45 Budget Friendly Low Carb Recipes

I love to talk about how the principles for eating on a budget and eating healthy are so closely aligned. Fill up on whole grains, trade in some of your meat for beans, legumes, and vegetables, and stay away from packaged convenience foods! While they do run parallel, it’s no secret that I also tend to rely on inexpensive pasta and rice to bulk up my meals. So, I often get the question, “What if I’m trying to watch my carbs?” This is a totally legit concern, so I’ve compiled this list of 45 Budget Friendly Low Carb Recipes to show that it’s not impossible and there are other, non-carb dependent ways to fill up for less.

Take note, this is a LOW carb list, not NO carb. Since the term “low” is extremely subjective, you may have to browse past a few recipes that don’t fit your own personal low-carb definition. This list contains recipes that don’t rely on flour, pasta, rice, or potatoes. Beans are a grey area and are included in many of the recipes listed here. A few of the recipes may also contain a small amount of sugar or honey in sauces or marinades, but again, this is a low carb list, not a no carb list and a small amount of sugar is often needed to balance flavors.

In general, here are a few tips for bulking up your recipes without relying heavily on carbs:

  • Add inexpensive greens like cabbage, frozen spinach, or chopped kale.
  • Swap noodles for spiralized inexpensive vegetables, like zucchini or carrots.
  • Swap out rice for “riced” cauliflower. (I’ve seen pre-grated or “riced” cauliflower for a good price at Trader Joes.)
  • Hearty soups and stews are a great way to stretch meat without adding carbs. Fill the soup with other vegetables, thick broths, beans, or legumes.

45 Budget Friendly Low Carb Recipes

Since there are a LOT of recipes on this list, I’ve divided them up into five categories: poultry, pork, beef, seafood, and vegetarian. Instead of including a full photograph for each recipe, I’ve created collages and listed the recipes below for faster browsing. I hope you enjoy!!

Low Carb Poultry Recipes

8 Low Carb Chicken Recipes to fit small budgets. BudgetBytes.com

(Listed left to right, top to bottom)

  1. Slow Cooker Chicken Ropa Vieja – This is pictured with rice, but can be served as is or stuffed into a low-carb tortilla.
  2. Cilantro Lime Chicken Drumsticks
  3. Slow Cooker Italian Chicken and Peppers
  4. Chicken & Lime Soup
  5. Greek Turkey Burgers
  6. Baked Chicken with Artichokes and Tomatoes
  7. Slow Cooker Taco Chicken (eat sans rice)
  8. Greek Marinated Chicken

6 Low Carb Chicken Recipes to fit small budgets. BudgetBytes.com

(Left to right, top to bottom)

  1. Balsamic Chicken Skillet
  2. Mini Black Bean Turkey Burgers
  3. Chicken Piccatta
  4. Chicken Arrabbiata
  5. Easy Oven Fajitas
  6. Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili

Low Carb Pork Recipes

8 Low Carb Pork Recipes to fit small budgets. BudgetBytes.com

(Left to right, top to bottom). 

  1. 30 Minute Posole
  2. Pineapple Pork Kebabs (no grill required)
  3. Sausage and Kale Soup
  4. Herb Roasted Pork Loin
  5. Sausage and Kale Skillet
  6. White Beans with Tomatoes and Sausage
  7. Lentil & Sausage Stew
  8. Navy Bean Soup with Sausage and Spinach

Low Carb Beef Recipes

3 Low Carb Beef Recipes to fit small budgets. BudgetBytes.com

  1. Beef and Cabbage Stir Fry
  2. Weeknight Black Bean Chili (oops, this can be made with ground beef OR turkey)
  3. Joe’s Special (my way)

Low Carb Seafood Recipes

2 Low Carb Seafood Recipes to fit small budgets. BudgetBytes.com

  1. Kale & Salmon Caesar Salad (sub more kale or white beans for pasta)
  2. Tuna & White Bean Salad

Low Carb Vegetarian Recipes

6 Low Carb Vegetarian Recipes to fit small budgets. BudgetBytes.com

(Left to right, top to bottom)

  1. Smoky White Bean Shakshuka
  2. Warm Brussels Sprouts and Pear Salad
  3. Oven Roasted Ratatouille
  4. Hot & Sour Vegetable Soup with Tofu
  5. Curried Chickpeas with Spinach
  6. Chunky Lentil & Vegetable Soup

6 Low Carb Vegetarian Recipes to fit small budgets. BudgetBytes.com

(Left to right, top to bottom)

  1. Spinach Mushroom and Feta Crustless Quiche
  2. Swamp Soup
  3. Baked Eggs with Spinach and Tomatoes
  4. Smoky Tomato Soup
  5. Southwest Spaghetti Squash Bowls
  6. Moroccan Lentil and Vegetable Stew

6 Low Carb Vegetarian Recipes to fit small budgets. BudgetBytes.com

(Left to right, top to bottom)

  1. African Peanut Stew
  2. Summer Vegetable Tian
  3. Garden Vegetable Quinoa Soup
  4. Mexican Lentil Stew
  5. Quinoa Tabbouleh
  6. Roasted Red Pepper Frittata