It may seem odd that – as full time travel digital nomads – we’d have favorite homemade keto meals.
But when we first started eating keto in 2018 on our keto diet journey we were pretty strict. And that meant cooking at home a lot so that we could carefully control what we ate. As a result, we quickly lost about 25 pounds each.
At this point, we haven’t had a piece of bread since June 2018 and are each down around 30 pounds.
But after spending 18 months living a digital nomad life eating a travel keto diet, we found ourselves under stay-at-home orders arising from the COVID-19 pandemic.
So we took the COVID lockdown as an opportunity to rediscover our favorite homemade keto meals.
And then once we started traveling again it was at a much slower pace and we found ourselves continuing to cook keto meals in our Airbnbs.
Since we are spending so much time back in a keto kitchen, we thought we would share our favorite homemade keto meals.
We’ve put a link to some of the more ‘exotic’ keto ingredients so you can buy it online – or at least get a look at the package so you know what to look for at the grocery store!
Homemade Keto Breakfast
We’ve talked about the way we handle Breakfast on a Travel Keto Diet. Keto bulletproof tea and sometimes a travel keto restaurant for breakfast.
But there is a whole world of homemade keto breakfast!
Here are our favorite homemade keto meals for breakfast.
Eggs and Bacon
The classic breakfast combination is perfect for protein and fat. And quick to make.
My favorite trick is to bake the bacon – its eliminates a big mess and keeps the bacon nice and crispy. Another option for hassle-free and mess-free bacon is to use fully cooked bacon. It doesn’t have to be refrigerated and crisps up in the microwave in less than 2 minutes.
For bacon & eggs with a kick check out this recipe using asparagus, bok choy, and red bell peppers as well. It only takes 25 mins and is 334 calories.
I LOVE pancakes!
And making pancakes for a homemade keto meal is simple. Just swap out a few ingredients!
Instead of using traditional flour, use almond flour and/or coconut flour. And instead of sugar use Besti Keto Erythritol or the sweetener of your choice.
I prefer to use a combination of both to keep the pancakes fluffy and tasty. You can also freeze keto pancakes which make for a perfect quick snack.
And by adding some berries or sugar-free syrup you can have a keto healthy breakfast that satisfies your sweet tooth too.
My favorite recipe take 20 minutes and only 268 calories. This batter is perfect for making keto waffles too! All you need is a waffle iron.
But be warned, keto pancakes are MUCH more filling than regular pancakes. All that good protein really fills you up!
Cheese-Crusted Keto Omelet
This final breakfast option is filled with 8 grams of protein and is great on a time crunch.
My favorite keto omelet features mushrooms, spinach, deli turkey, and light cream cheese.
This omelet is bursting with flavor. And you can swap out ingredients to feature different toppings inside. I love to change this omelet up by adding mozzarella and pesto or taco mince and avocado.
Both are keto-friendly and are ideal if you are looking for a more hearty brunch option too.
Homemade Keto meals – Lunch
There are plenty of homemade keto lunch options.
But these are our favorites for low carb and low sugar lunches.
Keto Pimiento Cheese Meatballs
We all love the classic Italian meatball. But ordering them in restaurants is a huge keto gamble. More likely than not, restaurant meatballs are made with breading or other carby filler.
But this homemade keto meatball features the flavors you love without the carbs!
This meatball is zesty, creamy and moist.
And this keto-friendly option has only 1 net carb and 41 grams of protein.
One of the things I miss most in my keto lifestyle is a simple plate of Italian spaghetti and meatballs. So pairing these meatballs with low carb noodle alternatives and keto friendly sugar free tomato sauce scratches my spaghetti and meatballs itch!
Keto Pimiento Cheese Meatballs
Grilled chicken or grilled steak is one the best homemade keto meal options you can have. They are the classic keto dish.
Although simple, grilling the meat doesn’t mean it has to be bland!
By adding lemon zest, mustard, and a dash of a few other spices you have a delicious time friendly lunch. This grilled chicken recipe serves up 25 grams of protein as well as no net carbs.
You can even change up the chicken flavor by adding pesto or even a buffalo sauce.
Keto Reuben Sandwich
This keto recipe option features a combination of crispy buttery chaff, melted cheese, corned beef, sauerkraut, and a delicious sauce.
The key to making this sandwich keto-friendly is using eggs and mozzarella in the waffle maker to make the bread. Making the waffle or bun this way only takes about 5 minutes!
