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Louise Hendon | October 28
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Have you had those nights where you get home, hungry and tired, and there’s nothing in the fridge? You debate whether to get takeout or grab a burger somewhere. There’s a small corner of your mind that’s telling you to stick to Keto, but somehow it always loses the fight.

Registered Dietitian and personal trainer Jae Berman, RD, says the key to healthful eating lies in being prepared. “The answer is batch cooking — cooking enough food at one time so you make two or three meals’ worth of leftovers. You always have nutritious, homemade food on hand. Life gets easier, and your body gets healthier. It’s truly that simple.” Listen to Episode 11 of the Keto Summit Podcast for meal prep hacks from our guest ChihYu Smith.

That’s why I want to supply you with better weapons to help you stick to Keto and win the battle against junk food. By setting aside a few hours each weekend, you’ll start the week with a fridge and freezer full of everything you need to quickly throw together a Keto meal. Sounds good, right?

But if you haven’t tried batch cooking before, it might seem time-consuming, confusing (what do you cook, even?) or frankly a little intimidating. It doesn’t have to be!

I’m here to help you make low carb and keto meal prep easy, simple, and fast. That’s why I’ve put together this complete guide to healthy freezer meals for every meal on a Keto diet. And if you scroll to the bottom, you can download the entire list of keto freezer meals!

Table of Contents – Keto Freezer Meals

Why Make Ahead Freezer Meals are So Great For Keto Diets

Just in case you aren’t convinced – these are the three main reasons why I love this system on Keto:

1. It helps you save time

  • Instead of having to make a seperate breakfast, lunch, and dinner every day of the week, you do most of your cooking in one go. All you have to do to get your meals ready is heat them up!
  • And doing most of your cooking once a week also means you save time on prepping ingredients, cooking food, and cleaning up your kitchen after you’re done cooking.

2. It helps you save money

  • When you’re cooking big batches of meals, you can buy ingredients in bulk and save money. It also makes it easier to plan your weekly grocery list and stick to a budget.
  • Plus, it also means you don’t end up buying lunch at work (you’ll have your own to bring with you) or ordering expensive takeout for dinner (you’ll have a fridge full of meals already).

3. It helps you stick to your Keto diet

  • We’ve all been there – you come home after a long day and there’s no food in the house. Well, no Keto-friendly food at least…
  • And that’s the point when most of us devour the packet of cookies we’ve found in the back of the cupboard or hop straight onto the phone to our favorite pizza place.
  • The beauty of batch cooking is that you’ll never end up in this situation. You’ll always be able to put together a Keto-friendly meal with minimum effort, minimum fuss, and minimum time.

Quick Keto Freezer Meal Tips for Getting Started

This is for all you Keto meal prep newbies – I’ve been where you are now, and this is what I wish I’d known about at the beginning.

To help you get started, check out this great video about meal prep for beginners:


While these tips are not specifically for keto, meal prep tips like these are applicable no matter your diet. Here are three more tips that I’ve found have really helped me with my keto meal prep…

1. Set aside time each week for cooking

Unless you intentionally set aside a chunk of time for meal prep each week, it can be hard to make it happen!

Trying making batch cooking part of your weekly routine by scheduling it in for the same time every week. Are you always free on a Sunday afternoon? Do you have spare time on a Saturday morning?

Pick a time slot and commit to meal prep at that time every week.

2. Make a shopping list

You’re in the middle of batch cooking, but you’re missing a vital ingredient (or two or three)…

There’s nothing more frustrating than having to drive to the store at the last minute and fight through all the other shoppers to get your missing ingredients. And you waste valuable cooking time, too.

A good way to avoid this is to make a shopping list the day before you’re planning to do your keto meal prep. Then you can do your food shopping (or order a grocery delivery) knowing that you’ll get all the ingredients you need.


3. Keep your fridge/freezer organized

No one wants to end up with mystery meals lurking in the back of the fridge and zero idea when they were cooked or if they’re even safe to eat!

When you do your keto meal prep, make sure you label your food containers with what the food inside is and the date it was prepped. You can write on freezer bags with permanent marker or use masking tape as a label for reusable containers.

