Need some inspiration for the best keto lunch ideas? Worry no more because, in this article, we’ve rounded up healthy and yummy options to satisfy you.

Thinking about what to eat for lunch every single day can be daunting, especially for those who are still adjusting to a keto diet. But the truth is, there are so many keto lunch recipes waiting to be discovered.

If you’re wondering, “What can I eat for lunch on keto?” Well, you can have just about anything that’s low-carb. That includes salads, soups, and casseroles straight out of the oven. And if you’re hoping to eat clean keto lunches all week, we suggest making them ahead of time.

Without further ado, check out the ketogenic lunch ideas below. We hope you’ll enjoy them as much as we did.

1. Keto Cobb Salad

Keto Cobb Salad

If 15 minutes of prep time is all you have, why not have this low-carb cobb salad? It has most keto staples that may already be in your pantry – eggs, bacon, avocados, mayo – to name a few. Feel free to take it to work!


2. Avocado Tuna Salad

Stay full with a healthy dose of fat. Thanks to this easy keto lunch that has only 7 ingredients. Tuna salad is an excellent way to feel fuller for longer on busy days. Not to mention, including tuna in your diet may reduce your risk of getting a chronic condition 1.


3. Thai Beef Lettuce Wraps

Thai Beef Lettuce Wraps

Looking for a light keto friendly lunch that will satisfy your meat cravings? If you love Thai-inspired dishes, these lettuce wraps are for you. This recipe is a healthy mixture of chopped herbs, romaine lettuce, and ground beef. The best part? It has only 2 grams of net carbs per serving.


4. Keto Beef and Broccoli Stir Fry

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Beef and broccoli stir-fry is the perfect choice when you have more time to prepare a filling meal. If you like, you can make a big batch over the weekend, and reheat for three or four lunches. And oh, do make sure to use sugar-free maple syrup!


5. Keto Egg Salad

Keto-Egg-Salad

Eggs are a wonderful source of proteins, fats, vitamins, and minerals 2. That is why they deserve a spot on your low carb lunch ideas list! Plus they’re versatile, you can make a hearty salad out of them using just 7 common ingredients. Dig in.


6. Chicken Bacon Caesar Keto Casserole

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Casseroles are popular for weeknights, but this chicken casserole recipe is an exception. What you’ll love about it is the high protein content – 47.1 grams per serving. So if you’re trying to lose weight or pack some muscle, definitely have this.


7. Keto Taco Salad

Yes, we know. Regular tacos are a no-go on keto. But did you know that there’s a low-carb taco recipe that’s as good as the original version? Ours feature fresh ingredients like crispy romaine lettuce, grape tomatoes, and ground beef.


8. Corned Beef and Cauliflower Hash

Corned-Beef-And-Cauliflower-Hash

Got an unopened can of corned beef? Prepare a hearty meal by incorporating cauliflower, onions, salt and pepper, and poached eggs! Once you taste this corned beef hash, you’ll want to have it again and again.


9. Keto Zuppa Toscana

Zuppa Toscana or Tuscan Soup is the perfect comfort food when you’re feeling stressed or under the weather! Don’t worry about the carbs. Each serving has 4 grams of net carbs. Here’s a quick hack: If you’re not a fan of kale, that’s totally okay – use spinach instead.


10. Keto Roast Chicken

Keto-Roast-Chicken

What is the best keto lunch for the entire family? Well, this one’s worth trying: Roasted chicken flavored with butter, garlic, and salt and pepper. Eating healthy has never been this easy.


11. Keto Egg Drop Soup

Keto-Egg-Drop-Soup

In need of quick keto lunch options? Here’s our egg drop soup that can be prepared in as little as 20 minutes. Make this creamy and spicy bowl when you’re in a hurry but need something clean and filling.


12. Keto Chicken Salad

Keto-chicken-salad

This chicken salad recipe helps you make it until the next meal, thanks to its fat content (11.7 grams per serving). In fact, it’s one of the best make-ahead keto diet lunch ideas for busy families. It can be stored in the fridge for up to three days. Feel free to add eggs if you like!


13. Pork Rolls with Provolone Cheese

Pork-Rolls-with-Provolone-Cheese

Tender, flavorful, and creamy. This best describes our pork rolls that are super low in carbs. We would say that it’s the perfect dish for lunch gatherings and special occasions. Impress your guests with this keto favorite!


14. Cajun Parmesan Salmon

Seafood is high in vitamins and minerals, which makes it a great option on the keto diet. Go for salmon which has zero carbs and a whopping 20 grams of protein per serving. For this salmon dish, we’re adding Cajun seasoning. Serve it with your favorite veggies!


15. Easy Keto Chili

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It may take you at least 2 hours to get this recipe ready, but believe us, it’s worth it. This spicy keto lunch will satisfy your cravings. And if you’re trying to enter ketosis as someone new to the diet, keto chili provides you with 21.5 grams of fat per serving – a delicious way to fight your hunger!


16. Keto Cucumber Salad

Keto-Cucumber-Salad

Cucumber salad is a good choice when you’re looking for keto lunch on the go. With a total prep time of 10 minutes, simply mix cucumbers with sour cream, olive oil, dried dill, lemon juice, garlic powder, shallot, and salt and pepper.


17. Keto Chinese Pulled Pork

Keto-Chinese-Pulled-Pork

Can’t decide what lunch meal to serve to your weekend guests? Create a wow experience with this Asian-inspired pork dish. Be warned – prepare ahead for 7 hours of cooking! You’ll love it though.


18. Keto Chicken Pot Pie

Keto-Chicken-Pot-Pie

Indulge in this comforting chicken pot pie for lunch. It’s a mixture of bell peppers, butter, onions, garlic, and other ingredients that help you stay in ketosis. But even if you aren’t on a low-carbohydrate diet, you’ll still dig this, promise.


19. Pork Stroganoff

Pork-Stroganoff

Here’s an easy keto lunch meal prep idea that only takes 40 minutes. We love the combination of pork, mushrooms, and chopped parsley in sour cream. Surely, it’s one of the best restaurant-quality lunches that can be made at home.


20. Keto Ground Beef Casserole

Keto-Ground-Beef-Casserole

Who says beef casseroles are only for weeknights? This family-pleasing keto recipe for lunch serves six people and has only 2.8 grams of net carbs per serving. If you’re looking for baked make-ahead keto lunch ideas for work, this ground beef casserole is an excellent choice.


21. Beef Cabbage Skillet

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What are good keto meals that require minimal prep? This cabbage skillet recipe is definitely one of them. Feel free to make this dish for family lunches, potlucks, and holidays. Its high protein and high-fat content will keep you satisfied!

 

Can’t decide which one to cook first? Don’t overthink it – just pick the one you feel like trying out or based on the ingredients you already have. For those short on time, we suggest you prepare once in order to enjoy healthy keto lunches all week. Let us know how it goes in the comments section below!

Takeaways

  • These keto lunch recipes are fat-filled and low in carbs to beat your lunch cravings and fill you up until the next meal.
  • All the options above feature various meats and seafood to suit your personal preferences.
  • If you like, you can tweak the recipes by adding more spices or replacing dried herbs for fresh herbs. Learn some basic ingredient swaps as well in case you can’t find an ingredient at the grocery.

REFERENCES:

  1. Harvard TH Chan. Fish: Friend or Foe? https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/fish/

  2. Kuang H et al. The Impact of Egg Nutrient Composition and Its Consumption on Cholesterol Homeostasis. 2018 August 23 - https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6126094/

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Deborah F Hopper
Deborah F Hopper
1 year ago

The lunches look really good.

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