If you're trying to go vegetarian, but still want to follow a keto or low-carb diet, try some of these delicious dishes. Plant-based proteins like tofu, eggs, and beans, will all add protein, while a rainbow of veggies keep things colorful and fresh. We've included options for a wide range of preparation techniques, cuisines, and every meal (including snacks!), so you can stick to your meal plan all day long.
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Keto Queso Dip
If you need a snack while watching the big game, an easy appetizer to add to a spread, or a starter for a celebratory meal, try this ooey-gooey queso dip that doesn't have the huge carb load most traditional recipes do. Serve with fresh veggies for dipping.
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Dairy-Free Crustless Spinach Quiche
With no crust, and no dairy, this spinach quiche will satisfy a range of dietary considerations. Make it your own by swapping in other vegetables like asparagus, onions, mushrooms, or other favorites.
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Swap out chicken for cauliflower steaks for a hearty, cheesy Italian meal with cauliflower parmesan. Roasting the veggie gives it a toasty sweetness and tender texture that works great as a base. You can even make a quick marinara while it cooks.
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Jicama is a crisp, white-fleshed tuber that has a starchy interior that works perfectly as a potato alternative. It especially works great when fried. Serve these jicama fries alongside your protein main and you'll never miss the carbs.Continue to 5 of 19 below.
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Spaghetti Squash Alfredo
Spaghetti squash makes a great pasta alternative, especially in this creamy keto-friendly alfredo. We added some broccoli for color and nutrition, but vegetables like spinach or proteins like tofu would also taste great.
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Cauliflower Mac and Cheese
Just because you're avoiding carbs doesn't mean you have to give up mac n' cheese. Using cauliflower instead of noodles makes it not only keto-friendly but gluten-free, not to mention delicious.
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Easy Sautéed Mushrooms
Simple sautéed mushrooms have a meaty texture that can work as a hearty side or a keto-friendly topper for cauliflower rice bowls or spaghetti squash as a main dish. Feel free to scale this starter recipe up or down.
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Vegan Tofu Scramble
For a vegan breakfast that can also turn into a versatile base for experimentation, try a tofu scramble. Adding vegan meat crumbles, veggies like bell peppers and onions, or your favorite spices can inject some excitement into your morning.Continue to 9 of 19 below.
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Cauliflower Potato Salad
Bring cauliflower potato salad to your next cookout for a creamy, summery side dish that doesn't rack up the carb count. It has a very similar taste and texture to the original, with chopped hard boiled eggs, dill pickles, and scallions for that signature zesty tang.
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Air Fryer Brussels Sprouts
For a keto dish that has that crispy texture we love from fried foods but the nutrition of vegetables, air fry Brussels sprouts. A little honey, chili paste, pepper, and sesame seeds give them an Asian-inspired flavor.
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Cauliflower Fried Rice
Stir frying works wonderfully as a preparation method for cauliflower rice because it cooks the grains thoroughly without turning them to mush. Add veggies like bell pepper, carrots, and onions, to keto-friendly fried rice that will have dinner on the table in a flash.
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Baked Avocado Chips
Yes, you can bake avocado into crispy chips that will keep your hand out of the potato chip bag. These have a chili-lime flavor to tickle your tastebuds. Enjoy them on their own or with your favorite creamy dip.Continue to 13 of 19 below.
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Zucchini Grilled Cheese
Use up extra zucchini from your garden by turning it into creamy, melty grilled cheese. With lots of mozzarella and parmesan, eggs, and almond flour, this plant-based sandwich will hit the spot. Try it with a side of tomato soup for a whole meal.
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Avocado Egg Salad
Swap out mayonnaise for creamy avocado in egg salad that not only has a gorgeous green color but extra flavor and nutrition as well. Use it as a sandwich spread on low-carb bread or serve over a bed of lettuce for a healthy green lunch.
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Filling, and totally vegetarian, buddha bowls will keep you full through dinner. Swap out the grains for cauliflower rice, zucchini noodles, or spaghetti squash noodles to keep it keto-friendly.
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Chinese Five-Spice Tofu
For an Asian-inspired main that sticks to a keto diet, try Chinese five-spice tofu. It has a unique spice profile from a blend of anise, fennel, cinnamon, cloves, and pepper. Serve it over cauliflower rice or with a side of steamed veggies.Continue to 17 of 19 below.
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Vegan Indian Palak Paneer
Using tofu instead of cheese keeps this twist on Indian Palak Paneer totally vegan as well as keto-friendly. Plain yogurt works best, but vanilla or lemon can also sub in too. It has a fragrant spice profile that will make your kitchen smell great as it cooks.
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Cauliflower Cheese Bread
Italian-American favorite cheesy bread ranks as one of the best comfort foods for a reason, and thanks to cauliflower, you can still enjoy it on keto. It also doesn't require any special equipment, just a food processor and a sheet pan.
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Bok Choy and Mushroom Stir Fry
For a speedy weeknight dinner that's both vegetarian and keto, stir-fry mushrooms and bok choy do the trick with a flavorful soy and ginger sauce. Because stir frying goes so fast, prep all of your ingredients before you heat the wok.