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Culinary Arts: Healthy low-carb side dishes

Updated on April 20, 2011

healthy low-carb recipes for side dishes

First of all, welcome to my online cooking classes! They're totally free, and I think you can gain a lot from my years of experience. Today's subject in culinary arts is low-carb side dishes that are tasty and healthy. I've come up with lots of low carb recipes!

If you're on a low-carb diet, you've got the main dishes down pat. All seafood, beef, pork, and poultry are practically carb free. But you might be wondering what to eat with all that meat. How can you still get the necessary nutrients and fiber into your diet without "blowing it"? Find out below in this edition of my online cooking school! Try these tasty, simple recipes for healthy low-carb sides:

Grilled zucchini: Wash zucchini and cut lengthwise into 1/3-inch planks. Brush with olive oil and sprinkle with garlic salt. Grill on medium grill until brown. Turn and cook other side. These are also quick and easy on a George Foreman grill!

Broiled tomatoes: Wash medium-large tomatoes and half crosswise. Top each half with a slice of provolone cheese and sprinkle with fresh or dried basil. Broil in the oven until cheese melts.

Broccoli casserole: Cook a package of frozen broccoli florets until soft. Drain and layer in a 13 x 9-inch pyrex dish. Mix together one cup mayonnaise and one cup grated cheddar cheese and spoon over broccoli. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes.

Creamed cauliflower: This is a great substitute for mashed potatoes, and it's a very healthy low carb option. Steam or boil fresh or frozen cauliflower until tender, then mash with a fork or potato masher. Add a little milk or cream and butter, salt, and pepper.

Fried cabbage: In a large frying pan, cook 4 slices bacon until almost done. Remove and cut into one-inch pieces. Saute one chopped onion in drippings until almost done, then remove. Drain pan, leaving two tablespoons drippings. Return bacon and onions to pan, along with cut fresh cabbage. Add garlic, salt, and pepper to taste. Cover pan and cook until cabbage is done, stirring frequently.

Italian medly: Saute strips of bell pepper, onion, zucchini, and yellow squash until almost done. Top with tomato wedges or cherry tomato halves. Season with garlic, salt, oregano, and basil. Melt grated mozzarella on top for a colorful, healthy low carb side dish.

Tarragon-lemon asparagus: Wash 2 pounds of fresh asparagus and remove woody ends. Place in a 13 x 9 pyrex dish that has been sprayed with cooking spray. Drizzle three tablespoons cooking oil over spears and top with fresh or dried tarragon, white pepper, salt, and lemon juice to taste. Bake at 450 for 15 minutes, or longer if you prefer the asparagus to be soft.

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    • habee profile imageAUTHOR

      Holle Abee 

      8 years ago from Georgia

      Donna, thanks so much for reading!

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      Donna Wallace 

      8 years ago from North Carolina

      Yummy! Thank you for the ideas for great low carb side dishes.

    • habee profile imageAUTHOR

      Holle Abee 

      9 years ago from Georgia

      Well, come on over!

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      Audrey Hunt 

      9 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      Oh boy, these recipies sound delicious. Saved this yummy hub in my favorites. I wanna eat at your house! :-)

    • habee profile imageAUTHOR

      Holle Abee 

      9 years ago from Georgia

      Oh, Eileen, if only I could keep it up!

    • Eileen Hughes profile image

      Eileen Hughes 

      9 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      Grea hub,for keeping the carbs down cheers.

    • habee profile imageAUTHOR

      Holle Abee 

      9 years ago from Georgia

      I'll check it out, RA!

    • RunAbstract profile image


      9 years ago from USA

      I loved the article, and I love side dishes! To me, they make the meal. Please come see my new side dish article,

      and I will be back soon for more cooking classes!

    • habee profile imageAUTHOR

      Holle Abee 

      9 years ago from Georgia

      Nice to meet you, Easy!

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      Amelia Griggs 

      9 years ago from U.S.

      Great low-carb side dishes! Thanks for all your helpful and interesting hubs. I've only just started on hubpages 4 months ago and so far, I love hubpages and creating the articles. It's fun sharing information with others.


    • habee profile imageAUTHOR

      Holle Abee 

      9 years ago from Georgia

      They're good with a huge grilled T-bone! lol

    • maheshpatwal profile image


      9 years ago from MUMBAI

      Though not a very health concious guy but nowdays my increased wasteline is giving me sleepness nights...... will try my hand on one of yr low carb dishes


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