Four Low-Carb Lemon and Garlic Dishes for Spring

The first day of spring isn’t until March 19th. However, when the clocks spring forward, we get a bounce in our step. It’s true that it’s harder to wake up in the dark, but the extra hour of light in the evening is worth it! Something about it makes the days seem longer, even though it’s just a shift on the clock.

The weather is warming up, and our moods are brightening along with the days! It has us turning to foods with the bright flavor of lemon. In cooking, when we talk about “bright,” we mean something tart or sharp that cuts through fat and makes it taste fresh. To us, the flavors of spring are lemon and garlic. They are a perfect flavor pairing that makes us feel like the “food calendar” is restarting for the year. Here are four low-carb recipes that we think are perfect for the bright evenings.  

Easy Garlic and Lemon Shrimp


Garlic and lemon are classic pairings with shrimp. But it’s an easy dish to mess up. We love that this recipe is easier to make than many versions. That’s because it used olive oil in the place of most of the butter. That makes it much harder to burn. Including some butter keeps the flavor, but removing most of it lowers the risk of burning it. It also has tips so you don’t overcook the shrimp. Few things are sadder in the kitchen than rubbery shrimp! A serving has 229 calories, four grams of carbs and 12 grams of fat. Get the recipe.  

Lemon-garlic Keto Pasta Using Yellow Squash


We’re a company filled with pasta fiends. But pasta can be hard to fit into a low-carb diet. More and more low-carb pastas are hitting the store shelves. But it’s nice to use a veggie instead of noodles to help you meet your daily servings and get a pasta fix! This recipe uses shaved summer squash. They have a different, more pasta-like mouthfeel than zoodles and more flavor! A serving has 151 calories, six grams of carbs, two grams of fiber and 14 grams of fat. Get the recipe.

Lemon Garlic Chicken Zucchini Skillet


One-pan meals are one of our favorite things. They’re easy to make and easy to clean up after! This one takes only 25 minutes! The recipe calls for sea salt. Any kind of salt is fine. Don’t worry about it. A lot of recipes call for different types of salt. Generally, they are all the same. The only difference is the size of the flakes, so pay attention to how much salt you’re adding, and you’ll be fine! This meal is delicious and complete, so you don’t have to worry about sides! A serving has 341 calories, six grams of carbs, two grams of fiber and 26 grams of fat. Get the recipe.

Easy Lemon Garlic Parmesan Chicken


When we have seen this recipe, it usually has some sort of breading, making it high in carbs. This version skips that step while staying scrumptious! We also usually see it as chicken breast; this one uses chicken thigh. We prefer thigh meat. It’s juicier, has more flavor and is harder to overcook. The dish is perfect served with a Greek salad or cucumber salad. A serving has 447 calories, nine grams of carbs, one gram of fiber and 25 grams of fat. Get the recipe.

We hope that these four dishes bring some brightness to your table as you enjoy the evening sunshine!

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