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14 Hearty Recipes That Swap The Carbs With Veggies

Low-carb, high-flavor.

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Just about everyone loves pasta, rice, and bread.

But if you're trying to eat fewer carbs, these foods are usually off limits. So we rounded up 14 delicious recipes that swap the carbs for veggies — that way, you can still eat the foods you love, while hitting whatever health goals you've got.

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1. Zucchini Lasagna With Spicy Turkey Meat Sauce

ambitiouskitchen.com

Long slices of zucchini replace the typical wheat noodles in this lower-carb version — and to make sure they're nice and thin, feel free to use a mandoline to make cutting them easier. Get the recipe.

2. Five-Ingredient Cauliflower Mac ‘N’ Cheese

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All of the cheesy goodness of mac 'n' cheese — minus the mac' part. Get the recipe.

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3. Sweet Potato Noodle Pad Thai

Just make sure you don't overcook the sweet potato noodles so they can still mimic the nice al dente texture of pasta. Get the recipe.

4. Parmesan Garlic Cauliflower Rice

kirbiecravings.com

This basic cauliflower rice recipe can be adapted in so many ways — served with stir-fry, paired with grilled chicken, or even topped with meatballs. The possibilities are endless. Get the recipe.

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5. Rainbow Cauliflower Crust Pizza

A simple base made out of cauliflower replaces typical pizza dough in this rainbow beauty. Get the recipe.

6. Stir-Fry Teriyaki Shrimp With Zucchini Noodles

Everything you love about your favorite take-out dish, minus the noodles. Get the recipe.

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7. Spaghetti Squash Shrimp Scampi

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Cooking the spaghetti squash in the microwave makes this dish super quick to put together and completely oven-free. Get the recipe.

8. Cauliflower Crusted Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Perfect for people who love grilled cheese but can't have the bread. Get the recipe.

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9. Lemon Garlic Zucchini Noodles

kirbiecravings.com

Zucchini noodles are a light but filling base perfect for pairing with your favorite sauces. This recipes tosses 'em in a light lemon sauce that's easy to put together on a weeknight. Get the recipe.

10. Cauliflower Gnocchi

Move over TJ's, because you can make their bestselling low-carb dumplings at home now. Get the recipe.

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11. Sweet Potato Toast

wellvegan.com

If toast without bread sounds like a contradiction, then you've clearly never experienced the deliciousness that is sweet potato toast. Get the recipe.

12. Cauliflower Crust Bread Sticks

All the cheesy, garlicky goodness of garlic bread — minus the actual bread part. Get the recipe.

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13. Cauliflower Grits With Spicy Shrimp

Grating the cauliflower on a box grater gives this dish that classic grits texture. Get the recipe.

14. Zucchini Noodles Chicken Alfredo

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So you can enjoy everyone's favorite comfort food without loading up on carbs. Get the recipe.

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