When you’re on the keto diet it means you get to indulge in fats but need to curbside the carbs. So when you can find fats that can mimic your favorite carby go-to’s, it makes it all the more fun and exciting. Not to mention, it will definitely help you stay on track with your diet. A popular food choice when seeking fatty foods for the Keto diet is cheese.
Cheese comes in a large variety of flavors and textures, there is truly something for everyone! It is also a rich source of calcium and protein, vitamin A, B12 amongst other nutritional perks. Sometimes cheese can actually enhance a meal taking it from 0 to 100 real quick! Stock up on cheese and let’s dig into these low-carb & cheesy recipes together!
Who needs flour tortillas when you can have a cheese crusted taco shell? Cheesy, crunchy, and salty and all allowed on your low-carb diet. Is this real life?
The shells are made from baked cheddar cheese. They’re really easy to make and only need to bake for about 5 minutes. To shape the taco you’ll drape it over the handle of a serving spoon that rests on two cups. You don’t need any fancy tools, because everything you need you should already have on hand. Once the taco shell cools it’ll harden in shape. Then you can fill with your favorite keto-approved toppings for a delicious meal.
https://www.homemadeinterest.com/low-carb-taco/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: HOME MADE INTEREST
These cheesecake truffles are for all the sweet-tooth addicts out there. You can still indulge in delicious and sweet treats while you’re on your diet, as long as the ingredients fall in line with your diet restrictions. This recipe does just that by using cream cheese to make the truffle filling.
This is also a no-bake recipe which means they’ll take less time to make. After putting these together, simply set in the freezer to harden. Then you can indulge in these delicious treats that will help fight off any chocolate craving you may have. Once they are set you can keep them in the fridge until your sweet tooth craving arises again.
https://mouthwateringmotivation.com/2018/01/25/no-bake-almond-joy-cheesecake-truffles-keto/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: MOUTH WATERING MOTIVATION
Mug recipes are so popular especially for those on a diet because it’s an easy way to get a meal for one without making the whole family partake in your diet. It’s also easy to get a quick satisfying fix when hunger strikes. I’m sure everyone knows what it is like to be hungry and not want to wait 30 minutes to an hour for a meal to cook. This is usually when we start to break our diet reaching for everything and anything accessible.
You might be wondering how one can possibly be having lasagna on a low-carb diet since traditionally it’s made with pasta, which is a big no-no on the keto diet. Instead of pasta, this recipes uses zucchini slices as a replacement and they work ever so nicely with the layers or marinara and tasty cheese. You’ll want this in the rotation of delicious keto-approved dinners to have.
http://www.forkly.com/recipes/5-ingredient-keto-mug-lasagna/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: FORKLY
While you may not be able to eat tortilla chips on a keto diet you can certainly still have nachos. You just have to buckle down and get creative. This recipe shows you just exactly how to do that.
These delicious nachos start with crispy mini sliced peppers and then are smothered in a gooey cheese. The fun part about these nachos is it’s very customizable. Pick the toppings you love to put on top of your low-carb nachos. Make sure to be aware of store-bought salsa, as many of them are high in sugar and may not fall in line with your diet. A smart alternative to this is making your own homemade salsa, sugar-free!
https://www.homemadeinterest.com/low-carb-nachos/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: HOME MADE INTEREST
If potato chips are your go-to snack and are what keeps setting you back on your keto diet then you have to try this recipe. You won’t miss your potato chips anymore because these baked cheese crisps have the same crunch you love with a cheesy and salty flavor!
This recipe is so easy and requires 1 ingredient (yes only 1)! It works by cutting cheddar cheese slices into quarters and then broiling for a few minutes in the oven. This may be the best food hack for the keto diet and you’ll be making these all the time. They taste great on their own or you can dip them into your favorite, keto-approved dip.
http://www.forkly.com/recipes/keto-friendly-baked-cheese-crisps/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: FORKLY
When you decide to go low-carb it can be a difficult transition because it feels like you have to give up all your favorite comfort foods. Fortunately for you, that just isn’t the case. You can still achieve delicious comfort food recipes without all the carbs, just like with this pizza casserole.