Then make sure you eat the food which is closest to expiring first. Here’s how long your food will likely last in the freezer if you pack it well:

  • Meat and seafood will last for around 3 months
  • Vegetables are good for roughly 8 months
  • Most other Keto dishes will last for 3 months

Another organization tip is to freeze your food in one or two portion batches. Freezer bags are perfect for divvying up meals like stews and curries – you won’t be able to re-freeze food when it’s defrosted, so pick your portion sizes wisely (you’ll have to finish them within a few days of defrosting).

How to Create Your Own Mix and Match Keto Dinners

Hate eating the same food but don’t want to spend hours in the kitchen everyday?

Yeah, I understand. Preparing meals in this way can be a great idea except that it can mean you end up eating the same food meal after meal. That’s why I’ve created my own Mix and Match system for creating ending variety for Keto meals.

Follow the steps below to create your own keto lunches and dinner…

Pick a few options to meal prep in advance from each of these categories:

Category A: Pick Your Meats E.g., fish, beef, chicken, pork, lamb, organ meats
Meat cooking method: bake, roast, saute, slow cook, grill, pressure cook, stew, soup

Category B: Pick Your Vegetables E.g., carrots, zucchini, green beans, cauliflower, broccoli, kale, spinach, asparagus
Vegetable cooking method: bake/roast, steam/boil, saute, grill, mash, no cooking (raw)

Category C: Pick Your Sauce E.g., tomato and basil, olive oil with garlic and parsley, hot sauce, ghee and garlic, tamari soy sauce with ginger and garlic

Store these pre-prepped ingredients in your fridge. When it’s time to eat just combine a meat, vegetable, and sauce. Then heat up your combo and your meal is ready! You can use your prepped ingredient to make a soup, a stew, saute, or a salad from your keto meal prep.

Give Keto Meal Prep A Try With These Freezer Meal Recipes

Make ahead meals are a great way to save yourself time, money, and energy – leaving you free from unnecessary stress about what to eat during the week and making it easier to stick to your diet.

If you haven’t already, give batch cooking a try this week!

Keto Breakfast Freezer Meals

Option 1: KETO EGG MUFFINS

When it comes to breakfast, having a few meal options ready to go ahead of time can be a big help. There’s usually never enough time in the morning!

And Keto egg muffins are one of the easiest grab-and-go breakfasts you can have. Check out these Keto egg muffin recipes:

Bacon Asparagus Egg Muffins

Bacon Asparagus Egg Muffins

Green Eggs and Ham Muffins

Keto Green Eggs and Ham Muffins Recipe #keto https://ketosummit.com/keto-green-eggs-ham-muffins-recipe

Bacon Egg Muffins

Keto Bacon Egg Muffins Recipe [Dairy-Free] #keto https://ketosummit.com/keto-bacon-egg-muffins-recipe

TIP: Batch prep these and keep them frozen. Take them out to defrost the night before you need them, then warm them up in the oven before eating.

Option 2: NUT FLOUR SAVORY KETO BREAKFAST MUFFINS

On Keto you’re not eating regular flour, but nut flours can be a great substitute.

Almond flour is easy to cook with and tastes great. And according to Registered Dietitian Ryan Raman, RD, “It’s incredibly nutritious and provides many potential health benefits, including a reduced risk of heart disease and improved blood sugar control.”

Nut flours like almond flour, pecan flour, and even hazelnut flour are easy to make at home. Just food process the whole nuts into a fine meal. Then follow one of these recipes for a delicious savory Keto breakfast muffin. You’ll be shocked these are Keto and gluten-free.

(Don’t worry, we’ve got the sweeter Keto breakfast muffins covered too…just keep scrolling down.)

Keto 2-Ingredient Muffins

Keto 2-ingredient muffins

Keto “Cornbread” Muffins

Keto cornbread muffins

Keto Jalapeno Muffins

Keto Jalapeno Muffins

TIP: If you prefer “freshly baked” muffins, then mix together the dry ingredients in advance and store in airtight bags ready to use.

