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10 of the Best High-Protein & Low-Carb Recipes On the Internet

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10 of the Best High-Protein & Low-Carb Recipes On the Internet

If you want more protein and fewer carbs in your diet…and still enjoy it…then you want to try these recipes.

If you’re like, well, everyone, you have no problem eating plenty of fat and carbs.

They’re what cheat meal dreams are made of!

Unfortunately, though, a high-fat, high-carb diet doesn’t necessarily do our body composition any favors.

For that, we have to keep a close eye on our protein intake and make sure we’re eating enough to gain muscle and strength effectively.

And for many people, that’s easier said than done.

Sure, you could suck down protein shakes or tubs of tuna or cottage cheese every day…or not. There has to be a better way, right?

Absolutely, and these recipes are going to help.

As you’ll see, whether you’re meal planning, counting macros, or just trying to eat healthier, they’re going to give you delicious, easy-to-make, and “diet friendly” options for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Craving a juicy burger but want to skip the bun? Try the Bacon Mushroom Cheeseburger Lettuce Wraps.

Want pasta without all the carbs? You don’t want to miss the delicious Low-Carb Spaghetti Squash Lasagna.

You can even curb a pizza craving with the delicious Garlic Chicken Alfredo Waffle Pizza.

Enjoy!

Garlic Chicken Alfredo Waffle Pizza

garlic chicken alfredo waffle pizza Picture courtesy of Peace, Love & Low-Carb

When you’re following any special diet, it probably seems like waffles are off limits. But there’s more than one way to make a waffle batter.

This recipe uses coconut flour, eggs, and savory seasonings to turn the low-carb waffle into pizza crust. With over 70 grams of protein in a low-carb chicken pizza waffle, you’ll want to remember this creative recipe when you’re on a bulking diet.

Serves 4

Ingredients

Waffles:

3/4 cup coconut flour

1 tsp. Italian seasoning

1 tsp. onion powder

1/2 tsp. garlic powder

1/2 tsp. baking powder

1/2 tsp. sea salt

6 large eggs

1/4 cup butter, melted

1 1/2 cups unsweetened almond milk

1/2 cup (about 2 oz.) shredded Parmesan

Garlic Parmesan Cream Sauce:

3/4 cup heavy cream

3/4 cup (about 3 oz.) grated Parmesan

3 cloves garlic, minced

Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Pizza Toppings:

1 1/4 cups (about 5 oz.) shredded mozzarella

1 lb. boneless skinless chicken breast, cooked and cubed

10 strips thick-sliced bacon, cooked and crumbled

3 mushrooms, thinly sliced

Handful of red onion slices

2 chives, chopped

Nutrition Facts (per Serving)

Calories: 835

Protein: 71 grams

Net Carbs: 13 grams

Fat: 51 grams

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Low-Carb Cajun Jambalaya

low carb cajun jambalaya Picture courtesy of Fit Men Cook

Just because jambalaya goes great with rice, that doesn’t mean it’s the only way to enjoy it. This recipe uses riced cauliflower instead for a low-carb alternative.

And since jambalaya is packed with Cajun flavor, even when swapping smoked turkey sausage for the classic andouille, it won’t matter what plain side you’re serving it with. Everyone at the table will be too busy digging into the shrimp, chicken, and sausage to notice the low-carb cauliflower.

Serves 5

Ingredients

3 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 cup diced red onion

1 lb. boneless skinless chicken breast, cut into chunks

8 oz. smoked turkey sausage, cut into chunks

8 oz. jumbo raw shrimp, peeled and deveined

1 green bell pepper, diced

1 stalk celery, diced

1 cup cherry tomatoes, quartered

8 oz. no-salt-added tomato sauce

3 Tbsp. tomato paste

1 1/2 cups low-sodium chicken broth

2 bay leaves

2 cups raw cauliflower rice

Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

1 Tbsp. dried oregano

1 Tbsp. dried thyme

1 Tbsp. smoked paprika

1 tsp. cayenne pepper

Green onions, thinly sliced (optional garnish)

Nutrition Facts (per Serving)

Calories: 323

Protein: 34 grams

Carbs: 17 grams

Fat: 13 grams

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Tempeh Bread Sandwich

tempeh bread sandwich Picture courtesy of Margaret’s Dish

There are lots of specialty breads, but most of them won’t save you the carbs. So rather than making a sandwich with bread, you can use protein-packed tempeh. And better yet, it’s vegan.

This high-protein veggie sandwich is loaded with roasted peppers, guacamole, and greens. But you can use this tempeh bread trick with any of your favorite sandwich fillings.

Serves 2

Ingredients

1 block (8 oz.) tempeh

1/2 red bell pepper, roasted

4 Tbsp. guacamole

2 Tbsp. spicy mustard

Handful of spring greens

Nutrition Facts (per Serving)

Calories: 338

Protein: 25 grams

Carbs: 22 grams

Fat: 20 grams

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Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole

low carb cauliflower chicken cordon blue Picture courtesy of Homemade Interest

A lot of casseroles are high in carbs because they include pasta, rice, or potatoes. But this one is mostly meat, so it has 25 grams of protein per serving.

To make it taste like a stuffed chicken cordon bleu, the low-carb casserole has diced ham as well as chicken. And there’s the usual cheese and butter found in the original recipe, as well as chopped cauliflower to fill out the casserole without overloading on carbohydrates.

Serves 8

Ingredients

1 large head cauliflower

4 Tbsp. butter

2 1/2 cups heavy cream (or half-and-half)

4 Tbsp. Dijon mustard

2 cloves garlic

2 tsp. xanthan gum

1 egg yolk

1 cup (about 4 oz.) shredded gruyere

1 cup (about 4 oz.) grated Parmesan, divided

Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

1 1/2 cups cooked, cubed chicken breast (about 2/3 lb.)

