I’m sure you’re hearing about the low-carb, keto or ketogenic diet. It’s all the rage. So are these easy 30-minute keto dinners that I have for you.
Fast & Easy 30 Minute Keto Dinners
I began my low carb journey many years ago. I had put on 75 pounds with each pregnancy and would take a few pounds off but never all of it. It was with that struggle that I began my journey. One that I assumed was one of weight loss but soon became much more than that.
My low carb journey became a way of life. I had begun to not just lose weight, but to become healthier and feel better. Prior to starting, I was always sick. And when I say sick I mean completely lose my voice and hold onto whatever illness I had acquired for weeks. I thought that it was just me and my body or that it was just the kids bringing illness home from school. But I soon found that to not be the case as I am rarely ever sick now.
Being a mom and someone with a corporate career and an hour and a half commute each way to work, I had no time to be making a meal for my ‘diet’ and one for the family. Are you kidding? Who has time for that? For weeknights I need easy 30 minute keto dinners.
With most ‘diets,’ you would need separate meals for yourself and the family.
What I found with low carb, this was not the case.
I could easily plan meals for the whole family.
In all honesty, I didn’t want them eating a lot of bread and sugar anyway. It isn’t good for us.
And let me tell you, prior to this we indulged heavily.
We were having soda all of the time, sugar snacks and candy and bread with every meal.
I also wanted to teach my kids a better way. One where they weren’t starving. They would have a full belly. All the while learning to eat healthily and feel better.
So, back to my not having time…
I was already super busy and needed meals for weeknights that were quick and easy.
But they also had to enjoy it.
I remember being made to eat weird things as a kid because my mom liked them. But they were gross. Like canned spinach with hard boiled egg chopped in it. What the hell is that???? (Is there something weird your parents made you eat? Let me know in the comments.)
I wasn’t about to do that to my kids.
Having said that, remember, if one didn’t like vegetables, they were still going to have to eat them lol. I just had to prepare meals they liked. Weed out the ones they didn’t.
I began my research into that fit into my criteria. Three crucial points. They had to be:
30 minutes or less
I did save other recipes for weekends and special occasions but weeknights had to fit these 3 rules.
Once I learned more about low carb and already knew the basics about my families likes and dislikes, I armed myself with loads of recipes to weed through.
For us, I kept notes on them. If it was one no one liked, I noted never to make it again. If it was a recipe a particular person disliked, I noted that. It could easily be made on a night that person wasn’t home.
I soon had a multitude of easy to make recipes we all liked. And they are kid-friendly.
After I became more adept, they were even made for nights with company.
Unlike other plans, this is real food. You’d never know it was gluten-free, sugar-free, and low carb. Guests were never the wiser.
And I didn’t tell them.
You might wonder why. Well, there are several kinds of people when you announce you are doing something new and different. They often fall into at least one of these.
- They automatically think it’s gross.
- They say it can’t be healthy.
- They say they don’t want diet food.
There’s more but these are the main excuses.
So, I learned not to tell them. It wasn’t like I was hurting them. I made real meals. Nothing strange. They just fell into the gluten-free, sugar-free and low carb rule.
When they asked for the recipes, I gave it to them. Without saying low carb 🙂
I want to stress that my kids weren’t deprived. They would get to eat out, they had ‘regular’ foods at other family members homes, holiday foods, etc.
So, if you are learning about low carb and/or keto or are already on it and looking for tried and true recipes, I have done the legwork for you.
These are all of those recipes that we have given the family stamp of approval.
Stop back by and let me know which ones you have loved or even the ones you didn’t. I love hearing from you. I think camaraderie in these lifestyle journeys is important. Allies, if you will.
Crack Slaw from Peace Love and Low Carb
Chicken Alfredo Spaghetti Squash from The Gunny Sack
Ground Beef Cabbage from Savory Tooth
Chicken Taco Lettuce Wraps from Gimme Delicious
Broccoli Cheese Soup from Wholesome Yum
Keto Tuna Cakes from I Save A to Z
Mexican Cauliflower Rice from My Food Story
Instant Pot Keto Pork and Beef Tips Stroganoff from Two Sleevers
Zucchini Pasta with Chicken Pistachios from Happy Body Formula
Keto Egg Drop Soup from Low Carb No Carb
15 Minute Garlic Shrimp Zoodles from Salt and Lavender
Beef Taquitos from Keto Vale
California Turkey and Bacon Lettuce Wraps from Iowa Girl Eats
Cheesy Mexican Taco Skillet from Cast Iron Keto
Beef and Cabbage Stir Fry from Budget Bytes
Egg Roll in a Bowl from Mostly Homemade Mom
Parmesan Dijon Pork Chops from 730 Sage Street
Asparagus Stuffed Chicken Parmesan from My Food Story
Skinny Bell Pepper Nachos from Skinny Ms.
