41 Delicious and Tasty Vegetarian Low Carb Recipes
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There are loads of reasons for seeking out low-carb vegetarian recipes.
Maybe you’re sick of feeling bloated and tired, perhaps trying to reduce your risk of diabetes, or you might be looking to slim down so you can fit into those jeans again (check out our free 7-day weight loss course meal plan).
Whatever the case, we’re here to show you how you can achieve all those without missing out on the good stuff!
Yes, we know, low-carb diets usually rely heavily on meat, because you need lots of protein and fats to back up those lost sugars and starches.
But don’t be fooled, there are plenty of equally nutritious plant-based options out there, case in point, all the delicious recipes in this compilation.
Searching for the best low-carb vegetarian meals has never been so effortless either, as we’ve gone out of our way to organise these recipes into categories, depending on what kind of meal you’re on the hunt for!
So get your aprons and pans ready, because we’ve put together a complete compilation of some of our favorite vegetarian and vegan low-carb recipes from all over the globe.
Dig into our list of 41 Low Carb Vegetarian Recipes
All super easy to make, low in carbohydrates, incredibly tasty and more than a match for their high carb contemporary – as you’ll soon see. Enjoy!
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Low Carb Breakfast Egg Muffins (25 Minutes, Vegetarian)Check out the recipe here
Looking for a high-protein, low-carb breakfast? Try these breakfast egg muffins – 1 recipe, 4 amazing flavours!
Best Easy Omelette RecipeCheck out the recipe here
Bonus: mega quick, perfect for breakfast, lunch or dinner!
Just eggs in this deliciously simple and perfect natural omelettes, exactly the way they should be. Vegetarian, healthy and ready in 7 minutes.
Avocado Deviled EggsCheck out the recipe here
Bonus: quick and easy, full of proteins, vitamins and healthy fats
Our secret to the best-stuffed eggs recipe is in creating low-calorie deviled eggs with paprika, chives, garlic powder, lemon juice, and of course avocado! Shhh, don’t tell anyone!
Scrambled Eggs with CheeseCheck out the recipe here
Bonus: the most delicious way to prepare scrambled eggs
Make the best scrambled eggs you’ve ever had with our quick & easy but simple-to-follow recipe – so good you’ll never look elsewhere again!
Avocado Spinach SmoothieCheck out the recipe here
Bonus: vegan, quick & easy to prepare
Want a breakfast smoothie that will actually fill you up? Try our super-charged, protein-packed avocado spinach smoothie (and check out these other vegetable smoothies here!)!
Ricotta Pancakes – Sweet VersionCheck out the recipe here
Bonus: use coconut or olive oil to coat the pan!
Incredibly easy high-protein ricotta pancakes. Your first and foremost stop for all things tasty and high-protein – we know what we’re doing.
Easy Tomato OmeletteCheck out the recipe here
Bonus: the perfect omelette recipe
Easy Tomato Omelette. There is a trick to making the perfect omelette – and it’s weirdly easy. We’ll show you how. You’re gonna love this one!
Smoked Tofu Breakfast Egg MuffinsCheck out the recipe here
Bonus: ridiculously easy to make
Boasting 22 grams of protein per serving and a taste like the beautiful French pizzas known as Tarte Flambee. You gotta try our High Protein Smoked Tofu Breakfast Egg Muffins!
Low Carb Cream Cheese PancakesCheck out the recipe here
Bonus: gluten-free and high in protein!
The 2-ingredient Low Carb Cream Cheese Pancakes. Just mix eggs and cream cheese to get delicious low carb, high-taste pancakes (if you like these, check out our other veggie low carb breakfasts). Ready in 10 minutes, so try it right away! 🙂
- ½ tbsp butter
- 2 eggs
- 3/5 cup cream cheese (3/5 cup = 2.5oz)
- Add some butter to a pan and stick it on medium heat.
- Throw the cream cheese and eggs into a bowl and mix with a fork until creamy. If you’re planning to, now is the time to add some extras. But be careful! The batter is quite runny, so I wouldn’t add things like nuts.
- Alternatively you can use a blender, but remember to let the batter sit for a minute or two! It’ll cook better then.
- Off it goes into the pan. I usually make just one big pancake, but two medium-sized ones would also work perfectly fine.
