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.
In an attempt to be a bit daring I decided to improvise my own lettuce wrap recipe. Something simple with not a ton of carbs or sugars in it. So many of the packets you find in groceries stores have a lot of sugar in the sauces. It shouldn't be too hard to have wraps that are easy and dont have a lot of extra stuff in them to bring up the carbs. I therefore attempted to limit my ingredients.
1 pound of ground Pork Sausage
1/2 Yellow Onion Diced
1 Cup Diced Broccoli
1 Tablespoon Fish Sauce
1 Tablespoon Soy Sauce
1 Tablespoon Splenda Brown Sugar
1 Head of lettuce of your choice. I used Iceberg
The first thing I did was cook my pork Sausage. After the meat is browned, drain off your grease.
I then added onions and broccoli to the pork and let those cook for about 3-4 minutes.
Added the Soy Sauce, Fish Sauce and Brown Sugar. Let that cook in the pan for another 2-3 minutes.
Taste it, depending on your preference you can always add more sauce to increase the taste. Add to the lettuce of your choice.
My wife and I thought this was pretty tasty. The flavor was good and they were pretty filling. All together it only took me about 15-20 minutes.
My only other thought is that the next time I make these I think I will add some chopped peanuts into the mix so that the wraps had a little bit of a crunch with them. But even as they are they are pretty good.
If you try them, share your thoughts.
I did a write up not to long ago about Atkin's Low Carb Chicken and Broccoli Alfredo frozen meal. The thing is that I think most people don't realize what a simple meal that chicken and broccoli alfredo can be to make. I made some the other night in jut a few minutes.
What you need:
Shredded Parmesan Cheese
Half and Half
So here is basically how it works. Cook up your chicken and broccoli separately and when they are getting close to being finished turn the burner down to low and get started on your alfredo sauce. Thats really where the tricky part is.
For the sauce
1. Put some butter into a small saucepan and melt it on a low heat. I used about 2 Tbs.
2. When your butter is melted slowly add half and half, I used about 1/2 Cup.
3. Once your butter and milk mixture is good and hot together slowly add your cheese and stir it in small amounts at a time on low heat. The cheese will melt and you will start to create your sauce. I can't say exactly how much cheese that I used because I am eyeballing it the whole time. Add some and stir until you get the consistency you are looking for.
4. Make sure after you add the cheese you don't over cook the sauce or it will get lumpy, thick, and difficult to use. Once you have the sauce top the cheesy alfredo goodness you are looking for, pour it over the chicken and veggies and eat up. Its that simple.
I am sure there are other versions of this. What do you folks do differently?
Had dinner with family the other night at Olive Garden, cause "When you are there, you're family". Anyway, besides the yummy salad and soup they have I was searching for something in the menu that might be a bit more low in carbs. On the lighter fare menu they have an item called the Venetian Apricot Chicken. This is a A chicken with a sweet glaze over it with fresh broccoli and asparagus. It was tasty and the Carbs aren't too high. Probably not something you want if you are in the Induction phase, but its carbs are low and you get a good amount of food to fill you up.
On the flip side, its probably a meal that you could make at home for half the price and have the carbs. But, sometimes you go out with others and you need an option. This one works pretty well.
Anybody else do The OG? What do you get?
The following nutrition info regarding the meal was pulled directly from the Olive Garden Website. 28 Net carbs isn't to bad for a meal out. The price is a little high for this dish at $14.95 in my opinion, but thats what you get for eating at Olive Garden.
It's another frozen meal by Atkins and while I will say that the Atkins Chicken and Broccoli Alfredo that came out of the microwave wasn't quite as pretty as what was printed on the box, it still tasted pretty good. The broccoli had good flavor and didn't taste freezer burt or dry and the chicken was real chicken which was nice. You actually got nice big chunks of meat in your meal so that always helps to fill the whole in your gut. The sauce adds good flavor and wasn't to much. Some alfredo sauce can be very buttery and almost taste greasy but this had a nice creamy taste to it.
The biggest problem I have with this item, an maybe some frozen meals in general is often times the portions size. Sometimes they just feel a bit too small. Like the broccoli shrinks when its cooked. I find myself looking around at what else might be available to munch on to fill me up the rest of the way. That might be something when you have these that you should prepare for. Pack some almonds or a little fruit to help fill in the gaps in your stomach. It can make all the difference when your stomach feels full. Snacking can get you in a lot of trouble. Trust me.