While it is cooking you just combine the 3 sauces with corn beef and cheese then you’re on your way!
Another toping you can add is sauerkraut – we love it! However, if that’s not your thing you can make keto friendly coleslaw.
Take note: this sandwich tends to be big so it can easily be shared by 2 people. And it’s very filling as it is packed with 27 grams of protein.
Homemade Keto Dinner
There’s a lot more to homemaker keto dinners than steak!
Here are some of our favorite homemade keto dinners.
Keto Buffalo Chicken Pizza
When we first started keto we assumed pizza was definitely something we were going to miss.
We were wrong!
Making keto friendly pizza is actually pretty easy.
With this keto buffalo pizza you are still able to enjoy the cheesy flavor of eating pizza, but with a twist.
This recipe features a fathead pizza crust, Franks hot sauce, shredded chicken, and an array of cheeses.
The total cook time is 25 minutes and is only 189 calories, making this a painless dinner after a long day of work.
And the best part is that with this dough recipe you can make almost any pizza your heart desires.
Keto Chicken Pot Pie Soup with Biscuits
Lisa loves soup!
And this is soup is a standard favorite in the fall in winter with a keto pop.
This comforting meal is full of flavor, tasty vegetables, and topped with almond flour and cheddar biscuits.
The full cook time for this dish is only 30 minutes and requires many spices you probably already have at home.
As for the biscuits, by using almond flour you are in a keto-friendly zone.
With the biscuits and all this keto option is 30 grams of protein and 575 calories. So bring on those rainy or snowy days with this sultry soup option.
Keto Cauliflower Casserole
This yummy keto dish solely has three ingredients in it, however, is erupting with flavor.
Whenever we make this dish and bring it to a group dinner it goes FAST, even among non-keto eaters!
By using cheese, salt, and pepper, and cauliflower you have yourself an amazing side dish.
The cook time is about 10 minutes of prep and 25 minutes in the oven.
This keto diet option has 18 grams of protein and no carbs.
It’s a great option for those days you are looking for something lazy to cook.
Homemade Keto Meals – Desserts
Sweet, delicious and totally keto.
Here are our favorite homemade keto desserts!
Fat Head Danish/ Keto Kringle
This sweet delicious dessert is loaded with mouthwatering flavor and cinnamon. And it’s perfect to take to a dinner party because it’s a delicious keto dessert.
By using almond flour and cream cheese you have a keto-friendly dough (same as for the keto pizza!) that keeps you healthy.
The entire dish takes 27 minutes to make.
It has 235 calories per serving, making it a speedy healthy keto dessert option.
Also, you can make the dough and filling up to two days before making the cooking time even shorter once you decide to bake it.
Keto 60 Second Mug Cake
This is by far our favorite keto dessert. I make it for me and Matt all the time because it’s fast and delicious.
The dessert takes 60 seconds to make and be made in multiple flavors from vanilla to peanut butter.
By replacing flour with almond flour or coconut flour you have a delightful keto option.
And depending on the flavor you choose it has 11-15 grams of protein and is about 300 calories.
This heavenly dessert is excellent for those late-night chocolate cravings.
Keto Mug Cake – Chocolate, Vanilla, or Peanut Butter
No-Bake Keto Peanut Butter Chocolate Bars
The no-bake chocolate bar option will satisfy all of your dessert cravings with almost no sugar.
The bars are low carb, low sugar, and are perfectly delicious keto dessert or fat bomb.
The taste of these will be similar to your childhood favorite – a Reese’s.
By using sugar-free chocolate chips, almond flour, and a sugar alternative like Swerve you have an option that keeps you on keto.
The total prep time is 10 minutes and are 246 calories each. So bring on the Halloween movies and enjoy this classic candy favorite.
No Bake Keto Peanut Butter Chocolate Bars
Genius Gourmet Chocolate Dream Bars
If you are feeling a little lazy then do like we do: have some Genius Gourmet Chocolate Dream Bars on hand.
They aren’t homemade keto snacks but they are easy and delicious!
Bottom Line – Our Favorite Homemade Keto Meals
Being keto doesn’t have to be boring, bland, or even difficult.
By replacing traditional flour with almond flour or coconut flour you are able to enjoy almost all your usual favorites.
So whether it be early morning or an evening after a long day of exploring, following keto can be quick, simple and delicious.
So grab the almond flour and cheese, and enjoy homemade keto meals either at home or even, like us, while traveling traveling.
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