17 Easy Keto Lunch Ideas
Finding delicious and easy keto friendly lunches that keep you full and committed to the keto diet can be a challenge. And tracking fat and protein percentages and net carbs can be time consuming enough to make keto meal prep daunting. Thankfully, we’ve taken some time to pull together some easy keto lunch ideas that’ll help you stay full, motivated, and dedicated to the ketogenic diet. With a little bit of planning ahead, keto meal prep can be simple and exciting. Here are 17 keto friendly recipes to help you on your journey to ketosis.
1. Keto Chicken Enchilada Bowls
If you’re looking for an unbelievably simple, yet decadent Mexican dish, a Keto Chicken Enchilada Bowl will be right up your alley when it comes to easy keto meals. 5 minutes of prep and a quick 20 minutes of cooking in the Instant Pot make it easy to prep this meal the night before at the drop of a hat. The great thing about this number is that you can cook it very rapidly with your Instant Pot, or just set it in the Crockpot and forget it and it’ll be ready in a few hours. Simply combine chicken, enchilada sauce, chiles, and onions. All that’s left after cooking is to shred the chicken and then add cauliflower rice and the toppings of your choice. These may include cheese, avocado, jalapeño, and sour cream.
2. Keto Salad
The best keto salad is much more than just leafy greens. In fact, an effective keto salad simply uses the greens as a vehicle to deliver other high-fat ingredients to your mouth. This particular keto salad includes dark leafy greens, cherry tomatoes, and broccolini, but also a whole avocado, generous shavings of Emmental cheese, and a high-fat caesar dressing brimming with avocado oil. You’ll find the salad fills you up and gives you plenty of fat. It’s simple to pack the ingredients and then assemble your salad at work. Simply pack up the different ingredients the night before, and you’ll be ready to go.
3. Keto Cauliflower Mac and Cheese
If you’re missing your old friend, Mac and Cheese, then this keto friendly rendition of the classic comfort food is for you. Keto Cauliflower Mac and Cheese embodies everything you love about Macaroni and Cheese, without the carbs. Swap out the macaroni in favor of cauliflower, and you’re on your way. Start by crisping up the riced cauliflower and minced chives in a skillet and then add to that a cup of table cream, an ounce of whipped cream cheese, and 2 cups of cheddar. Throw it in the oven to broil and you’ll have a keto friendly comfort dish you can easily heat up and have all week.
4. Keto Crab Cakes with Lemon Sour Cream Dip
Keto crab cakes are a delicious, high-fat and low-carb treat that make our list of easy keto lunch ideas. Eggs, garlic powder, dill, spring onions, dijon mustard, and worcestershire sauce pair with cooked crab meat to make the savory patties. Simply cook each cake in coconut oil on a stovetop skillet for about 3 minutes on each side, and your crab cakes are ready to eat. For an irresistible creamy dipping sauce, combine mayonnaise, sour cream, lemon zest, lemon juice, and some more dill.
5. Turmeric and Kale Soup with Ground Lamb
If you’re in the mood for a nice warm soup on a rainy day, this Turmeric and Kale Soup with Ground Lamb is sure to hit the spot. Chock-full of beef bone broth and ground lamb, this hearty soup also contains coconut oil and fresh garlic, and small quantities of turmeric, cilantro, kale, cinnamon, coriander, and ginger. Garnish the soup with a few lemon slices, and you have a flavorful keto friendly soup that not only fills you up, but also boosts your immune system.
6. Keto Crescent Dogs
Perfect for gameday, Keto Crescent Dogs are family-friendly, incredibly delicious, and loaded with fat. Think of them like pigs in a blanket, keto style. Create a delicious dough with mozzarella, cream cheese, egg, and almond flour. Cut the dough into strips and wrap each strip around one of your all-beef hot dogs. Throw them in the oven for 20 to 30 minutes and pull them out right before opening kickoff for an amazing lunch.
7. Real Texas Chili
If you’re just dying for some piping hot chili, this mouth-watering keto-adapted version of Real Texas Chili will have you begging for more. The dish pairs 100% grass-fed beef with onions, red and green bell peppers and beef stock, and includes rich spices like coriander, paprika, and chili powder. With mixed-in riced cauliflower and Oaxaca cheese, this Chili takes big taste to a whole new level. The best part about this dish, is that Ketoned Bodies will deliver it right to your door.
8. Fried Cabbage With Crispy Bacon
Lightning fast prep and cook time make Fried Cabbage With Crispy Bacon a fan favorite from among all the keto lunch ideas we’ve compiled. Simply chop cabbage and bacon into small pieces, fry the bacon in a skillet, and then add in cabbage, butter and seasoning, and voila! Healthy, quick, and bursting with fat and flavor, this dish is sure to satisfy.
