34 Easy Low Carb Food & Meal Ideas


 

It’s been a crazy busy week here! The deck stairs had to be replaced, my A/C went out (just as it finally got warm here in Tennessee of course!), I’ve been working on a new low carb protein cake recipe – and yes, baking with no air conditioning was silly! lol πŸ˜›

Keto SnacksI’ll share that cake recipe with you next, but first… a quick photo tour of some of my easy low carb meals & snacks lately, to give you examples and ideas to work with.

I just got a note that the May Keto Krate boxes are shipping this week, by the way.

They aren’t sold out yet this time either, so if you sign up now they’ll ship it out the next business day. πŸ™‚

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I’m back to my DAILY workouts, even if it’s just quick strength training or 15 Tricep Dips while the coffee is brewing. I got new walking shoes that are SO lightweight & comfortable for town walks with Slim, and Northside sent me a replacement pair of my favorite Northside Burke II summer hikers. Yay!

I love those for creek wading, and wet summer hikes to and around waterfalls. πŸ™‚

Anyway, here are some of the meals I’ve been eating lately, and some of the new low carb foods I’ve found and tried…

Photo Tour: 34 Easy Low Carb Food & Meal Ideas

Now that the weather is getting nicer, I’ve been choosing restaurants with an outdoor patio anytime I can. This meal was from a favorite little local spot – a Greek/Italian place, no less!

They have a beautiful 12oz Delmonico Ribeye on the menu though, with roasted broccoli & cauliflower, and fresh crisp side salads.

It’s HUGE so this always makes two meals for me.:)

Low Carb Restaurant Meals

I’m trying to remember what Aaron had that night, because he eats keto too but he doesn’t eat beef or pork. I think the same except grilled chicken instead of steak, smothered in mushrooms & swiss if I remember right.

Speaking of Aaron, he did NOT like the Cashew Crunch Flax Crackers I got in two of the March Keto Boxes. I love them! Which is funny, because he has liked every other brand/flavor of Flax crackers I’ve gotten – and I have NOT, lol.

Which means: I didn’t have to share those two full bags of them. πŸ™‚

They’ve lasted me awhile because the Cashew Crunch Flax Crackers are 4 net carbs for a 28 gram serving, so I only eat them in moderation.

Cashew Crunch Flax Crackers

They were delicious with Pecan Pie Almond Butter on them. πŸ™‚

It’s only 1 net carbs per TBSP.

Keto Snacks - Flax Crackers with Pecan Pie Almond Butter

For the most part, Aaron and I eat very much alike and have similar taste preferences (beef, pork and Cashew Crunch Flax Crackers aside!) which makes things easy.

Sometimes he’ll pick up something new for us to try, and most recently it was this Earthly Choice Coffee Flour. You can click on the picture to see the nutrition label.

Earthly Choice Coffee Flour

It’s 2 net carbs for a 2 TBSP serving, so a little higher than my Almond Flour which is 3 net carbs for 4 TBSP (1/4 cup), but not by much – 1 net carb difference.

Anyway, I tested it out with one of my favorite low carb recipes for Low Carb Muffins made with nut butter. Besides turning out a little darker than usual, and having a very slight coffee flavor (which I love!), the coffee flour worked beautiful in the recipe!

Low Carb Muffins

Another great keto restaurant meal Aaron and I had on a recent date was this blackened atlantic salmon at O’Charley’s – which is consistently delicious!

O'Charley's Low Carb Dinner Menu - Keto Friendly Restaurant Meals

I had a side caesar salad with no croutons, grilled asparagus and loaded broccoli with my salmon. That was enough for two meals too. πŸ™‚

If you haven’t tried “Loaded Broccoli” yet… you should!

Loaded Broccoli - Low Carb Sides

Another fun find from Aaron: Green Giant Italian Cheese Riced Cauliflower.

And it has the same carb count as the regular, plain cauliflower rice. πŸ™‚

Cheesy Riced Cauliflower - Easy Low Carb Sides

They cheesy cauliflower rice was DELICIOUS!

