Low Carb Side Dishes

I thought I would do a blog post with some suggestions for sides to have when following an Original day on Slimming World or for those of you who are low carbing. Sometimes we can feel stuck in a rut and find ourselves missing those filling carbs which then can set us up for a bad day.

So how can I bulk up my meal and make it more interesting/filling?

Pasta/Noodle replacements

All of the below are great replacements for pasta in dishes that require pasta, such as spagetti bolognese etc

Spaghetti squash (this can be hard to come by at certain times of year, it is normally readily available across the US/Canada but for those of you in the UK, try local farm markets or online veggie box deliverys, plus supermarkets like Waitrose. See how to cook spaghetti squash here

Spiralled Vegetables – I recently bought a vegetable spiraller and omg  I love it, courgette tastes so much better when spiralled and then lightly sauteed with Pam or Frylight with a little garlic and salt, this is a great subsitute for pasta, and why not try some other veg, like carrot

Shoestring Vegetables – My shoestring butternut squash and celeriac recipe is great pasta subsitute. Try my recipe here

Beansprouts or Slaw Mix – These are great in stir fries in place of noodles. Just add to your meat and stir fry for a few minutes and you are done.

Mashed Potato Replacements

Do you want to make a shepherds pie type dish but are low carbing? Then try some of these alternatives:

Mashed Vegetables – Swede, Celeriac and Carrot are all great replacements for mashed potatoes, you can try a couple mashed together or on their own. Just steam until tender and then mash with your choice of seasoning.

Mashed Squash – squash roasted or steamed and then mashed is also a lovely substitute for mashed potatoes. If you roast it, then it has a more sweeter flavour.

Cauliflower – this is actually surprising good as a topping for Shepherds or Cottage pie. Try my Cheesy Cauliflower Topped Pie recipe here

Chips or Roast Potatoes

Fancy chips, but can’t have them because you are low carbing?

Try roasting some butternut squash or celeriac instead. Root vegetables like carrot and swede work well too. Just drizzle with a synned serving of olive oil or use Frylight or Pam spray, cover with your choice of seasoning and roasted in the oven until caramelised. Paprika sprinkled roasted butternut squash is a favourite of mine. But some rubbed with crushed garlic and fresh herbs works well too.

Roasted Cauliflower and Broccoli – okay they don’t have that starchy texture, but they are still equally delicious roasted in the oven with some slivers of garlic and onion.


It is my friend the cauliflower again. Seriously though, this vegetable is so versatile and did you know it really does work well as a substitute for rice? Just finely grate it, add to a bowl, season with some salt and black pepper, cover (don’t add water) and microwave for about 5 mins and there you have yourself some cauliflower rice. Delicious!!

Other side dish suggestions

It doesn’t have to just be a replacement for the usual carb heavy stuff. Vegetables are equally yummy, so why not try some vegetable gratin, roasted vegetables, ratatouille, sauteed vegetables, vegetable kebabs, or mixed salad. The list of possibilities is endless.

Hope that helps Smile. Feel free to click on the sharing buttons above to share this post with  friends or if you have some other suggestions then please add your comments below.

  • Some great ideas here, thank you!

  • LUH1983

    Genius! Thanks for these great ideas. I don’t have a microwave, is there a way of making cauliflower rice without one?