The term ‘low carb’ has been tossed around for decades by those who understand that foods high in carbohydrates can cause a host of biological issues. While low carb foods aren’t always healthy, they do tend to keep people from experiencing spikes in insulin and minimize the risk of obesity.
For those who want to try a low carb lifestyle, but don’t know where to start, we have selected 7 best low carb recipes we could find to give you a great introduction to this healthy diet.
1. Braised Chicken and Spring Vegetables
This dish combines protein packed chicken, which is extremely good for you if you’re exercising regularly, and vegetables. While it’s very low in carbs, it will keep you full for hours. And, of course, it tastes delicious.
Of course, homemade meals are great, but if you’re busy, it can be hard to make meals daily. Thankfully, this meal takes under an hour to make, which includes the time it takes to brown the chicken thighs.
So, in no time at all, you’ll have a delicious, low carb meal that will feed a family of four.
2. Cauliflower Spanish ‘Rice’
Rice is one of the foundations of meals across the world. It’s filling, versatile, and tastes delicious. Unfortunately, it’s also a carbohydrate, which means, if you’re trying to eat low carb, this is one food you have to avoid.
Thankfully, this recipe offers the perfect alternative to rice, with a spicy kick.
This recipe is packed full of things that are good for you, like kale, tomatoes, and of course cauliflower. But you won’t even realize you’re eating such a healthy food, because it tastes delicious.
With jalapeno adding a little bit of spice and chili giving it some flavor, this Spanish cauliflower ‘rice’ will soon be a favorite.
Link to Full Recipe: http://www.forkandbeans.com/2013/04/16/cauliflower-spanish-rice/
3. Lamb Chops with Tomatoes and Olives
Who says low-carb isn’t fancy? This recipe will prove that you can eat healthily and not have to sacrifice your sophisticated taste.
While this isn’t a carb free recipe, it definitely has a lot less than most recipes that include lamb chops.
The best part about this recipe is that it can be made extremely quickly. In a couple minutes, you can have this recipe on the table.
The fact that this is a rather healthy dish will shock you and any guests you have over. And, if you exclude the suggested baguette, you’ll definitely be able to keep this meal low carb.
Link to Full Recipe: http://www.realsimple.com/food-recipes/browse-all-recipes/lamb-chops-tomatoes-olives
4. Lemon-Tahini Cucumber Noodles with Shrimp
This recipe requires making three separate items that will combine to make a delicious meal. Neither section takes too long to prepare; however, the dressing and salad can be made ahead of time if you want to break up the preparation.
The best thing about this recipe is that, really, it’s a salad with shrimp. But, because the cucumbers are spiraled, they look and feel like noodles.
This might even help picky eaters eat vegetables when they might not typically be interested in cucumber salad. The shrimp on top is just an extra delicious treat.
Link to Full Recipe: http://inspiralized.com/2015/06/16/lemon-tahini-cucumber-noodles-with-shrimp/
5. Pesto Chicken Salad
Sometimes you just want to get food on the table. You don’t have time, you don’t have energy, but you still want to stick with your low carb diet. If this sounds like you at any point during the week, this recipe is going to be a Godsent.
This chicken salad uses a rotisserie chicken, so all you have to do is chop and mix it up.
This pesto chicken salad isn’t just low carb, it’s also a lot healthier than regular chicken salads because it cuts out the amount of mayonnaise used and replaces it with delicious pesto.
Plus, it adds arugula, which gives you the greens you need. If you want to make it even healthier, replace the mayonnaise with hummus.
Link to Full Recipe: http://www.realsimple.com/food-recipes/browse-all-recipes/pesto-chicken-salad
6. Mahi Mahi with Chili Lime Butter
If you’re looking for something that isn’t just low carb, but is also paleo, gluten free, and low calorie, this recipe is perfect for you. Fish is often a go to dish for those who want to eat low carb, but it so often tastes bland and rubbery.
This Mahi Mahi definitely does not have that problem.
In this recipe, the Mahi Mahi is pan seared using coconut oil, which cuts back on calories and tastes delicious. With the zesty chili lime butter, you’ll be tempted to make this recipe several times a month!
Link to Full Recipe: http://www.tasteslovely.com/mahi-mahi-with-chili-lime-butter/
7. Zucchini Noodles with Tuna and Green Olives
This recipe uses a lot of simple ingredients that you probably already have in your kitchen, making it an easy option for a quick meal.
The zucchinis will need to be made into noodles, which requires special equipment. However, if you don’t have this equipment, you can slice them by hand.
All the spices and herbs make the tuna in this recipe really stand out, so you don’t have to worry about the zucchini making this recipe bland or tasteless.
Link to Full Recipe: http://www.kalynskitchen.com/2015/06/zucchini-noodles-with-tuna-green-olives.html