For those trying to follow a lower carbohydrate diet, it can often seem difficult knowing what kind of meals to make.
Don’t worry; if you are looking for some low carb meal plans, then you’re in the right place.
This article will provide a list of 30 tasty meal ideas, ranging from quick breakfasts to flavorful dinner recipes.
All recipes are suitable for low-carb diets, use healthy whole food ingredients and taste delicious.
Low Carb Breakfast Ideas
In this section, you will find some traditional breakfast meals and also some simple recipe ideas.
1. Cheese, Onion and Garlic Frittata
A frittata is so easy to make and it always tastes amazing.
The frittata is actually an Italian dish which shares a resemblance with another low carb meal; crustless quiche.
On the positive side, they are simple and convenient to make.
For this recipe, use the following ingredients;
- 6 large eggs
- 1 medium onion
- 8 cloves of garlic
- 3 oz (85 g) cheese
- Any veggies that you want for decoration
Although many people have their own special recipe, cooking a frittata with a cast iron pan in the oven is the simplest and most convenient way.
- First, cut the onions and garlic into small pieces and fry them in your choice of butter/oil for 5 minutes.
2. Breakfast Egg Wrap
A morning egg wrap makes a great healthy low carb recipe.
It is basically an omelet in all but name, and it’s an egg wrap that houses tasty low carb foods inside a thin layer of egg.
To make the it requires the following ingredients;
3. Traditional Bacon and Eggs
One of the most traditional breakfast recipes and it is also one of the easiest to make.
Bacon and eggs is delicious and a meal that (almost) anyone would be happy to wake up to.
There are two ways you can make them and both taste great.
4. Greek Yogurt With Mixed Berries and Nuts
Looking for a breakfast idea without eggs?
This could be just the thing; a bowl of greek yogurt with berries and nuts.
If you are running short on time, then this one is a great option due to its simplicity.
All you need to do is pour the yogurt into a bowl and chuck a few berries on top!
If you want something a bit more flavorful, then adding some chopped nuts and dark chocolate shavings works well too.
5. Full English Breakfast
There are many different ideas over what a genuine ‘Full English’ breakfast should contain.
However, I think that most would agree with the main three ingredients; bacon, eggs, and sausages.
Personally, I’d say it tastes a lot better with a few decorative plant foods too – especially grilled tomatoes and mushrooms.
It’s a food pairing that tastes so good it never gets old, even though it actually is rather old.
After all, people in the UK have been eating it for one and a half centuries!
6. Steak and Eggs
If anything is capable of competing with bacon and eggs for simplicity, then it is probably this.
Steak and eggs is also a meal combination with a long tradition, it is extremely nutrient-dense and delicious.
Just cook up some steak and then fry a few eggs in the leftover beef fat for an extra tasty low carb breakfast.
Serving this with a few vegetables works well, and some popular options include asparagus, onions, mushrooms and grilled tomatoes.
Just pick and choose whatever you like best!
7. Bacon and Egg Avocado Boats
If you feel pure bacon and eggs is lacking a bit of green, then making avocado “boats” is a good way to get both.
This combination is incredibly nutrient-dense and offers a huge amount of vitamins and minerals.
This recipe is low in carbohydrate and it is rather tasty too!
See these 38 low carb and keto snack ideas for more ideas.
8. Cheese, Bacon and Vegetable Muffins
Here are some breakfast muffins but there is no sugar to be seen – only meat and vegetables!
To make these, all you need are some eggs, bacon, a bit of cheese and some veggies.
The following recipe is for four people;
9. Bacon and Cheese Omelet
It is hard to beat an omelet for simplicity; this tasty traditionalfood takes little more than 10 minutes to cook up.
In this case, a bacon and cheese omelet contains minimal carbohydrate but high amounts of satiating protein and fat.
To make it, use the following ingredients;
10. Buttered Kippers and Egg
If you haven’t heard of a kipper before, then it is simply a salted and smoked herring.
Herring is one of the healthiest fish around; it provides a wealth of omega-3 fatty acids and contains minimal mercury levels.
Kippers have been a traditional breakfast going back to the early 19th century and this meal has lots of strong points too. It is healthy, cheap and tastes delicious.
When you buy a packet of kippers, it will often contain butter for cooking with.
If not, just use a pat of butter and gently pan-fry the fish and add an egg once it is nearly ready.
It is a simple meal that is packed with healthy fat and protein, and it is ready in less than ten minutes.
Low Carb Dinner Ideas
The following meals are more suited for an evening meal.
11. Cheese and Spinach Stuffed Chicken Breasts
Chicken breasts can be a little boring on their own and this is mainly due to their low fat content.
However, add some butter and cheese to them and they taste a lot better!
Aside from the first 5 minutes, you can just relax and wait for this to cook in the oven.
As a result, it’s a very quick low carb meal that doesn’t require much preparation time.
Ingredients (per person)
12. Garlic Butter-Basted Chicken Leg
Chicken leg is one of the tastier chicken cuts, but it tastes even better when it’s basted in garlic butter.
Here is the recipe;
13. Creamy Cheese and Zucchini Casserole
Missing out on lasagna or potato-based casseroles?
No problem; although it doesn’t quite taste the same, a zucchini casserole is a delicious alternative.
This could be a low-carb meal for four / the whole family.
