The purpose of this meal plan is to show what a week’s worth of keto-friendly (and totally Primal) meals could look like.
This is how I eat day in and day out. Since I’ve been eating Primally for many years now, it’s second nature for me. But for folks who are new to this way of eating, I realize this might seem like a lot of work, or just completely foreign. Rest assured, planning and preparing a keto menu becomes simple once you’re in the habit of preparing healthy recipes like the ones provided here.
Don’t fret if these specific meals don’t appeal to you. By no means are you required to follow this plan to a T. It is meant to serve as an example—a “week in the life of Primal/keto.” If you want to try it, feel free to swap out meals that don’t appeal to you. I have said before that I usually keep things pretty simple—lots of Big-Ass Omelettes and Big-Ass Salads for me. You can do the same. I know plenty of people who prefer cycling through the same three to five favorite meals over and over, and there’s nothing wrong with that. As long as the meals are well-balanced and contain adequate nutrients, there’s no reason to complicate things.
However, if you’re a person who enjoys cooking more elaborate meals, you can absolutely do that, too. There are basically limitless options for delicious, enticing, Primal- and keto-friendly dishes. Look for meat, egg, and veggie dishes with interesting preparations, seasonings, and sauces.
Remember, real food tastes better!
Keto Meal Prep Tips
A good meal plan starts with good preparation. Spend some time perusing keto-focused blogs and cookbooks that appeal to you. Whether you’re a keep-it-simple kind of home cook or a culinary wizard, food should be enjoyable. Eating healthy, nourishing fare is one of the great pleasures in life. Don’t shortchange yourself here.
Once you have a plan in place, make a shopping list and hit the store and/or farmer’s market. I also like to shop online for pantry staples.
You can make busy weeknights less stressful by doing some meal prep on the weekends. Look ahead to the recipes you’ll be cooking that week. See if there are steps you can do on Sunday that will save you time during the week, such as:
Washing and chopping raw veggies
Pre-cooking meat that you can warm up and toss into recipes
Thawing anything that needs thawing
This is totally optional but can make your life a little easier, especially if your mornings or evenings tend to be a little hectic.
It’s better to eat enough food during your meals than to snack throughout the day. However, I’ve always suggested people listen to their bodies. Especially when you’re transitioning to a new way of eating, you might find yourself getting hungry between meals. If you do snack, make it count by choosing nutrient-dense foods.
Start with at least 3 eggs if you’re on the smaller side or 4 eggs (or more) if you’re on the bigger side. Remember, one large egg has about 6 grams of protein (plus 5 grams of fat and less than one gram of carbohydrate), so eat plenty!
Choose your mix-ins. I’ll list some of my favorite options below, but the sky’s the limit here. If your favorite ingredient isn’t on this list but it’s Primal-approved, by all means add it! And, of course, everything is optional. For example, you don’t have to add dairy if you don’t tolerate it.
Cook (see my cooking video here). If you have trouble nailing the traditional omelette shape, never fear—scrambles are just as good.
Here are some keto-friendly protein options to mix into your omelettes:
Here are some keto-friendly vegetables (and veggie-like fruits) to mix into your omelets:
Don’t forget herbs and spices:
Hot pepper sauce
And dairy products (optional):
Half and half
Monterey Jack cheese
How to Put Together a Big-Ass Salad
Step 1: Start with a very generous serving of fresh greens. I usually combine a few different types, and I
mix in fresh chopped herbs whenever I have them on hand. My favorites are:
Lettuce (any type)
Step 2: Choose your dressing. No surprise, I usually use one of the dressings from my Primal Kitchen line of products. I formulated these specifically because I couldn’t find salad dressings that weren’t made with health-compromising polyunsaturated oils. You can also make your own dressings with approved oils. Here are some DIY salad recipes if you’d like ideas.
Toss your salad greens with about half the amount of dressing you intend to use.
Step 3: Layer on as many mix-ins as your heart desires. As with the Big-Ass Omelets, this list is meant to get your creative juices flowing (and your mouth watering). Feel free to include things that aren’t on these lists as long as they’re Primal-approved.
Here are some mix-in fruit and veggie ideas:
Shredded beef or pork
Sugar-free bacon or sausage
Nuts and seeds:
Here are some cheeses (opt for full-fat) you can mix in:
Step 4: Drizzle with the remaining dressing and chow down!
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Mark Sisson is the founder of Mark’s Daily Apple, godfather to the Primal food and lifestyle movement, and the New York Times bestselling author of The Keto Reset Diet. His latest book is Keto for Life, where he discusses how he combines the keto diet with a Primal lifestyle for optimal health and longevity. Mark is the author of numerous other books as well, including The Primal Blueprint, which was credited with turbocharging the growth of the primal/paleo movement back in 2009. After spending three decades researching and educating folks on why food is the key component to achieving and maintaining optimal wellness, Mark launched Primal Kitchen, a real-food company that creates Primal/paleo, keto, and Whole30-friendly kitchen staples.