Committing to the keto diet requires hard work and dedication, especially if you want to remain in ketosis. While you may have keto snacks and keto meals covered, one of the biggest culprits is holiday dinners. While holiday dinners are certainly delicious, they are often full of carb and sugar-heavy foods such as potatoes, bread, and desserts! This can be a serious nightmare.
This year instead of giving in to those foods, show up to a holiday dinner prepared. We have compiled a list of crave-worthy recipes that are perfect for holiday dinners whether it be Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter, or any special occasion. We’ve made sure to include delicious keto-approved appetizers, side dishes, main entrée ideas and even keto desserts too. So let’s all dig into delicious food guilt-free!
This beef tips and cauliflower mash dinner is over the top delicious. Treat your family to this savory dinner and they won’t even know it’s keto diet approved!
You’ll be provided with thorough instructions on how to cook the sirloin tips, mashed cauliflower, and the savory gravy. The best part is that this dinner only requires 30 minutes of your time!
Stuffing is a must-have side dish for many holiday dinners but unfortunately, that carb-loaded dish is a definite must-not-have while following the keto diet. This recipe proves that you can still indulge in your traditional favorites!
You won’t miss the store-bough boxed stuffing either because this recipe is quick and easy! In this stuffing, you can expect to find keto bread, celery, leeks, and loads of seasonings that make this dish flavorful.
If you’ve volunteered (or were “voluntold”) to host Thanksgiving this year, then you’ll want to make sure you have delicious appetizers lined up for your dinner guests. If you need delicious keto-approved appetizers, you need to try making a plate of bacon-wrapped brussels sprouts.
Tender brussels sprouts are wrapped with crispy bacon and are paired with a balsamic mayo dip. Even if you don’t like sprouts, you’re bound to like these.
Deviled eggs are a crowd favorite and are a perfect appetizer for any dinner party. Try something different this holiday season and serve up a platter of these tasty cajun avocado deviled eggs.
Avocados help to make the deviled eggs even more creamy and they also add healthy fats too. They come together quickly and will surely be a hit!
Create a true feast by making these keto biscuits and gravy. Your family will surely love it and they won’t even know it’s keto-friendly!
You’ll need to make the biscuits and the gravy from scratch which means this is a two-step recipe, however, the outcome will certainly be worth your while. The gravy is made with ingredients such as breakfast sausage, cream cheese, and heavy cream, while the biscuits require almond flour, egg whites, and a few seasonings.
Pumpkin pie is one of the most popular desserts, especially for holiday dinners. Between the sweet filling and carb-heavy crust, pumpkin pie can quickly derail your diet. This recipe provides a delicious solution to your predicament!
This pumpkin cheesecake mousse is made with cream cheese and heavy cream making it full of fat. Further, vanilla extract, pumpkin spice, unsweetened pumpkin puree, and confectioners erythritol will make this dessert flavorful and perfectly sweet which will satisfy your taste buds.
Tuna pickle boats are one of our most popular recipes and for good reason! They’re incredibly easy to make and are full of flavor too.
Prepare a platter of these keto-friendly tuna pickle boats and serve them as an appetizer. They’ll fill your belly while you wait for the main course and better yet, even your non-keto friends and family members will love them too.
Like stuffing, mashed potatoes are also a must-have side dish. It’s hard to resist those creamy, buttery mashed potatoes! Although, unless you’re willing to fall out of ketosis, it’s best to stay away from them. Fortunately, there is a great solution out there for keto-dieters and it starts with cauliflower.
Cauliflower is the perfect substitute for potatoes because when mashed, they mimic the texture of mashed potatoes. Additionally, this recipe combines cauliflower with butter, sour cream, parmesan cheese, and garlic to create an unforgettable flavor.
Looking to try something different this year? Instead of plain mashed cauliflower, perhaps you’d enjoy this loaded cauliflower mashed potato recipe. What sets this recipe apart from the previous one is it’s loaded with savory ingredients such as cheese and crumbly bacon pieces.
This recipe provides a few tips and tricks so that you can mash the cauliflower with ease. Share this side dish with a non-keto dieter and they’ll be asking you for the recipe!
Salads make wonderful side dishes as they offer a lighter option for your dinner guests. But this year, don’t serve just any salad, be sure to share a bowl of this delicious cobb salad.
It’s full of healthy fats, and flavorful ingredients. Plus, the colorful layers will capture everyone’s attention. Not only will you be provided with instructions on how to prepare the salad, but you’ll also be provided with a delicious keto-approved salad dressing recipe.
It may be obvious that turkey is allowed and encouraged on the keto diet but we’re here to help make your turkey just a little bit better, okay a lot better! The secret is to cover the turkey in crispy bacon! After all, bacon makes everything better, right?
