12 Keto Recipes on a Budget for 2021
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Eating keto-friendly meals and preparing dishes that are high in nutrition and taste is perfectly doable even when you’re on a budget; a keto food plan isn’t just healthy, it’s affordable as well. You’ll be spending less on carbs and have more to spend on healthy fats and proteins that keep you full for longer. With a little bit of planning and preparation, you can eat keto meals that will have your family and friends asking for second helpings.
We’ve found 12 incredible recipes that fit into any budget … everything from sweet pancakes for breakfast to a delicious zoodle bake; there’s something here for you. These recipes give you keto results without spending over your budget.
Whether you’re looking for a new breakfast idea for something you can grab on those busy mornings, or craving a comforting home-cooked meal that’s loaded with cheese, we’ve got you covered with these recipes.
#1 Low Carb Lemon Cheesecake
Zesty lemon flavor comes in a scrumptious cheese cake, topped with the richness of fresh whipped cream. So light and fluffy, you’ll be in love with this dessert before it even hits the table. Go ahead and use lime Jell-O for a different flavor sensation. When you serve this delightful dessert, everyone will be asking for a second slice.
#2 Shredded Chicken Chili
Loaded with protein, dinner is on the table in no time with this homey chili recipe. Perfect after a long day at work, this budget friendly recipe uses cream cheese and jalapeno to give it its creamy spiciness. Top it off with cilantro and Monterey Jack cheese for extra zip. To save time, cook the chicken breasts the day before.
#3 Zucchini Noodle Carbonara Recipe
No need to go out and spend money to enjoy carbonara. Now you can save and stay true to your keto plan. When zucchini is in season it’s time to indulge in this low-carb dish. This is a healthier take on carbonara that is traditionally made with carb-filled pasta. Zucchini noodles are topped with a creamy Parmesan bacon sauce. A delicious dinner indulgence.
#4 Cauliflower Breakfast Muffins
Now the most important meal of your day can be nutritious, delicious, and better than any muffin you’ll pick up on your way to work. These low-carb muffins are easy to make and will keep you satisfied until lunch. Make a batch of these cauliflower egg muffins for the week and you can grab and go. Swap out the ham for bacon to shake up the taste.
#5 Baked Garlic Butter Chicken
What could be better than chicken breasts cooked in an amazing garlic butter and then topped with gooey, melted cheese. This is a flavor-packed meal, with fresh rosemary giving it a delicious and distinctive woody aroma. Swap chicken breast out with chicken thighs for even more juicy tenderness. Best of all – hardly a carbohydrate in sight.
#6 Italian Spaghetti Squash Bake
Sugar-free pasta sauce and spaghetti squash all come together in this filling, cheesy dinner. This dish is packed with an Italian taste and you sure won’t miss the pasta. Use a blend of cheeses to give it that extra rich creaminess. This is a succulent dinner that everyone will absolutely love. And after you enjoy this meal for dinner, you’ll be anticipating leftovers for lunch.
#7 Cream Cheese Pancakes
If pancakes are one of your favorite breakfast foods, this keto-friendly recipe was made for you. Light and fluffy, the cream cheese gives them a rich flavor you won’t be able to resist. Just four ingredients make it a breeze to make on those mornings when you’re in a rush. Low-carb and gluten-free, use your choice of sweetener. And don’t forget to serve with fruit and sugar-free syrup.
#8 Chicken Zoodle Soup
Nothing beats a bowl of hot chicken soup for dinner when the weather starts to get colder. To turn this into a keto recipe, ditch the pasta noodles and use your spiralizer to make zucchini noodles for this flavor-packed chicken soup. Thyme and rosemary ensure a real homey taste. This soup is so delicious you’ll want to double the recipe, so you can enjoy it all week long.
#9 Mexican Zucchini and Beef Skillet
It won’t cost you a lot to whip up this family-style dish. Inexpensive to make, it’s great any time of year, especially in summer when there’s an over-abundance of zucchini. High in protein and low in carbs, this is a filling meal that will leave you completely satisfied. Done in 30 minutes, it’s the Mexican spices that pull this dish together.
#10 My Favorite Keto Breakfast Sandwich
If you miss having a carb-loaded breakfast sandwich in the morning, you won’t after you make this keto dish. Premade sausage patties make this a quick breakfast to share with your family or eat when you’re on the run. The cream cheese, cheddar, and a slice of avocado complete the package. This is one recipe that is sure to break the boredom of the old bacon and egg breakfast.
#11 French Onion Zoodle Bake
When you’re craving the delicious taste of French onion soup, turn to this zoodle bake. It’s super simple to make and sure to fit any budget. The healthy edge to this dish is the zucchini zoodles. Combine zoodles with the smoothness of Fontina cheese and you’ve got a winning meal that you can serve for Sunday dinner.
#12 Easy Baked Enchilada Chicken
The cheesy yumminess of baked enchiladas comes to your table in this keto-adapted recipe. With just a few ingredients this is the perfect dish to serve your family on a busy weekday night. Melted cheese mixed with enchilada sauce turns boring chicken breasts into an exciting meal.
Enjoy Keto Meals on a Budget
You can stick to your budget and still prepare keto-friendly meals your entire family will enjoy. Low-cost meals don’t need to be boring and tasteless. With a little bit of planning you can eat nutritious meals that tantalize your taste buds … and you don’t have to spend a lot of money. There are great recipes for every taste – low in carbs and high in healthy fats. So, start planning your next week of delicious meals.