If you are looking to up your intake of vegetables or just want to have a vegetarian yet keto dinner, try one of these 27 meatless keto dinner recipes. In this week’s keto meal plan we have everything from vegetable noodles, to cauliflower rice to flatbreads for your meatless Monday.
Please check out all of our weekly keto meal plans!
I don’t know if it’s the warmer weather that makes me want to make lighter meals, but I thought this week’s meal plan should be all about all veggie dinners.
Lately I’ve been trying to add more vegetables to my diet and make a few meatless dinners for my family. That’s why today I am sharing 27 keto meatless dinner recipes with you.
Can you eat vegetarian on a keto diet?
Yes you can. Some people think keto is all about meat and fat and that is truly not what it’s all about. The keto diet started out to help people who had seizures and it’s now said to reduce inflammation and lower many health risks.
There are actually keto vegetarians, vegans and pescatarians. Here’s a good Keto-tarian Cookbook if you are interested. While I’m not personally interested in going vegetarian I do think it would be good to have a few meatless keto meals everyone once in awhile.
Reasons to try a few meatless dinners on a keto diet.
- It’s more economical to have a meatless dinner. As a whole meat is usually the most expensive part of the dinner. If you are focusing more on vegetables you will definitely spend less at the grocery store.
- It’s a good way to up your fiber intake. Fruits and vegetables are high in fiber which is not the case with beef, pork, fish and poultry.
- Meat dinners are usually higher in calories than vegetarian dinners. While the keto diet doesn’t emphasize calories, you can eat too many which will halt your weight loss. So having a meatless keto dinner once in awhile might be advantageous calorie wise.
- You can’t get Vitamin C and flavonoids from meat.
However there are nutrients that you can’t get from vegetables that you an from meat such as Vitamin B12. (read more) That’s why it’s good IMO to have a balance in your meals.
Vegetables that are high in protein.
- brussels sprouts – 9.8 g protein per 1 cup cooked
- asparagus – 10.6g protein per 1 cup cooked
- broccoli – 9g protein per 1 cup cooked
- avocado – 10g protein per 1 cup, chopped
- spinach – 13g protein per 1 cup cooked
- artichokes – 8g protein per 1 medium cooked (source for all)
And remember nuts and seeds are all very high in protein too. Some of the best being pistachios, almonds, walnuts, hazelnuts and cashews. And for seeds there is pumpkin, hemp, chia, flax and sunflower seeds. (good article for this)
So if you are up for adding a meatless meal every once in awhile summer is a good time to try it. With farmer’s markets and fresh produce in season you will have a good selection to play around with.
I hope you enjoy this list of meatless keto dinner recipes. Maybe you can find one or two to add to your regular meal rotation.