I think everyone subconsciously tries to sabotage their own attempt at eating healthy with excuses like “it’s too expensive to eat healthy,” “I’m too busy to make healthy meals,” or “it’s impossible to eat healthy when my husband and kids just want junk.”
If that’s how you feel, then you’re honestly just over thinking this whole “healthy eating” thing.
If you want to eat healthy, you don’t need to buy excessive amounts of pricey organic produce.
You can throw together easy dinners that the whole family will enjoy without a recipe.
Plus, if you have already looked into the effects starchy carbohydrates have on your brain and body you’d probably want your entire family to eat a keto based diet too.
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Grocery Shopping Tips
Don’t Overcomplicate this! You’re just eliminating starchy carbs and processed foods!
Keep it simple!
Any packaged foods that with a long list of strange sounding ingredients
Spend some time in the frozen veggie section, you will be surprised by the number of options like pre-spiraled zucchini, riced cauliflower and they even have veggie pasta with cheese that I will have in moderation.
If sticking to a budge is a must for you buy frozen veggies instead of fresh.
A frozen bag of broccoli or Zoodles is probably the same price if not cheaper than a box of rice, pasta or other processed side dishes from the center aisles at the grocery store.
Eggs and Nitrate free bacon aren’t any more expensive than pop tarts, cereal and a gallon of milk.
Eating healthy doesn’t have to be expensive.
If you are still unsure exactly what you should be eating download my Keto Approved food list and meal plan guide that helps you put together a daily meal plan
2 Weeks of Dinner Ideas that don’t require a recipe
You don’t have to make extensive Keto Recipes! Just like you throw together spaghetti, tacos, and other family favorites you can do the same with healthy meals.
Like I mentioned earlier you can download my Keto approved food list and meal prep guide, which will help you put together easy meals every day.
Your family would have no idea that these 14 dinner keto dinner ideas were keto or part of your “diet.”
Just be mindful of your protein portions, a good rule of thumb is your protein should be no bigger than a deck of cards.
1. Pot Roast or Steaks with oven roasted veggies with grass-fed butter
You can season the steak however you’d like, I love sprinkling cauliflower with garlic, salt, pepper and roasting it in the oven!
2. Steaks with sautéed mushrooms and onions
Your husband will love some mushrooms and onions sautéed in grass-fed butter, and you can season the steak however you’d like.
3. Beanless chili in the crockpot
The beans are pretty high in carbs so eliminate those. If you make a large crockpot of chili, this will likely last for two nights of dinner. Optional: make a side of Easy Keto “cornbread.”
4. Pork tenderloin or pork chops with roasted veggies with grass-fed butter
5. Taco Bowls
If the whole fam isn’t keto grab them a pack of tortillas, but you can have all the same toppings just in a bowl instead of a shell! I previously wrote a blog about how I make my taco bowl.
6. Baked Salmon and Asparagus
I like doing a butter, lemon garlic glaze on my salmon and baking the asparagus with garlic and avocado oil.
7. Grilled Chicken on top of zoodles
You can find Pre-spiraled zoodles in the frozen section or fresh at Trader Joes or whole foods. Add a tablespoon or two of a low carb/sugar Spaghetti Sauce.
8. Eggs and Bacon or Omelets
It’s fun to switch it up and have breakfast for dinner, you could even add a little avocado, or you could just whip up some veggie packed omelets.
9. Italian Sausages with Sautéed Green Peppers and Onions
This would be a great one-pot dish.
10. Stuffed Green Peppers
Making stuffed peppers is easy, brown some ground beef, add some seasoning, chopped up onions and peppers, stuff the peppers, top with some freshly grated cheese, and throw them in the oven.
11. Bunless or Lettuce Wrap Cheeseburgers
Who doesn’t love a cheeseburger with a slice of cheddar cheese on top and I like to dip mine in Trader Joes Organic Ketchup
12. Fajita Bowls
Make fajita style chicken or shrimp and veggies and serve it over riced Cauliflower either fresh or from the frozen section at your grocery store.
13. Lemon Garlic Shrimp
Sautée up some shrimp in butter, garlic and lemon and served over riced cauliflower or Zoodles.
14. Grilled Shrimp, Steak or Chicken Kabobs
The kids might even have fun helping you put the cut up veggies on the skewers
I typically keep it really simple on the week days and I will save any recipes I want to try for the weekends.
If you are trying to make a new keto recipe every night it will get overwhelming. Take the time to learn the basics of what foods to get avoid and what foods to eat more of so you can easily put together meals with out feeling like you’re on a crazy restricting diet!
If you have any more questions about Keto or meal prepping leave them in the comments below. I’m always here to help!