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15 Low-Carb Dinner Recipes for People in a Hurry

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We all can agree that there are nights when dinner has to come together as quickly as possible. Whether it's because we have other commitments we have to attend to or we're rolling through the door late and are starving, having fast meals to lean on is always a saving grace. These particular recipes speak to those who are trying to eat fewer carbs — maybe they're on a keto diet, or just feel better when they limit them.

1. Fish in Crazy Water

Bolster water with tomatoes, garlic, and fresh herbs and you have a quick and simple poaching liquid for flaky white fish.

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2. Grilled Chicken Thighs with Chimichurri

To really get ahead, make the chimichurri the night before and keep it in the refrigerator until you need it.

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3. Cilantro Lime Pork Chops

These juicy skillet pork chops come with plenty of tangy sauce so be sure to serve them with cauliflower rice or simply a spoon to enjoy it all.

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4. Gingery Poached Egg Soup

Ginger, garlic, and soy sauce bolster store-bought chicken broth and give it the extra flavor it needs to be the star of this quick and comforting soup.

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5. Honey Garlic Shrimp

This fast shrimp sauté is fresh and satisfying — instead of serving it over white rice, opt for cauliflower rice to keep it low-carb.

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6. Parmesan Chicken and Kale Sauté

Lots of grated Parmesan cheese gives this wholesome dinner a serious umami boost. Leftovers keep quite well and make a great lunch.

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7. Spicy Ground Pork & Zucchini Stir-Fry

Stir-fries are the ultimate choice when you're looking for a fast dinner. This one skips the usual chicken or steak and replaces it with juicy ground pork that soaks up every bit of the chili-garlic sauce.

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8. Skillet Cod with Lemon and Capers

For some reason, fish can seem intimidating and fussy to make, but it couldn't be further from the truth — this recipe comes together in under 10 minutes!

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9. Greek Scramble

A big plate of scrambled eggs can go well beyond the breakfast table when there are plenty of colorful vegetables involved.

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10. 3-Ingredient Pesto Zoodle Bowl

Store-bought zucchini and basil pesto help make this a dinner that couldn't be faster to throw together. You can also try swapping out the zoodles for another variety of vegetable noodles.

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11. Buffalo Cauliflower Lettuce Wraps

This vegetarian twist on Buffalo wings is a fun, low-carb way to eat a meatless meal — just don't forget to finish each lettuce wrap off with plenty of crumbled blue cheese.

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12. Greek-Style Tuna Salad

This colorful salad comes together as fast as you can chop a handful of veggies and toss them in a bowl with tuna. This is another one that's nice over cauliflower rice if you want to make it a little more hearty.

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13. Collard Green Chicken Salad Wraps

Use leftover cooked chicken from last night's dinner or a store-bought rotisserie chicken to make the curried salad for these collard green wraps extra-fast and easy.

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14. Simple Pan-Seared Salmon

This easy salmon is infinitely adaptable — sprinkle it with anything from smoked paprika to garam masala — and works with whatever else you feel like preparing, whether it's a simple salad or a pile of roasted vegetables.

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15. Kale & Apple Soup

This recipe doesn't even require you to de-stem the kale or peel the apple, as both get puréed in the blender. This not only makes things easier for you, but also adds extra fiber to the situation.