Low-carb vegetarian recipes can be tricky to find so it becomes difficult to become a low-carb vegetarian.
While many low-carb meals rely on meat, vegetarian meals tend to rely on pasta, bread, pulses, and grains which are high carb.
Thankfully, there are plenty of ways to enjoy low carb living without meat.
Vegetarians wishing to go low-carb can use eggs, non-sweetened yoghurt, cheeses, nuts, lower carb vegetables, healthy oils, avocados, seeds and berries.
These are all low carb, moderate protein, and have plenty of healthy fats.
What is a vegetarian?
The definition of a vegetarian can be incredibly controversial to many people.
Are you a pescatarian? A flexitarian? Lacto-Ovo-Vegetarian? Vegan? Raw vegan?
For most people when they think of vegetarians, they think of lacto-ovo-vegetarians - those who don't eat meat/flesh, fish, shellfish of any kind but still eat dairy products and eggs.
For the purpose of this recipe roundup for low-carb vegetarian meals, I have included eggs and dairy. I will create a vegan roundup in the future which will exclude these.
Learn more about the top 10 sources of low-carb protein for vegetarians.
What is a high-protein low-carb vegetarian?
If you are following a vegetarian diet but want to increase your protein and lower your carbs, you will need to find high-protein vegetarian foods such as dairy, vegetables, and high-protein nuts.
A high-protein low-carb diet is satisfying and can give you incredible health improvements, but only if you formulate it well on whole food with as little processing as possible.
These delicious low-carb vegetarian recipes will help you create your own vegetarian meal plan, and most of the recipes can be frozen.
Low-Carb Pasta, Rice, and Bread Replacements
What Are Zoodles? by Ditch the Carbs - No low-carb vegetarian meal can be complete without some zoodles. Still, don't know what they are? Take a look and learn how to make them.
This eggplant and cauliflower couscous is the perfect flavourful gluten-free dish. The amazing texture and taste of eggplant creates a delicious balance between the fluffy couscous filling.
How To Cook Spaghetti Squash (Video) by Ditch the Carbs - Just add butter or some homemade tomato sauce to spaghetti squash and you have a wonderfully easy meal. Watch the video to see how easy these are to cook.
Cauliflower Rice by Ditch the Carbs - A vegetarian staple, add flavours and herbs to make it pack a punch.
Low-Carb Vegetarian Recipes: Main Dish
This 3 ingredient EGG-FREE easy keto pasta recipe is about to blow your mind! It tastes even better than regular pasta and only has 1 gram of carbs per serving!
Keto Spinach And Feta Pie by Ditch the Carbs - This is my absolute favourite go-to low-carb vegetarian meal. It is perfect for dinner, lunch, and especially sturdy to take on a picnic. Ideal for school lunch boxes too.
Courgette Mint Feta Fritters by Ditch the Carbs - Serve these courgette and mint fritters with a colourful salad and minty yoghurt sauce, and they'll be coming back for more.
Spaghetti squash egg nests by KetoDietApp - This meal is the perfect start to your day on a Sunday morning. It's a great way to use leftover spaghetti squash from last night's dinner!
Caprese Crustless Quiche by Wholesome Yum - This low-carb crustless quiche is everything you love about a Caprese salad, transformed into a satisfying and protein-packed vegetarian meal.
Zucchini Ricotta Tart by All Day I Dream About Food - Not only is this cheesy tart vegetarian, but it's great for any meal of the day. Throw a green salad on the side to make it lunch or dinner!
Low Carb Eggplant Parmesan Bites by Ditch the Carbs - These cute little bites can be made into a meal by serving with warm steamed vegetables or a huge side salad.
The next time you're craving salty potato chips, these low carb easy zucchini chips are a delicious keto snack for only 1.8 grams of carbs.
Spicy Cauliflower Quesadillas by Wholesome Yum - These spicy, low-carb, and gluten-free quesadillas are made with sharp cheddar cheese, a creamy homemade jalapeno sauce, and tortillas made from cauliflower.
Twice Baked Spaghetti Squash by Kalyn's Kitchen - Spaghetti squash is delicious with pesto and Parmesan and this Twice-Baked Spaghetti Squash with Pesto and Parmesan is low-carb and gluten-free. It makes a nice winter side dish if you're avoiding higher-carb vegetables.
Green Fat Head Pizza by Ditch the Carbs - Such a fresh and light alternative to heavy stodgy pizza. Green Fathead pizza makes such a wonderful low-carb vegetarian meal, lunch, or dinner.
Spiralized Zucchini Asian Salad by Low-Carb Yum - You'll enjoy this refreshing spiralized zucchini Asian salad on lazy days. No cooking involved. Just mix and chill.
Roasted Cauliflower Slices by Kalyn's Kitchen - Roasted Cauliflower Slices with Red Pepper, Capers, Lemon, and Olives is a delicious low-carb meatless meal!
Crustless Mushroom Spinach Pie by Sugar-Free Mom - The only vegetarian meal my meat-loving family will eat without complaint. It's a hearty pie!
Spinach Artichoke Breakfast Casserole by All Day I Dream About Food - All the flavours of the classic spinach artichoke dip in a delicious meatless low-carb breakfast casserole. And it's all baked in your crockpot! Can also be made dairy-free.
Spinach Mushroom Cheese Quiche by Low-Carb Yum - This low-carb spinach mushroom cheese quiche is quick and easy to prepare when you don’t have a lot of time for dinner. Can be made with or without a crust.
LOW-CARB VEGETARIAN RECIPES: SIDE DISHES
Greek Briam With Feta by KetoDietApp - This Greek Briam is one of the best vegetable dishes you can have on a low-carb diet. It's easy to make and full of flavour!
Low-Carb Egg Salad by Ditch the Carbs - Low-carb egg salad can be transformed into a full low-carb vegetarian meal by adding diced vegetables such as celery, peppers, mushrooms, chili, curry powder, mustard seeds, alfalfa sprouts, or even grated carrots. The possibilities are endless.
Your whole family will love their veggies with keto cheesy baked asparagus. The quick cooking video will show you how to make my easy cheese sauce that your whole family will love.
Creamed Leeks by Ditch the Carbs - This can even be pureed into a soup with a little vegetable stock. Perfect for winter.
Avocado Salsa by Ditch the Carbs - When avocados are in season, this is a great way to serve them. Why not make a whole bowl for yourself?
Stuffed Baby Peppers by Ditch the Carbs - The perfect snack or appetiser.
Low Carb Focaccia Bread by Ditch the Carbs - Add some garlic butter and this is perfect to share.
Low-Carb FatHead Crackers by Ditch the Carbs - Perfect for when you want a crunchy low carb cracker.
Low-Carb Vegetarian Beverage Recipes
Chocolate Green Smoothie by Ditch the Carbs - Are you after a liquid lunch or breakfast on the go? If so, you've got to try this fantastic smoothie!
Chia are incredibly powerful seeds that are high in protein and fibre. This sugar-free chia fresca is the perfect summer drink! It is fresh, vibrant and filling with plenty of protein