Post # 1
I’m reducing the amount of carbs that I eat to help get healthier and lose fat I gained while pregnant and in the few years after having my son.
I’d love some simple, quick lunch and dinner ideas to keep me on track and feeling good. I recently made buffalo chicken lettuce wraps and a spicy shrimp dish over zuchinni noodles which were both fantastic. Other recipe ideas?
Post # 2
Big fan of lettuce wraps, some other incarnations to try are chicken larb, bon appetite online has a good, easy one. Look for the one with pickled onions.
Smitten kitchen has a good ground lamb & lentil one. Lentils have carbs but they are good carbs & because it’s only part of the mix along with lamb it’s still low.
I like to make my favorite pasta sauces & instead of fully eliminating the pasta, do a 50/50 ratio of pasta & zucchini noodles. Or adjust for 40/60, 30/70, etc. I find including some carb (even empty ones) can be easier to do consistently than complete elimination. We sometimes just need a fix, or at least I do!
Huge fan of taco salads. Skip the tortilla strips. I’ll opt for including some carby sweet corn instead. But still really yummy & satisfying without either one.
For lunches I often make a meal out of pickles/olives, greens, good quality tuna & a couple crackers or a serving of bean salad.
I do well when aiming for near elimination 1-2x a week and just low/mindful another 4 days a week. Mindful might be a couple empty calorie ounces of pasta or bread/cracker or it’s a decent amount of beans/lentils. The nutritional ratio of the latter pays off, they’re very good for you & give fiber that is lacking in many of our diets. And they help you feel/stay full. I really focus on avoiding empty carbs mostly. When you do that it forces you to tend towards to healthy beneficial carbs & non carb foods.
I like cut veggies & fruit with lime juice & tajin seasoning as a snack. Again, yes, carby, but good ones. Also like chopped cucumbers & radishes with garlic, herby yogurt sauce. I’ll have that with a small piece of pita or some chickpea flatbread (socca/farinata if you google)
A lot of people love cauliflower crust pizza. And of course cauliflower mashed instead of potatoes.
Post # 3
Oh and I’m not much of a breakfast eater but I sometimes cook a scrambled egg in the microwave in a small dish with olive oil, literally takes one minute. I’ll turn it out on top some spinach which causes it to wilt a bit. salt & pepper & you’re good to go. Can add cheese, salsa, etc., whatever makes it tasty to you. Good for busy mornings.
And on weekends I’m a big fan of this for brunch, it is way better than it seems like it would be: https://www.copymethat.com/r/t6AjH31/julia-turshens-olive-oil-fried-eggs-with/
Post # 4
kapi1231 : Brussels sprouts, spinach, zucchini and broccoli are easy go to veggies. Try sticking to meats and vegetables, and nuts. I found the easiest way to eliminate a lot of carbs was by eliminating processed foods!
stir fries with cauliflower rice, or just veggies instead or rice or noodles (keep a close eye on the sauces. I use a little rice wine, vinegar soy sauce, siracha and sesame or peanut oil).
also, almond flour is a great substitute for regular flour so you can make pizza bases, biscuits, bread and other super carby items in a low carb protein packed replacement that’s actually delicious.
Post # 5
kapi1231 : My husband and I have been watching our diets since the beginning of the year and I’ve lost about 13lbs and he has lost 25lbs! We also make dinners with lettuce wraps and zucchini noodles! My lunches tend to just be the left overs from the night before and my husband works in the food industry and eats there for lunch…he tends to go with soups and salads for his lunches. Here are a few of the dinners we tend to go with that you might be interested in:
Zucchini boats: I’ll take zucchinis and chop them in half lenth wise and scrape out some of the middle. I’ll put a mixture of ground turkey/black beans/taco seasonings/chopped up musroom and onions in the zucchinis (I cook all of that off before I put it in the zucchinis). Then I’ll bake that in the oven to cook the zuccinis. Then when it’s done I’ll put a little cheese and salsa on top.
Spaghetti Squash: Spaghetti for dinner but substitute the noodles with spaghetti squash. Suuuper easy to cook. I poke the squash all over with a fork, put it in the microwave for 5 minutes, turn it over and microwave another 5 minutes, set it on the counter for 5 minutes to steam, cut it in half length wise and scoop out the seeds them scrape the “noodles” onto your plate!
Cauliflower Rice: We’ll use that as another noodle replacement for spaghetti. Or make a stir fry with chicken or beef and onions/mushrooms/peppers and top the rice with it.
