Cooking at home every day is demanding. Having to think about what to prepare, making it, and cleaning the mess, it is a lot of work. That is why eating out nowadays is so popular and for many the first option.
On the other hand, I believe that Health starts in the kitchen. Because what we eat define us, and determine our well-being. And there is nowhere you can eat, except for home, that you will know exactly what is on your plate.
And then if you want to eat a Ketogenic Diet, it requires a bit more of planning and effort in the kitchen to make sure you stay on track. However, it can be quite easy!
So, how can we make cooking Keto at home easy?
I believe that it is possible. I cook for my family every single day, breakfast, lunch, and dinner, plus snacks, mostly Low-Carb/Ketogenic. I prepare everything from scratch, with no processed foods and always with fresh ingredients.
Here are my 5 tips to make cooking Keto at home faster, more pleasant, and easier.
Start by Planning your Groceries
First, I would recommend you to get clear on your top 10 Keto dishes. Consider having 2 to 3 types of breakfast 5 to 6 types of lunch and dinners, and a couple of snack options.
After you know what are your usual go-to dishes, it is very easy to get your groceries planed. You will know which foods to buy after repeating the same dishes a few times.
Every time that you are in the kitchen, keep a pen and paper close by. You’ll start noticing which ingredients start to run low. Write them down right away for your next shopping trip.
Finally, before going to do your groceries, do a final check-up to make sure you can make those 10 favorite dishes. Write down what you are missing. Don’t trust your memory!
Always go Bigger
When buying your groceries, make sure to buy more than enough. You should be able to cook 2 to 3 meals for each of the 10 dishes. This way you won’t have to go to the groceries too often and you’ll save a lot of time.
When cooking, make sure that you double or triple your recipes. Food in the fridge stays good for at least 4 days and there is always the freezing option. This way, with one effort you can eat many days.
You can opt to separate your meals in portions in case you will take them with you to work. Or for your kids to have something ready just to heat up.
Make it Easy for Yourself
The least processed foods are always best, however, when cooking for a big family it can take a lot of time. So, it is ok if you use some ready or easier to use options like:
- Pre-washed clean salad
- Ready washed and cut vegetables
- Fish and chicken fillets without bones or skin
- Ready or almost-ready snacks like:
- Sliced turkey
- Frozen berries
- Seeds and nuts
- Boiled eggs
Try to always have in your kitchen these options. So cooking or putting together a plate with few things can be easy and fast.
When tiredness hits, improvise!
Related to the point above, when you have run out of options and ingredients start to be low at home, it is good to have the “putting a plate together” option.
This means that you can use whatever is in the fridge, maybe some leftovers, add some cheese, a vegetable or two, few olives, boil a couple of eggs, and voila!
This takes a maximum of 10 min and you’ll have a good Keto plate to eat. The main thing is that you follow the points above so that you always have something in your fridge or cupboard to fix yourself and your family a quick meal.
Think in advance
A key strategy to be able to stick to the Ketogenic diet is to be one step ahead in the kitchen. Before ending the day make sure you are clear about what you’ll be eating the next day for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Also, make sure you have ready Keto snacks, bread, or crackers to eat with or after your meals. Usually, these take some time to prepare. It’s best if you have them ready from the day before and that you do bigger batches. So that you don’t have to worry about them for a few days.
I hope you find these tips useful. This is what I do every day to keep my family fed and healthy. I won’t deny that it’s a lot of work, but these tips make it so much easier and the reward of healthy kids and a happy wife is priceless!
Wishing you an easy Keto Cooking time!