If you are looking for a quick, easy, one pot meal, then pull out your Dutch oven because that is where your dinner solution lies! If you are following a low carb diet, don’t worry! There are plenty of low carb things you can make in your Dutch oven as well. Thankfully, low carb Dutch oven recipes are just as easy and just as delicious as any other Dutch oven recipe but with the bonus of being healthy and diet friendly. So seriously, go get your Dutch oven out now! We have grabbed our favorite top ten low carb dutch oven creations here for you to try- you are going to love all of them, we swear!
If you own a Dutch oven and have never used it or aren’t quite sure what at Dutch oven is, let’s take a look at this awesome piece of kitchen equipment. Dutch ovens are essentially a pot with a cover. The material of a Dutch oven has to be oven safe (not plastic here!) as part of the cooking process involves time in the oven. What is the cooking process, you may be wondering? The majority of the time, the food you are making begins on the stove top. You will use the Dutch oven pot to brown onions, sear meat or start broths. Once all the ingredients are in the pot, the cover goes on and the pot goes into a pre heated oven. Seems simple enough! And it is simple and also an amazing way of cooking, especially for low carb recipes.
Dutch ovens make delicious slow cooked meals in no time. Thanks to the covered pot and oven method, there is very little active time spent when making recipes in a Dutch oven. Think chicken that falls off the bone, tender pot roasts and soft, juicy vegetables…yum! Cooking in a Dutch oven is simple as you can sauté some veggies, add meats, toss in some broth, and then continue to cook on the stove top or move the whole pot into the oven- so versatile!
So now it is time to take a look at the best low carb Dutch oven meals and start making some awesome, flavorful dishes. These recipes have been hand picked to be the most delicious out there that we have found. After you take a look at all of them, you may have a tough time deciding when to make first. The solution is easy- start with number one and make all of them! Time to get cooking!
10 Best Ways to Make Your Own Low-carb Dutch Oven Meals
To add to the magic of the Dutch oven, it can also facilitate many low carb meals! That is why you are here on this page anyway, low carb is your thing! When you think of a Dutch oven, you may imagine meals loaded with carbs (noodles casseroles come to my mind almost immediately…). Many traditional Dutch oven recipe are made this way which is why all those carbs come to mind- it is classic Dutch oven. But that is just not the case. Many healthy dishes will taste great when cooked in one pot and left to slowly marinate. Let those flavors mingle- the longer the better!
So pull out that Dutch oven, get your pot holders ready (those pots can get hot!) and pick a recipe to try…why not just start with number one and move down the list? Sounds like a great plan!
1. Dutch Oven Roasted Chicken
Detailed recipe and credit- www.mypcoskitchen.com
If you’re looking for a super simple, low carb chicken recipe, look no further! This delicious recipe for dutch oven roasted chicken will be your new go to easy dinner. With a few seasonings, a ton of veggies and a whole chicken, your entire meal will be made in one pot. Of course we all like one pot dinners but you know what else is great about this recipe? It only takes about ten minutes to put together. Seriously! You can have a whole low carb, healthy meal cooking for you within ten minutes. Time is not an issue when you are cooking this recipe, that’s for sure.
Let’s add one more amazing fact; this chicken is healthy! Cabbage, carrots, and chicken makes for a low carb, Dutch oven win! The seasonings brighten up the meal and keep it from being too basic. What is especially great is that you will have a complete meal when you are done. Meat and veggies all in one! No need to run around making extra side dishes when you can make everything inside one pot. Getting excited about using you Dutch oven yet? Well, you can stop right here and start making this amazing meal or you can keep on reading and find all the other tasty dishes you can prepare that are all just as good and also low carb.
2. Pot Roast With Vegetables and Gravy
Detailed recipe and credit- https://www.lowcarbmaven.com
Mmmm pot roast. There really is nothing I’d rather eat on a cold winter day. But is is diet friendly? Is pot roast low carb? And how can you make it easily while maintaining that necessary, amazing, slow cooked taste? This recipe will help you with all of that!
This awesome Dutch oven meal is sure to fill you up with just a few bites which means it is hearty enough to enjoy in the winter and makes an amazing, complete meal. Tender, slow cooked beef is paired with health, tasty veggies like carrots, pearl onion and celery- all low carb for sure! A few potatoes are added in but feel free to omit them to make this recipe have even less carbohydrates, it will still be mouth wateringly delicious. If you do want to skip the potatoes completely for a full, no carb meal, just add extra veggies. You can never have enough carrots and a few pieces of chopped up broccoli would also be a great addition. See, no carbs needed at all!
Another perk of this recipe? Your whole house will smell amazing as the pot roast cooks in the oven. It is like an amazing air freshener that will make you drool in anticipation for your meal! You just won’t be able to resist! Luckily, you won’t have to wait too long before you can eat. Just when your house starts to smell rich and you can’t take the waiting any longer, the pot roast will be done and ready for your to indulge. This recipe is a low carb win for sure.
3. Zuppa Toscana Soup
Detailed recipe and credit- www.tableandachair.com
Traditional Zuppa Toscana is an Italian soup loaded with potatoes- definitely not low carb. If you have been craving this soup but trying to stick to your low carb diet, don’t fret anymore, the solution is here! Skip those potatoes and opt for turnips. Problem, solved. Now, add some kale, sausage, onions, garlic and a few other herbs and you are ready to go! Using a Dutch oven will help your soup be ready in no time. A low carb, Italian meal? Who knew it was so simple?!?
