Trying out a new low-carb vegetarian diet? Don’t know know where to start? Try some of our delicious low-carb vegetarian recipes! Steer away from the temptation of pasta and bread with these tasty alternatives.

low-carb cauliflower pizza base
  1. Cauliflower Pizza Base

If you’re on a low-carb vegetarian diet but you’re longing for a slice of pizza (and we don’t blame you), give this delicious cauliflower base a go! Easy to make and even better to eat, you’ll cut your craving in no time.

Ingredients:

  • 1 large cauliflower
  • 2 beaten eggs
  • 35g of grated mozzarella
  • 35g of grated parmesan
  • Salt and black pepper, to taste
  • ½ teaspoon of garlic powder
  • 1sp of dried oregano

Make it Vegan!

  • 1 large cauliflower
  • Egg alternative – 1 tablespoon of flax seed mixed with 3 tablespoons of water
  • ½ tablespoon of sea salt
  • 3 tablespoons of vegan parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon of dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon of garlic powder
  • 1 large tablespoon of cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon of gluten-free flour

Method:

  1. Preheat your oven to 200 degrees Celsius and line an oven tray with greaseproof paper.
  2. Chop the cauliflower into florets and blitz into a fine consistency – like rice.
  3. Steam (on the hob, or cover with cling film and microwave) until soft. Empty out onto a clean tea towel, allow to cool and then squeeze the moisture out of the cauliflower, draining it through the cloth.
  4. Tranfser into a clean bowl. Add the remaining ingredients, turning the mixture into a dough-like consistency.
  5. Move onto the middle of a baking tray and spread out into an even circle – or whatever shape you fancy…

Feel free to get creative. Maybe it’s Valentine’s Day and you want to fashion a heart for your date. Or, if you’re feeling brave, you could make yourself a festive Christmas tree pizza – using your toppings as baubles and tinsel!

  1. Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until gold and brown.

All you need to do now is add your choice of toppings! Some ingredients we suggest are:

  • Mushrooms
  • Peppers
  • Artichokes
  • Red Onion
  • Olives
  • Cherry tomatoes

For an even quicker and easier option, try using a wholemeal tortilla wrap as your pizza base – still delicious and still low-carb!

lettuce wrap fajitas for a low-carb diet
  1. Lettuce Wrap Fajitas

Eat as many fajitas as you want without the worry of your carb intake with these delicious lettuce wraps. It’s simple, really. All you have to do is put together your favourite veggie fajita mix and serve with a lettuce leaf! Top tip: iceberg works best as it gives a bit of crunch.

 

Make it Vegan!

Create your own vegan fajita seasoning mix with chilli powder, sweet smoked paprika, cumin, garlic powder, ground coriander and dried oregano.

For more low-carb meals, test out this method with other wrap fillings, too! You may want to try:

  • Grilled veg and halloumi – with a splash of sweet chilli sauce or hummus
  • Veggie burrito – rice, black beans, tomatoes, vegetarian or vegan cheese, salsa and guacamole (play around with it a little to find your favourite flavours)
low-carb Asian salad for vegetarians
  1. Low-carb Asian salad 

With spiralised courgette, cucumber, squash, grated carrot, soy sauce, sesame oil, chopped spring onions, crushed garlic and coriander. Toss together in a bowl to create something delicious! The best thing about this dish is it’s customisable. Feel free to experiment with the flavours and ingredients to perfect the dish according to your tastebuds. And it’s also suitable for our vegan audience.

vegan banana pancakes
  1. Vegan banana pancakes

Make a hearty low-carb breakfast, a delicious dessert or a scrumptious snack out of these banana pancakes. Also suitable for vegans!

Ingredients:

  • 1 large banana, ripe
  • 1 ½ tablespoon of coconut or extra virgin olive oil, with a little extra for the pan
  • 1 teaspoon of lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon of sugar
  • ½ teaspoon of salt
  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 100g of plain flour
  • ½ teaspoon of baking powder
  • 250ml almond milk, or another milk alternative
  • A topping of your choice

Method:

  1. In a large mixing bowl, mash the banana and whisk in the oil, lemon juice and cinnamon. Add the flour, sugar, salt and baking powder. Stir while gradually adding the dairy-free milk.
  2. Once fully mixed, place your frying pan on a medium heat and use the extra oil to grease. Drop a tablespoon of mixture into the pan to cook. Once bubbles appear and the surface of the pancake is matte (this usually takes a couple of minutes) it’s time to flip! Cook again for another couple of minutes. Repeat this until all the batter is gone.

Top tip: to begin with, cook one pancake at a time so you can make sure you’re getting it right. You’ll soon become a pancake whizz.

  1. Serve up with your favourite toppings. To get started, why not try maple syrup and berries?
low-carb veggie bolognese ideas
  1. Veggie Bolognese

Put together your favourite veggie bolognese and serve with spiralised courgette or squash for a low-carb alternative to pasta. Better yet, if you’re looking for something more closely related to your favourite carby meal, choose a red lentil or almond flour pasta.

This trick is also great with a bowl of veggie chilli or curry. Just plate up with a serving of cauliflower rice or couscous!

 

Make it Vegan!

If you’re using one, make sure your meat-free mince is suitable for vegans and any cheese you serve alongside can easily be switched out for a dairy-free alternative!

Head to your local SPAR to pick up some of the ingredients for our low-carb vegetarian recipes.

Why not try some of our low-calorie snack ideas to keep you going throughout the day, too? Or if you’re looking for a cheat-day treat, our mouth-watering mac and cheese recipe is the perfect choice.

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