Last updated on July 19th, 2020
Did you stock your pantry recently, and then run out of ideas for what to make? Whether you’re looking for healthy, comfort food meals that are kid friendly and family friendly meals, easy keto desserts, or even cocktails for the adults, we have 55+ Easy Low Carb and Keto Recipes that will delight you. These recipes will help you use up pantry essentials, the meat in the back of the freezer, and become family favorites. These recipes usually include 12 or less ingredients, and we also encourage improvising! We hope to give you some delicious keto meals that your loved ones will rave about, that are easy to make, time and time again.
Do you like to stock up on groceries once or twice a month like us, and then struggle to know what to do with some things? We often stock up on our keto groceries at Costco, so we’re no strangers to stocking up and then getting creative, while still eating well! 😉 Buying in bulk helps us save money, and helps us stay at home a little easier, which is pretty crucial right now.
We promise, there are a ton of simple and delicious recipes that will delight the whole family. If you need kid friendly meals, meals for the whole family, keto friendly desserts or even cocktails for the adults, we’ve got you covered.
We’d like to make note that we really enjoy playing around with different ingredients, so many of these recipes don’t follow a strict “keto” diet. For us, flavor comes first, so we often add small amounts of fruits and things for mouth feel and unbeatable taste. These elements often provide a little bit of natural sweetness, without sacrificing the macros too much. Overall we follow a more “low carb” diet, with many of our recipes also being gluten free.
Aside from minimizing sugar and carbs in a somewhat relaxed way, we don’t have any dietary restrictions, and we often lean towards comfort food. We hope these dishes bring joy to you, and your dinner tables.
APPETIZERS, SIDES & SNACKS
Here’s a compilation of appetizers, sides, snacks surely to become favorites in the house. Whether you’re meal prepping, or just someone who loves to snack (like us) these bites will probably become go-tos!
Looking for a colorful and crunchy salad that’s versatile for almost any meal? We love this cabbage carrot and herb salad for a light and bright veggie side to pair with many proteins. You can mix and match with whatever herbs you like to fit your meal. We used mint and parsley for this particular version, but basil, cilantro, chives, or dill would be lovely as well.
This is the savory side dish that you’ve been waiting for if you are missing starchy root vegetables. Rutabaga has become our go-to when we are craving potatoes. It’s high in nutrients and very low in carbs. It’s lovely flavor pairs perfectly with cabbage, bacon and leeks. Give this a try!
This Keto Maple BBQ Glazed Shrimp could easily become a main course if you make enough of it. We had some small shrimp in the back of the freezer, so combining sugar free bbq sauce and sugar free maple syrup made for a delicious tasty snack!
This Bacon Cheddar and Green Onion Dip is easy to make with only 9 ingredients if you include the salt and pepper. Serve it alongside veggies of choice like celery or cucumbers, some Parmesan cheese Whisps, pork rinds, and whatever else you fancy.
Have some carrots hanging out in the back of the fridge? Transform them to a sweet (yet no sugar added), treat! These No Sugar Added Maple Glazed Carrots are an easy way to get your kids (or you) to eat more veggies.
This Easy Low Carb Spinach Artichoke Dip uses only 10 pantry staples and stuff you most likely have in your fridge and freezer. Plus, you only need a single cast iron skillet to make and serve the whole thing!
These Low Carb Cheddar Biscuits remind us of Red Lobster’s Cheddar Bay Biscuits, without all the carbs. They’re only 8 simple ingredients (including the salt), and are ready in 15 minutes.
This Easy Low Carb Creamed Spinach is the perfect side to pretty much any dinner. Steak, chicken, fish, you name it. There’s only 7 simple ingredients that you likely have on hand.
This is one of the easiest snacks to have on hand to top yogurt, and snack on throughout the day. High in healthy fats, ready in a few minutes. This 15 Minute Low Carb Cinnamon Trail Mix blends your favorite nuts, seeds, and a couple simple ingredients to come up with a sweet and warmly spiced healthy treat.
This Avocado Lime Crema is the perfect side for easy taco inspired meals, like carnitas, taco stuffed peppers, salads, your morning eggs, this easy spicy cod dish, or even just for dipping. Six simple ingredients will create an incredibly tasty dip.
