Eggplants are the New Bread? Plus 5 Other Gluten-Free Wonder Veggies

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

 
 

Eggplant as Bread

Why use bread when you can use eggplant? Like portobello mushrooms, you can grill eggplant up to use as a substitute for sliced bread. Make open-faced creations like roasted eggplant with tomatoes and mint or try your hand at the cheesy baked eggplant sandwich

 
 

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.

Moral of the Story: Gluten-free and low-carb doesn't have to be boring. With these recipes you won't even miss the real thing.