Do you consider tomatoes to be a fruit or a vegetable? Like it or not, tomatoes are technically considered to be a fruit. Some fruit is off limits on the keto diet. The carbs in the fruit can actually take you out of the ketosis you worked so hard to get into! Cherries and peaches may be off limits, but that doesn’t mean every fruit is!
Are tomatoes keto?
Yes! Since tomatoes have fewer carbs than typical fruits, they are easy to fit into the ketogenic diet! Many newcomers believe the lie that tomatoes have too many carbs to be keto friendly, but that’s complete misinformation. While not all tomato products are keto friendly, it’s not because they’re tomato based. This is because many tomato based products, even canned tomato soup, contain added sugars. The three tomato recipes listed below are keto friendly and contain absolutely no added sugars!
1. Keto Cucumber Avocado Tomato Salad
Avocados are low carb and full of healthy fats. Meanwhile, cucumbers have under 2 grams of carb. Therefore, these veggies are ideal for a wonderful keto-friendly lunch or side.
To make this delicious salad, chop up one avocado, one large cucumber, and several tomatoes. Roughly chop a bunch of cilantro and combine everything in a large bowl. Season with cumin, salt, pepper, and pour a small amount of extra virgin olive oil and the juice of one lemon. Stir to combine completely and let sit for at least 10 minutes. Adjust this to your liking, I like to add a cotija cheese to mine!
2. Keto Baked Tomatoes
This is a super simple weeknight dinner the whole family can eat and enjoy. Full of healthy fats, your family is sure to eat this with no complaints.
To make this yummy dinner, slice around 6-7 Roma tomatoes, salt them, and put them on a dry paper towel. Take a bunch of fresh basil and shred and set that aside. Afterward, take the tomato slices and move them to a baking sheet greased with extra virgin olive oil. Take a mix of parmesan and romano cheese and sprinkle it on top of the tomatoes. Continue by sprinkling the basil on top of the cheese, and crack fresh black pepper and sea salt on top. Place in an oven preheated to 375°F and cook for about 25 minutes, or until cheese is lightly toasted. Serve immediately and enjoy!
3. Keto Tomato Soup
Keto soup is great, and this keto tomato soup is particularly yummy. With under 2g net carbs and an easily customizable recipe, this recipe is sure to be a hit with the whole family! Kiss canned, packaged soups goodbye with this easy weeknight keto soup.
For this recipe, take 6 halved tomatoes and 6 peeled garlic cloves, drizzle them in extra virgin olive oil, crack fresh salt and pepper on them, and roast them at 400°F for 40 minutes. While these are roasting, slice half of an onion and sauté it in extra virgin olive oil with salt and pepper. Once translucent, remove them from the heat and set aside until the roasted veggies are ready. Take this time to chop bunches of fresh oregano and basil. Once the garlic and tomatoes are out of the oven, remove them from the baking tray and place them in the oven. As the blender is pulsating, pour in 1 cup of chicken broth (you can substitute this for ½ cup of heavy cream), and continue to blend until everything is smooth. Last but not least, serve warm, and remember the comforts soup brings.
For a printable format of this recipe, click here: Keto Tomato Soup – Sugarless Crystals!