Low Carb Meals
Low-carb diets are all the rage right now, and there are plenty of ways to enjoy fresh low-carb foods while sticking to a meal plan. But how are you supposed to prep all these new weight-loss foods with your busy schedule? And how do you keep your grocery budget in line at the same time? Food Lion is here to help with amazing low-carb diet recipes that won't break the bank. Check out these menu ideas for everything from weeknight dinners to weekend brunches.
Low-Carb Zucchini Pasta
Spring recipes are all about freshness, and this healthy dish will have you savoring the lightness of the season in no time. Replace traditional heavier wheat pasta with crunchy zucchini and add your favorite sauce. You'll have an Italian-style dinner on the table in about 15 minutes — and it'll be made from deliciously low-cost ingredients.
- 2 zucchinis
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- ¼ cup water
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Peel the zucchinis.
- If you have a veggie spiralizer, process the zucchinis through that to create noodles. Otherwise, continue using your peeler to cut long, thin strips of the zucchini until you reach the inner seeds.
- Stack the strips of zucchini and cut them into longer, thinner strips that look like spaghetti noodles.
- Add the olive oil to a skillet over medium heat. Fry the zucchini for a minute or two, and then add the water to steam and soften the "noodles."
- Drain off any remaining water and season the zucchini with salt and pepper.
- Enjoy with marinara or the delicious bacon Alfredo sauce from this recipe.
Sausage Egg Casserole
Savoring a new way of eating doesn't mean foregoing breakfast, and that's where this low-carb diet meal comes in. Plus, the set-it-and-forget-it nature of using your slow cooker means you'll have the morning free to take care of your to-do list once you add your ingredients to the crock pot.
- 2 cups fresh spinach
- 1 pound sage breakfast sausage
- 10 eggs
- 2 cups whole milk
- 1 cup heavy whipping cream
- 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Use the butter to grease the inside of your slow cooker insert.
- Brown the sausage in a skillet. Drain off the grease.
- Whisk together the eggs, milk, heavy cream, onion powder, and garlic powder in a large measuring cup.
- Layer half the sausage, spinach, and cheese in the bottom of the slow cooker. Repeat these layers with the remaining ingredients.
- Pour the egg mixture over the sausage layers.
- Cook on high for two to three hours or low for four to five hours. The eggs should be set in the center when the dish is done.
Slow Cooker Cilantro Lime Chicken
Another convenient slow cooker recipe, and more bright spring flavors? You bet! This piquant chicken tastes just as great over a salad as it does in a low-carb tortilla as a wrap sandwich. It's one of those cheap low-carb meals that'll become a lunch and dinner staple.
- 4 large chicken breasts
- Juice of 2 limes
- 1 jar of your favorite salsa — salsa verde works well
- 1 package of chicken taco seasoning
- 3 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
- Stir the lime juice, salsa, taco seasoning, and cilantro together in a measuring cup.
- Place the chicken breasts in the slow cooker and pour the sauce mixture over the top.
- Cook on low for four hours or until the chicken shreds easily with forks. Once the chicken is shredded, let it cook an additional 30 minutes on low.
- Enjoy this chicken with a side of Mexican street corn salad — just omit the beans for a lower-carb dish.
Grilled Shrimp Kebabs
When spring rolls around, it's time to fire up the grill. Try these tasty kebabs as your inaugural meal when you first break out the barbecue after winter fades. This recipe serves two people and can be doubled or tripled easily for a big group. Pair your shrimp with a side of Mediterranean green bean salad to take advantage of in-season veggies.
Ingredients for shrimp:
- 18 large shrimp
- 1 tablespoon Old Bay seasoning
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 tablespoon melted butter
- Fresh lemons
Ingredients for dipping sauce:
- 8 ounces Greek yogurt
- Half a peeled and grated cucumber
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon finely minced garlic
- ½ tablespoon minced fresh dill
- Combine all dipping sauce ingredients and store the dip in your refrigerator until the shrimp are ready. This gives the sauce time for the flavors to really deepen.
- Preheat your grill to around 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Mix the Old bay seasoning, salt and pepper together in a large Ziploc bag. Add the shrimp and shake to coat them with the seasoning.
- Thread the shrimp onto metal skewers. Brush them with a little olive oil to keep them from sticking to the grill grates.
- Grill the shrimp for about five minutes on each side. Remove them from the grill and squeeze fresh lemon juice over the top, if desired. Serve with bowls of yogurt dipping sauce.
These meals might be low on carbs, but they're definitely high on flavor and affordability. To discover even more low-carb dishes and healthy spring recipes to savor, check out Food Lion's Fresh Ideas Blog.