Low-Carb Recipe Ideas and Resources

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One thing that predicts how well a person will make a healthy eating transition is how comfortable and interested they are in doing a certain amount of simple cooking. People who hate cooking and are used to relying on a lot of packaged foods and fast foods are going to have a harder time.

Of course, it can be done. You can buy a lot of bagged salads and prepared rotisserie chickens in the grocery store. You can seek out where the best low-carb take-out food and fast food is (yes, there is low-carb fast food). But, frankly, this can get expensive and boring pretty quickly.

So, if you are new to cooking, the best thing to do is begin with easy recipes. For example, eggs and vegetables are both great places to start! There are so many easy low-carb dishes you can make!

Low-Carb Breakfast Recipes & Ideas

Many people new to low-carb eating find that breakfast is the first big stumbling block. When you are used to reaching for the cereal box or toast, it can be puzzling to figure out what to eat instead. Check out Low-Carb Breakfast Menu Ideas and Quick Low-Carb Breakfasts for some ideas. 

In addition to the egg recipes above, there are low-carb recipes that can bring back the pancakes and muffins you may be missing, including:

Low-Carb Breads & Muffins

Yes, you are right—regular wheat flour is mostly off-limits when eating low-carb, but we can use substitutes such as almond flour and flax seed meal to make quick breads (yeast breads don't work so well with these ingredients). For example, check out:

Low-Carb Salads

Salads are a low-carb mainstay, either as the primary part of the meal or on the side. It's important to pay attention not only to the ingredients in the salad itself, but the dressing, as most commercial dressings have a fair amount of sugar added. Try these:

Low-Carb Main Dishes

Low-carb main dishes can be simple (think burger and a salad) or as elaborate and gourmet as you'd like. A nice compromise is easy but tasty dishes that don't require a great deal of cooking skill.

All the recipes in this Low-Carb Guide to Main Dishes are very-to-fairly easy to make and include de-carbed versions of such favorites as Meatloaf and Chicken Pot Pie.

Low-Carb Soups

Most of these 10 Low-Carb Soup Recipes can be used as the main part of a meal. And they all could be a great first course, including Low-Carb Clam Chowder and Cauliflower Cheese Soup.

Low-Carb Side Dishes

A lot of the main dishes referred to above are really complete meals, but some need side dishes to fill out the plate.

Check out this Low-Carb Guide to Side Dishes for a long list of recipes, such as Broccoli Salad With Bacon and Simple Roasted Asparagus.

Low-Carb Snacks

Snacks are important, too! Here are over 50 ideas for easy low-carb snacking in this Low-Carb Guide to Healthy Snacks, including Peanut Butter Protein Balls and Low-Carb Nachos.

Low-Carb Desserts

Yes, we can have dessert! There are lots of recipes in this Low-Carb Guide to Desserts, including Low-Carb Lemon Bars and No-Bake Cheesecake.

Although it's probably a good idea not to have too many sweets, treats can keep us from drifting back into ways of eating that don't work well for our bodies.

Low-Carb Pizza

Can low-carb pizza be delicious? It can! Here are lots of ideas so you can have the pizza flavors you love without sending your blood sugar sky-high. (The favorite is this Deep Dish Pizza. You must try it if you are a pizza lover.)

Low-Carb Beverages

Sometimes it seems as though every beverage you see is chock-full of sugar. But it doesn't have to be that way! Here are a few suggestions for sugar-free beverages:

A Word From Verywell

Knowing how to make your own food is empowering. You can make food to your taste and really consider your food needs and preferences. And no longer do you need to worry about how much sugar or other carbs are in your food and how much it will affect your body. Bottom line, it is a big step towards taking control of your health.

By Laura Dolson
Laura Dolson is a health and food writer who develops low-carb and gluten-free recipes for home cooks.