Keto Done Quickly: Smoky Recipes on the Ready

Taking the Hassle Out of Keto Meal Prep with Three Easy Meals

Whether your goal is to feel good in your body or lead the pack at your next CrossFit class, eating keto is the current king of diets. From weight loss to managing various health conditions, keto has many proven benefits. Before you dive into that bacon-filled can of worms, hang on! Keto eating can be time-consuming - first ask yourself, is this way of eating right for you?

Keto, aka, the ketogenic diet, is a low-carb, high-fat diet that’s designed to help you burn fat more effectively. The goal is to put your body into a metabolic state called ketosis where your body burns fat - not carbs - for energy. This way of eating may not be right for everybody, though, and it’s advisable to talk to your doctor before trying.

Here’s what you can eat on a keto diet:

  • - Natural fats like butter, olive oil, avocado oil, coconut oil
  • - Meat
  • - Fish and seafood
  • - High-fat diary like cheese, heavy cream, butter
  • - Veggies (that grow above ground, aka, non-starchy)
  • - Eggs
  • - Most nuts and seeds
  • - Berries

And here’s what you should avoid when eating keto:

  • - Breads, pastas, rices
  • - Sugar and sugary foods
  • - Sugary drinks, soda, beer
  • - Fruit
  • - Milk
  • - Potatoes

Of course, this is just a thumbnail view. Menu restrictions, paired with the time-consuming nature of meal prep can make the keto diet a bit intimidating for anyone who’s short on time.

Take the furrow out of your brow because we’re committed to helping our keto-eating friends find a way to have their bacon and eat it too. Use these delicious recipes to have some quick and delicious wins up your sleeve for when you’re hangry, hungry, or simply short on time.

BREAKFAST: Egg Cups With Deli Ham

Keto Breakfast Recipe

If it has North Country Smokehouse Ham, it’ll be somewhere in the ballpark of full-blown delicious, and that’s why we breakfast with this protein-packed meal. It’s genius, really - use our Organic, Sugar-Free Deli Ham to hold together egg and cheese and voila! you’ve got yourself a keto-licious breakfast.

To Make It: Line a muffin tin with slices of Deli Ham and sprinkle in some cheddar cheese. Crack an egg into each ham cup, and do your best to not drool into your food. Bake at 400 F for 12 minutes or until cooked through. Check out the full recipe here.

LUNCH: BLT Lettuce Wraps

Keto Lettuce Wraps

It’s lunchtime, not cook-for-3 hours time, so whip up this bacon-filled meal for a convenient way to stave off hunger without straying from your state of ketosis.

To Make It: You’ll need four slices of bacon - we recommend Organic Applewood Smoked, 1 diced tomato, a tablespoon of mayo, pepper and, if you’re feeling wild, some avocado. Just mix it up, distribute it evenly into three large lettuce leaves, wrap those babies up and feast away. Need further instruction? Helpful pointers can be found here.

DINNER: Zoodles N’ Kielbasa

Keto Zuchinni Noodles

Need dinner in a pinch? Call on this quick and flavor-packed zinger. Your taste buds will thank you and you won't miss the carbs.

To Make It: Cook up some of our Organic Kielbasa and set aside. Saute some shallots and garlic with wine, cook until reduced by half and then stir in heavy cream and parmesan cheese. Add your zoodles (zucchini noodles - pro tip: you can buy these pre-cut at most grocery stores) and stir in the Kielbasa for a fast and filling dinner. See the full recipe here.

Not only can a keto diet be quick and easy, but when you’re eating high-quality protein produced with high quality ingredients and slow-smoked to perfection it makes a world of difference in flavor and satisfaction. We know that’s what you’re here for.