Whether you’re just starting out with eating a low carb, high fat ketogenic diet or you don’t have the time to cook intricately crafted meals — these lazy keto meals will help you start burning fats for energy in no time.
Sure in theory it would be great to be able to cook these intricately developed keto recipes that you always find online…
But it just isn’t practical.
In this article, I’m going to give you practical lazy keto meals and strategies so you can keep benefiting from burning fats for energy even when you don’t feel like cooking.
Not Tracking Your Macros
One of the biggest reasons why beginners get discouraged with going keto is because it requires some nutritional knowledge on what foods are low in carbs, high in fats, and moderate in protein.
If you can just pick out some of the lazy keto meals I’m going to list below, you’ll be well equipped with everything you need to make sure you stay in ketosis without having to make a huge time commitment.
Most of the recommendations I will be giving you will follow the general macronutrient ratio of the ketogenic diet being less than 5% in carbs, 20-30% in protein, and 60-70% in fats.
Remember, as long as you stick to that ratio, you’ll have no problem staying in ketosis. And that’s what most of these lazy keto meals are designed for.
Don’t Fall Victim to Information Overload
After having coached a lot of clients into losing weight and increasing energy on ketosis, one major setback I have noticed a lot of beginners fall into is overanalyzing everything.
They think they have to know everything about the ketogenic diet before ever starting.
They want to make sure they have all their ducks in a row…
And that’s why I wanted to give you these lazy keto meals. Because now you won’t get stuck scouring the internet trying to find the best simple recipes that will help you stay in a fat burning state.
These quick, simple tips are a culmination of keto hacks I have developed over my years of being in ketosis. There have been countless times in my own keto journey where I didn’t have time to go online, find a recipe, and literally devote more than a couple hours just to cooking.
Here are my discoveries that will greatly help you go keto when you’re too lazy to bring out your inner chef.
Lazy Keto Meals: For the Keto-ers Pressed for Time or Don’t Feel Like Cooking
Some of the lazy keto meals are going to require a slight bit of prep, but the purpose is to save you time and so you can store it in your fridge for later when you get hungry again (and not have to resort to carbs).
This is one of the most cost effective and ketogenic-friendly foods you can purchase straight from your grocery store and it’s already prepped!
I like to pull the rotisserie chicken into strips and half of it will be made into an easy keto chicken salad. The other half I put into a sandwich bag and whenever I’m feeling hungry, I’ll snack on it using a low-carb hot sauce.
My favorite brand of canned sardines to use is Wild Planet Scale Free. Make sure to get the cans that are seasoned with olive oil because this makes it more ketogenic friendly.
I like to eat these with my eggs in the morning for a quick lazy keto meal breakfast. Also, anytime I’m traveling I will bring a couple of cans with me to-go so I’m always in keto even when I’m not at home.
Hard Boiled Eggs
Most of the time, at the beginning of every week, I’ll make around 25 hard boiled eggs and store them in the fridge.
Eggs are one of the most nutritious foods you can eat on keto and having them on hand will make it easy to stay in ketosis when you’re feeling hungry and looking for a quick snack.
Low Carb Cured Meats
You can buy pre-packaged low-carb cured meats like chorizo, pepperoni and salami at your local grocery store but I wouldn’t suggest making it a habit.
I don’t really consider these to be nutrient-dense and instead you should be using them as a treat.
I like to buy the pre-cooked shrimp from food stores and keep them in the fridge to defrost overnight.
Another great keto-friendly food that you can snack on even by itself.
Spam and Vienna Sausage
I’m putting these in the same category because they’re relatively similar in terms of macronutrient ratios.
Both spam and vienna sausage are canned cooked pork that you can enjoy right out of the can.
A nice lazy keto meal I love to have for breakfast is whipping up four eggs and eating it with spam or vienna sausage and low-carb no-sugar ketchup.
It tastes great and I find myself never getting sick of it.
