The ketogenic (keto) diet, is a very popular diet that is aimed at weight loss. It revolves around adopting a diet that is very low in carbs, moderate in protein, and high in fat.
The aim is for the body to go into a state of ketosis. Normally, our bodies burn the carbohydrates we consume in order to provide us with energy. When the body goes into ketosis, it starts to use the fat we consume for energy – resulting in quick weight loss.
However, this diet calls for a lot of counting, micromanaging, and strategizing. You must calculate what it is you are eating. Only 5% of your calories should come from carbs, with the rest of your diet being 60 to 90% fat and around 10 to 30% protein.
What Is Lazy Keto?
Lazy keto is also known as dirty keto and is a less restrictive way of following this diet. The basis for this is that you don’t consume more than 20 grams of carbohydrates a day – you don’t need to track your fat or protein.
While this sounds like an easier way to follow the keto diet, it is highly unlikely that your body will go into a state of ketosis, as that requires you to carefully track your macronutrients carefully.
The metabolic state of ketosis is the whole point of the keto diet, and without it, you will not see the results you want, and you may also be depriving your body of the essential nutrients that it needs to function properly.
Therefore, this article is going to provide you with a list of 14 simple keto meals, that follow the proper keto diet, but are easy and quick to prepare!
You can never go wrong with noodles, but these ‘zoodles’, are made from zucchini, so they won’t cost you any carbs!
They are smothered in a delicious, spicy, sesame peanut sauce (healthy fats!), and topped with some delicious crispy tofu for protein!
The best part is you can make this all in just one pan, making this a super simple weeknight dinner.
These easy, healthy tacos can be put together faster than the time it takes you to drive to your nearest Taco Bell!
This recipe uses cheese taco shells and a delicious homemade taco seasoning, making each taco only 5 net carbs each!
Aside from this, they’re also gluten-free! These are perfect if you’d like to make a bunch of them, and save them for your work or school lunches.
Who says you can’t get enough protein from a veggie salad? This bowl is filled with nutrients! The base is cauliflower, and it is topped with feta cheese and lentils for a good amount of fats and protein!
All you need to do is chop everything up and mix it all together!
Why not recreate a trendy brunch dish in your own home? There’s no better way than starting the day with a bunch of veggies, which is what this breakfast provides you with! Apart from that, it’s also a super customizable meal!
This bowl consists of some nutritious leafy greens, red onion, roasted cauliflower, avocado, dill, and some eggs. You can cook them however you like, but sunny side up is highly recommended as the egg yolks can soak up the rest of the ingredients wonderfully!
Just because you’ve gone keto doesn’t mean you need to miss out on your favorite cheeseburgers.
This cheeseburger casserole is the perfect meal prep dish and is ideal for the colder months when you want a comforting dinner that doesn’t take hours to prep.
All you need to do is cook your ground beef (you can substitute for ground turkey if you wish), layer it with bacon, sauce, and cheese, and let it all cook in the oven!
Another wonderful option for the winter months is this instant pot chicken soup. It is made with juicy chunks of tender chicken, nutrient-dense vegetables, broth, and some deeply aromatic herbs.
It’s a great keto meal to prep ahead of time, and it freezes well, so you can make a large batch and separate it into portions if you really want to get organized!
Sometimes you just crave a delicious, cheesy, turkey sub. Well, this keto alternative is just as good, even without the bread!
Delicious turkey slices, tomato, brie, and scallions are wrapped together with some crunchy lettuce, providing you with a no-carb sub that really satisfies your taste buds!
This is a perfect easy weekday lunch that will provide you with all the nutrients you need on the keto diet.
This super simple dinner can be put together in just a few minutes using only one skillet – minimal clean-up time!
Some juicy bits of pork, sliced green bell peppers, scallions, and almonds are all fried together in butter, giving you a lovely meal that is filled with fats, veggies, and protein!
Make extra and put it in a Tupperware for your lunch the next day! If you enjoy meal prepping, then this is an easy meal for batch cooking!
Another one-skillet meal is this delicious chicken and broccoli dinner. All it takes is 20 minutes to prepare (and 5 minutes to gobble up!).
Both the chicken and broccoli are fried in some delicious butter, providing you with the fats you need on the keto diet. You’ll also be getting a good amount of protein from the chicken, as well as the broccoli!
This is the perfect salad when you’re looking for something healthy and light for lunch or dinner.
Deliciously seasoned shrimp (see also ‘15 Awesome Paleo Shrimp Recipes To Try Today‘) are served on a bed of baby spinach and cucumber, along with some creamy avocado. The entire meal is drizzled with a garlic and ginger dressing and sprinkled with hazelnuts!
You’re guaranteed to get all the nutrients you need on the keto diet in this meal.
Sometimes it’s just as simple as grabbing all your ingredients and putting them on a plate together.
In this meal, you have some roast beef, cheddar cheese sticks, avocado, radishes, and scallions. Life is actually very simple, and the same goes for keto meals – you don’t need to make them complicated.
Another non-complicated meal is this ground beef meal. This plate consists of ground beef, shredded cheddar cheese, cucumbers, peppers, and other nutritious greens.
This is also a great way to use up any food in the fridge that’s about to go off! Simply work out what foods are going to give you the nutrients you need, put them together on a plate, and voilà!
Not only is this meal simple, it’s incredibly budget friendly too! Tuna, avocado, red onion, and red pepper are tossed together in a simple lime and olive oil dressing.
It is also super customizable, so feel free to throw in anything you’ve got left over in your fridge.
For some extra fats, add in a little bit of mayonnaise as another kind of dressing.
14. Mushroom Omelet
Whether it’s for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, an omelet will always go down a treat. This omelet is filled with delicious mushrooms, but you can add any fillings you like!
To keep it keto-friendly, consider adding some peppers, onions, or even broccoli. For extra healthy fats, add some cheddar cheese to the mix, and serve with a lovely serving of fresh avocado.
This is the perfect meal if you’re following the keto diet, as it will provide you with all the nutrients you need.
The aim of the keto diet is for your body to transition into the metabolic state of ketosis, where it begins to burn fat for fuel, rather than carbohydrates.
While the ‘lazy keto’ diet merely involves ensuring you only eat 20 grams of carbohydrates each day, it does not require you to measure your fat or protein intake, which is what will determine whether your body goes into ketosis or not.
Therefore, it is recommended that you follow the keto diet appropriately, counting all of your nutrients as you should.
This article has provided you with some very easy, quick keto meals to follow, to ensure you are feeding your body what it needs in order to follow this diet.