Low Carb Meal Ideas That Are Easy to Make
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Low Carb Meal Ideas That Are Easy to Make

Written by Lauren Panoff, MPH, RD on September 14, 2023

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Enjoying a low carb lifestyle has never been easier. Many people prefer eating a low carb diet pattern for health reasons or to help them achieve certain personal goals. If you’re new to a low carb lifestyle or are in need of some new food inspiration, here are some low carb meal ideas that are easy to make and enjoy. 

Low Carb Recipes

Like any lifestyle change, reducing your carb intake may require an adjustment period if you’re not already used to eating this way. However, with a bit of practice and experimentation, you’ll be preparing low carb meals like a pro.

Figuring out what low carb recipes you like making the most will help you build a collection you can pull from. One of the best things about low carb cooking is that you can still use ingredients that cook quickly and are delicious. In other words, low carb doesn’t have to mean missing out on your favorite foods and flavors. It just means finding alternatives that align with your goals and learning how to prepare them. 

Low Carb Dinner Recipes

Preparing dinner can feel like a chore whether you’re feeding a family or trying to put something together for yourself at the end of a long day. Don’t let low carb cooking stress you out. Here are three low carb dinner recipes that can be made quickly. 

Foil-Baked Salmon with Asparagus and Mushrooms

Who doesn’t love a meal you can wrap in foil and toss on the grill or in the oven to cook? These kinds of recipes allow flavors to meld together.

This recipe combines omega-3-rich salmon filets with asparagus spears and sliced mushrooms, plus a garlicky butter lemon sauce that melts onto everything as it cooks. All you have to do is mix together a little hot sauce, broth, and lemon juice in a dish, place salmon filets, sliced mushrooms, and asparagus spears in foil, and drizzle it over them.

Sprinkle some minced garlic and butter over everything and then fold the edges of the foil around your ingredients to create an individual cooking compartment. Bake in the oven at 425ºF for 10-12 minutes or until salmon is cooked.

Oven-Roasted Tomatoes with Zucchini Noodles

Zucchini noodles, or zoodles, are a nice low carb alternative to conventional pasta that can be used in a variety of recipes. You can spiralize zucchini into noodles at home or you might be able to find pre-spiralized zucchini noodles at some stores.

This recipe combines zoodles with oven-roasted tomatoes, garlic, and olive oil for a light and satiating dinner. First, toss a container of grape tomatoes with a few tablespoons of olive oil and season with salt and pepper.

Roast them at 400ºF on a foil-lined baking sheet for 15-20 minutes until blistered. Then, remove them from the oven and toss them with your zucchini noodles along with minced garlic and a little more olive oil. 

Shrimp Avocado Salad

Avocados are a creamy and tasty addition to this shrimp salad, combined with red onion, cherry tomatoes, lime juice, cilantro, and olive oil.

To make it, you will first cook the deveined shrimp gently in a skillet on the stovetop with butter until they turn pink, and then remove from the heat.

While the shrimp cools, toss together diced red onions, cilantro, avocado cubes, and chopped tomatoes in another bowl along with lime juice, olive oil, salt, and pepper. Once your shrimp is cool enough, add it to the bowl with the other ingredients and gently stir before serving on dinner plates. 

Low Carb Soup Recipes

Soups are delicious all year round, whether you prefer a hearty, belly-warming recipe or a cold soup for summer nights. And if you’re on a low carb diet, you’re in luck! There are plenty of low carb soup recipes you can make that won’t push you over your carb limits for the day and provide the flavors you love.

Cheesy Broccoli and Cauliflower Soup

Broccoli and cauliflower are two nutrient-packed veggies that contribute minimal amounts of carbs to your day. They blend deliciously with cheese to make a warm and flavorful soup.

To make this easy low carb soup recipe, you can blend together cooked broccoli and cauliflower florets with heavy cream, broth, water, butter, and cheddar cheese. Season with salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, thyme, or other herbs of your choice.

Instant Pot Creamy Tuscan Soup

Typically higher-carb ingredients used in this soup like potatoes and beans are replaced with low carb alternatives.

Instead, highlight kale, sun-dried tomatoes, and Italian sausage, or you could toss in some Chomps meat sticks at the end instead. A heavy cream and broth base, plus Parmesan cheese, makes for a creamy and delicious soup. 

Tomato Zucchini Soup

For a totally plant-based take, this recipe only requires vegetable broth, tomato sauce, onion, zucchini, garlic, and Italian seasonings like fresh basil. The best part about this soup is that you probably have most of the ingredients in your kitchen already.

Simply saute the onion and zucchini to soften them and then mix in the tomato sauce and vegetable broth on the skillet. Use an immersion blender or pour the ingredients into a food processor to combine until smooth. 


Low Carb Dessert Recipes

Going low carb but don’t want to nix the sweets? No problem. All you need to create low carb dessert recipes is a few ingredients and an open mind to try something new. 

Low Carb Lemon Mousse Pudding

Pudding couldn’t be easier to make. It only requires a sugar-free pudding mix and for you to substitute heavy cream instead of regular milk to give it a thicker mousse texture. Combine until well-blended, and then place it in the fridge to thicken and set. Use lemon pudding mix to make a creamy lemon mousse. 

Almond Butter Cookies

If you like peanut butter cookies, you’ll enjoy the even lower carb content of almond butter cookies using this dessert idea. All you need to make them is a cup of almond butter, a low-calorie sweetener of your choice, an egg, and sugar-free vanilla extract.

Combine the ingredients, roll them into balls, and place them evenly spaced on a baking sheet. If you like, use a fork to gently press a pattern onto each one and then bake at 350ºF for 12-15 minutes.

Berry Dessert Omelet

If you’re a fan of breakfast omelets or savory egg dishes, check out the dessert omelet using low carb berries. You’ll start by separating a few eggs. The whites will be whipped, while the yolks are mixed with a low carb sweetener of your choice. Combine these over melted butter on a skillet, broil, and fold over the omelet when the bottom is well-cooked. Top with berries.

Enjoy Your Low Carb Meals

Adopting a low carb lifestyle isn’t for everyone, but if you’re interested in reducing your carbohydrate intake, you can still thoroughly enjoy your meals. Cooking low carb doesn’t mean you have to give up all of your favorite foods. With a few easy grocery list adds, there are plenty of recipes you can make for dinner and dessert that provide the nutrition, flavor, and satisfaction you’re seeking.

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