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Avoid the bloat (and high-cholesterol unhealthiness) of too many carbs in your diet with these appetizers. They’re delicious enough for when you have guests over, but so quick and simple to prepare that you’ll enjoy them for any old weeknight dinner, too.

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Cold Lemon Zoodles

Imagine a carb- and mayo-free pasta salad. Now imagine one that tastes good. This is that salad, thanks to a spiralizer and a willing zucchini.

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Cauliflower Chowder

Chowder with no potatoes? Blasphemy. Until you have a warming cup of this cozy-making chowder that subs in a whole head of cauliflower with no flavor lost and lots of nutrition gained.

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Garlic Cheese Crackers

These light little mouthfuls of mozzarella are also gluten-free thanks to coconut flour.

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Chile Garlic Edamame

Four ingredients and ten minutes prep, and a garlicky, salty good time is had by all.

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Zucchini Pizza Boats

The one time it’s OK to eat your pizza with a knife and fork.

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Thai Coconut Red Curry

The heat from curry makes this light, fresh and spicy dish extra special. But surprise: It’s easy to make at home.

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Turnip Fries

Say heck yes to this root vegetable. It's delicious baked and sprinkled with sea salt.

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5-Minute VEGAN CREAM OF TOMATO SOUp

Wait, a creamy vegan soup? Hint: The satisfying smoothness comes from macadamia nuts that you blend with tomatoes, basil and spices.

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Eggplant Pizza

Gluten-free because the crust is actually an eggplant slice. Mind blown.

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Roasted Eggplant and Chickpeas With Yogurt Tahini Sauce

Roast some slices of eggplant along with some chickpeas and then pile on some yogurt mixed with tahini. And enjoy the satisfying crunch.

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Low-Carb Crab Cakes with Roasted Red Pepper Sauce

Peppers, lemon and avocado are blended together and served alongside this rich and gluten-free seafood classic.

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Baked Parmesan Zucchini

You're roasting some crispy zucchini spears with cheese and spices. Prep is no big whoop, and the flavor majorly delivers.

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Fajita Chicken Kebabs

The secret sauce is a lime, cumin and garlic marinade that preps the chicken to be extra flavorful when you grill it on skewers. 

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Pesto-Parmesan Baked Tomatoes

Late-summer tomatoes are so delicious, and they get a boost with a simple pesto topping and shredded Parmesan cheese.

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Antipasto Kebabs

If there is something more satisfying than little delights like artichoke hearts, salami slices and peperoncini laying down their lives for you on a skewer, we don’t know what it is.

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