One of the biggest challenges faced by those on a diet is what to cook every day. It can get rather tedious to cook each meal as per the dietician’s guidance, and also deliver on the taste factor.
A keto diet, in particular, can be tough, as it focuses on fat and completely eliminates carbohydrates. If you’re on keto, here are a few easy-to-whip-up dishes that will suit your diet as well as your taste buds.
1. Bacon Sushi
Salty, spicy, creamy and crunchy, sushi is the ultimate Japanese indulgence. However, if you’re on a keto diet, try this bacon option instead.
Time: 30 minutes
6 slices bacon, cut into half
2 cucumbers, sliced
2 carrots, sliced
1 avocado, sliced
100 grams cream cheese
Sesame seeds for garnishing (optional)
1. Bake bacon pieces in a tray for 10 to 12 minutes, or till slightly crisp but flexible enough to roll.
2. When the bacon has cooled down, spread a layer of cream cheese. Put the vegetables evenly between the strips.
3. Roll up the bacon and vegetables tightly. If needed, you may use the sushi bamboo mat.
4. Serve cold, garnished with sesame seeds.
2. Chicken Salad
Want to skip cooking altogether? Try this salad made from any leftover baked chicken – it’s a completely filling meal.
Time: 15 minutes
650 grams chicken breast
3 celery stalks, diced
1/2 cup mayonnaise
2 teaspoon brown mustard
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoon dill, chopped
1/4 cup chopped pecans
Berries and lettuce for garnishing (optional)
1. Cut the chicken into bite-sized pieces.
2. Mix chicken, celery, mayonnaise, mustard, and salt in a bowl, and toss gently covering the chicken pieces.
3. Cover bowl with lid and let chill for an hour in a refrigerator.
4. Add dill and chopped pecans before serving. You can garnish with fresh berries and lettuce leaves, too.
3. Alfredo Zoodles
A great alternative to pasta, you can cook these zoodles in less than half an hour and enjoy them as you binge-watch your favourite show.
Time: 20 minutes
200 grams cucumber, chopped
1 small onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
¼ cup white wine (optional)
1 ½ cup heavy cream
½ cup Parmesan cheese, grated
450 grams zucchini noodles
Seasonings according to taste
1. In a pan, add oil and cook the onions until soft. Then add the garlic and cook for about 30 seconds, or till it mixes well with the onions. Add wine if you want and cook until the mixture has halved.
2. Now add cream to the boiling mixture. Lower the heat and add the cheese.
3. Once the sauce is slightly thick, add the zucchini noodles and toss gently.
4. Add cucumber and garnish with Parmesan cheese. Serve hot.
4. Peanut Butter Cups
Who said diets don’t include dessert? Try these healthy peanut butter cups that are low on calories and high on taste.
Time: 30 minutes
4 tablespoon peanut butter
100 grams unsalted butter
30 grams unsweetened chocolate
1/3 cup stevia (or as needed)
2 tablespoon cream
1. In a microwave, melt the chocolate and butter.
2. Mix cream and peanut butter, along with stevia to taste.
3. Divide the mixture evenly in muffin or other moulds.
4. Freeze for 30 to 45 minutes, or until firm.
5. Serve cold.
5. Blackberry Smoothie
Carry this easy-peasy smoothie to work or the gym – or simply have it at home when you don’t feel like cooking.
Time: 5 minutes
1 1/4 cups coconut milk
2 teaspoon cocoa powder
1 teaspoon peanut butter
1 teaspoon stevia (or as needed)
1/2 cup blackberries
1 tsp chia seeds
1. Put all ingredients in a blender and blend until it has a smooth, liquid consistency.
2. Add stevia if needed.
3. Serve chilled.