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7 Sauces That Are Killing Your Diet — and 7 Healthy Homemade Substitutes That Won't

7 Sauces That Are Killing Your Diet — and 7 Healthy Homemade Substitutes That Won't


Sugary, salt-filled sauces aren’t doing your diet any favors

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7 Sauces That Are Killing Your Diet — and 7 Healthy Homemade Substitutes That Won't

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BBQ

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Hoisin

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Ever have moo shu pork? What about Peking duck? These recipes utilize Hoisin sauce, which can be described as the Chinese version of BBQ sauce. Hoisin is salty, dark, and sticky, and it makes for a great dipping sauce or meat glaze, but with most brands containing sugar as the first ingredient, it’s certainly not a sauce we suggest using often. Try making your own hoisin using soy sauce, a healthy brand of natural peanut butter (made from solely peanuts), honey, white-wine vinegar, sesame oil, garlic powder, hot sauce, and black pepper to cut down on sugar and add in some healthy fats.

Curious about how Peking duck is made? We’ll show you how it’s done here.

Horseradish Sauce

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On its own, horseradish contains few-to-no calories and can be somewhat beneficial to your overall health. When it’s made into a sauce, nutritional value is thrown out of the window. Horseradish sauce is often made by combining grated horseradish with sour cream or mayo, salt, and other seasonings. While horseradish sauce may taste great with prime rib, it (like many other sauces on this list) gets its agreeable flavor from being full of fats and sodium.

The solution? Top your best prime rib recipe with straight-up horseradish. Or, if you really can’t handle the pungency of plain horseradish, consider making a relatively healthy Green Horseradish Vinaigrette recipe that utilizes honey, mustard, olive oil, apple cider vinegar, and powdered greens.

Salsa

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Sofrito

Tartar Sauce

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The flavor of fish should speak for itself (just cook the whole damn thing and enjoy it without sauce, please), but, at some point in history, someone said, “I’m tired of healthy fish. Let’s deep fry it and dip it in a sauce that’s made of soybean oil, distilled vinegar, sweet pickles, corn syrup, egg yolk, high fructose corn syrup (one corn syrup is not enough!), and some other stuff.” With the inclusion of high fructose corn syrup, an add-in that many doctors consider poison, bottled tartar sauce is sugary. It’s also fatty.

If you really need sauce for your fish, try this four-ingredient Tangy Cucumber Sauce recipe, which only uses cucumber, watercress, yogurt, and mustard.

Thai Peanut Sauce

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The peanut sauce or gravy that is often served as part of a satay dish tastes good. It tastes so good that it can’t be healthy and, guess what? It’s not. With ingredients like peanut butter, full-fat coconut milk, peanuts, sugar or honey, soy sauce (an ingredient which can dehydrate you and can stain your teeth), and an oil, these sauces should be enjoyed with caution.

A little birdy told us about a healthy nut-based sauce alternative made with almond butter, hot water, tamari sauce, white-wine vinegar, garlic, ginger, and cayenne pepper that will go perfectly with your next satay.


20 Low-Carb Substitutes That Don't Suck

What do mac and cheese, stacks of pancakes, and bowls of pasta all have in common? If you answered, &ldquoUmm, they&rsquore delicious,&rdquo you&rsquod be right. But they&rsquore also heavy in carbs and can leave you feeling tired and annoyed. And while a diet rich in healthy carbohydrates is good for us in moderation, after a long, cold winter, you might be itching to try something fresh for spring. Don&rsquot worry, we&rsquove got you covered. We&rsquove gathered some of the most notorious carb-heavy foods and found a delicious, low-carb alternative to satisfy any craving.

1. Cilantro-Lime Turkey Taco Lettuce Wraps

Because you can turn almost any sandwich into a lettuce wrap, we&rsquore partial to this version that replaces taco shells with iceberg lettuce and fills it with juicy turkey, a delicious homemade salsa, and all your favorite taco fixings. Increase nutrients even more by replacing the lettuce with spinach leaves.

2. Turkey Cacciatore Burgers on Portobello &ldquoBuns&rdquo

A classy twist on the average turkey burger, this nutritious recipe comes together quickly&mdashthe mushrooms roast in the oven for 12 minutes while the turkey cooks on the stovetop&mdashlooks complicated (read: serve when you have friends coming over), and tastes delicious. Packed with protein, thanks to turkey, plenty of potassium courtesy of the mushrooms, and crazy tasty. What more do you need?

3. Roasted Eggplant with Tomatoes and Mint

Not quite a sandwich but an elegant spin on bruschetta, this recipe forgoes bread for eggplant, for a healthier version of the Italian classic. While the eggplant roasts in the oven, mix the remaining handful of ingredients (onions, tomatoes, capers) to get them ready to be scooped onto the eggplant and you&rsquore done!

4. Baked Butternut Squash Fries

When you need a crunchy fry, these crispy squash spears fit the bill. Technically a fruit, butternut squash is full of nutrients like potassium and carotenoids (which help protect your heart). Speed things up by skipping the peeling step&mdashthe fries will still be delicious.

5. Roasted Turnips with Parmesan

Haven&rsquot ever really eaten turnips? It&rsquos time to give them a second look. They&rsquore inexpensive and their natural sweetness makes them seem like a real treat. Leave the skins on the turnips before roasting to make this already super-easy recipe even quicker. Try them alongside your favorite burger or sandwich recipe for a fry that&rsquos a vegetable in disguise.

6. Healthy Baked Carrot Fries

Here&rsquos a kitchen secret: when carrots are baked, they taste surprisingly similar to sweet potatoes. That makes these beta-carotene-packed carrot fries all the more sweet. Just chop, toss in salt and pepper, and bake. Want to add some extra zing? Use your favorite spices like garlic, Old Bay, or crushed red pepper to up the flavor even more.

7. Delicious Zucchini Lasagna

You won&rsquot miss the noodles in this meaty, cheesy lasagna that&rsquos packed with fresh zucchini. Just two or three thinly sliced zucchinis are needed to replace normal lasagna noodles. Give it a whirl in the summer when farmers&rsquo markets and gardens are bursting with the vegetable.

8. Easy Eggplant Lasagna

If you love eggplant, this recipe&rsquos for you. If you don&rsquot love eggplant yet, you will after whipping up this pasta-free dish. It comes together quickly for a lasagna that&rsquos got all the flavor of the familiar version without the carbs. It&rsquos also insanely flexible: peel or don&rsquot peel the eggplant and make the slices as thick (or thin) as you like. Use jarred pasta sauce to speed things up even more.

9. Mac-and-Cheese-Style Cauliflower

A creamy, cheesy alternative to typical mac and cheese, it&rsquos not a stretch to think this version is preferable to using elbow pasta, no matter what your relationship with carbs may be. Boil cauliflower, whisk up a cheese sauce, and throw it all in the oven. For a fancier twist, use your favorite non-cheddar cheeses or a combo (mozzarella and pepper jack, anyone?)

10. Mashed Cauliflower With Garlic and Chives

Move over, cream- and butter-laden mashed potatoes&mdashthere&rsquos a new side dish in town. This mashed cauliflower takes on the consistency of potatoes after getting chopped up in a food processor or blender (or use a potato masher to get chunkier &ldquopotato&rdquo pieces and work on your upper arm strength!), so get ready to enjoy a favorite comfort food minus piles of carbs. The garlic and chives add an extra dimension of flavor that&rsquos sure to be a hit.

Also try: Almond flour pancakes or oatmeal and cottage cheese

11. Fluffy Little Almond Flour Pancakes

Using almond instead of wheat-based flour keeps these breakfast beauties lower in carbs without sacrificing the tiniest bit of taste. Whip up the batter with a blender for a quicker breakfast, or use a bowl and whisk&mdasheither option yields delicious results. Add berries for some color and a fruity zing. Oh, and trust us one this one&mdashmake an extra batch to freeze for a busy morning.

12. Oatmeal and Cottage Cheese Banana Pancakes for One

It&rsquos a lucky thing that this recipe is for one, because you won&rsquot want to share. Oats and cottage cheese come together as pancake batter, while banana adds a hint of natural sweetness. Blend for just 30 seconds and drop batter onto a heated skillet for perfect pancakes. Don&rsquot forget add-ins like chocolate chips!

13. Portabello Mushroom Pizzas

You will believe it when you taste it&mdashmushrooms make an incredibly tasty pizza crust. Lunch or dinner doesn&rsquot get simpler than this: drizzle mushroom caps with olive oil, load up on your favorite toppings like cheese or veggies, and bake. Sprinkle a little fresh basil on to bring it over the top.

14. Cauliflower Pizza Crust With Roasted Vegetables and Goat Cheese

Is there anything cauliflower can&rsquot disguise itself as? Don&rsquot be put off by making your own &ldquodough.&rdquo The taste is well worth it, and takes less time than traditional dough (no rising, yay!). Roasted veggies and goat cheese are a tasty topping, but if you prefer a more conventional pizza, load it up with marinara and mozz.

15. Simply Cauliflower Rice

Try this basic recipe when you&rsquore just craving a big ol&rsquo bowl of rice. If you&rsquore looking for something fancier, the suggested add-ins like lemon and sea salt or curry, ginger, and red chilies will jazz up your cauliflower in no time (We especially have our eyes on the Spanish cauliflower rice version that includes salsa and jalapenos!).

Also try: Black bean spaghetti, shredded cabbage, spaghetti squash, or sweet potato noodles

16. Mexican Black Bean Spaghetti

Spaghetti made out of&hellip black beans?! With 25 grams of protein and 12 grams of fiber per serving, this alternative will keep you feeling full and satisfied much longer than whole-wheat spaghetti noodles. Give it a whirl in this Mexican-inspired dish.

17. Shrimp with Bok Choy, Sriracha, and Shirataki Noodles

Sriracha, garlic, and veggies are an epic trio, and this alternative is just as delightful. This version lightens the load by using Japanese shirataki noodles (made out of yams and already cooked!), which have zero carbs, to create a restaurant-worthy&mdashbut still healthy&mdashdish.

18. Skinny Spaghetti

Cabbage masked as spaghetti? Trust us, it works. The cabbage &ldquonoodles&rdquo lose their cabbage-y flavor, and become the perfect vehicle for this flavorful chili that uses staple ingredients like garlic and chopped tomatoes. Bonus: Use the leftover chili in a burrito, taco, or even eat it on its own.

