If you’ve just started following the Keto diet, you're likely feeling pretty enthusiastic about the meal possibilities. After all, chicken, steak, shrimp, cheese, avocado, and bacon (mmm…bacon) sound pretty delicious, right?
But after a few days of your go-to low-carb meals, you'll likely start to wonder what else is out there. Moreover, you'll probably begin to crave some of those carbs you've cut out. Don't cave to keto cravings! Instead, check out these easy keto meals for beginners to help you stay on track!
Beginning Keto Dieters: Meet Your Secret Weapon
The secret to staying on keto and making it work is to find a way to beat keto cravings. Do you know what fuels cravings? Deprivation! We all want what we can't have. Psychologically, when we're told that carbs are totally off the table, we're very likely to cheat.
If you’re white-knuckling your way through the beginning days of keto, it helps to get a plan together—one that doesn’t feel like deprivation. Meet your new secret weapon for crushing keto cravings: It’s Skinny!
It's Skinny Pasta and It's Skinny Rice allow you to recreate all your favorite dishes with ZERO net carbs and only 9 calories per two-serving pack! It's a keto dieter's dream come true. You can have all those delicious meals you love whilekeeping your body in ketosis.
If you’re seeking quick and easy keto dinner recipes, It’s Skinny will be your new BFF. The shirataki pasta is so easy to work with. It’s easier to cook and prepare than traditional pasta (and let’s not even get started on trying to cook perfect rice). All you do is open the pack, drain, and add It's Skinny to your other ingredients at the end of the cooking time. Allow the noodles (or rice) to heat through, and you have a delicious, easy keto-friendly meal that's perfect for everyone.
So how did we get the "skinny" into It's Skinny? How do these noodles and rice have such impressive stats? It's all about an ingredient called konjac. For those uninitiated in the world of keto pasta, konjac root is a quirky little root vegetable. It resembles a radish or a turnip.
Konjac also happens to make great keto Pasta and Rice. The vegetable contains a high amount of glucomannan fiber, which keeps your blood sugar steady and helps you feel fuller longer. So you will feel satisfied, not deprived when you have a delicious bowl of It's Skinny Pasta.
If you’ve been konjac-curious and tried some of the other brands of keto pasta on the market, you might have been put off by the texture or smell of most shirataki noodles. Fortunately, we use a unique recipe to create It’s Skinny Pasta and It’s Skinny Rice that eliminates those concerns. In fact, we’ve been told that It’s Skinny has the closest texture to traditional pasta of any shirataki noodle brands!
If you’re ready to eat your way to keto success, stock up on It’s Skinny today! Our noodles come in three styles:
PLUS, It’s Skinny Rice, perfect for recreating all your favorite foods like fried rice, Mexican rice bowls, and even rice pudding! (Yes, there are keto desserts too!)
If you can’t decide which option is best, order up a variety pack! You’ll get to try all the different varieties and choose a favorite.
So what can you make with It’s Skinny? Here are all our favorite easy keto meals for beginners—let’s get cooking!
10 Easy Keto Meals for Beginners with It’s Skinny
If you’re looking for delicious quick and easy keto dinner recipes to keep you on track, look no further. Here are 10 of our favorite easy keto meals for beginners—no culinary expertise necessary!
1. Low-Carb Angel Hair with Tomato & Basil
Let’s start with a simple, vegetarian-friendly classic. Even though keto meals are often high-protein, it’s important to note that you can still go with a light, It’s Skinny Pasta-based dish like this Angel Hair and stay low-carb. This yummy keto pasta meal gets all the flavor from fresh basil and parmesan cheese.
Angel Hair with Tomato and Basil is an incredible light dinner or lunch. If you want a bit more protein, add chicken, or serve it as a side with steak, sausage, or even fish. Tomato and basil are classic flavors that pair well with almost everything!
2. Low-Carb Healthy Chicken Fried Rice
After a long day, do you reach for the takeout menu? Beginning keto dieters, beware! Many takeout dishes are loaded with corn syrup, sugar-sweetened sauces, carb-heavy rice, breading, and more. Even with the best intentions, it's pretty easy to derail your progress with takeout.
Instead, whip up this low-carb and luscious healthy chicken fried Rice. It’s Skinny Rice cuts out the carbs, and you're still left with all those delicious flavors. Best of all, this dish couldn’t be an easier beginner’s keto recipe. So enjoy this keto-friendly meal in less time than it takes to call for delivery!
