These Low-carb Dinners Are Perfect for Those Nights When You Have No Time to Cook

If you’re on a low-carb diet, fast, flavorful dinner recipes are essential – and that’s exactly what you’ll find on this list. These meals run the gamut from lettuce wraps to soups to one-dish wonders, but they all have two things in common: they’re ready in 30 minutes or less, and they’ll help keep you safely within your daily budget for carbs.

All of these dishes are packed with veggies, protein, and delicious sauces and spice blends to give them tons of flavor so you never grow tired of sticking to your plan. More importantly, they’ll likely be a hit with everyone at the table, if you’re usually cooking for a crowd. Let’s dig in.


Lightened-Up Chicken Salad

If you have leftover or canned chicken, you can have this tangy chicken salad on the table in minutes. Serve it on a bed of greens or between two slices of whole-grain bread.


Cauliflower Risotto With Chicken and Asparagus

Risotto isn’t known for being quick or low-carb, but in this version, riced cauliflower is cooked with canned chicken and asparagus for a creamy 25-minute meal.


Spicy Beef Lettuce Wraps

This one-pan beef recipe comes together in just 20 minutes, and since you won’t be using forks, cleanup will be a breeze.


Garlic Butter Shrimp Zucchini Noodles

This colorful dish is light on carbs but not on flavor. Butter, garlic, lemon, and parsley give it a bright, summery taste you’ll crave no matter the season.


Taco Soup

Soup recipes can be time-consuming, but not this one-pot taco soup. Ditch the tortilla strip topping for sour cream, avocado, or shredded cheese.


Sheet-Pan Eggs

Is there anything better than breakfast for dinner? To cut down on time in the kitchen, make a double batch of eggs and have the leftovers the following day (or freeze for later).

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