20 Keto-Friendly Easy Weeknight Dinners That Take 30 Minutes or Less
By: Amanda Suazo
Every week, it’s the same struggle: What can you make for dinner (and fast)? If you have a half hour on your hands, you don’t need to worry. These 30-minute easy weeknight dinners take minimal prep time to create and deliver wow-worthy meals. Plus, each dish is Bulletproof-approved and keto-friendly — and most are paleo, too.
Whether you crave beef, chicken, seafood, or soup and salad, this roundup of easy weeknight dinners delivers big flavor (without the extra carbs):
Easy weeknight dinners: Beef recipes
Got one extra minute in the morning? Throw your beef in the crock pot with spices like turmeric and oregano for a slow-roasted, totally tender main dish by the end of the day. Roast up Brussels sprouts for a fiber-packed and keto-friendly meal.
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Get takeout taste without the crash: This quick and easy weeknight dinner fries up shredded cabbage with ground beef for a budget-friendly recipe that comes together in 15 minutes. Swap sesame oil for grass-fed ghee, use grass-fed ground beef, and get high-quality spices to make this dinner more Bulletproof.
Take 30 minutes in the morning to prep this easy weeknight dinner, and you’ll come home to fall-off-the-bone tender meat. Pastured short ribs get coated in a warm spice blend and simmer in your crock pot for an ultra-low carb dinner that pairs perfectly with lettuce wraps, guacamole, or roasted veggies.
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No tortilla necessary! Take a quick half hour to saute peppers and onions, roll them in strips of beef, and sear on all sides. Then, your easy weeknight dinner is ready to serve with guacamole and salsa. Fry your meat and veggies in ghee instead of olive oil, pick up grass-fed beef, and use high-quality spices to make this recipe more Bulletproof.
Thin slices of beef fry up with zucchini noodles, broccoli, and bok choy for a keto-friendly take on takeout. Serve this easy weeknight dinner with a big pat of grass-fed butter for a complete 20-minute meal.
Easy weeknight dinners: Seafood recipes
Butter makes everything better, especially when you use it to blanket tender, wild-caught shrimp. Simply heat butter or ghee with fresh herbs, then gently poach for an elegant dinner in 25 minutes — perfect for serving with mashed cauliflower or roasted asparagus.
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Shrimp get a light and flavorful upgrade with this 30-minute easy weeknight dinner. Spiralize your veggie noodles and toss with cooked shrimp and a lemony sauce for a recipe that’s ready to impress. Use pastured chicken stock instead of wine, grab wild-caught shrimp, and use grass-fed butter to keep this one Bulletproof.
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Flaky, wild-caught salmon bathes in a buttery lemon garlic sauce for an easy weeknight dinner with minimal mess. Simply heat up your butter sauce, brush it over your salmon, and steam in foil to create perfectly tender fish. Grass-fed ghee can take the heat of the oven — use it instead of butter to make this recipe more Bulletproof.
No zoodles here — konjac root noodles get tossed in a nutty sauce with wild shrimp and Brain Octane Oil for a Thai-inspired 20-minute meal. With 5 net carbs, you can upgrade this easy weeknight dinner with a side of bok choy or cauliflower rice.
This easy weeknight dinner is too good to be true: With a super-simple broth and few elegant herbs, wild-caught cod gets gently cooked with minimal hands-on prep. Since this recipe contains under 2 net carbs per serving and only takes 20 minutes, you have time to whip up a quick salad while it cooks.
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Get gourmet taste in a miraculous 15 minutes with this easy weeknight recipe. Throw raw shrimp on a sheet pan with asparagus and spices for a buttery and satisfying meal that pairs well with zoodles or cauliflower rice. Use melted grass-fed ghee instead of the butter and olive oil to toss your shrimp and veggies (and grease your pan), and use fresh ground spices to stay more Bulletproof with this recipe.
Easy weeknight dinners: Chicken recipes
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High-fat chicken thighs cook up with tomatoes, asparagus, and an herby pesto sauce for a 30-minute weeknight dinner recipe with 8 net carbs. Most sun-dried tomatoes come packed in olive oil, which can oxidize during cooking. To keep this recipe Bulletproof, look for single-ingredient sun-dried tomatoes with no added preservatives (or omit altogether). Then, fry in ghee instead of olive oil.
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With a slurpable butter sauce and tender chunks of chicken, this is one easy weeknight dinner you’ll want to keep in your rotation. Simply spiralize your zoodles, cook chicken strips in butter and spices, then simmer noodles in the sauce for a savory, satisfying meal. For a truly Bulletproof meal, use pastured organic chicken and chicken broth.
Quick-cooking shirataki noodles swim in a creamy lemon sauce with tender chunks of chicken for a 20-minute easy weeknight dinner that satisfies your pasta cravings. Serve with roasted asparagus, steamed broccoli, or sauteed zucchini for a fast, fancy meal.
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This easy weeknight dinner mingles satisfying flavor and texture at just 7 net carbs. Chicken breast cooks up with slices of bok choy and celery in a coconut milk-based glaze for the perfect 30-minute meal. Use pastured chicken to keep this simple recipe more Bulletproof.
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This spin on stir fry takes 30 minutes and makes the perfect topper for cauliflower rice. Simply saute chunks of chicken breast with bites of asparagus in a spiced sauce with lemon juice and ginger. To make this easy weeknight dinner more Bulletproof, use coconut aminos and arrowroot powder to make your sauce, then use ghee instead of canola oil to saute meat and veggies.
Easy weeknight dinners: Soup and salad recipes
Hearty Green Soup
While this thick and creamy soup gets bulk from cauliflower and broccoli, you can easily adapt it to whatever leftover veggies you have in your fridge. Simply cook your produce down in bone broth, then blend with ghee and collagen protein for a one-bowl wonder. For a complete easy weeknight dinner, serve with pastured bacon pieces or lightly grilled steak.
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Cook up chicken, bell peppers, and onion with fajita seasonings and throw them on a bed of tender lettuce for an easy weeknight dinner in 25 minutes. This salad stores well in the fridge and makes a delicious meal prep option, too. For a Bulletproof spin on this recipe, swap olive oil with avocado oil and get high-quality ground spices.
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In 30 minutes, you can simmer up a warm, beefy soup packed with tender chunks of bell pepper, celery, and cabbage. Best of all, you can whip up this easy weeknight dinner in a slow cooker for even quicker prep. Make this recipe more Bulletproof with grass-fed ground beef and BPA-free canned tomatoes, plus substitute ghee for olive oil.
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Fresh and flavorful: This easy weeknight dinner takes 15 minutes from start to finish and is loaded with chunks of cucumber and avocado. Top with a lemony dressing for super-simple side or main dish with 5 net carbs. To keep it Bulletproof, use wild-caught shrimp and saute them in ghee instead of olive oil.
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