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Your Low-Carb Meal Plan for August

Skip the heavy stuff but not the flavor with this low carb meal plan. Here' you'll find 31 days of mains and side dishes made with fresh summer produce and flavors.

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Day 1: Rosemary Salmon and Veggies

My husband and I eat a lot of salmon. One night, while in a rush to get dinner on the table, I created this rosemary salmon meal. It's a keeper! You can also include sliced zucchini, small cauliflower florets or fresh green beans. —Elizabeth Bramkamp, Gig Harbor, Washington

Goes Great With: Ruby Raspberry Slaw

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Day 2: Bacon-Wrapped Chicken

Tender chicken gets a special treatment when spread with a creamy filling and wrapped with tasty bacon strips. This easy bacon-wrapped chicken recipe is frequently requested by my bunch. —MarlaKaye Skinner, Tucson, Arizona

Goes Great With: Shaved Fennel Salad

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Day 3: Air-Fryer Low-Carb Pork Chops

These air-fryer pork chops get their rich flavor from Creole seasoning and Parmesan cheese. Bonus: They're low in carbs, too! —Dawn Parker, Surrey, British Columbia

Goes Great With: Kohlrabi, Cucumber and Tomato Salad

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Day 4: Beef Suya

My Nigerian brother-in-law introduced me to beef suya, a very spicy street food that's popular in western Africa. I was intrigued when I found out the spice rub is made from ground peanuts and a blend of different seasonings. After lots of experimenting, I came up with my own version. —Elena Iorga, Irvine, California

Goes Great With: Faux Potato Salad

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Day 5: Tequila Lime Shrimp Zoodles

This tangy shrimp is a smart 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

Goes Great With: Cherry Tomato Salad

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Day 6: Pressure-Cooker Spiced Short Ribs

This is an ideal recipe for busy nights when your family wants a big dinner, but you are limited on time. The ribs are tender, with the perfect balance of sweet and sour. You can use red wine instead of chicken stock. Instead of butter, add more olive oil or oil of your choice. —Shanon Tranchina, Massapequa Park, New York

Goes Great With: Three-Pepper Coleslaw

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Day 7: Spicy Flank Steak

The cool and creamy sour cream sauce in this recipe is a wonderful accompaniment to the spicy steak. If you prefer, you can grill the steak over medium-high heat rather than broiling. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen

Goes Great With: Strawberry Arugula Salad with Feta

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Day 8: Air-Fryer Fajita-Stuffed Chicken

I had all the ingredients for fajitas, but instead of heating up my big oven I decided to try out the air fryer. Since mine is a small one, I wanted to get as much filling as I could in each stuffed chicken breast. This worked nicely by cutting slits in the breasts and then filling them. —Joan Hallford, North Richland Hills, Texas

Goes Great With: Tex-Mex Spinach Salad

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Day 9: Poached Salmon with Chimichurri

Tender, flaky poached salmon is treated to a flavorful sauce in this elegant dish. Though it takes a little extra prep time, this impressive entree will please every mouth it meets! —Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Goes Great With: Heirloom Tomato Salad

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Day 10: Air-Fryer Asian Tofu

This Asian-inspired air-fryer tofu recipe was the first meatless meal my fiance made for me. It's a wonderful light protein and is so easy to pair with broiled or grilled veggies such as eggplant, asparagus or even tomatoes. —Emily Steers, Los Angeles, California

Goes Great With: Asian Cucumber Salad

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Day 11: Grilled Peppered Steaks

I once wanted a peppered steak for supper, so I tossed some spices together and came up with this recipe. My family thoroughly enjoyed it.—Stephanie Moon, Boise, Idaho.

Goes Great With: Crawfish Beignets with Cajun Dipping Sauce

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Day 12: Grilled Pineapple Chicken

A trip to Hawaii is easy with this juicy grilled pineapple chicken. Simply give it a quick marinade, fire up the grill and let it sizzle. We love this low-carb recipe! —Charlotte Rogers, Virginia Beach, Virginia

Goes Great With: Italian Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette

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Day 13: Grilled Pork and Poblano Peppers

My husband and I entertain a lot in summer, and this has quickly become the most-requested dish. I usually serve it with Mexican rice and a tossed salad.