Pizza Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms from Don’t Go Bacon My Heart
Fried Cabbage with Kielbasa from Peace Love and Low Carb
Keto Cheese and Bacon Nachos from Low Carb No Carb
Bacon Cheeseburger Soup from I Save A to Z
Keto Skillet Pizza from Healthy Recipes
Keto Cheese Shell Taco Cups from Hey Keto Mama
Bacon Cheeseburger Casserole from Stay Snatched
Prosciutto Wrapped Cod with Lemon Caper Spinach from Kit’s Coastal
Loaded Cauliflower from Low Carb Maven
Low Carb Chicken Philly Cheesecake Bowl from Easy Health Living
Almond Crusted Chicken Tenders from Skinny Minnie Moves
Low Carb Egg Salad from I Breathe I’m Hungry
No Crust Pepperoni Pizza from Closet Cooking
Taco Stuffed Avocados from House of Yum
Instant Pot Loaded Keto Cauliflower Bowl from Hey Keto Mama
Shrimp and Sausage Skillet Meal from Paleo Newbie
Instant Pot Buttery Ranch Boneless Pork Chops from Eating on a Dime
Keto Fish Fingers from Keto Diet App
Instant Pot Lemon Garlic Chicken from Cooking with Curls
Instant Pot Lemon Chicken with Garlic from Life Made Sweeter
Taco Stuffed Pepper Rings from Joy Filled Eats
Cheesy Chicken Parmesan Casserole from Keto Vale
Cheesy Mexican Chicken Skillet from Kasey Trenum
Creamy Cauliflower Chowder from My Food Story
Bacon Spinach Feta Chicken from All Day I Dream About Food
Chicken Alfredo from Low Carbology
Pesto Spinach Artichoke Chicken Bake from The Pinning Mama
Creamy Tuscan Garlic Chicken from The Recipe Critic
Chicken Zucchini Alfredo from Delish
Mexican Zucchini and Beef from Low Carb Yum
Mozzarella Chicken (without noodles or sub for zucchini noodles) from Little Spice Jar
Keto Cheese Meatballs from Fat for Weight Loss
Keto Garlic Gnocchi from The Primitive Palate
No Noodle Chicken Soup from Diet Doctor
Mexican Stuffed Peppers from Healthy Seasonal Recipes
30 Minute Hearty Keto Chili from Perfect Keto
Keto Chicken Tenders from Keto Vale
Keto Salmon Cakes from Hey Keto Mama
The Best No Bun Hamburger from Mince Republic
Chicken Bacon Ranch Casserole from Wholesome Yum
Keto Buffalo Chicken Meatballs from How to This and That
Cauliflower Fried Rice from Living Sweet Moments
Skillet Chicken in White Wine Sauce from Diethood
Mongolian Beef from Keto Vale
Best Keto Fried Chicken from Savory Tooth
Korean Beef Bowl from Happy Body Formula
One Skillet Chicken with Lemon Garlic Cream Sauce from Little Spice Jar
Low Carb Salisbury steak with Mushroom Gravy from I Breathe I’m Hungry
Bacon Wrapped Chicken Tenders from Wholesome Yum
Big Mac Cheeseburger Salad from Wholesome Yum
Cauliflower Nachos from Delish
Keto Chicken Pot Pie from Kasey Trenum
Broccoli Bacon Cheddar Chicken from Julia’s Album
Instant Pot Beef And Broccoli from Savory Tooth
Bacon Ranch Chicken from Fabulessly Frugal
Keto Instant Pot Crack Chicken from The Keto Queens
Buttered Cod Skillet from Valentina’s Corner
Chicken Salad Stuffed Avocado from Tasteaholics
Zucchini Shrimp Scampi from Damn Delicious
Low Carb Buffalo Chicken Soup from I Breathe I’m Hungry
Baked Garlic Butter Chicken from Diethood
Keto Chili Casserole from Ditch the Carbs
Instant Pot Keto Buffalo Chicken Soup from Wholesome Yum
Grilled Cheesy Buffalo Chicken from Peanut Butter and Peppers
5 Minute Keto Pizza from Ruled.Me
Shredded Chicken Chili from Ketogasm
Baked Enchilada Chicken from Eating on a Dime
Stir Fry Zucchini Noodles from Diethood
Kung Pao Chicken from Life Made Keto
Low Carb Sesame Chicken from Tasteaholics
Cauliflower Mac and Cheese from Wholesome Yum
Cashew Chicken from Keto Connect
Skillet Chicken Cordon Bleu from Joy Filled Eats
Beef Stuffed Zucchini Boats from Gimme Delicious
Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole from Joy Filled Eats
Low Carb Beef Stroganoff Bowl from Easy Health Living
Keto Chicken Quesadillas from Officially Gluten Free
Butter Chicken from Keto Connect
Lemon Garlic Butter Shrimp with Zucchini Noodles from Eat Well 101
Low Carb Beef Stroganoff Bowl from Easy Health Living
I hope these fast and easy recipes inspire you to not only eat healthier but cook for your family with these fast 30 minute or less recipes. Let me know what you tried!
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