If you’re looking to lose a few pounds then cutting down on your carbohydrate intake is a great start to that diet. Keep in mind, though, that you can’t replace that carb-shaped hole in your diet with bad fats. Focus instead on lean protein, healthy fats and exercise.

Felling a bit daunted? Here are 16 great low carb recipes to get you started:

1. Chocolate Chip Cookies

via Sugarfreelikeme.com

You don’t need to cut out every treat to be healthy. These low carb cookies are both sugar free and very tasty.

Recipe here.

2. Zero carb cheesy egg crisps

via Holyjeansnmyfavoritethings.com

It can be hard to find low carb snacks that are both tasty and simple. These cheesy egg chips tick both boxes.

Recipe here. 

3. Tuna Patties

via Simplyrecipes.com

If you’re worried about a low carb diet damaging your bank balance then these tuna patties are for you. Very cheap to make, most of the ingredients will be in your cupboards already.

Recipe here.

4. Broccoli Cheese Bites

via Recipebyphotograph.com

These little bakes are a great potato substitute for those nights where you’re craving a good jersey royal with butter.

Recipe here.

5. Beef stuffed courgette

via katrina-runs.com

The great thing about this recipe is that you can easily swap out any of the ingredients for things you like more.

Recipe here.

6. Spinach and mushroom smothered chicken

via Tasteofhome.com

Super moist chicken, tasty spinach and all those mushrooms. This is a great burst of protein and low on carbs too.

Recipe here. 

7. Cauliflower shepherd’s pie

via Mamaeatsclean.com

Sometimes you just need comfort food and shepherd’s pie is one of those foods. By swapping out mashed potato for cauliflower you can still have the comfort but without the carbs.

Recipe here.

8. Cheesy chicken stuffed peppers

via Getcreativejuice.com

If you’re craving something Mexican then these peppers are a great start. Add some chili for something a little spicier.

Recipe here.  

9. No tortilla chicken enchiladas

via Starvingkitten.com

Another great recipe for all the Mexican food lovers, this bake is so yummy you forgot you’re missing the tortillas.

Recipe here.

10. Egg muffins

via Kaylynskitchen.com

Perfect for breakfast, these little egg muffins are super filling and will keep you going till lunch.

Recipe here.

11. Creamy broccoli bacon bake

via Kraftrecipes.com

If you love pasta bake then this creamy broccoli bacon bake could be the perfect dish for you. Low on carbs and high on taste, this bake is great as a meal or as a side.

Recipe here.

12. Prawn scampi with courgette noodles

via Justataste.com

This recipe might take a little prep, but boy is it worth it. Destroy those noodle cravings with this low carb alternative. Great as a lunch or dinner.

Recipe here.

13. Bacon wrapped avocados

via Ohsweetbasil.com

You can’t beat bacon, it’s one of the best things ever. These little bacon wrapped avocados are really versatile – use them as a snack, side or even starter.

Recipe here.

14. Low carb lasagna

via Peaceloveandlowcarb.com

Another great recipe for those worried about missing their favourite foods. You’ll hardly even miss the pasta!

Recipe here.

15. Buffalo chicken soup

via Doughmesstic.com

Looking for something yummy, and low carb, to eat for lunch? Make up a big batch of this gorgeous chicken soup and your lunch will be sorted for the week.

Recipe here. 

16. Protein brownies

via Simplytaralynn.com

Need a chocolate fix? These brownies are guilt-free at 85 calories each. Perfect for a Friday night treat.

Recipe here.