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    Updated on Jun 1, 2020. Posted on Nov 5, 2017

    17 Lower-Carb Meals For Busy Weeknights That Actually Look Delicious

    Recipes that will make eating fewer carbs a beautiful thing.

    Look, carbs are SO tasty. But if your goal is to cut back on them, you may want to consider doing it at dinner.

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    Carbs are good for you, and you should generally get 45 to 65% of your calories from whole-food carbohydrates such as fruits, vegetables, legumes, and whole grains that have plenty of fiber. (Carbs do tend to be digested more quickly than fats or protein, and fiber can help slow down their digestion). Why is this important? Carbs are the main source of your body’s energy, but they also have the biggest impact on your blood sugar. Refined carbs (like white bread and sugary beverages) are rapidly digested and can cause blood sugar spikes and crashes, as well as provide empty calories that can spur weight gain.

    If you are watching carb intake because you have diabetes (people with diabetes may need to match carb intake to insulin dose or limit them to help control blood sugar), or you are just interested in staying fuller longer, eating less calorically dense foods, or eating a more protein-dense diet, then you might want to try eating low-carb recipes for dinner, Toronto-based registered dietitian Abby Langer, tells BuzzFeed Health.

    So we rounded up a bunch of dinner options, each having less than 25 grams of carbs per serving, and taking only 30 minutes or less to make.

    Keep in mind that you should always check with your doctor before starting a new diet or nutrition plan. (That's especially true if you have diabetes; not all these recipes may be right for you.) Alright, it's time to dig in!

    1. One-Pan Lemon Garlic Baked Salmon and Asparagus

    Carina (Cafe Delights) / Via cafedelites.com

    One pan = easy to make + easy to clean up. So, basically...we're in.

    Here's the recipe.

    2. Skillet Sausage and Shrimp

    Vered (Healthy Recipes) / Via healthyrecipesblogs.com

    This flavorful dish will warm you to the bone and take your mind off the work week. Go easy on the crushed red pepper if spicy is not your thing!

    Here's the recipe.

    3. Baked Eggs in Butternut Squash and Spinach

    Lauren Zaser / Justine Zwiebel / Via buzzfeed.com

    Who says you can't have eggs for dinner? Prep the butternut squash ahead of time, or buy it prepared from the grocery store, to make this recipe as quick as possible.

    Here's the recipe.

    4. Low-Carb Steak Fajita Roll-Ups

    Sommer (A Spicy Perspective) / Via aspicyperspective.com

    Chop up the veggies, roll on the steak, and don't forget to drizzle some spicy fajita sauce on there.

    Here's the recipe.

    5. Cauliflower Fried "Rice"

    Abby Langer / Via abbylangernutrition.com

    You're going to love this delicious, garlicky take on classic fried rice...even though it's got literally zero rice.

    Here's the recipe.

    6. Pesto Zoodles With Chicken

    Emily (Bound by Food) / Via boundbyfood.com

    All you need is five ingredients, a spiralizer, and then voilà!

    Here's the recipe.

    7. Collard-Wrapped Turkey Burger

    Lauren Zaser / Justine Zwiebel / Via buzzfeed.com

    Buns are officially old news, man.

    Here's the recipe from BuzzFeed's Clean Eating Challenge.

    8. One-Pan Pork Tenderloin With Fall Vegetables

    Smiles and Sandwich / Via smilesandwich.com

    This recipe really is autumn served in a pan. It's delicious and easy to put together for bigger dinner parties.

    Here's the recipe.

    9. Loaded Cauliflower

    Kim (Low Carb Maven) / Via lowcarbmaven.com

    It'll taste like creamy, bacon-packed mashed potatoes. Seriously, try it.

    Here's the recipe.

    10. Light and Healthy Chicken Salad

    Michelle (A Latte Food) / Via alattefood.com

    So, so quick to make, and you can easily throw it on top of salads or lettuce wraps all week long.

    Here's the recipe.

    11. Sesame Beef Stir-Fry in Ginger Soy Sauce

    Picasa / Via dinner-mom.com

    Have this savory dish on a plate and ready to serve in just 25 minutes.

    Here's the recipe.

    12. Chicken Enchilada Zucchini Boats

    Jaclyn (Cooking Classy) / Via cookingclassy.com

    All your favorite enchilada fillings stuffed and baked inside of cheesy zucchini. We can get down with that.

    Here's the recipe.

    13. Healthy Asian Lettuce Wraps

    Christine Skari / Via apple-of-my-eye.com

    These wraps are high in protein and high in flavor. You're going to definitely want more than one.

    Here's the recipe.

    14. Healthy Cajun-Style Charred Okra and Shrimp

    Tamara (Beyond Mere Sustenance) / Via beyondmeresustenance.com

    For when you're craving delicious gumbo, but need it made in 20 minutes.

    Here's the recipe.

    15. Single-Skillet Chicken Thighs with Asparagus and Red Pepper

    Lauren Zaser / Justine Zwiebel / Via buzzfeed.com

    Make a big batch of this tangy chicken and veggies dish and you'll be able to take it for lunch the next day, too!

    Here's the recipe from BuzzFeed's Clean Eating Challenge.

    16. One-Pan Chicken Bruschetta

    Lacey (A Sweet Pea Chef) / Via asweetpeachef.com

    Because who doesn't love balsamic chicken slathered in melted mozzarella?

    Here the recipe.

    17. Taco Salad Boats

    Lisa Grant / Via foodfanatic.com

    Swap this tasty recipe for your usual go-to on Taco Tuesdays. You won't regret it!

    Here's the recipe.

    All nutritional information was calculated using this calculator at Very Well.

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