Staring down a fridge full of Thanksgiving leftovers, turkey leg in hand — I am forced to conclude that I am not, in fact, looking forward to the idea of eating my body weight in mashed potatoes.
I know what you’re thinking, that practically amounts to sacrilege.
Next you’ll be extolling the virtues of tofurkey or shilling weight loss teas like one of those dispiritingly slender Instagram models.
While I’d happily part with my pocket-fork to look like Bella Hadid, I’m not prepared to forsake enjoying food in favor of gimmicky diets and green juices.
But I do advocate for thinking before you eat; if only so you can better enjoy every mouthful.
Here are 25 of our favorite Keto thanksgiving recipes.
And they’re all delicious — because eating well shouldn’t make you bloody miserable.
Of course, we are just sharing the good news here. Check your measurements, servings and your own limitations before diving in.
1. Italian Keto Meatballs With Cheddar Cheese
Uncomplicated, comforting and versatile: there’s a million different ways to eat meatballs, and they’re all great — though unfortunately, they’re not all keto-friendly recipes.
You can eat them with pasta.
You can sling them in a soup.
You can stuff them with cheddar, smother them with spinach and enjoy them as part of a keto friendly thanksgiving like so.
The possibilities are endless. The world is your oyster — and the pearl is a meatball.
Everyone should know how to make a stew — and this unfussy keto beef tagine is as good a place to start as any.
There’s only a few things you’ve got to be certain of: one, that you’ve got the right cut of meat and two, that you’re cooking it long enough.
Barring that, it’s nigh-impossible to mess up this keto thanksgiving dinner.
Serve with a side of cauliflower rice at your holiday meal.
We’ve peddled some seriously pimped-out mac and cheese on this website (and no, we’re not sorry) but this is a remarkably straight, indulgently simple version of what has always been an essentially domestic dish.
This low carb keto thanksgiving recipe is best enjoyed spooned out of the pot in hot, creamy mouthfuls right there on your stovetop.
In the name of novelty, you may add no more than a handful of leeks — but that’s it.
We’ve got to draw a line somewhere.
Fried chicken: we love you and we don’t care who knows it.
Our singular quibble is that we could do without the greasy carb overload that results from eating one crispy batter-drenched tender too many.
This recipe is a quick fix. Your keto thanksgiving menu is ready.
Some things you should never do with a taco:
- Put fake cheese in it.
- Turn it into a pizza.
- Wrap it in a cheesesteak. Yes, really.
This taco casserole is beyond reproach, though.
Keto thanksgiving recipes don’t get a whole lot better than this.
Neither does a cheat meal, for that matter.
It pays not to mess too much with this fresh, summery fish.
Serve with grilled asparagus and a lashing of chopped parsley.
Remember, the trick is not to make a splash at your low carb thanksgiving.
Crack an egg, stir in some zingy pumpkin puree and bake at 350ºF for 15 to 20 minutes — and VY-OH-LAY.
Breakfast a la Thanksgiving keto recipes is served.
These also make for a delicious dessert.
Take a cue from the Tuscans: these herby, spicy shrimp require very little in the way of actual effort and are as light and delicate as a briny sea-breeze.
Enjoy this delicious keto recipe with a flute of chilled white wine.
This fresh, crisp salad is a great way to make use of whatever neglected vegetables might ordinarily have been fated to end up in the garbage disposal.
The recipe calls for dressing these simple ingredients up with pungent fish sauce.
There’s no greater joy than that of warm, toasty pralines.
These are what we enjoy before gearing up for a long, exhausting day of prepping low carb thanksgiving recipes and keto stuffing.
Meltingly rich and wonderfully nutty — we’ll wolf them butter-soft and steaming straight from the pan.
Thank you, diet-gods for blessing us with the finest of keto desserts, without which no keto thanksgiving feast is complete.
This boasts a rich, balanced taste that ensures you won’t miss your store-bought pie.
All out of keto thanksgiving ideas?
Elegantly simple poached fish meets spicy guacamole in this succulent, nourishing feast.
Bring your appetite — and a wedge of lemon.
The earthy, wholesome appeal of a Portobello mushroom has always been hard to resist.
If you’re resistant to the idea of a pizza in a mushroom cap — relax.