This deconstructed pizza casserole serve the flavors and textures of pizza but in a unique way. The base of the casserole starts with your favorite pizza toppings and then is topped off with gooey cheese and pepperoni slices. You’ll get all the same flavors of a pizza, but without the carb-laden dough!
https://kalynskitchen.com/low-carb-deconstructed-pizza-casserole/#more PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: KALYN’S KITCHEN
If you have a hard time swallowing asparagus because you don’t love its flavor then this is the recipe for you. These cheesy and garlicky roasted asparaguses are keto-approved and offer an excellent way to get more veggies into your diet.
This recipe only requires 4 major ingredients and 15 minutes of your time. Make these as a side with your next meal for a tasty and cheesy treat!
https://cafedelites.com/cheesy-garlic-roasted-asparagus/?epik=0FdH-E_IWHyxw PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: CAFE DELITES
When it comes to carby meals, breadsticks are always high up on the wishlist. They’re great edible tools that you can dip into sauces or eat alongside something comforting like that a saucy pasta dish. While it’s obvious you can’t have regular breadsticks on the keto diet, you can have this flourless version!
This recipe shows how a little creativity can help you achieve a diet-approved “treat” like breadsticks. The main ingredient here is yet again – cheese. When you melt cheese and let it cool it hardens and can be cut into breadstick shapes which makes is a great substitute for something like breadsticks. This recipe only calls for 3 ingredients and is very simple to put together, you’ll have these made in no time.
https://kirbiecravings.com/3-ingredient-flourless-cheese-breadsticks PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: KIRBIE CRAVINGS
If you don’t already have a spiralizer then you’ll definitely want one now. It’s a great tool that can turn many vegetables into a mimicked version of your favorite pasta noodle. So you can make delicious dishes like this one and not miss the carbs one bit.
If you can’t be bothered getting a spiralizer that is okay too, many grocery stores now offer pre-spiralized veggies that you can buy. If you choose to make your own make sure you don’t skip the draining the zoodles step because if you do you’ll end up with a rather watery and soggy noodle dish.
http://www.mymoderncookery.com/low-carb-million-dollar-zoodle-spaghetti/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: MY MODERN COOKERY
This cheesy cauliflower casserole makes a great macaroni and cheese dupe that you’ll fall in love with. It is loaded with ooey-gooey cheese and crunchy cauliflower. It’s also a great way to fit more veggies in by masking them in delightful flavors like cheese.
This recipe calls for minimal ingredients and takes less than 30 minutes to make which means it would be a great weeknight dinner contender. The next time you’re craving your boxed mac and cheese make sure to give this recipe a try.
https://domesticallycreative.com/cheesy-cauliflower-casserole/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: DOMESTICALLY CREATIVE
The stuffed vegetable method is a great way to get more vegetables into your meals but can also help keep your carb cravings at bay. While mushrooms can taste bland on their own these stuffed portobello mushrooms are definitely not.
Filled with gooey cheese, savory onions and salty bacon, this meal is made in one pan and is incredibly filling. So filling, in fact, you can eat them as the main dinner dish and not just as an appetizer. This recipe stays low-carb, it contains only 5 grams per serving to be precise so you can stay on track with your diet.
https://www.savorytooth.com/stuffed-portobello-mushrooms/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: SAVORY TOOTH
If soups are more of your jam then you’ll want to try out this cheesy cauliflower and broccoli soup. It stays low-carb, high-fat and offers a whole lot of flavor. You will also find sausage chunks and bacon bits in this recipe to offer a generous serving of protein.
To add flavor you could consider using a variety of different kinds of sausage depending on your taste. This soup also makes for a great leftover option since it will reheat nicely, that is if there are any leftovers!
https://lowcarbyum.com/broccoli-cauliflower-cheese-soup-sausage/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: LOW CARB YUM
Breakfast casseroles are an easy way to get a weeks worth of breakfast ready in one dish. We all too often run out of the time in the morning resulting in skipping breakfast altogether. Breakfast is, however, a very important meal to help start off our day with the right fuel for our bodies provided by this mealtime.
This casserole is made with eggs, broccoli florets and a lot of sharp and delicious cheeses. Considering this casserole can keep in the fridge for several days you might just want to make this breakfast on the weekend and save for your busy weekday mornings.
https://kalynskitchen.com/broccoli-cheese-breakfast-casserole/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: KALYNS KITCHEN
This is another pizza recipe but stays in its traditional round form. It looks like pizza but doesn’t have any crust. This simple method uses shredded cheese as the crust to make this recipe low-carb.
