Easy 5 Ingredient Keto Recipes
Another week and another Keto meal plan. This is a 5 ingredient Keto meal plan. It’s part of my larger Keto for beginners series of videos. I started this series because of the 2020 pandemic but quickly realized that for a lot of people these plans took the difficulty out of cooking and meal prep. Meal prep helps you stay on track with your diet and that’s why I recommend it.
I must also mention this 5 ingredient special doesn’t include basic pantry items of salt, pepper, sweetener and oil for frying. But it’s about keeping it simple and clean. If you are just starting out also check out my Keto for beginners playlist with episodes 1-5 which will help you get started.
It’s important to remember that I’m NOT a doctor, nutritionist or dietitian. I’m just a musician/Youtuber who has done Keto so please do not take any of this as medical advise. If you have pre-existing conditions please consult your doctor or a qualified professional before doing anything. This is simply a resource for people who need it. So please treat this as a disclaimer before proceeding. Enjoy the video below and then carry on reading.
Get back to the basics
Eat only when hungry
Tracking macros is essential when it comes to any diet for weight loss. However there is plenty of flexibility to manage weight loss on Keto without doing this in the start. There are many reasons for this which I won’t get into but. However it’s important to still exercise restraint and portion control. So make sure you don’t just eat for the sake of eating. Eat only when you feel hungry. You don’t even need to finish an entire portion of food if you can’t. In the event you’ve eating say a serving of something and still feel a wee bit hungry that’s fine, give it 10 minutes or so. The reason being it takes you stomach about that much time to let the brain know it’s full and being a tad hungry is never a bad thing. Of course don’t starve yourself but you have to learn intuitive eating.
Track your progress
Hopefully you haven’t just weighed yourself at the start of your journey but you also took measurements. I did forget to mention to also take photographs. The scale is just one way of measuring progress and often can be deceptive. On Keto you might not lose weight but you might lose inches. This is why measure yourself, take pictures and compare them week after week. Don’t get into a habit of checking daily. Just do it every Monday morning, same time, in your birthday suit and be done with it. Also watch my video called ‘The Goal Weight Delusion‘
It doesn’t matter what exercise you do but just do something. As the song goes, 1-2-3-4 get your body on the floor. This is important for many reasons. Even though you can lose weight without exercising and I did that myself in the start it’s not the best practice. Exercise has many health benefits and it’s also vital to help keep your BMR up. You can choose from a variety of options for physical activity based on how fit you are currently. Whether it’s going to the gym, running, cycling, dancing, drumming or even just walking, it’s all good. Do something!
The Menu & Food substitutions
Here is the full meal plan. I’ve given some information about each meal along with the substitutes for certain food items. If you can’t find one to your liking then leave me a comment below.
Breakfast – A simple Keto shakshuka. I guess there aren’t too many substitutions here. And if you can’t get Feta cheese you can use any kind of cheese you like. I would recommend a soft cheese like goat’s cheese perhaps. Also I used a store bought marinara sauce for this recipe but you can totally make a big batch of my Keto marinara sauce to keep for recipes like this.
Lunch – Saagwala Chicken or Chicken in Spinach Sauce! If there was ever a way to get in your greens into a meal in a delicious way, this is it. It’s a lot of spinach which is great! Chicken can be swapped out for fish and if you’re vegetarian get some paneer. Vegan? Tofu and coconut cream will do. Of course if you have access to more spices like tumeric, cumin, coriander powder and red chilli powder, I would and those while frying the chicken. You can serve this meal with a Keto naan or some cauliflower rice.
Dinner – Keto potstickers or Keto dumplings. Whatever you call them, these are little packets of deliciousness. I love a good pork filling in mine but you can use any meat you like. If you are vegetarian or vegan, paneer, tofu, mushrooms etc all work as well. You can also steam these first and then pan fry it like I did in my original Keto Potstickers recipe. And honestly if you feeling a bit more adventurous in the kitchen then attempt my recipe for Hungarian Cabbage rolls, they are to die for!!!
Just edit the quantities based on your appetite. If you have left over food you can always freeze it for up to a full month. So this is more just a list, quantities will vary based on how much you eat. Also double check if you have any of these things left over from last weeks meal prep before buying fresh stuff.
- Marinara Sauce
- Chili Flakes
- Feta Cheese
- Ground Pork
- Spring Onion
- Spring Onion
- Garlic Paste
- Full Chicken Legs (Skinless)
- Heavy Cream
- Ginger Garlic Paste
- Garam Masala
- Olive Oil/Avocado Oil (any Keto cooking fat)
- Salt & Pepper
That should cover everything. Adjust the quantities based on how much you are going to eat. For example if you eat 2 eggs a day then that’s 14 eggs you need in total. If you eat say 1 chicken breast a day then get 7 chicken breasts. You get the idea. And just a reminder for my Indian viewers to check my Shopping guide for Indians for suggested brands.
Eat for the week
Try and eat the same food everyday and it will help you stay on course or at least 3-4 days in a row. After which you can rotate with another one of my meal plans.