Mar 17, 2021
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Looking for ways to eat healthier with fewer carbs? Search no further; these low-carb dinner ideas are easy, quick, and sure to be new family favorites.
While there are tons of health benefits to eating low-carb, it isn’t always easy to get your family on board – especially if you have picky eaters. Trust me, and I totally get it.
So, to make dinner time a little easier, I’m sharing easy, kid-approved, low-carb dinner ideas perfect for busy weeknights, meal prep, and everything in between.
Related: 20+ Low Carb Lunch Ideas
Low Carb Dinner Recipes
Low-carb meals don’t have to look all that different from the meals your family currently enjoys. There are so many ways to make healthier swaps for some of the most staple ingredients:
- Cauliflower rice for rice
- Lettuce wraps for tortillas
- Zucchini noodles for pasta
- Cauliflower mashed potatoes for mashed potatoes
You’ll be surprised at how satiating and delicious low-carb recipes can taste, not just for adults but kids too! Take a look below to see how I turned some of my family’s favorite meals into low-carb options.
Need to satisfy those Asian takeout cravings? This recipe for Egg Roll in a Bowl will do the trick.
Recipe: Burrito Bowls
Made with cauliflower rice and a slow cooker salsa chicken, this recipe is everything you love about restaurant-style burrito bowls at home.
Recipe: Healthy Chicken and Sausage Jambalaya
Ready in less than 30 minutes, this Chicken and Sausage Jambalaya is the ultimate low-carb Creole comfort food.
Recipe: Jamaican Pork & Pineapple Stir-Fry
Quick and affordable, this Jamaican Pork & Pineapple Stir-Fry is easy to make and so fun to eat!
Recipe: Baked Honey Salmon in Foil
Make perfectly flaky salmon every time with this flavor-filled recipe.
Low Carb Family Meals
One of the biggest hurdles to eating low-carb is making a single meal everyone in the family can agree on, but this doesn’t have to be a struggle if you have the right recipes.
Instead, you can make your family’s favorite dishes but swap the heavy carb ingredients for low-carb alternatives. I’ve included a few recipes, like chicken, pizza, and more, to give you a taste of what I mean:
These Spaghetti Squash Lasagna Boats have all the lasagna flavors you love with half the work and none of the carbs!
Recipe: Bell Pepper Pizzas
Personal-sized and customizable, these bell pepper pizzas are as fun to make as they are to eat!
Recipe: Cauliflower Shrimp Fried Rice
This Cauliflower Shrimp Fried Rice is a grain-free version of everyone’s favorite Asian-inspired recipe.
Recipe: Pepperoni Pizza Chicken
Made in one skillet, this Pepperoni Pizza Chicken has all the cheesy goodness of pizza without the guilt!
Recipe: Taco Stuffed Lettuce Wraps
Gluten-free, grain-free, and full of taco flavor, these 15-minute Taco Stuffed Lettuce Cups are one recipe the whole family is sure to love.
Low-carb or not, these dinner ideas will be a favorite recipe for anyone and if you’re looking for something more than ideas to eat better, check out my Family Kickstart. It’s a clean eating program made for families with kid-approved recipes, a meal prep guide, and a completed shopping list.
Low Carb Soups
Soup is the ultimate comfort food and easy to turn into low-carb recipes that warm you up and leave you feeling satisfied. Whether you are making ramen with zucchini noodles or chili, it’s the perfect chance to sneak in a few extra veggies while introducing them to the low-carb lifestyle.
If you really want to mix things up do a small cup of one of these soups and a low carb sandwich together. Epic.
Easy, kid-friendly, and hearty, this Easy Chicken Chili is made without beans for a high protein, low-carb dinner idea.
Recipe: Low Carb Chili
A few simple changes to my famous paleo chili and you will have an epic chili with minimal carbs and maximum flavor!
Recipe: Ramen with Zucchini Noodles
This low-carb Ramen recipe tastes just like your favorite college meal but is made with nutritious, whole-food ingredients for tons of flavor and 0 guilt!
Low Carb Dinner Salads
Salads are an easy way to make a low-carb dinner that is full of flavor. Forget starchy croutons and high-calorie dressings. Instead, use lean protein options, such as grilled salmon, chicken, or shrimp, and healthy fats to keep you full and energized!
Plus, leftovers make great lunches. I love to pack salads for workday meals at the office.
Your favorite sandwich, but low-carb and in a bowl, this Quick and Easy BLT salad is the perfect healthy meal prep.
Recipe: Chicken Caprese Salad with Avocado
Grilled chicken, fresh mozzarella, tomatoes, avocado, basil, & homemade balsamic dressing – this Chicken Caprese Salad is the perfect office meal prep or easy dinner idea.
Recipe: Winter Salad with Roasted Vegetables and Maple Dijon Dressing
This recipe takes your boring salads up a notch with roasted vegetables, pomegranate seeds, and pecans.
Recipe: Buffalo Chicken Salad
All the flavor of your favorite buffalo recipes with none of the carbs, this low-carb dinner idea is full of spicy buffalo flavor, crisp lettuce, and creamy homemade Ranch!
Recipe: Asian Kale Salad with Sesame Ginger Dressing
Satisfy your craving for Asian flavors with this easy, nutrient-packed Kale Salad!
Low Carb Chicken Dinners
Hands down, chicken is everyone’s favorite dinner idea. Luckily, you don’t have to miss out on this dinner staple. I’ve taken some of your favorite chicken recipes and given them a low-carb makeover so that you can get a healthy, crowd-pleasing dinner on the table no matter what day of the week it is.
Made with the best marinade ever, this Cilantro Lime Chicken with Avocado Salsa is a flavor-packed dish ready in just 30 minutes!
Recipe: Healthy Buffalo Chicken Power Bowls
A meal prep staple, these power-packed buffalo chicken bowls are made with slow cooker Buffalo chicken, avocado, tomato, blue cheese, and homemade Ranch drizzles!
Recipe: Garlic Butter Chicken with Spaghetti Squash
Made with an irresistible garlic butter sauce, this Garlic Butter Chicken with Spaghetti Squash is guaranteed to become a family favorite!
And there you have it, nothing but delicious low-carb recipes you can feel confident about bringing to the table.
Low Carb Dinner Ideas
Low Carb Bruschetta Chicken
- 4 chicken breasts
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon black pepper
- 1 teaspoon dried basil
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 4 slices Mozzarella cheese
- Balsamic reduction
- 1 pint cherry tomatoes halved
- ¼ cup chopped red onion
- 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- ½ cup chopped fresh chopped basil
- Preheat oven to 425F. Grease a large baking dish with olive oil or cooking spray.
- Place the chicken breasts into the baking dish and drizzle with olive oil and season with salt, black pepper, basil, and oregano.
- Bake for 25 minutes or until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165F.
- While the chicken bakes, in a large bowl, combine the cherry tomatoes, red onion, balsamic vinegar, olive oil, and basil. Toss to combine.
- Remove the chicken from the oven and carefully top each fillet with a slice of cheese and the Tomato Bruschetta.
- Return to the oven and bake for 5-8 minutes or until the cheese is melted and golden-brown.
- Remove from the oven and allow to rest before drizzling with the Balsamic reduction.
LOVING all these low carb dinners. I want to try that cilantro lime chicken next!