Recipes FAQ

Recipes FAQ

On this page we aim to answer the most frequently asked questions regarding our low-carb and keto recipes. If you can’t find the answer to your question here, please ask it in the and we’ll do our best to answer it.

If you want to learn more about our thoughts on different ingredients, please see our food policy.

 


1. Where can I find the nutritional information for your recipes?

In all recipes we have a section called nutrition. It’s located directly underneath the ingredients. Click the plus sign and you will find the amount of carbs, protein and fat in percentage and in grams per serving. There you’ll also find the number of calories per serving.

 


2. Why are there moderate and liberal recipes with fewer carbs per serving than in some keto recipes?

Here’s how we define different levels of low carb at Diet Doctor:

  • Ketogenic low carb <20 gram net carbs per day.1This level of carbohydrates is defined as below 4 energy percent (E%) carbs in our recipes or, if it is a meal, 7 grams of carbs or less.2 In our ketogenic recipes the amount of carbs per serving is shown in green balls.
  • Moderate low carb 20-50 net grams per day. This level is defined as between 4-10 E% carbs in our recipes and the amount of carbs per serving is shown in yellow balls.
  • Liberal low carb 50-100 net grams per day. This means 10-20 E% carbs in our recipes and the amount of carbs per serving is shown in orange balls.

Because the levels are defined by percentage, you can sometimes find a small serving of a liberal recipe with fewer carbs per serving than a large serving of a keto recipe.

Please see our guide How low carb is low carb? to learn more about our categories.

 


3. Where can I find the number of calories for each recipe?

All nutritional information, including calories per serving, can be found in the section underneath the ingredients in all recipes.

If your aim with calorie restriction is to lose weight, please see our guide: How to lose weight

Read more about our thoughts on calorie counting here:

Isn’t weight loss all about calories?
The top videos about calories

 


4. Can I combine a vegetarian or vegan diet with a keto diet?

If you are a vegetarian who eats dairy and eggs, known as lacto-ovo, it’s not a problem to combine that with a low-carb or keto lifestyle.

A strict vegan diet can be complicated to combine with keto and is not something we recommend in the long run because of the problems of getting enough essential protein and vitamins. For individual meals it’s usually not a problem, a great example is this recipe for vegan kale and spinach soup.

If you’re vegan and you want to follow a more liberal low-carb diet, where beans and lentils may have a place, that could in theory be possible. Due to our hesitation about how healthful this is long term we’ve chosen not to make this our focus.

Guide: How to follow a healthy vegetarian keto diet

 


5. I don’t like/can’t eat a certain ingredient, can I substitute it for something else?

Yes! We think of our recipes as guidance for your inspiration and assistance in making low-carb and keto simple. We absolutely love it when people change ingredients in our recipes and make them their own.

There are a few things to consider though from a food safety perspective. If you substitute your protein you need to make sure it’s cooked until safe to eat. This goes especially for poultry, pork and eggs. If you feel uncertain about how to tell when it’s done, we recommend using a food thermometer.

When it comes to vegetables it’s usually easier to substitute for something that resembles the vegetable you’re swapping. By that we mean resemblance in texture and size. That way you can use the same cooking procedure and estimated cooking times.

In order to keep the macros in the recipe in the same range we recommend using our guide to low-carb vegetables.

You can also read through our substitution guide for further tips to tailor our recipes.

 


6. What can I use to substitute dairy in a recipe?

For information on when to use butter, and how to substitute it if you don’t want to use it, see .

When it comes to products like milk, heavy whipping cream or créme fraiche we suggest substituting for coconut milk or coconut cream. Make sure the one you buy doesn’t have any sugar added to it.

Cheese is a trickier thing to replace in a recipe. Many who limit dairy still enjoy cheese made from goat or sheep milk because they contain a type of milk protein (A2 casein) that humans tolerate better than the milk protein from most modern cows (A1 casein).

 


7. Why do some of your dairy-free recipes list butter in the ingredients?

In some recipes we have butter as an alternative source of fat. Many people who limit dairy can still enjoy real butter which, despite being made from milk, contains only trace amounts of milk protein and sugar. In recipes where the butter can’t be substituted for another source of fat, we do not label them as dairy-free.

Excluding dairy from your diet can be an effective way to speed up your weight loss and help reverse type 2 diabetes. Dairy products contain not only milk sugar (lactose), but also milk protein (casein), which stimulates insulin secretion more than other types of protein. This is why milk is great for a growing baby, but not that great for an adult who wants to lose weight.