All you’ll have to do it is place the shredded cheese on a baking sheet, keep the round form and once it starts to bubble you can put all the pizza toppings you love on top. When the cheese has cooled it keeps its form allowing you to cut it and have proper pizza slices. This pizza doesn’t have sauce on it but instead, and maybe better you’ll dip your cheesy pizza slices into the sauce. It’s keto-approved and we’re pretty sure your kids will love this too.
https://www.closetcooking.com/2015/09/no-crust-pepperoni-pizza.html PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: CLOSET COOKING
Satisfy your chocolate cravings with this cream cheese fudge! The fun thing about cream cheese is that it is so versatile. It can compliment a lot of savory dishes but can make an excellent ingredient for sweet recipes too!
This recipe calls for 5 simple ingredients and only takes 10 minutes to prepare. You’ll then want to let it rest in the freezer so it can harden. This savory fudge also makes a great frosting substitute so save this recipe for your cookie and cake decorating too!
https://mariasmixingbowl.com/low-carb-cream-cheese-fudge/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: MARIA’S MIXING BOWL
My favorite thing about lasagna is all the different and delightful layers it has to offer. While traditional lasagna has layers of pasta it is obvious that just isn’t going to fly on a keto diet. Instead, this recipe takes the flavors and ingredients of cordon bleu and layers them in this exquisite dinner.
Instead of noodles, this recipes uses baked cheese. As we have discovered previously, when you bake cheese and let it cool it’ll harden into whatever form you want, in this case, noodles. In between the cheesy “noodles” are layers of chicken breast, and thinly slices of ham. You’ll achieve the same flavors or chicken cordon bleu but in a low-carb fun new way!
https://peaceloveandlowcarb.com/chicken-cordon-bleu-lasagna-low-carb-gluten-free/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: PEACE LOVE AND LOW CARB
If you thought you’d never have pastries again while on the keto diet, think again. You have coconut flour and almond flour to thank for that! These types of flours allow you to create this delicious recipe for spinach and feta pastries, all the while low-carb and keto-approved!
This recipe is all about cheese! You’ll find it in the pastry dough along within the filling. The pastries require mozzarella cheese and cream cheese, then the spinach filling calls for feta. They may look complicated, but these little pastries come together easily!
https://joyfilledeats.com/spinach-feta-pastries/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: JOY FILLED EATS
Coconut flour comes into play again with this cookie recipe. The coconut flour helps keep these cookies low-carb and the cheese helps gives these cookies a nice flavor. These cookies are soft and chewy and store well in the fridge.
The secret in this recipe is to use cream cheese to give it a sharp yet lovely flavor. They are sweetened with erythritol but any keto-approved sweetener will work well too. Make sure to not skip out on the butter to keep these cookies high fat and low-carb to cater to your dietary needs.
https://divaliciousrecipes.com/cream-cheese-cookies-low-carb/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: DIVALICIOUS RECIPES
Fat bombs, or fat bites whichever you call them are all the rage with the keto diet. They’re tasty snacks that can easily boost the healthy fat intake that is required on the diet. They also offer a quick energy boost.
There are all kinds of fat bite recipes out there ranging from savory to sweet. This would be a savory and spicy fat bomb! These tasty bite-sized snacks are made with full-fat cream cheese, unsalted butter, cheddar cheese and real jalapeno peppers. Once they have hardened in their ball shape you’ll roll these tasty treats in bacon bits.
https://lowcarbyum.com/savory-cheesy-jalapeno-fat-bombs/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: LOW CARB YUM
This cheesy dip keeps things seriously low-carb, 1 gram per serving to be exact! Chorizo takes the spotlight in the recipe, along with the cheese, obviously. If you haven’t had chorizo before, it is simply a spicy sausage that comes from Spain or Mexico but that is found easily at many local grocery stores.
The sausage will accumulate a lot of greases so you’ll want to drain it before you bake this dip. This recipe uses Monterrey jack cheese for a sharp and bold flavor and the jalapenos turn up the heat in this recipe. You could enjoy this dip with a keto-friendly snack like pork rinds or you could even make the cheese crisp recipe that we talked about earlier.
https://www.heyketomama.com/keto-cheesy-chorizo-dip/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: HEY KETO MAMA