If you’re new to the Low Carb Way of Eating and not sure how you’ll manage without some of your favourite carbohydrates, here are some great ideas for low carb alternatives to popular carb dishes and sides.
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Swap Shells & Wraps for Crispy Leaves
After all, wraps and tacos are really all about the fillings aren’t they? Try out this yummy recipe for Cilantro-Lime Turkey Taco Lettuce Wraps.
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Swap Burger Buns for Portobello Mushrooms
A burger without a bun can look a bit sad – but help is at hand! Swap your burger bun for grilled Portobello mushroom caps for a low carb and low calorie alternative. Try this home-made Portobello Turkey Burger recipe to keep it real (food) too.
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Swap Chips or Fries for Butternut Squash Fries
These quick and simple to make Baked Butternut Squash Fries are a suitably crunchy and tasty – not to mention nutritious – replacement for the classic carby side of fries or chips.
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Swap Rice for Cauliflower ‘Rice’
There are so many ways to use cauliflower in your cooking as a low carb substitute, but Simply Cauliflower Rice is one of our favourites – and so adaptable. Eat it fried or raw with herbs, spices and added veg to make this rice replacement the star of the show!
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Swap Noodles for Japanese Shirataki Noodles
This swap is just amazing, if an acquired taste (or should we say texture?). Shirataki noodles are made from the konjac root and are not only low carb but also contain almost no calories and are free from gluten, fat and cholesterol as well. They absorb the flavour of whatever they are cooked in, so try this Shrimp With Bok Choy, Sriracha and Shirataki Noodles recipe for lots of authentic Asian flavour.
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Swap Lasagne Sheets for Thinly Sliced Courgette or Aubergine
We love this brilliant replacement for the pasta in lasagne – the texture is very similar but with the added bonus of bringing extra vegetables to the dish and making it low carb. This recipe for Delicious Zucchini Lasagne is great, but you could equally use your favourite lasagne recipe and swap out the pasta for thinly sliced courgette (zucchini) or aubergine (eggplant).