20 Best Healthy Keto Recipe Ideas – Healthy Keto Cookbook – Prevention.com

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

Eggplants are rich in anthocyanins, which are responsible for their bright pigment and act as an antioxidant that protects cells from free radicals and reduces the risk of diseases such as cancer. Enjoy them in this bright, Mediterranean-inspired salad.

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2 Cauliflower “Popcorn”

This crunchy snack has the blockbuster health benefits of cauliflower: loads of immune-boosting vitamin C, potassium, cancer-fighting phytonutrients, and 2 grams of fiber per cup. You won’t even miss the real thing during your next movie night.

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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.

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4 Roasted Artichoke Toss

Artichokes are low in fat and high in fiber, and they rank among the most antioxidant-rich of all vegetables. We pretty much had to include them in Healthy Keto—here, they’re combined with red onions and balsamic vinegar for a fresh, healthy side dish.

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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.

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6 Sauteed Spinach with Garlic and Lemon

Here’s an easy side dish that’ll help you meet your daily quotas of vitamins A, C, and K, as well as calcium, magnesium, and potassium. Pro tip: Make this garlicky side with any leafy green you want to use—it doesn’t have to be spinach.

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7 Avocado, Ham, and Egg Cups

It’s no surprise that avocados are pretty much the ultimate keto superfood. They’re rich in healthy monounsaturated fats and fiber, helping with both heart health and digestion. This recipe works at any time of day, from a go-getter breakfast to a delicious weeknight dinner.

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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.

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9 Smoked Salmon and Goat Cheese Fat Bombs

Omega-3 fatty acids and the other healthy fats found in seafood and can aid in weight loss, prevent heart disease, and even boost your mood. These fat bombs make the most of the keto diet, allowing you to indulge while still monitoring your health.

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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.

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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.

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12 Moroccan Cauliflower Pot Roast

A blend of rich and health-promoting spices gives this fiber-loaded cauliflower roast a one-of-a-kind flavor that you’ll want to taste again and again. Even better, this plant-based dish will keep you feeling full and satisfied without any meat.

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13 Grilled Chicken Souvlaki

This tangy chicken dish is great for maintaining proper gut health. The yogurt sauce provides a rich source of probiotics, while the fresh dill aids digestion and other gastrointestinal problems. Souvlaki is also a great way to switch up a keto diet without working too hard.

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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.

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15 Glazed Bacon-Wrapped Turkey Breast

Turkey breast is a healthy, low-fat, high-protein cut of meat that’s full of vitamins. Wrapping the turkey breast in bacon helps to make this delicious entrée keto-friendly—not to mention keeping the herb-stuffed meat tender and moist.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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19 Cheddar & Poppy Seed Chips

Just one teaspoon of poppy seeds packs plenty of calcium and phosphorus—meaning you get quite a bit of your daily iron and zinc requirements. Although they sound odd at first, these cheddar and poppy seed chips are addictive (and only require four ingredients).

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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.

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Jake Smith, an editorial fellow at Prevention, recently graduated from Syracuse University with a degree in magazine journalism and just started going to the gym.