We love carbs as much as the next person, but sometimes after binging on a bucket of breadsticks at our favorite Italian restaurant, we have to say enough is enough. Instead of suffering through salads and typical 'low-carb' substitutes like lettuce wraps and kale chips, we'd rather feast on more hearty vegetable-based dishes. If you're trying to cut down on gluten, or just need a break from carbs, try these yummy veggie substitutes. (Note: Not all these recipes are ultra-healthy, but they're all mouth-wateringly delicious).
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Portobello Mushrooms as Hamburger Buns
For those of us who can't get the sweet, sweet satisfaction of ordering a protein animal style burger at In N Out, we can at least grill up some portobello mushrooms for a savory replacement to traditional hamburger buns. From the pulled pesto chicken burger to the 'Aussie' burger with chipotle aioli, these are recipes that will make grilling up a burger a little more exciting.
Spaghetti Squash as Pasta
No. It's not spaghetti, but it's a great substitute for pasta, and looks like it too. If you're dreaming of a Lady and the Tramp moment without the carbs, try one of these recipes. You can keep it simple with easy spaghetti squash pasta or spice things up with southwestern stuffed spaghetti squash.
Zucchini as Lasagna Noodles
When sliced just right, zucchini flawlessly replaces lasagna noodles. Plus, the most important part of lasagna is the cheese, right? Which means that lasagna sans pasta is hardly a sacrifice. If you're ambitious, it can even be cooked into mock french fries or shredded into pasta!
Cauliflower as Everything
In the vegetable-as-carb world, cauliflower is king. It can be cooked into gluten-free versions all of our guilty pleasures - pizza crust, mac and cheese, mashed potatoes, the list goes on. If that's not enough, Buzzfeed put together a list of 23 other crazy, creative ways to eat cauliflower that we can't wait to try.