Next Week's Meal Plan

A Week of Low-Carb Dinners Packed with Vegetables

updated Jan 5, 2022
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Credit: Faith Durand, Jason Rampe | Food Stylist: Amelia Rampe, Karen Biton-Cohen, Joe Lingeman

If you’re focused on keeping your carb count down at mealtime, but still want to load your plate with vegetables, it can sometimes feel tricky. Many beloved vegetables — like sweet potatoes, butternut squash, carrots, and corn — are high in carbs. The good news, however, is that there happen to be way more vegetables than you might think that are compatible with low-carb diets (think: spaghetti squash, leafy greens, bell pepper, cauliflower, zucchini, and mushrooms, for starters).

This week’s meal plan is stacked with satisfying low-carb meals that include a variety of vibrant veggies.

Credit: Faith Durand

Monday: Baked Spaghetti Squash Carbonara

Tonight brings all the comfort of creamy carbonara, but uses spaghetti squash in place of carb-heavy pasta. Get a jump on dinner by cooking the spaghetti squash during your weekend meal prep session. Or if you plan to cook it Monday evening, save a little time by using one of our shortcut recipes: Microwave Spaghetti Squash or Instant Pot spaghetti Spaghetti Squash.

Get the recipe: Baked Spaghetti Squash Carbonara

Credit: Photo: Jason Rampe |Food Stylist: Amelia Rampe

Tuesday: Cheesesteak Stuffed Peppers

Using tender bell peppers in place of rolls is the trick to getting more veggies on your plate tonight and keeping the carb count down. If you’re up for even more veggies, I like mixing up to 1 cup of baby spinach with the onions at the end of cooking, or simply serving with a side of sautéed greens. The leftovers keep well and make for a good lunch later in the week.

Get the recipe: Cheesesteak Stuffed Peppers

Wednesday: Mushroom-Asparagus Frittata

Breakfast for dinner in the middle of the week of always a good idea. I happen to be partial to frittatas because they’re a great way to use up lingering vegetables, herbs, and cheese, plus the leftovers are great whether you eat them straight from the fridge or heat them up. Feel free to leave out the onion and garlic to cut the carb count a little more, and don’t hesitate to sauté a handful of greens with the mushrooms if you have some in the fridge.

Get the recipe: Mushroom-Asparagus Frittata

Credit: Joe Lingeman

Thursday: BBQ Chicken Casserole

If you like chicken, BBQ sauce, and cauliflower, this casserole will be right up your alley. The recipe starts with instructions for a DIY BBQ sauce, but if you have a favorite store-bought bottle, go ahead and use that instead.

Get the recipe: BBQ Chicken Casserole

Credit: Joe Lingeman

Friday: One-Skillet Salsa Pork Chops

The end of the week calls for a dinner that’s simple and extra-satisfying. Grab a jar of your favorite salsa, and be sure to start with boneless chops for this quick-cooking meal.

Get the recipe: One-Skillet Salsa Pork Chops

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