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10+ High Protein Low-Carb Dinner Ideas That Are Actually Fantastic (2020)

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The last time I went on a low-carb diet, I wanted to gnaw my fingers off.

No, seriously: My simple mind interpreted “low-carb diet” as “Delete all the joy from your diet and pretend to enjoy dry chicken and celery for the rest of your life.” It was torture. I found myself eating pieces of unseasoned chicken with one hand and using the other to Google photos of bacon macaroni and cheese—and I’m not even one of those Cheese People! It’s just that anything sounded better than the sad version of the Paleo diet I was subjecting myself to.

I was eating my 19th celery stick when I thought, Am I in hell? Once I realized I was alive and kicking, I determined to find better choices other than my grilled-chicken and dry-veggie aesthetic. I couldn’t live like that anymore.

And voilà: I discovered that delicious, healthy options actually do exist. My Googling journey led me to 12 low-carb dinner options that stick a fork in my grilled-chicken nightmare for good. And I’m here to pass on the finds:

1. Pork Medallions and Creamy Rosemary Mushrooms

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The pork will fill you up, and the mushroom side gives everything an extra kick.

2. Asian Beef Pot Roast

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The ginger and orange zest put a new twist on a classic. Plus, it’s gluten-free!

 

3. Mediterranean Zucchini Noodle Pasta

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Zoodles are so hot right now—and this is a vegetarian low-carb meal. Garlic, black pepper, and Parmesan cheese really give this dinner a flavor kick.

 

4. Chicken Bacon Chowder

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Yes, my friends, even bacon can be part of a balanced diet.

5. Prosciutto-Wrapped Whole Roasted Beef Tenderloin

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As a modern-day caveman, I wholly approve of this dish. 

6. Creamy Turkey Taco Soup

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Mexican cuisine lovers will enjoy this spicy take on the warm Sunday-soup tradition.

 

7. Spicy Shrimp Roll

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For all your sushi night needs—no rice required.

8. Thai Shrimp Lettuce Wraps

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Shrimp taco lovers, take note—this Thai twist is what dreams are made of. To make it extra healthy—because why the hell not?—ditch the mayo, and sub Greek yogurt for even more protein.

9. Blue Crabs With Chipotle and Lime Brown Butter Sauce

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Seafood is a tried-and-true low-carb staple, so the chipotle flair of this particular recipe makes everything feel (and taste) fresh.

10. Spicy Sriracha Shrimp Salad

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I hate salad with a burning hot passion, but I’d eat this any day of the week.

 

11. Cajun Salmon Burgers With Avocado Crema

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What are you serving at your next weekend BBQ? Healthy avocado realness, that’s what!

12. Salsa Chicken

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OK, guys, I caved and included a pure chicken recipe. But it has salsa! Game. Changer.

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