17 Recipes to Eat on a Low-Carb Diet

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Delicious low-carb stuffed salmon
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Living a low-carb lifestyle shouldn't feel like you're missing out. There are plenty of tasty options for those who want to cut out carbs or gluten, including a 100% grain-free, gluten-free, and guilt-free crispbread recipe, plus a few ingenious ways to prepare salmon to pack in nutrients that you are really going to want to try, and so much more. Eating healthy doesn't have to be complicated, just delicious.

Healthy Seed & Nut Crispbread (Gluten Free)

Healthy seed & nut crispbread served with cheese
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Looking for a crisp, grain-free cracker to eat with your favorite cheeses, dips, and spreads? Look no further than this homemade crispy toasted goodness.

Pan-Seared Salmon

Cook salmon on the stove and pair with fresh lemon
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You will love this simple, straight-forward cooking method and end up with a perfectly seared piece of fish every time. The almighty cast iron skillet strikes again!

Gluten-Free, Low-Carb Pumpkin Pie

Gluten free, low carb pumpkin pie
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Don't let holiday potlucks become a source of fear and dread this season. Instead, bring this spin on a classic pumpkin pie that has a crumbly almond crust and only about 4.75 grams of net carbs per serving.

No-Bake Peanut Butter Cream Cheese Pie

No-bake peanut butter cream cheese pie with whipped cream
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Unlike other so-called "no bake" recipes that require a pre-baked crust, this pie features a bake-free, fudge-like chocolate almond crust. This is your chance to give your oven a rest and make this rich, decadent, and surprisingly simple PB cream cheese pie.

4 Ingredient Chocolate Truffles

Simply decadent chocolate truffles
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We get it. Sometimes you just want something decadent and yummy without all the fuss, which is not always easy for a low-carb eater. That's when you whip up these simple, low-effort, low-carb dark chocolate truffles using only four basic ingredients.

Gluten-Free, Low-Carb Donuts

Gluten free, low-carb donuts with sprinkles
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Whip up a batch of these delicious no-guilt, low-carb coconut flour cake donuts packed with fiber and healthy fat the next time your sweet tooth strikes. Unlike most low-carb donuts, these are first baked and then deep fried for that authentic donut taste.

Perfectly Poached Chicken

Perfectly poached chicken
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Boneless skinless chicken breasts are easy weeknight go-to's for low-carb eaters that have a tendency to dry out easily while preparing, which makes wet cooking methods like poaching ideal for retaining moisture and infusing subtle flavors.

Oven-Baked Turkey Burgers

Juicy, oven-cooked turkey burgers
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This recipe is essential in order to ensure that your turkey burgers stay perfectly succulent during the cooking process. Forgo the bun and wrap your burger in a crispy piece of romaine lettuce. Satisfy all of your burger cravings without any guilt!

Cheesy Eggs "Muffins"

Cheesy eggs baked in a muffin tin
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This is a great "kitchen sink" recipe for busy low-carb eaters that puts leftover vegetables to good use.

Gluten-Free, Low-Carb Gingerbread Cookies

Festive gluten free, low-carb gingerbread cookies
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At around 1 to 2 net carbs and less than a gram of sugar per cookie, in no time your gluten-free house will be filled with the festive aroma of fresh-baked gingerbread. Now that's cause for celebration.

Pecan-Crusted Chicken Fingers

Pecan-crusted chicken fingers
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Even the kids will love these healthier chicken fingers served along with a low-sugar barbecue sauce, or make into a full meal for the whole family by serving these with a hearty salad.

Pistachio Crusted Salmon

Pistachio crusted salmon
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This recipe makes for both a healthy and impressive dinner option—The crunchy pistachio crust is the secret to delightfully moist and flavorful salmon. Serve it warm, or make it ahead of time and include it in a cold salad meal prep.

Teriyaki Chicken-Wrapped Asparagus

Sweet, spicy teriyaki chicken-wrapped asparagus
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Skip the line for Chinese food at lunch in lieu of this healthful meal prep option that's packed with flavor and will ensure you're getting both a serving of protein and veggies. Plan ahead, save money and have more energy during the workday. Now that's a triple win.

Healthy Nuts and Seeds Bread

Easy to make bread with nuts and seeds
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According to Danish chef and blogger Kirstin Uhrenholdt, this Nordic "Stone Age" bread was created by the staff at Kong Hans restaurant in Copenhagen after they embraced the Paleo diet, and it's become a mainstay ever since. We think you'll love it, too.

Curried Deviled Eggs

Curried deviled eggs
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Deviled eggs are not just everyone's favorite classic party appetizer—not anymore, anyway. This curried deviled eggs recipe will make you want to keep some on hand for a tasty, high-protein snack.

Herb and Zucchini Frittata

Herb and zucchini frittata fresh out of the pan
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This dish is inspired by a popular Persian frittata called kuku sabzi and makes for a simply delicious, easy-to-prepare meal that's perfect for enjoying at any time of day.

Shakshuka

Shakshuka baked in a cast iron skillet, served hot
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Shakshuka is a recipe of Tunisian origin that you need to add to your lazy Sunday breakfast arsenal. It's full of flavor, easy to share, and also a great meal for any time of the day, often eaten in North Africa as lunch or dinner. Serve it up with the bread made only of nuts and seeds and it's the perfect way to end a long, low-carb day.

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