Cloud bread: When we REALLY have been desperate for a sanwich or burger we’ll make cloud bread buns (just look up recipe on pinterest or something). My advise is the really mound up the buns as your putting them on the cookie sheet, the thicker they are the more substantial they end up. We’ll use cloud bread to make turkey burgers. We’ll do turkey burger/avocado/bbq sauce/onion/lettuce…yum. We’ll make some “sweet potato fries” by chopping up some sweet potato in the shape of fries and baking them.
Hope this helps a little. 🙂
Post # 6
- Wedding: June 2019 - Tacoma, WA
I love the Mealime app for low-carb recipes. So far all of them that I’ve tried are great! Maybe give that a try? Good luck!
Post # 7
ruled.me has some amazing recipies. They are all low carb and all really good. My favorite recipe on there is the bacon wrapped pork tenderloin. We don’t usually wrap it in bacon, but the marinade he uses is fantastic!
I am keto so I eat almost no carbs. My go to snacks are: meat and cheese cut up and portioned out into 1oz baggies, nuts, green veggies with ranch and seaweed snacks.
Post # 8
wildflowerz : Yum to all of this! I like the idea of blending 50/50. As long as the meal part is substantial (like the buffalo chicken), I don’t feel deprived normally. But, this is a great idea for when I’ve got that craving! Can you tell me how you make your garlic herb yogurt sauce? I’m a bit fan of sauce.
pearfectprincess : I just used almond flour today to make spicy cheese “crackers”. Delicious, crunchy, and with a bit of a kick.
300bride : I will be trying out the zuchinni boats in the next week for sure. I love zuchinni! I just made spaghetti squash (though, it seems the harder way than what you did), and I don’t like it as much as zuchinni noodles. It seems like it’s he great with pasta sauce, so I’ll have to try that.
somedaymrsj : Sunshine024 : Thank you for these places to look for recipes!
Post # 9
kapi1231 : oooh tuning in!!!!!
Post # 10
kapi1231 : Yeah…I’m not a fan of spaghetti squash on it’s own. But with a nice flavorful spaghetti sauce it does the trick for us.
Post # 11
I am also doing low carb 🙂 I try to eat meals that are already low-carb, instead of trying to take a carby meal and turn it low carb. I find they never turn out as nice, and I’m just left wanting the original carby meal more!
So most week nights we do a meat and a veg. Now that it’s warming up we’ve BBQd a few times (chicken, steak, pork chop), and do some bbq carrots or cast iron bacon & brussel sprouts. Chili or soups are also another easy meal. Just skip the beans. Stir frys, or “saucy” meat over roasted veggies (broccoli is my go-to). Frittata is a great way to use up any left overs, and it packs up easily for lunches and reheats great. One of our favourite higher carb (but still pretty low carb) meals is spiced ground beef over hummus and an acidic raddish salad to go with it. We got the inspiration from a “good food” box. Here is a link – youd need to watch the carbs in the hummus, but its soo yummy. I’ve made it with the ras el hanout and the easier to find harissa and its so quick and easy. And obv no pita lol. https://www.makegoodfood.ca/en/recipe/spiced-beef-platter-with-hummus-1
I find as long as I get enough fats I don’t feel deprived. I mean, bacon makes everything better! We don’t normally get good avocados up here, but when we do, oh man, worth it.
Post # 12
jellybellynelly : Thank you! That sounds delicious!
Post # 13
We’ve been doing a low-carb and low-sugar diet since the beginning of the year.
I second spaghetti squash (with lots of sauce, ground meat and mozzerella!) cloud bread and taco salad!
We also love the following:
Cauliflower mashed “potatoes”
Tomato Basil Turkey Meatloaf (littlebitsof.com)
Fathead pizza (made with almond flour)
Buffalo chicken soup (doughmesstic.com)
Post # 14
kapi1231 : I use full fat plain yogurt, garlic, some lemon juice and/or red wine vinegar, some combination of chopped parsley/mint/cilantro (whatever I have) and salt & pepper. Other things I add sometimes are olive oil, pomegranate molasses, sumac or zaatar spice mix. I just mix, taste and adjust.
Heres a good guide for this type of sauce, the turkey-zucchini meatballs are good too and carb free. https://www.panningtheglobe.com/turkey-zucchini-meatballs-lemony-yogurt-sauce/
And I just made these meatballs in tomato sauce recently, also carb free and yummy. https://cupofjo.com/2016/09/easy-turkey-and-ricotta-meatballs/ The 50/50 zucchini/noodle mix would be great with it.