Whether you just started a low carb diet or you’ve been on keto forever and need to switch things up, you’ll love these easy keto meal ideas. Today’s line up includes simple low carb recipes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner that you can depend on being delicious.
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It’s not hard to get off track searching for easy keto meals that fit your macros, keep you at under 30 net carbs per day, and fit into your budget.
When I started doing keto seven years ago, I didn’t have a steady source of inspiration, and I had no clue how to meal prep.
What I did have was an extra 120 pounds of weight, chronic migraines, no energy, and an endless supply of excuses for not going to parties.
So, I stuck to it, lost 100 pounds, started a blog, became a health coach, and now I’m telling you that if I can do it, you can too.
These easy keto meal ideas will help you meal plan and put together last minute snacks and dinners like a boss.
In case you’re new around here, or new to a low carb diet, let’s recap for one moment.
What Is The Keto Diet?
The ketogenic (keto) diet is a low carbohydrate, high-fat diet that reduces the number of carbs you eat per day (usually to 30 net carbs per day or less.) When you reduce the carbs while increasing the number of healthy fats you eat, your body enters a natural fat-fueled metabolic state known as ketosis. Dr. Robert Atkins described ketosis as:
“a happy state . . . [in which] your fat is being burned off with maximum efficiency and minimum deprivation.”
Sure, your body may go through an adjustment period, also known as the keto flu. Still, once your body becomes fat-fueled, your energy levels increase, your cravings for sugar decrease, and you get this magical ability to focus like never before. Oh, and you start dropping pounds at a massive rate.
Now, all you need is a million-dollar wardrobe and a steady line-up of easy, keto meal ideas to keep you on the right track:)
I can help you with the last part.
We are starting with breakfast.
Easy Keto Meal Ideas: Breakfast
Before I go on, let me tell you not all of these breakfasts have eggs, because I know you need variety. But, there’s good reason to argue why eggs make the ultimate breakfast: they’re full of protein with next to no carbs. Plus, eggs keep you full for more extended periods, so you don’t feel the need to snack.
Egg Muffins with Sausage
Perfect for meal prep these portable keto egg muffins with sausage have 1.2 net carbs per muffin – plus they freeze beautifully for up to 6 months!
Breakfast Casserole with Sausage – Food Faith Fitness
Sausage Egg Muffin
Prep a batch of these portable breakfast sandwiches ahead for busy mornings when you need to grab & go via Tastaholics
Easy Egg Muffins – Word To Your Mother Blog
Egg Casserole with Spinach – Life Made Sweeter
Oven Baked Keto Muffin Tin Eggs
Forget hard boiling – bake eggs in the oven and make freezer-friendly, low carb, high-protein breakfasts and snacks! Get the details here on Word To Your Mother Blog
These egg, ham, feta & spinach muffins are fabulous – looking & tasting.
You probably know Chaffles are the easiest low carb breakfast – or snack – or bread substitute, but did you know they are freezer-friendly? Check out the details & everything you need to know to make sweet and savory chaffles here on Word To Your Mother Blog
If you were waiting for an eggless breakfast you can make ahead – here ya go! We’re talking about 5 minutes of prep time for 10 servings of this low carb cereal with coconut flakes, almonds & dark chocolate chips via Keto Diet App
Cream Cheese Pancakes
Make a few batches of these delicious pancakes ahead & keep on hand for busy mornings.
Pumpkin Oatmeal Bars
Make a batch or two of these bars for an easy grab & go breakfast on busy mornings.
Chewy Granola Bars – Tastaholics
Mexican Breakfast Bowls – Keto Connect
Make a batch of blueberry muffins in 30 minutes (total). Enjoy throughout the week.
Cream Cheese Fat Bombs (5 Ways) – Word To Your Mother Blog
Cookie Dough Fat Bombs – Word To Your Mother Blog
Peanut Butter Chocolate No-Bake Cookies – Word To Your Mother Blog
2-Ingredient Low Carb Chips – Listotic
Italian Roll Ups – Our Paleo Life
Keto Recipes: Lunch
These jar salads keep in the fridge for up to 4 days – perfect for meal prep!
You can prep every ingredient in this salad ahead on meal prep day or use leftover chicken to put it together via Tastaholics
Steak Taco Bowl
Whether you use left over steak or prep the bowl while you sear, these lunch bowls make fab low carb lunches!
Swap a tortilla with lettuce & save up to 20 carbs! Recipe via skinnytaste
Greek Chicken Bowls – Kalyn’s Kitchen
Chicken Salad Lettuce Wraps – My Keto Kitchen
Cook once – eat all week! Via Fit Foodie Finds
Greek Mason Jar Salad
Only 10 minutes of prep time required for these easy to assemble, portable Mason Jar lunches!
Chicken Fajita Salad – My PCOS Kitchen
Use your slow cooker or Instant Pot to make these delicious meatballs on meal prep day!
