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23 Quick and Tasty Low-Carb Dinners Under 500 Calories

Carbs are delicious. But if you’re trying to limit them, you may want to do it at dinner.

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Carbs are meant to fuel your body, registered dietitian Erica Giovinazzo tells BuzzFeed Health. But because most people sit around after dinner, there usually isn’t much to fuel for, which means those unused carbs will be stored as fat.

So if your goal is to cut down on body fat, it would help to focus on eating more protein and fat at dinner, which take longer to digest than carbs and will keep you fuller longer, Giovinazzo explains.

Here are some easy dinner options all under 500 calories, with less than 25 grams of carbs per serving.

Plus, they look delicious. Dig in!

No tortillas, no problem. Mix your chicken enchilada fillings with the spaghetti squash strands and then bake with extra cheese. You won’t even notice you’re eating vegetables. Get the recipe here.

These lettuce wraps are light, refreshing, and taste amazing dipped in the ginger peanut sauce. Get the recipe here.

All the pizza taste, without all the carbs. And it packs 26 grams of protein per serving. Get the recipe here.

After a long day, a warm bowl of this hearty, protein-packed soup will hit the spot. Get the recipe here.

Mussels sounds fancy and like a whole ordeal to make, but you can actually whip up a batch of these in just 10 minutes. Get the recipe here.

OK it’s not actually rice, but this garlicky goodness will satisfy your sweet and salty fix. Get the recipe here.

This easy recipe is made up entirely of whole foods and takes less than 15 minutes to make. Get the recipe here.

Instead of ordering takeout, toss together some shrimp, cabbage, soy sauce, Sriracha, seasame oil, and a few additional fixings to get this delicious stir-fry. Get the recipe here.

If you’re looking to switch it up, try serving this buttery stuffed-fish recipe with a side of steamed broccoli. Get the recipe here.

Delicious sautéed chicken, mixed with a roasted red pepper cream sauce, and then baked in a spaghetti squash bowl, covered in melted cheese. What’s more to want? Get the recipe here.

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