30-Day Low-Carb Meal Plan

Updated: Nov. 14, 2023

Trying to cut down on carbs? These tasty dinners are for you! This 30-day low-carb meal plan serves up an amazing main and side dish that come in at 15g of carbs or less.

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Day 1: Salmon with Creamy Dill Sauce

3g carbs per serving There’s nothing like fresh salmon, and my mom bakes it just right so it nearly melts in your mouth. The sour cream dill sauce is subtly seasoned with horseradish so that it doesn’t overpower the delicate salmon flavor. —Susan Emery, Everett, Washington

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Goes Great with: Lemon Pepper Roasted Broccoli, 7g carbs

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Day 2: Stuffed Chicken with Marinated Tomatoes

8g carbs per serving

I invented this roast chicken to prove goat cheese really is delish. I served it to my skeptical family without telling them, and they gobbled it up. But any soft cheese will do. —Gilda Lester, Millsboro, Delaware

Goes Great with: Italian Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette, 4g carbs

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Day 3: California Burger Wraps

5g carbs per serving

I love the way these fresh flavors blend together. It’s a snap to throw this together using leftover burgers for a quick, healthy lunch. The burgers can also be served on buns. —Rachelle McCalla, Batesville, Arkansas

Goes Great with: Lemon Garlic Mushrooms, 6g carbs

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Day 4: Turkey Club Roulades

2g carbs per serving

Weeknights turn elegant when these short-prep roulades with familiar ingredients are on the menu. Not a fan of turkey? Substitute lightly pounded chicken breasts. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen

Goes Great with: Cauliflower Mash, 5g carbs

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Day 5: Crab-Topped Tomato Slices

3g carbs per serving

When camping, my wife and I top large beefsteak tomatoes with spicy chunks of crab. Then we warm this summer treat over the fire. —Thomas Faglon, Somerset, New Jersey

Goes Great with: Fennel Spinach Saute, 5g carbs

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Day 6: Blue Cheese Pork Medallions

1g carbs per serving

This comforting pork dish feels fancy, thanks to the creamy sauce kicked up a notch by blue cheese. Guests go crazy over it, and would never guess how quickly it all comes together. —Lynne German, Woodland Hills, California

Goes Great with: Roasted Rosemary Cauliflower, 5g carbs

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Day 7: Tequila Lime Shrimp Zoodles

7g carbs per serving

This tangy shrimp is a great way to cut carbs without sacrificing flavor. If you don’t have a spiralizer, use thinly julienned zucchini to get a similar effect. —Brigette Schroeder, Yorkville, Illinois

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Day 8: Vegetable, Steak and Eggs

7g carbs per serving 

Low-carb doesn’t have to be skimpy with this lighter take on steak and eggs. I love cooking with squash, but feel free to toss in any vegetable combination you like. —Robert Deskin, Plantation, Florida

Goes Great with: Festive Tomato Wedges, 4g carbs

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Day 9: Skillet Steak Supper

6g carbs per serving

With all of the ingredients cooked in one skillet, this steak dish couldn’t be quicker to prepare…or clean up! But the wine and mushroom sauce makes it seem special. —Sandra Fisher, Monroe, Washington

Goes Great with: Sauteed Radishes with Green Beans, 5g carbs

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Day 10: Filipino Chicken Adobo

2g carbs per serving

My mom always makes her saucy Chicken Adobo recipe when I come home to visit. I think it’s even better the next day as leftovers —she says it’s because of the vinegar. — Michael Moya, Taste of Home Senior Marketing Manager

Goes Great with: Tarragon Asparagus Salad, 3g carbs

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Day 11: Cod and Asparagus Bake

6g carbs per serving

In this bright and lively one-pan dish, green and red veggies back up tender fish, and lemon pulls everything together. You can use grated Parmesan cheese instead of Romano. —Thomas Faglon, Somerset, New Jersey

Goes Great with: Garlic Asiago Cauliflower Rice, 5g carbs

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Day 12: Naked Fish Tacos

6g carbs per serving

This is one of my husband’s all-time favorite meals. I’ve even converted some friends to fish after eating this. I serve it with fresh melon when it’s in season to balance the subtle heat of the cabbage mixture. —Elizabeth Bramkamp, Gig Harbor, Washington

Goes Great with: Mixed Greens with Orange Juice Vinaigrette, 1g carbs

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Day 13: Lone Star Pot Roast

8g carbs per serving

Pot roast becomes especially delicious with the addition of chopped green chilies and taco seasoning. —Helen Carpenter, Albuquerque, New Mexico

Goes Great with: Roasted Fresh Okra, 5g carbs

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Day 14: Blackened Tilapia with Zucchini Noodles

8g carbs per serving

I love quick and bright meals like this one-skillet wonder. Homemade pico de gallo is easy to make the night before. —Tammy Brownlow, Dallas, Texas

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Day 15: Smothered Chicken

3g carbs per serving

You can’t go wrong when serving this speedy skillet creation. Top tender chicken breasts with mushrooms, bacon, green onions and cheese for a swift and savory sensation that’s sure to become a family favorite. —Penny Walton, Westerville, Ohio

