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Keto For Beginners – Free Keto Meal Plan – Week 3

Welcome to Keto For Beginners – Week 3

Welcome to Keto for beginners. It’s time for the Keto meal plan  for week 3 of your Keto diet.

If you are just starting please read and follow my Week 1 Meal Plan first, then move on to Week 2 Meal Plan and then come back to this one.

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.

Food Substitutes & Information

Below you will find the full menu with possible substitutes for the various ingredients. If you are looking for a particular substitute you can leave a comment if you don’t find it mentioned.

The Menu

 

Keto for beginners - breakfast

Breakfast – The masala omelet. So you can eat some salad on the side of the omelet actually if you like. Some lettuce, tomato, cumber. I personally don’t have issues with carbs from vegetables and I think they are ok. In terms of substitutes here there is nothing. You can omit ingredients if you don’t like something. So perhaps you don’t like coriander, skip it. You don’t have tumeric at home, leave that out. You can also turn this into a scrambled egg instead of an omelet. In terms of cooking fat if you don’t have ghee, avocado oil, bacon fat, butter etc are all fine. As for the cheese, use any that you like.

 

Keto for beginners - lunch

Lunch – HK’s Chilli con carne served with avocado and sour cream. The most obvious substitute here is the meat. So if you don’t have or like beef you can make this with lamb or chicken or pork. Basically any ground meat works. If you are vegetarian I would recommend you actually make my palak paneer instead and eat that. If you don’t like avocado you can swap that out for a side of creamed spinach. So a bag of spinach cooked with 1 tbsp butter and 1 tbsp heavy cream, salt and pepper. That’s a good replacement.

 

Keto for beginners - snack

Snack – Sauteed garlic butter mushrooms stuffed with feta cheese. Once again you can use any cheese you like. It’s the same with the cooking fat. If you don’t like mushrooms you can repeat one of the snacks from week 1 or week 2. In terms of herbs you can use parsley instead. You can also skip the garlic and use garlic powder if you like.

 

Keto for beginners - dinner

Dinner – Salmon & Asparagus in a creamy lemon sauce. I would definitely recommend Salmon with the skin on so you can get that nice crispy skin, however you can use skinless fillets like I did. You can pretty much use any fish you like, you could also make this recipe with prawns or squid. If you don’t like seafood then you can do this with chicken as well. The replacement for asparagus is green beans or broccoli. The idea is more about having a well balanced meal with some meat, veggies and a nice fatty sauce.

Additional Info

Drink Water

Make sure you stay hydrated. Drink at least 2 liters of water during the day as your body doesn’t retain water on Keto. This might also lead to a very quick weight loss during the first week. Don’t get excited it’s probably just water weight. But keep a bottle with you at all times and keep sipping.

Salt your food

Given that you’re body isn’t retaining water you will also be short on your electrolytes, that’s sodium, potassium and magnesium. You can always take a supplement for these but you still want to be generous with the salt on your food. Try to get some good quality salt. Sea salt, pink salt, etc are all good. You can also get some low sodium salt which is a great source of potassium.

Prepare for the Keto flu

Don’t panic. It’s nothing serious. You might just feel ‘bleh’ for a couple of days as your body adapts to Keto. This is normal. After all this is new for your body and also whenever you try to lose weight it does often result in us not feeling optimal. What you can do for this is just take some supplements for it for your electrolytes as I mentioned above or have enough salt in your food. Both the low sodium salt and regular salt. Sometimes you can drink a glass of water with a squeeze of lemon juice and salt. This stuff helps. However after a day or 2 of this you should be fine as your body slowly adapts to your new diet.

So that’s all folks. If you have any questions please feel free to leave a comment and I’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

Shopping List

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.

  1. Eggs
  2. Red Onion
  3. Coriander
  4. Tumeric
  5. Kashmiri Red Chilli Powder (or any chilli powder)
  6. Salt (sea salt, pink salt, table salt whichever one you want)
  7. Black Pepper
  8. Heavy Whipping Cream
  9. Cheese (get any of your choice, cheddar works well)
  10. Ghee
  11. Avocado Oil
  12. Garlic
  13. Ground Beef
  14. Tomato Puree (or tomato paste or even fresh tomatoes)
  15. Beef stock cube or beef stock (bone broth is also fine)
  16. Cumin
  17. Paprika
  18. Rosemary
  19. Avocado
  20. Sour Cream
  21. Lime
  22. Mushrooms
  23. Feta Cheese (can also get goat’s cheese or anything you like)
  24. Basil
  25. Butter
  26. Salmon
  27. Capers
  28. Lemon
  29. Parsley
  30. Asparagus

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 3 slices of bacon a day and a packet has 12 slices then buy 2 packets. You get the idea. And just a reminder for my Indian viewers to check my Shopping guide for Indians for suggested brands.

