Low-Carb Recipes

Watching your carb intake? Try these 20 low-carbohydrate dinner dishes, like roasted chicken, grilled salmon and steak, and even a low-carb meatloaf.

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40 Cloves and a Chicken

Even the garlic-averse can't deny that baking a whole chicken with 40 cloves infuses the bird with deep, savory flavor, accented by sprigs of fresh thyme.

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Mom's Turkey Meatloaf

Quick-cooking oats add fiber, protein and great texture to this leaner turkey meatloaf without the carb count of breadcrumbs.

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Pan-Seared Rib Eyes

The super-crispy caramelized crust on this steak is great, but the Gorgonzola butter melted over top is even better.

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Broiled Salmon with Herb Mustard Glaze

Two kinds of mustard help glamorize Giada's salmon glaze: Dijon mustard provides that strong spicy tang, and whole-grain mustard adds a nice pearly crunch for texture (no breading needed).

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Old-Fashioned Salisbury Steak with Shiitake Mushroom Gravy

Bobby further lightens up this classic dish — created by 1800's low-carb advocate Dr. J.H. Salisbury — by forming his patties out of extra-lean ground beef and whole-wheat bread and topping the meat with a gravy that relies on shiitake mushrooms, not fat, for flavor.

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Grilled Garlic Shrimp with Romesco Sauce

The sugar in Kelsey Nixon's marinade helps to caramelize the shrimp, giving them those black char marks we all love. These garlicky shrimp are perfect served hot off the grill (or grill pan) with a chilly glass of Pinot Grigio.

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Bal's No-Butter Chicken

Butter chicken is a popular Indian dish that's generally high in calories and fat, but Bal Arneson subs grapeseed oil for butter and low-fat yogurt for heavy whipping cream to yield a recipe that's as creamy and flavorful as the original.

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Smothered Pork Chops with Onion-Gingersnap Gravy

The key to a healthy pork chop meal? Cook them simply with salt and pepper, and then simmer in a reduced-sodium broth that’s flavored by fresh herbs, sweet vidalia onions and spiced gingersnap cookies.

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Salmon with Lemon, Capers, and Rosemary

Giada bastes her salmon in a mixture of lemon juice, sweet Marsala wine and fresh rosemary before wrapping it in foil and throwing it on the grill. It's the perfect trio of Tuscan flavors and offsets the oiliness of the salmon.

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Tri-Tip Steak With Tomato Romesco

While this bottom sirloin cut of beef is harder to come by (each cow has only one, Bittman explains), it's the romesco sauce from Catalonia that really sets this recipe apart. The tomato, garlic and sherry vinegar condiment possesses unique crunch and flavor thanks to toasted almonds.

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Frittata with Asparagus, Tomato, and Fontina

This hearty egg dish satisfies for brunch, or really any meal, with melted Fontina cheese, crisp asparagus and tomato.

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Slow Cooker Shredded Pork

Kelsey's healthy slow-cooker recipe relies on strong spices, herbs and fresh vegetables, not fats, to flavor her pork.

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Beef Tossed with Wild Betel Leaf and Lemongrass: Bo Xao La Lot

Aromatic, peppery betel leaves and lemongrass add their distinct flavors to this recipe, which you might find being served by street carts in Saigon. Seed-in chopped chiles add fire when the beef is wok-fried, and this surprisingly simple dish is ready in just 15 minutes.

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Chicken Madeira

Kelsey's healthy take on this popular restaurant dish incorporates low-sodium broth and minimal oil, relying on the flavor of the sweet Madeira wine, not added fats, for flavor.

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Spicy Tom Yam Zuppe di Pesce

East meets West as Nadia G. fearlessly combines classic recipes from Thailand and Italy for a spicy and seafood-packed soup that's as good for your health as it is for your sinuses.

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Chicken Kabobs

Inspired by the fragrant chicken kabobs prepared in the market in her Indian village, Bal Arneson marinates chicken in a sweet, tangy and spicy sauce containing mint leaves, layers it on skewers, then grills them until they are nicely browned.

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Pork Souvlaki with Grilled Citrus

Michael Symon seasons his pork souvlaki skewers with traditional Mediterranean flavors like oregano and garlic but dials them up a notch by adding sliced jalepeno.

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Sesame-Ginger Salmon en Papillote

By baking salmon in parchment paper with just a couple tablespoons of an Asian-style marinade and crispy vegetables, Kelsey renders the fish extremely flavorful and moist.

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Papaya Chicken

Bal uses popular Indian spices and herbs, like cumin, coriander, fenugreek and paprika, to flavor this sweet, creamy chicken recipe.

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Red Pepper Soup with Toasted Cumin Seeds

Bal Arneson seasons her sweet red pepper soup with myriad exotic Indian spices for layers of complex flavor and adds toasted cumin seeds for a nutty, peppery finish.

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Sichuan Peppercorn Steak with Grilled Green Onions

A tangy, spicy rub of papaya seeds and both black and Sichuan peppercorns gives this steak distinct Asian flavor, complemented by aromatic grilled onions.

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