Carbs, if you're reading this, we want you to know that we like you. We really do. We love you, in fact. But, well. It's just that we can't get enough of you! We've had so much of you that our pants don't fit anymore. This isn't a healthy relationship. It can't go on like this, Carbs. Sorry buddy.
Carbs taste good. Nobody's saying otherwise, but too many carbs does have its consequences. So take a break from carbs. Put those potatoes back in the cabinet and leave the pasta on the shelf—make one of these delicious carb substitutes instead, and you'll be amazed at how easy it is to skip out on starch and grains!
15 Cauliflower Tortillas
Have you checked out Pinterest lately? There are some awesome enchilada casseroles and wraps that you should try. Don't let your low carb diet stop you! Substitute carb-laden flour and corn tortillas for these. They're made with cauliflower, if you can believe it, so they're way better for you than traditional tortillas.
14 Spaghetti Squash Chicken Alfredo
For longtime low-carbers, spaghetti squash is a godsend. It gives you the ability to eat pasta dishes, like spaghetti, casseroles, or this chicken alfredo, without actually eating pasta. What a remarkable vegetable!
13 Cauliflower Potato Salad
Summertime is staring us in the face. That means backyard barbecues and carb-heavy foods, like potato salad. You love potato salad—especially since you started cutting out carbs. You don't have to give it up, though. Just make this cauliflower potato salad instead.
12 Portobello Mushroom Burger Buns
You tossed out your hamburger buns the minute you started your low-carb diet. But now you'd kill for a hamburger, and you don't have anything to put your patty on. Fear not! Grab some sizeable portobello mushrooms, and you've got yourself a tasty low-carb alternative hamburger bun. So easy, and so much better for you.
11 Cauliflower Tater Tots
It's getting harder and harder to resist going to Sonic to get an order of tater tots. You know you'd kick yourself for binging on so many carbs, but you're just dying to eat something warm and starchy! Stick to your diet and satisfy your cravings for tater tots by following this healthy recipe. You'll be glad you did!
10 Paleo Zucchini Lasagna
Overall, lasagna is a pretty low-carb dish. There are hardly any carbs at all in the meat, cheese, tomato sauce, and vegetables that you'd put inside of the lasagna. It's the noodles that get you. Replace the pasta with low-carb zucchini "noodles." It's a simple switch that will save you from some extra carbs.
9 Creamy Garlic Cauliflower Rice
Obviously, rice is a no-no when you go low-carb. Maybe if you were really strict with your diet most of the time, you could have some on occasion, but what good is that when you want rice several times a week? What are you supposed to do? We'll tell you what you're supposed to do—you're supposed to make this creamy cauliflower rice that is so similar to rice, you won't believe that it isn't.
8 Lettuce Taco Shells
Tacos *sigh.* You can't have tacos on a low-carb diet. Those taco shells are just riddled with carbs. But you know, the contents of a taco are pretty low-carb. Meat, cheese, lettuce—yeah, you could have the taco filling! Now if only there were some kind of vessel you could use for the taco stuff. Hey, what about these lettuce taco shells?
7 Cauliflower Chowder
The day you found out you couldn't have potato chowder on your low-carb diet was the day part of you died inside. Revive that part of you by making this cauliflower chowder instead. It's every bit as good as carb-heavy potato soup, and it won't leave you feeling fat and guilty when you finish two or three bowlfuls.
6 Garlic Parmesan Zucchini Fries
Fries, why do you have to be made from potatoes!?! Why can't you be your delicious selves, but made out of some low-carb vegetable, like broccoli, or celery, or zucchini—hold up. These garlic Parmesan fries are made with zucchini? Oh. Well, guess that means you can have fries again. Cool!
5 Cauliflower Macaroni and Cheese
You've been on your low-carb diet for five minutes, and what happens? You get the most intense mac and cheese craving you have ever had in your life. What in the world can you do? On the one hand, you want a fit and healthy body. On the other hand, you need carbs smothered in cheese. Lucky for you , you don't have to choose! This cauliflower mac and cheese is a delicious compromise.
4 Jalapeño and Cheddar Cauliflower Cornbread
Low-carb means no bread . . . or does it? If you just can't make it without some warm, crusty bread, give this jalapeño cheddar cauliflower cornbread a shot. It's the perfect accompaniment to your favorite low-carb chili recipe, or even that Cauliflower chowder we just talked about.
3 Cheesy Zucchini and Yellow Squash Casserole
You won't miss baked potatoes or rice one bit when you make this cheesy yellow squash and zucchini casserole. It's light enough to be a side dish, yet hearty enough to keep you full. It's got a lot of cheese (a big check in the pros column) and if you add some ground beef or turkey, you've got yourself a healthy, low-carb meal.
2 Cauliflower Shepherd's Pie
You're a meat and potatoes kind of person. That's a good thing. But when you're a meat and potatoes kind of person and you're on a low carb diet? That's a bad thing. Well, it's a bad thing until you realize this shepherd's pie recipe substitutes cauliflower for potatoes, and there's absolutely no reason why you can't have some.
1 Margherita Mushroom Pizzas
No carbs means no pizza, right? Wrong! You don't have to stop eating that tomato-y, cheesy goodness just because you've given up carbs—satisfy your pizza cravings while staying in line with your low carb diet by making these margherita mushroom pizzas for dinner tonight.