20 Easy Weeknight Ketogenic Dinners That Everyone Will Love
Wouldn’t you love to eat dinner, feel satisfied and not feel hungry again until the next meal? Or would you like to maybe lose a few extra pounds without putting too much effort into it? Or would you simply like to improve your overall health and stave off type 2 diabetes?
Believe it or not, you can have all the above if you implement the Ketogenic Diet into your life. This low-carb, high-fat diet could be just the right plan for you.
Why is it called the Ketogenic Diet?
If you haven’t already heard of the Ketogenic Diet, here’s a quick overview. The Ketogenic diet is named so because the food you eat (and more importantly, the foods you don’t eat) will help your body enter a metabolic state called ketosis. Ketosis allows your body to become incredibly efficient at burning fat for energy and turns fat into ketones in the liver, which can supply energy to the body.
During ketosis, your body chemistry is altered and instead of using glucose (which comes from carbohydrate) as its primary source of energy, it uses ketone bodies derived from fat. This means your body will be getting its energy from fat which includes the fat you eat and the fat stored in your body.
What to eat and what to avoid?
Now, let’s talk about what foods you can eat on the Ketogenic diet. First off, you’ll want to restrict your carbohydrates, which means no foods like bread, pasta, rice, cereal, sugars, cakes, pastries, legumes, rice, potatoes, candy, juice and even most fruits – no processed food either. But, don’t let these restrictions worry you because you can still eat ample amounts foods such as beef, steak, ham, chicken, turkey, fish, eggs, butter, nuts, healthy oils, avocados and plenty of low-carb veggies.
Doctors, nutritionists, and scientists are big advocates of Ketogenic diet and the powerful health and weight loss benefits that are derived from such a diet.
We hope you find this diet something that might appeal to you but remember it will only work if you’re consistent and stick with the diet in the long-term. Here’s are a number of delicious and satisfying meals to get you on the path of health and weight loss.
Beef Satay Skewers with Peanut Dipping Sauce
These mouth-watering Thai Beef Satay Skewers are tangy, slightly spicy and perfectly balanced with a cool and creamy peanut dipping sauce.
Via The Lemon Bowl
Bacon, Spaghetti Squash, and Parmesan Fritters
Making these fritters is a breeze! So delicious and easy to make! Just mix the pre-cooked spaghetti squash with eggs, bacon, freshly grated Parmesan cheese, and drop them by tablespoonfuls onto a heated frying skillet.
Via Julia’s Album
Mexican Stuffed Peppers
These cheesy spicy Mexican stuffed bell peppers come together in only 20 minutes for a low-carb, gluten-free and totally delicious weeknight meal.
Skinny Chicken and Avocado Caesar Salad
A salad that doesn’t leave you hungry waiting for more. Full of protein. Full of healthy fats. Just full of good for you stuff.
Via Cafe Delites
Turkey Taco Lettuce Wraps
These tacos are so incredibly delicious, you won’t be able to wait to make them again! This is healthy eating done right.
Via Cooking Classy
Shredded Chicken Chili
There’s nothing quite as satisfying as mixing a few ingredients together over heat to enjoy a healthy, comforting home cooked meal without having to stress over it.
Crispy Honey Garlic Salmon
Tender salmon fillets with caramelized honey crust, with a hint of garlic and topped with green onions. Clean, simple and delicious!
Via iFood Real
Skinny Bell Pepper Nacho Boats
You can satisfy your cravings for this classic Tex-Mex snack without worrying about your waistline by subbing in bell peppers for ordinary tortilla chips.
Via Skinny Ms
Easy Cashew Chicken
The beauty in this recipe is how complex it seems from its flavor profiles, but how simple it actually is to make at home. No special wok or obscure ingredients are required!
Via Keto Connect
Spinach Mushroom and Feta Crustless Quiche
The Spinach Mushroom and Feta Crustless Quiche has endless possibilities and is a cinch to make. Plus, it reheats well in the microwave for a quick dinner!
Via Budget Bites
One Pot Cheesy Taco Skillet
One Pot Cheesy Taco Skillet– this easy, delicious, veggie-packed meal is quick and great for a budget- as well as a low carb diet!
Via Sweet CS Designs
Chicken Thighs with Creamy Bacon Mushroom Thyme Sauce
Chicken Thighs with Creamy Bacon Mushroom Thyme Sauce – baked chicken thighs perfectly complemented with flavorful mushroom and bacon sauce. Pure comfort food – chicken dark meat is delicious in a creamy sauce!
Via Julia’s Album
Stuffed Cabbage Rolls
Even if you’re not a fan of cabbage, these stuffed cabbage rolls just might make you one! It’s turned many a cabbage hater into a cabbage lover!
Creamy Garlic Scallops
Creamy Garlic Scallops – easiest, creamiest and best scallop recipe ever. Takes only 15 mins, better than restaurants and much cheaper!
Via Rasa Malaysia
Egg Roll in a Bowl
the Keto egg roll in a bowl is crazy popular in the low carb, paleo, and Whole 30 circles for several reasons: it’s quick, it’s easy, and it captures the delightful essence of an egg roll without all the garbage added.
Tuna Cakes with Jalapeño and Cilantro
These yummy Tuna Cakes with Jalapeño and Cilantro are low on carbs and calories and big on flavor! These can also be gluten free and just as delicious if you swap out almond meal for the breadcrumbs. Plus, they are made from canned tuna so they’re totally budget friendly!
Via Taste and See
Sriracha “Spaghetti” and Meatballs
Grain-free, keto mini meatballs tossed with roasted seasonal vegetables in a tangy keto sriracha sauce. Dropped over freshly spiralized zucchini noodles.
Easy Shrimp Chow Mein
This is one of those recipes that only takes a few minutes to throw together. You do have to cook the squash but that’s pretty hands off and you can even do it ahead of time and just store them in the refrigerator until you’re ready to use them.
Via Wicked Spatula
Grilled Lamb Chops with Charmoula
The perfect low carb meal to enjoy out on the patio with friends this summer!
Ahi Tuna Ceviche with Sesame and Mint
This Ahi Tuna Ceviche with Sesame and Mint requires no cooking and will become on of your favorite ways to eat Ahi.
We hope you’ve found some dinner ideas here to get your Ketogenic Diet off on the right foot. But, if you’re having trouble following and maintaining this diet (or any other diet for that matter) then we might be able to help you with that.
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