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Top 10 Popular No Carb Diet Recipes for Picky Eaters

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The diet we consume contains macronutrients and micronutrients. Macronutrients include carbohydrates, fats, and proteins, while micronutrients consist of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, etc. The no carb diet eliminates foods that contain carbohydrates, especially foods containing refined flour and sugar. A no carb diet is a boon for those looking to lose weight and manage certain health conditions such as diabetes.

Eliminating a macro-nutrient from your diet completely must always be discussed with your doctor, as this diet may not be suitable for everyone. Embracing the no carb diet requires a conviction, and staying true to it requires a lifestyle change. 

What Are Carbs?

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Carbohydrates are one of the essential macro-nutrients that the body requires for optimum functioning. Carbohydrates cannot be synthesized by the body on its own and need to be obtained from food sources. Carbohydrates are a source of energy for the body and include simple as well as complex carbohydrates. Simple carbohydrates include sugars such as honey, table sugar, and high-fructose corn syrup. Complex carbs include starches found in bread, pasta, rice, and potatoes and dietary fiber obtained from fruits and vegetables, nuts, and whole grains.

Simple and complex carbohydrates provide quick energy for your body; simple carbs are digested quickly and absorbed more quickly than complex carbs. Simple carbs can lead to spikes in blood sugar levels, causing frequent hunger pangs and cravings, while complex carbs keep you satiated for longer, providing sustained energy.

The Benefits of a Low-Carb Diet

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Healthy Weight Loss

A no carb diet is the most effective way to kick-start your weight loss journey. If you’re struggling to lose belly fat, this diet plan can help you trim inches from your abdominal area. Losing belly fat is associated with reduced risk of heart disease and type 2 diabetes.

Reduced Triglyceride Levels

Excess triglycerides lead to clogged arteries and increase your risk of stroke. By cutting carbs, you will be able to reduce triglyceride levels, while elevating your good cholesterol or HDL levels.

Improved Blood Sugar and Insulin Levels

Cutting carbs is the best way to reduce insulin levels and manage type 2 diabetes. Following a no carb diet will prevent sugar spikes, reducing your body’s need to produce high levels of insulin to counter high blood sugar levels.

10 Popular No Carb Diet Recipes for Picky Eaters

Delicious no carb recipes will make the no carb diet a sustainable and long-term plan for you, helping you reap the best benefits of this no-carb diet such as weight loss, controlled blood sugar and cholesterol levels, and more. Below, we mentioned our 10 popular no carb recipes, which even picky eaters will love.

Meatball Casserole

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Ingredients

  • 2½ – 3 lb. ground beef
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • ½ cup rolled oats (use gluten-free if necessary)
  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon each minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 3 cups prepared marinara sauce
  • Shredded mozzarella cheese

Procedure

  1. Mix all ingredients and knead together in a large mixing bowl. Form into golf ball-sized meatballs and arrange on a greased baking tray.
  2. Pour marinara sauce over the meatballs and top with shredded mozzarella cheese. Bake at 350 Fahrenheit for 30 minutes.

Pizza Casserole

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Ingredients

  • 1 can pizza sauce
  • 5 links uncooked spicy Italian sausage
  • 4-5 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • Salt and fresh-ground pepper to taste
  • 8-12 oz. fresh mushrooms washed and cut into thick slices
  • 1 1/2 cups grated Mozzarella cheese
  • 15 slices pepperoni, cut in half

Procedure

  1. Heat olive oil in a large skillet, squeeze the sausage out of the casing and cook until it’s nicely browned, mashing it as it cooks. Arrange the cooked sausage on the bottom of a greased pan.
  2. Heat some more olive oil in a large pan, add the sliced mushrooms, and cook for 2-3 minutes.
  3. Pour half the pizza sauce over the cooked sausage layer. Top with the cooked mushrooms. Layer the sliced pepperoni over the mushroom layer and top with the remaining pizza sauce. Add shredded mozzarella cheese and bake in a pre-heated oven for 25 minutes at 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Bruschetta Chicken

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Ingredients

  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts halved horizontally to make 4 fillets
  • 3 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • 4 tomatoes finely chopped
  • 1/4 red onion finely chopped
  • 4 tablespoons shredded fresh basil
  • ½ cup parmesan cheese
  • 1-2 teaspoons balsamic glaze

Procedure

  1. Season chicken breasts with Italian seasoning, garlic, and salt.
  2. Heat oil in a grill pan, and sear chicken breasts until browned on both sides and cooked completely. Allow cooked chicken breasts to rest.
  3. In a bowl, combine chopped tomatoes, red onion, basil, olive oil, and salt in a bowl. Top each chicken breast with the tomato mixture and parmesan cheese.
  4. Pour a few spoons of balsamic glaze over the prepared chicken and serve immediately.

