12 Easy Keto Meals to Make on Busy Weeknights

12 Easy Keto Meals to Make on Busy Weeknights

Sometimes, the weekend gets away from you. Before you know it, Monday arrives and the weekly meal prep you had every intention of doing didn’t get done.

When you’re on a low carb diet like the ketogenic diet, meal prep is essential to your success. Having a few dinners prepped and ready to go keeps you from grabbing a high-carb snack from a coffee shop or vending machine in a pinch.

But for those hectic times when meal prep just isn’t going to happen, it helps to have a few easy go-to recipes on the back burner. For those busy nights when you need to get dinner on the table in a hurry, rely on these easy keto recipes.

12 Keto Recipes You Can Make on Busy Nights

For those weeks when free time is in short supply, work these recipes into your keto meal plan. Made with healthy fats and low carb vegetables, these easy dinners will be a hit with anyone you’re cooking for.

Unstuffed Cabbage Rolls

Easy Keto Meals: unstuffed cabbage rolls

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While your favorite lasagna might not be keto-friendly, there’s a way to satisfy those Italian cravings without the carbs. This one-pot meal combines ground beef, onions, garlic, a homemade sauce, and Kettle & Fire Beef Bone Broth into a delicious dinner. Plus, since the cabbage rolls are left deconstructed, it’s incredibly easy to prepare.

Summer Squash Boats With Beef, Shiitake Mushrooms and Swiss Cheese

Easy Keto Meals: shiitake swiss beef stuffed squash

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Before you started the keto diet, a “quick lunch” probably consisted of sandwiches or wraps. Just because you waved goodbye to bread and tortillas doesn’t mean you have to give the same farewell to your favorite sammys. These easy squash boats with ground beef taste similar to a Philly cheesesteak, without the added carbs.

Low Carb, Keto Approved Green Bean Casserole

Easy Keto Meals: green bean casserole

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Do you love the holidays, but hate how every dish seems to come breaded or fried? With this low carb green bean casserole, you can still enjoy one of your favorite (and usually high-carb) dishes. Pair with roasted turkey or chicken thighs to complete your meal.

Easy Low Carb Taco Salad

Easy Keto Meals: taco salad

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Just because you can’t have a fried tortilla shell doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy your favorite taco salad. This low carb version combines ground beef, spices, and a homemade sour cream lime dressing for a healthy salad filled with healthy fats. And the best part? It takes just 25 minutes to prepare.

Clean Eating Bone Broth Mushroom Soup

Easy Keto Meals: beef broth mushroom soup

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Made with Kettle & Fire Beef Bone Broth, this mushroom soup has nothing in common with the stuff you’re used to getting in a can (minus the name). Crimini mushrooms, onions, garlic, and herbs are simmered until fragrant, making a low-carb soup perfect for lunch or dinner.

Low Carb Chicken and Cheese Quesadillas

Easy Keto Meals: Low carb chicken and cheese quesadilla

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While you might miss your favorite nachos or tacos on the keto diet, you can still enjoy Mexican food — with a few minor tweaks, of course. These low-carb quesadillas are made with easy, homemade coconut flour tortillas. Stuff with shredded chicken, cheddar cheese, and cilantro to complete the dish.

Pho With Zucchini Noodles

Easy Keto Meals: Pho with Zucchini Noodles

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If you think homemade pho sounds like quite the undertaking, don’t worry. This keto-friendly pho takes just 30 minutes to prepare. Plus, substituting zoodles for regular noodles all but eliminates the carbs from this recipe.

Slow Cooker Crispy Chicken Carnitas

Easy Keto Meals: slow cooker carnitas

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If you constantly find yourself struggling to find time to meal prep on the keto diet, learn to make the Crock-Pot your best friend. To make these easy chicken carnitas, simply combine chicken breasts, chicken bone broth, orange juice, onions, and spices in the slow cooker, then set on low for eight hours. If you prepare your ingredients in the morning, dinner will be ready for you when you get off work.

Easy Keto Crepes

Easy Keto Meals: crepes

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Are you overcome with keto cravings? Try these easy keto crepes, which take all of five minutes to whip up. Coconut wraps are used in place of typical crepe ingredients, then topped with ghee and cinnamon for a sweet treat. For a more savory approach, simply fill with your favorite crepe ingredients.

Instant Pot Butter Chicken

Easy Keto Meals: Instant Pot Butter Chicken

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If you think homemade Indian food is above your pay grade, have no fear. This easy butter chicken recipe is incredibly simple to make, and takes a total time of 15 minutes to prepare. Serve over a bowl of cauliflower rice to complete the dish.

Keto Buffalo Chicken Dip

Easy Keto Meals: buffalo chicken dip

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Perfect as an appetizer or a main dish, this easy buffalo chicken dip takes just 25 minutes to cook in the Instant Pot. Made with shredded chicken thighs, cream cheese, hot sauce, cheddar cheese, and spices, this dip takes great plated atop a salad or served with celery stalks.

Loaded Keto Cauliflower Soup

Easy Keto Meals: loaded keto cauliflower soup

If you miss all things potatoes on the keto diet, you’re going to love this recipe. This easy soup recipe combines bone broth, cauliflower, heavy cream, sour cream, and spices into a delicious, creamy dish. Simply simmer all ingredients on the stovetop for 20 minutes, then blend before serving.

Whip Up These Delicious, Easy Dinners When You’re in a Pinch

When you don’t have time to meal prep, don’t stop for takeout. By keeping a few easy recipes on hand, relying on handy tools like your slow cooker or Instant Pot, and sticking to basic, real food, you can whip up a quality keto dinner in just 30 minutes.

If you’re still hunting for recipe ideas, there are plenty of resources on this site. This post is an excellent resource for quick lunch options, this article gives you plenty of dinner shortcuts to use in the kitchen, and these delicious, easy soup recipes fit perfectly into a busy lifestyle.

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