Mushrooms and that kale you bought a week ago starting to go bad in the back of the fridge? We know you had great intentions buying all of those veggies, and all is not lost! Make them into bite sized, healthy fat bombs full of flavor with only 9 ingredients. Here’s the recipe!
Do you have leftover french fried onions in the pantry from the holidays? This Low Carb Green Bean Casserole with a simple, homemade mushroom gravy is the perfect way to use them, while getting some veggies in. If you’re lucky, there will be leftovers, but we can’t make any promises!
We found some asparagus in our fridge that would need to be used up soon, so we made a super simple, five ingredient asparagus side dish that adds in fresh dill, lemon and creamy goat cheese. Seriously good, and easy to make. Find the recipe here.
These Mashed Turnips have been such a game changer for our weeknight dinners. Now, we would never say that anything is a true potato replacement, but these are pretty satisfying. Add some butter, heavy whipping cream, and caramelized onions and garlic to some turnips that have been cooked until soft, and you will be super pleased with the results.
Lots of adults need a cocktail from time to time. If you’re low carb or keto and still enjoy a drink every now and then, this list is for you. We consider these cocktails to use pretty minimal ingredients. All of the cocktails listed below contain 5 net carbs or less, so get your drink on! (Responsibly that is.)
This cocktail combines sugar free ginger beer, with dry, sparkling rosé, fresh grapefruit juice, sugar free simple syrup, and tequila. Rim the glass with Tajin, and you have a seriously fun and refreshing drink you’ll want to enjoy all summer long. Try it out!
This Sugar Free Raspberry Mint Julep is a spin on the classic. A boozy yet fruity bourbon drink, cool, refreshing and only 1 net carb per drink. This easy to make drink is perfect whenever the mood strikes, especially when the sun is out!
This warm and cozy 1 net carb cocktail is boozy, and full of chai spices. Chai tea, with whiskey, heavy cream, vanilla extract and warm spices like cardamom, star anise, cinnamon and cloves. It’s so easy to make, you will love it! Click here for full details.
We shake our Dark and Stormy’s.. not stir them! We know purists would hate this, but we just love how this mellow (and kinda dangerously delicious) drink comes together. Try one, there’s only a few simple ingredients.
This Blood Orange Serrano Ginger Fizz is a really great mix of spicy, sweet, citrusy and refreshing! Tequila is generally my go-to spirit, so why not infuse it with something spicy? If you don’t have serrano peppers, just use whatever you have on hand (jalapeños, habanero peppers, etc.) to make your liquor spicy.
If you like gin, this cocktail will likely become one of your go to’s. It feels fancy, but it’s really not. All you need is gin, diet ginger beer, limes, pomegranate juice, and bitters. Check out the full recipe.
Making infused simple syrups is one key word- simple! It doesn’t take long, and it’s a super easy way to make any drink fancy. We love the subtle rosemary notes in this. You can use dry or fresh herbs, and now you have a fancy drink! Here’s the recipe.
Okay so it’s still cold here in Chicago, and likely many other parts of the US (I’m looking at you Midwest!!) so hot cocoa still feels appropriate sometimes. If you have bourbon and just a few staple pantry items, you too can make this delicious spiked hot cocoa!
This Blackberry Ginger Gin Smash is super light and refreshing. Plus, it’s a great use for those blackberries that are looking pretty sad in the back of the fridge!
MAIN COURSE- DINNER
Are you having a dilemma of what to make for dinner? Do you need ideas that are super crave worthy family favorites that don’t require a bunch of ingredients? This list is for you. Make dinner time something you look forward to!
Fire up the grill, or griddle pan if you’re us, and make these tasty morsels for dinner! These delicious keto and paleo friendly chipotle lime shrimp are bursting with flavor, and ready in 15 minutes. Skewer them and grill them for some nice grill marks.
Have a cheeseburger craving? You can solve it in 20 minutes, with this delicious cheeseburger salad! Iceberg lettuce with cheeseburger toppings and slathered in homemade Thousand Island dressing. This one is a winner!
Sloppy joes were always one of our favorite recipes from childhood. When we found out how much sugar went into Bri’s mom’s recipe, we couldn’t believe it, and got straight to work on making a low carb version. Give this version a try you guys, it’s a sweet, spicy and a little smokey. A total winner!
