Low Carb Vegan Recipes: Five Easy Recipes for You to Master

Irene Aguirre 2021-06-06 8 min

Veganism is a way of living that seeks to exclude all forms of animal exploitation, and cruelty towards them. This includes using animals for food, clothing, and other purposes. And by extension, this philosophy promotes the development of animal-free alternatives that in the end benefit not only animals but also humans and the environment. There are multiple ways that you can adopt a vegan life. But one of the biggest branches of veganism it's the diet. A vegan diet contains no animal products. In this article, I'll show you five easy low-carb vegan recipes for you to master.

Here is a list of the foods vegans do not eat:

  • Meat like beef, pork, poultry, turkey, lamb, game meat, etc.

  • Fish and seafood, anchovies, shrimp, mussels, lobster, etc.
  • Eggs and food made with eggs like mayonnaise
  • Dairy milk and all food made with it like milk chocolate spreads or baked goods
  • Cheese, cream cheese, cottage cheese, sour cream, yogurt, ice cream, butter, ghee
  • Honey, bee pollen, royal jelly, beeswax, gelatine.

Remember that eliminating these foods ask for incorporating the nutrients your body needs. being vegan is not the same as being nutritious, brad sugar and refined foods can be vegan but they are not going to give you the most nutrients. And sometimes when we are transitioning from omnivores to vegan it is hard to out a balance. So let's talk about one food group that can be a little problematic during the transition, carbs.

Why is it a Good Idea to Have a Low-Carb Vegan Diet?

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One of the main benefits of having a low-carb diet is that you will feel less heavy and more energized. Don't get me wrong, carbs are good for you and humans to need them to survive, that doesn't mean that you can't have a nice balance and not use carbs on your day-to-day meal just because it is an easy answer for a vegan component.

So combining a low carb and vegan diet can help you achieve your nutrition goals while feeling less hungry and having a lot of energy. If you are having trouble recognizing high carbs food here is a list for you to keep in mind.

  • Bread (any type is usually high in carbs)
  • Starchy vegetables: potatoes, yams, beets and corn
  • Pasta
  • Cereals: oatmeal and every other packed cereal
  • Beer
  • Beans
  • White sugar

Here is a list of low-carb veggies for you to keep in stock:

Low carb Veggies:

  • Cauliflower
  • Spinach
  • Bell Peppers
  • Lettuce
  • Cucumbers
  • Celery
  • Asparagus
  • Zucchini
  • Tomato
  • Eggplant
  • Leeks
  • Brussel Sprouts
  • Garlic
  • Broccoli
  • Avocado
  • Onions

Low Carb Nuts and Seeds:

  • Chia Seeds
  • Flax Seeds
  • Walnuts
  • Almonds
  • Brazil Nuts
  • Pumpkin Seeds

Low Carb Vegan Recipes

Ok so now that we have all settled, let's check out what recipes we can make to be nutritious with these 5 low-carb vegan recipes.

1- Low Carb Vegan Recipe: Tacos

Let's start with something fun! Having a low-carb diet does not mean you need to be eating salad all the time, you can have a nice and dynamic diet and don't miss out on any deliciousness.

vegan tacos
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Tacos are an easy and flexible vegan recipe that you can adapt to your nutritional necessities. Ao here is a template for vegan low carb tacos for you to play with.

Ingredients for the filling:

  • 1 Red Bell pepper
  • 1 cup chopped onions
  • 2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil or other oils like coconut or peanut.
  • 1 eggplant cut in strings
  • 1 carrot cut in strings
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice.
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • Salt to taste

Ingredients for the wraps:

  • 1 big Romaine lettuce

Instructions to make the vegan low carb tacos:

Step 1

In a big skillet and the chopped veggies and condiment them to taste. Stir constantly to make sure they don't burn.

Tip: you can add chilli flakes to make it spicy!

Step 2

While the veggies are cooking, wash and dry the lettuce. I recommend washing each leaf separately and dry with a cotton cloth.

Step 3

Place the lettuce leaves on a big plate and fill them up with the veggies. Make sure to drain the veggies a little before so there are no leaks!

Top it with some chopped parsley and homemade guacamole and enjoy!

This low-carb vegan recipe cannot be better. You can use whatever veggies you have left on your fridge and ad some salsas to taste to mix it up a little.

Prep time for this dish is only 20 minutes and if you make a big amount you can enjoy it for a few more meals.

2- Low Carb Vegan Recipe: Baked Brussel Sprouts

Here is a low-carb vegan recipe for a week night when you are really tired and just want to get on with your day.