Option 3: SWEET KETO BREAKFAST MUFFINS

If you want a sweet bite without the blood sugar spikes or the mid-morning slump, then try one of these delicious sweet Keto breakfast muffin recipes.

These sugar-free Keto muffins are sweetened instead with stevia or erythritol. Stevia has become very popular in recent years, and is one of the safer sweeteners to use when you’re avoiding sugar.  Dr. Ben Brown, M.D., says, “The majority of research on stevia shows that it appears to be safe and has some potential benefits, including possibly lowering blood pressure and blood sugar.”

Some also have a hint of natural sweetness from a small amount of fruits. The flavorings (like vanilla and cinnamon) also help provide the impression of sweetness without actual sugar in there because our brains often associate those flavors with sweet foods.

Keto Blueberry Muffins

Keto Blueberry Muffins

Keto Apple Cinnamon Muffins

Keto Apple Cinnamon Muffins

Keto Chocolate Hazelnut Muffins

Keto Chocolate Hazelnut Muffins

TIP: If you prefer a freshly baked muffin that takes less than 5-minutes in the mornings, then give this Keto mug muffin recipe a try.

Option 4: KETO BREAKFAST SAUSAGES

A breakfast of sausages or breakfast patties will keep you feeling full (and full of energy) until lunchtime. Store-bought sausages can have preservatives, sugar, as well as wheat flour. So make your own Keto sausages with these recipes below:

Chicken and Bacon Sausages

Chicken and Bacon Sausages

Paleo Breakfast Sausages

Paleo Breakfast Sausage

After you make these, let them cool completely before freezing them.

TIP: Place a small piece of parchment paper in between the sausages before freezing them so that they’re easy to defrost individually.

Keto Make-Ahead Freezer Snacks

Sometimes you want a quick Keto snack that keeps you from falling off the wagon. While there are lots of delicious Keto snacks that don’t need to be frozen (e.g., jerky, pork rinds, dark chocolate can all be stored in the pantry), here are some you can freeze ahead of time.

Super Easy Keto Guacamole

5-Min Super Easy Keto Guacamole Recipe

TIP: This Keto guacamole recipe is perfect for freezing as it doesn’t have watery ingredients like onions and tomatoes that don’t freeze well. Place into plastic freezer bags and sequence out excess air before closing and placing into the freezer.

Bone Broth

Keto Flu - Bone Broth

TIP: Freeze bone broth in small mason jars so you can easily reheat and drink.

Keto Fat Bombs

Keto snack recipes - fat bombs

TIP: Fat bombs make perfect keto snacks, and most of them are best kept in the freezer so that they don’t melt. Just remember to let them thaw for a few minutes before enjoying.

One-Pot Ketogenic Freezer Meals

Ketogenic one-pot meals are the perfect combination of ease, minimal clean-up, and batch cooking efficiency. Give these low carb recipes a try:

Keto Beef Goulash

Keto Beef Goulash

Easy Chicken Curry

4-Ingredient Keto Chicken Curry Recipe #keto #recipe https://ketosummit.com/easy-keto-chicken-curry-recipe

Keto Pressure Cooker Garlic Butter Chicken Recipe

Keto Pressure Cooker Garlic Butter Chicken Recipe

Ketogenic Freezer Meals for Crockpots

Crockpot meal prep may be even easier than one-pot meals. Most recipes just involve some chopping and then throwing all the ingredients into your crockpot or slow cooker. You can then set it to cook overnight or while you’re at work.

Check out these Keto crockpot recipes for inspiration. When you find one you like, make a large batch and freeze it for enjoying later.

Keto Pork Carnitas

Keto pork carnitas

Keto Slow Cooker Brisket Chili

keto brisket chili recipe

Keto Crockpot Beef Stroganoff

keto crockpot beef stroganoff recipe

Looking for more Keto crockpot recipes? Check out this giant list here or click on the green button below to download the entire list.

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Freezer-Friendly Keto Casseroles

Some of my favorite comfort foods are casseroles. They’re easy and delicious. And there are so many combinations you can make! If you eat cheese and cream, then you can add those in. Or for dairy-free options, just use coconut cream.