The Portobello isn’t the main event here; that would be all the cheese.
It’s pizza. With a crispy chicken crust.
Even if you aren’t on a keto diet, I don’t think we’ve really got to sell you on this.
Baked or chilled? Pastry shell or cookie base?
We find cheesecake to be intensely personal, but everyone will enjoy these creamy, no-fuss, no-faff chocolate-chip studded bars when it’s time for keto thanksgiving dessert.
Thank goodness for cream cheese.
There’s nothing we like more than a delicious one-pot main course.
And this succulent, juicy turkey breast is a great example of the joys of a sheet-pan.
Brussels sprouts have long been the pariahs of the Cooking Chew kitchen, summoned dutifully at holiday season and then ignored.
That was until we tried them laced with garlic and judiciously well-seasoned.
Next to no-net carbs and so good we could hardly believe it was sprouts we were eating.
Now they’re the uncontested king of side dishes.
Creamy, dreamy and absolutely perfect from one end of the zoodle to the other.
Nuts are the secret weapon in this ode to a classic.
19. Keto Carne Asada
We used to think steak was a tad overrated till we had it the Mexican way.
Finish with some fire-roasted salsa and creamy guacamole. Olé!
Fried-rice doesn’t have to be takeaway style to be good.
Case in point: this delicious, buttery breakfast of firm, spicy cauliflower and crispy bacon.
Throw in a handful of parsley for good measure. Because fresh herbs delicious!
You can’t beat the instant gratification of a warm, greasy big mac (or the carb count, for that matter) but this salad is the next best thing.
It sure wins out over the traditional thanksgiving meal side of creamed corn.
These easy-peasy wraps put the pleasure back in snacking — no need to tear open a bag of potato chips (though we’re very partial to salt and vinegar and promise not to tell if you won’t).
If you like salmon, you’ll dig these warm crumb patties.
If you don’t like salmon, these will convert you.
Toss them in a salad with some ranch dressing and ice-cold lettuce or sling them between some soft, pillow-y burger buns: your call.
Green bean casserole, this isn’t — it’s better.
These delicately-spiced curried green beans conjure up sunny days spent in the garden.
Serve with rotis, parathas (or naan) or keto bread like Toufayan’s Smart Pockets.
An elegant, low-carb twist on the humble chip.
We’ll never deep fry sweet potatoes again.
Serve with a light dusting of parmesan cheese and some olive oil.
The bottom line
You don’t have to train yourself to like healthy food when it’s this good.
From main dishes to fries, even keto thanksgiving desserts, we’re on a mission to eating well the easy way with the best keto thanksgiving recipes out there.
No willpower necessary.
Had all the low-carb you can take?
Check out our 28 Tasty Crockpot Thanksgiving Sides or our 28 Thanksgiving Potluck Ideas!
25 Keto Thanksgiving Recipes
When the holidays get to be a carb overload, check out this list of low-carb, keto Thanksgiving recipes to help lighten the load.
- Italian Keto Meatballs With Cheddar Cheese
- Instant Pot Low Carb Keto Beef Stew
- Keto Mac And Cheese
- Keto Fried Chicken
- Keto Taco Casserole
- Garlicky Lemon Mahi Mahi
- Keto Pumpkin Spice Cream Cheese Danish
- Tuscan Butter Shrimp
- Thai Peanut Salad
- Keto Brown Butter And Almond Flour Pralines
- Keto Pumpkin Pie With Coconut Flour
- Spicy Haddock With Guacamole
- Portobello Pizzas
- Chicken Crust No Carb Pizza
- Ketogenic Diet Chocolate Chip Cookie Cheesecake Bars
- Sheet Pan Turkey Breast
- Garlicky Brussel Sprouts
- Keto Alfredo Zoodles
- Keto Carne Asada
- Breakfast Fried Cauliflower Rice
- Keto Big Mac Salad
- Grilled Chicken Bacon Ranch Wrap
- Keto Salmon Patties
- Curried Green Beans
- Baked Jicama Fries
- Choose a few of your favorite recipes.
- Make and enjoy!
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Saturday 19th of November 2022
That was so very entertaining--absolutely the best written article I've enjoyed in years! Thank-you for the laughs and the recipes!