3 Low Carb Side Dishes You Need To Try

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When you initially switch over to a modified carb diet, it can be quite challenging to shift from always having starchy carbs, like potatoes and rice, at main meals. It’s often difficult to know what to replace them with.

So, here are a few of the low carb side dishes I’ve discovered work just as well, if not better, than higher carb regulars.

1. Mashed Root Veg

Mashed root vegetables are a very good alternative to potatoes. This mash can also be used as a topping for dishes like cottage pie.

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Ingredients

1 cup vegetable stock
1 small turnip (swede, rutabaga), peeled and diced
2 small carrots, pealed and diced
1 small parsnip, pealed and diced
1 cup finely chopped cabbage
2 teaspoons butter (optional)
Salt and pepper, to taste

Method:

  1. Pour the stock into a large pot over medium heat. Add the turnip, carrots, parsnip and cabbage. Cover with a lid and simmer for 20 minutes, or until tender. Add more water, if necessary.
  2. When finished cooking, reserve a 1/4 cup of the cooking liquid, then drain the vegetables in a colander and transfer back into the pot.
  3. Using an electric hand blender, mash the vegetables with the reserved liquid and butter, until the desired consistency is reached. Season with salt and pepper and serve.

Makes 4 servings

Note: You could also try adding celeriac.

2. Spaghetti Squash

This is another fantastic idea, perhaps as a substitute to pasta for dishes like bolognese.

Ingredients
1 small spaghetti squash
1-2 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1/4 cup parsley, finely chopped
Salt and pepper, to taste
1/4 cup parmesan cheese, grated (optional)

Method

  1. Halve and seed the squash, then place cut side down, on lightly greased baking sheet. Bake at 200°C for about 1 hour, or until the flesh is easily pierced.
  2. Cool for 10 minutes. Then, take a fork and scrape inside the squash to remove the “spaghetti.”
  3. Heat a large saute pan, add a little more oil and the garlic; cook until it becomes fragrant. Add the parsley, salt, pepper and squash strands. Toss well, and sprinkle in the parmesan cheese.

Here is a video on how to make spaghetti squash

3. Cauliflower “Rice”

I think this is a great idea, particularly if you enjoy foods like curry or chili, and you just can’t imagine eating them without rice.

Ingredients

1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 tablespoon sesame oil
1 medium sized cauliflower, grated
2 handfuls of bean sprouts, sliced finely
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons soy sauce
Salt and pepper, to taste
1 bunch green onions, finely chopped

Method:

  1. Heat the oils in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add everything but the green onions. Stir fry until the cauliflower and bean sprouts are tender, about 5 minutes.
  2. Finally, add the green onions and stir fry for a few more seconds. Adjust the seasoning to taste.

Makes 4 servings

What low carb side dishes can you share with us? I’d love to hear your suggestions…

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