Abiding by the ketogenic diet does not have to limit you to salads and low-carb alternative meals. Keeping fats high and carbs low will ensure that your body burns body fat rather than the surface-level sugars that might come from desserts or sugary fruits. There are exceptions to every rule, especially with regard to fruit, but these guidelines are standard. If this seems limiting, then we have some great suggestions to open your mind to the possibilities.
The oven is one of the most important appliances in a kitchen, and it can be a helpful tool to reduce the fried foods in your diet. It may require a longer cooking time, but like a crockpot, a dish in the oven can be forgotten about until the food is ready to devour. Not to mention, the meals you make are bound to be healthier because of the ingredients that work best in an oven setting, namely flavorful vegetables and versatile protein—great for those on the keto diet.
To make the most of the beloved baking sheet and the keto diet, we have compiled a few reliable keto sheet pan recipes that you can incorporate into your weekly meal prep. There is no need to muck up the stovetop with any of the below possibilities.
Fresh Middle Eastern flavors are what make this keto-friendly za'atar chicken thighs recipe from Food Faith Fitness to die for. Crispy chicken thighs marinate on the same pan as cauliflower and onion, allowing the flavors of everything to combine beautifully.
The flavors of this sticky pomegranate chicken from Half Baked Harvest are surprisingly complex despite requiring just a sheet pan for its bake. Pomegranates are one of the few fruits that are acceptable to eat on the keto diet because their natural sugar content is on the lower side. And the little beans make for adorable garnish!
Brassica is little more than a beautifully roasted salad, featuring the best autumn vegetables this world can offer. As usual, pomegranates add the perfect texture, color, and of course flavor to this delicious and easy recipe from My First Mess.
Sometimes we just need the comforting taste of something fried. Next time you get the feeling, try out these baked zucchini fritters from Food Faith Fitness, which look and taste fried despite spending all of their cooking time in the oven. The dish has very few carbs but tons of flavor.
Who would refuse the advance of bacon-wrapped anything? The pork and poultry in this recipe from Food Faith Fitness will provide you with fat and protein, but the avocado salsa goes the extra mile. More healthy fats and nutrients come together for a colorful and keto-friendly dish.
When a dish is referred to as “Cuban,” that means it likely features rice and beans or that it is loaded with citrus. This chicken recipe from Half Baked Harvest falls into the latter category, as it calls for heaps of orange and lime flavors mixed directly onto the sheet pan with the chicken. Avocado salsa is always a great touch as well.
En papillote is just French for “in parchment,” which reveals a lot about this recipe from My First Mess. Tofu and mushrooms are delicious together, riffing off of the tangy bitterness of each other; when steamed together with garlic, rosemary, miso, thyme, and more, this dish is to die for.