19. Spaghetti Squash with Marinara

Using only four ingredients, this basic recipe is a great base to build a simple spaghetti dish. Adding vegetables like mushrooms or spinach boosts healthful goodness, while throwing in some cooked chicken or shrimp will give it an extra protein boost. But if you want to eat it as is, using squash instead of typical pasta will keep you guilt-free.

20. Japchae (Korean Stir-Fried Sweet Potato Noodles)

Vegetarian-friendly, throw this this stir-fry together quickly for an easy after-work dinner. The prep and cook time are equally minimal, and the dish tastes great served warm or at room temperature (and yes, even cold, and straight from the refrigerator!).


20 Low-Carb Substitutes That Don't Suck

What do mac and cheese, stacks of pancakes, and bowls of pasta all have in common? If you answered, &ldquoUmm, they&rsquore delicious,&rdquo you&rsquod be right. But they&rsquore also heavy in carbs and can leave you feeling tired and annoyed. And while a diet rich in healthy carbohydrates is good for us in moderation, after a long, cold winter, you might be itching to try something fresh for spring. Don&rsquot worry, we&rsquove got you covered. We&rsquove gathered some of the most notorious carb-heavy foods and found a delicious, low-carb alternative to satisfy any craving.

1. Cilantro-Lime Turkey Taco Lettuce Wraps

Because you can turn almost any sandwich into a lettuce wrap, we&rsquore partial to this version that replaces taco shells with iceberg lettuce and fills it with juicy turkey, a delicious homemade salsa, and all your favorite taco fixings. Increase nutrients even more by replacing the lettuce with spinach leaves.

2. Turkey Cacciatore Burgers on Portobello &ldquoBuns&rdquo

A classy twist on the average turkey burger, this nutritious recipe comes together quickly&mdashthe mushrooms roast in the oven for 12 minutes while the turkey cooks on the stovetop&mdashlooks complicated (read: serve when you have friends coming over), and tastes delicious. Packed with protein, thanks to turkey, plenty of potassium courtesy of the mushrooms, and crazy tasty. What more do you need?

3. Roasted Eggplant with Tomatoes and Mint

Not quite a sandwich but an elegant spin on bruschetta, this recipe forgoes bread for eggplant, for a healthier version of the Italian classic. While the eggplant roasts in the oven, mix the remaining handful of ingredients (onions, tomatoes, capers) to get them ready to be scooped onto the eggplant and you&rsquore done!

4. Baked Butternut Squash Fries

When you need a crunchy fry, these crispy squash spears fit the bill. Technically a fruit, butternut squash is full of nutrients like potassium and carotenoids (which help protect your heart). Speed things up by skipping the peeling step&mdashthe fries will still be delicious.

5. Roasted Turnips with Parmesan

Haven&rsquot ever really eaten turnips? It&rsquos time to give them a second look. They&rsquore inexpensive and their natural sweetness makes them seem like a real treat. Leave the skins on the turnips before roasting to make this already super-easy recipe even quicker. Try them alongside your favorite burger or sandwich recipe for a fry that&rsquos a vegetable in disguise.

6. Healthy Baked Carrot Fries

Here&rsquos a kitchen secret: when carrots are baked, they taste surprisingly similar to sweet potatoes. That makes these beta-carotene-packed carrot fries all the more sweet. Just chop, toss in salt and pepper, and bake. Want to add some extra zing? Use your favorite spices like garlic, Old Bay, or crushed red pepper to up the flavor even more.

7. Delicious Zucchini Lasagna

You won&rsquot miss the noodles in this meaty, cheesy lasagna that&rsquos packed with fresh zucchini. Just two or three thinly sliced zucchinis are needed to replace normal lasagna noodles. Give it a whirl in the summer when farmers&rsquo markets and gardens are bursting with the vegetable.

8. Easy Eggplant Lasagna

If you love eggplant, this recipe&rsquos for you. If you don&rsquot love eggplant yet, you will after whipping up this pasta-free dish. It comes together quickly for a lasagna that&rsquos got all the flavor of the familiar version without the carbs. It&rsquos also insanely flexible: peel or don&rsquot peel the eggplant and make the slices as thick (or thin) as you like. Use jarred pasta sauce to speed things up even more.

9. Mac-and-Cheese-Style Cauliflower

A creamy, cheesy alternative to typical mac and cheese, it&rsquos not a stretch to think this version is preferable to using elbow pasta, no matter what your relationship with carbs may be. Boil cauliflower, whisk up a cheese sauce, and throw it all in the oven. For a fancier twist, use your favorite non-cheddar cheeses or a combo (mozzarella and pepper jack, anyone?)

10. Mashed Cauliflower With Garlic and Chives

Move over, cream- and butter-laden mashed potatoes&mdashthere&rsquos a new side dish in town. This mashed cauliflower takes on the consistency of potatoes after getting chopped up in a food processor or blender (or use a potato masher to get chunkier &ldquopotato&rdquo pieces and work on your upper arm strength!), so get ready to enjoy a favorite comfort food minus piles of carbs. The garlic and chives add an extra dimension of flavor that&rsquos sure to be a hit.

Also try: Almond flour pancakes or oatmeal and cottage cheese

11. Fluffy Little Almond Flour Pancakes

Using almond instead of wheat-based flour keeps these breakfast beauties lower in carbs without sacrificing the tiniest bit of taste. Whip up the batter with a blender for a quicker breakfast, or use a bowl and whisk&mdasheither option yields delicious results. Add berries for some color and a fruity zing. Oh, and trust us one this one&mdashmake an extra batch to freeze for a busy morning.

12. Oatmeal and Cottage Cheese Banana Pancakes for One

It&rsquos a lucky thing that this recipe is for one, because you won&rsquot want to share. Oats and cottage cheese come together as pancake batter, while banana adds a hint of natural sweetness. Blend for just 30 seconds and drop batter onto a heated skillet for perfect pancakes. Don&rsquot forget add-ins like chocolate chips!

13. Portabello Mushroom Pizzas

You will believe it when you taste it&mdashmushrooms make an incredibly tasty pizza crust. Lunch or dinner doesn&rsquot get simpler than this: drizzle mushroom caps with olive oil, load up on your favorite toppings like cheese or veggies, and bake. Sprinkle a little fresh basil on to bring it over the top.

14. Cauliflower Pizza Crust With Roasted Vegetables and Goat Cheese

Is there anything cauliflower can&rsquot disguise itself as? Don&rsquot be put off by making your own &ldquodough.&rdquo The taste is well worth it, and takes less time than traditional dough (no rising, yay!). Roasted veggies and goat cheese are a tasty topping, but if you prefer a more conventional pizza, load it up with marinara and mozz.

15. Simply Cauliflower Rice

Try this basic recipe when you&rsquore just craving a big ol&rsquo bowl of rice. If you&rsquore looking for something fancier, the suggested add-ins like lemon and sea salt or curry, ginger, and red chilies will jazz up your cauliflower in no time (We especially have our eyes on the Spanish cauliflower rice version that includes salsa and jalapenos!).

Also try: Black bean spaghetti, shredded cabbage, spaghetti squash, or sweet potato noodles

16. Mexican Black Bean Spaghetti

Spaghetti made out of&hellip black beans?! With 25 grams of protein and 12 grams of fiber per serving, this alternative will keep you feeling full and satisfied much longer than whole-wheat spaghetti noodles. Give it a whirl in this Mexican-inspired dish.

17. Shrimp with Bok Choy, Sriracha, and Shirataki Noodles

Sriracha, garlic, and veggies are an epic trio, and this alternative is just as delightful. This version lightens the load by using Japanese shirataki noodles (made out of yams and already cooked!), which have zero carbs, to create a restaurant-worthy&mdashbut still healthy&mdashdish.

18. Skinny Spaghetti

Cabbage masked as spaghetti? Trust us, it works. The cabbage &ldquonoodles&rdquo lose their cabbage-y flavor, and become the perfect vehicle for this flavorful chili that uses staple ingredients like garlic and chopped tomatoes. Bonus: Use the leftover chili in a burrito, taco, or even eat it on its own.

19. Spaghetti Squash with Marinara

Using only four ingredients, this basic recipe is a great base to build a simple spaghetti dish. Adding vegetables like mushrooms or spinach boosts healthful goodness, while throwing in some cooked chicken or shrimp will give it an extra protein boost. But if you want to eat it as is, using squash instead of typical pasta will keep you guilt-free.

20. Japchae (Korean Stir-Fried Sweet Potato Noodles)

Vegetarian-friendly, throw this this stir-fry together quickly for an easy after-work dinner. The prep and cook time are equally minimal, and the dish tastes great served warm or at room temperature (and yes, even cold, and straight from the refrigerator!).


20 Low-Carb Substitutes That Don't Suck

What do mac and cheese, stacks of pancakes, and bowls of pasta all have in common? If you answered, &ldquoUmm, they&rsquore delicious,&rdquo you&rsquod be right. But they&rsquore also heavy in carbs and can leave you feeling tired and annoyed. And while a diet rich in healthy carbohydrates is good for us in moderation, after a long, cold winter, you might be itching to try something fresh for spring. Don&rsquot worry, we&rsquove got you covered. We&rsquove gathered some of the most notorious carb-heavy foods and found a delicious, low-carb alternative to satisfy any craving.

1. Cilantro-Lime Turkey Taco Lettuce Wraps

Because you can turn almost any sandwich into a lettuce wrap, we&rsquore partial to this version that replaces taco shells with iceberg lettuce and fills it with juicy turkey, a delicious homemade salsa, and all your favorite taco fixings. Increase nutrients even more by replacing the lettuce with spinach leaves.

2. Turkey Cacciatore Burgers on Portobello &ldquoBuns&rdquo

A classy twist on the average turkey burger, this nutritious recipe comes together quickly&mdashthe mushrooms roast in the oven for 12 minutes while the turkey cooks on the stovetop&mdashlooks complicated (read: serve when you have friends coming over), and tastes delicious. Packed with protein, thanks to turkey, plenty of potassium courtesy of the mushrooms, and crazy tasty. What more do you need?

3. Roasted Eggplant with Tomatoes and Mint

Not quite a sandwich but an elegant spin on bruschetta, this recipe forgoes bread for eggplant, for a healthier version of the Italian classic. While the eggplant roasts in the oven, mix the remaining handful of ingredients (onions, tomatoes, capers) to get them ready to be scooped onto the eggplant and you&rsquore done!

