Low-Carb Dinner Menu Ideas

Low-Carb Main Dishes Made Simple

Low-Carb Dinner
Photo © Karen Struthers

Making low-carb dinners may seem challenging, but once you get the hang of it, it's really not hard. You probably are already making a few main dish recipes that are almost diet-ready.

Start With What You Know

Main dishes that are old standbys and are naturally low-carb or can easily adjusted are the best place to start. Think about your favorite meals. In particular:

  • Look to your meals where the protein is fairly plainly cooked, such as grilled or pan-fried meats, broiled fish, etc. Include more vegetables instead of potatoes or rice, including substitutes such as "Cauli-Rice". If the plate seems puny, add a green salad with an olive oil-based dressing, or a soup. Also, don't be afraid of including more healthy fat than you are used to -- it will help satisfy you until the next meal.

De-Carb Your Favorites

I firmly believe that to make low-carb eating into a way of life (instead of a "diet"), it's important to find low-carb versions of a lot of your favorite meals. For example:

Make Friends with Eggs

If you don't have much cooking experience, eggs are a wonderful place to start.  You can eat for any meal! They are highly nutritious, and it's easy to incorporate any vegetables, cheeses, or meats you have in the fridge to make a different meal.

Hunt for New Favorites

  • Side Dish Recipes
  • Soups and Salads (includes cole slaw)
  • There are more ideas in my Low-Carb Menus
  • If you are on a specific diet plan, take a look at the cookbook(s) that go along with it, or other low-carb cookbooks. Checking a book out of the library can help you figure out if the author's tastes are similar to your own without investing in the book too soon.  My Favorite Low-Carb Cookbook

    Try a New Cuisine

    Some cuisines are naturally less carby than others. Examples:

    • Traditional Greek food is often less starchy and sugary than many others.  It has a focus on vegetables, protein, and olive oil.
    • When people think about France they usually think of bread, but traditional French food is only moderate in carbohydrates. In fact, recently the French have been decreasing their intake of fat and increasing their carbs, and getting fatter.
    • Many Asian dishes become low-carb if you leave out the rice or noodles. Here's an easy Thai dish .

    Popular Low-Carb Recipes

    Here are some of the most popular low-carb recipes and side dishes on the site:

    10 Low-Carb Soups

    Beef or Chicken Fajitas

    Taco Salad

    Lasagna in a Bowl (very easy)

    Easy Shrimp Scampi

    Zuccchini Lasagna (vegetarian)

    Chicken Marsala

    Low-Carb Meatloaf

    Crockpot Ropa Vieja (Cuban Beef Dish)

    Mashed Cauliflower, and also Mashed Cauliflower Gratin

    Easy Spinach Casserole

    Are You a Vegetarian?  Check Out

    How to Be a Low-Carb Vegetarian

    Low-Carb Vegetarian Recipies

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