More and more people are nowadays turning to a low-carb diet, and many of them are vegan too.
In case you assumed low-carb and plant-based couldn’t coexist, then you are probably going to be pleasantly surprised by these 15 simple vegan low-carb recipes in this article.
These hand-picked meal ideas come with minimal carbs, plenty of vegetables, and delectable spices.
1. Pad Thai
If you do not wish to prepare food but desire a nutritious and filling meal, try this raw vegan Pad Thai. It provides an enjoyable noodle experience and can be creamier in texture by adding a bit of plant-based protein.
This dish is a showstopper at any cookout, dinner party, or Sunday gathering with family and friends, and it can make vegetables fascinating even to that friend of yours who swears by meat.
Made with kelp noodles – may we suggest the alternative of shirataki noodles too, if you want a low-calorie meal as well – carrots, scallions, all the necessary sauces, and some peanut butter, it is the perfect easy-to-make vegan low carb meal to start this list with!
Cabbage and lettuce are amazing replacements for those burger buns or bread slices when you want to go on a low-carb diet.
When vegan, beef patties are also off the table, so replacing those with some tofu is what you have learned to love.
These peanut-tofu cabbage wraps are made with crumbled tofu that’s then garnished with peanut sauce.
Served warm or at room temperature, they are the great hors d’oeuvre for a vegan-friendly event and will be a great addition to a party buffet!
Teriyaki sauce goes great with salmon, chicken, and tofu. So, since you are here for vegan recipes, let’s see how you can make a teriyaki tofu meal.
If you have a wok, use it to stir-fry a store-bought Asian stir-fry veg mix. Alternatively, do it in a pan or skillet. Once they are cooked and tender, turn off the heat, add the teriyaki sauce and mix.
When you are in the supermarket looking for that stir-fry veg mix, grab a package of teriyaki-flavored tofu that’s ready to eat.
While the original recipe here calls for regular rice, swapping that for cauliflower rice turns this meal into a low-carb one.
4. Cabbage Soup
Cabbage is a nutrient-rich vegetable, and when combined with other vegetables, it can turn your soup into the healthiest and most nutritious meal.
This recipe is so easy to make and when you take a look at the ingredients, you will be amazed by how good something 100% made with vegetables can taste.
Onions, carrots, tomatoes, celery, red pepper, and, of course, cabbage, are cooked in a vegetable broth that has been seasoned with all the right spices.
The best thing? It is low-calorie too, so you can have it and still save room and calories for some vegan sweet treats!
Tender broccoli cooked in spicy chipotle orange juice and then mixed with some tofu chunks. If it sounds simple and delicious that is because it really is.
This recipe is so easy to make and once you have your broccoli and tofu ready you can add it as a topping on some cauliflower rice, or mix it with some cooked kelp noodles, shirataki noodles, or zoodles!
With 14.2 grams of carb per serving and lots of vitamins A and C, what’s not to like?
If you loved the sound of the orange broccoli with tofu, then here is another recipe using orange that you will want to try.
This time, tofu is covered with miso, vinegar, and oil sauce and roasted in the oven for some time before you add the asparagus next to it to roast.
In a big mixing bowl, combine some more miso, vinegar, and oil, but now add some basil, and orange juice with some zest too. Add this sauce as a topping to the tofu and asparagus and serve.
8.7 grams of carbohydrates are hidden in this zucchini noodle dish that is served with a Romesco sauce.
Romesco is a red pepper sauce that is originally vegan, so keep that as an alternative sauce for many dishes that have sauces that are not vegan-friendly.
This dish is incredibly easy to make when you have a mandoline slicer to slice your zucchinis and turn them into zoodles. Since they are eaten raw, all that’s then left to do is prepare the sauce.
To do that, blend the almonds, red peppers, garlic, vinegar, paprika, and oil and add the sauce to the zoodles.
To make this soup, you will ideally need a slow cooker, but use a crock pot if you don’t have one.
There are really no difficult steps to follow here as all you need to do is add the ingredients to the slow cooker and cook them for several hours until tender.
Then simply add the coconut milk and lime juice and use a blender to turn this into a pureed, velvet soup.
14.5 grams of carbs per serving and a hot bowl of soup to warm your heart on those cold winter evenings!
9. Walnut Salad
With a dressing made with shallot, vinegar, mustard, oil, and salt, this nutty salad is the ideal winter salad for vegans.
There are no steps in this recipe other than making the dressing and mixing the salad greens with the endive, fennel, and mushrooms altogether, and adding some walnuts on top.
How much dressing you will add on top is up to you, but with only 10 grams per serving, you have nothing to worry about!
10. Green Curry Soup
Soups are the ultimate comfort food, and this one is also vegan and low-carb, which means that it really can’t get any better than this!
For this soup, green curry paste is mixed with spinach, green beans, broccoli, and other soupy ingredients to make a meal that only packs 118 calories per serving and 12.9 grams of carbs!
11. Tofu Satays
Last on this list but certainly, not least is a vegan and low-carb idea that’s perfect for a buffet: tofu satays.
Marinated with spices and served with a peanut butter sauce, these skewers can be served right next to the chicken skewers at your party to please both your carnivore and vegan friends.
13.6 grams of carbs per serving and a good 11 grams of protein, these skewers are something even non-vegans will love!
Who says vegans can’t enjoy a burrito bowl? Vegan mince is a thing these days and even if you are not vegan, you know it tastes delicious!
You can make cauliflower rice at home or buy a frozen package from the store and cooked according to instructions.
From there, you simply need to mix the ‘rice’ with some oil and taco seasoning and divide it into bowls.
Top with the beef, add some cabbage, avocado, and salsa on top, sprinkle some cilantro leaves and you’ve got the best vegan burrito bowl ready, and no more than 15 grams of carbs in it!
Tofu is a game-changer for people on a vegan diet as it is packed with protein and can be delicious when you know how to cook it.
If you don’t, this recipe offers you a great alternative: buy some spicy cooked one from the store!
Mix some greens like broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, and kale, add some edamame beans on top, and then throw in the cubes of your Sriracha-flavored tofu. Top with some spicy peanut dressing and you’re ready.
The freshness of the salad’s greens and the spiciness of the tofu and dressing are a match made in heaven!
Does a noodle dish that has 1.3 grams of carbs exist? Yes, it does, and here is how you can make it.
While you prepare the kelp noodles according to instructions (soaking makes it easier to split them and cook them right) make your vegan pesto using nothing but avocado, some olive oil, spinach, basil, salt, and garlic.
This is practically all you have to do, as then you simply need to cook the pasta and mix them with the pesto when serving. Add any toppings of your liking or none; it will taste great either way!
Now, this soup is not a 5-minute meal but it’s definitely worth the extra minutes you’ll have to spend making it.
The broth is infused with some shiitake mushroom juice and then mixed with cooked onions, ginger, jalapeños, curry paste, tamari, and lime.
Then comes the best part, as it’s time to cook the soup with the addition of coconut milk, tofu, and mushrooms.
Once the mushrooms are softened, you can add the spinach and cook a bit more till it’s also softened.
7.3 grams of carbs per portion and nutrient-rich, this is a Thai comfort soup that will become a weekly lunch option for you.
The Bottom Line
Here it is; 15 vegan and low-carb recipes you can try today and add to your weekly meal plan. Nutritious and delicious, go ahead and try them all!