4. Baked Butternut Squash Fries

When you need a crunchy fry, these crispy squash spears fit the bill. Technically a fruit, butternut squash is full of nutrients like potassium and carotenoids (which help protect your heart). Speed things up by skipping the peeling step&mdashthe fries will still be delicious.

5. Roasted Turnips with Parmesan

Haven&rsquot ever really eaten turnips? It&rsquos time to give them a second look. They&rsquore inexpensive and their natural sweetness makes them seem like a real treat. Leave the skins on the turnips before roasting to make this already super-easy recipe even quicker. Try them alongside your favorite burger or sandwich recipe for a fry that&rsquos a vegetable in disguise.

6. Healthy Baked Carrot Fries

Here&rsquos a kitchen secret: when carrots are baked, they taste surprisingly similar to sweet potatoes. That makes these beta-carotene-packed carrot fries all the more sweet. Just chop, toss in salt and pepper, and bake. Want to add some extra zing? Use your favorite spices like garlic, Old Bay, or crushed red pepper to up the flavor even more.

7. Delicious Zucchini Lasagna

You won&rsquot miss the noodles in this meaty, cheesy lasagna that&rsquos packed with fresh zucchini. Just two or three thinly sliced zucchinis are needed to replace normal lasagna noodles. Give it a whirl in the summer when farmers&rsquo markets and gardens are bursting with the vegetable.

8. Easy Eggplant Lasagna

If you love eggplant, this recipe&rsquos for you. If you don&rsquot love eggplant yet, you will after whipping up this pasta-free dish. It comes together quickly for a lasagna that&rsquos got all the flavor of the familiar version without the carbs. It&rsquos also insanely flexible: peel or don&rsquot peel the eggplant and make the slices as thick (or thin) as you like. Use jarred pasta sauce to speed things up even more.

9. Mac-and-Cheese-Style Cauliflower

A creamy, cheesy alternative to typical mac and cheese, it&rsquos not a stretch to think this version is preferable to using elbow pasta, no matter what your relationship with carbs may be. Boil cauliflower, whisk up a cheese sauce, and throw it all in the oven. For a fancier twist, use your favorite non-cheddar cheeses or a combo (mozzarella and pepper jack, anyone?)

10. Mashed Cauliflower With Garlic and Chives

Move over, cream- and butter-laden mashed potatoes&mdashthere&rsquos a new side dish in town. This mashed cauliflower takes on the consistency of potatoes after getting chopped up in a food processor or blender (or use a potato masher to get chunkier &ldquopotato&rdquo pieces and work on your upper arm strength!), so get ready to enjoy a favorite comfort food minus piles of carbs. The garlic and chives add an extra dimension of flavor that&rsquos sure to be a hit.

Also try: Almond flour pancakes or oatmeal and cottage cheese

11. Fluffy Little Almond Flour Pancakes

Using almond instead of wheat-based flour keeps these breakfast beauties lower in carbs without sacrificing the tiniest bit of taste. Whip up the batter with a blender for a quicker breakfast, or use a bowl and whisk&mdasheither option yields delicious results. Add berries for some color and a fruity zing. Oh, and trust us one this one&mdashmake an extra batch to freeze for a busy morning.

12. Oatmeal and Cottage Cheese Banana Pancakes for One

It&rsquos a lucky thing that this recipe is for one, because you won&rsquot want to share. Oats and cottage cheese come together as pancake batter, while banana adds a hint of natural sweetness. Blend for just 30 seconds and drop batter onto a heated skillet for perfect pancakes. Don&rsquot forget add-ins like chocolate chips!

13. Portabello Mushroom Pizzas

You will believe it when you taste it&mdashmushrooms make an incredibly tasty pizza crust. Lunch or dinner doesn&rsquot get simpler than this: drizzle mushroom caps with olive oil, load up on your favorite toppings like cheese or veggies, and bake. Sprinkle a little fresh basil on to bring it over the top.

14. Cauliflower Pizza Crust With Roasted Vegetables and Goat Cheese

Is there anything cauliflower can&rsquot disguise itself as? Don&rsquot be put off by making your own &ldquodough.&rdquo The taste is well worth it, and takes less time than traditional dough (no rising, yay!). Roasted veggies and goat cheese are a tasty topping, but if you prefer a more conventional pizza, load it up with marinara and mozz.

15. Simply Cauliflower Rice

Try this basic recipe when you&rsquore just craving a big ol&rsquo bowl of rice. If you&rsquore looking for something fancier, the suggested add-ins like lemon and sea salt or curry, ginger, and red chilies will jazz up your cauliflower in no time (We especially have our eyes on the Spanish cauliflower rice version that includes salsa and jalapenos!).

Also try: Black bean spaghetti, shredded cabbage, spaghetti squash, or sweet potato noodles

16. Mexican Black Bean Spaghetti

Spaghetti made out of&hellip black beans?! With 25 grams of protein and 12 grams of fiber per serving, this alternative will keep you feeling full and satisfied much longer than whole-wheat spaghetti noodles. Give it a whirl in this Mexican-inspired dish.

17. Shrimp with Bok Choy, Sriracha, and Shirataki Noodles

Sriracha, garlic, and veggies are an epic trio, and this alternative is just as delightful. This version lightens the load by using Japanese shirataki noodles (made out of yams and already cooked!), which have zero carbs, to create a restaurant-worthy&mdashbut still healthy&mdashdish.

18. Skinny Spaghetti

Cabbage masked as spaghetti? Trust us, it works. The cabbage &ldquonoodles&rdquo lose their cabbage-y flavor, and become the perfect vehicle for this flavorful chili that uses staple ingredients like garlic and chopped tomatoes. Bonus: Use the leftover chili in a burrito, taco, or even eat it on its own.

19. Spaghetti Squash with Marinara

Using only four ingredients, this basic recipe is a great base to build a simple spaghetti dish. Adding vegetables like mushrooms or spinach boosts healthful goodness, while throwing in some cooked chicken or shrimp will give it an extra protein boost. But if you want to eat it as is, using squash instead of typical pasta will keep you guilt-free.

20. Japchae (Korean Stir-Fried Sweet Potato Noodles)

Vegetarian-friendly, throw this this stir-fry together quickly for an easy after-work dinner. The prep and cook time are equally minimal, and the dish tastes great served warm or at room temperature (and yes, even cold, and straight from the refrigerator!).


20 Low-Carb Substitutes That Don't Suck

What do mac and cheese, stacks of pancakes, and bowls of pasta all have in common? If you answered, &ldquoUmm, they&rsquore delicious,&rdquo you&rsquod be right. But they&rsquore also heavy in carbs and can leave you feeling tired and annoyed. And while a diet rich in healthy carbohydrates is good for us in moderation, after a long, cold winter, you might be itching to try something fresh for spring. Don&rsquot worry, we&rsquove got you covered. We&rsquove gathered some of the most notorious carb-heavy foods and found a delicious, low-carb alternative to satisfy any craving.

1. Cilantro-Lime Turkey Taco Lettuce Wraps

Because you can turn almost any sandwich into a lettuce wrap, we&rsquore partial to this version that replaces taco shells with iceberg lettuce and fills it with juicy turkey, a delicious homemade salsa, and all your favorite taco fixings. Increase nutrients even more by replacing the lettuce with spinach leaves.

2. Turkey Cacciatore Burgers on Portobello &ldquoBuns&rdquo

A classy twist on the average turkey burger, this nutritious recipe comes together quickly&mdashthe mushrooms roast in the oven for 12 minutes while the turkey cooks on the stovetop&mdashlooks complicated (read: serve when you have friends coming over), and tastes delicious. Packed with protein, thanks to turkey, plenty of potassium courtesy of the mushrooms, and crazy tasty. What more do you need?

3. Roasted Eggplant with Tomatoes and Mint

Not quite a sandwich but an elegant spin on bruschetta, this recipe forgoes bread for eggplant, for a healthier version of the Italian classic. While the eggplant roasts in the oven, mix the remaining handful of ingredients (onions, tomatoes, capers) to get them ready to be scooped onto the eggplant and you&rsquore done!

4. Baked Butternut Squash Fries

When you need a crunchy fry, these crispy squash spears fit the bill. Technically a fruit, butternut squash is full of nutrients like potassium and carotenoids (which help protect your heart). Speed things up by skipping the peeling step&mdashthe fries will still be delicious.

5. Roasted Turnips with Parmesan

Haven&rsquot ever really eaten turnips? It&rsquos time to give them a second look. They&rsquore inexpensive and their natural sweetness makes them seem like a real treat. Leave the skins on the turnips before roasting to make this already super-easy recipe even quicker. Try them alongside your favorite burger or sandwich recipe for a fry that&rsquos a vegetable in disguise.

6. Healthy Baked Carrot Fries

Here&rsquos a kitchen secret: when carrots are baked, they taste surprisingly similar to sweet potatoes. That makes these beta-carotene-packed carrot fries all the more sweet. Just chop, toss in salt and pepper, and bake. Want to add some extra zing? Use your favorite spices like garlic, Old Bay, or crushed red pepper to up the flavor even more.

7. Delicious Zucchini Lasagna

You won&rsquot miss the noodles in this meaty, cheesy lasagna that&rsquos packed with fresh zucchini. Just two or three thinly sliced zucchinis are needed to replace normal lasagna noodles. Give it a whirl in the summer when farmers&rsquo markets and gardens are bursting with the vegetable.

8. Easy Eggplant Lasagna

If you love eggplant, this recipe&rsquos for you. If you don&rsquot love eggplant yet, you will after whipping up this pasta-free dish. It comes together quickly for a lasagna that&rsquos got all the flavor of the familiar version without the carbs. It&rsquos also insanely flexible: peel or don&rsquot peel the eggplant and make the slices as thick (or thin) as you like. Use jarred pasta sauce to speed things up even more.

9. Mac-and-Cheese-Style Cauliflower

A creamy, cheesy alternative to typical mac and cheese, it&rsquos not a stretch to think this version is preferable to using elbow pasta, no matter what your relationship with carbs may be. Boil cauliflower, whisk up a cheese sauce, and throw it all in the oven. For a fancier twist, use your favorite non-cheddar cheeses or a combo (mozzarella and pepper jack, anyone?)

10. Mashed Cauliflower With Garlic and Chives

Move over, cream- and butter-laden mashed potatoes&mdashthere&rsquos a new side dish in town. This mashed cauliflower takes on the consistency of potatoes after getting chopped up in a food processor or blender (or use a potato masher to get chunkier &ldquopotato&rdquo pieces and work on your upper arm strength!), so get ready to enjoy a favorite comfort food minus piles of carbs. The garlic and chives add an extra dimension of flavor that&rsquos sure to be a hit.

