Post # 1
- Wedding: September 2015 - Hotel Ballroom
Hello my culinary inclined Bees! I need a little help with some recipe ideas.
As some of you know, Father-In-Law lives with us. Him and I share the cooking. I am NOT a strong cook…most of my meals come in casserole form, and he isn’t much better. Recently, he was diagnosed with pre-diabetes and high cholesterol. The doctor says if he drastically changes his diet, he can likely ‘turn this ship around’ and avoid diabetes and lower his cholesterol without the use of medicine. He has VERY strict parameters. Each meal cannot exceed 5 net carbs. Right now he can’t have fruit (except for lemon and lime for cooking), has to REALLY limit his dairy, no bread/pastas/potatoes and other starchy/carby foods.
Darling Husband and I have agreed to eat the same dinners as him to support this lifestyle change. I am more than willing to ‘up my cooking game’ and learn some new tricks! We bought a few cook books, and have been doing ok so far, but I would LOVE to hear some recipies from you guys!
Post # 2
- Wedding: April 2017 - Valleybrook Country Club
So what’s great is that if you have a spealty food store nearby you can find awesome substitutes. So, I have PCOS with insulin resistance which is basically pre-diabetic. I’ve had to change my diet and I’m still working on it. I have aTrader Joe’s near me which carries funky things like pasta made from black beans and it’s actually pretty good! You can make mashed cauliflour instead of mashed potatoes. Different, but still good! If you like spaghetti squash you can make it with other veggies or a bit of chicken with tomato sauce. You just have to be creative. Soup, stew, and chili can all be great options because you customize what you’re putting into the crockpot or pot.
My sister made somethign very similar to this (http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/recipe/easy-kale-and-white-bean-soup) and it was delicious! You could serve it with a side salad and make a vinnaigrette with lemon a bit of oil whisked wih seasonings.
Chicken is your friend and you can make it thousands of ways. Green vegetables are great too. I discovered that I love brussel sprouts(cut in half, put in frying pan with a bit of low sodium chicken broth, add pepper and cook until brownish… so good!)
Post # 3
- Wedding: March 2016 - Surfer\'s Beach, Grand Cayman
Cauliflower rice and zuchinni noodles are pretty good, kind of a hassle to prepare but a tasty substitution.
Post # 4
I second mashed cauliflower. You can use herbs to season the meat instead of salt and sodium containing spices. I have spice pots outside my window but you can also buy them fresh at the supermarket or dried. I recommend using Mrs. Dash as a spice (they have a whole lot of variety) because it doesn’t contain sodium so it won’t raise blood pressure, etc. I often switch out the veggies I use on the side so i don’t get bored of just eating cauliflower, I’ll steam some string beans and toss them in olive oil and minced garlic for example, you can do something similar with broccoli rabe.
Post # 5
Cauliflower mashed potatoes! My Fiance h roommate have no idea that they haven’t been eating real potatoes since we got our house! (They both hate veggies so I sneak them into the meals!) Also if you can use lemon to cook, shrimp scampi can be made without noodles or with squash or zucchini noodles. Not really sure how carb loaded hummus is, but if it’s something ok for him, spreading some on chicken breasts before you bake it causes an amazingly delicious crust & doesn’t have the hummus texture that so many people hate.
Post # 6
spaghetti squash, cabbage, brussel sprouts, zucchini, beets are all great. homemade vinegarettes (oil, acid, herbs & spices) can dress up veggies really easily.
Post # 7
It’s very nice of you to try to help your Father-In-Law by getting on board with his diet and trying to cook good things for him.
If you are comfortable with casseroles then keep incorporating them. They might help him get used to a virtually carb free diet since they are familiar & comforting. Add a salad to round it out.
Cabbage & Sausage casserole
~Other easy ideas~
Sheetpan dinners (chicken + vegetables, no potato)
Salad greens topped with steak or chicken
Pork tenderloin or chops + vegetable
Zucchini noodles or spaghetti squash pasta
Once he is able to include healthy carbs then start incorporating legumes and healthy grains like quinoa, farro, etc . That opens up lots more options. In the meantime cauliflower rice & mashed potatoes make a good side dish as pp’s suggested.
Post # 8
It sounds like the keto diet, if you google it you can find tons of great recipes!
Post # 9
Agreed – it sounds like the keto diet. Look up Caveman Keto – lots of great recipes on that blog! One of my favorites is a Crockpot Chicken Chili Soup recipe that doesn’t have any beans. Also, try cooking spaghetti squash so you can feel like you are getting carbs, but it’s not.
Post # 10
This is an awesome veggie cookbook. A lot of these recipes are low carb and even though I’m not a vegetarian this is probably my most used cookbook… and a lot of them are easy enough to add some lean meat to or serve alongside grilled chicken breast.
I am wishing your Father-In-Law all the best Bee. Diabetes is a beast, and the lifestyle change it requires is tough. You are awesome for being so supportive and helping him stay healthy!
Post # 11
Agree with this sounding very similar to a keto diet. Another great site is ruled.me or the keto subreddits:
https://www.reddit.com/r/keto/ (search for cholesterol or diabetes to see posts on before / after updates)
https://www.reddit.com/r/DesiKeto/ (indian food recipes)
My brother was on a keto diet last year to lose weight and I think having a nuwave oven was a blessing! His favorite to go’s were bacon, chicken breast with alfredo sauce, zuccini noodles, cauliflower mash, 5 net carb Flax tortillas from Sam’s for wraps and pizzas (Hunt’s garlic & herbs is the lowest net carb store brought pasta sauce I found), protein smoothies and unsweetened almond milk.
If you live near a Kroger, their dairy brand Carbmaster is awesome for milk and yogurt. Kroger also has a “natural” brand of shredded cheese that is zero carbs. Have to say it’s very sweet of you and your husband to do this with him, plus you’ll have the added benefit of losing weight!