If you are eating a low carb diet then you are probably consuming a lot more vegetables now then you have in the past. The problem I first encounter was, which ones are low carb, and how can I make them delicious? I decided to make a nice list of some low carb veggie options along with some quick suggestions on how to use them in a low carb way. With a little more research you can find a bunch of recipes out their and I will post some more in-depth ideas later on. But here's a great place to get started.
Well, it was fun while it lasted, but it appears that our summer is coming to an end. At least if you live where we do. The temperature is dropping and my wife is beginning to have high anxiety about a winter that is still weeks away. All that to say, our summer has been pretty good.
Of course a large part of our summer was simply just watching our daughter and learning how to not make her grow up to hate us. So far I would say we have been 50% effective in our efforts. Time will tell. It's a ton of fun being a dad, and I love the new adventure, but it has been hard for us too. Coming from a life that was fun and fancy free on a Broadway tour, to being stuck in our house every night after 8pm is kind of a rude awakening that we are grown ups now. It's also incredibly hard to have dates . Baby sitters are not as easy to find as you might think and our current jobs aren't quite as lavished as the ones we had before. Still, we try to remain feeling blessed and often remind each other that this is just the beginning of really awesome stuff.
One of the highlights of the summer for me was attending a wedding of a good friend of mine. So great to be near old friends and to be a part of such an awesome change in his life. Also, a weekend of not changing diapers does a lot for your self esteem.
We had a blast just hanging out, having a bonfire, and making jokes. Its so great to be surround by people that share in your interests and of course your sense of humor. Not to say that we don't have that here in Fargo, its just different from some of our old friends from before. Like getting to wear your favorite Tshirt on a Saturday. It just feels right.
We had plenty of adventure though. Here's a quick rundown of some of our summer Highlights.
1. Hitting the Lakes with my wife family. A great time to relax and enjoy some games.
2. Backyard bonfire. (not counting the one which may or may not have caused the fire department to arrive)
3. Downtown StreetFair with Out Of town visitor. Vendor food are always fun to try, We tried to keep it as low carb as possible, but that's impossible with fair food. Go Big or go home I guess.
4. Junk Week. Fargo people throw out awesome old stuff on their boulevards . We fix it up and we make money that in turn buys us a taco and mostly goes to diapers. Hooray for Junk!
5. Lots of outdoor walks.
6. Guardians od the Galaxy!!!
I can't think of a #7. I am trying but I just can't. Geez that's a small list. crap. Ok, I got to go do something fun before its cold here or my wife is going to kill me.
There is a new Low Carb Protein Bar company in town, and its name is Level. A company that is designed to create bars and shakes to defeat hunger and promote healthy blood sugar and also helps to keep its carb count low for those on the low carb diet.
Recently discovering these I had the chance to try out a couple of their products. The first thing I got to try was their Caramel Chocolatey Peanut Protein Bar. Is Chocolatey a word? I don't think so as it is currently being underline by my autocorrect in a red squiggly line.
The Long review: I had high hopes for this particular bar. The name alone sounds sweet and something that might fill a void of a snickers bar or something similar. It conjures of ideas of salty and sweet which I like. But how was it actually? I was kind of disappointed with this bar. It's entirely possible that I got a box that was a little bit old, as it had a bit of a hard dry texture and taste to it, but I can't say for sure as all the bars in the box tasted that way and it's my first time having it. Even if that wasn't the case and it wasn't old, the bar itself didn't seem sweet enough. It was kind of bland in both the peanut taste and the caramel taste. And the chocolate coating on the outside was lacking in authentic chocolate flavor. It tasted waxy and artificial.
The Short Review: It tastes off. Fake and not too sweet.
Not really a bar I would come back to.
There are some other bars they offer that may be a better choice.
Do you have a recipe that you think would be a hit here at Poor Man's Atkins? How about a dessert that is low carb that you think the rest of us would go nuts for? Well, now's your chance to share it. If you have a recipe or food item you want to share we would love to hear it. We will even give it a try here at PMA and do a write up about it. Just make sure it fits with what we stand for here. Easy, Cheap, and Fast. Maybe it's not all three, (I've been told that's impossible) but if its close send it over in the form below.
If Macho Man Randy Savage was here, I would bet he would high five us all for even taking the time to write/read a blog post about Slim Jims.
"Oh Yeaaah, way to use technology to better yourself...punk!"
It's worth mentioning that Slim Jims are mostly meat and spice. Therefore its a great little snack when you are one the road or have to get gas and are needing a quick bite. I like to get the small pack and will occasionally put on in a lunch I bring to work. Its a great litte filler, and also I don't like having pro wrestlers body check me in the middle of my work day, so its a win-win
5 Carbs in 4 sticks.
We decided to give another go at one of the Campbell's Slow Cooker sauces since the last one we tried was such a hit.