In recipes where you want to exclude butter, here are our recommendations for substitution:

  • In general, we recommend substituting butter for ghee (homemade versions may still have traces of milk protein in them so if you’re allergic we don’t recommend that), coconut oil or olive oil.
  • For frying, we recommend using ghee or coconut oil.
  • When adding to the finished dish as a sauce or flavor enhancer, we recommend ghee or olive oil.

Low carb, keto and dairy free recipes

 


8. Why do you limit sweeteners in your recipes?

Sweeteners are often used in low-carb and keto recipes as a substitute for sugar since they don’t raise blood sugar or cause insulin release as regular sugar does. So why do we feel a need to limit them?

Our recommendation is to not consume sweeteners. They are problematic for a number of reasons – for example they’ve been shown to potentially increase appetite and maintain cravings for sweet foods.

We do allow some natural sweeteners in dessert recipes. Please read more about our use of sweeteners in our food policy.

That being said, if you feel comfortable using sweeteners and wish to continue doing so, you can alter our recipes as you see fit to better suit your needs and preferences.

 


9. Do your recipes show net carbs or total carbs?

We use net carbs throughout this site. Net carbs means digestible carbs, i.e. the total amount of carbs minus fiber. Since fiber passes through our bodies without affecting blood sugar in most people, we believe that this is the easiest way to calculate.


10. What is the nutritional information based on?

To the largest extent possible we use the USDA database for nutritional information (US Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service, Nutrient Data Laboratory. USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference, Legacy Release. Current version: September 2019.).

If an ingredient isn’t listed there we use a Swedish equivalent (Livsmedelsverket) and if we’re not successful finding it there either we use the nutritional information provided on the product used.

 


11. Why are most of your side dishes marked as moderate or liberal low carb and not keto?

Most of the side dishes on our site are marked as moderate or liberal low carb (yellow or orange ball). That’s because they, by themselves, often contain a percentage of carbs too high to be labeled keto.

In practice this means that a “moderate” or even “liberal” side dish, together with a “normal” portion of protein of your liking and a generous dollop of sauce or flavored butter (fat) most likely will become a delicious keto meal.

If using unprocessed protein and fat they won’t add many, if any, carbs to the plate and the number on the side dish will be true for the entire serving.

So feel free to indulge in all of our side dishes and combine them with your favorite meats and condiments for the perfect keto meal.

 


 

Visual low-carb guides

Here are more detailed visual guides to the amount of carbs in common foods. Is a specific food item low or high in carbs? Click to find out:

Comments

If you couldn’t find the answer you were looking for above, please ask your question here and we’ll do our best to answer it.

  1. Net carbs = digestible carbs, i.e. total carbs minus fiber.

  2. The limit of four percent energy means that you’ll stay below a maximum 20 grams of carbs on a 2,000-calorie diet, even if you only choose our most carb-rich keto recipes. In most cases you’ll end up with far fewer carbs than that, as some of the keto recipes you use are likely to have significantly less than the maximum amount of carbs.

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277 comments

  1. Kristin Parker Team Diet Doctor

    Hi, your recipe for cheesecake that I always use has vanished. I think it was ‘blueberry cheesecake’ although it was a plain vanilla cheesecake on an almond flour base served with blueberries. Please help.

    Unfortunately that recipe was removed due to a very low rating and many negative comments. We do have several other cheesecake recipes, including this one which is much higher rated.
    https://www.dietdoctor.com/recipes/no-bake-keto-cheesecake-with-toppings

  2. Mrs N
    Thank you for your answer Crystal. This is the icon that I use as I do print these three separately. I can still use them they're just not as clear now.

    Just curious, I have tried to print a new meal plan, shopping list etc but the formatting appears to be all over the place. When I originally did this (2019) each recipe was on its own page. So simple to print, file, shop and use daily. Now, however, the recipes flow over more than one page, the style is different, there is an "add to shopping list" and "video" component with most recipes which I think is what is causing the problem when it comes to print. I am not an app or social media person so prefer the hard copy of the recipes I use. Please help as this is incredibly frustrating. Thank you kindly.

    Try using the print icon on the far right of the meal plan page. It will enable you to print the meal plan overview, recipes, and shopping list separately.

  3. bruneaumanon64
    Hello: Maybe I am wrong, but it seems to me that before we could modify the personal notes in a recipe, in the app... or not ?
    Reply: #254
  4. Kristin Parker Team Diet Doctor

    Hello: Maybe I am wrong, but it seems to me that before we could modify the personal notes in a recipe, in the app... or not ?

    In the app, there is an option to add a note, but not to modify an existing one.