Keto Star Fruit & Nut GranolaCheck out the recipe here
Ready in: 30 minutes
Recipe by: KetoVegetarianRecipes
Bonus: keto-friendly, gluten-free and works well as a snack
A crunchy and sweet low-carb granola with dried star fruit and nuts for a low-carb and gluten-free snack or breakfast.
Greek Yogurt & Peanut Butter Protein BowlCheck out the recipe here
Ready in: 5 minutes
Recipe by: LikeHotKeto
Bonus: can be eaten as a snack and is great for gym bros (and gals)
Easy and delicious, this creamy PB & Greek yogurt protein bowl makes the best keto breakfast or snack, and it’s just perfect as post-workout protein as well.
Mushroom Vegan Egg ScrambleCheck out the recipe here
Ready in: 25 minutes
Recipe by: ResplendentKitchen
Bonus: a vegan alternative to scrambled eggs
Breakfast is nourishing and fast with this high-protein Mushroom Vegan Egg Scramble with functional mushrooms. It’s easy to make, is absolutely delicious and one of our favourite low-carb vegan recipes!
Crunchy Asian Tofu Salad (High Protein and Vegan)Check out the recipe here
Bonus: crispy, crunchy and vegan friendly
A crunchy and colourful mix of delicious vegan foods that look great and taste even better!
Low Carb High Taste ZoodlesCheck out the recipe here
Bonus: use vegan pesto if you’re on a vegan diet
Low Carb High Taste Zoodles. Italian-style spiralized zucchini noodles ready in just 15 minutes, excellent for a quick lunch or dinner.
Fresh and Tasty Cheese SaladCheck out the recipe here
Bonus: a wonderful low carb meal, great for weight loss
A cheese salad to remind you why salads are awesome. Made with the usual care, fun and attention to taste as any recipe from us.
Garlic Mashed CauliflowerCheck out the recipe here
Bonus: use olive oil instead of butter to make it vegan
Incredibly tasty yet still low carb, this spin on the classic is the best mashed cauliflower we’ve ever tasted. It’s easy to make vegan too.
Avocado Tomato SaladCheck out the recipe here
Bonus: filled with fresh vegetables and a great option for weight loss – this colourful salad is everything!
This avocado tomato salad is healthy and delicious, perfect for adding to a weight loss meal plan, or just as your new favorite low carb go-to lunch (more veggie lunch recipes for weight loss here!)!
Vegan Stuffed Portobello MushroomsCheck out the recipe here
Ready in: 55 minutes
Recipe by: ASweetAlternative
Bonus: can be eaten as an appetizer or as the main course
These vegan stuffed portobello mushrooms are rich, filling and delicious. They’re perfect for entertaining or whenever you’re craving plant-based comfort food.
Zucchini Pasta PestoCheck out the recipe here
Ready in: 25 minutes
Recipe by: CookEatWell
Bonus: diary and gluten-free,
This quick and easy zucchini pasta pesto is the perfect way to use fresh summer zucchini, basil and tomatoes.
Strawberry Goat Cheese SaladCheck out the recipe here
Ready in: 10 minutes
Recipe by: TheLittlestCrumb
Bonus: can be served as a side
This strawberry goat cheese salad is the perfect spring and summer salad! Made with fresh strawberries, goat cheese, spinach, walnuts & pine nuts.
Lupini Bean Keto FalafelCheck out the recipe here
Ready in: 35 minutes
Recipe by: KetoVegetarianRecipes
Bonus: holds well for sometime
This tasty keto falafel recipe is made with lupini beans and cooked in an air fryer (try these other veggie keto recipes for more inspo!). Filling and nutritious.
Keto Zucchini ‘Noodles’ with Creamy Tomato SauceCheck out the recipe here
Ready in: 30 minutes
Recipe by: InTheKitch
Bonus: simple ingredients, easy to make
Let’s take a look at our recipe for keto zucchini noodles with creamy tomato sauce to show that substituting pasta doesn’t mean substituting flavor.
Cabbage Soup Diet RecipeCheck out the recipe here
Ready in: 30 minutes
Recipe by: EasyAndDelish
Bonus: great for weight loss
Do you tend to overindulge during the holidays? Same here! Whether you’re looking to lose up to 10 pounds or more in only 7 days, fit back into your clothing, detox, or to get rid of bloating, this cabbage soup diet may help you accomplish these goals.
