January 12, 2022
If you are trying to follow a low-carb diet, but don’t know what else to serve at dinner other than steamed broccoli or green beans, these low-carb side dishes are just what you need!
They’re delicious family-friendly options you can easily prepare for a balanced meal, and some of them taste so good, you’ll find it hard to believe it’s low-carb!
To make it easier on you, I’ve grouped the recipes by net carb count. You’ll find a variety of options for side dishes with less than 5, 10, and 20 grams of net carbs that you can select according to your macro goals.
Low Carb Sides
Sometimes it’s easy to find a healthy, low-carb dinner idea that works for your family but not as easy to find a delicious side option to go along that isn’t full of carbs or slathered with melted cheese and butter.
However, with these delicious low-carb sides below, you get recipes that are easy to prepare and serve alongside any entreé. Everything from roasted vegetables to an epic Avocado Salsa, grain-free biscuits, and of course, simple recipes for cauliflower rice and baked spaghetti squash, there’s something for everyone.
If making a well-balanced meal each night is something you want to make a regular thing at your house, you won’t have to guess what to serve with the Family Kickstart Program.
With it, you’ll have delicious and healthy recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, sides, and snacks taken care of, just like the options above. It’s everything you need to eat better as a family in a 4-week plan.
Low Carb Side Dish Recipes
Although these low-carb side dish recipes are veggie-packed, they go beyond the usual side salad and steamed veggies. With the right seasoning and preparation, these options make healthy eating easy and more enjoyable for kids and adults.
The net carb count below each recipe is based on per serving and is calculated by subtracting the amount of fiber from total carbs.
Low Carb Sides Under 5 Grams Net Carbs
The side dishes featured below offer less than 5 grams of net carbs per serving. While these are options are delicious and suitable for everyone, they are perfect for anyone on a strict low-carb/keto diet.
Low Carb Sides Under 10 Grams Net Carbs
These didn’t quite make the 5 grams of net carb count, but they are still perfect low-carb side dishes everyone will enjoy.
Low Carb Sides Under 20 Grams Net Carbs
Easy veggie side dishes that pack a ton of flavor and fewer than 20 grams of net carbs per serving. These are ideal for anyone with a moderate carb intake (less than 100 grams a day).
The Secret to Family-Friendly Low-Carb Food
If making tasty low-carb meals that are family-friendly is your goal, I have good news- it’s not unrealistic. The recipes above prove you can prepare healthy foods without sacrificing flavor.
However, in order to make that goal stick and healthy eating something you can share with the entire family, having a plan is the first step, and that’s where my Family Kickstart program comes in handy.
It’s a 4-week meal plan of clean and paleo recipes made with kids and adults in mind. Each week gets its own recipes for breakfasts, lunches, and dinners, plus a done-for-you shopping list and prep guide, so you don’t have to figure out what to make and how to make it.
And if you’re curious what the recipes inside Kickstart look like, the ones in this post and these paleo meal prep ideas are what you’ll find. Delicious meals prepared with fresh ingredients in a way that’s appealing and flavorful.
With a program guide and the structured meal map and prep ahead tips, the Family Kickstart has helped parents learn the ins and outs of clean eating and prove that they can prepare healthy and delicious meals day after day. Many families have continued to follow the program’s guidelines, even after it’s completed!
And that’s my goal, to get you confident in the kitchen and make fresh eating as a family enjoyable and sustainable. Can I welcome you to join me? Check out everything Family Kickstart has to offer here.
Best Low-Carb Side Dishes
- 1 large spaghetti squash, halved and seeds scooped out
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese, divided
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon black pepper
- Cook the spaghetti squash in the microwave, oven, or slow cooker.
- Once the spaghetti squash is fork-tender, shred the squash meat into a large serving bowl.
- Top with 2 tablespoons butter, garlic powder, 2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese, salt, and black pepper. Toss to combine, serve, and top with remaining Parmesan cheese.