  5. Nicola
    Hello,
    With some ingredients such as coconut oil and almond butter the amounts are given in millilitres which is hard to measure due to the consistency, can they also be given in grams please so they can be weighed?
    Thanks,
    Nicola
    Reply: #256
  6. Kristin Parker Team Diet Doctor

    Hello,
    With some ingredients such as coconut oil and almond butter the amounts are given in millilitres which is hard to measure due to the consistency, can they also be given in grams please so they can be weighed?
    Thanks,
    Nicola

    If you see this in our recipes, please feel free to comment on that recipe page or reach out to contact@dietdoctor.com as we try to offer volume and weight for as many ingredients as possible.

  7. Arwen
    Hello! In the app, I accidentally submitted a wrong personal note to a recipe, but I do not see the option to delete or edit the accidental note. Will this option be implemented in the future?
    Thank you in advance!
    Reply: #258
  8. Kristin Parker Team Diet Doctor

    Hello! In the app, I accidentally submitted a wrong personal note to a recipe, but I do not see the option to delete or edit the accidental note. Will this option be implemented in the future?
    Thank you in advance!

    I have forwarded your suggestion to the app team!

  9. Lyn
    Hi all. Is there a way I can get nutritional info on parts of meals? Ie creamy mushroom sauce. I like to mx n match but quite a few things are only parts of meals. Hoping you can help so I can continue on this journey.
    Lyn
    Reply: #261
  10. Sharon
    Good morning. I made the low-carb chocolate cake recipe yesterday using the dd app. It had butter listed twice, 1 tbsp "for greasing the pan" both times, so I knew something was wrong. I unfortunately could not locate the website version right away so went ahead, and found out afterwards that the second butter listing should be 5oz (a big difference). The cake turned out fine (very dense and chocolatey!), but I'll bet it will be even better when I make it again, using the correct amount of butter. I just wanted to alert the app team to the error. Thanks very much for all the great work that you do!
    Reply: #262
  11. Kerry Merritt Team Diet Doctor

    Hi all. Is there a way I can get nutritional info on parts of meals? Ie creamy mushroom sauce. I like to mx n match but quite a few things are only parts of meals. Hoping you can help so I can continue on this journey.
    Lyn

    Hi, Lyn! Our recipes are caculated together, but you should be able to use the amounts to figure up what you need using the USDA Food Database. https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/

  12. Kerry Merritt Team Diet Doctor

    Good morning. I made the low-carb chocolate cake recipe yesterday using the dd app. It had butter listed twice, 1 tbsp "for greasing the pan" both times, so I knew something was wrong. I unfortunately could not locate the website version right away so went ahead, and found out afterwards that the second butter listing should be 5oz (a big difference). The cake turned out fine (very dense and chocolatey!), but I'll bet it will be even better when I make it again, using the correct amount of butter. I just wanted to alert the app team to the error. Thanks very much for all the great work that you do!

    Thanks for the heads up, Sharon! I will let our team know. So glad you enjoyed the cake!

  13. Morgane
    Hi,I’m a bit confused with the calories per serving,the amount of calories,carbs etc... does not increase or reduce if I change the amount of servings.
    So how do I know how many calories I consume per servings?
    Many thanks
    Reply: #264
  14. Kristin Parker Team Diet Doctor

    Hi,I’m a bit confused with the calories per serving,the amount of calories,carbs etc... does not increase or reduce if I change the amount of servings.
    So how do I know how many calories I consume per servings?
    Many thanks

    All of our nutrition information is listed per serving. If you eat 2 servings, then double each of the numbers for carbs, protein, fat and calories.

  15. Hayley
    Hi may I ask when a recipe says 1+1 does that mean 1 serving makes 2 meals or do I use 2 servings?
    Reply: #266
  16. Kerry Merritt Team Diet Doctor

    Hi may I ask when a recipe says 1+1 does that mean 1 serving makes 2 meals or do I use 2 servings?

    Hi, Hayley! 1+1 means it will make 2 servings for 2 meals.

  17. diszczepanski
    I would like to share a 90 second bread recipie that I have changed to my liking and would like to share and critiqued if any one is interested.
  18. Ann
    I am surprised by the portion sizes for many of your recipes that include meat. A single serving is often 8 ounces, which seems quite high. It would be great if there was a way to adjust individual ingredient amounts, and then rescale for a specific number of servings, prior to printing the recipe.
    Also, I don't understand how you calculated the grams of Protein in the Keto Asian Beef Salad recipe. It calls for 1/2 lb ribeye per serving, but the nutrition info says this recipe is just 48g protein per serving. That doesn't make sense.
    Overall my husband and I have been enjoying these recipes tremendously!
    Reply: #269
  19. Kristin Parker Team Diet Doctor

    I am surprised by the portion sizes for many of your recipes that include meat. A single serving is often 8 ounces, which seems quite high. It would be great if there was a way to adjust individual ingredient amounts, and then rescale for a specific number of servings, prior to printing the recipe.
    Also, I don't understand how you calculated the grams of Protein in the Keto Asian Beef Salad recipe. It calls for 1/2 lb ribeye per serving, but the nutrition info says this recipe is just 48g protein per serving. That doesn't make sense.
    Overall my husband and I have been enjoying these recipes tremendously!

