Your Low-Carb Meal Plan for October

On chilly October nights, turn to this low-carb meal plan for fresh, flavorful and healthy dinner ideas. We'll help you eat well all month long!

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Broiled Parmesan Tilapia

Even picky families will change their minds about eating fish with this toasty, cheesy Parmesan-coated entree. I serve it with mashed cauliflower and a green salad for a low-carb meal everyone loves. —Trisha Kruse, Eagle, Idaho

Goes Great With: Caesar Salad in Peppered Parmesan Bowls

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Pressure-Cooker Coq au Vin

Don’t be intimidated by the elegant name. The classic French dish is now made easier in one appliance! This Instant Pot coq au vin has all the classic flavors of a rich red wine-mushroom sauce but is so simple to make. My family loves it with whole grain country bread or French bread for dipping into the extra sauce. —Julie Peterson, Crofton, Maryland

Goes Great With: Fennel Spinach Saute

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Ground Beef Veggie Stew

This is a wonderful, hearty stew to help use up all the late-summer veggies in your garden. I like that it's filling enough to make a meal, and it's good for you too! —Courtney Stultz, Weir, Kansas

Goes Great With: Baked Parmesan Breaded Squash

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Chicken Legs with Balsamic Vinaigrette

Just a handful of ingredients give this mouthwatering meal maker its light, lemony flavor. —Leslie Palmer, Swampscott, Massachusetts

Goes Great With: Roasted Brussels Sprouts & Cauliflower

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Pepper-Crusted Pork Tenderloin

Guests will be impressed by this elegant entree and its golden crumb coating with peppery pizazz. The meat slices up so moist and tender, you can serve it without sauce and still have a succulent taste-tempting main dish. —Ellen Riley, Murfreesboro, Tennessee

Goes Great With: Skillet Cabbage

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Beef Daube Provencal

This dish is perfect on cold winter days, especially after we have been out cutting wood or white-tail hunting. If you are lucky enough to have venison, try it here for melt-in-your-mouth goodness. —Brenda Ryan, Marshall, Missouri

Goes Great With: Spinach Souffle Side Dish

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Turkey Cutlets with Pan Gravy

Using cutlets or any boneless meat speeds up cooking time for this quick entree. You can use thin boneless, skinless chicken breast as well. —Margaret Wilson, Sun City, California

Goes Great With: Cauliflower Mash

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Glazed Rosemary Pork

A honey-rosemary glaze delicately seasons pork tenderloin in this delightful entree. As elegant as it is easy, the main course is ideal for weekend dinner parties and weeknight suppers alike. —Barbara Sistrunk, Fultondale, Alabama

Goes Great With: Bacon, Cabbage and Noodles

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Italian Sausage Zucchini Soup

My mom used to make this recipe. Whenever I decide to make it, it reminds me of her, taking me back to days of my childhood. —Louise Kline, Fort Myers, Florida

Goes Great With: Broccoli with Asiago

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Stovetop Meat Loaves

Who says meat loaf has to bake in the oven for hours? For this convenient recipe, all you need is your stovetop and 30 minutes. It’s a quick, simple dish to make for one or two people. —Emily Sund, Geneseo, Illinois.

Goes Great With: Sauteed Garlic Mushrooms

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Chicken Pesto Roll-Ups

One night I looked in the refrigerator and pondered what I could make with chicken, cheese, mushrooms and pesto. This pretty dish was the result. Add Italian bread and a fruit salad for a complete meal! —Melissa Nordmann, Mobile, AL

Goes Great With: Roasted Cauliflower & Brussels Sprouts with Bacon

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Curry Chicken Stew

My Grandma Inky grew up in India and passed down this recipe to my mother, who then passed it down to me. The recipe brings back fond memories of the family gathered around the table, enjoying this delicious meal and catching up on one another's day. I tweaked the ingredients a bit to fit my toddler's taste buds, but it's just as scrumptious as Grandma's own. —Teresa Flowers, Sacramento, California

Goes Great With: Spinach Salad with Warm Bacon Dressing

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Mexican Cabbage Roll Soup

I love sharing our humble and hearty soup made with beef, cabbage and green chiles. A blast of cilantro gives it a sunshiny finish. —Michelle Beal, Powell, Tennessee

