Lazy keto is an easy way to start your keto diet, especially with over 25 beginner lazy keto meals to choose from.

Keto meals may look complicated, but these delicious lazy recipes are quick to prepare and made with only a few simple ingredients.

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The best keto-friendly lazy meals (with minimal prep time).

In this post, I’ll explain how lazy keto is different from the traditional keto diet and give you a lazy keto meal plan, that is perfect to lose weight without complicated recipes. Many of the keto recipes are made with 5-ingredients or less.

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What is lazy keto?

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What is lazy keto (and what do you eat)?
  • Lazy keto – you make easy simple lazy keto meals made with a few simple ingredients as long as you are under 20g net carbs per day.
  • Dirty keto – you buy and eat any keto junk food as long as you are under 20g net carbs per day.

The lazy keto diet is a cheats version of the ketogenic diet where the only thing you track is carbs, and you try to eat less than 20 grams of net carbs a day.

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You don’t count any other macros – not fat, not fiber, and not protein. Just the carbs.

Many people think lazy keto is eating keto bars and drinking keto shakes, but that is generally known as “dirty keto”. There are so many keto mistakes, so let’s clear everything up right now.

The terms dirty and lazy keto are often used interchangeably. In my “what is dirty keto” guide, I explained everything you need to know about the ketogenic diet, and which one to choose.

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What is dirty keto?

  • Lazy keto – you make easy simple lazy keto meals made with a few simple ingredients as long as you are under 20g net carbs per day.
  • Dirty keto – you buy and eat any keto junk food as long as you are under 20g net carbs per day.

Another difference between dirty and clean keto (or pure keto) is that the dirty keto diet allows people to eat food from whatever source they want as long as they consume less than 20 grams of net carbs per day.

So many people who follow dirty keto rely heavily on keto bars, 1-minute mug cakes, low-carb bars, keto shakes, and other keto fast food meals.

Dirty keto is not as strict with the quality of meals you eat or the amount of protein/fat/grain/vegetable ratio as long as you stick to the 20g of carbs or less.

It’s useful for when there are days when you don’t have time to cook a clean keto meal and it’s more important to make a few sacrifices to stay within your macros.

Things like vegetables, meat protein, and even healthy fats are all things you could be missing out on if you do dirty keto long-term. I encourage you to care about the quality of the food you consume and its nutrition.

When you follow the strict clean keto diet, you will be giving your body the nutrition it needs.

Free keto meal plan (lazy keto meals)

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One of the biggest struggles with the ketogenic diet is the time it takes to plan meals. You can download your free keto weekly meal plan to help you start out your keto journey with some delicious and simple recipes. In the meantime, let’s talk about some lazy keto recipes to try!

5-ingredient keto recipes

Lazy keto diet meals are quick and easy to make, made with only a few simple ingredients, and can be just as nutritious as when you spend hours cooking complicated keto dinner recipes.

All the lazy keto meals below are made with 5-ingredients or less. Cutting down on how many ingredients you use is one of the easiest ways to stick to your low-carb diet or keto diet and eat clean foods.

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Keto Tortillas Recipe
These easy 3-ingredient keto tortillas will make you excited for Taco Tuesday again!
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No-Bake Keto Peanut Butter Fudge Recipe
Keto peanut butter is a delicious creamy no-bake treat that will satisfy your cravings all year long!
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Easy Keto Berry Smoothie Recipe (Dairy Free)
Easy keto mixed berry smoothie is the perfect simple dairy-free smoothie to add to your meal plan for breakfast, a snack, or a keto meal replacement.
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Eggs are a classic way to eat low-carb with no fuss. Eggs make perfect one pan meals for bnrekafast, lunch, or dinner.

Easy Keto Reverse Omelette Recipe
Keto reverse omelette is an easy to make breakfast with crispy cheese on the outside.
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Throw some chicken drumsticks together with some simple herbs and spices, cook in olive oil or coconut oil, and you have easy lazy keto meals made for the entire week.

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Keto Bacon-Wrapped Chicken Nuggets Recipe
This healthy bacon-wrapped chicken nugget recipe only needs 2 ingredients and can be cooked in the oven frying pan, or air fryer. PLUS there's a simple 2 ingredient creamy sauce too. They're kid-friendly and keto-friendly.
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Easy Keto Sausage Balls
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Pork rinds are the perfect high-protein and high fat lazy keto recipe.

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Lazy keto diet breakfasts

The easiest way to save time at breakfast (especially for keto beginners) is to make a keto smoothie or a make-ahead chia breakfast pudding. These sure beat a bulletproof coffee to start your day.

These easy lazy keto recipes will tickle the taste buds and all have a reduced carb intake to fit in with your keto lifestyle.

collage of 4 chia breakfast ideas

Here are 4 different ways to enjoy keto chia recipes. Each of them has a different macro count, so keep that in mind when you choose the one to make. There are chocolate and berry variations, the whole family will love.