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Ingredients for the filling:

  • 1 Lb Brussel sprouts
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil or other oils like coconut.
  • 1 tbsp. onion powder
  • 1 tbsp vegan parmesan cheese
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice.
  • 1/2 tsp dijon mustard
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions to make the vegan low carb Brussels sprouts:

Step 1

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Tip: you can use this recipe as a whole meal or as a side dish!

Step 2

Peal all the damaged parts of the Brussel sprouts and wash them in mildly hot water.

Step 3

Cut the sprouts in half and place them in a baking tray Make sure you don't overcrowd them so they get crispy.

Step 4

In a separate bowl combine the dijon mustard with onion powder, salt pepper, minced garlic, lemon and olive oil. Give it a good whisk and coat the brussel sprouts.

Step 5

Bake until golden. And topped them with the grated vegan parmesan cheese. Enjoy!

Prep time for this dish is only 40 minutes and leftovers last for 3 or 4 days in the fridge.

Low Carb Vegan Recipe 3: Cauliflower Rice

Now, here is a recipe that can go perfectly with the baked Brussels sprouts and as side dish for any vegan recipe!

a cauliflower rice dish a cauliflower and some vegan cheese
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Doing a low-carb vegan diet does not mean you are not going to be craving some of the typical high-carb dishes. So here is a low-carb vegan recipe twist for you!

Ingredients:

  • 1 big cauliflower
  • 1 small brocolli
  • 2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tbsp. onion powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Parsley (optional)

Instructions to make the vegan low carb rice:

Step 1

Wash and cut the cauliflower and broccoli into florets. And process in a blender or food processor. If you don't have any of this you can grate it by hand, is not that hard!

Step 2

Put that mixture on a baking sheet and season it with salt and the oil you choose.

Step 3

Spread the mixture evenly and bake for ten minutes. When the ten minutes are done take the sheet out, mix and cook for another ten minutes.

Step 4

Repeat until golden and serve hot topped with chopped parsley.

Prep time for this dish is only 20 to 30 minutes and it is so easy and it tastes delicious! You can eat use it to make a vegan curry or even eat it as a snack!

4- Low Carb Vegan Recipe: Pesto Pasta

If you are a pasta lover like me, you need to learn this recipe. You can have the feeling of a comforting plate of pasta without all the carbs! Here is how.

PS. If you are on a break from this diet and want some nice pasta dishes, you must check out my recipes for Vegan Pasta Recipes: Five Recipes You Must Learn to Impress.

a plate of vegan zuchinni pesto
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Let's get to it!

Ingredients for the pesto:

  • 2 cups bay leaves
  • 2 tbsp low carb nuts
  • 2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tbsp. vegan parmesan cheese

Ingredients to make the vegan low carb pasta:

3 big zucchinis

Instructions to make the vegan low carb rice:

Step 1

Spiralize the zucchinis and remove the excess water with a cotton cloth.

tip! If you don't own a spiralizer you can use a potato peeler! They will be wider strings but they will do the trick!

Step 2

For making the pesto process all the ingredients and set them aside.

Step 3

Take a big skillet and toss the zucchini noodles with a little olive oil. And cook for 5 to 7 minutes.

Step 4

Turn off the fire and add the pesto mixture, top with vegan parmesan cheese and enjoy!

Prep time for this dish is only 15 minutes for this delicious recipe!

And lastly here is a perfect recipe for a bbq dinner!

5- Low Carb Vegan Recipe: Escalivada

If you are planning a nice dinner out in the backyard this low-carb vegan recipe is perfect for you. It gives the veggies another kind of flavor that is amazing.

veggies on the grill
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Ingredients for vegan low carb Escalivada:

  • 1 big eggplant
  • 2 big onions
  • 2 Bell peppers green and red
  • 2 tomatoes
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil

Instructions to make the vegan low carb rice:

Step 1

get the grill gong

Step 2

This is my favourite part: wash the veggies and place them as they are on the grill

Step 3

Wait until they seem burned on the outside. And take them out.

Step 4

Carefully peel the black parts, it doesn't have to be perfect that black parts give them the smokey flavor we are looking for! Add olive oil and serve at room temperature. Enjoy!

Prep time for this dish is only 30 minutes for this delicious recipe and you get to go outside to make it! This low-carb vegan recipe is perfect for the springtime and also for a potluck.

Hopefully, you'll try some of these low-carb vegan recipes. And if you are craving something sweet you can't miss Vegan Desserts and Sweet Treats: Easy DIY Recipes for a cheat day!

Irene Aguirre

Copywriter, nature lover and feminist activist

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