These easy low-carb recipes are perfect for beginners and all can be made in under 20 minutes. In fact, some recipes don’t even need cooking.

You can make quick and easy low-carb breakfast, lunch, dinners, and snacks recipes, and even healthy comfort food and keto side dish ideas too.

These are the easiest recipes to stay on track when you don’t feel like making fancy keto dinners, or you don’t want to cook.

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These delicious low-carb dinner ideas can be made again and again. So why not make your own keto meal plan to help you stay on track with your keto diet and within your daily carb limit.

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Top tips for beginners

My best tip for beginners is to cook once, eat twice. Always try to make extra servings so you have another meal ready for tomorrow. You can even freeze leftovers and slowly build up your own selection of low-carb keto frozen dinners.

There are so many ways you can prep dinner recipes – if you love ground beef there are 4 ways to meal prep using ground beef. But you can also do chicken meal prep too.

I also highly recommend making low-carb dinner ideas that are freezer-friendly. Here are 9 super easy freezer meals to try!

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10 easy low-carb dinners (if you don’t want to cook)

The easiest low-carb dinner ideas are the ones where you don’t have to cook and don’t need a recipe.

So whether you are eating low carb or following the keto diet, save these keto dinners to your phone so you never have to eat fast food ever again.

1: Hot cooked rotisserie chicken and a bag of salad from the grocery store. Add cheese, mayonnaise, and other ingredients from your fridge. This has to be the easiest low-carb meal when you don’t want to cook.

2: Avocado cut in half seasoned with salt, pepper, and other seasonings sprinkled on top. Add some bagel seasoning and simply eat with a spoon.

3: Tinned tuna/canned tuna in olive oil or spring water is your best option. You can dump it onto a salad bowl, or eat it straight from the tin/can.

4: Eggs are one of the easiest keto snacks you can find. Serve them poached, fried, scrambled, and you can even buy pre-boiled eggs from your local deli counter. Peel and eat.

5: Cold meat leftover from another meal can become a quick dinner with cheese and salad is a healthy alternative to takeouts.

6: Leftovers will become your best friend. Cook once, serve twice for cheap healthy ready meals.

7: Selection of cheese and deli meats to make your own keto charcuterie board. Throw cheese, veggies, more cheese, pepperoni, olives, stuffed mini red peppers, some leftovers and you can have dinner ready in just minutes.

8: Low-carb vegetables such as red pepper, cauliflower, and broccoli, served with ranch dip and bacon bits. This makes a quick light low-carb dinner and a delicious healthy snack too.

9: Ready-made low-carb dinners can easily be found if you know which prepackaged keto foods from the grocery store will keep you on track with your keto diet.

10: Meat wraps are the perfect lazy keto dinner the whole family will love. Buy some roast beef from the deli counter, place some sliced veggies and some cheese in the center, and roll up to make your very own meat wraps. Double the protein, double the nutrition, double the taste.

10 easy keto snacks

1: Nuts – are probably the most popular snack on the keto diet. Just make sure you always portion control them and always choose low-carb nuts. Always avoid cashews.

Here is my list of the top 10 low-carb keto top 10 snacks.

2: Pork rinds (pork crackle) – is the ultimate crunchy salty keto snack. It’s high in protein and moderate fat. You can make homemade pork rinds or buy them, just check for added sugars or starches.

3: Keto bread – these 1 minute keto muffins only require 3 simple ingredients and can be made as sweet or savoury snacks. Serve your keto muffins with cheese or berries and whipped cream.

4: Eggs – stop buying protein powders and reach for an egg instead. Eggs are the perfect portable high-protein keto snack. You can boil eggs in the Instant Pot or make keto Scotch Eggs, and keep them in an airtight container in the fridge for the week ahead. They also become a quick lunch tomorrow.

5: Beef jerky – perfect to carry with you at all times, just check the nutrition label for added sugars.

6: Cheese – all varieties of cheese are delicious and keto-friendly.

7: Dark chocolate – stop buying high sugar chocolate and slowly begin to eat 95% dark cacao chocolate instead.

8: Nut butter – can be eaten by the spoon or on keto bread, sliced cucumber, or celery sticks. The carb values of nuts and nut butter can vary widely so always check the carbs in nuts charts.

9: Sugar-free jello (jelly) – set your jello/jelly in single-serve dishes for a ready-made sweet snack that will stop your sugar cravings.

10: Berries – choose low-carb fruit such as nutrient-dense low-sugar berries with whipped cream.

Just remember not to go overboard on low-carb snacks. They can be one of the biggest culprits to why you’re not losing weight.

