31. Chicken & Zucchini Poppers
These little nuggets of deliciousness are the perfect solution when you want something that feels a little naughty but is actually healthy. They’re reminiscent of the bread-encrusted fried goodies you typically find on the appetizer section of the menu but are good for those who need some low-carb lunch ideas. Dip the poppers in guacamole, salsa, or even ranch dressing.
32. Cauliflower “Cous Cous” with Leeks and Sun-Dried Tomatoes
The humble cauliflower has stood in for rice and potatoes and you’ll now see that it also works as a faux couscous. The key to getting this right is to pulse the cauliflower in your food processor until it’s just the right consistency. For couscous, it should be pretty small but not pureed until smooth. The combination of leeks, garlic and sun dried tomatoes makes this an incredibly flavorful lunch without carbs.
33. Low-Carb Chicken Salad
Use shredded chicken to make this subtle, yet delicious comfort food. Like tuna salad, a chicken salad can go well with just about anything. Toss it on a bed of salad greens, wrap it up for a sandwich or simply eat it on its own. Save time by using a can of pre-shredded chicken or use diced chicken if you want something that has a bit more texture.
34. Courgette Fries and the Perfect Dippy Egg
What’s a courgette? It’s just another word for zucchini and if you’ve been missing out on French fries while following the low-carb lifestyle, you’re in for a treat. Since these zucchini slices are dipped in egg and Parmesan cheese before baking, they get the perfect amount of flavor and crunchiness. Dipping them into a soft-boiled egg creates a unique flavor but you can opt for other dips if you’re turned off by runny eggs (however, give them a try- you may be surprised!).
35. Zucchini Shrimp Scampi
Shrimp scampi may have been one of your favorite restaurant foods in the past but if you’re looking for low-carb lunch ideas, you may have taken it off your list.Time to write it back on! Shrimp scampi is usually served on top of a bed of pasta, but this recipe uses spiralized zucchini in place of the pasta for a healthy low-carb meal.
36. Creamy Greek Zucchini Patties
What makes these zucchini patties different from any other veggie patties you’ve tried in the past? It’s the feta cheese blended into the mix. This creates an unexpected creaminess to the patties that will make it hard for you to stick to a single serving. Fortunately, you don’t have to stop when you’re focusing on eating low-carb foods like this. Have another bite and rest assured that you are eating a healthy, low carb dish.
37. Spaghetti Squash and Meatballs
Spaghetti squash gives you a no-carb version of pasta and it’s the perfect choice for those who aren’t quite ready to invest in a spiralizer for creating other types of veggie pastas. What’s particularly fun about this no carb lunch idea is that it uses the squash itself as a bowl. Simply add the meatballs and sauce to the inside of the cooked spaghetti squash, top with mozzarella, and you have a delicious and filling meal. Be sure to scrape the bowl clean!
38. Zucchini Noodles with Sun Dried Tomato Cream Sauce
When it comes to faux pasta dishes made with zucchini noodles, it’s really the sauce that makes the meal. The sun-dried tomato cream sauce in this recipe is easy to make and takes the simple carb-free lunch to a whole new level. Luckily, there’s nothing wrong with heavy cream in the low-carb lifestyle because it’s the cream that makes this sauce so yummy. It’s best served fresh, however, if you want to take a serving to work with you the next day, just keep the zucchini noodles separate and add in the sauce right before you eat.
39. Zucchini Pizza Crust with Chipotle BBQ
The frittata-based pizza crust we showed earlier may give you a pizza-like experience but it’s still going to be a bit eggy. If you find yourself craving real pizza on a low-carb diet, give this version of zucchini pizza crust a try. It’s a sturdy crust that is made right in the oven (like a real pizza!) so you can easily eat your pizza with your hands. This particular recipe encourages you to step out of the pepperoni and cheese zone by using BBQ-themed toppings. Delicious.
40. Low-Carb Pecan Crusted Chicken
If you’re looking for a healthier, low carb version of fried chicken, you’ve come to the right place. Rather than using breading, this recipe calls for a crushed pecan coating on the outside. It’s then baked with a bit of cooking spray rather than deep fried. It’s shown here on a bed of steamed broccoli, but it definitely works well as a main dish alongside any of your favorites.