10 Keto-Friendly Dinners from the South Beach MenuArticle posted in: Keto Friendly
There’s nothing better than a comforting, fulfilling meal at the end of a long day. When you’re on a diet plan, comfort can be in short supply. But that’s not the case with the South Beach Keto-Friendly meal plan. Meats and cheese (pretty much the cornerstones of comfort food) are permitted on this plan and star in virtually each of the keto dinners listed below. Extra spices and vegetables can be added at will. This is your dinner and your diet. Make it work for you!
Check out 10 of our delicious, keto dinners:
Want to go “out” to dinner tonight? Make this cheesy, fancy-enough-for-a-restaurant chicken breast. It’s one of our all-time-favorite keto dinners. Up the “fancy” factor by pairing some roasted artichokes or summer squash. Add some candles and soft dinner music, and you’ll be transported right out of your kitchen.
What’s the best part about this savory chicken breast? You don’t have to share it. Cut into the middle and you’ll be treated to that gooey spinach-artichoke dip that every crowd loves. Serve over crisp romaine lettuce and you’ll get that satisfying chip crunch.
An online reviewer said this entrée was one of her favorites and elaborated: “I really liked this. The beef had a good texture and the mix of peppers and onion were well seasoned.” We’re proud of this one: 230 calories, 12 grams of (healthy) fat, 3 grams of dietary fiber, 20 grams of protein—all delivered in a flavorful package.
We know. You miss spaghetti. But here’s some good news: Spaghetti can be easily replaced with spaghetti squash, zucchini ribbons, or spiralized onions. You can’t substitute much for meaty, hearty meatballs, which means you’ve got the best end of the deal. Go ahead: Celebrate with a garnish of Parmesan cheese. (It’s approved and can be a delicious topping to many of our keto dinners!)
What’s that? You’re craving Thanksgiving dinner? We bring you turkey, gravy and tender green beans. Craving pumpkin pie? Mix a little pumpkin puree with a a half cup Greek yogurt and add pumpkin pie spice. Sweeten with a little agave nectar. Caving satiated.
One online reviewer gave this entrée five stars. “When you MUST have BBQ this will satisfy. Tasty and tangy, with chunks of juicy chicken. I often serve over sautéed cabbage.” We love that serving suggestion and would also try collards or riced cauliflower to spice things up.
“I would buy this product again…extras even,” says a five-star online review. “This is really flavorful. The steak is tender and the asparagus is just crisp enough.” The flavor comes from onions, paprika, mushrooms and butter, plus a steak sauce made with raisins, crushed oranges, garlic and tomatoes. Oh—and then there’s the tender steak and crisp asparagus, of course!
On an ordinary diet, sausage would be far, far away from your “approved” foods list. On the keto-friendly diet, however, this comfort food is encouraged. Instead of the bun, serve the sausage and peppers over spaghetti squash or make a lettuce wrap.
Looking for those dishes that are highest in protein? Maybe because you’re trying to stay full longer or push through a weight loss plateau? This entrée has 23 grams of protein plus 2 grams of dietary fiber, 13 grams of healthy fat and all in a 230-calorie package. Want to make it even more filling? Add some extra asparagus.
Yes, those are white beans you see in there. And yes, legumes are not recommended on the keto diet. So why are they in this entrée? Remember that the South Beach keto-friendly plan isn’t intended to allow individuals to achieve or maintain nutritional ketosis. In other words, we still want you to get the nutritional benefits from foods (like beans) from time to time, which is why we set our daily net carb levels at 40 and 50 grams and why we added them to our prepared meals.