This recipe will walk you through how to weave the bacon blanket as well as how to season the turkey too. Not only is this keto-friendly but you’ll be providing your guests with an unforgettable dinner.
Spinach and artichoke dip is one of the most popular restaurant appetizers so go ahead and share a platter of this warm ooey-gooey spinach dip this holiday season. This recipe provides instructions to prepare the keto-friendly rolls as well as a recipe for the dip.
While this recipe does require about 30 minutes of hands-on time, the effort will be well worth it. Try it once and you’ll be craving this appetizer time and time again.
Who knew you could still indulge in something like a donut while following the ketogenic diet, after all, donuts kind of scream carbs! This recipe proves with the right ingredient substitutions you can indulge in the perfect keto-approved donut.
Gourmet donuts are all the rage right now which is why serving them as a holiday dessert would be a great idea. These donuts are completed with a savory and sweet cinnamon coating.
Green bean casserole is a holiday dinner classic. It’s creamy, savory, and seriously delicious. Unfortunately, the casserole is often full of carbs, especially if you top it off with breaded fried onions.
This year don’t miss out on one of your favorite side dishes because this recipe proves that even a dish like green bean casserole can be keto-approved. This casserole has a creamy filling and is full of flavor too.
Most people on the Keto diet miss bread a lot. But the carbs in traditional wheat bread are just way too high and can easily make you slip out of ketosis! This cheesy garlic mug bread is low-carb, packed with flavor, and easy to whip up when the craving hits.
Whether you just need an afternoon keto snack or desperately want some garlic bread to go with your holiday dinner, we’ve got you covered with this easy microwave mug recipe.
Much like mashed potatoes, scalloped potatoes are another popular side dish. They would pair wonderfully with ham, turkey or whatever you enjoy having as a main course.
Skip the potatoes because you don’t need them! This recipe uses turnips in place of potatoes. No one will even notice this secret ingredient, especially once it’s combined with the other ingredients such as cream cheese, heavy cream, and delicious seasonings.
Every holiday dinner needs a side of cranberry sauce! However, not only is traditional cran sauce full of carbs but it’s high in sugar too.
This cranberry sauce is nothing like the stuff you get out of a can. This recipe is healthy, sugar-free and super easy too. In fact, it only requires 4 simple ingredients.
Following one diet may seem hard enough but add in additional dietary restrictions of another diet and something like a dessert may seem next to impossible. If you’re following the keto diet but also require vegan-friendly foods then we have the perfect dessert option for you!
These delicious macaroons are free of dairy and refined sugars and are low-carb too. To ensure that this dessert is delicious and decadent you’ll need ingredients like a keto-friendly sweetener, and sugar-free chocolate chips.
Are you tired of turkey? Why not try making a delicious keto-friendly maple-glazed ham this holiday season. Keto dieter, or not, you’ll love this main entrée.
The sweet and savory glaze is made from sugar-free maple syrup, tamari, dijon mustard, and Worcestershire sauce. Smother the glaze over the ham and then roast it in the oven!
Soups are awesome because they’re easy to throw together, are often budget-friendly, and can feed a crowd. Additionally, soup would also make an excellent starter for a holiday dinner.
This recipe transforms the flavor of cabbage rolls into a savory keto-friendly soup! Keep in mind, this soup is cooked in an Instant Pot which helps to cook the soup incredibly quickly.
Another popular holiday dessert is pecan pie and once again, traditional recipes are not keto-approved. This recipe puts a fun keto twist on a traditional recipe so that you can indulge guilt-free.
You’ll need a few ingredients such as coconut flour and almond flour to help this dessert remain low carb. You’ll also need heavy cream and a keto-friendly sweetener to make that ooey-gooey delicious pie filling. These tarts come together in 40 minutes from start to finish which is quite impressive for a homemade recipe.
Spaghetti squash is an awesome keto-friendly vegetable. Its string-like texture makes it an excellent substitute for pasta, but in this recipe, it’ll be replacing potatoes.
The flavor is similar to a potato au gratin, however, the texture will be quite different. Rest assured, you and your dinner guests will fall in love with the cheesy flavor and creamy texture.
Taco dip is a crowd-pleaser so make a batch of this keto-friendly layered taco dip and serve it as an appetizer. It’s so easy and only requires 5-ingredients.
Pie may be a crowd-pleaser but so are cupcakes! This holiday season, share a platter of these delicious keto-friendly carrot cake cupcakes. They’ll surely be a hit!
This recipe provides instruction to make the low-carb carrot cake as well as a delicious buttercream frosting. These cupcakes are full of flavor thanks to ingredients such as orange zest, cinnamon, cardamom, and ginger.
