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Posted on: February 13, 2019
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We Tried Pinterest’s Top 7 Low-Carb Recipes

It’s all about the texture. If you’re trying out a lower-carb lifestyle, then you’ve probably experienced cravings for your usual carb-laden dishes. Well, you’re in luck because Pinterest shared with us their most saved low-carb recipes, and we tested seven of them to see if they live up to the hype. Whether you’re trying out the keto diet, want to break some food habits, or simply want to experiment with a diet that’s lower in carbs, these low-carb recipes are here to satisfy. From a chicken enchilada bowl to a zucchini lasagna with ground beef, here are the low-carb recipes we tried and loved.
1. Keto Buffalo Chicken Meatballs heyketomama.com THE RECIPE: I love meatballs, so I was excited to try this recipe out. It seemed super simple: You just throw everything into a bowl, mix it up, form it into balls, bake ’em, and toss with buffalo sauce. Easy enough.
The one note that I have is that I added additional almond flour (two more tablespoons to be exact) just so they were easier to roll. The mixture is super wet, and it sticks to both your hands and the mixing bowl, so I oiled my hands and used a small ice cream scoop to make the balls. I think you could get away with one tablespoon of almond flour, but this just made it a bit easier.
Michelle No / BuzzFeed THE RESULTS: I did like them, but I was not the biggest fan of the buffalo sauce . I found it to be pretty aggressive, but my coworker didn’t mind the heat at all. I think this is a matter of personal taste (and might just be me being a spicy food wimp.)
One of my coworkers said the texture was a bit gritty, so I think adding extra almond flour might have been a bad move on my part. Oh well… ¯_(ツ)_/¯
I recommend serving these with blue cheese dressing, over rice, or even with a nice salad. By themselves it doesn’t feel like a meal, but paired with the right stuff I think it would be perfect. — Jesse Szewczyk
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2. Keto Chicken Enchilada Bowl heyketomama.com THE RECIPE: I love a good, hearty bowl. It’s basically a heartier version of a salad, right?
You’ll need enchilada sauce to make this dish and while I think the homemade stuff is totally worth it if you have the time (especially if you make a large batch of it), the packaged sauce will do just the trick if you’re short on time. And while the enchilada chicken goes perfectly in a bowl, you could also plop it on a bed of cauliflower rice or into some low-carb tortillas.
Michelle No / BuzzFeed THE RESULTS: I put this together after work one night, and loved how the sauce made the chicken thighs extra juicy and rich. I was almost sad watching it get reduced down, but pretty grateful upon my first juicy bite.
Topped with sour cream, avocado, and cheese, this recipe had all the savoriness, heat, and mild tart of enchiladas. The sauce was so good I had some over my eggs the next morning, too. — Michelle No
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3. Zucchini Lasagna With Ground Beef savorytooth.com
THE RECIPE: This recipe was pretty straightforward and easy to make. The first step is preparing the bolognese sauce, which is made with sautéed onion, tomato sauce, and ground meat. I decided to use ground turkey instead of beef, which worked just fine. The second step (and the only difficult part of this recipe, IMHO) is slicing the zucchini into thin strips.
Without a mandoline , I found it difficult to cut the zucchini into even pieces, but in the end it didn’t matter much. To put together, you just layer the sliced zucchini with the bolognese sauce and mozzarella cheese in a baking dish, and repeat. Bake it in the oven for about 45 minutes, and you’re all set.
Hannah Loewentheil / BuzzFeed THE RESULTS: Because of the lengthy baking time, this recipe probably wouldn’t be my go-to weeknight meal. But I’d definitely make it again if I were having friends over for dinner or on a Sunday as part of my meal prep routine. For a low-carb recipe, it still tasted really good and I didn’t miss the pasta (probably because this dish is still super cheesy) . I’d definitely recommend making this at home. — Hannah Loewentheil
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4. Breakfast Egg Muffins lifemadesweeter.com
THE RECIPE: As long as you have eggs, salt, pepper, and some leftover veggies or protein, you can make egg muffins. And as long as you have egg muffins stocked in your fridge, you won’t have an excuse to skip breakfast.