Otherwise the meal is good. Nothing crazy fantastic, but it helped me get through my work lunch when I had little time to prepare anything.
You can't tell but that picture, is two geniuses at work in the kitchen.
Last night a friend of mine and I made an arrangement with our wives that if we were given the time to hang out together so we could watch one of our favorite TV shows, The Walking Dead, while they drove someone to the airport we would cook dinner for them that night. Well, it worked. We got the extra time to finish watching the Walking Dead season 2 finale (which was awesome by the way. Love the intro of Michone) and when we were done it was off to the store to plan the meal. As it turned out it was fairly low carb to boot.
Savory Lemon Pork Chops - Savory seasoning, lots of butter, and lemon salt.
Sweet Green Beans - We found a recipe for a sauce to drizzle over them that is similar to the green beans they serve at Outback Steakhouse. So yummy with a hint of sweetness to them. These were a huge hit.
Cheesey Broccoli with Peppers - Velveta cheese and broccoli, with fresh jalapenos dices inside. This was awesome. I guess I love the cheese and pepper thing though. I'll never do broccoli the same again.
About a week ago some friends and I went out for dinner at a Mongolian BBQ. Welcome to paradise low carb eaters. This place is a dream come true.
Essentially its a buffet where you pick your meats, your veggies, your sauces, and then the cooks will stir-fry it for you. You hold full control over what you eat. They give you some combination recommendations but its really up to you. Its a great for people that want more meat and less carbs. Pick the veggies you want and do as much as you like. Still hungry, Do a second pass.
Heres a bowl I made. Tasted pretty good too. I added some hot oil and a little curry sauce. If you don't like it, well you have no one to blame but yourself. Check Yelp to see if there are any in your area.
Last night I had to whip up a low carb dinner on the fly. After coming home from vacation I have tried to get back on the low carb train. I have been trying to have a pretty low carb count this week to help kick start things so i wanted something kind of simple. My wife had a bunch of things to do around the house last night so I said I would cook. Trouble is that our house was a little bare in terms of ingredients since we have been traveling. So I decided to be a bit more creative with the cooking. I went for a Garlic Chicken and Broccoli thing as they were two of the few ingredients I had.
1. Cooked up some chicken. Simple enough.
2. Cooked up some broccoli. added some onions that i cooked in butter with garlic. I added some garlic, oregano, and Parmesan cheese.
3. Added the chicken to the veggies and mixed up. Topped it with a few thin slices of Havarti Cheese.
It must have been pretty good cause my wife ate it all up with no leftovers. A little garlic to any dish will win her over. Plus I think it always taste better for her when she doesn't cook it. Anyway, the key to cooking is having fun and playing around. Take some low carb ingredients and see what you can make. It may not be perfect, but its a good way to keep things interesting.
First off, I fully acknowledge that I need to work on my picture taking abilities. I use the camera on my phone which is pretty ghetto, but its easy for me to use cause I always have it with me. Until I can convince my wife or family to get my a phone with a better camera (Iphone..wink wink.) You're stuck with low rez images. But that's OK, I wouldn't want to make you hungry like those jerks over at Foodgawker.com.
I enjoy seafood. My wife isn't a huge fan. If its fishy she is out. It can't taste like it was in the sea to get her interested. She has been out of town recently so it seemed like a good time for me to make some seafood.
Tilapia- I throw some fish in a pan and fried it up with a little butter and some seasoned salt. Didn't need much to be tasty.
Scallops- I never made scallops before. I decided to use some garlic and butter with this and then toss on some cheese to melt over it. Very yummy when it was done.
Broccoli- It speaks for it self. Added cheese, because I had a little extra.
This meal took me about 10 minutes. Super easy.
Asian food is some of my favorite. Seems like most of it is out of bounds for a low carb diet when you consider how sweet, all covered in noodles, or even how fried some of the items are. They always include a good amount of veggies, but it’s all the other stuff and the sweet sauces that will get you into trouble.
My wife and I found a packet by sunbird to make some beef and broccoli at home that met the perfect qualifications for me. Cheap, very easy, and low in carbs. All you need with the mix is: Beef, Broccoli, Onion, & Soy sauce.
It’s really is pretty easy too. It only took me about 10 minutes to make and was really tasty. Most grocery stores will have mixes like this available in there Asian food section, so if you can’t find this brand they may have another, just check the label though cause some brands will have much more carbs than others.
Carbs - 16
Dietary Fiber - 4
Net Carbs - 12
Low Carb Food Ideas.