If you have 30 minutes and just a handful of ingredients, you will love this Cajun Shrimp Sausage and Peppers Skillet. Incredibly easy to make, high in protein, low in carbs, but packed with flavor, all in one skillet.
A salad that will actually make you crave salads! The combo of roasted veggies, fresh mozzarella, tomatoes, and basil makes for a delicious bite when you add on juicy, sirloin steak. This is a summertime favorite in our house. Get the recipe!
Missing pasta bakes since starting keto? This Creamy Low Carb Chicken and Veggie Pasta Bake combines all of your freezer veggies with a keto friendly pasta substitute, chicken, and plenty of cheese. Sneak lots of veggies onto your kids plates! They won’t even notice!
This Jalapeño Popper Chicken Skillet is made for dinner roughly once a week in our house. Yes, it’s that good. It’s also so easy to make, with minimal dishes since it’s made in just one single cast iron skillet. Try it for yourself to see!
This Low Carb Reuben Skillet is on repeat in our house, all year long. We make our own Low Carb Thousand Island Dressing to go on top, and we have to say, we’ve gotten a lot of rave reviews about this one over on Instagram.
For this easy skillet meal, it’s basically just a mashup of some of our favorite foods, with a low carb twist! Seared chicken thighs, layered with marinara sauce, cheese and pepperoni. Try out this pepperoni pizza chicken skillet tonight!
Okay, we promise this Cabbage and Sausage Skillet is truly amazing. It’s so simple, but seriously satisfying. We’ve been making this easy dinner on repeat, in one skillet!
We eat chili year round, because it’s just always a bowl of happiness, even without the beans. Chamere seriously requests this exact recipe at least a couple of times a month, so give it a go, the spice blend is pretty on point if you ask us!
You can bake this sweet and citrusy salmon in some aluminum foil for incredible flavor, with barely any clean up. Take that piece of fish that’s in the freezer and kick it up a notch!
This is a dish we could never grow tired of. We love Louisiana cookin’ and so we had to make a version of one of our favorite foods low carb. This Low Carb Jambalaya is so flavorful, you won’t even miss the rice!
Okay, seriously.. did we mention we love cajun flavors? This Cajun Chicken Alfredo is served with spaghetti squash, and it’s incredible. This recipe is one of the most popular recipes on our site, and we have to say, we get why! Blackened chicken breasts (or thighs, I mean, that actually sounds delicious, but, breasts where what we had on hand), a creamy parmesan sauce with garlic and a spicy cajun seasoning blend.
Lasagna has to be another one of our favorite foods, so we turned it into a soup! Add zucchini noodles for some extra filling bites, as well as nutrients, and we promise that your family will love it. Give this recipe a try!
If you can find a low carb pasta alternative, the options are truly endless. Pair this luscious and creamy sauce with any noodle base, and you’re in business. This one is another recipe that sneaks in lots of veggies, but is packed with flavor. It’s so easy to make this. You’ll begin to wonder why you ever bought jars of prepared Alfredo sauce! Use whatever pasta alternative you like, or even zucchini noodles, or spaghetti squash!
Got some ground beef, some peppers, and some seasonings? Aside from cheese, limes and whatever other toppings you desire, you have everything you need to make these delicious Tex Mex favorite. You won’t even miss the carb filled tortilla with this one.
If you’ve been intimidated by preparing lamb, our suggestion would be don’t be! It’s super versatile, and full of flavor. We love making these very easy meatballs. They are so juicy. Use a jar of pre-made marinara for a super simple meatball dinner.
This Low Carb Beef Stroganoff just makes a few simple swaps from Bri’s mom’s recipe to make it lower in carbs. This recipe just takes us back to our childhood, and bonus points that it’s very easy to make. Serve over cauliflower rice for a filling meal!
We see you scratching your head like… pumpkin?? If you haven’t tried pumpkin in any savory applications before, what are you waiting for?! This Creamy Pumpkin Sauce with Turkey and Rosemary is the perfect excuse to use up the rest of that pumpkin puree in your pantry that’s leftover from your fall baking!
We love to stuff bell peppers, they are just such a great vessel! These Italian Sausage Stuffed Bell Peppers use just 7 simple ingredients and are ready in under an hour.
