If you're trying to reduce your carbs you may be trying to steer clear of foods like wheat bread, pasta, potatoes, and rice. While these dishes are commonly cited as perfect pairings for meat and vegetarian mains, they're far from the only options. There are more than enough tasty low-carb side dish recipes with a variety of preparations that will elevate any meal. Whether you're looking to grill, sauté, roast, or pressure cook, you'll find plenty of options to keep your meals interesting.
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Easy Broccoli With Cheese Sauce
Healthy steamed broccoli is a real treat when topped with a nacho cheese-style sauce. A simple mixture of American cheese, milk, and a little seasoning becomes a deliciously gooey sauce that will even have kids reaching for their greens.
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Classic Israeli Salad
A colorful Israeli salad is a welcome addition to your next lunch or dinner. Quick and easy to make, the crunchy salad is a combination of fresh tomatoes, cucumber, bell pepper, scallions, and a lemon dressing. Serve with grilled meats or vegetables.
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Sautéed Asparagus With Lemon
Simple sautéed asparagus is embellished by a pan sauce of onion, lemon, white wine, and butter. It's a delicious way to enjoy the spring vegetable. Adjust your cook time depending on the thickness of your asparagus stalks.
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Swap out French fries for baked jicama fries. Jicama is a low-carb tuber from Central America that pairs well with spices like chili powder and cumin and makes tasty fries. Pair with a bun-less burger or veggie burger.Continue to 5 of 18 below.
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Perfect Grilled Eggplant
The key to successfully grilling eggplant is to brine the sliced veggie first in saltwater. This helps season the eggplant and draw out excess moisture and bitterness. Dry well and brush with oil before grilling to perfection. For extra flavor, you can top your grilled eggplant with a drizzle of Italian dressing or a sprinkle of spices or herbs.
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Green Beans Amandine
Green beans get a flavor and texture boost from slivered almonds in this classic French side dish. Green beans amandine is lovely served with poultry, pork, or beef, and has extra protein thanks to the nuts.
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Most bread recipes are high in carbs, but this keto cornbread is made using coconut and almond flours. It's also gluten-free, and can be made into keto stuffing.
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For a meaty vegetarian side, sauté mushrooms with a little oil. The easy dish is especially tasty when served with steak. Add a little butter, garlic, or even a drizzle of heavy cream to make it extra special.Continue to 9 of 18 below.
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Spicy Roasted Cauliflower
Cauliflower is a bit of a blank canvas and is great for roasting, especially when topped with fragrant spices. Adjust the seasonings to fit your tastes and make this spicy roasted cauliflower your own.
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Stir-Fried Spinach With Garlic
Greens are always a healthy addition to any meal, but they don't have to be boring. Stir-fried spinach with garlic has a mild Asian-style flavor with a touch of chili paste and sesame oil. Serve it alongside a tofu main dish, beef, or pork.
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Oven-Roasted Patty Pan Squash With Shallots and Herbs
Patty pan squash—the little UFO-shaped variety of summer squash—are naturally sweet and tender. A quick and easy way to enjoy them is to roast in the oven with shallots and fresh thyme. The pretty squashes make for a nice presentation as part of a dinner spread.
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Cauliflower Cheese Bread
Cauliflower is an extremely versatile ingredient. It can be made into pizza crust, "rice," and even mashed like potatoes. Here, the cruciferous vegetable is miraculously turned into low-carb cheese bread. Serve it at your next gathering with marinara on the side for dipping.Continue to 13 of 18 below.
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Air Fryer Brussels Sprouts
The air fryer is the key to crispy veggies without the calories of deep-frying. Brussels sprouts are perfect candidates. They cook up tender and crisp, and a simple sweet and spicy dressing takes them over the top.
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Easy Cabbage With Leeks
A quick cabbage and leek sauté is a nice option for weeknight meals. Add additional ingredients like chopped apple or crispy, chopped bacon or keep it simple with a sprinkling of caraway seeds.
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Instant Pot Artichokes With Lemon-Garlic Aioli
Pressure cookers are excellent at steam cooking and they are a foolproof way to cook artichokes. Serve the tender vegetables as an appetizer or side dish with the lemon-garlic aioli for dipping.
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Grilled Zucchini and Summer Squash
If you're already firing up the grill for a main dish like whole grilled fish, toss on some fresh zucchini and summer squash at the end. The grill adds a smoky flavor and cooks the tender veggies just enough. Add a drizzle of balsamic vinegar or a dollop of pesto for a zap of flavor.Continue to 17 of 18 below.
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Fennel Avocado Salad
Fresh, crunchy fennel pairs perfectly with creamy, ripe avocado in this salad. A little red onion and lemon juice add brightness. Serve fennel avocado salad as an alternative to coleslaw or as a side dish for fish or chicken.
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Chinese Stir-Fried Baby Bok Choy
Bok choy is a low-carb green vegetable that cooks up quickly and pairs nicely with fresh ginger and soy sauce. It's easy to toss other veggies into this stir-fry, like thin-sliced red pepper, bamboo shoots, or water chestnuts.