen. But that doesn't mean that I spent hours making complicated recipes.
It is important to plan and prepare. If you know you won't have time during the week to prepare food, then use your weekend time and prepare food for the week.
Some perfect meals to prepare in advance are the essential ketogenic diet muffins I shared above as well as lasagnas, casseroles and curries.
There are many very elaborate keto recipes, but there are also the simple 5 ingredient type recipes. I love these because when you can keep it simple most of the time, it is easier to successfully make the changes needed to adjust to your new lifestyle.
Recipes or Meal Plans
Some books or programs provide you with a number of recipes for specific meals like breakfast, lunch and dinner. Others are packed with recipes for bread, which for many people is the toughest thing to give up, desserts or fat bombs. Fat bombs are little morsels made mostly of fat and is useful when you struggle to incorporate enough fat into your new eating plan.
Others are complete programs that explain the concept of a ketogenic diet, provide specific meal plans and also recipes.
Essential Ketogenic Meal Plans and Recipe Books
Both of these are great resources for low carb dieters. Ketosis Cookbook is packed with lots of recipe and 12 weeks of meal plans. Making quick, easy, delicious ketogenic food can not be simpler than Keto in Five.
What is Ketosis Cookbook?
A comprehensive guide with:
- 12 weeks of meal plans
- 370 mouthwatering recipes
- Shopping lists
- Includes desserts, slow cooker meals and every kind of recipe that you could want to make.
Who is it For?
Anybody who is starting out or have been on a keto diet for a while and like some detailed meal plans and lots of recipes.
Learn More About it
Read the full review HERE
What is Keto in Five?
3 eCookbooks with 30 recipes each for:
- 30 breakfast recipes
- 30 lunch recipes
- 30 dinner recipes
- Each made with 5 ingredients, 5 steps to make them and less than 5 grams of net carbs each.
Who is it For?
Perfect for someone who wants to cook simple and delicious meals with little fuss and who don't want to be overwhelmed with lots of information and recipes.
Learn More About it
Read the full review HERE
Don't Forget About YouTube
Another source for amazing ketogenic diet recipes is YouTube. I like to search YouTube for recipes, not only because they have great recipes, but I also like to watch how stuff is made.
The one dish most of us probably miss more than anything is bread. I have tried many recipes and probably will be trying many more. Here is an amazing recipe that you just have to try if you are missing bread. Watch it now...
If you love and miss bread, maybe now is the time for a happy dance. 🙂
I hope you are enjoying these recipes. Try them, experiment and have fun.It is important as you make this new lifestyle your own that you eat well and don't feel cheated.
What I love about the ketogenic lifestyle is that I can eat as much delicious food as my body needs. I never feel hungry and I hardly have any cravings anymore. When I used to be on a low fat low carb diet I used to be always hungry. 🙁
Find yourself a good base, some good ketogenic diet recipes that you and your family love and give yourself the nourishment that you deserve. And if you need reminding why Keto, then read this summary about what the keto diet is.
The Ketogenic Diet 101
While a state of glycosis causes the body to use sugar as its main source of energy, the state of ketosis encourages the body to use ketones as its energy source.
This essentially means that by adapting to a ketogenic diet, you're burning fat, whether from body fat or fat that can be found in the foods you eat, rather than carbohydrates.
As mentioned earlier, we only have so much glucose stored in our bodies. And once our muscles and liver run out of its 24 hour supply, there's nothing left to burn but body fat.
So if you're interested in getting a boost on your weight loss, then the Ketogenic Diet is ideal and these Ketogenic Diet Recipes are just what you need. It's an excellent way to quickly lose those extra pounds.