If you’re stuck in a rice, pasta or mashed potato rut, we have some great low-carb side dishes for you to try out. Perfect for your healthy eating plan!
These are a great way to increase the amount of vegetables you eat each day. They will help to crowd your plate with healthy side dish options that leave you feeling full and satisfied.
These are five of our favourite options for a healthy side dish for your favourite main meal. Why not pop some on your meal plan for next week?
5 Low Carb Side Dishes
1. Roast Zucchini Dip
This tastes great with some fish or roast chicken. Chop up 4 zucchinis and roast for 15 minutes on a tray with 2 cloves of garlic (in their skins) in a 180C oven with some olive oil, salt and pepper.
Once cooked, remove garlic from the skin and add to a blender with the zucchini and ¼ cup crumbled feta. Blend until smooth.
2. White Bean Puree
This tastes great served with some grilled salmon or lamb, but also works as a simple dip with carrot sticks for afternoon tea.
Use a blender or food processor to bring together a 400g tin of drained cannellini beans, a peeled clove of garlic, 2 tbsp lemon juice, and some salt and pepper to taste.
3. Cauliflower Mash
For a lighter take on regular potato mash, try using cauliflower instead. Simply steam 4 cups of cauliflower florets until very tender, drain, and add ¼ cup milk and 1 tbsp olive oil.
Use a hand masher (or for super tender mash, use a hand blender). Add more milk as needed until you reach the desired consistency.
4. Quinoa Tabouli
For a protein-loaded side quinoa is a great option. Turning it into a salad to accompany your chicken or fish dish is a great way to add loads of flavour.
Just take a bowl of cooked quinoa and add chopped parsley, cucumber, tomato and spring onions. Drizzle with fresh lemon juice and olive oil, then serve.
5. Zoodles (Zucchini Noodles)
Use a vegetable peeler or a spiraliser to make the noodles from 4 zucchinis. Place into a large pot of boiling water for one minute to cook.
Drain and drizzle with olive oil and lemon juice, and then season to taste.
Find lots of healthy main dishes to serve these delicious sides with here.