Below are a few of my go-to dairy-free Keto casserole recipes. Score into sections and freeze the entire casserole dish for easy storage.

Keto Chicken Cauliflower Casserole

Keto Chicken Cauliflower Casserole Recipe [Dairy-Free, Paleo] #keto https://ketosummit.com/keto-chicken-cauliflower-casserole-dairy-free

Keto Shepherd’s Pie Recipe

Keto Egg-Free Recipes

Keto Chicken, Mushroom and Kale Casserole Recipe

Keto Chicken, Mushroom and Kale Casserole Recipe #keto https://ketosummit.com/keto-chicken-mushroom-casserole-recipe

Spicy Keto Chicken Casserole Recipe

Spicy Keto Chicken Casserole Recipe #keto https://ketosummit.com/spicy-keto-chicken-casserole-recipe

Keto Cottage Pie Recipe

Keto cottage pie recipe

Looking for more Keto casserole recipes? Here’s our list of 27 Keto Dinner Casserole Recipes or click on the green button below to download the entire list.

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More Ketogenic Freezer Meals for your Keto Meal Prep

Breakfast

Low-Carb Ham And Egg Cups (Contains Dairy)

– Ditch The Carbs

Low-Carb Ham And Egg Cups

Photo Credit: Libby from Ditch The Carbs

Ingredients: ham, eggs, full-fat milk or cream, spring onion, bacon, cheese, various vegetables.

This is a versatile recipe as the low-carb ham and egg cups can be made as simple or as complex as you like! Add in loads of veggies diced small for fussy eaters, or some breakfast sausage chopped through the mix for added protein. If you are adding extra chopped vegetables, this would be a great way to use up the leftover ones from the previous day. You can use onion, peppers, mushrooms or whatever you have.

Ham and Cheese Frittata Muffins (Contains Dairy)

– Low Carb Yum

Ham and Cheese Frittata Muffins

Photo Credit: Lisa from Low Carb Yum

Ingredients: eggs, cooked ham (Jamon de Bola), Edam cheese, red and green bell pepper, mozzarella cheese, olive oil, salt, pepper.

Here is another handy low-carb muffin recipe that will give you tasty muffins for breakfast or to enjoy as healthy snacks during the day. They are really easy to make and are portable too – a great idea for lunchboxes or to eat on the go when you are traveling. These lovely muffins can be batch-cooked and stored in the fridge, but they can also be frozen then reheated in the oven for a few minutes.

Power Breakfast Egg Meatmuffins

– The Healthy Foodie

Power Breakfast Egg Meatmuffins

Photo Credit: Sonia from The Healthy Foodie

Ingredients: lean ground beef, beef liver, almond meal, onion, garlic, capers, smoked paprika, Dijon mustard, smoked chipotle powder, Himalayan or fine sea salt, black pepper, Chinese five spice, onion powder, garlic powder, fresh parsley, eggs, bacon strips.

I often say that we eat with our eyes as well as our mouth and these little breakfast muffins look incredible! Bacon, egg and meat all rolled into one power-packed, easy-to-eat, low-carb breakfast option! These are easy to make and can be a great way to get the family eating liver without them even knowing. These can also be served cold and make a great addition to a lunchbox.

Smoked Sausage Frittata Recipe with Spinach & Mushrooms

– Ketogasm

Smoked Sausage Frittata Recipe with Spinach & Mushrooms

Photo Credit: Tasha from Ketogasm

Ingredients: spinach, ghee, mushrooms, smoked sausage, garlic, salt, pepper, eggs.

Here is another great Keto recipe for frittata which can be the perfect breakfast meal as it is filling and satisfying and can keep you going right through till lunch. This dairy and gluten-free frittata has all the flavor you would like but without the added issues from dairy that you may suffer with. If you tolerate dairy you can add in some cheese, but I find this is tasty enough without it.

Beef

Slow Cooker Asian Pot Roast

– Paleo Flourish

Slow Cooker Asian Pot Roast

Ingredients: beef round roast, coconut aminos, beef broth, salt, onion powder or minced onion, garlic powder, dried or fresh cilantro leaves, star of anise, Szechuan peppercorns.