Cooking for 7 days!

The breakfast and the snack recipes are single servings and honestly are things you can whip up in no time. You can of course multiply the recipes and get your cooking done well in advance. The lunch recipe makes 4 servings. Dinner is a single serving of fish and sauce which you can double or tripple and make a big batch of. The asparagus is about 2 servings. My best recommendation is that get your cooking done on 1 day for the entire week. At least for the lunch and dinner. You can easily reheat the, in the microwave. Anyway I leave it up to you. Enjoy the meal plan.

 

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Ingredients
Breakfast - Masala Omelet
  • 3 Eggs
  • 20 grams Cheese
  • 20 grams Red onion
  • 1 Tbsp Heavy Whipping Cream
  • 1/2 Tsp Tumeric
  • 1/2 Tsp Kashmiri Red Chilli Powder
  • 1 Tbsp Ghee
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  • Coriander
Lunch - Chilli Con Carne
  • 500 grams Beef Mince Try and get 80-20 ground beef
  • 100 grams Red onion Sliced
  • 10 grams garlic
  • 200 ml Tomato Puree You can also use fresh tomatoes or tomato paste and water
  • 1 Tbsp Avocado Oil
  • 1 Beef Stock Cube Or 250ml of beef stock
  • 1/2 Tsp Black Pepper
  • 1/2 Tsp Cumin
  • 1/2 Tsp Paprika
  • a few sprigs of rosemary
  • 200 ml Water
  • 1/2 Avocado
  • 1 Tbsp Sour Cream This is the amount for a single serving of chilli
  • Coriander for Garnish
  • a few drops of lime juice
  • Salt to Taste
Snack - Sauteed Mushrooms stuffed with Feta
  • 100 grams White Mushrooms
  • 5 grams garlic
  • 1 Tbsp Butter
  • 30 grams Feta Cheese
  • Fresh Basil for garnish
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
Dinner - Salmon with Asparagus in a creamy lemon sauce
  • 150 grams Salmon Filet
  • 400 grams Asparagus
  • 5 grams Capers
  • 2 Tbsp Heavy Cream/Double Cream
  • 2 Tbsp Water
  • 10 grams Red onion diced
  • 10 grams garlic
  • 3 Tbsp Butter
  • 1/2 Tsp Lemon Zest
  • 1 Tbsp Lemon Juice
  • 1 Tsp Parsley
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
Servings:
Units:
Instructions
Breakfast
  1. Crack the 3 eggs into a bowl and add in the chopped onion, coriander, salt, pepper, tumeric, chilli powder and heavy cream and beat well.
  2. Heat the ghee in a frying pan and once melted add in the beaten eggs. Grate in the cheese and cover and cook for about 4 minutes. Fold the egg and finish cooking.
  3. Serve with a side of salad.
Lunch
  1. Heat the avocado oil in the pan and add in the onions and cook on a medium-low heat for about 5-7 minutes till the onion has softened and is starting to get some colour. Add in the garlic and cook till golden brown.
  2. Then add the ground beef and cook for 5 minutes constantly stirring and breaking up any lumps that form. You can then season it with the salt, pepper, paprika, cumin and also throw in the rosemary spring. You can also use any dried herbs you like instead like oregano or marjoram.
  3. Cook the beef with the spices for about a minute and then add in the tomato puree, beef stock cube and water and give everything a good mix and cover and cook for 20-25 minutes. Even 5 minutes just open the lid, give everything a good mix and keep coking.
  4. After 25 minutes the chilli on carne is ready. Slice your avocado and season with salt and the lime juice. Serve the avocado along with the chilli and top with 1 tbsp of sour cream per portion. Enjoy!
Snack
  1. Separate the mushroom caps from the stalks. Heat the butter in your frying pan and once it melts add in the garlic and cook till it starts to turn golden brown.
  2. Add in the mushrooms, season with salt and pepper and pan fry. The mushrooms will release their water and you want to cook that out completely till the mushrooms start to caramelize and get some colour.
  3. Once done remove from the pan and top/fill with the feta cheese and garnish with chopped basil.
Dinner
  1. Prepare the asparagus by chopping off the bottom woody part of the asparagus which you don't want to eat. Heat 1 tbsp of butter in your pan and add in the garlic. Once the butter has melted and the garlic is tarting to brown add in the asparagus and season with salt and pepper. Add in about 50ml of water and cover and cook with the lid on for about 4-5 minutes.
  2. After 4-5 minutes the water will evaporate and you want to cook the asparagus till it's perfectly tender and has some colour on it. Once you have achieved that remove the asparagus and set it aside.
  3. In the same pan add a tbsp of butter and while it melts season your salmon filet with salt and pepper and then place in the frying pan. Cook for about 3-4 minutes each side till it's perfectly cooked all the way through or to your liking. Remove and set the fish aside.
  4. Then add 1 tbsp of butter to the pan along with the red onion and fry. Add in the lemon zest, lemon juice, capers and 2 tbsp of water. Mix well and let it cook for a minute. Then add in the heavy cream and if it's too thick add some more water.
  5. Taste and season as required and finish the sauce with some fresh parsley. Serve the fish over a bed of asparagus and pour the sauce right over it.