If you love buffalo chicken wings or dip you are certainly going to love these delicious bites! This satisfying keto snack comes together in just 10 minutes!
To make these bites you’ll need mini sweet peppers which are the perfect size to host the creamy buffalo chicken. Serve these buffalo bites as an appetizer or a side dish, your choice!
Believe it or not, you can still enjoy a flaky pie crust while on the keto diet. This recipe might not appear diet-approved but we assure you it is.
The crust is created with almond flour, granulated stevia, butter, and just a couple of other ingredients. Bake the crust until it has achieved a beautiful golden color and then fill it with the silky chocolate filling.
Not only are these cauliflower muffins keto-friendly but they’re gluten-free too! A food processor will help you chop the cauliflower effortlessly and in turn, makes this a simple and easy recipe to prepare.
These muffins are loaded with cheese and delicious seasonings. Who needs store-bought dinner rolls when you can have these cheesy biscuits?
Ditch the pie crust because you won’t need it for this recipe! The best part about pie is the filling anyway. Cooking this dessert in an Instant Pot (or any pressure cooker) will help to make this dessert quick and easy to prepare.
To provide an authentic pumpkin pie flavor you’ll need pumpkin puree and pumpkin pie spice. You’ll also need a few additional ingredients but this dessert will come together in no time!
Stuffed peppers are a delicious dinner and an excellent way to encourage your family to each more veggies. They would also make an excellent side dish for a holiday dinner.
However, traditional stuffed peppers are filled with rice and an assortment of other ingredients that may not be keto-friendly. Instead of rice, these peppers are stuffed with cauliflower rice, mushrooms, and Italian sausage. Top the peppers with shredded cheese and then bake them in the oven.
Perhaps instead of ham or turkey, you want to try something different this year! If that sounds like you, be sure to try this delicious baked salmon.
The salmon is seasoned with fresh dill, olive oil and a dash of salt and pepper. While the salmon is cooking in the oven, prepare the creamy dill sauce. Once prepared, serve a generous scoop of sauce over the salmon to create an unforgettable flavor.
These no-bake kabobs are perfect for any holiday dinner. Serve them as an appetizer, or share them as a side dish, your choice! Choose your fav low-carb meats, cheeses, and other charcuterie ingredients and slide them onto extra-large toothpicks.
If you’re lucky enough to have leftovers these are perfect for packed lunches and snacks and are a great way to fill your belly without sacrificing your diet.
Another great alternative to pie is a plate of cookies, they’re desserts too! Snickerdoodles are a special type of cookie that is coated in cinnamon sugar.
There are a few ingredients that will transform an ordinary snickerdoodle recipe into one that is keto-friendly. Almond flour makes these cookies low carb while erythritol and liquid stevia give them a delicious sweet flavor.
Okay, so maybe this is a bit of cheat because it’s a drink, but this is a great way to fuel your afternoon if you’re feeling sluggish. After all, preparing for a holiday dinner is hard work! Alternatively, coffee would also serve well with dessert too.
Combine the energy-boosting capacity of coffee with healthy fats of grass-fed butter, coconut oil, and heavy cream that actually make you feel full! This recipe has three different options, including a boozy version.
Perhaps, you’re looking for a cold and refreshing beverage to enjoy this holiday season. If that’s the case be sure to try our delicious copycat Bailey’s Irish Cream Liqueur recipe.
You’ll only need a few ingredients and a blender to combine the ingredients. This liqueur serves well with ice, added to keto hot chocolate, coffee or however you like to enjoy it.
Craving something truly decadent and rich? Then, add this keto chocolate cake to your holiday menu!
To ensure the cake remains low carb, you’ll need finely ground almond flour. Further, the cocoa powder provides the rich chocolatey flavor and erythritol, a keto-approved sweetener, will provide a sweet flavor. Also, the frosting is keto-approved and is just as deliciously sweet and rich.
Mac and cheese is another crowd favorite and would be an excellent side dish. You can never go wrong with a creamy bowl of pasta, right?
Skip the pasta and make this cauliflower mac and cheese that is just as good as the real deal! Cauliflower florets create a wonderful texture while cream cheese, cheddar cheese, whipping cream, and a few seasonings come together to create the creamy, cheesy sauce.
Guacamole is a beloved snacking food known for being full of healthy fats! This appetizer will certainly tide you over until the big holiday meal.
This simple recipe is easy to whip up when you’re hungry and can even be shared with non-Keto-dieters. For a low-carb dipper option, use pork rinds or cheese crisps!
