If you're following a ketogenic diet, dinner is where you can really have the most fun. Even though fat is the leading macronutrient in the diet, your plate will still feature a protein source and vegetable — what they are and how they are prepared makes them keto-friendly. Whether you want something creative or something simple, here are seven great ideas for a delicious keto dinner.
1. Meat and Vegetable Stir-Fry
The combinations are endless here. Gather whatever vegetables you have in your crisper drawer and some chicken, beef, or pork, and combine them in a skillet or wok to create a flavorful, colorful stir-fry. Serve this over cauliflower rice to make it even heartier.
Get a recipe: Spicy Ground Pork & Zucchini Stir-Fry
2. Classic Roast Chicken
It's hard to tire of a simple roast chicken. Pair it with roasted low-carb vegetables and you've got one solid keto-friendly dinner. Plus, leftovers can be shredded to be used in salads and soups all week long.
Get a recipe: How To Roast a Chicken
3. Fried Cauliflower Rice
Grab a bag of cauliflower rice from the grocery store or make your own and whip up a satisfying twist on fried rice. Bulk up the bowl with veggies and protein to make it a meal.
Get a recipe: Asian Cauliflower Rice with Kalua Pork
4. Vegetable Noodles
Yes, of course you can make zucchini noodles, but don't be afraid to go beyond them. Break out your spiralizer and embrace everything from broccoli stems to eggplant.
Get a recipe: How To Make Eggplant Noodles
5. Sheet Pan Dinner
A sheet pan is the secret to dinner without the headache of a major cleanup. Toss a mix of vegetables and protein (like shrimp or chicken thighs) on it, roast, and eat. Lean on spices to make it flavorful.
Get a recipe: Easy Sheet Pan Chili Garlic Roasted Shrimp and Broccoli
6. All the Steak
There are countless ways to enjoy a steak dinner, and pretty much all of them are keto-friendly. Make a steak salad, roast a steak with vegetables on a sheet pan, or stuff a steak with vegetables, herbs, and cheese.
Get a recipe: Gorgonzola-Stuffed Steak Roll-Ups
7. Meat-Stuffed Vegetables
Or instead of stuffing your meat with vegetables, stuff your vegetables with meat. Classic stuffed peppers can be prepared without the rice and simply stuffed with seasoned ground beef. Or, try stuffing zucchini with sausage.
Get a recipe: How To Make Stuffed Peppers
Keto for Newbies: Curious about the ketogenic diet? This high-fat, moderate-protein, and low-carb lifestyle puts your body in a metabolic state called ketosis, where you burns fat instead of carbohydrates as the primary fuel source. Read more here about what keto is and see all of Kitchn's coverage on keto here.