Goes Great With: My Favorite Avocado Salad

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Chocolate-Chipotle Sirloin Steak

Looking to do something a little different with grilled sirloin? Add smoky heat and chocolaty rich color with this easy five-ingredient rub. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen

Goes Great With: Garlic Mashed Cauliflower

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Bacon-Garlic Chicken

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: Oven-Dried Tomatoes

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Slow-Cooker Pork and Apple Curry

Here's a gentle curry dish that's sure to please American palates. For fun, try varying the garnish—add a few chopped peanuts or a little chutney. —Nancy Reck, Mill Valley, California

Goes Great With: Mixed Greens with Lemon Champagne Vinaigrette

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Pepper and Salsa Cod

After tasting a similar dish at the grocery store, my husband figured out how to make this awesome cod topped with salsa and peppers. —Robyn Gallagher, Yorktown, Virginia

Goes Great With: Mashed Cauliflower with Parmesan

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Italian Sausage with Artichokes and Feta

To impress the guests, we serve Italian sausage and artichoke hearts with pasta. It tastes like a gourmet masterpiece and also works with rice or potatoes. —Aysha Schurman, Ammon, Idaho

Goes Great With: Roasted Fennel and Peppers

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Slow-Cooked Pork Stew

Try this comforting stew that's easy to put together, but it tastes like you've been working hard in the kitchen all day. It's even better served over polenta, egg noodles or mashed potatoes. —Nancy Elliot, Houston, Texas

Goes Great With: Wedge Salad with Blue Cheese Dressing

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Risotto with Chicken and Mushrooms

Portobello mushrooms add an earthy flavor to this creamy classic, while shredded rotisserie chicken makes it a snap to prepare. You'll savor every bite. —Charlene Chambers, Ormond Beach, Florida

Goes Great With: Garlic-Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Mustard Sauce

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Lemon-Parsley Tilapia

I like to include seafood in our weekly dinner rotation but don't want to bother with anything complicated (and it had better taste good or the family will riot). This herbed fish does the trick. —Trisha Kruse, Eagle, Idaho

Goes Great With: Roasted Rosemary Cauliflower

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Apple Cider Pork Chops

These apple cider pork chops are a must for fall family dinners. I serve them with buttered egg noodles to soak up more of that delicious sauce. The recipe is easy to double when company pops in. —Debiana Casterline, Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey

Goes Great With: Rosemary Root Vegetables

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Slow-Cooked Chicken Enchilada Soup

This soup delivers a big bowl of fresh comfort—just ask my husband. Toppings like avocado, sour cream and tortilla strips are a must. —Heather Sewell, Harrisonville, Missouri

Goes Great With: Simple Guacamole

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Lemon-Butter Tilapia with Almonds

Sometimes I want a nice meal without a ton of effort or wait time. Thankfully, I have this lemony, buttery fish that's super fast and totally tasty. —Ramona Parris, Canton, Georgia

Goes Great With: Cauliflower au Gratin

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Apple and Onion Beef Pot Roast

Rely on your slow cooker to help prepare this moist pot roast. I thicken the juices to make a pleasing apple gravy that's wonderful over the beef slices and onions. —Rachel Koistinen, Hayti, South Dakota

Goes Great With: Roasted Beet Wedges

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Dijon Pork Medallions

My husband loves anything with Dijon mustard, so this is a fast and easy way for us to prepare pork. It's a favorite in our home. —Joyce Moynihan, Lakeville, Minnesota

Goes Great With: Pepper Parmesan Beans

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Ravin' Good Stew

This stew is loaded with ingredients. It's sure to fill up the kids before they head out trick-or-treating, and the family enjoys it all season long! —Shirley Smith, Yorba Linda, California

Goes Great With: Italian Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette

Katie Bandurski
As Senior Shopping Editor, Katie connects Taste of Home readers with the best gifts, deals and home products on the market. An avid foodie and a holiday enthusiast, Katie is an expert at cultivating meaningful moments. When she’s out of the office, you’ll find her exploring Wisconsin, trying out new vegetarian recipes and watching Christmas movies.