10 Easy Low-Carb Meal Ideas

 

It’s so tempting to just grab anything from the fridge/pantry or buy any takeout meal when we’re in a rush, or when we’re hungry and tired after a long day’s work, but we also have to look after ourselves and make conscious choices. 

So here are some super-simple low-carb meal ideas that are not only easy to prepare, but can also help provide the health benefits that low-carb diets have been claimed to offer (i.e., reduce calories, regulate blood sugar levels, etc).

Make home cooking a breeze and healthy any day!

 

#1:  Mini Eggplant Pizza

  • Eggplant (sliced in 1/2 inch strips or whatever thickness that suits you, crosswise)
  • Olive oil & salt
  • Low-carb pizza sauce (with no added sugar; preferably low-sodium)
  • Shredded mozzarella/cheddar cheese
  • Toppings: pitted olives (sliced), cherry tomato halved (or any tomato), fresh basil leaves (chopped), Italian seasoning/dried herbs (freshly ground black pepper/ chili flakes/oregano/parsley/garlic flakes)
  • (Lightly spray oil and sprinkle salt on the eggplant strips, then bake on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet in a pre-heated oven at 200°C for 15-20mins until golden brown.  Top the eggplant slices with the rest of the ingredients, then bake for another 5-10mins.  Yummy low-carb meal!)

 

#2: Broccoli-Cauliflower Rice

*With Pan-Cooked Shrimp:

  • Broccoli (finely chopped)
  • Cauliflower (finely chopped)
  • Bell pepper (finely chopped)
  • Garlic and onion
  • Olive oil
  • Shrimp (peeled & deveined)
  • Butter (can be substituted with dairy-free butter)
  • Pepper, paprika, chili powder, garlic/onion powder
  • (Lightly stir fry the vegetables with garlic and onion, and a spray of olive/coconut oil.  Then pan-cook the shrimp on melted butter and season with pepper, paprika, chili powder, garlic/onion powder and other seasonings you like.  Stir for 3-5mins until pink and opaque.  Enjoy!)

 

*With Mackerel:

  • Broccoli (finely chopped)
  • Cauliflower (finely chopped)
  • Bell pepper (finely chopped)
  • Garlic and onion
  • Ready-to-eat mackerel (season with dill & ground pepper/chili flakes)
  • (Lightly stir fry the vegetables with garlic and onion, and a spray of olive/coconut oil.  Simple but delicious!)

 

#3: Omelet

*Mushroom Omelet:

  • Olive oil/coconut oil
  • Eggs
  • Dried chives/ground pepper/tarragon
  • Mushroom
  • Shredded mozzarella/cheddar cheese
  • Watercress as side dish

 

*Fish Omelet:

  • Olive oil/coconut oil
  • Eggs
  • Dried chives/ground pepper/tarragon
  • Ready-to-eat tuna/sardines (drained)
  • Shredded mozzarella/cheddar cheese
  • Asparagus and mushroom as side dish

*Arugula & Cheese Omelet:

  • Olive oil/coconut oil
  • Eggs
  • Dried chives/ground pepper/tarragon
  • Arugula
  • Shredded mozzarella/cheddar cheese

 

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#4: Vegetable & Chicken Stir Fry

  • Coconut oil
  • Lean chicken breast (chopped or thinly sliced)
  • Garlic (minced)
  • Ginger (grated)
  • Onion
  • Coconut aminos or tamari sauce
  • Broccoli or Spinach/kale
  • Bell pepper
  • Celery
  • Zucchini
  • Dried herbs: freshly ground black pepper/ chili flakes
  • (More low-carb veggies may be added as desired ü)

 

 

 

#5: Salmon Salad

  • Ready-to-eat salmon or baked salmon
  • Lettuce
  • Cucumber
  • Tomato
  • Avocado
  • Feta cheese
  • Dill
  • Vinaigrette: apple cider vinegar, olive oil, ground black pepper (or any low-carb dressing you like)

 

 

 

#6: Chicken With Asparagus

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#7: Broccoli & Cheddar Casserole

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#8: Baked Pesto Chicken

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#9: Avocado Tuna Bites

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#10: Pesto Zucchini Noodles

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Perfect for a busy, low-carb lifestyle!  So, how’s your low-carb meal today?

 

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