Creative Low-Carb Side Dishes That Fully Satisfy

Creative Low-Carb Side Dishes That Fully Satisfy

Low-carb doesn’t mean piling your plate with nothing but protein. In fact| nutritious| delicious vegetables are always a cornerstone of any healthy low-carb diet. If you’re trying to stay away from starchy| high-carb sides like potatoes and white rice| then try these veggie-heavy| low-carb sides that’ll satisfy!

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| Low-Carb Zucchini Boats

Enjoy a rich-tasting bite without worrying about the consequences. These delicious| creamy zucchini boats clock in at only 25 calories| but you would never know| based on the way they taste.

Photo: Jenny Sugar

| Paleo Stuffing

For a refreshing take on the traditionally heavy stuffing| try making this
sausage| apple| and butternut squash stuffing. The apple adds a touch of sweetness| while the sausage adds a satisfying richness to the dish.

Photo: Lizzie Fuhr

| Kale Caesar Salad

Caesar salad gets a bad rap as one of the unhealthier salads you can order| but this lightened-up kale caesar is a vitamin-filled version that tastes just as good (if not better) than the original.

Photo: Leta Shy

| Broccoli Slaw Pasta

This broccoli slaw pasta dish is a gluten-free spin on traditional pasta with tomato sauce. With fresh garlic and a dash of parmesan| you’ll forget that this simple dish is made of vegetables.

Photo: Leta Shy

| Detox Carrot and Cabbage Salad

If you are craving some color in your diet| this rainbow veggie salad is a simple side you can throw together in minutes that looks great and tastes even better. The colorful side is full of vitamins and fiber and will leave you feeling refreshed.

Photo: Lizzie Fuhr

| Creamy Cauliflower Mash

If you love a bowl of rich and creamy mashed potatoes but are trying to keep an eye on what you eat| this
creamy cauliflower mash is the side dish for you. This Paleo-friendly side has the creamy delicious texture of the classic potato dish| without the calories.

Photo: Lizzie Fuhr

| Shaved Asparagus With Manchego Cheese

Take advantage of lingering crops of just-right asparagus by making this shaved asparagus and manchego cheese salad that’s both easy and unexpected. Using a vegetable peeler to thinly slice the asparagus allows you to enjoy the vegetable raw to get the most from asparagus’s nutrients| which include calcium| fiber| and vitamins A and C.

Photo: Katie Sweeney

| Sweet and Sour Cucumbers

These sweet and sour cucumbers with fresh dill would make a perfect refreshing offering at your next barbecue| plus these low-carb veggies make for a healthy alternative to potato salad.

Photo: Lizzie Fuhr

| Raw Kale Salad With Feta Cheese

This recipe for raw kale salad with feta cheese is bursting with flavor: dill| pine nuts| and feta cheese mix together to create a low-carb yet satisfying side salad.

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| Rutabaga and Carrot Mash

Carrots don’t have to be on the banned list if you’re following a low-carb diet: while they contain more carbs than other vegetables| carrots also possess many essential nutrients like beta-carotene and vitamin A. Mix and mash with a low-carb root vegetable| as with this rutabaga and carrot mash recipe| and you’ll have a nutritious substitute for starchy mashed potatoes.

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| Lemon Slaw

The bulk of this tart and tasty lemon slaw recipe is made with red cabbage| which not only registers just a blip on the carb scale| but is also packed with antioxidants.

Photo: Lauren Hendrickson

| Raw Tomato Basil Zucchini Pasta

What’s better than a pasta dish that’s super low in carbs? One that doesn’t involve any cooking! This raw basil zucchini pasta recipe uses zucchini that’s been cut with a spiral slicer as the pasta base and is topped with a tomato| basil| and walnut puree.

Source: Healthful Pursuit

| Lower-Carb Mashed Potatoes

If you still need your potato fix but want to save on a few carbs| use this lower-carb mashed potatoes recipe. Blending cauliflower with the potatoes saves on calories and carbs while preserving the taste of the classic side.

Photo: Michele Foley

| Roasted Brussels Sprouts

A side of roasted brussels sprouts with walnuts and parmesan cheese is hearty enough to stand up to any main dish. Get the recipe here.

Photo: Lizzie Fuhr

| Spaghetti Squash

Jazz up any main by resting it atop a bed of spaghetti squash before serving. The pasta alternative satisfies cravings without the carb load. Check out our recipe for roasted shrimp with spaghetti squash for a low-calorie| low-carb meal!

Photo: Lizzie Fuhr

| Paleo Zucchini Pasta

For a satisfying version of zucchini pasta| toss zucchini with garlic| olive oil| and almond meal for a satisfying side. Get the recipe for Paleo zucchini pasta here.

Photo: Lizzie Fuhr

| Cauliflower Mac and Cheese

Hold the mac| but not the cheese. Save on a few carbs with this creative cauliflower mac and cheese recipe.

Photo: Leta Shy