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Keto green smoothie in the glass mason jar

Smoothies are a really easy way to start your day with a dose of nutrition without cooking. This keto green smoothie is packed with leafy greens, avocado, yogurt, and chia seeds. The entire family will love this.

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1-minute keto muffin

When you are craving bread or muffins, you can make these keto muffins in just a minute. They actually come out pretty fluffy and taste just like carby muffins, only gluten-free and low-carb.

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Easy 2-Minute Scrambled Eggs on a white plate

If you have 2 minutes in the morning, you can whip up these fluffy scrambled eggs. Top them with your favorite low-carb or sugar-free sauce, like pico de gallo or salsa. Losing weight never tasted so good.

2-Minute Keto Scrambled Eggs Recipe
Don't skip breakfast. Instead, make these easy keto scrambled eggs in two minutes. They are full of protein, omegas, and leafy green vegetables.
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healthy low-carb almond flour bread and butter on bread board

Almond flour bread is a keto staple. Since it has so much protein, you can eat a slice of it for lunch or as a post-workout snack. This recipe helps you create bread that has a delicious taste and texture and is a firm family favorite.

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keto breakfast burrito served with avocado on a white plate

This is another quick and easy breakfast idea on the clean keto plan. A keto breakfast burrito is so full of taste that you’ll want to make it for lunch too! It’s a complete meal packed with high-protein and mozzarella cheese.

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grain-free granola bars wrapped in baking paper and placed on a wooden chopping board

Granola bars are a fantastic way to start the day. These grain-free granola bars are packed with fiber and antioxidants for a healthy jump start for your day or a midday snack.

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multigrain seed bread sliced with butter

You don’t have to give up bread when you are on keto, you just have to make your own. This 3-seed bread has a satisfying texture and you can pile it high with your favorite meats and veggies.

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Lazy keto diet meals

The best lazy keto meals are the ones that are quick to make and taste delicious. Lazy meals don’t have to be bland, in fact, each meal is tasty and full of flavor.

Why not make double recipes for some lazy keto meals later in the week?

keto avocado, bacon and chicken burger on a white plate

This is known as an ABC burger because it has avocado, bacon, and chicken. It’s a really different way to enjoy a quick burger for lunch.

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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Low-carb Mexican chicken burger served with red pepper tomato avocado and cream cheese

If you’d like a completely different burger experience, try this Mexican Chicken burger. It uses ground chicken instead for a surprising texture that actually tastes pretty amazing.

Here are 50 more bunless burger ideas to try and a quick and easy keto chicken burrito bowl.

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4 lazy keto chicken meals served in four different bowls

The perfect high-protein lazy keto meal has to be keto chicken salad. It’s a fun way to shake up your meal prep routine!

You don’t even need to cook the chicken, just pick up a hot rotisserie chicken from the grocery store, and mix shredded chicken with shredded cheese or a creamy keto sauce.

Easy Versatile Keto Chicken Salad
This low-carb chicken salad is a quick and easy meal that is full of flavour and vegetables. It makes the perfect dip, snack, or meal.
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4 ways to serve chicken salad and side dishes

With only a few minutes of prep time, this lazy keto recipe looks impressive but throw it in the oven and forget it. Serve with leftover cauliflower mac and cheese for a comforting low-carb keto meal.

Spinach Stuffed Chicken Recipe (oven and air fryer).
Keto spinach stuffed chicken needs only 4 ingredients and takes only 10-minutes to prepare. It can be baked in the oven or air fryer. It's one of the yummiest, easiest healthy chicken dinners you will ever make.
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Low-Carb Tandoori Chicken Recipe on a blue plate

This is a really simple way to make chicken for dinner and it is full of surprising flavor! Tandoori chicken tastes like curry chicken from your favorite takeout restaurant. Serve with cauliflower rice for a complete meal.

A whole chicken sliced and sitting on a serving dish with lettuce

There are so many creative ways you can use this slow cooker chicken recipe. Shred the chicken and eat it for lunch, or add a few veggies and make this a homemade chicken soup. You’ll never go back to canned soup again!

Think this looks complicated? Think again. Just throw a chicken in the slow cooker and you have meals made for days. Almost zero prep time.

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Make a perfectly tender and juicy whole chicken in a slow cooker. Then turn the carcass into bone broth!
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pulled pork being lifted from the slow cooker with blue tongs

Keto slow cooker pulled pork is another classic staple that you can use in tons of other recipes! Eat it by itself or pile it on top of a bed of lettuce greens with some sour cream for a filling lunch. It’s the ultimate lazy keto meal prep.

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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If you have an Instant Pot, you can have a filling lazy keto meal ready in just minutes (yes, minutes). This keto salmon recipe even comes with a mayo recipe that you can use on other recipes too.

Instant Pot Lemon Salmon Recipe
A delicious easy salmon dinner made in the Instant Pot in under 5 minutes.
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Instant pot poached lemon salmon with dill mayonnaise served with lemon slice and fresh dill
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Lazy keto snacks

Don’t reach for a keto bar, these easy recipes are keto-friendly and super fast to make. 70+ lazy keto snack ideas (for beginners) is a great list to keep on hand.

