12 recipes for low-carb versions of your favorite comfort foods
A low-carb or ketogenic (low carb, high fat, moderate protein) diet may help you lose weight, reduce inflammation, regulate blood sugar and more. But giving up ingredients such as flour and sugar as well as favorite foods like bread and potatoes can be difficult.
However, there is no need to feel deprived while eating healthy. With a few strategic swaps and a bit of creativity, you can still whip up many of your favorite comfort foods—minus all the carbs.
Whether you are longing for something savory or sweet for breakfast, dinner or even dessert, you can likely find a low-carb recipe that fits the bill. Check out this collection of yummy low-carb recipes that will curb your cravings, without blowing your diet.
1. Biscuits And Gravy
Start your day with fluffy homemade biscuits smothered in creamy gravy. Egg whites and almond flour give the biscuits their doughy texture, while cream cheese and browned sausage help make the gravy taste heavenly. Get the recipe from Simply Keto.
How about a fluffy stack of flapjacks? Coconut flour lowers the carb count, so all you need to do is top with sugar-free syrup and dig in. Get the recipe from Low Carb Yum.
So-called “fat-head” pizza, has taken the internet by storm. The pizza crust has a chewy, bread-like mouth-feel, but it’s made with cheese, cream cheese and almond flour, making it much lower in carbohydrates than traditional pizza. Bonus: You can use the dough to make crackers, sausage rolls and more! Get the recipe from Ditch the Carbs.
4. Chicken Pot Pie
Dollops of coconut flour batter atop a savory, buttery chicken-and-veggie filling create this satisfying mainstay—but with a fraction of the carbs. Get the recipe from Kasey Trenum.
5. Loaded “Fauxtato” Casserole
Missing velvety mashed potatoes? You will feel like you’re cheating with this low-carb alternative. The cauliflower casserole is loaded with cheese, bacon, sour cream and chives. Get the recipe from Dear Crissy.
6. Cauli-“Mac” And Cheese
Cauliflower takes center stage once more in this divine macaroni-and-cheese alternative. Bacon adds a bit of extra flavor and pork rinds create the crunchy topping of traditional baked mac and cheese. Get the recipe from Keto Connect.
7. Shepherd’s Pie
A hearty meal that is ideal for guests or a cozy night in, this dish is everything a comforting main course should be: rich, flavorful and totally satisfying. Potatoes are replaced by—you guessed it—cauliflower for a low-carb twist on the classic dish. Get the recipe from My PCOS Kitchen.
8. Broccoli Cheese Soup
Tuck into a thick, warm, hearty bowl of soup on a brisk day without loading up on carbs. This five-ingredient dish is easy to make, as well. Get the recipe from Wholesome Yum.
9. Spaghetti And Meatballs
You don’t have to forgo Italian food when you replace pasta with a low-carb alternative. Stringy spaghetti squash is the perfect swap for al dente noodles. Get the recipe from Caveman Keto.
10. Fried Chicken
Breaded chicken that’s low carb? When you coat the meat in pork rinds and Parmesan it is crunchy and keto-friendly. Get the recipe at Ruled.Me.
11. Ice Cream
Sometimes you want nothing more than a pint of Ben and Jerry’s and a spoon. Make a sweet substitute, sans sugar, using a mason jar. Get the recipe from Peace, Love and Low Carb.
12. Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Bars
This dessert offers comforting decadence without the guilt. Low-carb cheesecake layered between grain- and sugar-free cookie dough? Yes, please! Get the recipe from All Day I Dream About Food.
With so many indulgent options, you can maintain your low-carb way of eating—and feel totally satisfied at the same time!