Also try: Almond flour pancakes or oatmeal and cottage cheese

11. Fluffy Little Almond Flour Pancakes

Using almond instead of wheat-based flour keeps these breakfast beauties lower in carbs without sacrificing the tiniest bit of taste. Whip up the batter with a blender for a quicker breakfast, or use a bowl and whisk&mdasheither option yields delicious results. Add berries for some color and a fruity zing. Oh, and trust us one this one&mdashmake an extra batch to freeze for a busy morning.

12. Oatmeal and Cottage Cheese Banana Pancakes for One

It&rsquos a lucky thing that this recipe is for one, because you won&rsquot want to share. Oats and cottage cheese come together as pancake batter, while banana adds a hint of natural sweetness. Blend for just 30 seconds and drop batter onto a heated skillet for perfect pancakes. Don&rsquot forget add-ins like chocolate chips!

13. Portabello Mushroom Pizzas

You will believe it when you taste it&mdashmushrooms make an incredibly tasty pizza crust. Lunch or dinner doesn&rsquot get simpler than this: drizzle mushroom caps with olive oil, load up on your favorite toppings like cheese or veggies, and bake. Sprinkle a little fresh basil on to bring it over the top.

14. Cauliflower Pizza Crust With Roasted Vegetables and Goat Cheese

Is there anything cauliflower can&rsquot disguise itself as? Don&rsquot be put off by making your own &ldquodough.&rdquo The taste is well worth it, and takes less time than traditional dough (no rising, yay!). Roasted veggies and goat cheese are a tasty topping, but if you prefer a more conventional pizza, load it up with marinara and mozz.

15. Simply Cauliflower Rice

Try this basic recipe when you&rsquore just craving a big ol&rsquo bowl of rice. If you&rsquore looking for something fancier, the suggested add-ins like lemon and sea salt or curry, ginger, and red chilies will jazz up your cauliflower in no time (We especially have our eyes on the Spanish cauliflower rice version that includes salsa and jalapenos!).

Also try: Black bean spaghetti, shredded cabbage, spaghetti squash, or sweet potato noodles

16. Mexican Black Bean Spaghetti

Spaghetti made out of&hellip black beans?! With 25 grams of protein and 12 grams of fiber per serving, this alternative will keep you feeling full and satisfied much longer than whole-wheat spaghetti noodles. Give it a whirl in this Mexican-inspired dish.

17. Shrimp with Bok Choy, Sriracha, and Shirataki Noodles

Sriracha, garlic, and veggies are an epic trio, and this alternative is just as delightful. This version lightens the load by using Japanese shirataki noodles (made out of yams and already cooked!), which have zero carbs, to create a restaurant-worthy&mdashbut still healthy&mdashdish.

18. Skinny Spaghetti

Cabbage masked as spaghetti? Trust us, it works. The cabbage &ldquonoodles&rdquo lose their cabbage-y flavor, and become the perfect vehicle for this flavorful chili that uses staple ingredients like garlic and chopped tomatoes. Bonus: Use the leftover chili in a burrito, taco, or even eat it on its own.

19. Spaghetti Squash with Marinara

Using only four ingredients, this basic recipe is a great base to build a simple spaghetti dish. Adding vegetables like mushrooms or spinach boosts healthful goodness, while throwing in some cooked chicken or shrimp will give it an extra protein boost. But if you want to eat it as is, using squash instead of typical pasta will keep you guilt-free.

20. Japchae (Korean Stir-Fried Sweet Potato Noodles)

Vegetarian-friendly, throw this this stir-fry together quickly for an easy after-work dinner. The prep and cook time are equally minimal, and the dish tastes great served warm or at room temperature (and yes, even cold, and straight from the refrigerator!).


20 Low-Carb Substitutes That Don't Suck

What do mac and cheese, stacks of pancakes, and bowls of pasta all have in common? If you answered, &ldquoUmm, they&rsquore delicious,&rdquo you&rsquod be right. But they&rsquore also heavy in carbs and can leave you feeling tired and annoyed. And while a diet rich in healthy carbohydrates is good for us in moderation, after a long, cold winter, you might be itching to try something fresh for spring. Don&rsquot worry, we&rsquove got you covered. We&rsquove gathered some of the most notorious carb-heavy foods and found a delicious, low-carb alternative to satisfy any craving.

1. Cilantro-Lime Turkey Taco Lettuce Wraps

Because you can turn almost any sandwich into a lettuce wrap, we&rsquore partial to this version that replaces taco shells with iceberg lettuce and fills it with juicy turkey, a delicious homemade salsa, and all your favorite taco fixings. Increase nutrients even more by replacing the lettuce with spinach leaves.

2. Turkey Cacciatore Burgers on Portobello &ldquoBuns&rdquo

A classy twist on the average turkey burger, this nutritious recipe comes together quickly&mdashthe mushrooms roast in the oven for 12 minutes while the turkey cooks on the stovetop&mdashlooks complicated (read: serve when you have friends coming over), and tastes delicious. Packed with protein, thanks to turkey, plenty of potassium courtesy of the mushrooms, and crazy tasty. What more do you need?

3. Roasted Eggplant with Tomatoes and Mint

Not quite a sandwich but an elegant spin on bruschetta, this recipe forgoes bread for eggplant, for a healthier version of the Italian classic. While the eggplant roasts in the oven, mix the remaining handful of ingredients (onions, tomatoes, capers) to get them ready to be scooped onto the eggplant and you&rsquore done!

4. Baked Butternut Squash Fries

When you need a crunchy fry, these crispy squash spears fit the bill. Technically a fruit, butternut squash is full of nutrients like potassium and carotenoids (which help protect your heart). Speed things up by skipping the peeling step&mdashthe fries will still be delicious.

5. Roasted Turnips with Parmesan

Haven&rsquot ever really eaten turnips? It&rsquos time to give them a second look. They&rsquore inexpensive and their natural sweetness makes them seem like a real treat. Leave the skins on the turnips before roasting to make this already super-easy recipe even quicker. Try them alongside your favorite burger or sandwich recipe for a fry that&rsquos a vegetable in disguise.

6. Healthy Baked Carrot Fries

Here&rsquos a kitchen secret: when carrots are baked, they taste surprisingly similar to sweet potatoes. That makes these beta-carotene-packed carrot fries all the more sweet. Just chop, toss in salt and pepper, and bake. Want to add some extra zing? Use your favorite spices like garlic, Old Bay, or crushed red pepper to up the flavor even more.

7. Delicious Zucchini Lasagna

You won&rsquot miss the noodles in this meaty, cheesy lasagna that&rsquos packed with fresh zucchini. Just two or three thinly sliced zucchinis are needed to replace normal lasagna noodles. Give it a whirl in the summer when farmers&rsquo markets and gardens are bursting with the vegetable.

8. Easy Eggplant Lasagna

If you love eggplant, this recipe&rsquos for you. If you don&rsquot love eggplant yet, you will after whipping up this pasta-free dish. It comes together quickly for a lasagna that&rsquos got all the flavor of the familiar version without the carbs. It&rsquos also insanely flexible: peel or don&rsquot peel the eggplant and make the slices as thick (or thin) as you like. Use jarred pasta sauce to speed things up even more.

9. Mac-and-Cheese-Style Cauliflower

A creamy, cheesy alternative to typical mac and cheese, it&rsquos not a stretch to think this version is preferable to using elbow pasta, no matter what your relationship with carbs may be. Boil cauliflower, whisk up a cheese sauce, and throw it all in the oven. For a fancier twist, use your favorite non-cheddar cheeses or a combo (mozzarella and pepper jack, anyone?)

10. Mashed Cauliflower With Garlic and Chives

Move over, cream- and butter-laden mashed potatoes&mdashthere&rsquos a new side dish in town. This mashed cauliflower takes on the consistency of potatoes after getting chopped up in a food processor or blender (or use a potato masher to get chunkier &ldquopotato&rdquo pieces and work on your upper arm strength!), so get ready to enjoy a favorite comfort food minus piles of carbs. The garlic and chives add an extra dimension of flavor that&rsquos sure to be a hit.

Also try: Almond flour pancakes or oatmeal and cottage cheese

11. Fluffy Little Almond Flour Pancakes

Using almond instead of wheat-based flour keeps these breakfast beauties lower in carbs without sacrificing the tiniest bit of taste. Whip up the batter with a blender for a quicker breakfast, or use a bowl and whisk&mdasheither option yields delicious results. Add berries for some color and a fruity zing. Oh, and trust us one this one&mdashmake an extra batch to freeze for a busy morning.

12. Oatmeal and Cottage Cheese Banana Pancakes for One

It&rsquos a lucky thing that this recipe is for one, because you won&rsquot want to share. Oats and cottage cheese come together as pancake batter, while banana adds a hint of natural sweetness. Blend for just 30 seconds and drop batter onto a heated skillet for perfect pancakes. Don&rsquot forget add-ins like chocolate chips!

13. Portabello Mushroom Pizzas

You will believe it when you taste it&mdashmushrooms make an incredibly tasty pizza crust. Lunch or dinner doesn&rsquot get simpler than this: drizzle mushroom caps with olive oil, load up on your favorite toppings like cheese or veggies, and bake. Sprinkle a little fresh basil on to bring it over the top.

14. Cauliflower Pizza Crust With Roasted Vegetables and Goat Cheese

Is there anything cauliflower can&rsquot disguise itself as? Don&rsquot be put off by making your own &ldquodough.&rdquo The taste is well worth it, and takes less time than traditional dough (no rising, yay!). Roasted veggies and goat cheese are a tasty topping, but if you prefer a more conventional pizza, load it up with marinara and mozz.

15. Simply Cauliflower Rice

Try this basic recipe when you&rsquore just craving a big ol&rsquo bowl of rice. If you&rsquore looking for something fancier, the suggested add-ins like lemon and sea salt or curry, ginger, and red chilies will jazz up your cauliflower in no time (We especially have our eyes on the Spanish cauliflower rice version that includes salsa and jalapenos!).

Also try: Black bean spaghetti, shredded cabbage, spaghetti squash, or sweet potato noodles

16. Mexican Black Bean Spaghetti

Spaghetti made out of&hellip black beans?! With 25 grams of protein and 12 grams of fiber per serving, this alternative will keep you feeling full and satisfied much longer than whole-wheat spaghetti noodles. Give it a whirl in this Mexican-inspired dish.