We cooked it with Pili Nuts, which added a nice buttery-soft crunch, and ate it over a bed of fresh baby spinach.

Fast, easy 10 minute low carb meal – that is also vegetarian friendly. πŸ™‚

Vegetarian Low Carb Dinner - Keto Friendly, LCHF Meals

The Hunter Gatherer Pili Nuts are the only brand I eat, by the way. They were the original and first company to bring Pili Nuts to market in the United States, and they are still wild harvesting their Pili Nuts from nutrient rich volcanic soil in the Philippines.

The founder of the company is super cool, and took the time to reach out to me on the phone about trying his line of Pili Nut products.

He’s an adventurous nature lover too, with a strong focus on health & nutrition. πŸ™‚

You can read the story on their website on the About Page, and be sure to read the FAQ page too. If you order anything, Jason has given us an exclusive coupon code – use LOWCARBTRAVELER for our discount!

Wild Harvested Pili Nuts, Keto Snacks - Low Carb, LCHF, Vegan and Gluten Free

They’re great for a snack, and the original flavor (shown above) are zero net carbs, but I really LOVE cooking with them! πŸ™‚

Here’s another 10 or 15 minute healthy low carb meal with Pili Nuts…

Grilled chicken & Pili Nuts cooked in butter, over a bed of fresh baby spinach with avocado slices on the side. Perfect!;)

Low Carb Dinner Ideas - 15 Minute Keto Meal

When I have fresh baby spinach in the house, I tend to eat it with almost every meal.

One of my favorite quick & easy keto meals is fried eggs on baby spinach – this time with a little cheese sprinkled on top.

I cook the eggs over-medium in a full TBSP of real butter, then drizzle what’s left of the melted butter over my spinach – then top it with the eggs.

Easy Low Carb Meals - 5 Minute Keto Breakfast

When I’m not in the mood for eggs, tuna salad is a great option too!

My tuna salad is simple: mayo, mustard & dill relish. That’s it. πŸ˜‰

Fast Low Carb Meals - Tuna Salad on Spinach

When I’m eating alone, which is most common, I tend to keep it really simple like the fried eggs or tuna salad over spinach.

Or my recent kick: pan fried pork chops! πŸ™‚

I have never been able to cook pork right – until I figured out these breakfast chops. Now I’m hooked!

I just fry them on HIGH in a non stick skillet, in a full TBSP of real butter. I flip them and brown them on both sides, and they are perfectly done and tender – juicy with crispy fat. Yum!!!

Keto Carnivore Mono Meals - Perfect Pork Chops

I usually get them in a pack of four chops, about 4 ounces per chop, and I can eat two at a time usually – sometimes three.

Whatever is leftover, I eat cold out of the fridge. πŸ™‚

Low Carb Lifestyle

I’ve also been enjoying that big bag of zero carb frozen sausage I found recently.

I heat it in the microwave by the directions, then pan fry it on each side for a minute or so too.

It’s (surprisingly!) the best sausage I’ve ever eaten. πŸ™‚

Keto Zero Carb Sausage and Egg Stack - Low Carb Breakfast Ideas

While I’m on a pork kick… πŸ™‚

These are days Aaron and I are NOT cooking together, obviously -lol.

Low Carb Pancakes & Bacon! ♥

Keto Pancake Breakfast - Low Carb Life

These are Apple Pie Pancakes using my Nut Butter Recipe. Delicious!

Of course when I’m cooking for one, I end up with a lot of leftovers…

Which made for a great “breakfast taco” the next day. πŸ˜‰

Low Carb Pancake Bacon Breakfast Taco

Speaking of leftovers, I had some leftover steamed spinach. I decided to make cheese chips one night to enjoy while watching a movie – and added the leftover spinach to them.

That turned out great!

Low Carb Cheese Chips - Keto Snacks

You have to squeeze all the water out of the spinach of course, then just add it to your little piles of shredded cheese – and bake it on parchment paper at 400 degrees until crispy.

