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Dinner time is the worst. Listen. I love eating. I even like cooking for the most part. But when you have kids, dinner time comes with both endless questions about “what’s for dinner?” and then complaining that it isn’t what they wanted. So when it comes to not only feeding my little monsters but also keeping it keto, when I find a recipe we all like, I put it on repeat. After years of living this life, I can confidently give you this long list of keto dinner recipes your whole family will enjoy. Yes, even the kids.
Keto Dinner Recipes for the Whole Family
Eating a diet that’s outside of what’s considered “standard” can be tricky even without throwing in picky family members. It’s enough to make some people throw in the towel altogether. But it doesn’t have to be. You don’t need to get overwhelmed by the thought!
I’ve said this before, and I’ll say it again: I do not make more than one meal for dinner. I am not the kind of mom who caters to each person in my family by making sure they each get their favorite thing every night. I’m just not that nice.
So these recipes are ones that my kids eat that my husband and I also like. This isn’t just a list of hot dogs and chicken nuggets. This list is real, tasty food.
If I know one thing about kids, it’s that they’re all picky about different things. So depending on your kids (or spouse!) not all of these recipes may be for you. But it’s my goal to include as many different types of kid-friendly recipes as possible so you have a good amount to choose from!
These keto dinner recipes are all approved by my family, and they make dinner time suck less. And I promise, these recipes are not the kind that have you slaving in the kitchen for hours. I don’t have time for that, and neither do you. Let’s get dinner made and move on with our lives!
While kids can certainly be picky about ingredients, I find that foods that are presented a certain way can make kids more open to trying things. So why not put your best foot forward with these kid-friendly formats.
These Ham & Cheese Crescent Roll-ups are one of my kids’ favorites. Ham and cheese is a classic combo and these are both cute and you can eat them with your hands. All things that kids like. And the sauce baked on top really takes it up a notch and makes it interesting.
My kids call this “chips for dinner!” This Chili Cheese Dip is full of protein, tomatoes, and cheesy goodness and my kids gobble it right up. As soon as you include chips, my kids think it’s amazing. It’s a great way to get them to eat enough protein!
They also feel similarly about my Low Carb Nachos.
Pizza. While my kids can be picky about their pizza toppings (pepperoni is way too spicy) they totally don’t notice the low carb crust at all.
Take this crust and top it with what your family likes! Put different toppings on different areas to make everyone happy!
Tacos are always a hit, but when you make little taco cups, kids can’t resist. The other great thing about these is that you can put out the cups and toppings and let everyone make their own. When kids have ownership of their food, they’re more likely to eat it.
One of my favorite things about the keto diet is that you can make foods that feel like junk food but are still low in carbs. This low carb cheese bread is one of those things. And if you tell your kids you’re having cheesy bread for dinner, you’ll be parent of the year.
And unlike the version you can get at the local pizza place, this kind doesn’t give me a stomach ache. #win
It’s no secret that many kids are not easily convinced to eat their veggies. So these recipes make the veggies less obvious. My kids eat these right up.
My kids totally love these Asian Lettuce Wraps. The base sauce isn’t spicy, but you can add sauce if anyone in your household likes some extra kick. These are full of veggies, but everything gets cooked together into a “filling.” My kids have never asked what’s in it. 😆
Also I think they love being able to eat with their hands whenever they can.
Ok, so the cauliflower rice isn’t totally hidden in this Beef and “Rice” Skillet Meal, but it doesn’t look immediately like veggies. There are also mushrooms and celery in here but you can hardly see them. Plus, with a creamy sauce and some parmesan on top, my kids just adore this meal. I know it’s in large part to the big parmesan flakes, but I don’t even care. This is one of the easiest meals out there.
This Cheesy Beef Skillet is one of my grandma’s recipes that I made over to be low carb. I swapped out the noodles for shredded cabbage. You might think that would be super obvious, but it’s surprisingly noodle-like. And there’s so much cheese, it’s basically like the healthier, tastier version of Hamburger Helper.
Breakfast for Dinner Recipes
Never in the history of ever have my kids not been excited about breakfast for dinner. Also breakfast for dinner generally doesn’t require any planning ahead so that’s right in my wheelhouse.
These Keto Belgian Waffles are the best. They’re crisp on the outside and fluffy on the inside. Top with your favorite low carb toppings.
My kids love egg bakes, and I love the combination of bacon and gruyere. My kids would never enjoy gruyere outside of this egg bake, but they gobble this right up. You can easily swap out a different cheese if you’d prefer.
My kids also adore this cheese pie recipe.
Ok, I know this looks like meatballs. Because yes, it’s meatballs. But these Tomato Braised Meatballs are served over mashed cauliflower for a dinner full of veggies that don’t feel like veggies at all.
Other Family Favorites
Some things are classics for a reason. These recipes are some of our favorites.
When it’s warm enough, this Grilled Italian Chicken is one of the easiest and also one of the most delicious recipes ever. We use chicken thighs, but you can easily swap those out for chicken breasts if your family is more likely to eat those.
This is something we make in our house almost weekly. We start with Instant Pot Shredded Chicken. Then add our favorite BBQ Sauce (homemade or store-bought) and make a simple slaw. Then put it on these Keto Hawaiian Rolls for the perfect little BBQ Chicken Sliders.
When I don’t feel like making the rolls, I eat it off a Trader Joe’s gluten-free crispbread cracker, or just eat it out of a bowl with a fork.
My kids have never met a meatball they didn’t like. Whether it’s these Ricotta Meatballs, the Tomato Braised ones above, or my recipe for Meatballs in a Creamy Dill Sauce, there’s just something that kids can’t resist.
Ok, I know that not all kids will eat broccoli and cauliflower. If there’s absolutely zero chance of your kids eating those, you can substitute with a different vegetable or decide this isn’t for your family.
But if there’s even a slight chance your family will eat this, I highly suggest you try this Chicken and Veggie Alfredo out. Because it’s so good. SO GOOD.
Cheeseburger Pie. Yes. One of the most popular recipes here for a reason. It’s a crowd pleaser for sure! I always have to fight for any leftovers.
This meatloaf recipe is a low-carb adaptation of a family recipe that was my absolute favorite as a kid. This Keto BBQ Meatloaf has a layer of cheese running through the center and is topped with a sweet and tangy BBQ sauce. My kids adore it. And again, I have to fight for leftovers. My whole family loves this keto dinner recipe.
And this. This, my friends, is the Lazy Keto Mom’s best dinner for when it’s suddenly dinner time and you’ve planned nothing. It’s me. I’m the Lazy Keto Mom. I should’ve named my site that.
My kids get so excited about this meal and I get excited that I don’t actually have to cook and can just place things out on a board. And check out my other lazy mom dinners in this post!