17. Shrimp with Bok Choy, Sriracha, and Shirataki Noodles

Sriracha, garlic, and veggies are an epic trio, and this alternative is just as delightful. This version lightens the load by using Japanese shirataki noodles (made out of yams and already cooked!), which have zero carbs, to create a restaurant-worthy&mdashbut still healthy&mdashdish.

18. Skinny Spaghetti

Cabbage masked as spaghetti? Trust us, it works. The cabbage &ldquonoodles&rdquo lose their cabbage-y flavor, and become the perfect vehicle for this flavorful chili that uses staple ingredients like garlic and chopped tomatoes. Bonus: Use the leftover chili in a burrito, taco, or even eat it on its own.

19. Spaghetti Squash with Marinara

Using only four ingredients, this basic recipe is a great base to build a simple spaghetti dish. Adding vegetables like mushrooms or spinach boosts healthful goodness, while throwing in some cooked chicken or shrimp will give it an extra protein boost. But if you want to eat it as is, using squash instead of typical pasta will keep you guilt-free.

20. Japchae (Korean Stir-Fried Sweet Potato Noodles)

Vegetarian-friendly, throw this this stir-fry together quickly for an easy after-work dinner. The prep and cook time are equally minimal, and the dish tastes great served warm or at room temperature (and yes, even cold, and straight from the refrigerator!).


20 Low-Carb Substitutes That Don't Suck

What do mac and cheese, stacks of pancakes, and bowls of pasta all have in common? If you answered, &ldquoUmm, they&rsquore delicious,&rdquo you&rsquod be right. But they&rsquore also heavy in carbs and can leave you feeling tired and annoyed. And while a diet rich in healthy carbohydrates is good for us in moderation, after a long, cold winter, you might be itching to try something fresh for spring. Don&rsquot worry, we&rsquove got you covered. We&rsquove gathered some of the most notorious carb-heavy foods and found a delicious, low-carb alternative to satisfy any craving.

1. Cilantro-Lime Turkey Taco Lettuce Wraps

Because you can turn almost any sandwich into a lettuce wrap, we&rsquore partial to this version that replaces taco shells with iceberg lettuce and fills it with juicy turkey, a delicious homemade salsa, and all your favorite taco fixings. Increase nutrients even more by replacing the lettuce with spinach leaves.

2. Turkey Cacciatore Burgers on Portobello &ldquoBuns&rdquo

A classy twist on the average turkey burger, this nutritious recipe comes together quickly&mdashthe mushrooms roast in the oven for 12 minutes while the turkey cooks on the stovetop&mdashlooks complicated (read: serve when you have friends coming over), and tastes delicious. Packed with protein, thanks to turkey, plenty of potassium courtesy of the mushrooms, and crazy tasty. What more do you need?

3. Roasted Eggplant with Tomatoes and Mint

Not quite a sandwich but an elegant spin on bruschetta, this recipe forgoes bread for eggplant, for a healthier version of the Italian classic. While the eggplant roasts in the oven, mix the remaining handful of ingredients (onions, tomatoes, capers) to get them ready to be scooped onto the eggplant and you&rsquore done!

4. Baked Butternut Squash Fries

When you need a crunchy fry, these crispy squash spears fit the bill. Technically a fruit, butternut squash is full of nutrients like potassium and carotenoids (which help protect your heart). Speed things up by skipping the peeling step&mdashthe fries will still be delicious.

5. Roasted Turnips with Parmesan

Haven&rsquot ever really eaten turnips? It&rsquos time to give them a second look. They&rsquore inexpensive and their natural sweetness makes them seem like a real treat. Leave the skins on the turnips before roasting to make this already super-easy recipe even quicker. Try them alongside your favorite burger or sandwich recipe for a fry that&rsquos a vegetable in disguise.

6. Healthy Baked Carrot Fries

Here&rsquos a kitchen secret: when carrots are baked, they taste surprisingly similar to sweet potatoes. That makes these beta-carotene-packed carrot fries all the more sweet. Just chop, toss in salt and pepper, and bake. Want to add some extra zing? Use your favorite spices like garlic, Old Bay, or crushed red pepper to up the flavor even more.

7. Delicious Zucchini Lasagna

You won&rsquot miss the noodles in this meaty, cheesy lasagna that&rsquos packed with fresh zucchini. Just two or three thinly sliced zucchinis are needed to replace normal lasagna noodles. Give it a whirl in the summer when farmers&rsquo markets and gardens are bursting with the vegetable.

8. Easy Eggplant Lasagna

If you love eggplant, this recipe&rsquos for you. If you don&rsquot love eggplant yet, you will after whipping up this pasta-free dish. It comes together quickly for a lasagna that&rsquos got all the flavor of the familiar version without the carbs. It&rsquos also insanely flexible: peel or don&rsquot peel the eggplant and make the slices as thick (or thin) as you like. Use jarred pasta sauce to speed things up even more.

9. Mac-and-Cheese-Style Cauliflower

A creamy, cheesy alternative to typical mac and cheese, it&rsquos not a stretch to think this version is preferable to using elbow pasta, no matter what your relationship with carbs may be. Boil cauliflower, whisk up a cheese sauce, and throw it all in the oven. For a fancier twist, use your favorite non-cheddar cheeses or a combo (mozzarella and pepper jack, anyone?)

10. Mashed Cauliflower With Garlic and Chives

Move over, cream- and butter-laden mashed potatoes&mdashthere&rsquos a new side dish in town. This mashed cauliflower takes on the consistency of potatoes after getting chopped up in a food processor or blender (or use a potato masher to get chunkier &ldquopotato&rdquo pieces and work on your upper arm strength!), so get ready to enjoy a favorite comfort food minus piles of carbs. The garlic and chives add an extra dimension of flavor that&rsquos sure to be a hit.

Also try: Almond flour pancakes or oatmeal and cottage cheese

11. Fluffy Little Almond Flour Pancakes

Using almond instead of wheat-based flour keeps these breakfast beauties lower in carbs without sacrificing the tiniest bit of taste. Whip up the batter with a blender for a quicker breakfast, or use a bowl and whisk&mdasheither option yields delicious results. Add berries for some color and a fruity zing. Oh, and trust us one this one&mdashmake an extra batch to freeze for a busy morning.

12. Oatmeal and Cottage Cheese Banana Pancakes for One

It&rsquos a lucky thing that this recipe is for one, because you won&rsquot want to share. Oats and cottage cheese come together as pancake batter, while banana adds a hint of natural sweetness. Blend for just 30 seconds and drop batter onto a heated skillet for perfect pancakes. Don&rsquot forget add-ins like chocolate chips!

13. Portabello Mushroom Pizzas

You will believe it when you taste it&mdashmushrooms make an incredibly tasty pizza crust. Lunch or dinner doesn&rsquot get simpler than this: drizzle mushroom caps with olive oil, load up on your favorite toppings like cheese or veggies, and bake. Sprinkle a little fresh basil on to bring it over the top.

14. Cauliflower Pizza Crust With Roasted Vegetables and Goat Cheese

Is there anything cauliflower can&rsquot disguise itself as? Don&rsquot be put off by making your own &ldquodough.&rdquo The taste is well worth it, and takes less time than traditional dough (no rising, yay!). Roasted veggies and goat cheese are a tasty topping, but if you prefer a more conventional pizza, load it up with marinara and mozz.

15. Simply Cauliflower Rice

Try this basic recipe when you&rsquore just craving a big ol&rsquo bowl of rice. If you&rsquore looking for something fancier, the suggested add-ins like lemon and sea salt or curry, ginger, and red chilies will jazz up your cauliflower in no time (We especially have our eyes on the Spanish cauliflower rice version that includes salsa and jalapenos!).

Also try: Black bean spaghetti, shredded cabbage, spaghetti squash, or sweet potato noodles

16. Mexican Black Bean Spaghetti

Spaghetti made out of&hellip black beans?! With 25 grams of protein and 12 grams of fiber per serving, this alternative will keep you feeling full and satisfied much longer than whole-wheat spaghetti noodles. Give it a whirl in this Mexican-inspired dish.

17. Shrimp with Bok Choy, Sriracha, and Shirataki Noodles

Sriracha, garlic, and veggies are an epic trio, and this alternative is just as delightful. This version lightens the load by using Japanese shirataki noodles (made out of yams and already cooked!), which have zero carbs, to create a restaurant-worthy&mdashbut still healthy&mdashdish.

18. Skinny Spaghetti

Cabbage masked as spaghetti? Trust us, it works. The cabbage &ldquonoodles&rdquo lose their cabbage-y flavor, and become the perfect vehicle for this flavorful chili that uses staple ingredients like garlic and chopped tomatoes. Bonus: Use the leftover chili in a burrito, taco, or even eat it on its own.

19. Spaghetti Squash with Marinara

Using only four ingredients, this basic recipe is a great base to build a simple spaghetti dish. Adding vegetables like mushrooms or spinach boosts healthful goodness, while throwing in some cooked chicken or shrimp will give it an extra protein boost. But if you want to eat it as is, using squash instead of typical pasta will keep you guilt-free.

20. Japchae (Korean Stir-Fried Sweet Potato Noodles)

Vegetarian-friendly, throw this this stir-fry together quickly for an easy after-work dinner. The prep and cook time are equally minimal, and the dish tastes great served warm or at room temperature (and yes, even cold, and straight from the refrigerator!).


20 Low-Carb Substitutes That Don't Suck

What do mac and cheese, stacks of pancakes, and bowls of pasta all have in common? If you answered, &ldquoUmm, they&rsquore delicious,&rdquo you&rsquod be right. But they&rsquore also heavy in carbs and can leave you feeling tired and annoyed. And while a diet rich in healthy carbohydrates is good for us in moderation, after a long, cold winter, you might be itching to try something fresh for spring. Don&rsquot worry, we&rsquove got you covered. We&rsquove gathered some of the most notorious carb-heavy foods and found a delicious, low-carb alternative to satisfy any craving.

1. Cilantro-Lime Turkey Taco Lettuce Wraps

Because you can turn almost any sandwich into a lettuce wrap, we&rsquore partial to this version that replaces taco shells with iceberg lettuce and fills it with juicy turkey, a delicious homemade salsa, and all your favorite taco fixings. Increase nutrients even more by replacing the lettuce with spinach leaves.