How to make Keto Cheese Crisps

Yummy! πŸ™‚

Keto Cheese Chips with Spinach

I haven’t had much low carb fast food lately, but I did have birthday coupons saved up for free Sonic Drive-In cheeseburgers – so I picked up two of those one day.

I just ditched the buns and made them into a “burger stack.” πŸ™‚

Low Carb Fast Food - Sonic Burgers, No Bun

I like to keep easy low carb snacks on hand, which is great when I’m working long hours or have a schedule full of deadlines – which has been the case for the last month or so! πŸ˜›

Pecans are a favorite because they are very high fat and low carb, and I love the Laughing Cow creamy swiss wedges to dip them in.

Easy Low Carb Snack Ideas

The creamy swiss is also great on quick turkey or chicken roll-ups. πŸ™‚

Low Carb Rollups - Fast Keto Lunch

On the topic of long work days, I’ve been enjoying a BPC-style hot coffee keto shake to get me through long afternoon stretches.

I use Ketologie shake mix. You can read all about Ketologie here. They have GREAT products. We have a coupon code now too!

Use: TravelingLC for a discount on any Ketologie orders $30+.

I love the Vanilla Keto Shake Mix in a large tumbler with 24oz of hot coffee and 2 TBSP of salted butter. I just hit it with the mixer for a second and it’s a meal in a mug – and only 1 net carb! πŸ™‚

BPC Keto Shake

I eat my favorite “low carb cereal” almost daily, of course.

It’s usually: 1/2 cup pecan pieces, 1/4 cup Daisy brand 4% cottage cheese, 4 small strawberries and 18 grams of blueberries.

That comes to 5 net carbs and 85% healthy fat – perfect LCHF macros!

Healthy Low Carb, Gluten Free Breakfast Ideas

Sometimes I get a little “wild” with it and add cinnamon – or in this case I drizzled it with ChocZero sugar free white chocolate and turned it into a healthy dessert. πŸ™‚

Low Carb Treats - Keto Friendly Sugar Free White Chocolate

I keep strawberries and blueberries in the freezer year-round, and usually have some variation of my usual low carb staples: pecans, berries, cream cheese, etc.

If you don’t like cottage cheese, this is a great variation:

Cream cheese, peanut butter or almond butter, strawberries & blueberries.

If you ask me it tastes like peanut butter pie, or PB&J pie. πŸ™‚

Healthy Fats and LCHF Foods - Keto and Vegetarian Friendly

The cream cheese I use is Philadelphia 5 Simple Ingredients, which is half a carb per ounce instead of 2 carbs per ounce like most cream cheese.

That means I can enjoy cream cheese even more! ♥

Lowest Carb Cream Cheese

Another favorite cream cheese plate, when I’m in the mood for something sweet: cream cheese, peanut butter or almond butter, topped with sugar free chocolate syrup. πŸ™‚ YUM!

The ChocZero sugar free syrups & chocolates are GREAT and come in a lot of flavors. Our coupon code is: TravelingLowCarb

Keto Fat Bomb - LCHF Foods

Remember the Cashew Crunch Flax Crackers? πŸ™‚

I got all the little crumbs & bits out of the bottom of one of the bags and sprinkled those over my cream cheese, almond butter & berries one day. Just to add a little crunch! That was delicious…

Healthy Fats and LCHF Foods

I think I shared this hamburger steak & zucchini meal with you in my last post, which happened when I was trying to make zucchini fries:

Easy Low Carb Meal Ideas

I had that twice last week. πŸ™‚

I’ve also had my favorite low carb delivery twice this month…

It’s a half pound char-grilled hamburger steak with roasted mixed vegetables.

Low Carb Restaurant Take-Out

I never get tired of this meal. I think I could eat hamburger steaks every day. πŸ™‚

Especially if they’re spinach burgers!