13 easy low-carb breakfasts

Some of these easy low-carb breakfasts may be made ahead. Begin your meal prep with a huge batch of grain-free and gluten-free granola. Then you have low-carb meals ready for the weeks ahead.

Cook smarter, not harder. Most of these have just five ingredients (or less!).

Creamy coffees are always a good option when you are not hungry enough for breakfast. Learn the carbs in coffee so you know what to order.

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Low-Carb Almond Flour Pancakes
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Keto Peanut Butter Granola Bars Recipe
Easy no-bake chewy keto granola bars for peanut butter lovers.
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Sheet Pan Keto Pancakes (oven-baked pancakes)
Sheet Pan Keto Pancakes (oven-baked pancakes) are simple and delicious. Served with sugar-free maple syrup, whipped cream, and sugar-free chocolate chips.
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Easy Breakfast Chaffles with Eggs and Bacon
A simple and delicious low-carb chaffles serves with a side of bacon and eggs. They are keto-friendly and gluten-free. Your whole family will enjoy them.
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Easy Keto Reverse Omelette Recipe
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10 easy low-carb lunch ideas

These low-carb recipes are perfect for the whole family. Packed with delicious low-carb vegetables, protein, and healthy fats. They can all be made in under 20 minutes, and most can actually be cooked for dinner then served as leftovers.

If you need help with healthy lunch boxes for children, download your free copy of how to help picky eaters (plus 50 healthy snack ideas for kids).

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Keto Instant Pot Creamy Cauliflower Soup Recipe (Vegan Friendly)
A simple and delicious keto creamy cauliflower soup made in the Instant Pot. You can also find slow cooker and stovetop directions above.
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20 easy keto dinner recipes

If you’re confused with what you should be eating on your ketogenic diet and want delicious easy keto dinners, now you can find recipes the whole family will love.

From slow-cooker pork, one-pan chops, ground beef, one-dish recipes, and an easy salmon recipe that takes just minutes. Cooking dinner just got easier.

Make a huge batch and most of these can be lunch tomorrow too. There are even chicken nuggets and hamburgers for your kids.

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Easy Keto Hamburger Buns Recipe (That Don’t Fall Apart)
Bring the bun back to your burger with these easy keto hamburger buns that can bake while you grill.
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Keto Pork Chops in Butter Garlic Sauce
Keto pork chops are a tasty one pan meal that your whole family will love. Make your main dish, side dish, and sauce all in the same pan!
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Keto Hamburger Salad Recipe (Big Mac salad)
This keto hamburger salad lets you enjoy all the flavors of a McDonald's Big Mac without the carbs or added sugar.
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Keto ABC bun-less burger recipe
ABC bun-less keto burgers are easy to remember and even easier to make for dinner tonight. Naturally gluten-free and so healthy and nutritious.
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Keto Smoked Salmon Quiche (blender recipe)
Fast and healthy gluten-free keto smoked salmon quiche recipe, made in the blender then baked in the oven in under 40 minutes.
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Keto Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Recipe
This keto slow cooker pulled pork recipe is an easy prep and forget meal. The best part is no bbq sauce is needed to enjoy the flavours of pulled pork.
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How to Cook a Whole Chicken in a Slow Cooker (Plus Bone Broth Recipe)
Make a perfectly tender and juicy whole chicken in a slow cooker. Then turn the carcass into bone broth!
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Keto Fried Chicken KFC (Copycat KFC Recipe)
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Slow Cooker Low-Carb Meatloaf Wrapped in Bacon
This slow cooker low-carb meatloaf wrapped in bacon is the perfect healthy family meal for busy days.
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Smoked Salmon and Cream Cheese Roulade (Keto Friendly)
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10 easy keto side dishes

Choosing an easy low-carb side dish can often be the most difficult part of your keto dinners.

Once you know how to make easy cauliflower rice, keto garlic bread, zucchini noodles, and a few simple salad ideas, staying on track with your keto diet is much easier.

If in doubt, the easiest side dish is to buy a bag of salad or buy some frozen low-carb vegetables.

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Low-Carb Eggplant And Cauliflower Couscous Recipe
This takes eggplants to the next level. Aromatic low-carb cauliflower couscous and a mint yoghurt sauce – the perfect vegetarian low-carb dinner.
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Creamy low-carb baked broccoli and cauliflower
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Curry Cauliflower Rice Recipe (no mess method)
The perfect addition to any low-carb and keto curry night. Easy Curry Cauliflower Rice with turmeric and coconut.
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Please leave a comment below with the top low-carb recipes that you loved to make when just starting out on your low-carb diet or ketogenic diet.

What was your favourite low-carb dinner and what side dish did you use to replace your humble potatoes?

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  1. Looks like a great collection of low-carb ideas; thanks for including some of my recipes!