7 Low-Carb Substitutes for My Favorite Side Dishes

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{We like to start them young – they are rolling pastil dough (a Filipino version of empanadas)}

Growing up in an Asian household, rice was a major side dish staple for breakfast and dinner (sometimes lunch). We would eat rice with mostly everything and I can’t say I hated it. Of course, when I got into eating sushi, I couldn’t get enough of it. I don’t want to say that carbs are the enemy, but I feel better when I don’t intake too much, especially refined carbs. I’m not ready to completely give it up all-together, but I am ready to keep the count low and find alternatives to my favorite carb-laden side dishes. I’m looking forward to including these recipes into my cooking repertoire and hopefully find some or all as regulars.

How about you? Do you have issues eating certain foods? Do you have a certain diet that you follow or are you one of the lucky ones?


Tortillas – I cannot wait to try this low carb tortilla recipe to make tortillas with so many recipes I would use “real” tortillas for such as enchiladas, tacos, fajitas and burritos.


Mashed Potatoes – Mashed potatoes is not something I grew up eating and did not do so until I was older, but once I started it was really hard to resist. I’ve tried cauliflower mashed “potatoes” on several occasions and it was mostly done right. While I’ve never tried making my own, I look forward to doing so by using this recipe for “mock” garlic mashed potatoes. It would go great with those oh-so-comforting foods like roasted chicken, steak and, of course, turkey.

cauli rice

Rice – I’m not quite ready to give up rice completely (I don’t know if I’ll ever be), but I’m ready to consume it on a limited basis. However, it’s not to say I don’t always look for substitutes. This cauliflower rice recipe looks really good. I look forward to trying it out with main dishes that I typically eat rice with, like fish and shrimp.


Naan – I don’t typically make it at home, but I love Indian food. A big staple of Indian food is naan, which I absolutely love. That’s why I was so excited to come across this 3 ingredient paleo naan recipe by myheartbeets. I cannot wait to try it out and use it with both Indian and non-Indian dishes.


Cheesy Garlic Bread – I cannot say enough how much I love bread. This grain-free, gluten-free, low-carb cheesy garlic bread recipe looks like the real thing and I am excited to test it out.


Corn Bread – Here is another bread recipe I am drooling over. This baby corn bread looks delicious. I think I will add some jalapeno to take it to another level.


Bread – How much do I love thee? I cannot count enough the ways. Bread is just one of those foods that I can eat mindlessly and never get tired of. It’s great alone, with sandwiches, dipped in olive oil and parmesan cheese, as french toast and on and on and on. I’ve tried a few different low-carb options, but none that have really blown my hair back. However, this almond flour bread recipe looks very promising.

4 thoughts on “7 Low-Carb Substitutes for My Favorite Side Dishes

  1. The pictures are making me drool! I am definitely not one of the lucky ones, sadly. Carbs: I love them but they love me back by making me want to eat more 😦

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