Low Carb Bread Alternatives
I am on low-carb diets more than I'd like to be. But I know my body -- and when I eat carbs, I gain weight. I know this is true with most people, but for me, it's exponential. I've tried many different diets, but I keep coming back to the South Beach Diet or just eating healthy (very little junk food). And while that is hard to do a) when you love carbs and b) when carbs are ubiquitous, I've learned a few tricks--in particular, I've learned how to replace bread with interesting alternatives.
Here are a few tips for bread replacement--some of which I thought of myself, and others that I've picked up from various diets:
Meat--You can use slices of lunch meat such as ham or turkey or roast beef to make a wrap as you would with a tortilla. For example, fill rolls of ham with scrambled eggs and cheese; or fry ham slices until crisp and use the slices as "bread" while using eggs or cheese or vegetables or a combination of those. You can even try this with slices of pounded and grilled (or pan-fried) chicken breast.
Cheese--Take 1/4 inch slabs of cheese and bake on a non-stick baking sheet for 10 minutes or so or until the cheese melts and just starts to brown. Let cool, then slide off the sheet with a spatula. Use these rounds of cheese as the basis for your sandwich--but be careful as these mounds of cheese are fragile and can fall apart easily.
Veggies--You've seen this many times before--using leaves of lettuce or cabbage for your wrap--and this is a great idea, especially since you're using almost no calories in the process. But I have tried this with different produce items--tomatoes are one, provided you use thick slabs. Egg salad or chicken salad are good options for this. Thick slabs of grilled eggplant are also a good option, and so are slices of grilled zucchini--especially when you have monster zucchini in your garden that you need to use.
No matter which option you use to replace bread as the vehicle for your sandwich, keep one thing in mind for all of them--you will need lots of napkins. This is especially true when using fried ham or melted cheese rounds as the basis for your sandwich; or any of these using scrambled eggs as the filling.
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