Goes Great With: Chopped Garden Salad

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Day 14: Mediterranean Sole

Day 14: Mediterranean Sole

This Mediterranean sole recipe may be simple, but it's elegant and incredibly flavorful. Steaming in parchment is an easy and healthy way to cook fish and vegetables. Any white fish will work in place of the sole. —Andrea Potischman, Menlo Park, California

Goes Great With: Greek Three-Bean Salad

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Day 15: Juicy & Delicious Mixed Spice Burgers

We like trying to make “street foods” at home, perfecting recipes for dishes like gyros and these spiced burgers, known as kofta. — Anne Henry, Toronto, Ontario

Goes Great With: Spicy Gazpacho Salad

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Day 16: Grilled Jerk Chicken

Jerk refers to a dry seasoning blend that originated in the Caribbean and that includes spices like allspice, ginger and cinnamon and a blend of peppers. It’ll have your tastebuds feeling warm all over. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen

Goes Great With: Couscous Salad with Olives & Raisins

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Day 17: Cajun Grilled Shrimp

The kicked-up marinade on these shrimp makes this a flavor-packed dish. Serve over rice, and make sure to squeeze those charred lemons over top—that makes them taste extra bright and delicious. —Sharon Delaney-Chronis, South Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Goes Great With: Asparagus & Snap Pea Salad

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Day 18: Air-Fryer Keto Meatballs

I have been following a keto diet for a year and a half and have lost 130 pounds. With this recipe for air-fryer keto meatballs, you won't miss the breadcrumbs at all! I like to eat these saucy meatballs on their own, but they're also great over zucchini noodles. —Holly Balzer-Harz, Malone, New York

Goes Great With: Balsamic Asiago Salad

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Day 19: Pressure-Cooker Pork Ribs

When I was younger, my mom made these delicious pressure-cooker pork ribs for special Saturday dinners. Now I can prepare them on any weeknight! —Paula Zsiray, Logan, Utah

Goes Great With: Sour Cream Cucumbers

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Day 20: Grilled Lobster Tails

I had never tried grilling lobster tails at home until I tried this convenient and deliciously different recipe. It turned out amazing, and has left me with little reason to ever order grilled lobster tail at a restaurant again. Here's how to cook lobster tails on the grill. —Katie Rush, Kansas City, Missouri

Goes Great With: Sesame-Ginger Cucumber Salad

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Day 21: BLT Turkey Salad

This variation of a BLT salad goes great with a side of garlic bread or garlic toast, and will satisfy even the pickiest eaters. —Sherry Conley, Noel Hants County, Nova Scotia

Goes Great With: Tarragon Asparagus

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Day 22: Special Pork Chops

I work nine hours a day, so I need delicious and simple recipes like this one. My husband thinks I work hard fixing meals, but this dish is good and easy. In summer, I can my own salsa and use some to top these chops. —LaDane Wilson, Alexander City, Alabama

Goes Great With: Spicy Antipasto Salad

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Day 23: Turkey Club Roulades

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: Artichoke Tomato Salad

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Day 24: Salmon with Spinach Sauce

You won't have to fish for compliments with this tasty recipe. Poaching is a quick and healthy way to prepare an entree as delicate as fish, keeping it moist and tender while cooking. And the flavorful spinach sauce adds a pretty green accent to the pink salmon. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen

Goes Great With: Insalata Caprese

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Day 25: Kung Pao Chicken

My family loves the kung pao chicken from our favorite Chinese restaurant. But in less time than it takes for the delivery guy to arrive, we can be digging into a steaming platter of this copycat recipe! —Jennifer Beckman, Falls Church, Virginia

Goes Great With: Bok Choy Toss

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Day 26: Vegetable, Steak and Eggs

Low-carb doesn't have to mean skimpy—here's a 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: Tasty Marinated Tomatoes

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Day 27: Cajun Shrimp

These zippy shrimp bring a lot of pizazz to the table. Use as much or as little cayenne pepper as you'd like, depending on your family's tastes. We love ours served alongside rice pilaf. —Donna Thomason, El Paso, Texas

Goes Great With: Layered Veggie Tortellini Salad

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Day 28: Quick and Simple Meatballs

Keep a batch of these meatballs in your freezer for an easy weeknight meal. This simple meatball recipe can be used for pizzas, sub sandwiches, in soups and more. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Goes Great With: Lemony Zucchini Ribbons

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Day 29: Air-Fryer Low-Carb Pork Chops

These air-fryer pork chops get their rich flavor from Creole seasoning and Parmesan cheese. Bonus: They're low in carbs, too! —Dawn Parker, Surrey, British Columbia

Goes Great With: Roasted Asparagus Salad

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Day 30: Ginger Chicken with Green Onions

Ginger, scallions and cayenne come together in a pleasant sauce for chicken. “Every time I serve this to company, I receive compliments,” shares Deborah Anderson of Willow Street, Pennsylvania.

Goes Great With: Radish Asparagus Salad

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Day 31: Flavorful Salmon Fillets

Compliments are a sure thing when I fix these fabulous salmon fillets. A tasty marinade pumps up the flavor and keeps them moist and tender. —Krista Frank, Rhododendron, Oregon

Goes Great With: Chickpea Cucumber Salad

Caroline Stanko
As an Associate Digital Editor, Caroline writes and edits all things food-related and helps produce videos for Taste of Home. When she’s not at her desk, you can probably find Caroline cooking up a feast, planning her next trip abroad or daydreaming about her golden retriever, Mac.
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