Hard-boiled eggs are the perfect high-protein snack. You can chop them up in your salad and they make a really easy breakfast you can take with you out the door. This is how to make hard-boiled eggs in the Instant Pot in just a few minutes.

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A large chocolate cake sitting on top of a blue plate, with Chaffle and Vanilla

Chaffles are some of the most amazing creations of keto recipes. They are amazing cheese waffles and super versatile. These double chocolate chaffles taste like dessert! You make them right on your waffle maker in a matter of just minutes.

Easy Double Chocolate Chaffles Recipe
Double chocolate chaffles are perfect for breakfast or dessert. Delicious, easy, and fun chaffle recipes your whole family will love.
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Super easy keto recipes (under 5 minutes)

What do you eat on the keto diet if you have no time to cook? These recipes can all be made in under 5-minutes, and are low-carb, gluten-free, sugar-free, and tasty too.

Vanilla Berry Low-Carb mug cake in a light blue dish.
Vanilla berry mug cake

This single-serve keto mug cake takes only 1 minute to prepare. It is packed with healthy fats and fiber.

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Sugar-Free Nutella on a folded blue and white napkin with silver spoon

You can have that scrumptious hazelnut spread on the keto diet- just make it with clean ingredients and no sugar. This sugar-free Nutella tastes amazing on your favorite chaffle!

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Easy lazy meal prep

The best meal prep tips for easy lazy keto recipes are:

Cook once, serve twice – try to get into the habit of cooking a double meal and you can use the leftovers the next day for a quick keto dinner.

Vegetables – go to your local grocery store and buy pre-packaged bags of salad and pre-chopped vegetables, and frozen vegetables.

Rotisserie chicken – buy a cooked rotisserie chicken on your way home from work and throw it on a bag of salad or some fresh vegetables. No meal prep is required and you can use the leftover chicken for a creamy chicken salad the next day.

Cook plain meat – cook plain chicken breasts or ground beef then use the cooked meat in a few lazy keto recipes for the rest of the week.

Lazy keto freezer meals -never ever go back for second servings but pack any leftovers in an airtight container and freeze so you have plenty of lazy keto meals in your freezer. Just reheat and dinner is ready.

One of the best meal prep ideas I have found is to use ground beef. This recipe saves really well and you can use it in a ton of different ways and recipes too.

Cooked beef can be used for easy meal prep and lazy keto meals such as:

Low-Carb Taco Salad (with keto cheese tortilla strips)
Quick and tasty taco salad for lunch or dinner.
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A bowl of healthy low-carb taco salads
Keto Cheeseburger Pizza Recipe (keto pizza crust)
Get all the tasty goodness of a Big Mac in a healthy pizza form that is Keto friendly.
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Low-Carb Skillet Lasagna Recipe
A tasty skillet lasagna using keto pasta that is ready to eat in 15 minutes.
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Low-Carb Sloppy Joes Recipe
A tasty sloppy joe that can be served over 1-minute muffins, chaffles, or between a keto bagel.
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Low-carb sloppy joes served on a white plate.
Easy Keto Crack Slaw Recipe (10-minute dinner)
Have a healthy dinner ready in 10 minutes with this keto dish. Crack slaw is like eggroll in a bowl but with the delicious flavors of bacon. Perfect for dinner, lunch, or meal prep. Recipe can be doubled or cut in half.
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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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Finally, if you are craving fast food and want to spend a little more time in the kitchen, check out this list of 29 copycat keto recipes. You’ll find everything from how to make low-carb bread to pizza recipes. This is a fantastic list to keep on hand when you need it.

Lazy keto FAQ

Do you count calories on lazy keto?

No, the lazy keto diet only counts net grams of carbs.

Can you have a keto cheat day?

Yes, you can have a cheat day on keto but it will stop your weight loss and stop your progress.

What is the best kitchen gadget for lazy meals?

It depends on what you want to cook, but a slow-cooker, Instant Pot, or air fryer would have to be the best keto kitchen appliance to cook meals fast and without fuss.

Can you lose weight by doing lazy keto?

Yes, because a lazy keto is just learning how to cook simple meals fast with a few simple ingredients.

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  1. Thank you for recpies! Here’s a coffee smoothie for rushed mornings:

    1/2 an avocado
    2 tbsp, coconut milk (canned; organic)
    1/2 cup water
    2 tbsp instant coffee or strong brewed coffee
    lots of sugar free sweetener (I use equal just can’t develop a taste for the other kinds they’re too bitter.)
    1 small organic egg (boil it in shell for 6 mins to kill germs.)

    Blend in Nutrabullet or other mini, blender. Add more water if too thick.

    I personally think chocolate anything tastes awful with avocado, but if you like, add in 1 tbsp if calaco powder.

    Total carbs: 6-7 —counting thesplenda packet— add, 4 more carbs, with the chocolate (10, 11) try whipping cream if you hate the coconut milk and lower carbs by 2.