The Asian-inspired flavor in this pot roast comes from the onion and garlic and this could make a wonderful Asian meal to serve at a dinner party. This Paleo dish can be eaten straight away with vegetables, but it also tastes even better next day once the flavor has intensified, and can be cut really thin then served with a green salad, in a lettuce wrap or with some rice.

Slow Cooker Malaysian Beef Curry

– Ditch The Carbs

Slow Cooker Malaysian Beef Curry

Photo Credit: Libby from Ditch The Carbs

Ingredients: beef, coconut cream, red onion, ground cardamom, Chinese five spice, chili powder, ground cinnamon, ground coriander/cilantro, ground cumin, turmeric, cloves, leafy greens.

Slow cooking is the best way to cook some meats and it can also be so useful if you are busy during the day as it cooks while you are out. Curries like this low-carb one taste much better slow-cooked as the spices have the time to seep into the meat and the beef can be tenderized by this, so you can get away with using a cheaper cut of meat. You can add in whatever greens you have, but right at the end of cooking.

“Just Like The Real Thing” Lasagna!! (Contains Dairy)

– Peace, Love and Low Carb

“Just Like The Real Thing” Lasagna!!

Photo Credit: Kyndra from Peace Love and Low Carb

Ingredients: eggs, cream cheese, Parmesan cheese, mozzarella cheese, Italian seasoning, garlic powder, onion powder, ground beef, Three Cheese Marinara Sauce, whole milk ricotta cheese, onion flakes, dried oregano, dried basil, Italian seasoning.

Often people who are just getting started on the Keto journey can really miss pasta, so low-carb alternatives like this are great. Although this recipe involves a bit of time and effort, it is really worth it and there are shortcuts you can take to simplify the process. For example the gluten-free noodles can be made in advance and frozen, cutting down the prep time. This actually tastes like traditional lasagna, so why not give it a go!

Keto Lasagna With Meatza Layers (Contains Dairy)

– Low Carb Yum

Keto Lasagna With Meatza Layers

Photo Credit: Lisa from Low Carb Yum

Ingredients: ground lean beef, egg yolk, parmesan, garlic powder, onion powder, ground sage, ground oregano, dried thyme, chili powder, salt, ground black pepper, marinara sauce, spinach, ricotta, mozzarella cheese, olive oil, fresh parsley.

This is another useful Keto recipe for lasagna that does not contain gluten, but doesn’t use veggies as an alternative to the pasta sheets. This one uses layers of low-carb ‘meatza’ to give the traditional effect in the dish. The ‘meatza’ can be made in advance if you are going to be pushed for time, and you will find it has all the flavors you would expect from the spices used.

Creamy Beef & Cauli Rice Casserole

– It’s All About AIP

Creamy Beef & Cauli Rice Casserole

Photo Credit: It’s All About AIP

Ingredients: lean ground beef, cauliflower, ginger, salt, garlic powder, onion powder, thyme, oregano, coconut milk, baby spinach, kale.

This AIP creamy beef casserole has notes of Mediterranean cuisine because of the garlic, ginger and oregano and is a filling meal on its own, even though it is low in carbohydrates. If you want to make this meal go further you could add in more vegetables like mushrooms. This casserole freezes really well so is perfect for batch-cooking and freezing for another day.

Deconstructed Cabbage Rolls

– It’s All About AIP

Deconstructed Cabbage Rolls

Photo Credit: It’s All About AIP

Ingredients: lard, bacon, lean ground pork, lean ground beef, onion, garlic, salt, marjoram, basil, garlic powder, onion powder, oregano, cauliflower, bone broth, cabbage, saurkraut, apple cider vinegar.

Here is a quick and easy AIP recipe with all the flavors of cabbage rolls, but missing out the fiddly bits! This tasty low-carb recipe would make a great family dinner and it can be frozen and reheated for those days when you need a filling meal but don’t have time to stand at the cooker for ages. You can even make it easier if you use pre-packed, shredded cabbage instead of preparing your own.