2. Turkey Cacciatore Burgers on Portobello &ldquoBuns&rdquo

A classy twist on the average turkey burger, this nutritious recipe comes together quickly&mdashthe mushrooms roast in the oven for 12 minutes while the turkey cooks on the stovetop&mdashlooks complicated (read: serve when you have friends coming over), and tastes delicious. Packed with protein, thanks to turkey, plenty of potassium courtesy of the mushrooms, and crazy tasty. What more do you need?

3. Roasted Eggplant with Tomatoes and Mint

Not quite a sandwich but an elegant spin on bruschetta, this recipe forgoes bread for eggplant, for a healthier version of the Italian classic. While the eggplant roasts in the oven, mix the remaining handful of ingredients (onions, tomatoes, capers) to get them ready to be scooped onto the eggplant and you&rsquore done!

4. Baked Butternut Squash Fries

When you need a crunchy fry, these crispy squash spears fit the bill. Technically a fruit, butternut squash is full of nutrients like potassium and carotenoids (which help protect your heart). Speed things up by skipping the peeling step&mdashthe fries will still be delicious.

5. Roasted Turnips with Parmesan

Haven&rsquot ever really eaten turnips? It&rsquos time to give them a second look. They&rsquore inexpensive and their natural sweetness makes them seem like a real treat. Leave the skins on the turnips before roasting to make this already super-easy recipe even quicker. Try them alongside your favorite burger or sandwich recipe for a fry that&rsquos a vegetable in disguise.

6. Healthy Baked Carrot Fries

Here&rsquos a kitchen secret: when carrots are baked, they taste surprisingly similar to sweet potatoes. That makes these beta-carotene-packed carrot fries all the more sweet. Just chop, toss in salt and pepper, and bake. Want to add some extra zing? Use your favorite spices like garlic, Old Bay, or crushed red pepper to up the flavor even more.

7. Delicious Zucchini Lasagna

You won&rsquot miss the noodles in this meaty, cheesy lasagna that&rsquos packed with fresh zucchini. Just two or three thinly sliced zucchinis are needed to replace normal lasagna noodles. Give it a whirl in the summer when farmers&rsquo markets and gardens are bursting with the vegetable.

8. Easy Eggplant Lasagna

If you love eggplant, this recipe&rsquos for you. If you don&rsquot love eggplant yet, you will after whipping up this pasta-free dish. It comes together quickly for a lasagna that&rsquos got all the flavor of the familiar version without the carbs. It&rsquos also insanely flexible: peel or don&rsquot peel the eggplant and make the slices as thick (or thin) as you like. Use jarred pasta sauce to speed things up even more.

9. Mac-and-Cheese-Style Cauliflower

A creamy, cheesy alternative to typical mac and cheese, it&rsquos not a stretch to think this version is preferable to using elbow pasta, no matter what your relationship with carbs may be. Boil cauliflower, whisk up a cheese sauce, and throw it all in the oven. For a fancier twist, use your favorite non-cheddar cheeses or a combo (mozzarella and pepper jack, anyone?)

10. Mashed Cauliflower With Garlic and Chives

Move over, cream- and butter-laden mashed potatoes&mdashthere&rsquos a new side dish in town. This mashed cauliflower takes on the consistency of potatoes after getting chopped up in a food processor or blender (or use a potato masher to get chunkier &ldquopotato&rdquo pieces and work on your upper arm strength!), so get ready to enjoy a favorite comfort food minus piles of carbs. The garlic and chives add an extra dimension of flavor that&rsquos sure to be a hit.

Also try: Almond flour pancakes or oatmeal and cottage cheese

11. Fluffy Little Almond Flour Pancakes

Using almond instead of wheat-based flour keeps these breakfast beauties lower in carbs without sacrificing the tiniest bit of taste. Whip up the batter with a blender for a quicker breakfast, or use a bowl and whisk&mdasheither option yields delicious results. Add berries for some color and a fruity zing. Oh, and trust us one this one&mdashmake an extra batch to freeze for a busy morning.

12. Oatmeal and Cottage Cheese Banana Pancakes for One

It&rsquos a lucky thing that this recipe is for one, because you won&rsquot want to share. Oats and cottage cheese come together as pancake batter, while banana adds a hint of natural sweetness. Blend for just 30 seconds and drop batter onto a heated skillet for perfect pancakes. Don&rsquot forget add-ins like chocolate chips!

13. Portabello Mushroom Pizzas

You will believe it when you taste it&mdashmushrooms make an incredibly tasty pizza crust. Lunch or dinner doesn&rsquot get simpler than this: drizzle mushroom caps with olive oil, load up on your favorite toppings like cheese or veggies, and bake. Sprinkle a little fresh basil on to bring it over the top.

14. Cauliflower Pizza Crust With Roasted Vegetables and Goat Cheese

Is there anything cauliflower can&rsquot disguise itself as? Don&rsquot be put off by making your own &ldquodough.&rdquo The taste is well worth it, and takes less time than traditional dough (no rising, yay!). Roasted veggies and goat cheese are a tasty topping, but if you prefer a more conventional pizza, load it up with marinara and mozz.

15. Simply Cauliflower Rice

Try this basic recipe when you&rsquore just craving a big ol&rsquo bowl of rice. If you&rsquore looking for something fancier, the suggested add-ins like lemon and sea salt or curry, ginger, and red chilies will jazz up your cauliflower in no time (We especially have our eyes on the Spanish cauliflower rice version that includes salsa and jalapenos!).

Also try: Black bean spaghetti, shredded cabbage, spaghetti squash, or sweet potato noodles

16. Mexican Black Bean Spaghetti

Spaghetti made out of&hellip black beans?! With 25 grams of protein and 12 grams of fiber per serving, this alternative will keep you feeling full and satisfied much longer than whole-wheat spaghetti noodles. Give it a whirl in this Mexican-inspired dish.

17. Shrimp with Bok Choy, Sriracha, and Shirataki Noodles

Sriracha, garlic, and veggies are an epic trio, and this alternative is just as delightful. This version lightens the load by using Japanese shirataki noodles (made out of yams and already cooked!), which have zero carbs, to create a restaurant-worthy&mdashbut still healthy&mdashdish.

18. Skinny Spaghetti

Cabbage masked as spaghetti? Trust us, it works. The cabbage &ldquonoodles&rdquo lose their cabbage-y flavor, and become the perfect vehicle for this flavorful chili that uses staple ingredients like garlic and chopped tomatoes. Bonus: Use the leftover chili in a burrito, taco, or even eat it on its own.

19. Spaghetti Squash with Marinara

Using only four ingredients, this basic recipe is a great base to build a simple spaghetti dish. Adding vegetables like mushrooms or spinach boosts healthful goodness, while throwing in some cooked chicken or shrimp will give it an extra protein boost. But if you want to eat it as is, using squash instead of typical pasta will keep you guilt-free.

20. Japchae (Korean Stir-Fried Sweet Potato Noodles)

Vegetarian-friendly, throw this this stir-fry together quickly for an easy after-work dinner. The prep and cook time are equally minimal, and the dish tastes great served warm or at room temperature (and yes, even cold, and straight from the refrigerator!).


20 Low-Carb Substitutes That Don't Suck

What do mac and cheese, stacks of pancakes, and bowls of pasta all have in common? If you answered, &ldquoUmm, they&rsquore delicious,&rdquo you&rsquod be right. But they&rsquore also heavy in carbs and can leave you feeling tired and annoyed. And while a diet rich in healthy carbohydrates is good for us in moderation, after a long, cold winter, you might be itching to try something fresh for spring. Don&rsquot worry, we&rsquove got you covered. We&rsquove gathered some of the most notorious carb-heavy foods and found a delicious, low-carb alternative to satisfy any craving.

1. Cilantro-Lime Turkey Taco Lettuce Wraps

Because you can turn almost any sandwich into a lettuce wrap, we&rsquore partial to this version that replaces taco shells with iceberg lettuce and fills it with juicy turkey, a delicious homemade salsa, and all your favorite taco fixings. Increase nutrients even more by replacing the lettuce with spinach leaves.

2. Turkey Cacciatore Burgers on Portobello &ldquoBuns&rdquo

A classy twist on the average turkey burger, this nutritious recipe comes together quickly&mdashthe mushrooms roast in the oven for 12 minutes while the turkey cooks on the stovetop&mdashlooks complicated (read: serve when you have friends coming over), and tastes delicious. Packed with protein, thanks to turkey, plenty of potassium courtesy of the mushrooms, and crazy tasty. What more do you need?

3. Roasted Eggplant with Tomatoes and Mint

Not quite a sandwich but an elegant spin on bruschetta, this recipe forgoes bread for eggplant, for a healthier version of the Italian classic. While the eggplant roasts in the oven, mix the remaining handful of ingredients (onions, tomatoes, capers) to get them ready to be scooped onto the eggplant and you&rsquore done!

4. Baked Butternut Squash Fries

When you need a crunchy fry, these crispy squash spears fit the bill. Technically a fruit, butternut squash is full of nutrients like potassium and carotenoids (which help protect your heart). Speed things up by skipping the peeling step&mdashthe fries will still be delicious.

5. Roasted Turnips with Parmesan

Haven&rsquot ever really eaten turnips? It&rsquos time to give them a second look. They&rsquore inexpensive and their natural sweetness makes them seem like a real treat. Leave the skins on the turnips before roasting to make this already super-easy recipe even quicker. Try them alongside your favorite burger or sandwich recipe for a fry that&rsquos a vegetable in disguise.

6. Healthy Baked Carrot Fries

Here&rsquos a kitchen secret: when carrots are baked, they taste surprisingly similar to sweet potatoes. That makes these beta-carotene-packed carrot fries all the more sweet. Just chop, toss in salt and pepper, and bake. Want to add some extra zing? Use your favorite spices like garlic, Old Bay, or crushed red pepper to up the flavor even more.

7. Delicious Zucchini Lasagna

You won&rsquot miss the noodles in this meaty, cheesy lasagna that&rsquos packed with fresh zucchini. Just two or three thinly sliced zucchinis are needed to replace normal lasagna noodles. Give it a whirl in the summer when farmers&rsquo markets and gardens are bursting with the vegetable.

