With all the meat laden keto recipes out there, it may seem impossible to do keto while not eating meat. However, there are so many meat substitutes and recipes that can be altered to exclude meat that keto is definitely a viable option for vegetarians!
If you’re currently stuck eating the same few meals, that can get boring and make you want to quit your diet. On the ketogenic diet, it’s important to have several meal options, and the best way to do this is learn how to cook and alter recipes to fit your goals.
These 15 vegetarian keto recipes will add plenty of variety to your meals and give you an idea how to alter your favorite recipes to fit your vegetarian keto lifestyle.
BREAKFAST VEGETARIAN KETO RECIPES
Most breakfasts consist of fruit, grain, and sugar, meaning they’re usually not suited for a keto diet. And when you’re looking for a vegetarian option, it gets even more difficult to find something that fits with your macronutrient goals.
Luckily, there are some tasty options out there that fit your needs.
Here are 5 awesome breakfast vegetarian keto recipes to start your day off right.
1. Low Carb Cranberry Walnut Coffee Cake
Almond and coconut flours are the base of this low carb coffee cake, making it perfect for a keto breakfast. And the best part? Everything is done in the blender, so if you’re really determined, you can have this in the oven in under 10 minutes.
- Calories: 375
- Fat: 31g
- Protein: 12g
- Net Carbs: 6g
2. Keto Buttermilk Pancakes
You can never go wrong with pancakes. These keto buttermilk pancakes are dairy, nut, and gluten free, making these super allergy-friendly.
Make sure you watch the toppings you add to the pancakes, as syrups and fruit are full of carbs.
- Calories: 164
- Fat: 11g
- Protein: 11g
- Net Carbs: 2g
3. Pan Roasted Portobello Egg Toast
In this recipe, the usual breakfast toast is replaced with pan seared portobello mushrooms, then topped with tomatoes and an egg.
The great thing about this recipe is that you can cook the egg and tomatoes the way you want, and it’ll still taste delicious either way!
- Calories: 162
- Fat: 12g
- Protein: 8g
- Net Carbs: 7g
4. Keto Green Smoothie
Usually when you think of a smoothie, it’s packed with all sorts of fruits. However, this recipe uses spinach and avocado, making it fairly low carb, but high in fat. This makes for the perfect keto on the go breakfast.
- Calories: 332
- Fat: 30.6g
- Protein: 4.5g
- Net Carbs: 3.6g
5. Mexican Breakfast Hash
Looking for a savory, vegetarian keto breakfast? This Mexican breakfast hash will leave you satisfied and feeling full, all while being super macro friendly.
It also only takes 20 minutes to make and can be prepared ahead of time if you don’t have a lot of time in the morning.
- Calories: 452
- Fat: 34.9g
- Protein: 22.8g
- Net Carbs: 7.5g
LUNCH & DINNER VEGETARIAN KETO RECIPES
Often times when on a diet, it can be hard to ignore those cravings for pasta or pizza. But thanks to a little creativity, these cravings can be converted into macro friendly vegetarian keto recipes that you won’t feel guilty eating.
Quick tip: if a recipe you love contains rice, swap it for cauliflower rice and you’ll have a keto-friendly carb.
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6. Vegetarian Three Cheese Quiche Stuffed Peppers
Mozzarella, full fat ricotta, and shredded parmesan paired with egg and peppers never tasted so good! These low carb vegetarian quiche stuffed peppers are far from difficult to make.
It’s as simple as preparing the peppers, mixing the eggs and three cheese blend, pouring, and baking. Give these a try for an easy, keto-friendly brunch or dinner.
- Calories: 245.5
- Fat: 16.28g
- Protein: 17.84g
- Net Carbs: 5.97g
7. Mediterranean Roasted Cabbage Steaks with Basil Pesto & Feta
Who says you can’t have steak on a vegetarian diet? Believe it or not, these roasted cabbage steaks taste like heaven. And the best part? No animals were harmed in the making of these fake steaks.
Top these with some basil pesto, feta, and tomatoes and you’ve got yourself a delicious vegetarian and keto-friendly steak. Yum.
8. Curried Cauliflower Rice Kale Soup
To make this into a keto recipe, the traditional rice in this curried soup is replaced with chopped cauliflower. And it actually tastes better than the real thing.
To make this recipe even quicker, you can purchase frozen cauliflower rice instead of making it yourself, making this the perfect weeknight dinner.
- Calories: 162
- Fat: 8.6g
- Protein: 6.2g
- Net Carbs:11.8g
9. Low-carb Eggplant Lasagna
Pasta of any type is something everyone on a keto diet misses dearly. But thanks to this low-carb eggplant lasagna, you no longer have to contemplate ditching your diet for pasta.
Just make sure you follow all of the directions so your eggplant doesn’t turn out watery or soggy.
- Calories: 223
- Fat: 12.4g
- Protein: 18.5g
- Net Carbs: 10.6g
10. Rainbow Cauliflower Crust Pizza
This cauliflower pizza crust allows you to eat pizza on the keto diet, and if that isn’t reason to celebrate, I don’t know what is.
The crust is infused with a mixture of parmesan and mozzarella cheeses, giving it a delicious burst of flavor with each bite. And the vibrant rainbow of vegetables is both pretty and good for you. What’s more to love?
- Calories: 197
- Fat: 11.1g
- Protein: 12g
- Net Carbs: 9.5g
11. Zucchini Pasta with Creamy Avocado Pesto
Zucchini noodles are THE way to go if you want pasta. They are super low-carb and a great healthy alternative to whole grain pasta. Mix them with this creamy avocado pesto and you have the perfect easy dinner.
- Calories: 161
- Fat: 17g
- Protein: 2g
- Net Carbs: 6g
12. Vegetarian Lettuce Wraps
These vegetarian lettuce wraps are a homemade take on the famous P.F. Chang’s lettuce wraps. They taste like the real deal but for a fraction of the calories!
You can have this mouth-watering meal ready in 25 minutes, making them perfect for busy nights.
- Calories: 194
- Fat: 9g
- Protein: 14g
- Net Carbs: 13g
13. Zucchini Crusted Grilled Cheese Sandwiches
These zucchini crusted grilled cheese sandwiches use a zucchini “bread,” quite similar to zucchini crusted pizzas. Because of that, these grilled cheese sandwiches are healthier and have significantly less carbs than traditional grilled cheese sandwiches. But that doesn’t mean they aren’t just as tasty!
14. Cauliflower Mac & Cheese
Cheese has to be the BEST part of the keto diet. So naturally, this cauliflower mac & cheese does not disappoint. This works great for lunch, a side with dinner, or your whole dinner.
- Calories: 295.5
- Fat: 25.38g
- Protein: 10.63g
- Net Carbs: 5.47g
15. Vegetarian Keto Club Salad
While this salad doesn’t quite taste like a club sandwich or club salad, it is packed with tons of flavor that’ll keep you coming back for more.
This vegetarian keto club salad is packed with tons of veggies, hard boiled eggs, and a creamy dressing, all topped with a dollop of dijon mustard.
- Calories: 329.67
- Fat: 26.32g
- Protein: 16.82g
- Net Carbs: 4.83g
These vegetarian keto recipes are the perfect way to stick to your macros while getting a break from all the meat.