The 10 Best Low-Carb Recipes to Try ASAP (They're Healthy, Too)

Updated 04/05/19

You might not admit it that often, but there are some days when you simply crave something healthy. Sure, heaping bowls of pasta and gigantic pizza pies often come to mind when daydreaming about food, but at the end of a tiring day, usually it's the balanced meals that make us feel right again. And that's what's appealing about low-carb recipes: They're filling, but they also have plenty of nutrients.

When you're in the mood for a low-carb dish that doesn't take much effort to prep and serve, then look to these 10 low-carb recipes. These picks can be whipped up when you're in the mood for dishes that are bright with the colors of fresh vegetables, rich with the flavors of spices and herbs, and characterized by all the goodness you need to either propel your day forward or end it on a high note.

From chicken curry and black bean tacos to stuffed red peppers and even bacon cheeseburgers, these choices show just how tasty and versatile low-carb meals can be. Once you taste them, you'll have no problem admitting how much you crave these healthy options on a regular basis. 

Roasted Cauliflower Tacos—Best Low Carb Recipes
Gimme Some Oven

Time It Takes: 50 minutes

What Makes It Low-Carb: Ali Martin at Gimme Some Oven roasts cauliflower in turmeric for this recipe's main ingredient, which is a healthier alternative to the traditional additions of shredded chicken or carne asada. With refried black beans and a cumin-lime crema, you won't even miss the meat. 

Why We Love It: Martin mixes tahini, hot sauce, lime juice, and garlic together as part of the crema, making for a topping that adds dimension to the overall flavor of the tacos. 

Healthy Green Bean Casserole—Best Low Carb Recipes
Gimme Some Oven

Time It Takes: 60 minutes

What Makes it Low-Carb: Ali Martin at Gimme Some Oven rethinks the traditionally heavy green bean casserole by leaning on the flavors of fresh ingredients. She trims the ends off bright green beans, tops them with thinly-sliced onions and panko, and then pours on a mushroom alfredo sauce loaded with garlic and parmesan. 

Why We Love It: Martin briefly boils the green beans for under five minutes, ensuring that they have a delectable crunch when they're ready to serve.

Chicken Curry Zucchini Noodle Bowl—Best Low Carb Recipes
Half Baked Harvest

Time It Takes: 30 minutes

What Makes it Low-Carb: Tieghan Gerard at Half Baked Harvest dices boneless, skinless chicken as part of this dish, then layers it in various vibrant vegetables like corn and bell peppers. She also uses a zucchini spiralizer to incorporate "noodles" into the dish without the extra carbs. 

Why We Love It: Aside from the flavors of goat cheese, curry powder, and fresh ginger, Gerard also adds in peaches and jalapeños at the end of the recipe. The sweet and spicy combination is an unexpectedly satisfying finish. 

Greek Orzo Stuffed Red Peppers—Best Low-Carb Recipes
Half Baked Harvest

Time It Takes: 30 minutes

What Makes it Low-Carb: Tieghan Gerard at Half Baked Harvest serves up another low-carb option with this recipe, which features halved red bell peppers that have been filled with orzo, olives, pine nuts, feta, and garlic. Cherry tomatoes tossed with red pepper flakes, lemon zest, and chopped basil round everything out. 

Why We Love It: It's no surprise that this is a healthy dinner considering its ingredients, but we also love that it makes for a show-stopping presentation. Thanks to the red bell peppers and cherry tomatoes, this recipe is sure to get attention. 

Quiche—Best Low-Carb Recipes
Food Faith Fitness

Time It Takes: 70 minutes

What Makes it Low-Carb: Taylor Kiser at Food Faith Fitness serves up this breakfast staple using an almond flour pie crust that comes together with monkfruit, coconut flour, and sea salt. The quiche is made with grass-fed ground pork, coconut milk, spinach, eggs, and plenty of seasonings to make for hearty but healthy bites. 

Why We Love It: This is the type of recipe you can make for a satisfying weekend breakfast that won't take all morning to prepare—the prep time takes about 30 minutes. 

Mediterranean Broccoli Salad—Best Low-Carb Recipes
Food Faith Fitness

Time It Takes: 25 minutes

What Makes it Low-Carb: Once again, Taylor Kiser at Food Faith Fitness proves that it doesn't take much to create a healthy meal that fits into the "low-carb" category besides a few fresh ingredients. The namesake vegetable is mixed with artichoke hearts, sun-dried tomatoes, pitted olives, red onion, and roasted sunflower seeds for a textured dish with plenty of flavor. 

Why We Love It: Kiser's dressing is what makes this meal memorable, thanks to non-fat Greek yogurt, ground basil, minced garlic, and monkfruit. It's the ideal savory yet tangy complement to the vegetables. 

Cashew Chicken—Best Low-Carb Recipes
Food Faith Fitness

The Recipe: Cashew Chicken

Time It Takes: 30 minutes 

What Makes it Low-Carb: This last installment from Taylor Kiser at Food Faith Fitness is as convenient as it is tasty, thanks to boneless, skinless chicken breasts that have been coated in cashews, curry powder, and coconut oil. Cauliflower florets, tomatoes, and onion add more layers of flavor, too. 

Why We Love It: A cashew coating is an unconventional but surprising way to update a standard chicken dinner, and the finishing touches of mint and cilantro give the dish a fresh and light finish. 

Garlic Ginger Salmon—Best Low-Carb Recipes
The Modern Proper

The Recipe: Garlic Ginger Salmon

Time It Takes: 30 minutes 

What Makes it Low-Carb: Natalie Mortimer at The Modern Proper makes an easy case to try this dinner as soon as tonight. A ginger garlic marinade flavors skinless salmon filets, and then the fish is cooked in parchment paper alongside zucchini noodles, baby bok choy, and shiitake mushrooms.

Why We Love It: Cooking everything in parchment paper not only combines all of the rich flavors together, but it makes for effortlessly easy cleanup, too. 

Chicken Divan—Best Low-Carb Recipes
The Modern Proper

The Recipe: Chicken Divan

Time It Takes: 40 minutes 

What Makes it Low-Carb: Natalie Mortimer at The Modern Proper also recommends this low-carb version of a chicken divan, and it's still so cheesy and creamy that you might not notice how much healthier this update is, too. Mortimer swaps the cream of chicken soup can for a simple cream sauce, and layers that over steamed broccoli, poached chicken, and cheddar cheese. 

Why We Love It: To give this recipe even more dimension, Mortimer also sneaks in curry powder for added color and flavor. 

Bacon Burger With Guacamole—Best Low-Carb Recipes
The Modern Proper 

Time It Takes: 30 minutes 

What Makes it Low-Carb: Holly Erickson at The Modern Proper created this keto-friendly version of a bacon burger that ditches the carbs with a crunchy lettuce bun. The ground beef and bacon are topped with guacamole, jalapeño aioli, and cabbage before being wrapped in the veggie bun. 

Why We Love It: The jalapeño aioli may be the secret ingredient of this dish, and it sounds more complicated than it is. Erickson mixes the seeded and minced main ingredient with lime juice, mayonnaise, cilantro, and garlic until it has a creamy consistency. 

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