Call me a people pleaser, but I love to give folks what they want.
I pore over numbers and analytics and send emails to find out exactly what you want to read, and far and away it’s this:
- You want to be healthier
- You want to lose weight and/or improve your focus and energy
- You don’t want to spend a lot of money
I get it. I am right there with you! And since we are planning to retire soon, saving money is really high on the list for me. I want to eat well, save money, and splurge just a little every now and then. Having more cheap Keto meals in my meal plan hits all my happy buttons! If I can be successful on the Keto diet and save money to boot – why, I’m just overjoyed!
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You Want More Cheap Keto Meals, Right?
I already gave you more than 11 – and a few without any real recipes – back in Cheap Keto Meals – Keto on a Budget plus even more in 7 Delicious Easy Cheap Keto Recipes That Will Blow Your Mind (<<<< Hint: go check them out!) so that can help you get started. But you don’t want the same dishes every day, right?
“Please, sir? I’d like some more.”
You got it! (Just don’t call me sir!)
One thing I really want to mention – if you are searching online for recipes don’t think that you can only look at keto or low carb recipes. Search for a protein – you can always make super simple swaps to make it Keto. Does it include rice? Don’t make it or swap out riced cauliflower. Does it use sugar? You can usually swap that out for a substitute if it isn’t being used for bulk.
More Cheap Keto Meals Means More Money at the End of the Month (Not the other way around!)
I wrote a series about how to do Keto on a budget – you’ll find all of my Keto on a Budget series in one place over here – Keto on a Budget.
The gist of the matter is this: if you want to be successful at the Keto diet AND frugal at the same time it’s going to take some planning on your part. You can be on Keto and go through the fast-food drive-thru every night and lose weight – but it’ll cost you money. You can be super frugal but the most super-frugal ingredients probably won’t fit into a Keto lifestyle. It’s really hard to do both on the fly. Check out my Planning post and get my printables (adding more all the time!) in the Keto Cabinet – our free resource library!
And if you’re just starting the Keto diet, you need simple. Simple meals and simple planning. I’ve got a Keto Food List and a Keto for Beginners to get you started. Don’t buy everything on that Keto food list! That shows the variety you can have – so many choices!
I’m a big proponent of starting where you are with what you like. There are so many ways you can take what you already make and make it Keto. There may be a pot roast you make that is Keto except for the potatoes you roast with it. Easy – swap out the potatoes for another vegetable or just make a different vegetable for yourself. If you look at those types of changes first your beginning will be easier!
In this post, I’m not going to talk about desserts and fat bombs and mug cakes. Those things usually take ingredients that are a little pricier. We’re going to talk about low-carb real food that won’t bust your budget. They’ll be satisfying and lower cost. Once you are fat-adapted and want to venture into goodies, go right ahead.
More Cheap Keto Meals – Breakfast
One of the nice things about a more frugal breakfast is that you can also – usually – make it in a batch ahead of time. I’m all for saving money AND time! If you are the only one eating Keto style one recipe can last you several days, so don’t be hesitant if something with 6 servings calls for 8 eggs. Much less mess than doing it daily!
Southwestern Crustless Breakfast Tarts from Kalyns Kitchen:
Low Carb Overnight Chia Oatmeal from ISAVEA2Z:
Instant Pot Bacon Cheddar Egg Bites from make Ahead Meal Mom:
More Cheap Keto Meals – Lunch and Dinner
I’m combining lunch and dinner here because so often we eat dinner leftovers for lunch. Plus, I’m counting on you to already know how to assemble a salad if you want one for lunch. Not saying you won’t find a salad recipe in here but it won’t be “throw lettuce and meat on a plate and drown it in Ranch”.
Casseroles are always good ways to stretch your money so let’s start there.
Easy Mozzarella & Pesto Chicken Casserole from Joy Filled Eats:
Low-Carb Deconstructed Pizza Casserole from Kalyns Kitchen:
Cheesy Cauliflower Shepherd’s Pie from All Day I Dream About Food:
Easy Baked Enchilada Chicken from Eating on a Dime:
French Onion Zoodle Bake from Climbing Grier Mountain:
Low Carb Bacon Cheeseburger Casserole from Buns in my Oven:
And – moving on to other things …
In this Slow Cooker Chicken Ropa Vieja from Budget Bytes, ignore any mention of rice (it’s not part of the recipe) or rice some cauliflower so it’s Keto-friendly if you want a side dish or to stretch it. Note: The site is NOT a Keto food site although this one fits the Keto lifestyle as a recipe.
Another way to save some money is to grow some of your own veggies:
Low Carb Lasagna Stuffed Peppers from Peace Love and Low Carb (I love her!):
Low Carb Lasagna Stuffed Peppers from Low Carb Yum:
Add some chicken and you’ve got a full meal here! here are some great ways to make some chicken ahead so it’s a quick meal.
Zucchini Noodle Carbonara Recipe from Skinny Ms.:
Lemon Herb Chicken Sheet Pan with Rainbow Vegetables from Life Made Sweeter – just substitute some of the veggies:
And a big finish with a Pizza!
Spinach Tomato Meatza Pizza from Low Carb Yum:
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