The keto diet is both buzzed-about and controversial, with celebrities, dietitians, and even doctors coming down on both sides of the fence. At Prevention, we believe that food is fuel and that there are many paths to weight loss. Despite what we may have thought before, there is a responsible way to go keto—and we can help you do it.
Keep in mind that the keto diet is not for everyone; it’s always best to consult a doctor before starting any weight-loss plan. Now, by understanding how keto works, you can set up your kitchen to support all-around health. These 20 tasty, nutritious dishes, all featured in our new Healthy Keto cookbook, are a perfect place to start.
1 Spiced Grilled Eggplant with Fresh Tomato Salad
2 Cauliflower “Popcorn”
3 Sunny-Side-Up Eggs on Garlicky Greens
Using dark leafy greens like kale, spinach, and Swiss chard adds a boost of fiber to your diet and helps you avoid the all-too-common constipation that many experience during keto. It’s also just plain delicious, especially for breakfast.
4 Roasted Artichoke Toss
5 Sheet Pan Italian Sausage and Pepper Bake
This new spin on a classic recipe uses turkey sausage, a healthier alternative to other meats that still packs in protein, but gets rid of those extra calories, saturated fats, and sodium. And with only 30 minutes from start to finish, it’s hard to say no to this one.
6 Sauteed Spinach with Garlic and Lemon
7 Avocado, Ham, and Egg Cups
8 Veggie & Cheese Taco Cups
Mushrooms are a great substitute for meat in these taco cups. They’re full of fiber, which keeps you feeling full for longer, as well as vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. And yes, they’re also delicious paired with cilantro and fresh veggies.
9 Smoked Salmon and Goat Cheese Fat Bombs
10 Cauliflower Soup with Grilled Shrimp
One cup of cauliflower contains nearly two-thirds of a day’s worth of vitamin C, a high intake of which may be linked to a lower risk of rheumatoid arthritis. Besides that, it’s just plain delicious in this creamy, fresh soup.
11 Spring Chicken Rainbow Slaw with Buttermilk Dressing
Beta-carotene is an antioxidant found in both carrots and snow pea shoots. It’s converted into vitamin A, which supports the immune system, eye health, and skin. Get your daily dose with this rainbow slaw, which is filling without being too heavy.
12 Moroccan Cauliflower Pot Roast
13 Grilled Chicken Souvlaki
14 Thai Turkey Lettuce Cups with Cilantro Sauce
Cilantro has anti-inflammatory properties that help with arthritis, and lean ground turkey is a smart choice compared to ground beef, with about half its saturated fat. Combine those with lettuce cups, a great keto-friendly switch for carb-loaded breads, and you’ve got a delicious, healthy meal.
15 Glazed Bacon-Wrapped Turkey Breast
16 Seared Steak with Blistered Tomatoes
Red meat is crucial in the keto diet for its fat and vitamin content. Zinc, iron, and vitamin B12 are just some of the nutrients found in abundance in red meat. And steak has never been better than it is here—just look at that picture!
17 Seared Salmon with Roasted Cauliflower
They may be small, but briny capers bring a strong finishing flavor and a surprisingly healthy punch to this recipe. These heart-healthy ingredients may even help fight cancer, thanks to being so rich in antioxidants. Served with salmon and cauliflower, they’re delicious.
18 Lemony Brussels Sprout Salad
Brussels sprouts are tiny nutritional powerhouses. Like their cruciferous cousins—broccoli, cabbage, and cauliflower—they deliver more than 100% of the recommended daily doses of vitamins C and K, plus plenty of fiber and antioxidants. And in this salad, they taste amazing.
19 Cheddar & Poppy Seed Chips
20 Go-To Guacamole
Cilantro is an ancient herb with a robust, savory flavor. It’s also a great source of antioxidants, helping cleanse toxins and reduce inflammation. It also gives its signature zing to this classic, delicious guacamole that’s perfect for a keto diet.