Here are some low carb basic recipes for staples such as bread, noodles, rice, pizza, wraps, and more. Perfect for getting you started!
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Are you starting out on a low carb diet? I started eating this way in 2008, although I did stop for my pregnancy in 2010/2011, dabbled with an alternative point-scoring weight management system immediately afterwards, found that it didn't work for me at all, and came straight back to low carbing. I'm not a dietician; I'm just a regular mom who finds the low carb way of eating the ONLY sustainable way of keeping the weight off.
When you first start out there is SO MUCH that you miss, that it almost seems impossible. While I recommend a positive attitude and focusing on what you CAN eat, I thought it would be useful to provide a list of some basic recipes that will help you out at the start. There are many variations and alternatives for most of these, and you will find your way over time.
Where possible, I have provided a commercially produced alternative to buy as well as a recipe – not everyone has all the time in the world! Any questions, please leave a comment at the end!
Low Carb Basic Recipes for Beginners
Low Carb Bread
The classic low carb alternative is cloud bread, also known as oopsie rolls.
They are great for burgers and snacks!! If you prefer something more traditional, try this bread recipe from Low Carb Yum which uses coconut flour and almond flour, or a SUPER quick 90 second bread – made in the microwave!
Low carb breads are easy to buy online – my favorites right now are Love the Taste Bread and any of the products from Great Low Carb Baking Co – both available from Netrition in a variety of flavors. You can even make Bread Pudding with it! Check out my full view of buying low carb bread!
Low Carb Pizza
The above pizza is made with FatHead dough which is super popular with low carbers!
Low Carb Waffles, Pancakes and more
One option is to buy some low carb baking mix like this product from Bob’s Red Mill. But for some people (especially those on keto) the carb count may still be too high. I prefer to use an almond flour base and work from there. Try my low carb almond pancakes, my low carb fluffy pancakes, or my low carb chocolate waffles!
Low Carb Wraps
Although you can make your own low carb tortillas, I actually find them quite easy to buy in supermarkets and online. However, I do have a full review of low carb tortillas, and my current favorite is the 3g net carbs tortillas from Mission. I do love egg wraps, though, and of course there's always lettuce leaves – so easy and tasty!!!
Low Carb Noodles
Spaghetti squash is another great noodle alternative and it is very versatile. In fact there are so many options that I wrote a whole article on low carb spaghetti alternatives!
I’m also a huge fan of Miracle Noodles who make all kinds of shirataki pasta and noodles – and most of their products are zero carb! Personally I stay clear of popular brands of low carb dried pasta – they look good but they have a manufacturing process that protects the carb from being digested, rather than being made from low carb ingredients. And that sounds kind of suspicious to me.
That being said, I do like the pasta from Great Low Carb Baking Co – you can read my thoughts with this low carb pasta with vodka sauce and chicken recipe.
Low Carb Chips
Making your own Homemade Tortilla Chips is SO easy! Follow these simple instructions to make sure you never go without a low carb snack ever again!
Low Carb Rice
There are, of course many low carb alternatives and substitutions for all kinds of food. I've covered some of the basic savory options above, but I do just want to mention one more.
Low Carb Sweeteners
There are SO MANY sweeteners out there, it is a complete minefield. I'd like to refer you to this excellent article from Low Carb Maven who compares them all for you. If you've got any sort of sweet tooth at all, finding the right low carb sweetener is absolutely essential!
Personally I mostly use Lakanto or Swerve for baking and desserts. Special offer! Get 20% off everything in the Lakanto store with coupon code SAFTC! If I’m making drinks or sauces then I’ll use my homemade simple syrup or Da Vinci Sweetening Syrup – both are zero carb. Sweeteners are probably the most controversial aspect of following a low carb diet!
Update – there's also now brown Swerve available! Perfect for low carb baking!
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