Homemade Hamburger

– Ditch The Wheat

Homemade Hamburger

Photo Credit: Carol from Ditch The Wheat

Ingredients: eggs, fresh hamburger meat, salt, pepper, coconut flour, choice of spices (onions, jalapeño peppers, Frank’s Red Hot sauce, etc.).

If you are like me, you will always be keen to feed your family on healthy food, even when it comes to burgers, and making them yourself lets you be in charge of the ingredients. This gluten-free and low-carb recipe gives you burgers you can be proud of next time you have friends over for a barbecue, and they can be made into mini ones for kids too. Even the choice of meats and seasonings is totally yours!

Pesto Meatballs

– Savory Lotus

Pesto Meatballs

Photo Credit: Katja from Savory Lotus

Ingredients: basil leaves, garlic, lemon juice, sea salt, black pepper, coconut oil or ghee, eggs, ground meat.

I had a party recently and served up these tasty little low-carb treats as finger food – gone in a few minutes! Good job I had doubled the recipe and had more in the refrigerator! They have a rich yet fresh flavor because of the basil and would also taste wonderful served in a tomato sauce. They are also adaptable and can be made using whatever ground meat you have. I used pork, but turkey or beef would work too.

Instant Pot (Pressure Cooker) Beef Stew

– Nom Nom Paleo

Ingredients: beef chuck roast, Kosher salt, ghee, avocado oil or fat of choice, onions, cremini mushrooms, tomato paste, garlic, coconut aminos, Red Boat Fish Sauce, fresh thyme or dried thyme, dried bay leaf, ground black pepper, Italian parsley.

Here is a lovely Paleo comfort food recipe for a low-carb and hearty beef stew that is definitely a winter warmer! Because you are using a pressure cooker you can use cheaper cuts of meat and they will still be tender and delicious, and the stew can be made to go further by adding in whatever extra vegetables you have. You can even add in some sweet potatoes for a complete one-pot meal.

Chicken

Herbed Chicken And Mushrooms

– Peace, Love and Low Carb

Herbed Chicken And Mushrooms

Photo Credit: Kyndra from Peace Love and Low Carb

Ingredients: skin-on chicken thighs, sea salt, black pepper, dried oregano, dried thyme, dried rosemary, olive oil, cremini mushrooms, garlic, chicken stock, Dijon mustard.

This Keto-friendly, low-carb recipe uses chicken thighs instead of breast meat and this makes the dish cheaper, tastier and so delicious. The crispy skin is so good, especially once it is rubbed with the herbs and seasonings and baked in the oven. If you find the mushroom sauce is a bit thin, simply boil it to reduce it a bit and this will also intensify the flavor.

Chicken And Ginger Mini Meatloaves

– Healing Family Eats

Chicken And Ginger Mini Meatloaves

Photo Credit: Healing Family Eats

Ingredients: carrot, lard, ground chicken, thyme leaves, mint leaves, ground ginger, sea salt.

Mini meatloaves are perfect at any time of day! They make a great protein-packed breakfast, light lunch with a fresh green salad or as a low-carb snack you can eat on the go. These taste just as good hot or cold and would be great for lunchboxes or picnics. If you are like me and don’t like mint, you could use a different herb like cilantro or parsley instead.

Spinach Cilantro Meatballs

– Savory Lotus

Spinach Cilantro Meatballs

Photo Credit: Katja from Savory Lotus

Ingredients: ground meat, onion, sea salt, herbamare seasoning, cumin powder, baby spinach, fresh cilantro, eggs.

Here is another great way to introduce more greens into the diet, and are even enjoyed by the younger members of the family! These meatballs make a fabulous gluten-free main served with vegetable ‘pasta’, or with a sauce of your choice for a speedy lunch. The meatballs can be frozen for another day and are a great idea for breakfast or to put in your lunchbox.

Paleo Freezer Friendly Green Curry Chicken

– I Heart Umami

Ingredients: chicken breast, full-fat coconut milk, Italian eggplant, green curry paste, frozen veggies of choice, coconut oil, lime zest, basil, garlic, shallot, ginger, cilantro, serrano green chilies, lime zest, lime juice, sea salt, fish sauce, extra virgin olive oil.