Goes Great with: Steamed Kale, 6g carbs

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Day 16: Dijon-Crusted Fish

7g carbs per serving

Dijon, Parmesan and a hint of horseradish give this toasty fish from Scott Schmidtke of Chicago, Illinois lots of flavor. The preparation is so easy, it takes just 5 to 7 minutes to get 4 servings ready for the oven. —Scott Schmidtke, Chicago, Illinois

Goes Great with: Cheesy Zucchini Saute, 5g carbs

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Day 17: Cajun Sirloin with Mushroom Leek Sauce

7g carbs per serving

In 30 minutes you ‘ll have a steak that tastes restaurant-quality without needing to tip! —Joshua Keefer, Delaware, Ohio

Goes Great with: Summer Squash and Zucchini, 5g carbs

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Day 18: Chicken with Citrus Chimichurri Sauce

1g carbs per serving

Chimichurri is a green sauce from South America that goes with grilled meats. My citrus version brightens up grilled chicken, which gets its juiciness from brining. —Tyffanie Perez, Springville, Utah

Goes Great with: Cherry Tomato Salad, 4g carbs

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Day 19: Sausage Cobb Salad Lettuce Wraps

7g carbs per serving

I substituted sausage for the bacon to make this lettuce roll-up your family and friends will adore. It’s flavorful, crunchy and pretty on the plate. —Devon Delaney, Westport, Connecticut

Goes Great with: Mushroom and Spinach Saute, 6g carbs

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Day 20: Pepper-Stuffed Pork Tenderloin

5g carbs per serving

Spicy stuffing balances the delicate flavor of pork in this dish that looks great on the plate—and tastes even better! —and tastes even better! —Margaret Allen, Abingdon, Virginia

Goes Great with: Oven-Roasted Asparagus, 4g carbs

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Day 21: Caesar Chicken with Feta

2g carbs per serving

My tomatoey chicken is the perfect answer on those crazy days when supper has to be on the table in 30 minutes, tops (doesn’t hurt that it’s delicious, too). —Denise Chelpka, Phoenix, Arizona

Goes Great with: Kale Salad, 6g carbs

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Day 22: Herbed Turkey Breast

1g carbs per serving

Like many of you, I always serve turkey for our family’s Thanksgiving meal. But instead of roasting a whole bird, I opt for a turkey breast since most of us prefer white meat. The herb butter basting sauce keeps it so moist, and it’s easy to carve. —Ruby Williams, Bogalusa, Louisiana

Goes Great with: Zucchini Mushroom Bake, 5g carbs

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Day 23: Tangy Parmesan Tilapia

2g carbs per serving

I was looking for a fish coating that didn’t have bread crumbs or flour. Don’t forget the lime juice—it really perks up this delicious dish. —Deborah Purdue, Westland, Michigan

Goes Great with: Garden Cucumber Salad, 5g carbs

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Day 24: Chicken Marsala with Gorgonzola

8g carbs per serving

We live near the Faribault, Minnesota caves that are used to age the lovely Amableu Gorgonzola cheese. Chicken topped with melting Gorgonzola is quick enough for weeknight cooking but also elegant enough for a dinner party. —Jill Anderson, Sleepy Eye, Minnesota

Goes Great with: Italian Green Bean Salad, 6g carbs

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Day 25: Mediterranean Chicken

6g carbs per serving

As special as it is simple to prepare, this moist, flavorful chicken is dressed in tomatoes, olives and capers. It’s a knockout main dish at my house. —Mary Relyea, Canastota, New York

Goes Great with: Wedge Salad with Blue Cheese Dressing, 6g carbs

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Day 26: Pork Medallions in Mustard Sauce

6g carbs per serving

I like pork medallions with apricot preserves and wondered how else I could dress them up. I played around with different flavors until I found this combo. Wows every time. —Tahnia Fox, Trenton, Michigan

Goes Great with: Sauteed Squash with Tomatoes & Onions, 6g carbs

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Day 27: Bacon-Garlic Chicken

5g carbs per serving

Help yourself to my wonderful Italian stovetop chicken. It can be thrown together in minutes but tastes like you made a big fuss. —Yvonne Starlin, Westmoreland, Tennessee

Goes Great with: Lemony Zucchini Ribbons, 5g carbs

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Day 28: Ginger Halibut with Brussels Sprouts

7g carbs per serving

I moved to the United States from Russia and love cooking Russian food for family and friends. Halibut with soy sauce, ginger and pepper is a favorite. —Margarita Parker, New Bern, North Carolina

Goes Great with: Spinach Salad with Warm Bacon Dressing, 5g carbs

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Day 29: Salisbury Steak Deluxe

9g carbs per serving

This recipe is so good that I truly enjoy sharing it with others. I’ve always liked Salisbury steak, but I had to search a long time to find a recipe this tasty. It’s handy, too because it can be prepared ahead, kept in the refrigerator and warmed up later. —Denise Barteet, Shreveport, Louisiana

Goes Great with: Roasted Broccoli & Cauliflower, 6g carbs

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Day 30: Grilled Basil Chicken and Tomatoes

5g carbs per serving

Relax after work with a cold drink while this savory chicken marinates in an herby tomato blend for an hour, then toss it on the grill. It tastes just like summer. —Laura Lunardi, West Chester, Pennsylvania

Goes Great with: Kohlrabi, Cucumber and Tomato Salad, 6g carbs