We had a little get together for my moms birthday and it seemed like going the taco route was a great way to get everyone together. Plus using the slow cooker is a great way to make some food and guarantee it wont take much effort on our part, which is a win in my book.
Campbell's Slow Cooker Mexican Red Chili sauce is pretty simple to use. Just get a beef roast, pour the sauce over it, and let it sit for several hours on low in your crock pot.
The flavor was really tasty on this and had good spice to it. It was a good Mexican flavor but different from any other tacos you may usually have. This would make great nachos too or filling for enchiladas. The carb count is low, so if you use low carb tortillas you will probably keep the meal down on the carbs for yourself.
Currently Campbell seems to be hitting it out of the park with their sauce mixes. Good flavor and not too high in carbs. Great for people like us that don't have time always to make a fancy meal, but don't want to sacrifice flavor.
I once heard a stand up comic say that the great thing about pudding is that you can stick it in your mouth, chew on it, and spit it out and it still looks the same. While that is true, I think that the great thing about pudding is that it is delicious and reminds me of childhood.
Its not like you go to a lot of fancy four star restaurants to find pudding on the menu. You will find it in kids lunches however. But man, if we as adults did eat pudding more, I best we might all just get a long.
So Snack Pack has some sugar free puddings. I don't know that I need to say much more about them than that. They taste good are made with Sucralose and are a great little snack for when you are craving something that is sweet but not going to set you back in carbs. Great for lunches, or those late night cravings. I would probably have these on hand more often if my wife didn't cut back my pudding budget so much.
Sugar Free Chocolate Pudding - 4 Net Carbs
Sugar Free Vanilla Pudding - 3 Net Carbs
Ok, so I am not sure that these ribs are going to be the cheapest thing for you, but they definitely meet the criteria of this site by being quick and fast.
Lloyd BBQ Ribs are a super easy option for those of us craving the joys of ribs without waiting all day for them to cook, or going out to a restaurant to order them. When we bought our ribs they were on sale, at $5.97 a pouch which is far cheaper than any restaurant would charge for a half a rack of ribs. Regular price may be about the same as going out.
One factor here to be aware of is that the BBQ sauce that comes with them is pretty sweet and sugary. Lots of carbs in it. That's probably partially due to the large amount of sauce that they put with each pouch of ribs. Like a crazy amount. We threw most of it out. I like sauce on my ribs, but you would have to drink this stuff to use it all. So by removing some of the sauce on the ribs you may help eliminate the large carb numbers.
In regards to the ribs themselves, they are super easy to make. We did the oven and it took about 30 minutes to get them hot and ready. You can also make these in the microwave in have the time. The meat is already cooked so it just a matter of heating it up with the sauce. The ribs were pretty tasty too. Good sweet flavor and the meat comes right off the bone too. We like these and thought that it was a fun quick way to enjoy ribs on a summer day. If you are a rib expert they probably aren’t perfect, but in our house beggars can’t be choosers.
Having a 7 month old baby girl can make cooking a little tricky in our house. On top of trying to cook low carb, we are fighting the battle of keeping a little one occupied enough so one of us can slip away to make our dinner. That being said, skillet sauces have become a hit on our house. Usually they just require adding some cooked meat and maybe some veggies. Very easy and very little preparation needed. Often times the pouches of sauce sell for $1.50-$2 which I think is pretty reasonable for a quick meal.
Target just came out with their own brand not too long ago and they have several different options to choose from. They had one listed as Market Pantry Creamy Chipotle which stood out to me because I really didn't see any other skillet sauces out there with that chipotle Mexican vibe going on. We decided to give it a whirl.
Our first use of the stuff was pretty much how the package suggests. Cook chicken, add sauce, serve over rice. And we liked it. it lives up to its name in being both creamy and chipotle in flavor. I think that in order to keep it low carb I would make this again but next time ditch rice and add some zucchini and yellow squash. This will help to fill you up a bit but not have the high carbs that rice does. The sauce does have good flavor though. We would do it again with no problems.
I think its important to find creative ways to tweek these meals. Often times they recommend rice with it. Don't forget that Cauliflower makes a great rice substitute.
Net Carbs: 5g per 1/4 cup
I am not sure where we first saw the idea to do this, probably Pinterest since the end result didn't look near as pretty as the picture we saw . Still doing pepper ring eggs is a fun breakfast item that can be low carb and have a cool look to it that will impress your friends at the next brunch you throw.
Get some red and yellow peppers and slice them sideways into rings. Crack an egg into the ring and let it cook. Because the pepper will hold the egg in place you may need to cook a bit longer if you don't want a runny yolk, however we like eggs over easy in our house. We also put a little cheese on top, because everything is better with cheese.