Green curries are traditionally linked with Thai cuisine and they seem to have mastered the art of the umami flavor we all love through the mix of sweet, salty and savory ingredients. This Paleo recipe gives you all the distinct Thai-inspired flavor but is dairy-free and low in carbohydrates. Just remember to fry off the curry paste for a couple of minutes before adding the meat to eliminate the harsh taste of the spices.

Keto Butter Chicken (Contains Dairy)

– Keto Connect

Ingredients: chicken breast, heavy whipping cream, butter, tomato paste, garlic, onion, turmeric, ground ginger, pink salt, chili powder, cinnamon.

Butter chicken is quite often the curry dish that novices use to get them used to Indian food as it is creamy but not too spicy. So here is the perfect Keto curry the whole family can enjoy! Creamy sauces are notoriously difficult to store in the freezer, but this one really works – just give it a good stir once it is defrosted to remix the ingredients and it will taste just as good.

Chicken Pepper Bacon Bites

– Health, Home, & Happiness

Ingredients: boneless chicken thighs, Anaheim chilies or (sweet peppers for kids), bacon.

It can sometimes be a bit of a challenge to find new and different food to provide for parties or for easy-eating snacks, so this is where this wonderful low-carb chicken poppers recipe can come to the rescue! The bites are colorful and look and smell so good they are going to be a winner at your next get-together. These can even be served individually on cocktail sticks with a low-carb dip of choice.

Keto Mini Chicken Pot Pies (Contains Dairy)

– Ruled Me

Ingredients: chicken breast, butter, onion, celery stacks, carrot, dried thyme leaves, white wine vinegar, chicken stock, heavy cream, green peas, paprika, pepper, almond flour, coconut flour, baking powder, sea salt, eggs, mozzarella cheese.

Just the look of these amazing Keto mini pies makes your mouth water! They are packed with flavor and can be easily portable to take to work. These little low-carb pot-pies are filled with chicken and veggies and would make a great comfort-food lunch for the family and they are made in a muffin tin so you have a handle on portion control too. These pies freeze well, so batch-cook and you will have a tasty meal ready in minutes.

Slow Cooker Crack Chicken (Contains Dairy)

– New Leaf Wellness

Ingredients: boneless chicken breasts, bacon bits, olive oil, red wine vinegar, parsley, onion powder, garlic powder, dill, pepper, salt, cream cheese.

This lovely recipe for pulled chicken in a creamy dressing would be great for a tasty family lunch, served with crispy bacon bits and chopped chives. It tastes great warm or cold, so you can eat it with a salad, or as a filling for a baked sweet potato. To keep things low-carb, serve this on a Keto or Paleo-friendly ‘bun’ or just heap it onto some lettuce leaves to eat as a wrap.

Soups & Chilis

Creamy Cauliflower & Ham Soup

– I Breathe I’m Hungry

Creamy Cauliflower & Ham Soup

Photo Credit: Mellissa from I Breathe I’m Hungry

Ingredients: cauliflower florets, ham stock or chicken broth, water, garlic powder, onion powder, ham, apple cider vinegar, fresh thyme leaves, butter (or ghee, bacon fat, or coconut oil), kosher salt, ground black pepper.

One of the best ways to get a beautiful broth as a base for soups and stews is to boil up a ham bone. If you boil the bone for a long time, the resulting broth gels when cooled and is packed with flavor. This creamy and delicious low-carb soup is a definite ‘go to’ for cold days when you crave something homemade, and it freezes well so is suitable for batch-cooking.

Cabbage Soup

– Ketogasm

Cabbage Soup

Photo Credit: Tasha from Ketogasm

Ingredients: ground beef, onion, garlic, ground cumin, cabbage, bouillon cubes, Rotel Diced Tomatoes & Green Chilies, water, salt, pepper.

Sometimes you will find that simple ingredients like cabbage can give you a really tasty and filling meal like the soup in this Keto recipe. It is both gluten and dairy-free but is a hearty plateful to warm you on the coldest day. If you prefer a bit of spice in your soup you could use spicy sausage instead of the ground beef. It also tastes great made with ground turkey and a little sage.