I always buy pre-packaged broccoli and cauliflower rice during my weekly grocery haul. This significantly decreases the amount of prep time and it’s really not that much more costly.
Most grocery stores have riced cauliflower now since the low carb industry is booming.
It’s a great substitute for meals that require normal rice.
Yup, you read that right. You can get pre-cooked bacon from most food stores and all you have to do is pop it in the microwave to enjoy it.
No more having to worry about spending 30 minutes cooking bacon, having the grease pop up at you and having to clean the pan afterwards.
(Sounds lazy I know, but that’s the point of this article!)
When I’m pressed for time I like to make eggs and microwave bacon and enjoy it as a lazy keto meal during any time of the day.
This is probably going to require the most prep time, but hands down my favorite lazy keto meal is to have a nice juicy steak.
Not only is it perfect for keto, but grass-fed animal meat is one of, if not, the healthiest food you can eat on the ketogenic diet.
Tip: Prepare a decent amount of steak using the reverse sear method and cut them up into little steak bites. Then put them in a large zip lock container and save it for the week.
I LOVE having guacamole with almost any meal and it’s perfect to not only to keep you in ketosis, but it also provides you with ample amounts of electrolytes and micronutrients to keep you at optimal energy levels all day!
Recently one of my favorite go-to lazy keto meals that complements guacamole are steak bites.
It’s absolutely delicious dipping your steak in guacamole and you can even enjoy it cold.
Also, a steak bites & guacamole meal will give you the essential fats you need to stay in keto, the proper amount of protein to keep you full and help you maintain muscle all while the guacamole helps you keep optimal electrolyte levels.
Keto Shake Meal Replacements
There’s an overwhelming amount of keto meal replacements that are being released into the market right now.
BONUS: Lazy Keto Meals Quick Recipes
I’ll admit, I’m not the greatest cook out there, but I do like to make some nice ketogenic friendly meals once in a while.
Here are some of my favorite quick lazy keto meal recipes you can start using right away!
(Press the title below for the full recipe of each lazy keto meal!)
This is a great recipe created by the Castaway Kitchen. It’s very flavorful and uses coconut aminos, sunflower seed butter, and bone broth instead of any sugar-laden condiments.
Great dinner recipe.
I’m a huge advocate for any meal that contains ground beef. And it’s because it’s one of the most nutrient-dense foods you can eat and works perfect for keto.
This recipe by Savory Tooth taste great and only comes out to around 9g of carbs per serving! The only thing I would switch in the recipe is replacing canola oil with avocado oil because canola oil is known to cause inflammation, other than that it’s a delicious way to cook ground beef.
Cauliflower is great for getting your proper amounts of fiber and vegetables while on the low carb, high fat ketogenic diet.
You can even lessen the prep time by using pre-packaged steamed cauliflower that you can purchase at any food store.
This recipe takes around 30 minutes to prep so it’s not as simple as the other recipes and recommendations I’ve given but it’s definitely worth it.
I love making this and storing the rest away and I can find myself eating this frequently without ever getting sick of it!
These Lazy Keto Meals Will Help You Stay in a Fat Burning Mode With Minimal Prep Time
All of the the foods I have given you are designed for minimal prep time. These lazy keto meals will help you stay in a fat burning state without having to break the bank, devote hours in cooking, or having to whip up any crazy recipes just so you can experience the benefits of ketosis.
Choose your main few lazy keto meals above and stick to them whenever you are feeling hungry and always make sure to stock your fridge with these meals.
That way, you’re never left having to eat carbs just because they are more convenient.
Now you have no excuse to go out there and start living the ketogenic lifestyle!
If you are new to the ketogenic diet and want a complete guide that takes you from A to Z to start increasing energy and losing fat on the ketogenic diet, grab the Ketogenic Diet Roadmap.
Don’t overcomplicate this way of eating, as you can tell from this article, you don’t need to be a master chef to thrive off fats!