No-Carb Taco Casserole

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Ingredients

  • 1.5 – 2 lb ground turkey or beef
  • 2-3 teaspoons oil
  • ½ red onion minced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 tablespoons taco seasoning
  • 1 cup salsa
  • 8 oz shredded cheddar cheese

Procedure

  1. Heat oil in a skillet, saute the chopped onions and minced garlic, add the minced meat and cook through. Add the taco seasoning and mix well.
  2. Place the prepared meat mix at the bottom of a baking tray. Top with salsa and then add the grated cheddar cheese.
  3. Bake in a pre-heated oven for 10-15 minutes till the cheese melts.

Chicken Lettuce Wraps

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Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pound ground chicken
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • 1 red onion chopped finely
  • 2 scallions chopped finely
  • 1 head butter lettuce
  • Salt to taste
  • 1/4 cup hoisin sauce
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger
  • 1 tablespoon Sriracha

Procedure

  1. Heat olive oil in a skillet, saute the onions until they turn translucent, add ground chicken and cook until browned.
  2. Add the minced garlic, chopped red onion, hoisin sauce, soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, ginger, and Sriracha.
  3. Garnish with chopped green onions.
  4. Spoon the chicken mixture into the center of a lettuce leaf and serve immediately, like a taco.

No-Carb Breakfast Burrito

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Ingredients

  • 2 eggs
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoon butter
  • 2 tablespoon chipotle mayonnaise
  • 1 cup chopped romaine lettuce
  • 1 tomato sliced
  • 4 bacon strips, cooked crisp
  • 1/2 avocado, sliced

Procedure

  1. Whisk the eggs with salt and pepper.
  2. Melt butter in a pan and cover the base of the pan evenly with the egg mixture.
  3. Cover the pan and cook for about a minute.
  4. After a minute or two, move egg crepe and, flip it over with a spatula.
  5. Spread the chipotle mayonnaise on the prepared crepe. Top with lettuce, tomato, bacon, and avocado.
  6. Roll and enjoy your no-carb burrito.

Herb Balsamic Chicken

Balsamic Chicken
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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh basil
  • 2 teaspoons grated lemon peel
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • Salt to taste
  • Crushed red chili flakes as per taste
  • 1-2 lb. boneless, skinless chicken thighs

Procedure

  1. In a bowl, whisk together all ingredients except chicken. Add the chicken and allow it to marinate in the vinegar mix for 30 minutes.
  2. Grill chicken in preheated oven for 20 minutes and broil on each side for 2-3 minutes until the chicken turns brown on both sides.

Shrimp Avocado Salad

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Ingredients

  • 1 pound peeled and deveined cooked shrimp, coarsely chopped
  • 2 tomatoes, chopped
  • 2 scallions, chopped
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped red onion
  • 1 jalapeno, minced
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh cilantro
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon taco or Mexican seasoning
  • 3 ripe avocados, peeled and cubed

Procedure

  1. Place the first six ingredients in a large bowl. Prepare the dressing for the salad by mixing lime juice, olive oil, Mexican seasoning, and salt.
  2. Pour the seasoning over the shrimp mix and refrigerate for an hour. Top with cubed avocados when serving.

Cilantro Lime Shrimp

Lime Shrimp
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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons grated lime zest
  • 1/2 cup lime juice
  • 1 jalapeno, minced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • Salt to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 pound uncooked shrimp, peeled and deveined

Procedure

  1. Mix all the herbs and seasonings in a bowl, add the shrimp, and allow to stand for 30 minutes.
  2. Thread shrimp onto metal or soaked wooden skewers. Grill on a grill pan over medium heat until shrimps turn pink, 2-4 minutes per side.

Delicious Egg Salad

Egg Salad
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Ingredients

  • 10 hard-boiled large eggs
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 pound bacon strips, cooked and crumbled
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped pickled jalapeno peppers
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Procedure

  1. Place eggs in a large bowl; mash with a fork. Mix in all other ingredients and refrigerate until serving.


Conclusion

The no carb diet has many health benefits and is great for those looking to lose weight without depriving themselves of optimum nutrition. Deliciously crafted no carb recipes will help you stick to this diet for the long-term. 

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