Low-Carb Spinach and Cheese PieCheck out the recipe here
Bonus: healthy and delicious, full of health benefits, can be stored for a while in the fridge
This low-carb pie is delicious, fit for a keto diet – and the best part – it takes only five minutes to prep! Seriously!
Deliciously Creamy Garlic Mushrooms RecipeCheck out the recipe here
Bonus: serve with some toast, as a pasta topping or on its own
There’s no better use for mushrooms than with garlic and cream – and if you want it, we know how to make it vegan without sacrificing taste. Your call.
Pepper Quiche CupsCheck out the recipe here
Ready in: 40 minutes
Recipe by: AMummyToo
Bonus: fluffy, satisfying and incredibly nourishing
A gorgeous twist on the traditional quiche, which swaps out the pastry for peppers and fills them with a classic mix of eggs, milk, and cheese, made extra special with a pinch of sage.
Velvety Zucchini Basil SoupCheck out the recipe here
Ready in: 45 minutes
Recipe by: VegetarianGastronomy
Bonus: serve hot with some bread on the side
One spoonful of this soup and you’ll be BEGGING for the entire pot! This Velvety Zucchini Basil Soup is a wonderful surprise. All the subtle flavors, the velvety texture, vegan, gluten-free, and only 5 ingredients
Zucchini and Fresh Tomato Frittata RecipeCheck out the recipe here
Ready in: 20 minutes
Recipe by: TheBellaVita
Bonus: beating the eggs (instead of whisking them) is a great way to make this egg frittata
A frittata recipe is one where you can have fun with your imagination. In this recipe today we have added zucchini and some fresh tomato.
Rigatoni PrimaveraCheck out the recipe here
Ready in: 30 minutes
Recipe by: TheCopperTable
Bonus: remember to not overcook the veggies!
This Rigatoni Primavera is a quick and easy meal that is on the table in 30 minutes. With loads of fresh veggies and a creamy sauce with herbs and lemon, it’s sure to be a favorite!
Easy Garlic Scape Pesto PizzaCheck out the recipe here
Ready in: 22 minutes
Recipe by: Immigrant’sTable
Bonus: use a store-bought cauliflower pizza crust
Easy garlic scapes pesto is slathered unto a keto cauliflower crust, sprinkled with generous smears of goat cheese and juicy, fragrant sundried tomatoes. The easiest weeknight dinner!
No-Cook Zucchini Noodles with PestoCheck out the recipe here
Ready in: 15 minutes
Recipe by: HealthySeasonalRecipes
Bonus: you can use a countertop or handheld spiralizer, mandoline or vegetable peeler!
These no-cook zucchini noodles with pesto are such a breeze to whip up on a hot summer night. They are low-carb, vegetarian and primal-friendly!
Low-Carb Vegan BowlCheck out the recipe here
Ready in: 50 minutes
Recipe by: RunningOnRealFood
Bonus: use any soy sauce of your choice!
This Asian-inspired, low-carb vegan dinner option features a twist on traditional rice: cabbage rice! You’ll love the “fried” rice paired with avocado, broccoli, kale and a creamy almond butter sauce.
Zucchini Tomato Eggplant BakeCheck out the recipe here
Ready in: 50 minutes
Recipe by: EverydayEileen
Bonus: one-pot and full of vitamins dish
Super easy one pan vegetable bake with the addition of low-fat mozzarella and Parmesan Reggiano. Perfect on its own as an entree. Have this vegetable bake with a loaf of Italian bread to soak up the juices from the veggies. Perfect hot and at room temperature.
Appetizers, Snacks, Desserts and Sides
Grandma’s Creamy Cucumber SaladCheck out the recipe here
Bonus: light, easy, quick and yummy
This classic creamy cucumber salad has been passed down for good reason – it’s incredible! It’s also simple and quick, just the way it should be.
Avocado HummusCheck out the recipe here
Bonus: irresistibly creamy and equally healthy
Love guac? Love hummus? You’re about to meet your new favourite food – try our avocado hummus today! You won’t look back!
Cucumber RaitaCheck out the recipe here
Bonus: easy to make and quick too
The ultimate companion to any curry, this cucumber raita is incredibly quick and cooling – a refreshingly perfect side dish.
Vegetarian Pigs in BlanketsCheck out the recipe here
Bonus: a vegetarian alternative to a renowned classic
The vegetarian Christmas dilemma is solved with these excellent sides – Christmas feasts are better and more vegetarian than ever!