3. Low-Carb Poke Bowl
Are you ready to feel like a culinary rockstar? This low-carb poke bowl recipe comes together fast, with just a little chopping (it doesn’t have to be perfect)! The bright colors are a feast for the eyes, and poke is super satisfying and fun.
It’s Skinny Rice forms the perfect base for an easy keto meal that looks like it would be at home in a high-end restaurant. It will shock you how simple-yet-yummy this trendy dish is. Bonus points: It’s SUPER Instagram-worthy, so be sure to share and show off your mad culinary skillz.
4. It’s Skinny Fettuccine with Sausage and Kale
It's comfort food time! Looking for a hearty meal that you can really tuck into and feel satisfied? How about Fettuccine with sausage and kale? It may sound complicated, but it's one of our go-to favorite easy keto meals for beginners.
The sausage and kale cook quickly, and the dish is flavorful and so satisfying. Better still? The whole thing is ready in literally 10 minutes flat. It's Skinny Fettuccine noodles stand up to the rich, meaty flavor for a dish that will win hearts and change minds.
5. 10-Minute Chicken Fettuccine
We know you thought chicken fettuccine would be OFF the table when you started the keto diet, but guess what? It looks like Fettuccine is back on the menu, boys! It's Skinny Fettuccine, that is. This classic dish combines chicken, mushrooms, heavy cream, and parmesan cheese for a craveable delight.
You don't need any fancy chef skills to bring this easy keto meal together. It's perfect for keto beginners because it's ready fast, tastes hearty, and will make you feel indulgent (even though the stats keep it low-carb and keto-friendly).
6. Saag Paneer Pasta
Now for something a little different. Saag Paneer Pasta might sound unconventional, but this creamy, Indian-inspired dish hits all the right notes. Enjoy the flavors of curry alongside a decadently cheesy sauce with spinach. It’s Skinny Angel Hair is the ideal base for this light-yet-hearty dish.
If you're looking for ways to work in a little more protein with your meal, this saag paneer pasta will pair well with leftover chicken or shrimp. Add a little crunch with some cashews, or enjoy the recipe as-is. No matter what, it's fast, beginner-friendly, and great for keto.
7. Lazy Low-Carb Lasagna
Yes, that's right, friends! We said low-carb lasagna! You may have thought you couldn't enjoy lasagna on keto, but we've found a way to take all those yummy flavors and pack them into a quick keto-friendly pasta dish you're sure to adore.
Cheesy, meaty, and tomato-forward, lasagna gets all the right treatment. We swapped out the traditional noodles with It’s Skinny Fettuccine to keep it keto-friendly (and frankly, way easier than the classic version). This deconstructed lasagna bowl will become a favorite weeknight keto meal.
8. TikTok Feta Pasta
Jump on the trend with this keto-friendly version of the famous TikTok Feta Pasta. Admittedly, it takes a little longer than some of these other easy keto meals for beginners, but it still makes the list because the total hands-on time is practically zilch.
Your ingredients go into the oven to roast with very little prep. Stir in your It's Skinny Pasta at the end, and bam—it's ready to eat! That's it! If you can stir, you can join the trend and make this keto-friendly spin on the popular dish.
9. Vegetable Lo Mein
Ready to try a little stir fry? It couldn't be simpler to create this yummy Vegetable Lo Mein. The red bell peppers add a little sweetness while still keeping the meal keto-friendly. We eat with our eyes first, and this is another pretty dish!
Eggs add some extra protein to this low-carb veggie lo mein, but if you want to add some more, we suggest shrimp, leftover chicken, or steak pieces. With filling It's Skinny Pasta, this is a vegetarian keto meal that's plenty satisfying even for a meatless Monday.
10. Sesame Peanut Noodles
Spicy, creamy, and crunchy, sesame peanut noodles have to be one of the most unique keto pasta meals out there. There’s something about sesame peanut sauce that just works. It's so darn good that you'll definitely want to enjoy this one on the regular.
Sesame Peanut Noodles are an easy keto meal for beginners that's vegetarian-friendly and oh-so-simple. It's good cold or hot. Enjoy sesame peanut noodles for lunch or dinner (heck, enjoy them for breakfast, too—we'll never tell).
If you’re looking for new meal options on keto, we’ve got you covered with easy and delicious options! For more keto ideas made with low-carb, low-calorie It’s Skinny, don’t miss our recipe section!