10 Easy Low-Carb Dinners That’ll Cost You Less than $10

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There’s no reason that following a low-carb diet should cost you an arm and a leg. If a tight budget is the thing that’s holding you back, then look no further than these 10 recipes. They’re easy to cook, affordable, low in carbs, and totally delicious.

A note on pricing: We used Instacart’s prices to calculate the costs of each recipe, so your local prices may vary. (We also assumed you had a few staple ingredients — like olive oil, salt, and spices — on hand already.)

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1. Easy Oven Fajitas from Budget Bytes

While this fajita recipe doesn’t deliver that restaurant-style sizzling platter sound, it makes up for it by being way easier on the wallet. Plenty of seasoning and lime make this medley of veggies and chicken equal parts smokey and savory. (Estimated recipe cost: $8.67)

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Swap the white wine for chicken broth to make this even more inexpensive, then mix in some chicken, Parmesan, and lemon and you’ll have a satisfying dinner in no time. (Estimated recipe cost: $9.75)

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3. White Lasagna Stuffed Peppers from Joy Filled Eats

Think of peppers as tiny casserole dishes that make cleanup even easier. To make these, just cut open the peppers and pack in some ground turkey, ricotta cheese, garlic salt, and mozzarella. Absolutely foolproof. (Estimated recipe cost: $9.66)

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If you’re trying to make a low-carb diet a long-term thing, you should definitely stock up on canned tuna. It’s a quick and easy source of protein that’s totally versatile. Dice up some veggies and toss them together with tuna, lemon juice, and olive oil for a salad that is fresh and flavorful. (Estimated recipe cost: $8.16)

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5. 5-Ingredient Crock-Pot Kale & Chorizo Soup from The Family Freezer

This is a true toss-and-go dinner: Just dump some kale, chorizo, veggie broth, garlic, and diced tomatoes in the slow cooker and leave it to stew until dinnertime. (Estimated recipe cost: $9.61)

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Zoodles are a staple in any low-carb diet. Just spiralize some zucchini, sauté it in pesto, fry up an egg, and you’ve got dinner. (Estimated recipe cost: $6.43)

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Turning up the heat means juicy chicken and crispy veggies, plus dinner’s on the table in 20 minutes tops. This recipe is perfect for meal prep and has plenty of colorful veggies to keep you feeling full. (Estimated recipe cost: $9.04)

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8. Cheesy Garlic Parmesan Spinach Spaghetti Squash from Peas & Crayons

Cheesy spaghetti squash is such a treat. Besides being fluffy and creamy, it’s so easy to make that it’ll quickly become one of your go-to recipes. For extra veggies, swirl in some spinach. (Estimated recipe cost: $8.03)

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All you need to imitate your favorite hot wings is a head of cauliflower, hot sauce, butter, and blue cheese. Celery and iceberg lettuce will give the spicy florets a bright and crispy crunch. (Estimated recipe cost: $7.62)

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Don’t eat pork? These chicken carnitas are the next best thing. Braising the thighs in the oven for 40 minutes will make them so juicy and tender, they’ll shred with just the pull of your fork. Serve these with a side of fresh greens for a complete meal. (Estimated recipe cost: $8.71)

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