4. Slow Cooked Salsa Verde Chicken
Detailed recipe and credit- www.lowcarbyum.com
Unlike regular salsa which are made with red tomatoes, salsa verde is made from green tomatillos and jalapenos- all ingredients which make it, well, green! By slow cooking chicken breast in a Dutch oven, tossed with salsa verde, you will get a moist, tender meat that is infused with tons of flavor. Cooking in that amazing green sauce permeates the chicken and makes it fall apart and blend into the sauce itself. But what to do with this juicy chicken after it has cooked? Stuff it in a lettuce wrap, serve it atop a pile of zucchini noodles or just eat it plain! That melt in your mouth, Mexican style chicken will go with just about anything. Maybe even toss it inside an omelette and eat it for breakfast! This dish is so full of flavor and so versatile that you will be making it all the time.
5. Low Carb Chili
Detailed recipe and credit- www.kitchme.com
One pot cooking means only one dish to pull out of the pantry, one dish to manage while you cook and (my favorite) only one dish clean up. One of the best low carb things that you can make in that one dish is this chili recipe. While the ingredient list is long, the process is simple.Everything is basically thrown into your Dutch oven, mixed a little bit and then cooked. Seems simple enough. A little beef, a ton of spice and a few veggies for good luck and this chili will practically make itself. Find some good low carb bread to dunk in this chili and you will be in low carb heaven. No bread? Don’t worry, this chili is amazing on its own! Keep this recipe in your back pocket, ready for the next time that you need a little bit of flavor quickly.
6. White Chicken Lasagna
Detailed recipe and credit- www.mrscriddleskitchen.com
Low carb and gluten free? How is this lasagna even possible? With the help of a dutch oven of course! First the chicken breasts are cooked in the dutch oven solo and then shredded into nice, small bites of chicken. Then comes the garlic and the spinach and the cheese. And then more cheese. And maybe a little more cheese. More? Sure, why not. Mozzarella, Parmesan and cottage cheese are what make this recipe as amazing as it is. Doesn’t cheese cure all? It definitely does in this case! So grab that dutch oven, get your cheeses ready and whip up this one pot meal for dinner tonight! This is the perfect cure for any low carb dieters who are missing traditional lasagna. One bit of this dish and you will forget that noodles were ever even a part of lasagna!
7. Puff Pancakes
Detailed recipe and credit- www.bakingoutsidethebox.com
You may be thinking, what is a puff pancake? Well, it is a super fluffy, super easy way to make a low carb breakfast. Simple recipes are also the best kind of breakfast recipes as mornings can be rough. You’re tired, you’re in a rush and you’re most likely hungry in the morning. Reach for this recipe and your morning will be made. You will have breakfast ready in no time and it will be one that also sticks to your low carb diet- start the morning off on the right foot!
Let me explain how simple this recipe really is. All of the ingredients go into the blender and then are poured into a dutch oven. You don’t even have to use the muscles to mix- th e blender does it for you! Talk about easy! The puff pancakes are baked and then you are ready to eat. It will probably take you longer to make coffee than these pancakes!
8. Jamaican Jerk Pot Roast
Detailed recipe and credit- www.ibreatheimhungry.com
Frequently, eating low carb can mean eating a lot of meat and this can get boring and bland. Spice things up with Jamaican Jerk Chicken! Jerk seasoning is a hot blend of herbs and spices that are typically used as a dry rub on meats. You can usually find jerk seasoning in any grocery store or you can mix your own up pretty easily. As with most seasoning, it is typically low carb so you don’t have to worry there!
The seasoning is going to give your pot roast most of its flavor so don’t skimp! A little olive oil and beef stock and your Jamaican jerk pot roast is ready to go in the oven. Open that dutch oven a few hours later and you will have some of the most flavorful meat around! While this meat is cooking, your house is going to smell simply delicious (one of the great things about slow cooking anything in a Dutch oven!) so you will be so ready to eat by the time this dish is done.
9. BBQ Ribs
Detailed recipe and credit- www.jaysbakingmecrazy.com
Grilled meat without a grill? Now how is that possible? It doesn’t need to be outdoor grilling season to make flavorful ribs. All you need is a Dutch oven!This low carb recipe creates sweet and spicy barbecue ribs that will fall off the bone and (hopefully) right into your mouth. The sticky sauce clings to the ribs and you will be looking for a spoon to scoop more sauce directly into your mouth. All of this goodness is still low carb, still cooked in one pot and still can be made in a matter of minutes. Ribs don’t have to be made on the grill and barbecue doesn’t have to be loaded with sugar carbs. This amazing recipe proves both of those points!
10. Peach Cobbler
Detailed recipe and credit- www.diabeticconnect.com
We absolutely have to have a dutch oven dessert on our list and this peach cobbler takes the cake (dessert pun intended!). With no added sugar and no refined wheat, this cobbler is make quickly and will also be eaten extremely quickly. Nectarines, peaches and (surprise!) pineapple and poured into a dutch oven and then cake mix is whisked in with the other standard cobble ingredients like cinnamon and vanilla. A quick trip in the oven and dessert is ready! Serve this cobbler straight out of the dutch oven for a beautiful, rustic way of presenting this dessert-no fancy platters needed here!