1 1/2 cups diced ham

Nutrition Facts (per Serving)

Calories: 406

Protein: 25 grams

Carbs: 10 grams

Fat: 31 grams

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Garlic Parmesan-Crusted Salmon with Asparagus

garlic parmesan crusted salmon asparagus Picture courtesy of Julia’s Album

If you’re opting for a low-carb side dish like sautéed veggies, you may want to do more with your entrée than add simple seasoning.

This salmon is coated in garlic, olive oil, and Parmesan cheese. That combination won’t get crispy like panko, of course, but adds way more flavor.

Serves 4

Ingredients

4 salmon fillets (about 5 oz. each)

1 lb. asparagus, ends trimmed

Salt and freshly ground black pepper toasted

3 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil

6 cloves garlic, minced

1 cup (about 4 oz.) grated Parmesan

1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley

Nutrition Facts (per Serving)

Calories: 419

Protein: 43 grams

Carbs: 7 grams

Fat: 25 grams

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Low-Carb Spaghetti Squash Lasagna

spaghetti-squash Picture courtesy of Wicked Stuffed

This casserole is lasagna meets spaghetti and meatballs, and yet it’s almost all protein. Using spaghetti squash means you can enjoy the texture of pasta without tons of carbs.

Get more recipes in The Wicked Good Ketogenic Diet Cookbook: Easy, Whole Food Keto Recipes for Any Budget by Amanda C. Hughes, the blogger behind Wicked Stuffed.

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Serves 4

Ingredients

2 1/2 cups spaghetti squash, roasted

1 lb. 90% lean ground beef

1 cup (about 4 oz.) grated Parmesan

1 tsp. chili powder

1/2 tsp. dried oregano

1/2 tsp. dried basil

2 cloves garlic, minced

Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

1 large egg

3/4 jar (about 18 oz.) pasta sauce

1 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes

2 cups (about 8 oz.) shredded mozzarella cheese

Nutrition Facts (per Serving)

Calories: 657

Protein: 60 grams

Carbs: 26 grams

Fat: 34 grams

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Low-Sugar Maple BBQ Pulled Beef

bbq pulled beef Picture courtesy of Low-Sugar Mama

When you need a meal that’s pure protein, shredded meat is a go-to. Whether you choose beef, chicken, or pork, once it’s slow-cooked and shredded, the meat can be used as protein for a variety of meals.

Serve this barbecue pulled beef in lettuce wraps if you’d rather ditch the sandwich bun. It can also be added to salads, folded into an omelette, or used as a filling for casserole.

Serves 8

Ingredients

3 1/2 lbs. boneless beef chuck

4 cloves garlic, halved

1 tsp. salt

1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper

1 cup chopped onion

1 1/2 cups sugar-free ketchup

1/2 cup apple cider vinegar

1 tsp. maple extract

1 Tbsp. smoked paprika

1 Tbsp. regular paprika

1/4 cup Swerve sweetener

Nutrition Facts (per Serving)

Calories: 338

Protein: 39 grams

Carbs: 9 grams

Fat: 16 grams

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Bacon Mushroom Cheeseburger Lettuce Wraps

bacon mushroom lettuce wrap cheeseburger Picture courtesy of All Day I Dream About Food

Lowering carbs doesn’t mean you have to give up cheeseburgers. This one is served without a bun, but that’s the least exciting part of a burger anyway.

By putting lettuce on the outside instead of the middle, you can bite into a hefty, delicious burger – over 30 grams of protein – while netting a measly 2 grams of carbs per serving.

Serves 12

Ingredients

12 slices bacon

4 oz. mushrooms, sliced

1 1/2 lbs. 90% lean ground beef

1/2 tsp. salt

1/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper

1 cup (about 4 oz.) shredded cheddar

1 small head iceberg lettuce, leaves separated and washed

Nutrition Facts (per Serving)

Calories: 414

Protein: 32 grams

Carbs: 2 grams

Fat: 27 grams

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Turkey Marinara Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms

turkey marinara stuffed portobello mushrooms Picture courtesy of Wholesome Yum

Craving pasta on a low-carb diet? You may not be able to fit the real thing into your meal plan, but a smart use of marinara will be an awesome alternative.

By using a large mushroom cap, you can fill up on a low-carb, low-cal alternative to pasta or pizza crust. And the portobello also adds a savory flavor that will make this lean turkey taste more like beef.

Serves 5

Ingredients

4 jumbo Portobello mushroom caps

1 lb. ground turkey

1 cup shredded pepper jack cheese

1 1/2 cups marinara sauce

1/4 cup chopped fresh basil

2 cloves garlic, minced

Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Nutrition Facts (per Serving)

Calories: 336

Protein: 33 grams

Carbs: 8 grams

Fat: 19 grams

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Tomato Bun Tuna Melts

tomato bun tuna melt Picture courtesy of Delish

To turn a can of tuna into a delicious sandwich, you don’t even need bread. You can use fresh tomatoes to make a healthy tuna melt.

Slice a firm-yet-ripe tomato in half, and you can pile your tuna sandwich fillings in the middle. Melting cheese on top also roasts the tomato. Then you can stack it like a sandwich, or serve the tuna melt open-face with a fork and knife.

Serves 4

Ingredients

2 cans (6 oz. each) tuna, drained

1/4 red onion, finely chopped

1 Tbsp. chopped fresh parsley

1/4 cup mayonnaise

1 Tbsp. Dijon mustard

Juice of 1/2 lemon

Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

4 large tomatoes

2 cups (about 8 oz.) shredded cheddar

Nutrition Facts (per Serving)

Calories: 353

Protein: 38 grams

Carbs: 13 grams

Fat: 16 grams

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