3 Low-Carb Recipes for a Lean Diet Plan

When you’re trying to lose weight and get lean, your diet is just as important as your fitness. To lose weight, develop a lean diet plan consisting of delicious, nutrient-rich, low-carb foods. Here are a few recipes you’ll love:

Butternut Squash and Walnuts

Though it can be enjoyed any time of year, this Butternut Squash and Walnuts recipe is the perfect side-dish for low-carb individuals this holiday season. Good for 8 servings, you can eat on this recipe for a few days! Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1500g cubed butternut squash
  • 15g olive oil
  • 120g chopped walnuts (or other nut)*
  • 14g salted butter
  • 1.5g ground ginger
  • 8g vanilla extract
  • 1g dried, ground thyme
  • 3g fine sea salt (or pink salt)
  • 2g ground white pepper (or black)

Begin by preheating your oven to 400 degrees. Peel and cut the butternut squash into cubes. Toss the cubes in olive oil, ginger, salt & pepper, and thyme. Add the cubes to a baking sheet and roast until golden brown or for about 20 minutes. While baking the squash, prepare your walnuts. In a large skillet at medium-high heat, toast your walnuts until they start to brown. Add butter and toss the walnuts in the melting butter. Combine the squash, walnuts, and vanilla in a large bowl. Toss until evenly mixed.

Shepherd’s Pie

Who doesn’t love Shepherd’s Pie? It’s delicious, but a little carb-heavy. You can still lose weight without sacrificing the foods you love. Try this low-carb Shepherd’s Pie recipe! Here’s what you’ll need:

The meat base:

  • 450 grams 96% lean ground beef
  • 450 grams 99% lean ground turkey breast
  • 3 grams sea salt (or pink)
  • 3 grams granulated garlic
  • 400g diced tomatoes
  • 85 grams tomato paste
  • 400 grams cut green beans

The Hearts of Palm/Cauliflower Mash:

  • 450 grams hearts of palm
  • 350 grams riced, cooked cauliflower
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • 50g light canned coconut milk
  • 3 grams sea salt (or pink)

Begin by preheating your oven to 350 degrees. In a medium skillet, brown your ground meat, adding salt, pepper, and garlic seasoning to taste. Once browned, add diced tomatoes and tomato paste, stirring until evenly distributed. Setting that mixture aside, steam your cauliflower until soft. Add your cauliflower, hearts of palm, garlic, coconut milk, and salt to a food processor and blend until smooth. In a casserole dish, layer your meat mixture, cut green beans, and cauliflower mixture. Bake for 30 minutes or until golden brown.

Chicken Fajita Casserole

Love Mexican food but are trying to avoid those carby tortillas? This low-carb chicken fajita casserole dish should satisfy your cravings! Here’s what you’ll need to prepare this dish:

  • 3-4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 bell peppers (red and green preferably)
  • 1 onion
  • 1 teaspoon cumin powder
  • 1.5 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella
  • Chopped cilantro

Begin by preheating your oven to 400 degrees. After seasoning your chicken with cumin, chili powder, garlic, paprika, salt, and pepper, place the chicken breasts along the bottom of your casserole dish. Drizzle the chicken with a little olive oil, then top it off with bell peppers and onion. Add seasonings. Add a layer of mozzarella cheese. Bake for 20-30 minutes or until chicken has reached an internal temperature of 165 degrees. Serve this dish with a low-carb veggie of your choice and enjoy!

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