Keto Side Item Recipes

Broccoli Cauliflower Salad

Broccoli Cauliflower Salad

It’s always nice to have a few easy no-cook side dishes to make when the weather is hot, or you don’t feel like cooking. This broccoli cauliflower salad combines fresh raw veggies, crunchy nuts, creamy dressing, and of course bacon. Everyone knows everything's better with bacon.This salad is super easy to make; the hardest part is chopping all the veggies. Be sure to use only the florets from both the broccoli and the cauliflower. I use pre-sliced almonds (found in the baking section of ...

Raspberry Pecan Salad

Raspberry Pecan Salad

Fresh raspberries, crunchy pecans, and salty feta cheese are what makes this salad one of the best I’ve had.For this recipe, I used a mix of lettuce called field greens, which are made up of several different kinds of baby greens. Usually, you can find them in the store, either bagged or boxed. However, if you can’t find it you can always use a mix of romaine, baby spinach, kale, and arugula.The dressing for this salad is a mix of olive oil, apple cider vinegar, and lemon juice. This ...

Vegan Teriyaki Grilled Eggplant

Vegan Teriyaki Grilled Eggplant

Satisfy your teriyaki cravings with this light and low-carb grilled eggplant! Perfect as a vegan side dish to pair with stir-fry cauli-rice or pan-seared tofu, this quick and simple veggie puts an Asian spin on one of my favorite veggies: the eggplant.Teriyaki was always one of my go-to orders when eating at a sushi restaurant. Whether it was teriyaki fried tofu or just a plate of teriyaki vegetables, I always felt like I was making a healthier choice, until I realized just how much ...

One-Pan Pepper Jack Brussels Sprouts

One-Pan Pepper Jack Brussels Sprouts

Brussels sprouts have not always been a fan favorite of the vegetable world. Even my own mother refused to cook them due to her traumatic childhood experience with the miniature cabbage! But the truth about this stalky cabbage, grown for the edible buds, is that it is packed with vitamin C and vitamin K and a moderate amount of fiber. In fact, one cup of Brussels sprouts has nearly double the amount of vitamin C as the same amount of oranges!This one-pan side dish begins with blanched ...

Garlic Butter Braised Cabbage

Garlic Butter Braised Cabbage

It seems like I am continually trying to find the perfect side dish to keep me from sneaking and snacking on the carb-laden foods that my family provides for parties. I’m always tempted with the creamy, flour-based sauces and the starchy root vegetable and breading combos. My mother so ritualistically shares these, so this year I am showing everyone up with this fantastic buttery, creamy, braised cabbage!Braising is a cooking technique often used for meat. The first step involves searing ...

Garlic Parmesan Cauliflower Wings

Garlic Parmesan Cauliflower Wings

Cauliflower wings seem to be all the rage right now - and for a good reason! They are great for vegetarians, crispy, crunchy, and naturally low-carb! One of my favorite kinds is garlic Parmesan.There are many ways to cook this. You could roast the cauliflower for some added crunch before coating it in the sauce, or bake them in the sauce. I chose to bake them so the cauliflower could absorb the flavors of this cheesy sauce. If you want extra crispiness, you can broil the "wings" after ...

Roasted Celery and Macadamia Cheese

Roasted Celery and Macadamia Cheese

Celery that's roasted in the oven turns buttery and sweet. Pair this with a completely dairy-free macadamia cheese and you've got yourself a side dish that's rich but also low in carbs. Perfect for those of you who are unable to eat cheese.The macadamia nut cheese alone is worth making just so you can spread it over keto friendly crackers. The nutritional yeast is really important for making it taste great, so make sure you don't skip this ingredient. You can find it inexpensively in the ...

Keto Queso Dip

Keto Queso Dip

A while back I talked about my love of pimento/sweet cherry peppers. Well, I still love them! I’m beginning to put them on everything and after having a delicious queso dip at a restaurant, I knew I had to recreate it with sweet cherry peppers.The best thing about this recipe is that it is incredibly easy! There are also many things you can do with it, add it to cauliflower for a low-carb macaroni and cheese, top your broccoli with it, put it on nachos... anything, really!The only ...

Instant Pot Deviled Egg Salad

Instant Pot Deviled Egg Salad

I love egg salad, but I don't make it nearly as often as I desire. There's just so much time involved in hard boiling, then peeling all of the eggs needed. You probably know we've already got some pretty good recipes for egg salad as well, so if I was going to post another one it would have to be pretty spectacular. Enter the Instant Pot deviled egg salad.This recipe will show you how to quickly hard boil a ton of eggs in your Instant Pot, then chop it all up. No peeling necessary! It ...

Loaded Cauliflower Salad

Loaded Cauliflower Salad

Potato salad is a staple of BBQ season, so of course there needs to be a keto version. In this potato salad recipe, we switch out the potatoes for cauliflower. With this low-carb trick, you can’t even tell it’s not potatoes! Plus, they’re easy to make! You’ll be eating them poolside in just minutes.Usually potato salad calls for sugar, so in this recipe I used Xylitol. However you can use sucralose, stevia, or any other sugar-free sweetener. Just be cautious of the sugar-to-substitute ...