The emergence of varieties of keto-friendly packaged foods on grocery shelves initially brought joy to our hearts. If you are like me, this joy comes from knowing I had the option to buy ready made meals rather than make my keto friendly meals from scratch.
However, upon looking at the carb counts of the ingredients used in making most of these products, I was totally discouraged. From my observation I find that some of the manufacturers consciously or unconsciously included some non-ketogenic ingredients in their product to make it sweet, durable, or to increase the product’s shelf life.
Could they be preying on our desperation to have ready-made food products or are they just trying to make a profit by tagging their products “keto-friendly?” My advice to you is that when next you go shopping and you choose to buy keto-friendly food products, take your time to read through the ingredients before you make your selection.
In the meantime, if you are a keto-dieter that is always on a tight budget and constantly looking for a cheap and easy to cook keto-conforming meal after a day at work. I have got you covered because we fall into the same category. In this article, I have compiled a list of cheap and easy to prepare keto friendly dinners that will save you time and money.
1. Keto Cheesy Garlic Breadsticks
This quick and easy low carb recipe is made with simple ingredients that you probably already have on hand. It's super comforting and delicious, yet almost zero carb.
It only takes 20 minute to prepare and the presence of cheese makes it a perfect dish to power the rest of your night. To make 2 servings of this super amazing diet all you need are;
- 1 cup shredded mozzarella
- 1 cup shredded parmesan cheese
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp garlic powder
Would you like to give it a trial? Follow this link to get the direction for preparing it!
2. Roasted Cauliflower Steak
Are you the type that likes to go vegan? If yes, this dish is made for you. This entire meal is made with fresh vegetables and seasonings that you can easily find in any pantry.
Not only is roasted cauliflower steak the right solution for a satisfying plant-based entree or side, it is also packed with spices that can benefit your health with their high antioxidative and anti-inflammatory properties.
To prepare 4 servings of this tasty meal you will need;
- 2 heads cauliflower, about 2 pounds (908g) each
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt, (5g)
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon paprika
- 1/4 cup olive oil, (60ml)
- 1 teaspoon chopped parsley
This might likely take you about 50 minutes to prepare. Follow this link to get the direction on how to prepare it.
3. Shrimp Scampi With Squash Noodles
We all love noodles, there is no doubt about that. However, subscribing to the keto diet has prevented us from enjoying our high carb conventional noodles. To keep the carbs low and still enjoy our ropy noodles, this dish replaces linguine noodles with summer squash.
This amazingly buttery meal is cheap and very easy to prepare with nearly all ingredients always available in the pantry. The presence of chicken broth also gives you the chicken-y taste and aroma.
- 2 summer squash
- 2 tbsp butter
- 1/4 cup chicken broth or white wine
- 2 tbsp lemon juice
- 1/8 tsp red chili flakes
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 1 pound shrimp deveined
- 2 tbsp parsley chopped
The ingredients above are enough to prepare 6 servings within 45 minutes. The calorie content is also on the low side with about 165 calorie and 5g net carbohydrates.
Click this link to get the direction for preparing this recipe.