    Thank you for your comment. Our website team is always working to make the meal plans and recipes even more personalized and customizable. For protein, the weight of the meat is not equal to the amount of protein. Different cuts of meat have different ratios of protein and fat.

  20. Elijah
    Hey guys.

    Is 1 serving size the amount of food 1 person should be eating per meal?

    Kind Regards
    Elijah

    Reply: #271
  21. Kerry Merritt Team Diet Doctor

    Hey guys.
    Is 1 serving size the amount of food 1 person should be eating per meal?
    Kind Regards
    Elijah

    We recommend eating to hunger. So, definitely start with one serving, and from there you can evaluate your hunger levels. If you're truly still hungry, it's OK to eat a bit more as needed!

  22. Seaviewjoy
    Hi
    Id like to ask a question about the Nougat treats recipe. It didnt work out . Think it spilt and i couldnt get it back . Is there a video of this ? Lots of expensive ingredients wasted. Followed the recipe very carefully and a good bit of washing up. These things happen I know ... first world issue. But a bit more info about splitting and timing between layers would be good. Cooled chocolate means hardened i think??

    Cheers
    J

    Reply: #273
  23. Kristin Parker Team Diet Doctor

    Hi
    Id like to ask a question about the Nougat treats recipe. It didnt work out . Think it spilt and i couldnt get it back . Is there a video of this ? Lots of expensive ingredients wasted. Followed the recipe very carefully and a good bit of washing up. These things happen I know ... first world issue. But a bit more info about splitting and timing between layers would be good. Cooled chocolate means hardened i think??
    Cheers
    J

    Thank you for your request, I have shared it with the Recipe Team.

  24. Patricia
    Since we don't eat cottage cheese, is there a substitute for it?
    Reply: #275
  25. Kristin Parker Team Diet Doctor

    Since we don't eat cottage cheese, is there a substitute for it?

    That would depend on the specific recipe where you needed a substitution.

  26. Stacey
    I would like to try making Keto Bread but I have a food allergy to Psyllium Husk. Is there an alternative ingredient you can recommend I try as a replacement? (ie. do you think ground flax seed or almond flour be a good replacement?)
    Reply: #277
  27. Kerry Merritt Team Diet Doctor

    I would like to try making Keto Bread but I have a food allergy to Psyllium Husk. Is there an alternative ingredient you can recommend I try as a replacement? (ie. do you think ground flax seed or almond flour be a good replacement?)

    Hi, Stacey! The psyllium will give the best results in that recipe, however, we have a variety of other keto bread recipes that you might like to try! https://www.dietdoctor.com/low-carb/keto/recipes/bread

  28. Philip
    Sorry but i do not like goats cheese
    Reply: #280
  29. Philip
    I suffer from constipation, but want to stop taking Bisacodyl
    Reply: #281
  30. Kerry Merritt Team Diet Doctor

    Sorry but i do not like goats cheese

    That's no problem! You certainly don't have to eat anything you don't like.

  31. Kerry Merritt Team Diet Doctor

    I suffer from constipation, but want to stop taking Bisacodyl

    This guide may be helpful for you! https://www.dietdoctor.com/low-carb/side-effects/constipation

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  33. Stephanie
    Hello, Can you point me in the direction of recipes that are freezer friendly, to help have some extra meals ready for lazy/busy days.
    and/or
    Bulk prep; where i can prep and freezer part of a meal to help save time.
    I like to be prepared to help me stay on track.
    Reply: #284
  34. Charlotte Zwart Team Diet Doctor

    Hello, Can you point me in the direction of recipes that are freezer friendly, to help have some extra meals ready for lazy/busy days.
    and/or
    Bulk prep; where i can prep and freezer part of a meal to help save time.
    I like to be prepared to help me stay on track.

    Here you can find the reheat & eat meal plan: https://www.dietdoctor.com/keto-meal-prep
    Some tips and tricks for keto freezer meal prep: https://www.dietdoctor.com/low-carb/recipes/keto-meal-prepping-and-fr...
    And a video on batch cooking freezer meals: https://www.dietdoctor.com/save-time-and-money-by-batch-cooking-freez...

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