Make Your Hello Chef Week Keto Friendly (and see our Top Keto Recipes!)
For many of our loyal customers Hello Chef is the go-to service when it comes to low-carb food. You could say we’ve become a bit of an expert in that area, after having offered low-carb recipes in our boxes every week for more than 5 years.
Nowadays we do our best to also offer some keto-friendly low-carb recipes on the Weekly Menu. In addition, here are some tips on how to customize any of our low-carb recipes to suit the ketogenic diet. Read them from below!
Like any other diet, keto can be done in a healthy way, or in an unhealthy way. When the focus is on nutritious foods, such as greens and other low-carb vegetables as well as healthy proteins and fats, you’ll most likely see the best benefits of ketogenic diet.
The keto diet typically limits carbs to 20-50 grams per day. With that limitation in mind, it’s best to fit in as many vegetables as possible. The key information about vegetables is that they contain fiber. In the nutritional counts the fiber is considered a carbohydrate, but it actually doesn’t digest and absorb like other carbs.
Therefore, when following a ketogenic diet, you need to be aware of the net carbohydrate count (total carbohydrate minus fiber). Hello Chef carbohydrates are always announced in total, so don’t be too alarmed if you see a carb count of, for example, 30-40 g per portion. The net carb count, in reality, is lower. The rule of thumb is that you can subtract 20-30 percent from the total carbs to get the number of net carbs. In some vegetables the fiber quantity is even higher. For example, a half of a medium avocado contains 9 grams of carbohydrates, but 7 of these are fiber. So, the net carb count is only 2 grams.
Whenever you see a Hello Chef low-carb recipe that comes with cruciferous vegetables such as kale, broccoli or cauliflower, go for it. Those vegetables are not only keto-friendly, but also they have been linked to decreased cancer and heart disease risk. Now’s the time to finally give mashed cauliflower, cauliflower roast and cauliflower rice a try!
Also all the leafy greens such as spinach, rocket and lettuce as well as green asparagus, mushrooms, cabbage, zucchini, cucumber, pak choi and okra are perfect for keto eaters. Spot the green on the menu!
Hello Chef includes many vegetables in the low-carb recipes, some of which are not recommended when following a keto diet. You can always substitute, for example, the root vegetables (that are relatively high in carbs) with green vegetables and/or leafy greens. Prepare the reserved vegetables for other family members or house guests to ensure that the beautiful fresh produce doesn’t go to waste.
On that note, whenever there’s a pot of honey or a pinch of sugar that’s meant for a salad dressing, tomato sauce or something of that sort, simply leave it out. Reserve the honey pots for the sweet tooth in the family! Instead, feel free to add some sources of healthy fats, such as olive oil, coconut oil, nuts, seeds, eggs and avocado onto your plate.
As keto is a low-carb and high-fat diet, we recommend that you always choose the low-carb salmon dish from the menu into your box. Fatty fish, such as salmon, is high in omega-3 fats, which helps lower insulin levels. Keeping the insulin level low is one of the key elements of ketogenic diet.
Poultry, meat, eggs and most types of cheeses are also considered as staples in the keto diet, as they are virtually carb-free. A good thing to know about Hello Chef meat is that it’s grass-fed, which makes it even more suitable for keto eaters. Animals that eat grass, produce meat with higher amounts of omega-3 fats, conjugated linoleic acid and antioxidants than meat from grain-fed animals.
Next, take a look below! We put together a nice collection of Hello Chef’s top keto-friendly recipes. Enjoy!
“Steak with greens” is probably the most popular meal concept of the keto diet. Sirloin Steak with Anchovy Butter and Greens represents that concept 100%. No nonsense – it’s pure steel! If you’re a fan of this type of dining, click and enjoy Rump Steak with Caper Cream Sauce and Greens, too.
Salmon with Creamy Mushrooms and Greens. This recipe is a keeper among Hello Chef low-carb customers, and for a good reason. It tastes just as rich and creamy as it looks! Pak choi, zucchini and mushrooms keep this indulgent dish veggie-loaded.
In need for more fish and seafood keto recipe ideas? Good thing we have many! Take a look at Almond and Lemon Crusted Seabream with Creamy Spinach and Leeks, Provencale Baked Seabass with Steamed Broccoli and Creamy Tuscan Salmon with Green Beans.
Spinach and Parmesan Chicken with Baked Vegetables is an indulgent evening meal for any keto eater. Did you know that tomatoes contain only 3 net carbs per 100 grams? It’s okay to have some colourful tomatoes with your dinner, especially when everything else in this meal is super low-carb. In the mood for some Asian chicken? Check out the amazing Thai Chicken Mince Stir Fry with Basil as well.
Chicken Cobb Salad with Blue Cheese and Mustard Vinaigrette. We can’t think of anything more suitable for keto than this salad. In its stripes you can easily see that it’s absolutely perfect! Chicken, eggs, bacon, blue cheese, avocado… Even the dressing doesn’t have anything “forbidden” in it! Among our chicken salad recipes, for example the Chicken Pesto Salad with Mozzarella and Spinach is equally keto-friendly!
Asparagus, Mushroom and Spinach Frittata. This recipe is the perfect vegetarian supper: as hearty and filling as it is healthy. It’s always a good idea to keep at least one day a week meatless! If you like these kind of vegetarian keto recipes, you might want to check out Mushroom, Spinach and Feta Crustless Quiche with Green Beans as well.