High Protein, Low Carb Flexitarian Diet Recipes

You don't have to follow a strict plant-based diet to get its benefits.

High Protein and Low-Carb Flexitarian Dinner Favorites

Cutting back on carbohydrates is easy, but it’s challenging if you’re following a vegan or plant-based diet. Many plant-based sources of protein (like quinoa, beans, and legumes) are naturally high in carbohydrates. In fact, even many vegetables have a lot of carbohydrates, thanks to their high fiber content. We’ve found that the carbs in high- fiber foods don’t pack on the pounds like refined carbohydrates, but we still wanted to offer a few options for those of you looking to reduce your carb intake. So, we made a list of high-protein and low carb flexitarian diet recipes for you to add to your regular dinner rotation.

This list is also fantastic if you’re not ready to cut out the meat from your diet. That’s the great thing about plant-based diets: You don’t have to follow the rules as strictly as a vegan diet, for example. You can eat meatless dinners and consume some meat for breakfast and lunch, or you can choose several days out of the week that are dedicated to plant-based meals. To that effect, we included a plant-based protein and a meat, poultry, or seafood option in the list below. And because we’re all about empowering you to create your own meals, we made this list all about mix and match options.

We’ve taught you how to build your own skinny dinner, and you also learned 21 ways to make a power bowl without a recipe. Now, it’s time to pair your favorite low-carb vegetable dishes with plant-based or animal-based proteins to create these low carb flexitarian diet favorites.

High Protein, Low Carb Flexitarian Diet Recipes

Pick and choose from the lists below. We recommend choosing one low-carb vegetable and either a plant-based or an animal-based protein. Top it off with a healthy fat, and you’ll have a filling, well-rounded, deliciously healthy meal!

For example, you could pair roasted asparagus with our vegan “chicken” salad or broiled salmon and serve it with toasted pumpkin seeds. Or, make cauliflower stir-fry with tofu or pork tenderloin and top it off with diced avocado. The possibilities are endless when creating high protein and low-carb flexitarian dinner favorites!

Low-carbohydrate vegetables

High Protein and Low-Carb Flexitarian Dinner Favorites

Plant-based proteins

High Protein and Low-Carb Flexitarian

Animal-based proteins

pork loin

Healthy fats

avocado toast
  • Avocado
  • Olive oil
  • Flaxseed
  • Chia seeds
  • Nuts or nut butter
  • Sunflower or pumpkin seeds
  • Olives

Choose one low-carb vegetable, one plant- or animal-based protein, and one healthy fat from the lists above and combine them to make a high protein, low carb flexitarian diet recipe for dinner. The best part about this list is that you can continue to mix and match your favorite recipes and ingredients to keep things interesting or try to come up with the flexitarian dinner recipe of your dreams! 

Do you follow a high protein or low carb flexitarian diet? We’d love to hear about it! Drop us a line in the comments section and let us know what you think!

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Chef Lindsay

Lindsay D. Mattison is a professional chef, recipe developer, and food writer. After graduating from Cascade Culinary School, Lindsay worked as the executive chef of a farm-to-table restaurant in Bend, Oregon. She is passionate about using local, organic ingredients and loves teaching home cooks how to incorporate seasonal food into their diet. While she spends most of her time writing these days, she still exercises her culinary muscles on the regular, taking any opportunity to create beautiful meals for her family. She lives with her husband in Colorado, where she enjoys the trials and errors of gardening.

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  1. “Flexitarian”? Does that mean I’m an omnivore? Maybe just use an accepted term rather than make up a goofy word of uncertain meaning.

    1. Flexitarian is a popular diet plan that consists mostly of plant-based foods but does allow for meat and fish in moderation.

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