5 Low-Carb Recipes You Can Really Chomp Into!
I don't think I belong in here!
Wait, I thought you said carbs are okay...
In my previous hub, The Three Macronutrients: A Love Story, I explain the proper macronutrient (carbs, fats and proteins) distribution and the dangers associated with low carb diets. Low-carb meals, however, are a good way to not include too many carbohydrates in your diet. Carbohydrates are the body's easiest macronutrient to break down to glucose, which later becomes converted to energy. If that energy is not used then it is stored in the body. for a later time, as fat. Starting off your morning by eating the highest carbohydrate meal of the day and then dinner being the lowest is a good way to ensure those quick-energy-carbs aren't stored and also a helpful way of not overeating so close to bedtime. This is why I came up with 5 easy low carb recipes which are loaded with nutrients and tantalizing to the taste buds!
#1 Broccoli Salad
Broccoli Salad is not only great a low-carb meal option, but it is also super easy to make! Basically all you do is chop up all the ingredients, fry some bacon and then make the sauce. The phytochemicals in vegetables are easily burned off the more you cook them, so eating as many raw foods as you can will ensure you are getting the full amount of nutrients per vegetable. This salad is about 99% raw and contains several different colored vegetables, which means many different kinds of nutrients!
- 6 flowers Broccoli, chopped
- 3/4 cup Grapes, halved
- 1 Red Pepper, diced
- 1/2 cup Raisens
- 3/4 cups Sunflower Seeds
- 6-8 Turkey Bacon Strips, diced
- 1/4 cups Red Onion, minced
- 1/2 stalk Green Onion, chopped
- 3/4 cup Mayonnaise
- 1/2 cup Miracle Whip
- 1 tsp Garlic Salt
- 2 tsp Black Pepper
- 1/2 cup Whit Vinegar
Mincing Onion: The Easy Way!Click thumbnail to view full-size
- Fry Bacon, then chop into small pieces
- Cut, chop, mince all ingredients (see photo for how I recommend to mince a red onion)
- Make sauce
- Mix all ingredients together.
Cabbage and Bacon
Cabbage and bacon is the ultimate poor man's meal! These two ingredients mixed together is pure genius! I don't even put any salt or pepper on this dish because the bacon provides much of the flavor. I use turkey bacon with this recipe, mainly for the health reasons, but regular bacon works.
Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 15 mins
Ready In: 20 mins
Yields: 4-5 servings
- Turkey Bacon
- Olive Oil (optional)
Cooking Cabbage:Click thumbnail to view full-size
- Fry Bacon in large pan; remove bacon and chop into medium-sized pieces
- Using the same pan (in order to use the leftover oil from the bacon) cook chopped up Cabbage until it is slightly soft
- Return bacon to pan and mix together
Dinner #3: Stuffed Peppers
Who doesn't love a good stuffed pepper? No one I can think of! These peppers a little different than the traditional carb-loaded variety (maybe save those kind for lunch), but they are delicious none the less! The cilantro freshens up the taste of the meal and is such a good contrast to the salty ground meat.
Prep Time: 20 mins
Cook Time: 20-25 min
Ready In: 40-45 mins
Yields: 6 servings
- 1 lb ground meat (turkey, chicken, beef- although beef can get oily)
- 6 Green Bell Peppers
- 1 Red Bell Pepper, chopped
- 1/4 white onion, minced
- 4 ounce Shredded Cheddar Cheese (to mix in meat)
- 2 ounce Shredded Cheddar Cheese (topping)
- 1 cup Cilantro, chopped
- 1 packet taco meat seasoning
- 1 tsp Black Pepper
- Preheat Oven to 350 degrees
- Fry ground meat, with packet of taco seasoning and pepper in large frying pan, drain oil
- Turn heat to low and add cheese (do not mix)
- Ready Green Bell Peppers by cutting tops off and cleaning the insides; put into large casserole baking dish
- Mince onion, chop red bell pepper and cilantro; add to meat and cheese; mix
- Stuff Green Peppers
- Cook 15 mins, then add shredded cheese topping
- Continue to bake for another 5-10 mins, until cheese is melted
#4 Chicken Alfredo with Spaghetti Squash
This is probably my most inventive low-carb meal in this hub...or ever really! I have such a taste for pasta, but for a dinner-meal, high-carb noodles probably won't get burned off before bedtime. This dish provides a solution to my dilemma because the spaghetti squash "noodles" are so close to the real thing I can hardly taste the difference! Also the homemade alfredo sauce made with cauliflower adds an extra nutritional punch without the extra calories!
Prep Time: 15-20 mins
Cook Time: 1 hr
Ready In: 1 hr 20 mins
Yields: 6 servings
- 1 chicken breast, cubed
- 1 Spaghetti Squash
- 1 Cauliflower Head, chopped
- 8 Cloves Garlic, minced
- 2 Tblsp Butter
- 1 tsp Black Pepper
- 1 tsp Salt
- 1/2 cups milk
- 6-7 cups Water
Forking Spaghetti Squash:Click thumbnail to view full-size
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees
- Put chicken breast in baking dish; start baking
- Meanwhile take spaghetti squash and wash the outside
- Halve squash lengthwise, put in small casserole dish, along with a bit of water and then in oven
- Bake for 30-45 mins
- In frying pan, sauté butter and minced garlic on low heat, until it turns a golden brown
- Bring water to boil
- Chop cauliflower and add to boiling water; boil until fork tender
- Drain cauliflower, but save the water it boiled in
- Combine sautéed butter/garlic, pepper, salt olive oil (optional) and cauliflower into blender or food processor along with 1 cup ''cauli-water''; blend until creamy
- When squash and chicken are done cooking remove from oven and let cool
- Cube chicken and take a fork and scrape the inside guts of the squash; the guts will come out just like noodles!
- Mix chicken, squash and sauce
#5 Steak, Vegetable and Salad Dinner
I remember growing up my mother always told me that when she was younger she had a standard low carb meal which helped her keep her weight down: a meat, a vegetable and a small salad- she swore by it! This dinner option is very low carb and simple to make. You can also get very creative because as long as the vegetable is green you can choose whichever you want. Pair with a salad with a apple cider vinegarrete dressing and you have a steak dinner fit for a king!
Prep Time: 5-10 mins
Cook Time: 10-30 mins
Ready In: 15-40
- 2, 1" Thick Steaks
- 2 cups Frozen French Cut Green Beans
- 2 cups Romaine Lettuce, chopped
- 2 Tbsps Sunflower Seeds
- 1 Tbsp Olive Oil
- 2 Tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar
- 1 tsp pepper
- Butter (to taste)
- Salt (to taste)
- Turn the oven on the BROIL setting; set oven rack about 4" from ceiling and wait for it to preheat with cooking pan inside
- Steam green beans
- Chop romaine
- Combine oil, vinegar, pepper, and basil in small container (save the rest for future salads!)
- Sprinkle steaks with pepper and garlic salt
- Cook for 10-30 mins, depending how you like your steak
- Butter green beans, add sunflower seeds and dressing to lettuce
Tell me what you think!
Other Hubs by Heather Lund:
- Tasty Turkey Meatloaf Recipe
I personally love comfort foods. I love the way they fill my house with their aroma while I am cooking, I love how they always bring back warm memories and, most of all, I love the way they taste! This is why when I'm trying to cut back on calories..
- The Three Macronutrients: A Love Story
Information on the three macronutrients: Carbohydrates, Fat, Protein and how your body turns them into energy.