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If you’re faithfully following the keto diet this Valentine’s Day, there’s no need to feel at-all deprived… because we’re going to show you some high-fat/low-carb recipes that are so insanely good, you won’t even miss the chocolate-dipped strawberries for dessert! (In fact, there’s a keto Valentine’s dessert at the end of this article that will rival any sugar-packed treat)!
The key to a perfectly-balanced, yet ridiculously-tasty keto Valentine’s Day is to get the right amount of high fat, moderate protein and low carbs within each indulgent dish. And your options are plentiful! Think succulent mains like steak or chicken parm, low-carb veggies as side dishes, and lots of healthy oils and heavy creams to fulfill that fat load (and make your taste buds go wild)!
Don’t even worry about dining out this Valentine’s Day – which will inevitably lead to crowded restaurants and higher-priced meals. Not to mention, it will be much harder to have your keto-friendly needs met when it comes to ingredient substitutes for high-carb foods, which could leave you feeling disappointed instead of fulfilled.
Instead, these super-fast, super-delicious keto Valentine’s Day recipes are low-carb versions of your favorite dishes – so you can dig in totally guilt-free. Ready to begin?! Just a note to make sure you don’t leave out any veggies in these recipes (which can be totally tempting to do while on keto). But while they may not be as enjoyable as high-fat ingredients, they supply needed dietary fiber, and essential vitamins and minerals that you need to keep operating at your best.
In addition to getting your “veggie on” with every meal, you can also enjoy keto-friendly meal replacement shakes to get added fiber/nutrients throughout your day, (which you can even enjoy for dessert… and we have a decadent recipe for you at the end, so stay tuned)!
Here are 5 keto Valentine’s Day recipes to please every palate (+ an amazing keto Valentine’s dessert)…
1) Keto Sausage, Pepper and Cauliflower Fried "Rice"
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First off, this savory comfort dish with an exciting mix of flavors can be made and on the table in just 20 minutes! How’s that for super-fast, healthy and delicious keto cuisine? In addition, it’s a perfect keto Valentine’s day date dish, since it’s brimming with flavor, while containing all the keto basics: smoked sausage as a nice fatty protein that’s also not something you eat every day; olive oil for healthy fats; red, yellow and green bell peppers, onion, and cauliflower for low-carb veggies.
Not to mention that the red pepper flakes, garlic powder, minced garlic, Italian seasoning, cayenne pepper and paprika all liven up this one-pot meal! Top with fresh parsley and dig in!
Get this Keto Sausage, Pepper & Cauliflower Fried Rice Recipe here.
2) Keto Garlic Butter Steak
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Next, what meat-lover doesn’t want to indulge in the perfect juicy, succulent steak on any day, let alone a holiday?! So, you can rejoice, keto lovers, because this recipe has big flavor perfect for any occasion. The addition of garlic butter to this steak takes the taste level way up, and also results in a seriously-tender, thoroughly enjoyable feast.
You can choose any steak of your choice for this recipe, but the suggestion is to use a New York strip or rib-eye. As for the simple preparation, first you cook the steak in oil, and then once it’s almost done, you add butter, garlic and fresh thyme or rosemary to the pan… triple yum! Serve with roasted asparagus and sautéed mushrooms for the perfect keto Valentine’s Day dinner.
Get this Keto Garlic Butter Steak Recipe here.
3) Keto Pork Chops
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Next, this keto pork chops recipe is creamy, cheesy, rich and ultra-satisfying. The sauce is so good, you may even be tempted to slurp it up with a spoon (but you probably shouldn’t do that)! With heavy cream, freshly grated Parmesan cheese, oregano and red pepper flakes, it brings a flavorful punch with every decadent bite. Plus, when added to the pork chops, (which are cooked to a golden brown with olive oil), it’s a small bite of heaven.
The recipe also features fiber-rich low-carb veggies, including baby spinach and baby bella mushrooms, which perfectly complement the meat and make the entire dish extra-healthy, energy-boosting, and gratifying.
Get this Keto Pork Chop Recipe here.
4) Keto Chicken Parmesan
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Next, if chicken parmesan was one of your favorite dishes before going keto, you can re-indulge in this dinner staple recipe. By simply switching out the high-carb breadcrumbs for an equally-delicious mixture of shredded parmesan and Italian seasoning, (then dipping the chicken in egg and baking it), you get perfectly-browned, seriously-delicious golden chicken cutlets.
Then, just top them with marinara and mozzarella and presto – keto-friendly chicken parm! Add chopped fresh basil or parsley to the top for an added wow-factor for your keto Valentine’s Day dinner! Pair the dish with a glass of low-carb red wine, and you can’t go wrong.
Get this Keto Chicken Parmesan Recipe here.
5) Keto Zoodle Alfredo With Bacon
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For our final keto Valentine’s Day dinner recipe, we bring you an even richer and creamier spin on regular Fettucine Alfredo. Because the sauce is so indulgent, even people who aren’t following the keto diet might be okay with the fact that it uses zucchini noodles instead of pasta. Also, did we mention that there’s bacon?!
With heavy cream, grated parmesan cheese and bacon all fulfilling your high-fat requirements (and your taste buds), this recipe also gets a nice mix of flavors from the white wine, garlic and shallot, along with salt and pepper. Though this is definitely a higher calorie dish with the richer sauce, holidays are a time to splurge a little – so go ahead, you deserve it!
Get this Zoodle Alfredo with Bacon Recipe here.
Keto Valentine's Day Dessert Recipe
1) Very Berry Valentine's Day Keto Shake
You didn’t think we would leave you hanging without the perfect keto Valentine’s dessert did you?! Forget the typical chocolates, ice cream, cookies or candy that this holiday usually brings. You can stay in ketosis and get in on ridiculously good flavor with this shake featuring antioxidant-heavy mixed berries, almond milk, vanilla extract, and amazingly-delicious 310 Strawberry meal replacement powder.
Feel free to sip this dessert smoothie, or freeze it so you can eat it as healthy ice cream! Plus, do you need to get your keto Valentine’s chocolate fix? Not a problem! Just add some cacao powder or 310 Chocolate Shake into this recipe for some added chocolaty goodness! You can also top off the entire thing with keto whipped cream and some sugar-free dark chocolate chips!
Get this Very-Berry Keto Smoothie Recipe here.
Which keto Valentine's Day recipe are you going to try this year? Let us know in the comments below!
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