Cabbage Stir Fry Recipe With Garlic, Ginger And Soy SauceCheck out the recipe here
Ready in: 10 minutes
Recipe by: TheBellaVita
Bonus: has got a great flavor, is slightly spicy and holds well for sometime
Cabbage stir fry with garlic, ginger and soy sauce is a perfect side dish full of flavor.
Cauliflower Kugel RecipeCheck out the recipe here
Ready in: 1hr 25 minutes
Recipe by: DebraKlein
Bonus: serve with some tasty vegan soup
This delicious kugel recipe has a traditional taste in a modern, healthier version. Cauliflower kugel is perfect for Passover or year-round. Serve it for breakfast, as a side dish or a meatless Monday main dish.
Egg Salad With Greek YogurtCheck out the recipe here
Ready in: 45 minutes
Recipe by: GarlicSalt&Lime
Bonus: enjoy with some toast or a sandwich!
Classic egg salad with a healthy twist! Hardboiled eggs mixed into a dressing made of Greek yogurt, Dijon mustard, herbs and spices. Minced celery and red onion add a little crunch!
Roasted Tenderstem BroccoliCheck out the recipe here
Ready in: 27 minutes
Recipe by: TwoClovesKitchen
Bonus: you can add some other veggies to enjoy this crispy delight
Crispy, salty roasted broccolini with savory golden garlic
FAQs for Low Carb Vegetarian Recipes
Don’t leave just yet! Get some insight to make the most out of your low-carb vegetarian diet!
What is considered low-carb?
It depends on how you classify something as low carb. For example, currently, the most famous low carb diet is the ketogenic diet. To make a ketogenic diet work your daily carb intake should be 20-50g at a maximum to ensure ketosis occurs.
Note that for ketosis, 20-50g carbs is the maximum, independent of whether you need 1500 calories a day or 3000 a day.
So that means you have to be more absolute with carb numbers to ensure you get under 50g carbs and even more important because by nature that 50g doesn’t scale with calorie intake.
But if your goal isn’t a ketogenic diet and you aren’t trying for ketosis, then something like 10-15% of carbs in a meal would scale well enough. It would be low carb, just not ketogenic low carb.
In comparison, when you follow a standard vegetarian diet you get about 40-60% carbs per day.
Why eat low carb vegetarian recipes?
There are plenty of reasons why you might be looking for healthy low carb vegetarian recipes.
You may want to cook low carb vegetarian meals in order to reduce your intake of unhealthy processed carbs, like white bread and pasta. Reducing the amount of these carbs in your diet could help prevent Type 2 diabetes and heart disease.
However, there are plenty of healthy carbs, namely unprocessed whole grain carbs, that provide your body with important fuel.
People mainly try low carb vegetarian recipes for weight loss. There is a lot of debate over why they are effective. One theory is that cutting carbs means you eat more fat and protein, both of which are proven to be super filling and consequently reduce overall calorie intake.
Another theory is that cutting carbs reduces your body’s production of insulin. Insulin stimulates fat production, so less insulin = less fat, to put it very simply.
If you want more weight loss friendly vegetarian recipes, you NEED to check out our Vegetarian Weekly Weight Loss Meal Plans.
What vegetarian foods are low-carb?
There are a variety of low-carb vegetarian foods and they include:
- Veggies like tomatoes, cauliflowers and onions
- Fruits such as berries and avocados, which are particularly filled with healthy fats
- Nuts like walnuts and peanuts while pumpkins and chias are suitable seeds
- Other fiber-rich veggies and foods like broccoli, coconut “meat” and asparagus
- Soy foods and legumes
- Dairy products and eggs
As a general rule, go for non-starchy vegetables, make sure each meal is rich in protein, eat whole foods and use healthy oils to get the best results out of your low-carb diet.
Can a vegetarian be on a low-carb diet?
Of course! For Lacto-Ovo vegetarians, a low-carb diet shouldn’t be much trouble to maintain although vegans might find a harder time with such, as veganism is already an incredibly restrictive diet.
It’s important to note though, there are detrimental effects of maintaining a low-carb diet for prolonged periods despite the numerous benefits of going on one, so keep this in mind if these are unchartered waters for you.