I’ve made at least four batches of Low Carb Muffins this month, because they amazingly delicious of course – but also because they’re easy, and it means I have something quick & easy to grab when I’m hungry.;)

 

These are the new super comfortable, lightweight walking shoes I got for our fast-paced town walks. I picked these because they go great with leggings too, just being honest. πŸ™‚ But they had GREAT comfort reviews.

Comfortable Walking Shoes from Fabletics

I got them on sale at Fabletics and I think they sold out.

Speaking of, I just ordered more of their High-Waisted Shorts…

I got 3 pair last year which are still in like-new shape, even though I’ve worn them A LOT. I’m impressed with how well they’ve held up!! πŸ™‚

They’re like compression shorts, and high-waisted, so they’re like the Spanx version of shorts. They make me look way slimmer AND way more shapely than I really am.;)

We were discussing that on Facebook here:

 

I’m still snowed under with work right now, but I did get my air conditioning fixed at least – thankfully! I’m SO anxious to get out for my next hike, and break in my new pair of (replacement) Northside summer hikers. πŸ˜‰

In the meantime, it’s more easy low carb meals while I power through some extra work this weekend…

I made a quick dash to the store earlier and stocked up on staples: eggs, pecans, cream cheese, water, tuna, frozen berries, coffee and bacon.

Dang, I just realized I forgot peanut butter! πŸ™„

Today I mostly ate that chocolate protein cake I baked last night.

Aaron LOVED it.

Stay tuned for the recipe! It’s super easy with very basic ingredients…

How are things going with you this week?

Leave a comment and let’s chat!:)

Best,
Lynn Terry,
aka @LowCarbTraveler

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20 Responses to 34 Easy Low Carb Food & Meal Ideas

  1. Gaye Miller says:

    Lynn, great food ideas in this post! Our closest O’Charlie’s is an hour away, but I definitely want to try that salmon ASAP.

    I’m curious about the arch support in the Burke sandals. There were mixed reviews on Amazon regarding that. Can you give me some idea please? I need good arch support.

    Thanks for keeping us informed and inspired!

    • Lynn Terry says:

      One of the things I love about O’Charley’s Salmon is that it’s flown in fresh every single day – and never frozen. πŸ™‚

      I’m not sure about the arch support in the Northside shoes. It seems good to me. I have walked and hiked in them A LOT (a 10 mile hike over rough terrain even) and my arches have never bothered me.

      Definitely read the the reviews! The Keen brand are 3x the price, but you might compare the reviews to their version: KEEN Women’s Newport H2 Sandal .

      I’ve been thinking to get a pair of those and compare them to my Northsides, or the Keen Whisper style, but I think the H2 are more suited to my rugged use, lol.

      I have Keen hiking boots and they are GREAT! πŸ™‚

      • Gaye Miller says:

        Thanks for the info!

        • Lynn Terry says:

          You’re welcome! Let me know what you decide. πŸ˜‰

          So many styles to choose from it makes my head spin! lol – I have 3 colors/styles picked out from both companies so I need to sit down and just make a decision already!

          I’m happy with my new replacements of my favorites, but would love to do some comparisons between them all. πŸ˜‰

  2. Connie Bussey says:

    What is name of frozen sausage and where did you find thanks

    • Lynn Terry says:

      Hi Connie πŸ™‚ Here is a picture of the package:

      I found it at a small locally owned grocery store, but other people on Instagram and Facebook suggested Publix. I don’t have one of those in my town, but that would be the first place I would check if you do. πŸ˜‰

  3. LaShawn White says:

    Thank you for my grocery list, lol. I can’t wait to try these ideas. Thank you for everything

  4. Anne Clinton says:

    Hi Lynn,

    I wish I could sure pictures, but this week I’ve had the taste for seafood. Specifically ahi tuna steaks. I brought a beautiful 8oz tuna that I ate medium rare over cauliflower rice topped with soy sauce, sesame seed oil and green onion. I was hooked. So during the week i decided to try poke (raw fish salad). I brought frozen wild caught tuna steaks that was recommended as safe to eat by another keto blog. I know sushi grade is best but I was trying to do it on the cheap. As I was cutting I I found a worm. Plus, the smell was slight fishy which was off putting. That put an END to my craving for fish. I just wish I had something light and freshing to take to work other then a green salad.