If you’re in the mood for burgers, may we suggest this Low Carb Cheeseburger Casserole Skillet? You might have noticed that we are pretty fond of meals that can be made all in one skillet, because they are easy and low mess. This cheeseburger inspired dinner is no exception. You’ll love it.
BREAKFAST & BRUNCH
Breakfast and brunch on a slow morning can so enjoyable. Make something delicious that low in carbs, with minimal ingredients and steps, so you can savor your meal, and your morning.
For years, we’ve tried making a low carb pancake that really worked for our taste buds. We wanted something fluffy and flavorful, and this recipe hits the spot! There are just a few simple ingredients that you likely have in your keto pantry. These Fluffy Keto Coconut Flour Pancakes are a game changer!
This Low Carb Chocolate Maca Elixir is the perfect pick me up and hormone balancing drink that tastes amazing too. Give this superfood drink a try!
These Low Carb Savory Waffles are a really fun way to change it up for brunch. These waffles are a great base for bacon, eggs, sausage, avocado, cheese and whatever other savor breakfast toppings you like!
We still love to eat full fat greek yogurt as a part of our low carb lifestyle. Add a few keto friendly toppings like sugar free maple syrup, chocolate chips and granola, and you have yourself a very satiating low carb yogurt bowl for a meal!
This is not your average blueberry smoothie! It’s packed full of good fats and nutrients, and it tastes like blueberry cheesecake. There’s only a few ingredients that you need to make this delicious Low Carb Blueberry Smoothie.
Muffins for breakfast sounds like a great idea, especially when they are packed with coconut flavor, chocolate chips, and it’s packed full of protein and low in carbs. These perfect muffins are great for breakfast or a snack!
Have you jumped on this TikTok trend? We must say, we find this keto version of a dalgona whipped coffee to be sooo worth the extra effort. It’s such a treat for a lazy Sunday, or really any day that you need a pick me up! You really only need instant coffee (this is essential), granular sweetener of choice, and hot water. We added a few extra things like vanilla extract, salt and cinnamon for a little extra flavor, and spooned this frothy deliciousness over some low carb milk and heavy whipping cream. Decadent, and amazing!
Shakshuka is honestly good any time of the day and for any occasion, but because of the amount of eggs need for this, we decided for this list, it would fit best under breakfast or brunch. Pair with some low carb bread for dipping, and WOW. You will love this simple to make and flavorful dish!
If you’re craving something sweet on the keto diet, we have you covered! These desserts are foolproof, and you probably have everything you need to make them in your pantry right now.
If you have 30 minutes, you will love this no bake dessert. Most of the time spent on this dessert is allowing it to chill in the fridge, and waiting is the hardest part. This low carb chocolate peanut butter mousse uses just a few simple household ingredients. You won’t believe how decadent this simple treat is!
If you only have a few ingredients, these candied pecans are for you. They are so simple and quick to make on the stovetop, and we get a lot of glowing reviews for this recipe. Try them out!
Everyone needs a chocolate chip cookie now and then, and sometimes you just need a super chewy cookie! This recipe doesn’t disappoint, and each cookie is only 2 net carbs.
Salted caramel sauce is just one of those things that’s never a bad idea! You only need a few simple ingredients to make your own delicious caramel sauce at home.
These blueberry muffins are delicious, and could technically be eaten for breakfast or a snack! It’s amazing that when you cut down on the sugar, things become so much more nutritious. These guys are super easy to make, and will definitely fulfill your muffin craving.
This dessert is technically more low carb than keto, since it does use a small amount of real banana. We aren’t super strict with ingredients often, especially when using just a small amount. Throw all the ingredients into a cast iron skillet for an amazing banana bread, that you wouldn’t believe is so low in sugar! Here’s the recipe.
Here’s another way to use up the pumpkin puree in your pantry! These are a fall favorite for sure, but we eat them year round. They’re incredibly simple to make. Healthy cookies like these are a win!
Chocolate lava cakes might look intimidating to prepare, but don’t be fooled, they’re honestly easy, as long as you keep an eye on them! You only need 7 simple ingredients, and just a few minutes to prepare these decadent and sexy treats! Make these for date night to wow your loved one.
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