9. Beef Fa-Keto Platter
This meal is another Mexican dish that’s simply loaded with flavor. Made with 100% grass-fed tri-tip beef, this meal also includes specially-seasoned cauliflower rice, sautéed onions and peppers, and plenty of Mexican spices. With pico composed of tomatoes, serrano peppers, cilantro, cumin, lime juice, and black pepper, the flavors of this dish jump right out at you. The Beef Fa-Keto Platter is available through Ketoned Bodies, prepared and delivered right to your door.
10. Easy Keto Swedish Meatballs
If you like those scrumptious little meatballs at IKEA, then you’ll love these. This Easy Keto Swedish Meatballs recipe is low-carb, gluten-free, and brimming with fat. These meatballs are perfect for the whole family and their fairly easy to make right at home. Mix ground pork and ground chuck, with an egg and salt and pepper. Instead of bread crumbs, use finely grated zucchini to add texture to the meatballs. Roll them and cook them on the stove top in butter. Next, pour a mixture of chicken broth, mustard, and cream over the top and simmer for 5 or 10 minutes. These meatballs go well with cauliflower rice.
11. Keto BLT With Oopsie Bread
Craving a sandwich, but don’t want all the carbs that come with bread? Try a Keto BLT With Oopsie Bread. To make Oopsie Bread, start by separating egg yolks from egg whites. Beat the egg whites with salt until they become very stiff. To the egg yolks, add cream cheese. You can also add psyllium seed husk and baking powder if you’d like. Once the two mixtures are respectively mixed and ready, fold the egg whites into the yolk mixture. Bake 8 small Oopsies at a time. To make your BLT, fry up some bacon, cut some heirloom tomatoes, fresh lettuce, and basil. Spread some mayo on your Oopsie bread, put together your sandwich, and enjoy!
12. Jerk Pulled Pork Topped With Mango Salsa
Made with 100% pastured pork, this Jerk Pulled Pork Topped With Mango Salsa is delivered by Ketoned Bodies. The pork is slow-cooked for more than 12 hours, and the mango salsa features mangoes, red peppers, cilantro, lime, garlic, and avocado oil. The meat and salsa sit on a bed of red and green cabbage mixed with bacon, and topped with Oaxaca cheese. If you are craving a scrumptious, vibrant tropical variation of pulled pork, this dish is one you’ll definitely want to try.
13. Keto Twice Baked Cauliflower Casserole
Cheese is the name of the game when it comes to this dish. This Keto Twice Baked Cauliflower Casserole is loaded with a number of decadent, fatty ingredients including full fat cream cheese, sour cream, parmesan cheese, and cheddar cheese. Pair these wonderful ingredients with bacon, and you’ll be going keto crazy. Incorporate garlic, green onions, and heavy whipping cream to make the dish even more heavenly.
14. Keto Tuna Salad With Boiled Eggs
Fresh and delicious, this Keto Tuna Salad With Boiled Eggs is a great little number to add to your arsenal of keto lunch ideas. Celery, scallions, tuna, lemon, mayo, and mustard are mixed with tuna to make a zingy salad. Hard boiled eggs seasoned with pepper are also included on top of romaine lettuce. The whole thing is then drizzled with olive oil. This all makes for a quick, light, and tasty keto meal.
15. Steamed Mussels With Piri Piri
If you’re looking for a dish with some Latin American flavor, this Steamed Mussels With Piri Piri recipe features a chimichurri-style sauce made with red onions, parsley, red wine vinegar, garlic, jalapeño, crushed red pepper, and olive oil. Steam the mussels in white wine and water and top them with the Piri Piri sauce for a unique high-fat and low carb meal.
16. Cashew Beef and Broccoli
Take your typical Chinese takeout to new keto friendly heights with 100% grass-fed beef seasoned with sea salt, coriander, paprika, turmeric, and garlic. Along with broccoli florets, and beef, this Cashew Beef and Broccoli also includes bacon, cashew sauce, sherry vinegar, almonds, and coconut. Someone from Ketoned Bodies is happy to deliver this dish right to you as part of one of our easy keto meal plans.
17. Low-Carb Keto Steak with Blue Cheese Onion Cream Sauce
A nice juicy steak is the perfect lunch option to keep you full all day. This Low-Carb Keto Steak With Blue Cheese Onion Cream Sauce will have your mouth watering throughout the whole cooking process. Cook up some Ribeyes in butter until they are medium rare. Next, saute some onions in a generous amount of butter. Reduce them to a simmer and pour in some heavy cream. Melt in some blue cheese. Pour a generous portion of the sauce over the steak when serving.
The ketogenic diet can be incredibly rewarding, but the beginning of your journey can certainly be an adjustment. Planning healthy keto meals can take some extra diligence, but hopefully the next time lunch meal prep comes around, you’ll have a good place to turn for some easy keto lunch ideas. Some of these dishes are available through our keto meal plans. Easy keto meals are right at your fingertips with a little bit of planning and preparation. Some can be whipped up in no time at all. Best of luck on your journey to ketosis. We’re always here to help you along the way.