I had broccoli, shredded carrots, cheddar, kimchi, and jalapeño hanging around my kitchen, so I ended up using the broccoli, kimchi, and jalapeño recipes and tweaking them a little.
They took just ten minutes to cook and would’ve been perfect, had I not made the fatal mistake of using paper muffin cups, which the egg mix ripped through. I still scraped the eggs off the peeling cups like a protein-hungry monster, so no big.
Michelle No / BuzzFeed THE RESULTS: The whole thing actually took me less than 35 minutes to put together and cook, but saved me from many a skipped breakfast or sugar-loaded coffee shop pastry.
Taste-wise, it’s not mind-blowing, but maybe I just needed a bit more salt in the recipe, or a better dip (I used ketchup). My weekday breakfast are mostly for chasing my stomach growls anyway, and this gets the job done. — Michelle No
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5. Cashew Chicken ketoconnect.net
THE RECIPE: The most time-consuming part was probably gathering ingredients and chopping up the bell pepper and onion, but the rest of the recipe was straightforward. I made sure to keep my eyes on the pan when I added the chicken and veggies to the coconut oil, as the latter has a pretty low smoking point and, like butter, will start disintegrating pretty fast.
Michelle No / BuzzFeed THE RESULTS: “It tastes like healthy take-out,” is how my friend described this dish.
And while I’m honestly not a fan of Asian take-out, I was a fan of this dish. The whole meal has a little bit of everything, including spice, crunch, and a deep, savory flavor that’s a result of sesame oil, protein, liquid aminos (which, FYI, tastes like sweet soy sauce), and cashews.
Next time I make this, I might double the recipe. While this recipe is supposed to yield three servings, I found that it actually amounted to two moderately sized servings when eaten without an accompanying carb (which is the point, right?). — Michelle No
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6. Low-Carb Tortillas ketoconnect.net
THE RECIPE: Optional spices aside, you need just three ingredients to make these: coconut flour, baking powder, and egg whites . You whisk those ingredients in a small bowl, scoop a quarter cup onto the pan, and watch as the tortillas bubble and sizzle away like savory dinner pancakes.
Michelle No / BuzzFeed THE RESULTS: If you need a vehicle for your protein that isn’t a halved vegetable (the low-carb community’s favorite hack that doesn’t work for my palette), then these low-carb tortillas will do the trick.
Like many low-carb carb replicas, these tortillas had a decidedly egg-ey smell and taste and weren’t as chewy as your usual taco shells . But, stuffed with avocado, bacon, and a dollop of sour cream, I wouldn’t have thought anything was missing. — Michelle No
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7. Green Chile Cauliflower Casserole joyfilledeats.com THE RECIPE: Like most dependable casseroles, this recipe is pretty easy for even amateur chefs , and comes together with some seasoned veggies, loads of dairy products, and a hearty topping of cheese.
As per usual, sauteeing the onions definitely took longer than the described 5-7 minutes, but I kept busy by cooking and drying my cauliflower rice, a process which I will never NOT find tedious. If anyone has cauliflower-drying “hacks,” please message me.
Michelle No / BuzzFeed THE RESULTS: I thought the recipe was a little too salty (I would skip the extra salt altogether and just rely on the cheese), but it was otherwise deliciously gooey, creamy, and tasted like a less toothful version of mac ‘n’ cheese.
And the onions and celery were key ingredients in this recipe, as they made each bite crunchy and more nutritious than if it had been just a bite of cheese and cauliflower.
By the way, if you can’t find green chiles at your grocery store, you might be looking in the wrong aisle. Instead of looking where the olives and jalapeños are, browse in the pasta and taco aisle and you might find a few short blue cans hanging around. — Michelle No
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