Meatball Burrito Bowls – Sweet Peas And Saffron
BLTA Pesto Chicken Salad – Peace, Love And Low Carb
Chicken Philly Cheesesteak
Prep & cook the chicken & veggies on meal prep day – then assemble the bowls for a fabulous low carb lunch!
You’ll never get tired of this perfect for kept meal prep salad – especially if you use Kalyn’s recipe for slow cooker taco meat – details here!
Keto Recipes: Dinner
Egg Roll In A Bowl
Seasoned ground pork + veggies make the ultimate “crack” slaw & keto meal prep idea!
Ground beef + cream cheese + heavy cream + cheddar cheese are the major players in this ready-in-40-minutes style low carb casserole that tastes like everything you ever wanted in a bacon cheeseburger – with 3.6 net carbs per serving. Get the printable recipe here on Word To Your Mother Blog
Prep the ground turkey & the cauliflower rice ahead to save time on dinner via skinnytaste
Crockpot or Oven Crack Chicken
Whether you make & freeze, use in wraps for lunch or eat it for dinner this fabulous keto meal prep recipe for chicken with cream cheese, cheddar, bacon and green onions is always a family favorite.
Cook & shred the chicken on meal prep day & this Mexican-inspired casserole with 7 net carbs will be a breeze for dinner!
Chicken Cordon Blue Casserole – The Keto Queens
Crockpot Turkey Meatballs – Sugar-Free Mom
Meatball Parm Casserole – Joy Filled Eats
Cheeseburger Soup with Bacon (Slow Cooker – Instant Pot – Stovetop)
Keto Cheeseburger Soup with bacon is the ultimate keto comfort food combining ground beef, cream cheese & cheddar into a creamy low carb soup that makes an easy dinner you can slow cook to perfection, make in minutes using your Instant Pot it or go old-school & prep on the stove – with 3.1 net carbs. Get the recipe here on Word To Your Mother Blog
Chipotle Beef Barbacoa
Mexican-inspired, slow cooked beef with incredible, rich flavors & 1 net carb per serving.
Jalapeno Shrimp & Veggie Bake
This one is ready in under an hour – less if you prep the veggies ahead!
Big Mac Salad
Prep the ground beef & rinse & chop the veggies ahead via Wholesome Yum
Easy Keto Recipes For Meal Prep
Preparing meals ahead is a game-changer when you’re trying to lose weight. But you do not have to spend all day cooking and dicing and chopping!
These recipes will help you meal prep in less time with a lot less effort!
Staple Crockpot Chicken: Simple – no fuss – 6-ingredient shredded slow cooker chicken via Keto Summit
Easy “Crack” Shredded Chicken: Simple slow cooker recipe that takes less than 10 minutes to prep & almost always yields leftovers
How To Cook A Whole Chicken In The Instant Pot – Easy & Simple – & Ready in 30 Minutes
Instant Pot Sweet & Smokey Chicken: Fabulously seasoned pulled chicken via Keto Diet App to use in lettuce wraps, over cauliflower-rice & on keto bread (when you get to that level of baking:)
White Shredded Chicken Chili: My recipe. No beans. Just legit good (& low carb) shredded chicken chili!
Instant Pot: 4-ingredient, basic shredded beef you can use in all kinds of recipes via What Great Grandma Ate
Mexican Shredded Beef: Slow cooker or Instant Pot recipe with any kind of beef roast via All Day I Dream About Food
Asian Style Shredded Beef: Yields 5 pounds of shredded beef flavored with a low carb Hoisin sauce. A little advanced side, but still easy enough for beginners
Crockpot Recipe: Boneless Pork Shoulder with a few spices + 1/2 a can of beer – you can swap that with broth if you want:) Via That Low Carb Life
Pulled Pork with BBQ Sauce: Another slow cooker recipe – but this one includes a homemade low carb BBQ sauce. The only “special” ingredient is xanthan gum via I Breathe I’m Hungry
Did I Miss Anything?
Do you feel like you have plenty of easy keto meal ideas now?
Or are you still missing something?
Either way, please let me know by leaving a comment below!
Is There An Easier Way To Meal Plan On Keto?
If searching for keto recipes, counting macros, planning your meals, and creating shopping lists stresses you out (or is keeping you from getting started in the first place, take a look at how Tastaholics can help you with their weekly meal plans and cookbooks!
Here’s the low down on the weekly meal plans – Tastaholics will send you pre-calculated, low carb meal plans and recipes right into your inbox – no more hunting down recipes on the internet and trying to fit them together perfectly every day.
And their cookbooks? Well, their Keto In Five – Not your Grandmother’s Cookbooks style e-books are downloadable on any device.
Each collection offers 30 breakfasts, 30 lunches, 30 dinners, & 30 desserts with only 5 ingredients & 5 net carbs! They provide all the macro info for you – which makes life so much easier!