10 Low-Carb Dinners Under $10

updated Jun 17, 2019
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If feeding your family for $10 or less provokes images of eating nothing but food out of cans, fear not — it’s completely possible to make some delicious dinners with a tight budget. These 10 recipes, all well-suited for a low-carb diet, are proof.

A note on pricingOur costs were calculated based on grocery prices sourced from Instacart, so your local prices may vary. (We also assumed you had a few staple ingredients — like olive oil, salt, and spices — on hand already.)

If you don’t have a spiralizer, use a julienne peeler or a basic vegetable peeler to shave the cucumbers into ribbons. Turn this into a meal by adding a fried egg to each serving. (Estimated cost: $5.58)

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Canned tuna has a well-earned reputation for being wallet-friendly. Skip the bread here and serve this salad over greens or cauliflower rice. (Estimated cost: $5.58)

This sweet and savory grilled chicken is something the whole family will love. You’ll have enough money left over to pick up some corn to throw on the grill, too. (Estimated cost: $5.73)

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You’ll have to skip the basil here to keep this summer meal under $10, but if you have some growing in your garden, definitely grab some. (Estimated cost: $9.75)

While egg-in-a-hole is traditionally made with toast, swapping in roasted acorn squash is an easy (and very budget-friendly) low-carb twist. (Estimated cost: $2.60)

Swapping traditional bread wraps for a crepe-like wrap made from eggs not only makes these low-carb, but it also adds protein. (Estimated cost: $9.98)

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This low-carb “steaks” are extra flavorful, thanks to a rub of fresh ginger and spices. Serve them with a simple green salad to make it dinner. (Estimated cost: $6.39)

A big pot of homey braised cabbage can absolutely be an affordable dinner when there is bacon involved. (Estimated cost: $9.48)

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If you don’t already have a bottle of dry white wine open or hanging around, go ahead and skip it to stay under $10. (Estimated cost: $8.86)

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Roasting canned tomatoes greatly improves their flavor, which means you don’t need to splurge on more expensive imported cans. (Estimated cost: $7.75)

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Just about any frittata is budget-friendly, including this spinach and feta version, so don’t save it for simply breakfast or brunch. (Estimated cost: $7.46)