Instead of bringing a pie or another classic holiday dessert add variety to the dessert table with these fudgy pumpkin brownies. They’re perfectly spiced with your favorite flavors of fall and as a bonus, they’re healthy too.
These keto brownies are free of sugar and are low carb. They contain so much flavor and ooey-gooey texture your friends and family will be astounded that these fall in line with a diet.
Casseroles are awesome because it’s an easy way to feed a crowd. This is a big reason why a casserole should be a part of your holiday dinner.
To ensure this side dish remains low carb, instead of rice, you’ll use cauliflower rice. To complement the cauliflower rice you’ll want to add in broccoli florets, chopped carrots, loads of cheese and the delicious seasonings that make this a crave-worthy and keto-friendly recipe.
Another excellent main entrée idea would be this spinach artichoke stuffed chicken. It only requires 15 minutes of hands-on time and then the rest of the time is spent cooking the oven.
The spinach artichoke filling is loaded with ooey-gooey ingredients such as cream cheese, parmesan, and shredded mozzarella. Serve these as the main entrée and your family will surely be requesting them every week!
Transitioning from summer to fall isn’t always easy. You may not be ready to give up your sunny beach days, however, keto ice cream will surely help! Ice cream also pairs well with classic holiday desserts such as pie, cake, and more!
Ditch the store-bought ice cream because they’re loaded with sugar. Instead, whip together this sinfully delicious pumpkin spice ice cream. Share it with your family or keep it all to yourself, we don’t judge!
Satisfy your sweet tooth and share a plate of dessert bark this holiday season. This keto-approved treat is sweet, delicious and high in healthy fats.
Coconut oil and peanut butter will skyrocket the fat content of this dessert while dark chocolate and stevia will transform this recipe to be deliciously sweet. The best part is that this dessert stores well in the fridge for weeks so you can make this dessert well in advance.
Cheesy dips are always a crowd-pleaser. Keto and non-keto dieters will surely love this appetizer.
A few ingredients you’ll need to make this hot cheesy dip are crab meat, pimentos, and of course loads of cheese. Toss the ingredients into a baking dish and then bake the dip until it’s golden and bubbly.
Heading to a holiday potluck? Prepare a batch of these keto smokies and watch them disappear quickly. These smokies would make an excellent appetizer or side dish for any holiday.
The little smokies are full of flavor thanks to ingredients like natural maple flavoring, garlic, dijon mustard, and more. This recipe also comes together in just 25 minutes!
Apple fritters are a delicious treat and would make an excellent dessert. Who knew that a carb-loaded pastry such as an apple fritter could fall in line with the keto diet, but alas here it is.
Like many other desserts, these apple fritters remain low carb thanks to a combination of coconut flour and almond flour. To ensure they taste authentic to a true apple fritter they contain chunks of apple and are sweetened with keto-approved sweeteners.
Gravy is an essential part of holiday dinner as it can really complete a meal. The gravy tastes wonderful drizzled over the meat, over mashed cauliflower, and more!
This holiday season, prepare a bowl of this keto-friendly gravy to share with your friends and family. They won’t even notice that it’s keto diet compliant but instead, they will notice all the lovely flavors.
A box of chocolates is one of the easiest desserts to serve, after all, who doesn’t love decadent gourmet chocolates? Unfortunately, for a keto dieter, chocolate that is high in sugar is a definite no-no. Thanks to this recipe you can quench that sweet tooth craving without cheating on your diet.
This recipe combines keto-friendly ingredients such as almond flour, unsweetened cocoa powder and a keto-friendly sweetener to create these decadent chocoalte truffles. To customize these truffles for every holiday simply change the sprinkles.
If you can’t give up that beloved pie crust try this recipe! The bite-sized portions mean you can enjoy several mini pies guilt-free and they will surely satisfy your pumpkin craving.
The crust is made with 4 simple ingredients and the filling requires just 5 ingredients! They also come together in and around 30 minutes.
Another great alternative to traditional holiday meats like turkey and ham would be this beef tenderloin recipe. to make this main entrée even better, the beef tenderloin is wrapped in bacon.
This recipe touches on a few important tips that will help you achieve maximum flavor. Unlike turkey, beef tenderloin cooks quite quickly which means this main entrée can be made in a hurry!
Last but surely not least, is a holiday classic, sweet apple pie. Apple pie may be a keto dieters nightmare as the pie crust is loaded with carbs and that irresistibly sweet filling is loaded with sugar. One slice is enough to kick you out of ketosis.
Alas, this recipe has come to our rescue to help us enjoy delicious apple pie without all the carbs and sugar. The secret is to use ingredients like almond flour and coconut flour in the crust and a keto-friendly sweetener in the filling.