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34 Comments

  • Reply
    Shobana
    January 21, 2020 at 3:13 pm

    Sir, What is the vegetarian replacement for salmon used in dinner?

    • mm
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      Sahil Makhija
      January 22, 2020 at 3:17 am

      Paneer or eggs will be fine.

  • Reply
    Katrin Gilberg
    January 27, 2020 at 7:42 am

    Good morning from Berlin! 🙂
    I have to replace the asparagus because I can’t buy it in winter. Which vegetable could I use?
    Cheers!

    • mm
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      Sahil Makhija
      January 28, 2020 at 8:08 am

      You can use green beans, brussel sprouts, broccoli. I’ve written all this above in the post. Please do read the full post.

  • Reply
    Criston Brophy
    February 9, 2020 at 8:58 am

    I’m worried about the lunch, I’m not big on any type of spicy food, is there anything else I can do? Can I leave out the chilli?

    • mm
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      Sahil Makhija
      February 10, 2020 at 3:20 am

      I didn’t actually use any chilli at all. I myself am not a big fan of spicy food.

  • Reply
    Christelle Dsouza
    February 9, 2020 at 1:07 pm

    Hi,
    Im gonna start Week 3 tomm. How much spinach can be had for 1 serving of the chilli..and when u say a bag of spinach hoe much is that in gms?

  • Reply
    Dawnpilbeam
    February 13, 2020 at 10:40 am

    Recipe says lunch equal four servings and next to ingredients by sour cream you clarify 1 tbsp is per serving. However nothing next to half avocado so is half for four servings please (seems small portion just 1/8th)? Hope this is not a dumb question. Loving your meal plans. Thanks in advance for your reply.

  • Reply
    Kasia
    February 22, 2020 at 7:56 pm

    no macro….

    • mm
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      Sahil Makhija
      February 23, 2020 at 5:54 am

      Nope. The whole idea here is starting without macros.

  • Reply
    Karen Clarke
    March 2, 2020 at 6:02 am

    I have just completed week 1. My starting weight was 79kg and I have lost 2 kg. Enjoying the meal plan and the videos.
    I did not know how to begin until I discovered your site. Thank you for taking the time to demonstrate your recipes and assist all of us beginners.

  • Reply
    Jennifer Nicol Colwell
    July 4, 2020 at 9:58 am

    Prepare for the Keto flu I found out from this site thank you .

  • Reply
    Jennifer22
    July 11, 2020 at 10:10 am

    Hi, I read your whole content.
    The kitchen you wrote about,
    It’s really very helpful for all of us and I am interested to read more.
    So I hope you give more content next time.

  • Reply
    JenniferNicol
    July 12, 2020 at 4:31 am

    Good job, I really appreciate your effort, thank you.
    Your very important information has helped me and my family a lot.

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    THANK YOU

  • Reply
    CLOZELLE R HARRIS
    July 18, 2020 at 11:39 pm

    I’m starting my third week. I’ve lost 5 pounds. I’m not a fan of eggs, but I do like scrambled eggs with cheese and a touch of heavy cream. This is my third day of Keto flu. I’m concerned because my stomach really hurts. Hoping it will pass soon. Your recipes are delicious. I’ve tried keto before, but it was so overwhelming triying to figure out what I could eat. Just hope this keto flu goes away soon. Thanks!

  • Reply
    Pam B.
    July 25, 2020 at 11:41 am

    Starting week three and I love your recipes! The best part of the Keto plan is that I am don’t have that “starving” feeling. I am down 10 pounds! Thank you for your entertaining videos and recipes!!

