5 Low Carb Dinner Ideas for Your Family
Whether you are on a keto diet or just want to cut down on carbohydrates, you may face the age-old problem of “what to cook for dinner.” This is especially tough if your family isn’t on the same diet.
You need to come up with a comprehensively diverse dinner that suits everyone’s tastes without overloading your system with carbs. Cooking keto-friendly dishes comes with experience. Thankfully, many families have already gone through low-carb diets.
They readily share their experience, ideas, and recipes so you don’t have to worry about the next dinner menu. Let’s take a closer look at low-carb dinner ideas for your family and friends.
1. Zucchini Lasagna
While pasta is out of the question, you don’t need to rob yourself of an opportunity to eat tasty lasagna. All you have to do is replace lasagna sheets with zucchini and make a few adjustments to the recipe.
- Chicken breast (beef will work too)
- A little red wine
Take one big zucchini, slice it in half, and remove the pulp. Next, make meat sauce with a meat of your choice, tomatoes, and a little wine and spread it inside the zucchini halves. Sprinkle it with cheese and put it into your oven for about 20 minutes.
Don’t throw out the pulp! You can use it for a tasty carb-free salad or mix it with the meat source before spreading it onto the zucchini.
2. Low-Carb Pizza
Just because you can’t have anything closely resembling bread or dough doesn’t mean you have to say goodbye to tasty pizza. Plenty of people who love being on a keto diet learn how to cook low-carb pizza. And so can you! To make tasty low-carb pizza, you’ll need:
- Low carb flour — almond flour, lupin flour, or flaxseed. Check this amazing low-carb keto-pizze crust recipe.
- Eggs — two or three, depending on the amount of flour. One cup of flour warrants two eggs.
- Cheese – pick your favorite, anything works. However, mozzarella usually comes highly recommended for its chewy texture.
- Cream cheese (optional)
Once you have everything ready, you can start cooking. Here are the simple steps:
- Preheat the oven and line the pizza pan with parchment paper
- Mix flour and eggs until they turn into dough
- Shred the cheese (you can also add some cream cheese for flavor) and melt it in the microwave.
- Add melted cheese (and optional cream cheese) to flour and egg mix
Then you can put everything into the pizza pan and add any toppings you like. Just make sure they are carb-free. Next, put the pan into the oven and let it bake until the crust browns.
3. Chicken Stew
Stews make excellent family dinners since they can pack a huge variety of vitamins. Meanwhile, they don’t go through unhealthy heat processing. This chicken stew is easy to cook, and it’s bound to impress the entire family.
For the stew, you’ll need:
- Chicken thighs
- Olive oil
- Salt and pepper
The tasty chicken stew is less than an hour away. Here is what to do:
- Put olive oil into a wok or a large pot and let it heat up
- Put chicken thighs into the pot and sauté them for 10 minutes
- Sprinkle salt, pepper (and any other seasonings you like)
- Wait until the chicken browns and set it aside
- Slice and cut all the vegetables
- Mix them all up in the pot and sauté for 5 minutes
- Next add chicken thighs and some water and cook everything together for another 15 — 20 minutes or until veggies become soft.
You don’t have to limit yourself to the veggies listed above. Chicken stew can contain as many types of vegetables as you like.
4. Mushroom Soup
If you are on the keto diet, you already know how tasty mushrooms are. Mushrooms are perfect low-carb food with impressive nutritional value. If you want a tasty and hearty dinner, mushroom soup is a great way to go.
Here is what you’ll need:
- Mushrooms (white button have the fewest carbs but don’t taste as good as cremini or portobello)
- Fresh garlic
- Chicken broth (broth cube can do)
- Salt, paper, and seasonings of your choice
Make sure to clean the mushrooms properly and start cooking.
- Heat a large saucepan and melt the butter in it.
- Add seasonings and onions and fry for about two minutes.
- Add sliced mushrooms and garlic and fry for around 7 minutes.
- Add chicken broth and let the soup simmer for 15 minutes.
Ok, now your soup is ready and already tasty. However, if you want it to be creamy, place it into the blender and run it until you get a smooth texture.
Keep in mind that while you can find ready-made mushroom soups in nearby supermarkets, they may still have high carb content. Be careful and read the label to avoid high carb consumption.
5. Chicken Lettuce Wraps
Just because you can’t have tortillas, you don’t need to give up on wraps. These tasty chicken lettuce wraps can be great for your dinner. They can also become your favorite lunch food.
- Chicken breast
- Tomato sauce (or any sauce you like as long as it’s low-carb)
- Olive oil
This is a fast recipe so your family doesn’t have to wait too long for dinner to appear on the table.
- Cut chicken breast into small pieces (the tinier the pieces are, the faster they cook).
- Heat the frying pan and put some olive oil into it
- Add onions and fry them for about 5 minutes. Take onions out.
- Add some more olive oil and put the chicken inside. Stir fry it on high heat for 10 minutes.
- Add onions to the chicken and sprinkle everything with cheese.
- Once the cheese melts, remove the frying pan from the stove.
Next, prepare lettuce wraps by covering them with your favorite sauce and putting the chicken inside. If you are a mushroom fan, you can cook mushrooms separately and add them to the wrap.
Cooking on your own is a great way to make sure that your dish contains the best and healthiest ingredients. And almost no carbs!
Just because you can’t have carbohydrates doesn’t mean that your menu should be limited. Any dish you are used to can be turned into a carb-free dinner without much effort.