    • Lynn Terry says:

      Ugh – yuck, Anne! πŸ˜›

      The ahi tuna steak sounded so good though! πŸ˜‰

      What about some lettuce wraps with thinly sliced meat and some cheese with avocado & a dressing or mayo? That would make an easy light lunch to take!

  5. Anne Clinton says:

    Thank you Lynn. I’ll try it with deli meats and let you know hoe it goes πŸ™‚

  6. Patricia L says:

    This post came at perfect timing for me. I ate low carb for a long time and slowly gave it up (and slowly gained weight). I spent the last months eating vegan and while I loved eating most the food I not only gained weight I felt sooo bloated all the time! It was miserable. Finally I decided those good choices didn’t agree with my body so back to low carb (one week strong) and not only have I not had any hiccups it’s been so incredibly nice to have my fatty coffee and yummy brownies (good dees of course!)

    All that to ask this…

    I noticed good dee has pancake mix. Have you tried it? Also, I’m going to be ordering from good dee’s And or netrition soon. Do you have codes for those or links I should follow? I want to make sure they know I’m coming from your webpage. Thank you!

    • Lynn Terry says:

      Welcome back, Patricia! πŸ™‚

      Netrition doesn’t have a coupon code, they never have in the 7 years I’ve been ordering there, but here are just some of my favorite things to order there: http://www.travelinglowcarb.com/buy-low-carb-foods/ If you’re looking for anything specific let me know, and if I have tried it or know the best option I’m happy to share the details. πŸ˜‰

      Here’s the netrition link that tracks from me as the referral:
      http://www.netrition.com/cgi/goto.cgi?aid=3558

      Good Dee’s mixes are great, aren’t they?! πŸ™‚ Do you make your brownies with the peanut butter & walnuts too – and have you tried her blondies yet??

      I love her pancake mix. It’s really good. I would definitely eat it if I had it, but it’s more expensive than the one I normally get from Netrition at the link above (which also lasts me longer too) – and they are both equally as good so I stick with New Hope Mills.

      Here are some of my recent modifications & creations with Good Dee’s mixes: http://www.travelinglowcarb.com/18963/new-low-carb-desserts/

      There are 3 places to order Good Dee’s, depending on your preferences:

      Good Dee’s Website
      http://www.travelinglowcarb.com/dee
      $11.99 + $6 shipping (use code LOWCARBTRAVEL15 for 15% off)

      Order it at Netrition:
      http://www.netrition.com/cgi/goto.cgi?pid=1067&aid=3558
      $11.99 + low flat rate shipping

      Get it on Amazon:
      http://amzn.to/2sUx2rW
      $12.99 + free shipping w/Amazon Prime

      Enjoy! πŸ™‚

      • Patricia L says:

        Thank you! I will definitely use your links when ordering. I want to make sure they know where I heard about the products from.
        Thank you for your site and replies. I know it takes so much time to post and reply to every comment and leave such detailed responses takes even more time. I really appreciate all you do.

  7. Patricia L says:

    Oh and I just made the blondies last night. I made them just as the pancake said this time but next time will use your receipe to jazz them up. I topped with some smuckers natural peanut butter and had one with coffee. So delicious.

    • Lynn Terry says:

      Yum πŸ™‚ I need to make some this week! I have several of her new mixes here to play with… I love getting creative with them. πŸ™‚

      Thank you so much for using my referral links. It keeps things going here, and keeps all of my content and my updates and our low carb challenge FREE for everyone. ~ xo

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  9. Nanci says:

    Just found you on Pinterest. You’re my new guru! ❀️❀️❀️ Who knew I could make DESSERT in two minutes with only 3 ingredients???

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