14. Kale and Ground Turkey Egg Muffins
Another set of egg muffins, but this time with a completely different flavor.
These muffins are perfect for any meal really, and offer a convenient low-carb meal that is healthy and quick.
To make these ones, you will need the following ingredients;
15. Cheese, Meat and Vegetables
No special instructions necessary here; it is just a plate full of your favorite cured meats, cheese and salad veggies.
Choose the quantities of each that suit you/your family, put them on a plate, and eat!
It is ready in minutes, and it’s a great lunchbox option for school/the office too.
For more pork recipes, see these low-carb pork ideas.
16. Bacon Wrapped Avocado Slices
Some salted slices of avocado are pretty tasty, but what makes them even better?
Wrapping them in rashers of crispy bacon, of course!
To make this one, you only need two ingredients;
The number of avocados you need will depend on how many you’re serving and how many pieces you each want.
Just cut the avocado into your desired slice size, wrap each slice in bacon, and then put them in the oven for approximately 15 minutes at 175°C (347°F).
17. Avocado and Bacon Cloud Bread Sandwich
Cloud bread is a low carb bread substitute made from eggs and baking powder.
Despite tasting rather different, it works well as a sandwich and this particular one combines bacon and avocado, which is always a delicious combination.
Of course, you don’t have to use this filler, and you can use just about anything you want.
This one does taste nice though!
18. Feta Cheese and Olive Greek Salad
With summer approaching, a nice cheese and olive salad can be a great fit for a hot day.
It is perfect for a home meal and it can easily fit into a lunchbox for a portable meal too.
The only thing to watch out for with salad is to make sure you’re getting enough protein.
The ingredients for this simple low carb meal include;
Simply choose the amount of each food and the variety of olives that you prefer.
See these 15 keto side dish ideas for more.
19. Marinated Salmon and Zucchini Kebabs
Kebab skewers don’t always have to be about meat.
Traditional meat kebabs are delicious, but fish is a healthy and delicious option too.
For a great-tasting kebab, marinating the fish before cooking adds an extra depth of flavor.
Ingredients (makes 4 kebab sticks)
These kebab sticks are great to eat straight away, or they can be packed up for an on-the-go bite to eat.
20. Steak and Salad Bowl
For a tasty low carb dish, try putting a steak salad together.
This meal is also a great way to make meat and veggies portable for a day out.
The following ingredients make a good combination;
For more meat-based meals, check out some of the best low-carb meatloaf recipes.
21. Spicy Beef and Vegetable Stir-Fry
This spicy low carb stir-fry is easy to make, takes very little time, and it’s healthy and delicious.
For the ingredients, you will require the following (per person);
22. Creamy Coconut Chicken Curry (With Cauliflower Rice)
A creamy chicken curry is a great low-carb, high-fat meal and it provides a wealth of protein too.
If you like something a little spicy, then this might be worth a try.
Ingredients (per person)
23. Feta, Parmesan and Prosciutto Salad
Cheese and cured meat always makes an excellent combination and it is no different here.
Combined with some arugula leaves and fresh fruit makes a tasty and refreshing low-carb plate that is perfect for summer.
Ingredients (per person)
This one is very simple to make – all you need to do is mix everything together!
24. Keto Chicken Alfredo With Zoodles
For a creamy, low-carb Italian dish, chicken alfredo works well – just omit the pasta and replace it with zucchini noodles.
To serve 4 people, you will need;
See this guide to zoodles (with recipes) for more information.
25. Low Carb Cauliflower Crust Margherita Pizza
Pizza is popular with everybody and that includes low carb dieters, but the same isn’t true for bread.
But don’t worry; there are several alternate low-carb ways to make a pizza and using a cauliflower crust is just one of these.
For this recipe you will need;
You could also try making a pizza using any of these low carb flours.
26. Pork Chop in Creamy Mushroom Sauce
Pork chops make a great family meal and a flavorful sauce makes them even better.
This meal involves grilling a pork chop and making a simple sauce that is very straightforward.
For this meal, you will require the following ingredients per person;
27. Sausage and Cauliflower Rice Broth
This dinner idea is low in carbs but very high in flavor and it’s easy to make too.
Ingredients (4 servings)
28. Shrimp Zoodles (Zucchini Noodle Dish)
Shrimp zoodles are a fitting choice for a light meal.
This meal is nutrient-dense, virtually carb-free, and full of flavor.
Furthermore, you only need several ingredients and this will serve about 4 people;
Don’t like zoodles? Then there is a wide range of low-carb pasta alternatives here.
29. Steak, Green Beans and Mushrooms
You won’t win any prizes for creativity with this meal, but it’s a tasty and simplistic low carb dinner and convenience can be helpful sometimes.
To make this in a tasty way requires only a handful of ingredients (in your preferred quantities);
30. A Home Meat and Steak BBQ
No recipe is necessary for this one.
But what could be a better meal than a home barbecue?
Choose the best cuts of meat, invite your family/friends round, have a bit of wine and enjoy good company and great food.
It is possibly the easiest (but tastiest) option on this list!
If you were running out of ideas, then hopefully you were able to find a few enjoyable recipes from this collection.
As you can see in most of the recipes, the majority don’t require a lot of preparation time, and that just shows how good food doesn’t have to be complex.
And remember, should you ever run out of ideas then all you need is a quick Google search – there are literally thousands of low carb meals out there.