10 Delicious Low-Carb Meal Recipes
People with diabetes (PWDs) have to be knowledgeable and conscious about what they eat in order to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Carbohydrates are the sugars, starches and fiber found in fruits, grains, vegetables and dairy products that raise blood sugar levels when consumed. Growing up with a mom who is a dietician and has diabetes, I have a personal connection with low-carb diets. To help PWDs out there, I put together a list of some of my favorite recipes that are easy and delicious to make!
1. Steak with Potato-Cauliflower Mash from Diabetic Living
Cauliflower is a non-starchy vegetable that is low in calories and carbohydrates and an excellent addition to any healthy, low-carb meal plan. Although cauliflower does contain some carbohydrates, the amount of carbs is much lower than starchy vegetables, like corn, peas and potatoes.1
2. Zucchini Linguine from All Recipes
Substituting pasta for vegetables like zucchini or squash is a great way to have a satisfying meal without all the carbohydrates. Plus, they are extremely versatile because you can use a tomato sauce or use a light garlic and oil. Add more veggies to make a pasta primavera or bake it to mock a pasta bake.
3. Vegetable Stir-Fry from Food Network
Another versatile and easy dish is a stir fry. If you don’t have much time on your hands, you can use frozen vegetables instead of prepping fresh ones. This meal is high in flavor but low in carbs, a perfect way to get a satiating meal while maintaining your blood glucose levels.
4. Cauliflower Pizza Crust from Gimme Delicious Food
As mentioned above, cauliflower should be a staple for anyone to have in their kitchen when they are watching carbs. It can be used instead of mashed potatoes, as a rice substitute, and as pizza crust. Making this crust will change your view on pizza crust forever! It’s also customizable so you can add whatever sauces and toppings you’d like.
5. Balsamic Chicken and Asparagus from Delish
Not only is this dish low in carbohydrates and packed with protein, fiber and vitamins, it also saves you clean up time because this is a one-pan recipe!
6. Enchilada Chicken Roll-Ups from Skinnytaste
Like Mexican? This is the recipe for you! No tortillas, no breading. Just the chicken, the flavorful sauce and the cheese!
7. Spring Rolls from Ditch the Carbs
This light, crunchy recipe will impress everyone with its savoriness and deliciousness! It is also a very versatile recipe – you can use whatever vegetables you have in your kitchen.
8. Sweet Potato Kale Frittata from Country Living
This low-carb meal is suitable for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Kale is low in calories and carbs and has almost no fat. It also contains powerful antioxidants. Sweet potatoes have relatively fewer calories than white potatoes, and is high in vitamin A, vitamin B5, and more!2
9. Greek Turkey Burgers from Budget Bytes
Turkey, like chicken and other poultry have no carbs so this is a great recipe for a flavorful, low carb meal. Using low-carb bread or lettuce wraps as the bun will further decrease the amount of carbs in this recipe.
10. Shrimp Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms from Little Spice Jars
Only 216 calories and 14.4 grams of carbohydrates, this meal is baked in the oven and only takes 30 minutes to make. It’s packed with protein, fiber, calcium and vitamins!
There are thousands of low-carb recipes on the Internet, but keep in mind that condiments and sauces can add sugars and carbs to the recipe. Track the nutritional values of these condiments separately so you have a complete picture of how many carbs you’re consuming. Carbohydrates are important to a healthy lifestyle, but recipes like the ones above can help you enjoy them in moderation.
1 American Diabetes Association
2 Live Science
This blog was created for informational purposes only and represents the personal experience and opinions of the author. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your health provider with any questions you may have regarding your medical condition.