8. Easy Eggplant Lasagna

If you love eggplant, this recipe&rsquos for you. If you don&rsquot love eggplant yet, you will after whipping up this pasta-free dish. It comes together quickly for a lasagna that&rsquos got all the flavor of the familiar version without the carbs. It&rsquos also insanely flexible: peel or don&rsquot peel the eggplant and make the slices as thick (or thin) as you like. Use jarred pasta sauce to speed things up even more.

9. Mac-and-Cheese-Style Cauliflower

A creamy, cheesy alternative to typical mac and cheese, it&rsquos not a stretch to think this version is preferable to using elbow pasta, no matter what your relationship with carbs may be. Boil cauliflower, whisk up a cheese sauce, and throw it all in the oven. For a fancier twist, use your favorite non-cheddar cheeses or a combo (mozzarella and pepper jack, anyone?)

10. Mashed Cauliflower With Garlic and Chives

Move over, cream- and butter-laden mashed potatoes&mdashthere&rsquos a new side dish in town. This mashed cauliflower takes on the consistency of potatoes after getting chopped up in a food processor or blender (or use a potato masher to get chunkier &ldquopotato&rdquo pieces and work on your upper arm strength!), so get ready to enjoy a favorite comfort food minus piles of carbs. The garlic and chives add an extra dimension of flavor that&rsquos sure to be a hit.

Also try: Almond flour pancakes or oatmeal and cottage cheese

11. Fluffy Little Almond Flour Pancakes

Using almond instead of wheat-based flour keeps these breakfast beauties lower in carbs without sacrificing the tiniest bit of taste. Whip up the batter with a blender for a quicker breakfast, or use a bowl and whisk&mdasheither option yields delicious results. Add berries for some color and a fruity zing. Oh, and trust us one this one&mdashmake an extra batch to freeze for a busy morning.

12. Oatmeal and Cottage Cheese Banana Pancakes for One

It&rsquos a lucky thing that this recipe is for one, because you won&rsquot want to share. Oats and cottage cheese come together as pancake batter, while banana adds a hint of natural sweetness. Blend for just 30 seconds and drop batter onto a heated skillet for perfect pancakes. Don&rsquot forget add-ins like chocolate chips!

13. Portabello Mushroom Pizzas

You will believe it when you taste it&mdashmushrooms make an incredibly tasty pizza crust. Lunch or dinner doesn&rsquot get simpler than this: drizzle mushroom caps with olive oil, load up on your favorite toppings like cheese or veggies, and bake. Sprinkle a little fresh basil on to bring it over the top.

14. Cauliflower Pizza Crust With Roasted Vegetables and Goat Cheese

Is there anything cauliflower can&rsquot disguise itself as? Don&rsquot be put off by making your own &ldquodough.&rdquo The taste is well worth it, and takes less time than traditional dough (no rising, yay!). Roasted veggies and goat cheese are a tasty topping, but if you prefer a more conventional pizza, load it up with marinara and mozz.

15. Simply Cauliflower Rice

Try this basic recipe when you&rsquore just craving a big ol&rsquo bowl of rice. If you&rsquore looking for something fancier, the suggested add-ins like lemon and sea salt or curry, ginger, and red chilies will jazz up your cauliflower in no time (We especially have our eyes on the Spanish cauliflower rice version that includes salsa and jalapenos!).

Also try: Black bean spaghetti, shredded cabbage, spaghetti squash, or sweet potato noodles

16. Mexican Black Bean Spaghetti

Spaghetti made out of&hellip black beans?! With 25 grams of protein and 12 grams of fiber per serving, this alternative will keep you feeling full and satisfied much longer than whole-wheat spaghetti noodles. Give it a whirl in this Mexican-inspired dish.

17. Shrimp with Bok Choy, Sriracha, and Shirataki Noodles

Sriracha, garlic, and veggies are an epic trio, and this alternative is just as delightful. This version lightens the load by using Japanese shirataki noodles (made out of yams and already cooked!), which have zero carbs, to create a restaurant-worthy&mdashbut still healthy&mdashdish.

18. Skinny Spaghetti

Cabbage masked as spaghetti? Trust us, it works. The cabbage &ldquonoodles&rdquo lose their cabbage-y flavor, and become the perfect vehicle for this flavorful chili that uses staple ingredients like garlic and chopped tomatoes. Bonus: Use the leftover chili in a burrito, taco, or even eat it on its own.

19. Spaghetti Squash with Marinara

Using only four ingredients, this basic recipe is a great base to build a simple spaghetti dish. Adding vegetables like mushrooms or spinach boosts healthful goodness, while throwing in some cooked chicken or shrimp will give it an extra protein boost. But if you want to eat it as is, using squash instead of typical pasta will keep you guilt-free.

20. Japchae (Korean Stir-Fried Sweet Potato Noodles)

Vegetarian-friendly, throw this this stir-fry together quickly for an easy after-work dinner. The prep and cook time are equally minimal, and the dish tastes great served warm or at room temperature (and yes, even cold, and straight from the refrigerator!).


20 Low-Carb Substitutes That Don't Suck

What do mac and cheese, stacks of pancakes, and bowls of pasta all have in common? If you answered, &ldquoUmm, they&rsquore delicious,&rdquo you&rsquod be right. But they&rsquore also heavy in carbs and can leave you feeling tired and annoyed. And while a diet rich in healthy carbohydrates is good for us in moderation, after a long, cold winter, you might be itching to try something fresh for spring. Don&rsquot worry, we&rsquove got you covered. We&rsquove gathered some of the most notorious carb-heavy foods and found a delicious, low-carb alternative to satisfy any craving.

1. Cilantro-Lime Turkey Taco Lettuce Wraps

Because you can turn almost any sandwich into a lettuce wrap, we&rsquore partial to this version that replaces taco shells with iceberg lettuce and fills it with juicy turkey, a delicious homemade salsa, and all your favorite taco fixings. Increase nutrients even more by replacing the lettuce with spinach leaves.

2. Turkey Cacciatore Burgers on Portobello &ldquoBuns&rdquo

A classy twist on the average turkey burger, this nutritious recipe comes together quickly&mdashthe mushrooms roast in the oven for 12 minutes while the turkey cooks on the stovetop&mdashlooks complicated (read: serve when you have friends coming over), and tastes delicious. Packed with protein, thanks to turkey, plenty of potassium courtesy of the mushrooms, and crazy tasty. What more do you need?

3. Roasted Eggplant with Tomatoes and Mint

Not quite a sandwich but an elegant spin on bruschetta, this recipe forgoes bread for eggplant, for a healthier version of the Italian classic. While the eggplant roasts in the oven, mix the remaining handful of ingredients (onions, tomatoes, capers) to get them ready to be scooped onto the eggplant and you&rsquore done!

4. Baked Butternut Squash Fries

When you need a crunchy fry, these crispy squash spears fit the bill. Technically a fruit, butternut squash is full of nutrients like potassium and carotenoids (which help protect your heart). Speed things up by skipping the peeling step&mdashthe fries will still be delicious.

5. Roasted Turnips with Parmesan

Haven&rsquot ever really eaten turnips? It&rsquos time to give them a second look. They&rsquore inexpensive and their natural sweetness makes them seem like a real treat. Leave the skins on the turnips before roasting to make this already super-easy recipe even quicker. Try them alongside your favorite burger or sandwich recipe for a fry that&rsquos a vegetable in disguise.

6. Healthy Baked Carrot Fries

Here&rsquos a kitchen secret: when carrots are baked, they taste surprisingly similar to sweet potatoes. That makes these beta-carotene-packed carrot fries all the more sweet. Just chop, toss in salt and pepper, and bake. Want to add some extra zing? Use your favorite spices like garlic, Old Bay, or crushed red pepper to up the flavor even more.

7. Delicious Zucchini Lasagna

You won&rsquot miss the noodles in this meaty, cheesy lasagna that&rsquos packed with fresh zucchini. Just two or three thinly sliced zucchinis are needed to replace normal lasagna noodles. Give it a whirl in the summer when farmers&rsquo markets and gardens are bursting with the vegetable.

8. Easy Eggplant Lasagna

If you love eggplant, this recipe&rsquos for you. If you don&rsquot love eggplant yet, you will after whipping up this pasta-free dish. It comes together quickly for a lasagna that&rsquos got all the flavor of the familiar version without the carbs. It&rsquos also insanely flexible: peel or don&rsquot peel the eggplant and make the slices as thick (or thin) as you like. Use jarred pasta sauce to speed things up even more.

9. Mac-and-Cheese-Style Cauliflower

A creamy, cheesy alternative to typical mac and cheese, it&rsquos not a stretch to think this version is preferable to using elbow pasta, no matter what your relationship with carbs may be. Boil cauliflower, whisk up a cheese sauce, and throw it all in the oven. For a fancier twist, use your favorite non-cheddar cheeses or a combo (mozzarella and pepper jack, anyone?)

10. Mashed Cauliflower With Garlic and Chives

Move over, cream- and butter-laden mashed potatoes&mdashthere&rsquos a new side dish in town. This mashed cauliflower takes on the consistency of potatoes after getting chopped up in a food processor or blender (or use a potato masher to get chunkier &ldquopotato&rdquo pieces and work on your upper arm strength!), so get ready to enjoy a favorite comfort food minus piles of carbs. The garlic and chives add an extra dimension of flavor that&rsquos sure to be a hit.

Also try: Almond flour pancakes or oatmeal and cottage cheese

11. Fluffy Little Almond Flour Pancakes

Using almond instead of wheat-based flour keeps these breakfast beauties lower in carbs without sacrificing the tiniest bit of taste. Whip up the batter with a blender for a quicker breakfast, or use a bowl and whisk&mdasheither option yields delicious results. Add berries for some color and a fruity zing. Oh, and trust us one this one&mdashmake an extra batch to freeze for a busy morning.

12. Oatmeal and Cottage Cheese Banana Pancakes for One

It&rsquos a lucky thing that this recipe is for one, because you won&rsquot want to share. Oats and cottage cheese come together as pancake batter, while banana adds a hint of natural sweetness. Blend for just 30 seconds and drop batter onto a heated skillet for perfect pancakes. Don&rsquot forget add-ins like chocolate chips!

13. Portabello Mushroom Pizzas

You will believe it when you taste it&mdashmushrooms make an incredibly tasty pizza crust. Lunch or dinner doesn&rsquot get simpler than this: drizzle mushroom caps with olive oil, load up on your favorite toppings like cheese or veggies, and bake. Sprinkle a little fresh basil on to bring it over the top.

