Going “low-carb” (I hate that term . . .) can feel daunting at first. I know when Hubs and I got really serious about it, I didn’t know what in the heck we were going to eat, since I’d spent my adult life living on pasta. Over the years though, it’s become easy. Here are my go-to lower carb dinners.
Steak & Veggies
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
Pull the steaks out of the freezer and defrost. If I’m really thinking ahead, I’ll even do this a few days in advance. Then, the microwave doesn’t have to get involved! Season with salt, pepper and little olive oil.
Heat a skillet with some oil (I like avocado oil for this purpose, since it can stand higher temperatures) until it begins to smoke.
Cook each side of the steaks for about 2 minutes then transfer to the hot oven and finish cooking until the center of the thickest steak is about 5 degrees below “done.” (Here is a temperature guide for done-ness, depending on your preference).
While the steaks are in the oven, I empty a bag of frozen veggies into a microwave safe bowl. I add a little oil or butter and heat according to package instructions, omitting any water the package may recommend adding.
Altogether, this meal will come together in 20 minutes or less.
Crockpot Cheeseburger Stew
Crockpot Cheeseburger Stew has always been one of my go-to recipes that I made almost every week. But, as my diet began to change, it fell to the bottom of my recipe box, because so many ingredients were ultra-processed.
Much like regular steaks, this is a quick throw-together meal that often has frozen veggies as a side. I know Hubs would prefer some gravy be served with these, and I do have a method for a lower-carb gravy. But honestly, I usually just mix up a pound of hamburger with a little avocado oil and some salt and pepper then divide into four burger patties. Then, I might cook them up in a skillet or in the oven for 15 minutes at 425°F.
A couple of years ago, I wound up pulling together a kick-ass taco salad recipe. I just used random ingredients we already had at home. We had a lot of mixed greens leftover and needed to get through them, which resulted in a dinner that has become a staple in our household. Not only is this a great weeknight dinner, we love to make it while camping too!
Lower Carb Dinners: Simplified
Making the choice to avoid processed foods is a huge step toward optimal health. But it can feel like a huge challenge at first. Hopefully, these simple lower carb dinners can help you get started on the right foot and maybe spark some more ideas as you continue on your journey. As always, I’m here for questions! Don’t hesitate to email me at [email protected] for more dinner ideas.
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