It’s easy to adapt to the keto diet, because all you have to remember is, “Okay, I’m going to put some fish…pork…beef…chicken…eggs…with some romaine lettuce…broccoli…onions…spinach…green beans…” and be liberal with your healthy fats while cooking!
But, as wonderfully EASY as that is, the “rotation” and substituting in/out of the same exact foods over and over can get a little boring.
Obviously there are a GAZILLION possible combinations and unique recipes for keto-friendly foods that would take you to flavor-town and totally knock your socks off, but I think the honest reason that some people get “bored” with keto is that, our brains are naturally a little “lazy” in that we like to fall into a routine of doing the same thing over and over, including when we cook!
I mean, we know that our baked salmon with garlic, and roasted brussel sprouts, is something we know how to cook…we know that eggs and bacon is always a good choice…BUT by getting into certain habits with our grocery shopping and our cooking, and by eating the same 10 – 15 things all the time, are we risking getting bored of keto??
I think the risk is there, and that’s why I’m giving YOU 11 awesome recipes for weight loss!
I hope that these soup, stew, chili, dessert, smoothie, lasagna, casserole, keto burger, etc. ideas will help you spice up the taste and texture of your keto diet (literally!) because it gets boring just frying/grilling up the same stuff and throwing it on a plate!
I have two recipes for this, cabbage lasagna and eggplant lasagna. I know some of you are making side-eye at me right now, but just look for yourself!
One of my absolute favorite things about keto is using healthy items as a base, and then fatty but still healthy toppings that are so flavor packed, it doesn’t matter what your foundation is, because you won’t taste it! SNEAK healthy things into your diet!
The same logic applies for a HFLC smoothie. With my avocado smoothie, you get a whole fruit-full of monounsaturated essential amino acid goodness!! But you’re probably not game to just blend up an avocado and drink it straight, and that’s why I add drops of EZ-sweetz for taste, and whipping cream for texture. Not to “cover up,” but to ENHANCE.
Another GREAT way to expand your keto options is by taking any dish, your favorite dish, and modifying it to be keto-friendly. From zucchini/butternut squash noodles instead of regular pasta…
…to low-carb-cheese to make green bean casserole keto-friendly…sometimes just one tiny tweak to a dish makes it keto-approved!!
If you don’t want to get bored always eating the same things (whether you’re on keto or not!) switching up textures is always a good idea!
Instead of eating your meat and veggies dry, consider a savory soup like my Broccoli Keto Soup that combines broccoli, onions, egg whites, and chicken broth, all seasoned with your favorite aromatic spices!!
This is the best way to do keto when you’re sick, too!
The only thing better than biting into a delicious, juicy burger is how many ways you can make them! After all, there are high-class restaurants that serve nothing but a bunch of different creative, exotic burgers! From deciding on provolone, cheddar, Monterey, to whipping up a homemade Southwest sauce or chipotle mayo…bacon…guacamole…caramelized onions…Yum…
Heck, you don’t even have to use beef! Try ground turkey or andouille sausage. Oh, and don’t do bread buns!
This talk about ground beef has got me thinking about chili, too! Perfect Keto’s recipe recommends packing in “bonus healthy stuff” when you’re making keto chili, like by adding bone broth. Their recipe uses avocado oil AND two types of chili powder!! Almost as ingenious as my recipes, but not quite! 😉
7. Stir Fry
Now let’s leave Latin American cuisine and go east. Most of us, including me, love love love Asian food, but darn that rice for being so carb-dense. But that doesn’t mean going out for Chinese has to be limited to a monthly treat…just follow my lead!
The meat, veggies, and soy sauce are all keto-friendly, so all we need is a rice alternative. A recipe with cauliflower rice got 5 stars here. Even better, when you do your own homemade version of takeout, YOU get to control the amount of salt.
Looks good, doesn’t it? In fact, pizza is just soooo good that most of us on keto are already aware of the just-as-awesome ways to make keto pizza, because otherwise we might go crazy!
Cauliflower bread for the crust is one option, because as we just saw above, cauliflower can be used as a substitute to de-carb just about anything in the world of bread, rice, pasta and potatoes (cauliflower mashed potatoes are THE BEST!). You can even make cauliflower waffles! Don’t forget the blueberries.
…Oh, yeah, we were talking about pizza crust. Another great option that might get you a little closer to that familiar crumbly-crunchy texture is Fathead pizza crust. Basically, cream cheese and regular cheese, an egg, and almond flour!
But, again, I wouldn’t be surprised if keto pizza was already a staple of your keto diet!!
“Keto snacks” are usually pretty…simple, which is fine. If you’ve watched any “weekly meal prep” videos, you’ve probably seen a lot of egg whites, blueberries, veggie tray items…and maybe some dark chocolate!
But what if you want to have a little more fun with your snacks, and maybe even do some prepping?
Well, one easy solution is to just “complicate” those simple snacks a little, with fun combos and tasty spices. For example, my Egg Fat Bombs add creamy avocado cut into cubes, spring onions, and mayo, so now you’ve got more of a scramble! So much better than just eating your egg whites by themselves. Food should taste good!! And I’ve got a deviled egg recipe, too! These are great recipes for weight loss.
If you want to incorporate some meat and cheese here, but still want a simple finger food, try my ham roll ups! A quick broil on the skillet and they’re good to go. I added baby spinach and tomatoes to my roll-ups, but there are infinite combo options!!
There are infinite options for what you roll up in a burrito, too. My beef burritos are half the price of Chipotle’s and, like I said, it’s so much better to feel in control of your macros and your fresh, natural ingredients when you’re doing the cooking yourself.
For my beef burritos, I decided to go all-out and break out the New York Strip, top sirloin! After shredding the beef, I added BBQ sauce for an awesomely tangy take on the classic burrito!
And, lastly, what’s for dessert??
Chocolate balls! These things are similar to chocolate fat bombs, but I use coconut cream for a thicker, yet still melt-in-your-mouth consistency. These only have four ingredients, so not only are they really simple to make, but you could put them in the “snack” category if you wanted to. 😉
If you a) want something a bit more complex and/or b) don’t like chocolate, I have an awesome holiday (or any day!) cookie recipe using Swerve to sweeten.
The cookies are layered with some yummy ooey-gooey buttery icing too…your family will love these cookies and they’ll have no idea that you used one of your recipes for weight loss!
Posting great keto-friendly recipes is one of my favorite things to do!
As focused as I am on the Keto Reboot, I wanted to make a helpful guide on WHAT TO EAT once the Reboot is over.
…And I wanted to post some amazing recipes, which you’ll see all over the rest of my website. 🙂
Want to see me MAKING this stuff, so you can get inspired to do the same? I’ve got some great cooking videos over on my Youtube channel.