Full of flavour, stacked with nutrients and most importantly, low in carbohydrates; these delicious low-carb vegetarian recipes are wonderful ideas and would make great additions to your meal plan (you could also try low carb high protein veggie recipes if you want to up your game even further!).
If you’ve got any questions to ask or testimonies to share, feel free to post them in our comment section down below!
Thank you for including my recipe among so much beautiful food!
Sure thing Becky! Glad you like the round up 😀
Thanks for including my recipe Howie! Love all the low-carb options! what a great roundup! Will share.
Thanks a ton Anjali!! 😀
which one is yours Anjali?
Some interesting and delicious-looking vegan options like Mini Avocado & Hummus Quesadilla. Really happy I’ve stumbled upon this roundup, thank you for sharing!
Avocados are not vegan, as farmed bees are used to cultivate them.
Well, hmmm. Interesting point, Dave! But I’d argue many veg/fruits are cultivated with bees?
Oh my God shut up.
My daughter is vegetarian, has been for about 3 years, and the rest of our household is not. I struggle to find dishes to make for her that aren’t carb loaded and dishes the rest of our family will eat also. I’m tired of making separate dinners so I think a lot of these would be great for all!
Hi Nicole, glad we could help a bit! I’m sure you’ll find some great ideas for her. If you haven’t seen this section already, then this high-protein area has a lot (not all, but many) of lower carb recipes too. And taste great, in our humble opinion :). Maybe the others in the family will get jealous and want in, too. https://hurrythefoodup.com/category/recipes/high-protein-vegetarian-recipes/
Let me know if we can help at all!
The link for the green bean recipe no longer takes you to a recipe. Maybe see about that. But these are awesome and I will be using many of them! Thanks!
You’re very welcome, and thanks, too! Will find something to replace the green beans 🙂
Being a vegetarian really doesn’t stop you from having a wide spectrum of dishes to choose from and these low carb dishes are a real delight to enjoy.
This turned out amazing, I made a few modifications to stay within my carb limit and it was still fantastic!
I try almost your list recipe. It’s actually so good. Believe me! Thanks you much… hope you sharing more!
Thank you for the recipe. This list is so amazing and delicious. I’m wanting loss weight, I think this recipe will help me a lot.
Really glad to hear, Diya!! All the success with your weight loss journey!
Thank you so much for this well-curated collection. I am always searching for low-carb, vegetarian options for my family and have difficulty finding recipes that look good. I’ve printed several of these and can’t wait to get started.
You’re welcome Pam. I’m glad you’ve found a few ideas for you and the family. Low-carb isn’t always easy to find absolutely, but we’re keeping our eyes peeled! 😀
All the recipes are easy to make, low in carbohydrates, taste great
So perfect. It’s so easy and convenient. Thank you for tips! Wish you all the best!
Can’t wait to try some. I LOVE pancakes, so I’ll try that one first! I asked God this morning to help me lose weight and you popped right up! Thanks so much.
I’m on a diet and consume vegan dishes only. My schedule started in last week and I had no idea about menus for my diets. I just eat foods without white rice like I’m walking in the sky. Thanks Goodness, I found your article and I can try some new ideas. Thanks a lot!
Hi guys! Wanted to follow you on Facebook, but couldn’t find you. Are you still cooking.
Yes, we’re still cooking. The thing is facebook took our page down and there is no way to contact them. We were successful two times by contacting facebook employees directly, but somehow their firewall doesnt like us and we’re offline shortly after 🙁
It’s a really bummer, we miss our fb page!
Great, easy recipe. I needed something good without totally throwing healthy eating out the window. Thanks!
So easy to follow and healthy. Thank you so much for your guide!!!
You’re welcome Dayne!! 🙂
Hi there! This is Luci from Luci’s Morsels – the roasted cumin salad recipe. I have an update photo for this recipe. is there a good email to send it to for a better looking photo for your site? Thanks!
Hi Luci! Of course, send us the photo to the email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for the update!
Happy to have found you! I have recently given up most meat proteins (pescatarian) and have adopted a mostly vegetarian lifestyle. Also, being diabetic, recipes and ingredients had to change drastically. Your recipes look easy, tasty and healthy! I will be coming back often!! Thank you for what you do!
Very happy our recipes are of help, Kristi! I agree, finding good vegetarian dishes to replace meat/fish is not as simple as it looks.