There are endless ways to get crafty with low-carb dinners—veggie-crust pizzas, riced cauliflower, zucchini noodles, you name it. But while these substitutes can be great hacks if you eat low carb or are just looking for lower-carb options, creative often translates to complicated. And I don’t know about you, but most of time time, I just can’t be bothered.
I learned this about myself after I tried making cauliflower tater tots one evening in college. They turned out to be a delicious and healthy way to indulge a craving without throwing me off my healthy eating game, but there’s a reason I’ve only made them one time—the effort. And while sometimes I’m willing to put the work, most of the time, it’s not worth it to me.
The good news? Not all low-carb dinners have to keep you in the kitchen for hours (with a mile-high stack of dishes, to boot). These seven recipes each have less than 20 grams of carbs each, and not one of them requires you to hollow out a squash or throw a head of broccoli into a food processor. (And trust me, my bar to consider something “easy” is pretty high.)
Just to be clear, carbohydrates aren’t bad for you. Actually, your body needs them. But if you’re looking for low-carb options for whatever reason, whether you’re trying a new low-carb eating plan, or you just want to introduce more variety into your meals, these have you covered. And, as a bonus, each one has at least the R.D.-recommended 15 grams of protein to keep you going strong.