Are you tired of trying to keep the carb eaters in your home happy, when you follow a low-carb diet? This is a common problem and one that I know holds many people back from being successful on a low-carb or ketogenic diet. This post provides 7 Easy 30 Minute Low-Carb Meals You Can Adapt For Carb Eaters.
If you are cooking for the rest of your family or your partner or roommate then it is very difficult to stay on track if they don’t also eat a low-carb diet. I find this a constant struggle as I am the only one in our family of 5 who eats low-carb. Over time I have been building up a repertoire of low-carb dishes that can be made in 30 minutes and are:
- Easily adapted for those who want carbs OR
- Low-carb dishes that don’t need carbs added (no one will notice the carbs missing!)
These are all delicious, healthy family favorites that are simple to cook and will be on the table in around 30 minutes.
Everyone will be happy, fed and us low-carbers can rest easy knowing that our macros are intact for the day!
For more ideas on how to adapt low-carb meals, check out this post : 5 Building Blocks For Ketogenic Family Meals
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7 Easy 30 Minute Low-Carb Meals You Can Adapt For Carb Eaters
Shrimp Scampi with Zucchini Noodles from Closetcooking.com
This delicious recipe takes 20 minutes to make, has 5g of net carbs and is served with zucchini noodles. Make a separate pot of spaghetti for your carb eating family or friends. Then reserve some of the chicken broth/lemon sauce (skip the wine) before adding the zucchini noodles to the pan. Add the reserved sauce and shrimp to the pasta. Dinner will still be done in 30 minutes!
Pro Tip – cook the full recipe and then toss some spaghetti through for the carb eaters so they have a combination of pasta and zucchini noodles. You might even convert them (slowly!)
Another great family meal using zoodles or zucchini noodles is 30 Minute Low-Carb Gluten-Free Meatballs.
30 Minute Low-Carb Taco Burrito Bowl by appetiteforenergy.com
Tacos or burritos are high up there on my kids’ favorite meal list so we often have them once a week (usually on Taco Tuesday!) This Low-Carb Taco Burrito Bowl will be ready in under 30 minutes and has only 10g of net carbs. Catering for carb eaters is as easy as warming some taco shells in the oven or serving some soft tortillas.
These are easy to tailor to everyone’s tastes as you can serve everything in bowls at the table for self-service. The kids (and grown-ups) love it!
Spicy Jalapeño Tuna Cakes from thelivefitgirls.com
This is a super easy weeknight meal (only 5g of net carbs) that carb eaters will love without any adaptations. There’s nothing obviously “low-carb” about these, however, they could easily be served slotted into a burger bun with the chipotle mayo and a side salad.
To make the Tuna Patties – swap out the non-fat greek yogurt for full-fat greek yogurt.
To make the Chipotle Aioli – swap out the non-fat greek yogurt for full-fat greek yogurt OR use mayonnaise.
If serving kids – only use 1 or less jalapenos in the tuna patties and serve them with mayo or ketchup.
Pro Tip – Make a double or triple batch and freeze uncooked for a busy weeknight when you need dinner in a snap!
Creamy Sundried Tomato + Parmesan Chicken Zoodles from Cafedelites.com
This is low-carb comfort food at its best with only 8.4g net carbs! There is no need to do anything to this dish to appease those carb eaters as they won’t even notice the zucchini noodles amongst the creamy, cheesy goodness.
Pro-Tip You don’t need a fancy spiralizer to make zucchini noodles. Just use a regular vegetable peeler or buy a simple one. I use this one which costs $15.
Butter chicken is a classic family meal and one that is usually served with rice. For a sensational low-carb meal, serve this with cauliflower rice.
I am not a fan of cooking both rice and cauliflower rice for one meal as this would take too long. To solve this dilemma I usually cook the rice fresh and use pre-prepared or frozen cauliflower rice (see Pro Tip below). The butter chicken has 9g of net carbs per serve excluding the cauliflower rice.
For an even lower-carb alternative to cauliflower rice, try konjac noodles.
Find out how to make, cook and store cauliflower rice: 10 Minute Cauliflower Rice.
Pro Tip Buy pre-prepared cauliflower rice from your local supermarket (Costco, Trader Joes etc).
30 Minute Low-Carb Burgers With Chipotle Mayo by appetiteforenergy.com
Burgers are always a crowd-pleaser. Make it low-carb AND high-carb… Just have bread buns for your kids/partner or roommate and it takes no extra time. You’ll have these juicy burgers ready in 30 minutes and have them begging for more.
Serve the burgers with Chipotle Mayo for the adults and regular burger sauce or ketchup for the kids.
Low-carb Burger With Chipotle Mayo has 9g of net carbs per serve.
Pro Tip – Make a big serving of the Chipotle Mayo and serve with everything and anything during the week. Add it to meats, seafood, vegetables etc.
One Pan, 30 Minute – Chicken, Parmesan And Zoodle Skillet from Taste.com.au
This is another great dish that everyone will love with 9g of net carbs per serve. Golden crumbed chicken, in a tomato sauce with melted mozzarella oozing over the top….who is going to complain about the zucchini noodles?
Pro Tip If your family really won’t eat the zucchini noodles, serve the chicken with a generous serving of the sauce, avoiding the zoodles. This is still a substantial meal without the zoodles so I would just serve a side salad or perhaps heat up or make some garlic bread for those tricky carb lovers.
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