It’s May meal planning time! This month I have created a Keto Diet Dinner Plan. As the month leading into summer, I’ve decided to take on a new diet challenge. The whole month of May I plan to stick to the Keto Diet.
May 2019 Meal Calendar:
By planning our meals ahead of time, it should increase the chance that we will actually stick to the diet and keep on track!
A lot of the work that goes into cooking is finding the time to plan what you are going to make. There are SO many recipes to chose from! So what I’ve done is try to narrow down the options. I sought out recipes that adhere to the Keto Diet and are delicious at the same time.
This month will be the last stab at getting swimsuit ready! My kids already jumped into our pool yesterday. They swam longer than I expected, but the chill finally got to them and then–without prompting–I heard the showers running.
Nothing like a cold spring pool to get our kids to bath before dinner!! 🙂
Week 1: May 1-3 (Low-Carb)
- Monday: Scrambled Eggs topped w/ Madison’s Favorite Tacos meat
- Tuesday: Philly Cheese Steak Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms
- Wednesday: Chicken Thighs with Shallots in Red Wine Vinegar
- Thursday: Steak Kebabs with Chimichurri
- Friday: Baked Salmon with Fresh Herbs
I was struggling with meal planning this week, but, to my surprise, my husband emailed me an article about the Keto Diet. He said he wanted to give it a try! I’ve heard of the Keto Diet before but never really studied or considered doing it.
I don’t know if it’s the structure of having something to stick to, or the fact that I would like to put a swimsuit on in about 4 shorts weeks, but I’m really excited to jump on board. So here we go!
Luckily, I had some left-over taco meat in the freezer and a couple dozen eggs in the fridge when he sent the email. So I decided to make scrambled eggs topped with taco meat, shredded cheese, and diced avocado for dinner.
It was actually really good! I was surprised since it was a spur of the moment meal. I served it with a side of blueberries. Camryn (one of the twins) told me it reminded her of a deconstructed taco omelet. I think that is a perfect description.
We all had full tummies, and I stuck to Keto. Successful first night on the diet!
So now the real diet planning starts. I figured I would just commit to following Keto for the entire month of May. After looking at different recipes, I don’t think it’s going to be all that hard! Especially since I love fat!
Yes, I will miss bread and rice, but I think we can do it! Positive attitude! And I mean frankly, if the worst thing I put on the table it a bowl of eggs and bacon, my family is not going to complain!
I guess we’ll see in a few weeks…
Week 2: May 6-10 (Still Low-Carb)
- Monday: Chicken and Asparagus Lemon Stir-Fry
- Tuesday: Mini Bell Pepper “Loaded” Turkey Nachos
- Wednesday: Instant Pot Chicken Parmesan
- Thursday: Grilled Cumin Spiced Pork Tenderloin
- Friday: Skillet Fish Filet with Tomatoes and White Wine
I’m excited about this line-up. Asparagus is one of my favorite things to cook in the spring! The kids LOVE stuffed peppers, so the mini pepper nachos will be a big hit.
I will need to think about what noodle substitute we will have with the chicken parm. That one might be hard, but I’m sure there is something Keto friendly that can take the place. (Looking for suggestions here!)
Grilling out on Thursday, and a tomato based fish dish on Friday are all aimed to please the hubs. He will no doubt appreciate these two.
Week 3: May 13-17 (What’s a Carb?)
- Monday: One Skillet Chicken with Bacon and Green Beans
- Tuesday: Picadillo with Cauliflower Rice Bowls
- Wednesday: Instant Pot Chicken Cacciatore
- Thursday: Grilled Chicken Shawarma Bowls
- Friday: Grilled Lobster Tails with Herb Garlic Butter
Low-carb doesn’t have to be boring! The One Skillet Chicken with Bacon and Green Beans is anything but. But then again, anything with bacon is bound to be a winner!
Picadillo is a favorite in our house. It can be used to make tacos, enchilada filling, quesadillas, or nachos. Since we are skipping the tortilla, I plan to serve our picadillo over cauliflower rice: topped with shredded cheese, diced avocado and diced purple onion.
And then I went fancy for Friday! This Keto Diet Dinner Plan week is the half-way mark through the diet. I wanted to make it special!
Week 4: May 20-24 (Are we there yet)
- Monday: Quick Garlic-Lime Marinated Pork Chops
- Tuesday: Enchilada Chicken Roll-Ups
- Wednesday: Cube Steaks with Peppers and Olives
- Thursday: Grilled Chicken Salad with Strawberries and Spinach
- Friday: Fish Florentine with Spinach
At this point in the month, we are coming down the homestretch of our diet, with only two weeks to go. This is my first time trying the Keto Diet, so I gave myself a 1 month goal to keep it realistic and achievable. Setting small goals is what works best for me, but you may be in a different stage of the diet journey. Keep up the good work!
Pork, chicken, beef, chicken, fish. That is the line-up this week. I feel like it is a pretty well rounded meal plan. Sometimes I get a little chicken heavy in my meal planning because it’s an easy go-to lean protein, but we get tired of the feathered friend!
I ended this week with a new favorite–Fish Florentine. It is all the rage with the Skinnytaste crowd (I do follow the Facebook Page), and I plan to include it once a month until we get tired of it. The versatility with interchanging different types of fish probably means it will be in my rotation for quite some time!
Week 5: May 27-31 (We did it!!)
- Monday: Cauliflower Rice Chicken Biryani
- Tuesday: Huevos Pericos (Colombian Scrambled Eggs)
- Wednesday: Instant Pot Italian Pulled Pork Ragu
- Thursday: Za’atar Lamb Chops
- Friday: Shrimp Scampi Foil Packets
Finishing the month off with some worldly flavors! Indian on Monday, Colombian on Tuesday, Italian on Wednesday, and Mediterranean on Thursday.
Have fun with this week! We certainly will. I love introducing new flavors to my kids. They might make some funny faces while I’m cooking, but there haven’t been too many dishes they completely disapprove of.
From the time they were able to eat grown-up food, I fed them whatever I made for dinner. I think that really helps.
I hope you enjoy this Keto Diet Dinner Plan. I’m looking forward to the meals ahead and maybe shaving off a few pounds. 😉
I’m sure you’ve noticed my weeks are only listed as Monday-Friday. That’s because I go into hibernation from Saturday until Monday morning.