Yes, we know. A vast majority of Keto recipes have cheese, milk, butter, and anything else made from milk: It’s a problem for those who are sensitive to dairy. But that’s not because the keto diet relies on dairy; The overuse of cheese and others is, simply, a lack of imagination.

Here we bring you a couple recipes that are completely dairy-free, delicious, and different to other popular keto recipes.

Butter squash Low-carb Gnocchi

Butter? Only in name.

Ingredients:

  • 1 butter squash (2-3 lbs)
  • 2 cups almond flour
  • 2 eggs, large
  • Salt

How to make:

  • Peel squash thoroughly and boil until very soft. You can also halve it, boil it, then scoop it out when it’s soft.
  • Wait for the squash to cool down.
  • In a bowl, mix almond flour, salt, and 1 egg.
  • Add squash little by little. When done, add the remaining egg and knead for 5 minutes. If too soft, add more flour.
  • Sprinkle almond flour on a wooden surface and shape the gnocchi one by one. Throw into boiling water for no longer than 1 minute each.

When done, set aside for a few minutes for them to dry. Serve in abundant tomato sauce; Gravy is recommended. I was about to say that it goes well with cheesy sauces - but please do abstain from these types of sauces if you don’t tolerate dairy!

Cucumber Sushi

Ingredients:

  • 1 cucumber, large
  • Salmon, no bones
  • Nori seaweed (or rice paper)
  • Salmon eggs
  • Avocado, mashed
  • Fried shrimp
  • Yakitori sauce (recipe for this below)

How to make:

  • Peel cucumber and discard the peel.
  • Now peel the cucumber in a circular motion, peeling for as long as you can a thin layer of cucumber. This will be used instead of rice.
  • Place the cucumber on a wooden surface. Add salmon, salmon eggs, and mashed avocado.
  • Roll carefully. Use strips of nori seaweed to seal and keep everything together.
  • Once done, slice sushi into rolls.
  • Sprinkle fried shrimp on top, add yakitori sauce.

Simple Yakitori-style sauce

Avoid buying whenever you can. This is a pretty easy to make sauce that will take you no longer than 5 minutes to make.

Ingredients:

  • Soy sauce
  • Garlic, minced
  • Corn starch
  • Sweetener

How to make:

  • Add soy sauce and garlic into a saucepan and cook until almost boiling. At this point, add cornstarch (about 2 tablespoons for every 200ml of soy sauce) and stir continuously.
  • After stirring for a few minutes, add sweetener to taste.
  • If consistency is too watery, you can add cornstarch again until thick enough for you.

This is more than a good start for making dairy-free dishes that don't feel lazy and low-effort. After all, the more effort you put into your food, the more satisfied you will be when eating: Cooking aids weight control.

We hope you enjoy the recipes. Thanks for reading!