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    Maddie
    July 30, 2020 at 1:53 am

    Hey, Sahil! I’m so grateful for your meal plan. I also bought your cookbook! I’ve really been wanting to use the breadcrumb recipe from your cookbook but am allergic to nuts so can’t use almond flour…. any suggestions?? I’d really prefer delicious keto breadcrumbs without the possibility of death! Thanks a lot!

    • mm
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      Sahil Makhija
      July 30, 2020 at 3:12 am

      You can make them using the coconut flour mug bread or even the peanut butter mug bread

  • Reply
    Loraine
    August 15, 2020 at 11:32 am

    The food is delicious, so much tastier than my usual low fat options. Just about to start week three and the meal plan looks just as good. No Keto flu so far! I have been drinking copious amounts of water. I have lost just over 2kg, feeling well and more energy than I’ve had for a while. Also noticed my sinus’ are a lot better.
    Couldn’t have done it without you Sahil.
    PS – I highly recommend your recipe book too – easy to follow and great food.

  • Reply
    Rebecca L Hamilton
    August 18, 2020 at 4:20 pm

    I don’t like salmon, is there another fish I can substitute?

    • mm
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      Sahil Makhija
      August 19, 2020 at 3:50 am

      Absolutely any other fish you like is fine.

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    Fahina Mushrifun
    August 21, 2020 at 9:38 am

    Sir can I use hung curd or yogurt in place of sour cream…is there necessory to add in some nuts in keto diet??

    • mm
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      Sahil Makhija
      August 22, 2020 at 4:48 am

      Yes you can no issue. There is no requirement to add nuts but if you want to replace the ‘snacks’ I have given with some nuts instead that’s fine. Try to avoid cashew nuts and peanuts are fine but in moderation.

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    Barbara Henry
    August 22, 2020 at 1:36 pm

    Sahil I am sending you a huge thank you!! Your meal plans and guided recipes are exactly what I needed. You are the first to actually make sense to
    me how to eat and how much on Keto. You make sense in your 3 B-L-S and D meal plans for each week,,, When I would see “70%” of something I would have no idea of how to figure that and other percents of other foods out. It was guess work at best. Your great recipes and amounts have helped me immensely and I am into my third week. I certainly don’t feel food deprived and I am not hungry between meals. Again, thank you.
    I bought your cookbook and also gave one to my friend who is also on Keto.
    The recipes and nutritional counts are food inspiring. The pictures are beautiful as well. Horns up and may they keep blowing!!

    • mm
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      Sahil Makhija
      August 23, 2020 at 3:17 am

      Thank you so much Barbara, glad to hear that.

  • Reply
    Lisa
    August 24, 2020 at 4:13 pm

    You Sir have made me a true Keto fan of me!!!! Love your recipes and how easy you are making my journey!

  • Reply
    Kandee
    September 10, 2020 at 6:11 pm

    This is my second week in following you and your recipes, I’m feeling great first week I lost 2.4 lbs. I have my shopping list ready to go for week 3 shopping tomorrow. My question is right now I’m craving sweets I’ve been looking at other videos that have keto friendly sweets, is it too soon for me to engage in making a keto sweet treat.

    • mm
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      Sahil Makhija
      September 11, 2020 at 3:48 am

      My suggestion is you can make yourself one of the Keto desserts and replace the snack or eat a smaller portion for your meal and add a small portion of dessert after it. The key is still making sure you don’t add the dessert over and above what you are eating, you include it in place of something. Hope that helps.

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    Liz
    September 18, 2020 at 12:54 pm

    Hi Sahil,

    Your meal plans are great while I’ve lost a few plans I still seem not to be in Ketosis, any suggestions? Thanks

    • mm
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      Sahil Makhija
      September 19, 2020 at 3:22 am

      Does it matter? Being in or out of Keto isn’t going to affect anything. It might just take time. Depends how long you been doing this, hormones and also how much food you are consuming.

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    Shedaine Murugan
    October 8, 2020 at 6:34 pm

    Hi, I’m going to start the keto diet. I’m not a vegetarian but don’t eat eggs.
    What can I substitute eggs with?

    • mm
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      Sahil Makhija
      October 9, 2020 at 4:47 am

      Scoop of protein powder I guess. One that is Keto friendly.

    • mm
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      Sahil Makhija
      October 9, 2020 at 4:47 am

      Or even some meat since you aren’t vegetarian.

  • Reply
    Natasha Cox
    November 20, 2020 at 3:05 am

    I made the salmon with the sauce and it was delicious! My whole family enjoyed it all. Thank you for the easy recipe

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