Keto Salmon Curry

– Keto Summit

Keto Salmon Curry

Ingredients: onion, green beans, curry powder, garlic powder, coconut cream, bone broth, raw salmon, coconut oil, salt, pepper, basil.

This is a quick and easy Keto curry recipe as the fish takes only a few minutes to cook, so it would be perfect for a chilly evening when you don’t have time to spend too long cooking. The salmon is rich in healthy fats and if you don’t have green beans then you could use spinach or asparagus or even some broccoli florets to give you a warming and satisfying meal.

Asian Keto Miso Soup (Topped with Shrimp)

– Keto Summit

Asian Keto Miso Soup (Topped with Shrimp)

Ingredients: shirataki noodles, chicken broth or bone broth, tahini sauce, gluten-free tamari sauce or coconut aminos, shrimp, sesame oil, lemon juice, green onions, spinach.

Miso can contain some grains, so if you like the flavor but want to go grain-free, this delicious Keto recipe will let you enjoy miso soup but without the miso! The combination of tahini and tamari sauce gives a wonderful Asian-inspired flavor to this soup and you can add in some seafood or meat for added protein. Shrimp or shredded chicken work really well in this recipe.

Paleo Chicken Noodle Soup

– Paleo Flourish

Paleo Chicken Noodle Soup

Ingredients: chicken broth, chicken breast, avocado oil, celery, green onion, cilantro, zucchini, salt.

Chicken noodle soup is a favorite with so many of us, children included! This is a perfect Paleo recipe to encourage the kids to eat more veggies – they don’t even think of the ‘noodles’ as vegetables! You can use a potato peeler to create thin strips, or treat yourself to a spiralizer and have fun making this. You will also find this is easy to eat if you are recovering from an illness and need a bit of a boost.

Keto Chili Recipe

– Keto Summit

Keto Chili Recipe

Ingredients: avocado oil, onion, bell peppers, white button mushrooms, ground beef, cayenne pepper, cumin powder, ground coriander, diced tomatoes, beef broth, garlic, salt, ground black pepper, parsley.

Keto chili recipes can give you real comfort food but without adding too many carbs. It is a delicious family meal that is quite easy to make, even in a slow cooker. In Europe chili is normally served with rice and you could serve cauliflower rice with this, but I prefer to lay some toppings on the table and let everyone choose their own favorites. If you like things a bit hotter, ramp up the cayenne!

Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili

– The Real Food Dietitians

Ingredients: chicken breasts or thighs, ghee or avocado oil, onion, bell pepper, jalapeno, garlic. ground cumin, dried oregano, chili powder, sea salt, black pepper, chicken broth (or homemade bone broth), full-fat coconut milk, lime juice, fresh cilantro.

Chicken chili can be just as good as beef-based recipes, and can easily become a family favorite. It is not as hot as some, although you can spice it up by adding more jalapenos or leaving in the seeds. This is an ideal recipe if you are trying to cut down on red meat, yet still want that warming chili satisfaction! This recipe also works out quite a bit cheaper than ones with steak, so is a great idea if you are working to a tight budget.

Bacon Cheeseburger Soup (Contains Dairy)

– Ruled Me

Ingredients: bacon, ground beef, butter, beef broth, garlic powder, onion powder, brown mustard, kosher salt, black pepper, red pepper flakes, cumin, chili powder, tomato paste, dill pickle, cheddar cheese, cream cheese, heavy cream.

Soups like this amazing Keto one can be eaten as a satisfying lunch or a warming dinner, as it is packed with flavor, protein and goodness and is definitely a wholesome dish. You have all the spices and seasonings, giving the meat a delicious taste, then you have a mix of textures from the cream cheese and bacon. This soup freezes well so you can make a large batch and store it for later.

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Louise Hendon

Louise holds a Bachelors and Masters in Natural Sciences from Cambridge University (UK). She attended Columbia University for her JD and practiced law at Debevoise & Plimpton before co-founding Louise's Foods, Paleo Living Magazine, Nourishing Brands, & CoBionic. Louise has considerable research experience but enjoys creating products and articles that help move people just a little bit closer toward a healthy life they love. You can find her on Facebook or LinkedIn.