14. Cauliflower Pizza Crust With Roasted Vegetables and Goat Cheese

Is there anything cauliflower can&rsquot disguise itself as? Don&rsquot be put off by making your own &ldquodough.&rdquo The taste is well worth it, and takes less time than traditional dough (no rising, yay!). Roasted veggies and goat cheese are a tasty topping, but if you prefer a more conventional pizza, load it up with marinara and mozz.

15. Simply Cauliflower Rice

Try this basic recipe when you&rsquore just craving a big ol&rsquo bowl of rice. If you&rsquore looking for something fancier, the suggested add-ins like lemon and sea salt or curry, ginger, and red chilies will jazz up your cauliflower in no time (We especially have our eyes on the Spanish cauliflower rice version that includes salsa and jalapenos!).

Also try: Black bean spaghetti, shredded cabbage, spaghetti squash, or sweet potato noodles

16. Mexican Black Bean Spaghetti

Spaghetti made out of&hellip black beans?! With 25 grams of protein and 12 grams of fiber per serving, this alternative will keep you feeling full and satisfied much longer than whole-wheat spaghetti noodles. Give it a whirl in this Mexican-inspired dish.

17. Shrimp with Bok Choy, Sriracha, and Shirataki Noodles

Sriracha, garlic, and veggies are an epic trio, and this alternative is just as delightful. This version lightens the load by using Japanese shirataki noodles (made out of yams and already cooked!), which have zero carbs, to create a restaurant-worthy&mdashbut still healthy&mdashdish.

18. Skinny Spaghetti

Cabbage masked as spaghetti? Trust us, it works. The cabbage &ldquonoodles&rdquo lose their cabbage-y flavor, and become the perfect vehicle for this flavorful chili that uses staple ingredients like garlic and chopped tomatoes. Bonus: Use the leftover chili in a burrito, taco, or even eat it on its own.

19. Spaghetti Squash with Marinara

Using only four ingredients, this basic recipe is a great base to build a simple spaghetti dish. Adding vegetables like mushrooms or spinach boosts healthful goodness, while throwing in some cooked chicken or shrimp will give it an extra protein boost. But if you want to eat it as is, using squash instead of typical pasta will keep you guilt-free.

20. Japchae (Korean Stir-Fried Sweet Potato Noodles)

Vegetarian-friendly, throw this this stir-fry together quickly for an easy after-work dinner. The prep and cook time are equally minimal, and the dish tastes great served warm or at room temperature (and yes, even cold, and straight from the refrigerator!).


20 Low-Carb Substitutes That Don't Suck

What do mac and cheese, stacks of pancakes, and bowls of pasta all have in common? If you answered, &ldquoUmm, they&rsquore delicious,&rdquo you&rsquod be right. But they&rsquore also heavy in carbs and can leave you feeling tired and annoyed. And while a diet rich in healthy carbohydrates is good for us in moderation, after a long, cold winter, you might be itching to try something fresh for spring. Don&rsquot worry, we&rsquove got you covered. We&rsquove gathered some of the most notorious carb-heavy foods and found a delicious, low-carb alternative to satisfy any craving.

1. Cilantro-Lime Turkey Taco Lettuce Wraps

Because you can turn almost any sandwich into a lettuce wrap, we&rsquore partial to this version that replaces taco shells with iceberg lettuce and fills it with juicy turkey, a delicious homemade salsa, and all your favorite taco fixings. Increase nutrients even more by replacing the lettuce with spinach leaves.

2. Turkey Cacciatore Burgers on Portobello &ldquoBuns&rdquo

A classy twist on the average turkey burger, this nutritious recipe comes together quickly&mdashthe mushrooms roast in the oven for 12 minutes while the turkey cooks on the stovetop&mdashlooks complicated (read: serve when you have friends coming over), and tastes delicious. Packed with protein, thanks to turkey, plenty of potassium courtesy of the mushrooms, and crazy tasty. What more do you need?

3. Roasted Eggplant with Tomatoes and Mint

Not quite a sandwich but an elegant spin on bruschetta, this recipe forgoes bread for eggplant, for a healthier version of the Italian classic. While the eggplant roasts in the oven, mix the remaining handful of ingredients (onions, tomatoes, capers) to get them ready to be scooped onto the eggplant and you&rsquore done!

4. Baked Butternut Squash Fries

When you need a crunchy fry, these crispy squash spears fit the bill. Technically a fruit, butternut squash is full of nutrients like potassium and carotenoids (which help protect your heart). Speed things up by skipping the peeling step&mdashthe fries will still be delicious.

5. Roasted Turnips with Parmesan

Haven&rsquot ever really eaten turnips? It&rsquos time to give them a second look. They&rsquore inexpensive and their natural sweetness makes them seem like a real treat. Leave the skins on the turnips before roasting to make this already super-easy recipe even quicker. Try them alongside your favorite burger or sandwich recipe for a fry that&rsquos a vegetable in disguise.

6. Healthy Baked Carrot Fries

Here&rsquos a kitchen secret: when carrots are baked, they taste surprisingly similar to sweet potatoes. That makes these beta-carotene-packed carrot fries all the more sweet. Just chop, toss in salt and pepper, and bake. Want to add some extra zing? Use your favorite spices like garlic, Old Bay, or crushed red pepper to up the flavor even more.

7. Delicious Zucchini Lasagna

You won&rsquot miss the noodles in this meaty, cheesy lasagna that&rsquos packed with fresh zucchini. Just two or three thinly sliced zucchinis are needed to replace normal lasagna noodles. Give it a whirl in the summer when farmers&rsquo markets and gardens are bursting with the vegetable.

8. Easy Eggplant Lasagna

If you love eggplant, this recipe&rsquos for you. If you don&rsquot love eggplant yet, you will after whipping up this pasta-free dish. It comes together quickly for a lasagna that&rsquos got all the flavor of the familiar version without the carbs. It&rsquos also insanely flexible: peel or don&rsquot peel the eggplant and make the slices as thick (or thin) as you like. Use jarred pasta sauce to speed things up even more.

9. Mac-and-Cheese-Style Cauliflower

A creamy, cheesy alternative to typical mac and cheese, it&rsquos not a stretch to think this version is preferable to using elbow pasta, no matter what your relationship with carbs may be. Boil cauliflower, whisk up a cheese sauce, and throw it all in the oven. For a fancier twist, use your favorite non-cheddar cheeses or a combo (mozzarella and pepper jack, anyone?)

10. Mashed Cauliflower With Garlic and Chives

Move over, cream- and butter-laden mashed potatoes&mdashthere&rsquos a new side dish in town. This mashed cauliflower takes on the consistency of potatoes after getting chopped up in a food processor or blender (or use a potato masher to get chunkier &ldquopotato&rdquo pieces and work on your upper arm strength!), so get ready to enjoy a favorite comfort food minus piles of carbs. The garlic and chives add an extra dimension of flavor that&rsquos sure to be a hit.

Also try: Almond flour pancakes or oatmeal and cottage cheese

11. Fluffy Little Almond Flour Pancakes

Using almond instead of wheat-based flour keeps these breakfast beauties lower in carbs without sacrificing the tiniest bit of taste. Whip up the batter with a blender for a quicker breakfast, or use a bowl and whisk&mdasheither option yields delicious results. Add berries for some color and a fruity zing. Oh, and trust us one this one&mdashmake an extra batch to freeze for a busy morning.

12. Oatmeal and Cottage Cheese Banana Pancakes for One

It&rsquos a lucky thing that this recipe is for one, because you won&rsquot want to share. Oats and cottage cheese come together as pancake batter, while banana adds a hint of natural sweetness. Blend for just 30 seconds and drop batter onto a heated skillet for perfect pancakes. Don&rsquot forget add-ins like chocolate chips!

13. Portabello Mushroom Pizzas

You will believe it when you taste it&mdashmushrooms make an incredibly tasty pizza crust. Lunch or dinner doesn&rsquot get simpler than this: drizzle mushroom caps with olive oil, load up on your favorite toppings like cheese or veggies, and bake. Sprinkle a little fresh basil on to bring it over the top.

14. Cauliflower Pizza Crust With Roasted Vegetables and Goat Cheese

Is there anything cauliflower can&rsquot disguise itself as? Don&rsquot be put off by making your own &ldquodough.&rdquo The taste is well worth it, and takes less time than traditional dough (no rising, yay!). Roasted veggies and goat cheese are a tasty topping, but if you prefer a more conventional pizza, load it up with marinara and mozz.

15. Simply Cauliflower Rice

Try this basic recipe when you&rsquore just craving a big ol&rsquo bowl of rice. If you&rsquore looking for something fancier, the suggested add-ins like lemon and sea salt or curry, ginger, and red chilies will jazz up your cauliflower in no time (We especially have our eyes on the Spanish cauliflower rice version that includes salsa and jalapenos!).

Also try: Black bean spaghetti, shredded cabbage, spaghetti squash, or sweet potato noodles

16. Mexican Black Bean Spaghetti

Spaghetti made out of&hellip black beans?! With 25 grams of protein and 12 grams of fiber per serving, this alternative will keep you feeling full and satisfied much longer than whole-wheat spaghetti noodles. Give it a whirl in this Mexican-inspired dish.

17. Shrimp with Bok Choy, Sriracha, and Shirataki Noodles

Sriracha, garlic, and veggies are an epic trio, and this alternative is just as delightful. This version lightens the load by using Japanese shirataki noodles (made out of yams and already cooked!), which have zero carbs, to create a restaurant-worthy&mdashbut still healthy&mdashdish.

18. Skinny Spaghetti

Cabbage masked as spaghetti? Trust us, it works. The cabbage &ldquonoodles&rdquo lose their cabbage-y flavor, and become the perfect vehicle for this flavorful chili that uses staple ingredients like garlic and chopped tomatoes. Bonus: Use the leftover chili in a burrito, taco, or even eat it on its own.

19. Spaghetti Squash with Marinara

Using only four ingredients, this basic recipe is a great base to build a simple spaghetti dish. Adding vegetables like mushrooms or spinach boosts healthful goodness, while throwing in some cooked chicken or shrimp will give it an extra protein boost. But if you want to eat it as is, using squash instead of typical pasta will keep you guilt-free.

20. Japchae (Korean Stir-Fried Sweet Potato Noodles)

Vegetarian-friendly, throw this this stir-fry together quickly for an easy after-work dinner. The prep and cook time are equally minimal, and the dish tastes great served warm or at room temperature (and yes, even cold, and straight from the refrigerator!).